Hi all,

Of course the big news this week are the primaries on Tuesday!  In the grand scheme of things, voting in these local elections can be as important for the long-term goal of building a progressive Democratic Party as voting in national races.  Please do your part and vote!

This weeks events:

Monday, August 4, 7 PM:  The monthly steering committee meeting for the St. Louis Instead of War Committee will be at the World Community Center at 438 N. Skinker.  All are welcome!

Tuesday, August 5, all day: The primaries!  Get out and vote!  If you haven’t educated yourself on all the candidates yet, call up someone you trust and get the scoop!  If anyone is interested, please feel free to use the wall or discussion boards to share or ask for information in the next few days.

Wednesday, August 6:  The National Director of Technology and Liberty for the ACLU will be speaking in St. Louis on “Privacy in Balance: Stopping the Surveillance Society” at the ACLU HQs at 454 Whittier Street.  It’s 6:30 – 8 PM.  More info can be found at: http://www.insteadofwar.org/si… and you can sign up for the event at http://www.facebook.com/event…. .

Also Wednesday, starting at 5:30 PM.  This year’s annual Observance of the Hiroshima/Nagasaki bombings will be at the Missouri Botanical Center prior to the Botanical Center’s monthly concert.  You can find more details at http://www.insteadofwar.org/si… and sign up at http://www.facebook.com/event…. .

Thursday, August 7: In previous messages I’ve mentioned the monthly networking party “Green Drinks” for environmentally-friendly night owls.  But what about those ever-marginalized “morning people” I so often here about?  Sounds like they’ll now have a chance to do some green networking of their own at this months “Green Breakfast” at the Whole Foods Market in Town and Country.  Details are at http://stlouisgreen.com/calend… .    

Friday, August 8:  Fans of the Daily Show might be interested in checking out comedian Lewis Black at the Fabulous Fox at 8 PM.  The full scoop is at http://www.fabulousfox.com/sho…

Saturday, August 9, 6 to 9 PM  WashU Professor Denise Ward-Brown, will be presenting some of her short films at the Blackworld History Museum Film Festival at 2505 St. Louis Avenue.  More details are at http://www.art-stl.com/artszip…

Sunday, August 10.  This Sunday, like every Sunday, a group of people gather to mark the human toll of the Iraq War.  The group gathers at 7 PM outside of St. Francis Xavier Church on the corner of Grand and Lindell.  The full details are at http://www.insteadofwar.org/si…

Monday, August 11. The St. Louis West County Dems are holding their monthly meeting on the topic of “A Moratorium on Executions in Missouri” from 9:30 to 11:30 in the morning. The details are at http://blog.showmeprogress.com… .

Some additional news:

(1) It looks like we’re going to be holding a “Activist Training Camp” for student groups sometime in mid-September, with the help of Jobs with Justice and some other local groups.  We’ve already got groups attending from WashU, SLU, UMSL, and Webster, and we’re looking for more.  Please contact me if you’re interested in hearing more about it.

(2) A new facebook group has been formed for Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates (MIRA): you can join it at http://www.facebook.com/group…. .

(3)  Looks like there’s a big rally coming down the pike in support of Anheuser-Busch employees, in advance of contract renegotiations with InBev.  Be on the lookout for an invitation from me with the event details.

Have a fun and meaningful week,