Assemblyman Karim Camara to Host Anti-Gun Violence Discussion for Mural Project Dedication with the Youth of Crown Heights
June 30, 2009
Brooklyn – Assemblyman Karim Camara will host anti-gun violence discussion on July 1st that will lead up to the dedication day for the Crown Heights Mural Project created by the youth of Crown Heights. The mural project is a collaborative initiative with Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes’ office, the 77th Precinct, Community Affairs, American Friends Service Committee, Groundswell (Public Arts Projects) Damon S. Allen Foundation and the Crown Heights Mediation Center. These individuals and organizations will discuss the impact guns are having in our communities and the necessary steps to help curtail the violence that has plagued the Brooklyn community. The youth of Crown Heights have volunteered their time to work on the mural project and are excited to participate in the discussion that will be a question and answer session. Organizers of the mural project stated the kids will draw their inspiration to create the mural project from those who have first hand knowledge in gun violence. “The youth of Crown Heights are saying ‘enough’ and are taking a stand to get their message heard through a collaborative venture to use artistic expression as the medium to explain the poignant anti-gun violence message.” This meeting is the kick off date to what is to become a series of sessions leading up to the Mural Dedication in August which will be painted on Brooklyn Ave. at the corner of Prospect Place. The location is special because it is an Alternate Learning Center for children. This is also the same location that was cited in Sunday’s New York Times, as a “high crime” area. Who: Assemblyman Karim Camara, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes’ office, Detective Mclean, Officer Pierre Luis, of the 77th Precinct, Community Affairs, Jackie Hilley of American Friends Service Committee, Groundswell (Public Arts Projects) Debra Giffin–Daza of Damon S. Allen Foundation and the Crown Heights Mediation Center. What: Anti-Gun Violence discussion for Mural Project Dedication with the Youth of Crown Heights When: Wednesday, July 1st @ 1:00pm Where: Assemblyman Karim Camara’s office 231 Empire Blvd (bet: Rogers & Bedford Aves.) Brooklyn, NY 11225 About Assemblyman Karim Camara Assemblyman Karim Camara represents 135,000 constituents in the 43rd Assembly District of the Crown Heights, Prospect, Lefferts Gardens and East Flatbush sections of Brooklyn, New York. In addition to being involved in the political process he mentors urban youth and has organized a youth council that runs out of his district office with the specific charge of addressing and coming up with solutions to the pervasive youth violence. Assemblyman Camara has long been an advocate for community-based involvement. He has organized several coalitions, including community, clergy, merchants and local nonprofit organizations.