Thursday, June 5, 2008

A Call to Oneness

Recognizing that something must be done about crime in the City of St. Louis, a grass roots organization arose and marched this weekend through the streets of the city.  According to the associated press, tens of thousands of people participated.  But the march seems only to have been the beginning.

According to an AP story in today's St. Louis Post-Dispatch, A Call to Oneness is now organizing teams of men, including former gang members, to go into high crime areas of the City to talk to youth, serve as role models and "encourage residents to report crimes and suspicious behavior to police."

The organization's mission statement reads:

"We will create a moral climate in which we will reclaim respect for one another and the sanctity of life through the vehicle of reconciliation."

A Call to Oneness and its Executive Director, Rev. Dr. F. James Clark deserve all the support we can muster.  As their web-site points out, "when you lead the nation in homicides, you don't have many options in terms of thinking about doing something."

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