It’s Activist Hub 2.0!  We’ve added a couple new features that will hopefully help to keep people informed and connected.  First, as mentioned last week, Activist Hub is now on Twitter.  You can join by going to http://twitter.com/stlactivisthub and clicking “follow.”  Second, we’re working with Show Me Progress on a new project to highlight activists doing great work in St. Louis and beyond.  The first interview was with Dana Dreher of the timely Save Our Tips campaign designed to stop Missouri Republicans from lowering the minimum wage for servers.  Please check it out and see if you can help.

This week’s events:

Tuesday, March 17, 3- 5 PM.  The Missouri Transportation Alliance is going to be at UMSL today to assess the regional needs and priorities of St. Louis.  This would be a good opportunity to let them know that you want more money to be focused on public transportation and less on, oh say, things like building a highway extension through wetlands for the sake of creating outer-ring suburb strip malls in a floodplain.  The meeting will be at the Student Government Chamber- Millenium Student Center and you can see the link  here.

Also Tuesday, RESULTS is a nonprofit grassroots advocacy organization committed to creating the political will to end hunger and the worst aspects of poverty and hunger.  They are currently focused on getting universal health care in the U.S. and the St. Louis chapter is going to be holding a Group Start Workshop today.  If you’d like to get involved, call or email Sister Toni at 314-397-0473 or atemporit@sbcglobal.net.  

Tuesday and Wednesday are the last two days of QFest, a film festival that spotlights the diversity and inherent complexities of living an alternative lifestyle in today’s society.  You can get the full schedule at this link.

Wednesday, March 18, 4:30 Haba na Haba, an amazing community arts group from Nairobi, Kenya, is participating in a “Theater and Social Change” panel discussion at the Brown Lounge at Brown Hall on the WashU campus.  They’re in town for the whole week, so check for other public events on Friday and Saturday if you can’t make this one.  I’ve heard great things about them!

Also Wednesday, from 5 -8 PM, is the Diversity Awareness Partnership’s Happy Hour at the Premium Lounge.  This is a fundraiser for their Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Initiative.  The Premium Lounge is located at 4199 Manchester and you can find out more at the fb page.

CANCELLED Thursday, March 19, 5 – 7 PM.  Sarah M. asked me to mention that StandWithUs, Sderot Media Center, and SLU Jews are hosting a presentation on what it is like to live in Sderot, Israel, a city that has been hit with rocket attacks.  The event is in the Busch Student Center, room 251 and you can find out more here .  This is one side of a very difficult political situation rooted in a lot of human suffering.  I hope we can make some real progress now that we have a new administration and Secretary of State!

Friday, March 20, at 4:30, there’s a meetup for local bloggers being held by some of the good folks at Show Me Progress at the Dubliner, 1025 Washington Avenue, prior to the Mike Lux visit (see below).  You can read more about it  here .

Also Friday, Mike Lux is a longtime progressive and a blogger at what is generally one of the coolest blogs on the internets, OpenLeft.com.  Lux is also the author of the book “The Progressive Revolution: How the Best in America Came to Be” and he’s in town to talk about the book.  He’ll be at the new downtown location of Left Bank Books at 7 PM, and you can find out more at the LBB page.  Highly recommended!

Also Friday, Haba na Haba, the Kenyan community arts group mentioned above, will be performing at the 560 Music Building (560 Trinity) at 8 PM.  You can find out more about the group at these links: http://www.mysakenya.org/conte… and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v… (part 1 of an amazing documentary!).

Saturday, March 21, will be six years and one day after the war in Iraq begun.  The St. Louis Instead of War Coalition is taking a bus to Columbia for a statewide rally marking the anniversary of the war and calling for the U.S. to start spending more money on a peace economy rather than a war economy.  The bus leaves at 10 AM and gets back around 7, and you should reserve your seat soon by going to the IOW site (cost is $20).

Also Saturday, Haba na Haba will be hosting an open dance class for the community.  It will be in the Women’s building, Studio I from 10 AM to 11:30 AM.

Also, Saturday is the Great American Meatout hosted by the St. Louis Vegetarian Society.  The event is from 5 to 6:30 at the First Congregational Church at 6501 Wydown.  Check out the delicious menu!.

Have a fun and meaningful week!