A quick note before this week’s events.  Madmen (and madwomen) in the Missouri Legislature are trying to cut over $300 million dollars in health care and critical state services to Missourians!  Please take a moment and go to http://www.unionvoice.org/camp… to tell them not to make these terrible cuts!    The email was originally sent out last week, but as of this message there’s still hope, so please let them know there’s no good reason for them to refuse federal money that can help struggling Missouri families.

This week’s events:

Monday, March 23 : Today is the last official day to help out the Save Our Tips campaign with a donation.  Save Our Tips is a campaign to stop the Missouri legislature from overturning the voters’ will by LOWERING the minimum wage for servers in Missouri, and your donation would go towards paying for a lobbying trip where servers can travel to Jefferson City to speak with legislators personally.  Even a small donation can be a huge help!  Go to this cause page to donate.  And, you know, if you don’t see this message until later in the week, you can still make a donation to help fund this important economic justice issue!

Also, Monday is the beginning of WashU’s STAND’s “Peace Flags for Darfur.”  All week, the flags will be on display at the Danforth University Center raising awareness about Darfur.  Stop by if you have a chance.  The facebook page is  here.

Also Monday, and also at WashU, Green Action and the Alliance of Students Against Poverty (ASAP) are hosting a screening of the movie “Flow.”  The movie documents the shrinking water supply in the United States and investigates the link between water scarcity and poverty around the world.  The movie begins at 7 PM in Rebstock 215, and you can RSVP at this link.

Also Monday, Rosemary Radford Ruether, a pioneer Christian feminist theologian asks, “What is the Church we Want?”  She’ll be speaking from 7 to 8:30 at St. Stanslaus (1413 N. 20th Street) and you can find out more  here.

Also Monday, St. Charles Community College is hosting a screening of the movie “Fagbug.”  The movie is about a hate crime that occurred in Albany New York where Erin Davies’ car was vandalized because of her sexual orientation.  After that, she decided to tour the country to raise awareness and speak about LGBT issues.  Davies will be at the screening, and you can RSVP here .

All this week, KSDK, despite turning a profit last year and giving a big bonus to the CEO of their parent company Gannett, is trying to cut wages for their employees, some of whom barely make over $8/ hour.  They are using the economic downturn as an excuse to go after employees.  When you have time this week, please give a call to KSDK CEO Lynn Beall at 444-5265 and Mike Shipley at 444-5131 and let them know that they should not be cutting the wages of their valuable employees.

Tuesday, March 24, The Royale hosts its weekly Networking & computer repair clinic from 2 to 5 PM, and you can find out more at this page

Also Tuesday, the Diversity Alliance at Lafeyette Senior High School is hosting “Got Veggies” and informational and tasty-food consuming meeting focused on vegetarianism.  The event is from 3:15-4:15 in Room 183 and you can RSVP  here.

Also Tuesday, NARAL Missouri hosts the first speaker of their 40th anniversary speaker series.  Ms. Ann Fessler will discuss “The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade.”  The event is from 7 to 8 PM at the Central Reform Congregation at 5020 Waterman.  RSVP at this link.

Also Tuesday is Amnesty International’s monthly letter-writing meeting at the Hartford Coffee Company at 2974 Hartford.  The event is from 7 to 8:30 PM.

Wednesday, March 25 is the PROMO 2009 LGBT Lobby Day in Jefferson City, co-sponsored by ShowMeNoHate.com.  Find out more (including registration details)  here.

Also Wednesday, Mayoral candidate Maida Coleman is having a Meet & Greet at Rue 13 at 1311 Washington Avenue.  It should be a good chance to hear her stances on various issues.    The event is from 6 to 8 PM and you can RSVP  here.

Also Wednesday, Green Action at WashU is hosting “7th Hour” an annual panel discussion on pressing environmental issues.  The focus of this year’s panel is so-called “clean coal.”    The panel is from 7 to 8:30 in the Danforth University Center Commons, and you can find out more at the event page.

Also Wednesday, the Interfaith Committe on Latin America is hosting a Puerto Rican Emancipation Day celebration at  Senor Pop’s Restaurant on 4101 South Grand from 7 to 9 PM.  RSVP here.

Thursday, March 26, the LGBT Center of St. Louis is hosting a Day Clinic at 625 N. Euclid Ave. Ste 420 from 12:30 to 3:30.  Find out more here.

Also Thursday, State Representative Marie Chapelle-Nadal is holding a “Re-Election Fundraiser” as Ciceros (6691 Delmar) from 5 to 7 PM.   She doesn’t have any competition and the election is a long way away, but on the other hand Cicero’s has a great beer selection and she’s cool to talk to.  You can RSVP at her event page.

Also Thursday, Drinking Liberally St. Louis City is having a get together at The Church Key (4127 Manchester) from 6 to 11.  Find out more  here.

Thursday through Sunday, great movies will be showing every night at Brown Hall Room 100 at the WashU campus as part of the African Film Festival.  Find out more at their homepage .

Friday, March 27, the Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis is hosting a “Community Response to Cuts in Public Transportation” that will address the impending cuts to the St. Louis Metro system.  The event is from 10 AM to 11 AM at the Jewish Federation Kopolow Building at 12 Millstone Campus Drive.  RSVP at this link.

Also Friday, the Muslim Student Association at WashU is hosting a “StandUp for Peace” comedy show. The event features two comedians: Scott Blakeman, a Jewish comedian, and Dean Obeidallah, a Palestinian-American and will be at the May Auditorium in Simon Hall from 8 to 10 PM.

Also Friday, at the Ground Floor Club (215 East Main Street) in Belleville, IL, is a fundraiser for single parents scholarships at Southwester Illinois College called “Herstory Weekend Benefit.”  They will also be cutting hair for cancer survivors and donating leftover clothes to a women’s shelter, so it’s a good deeds bonanza.  Find out more  here.

Saturday, March 28 is WashU’s 19th Annual Pow Wow.  I always
here amazing things about this event.  It’s from noon to 10 PM at the Washington University Fieldhouse and you can RSVP at the minimalist facebook page.

Also Saturday is the Webster LGBTQ Alliance’s 13th Annual Drag Ball.  The event will be from 7:30 to 11 PM at the Webster University Center Gym at 175 Edger Road.  RSVP at this page.

Also Saturday is the AmeriCorps Starbright Auction.  Proceeds go to AmeriCorps St. Louis programs and the event is from 6:30 to 9:30 at 1315 Ann Avenue.  RSVP  here.

Have a fun and meaningful week!