Monday, June 30, 2014

Community Comes Together for Joyful Peace Games

On Friday afternoon, June 27th, S.O.S. held its third annual Peace Games event in Brower Park.

At least 200 young people, from 3 years old to young adults, attended and participated, as well as over 70 adults. Two basketball games, one for teens and young adults and one for preteens and teens involved at least 50 youth. 

Younger kids also had a great time, drawing in chalk, jumping rope, and completing a peace mural with markers. Face painting was a huge hit, operating at the event for 4 hours straight. Kids of all ages had their faces painted as tigers, pirates, superheroes, and more. Neighborhood residents also enjoyed food and giveaways, and were able to get legal information from the Legal aid Society, who tabled with information in the park. Overall, it was a wonderful start to a weekend with the community coming together for a fun and safe event. See all the photos from this year's Peace Games here.

Coney Islanders Respond to Gun Violence

On Thursday, June 19th, the S.O.S. Crown Heights outreach team joined members of the Coney Island Anti-Violence Coalition at a community rally in response to a shooting at the Surfside Gardens housing development on West 32nd Street in Coney Island. 

Urban Neighborhood Services leads the Coney Island Anti-Violence Coalition, an affiliation of over 100 Coney Island residents and organizations working together to address gun violence in the neighborhood. The Coalition is working to bring a Cure Violence program to the area but, in the meantime, Coalition volunteers have organized and are taking to the streets to apply some of the elements of Cure Violence that they can safely implement on their own.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Third Annual Peace Games June 27th

On Friday, June 27th, from 2-6 pm in Brower Park, S.O.S. will host a series of games and activities as part of the annual Peace Games. Activities will include face painting, a basketball tournament, and games for kids of all ages. Join us!

Art Exposed Event July 5th

Join us on Saturday, July 5th, from 4-8 PM, at The Paper Box, as we gather for Art Exposed – a fun filled day of art, music, community, and food – hosted by MO Entertainment.

Art Exposed is an art and music showcase, intended to bring together local business owners, bloggers, entertainers, and artists to help raise money and awareness around important social causes. 

This year's theme is gun violence, and a portion of ticket proceeds will be donated to S.O.S. Crown Heights. 

MO Entertainment’s founder, Megan Ollivierre, explains Art Exposed as "a way to begin an organic conversation on gun violence in our community, and provide a blueprint on ways we can do something to change it."

The event will include several live performances, a silent art auction, and BBQ provided by Hood Chef! Tickets are $15.


Friday, June 6, 2014

Rallies in Response to Two Shooting Incidents

After 80 days without a shooting, five people were shot in the S.O.S. catchment area within three days last week. On Thursday night, a man was shot and killed on Albany Avenue on St. Johns Place. On Saturday night, four people were shot at St. Johns Park.

In response, S.O.S. organized a rally at the site of each incident.

On Monday, June 2nd, about 100 people attended a rally on the corner of St. Johns and Albany to protest the shooting that killed Todd Edward Wilks, including the family of the victim. Reverend Kevin Jones, S.O.S. Clergy Liaison, spoke movingly. Senior Outreach Worker Derick Scott spoke of the need to "hold each other up" instead of reaching for a gun.

On Tuesday, June 3rd, a rally was held in front of St. Johns Park on Troy Avenue and St. Marks to recognize the violence that occurred when four people were shot at St. Johns Park during the Founder's Day Celebration on Saturday. The community stood together to spread the message that this violence is unacceptable.