- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Newark Mayor Ras Baraka is taking to the streets to launch an anti-crime effort.

Baraka outlined his “Occupy the Block” program in an email sent Wednesday morning to city employees.

The plan calls for Baraka to select a single city block where he and others will set up tables and chairs for people who want discuss city issues or play games.

The first event is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Clinton Avenue and Chadwick Street. Another is planned for 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Chancellor Avenue and Schley Street.

The program is modeled after the “Occupy the Hood” events staged in New York City.

Baraka has been working on his plans for a few weeks, but decided to implement it now following a rash of recent killings in the city.

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