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Wednesday, Jan 15 2014 12:07 PM

'First Look': MLK Day of Service to help clean communities in Bakersfield

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    Pastor Joe Jordan talks about a Martin Luther King Jr. Day community cleanup being held in honor of the civil rights leader on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service event is back for a sixth year, so get ready to help clean up the streets of Bakersfield with shovels and rakes.

Wednesday on "First Look with Scott Cox," Pastor Joe Jordan, chairman of the Stop the Violence organization, talked about the reason behind the event.

Stop the Violence was established in 2006 and focuses on combatting gang violence among youth in southeast Bakersfield.

"In honor of Dr. King, we give him honor by cleaning up the community," Jordan said.

The event is expected to attract 150 to 200 people, he said.

Registration begins at 7 a.m. Monday at 1627 Virginia Ave.

Once volunteers are signed up, they will be divided into groups and sent to different parts of town to help pick up trash from streets and alleys, with city trash trucks following.

A free lunch will be provided after the clean-up, Jordan said.


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