Well, it will be tough to top last week, when the eyes of 70 million people were on St. Louis for the VP debates, but there still is a lot of great stuff going on this upcoming week.  Before getting to the calendar, I’d like to note a couple things.  First, this is the last week to register to vote in Missouri.  If you haven’t registered yet (or aren’t sure), and don’t mind being on the Obama email list, go to http://www.voteforchange.com right away.  Also, last week I mentioned that there’s a call for artists for an exhibit outside of the Hilton St. Louis Airport.  But I forgot to mention that the exhibit is in conjunction with Amnesty International’s Midwest Regional Conference Oct 24-26, which you’re all invited to!  You can get all the details here.

This week’s events:

Monday, Oct. 5.  The Misssouri Coalition for the Environment is sponsoring what looks to be a pretty massive Candidate Forum on the Environment from 7 to 9 PM at the CRC on 5020 Waterman Ave.  All of the local candidates, or at least all the ones cool enough to attend a forum on the environment, are going to be there.  Check out the schedule at this link.  

Also Monday,  Men Organized for Rape Education (MORE) at WashU is sponsoring a forum called “Beyond Beats and Rhymes: Masculinity and Hip Hop.”  The event is from 9 to 10 PM at Ursa’s Fireside Cafe on Shepley and you can get the details here.

Tuesday, Oct 6.  The Whitney Harris World Law Institute is hosting a talk on “Contributions of the Inter-American System of Human Rights on Transisitional Justice” by Juan Mendez from 3 to 4:30 at the newly completed Seigle Hall (room 301) on the WashU campus.  The full details are at the law school site.  

Also, Tuesday, though it wasn’t reported in the local media, when Sarah Palin was speaking last Thursday, a group of CODEPINK St. Louis women dropped a banner that said, “Women Want Peace Not War.”  You can meet up with some of the groovy people from the local CODEPINK: Women for Peace Chapter by going to their weekly bannering from 4:30 to 6 PM on the I-44 pedestrian bridge in the Italian district (between Hampton and Kingshighway: look for the signs).

Wednesday, Oct. 7.  The renewed push to establish a sustainable Independent Media center in St. Louis continues with a meeting at CAMP on 3026 Cherokee.  The meeting starts at 7:30 and you can get the full details here .

Thursday, Oct. 8.  United Students Against Sweatshops along with other groups will be hosting a protest outside of Chipotle’s on (6310) Delmar from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM.  Though they pride themselves on getting food from ethical sources, Chipotle’s has not yet pledged to get their tomatoes from places that insure fair treatment of farmworkers.  You can find out more and RSVP at this link.

Also Thursday, did I mention today is the last day to register to vote???

Also Thursday, after Erin Davies’ car was vandalized with homophobic slurs, she decided to embrace her experience and use it to help others.  Check out her fascinating story and meet her in person as she screens a documentary about the “fagbug,” the VW Beetle she toured the country in.  The event is from 5:30 to 7:30 at AMC on the first floor of Medaille Hall of Fontbonne University, and you can RSVP at this facebook page

Friday, Oct. 9  Today is the last day to sign up for the bus from St. Louis to the School of the Americas protest.  Get the details  here

Also Friday, It’s time again for the monthly Peace Economy Project BBQ.  The theme this month is “Tension and Militarization on the Korean Peninsula” and you can get all the details at this event page

Also Friday, from 12 PM to 1 PM, David Jay will be speaking about asexuality and the growing number of people who never desire sex.  Check out this link to RSVP and to get the location (which as of this message hadn’t been decided yet).

Saturday, Oct. 10 Moveon.org is recruiting people in St. Louis to get out and start talking to voters this Saturday at 1 PM.  Call 314-872-6939 (the Obama Mid-County Office) if you’d like to volunteer this Saturday or any other times.

Also Saturday, A number of sweet groups are participating in “Get the Folk UP!” a folk festival that’s part of the Year of International Human Rights at Webster University.  The festival will be on the quad from 1 to 8 PM and you can get the details at this link.

Have a fun and meaningful week,