As usual, there’s lot’s of exciting activist events going on in St. Louis this week.  But unusual is the fact that there’s some good stuff going on in Jefferson City as well!

This Week’s events:

Monday, February 16, 7-10 PM. The St. Louis Effort for AIDS is hosting “Cabaret for a Cause” at the Jive and Wail, 7376 Manchester.  The performance benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Saint Louis Effort for AIDS.  Go here to RSVP and get more info.

Also Monday, starting at 8:30 PM, Steve Pattersen of urbanreviewstl.com and Dave Drebes of archcitychronicle.com are co-hosting a “City Primary Discussion” this Monday and next Monday at the Royale, 3132 South Kingshighway.  They’ll be talking about the mayoral race as well as all of the ward elections.  RSVP at this link.

Tuesday, February 17, 9 AM.  Join Missouri Health Care for All at the St. Louis City Hall for an exciting press conference.  St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and County Executive Charlie Dooley will be endorsing the Missouri Health Care for All Principles, which you can read at http://www.mohealthcareforall.org.  You can also join the facebook group here.

Tuesday is also a great day to lobby, and you can take your pick between two different causes.  First, the Missouri Coalition for the Environment is going to be speaking with legislators in Jefferson City about key environmental issues facing Missouri, which you can find about about here.  Also, St. Louis is one of the only cities in the country that doesn’t have control over its own police department!  To find out more about lobbying for local control of the police department, go to this link.

Finally, Tuesday is also the last day to donate $2 to the Student Environmental Action Coalition for a cool campaign.  A student at SIUC, Chris Klarer, is trying to raise over $800 dollars via these small donations for a group that’s fighting Mountain Top Removal in Appalachia, oil infrastructure expansion in Detroit and a whole host of local campaigns throughout the North East, Appalachia and the Midwest.  Find out more at Chris’s facebook page.

Wednesday, February 18.  You should just stay in Jefferson City Tuesday night (or Columbia if you have standards), because Wednesday is also another exciting Lobby Day!  Missourians Against the Death Penalty will be lobbying for a moratorium for the death penalty in Missouri.  Find out more here.

Also Wednesday, 7 PM, Florissant Valley Community College, as part of their Constitutional Law Lecture Series, is hosting Pamela Sumners, the Executive Director of NARAL for a discussion of “Abortion Rights: Conception to Termination…and What About Dad?”  The lecture will be in TC- 105/107.  Go to this page for more information.

Thursday, February 19,  Smoke-Free St. Louis City will be having their February Happy Hour at 5:30pm until 7pm at Amsterdam Tavern, 3175 Morganford. There will be some free food, drink specials and smoke-free camaraderie!

Thursday through Saturday, from 8 PM to 10PM at Graham Chapel, The Vagina Monologues at WashU!  10% of proceeds to to the spotlighted campaign in Congo, and the other 90% is donated to Lydia’s House, a local domestic violence shelter.  Go here for more information.

Thursday and Friday, UMSL is also hosting the Vagina Monologues, and is featuring monologues written by over 50 incarcerated or formerly incarcerated women.  The piece reveals the connection between women in prison and the violence that often brings them there with honesty and sincerity. Proceeds of ticket sales will be donated to Women In Transition, a STL organization that focuses specifically on the issues associated with women and incarceration.  The event starts at 7:30 on both days and is at the Pilot House on the UMSL campus.  RSVP here.

Friday, Feb. 20, from 6:30 to 10:30.  Rebuilding St. Louis Together is hosting a Trivia Night to raise money for low-income homeowners in St. Louis.  The event is at Elk’s Lodge 690, and you can RSVP at this page.

Also Friday, SAGE (Students and Gays for Equality) is hosting a dance at the Saint Charles Community College Gym from 7 to 10:30 PM.  RSVP here.

Friday through Sunday.  Sota, the Gay Straight Alliance at SIUE is also hosting The Vagina Monologues.  The shows are in the Abbot Auditorium at 7 PM on Friday and Saturday, and at 2 PM on Sunday.  They will also be having  a Vagina dance party after Friday and Saturday’s shows and a drum circle on Sunday!  Get the details at this page.

Saturday, Feb. 21, Join the St. Louis Young Dems for their Mardi Gras Float.  The float is closed, but they still can take some people to walk behind the float.  Get more info here.

Also Saturday, Hands-Off Venezuela is hosting a screening of “No Volveran,” a documentary about the Venezuelan Revolution.  The event is from 1 to 4 PM at Lighthouse Media at 115 Market Street in Alton, IL.  More info is at the event page.

Saturday is also the St. Louis Stop for Missourians Against the Death Penalty’s “Road Trip for Justice.”  Their will be speakers at First Unitarian Church at 5007 Waterman at 7 PM.  Speakers include Darryl Burton, exonerated after 24 years on a wrongful capitol murder charge, Bess Klassen Landis, whose mother was brutally murdered when she was just 13, and Linda Taylor, mother of a death row inmate.

Also Saturday, the Community Arts and Media Project (CAMP) is hosting Anarchists Against the Wall, a group of activists from Israel and the U.S.  The event is from 7:30 to 9:30 at 3026 Cherokee, and you can RSVP here.

Sunday, Feb. 22.  The Royale’s Theology on Tap series will be discussing the Problem of Evil starting at 4 PM.  Find out more here.

Also Sunday, 7 PM to 12 AM, LiveFeed, a grassroots organization dedicated to engaging the entertainment industry and its fans to promote hunger awareness and generate funds to help feed those in need in and around St. Louis, is hosting a musician appreciation night at Cicero’s 6691 Delmar.  Find out more at their event page.

Speaking of LiveFeed, Sunday is also a good time to vote for them in the finals of a competition that could win them $10,000.  Go to this link to find out more.

And speaking of Voting, make sure to vote for Webster University’s video in the ONE Campaign Challenge.  If they finish in the top 10, they get $1,000 to help fight poverty.

Have a fun and meaningful week.