Hi everyone,  this upcoming week is relatively slow again (probably due to the political focus on the RNC), but there still are some great events going on.  Let’s all keep our fingers crossed that Hurricane Gustav doesn’t become another Katrina, and keep our eyes out for ways to help.  If anyone has important information about Gustav as the week goes on, please don’t hesitate to put it up on the wall or discussion boards.  Before getting to the events, I have three quick local announcements: (1) Don’t forget that October 8 is the last day to register to vote in the Presidential election in Missouri, (2) please invite your friends to join this group so that we can continue to connect people and events from across St. Louis, and (3) let me know if you are part of a group that might be interested in attending a Student Activist Training day on Saturday, Sept. 20.

So, with no further ado, here are this week’s events:

Monday, Sept. 1st.  Despite some recent struggles, it’s probably still the case that no institutions have done more to improve the lives of working Americans than our labor unions.  So if you have the time, you should definitely stop downtown and show your support at this year’s labor day parade.  The gathering point is at 13th and Olive Street and the parade starts at 9 AM, but get there a little early if you’re interested in interacting with petitioners and the folks passing out literature.

Tuesday, Sept. 2nd. The Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation (MAAL) is sponsoring “Pool Paws for Humane Laws” at the Kirkwood Aquatic Center, 111 South Geyer Road in Kirkwood, from 5 – 7 PM.  Half of all entry fees will be going to MAAL, which works on campaigns like improving the horrible conditions at Missouri puppy mills.

Also Tuesday, Webster University kicks off the film portion of it’s Year of International Human Rights with a screening of Blood Diamond.  The film starts at 7 PM at Moore Auditorium at 470 East Lockwood Ave (which is an awesome venue, for those who haven’t been there); details are at http://www.saucemagazine.com/c…

Wednesday, Sept. 3.  A group of people (including people who work on the St. Louis Indy Media Center and Confluence magazine) are meeting to discuss the creation of an alternative media collective.  They’ll be meeting at 7:30 PM at the Community Arts and Media Project (CAMP) building, 3022 Cherokee Street.

Thursday, Sept 4.  If you’re an eco-gunner, an environmental mover-and-shaker, or just someone who likes to wake up really early, you might be interested in the StLouisGreen.com Breakfast Meet & Greet.  It’s at the Whole Foods at 1160 Town and Country Crossing from 8 AM to 9 PM.  Details are also at http://www.saucemagazine.com/c…

Friday, Sept. 5.  If you’re interested in camping, you might want to check out the TOCO Family Music Festival.  Proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation & details are at http://www.art-stl.com/artszip…

Saturday, Sept. 6.  I’m a sucker for art with an important message.  Cranky Yellow, an anti-mainstream art collective, is going to be hosting a “Depleted Uranium Extravaganza” from 7 to 11 PM  on Cherokee Street.  The artwork by Jason Spencer is inspired from the effects of depleted uranium (trace amounts of which are still used in U.S. munitions) on human beings.  The facebook page is at http://www.facebook.com/event…. and general website is at http://www.crankyyellow.com/

That’s all for now,

have a fun and meaningful week,