On April 1st the Save Our Streets Clergy Action Network (S.O.S. C.A.N.) led by Rev. Kevin Jones sponsored the film showing of “The Interrupters.” This movie chronicles the daily activities of the original Cure Violence site in Chicago, allowing the clergy and community to further see and understand the work of the S.O.S. Outreach Team in Crown Heights.
“Approximately 52 people, mostly youth, filed into the Trinity Baptist Church, 179 New York Ave, pastored by Rev. Glenmore Bembry. The audience sat attentively, at times stunned to know these workers put their lives on the line to make our communities safer for all people. The youth especially were moved seeing countless youth losing the battle to gun violence. They realized without these cure violence workers they would be unable to walk and play in the streets.The following Monday evening, 14 young Explorers sat with us as we planned this year’s Increase The peace: Community Youth Symposium on June 17th. During this meeting, while planning what workshops should be offered, one young lady who saw the film said, “we should allow the S.O.S. Outreach Team to speak because the people need to know just how much these people do to keep us safe.” She was definitely moved by what the film showed her.”
After a period of prayer we all went across the street and prayed for a couple married 58 years. They were so welcoming and glad that we thought to notice them and offer prayer for them. I personally thank God for Faith Leaders who join with the fight to Save Our Streets. Of those that participated several had Holy Week Services to attend that night but took out time to say a prayer and be there for their community.”