Friday, February 22, 2013

A Visit to the Bronx

S.O.S. Crown Heights traveled to the Bronx on Wednesday, February 20th for the grand opening of our new sister program, Save Our Streets South Bronx, New York's newest Cure Violence replication program. Congratulations to the new team, we wish you the best of luck keeping the South Bronx safe! Stop Shooting. Start Living.

Click here to read a recent article on SOS South Bronx's work, and here to see their website.

The new S.O.S. South Bronx team introduced by Ife Charles, left, Ife Charles, former deputy director of the CHCMC, and currently NYC coordinator for anti-violence efforts for the Center for Court Innovation.

Amy Ellenbogen, Director of the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center, where SOS is based, and Craig Alexander, SOS Outreach Worker, up at the front with Ife!

The team with Hakim Yahmadi, center, program manager for SOS South Bronx.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Anti Gun-Violence "Rapathon" in Harlem

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Our sister organization Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E. (Stop Another Violent End),which seeks to prolong the lives of Harlem's youth by preventing gun violence, is holding its annual Rap-athon in collabration with The Hip Hop Culture Center. According to the description on their Rockethub site, "A Rapathon is an event similar to a Walk-A-Thon where a group of Rappers commit to rap non-stop for multiple hours (no cursing) and for every minute that this is successfully done, funds are being raised." Money raised will go to the Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E. efforts to prevent gun violence. The Rapathon is open to anyone with a love for Hip Hop and the ability to rhyme for 90 seconds straight without cursing.

The Rapathon begins Saturday, April 6th, 2013 at 10:00 AM at the Kennedy Community Center. The Kennedy Community Center is located at 34 West 134th Street, near the Schomburg & Harlem Hospital. It is accessible by 2 & 3 trains, Bx33, M1, M7 and M102 bus lines. For more information pertaining to the End Gun Violence Rapathon, please contact  Curtis Sherrod or Paul T. Christie at 212-234-7171 or

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

S.O.S. Visits Uncommon Charter High School

On Thursday, January 31, a team from the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center visited Uncommon Charter High School to present Save Our Streets Crown Heights, Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets, and our third annual Arts to End Violence program.

Associate Director Marlon Peterson, Hospital Responder Kenneth Edwards, Outreach Worker Craig Alexander, YO S.O.S. Program Coordinator Ruby-Beth Buitekant, and YO S.O.S. Program Associate Pete Martin spoke to 250 students and teachers at the school's weekly assembly, "Common Ground." They spoke to the whole school about their respective jobs, the S.O.S. mission, and how students can get involved in the work that CHCMC and S.O.S. do. After they spoke for a little while, students began asking questions, and a lively Q&A session resulted. The S.O.S. team took questions about their work in the community, and students asked specifics about how they mediate conflicts and try to reduce violence. Afterward, the five CHCMC staff members spoke to a number of students and teachers directly about getting involved in Arts to End Violence in the spring and YO S.O.S. next year. A video of the whole event, taken by the school, is embedded below.

We were energized at the reaction we received from the school's students and teachers, and we're looking forward to partnering with Uncommon Charter High School on projects in the future. If you would like to connect with the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center, you can reach us at 718.773.6886.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Sign up for "Survival and Success"

To register for Survival and Success, please fill out this form and return it to the S.O.S. team, located at 256 Kingston Avenue, between Lincoln and St. Johns avenue. For more information, call 718-773-6886.

Monday, February 4, 2013

S.O.S. South Bronx on MSNBC

MSNBC profiled our new sister project, S.O.S. South Bronx, on Saturday, February 2nd, writing about the new team's efforts to spread the "Stop Shooting, Start Living" message. Congratulations to the new team, and Kenneth Edwards, the Hospital Responder for S.O.S. Crown Heights, who was also quoted.

(L-R) Gilly Delgado, who is an outreach worker with S.O.S South Bronx, and Tarkesha Brown,  a violence interrupter, conduct a community outreach work on  January 30, 2013 in Bronx Borough of New York City. (Photo by Trymaine Lee/MSNBC, handout)

How to stop gun violence: ‘I’m out here hustling peace’

As rain began to whip across a bustling street corner in the South Bronx earlier this week, Gilly Delgado pulled his knit hat low over his brow and shoved a hand deep inside his coat pocket. He took a step from the corner and sneered at the police officer who’d been watching him from across the street. He threw another look at a group of young men in hoods—one with a blood-red bandana dangling from his back pocket—who were marching up the block.

The group got closer. And Delgado reached deeper into his coat.

“This is my corner,” Delgado said low, stepping in the boys’ direction.

As soon as the group got within arm’s reach and earshot, Delgado pulled his hand from his pocket and jammed a button and pamphlet at them.

“Save our streets and stop gun violence,” Delgado said. The boys glared for a moment before taking the stuff and bopping around the corner.

“It’s like the crack game,” Delgado said slyly. “But I’m out here hustling peace.”

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