Wow!  St. Louis Activist Hub is almost at 2,000 members!  If you have some friends who you think would be interested, please take a moment to send them an invite.  In the meantime, there’s a lot going on this week, including the kickoff of V-Day events, a big rally for the economic stimulus, and a visit from President Jimmy Carter.

This week’s events:

Monday, Feb. 9  The Brown School of Social Work Relay for Life Team is holding a fundraiser at Il Vicino at 41 N. Central in Clayton.  Stop by sometime between 4 and 10 PM and a portion of the proceeds will go to Relay for Life.  The facebook page is here.

Also Monday, the Literacy for Social Justice Teacher Research group is holding a workshop on “Anti-Bias Teaching”  at Legacy Cafe, 5429 Delmar.  The event starts at 5 PM and you can find out more at the IOW calendar.

Also Monday, SLU students are hosting a Teach-In about violence against women in our local community and during the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  The event is from 5 to 6:30 in the LaClede Classroom room 111, and you can RSVP here .  Also, after the event, Iggy’s will be donating 10% of their proceeds to local women’s shelters and to aid groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  More info on that is at this facebook page.

Also Monday, if you haven’t yet eaten enough, you can stop by Bobo noodle House at 278 N. Skinker from 5 to 9:30 and 20% of proceeds will go to City Faces.  Hope you’re hungry!  The facebook page is here.

Monday through Friday, UMSL is holding several fundraisers in association with the Vagina Monologues.  First, stop by the Millinium Student Center any time from 10 AM to 2:30 PM to purchase V-Day gear.  Proceeds benefit the local organization Women in Transition.  And while you’re there, drop off an old book or ten to help build a library for incarcerated and transitioning women.  

Tuesday, Feb. 10.  The last I heard, the Senate vote on the economic stimulus package was scheduled for Tuesday.  That means that the timing for Tuesday’s “Put America Back to Work” rally at 11 AM couldn’t be better.  With recent layoffs of over 2,500 employees, there will be a lot of people in attendance from the Granite City area whose lives will be very directly affected by the passage of the stimulus bill.  Yes, Granite City is a bit of a drive, but every minute you spend in the car will be made up for by the good karma you recieve for fighting for hard-working people’s well-being.  You can get more information, and find out about the car pool from St. Louis, at the IOW page.

Also Tuesday,  from 1 to 4 PM, the Royale will be hosting a Resume Clinic and Computer Tuneup.  Might be helpful in these tough economic times!  And, if your long term self-interest isn’t enough to motivate you, don’t forget the free beer!  Get the full scoop here.  

Also Tuesday, Left Bank Books hosts former President Jimmy Carter for a discussion of his book We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land!  The discussion starts at 5 PM and you can find out more at Left Bank’s webpage.

Also Tuesday, at 6:30 PM, its the Labor Learn Film Series.  This month’s film is “Morristown: In the Air and Sun” and the event is at IBEW Local 1, 5850 Elizabeth Avenue.  Open to All!

Wednesday, Feb. 11.  WashU’s Amnesty International Chapter, Students for a Peaceful Palestinian Israeli Future (SPPIF), and the WashU Peace Coalition are co-sponsoring “Get to Know Gaza: A Town Hall Style Discussion. ” Featuring Professors Mazen Badra and Gerald Izenberg.  The event is at Laboratory Sciences 300, and you can RSVP here.

Wednesday and Thursday,  The SLU crew for “the Vagina Monologues,” is holding this year’s event at the Sheldon Concert Hall because they were banned from holding it on campus by the administration.  Their performances are at 7:30 on Wednesday and 10:30 on Thursday, and you can RSVP at this link.

Thursday, Feb. 12.  Show Me No Hate is encouraging same-sex couples to visit their local Marriage License counters to ask for a marriage license for same-sex couples.  There are events for both the city and county, which you can find here and here.

Also Thursday, UMSL is hosting “Journey to a Hate Free Millennium” at 6 PM; find out more at this page.

Also Thursday, NORML’s monthly membership meeting is at the Indian Trails Branch of the St. Louis County Library, 8400 Delport, at 7:15 PM.  There will be a sign-making session at 6 PM.  Go to  this page for more information.

Thursday and Friday, WashU Students for Fair Trade are having a fair trade valentines day gift sale.  Get the details here.  

Friday, Feb. 13 at 11:30 AM,  NORML is holding a vigil to protest the incarceration of non-violent drug offenders at the St. Louis County Justice Center at 100 S. Central in Clayton.  You can RSVP here.

Saturday, Feb. 14.  Black Bear Bakery is holding their monthly brunch fundraiser for KDHX from 9 AM to 2 PM.  The bakery is located at 2639 Cherokee Street.  No word yet on whether they are planning on selling mass-produced heart-shaped chocolates with several layers of excessive packaging at the brunch, but I’d say it’s pretty unlikely.

Also Saturday, a message from Jeff Vines: “we are planning a Valentine’s Day Love-In to celebrate the mid-century San Luis Apartments in the Central West End, which is threatened by demolition for a parking lot by its owner (the St. Louis Archdiocese). Please visit our website for the full scoop– it’s a worthy cause, and it’s bound to be a lot of fun too:” .

Have a fun and meaningful week!