Thursday, June 21, 2012

S.O.S. Co-sponsoring P.E.A.C.E. for Peace Youth Resource Fair and Basketball Tournament

Youth Resource Fair and Basketball Tournament Weekend 
Taking Back Our Community

Sponsored by 
Save Our Streets (S.O.S) Crown Heights 
P.E.A.C.E. for Peace 
Abundant Life Church
Dr. Gladstone H. Atwell/M.S. 61

In Collaboration with
 NYS Assembly Member Karim Camara

Middle School 61
400 Empire Blvd., Brooklyn NY 11225
(Between New York Avenue and Nostrand Avenue)
Saturday June 23, 2012 & Sunday June 24, 2012

Resource Fair and 
Free Youth Workshops 11:00am-4:00pm
Professional Development Workshop 
Anti-Violence/Anti-Bullying Workshop 
presented by the Kings County DA's Office     

Kick-off Basketball Game:
NYPD’s 71st Precinct vs. P.E.A.C.E. Players 
Starts @ 4:30pm
in the gymnasium

All Day Basketball Tournament 
Starting @ 12:00pm
Brower Park located at St. Mark’s Ave. Park Place (Between Brooklyn Ave. and Kingston Ave.)

Guest Speakers *Performances *Free Giveaways *Refreshments
Music by WBLS 107.5 fm DJ Snatch-1
For more information, please call P4P: 718-440-6941 or 718-771-3105
Media contact: 718-954-2697

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Park Slope Trinity Grace Church Participates in Nonviolence Worship Weekend

Park Slope's Trinity Grace Church recently joined S.O.S. in celebrating S.O.S. Week and Nonviolence Worship Weekend. The church's Crown Heights Missional Community group, which seeks opportunities to serve and engage with other Crown Heights residents, participated in the March to End Gun Violence earlier this month. During Trinity Grace's June 10 service, James Cernero, the group's leader, spoke about the work of S.O.S. and led the congregation in a prayer for S.O.S. workers and high-risk youth, as well as peace in the community.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

RECAP: Save Our Streets Week

Thank you to the over 600 people who participated in Save Our Streets Week, and to the staff and volunteers who made it possible.

In spite of the rain, young men and women from the neighborhood gathered in Brower Park on Tuesday June 5th for S.O.S. Peace Games. While those that were participating in the Basketball tournament waited for the court to be cleared, young kids played egg and spoon races, and cheered the players on. The game was rescheduled to Friday, when over 150 people returned to play again.

On Wednesday, June 6th, the youth organizers of Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets surprised Crown Heights with a flash mob. At exactly 6:00 PM, two young people staged an argument on the sidewalk of Utica Avenue. Onlookers were concerned and Outreach Worker David Bookhart was about to mediate.

Just before he could, youth organizers and students from across the neighborhood showed Crown Heights residents how to resolve conflict: they swarmed around the “fighters” and began dancing and waving S.O.S. flags to the song “Wave Your Flag”. Many thanks to Reean Charles, YO S.O.S. intern, and Radel Clause, Americorps volunteer, for putting the flash mob together. See a video of the flash mob here:

The block party and March to End Gun Violence was on Thursday, June 7th when school was out for Brooklyn Queens day.  The day began with a barbecue on Park Place in front of Brower Park.  S.O.S. Volunteer JC Carter aka DJ Spinrite spun some tunes that included a special S.O.S. mix, residents visited resource tables, and kids enjoyed games, a special art activity from the Brooklyn Hi Art! Machine, and even got to play with reptiles from the Brooklyn Children’s Museum

In the evening, residents gathered in Brower Park and began to march through the neighborhood. Over a hundred people chanted in unison “Peace Up, Guns Down” and “You Watch My Block, I’ll Watch Yours; Your Watch My Child, I’ll Watch Yours. Along the way, children and residents were waiting to support the marchers with signs that encouraged an end to gun violence. After arriving at Utica and Eastern Parkway, S.O.S. staff led a ceremony to remember the victims of gun violence, to identify the costs of gun violence to the community, to recognize what the neighborhood as accomplished in the last year, and to commit to taking action to reduce gun violence even further in the year to come.

S.O.S. is excited to have kicked off the summer with so much energy, commitment, and support. Please visit our facebook page to see more pictures from the weeks events.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Attend the Shannon T. Braithwaite Foundation Fundraiser this Saturday

The Shannon T. Braithwaite Foundation, which provides resources and support for young people ages 13-19, will hold a fundraising talent show on Saturday, June 9, from 6-9 p.m. at 790 E. New York Ave.

After losing her 16-year-old daughter, Shannon, to teenage violence in 2008, Marva Braithwaite became involved in community violence prevention work in schools and community institutions like the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Soon, she realized the pressing need for clean and safe environments for children and teenagers and was inspired to start the Foundation in January 2012.

Today, the Foundation provides tutoring, mentoring, athletic and dance opportunities, educational trips, and PSAT/SAT preparation for more than 40 teens, all of whom applied for the program and are required to turn in regular report cards. Ms. Braithwaite seeks to offer well-rounded assistance to the young people the Foundation serves. By meeting their mental, emotional, and physical needs, she hopes to help them overcome the anger many of them name as their “biggest issue” so they can identify who they are, find purpose in life, and prepare for their futures.

The talent show will feature teenagers from the Foundation’s program, as well as other local teens who support its mission.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Join S.O.S. at our annual March to End Gun Violence Thursday, June 7th

We need your help to end gun violence in Crown Heights. Please join Save Our Streets Crown Heights (S.O.S.) for our annual March to End Gun Violence on Thursday, June 7th, convening at Brower Park at Kingston Avenue and Park Place at 5:30 PM and departing at 6 PM. The March will be an opportunity to celebrate the reduction in shootings in the S.O.S. target area in the past two years, from 23 incidents in 2010 to only 12 in 2011, and an opportunity to commit to taking action to make our streets safer. Before the march, S.O.S. will host a block party from 12:00 – 4:00 PM on Park Place.

The March to End Gun Violence is part of Save Our Streets Week, June 2nd - June 10th, a week of events to celebrate our accomplishments, identify the costs of gun violence in our neighborhood, and discuss the next steps in reducing violence in the neighborhood. Religious leaders throughout Crown Heights will commence and close the S.O.S. Week of Peace with “Worship Weekends” June 2-3 and June 9-10 by dedicating their religious services to nonviolence messages. Monday, June 4th will be “Virtual Peace Day” when we spread our message online, and on Tuesday, June 5th we will have our first Peace Games, a day of games for people of all ages in Brower Park, 4:30-7:00 PM. We will also screen Chisholm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed at The Candy Rush at 733 Franklin Avenue, on Friday, June 8th at 8:00 PM. Please see the complete schedule below. Please see more details on our blog.

S.O.S. needs volunteers to run this week of events. If you can volunteer at any time during the week of June 2nd - June 11th, please email Eliana at