Super Sweet Day @ COCOON Open House by Eric Etheridge

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Here with Luz Marie, Alejo and Rosa in front of Eric's growing photo portrait exhibition of local people @ MARs.

As Danny Barber (Pres. The Jacksons) says, "COCOON is about recording history through audio and photographs"

And Saturday we were talking history about:

  • Amazing grandparents raising amazing grand children.
  • Hardships of becoming a permanent US resident.
  • Good times at community barbecues on the basketball court when everybody brought a different dish and multiple nationalities were represented.
  • Family & Neighbors supporting each other.

These stories and others will be heard inside my COCOON a public space sculpture.

Many thanks to Alejandro and Eric. Special thanks to Rosa for bringing refreshments and to Luz Marie for recording her beautiful story.

Always awesome thanks to my hosts and partners Chaney Yelverton (Pres. MARs) and Danny Barber (Pres. The Jacksons).

Me, Danny & Chaney with the memory map. by Eric Etheridge

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Just finished hanging the neighborhood map with my incredibly supportive hosts and partners Presidents Danny Barber (The Jacksons) and Chaney Yelverton (MARs). Super great end of day.

This map is a collaboration between COCOON by Kate Browne, local people from Jackson, Melrose & Morrisania Air Rights and artist Alejandro Salgado Centales.

Always working toward the individual and community memory.

The awesome and beautiful. Amazing Jewels Marshall ... by Eric Etheridge

The awesome and beautiful. Amazing Jewels Marshall who has been organizing with me and the COCOON team since the spring 2016. She has literally knocked on thousands of doors with me in NYCHA Jackson and Morrisania Air Rights over the many months we have been organizing and will continue to organize for the artwork. She lives in Jackson houses and has spoken with clarity about the importance of recording your story, history, life in the neighborhood to be heard inside COCOON a public space sculpture.

COCOON would not be possible without Jewels and the team. The us and we is everything. 

What does your heart feel like when you lose your child to gun violence? by Eric Etheridge

A woman asked this question in a COCOON workshop and then made this object. 

Jewels Marshall, Eric Etheridge and I spent a remarkable evening with Dr. Pastor Henry's family support group at Lincoln Hospital Div Tauma in the Bronx recording memories and taking photo portraits. Thank you for inviting us, for being so welcoming and generous, and for your courage to speak about family lost to gun violence.

These voices will be heard inside COCOON Bronx.

Inner City Gun Violence Prevention Support Group is a support group for families who have lost children to gun violence that meets at Lincoln Hospital. If you would like to contact Pastor Henry directly she can be reached at 718-374-7487 and ehenry388@aol.com. Pastor Henry founded Inner City Gun Violence Prevention Support Group after she lost her son to gun violence.

Dr. John Porter, Trauma Surgeon & Save Our Streets by Eric Etheridge

Dr. John Porter, Trauma Surgeon and Division Head, Trauma Unit Level I, Cooper University Hospital in Camden, NJ:

Kindly recorded his story and the step by step process of what happens when a person is shot and how the Trauma Unit Team attempts to save their life starting on the street with the EMS Team. We also talked about gun fairs and gun laws about the health epidemic that is gun violence. This story will be heard in the COCOON NYC Bronx in 2017. The symbolic object that Dr. Porter contributed to COCOON is below.

 

Last night @ SOS Save Our Streets in the Bronx:

"We’ve lost good people this week. They leave behind children and loved ones and families. Anyone who has seen someone killed or lost loved ones to gun violence please raise your hand. Take a moment. Breathe. Think about those that you lost.”

Just as many people to the side, behind me and standing side by side in the next room raised their hands.