The month of January has been very busy for the Justice Center!
We recently inducted and swore-in thirteen new AmeriCorps members for the Red Hook Community Resilience Corps program. Honorable Judge Calabrese spoke a few words and welcomed the new cohort to the Justice Center. They will be working within the various departments in the building and also assisting in creating community events. Stay tuned to see their work throughout the year!
Also, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. AmeriCorps members, youth court members, Good Shepherds Services, staff from the JC, youth and members of the community all joined together for a day of service. The day consisted of a screening of "My Friend Martin" which is a short film about Martin Luther King, his legacy and overall mission during the civil rights movement.
Followed by the screening, Leslie (AmeriCorps Program Coordinator) and members led a discussion of what the kids learned from the video. Shortly after we all participated in face painting and an arts and crafts session where everyone made signs and colored peace and doves signs in preparation for our march.
Immediately following, we all gathered together and walked through the community in a Peace March with Dr. King's famous "I Have A Dream" speech playing in the background. At the forefront of the march was a beautifully hand-painted banner created by the Alice Tapia and leading the charge with chants like "No Justice, No Peace" and "The people, united, will never be defeated" was the Justice Center's very own Ross Joy.
The day was fun, educational and inspirational. We would like to thank you to Leslie, all our members and Good Shepherds Services staff for their hard work in organizing this successful event!