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40 Days of Non-Violence in East St. Louis

Brad Choat (Twitter: @choatsnews)
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Line stretches out to East St. Louis city hall parking lot during "Clean Slate Day" on January 25, 2014 (KMOX/Brad Choat)

Line stretches out to East St. Louis city hall parking lot during “Clean Slate Day” on January 25, 2014 (KMOX/Brad Choat)

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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KMOX) - East St. Louis is embarking on a “Forty Days of Non-Violence” campaign.

Mayor Alvin Parks explained to KMOX what that involves, “The program is a community-based, faith-driven initiative that gives people an opportunity to think about things in a different way, and get new options instead of violent options or criminal options.”

Joining Parks in East St. Louis, Saturday, was east side native Tracy Martin, the father of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

“We have to get back to the roots. We have to get back to prayer in our houses, get back to loving one another. It’s a big deal to be here,” Martin said.

Martin and Parks spoke at a “Forty Days” workshop for youths, as well as visited with people in line to have warrants quashed at city hall.

Parks says the waiting line formed (at 5:30am) more than two hours before the start of “Clean Slate Day.”

That line of people wanting to quash warrants for traffic tickets, misdemeanors, and ordinance violations stretched out to the parking lot for a good portion of the morning, say city officials.

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