Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Crow Hill Community Association Response to the Shootings at Park Place - Updated


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Hope to see everyone out here tomorrow night - it's easy to sit at home and blog about these events, but it strikes me as voyeuristic and opportunistic if we don't get out and support those in our community who have been made victims of senseless violence, as well as those who are working to put an end to it.

Also, please consider a donation to the Denise Gay Fund. For those (like me) who didn't know her, there's a very sad article about her life and untimely death in the New York Times this morning.

Update: the NYTimes reports that the bullet that killed Ms. Gay most likely came from an officer's handgun. The terrible truth is that when a gun battle occurs in which over 70 shots are fired, there are no winners, only survivors. SOS Crown Heights, who will be present at the press conference later today, are working very hard in this neighborhood to prevent situations like this one. This tragic incident highlights just how important their work is.

PLEASE JOIN US
THURS. SEPTEMBER 8 AT 6PM • PARK PLACE AND FRANKLIN
TO SAY YES TO COMMUNITY AND NO TO GUN VIOLENCE


WILL HOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE TO UNITE OUR 
COMMUNITY AFTER THE SHOOTINGS ON MONDAY

- We must come together to demand stricter gun laws
- We must come together in solidarity against violence in our streets
- We must come together to support the families who have lost loved ones

        
COME OUT AND BE COUNTED THE FIRST STEP IN SOLVING THESE ISSUES IS A UNITED COMMUNITY
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We have started a fund for Denise Gay's daughter
(Ms. Gay was the innocent bystander senselessly killed in the shootout)

Donations can be dropped off at HAD Associates, 737 Franklin Avenue

- Checks can be made out to Crow Hill Community Association with "Denise Gay Fund" in the memo
- Cash should be in a sealed envelope with "CHCA/Denise Gay Fund" written on the outside


We will also be collecting for the fund at Thursday's Press Conference and at our September 20th meeting (at HAD Associates)

5 comments:

  1. Can't make the meeting but thanks for the article and fund link. At least the majority of the block lockdown has departed. The de facto curfew/house arrest of the whole block was starting to get very strange and wrong indeed.

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  2. but having shootings and guns is not "very strange and wrong" ??

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  3. anonymous--oh definitely. no question. no reason on earth why both of those things can't be true. I can sure as shit not want people shooting each other and also not want the police to harass my neighbors and my boyfriend and create a climate of increased fear and repression. I'm aware that there was (and presumably is) an ongoing investigation. What I took issue with was the manner in which it was being conducted, which was not courteous, professional, nor respectful on the part of some individuals (apologies to those officers I saw doing a hard job with grace and dignity).

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  4. I was impressed last night with the messages of the black leaders who spoke. They focused on coming together as a community to support individuals making positive choices. Examples of such choices included breaking with the 'don't snitch' informal policy, turning illegal handguns into the police, and being involved in children's lives to prevent them from turning to violence.

    These messages stood out especially since I've seen so many in print these last few days condemning the black Caribbean community for being socially irresponsible and morally corrupt.

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  5. Most of the speakers have worked on these issues for decades. It is a life long calling.

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