This week is a bit slower than some recent ones, probably because of the 4th of July, but there are still some cool events coming up:

Tuesday, July 1 7 PM

A really exciting event at Left Bank Books tonight with David Sirota, author of the new book “The Uprising.”  In addition to being a New York Times bestselling author and this year’s winner of the “Colorado’s Best Columnist” award from 5280 Magazine, Sirota is an awesome blogger on  You can check out some of his posts here.  One of my personal favorites is Sirota kicking Neil Cavuto’s arse in a debate over NAFTA on Fox .  More info here.

Tuesday, July 1, 7 PM

The St. Louis County incarnation of Drinking Liberally is having their monthly gathering on Tuesday; here’s the official announcement:  “We’ll be Drinking Liberally but responsibly at our new venue, Mike Duffy’s at 124 W. Jefferson in Kirkwood (right across the street from the old venue) this Tuesday, July 1, from 7 to 9 pm. ”  DL has been a smashing success across the country and is a great way to meet fellow liberals.

Wednesday, July 2, 7 PM

The Latin American Forum is showing a really cool-sounding movie about Chiapas and the battle against NAFTA at 7 PM: details at the IOW calendar page.

Friday, July 4th: arrange your sparklers in the shape of a peace sign?

Update:  We now have a real event for the 4th!  The Obama campaign will be registering voters.  Please send an email to if you are interested in helping.

Saturday, July 5th:

The first Saturday of each month, St. Louis SpeaksOut protests the war in front of the St. Louis Zoo’s giant sculpture.  Details  here.

Sunday, July 6th 12 – 5 PM.

A really interesting event commemorating the 1877 General Strike and the important role St. Louis played in it.  There is a lot of fascinating history surrounding St. Louis’s role in the Great Railroad Strike of 1877, and some of the origins and practices of Fair St. Louis.  You can find out more at the facebook page .

Finally, I’d like to ask those of you who will be supporting Obama in the Presidential elections to consider the following action.  Senator Obama is in a difficult position regarding the FISA bill, but its important for progressives to continue to pressure him to do the right thing.  Please join the mybarackobama group  to let Obama know that we don’t want congress to grant retroactive immunity to the telecom companies who illegally spied on Americans (note: to do this you have to join, which is a tacit indication that you will be supporting Obama.  I of course think this is a perfectly logical thing for progressives to do, but don’t want anyone to think that I was tricking you into joining the group).  Here’s some helpful background about retroactive immunity .  If anyone else has a helpful background synopsis, perhaps you can post it on the Wall or a discussion board for the group.  Thanks to Eric Hoffpauir for the suggestion.  Important: Since signing up for the group, I got about 15 emails in less than an hour.  Unless you want this, make sure you click “Do not receive emails” or “Receive a daily digest” at the bottom right of the group page after you sign up for the Telecom Immunity group.

Have a patriotic and meaningful week,