Save Our Streets
The S.O.S. Brooklyn staff prevent gun violence from occurring in two target areas within the neighborhoods of Crown Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant by mediating conflicts that may end in gun violence and acting as peer counselors to the people who are at risk of perpetrating or being victimized by violence. The S.O.S. teams work closely with neighborhood leaders and businesses to promote a visible and public message against gun violence, encouraging local voices to articulate that shooting is an unacceptable behavior. S.O.S. Brooklyn is a project of Neighbors in Action and the Center for Court Innovation. The Center for Court Innovation also operates two sister S.O.S. sites in the South Bronx.
I was given the opportunity to provide a live screenprinting demo at a number of S.O.S. block parties in Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights. These parties are held on blocks that at one time were too dangerous to consider an event. It is an amazing way to celebrate all the hard work the community has done to keep each other safe.