Taking the pledge for non-violence

By Chad Weber

Taking the pledge for non-violence

April 25, 2013 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 1:26 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Many took the pledge to leave their mark on the community in a peaceful way.

"Peaceprints" officially kicked off Thursday night at the Common Place in Peoria.

The campaign invited both kids and adults to take a pledge of non-violence.

The slogan "non-violence starts with me" will become a visible message across neighborhoods as yard signs go up.

Organizers said they hope to change the mindset of young people in today's society.

"We want everybody to think about their own personal responsibility from our smallest children on up," said executive director of the Common Place Connie Voss. "That everybody can make a choice and every person has a responsibility in changing the violence in our society."

About 100 people took the pledge Thursday night.

The campaign will also feature the "Peaceprint singers" who will perform at local churches and other events.

The Common Place is hoping to make more yard signs available to the public but need help coming up with the funds.

If you would like to donate, stop by the Common Place at 514 Shelley Street in Peoria.

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