The Brooklyn-based church Coney Island Gospel Assembly recently held a gun buyback program in an attempt to reduce gun violence within the borough. According to Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes’ website, “The success of this program goes a long way toward reducing violent crime in Brooklyn. Each gun that is taken off the streets could lead to one less robbery … To overcome the fact that some people are intimidated when it comes to turning guns in to a police precinct, we got the churches and clergy involved.”
Poetry, funk/soul music and colorful lights danced their way through the warehouse windows and out into the muggy, calm summer night at the Street Poets Den on 80 Vernon Ave. in Brooklyn on June 28 as the Street Poets NYC held their monthly open mic–the first one of the summer–which was a celebration of the event’s new home.
Starting this summer, the New Girl Scouts of the Greater New York’s Girl Scout Leadership Institute (GSLI-NY), in partnership with Barnard College’s Athena Center, is giving a rare opportunity to 51 girls, grades nine to 12, from low-income communities to develop socially responsible business ideas and have them evaluated by some of New York’s brightest women entrepreneurs.
On Wednesday June 19, at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NYC mayoral candidates John Liu, Bill Thompson, Anthony Weiner, Bill de Blasio, Chris Quinn, Sal Albanese and others attended a forum discussing Policing and Criminal Justice in New York City.