Yesterday, I was thrilled to share the news that SOS Crown Heights had gone 93 days without a shooting in their catchment area, which stretches from Kingston west to Utica and Eastern Parkway north to Atlantic. While many factors no doubt contributed to three months without shootings, the SOS folks deserve an immense amount of praise for their community-based anti-violence work.
Today, the sad news came in that a young man was shot and killed. While family and friends mourn, the SOS folks are organizing to make incidents like this the exception, not the rule, in Crown Heights. There are two ways you can join them over the next few days:
- Go to the shooting response tomorrow (notice below):
Unfortunately, there was a fatal shooting in Crown Heights on Sunday, June 2nd on Bergen street and Albany avenue. We are very saddened by this event as we were approaching 100 days without a shooting. Please join us for a shooting response tomorrow, June 4th at 6pm on Bergen street and Albany Avenue. Only together as a community can we continue the difficult work of ending gun violence.
- Speak Your Peace with SOS and their partners on Wednesday (flyer above, info below):
Arts to End Violence presents our first ever open-mic spoken word event "Speak Your PEACE!" We are looking for voices from the community to share words about violence and how we can work against it. All submissions/entrants are welcome-- email Marlon Peterson at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you want to participate. If you're not a wordsmith yourself, come hear your neighbors perform! The event will be held from 6:30-9pm this Wednesday, June 5th, at 1156 St. Johns Place, between Kingston and Albany Avenues.
Arts to End Violence is an initiative of the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center, home of Save Our Streets Crown Heights-- a grassroots anti-violence initiative. Previous Arts to End Violence events included the Kingston Avenue Festival block party and a gallery opening featuring anti-violence art. This time we're using our words: what do you have to say about gun violence? Speak your PEACE!
Also, following the Speak Your PEACE event all will have a guided tour of our Arts To End Violence art gallery located on the same block. A live deejay will be on hand and refreshments will be served.
Note: Please share widely. Thank you
- Additionally, as posted last week, all six candidates for City Council in the 35th District will be appearing at a candidates forum on Wednesday from 7-9pm at PS 9 on Underhill Avenue between St. Marks and Bergen. You can submit questions online at the link above. There are a lot of challenges facing Crown Heights - let's hear what our prospective City Councilors have to say about them. Thanks to the Crow Hill Community Association, Crown Heights North Association and the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council for hosting.