Wow, we just got mentioned on the Post-Dispatch’s blog “The Platform.” Check it out: http://www.stltoday.com/blogzo…
Anyway, it’s another week with a lot of exciting opportunities to get involved. There’s been a lot of chatter lately about tinkering with the Arch Grounds, so I’ll include some information about that after the calendar. For now, here are some of this week’s great events:
Monday, July 14 I couldn’t find a lot going on around town, but for those of you with the TV, Channel 21 in St. Louis City will be showing an episode of Green TV focused on “Environment, Race, and War” at 8:30 PM. Two of the guests will be Nkhil Kothegal and Andy Heaslet, leading me to believe that the revolution will begin somewhere North of the Loop. More info at:http://www.insteadofwar.org/site/calendar/events.php?id=E4427
Tuesday, July 15 John McCain is going to be in town, and we will be protesting his proposed continuation of Bush’s policy of military aggression. The protest will go from 5 to 6:30 on the corner of Ladue Road and S. Woods Mills Road. See the facebook event at http://www.facebook.com/event…. or the calendar listing at http://www.insteadofwar.org/si… for more information.
Also Tuesday. The sale of Anheuser-Busch can only mean one thing; it’s time to start drinking some Schlafly! I’m mostly kidding, but Tuesday’s a great chance to drink Schlafly anyway as the Schlafly Bottleworks will be hosting this month’s installment of “Green Drinks” at 6:30 PM. Green drinks is a loose network of people who meet up once a month to chat about the environment over drinks. More info about the event is at http://www.saucemagazine.com/c…
Wednesday, July 16 7 PM. This isn’t activism per se, but given the tight correlation I’ve observed between activists and future journalists, I thought this event might be interesting to many of you. Don Marsh, host of “St. Louis on the Air,” will be speaking about his life and new book at the St. Louis County Library. The full scoop is at http://leftbank.booksense.com/… .
Thursday, July 17 10 PM. Jesse Allen has helped out a lot of St. Louis peace and social justice groups by organizing fundraisers for rightous causes. On Thursday, Jesse and his friends will be jamming out for justice yet again over in Edwardsville, Illinios. Edwardsville is a bit of a drive, but well worth it when you consider the street cred you’ll get for being able to say you went to a bar called the Stagger Inn. The Stagger Inn is located at 104 E. Vandalia in Edwardsville; you can find the facebook even at http://www.facebook.com/event…. .
Friday, July 18, 5 – 7 PM. Enjoy a lazy Friday evening with veggie grub and tales of activism at the Peace Economy Project BBQ. It’s at the World Community Center at 438 N. Skinker and the facebook page is at http://www.facebook.com/event…. .
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the Webster Film Series is showing “The Unforseen,” a documentary about Austin Environmentalists battle to save Barton Springs. Details are at http://www.webster.edu/filmser… .
Saturday July 19 starting at 9 AM. Donate your junk for a good cause! Here’s a message from Tarah: “Next Saturday, July 19, our Amnesty International St. Louis Group is having a yard sale (at the World Community Center, 438 N. Skinker, in between Delmar and Kinsbury). Anywho- the money from our yard sale will be going to support the Pretty Bird Woman House, the only Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault crisis Center for the Standing Rock Reservation in South Dakota, which is in vital need of supplies (we’ll be sending them gift cards full of yard-sale money!).
If you have any things you would like to donate to the yard sale (old furniture, clothing, books, whatever), just let me know. You can drop it off at my place (or I can pick it up from you if needed) anytime before next Saturday, July 19. Just let me know 🙂 It’s a great excuse to clean out that garage/closet/shelf/junk! Anything that doesn’t get sold will be donated to Goodwill.
You can contact Tarah at firstname.lastname@example.org and find out more about the cause at http://www.amnestyusa.org/viol…
Also Saturday, another very cool charity event. The St. Louis Young Dems remind me that State Senator Jeff Smith is hosting a charity basketball tournament and school supply drive starting at 10 AM. You can register to play and find out more about the wish list at http://jeffsmith3on3.com/
Sunday, July 20 Those of you who know Hedy Epstein know what an amazing woman she is. On Sunday, there will be a party to mark the beginning of Hedy’s next courageous journey. You can RSVP at http://www.facebook.com/event…. .
Finally, as mentioned above, there has been a lot of discussion online about how to best connect the St. Louis riverfront to the rest of downtown, in order to make St. Louis a more vibrant city. Please check out the video at http://www.stltoday.com/blogzo… and consider taking action. For some great background, check out some of the excellent analyses at http://ecoabsence.blogspot.com… and http://stlrising.blogspot.com/… . And I really like Steve Pattersons discussion of getting rid of the I-70 connection altogether: http://www.urbanreviewstl.com/…
Have a fun and meaningful week,