Wednesday, April 30, 2014


We have great news to share: The Indiegogo Campaign for "Arts to End Violence - Support Youth in Ending Gun Violence" closed last Saturday with a total of $11,300 raised!

We are excited about these funds and the great programs they will support, but equally excited to know that 160 backers all believe in youth power and in the ability of transformative arts to end violence.

Last week Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets presented on the in-school organizing they've been doing to raise awareness of gun violence among their peers and teachers. This included student surveys, teacher interviews, poster campaigns, presentations to their classmates, and more. Here are a few photos from their presentation: 

Additionally, we are in touch with more than 30 organizations who will be tabling and leading activities at the Kingston Ave Festival on May 17th and are continuing to receive art submissions for the Arts to End Violence gallery show on May 22nd. We hope to see many of you at these exciting events!

Save Our Streets and Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets take a public health approach to ending gun violence. Together we can work towards a cure. We believe that EVERYONE has a role to play in ending gun violence. Thank you once again for joining the movement to build safer and healthier communities in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and beyond!

Shooting Response Rally on April 29th

On Tuesday, April 29th at 3 pm, 15 people gathered at the corner of Dean Street and Utica Avenue for a rally in response to a shooting that happened on that corner on Friday, April 25th. 

S.O.S. staff members, volunteers, and community residents alerted passersby that there had been a shooting, and that they would not remain silent. Despite the rain, people passing by on the street stopped and listened, and the rally let the community know that gun violence will not go unnoticed, and will not be tolerated.

S.O.S. Volunteer Tiffany Murray at Satellite Magazine's Speaker Series

 On April 15th, longtime S.O.S. volunteer and member of the S.O.S. Clergy Action Network, Tiffany Murray, spoke at Satellite Magazine's third installment of its Cities+ Speaker Series, which invites speakers to give presentations about various urban issues.

Tiffany spoke about her work with S.O.S., and afterward spoke with audience members, encouraging them to get involved in community projects in their neighborhood that need volunteers. S.O.S. would not be able to run without its volunteers, and we are grateful to Tiffany for her work and for spreading the message of anti-violence and community involvement to other Brooklyn residents.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Hairing It Out: A Conversation on Fatherhood

On Wednesday, April 16th, neighborhood residents and members of the S.O.S. Crown Heights staff convened for haircuts and conversation at Classic Cut Barber Shop on St. Johns Place near Hampton Place. The topic was “Fatherhood: Why are so many fathers missing from the lives of their children?”

At one point, as many as 20 people crowded into the shop to join in the conversation.  Three generations of men were represented, which allowed for a rich historical and cultural perspective to color the conversation. S.O.S. Outreach Worker Derick Scott facilitated the lively conversation. The ideas and observations that emerged were complex, and the discussion was carried on with mutual respect for all members of the conversation. 

All who were present agreed that the discussion should go on and there was general agreement that an effort should be made to make sure that more young people were invited to join the next gathering. 

The Kingston Avenue Festival 2014!

Our annual block party, the Kingston Avenue Festival, will be on Saturday, May 17th, from 1 pm to 5 pm, on Kingston Avenue from Bergen Street to Pacific Street. Come out and join us for a day of performances, art, games, music, and community resources.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Final Deadline for Arts to End Violence Contest: May 7th

Our final deadline to submit art for Arts to End Violence is May 7th. Submit to or call 718-773-6886 for more information.

Monday, April 14, 2014

S.O.S. C.A.N. Basketball Tryouts

This past Saturday, April 12th, the S.O.S. Clergy Action Network held tryouts for its new basketball team, "The Interrupters." Tryouts were held at the gym in the Historic First Church of God in Christ on Kingston Avenue. 12 young people between the ages of 15 and 22 came out to show off their skills. For more information on the basketball league, call Rev. Kevin Jones at (917) 837-2032.

Our Arts to End Violence Deadline is Extended!

If you haven't yet submitted your art for this year's Arts to End Violence contest, there is still time! Our deadline is extended to April 15th, and is flexible. Contact us if you have questions! To submit your art, email Marlies at

Thursday, April 10, 2014

"Interrupting Violence in Brooklyn," a photo essay on MSNBC

The photographer Amnon Gutman worked with the S.O.S. Outreach Team daily for three months in 2012. MSNBC has posted some of his photos along with an article profiling the team today. You can read the article and view the pictures here.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Hiring for S.O.S. Jobs in Bed-Stuy and the Bronx

Two S.O.S. Projects are looking for candidates to fill three positions. Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.  Please click the links below to read the full job descriptions for the positions. Refer to each job description for directions on how to apply and deadlines.

Program Managers

Outreach Workers
Violence Interrupters

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Now Recruiting for Make It Happen!

Make It Happen! is an OVC (Office of Victims of Crime) funded program run in partnership with the Center for Court Innovation's Domestic Violence department. The program is geared toward young men of color, ages 16-24, and aims to give participants the tools necessary to overcome traumatic experiences, and to be able to succeed in spite of those experiences through one-on-one and group sessions. We are now recruiting participants for our next cycle.

For more information on Make It Happen! or to join or refer someone to the program, contact Program Coordinator Kenton Kirby at or call 347-268-8749.

Silent Day of Recognition in Von King Park, April 5th

This Saturday, April 5th, The Brooklyn Zen Center and DIVAS for Social Justice will hold a silent memorial to honor victims of gun violence. The event will take place from 10 am - 5 pm in Herbert Von King Park in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Volunteers will read the names of those who have lost their lives to gun violence. All are welcome to attend. To submit a name to be read or to learn more about the event, you can visit the event's website. Click here to read an article with more information about the event.