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Anti-Violence Project Training at Greenpoint Church – Tomorrow (8/13)

It’s alarming and disheartening to receive daily emails, tweets and facebook messages from Greenpoint residents who are scared because of the recent violent events that have taken place in the area, including a rape, a missing woman and yesterday’s pistol whipping in broad daylight.

Tomorrow – Tuesday August 13, 2013 at 7pm there will be an Anti-Violence Project Training (AVP) at Greenpoint Reformed Church (136 Milton St) on street safety and hate violence. If you identify as a woman or an LGBTQ person, make sure to attend.

AVP’s “trainings and workshops provide participants with information on the impact of hate motivated violence, safety planning strategies, tips on preventing or reducing the impact of violence, information on how to create LGBTQH [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV+] inclusive organizations, and how to support the needs of LGBTQ survivors of violence.”

For more information visit www.avp.org and feel free to email cb at greenpointchurch.org with any questions about the event.

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Feeling Unsafe in Greenpoint? Let Brooklyn Bike Patrol Walk You Home! (THEY ALSO NEED VOLUNTEERS!)

While waiting for Jay Ruiz, founder of Brooklyn Bike Patrol, to answer the phone I listened to the Batman theme song. BAT-ASS!

Does bike patrol serve Greenpoint?

Jay told me if your are a woman and feel unsafe walking home at night in Greenpoint, he or one of his volunteers will be there to walk you safely to your home.

With the recent Greenpoint woman missing and the rape that occurred in June, many women out there might be feeling nervous at night, which is why this service is a great resource, one that we should use but one we should also volunteer our time for if we can.

Jay told me that Brooklyn Bike Patrol has been “begging for people to volunteer.” Come on Greenpoint, you can do this!

Here is how it works:

Before you get on the train and 45 min before you will get off at your stop call this number: 718-744-7592.

The dispatcher will let you know who will be picking you up and you can check out Brooklyn Bike Patrol’s Facebook page to find out what your Bike Patrol volunteer looks like. If you don’t you will be able to identify him or her as they wear a Brooklyn Bike Patrol uniform.

In August Brooklyn Bike Patrol is available Thursday (8pm-Midnight) and Friday and Saturday nights (9pm-4am).

In September Brooklyn Bike Patrol will be on call every day of the week.

This service is totally FREE and they will not accept tips.

As Jay said, a safe walk home is only, “a phone call away.”

Aside from Greenpoint Brooklyn Bike Patrol serves:

Bushwick, Williamsburg, Bedford Stuyvesant, Clinton Hill, Ft. Greene, Dumbo, Propect Heights, Carroll Garden, Red Hook, Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Kensington, Ditnas Park, Sunset Park, Bensonhurst, Dyker Heights & Borough Park.

VOLUNTEER FOR BROOKLYN BIKE PATROL:

If you would (and should) like to volunteer, call Brooklyn Bike Patrol at 718-744-7592 after 6pm. You must not have a criminal record and be willing to give a copy of your license and other personal information, plus be willing to provide a background check.

Stay safe, Greenpoint!

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Cancelled: Community Forum on Sexual Violence at Greenpoint Church Wed (6/26)

Update: Cancelled. Will be rescheduled to a TBA date.

The recent sexual assault in Greenpoint has many Greenpointers saddened, confused and scared. While the police are still conducting an investigation, reports have been made that the rape was a hate crime. Many residents have mentioned forming neighborhood watches or bike patrol programs to prevent future crimes.

Tomorrow – Wednesday June 25th, 2013 at 7:30pm at Greenpoint Church (136 Milton St) there will be a Community Forum on Sexual Violence. It is FREE, open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

Hosted by Greenpoint Church Associate Minister C.B Stewart, Council Member Stephen Levin and Brooklyn Community Gay Pride Center, the recent sexual assault in Greenpoint will be discussed as well as ways to create a community-based strategy for staying safe in Greenpoint – with a focus but not limit to the LGBTQ community here.

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