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Posted: 6/6/2008 4:43:08 PM EST
"teams", "gangs", is there really a difference? If so, what it? Lack of tattoos?
Will they do checkpoints?


Anti-crime `street teams' to mobilize in St. Louis

Jun 6, 6:49 AM (ET)

FLORISSANT, Mo. (AP) - Black leaders who organized an anti-crime march that drew tens of thousands to St. Louis last weekend are recruiting "street teams" to mobilize in high-crime neighborhoods.

Teams of men will be assigned a neighborhood to visit regularly to talk with youth about teen pregnancy, drugs and gang violence. The teams, including former gang members, will also encourage residents to report crimes to police.

Plans also call for partnering with other groups to mentor young people, and regular neighborhood summits.

The Rev. F. James Clark, who heads the "Oneness" campaign, says the march showed that the black community isn't complacent about its problems. He says it's time to inspire and recruit people to get involved.

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