JOIN the SOS MARCH

Please join Save Our Streets Crown Heights (S.O.S.) for our annual March to End Gun Violence on Thursday, June 7th, convening at Brower Park at Kingston Avenue and Park Place at 5:30 PM and departing at 6 PM. The March will be an opportunity to celebrate the reduction in shootings in the S.O.S. target area in the past two years, from 23 incidents in 2010 to only 12 in 2011, and an opportunity to commit to taking action to make our streets safer. Before the march, S.O.S. will host a block party from 12:00 – 4:00 PM on Park Place.

Art Not Arrests Kick Off Event

Screening of The Interrupters

Saturday May 12th
(rain date Sunday May 13)
at the Crow Hill Community Garden
730 Franklin Avenue
(between Park & Sterling Place)
Garden opens at 7:15
seating limited to the first 30 people
Film starts at 8:15
Please bring a folding chair or blanket to sit on

The violence interrupter program is the model on which S.O.S. Crown Heights is based.

Alan James, S.O.S.’s manager will introduce the film and talk about the success of violence interruption in our community.

Print and post flier

About The Interrupters

The Interrupters is an award wining documentary about three Violence Interrupters who try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed. From acclaimed director Steve James and bestselling author Alex Kotlowitz, this film is an unusually intimate journey into the stubborn, persistence of violence in our cities.

 

Saturday’s Suggestion – Provide an Internship

SUMMER INTERNSHIPS NEEDED

Over the course of the last two years, the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center has formed a cadre of approximately twenty youth living in western Crown Heights.  The group is called Y.O. S.O.S. – Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets

Sick and tired of the violence that their peers engage in toward themselves and adults, they have received extensive training in how they (as youth) can play roles in stemming potentially violent situations before they get out of control.

An idea of the work they have been doing can be found by looking at their Facebook page

As a “perk” for doing this work, we are going to try to help them find summer jobs and internships. We want every youth to get a chance to interview for a placement by the time school gets out.  We are looking for the types of internships where the communication and problem solving skills that they have developed can be utilized.  We are looking for the types of internships where these kids can continue to grow.

Please contact Ruby-Beth Buitekant: rbuitekant@crownheights.org for more information.

Save Our Streets (S.O.S.) Crown Heights 2nd annual Arts to End Violence contest and art show

The Crown Heights community has made a commitment to end gun violence.  Merchants hang signs in their windows counting up the amount of days it has been since our last shooting; clergy members organize events to discuss violence in their congregations, teenagers speak to other teenagers about alternatives to violence. We are inviting the artists of Crown Heights and beyond to participate in our efforts to transform the neighborhood to make it a safe place for all.

Last year, the Arts to End Violence show brought artists together to share their own messages of peace and feelings about violence.  Some of the participants were established in their field and others were new to the creative process. The results were a diverse group of powerful images and performances that invigorated the community efforts to reduce violence.

We are calling on artists of all ages to submit art for this year’s project. 
Artists 19 and younger can submit in three categories (2-dimensional art, videos and t-shirt designs) to be eligible for cash prizes. Professional artists are invited to submit pieces to be part of the Art to End Violence collection to be displayed in local galleries and nontraditional venues such parks, laundromats and barber shops.

Guidelines for the youth contest are available here, and the call to professional and emerging artists is here. The flyer for the youth contest is available here.

Deadlines

March 15th - Early Deadline (for feedback from the Selection Committee – optional)
April 5th - Final Deadline for Submissions
May 21st-25th - Festival and Gallery Openings
June 3rd-10th - Winners announced during “Cease the Fire, Increase the Peace” Week

We encourage artists, gallery spaces, teachers, art programs and media to follow our tumblr through the Arts to End Violence tab above. Call us at 718-773-6886 and speak with Anthony or email him at mohena@crownheights.org to learn more and to get involved!