The Fresh Air Fund hosts various camps for boys and girls for 10-14 days. There is also the "friendly town" program in which city children go on exciting trips to one of various north eastern states where he or she will stay with a host family for a period of 2 weeks during the summer. Age group for both programs ranges from ages 8-15 and 18 for friendly town. Registration is on a first come first serve basis.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Monday, January 28, 2013
As the country commemorated one inspiring activist and awarded another—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and President Obama—on January 21st, one group of concerned families engaged in their own activism on the issue of gun violence. Mothers, fathers and small children from all over the city marched over the Brooklyn Bridge and filled City Hall Park, carrying signs that read “Enough is Enough!” and “Stop the Violence!”
CHCMC staff stood alongside members of One Million Moms for Gun Control, the Mayors Against Illegal Guns’ “Demand a Plan” campaign, and Harlem Mothers SAVE (Stop Another Violent End), and called for the federal government to enact stronger gun control legislation, as New York State did last week.
The crowd at City Hall Park was addressed by several prominent gun control advocates in New York City, including Rabbi Joshua Davidson, a New York interfaith activist, Councilwoman Letitia James, whose district includes parts of Crown Heights, and Jackie Rowe-Adams, who founded Harlem Mothers SAVE after losing two children to gun violence.
"We can't bring our kids back, but we can certainly continue to do prevention, to do education and to do what we can to end the violence," Rowe-Adams said at the rally.
Finally, the crowd was addressed by Shannon Watts, who founded One Million Moms For Gun Control in the days after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. Watts told the crowd that she had planned for this group to engender the kind of grass-roots activism that Mothers Against Drunk Driving has, and to keep constant pressure on congress to control the presence of guns on the streets.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, an advocate of stricter gun laws, also attended the rally. After the rally, Kelly told the New York Post that because many of the guns in New York are brought in illegally from out of state, there needs to be a national policy to support local gun-control laws.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
The Mediation Center is working to make Crown Heights a healthy community, and a healthy community requires healthy people. Yesterday, the CHCMC hosted Project Renewal’s “Scan Van” program for mobile mammography, which provides free screening mammograms for uninsured women 40 and older. The clinic van parked outside our Kingston Avenue office from 9am-12pm, during which time nurses were able to provide 12 women with screening exams. Afterward, the nurses came into our office to warm-up and report the success of the venture. We were thrilled that they were able to help so many people, and plan to schedule another clinic for Crown Heights residents in the spring. Next, the nurses said, they were headed to Canarsie to continue their mission of promoting healthy people and healthy communities all over New York.
Project Renewal is an organization that empowers homeless men and women suffering from addiction and/or mental illness to move permanently from the streets or shelters to health, homes, and jobs. Their approach combines healthcare, addiction and mental health treatment, employment services, and housing to help our clients rebuild their lives.
Monday, January 7, 2013
CNN Radio News profiled the S.O.S. team's efforts to reduce shootings and killings in our neighborhood. Congratulations to Outreach Worker Derick Scott, Program Manager Allen James, and the rest of the S.O.S. team whose hard work made this possible.
Confronting criminals slows murders in NYC
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
This Friday, January 4th at 5:30 pm Harlem Mothers SAVE, a coalition of mothers fighting against gun violence, will be holding a candlelight vigil to call attention to the spate of recent shootings in Upper Manhattan, and to light candles in memory of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The vigil will be held at 2471 Frederick Douglass Blvd/132nd street, and will bring together members of Harlem Mothers SAVE, Elected Officials, African American and Latina women and other community activists to call for action to stop the violence and slaughter of our children.
About the organization: Harlem Mothers SAVE (Stop Another Violent End) was established in 2006 by Jackie Rowe Adams, who lost two sons to gun violence with the assistance of NY State Assemblyman Keith Wright. The non-profit organization focuses on activism, victim services and education. April Tyler, a Harlem-based organizer and former Democratic district leader will lead the protest.