(KMOV) – East St. Louis City mayor announced plans for a new program to address violence within the city limits.
It’s called “40 Days of Non-Violence” and is meant to provide safe activities for all residents. It’s collaboration between law enforcement, churches, non-profits, fraternities and sororities.
Mayor Alvin Parks said this is timely because four young people were murdered in recent weeks.
"We've got to do a retraining. Some people think that it simply okay to pick up a gun and settle a beef or vendetta and it cannot simply be left to the police department to resolve it all,” said Parks.
The program, “40 Days of Non-Violence” starts January 25 and runs until March 5.
Click here for details about the program and the full list of activities planned.