Thursday, May 26, 2011

Art to End the Violence

Tonight: Thursday, May 26th, 2011
Launchpad (721 Franklin Ave)
Come One, Come All
Please join us for the culminating event for the S.O.S. Multimedia Contest. The contest engaged talented youth and adult artists to create public service announcements, video and radio shorts, and posters for our public education campaign that convey the message that shooting and killing are not acceptable in Crown Heights.

At the event, winners of the contest will be announced and awarded their prizes. Additionally, S.O.S. will be awarded the coveted Martin Luther King Jr. Award from the Fellowship of Reconcilliation, one of the oldest and most storied civil rights organizations.

Light refreshments will be served and entertainment will feature DJ M Dot.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Life Camp Inc. Marches Against Gun Violence

On Thursday, May 7th, 2011, Life Day Inc. organized a Mother's Day Eve March Against Gun Violence in the Bronx. S.O.S. supports the larger movement to end the shootings and killings in all of New York and the wider world and we were proud to see our sign in the advertisement for their march. 

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Faith-based support for S.O.S.

On April 26th, S.O.S. and the Crown Heights Mediation Center welcomed 28 guests for a clergy breakfast, including leadership and representatives from 14 churches in our catchment area. S.O.S. Program Manager Lisa Jones gave a presentation of the work of S.O.S. and how we can use faith-based support. We also heard from the Assemblyman Reverend Karim Camara, who described his journey into politics and emphasized the importance of working in your own community, and from Captain Capocci of the 77th precinct, who reported that shootings are significantly down in the S.O.S. catchment area compared to the same period of time in 2010.
After hearing from the speakers, guests engaged in a discussion with the S.O.S. Outreach Workers and with each other. Several clergy committed on the spot to supporting S.O.S. in five major ways:
1)      Sign up to be on call for shooting responses one month of the year;
2)      Open their space on a weekly or monthly basis for S.O.S. events;
3)      Keep church doors open late-night at least once a month;
4)      Sign the Covenant for Peace and Action;
5)      Serve as a support system for families of shooting victims and of shooting perpetrators.
We are also happy to announce that Reverend Guillermo Martino of the Tabernacle of God’s Glory Church volunteered to serve as our official Spanish Clergy Liaison, to further our efforts to serve a wide range of people in Crown Heights.
The breakfast was the start of a longer dialogue and hopefully a long-term partnership between S.O.S. and local clergy. The support of faith-based leaders is critical to our work because of their role in the community as messengers of hope and security, of comfort and faith. We welcome any comments, questions or suggestions on this partnership; please call S.O.S. at 718-679-9410 to discuss your role.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Write-up of Anti-Gun Violence Mural Project

S.O.S. got a great shout out in the spring newsletter of local real estate broker and community gardener, Greg Todd. Look for a copy around the neighborhood, or you can just read the story (click to enlarge) and see the pictures below.

Monday, May 2, 2011

S.O.S. Wins MLK Jr. Peace Award

We are proud to announce that  the Fellowship of Reconciliation, one of the oldest and most storied civil rights organizations, has awarded the Save Our Streets Crown Heights Team the Martin Luther King Jr. peace award for 2011. The award honors those who make a significant contribution to advancing the cause of nonviolence. Stay tuned for information about the awards ceremony.