Thursday, January 30, 2014

Community Conversations with Anthonine Pierre

Last night, approximately 15 community members spent their night learning and talking about organizing to make change, and beginning to put those lessons into practice. 

During our last Community Conversation in December, participants looked at a number of sub-issues that affect and are affected by gun violence, which had been identified during previous conversations. They then divided into groups to begin working on strategies to address these issues.

Last night, Anthonine Pierre of the Brooklyn Movement Center presented to the group of Crown Heights residents about her work in community organizing and helped particpants think more about strategies for making change.

After sharing an overview of ways to organize, community members divided into groups to talk through different questions related to the issues they were focusing on, such as education and workforce development. Questions included: "What are the strengths and weaknesses of your movement?" and "Who are your opponents/allies?"

After the small groups spent some time discussing these issues together, the entire group came back together for a question-and-answer session with Anthonine.We discussed how to ensure that planning committees remain inclusive for their members. Everyone left with a bit more knowledge about how to work to create change, and with ideas about how to get there.

Thank you so much to Anthonine for joining us. We invite everybody to join us for our next Community Conversation, where we will continue to work on strategies to make our community safer. All are welcome. Stay tuned for the upcoming date in February.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Arts to End Violence 2014!

Our annual spring series of events, Arts to End Violence, is upon us, and we need your participation! We are seeking two-dimensional art that speaks to the theme of anti-violence. The art will be displayed at our gallery opening on May 23rd, and may be displayed at our Kingston Avenue Street Festival as well. The deadline is April 10th, 2014. Please contact Marlies Talay at 718-773-6886 or for more information.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Community Conversations on Wednesday

Community Conversations, our monthly meeting about neighborhood violence and making our community safer together, will take place this coming Wednesday, January 29th, at 6:30 pm at Launch Charter School on 1580 Dean Street. The evening will feature a presentation on community organizing from Anthonine Pierre, Lead Community Organizer with the Brooklyn Movement Center. We hope you'll join us!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

"Selfies 4 Safety" Campaign: How to Participate

Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets (YO S.O.S.) has created an interactive campaign against gun violence that was recently featured in DNAinfo.

There are now three reflective mirrors up in the community for people to take their photos. After you take a photo, you can upload it to Instagram, Twitter, and/or Facebook with the hashtag #selfies4safety. The mirrors all have positive statements next to them like 'I am a peacemaker," so that when you see your face, you also see that statement associated with it. 

You can also get involved from anywhere! Just follow the directions below.

To participate, take a photo of yourself and then add a caption on or under it, using one of the following phrases: 
  • I can make a change
  • I am powerful
  • I love Crown Heights
  • I want a safe neighborhood
  • I stand against gun violence
To share your photo, upload it to Instagram, Twitter, and/or Facebook with the hashtag, #selfies4safety. Thanks for participating!

Rally in Response to New Year's Day Shooting

On January 3rd, a snowy Friday, the S.O.S. team and a number of volunteers gathered on the corner of Schenectady Avenue and St. Johns Place, where a shooting had occurred two days earlier on New Year's Day. The participants spoke to passersby and spread the message that the violence must stop.