FERGUSON, Mo. – They have plans for change, and now have a building to house those efforts.
This week, St. Louis City Alderman Antonio French will open the doors to #HealSTL, adding a physical location to his work in Ferguson, Missouri.
Located just off West Florissant, French says this building will serve as a place to coordinate political change in that community.
“This is where volunteers will be able to come, where we’ll be organized in planning out next steps,” French said. “And we’re here for the long-haul. It’s not just a couple of weeks or a day, we’re here for the next few months, if not year.”
French ventured outside his official ward during the Ferguson unrest, and gained national recognition for his live tweets during that time. Now, he’s looking to the future.
“It’s really about next steps, after the events of the last two weeks,” he said. “Our first part of our next steps is to register everyone out here to vote in Ferguson and to get them educated and mobilized to get political change out here.”
French said the building he found sat vacant for a period of time, even before the unrest in Ferguson. Without giving specifics, he said he and some “supporters” paid for the property, which currently houses a few boxes and hand-drawn signs.
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