Who We Are

The Coney Island Anti-Violence Collaborative (CIAVC) is a coalition of Coney Island residents, non-profit organizations, businesses, schools, elected officials, and other stakeholders who have come together to address the issue of gun violence in our community.


The CIAVC holds general body meetings once per month to gather ideas from the community, develop plans for collective action, and share information from elected officials, the local precinct, and organizations serving the community under the Mayor's Initiative to Reduce Gun Violence.  Our meetings are open to the public and all are welcome.


As a neighborhood-based coalition with deep roots in Coney Island's West End, we are dedicated to ensuring that city, state, and organizational efforts seeking to address violence in Coney Island are responsive to the needs and wishes of Coney Island residents, especially those most directly affected.  We also aim to encourage the efforts of local organizations and groups dedicated to anti-violence work, and to provide a community of support to individuals and families affected by gun violence.

Members & Supporters

In addition to our core membership of Coney Island residents and families, the Coney Island Anti-Violence Collaborative is proud to count the following organizations, businesses, and institutions among our members. Supporters include:

  • The Alliance for Coney Island

  • Brooklyn Community Services

  • Coney Island Site 8 Resident Association

  • The Coney Island YMCA

  • Liberation Diploma Plus High School

  • Luna Park in Coney Island

  • Remembrance Day, Inc.

  • Urban Neighborhood Services

  • Operation H.O.O.D.

  • NYPD

  • New York City Council Member Mark Treyger

  • New York State Senator Diane J. Savino

  • United States Congressman Hakeem Jeffries

Steering Committee

Our Steering Committee includes representatives elected annually by the membership body.


Our steering committee members are:

  • Keisha Boatswain (Executive Director)

  • Eric Aziz Coleman 

  • Deidre King 

  • Eboni Taylor (Coney Island Cathedral)

  • Connie Jones

  • Sophia Williams

  • Lorraine Bennett

  • Eboni Taylor