On Saturday, February 18th, 65 people of faith including Councilwoman Darlene Mealy and representatives of the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office, joined our Clergy Liaison Rev. Kevin Jones at The Bethany U.M.C. for the free Winter Strategy Breakfast. The hot breakfast was nourishing and the dialog powerful. After prayer and self introductions, Rev. Edward Jenkins spoke about our Youth Symposium that took place on February 2nd at The School of Leadership and Democracy. The school day was covered for 260 students throughout 5 periods including lunch. Current and former Save Our Streets workers along with others facilitated workshops including Self-Mobilization, Community Violence, Entrepreneurship, Life 101, Your Voice Matters, Arts to End Violence, and The Intersection of Domestic Violence & Gun Violence. The day ended after lunch with a presentation by fellow Cure Violence site G.M.A.C.C.. The students were awed by the workshops given and the knowledge shared, and expressed their appreciation for the day.
Rev Jones then discussed the formation of a Response Team, a new Mediation Center initiative. Captain Abassi, the new C.O. of the 77th precinct, requested that S.O.S. preform shooting responses throughout the entire 77th precinct. Many of the faith leaders present signed up as responders to minister healing to a hurting community and be there for the affected families.
Lastly, the Monthly “Night Of Prayer Against Gun Violence” which convenes on the 4th Tuesday of every month was discussed. This is an opportunity for the community to join together with the community to pray for an hour against the scourge of gun violence and it’s potential causes. Our next Night Of Prayer Against Gun Violence” will be held at 28th Beulah Church of the Nazarene, at 1250 St. Johns Place at the corner of Troy Ave. The doors will open at 7pm with prayers from 7:30 until 8:30pm.
On April 1st, here will be a screening of the movie “The Interrupters” which chronicles the work of the Save Our Streets outreach team by following the start of the Cure Violence program in Chicago. The S.O.S. team will be on site to speak of their work here in Brooklyn followed by a Q & A session and light refreshments. This event will be held at 12pm at Trinity Baptist Church, 179 New York Ave between Park Place and Prospect Place.