Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Monday, March 24, 2014
On Saturday, March 22nd, the auditorium at P.S. 289 was filled with people of all ages to watch the performers in the Third Annual Stop Shooting Start Living Talent Show. The show featured 24 acts performing a variety of talents - singing, rapping, dancing, spoken word, and more. As audience members arrived, they were able to listen to a performance from the jazz band of local middle school KIPP AMP.
|The KIPP AMP jazz band|
Outreach Workers Derick Scott and Lavon Walker led the crowd through the rest of the show, which contained praise dances, a drum line, break dancing, poetry, step, singing, and many other performances. Throughout the afternoon, anti-violence messages spread throughout the event, which was free and open to the community. Audience members were led in chants of "Guns down, peace up!" and waved orange towels that said on them "Stop Shooting, Start Living."
Throughout the night, audience members won raffle prizes generously donated from Bend and Bloom Yoga, Fine Fare, Nimba Cafe, Dr. Margaret Rose DeCruz, SoulKofa Catering, Veggies Natural Juice Bar, Crowd Goes Wild (FOX Sports 1), Chavela’s, Barboncino, Cobble Hill Cinemas, National September 11 Memorial & Museum, PX Legrand Sales and Marketing, and LeFrak Lakefront at Prospect Park.
The show was coordinated by Anthony Newerls and co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Blizzards youth organization. The show would not have been possible without support from the beautiful Crown Heights community. Thank you to P.S. 289, photographer Andrew Hinderaker, our S.O.S. volunteers, and to everyone who came out and enjoyed the show!
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
On Saturday, S.O.S. held a meet and greet for performers for Saturday's talent show. Performers got to know each other, learned more about the event, and showed off their skills.
Come see our excellent performers for yourself at the S.O.S. Talent Show! This Saturday, March 22nd at P.S. 289, 900 St. Marks Ave. Doors open at 2:30 pm and the show begins at 3:30 pm.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Last month, the S.O.S. Clergy Action Network (S.O.S. C.A.N.) met to strategize about the Network's initiatives for the spring. There were 36 attendees from approximately 31 houses of worship. Also in attendance were Council Member Laurie Cumbo and a representative from the office of Assembly Member Karim Camara. The attendees signed up for committees on various projects, including an upcoming day-long youth Symposium, the second installment of the youth panel "Power-Filled Me," a basketball team, and the next Faith Walk With Prayers.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
On Wednesday, March 12th, following a community rally against Monday's shooting, 10 residents gathered for a conversation about neighborhood safety and important community issues. The evening opened with each person sharing their personal highlights and challenges from the week.
We moved on to checking in together on what people have been noticing in the neighborhood, sharing both positive events and joys as well as persistent problems and issues to work on. The conversation then opened up to discussing opportunities and challenges for youth, including a report back to the group about ongoing work on a youth carpentry apprenticeship that grew out of Community Conversations.
We closed by highlighting a number of local organizations that need volunteer involvement, encouraging participants to spread the word to increase involvement in the community. All are welcome at Community Conversations. The next meeting will take place in April.
Last night at 6 pm, 15 people gathered together in the rain on the corner of Albany and St. Marks Avenues to rally in response to the shooting of a 17-year-old young man on Monday afternoon in that location. S.O.S. outreach workers Lavon Walker and Derick Scott spoke out against the violence. Chaplain Magreen Snow represented the S.O.S. Clergy Action Network. Prior to Monday, there had been 67 days without a shooting in the S.O.S. catchment area.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Monday, March 10, 2014
We are in the midst of an Indiegogo campaign to help us raise funds for our Arts to End Violence Festival. Arts to End Violence includes a street festival, an art contest, a talent show, a gallery exhibit, and workshops. Please watch the video below to learn more about the campaign, spread the word, and donate here! Every contribution makes a difference.
Monday, March 3, 2014
Thursday evening over two hundred people gathered at Catfish, a bar and restaurant in Crown Heights, to raise money for Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets.
The YO S.O.S. supporters mingled and enjoyed their beverages all in the name of supporting young people in their efforts to raise awareness about gun violence and spread their anti-violence message.
Catfish graciously opened their doors and for hours the proceeds of drinks and New Orleans style Po Boy purchases went to support the Youth Organizers.
The vibe was lively and celebratory. Thank you to Catfish for being wonderful hosts and thanks so much to everyone that came to support YO S.O.S.