Monday, July 21, 2014

Nelson Mandela Celebration at Boys and Girls High School

On Friday July 18, S.O.S. took part in a celebration of the 96th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's birth and his historic visit to Boys & Girls High School in 1990. Principal Bernard Gassaway, City Council Member Robert Cornegy, Mayor David Dinkins, Reverend Herbert Daughtry and a delegation from the South African ANC Party took part in the ceremony of remembrance, renaming the Boys & Girls High School athletic field Nelson Mandela Field. The day included a park and campus cleanup by students, performance by the Black and Gold Marching Band and a 67minute walk around the field commemorating the 67 years of South African Apartheid.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Community Rally in Response to Shooting

On Thursday, July 10th, 20 community residents gathered along with S.O.S. staff to rally against the shooting that took place the previous weekend on the corner of Sterling Place and Schenectady Avenue.

Clergy members from three different churches attended to speak out against violence. Many people who did not join the group originally stopped and listened to the message, stop the shootings.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

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.


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Speak Your Peace

Kristie Joseph is a summer intern at the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center. She is a rising senior at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

 I have been interning at the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center for a few weeks. Interning at CHCMC has been a positive experience. Sadasia, my co-intern, and I are learning a lot of material and we’re both grateful for the opportunity. A few weeks ago, we were given a project called Speak Your Peace. Speak Your Peace is a tool that gives people the opportunity to respond to gun violence in their neighborhood. Sadasia and I have visited 25 residents that live in the Crown Heights neighborhood. We’ve interviewed children and adults, and everyone had something different to say, but they all spoke on how their community could be improved. Two people that had the biggest impact on us were a man named Robert and a 12 year old boy named Jordan. They were completely honest, assertive, and kind. Everyone from the children to the adults had a great impact on us. Overall, this experience is very life-changing and informative, and Sadasia and I are so glad to have worked on this project.

Some pictures from our project:

“All we want is for everyone to cooperate and come together as a whole community.”

“If I could change one thing in my community, I would want to stop those who kill other people’s loved ones.”

“People have been interacting better, but the violence is surreal and needs to stop.”

“If I could change one thing in my community it would be the amount of guns that are in the streets.”