Healing day at Queensbridge Houses in response to gun violence

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Long Island City, Queens (WABC)-In collaboration with New York City, the Queens Community Organizer held a “Healing Day” on Saturday at the Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City in response to the surge in violence there.

“This amplifies the message of hope,” said Bishop Mitchell Taylor of the Center of Hope International.

This summer was the seventh “Community Healing Day” held in the city this summer to support areas that have experienced higher levels of crime. The event is sponsored by the Criminal Justice Department of New York City.

“For now, it’s good to get everyone involved in the community,” said Jasmine Paes of Jacob Riis Settlement.

At the event, at least 12 groups set up tables with information for residents on social welfare and other resources. Free food, music and entertainment were provided.

Outreach members of the New York Knicks were there to offer a free basketball clinic to local children.

“It’s summer,” said basketball coach Bill Singleton. “And young people in New York City need to engage in and engage in positive activities.”

Community Healing Day was offered in conjunction with the annual community event at Queensbridge Houses, known as “Slice Day.” The event commemorates the life of 23-year-old Keenan “Slice” Fester, who lived in Queensbridge for many years, as a victim of gun violence.

K. Bain, along with Community Capacity Development, the organizer of the “Slice Day” event, had almost completely eliminated the shootings at Queensbridge Houses before the coronavirus pandemic, but it’s happening again now. Said.

In fact, the event organizers told Eyewitness News that the house-dwelling rival faction had agreed not to be involved in any violence during the Saturday afternoon event.

Bain said community leaders must return to square.

“We know how to stop violence,” he said.

Bain said trusted leaders in the community need to provide the right resources to the right people.

“If we are safe, if our community has justice and prosperity, we have to do it ourselves,” Bain told the people who attended the event.

The next Community Healing Day will be held on July 30th at Vandike House in Brownsville, followed by Bed Study’s Tompkins House on August 7th and Stapleton’s Stapleton House on August 19th.

Next weekend, in Long Island City, a group of community residents are hosting a wellness day for their neighbors. The event will include facial massage, sound healing and yoga. The “A Sense of Wellness” will take place on Sunday, July 25, from 2 pm to 6 pm at Queensbridge Park on Vernon Boulevard.

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