Wednesday, October 12, 2011

S.O.S. Week of Peace Press Release

October 13, 2011

CONTACT: Amy Ellenbogen, 718-773-6886,

Crown Heights Families, Victims of Gun Violence and Clergy Organize

The Week of Peace will send the message that shootings and killings are unacceptable;
The 77th Precinct has seen more than 40 shooting victims so far this year.

BROOKLYN — From Sunday October 16th to Sunday October 23rd, Save Our Streets Crown Heights (S.O.S.), a neighborhood-based violence prevention program modeled on the Chicago CeaseFire program, is sponsoring a WEEK OF PEACE to amplify its message of non-violence and give the community an opportunity to express that gun violence in its streets and parks is unacceptable. Community activities for the WEEK OF PEACE kick off with local houses of worship focusing on nonviolence in their services on Nonviolence Sunday, and will continue with a youth action day, a Peace March, a screening of the film The Interrupters, and a closing Nonviolence Sunday on October 23rd. The main event of the week will be a Peace March during which hundreds of community members will march through Crown Heights demanding an end to the violence, supporting all the victims of violence and their families, and celebrating the positive changes the community has made to reduce gun violence. 

In response to the gun violence that has affected so many individuals and families and claimed so many lives, residents of Crown Heights, including youth, clergy, and victims of gun violence, will be participating in the week’s activities. The goal of the WEEK OF PEACE is to create a space for the community to speak out and take action against senseless violence. During the week, S.O.S. Outreach Workers and Violence Interrupters will be present at the events to connect with those who are at high risk of involvement in gun violence.

Allen James, S.O.S. Program Manager, states, “Violent response to conflict is a learned behavior that can be unlearned and replaced with peaceable resolutions. S.O.S. and the community are asking young men and women to lay their guns down. Crown Heights is unwilling to simply tolerate the continued killing and shooting in our neighborhood.”

S.O.S. Week of Peace
Sunday, October 16th
Non-violence Sunday
Monday, October 17th
Youth Expression of Peace
Wednesday, October 19th
Virtual Peace Day- dedicate your social media to nonviolence
Thursday, October 20th
Peace March, leaving from Utica Avenue & Eastern Pkwy at 6pm
Friday, October 21st
The Interrupters, 6:30pm PS 289
Sunday, October 23rd
Non-violence Sunday

About S.O.S. Crown Heights
  • S.O.S. Crown Heights is a community-based effort to end gun violence in our neighborhood.
  • S.O.S. Crown Heights provides immediate intervention whenever a shooting occurs and works closely with neighborhood leaders and businesses to articulate the message that shooting is an unacceptable behavior.
  • The S.O.S. program began in 2010. In the S.O.S. catchment area, a defined section of the 77th precinct on which S.O.S. focuses, shootings reduced 60%, from 20 incidents in 2010 to 9 in 2011. The 77th Precinct has had a 37.5% decrease in shooting incidents since last year.
For more information:

See a PDF of the Press Release here

This post has been modified: the press release originally stated that there have been more than 62 shootings so far this year in the 77th Precinct. The number of incidents in the S.O.S. catchment area in 2011 was originally listed as 8, but has since increased to 9.

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