Thursday, September 29, 2011

Two shootings in S.O.S. area in Crown Heights

Sadly, there were two shootings in the S.O.S. catchment area this week, on 9/27 and another on 9/28. Bringing our number of days without a shooting from 89 to 0 was difficult for all of us. We need your support more than ever so we can continue to work against senseless violence in our community. Please join us at the shooting responses for each incident to make your own statement against violence in Crown Heights. Details below:

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Save the Date: Save Our Streets to Speak at John Jay College October 6th at 8:00 AM

Learn about the work that Save Our Streets (S.O.S.) Crown Heights is doing on the ground by attending the Association for Conflict Resolution of Greater New York’s October  Roundtable Breakfast. Lavon Walker and Derick Scott, outreach workers at S.O.S., will speak alongside Amy Ellenbogen, director of the Crown Heights Mediation Center, and Ameena Matthews, violence interrupter at Ceasefire in Chicago and the inspiring subject of the award-winning documentary The Interrupters.  Ceasefire is the innovative anti-gun violence project on which S.O.S. is replicated. The event will take place on October 6th at 8:00 AM. at John Jay College of Criminal Justice: 899 Tenth Avenue (at West 59th Street), Room 630. If you would like to attend, please register online by clicking here.If you have any questions, please email or call (212) 760-4773.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

YO S.O.S. is Recruiting for its 2011-2012 Program

Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets (YO S.O.S.), a project empowering young people to become community leaders and organizers, is beginning its new year of programming on September 26th.  We are currently recruiting thirty young people between the ages of 14 and 17.
The first sessions will include an intensive orientation during which the group will work together to create their own community agreements and expectations. They will also go on a scavenger hunt to learn about the resources and history of Crown Heights. The group will speak with community members and listen to their concerns, as well as think about places where violence is most likely to happen and why.

If you, or someone you know, are 14-17 years old and are interested in becoming a youth organizer, click here for an application. 

Friday, September 16, 2011

81 days without a shooting in the S.O.S. catchment area

S.O.S. was deeply saddened by the number of shootings in our community over the Labor Day weekend. These shootings were a great tragedy for Crown Heights that resulted in 2 people dead and 13 people injured in the 77th precinct over the week of the Labor Day Parade. These shootings were out of a total of at least 13 people dead and 54 people injured from gun violence across the entire city of New York . The tragedy of these shootings is profound and our heartfelt condolences go out to all those affected by the violence.

However, for a small area within the 77th precinct in North Crown Heights between Atlantic Ave. and Eastern Parkway, and Kingston Ave and Utica Ave., there were no shootings. S.O.S. feels fortunate that through the efforts of community members, the S.O.S. team, and everyone involved in the anti-violence movement, there has not been a shooting in the S.O.S. catchment area in 81 days; almost 3 months.

Together, we can make a difference and reduce the numbers of shootings and killings in our communities.

Please join us for our next volunteer training, Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 at 5:30pm to get involved with S.O.S. Call 718-773-6886 to register for the training.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Join us at our second annual Peace March on October 20th!

Bring your friends and family to our second annual Peace March, coming up on Thursday, October 20th at 6 PM. If you would like to come to the Peace March as a group or organization, you can register online HERE or print the registration form HERE and fax it in to (718) 774-5349. We look forward to seeing you there.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

S.O.S. Staff in the Press

On September 8th, 2011, S.O.S. helped organize a response to the violence in Crown Heights over Labor Day Weekend. Through our posters and staff representation, S.O.S. was able to capture the media’s attention and spread the message that shooting and killing are not acceptable in our community.

Check out the quotes in the press from S.O.S. below:
Amy Ellenbogen from the Save Our Streets Crown Heights Program said, “People here are really focused on stopping the violence no matter where it comes from.”
See article HERE
Bed-Stuy Patch:
Ife Charles, representing the community-organizing group Save Our Streets Crown Heights, compared violence to an infectious disease.  

“This is a disease and it’s spreading pretty quickly,” she said. “It is up to every single one of us out here [to find a cure]. Some of us are gonna go back inside and we’re gonna close our doors and we’re gonna forget. But there’s a spirit that was killed, and there are many spirits within our universe that are being killed by guns. We need to stop the madness and understand that there’s a cure.”

See article HERE

S.O.S.’ posters got great coverage in a photo essay of the rally. See the pictures HERE.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Video from Man Up! Inc.

Please enjoy an excellent video that explores the choices and consequences of gun violence by our partner program Man Up! Inc.

For more information on Man Up! Inc. click here

Response to Violence: Today, September 8th, at 6:00 PM at the Corner of Franklin and Park

S.O.S is teaming up with the Crow Hill Community Association, Council Member Letitia James, the 77th Precinct Community Council,  and local elected officials to respond to the violence that occured throughout Crown Heights over Labor Day Weekend. The event will take place at Franklin Avenue and Park Place, where two people were shot and killed in a shooting on Monday evening.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Save the Date: Second Annual Peace March

 Save the Date: The Second Annual S.O.S. Peace March will be Thursday, October 20th, 2011 beginning at 6pm. Last year we had hundreds of community members come out in solidarity to join the anti-violence movement. This year, we are expecting you to come and join the movement and build on the success of last year's march. We look forward to seeing you and all our community partners. To register your organization or group for the march call 718-679-9410 or click HERE to register online.