Research on S.O.S. Efficacy

Save Our Streets Crown Heights is delighted to share an evaluation of S.O.S. that reports that shooting rates have decreased as a result of our efforts.

The report, "Testing a Public Health Approach to Gun Violence," conducted by the Center for Court Innovation, took place over 29 months and shows that comparison neighborhoods had 20% higher rates of gun violence than our neighborhood did. Click here to read a summary of the report.

Research from John Jay College of Criminal Justice:
"Denormalizing Violence: Evaluation Framework for a Public Health Model of Violence Prevention"

NY Times articles on gun violence:
"Unlearning Gun Violence" November 11, 2013

"Who Pays for the Right to Bear Arms?" January 1st, 2013

"At the ER, Bearing Witness to Gun Violence" January 1st, 2013

"Blocking the Transmission of Violence" May 4, 2008

From Chicago to Brooklyn: A case study in replication
Bureau of Justice Assistance; Department of Justice

History of Nonviolence as a Public Health Issue
Center for Disease Control

East Harlem Juvenile Gang Task Force: 2011 Needs Assessment and Strategic Plan
By Raye Barbieri, Christopher Watler, John Megaw, Susanna Osorno-Crandall and Bryn Herrschaft

Resources for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence:
Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence

The Martin Luther King Jr. Center For Non-Violent Social Change

Common Peace: The Center for Advancement of Non-violence

Fellowship of Reconciliation 

Urban Leadership Institute

Safe Passages

"The Mindless Menace of Violence." Speech by Robert F. Kennedy on April 5, 1968; the day after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Kennedy tried to frame the issues associated with violence by reflecting on wrong values and a society in which its citizens had become disconnected; people “with whom we share a city, but not a community.”

The Six Principles of Nonviolence
fundamental tenets of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s philosophy of nonviolence described in his first book, Stride Towards Freedom. The six principles include:
1. Nonviolence is for courageous people. It is a way of life.
2. Build the Beloved Community everywhere you go.
3. Attack forces of evil, not persons doing evil.
4. Accept suffering without retaliation, for the sake of the just cause.
5. Avoid inner violence of the spirit as well as outward physical violence.
6. The universe is on the side of justice.

The Six Steps of Nonviolence to Solve Any Problem
A sequential process of nonviolent conflict-resolution and social change based on Dr. King's teachings and developed by the King Center.
1. Gather information.
2. Share the information with all who care about the problem.
3. Strengthen your own commitment.
4. Negotiate with dignity for all.
5. If negotiations fail, take appropriate direct action, then negotiate again.
6. Always reconcile. Celebrate reconciliation!