Please see the following statement from Council Member Letitia James:
The 35th Council District, rich in artistic history, diverse culture, and thriving businesses, encompasses a number of peaceful communities in Brooklyn. Recently, however, there have been a few violent activities that have caused residents great distress.
I’ve held a number of press conferences, as well as a town hall meeting to address crime specifically. I have been in ongoing discussions to get funding for a surveillance system within the district (something I’ve been advocating since early 2008). Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Commissioner Raymond Kelly have been instrumental in these discussions, and their leadership in these matters has meant a great deal. Additionally, I remain actively working with the a local Public Safety Task Force, which encourages residents to collectively practice pro-active methods (such as using a crime map) to record the most accurate information regarding local crime.
Personally, I also believe it is imperative that residents learn how to protect themselves in the event of a criminal attack; which is why I am inviting residents of the 35th District, and the larger New York City area, to join me in a Self-Defense Awareness Class.
This will take place Sunday, March 29, 2009 from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (adjust spacing of the time listed) at Long Island University in the Arnold and Marie Schwartz Gymnasium. Representatives from the Office of Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes, as well as Certified Self-Defense Instructors from Embora Wellness and Movement Studio- www.embora.com will be on-hand.
Please join us in learning new safety tips and self-defense methods-