Monday, April 20, 2009

St.. Louis Activist Events for April 20 - 26

Someone from Jobs with Justice just let me know of an opportunity that might be of interest to some of you (especially college students).  Marlan Maralit from AFSCME is going to be in St. Louis soon to discuss available opportunities for students who are interested in pursuing organizing careers in social and economic justice.  They are especially looking for sophomores, juniors and seniors in college; please send me a message if you would be interested in participating.

This week's events:

Monday through Friday is Earth Week everywhere, but especially at Lafeyette Senior High School, which seems to be doing a lot of great political organizing lately.  Monday is "Recycle Day."  Check out the themes for the other days and show your support by going to this link.

Monday, April 20. Greater St. Louis NORML is holding a variety show to raise awareness about current prohibition laws.  The show starts, unsurprisingly, at 4:20 and goes until 9 PM, at Fubar (3108 Locust).  Check out the lineup and details here.

Also Monday, CARES Outreach is hosting a fundraiser to help break the cycle of homelessness in the city of St. Louis.  The event will be at the Triumph Grill and Moto Museum at the corner of Olive and Lindell, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.

Also Monday, the George Warren Brown School of Social work and SAGE Metro St. Louis are hosting a reception honoring Dr. Laurie Young for her work and dedication to LGBT Older adults.  The event will be from 6 to 8 in Brown Hall at the WashU campus, room 132.  RSVP here.

Also Monday, the Peace Economy Project is having a fundraiser at The Wine Press (4436 Olive) called "Wine, Not War."   The event is from 6 to 9 PM and you can find out more at the IOW calendar.

Tuesday, April 21, at 8:30 AM.  Last summer, Sgt. Matthis Chiroux refused activation orders for Operation Enduring Freedom in Iraq in protest of what he described as "an illegal and immoral operation."  At 9 AM, there will be a hearing for Matthis at 1 Reserve Way in Overland, MO.  Veterans for Peace will be there starting at 8:30 AM rallying in support of Matthis's conscientious objection.  To find out more about Matthis and details of the event, follow the links at the IOW homepage. 

Also Tuesday, Earth Week at WashU kicks off with a lecture on "Social Movements and the Environment" by Dr. Bret Gustafson in Goldfarb 135 at 12:15 PM.  RSVP here .

Also Tuesday, Veterans for Peace, the Instead of War Coalition, and Iraq Veterans Against the War are joining forces to present video footage of the recent "Winter Soldier" hearings, where soldiers detailed the horrors of war in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The screening starts at 5:30 at the Friends Meeting House (1001 Park Avenue), and you can find out more at this link.

Also Tuesday, Civitas Associates is hosting an evening with three international journalists called, "Women & Children in Crisis."  The event focuses on abuses seen in Nepal, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Iraq.  The event is from 7 to 9 PM at Nerinx Hall High School, and more info is here .


Wednesday, April 22 is the date of the big Earth Day celebration at SLCC's Meramec campus, put on by MOPIRG!  The day has whole host of great events, which you can check out at the facebook page.  It runs from 10 AM to 3 PM, so check it out if you have a chance!

Also Wednesday, the Brown School of Social Work is hosting a discussion of organic vs. non-organic in the Goldfarb Commons. 

Also Wednesday is the monthly meeting for Smoke-Free St. Louis City at the Buder Library, 4401 Hampton Avenue (in the baement meeting room).  The meeting starts at 5:30 PM.

Also Wednesday, Jamil Dakwar, the National ACLU Human Rights Director, is going to be in St. Louis speaking about "Human Rights in the Age of Obama."  The event is from 6:30 to 8 PM at 454 Whittier St. and is free and open to the public.  Check it out by clicking here .

Also Wednesday, NARAL is hosting "How Much Time Should She Do?", a presentation by Kellie Conlin, the president of the National Institute for Reproductive Health and former president of NOW-NYC.  The event is from 7 to 8 PM at the First Unitarian Church at 5007 Waterman.  Get more details at this link.

Also Wednesday, Cafe Ventana (3919 West Pine Blvd) is showing a screening of Invisible Children from 8 PM to 9 PM.  More info here.

Thursday, April 23, the Environmental Social Work Initiative at WashU is hosting a panel discussion on "Career Opportunities in Environmental Social Work" in Brown 209.  More info here.

Also Thursday, the Advisory Committee on Sexual Violence Prevention at WashU is holding a "Discussion with the Harvard Women's Center Director" from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at Ursa's Fireside on the South 40.  Find out more here.

Also Thursday, the Diversity Awareness Partnership will be leading a "Forum on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity" at the Wachovia Securities Training Center at One Jefferson BLVD.  Light refreshments will be served starting at 5:30 and the forum goes from 6 to 8 PM.  Find out more about the great panel and RSVP on the facebook page.

Also Thursday, the Community Arts and Media Project is screening the Tod Dolondz comedy Fear, Anxiety, and Depression as part of their film series, "Krakpotkin's Kamera."  The movie starts at 7PM and CAMP is locaated at 3022A Cherokee.

Also Thursday, author and environmental activist Derrick Jensen will be speaking at Webster Univerisity from 7:30 to 9:30 PM at the WU Community Music Building on "Civilization and Resistance."  RSVP and get parking directions here.

Also Thursday, the Spectrum Alliance at McKendree University is co-hosting "The Final Drag Show," from 9:30 to 11:30 pm at "The Hett" on the McKendree Campus.  Find out more at the facebook page.

Friday, April 24, WashU's Environmental Social Work Initiative is holding, "Film and Advocacy: International Environmental Health Campaign: Poison Fire Partner: Social Workers Without Borders."  Details are scarce, but the event will be at 6 PM in the Brown Lounge. See this link for more info.

Saturday, April 25, is the 17th Annual Hershel Walker Peace and Justice Awards Breakfast at the Postal Worker's Union Hall at 1717 S. Broadway.  The arse-kicking and name-taking Field Director of Health Care for America Now! (and former arse-kicking and name-taking St. Louis organizer) Margarida Jorge will keynote the event, which goes from 9:30 to 11:30 am.  RSVP here.  

Also Saturday, Missouri Women in Trades (MOWIT) will be selling new, used, and consigned tools to benefit the organization.  The Tool Turnaround will be held at the MOWIT office at 8300 Manchester Rd. in Brentwood from 7 AM to 5 PM.

Also Saturday, Heath Care for America Now will be hosting a town hall discussion with the theme, "Health Care Can't Wait!" starting at 11 AM in the Forest Park Community College Theater.  For more info, contact Jennifer Judd at 248-565-6064 or .

Also Saturday, the Community Arts and Media Project is holding "Community Rehersals" for the Cherokee Street FOOTBEAT, a "joyful noise brigade bringing harmony to life"  from 4 to 6 PM at CAMP (3022A Cherokee).  For more info, contact Lindsey Scott at 217-898-3777.  

Sunday, April 26 is the big, huge, gigantic (hopefully) Earth Day celebration in Forest Park from 11 AM to 6 PM!  Lots of awesome groups are going to be there, so make sure to stop by and check out all the tables. Get the official details here .

Also Sunday is the Faith Aloud Awards at the Orlando Gardens at 8352 Watson Road from 6 to 9 PM.  Get the full details and RSVP here .

Also Sunday, St. Louis University's Black Student Alliance are holding a charity fashion show, with proceeds benefiting St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.  The event is from 7 to 10 PM in the St. Louis Room of the Busch Student Center, and you can RSVP at this link.

Have a fun and meaningful week,



  1. Earth Day is Sunday April 26, of course :-)

  2. hahaha, thanks! fixed it (at least here in the blog version).