Antonio French pins a map of Ferguson to the wall at his new office that he just opened in Ferguson on Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 27, 2014. French plans to do voter registration out of the office. Photo by J.B. Forbes, firstname.lastname@example.org
Marches, protests and prayer vigils have been a constant in the region for more than two weeks, and as a grand jury pores over evidence in the Michael Brown killing, similar actions are expected to continue.
But other responses to the police shooting, designed to be more long-lasting, have popped up. They include getting more African-Americans engaged in their communities and challenging people to leave their comfort zones and talk about race.
On Wednesday, a storefront on West Florissant Avenue opened as the office of #HealSTL, which grew from a Twitter hashtag, and is being developed as an outreach center, including offering voter registration.
It’s on the same busy strip that has been the center of unrest, including looting, tear gas, arrests and a curfew.
“This has been a Twitter story,” said the effort’s organizer, St. Louis Alderman Antonio French. “It has touched so many people because of social media.”
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