2008-09-05 / Community

All Stars Project Honors Community Leaders

Pictured from left to right are Dr. Lenora Fulani, founder Operation Conversation: Cops and Kids; James Johnson, Steven Fisher and Khalil Moses, youth leaders; Eric Dennis and Keith Crosby, honorees and consultants at Redfern Community Center; Gabrielle L. Kurlander, President and CEO, All Stars Project; Pamela A. Lewis, Director of Youth Programs, All Stars Project. Photo by Donleary Bailey Pictured from left to right are Dr. Lenora Fulani, founder Operation Conversation: Cops and Kids; James Johnson, Steven Fisher and Khalil Moses, youth leaders; Eric Dennis and Keith Crosby, honorees and consultants at Redfern Community Center; Gabrielle L. Kurlander, President and CEO, All Stars Project; Pamela A. Lewis, Director of Youth Programs, All Stars Project. Photo by Donleary Bailey Far Rockaway community leaders Eric Dennis and Keith Crosby were honored by the All Stars Project for their participation and activism in reopening the Redfern Community Center. On Saturday, August 23, 100 youths joined community leaders for the event.

Following the multiple shootings at the Redfern Houses, which claimed the lives of two young people and injured five others, Dennis and Crosby stepped forward to make sure that full opportunities and enriching activities were made available to young people in the community.

The center closed in April 2008 and reopened in July. Since the reopening, hundreds of young people have participated in the center's activities. "There have been no gun shots in the Redfern Houses all summer since the community center reopened," commented Dennis. "Everyone has come together. There was a huge war in the front and back of Redfern Houses and that war and violence has ceased. We need the center to remain open."

In May 2008, the All Stars Project, Inc. organized a protest rally on the steps of City Hall that called for basic services urgently needed in Far Rockaway, such as more street lights, youth programs in the community, jobs and job training, and the reopening of the Redfern Community Center. One hundred young people from Far Rockaway and communities across the city were joined by adult supporters, elected officials, community leaders and family members of Brandon Bethea, a 15-year-old dancer and member of the All Stars Project's Talent Show Network, who was shot and killed while rehearsing a dance routine outside of the Redfern Houses.

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