Thank you to everyone who participated in all of the events for the S.O.S. Week of Peace. The week was truly a great success, and we could not have done it without each and every one of you.
Three hundred people marched in the streets of Crown Heights in our second annual Peace March. Throughout Crown Heights, chants like “Don’t Shoot! I want to Grow up!”, “I don’t know what you’ve been told; Bullets kill both young and old…” and “You save my child; I’ll save your child” were heard loud and clear. Everyone in the march gathered around Brower Park in a rally and ceremony to support and remember victims of violence and their families, to celebrate the positive changes we are continuing to make in our community, and to commit to continuing our work as a community to reduce gun violence and promote nonviolence. Three hundred balloons were released into the air with messages of peace, solidarity, and remembrance inscribed on them by community members.
Some other highlights from the S.O.S. Week of Peace:
Houses of Worship across Crown Heights dedicated their services to nonviolence on October 16th and October 23rd. For example, Bible Faith Tabernacle read a poem about nonviolence. The poem will be available on the blog shortly.
At 5:49 PM on Monday October 17th, over fifty people gathered on the northern island of Eastern Parkway at Utica Ave for a youth-organized Flash Mob, which took the form of a dance to Kanye West and Jay-Z’s “Murder to Excellence”. Young and old walked away talking about gun violence and the toll it takes on communities.
On Tuesday, October 18th and all throughout the week, people made posters to share their messages with Crown Heights. See some examples here.
Our Virtual Peace Day on October 19th succeeded in spreading nonviolence across the web. We are two people short of reaching our goal of 400 “likes” on our Save our Streets page. “Like” our page here.
Our Friday, October 21st screening of The Interrupters drew a crowd of over 100 people. Audience members found the movie to be powerful, and many people enjoyed asking questions of our own Crown Heights Violence Interrupters and Outreach Workers after the film. Attendees also had a chance to write notes of support to the S.O.S. team, who really appreciated hearing how their work has had an impact on the community.
Stay tuned for more pictures, videos, and details.