Editor's note: SOS Crown Heights, whose work to prevent gun violence in our neighborhood is both crucial and ongoing, have designated this coming week as a "Week of Peace." Click on the schedule above or read on below for more information on the events they have planned to raise awareness about one of the most important issues affecting Crown Heights today.
For immediate release:
Dear Community Members and Leaders,
Please join Save Our Streets (S.O.S.) and the Crown Heights community for our first “S.O.S. Week of Peace,” October 16th to October 23rd 2011. Local Businesses, houses of worship, community residents, local organizations and schools will gather from across Crown Heights to express the message of non-violence in a range of activities.
The main event of the week will be a Peace March on October 20th, 2011. Join hundreds of members from the community in demanding an end to the violence, supporting all the victims of violence and their families, and celebrating the positive changes the community has made to reduce gun-violence. We will be congregating on the north side of Eastern Parkway at Utica Avenue at 6:00pm. If you would like to walk as a group, please visit soscrownheights.org to register.
Religious leaders throughout Crown Heights will commence and close the S.O.S. Week of Peace with “Non-Violence Sundays” on October 16th and October 23rd by dedicating their religious services to the message of non-violence. There will also be a screening of The Interrupters, the award-winning documentary about the Chicago Ceasefire anti-violence approach on which the SOS program is based, on Friday, October 21st at 6:30 PM at PS 289 (900 St. Marks Ave at Kingston).
Since February 2011, the work that S.O.S. has done with the Crown Heights community has shown that when we all work together and focus on gun violence reduction, we can save lives. Compared to last year, shootings have reduced 70 % in S.O.S.’s target area: from Kingston Avenue to Utica Avenue and from Eastern Parkway to Atlantic Avenue. Let’s continue to work together to end the senseless shootings and killings. To join the movement and stay informed about our activities, subscribe to our blog (soscrownheights.org), “like” our Facebook page (Facebook.com/soscrownheights) and sign up to volunteer by calling our office at 718.773.6886.
We look forward to seeing you at the Peace March and the S.O.S. Week of Peace. If you would like to be involved, please contact Eliana Horn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Save Our Streets Crown Heights Team