On Monday, September 25th from 12pm-1pm, on the steps of Borough hall sat approximately 50 people that came out to support and/or share a space to remember loved ones that are no longer here on earth. On the pillars at the top of the stairs were pictures of these loved ones. The occasion was for the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims which took place outside of Borough Hall in Brooklyn Heights. A Youth and Community Clinician from the Crown Heights Mediation Center joined other Cure Violence organizations (GMACC, Not Another Child and Man Up) in addition to other people and organizations to commemorate those whose lives were lost due to gun violence.
This event was hosted by the organization, Not Another Child, an organization that supports parents who lost their children and are now advocating for safety. Their mission statement is as follows: “Not Another Child’s mission is to provide wholeness and healing to families that have experienced a violent, traumatic event. We provide unconventional therapeutic support to families and communities.” Not Another Child, Inc. (N.A.C.) was established in 2006 after the death of a young man that was hit by a stray bullet that came from a gun being held by a 15-year-old.
The program was brief, but meaningful. The program commenced with the release of red balloons while saying the names of people they wanted to honor and bring into the space. There was a group poem collectively read about always remembering and never forgetting followed by the reading of their names. A few people spoke about why this event is important and two women shared with passion or tears the loss of their sons and importance of anti-gun violence work so that other lives are not taken.