Please join Save Our Streets Crown Heights (S.O.S.) for our second annual Save Our Streets Week, June 2nd – June 10th 2012. Come together with your neighbors to celebrate the reduction of gun violence in our neighborhood and to commit to taking action to make our streets safer.
The main event of the week will be our annual March to End Gun Violence, convening at Kingston Avenue and Park Place at 5:30 PM, and departing at 6:00 PM. Before the march, S.O.S. will host a block party from 12:00 – 4:00 PM on that same block.
Religious leaders throughout the neighborhood will commit their weekend services to nonviolence during the opening and closing weekend of Save Our Streets Week. On Monday, June 4th check out our facebook atwww.facebook.com/soscrownheights
and twitter athttp://www.twitter.com%20/soscrownheights
for ways that you can help make our message go viral. On Tuesday, June 5th, young men and women from the neighborhood will join in for a day of friendly recreation during the S.O.S. Peace Games in Brower Park. On Wednesday, Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets will lead young people from Crown Heights in a coordinated dance on Eastern Parkway to bring passersby attention to the issue of violence. Lastly, join S.O.S. for a screening of Chisholm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed
on Friday, June 8th at 8:00 PM in the backyard of Candy Rush at 733 Franklin Avenue.
Shootings have been reduced in the S.O.S.target
area in the past two years, from 23 incidents in 2010 to only 12 in 2011. Neighborhood residents, clergy, merchants, and the S.O.S. outreach team, have worked together to make gun violence unacceptable in our neighborhood. We’re starting off the summer with a renewed commitment to further reduce gun violence in our neighborhood.
As of April, the Kings Against Violence Initiative has successfully been running its new ‘Academic Enrichment Program’ for its participants. The goal of this program is to give the young men the personal academic attention they need in order for them to focus in on their academic strengths and weaknesses inside and outside the classroom. Tutors who have been brought in from local college, including SUNY downstate and Brooklyn College, as well as retired Board of Education teachers, work with the young men to develop plans for studying and to work with them on challenging subjects. Thus far, this program has been a continuous success in which these young men benefit from the mentoring that this program provides.