SOS team with community members
Photos by Andrew Hinderaker

At the end of March S.O.S. celebrated a special landmark: 30 days without a shooting. Five days later, with peace still reigning in the streets, S.O.S. brought the celebration to the community to mark 35 days without gun violence.

“That’s 35 days of peace, 35 days where you can walk outside safely, 35 days when your children can come home from school without having to duck, 35 nights where we can fall asleep without the sound of gunshots,” Derick Scott, S.O.S. Outreach worker, said into the loudspeaker.

S.O.S. staff and volunteers held up signs reading, “Don’t shoot! I want to grow up” and gave out candy to passerby on the busy corner of Eastern Parkway and Utica avenue. Passerby clapped enthusiastically when Marlon Peterson, deputy director of the CHCMC, told the community to give themselves a round of applause for this achievement.

Rabbi Eli Cohen and SOS Outreach Worker Derick Scott
Photos by Andrew Hinderaker
Several members of the S.O.S. Clergy Action Network joined the rally, including Rabbi Eli Cohen of the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council, who said into the loudspeaker, “We are very proud of your achievement today. We’re here to support the SOS team and to thank them for the hard work they do in the streets, making our community safer for everyone.”

To learn more about how the S.O.S. team works to make our streets safe from gun violence, and what you can do to help, join us for the first-ever “S.O.S. Community Conversation,” next Wednesday, April 10th from 6-8pm at the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center, 256 Kingston Ave. For more information email Ariana at or call 718-773-6886. To view more photos of this event click here.

Today marks 40 days without shootings– let’s keep the peace going.