Pastors from across the St. Louis area are coming together in a call to stop gun violence.
Religious leaders and advocates with Better Family Life say St. Louis is a city in crisis and efforts to curb violence need to become more aggressive.
The two groups met Thursday night.
“There must be a sustained effort to work with families and work with people in communities,” said Pastor Michael Jones with Friendly Temple Baptist Church.
Jones and others plan to sweep the streets of crime and encourage unity. James Clark with Better Family Life calls it bringing the pulpit to the porches.
“The churches are becoming active, they are working in neighborhoods and beginning to push the issues that are relevant,” Clark said.
Clark said the issues include opioid abuse and gun violence.
One radio personality said she is eager to be part of the solution.
“We feel like we have rallied the black churches but we don’t know how to get the churches in the suburbs together. We are just trying to be a mouthpiece to anyone who listens to and we link arms on the issues,” said Saudi Brown, the GM of 99.1 Joy FM.
Congressman Lacy Clay is working with Better Family Life to hold a town hall on gun violence.
“This is from the perspective of people who have been victimized by it, those who have lost family members. From law enforcement and from organizations like Better Family Life,” said Clay.
The town hall is scheduled for May 30 from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Better Family Life’s offices at 5415 Page Blvd.
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