Monday, April 27, 2009

St.. Louis Activist Events for April 27 - May 3

This week's events:

Monday, April 27: Friar Louie Vitale will be presenting "A Nonviolent Response to Terrorism" from 7 PM to 9 PM at the Busch Student Center Ballroom 173 at SLU. The event will also feature responses from members of the Red Cross, Amnesty International, and the Center for Survivors of Torture and War Trauma. Looks really fascinating. You can RSVP here.

Also Monday, Organizing For America, the permanent grassroots campaign that emerged from the Obama campaign, is having a meeting at the St. Louis Ethical Society as part of its "listening tour." The meeting will be at 7 PM at 9001 Clayton Road, and you can find out more here.

Also Monday, is the last Coop Cafe of the year at the WashU Coop, 6021 Pershing Ave. Tonight's Cafe features guests from Tom's Shoes, which donates shoes to children in developing countries every time someone buys their shoes. The event starts at 8:30: get the details here. Also, the people from Tom's Shoes are going to be in town for a few days, and are interested in meeting with other groups, so if you'd like to set something up contact Justin Cook at 310-721-9812 or .

Monday through Wednesday,
a play called "Seven Jewish Children" will be showing at Theatre 134 at the ArtSpace at Crestwood Court (formerly Crestwood Plaza Mall). The play covers the Holocaust and the situation in Gaza while characters, "debate how much children should know and not know." Get more details at this link.

Tuesday, April 28.
Wake up bright and early at 6 AM if you'd like to attend NARAL's Missouri Pro-Choice Lobby Day in Jefferson City. Buses will be traveling from the area; call 314-531-5010 or email if you'd like to get a ride over. You can find facebook pages for the event here and here.

Also Tuesday, unfortunately, housing discrimination is still a really big problem in St. Louis and around the country. Find out more about how community, activist, and neighborhood organizations are working to combat this problem at the 12th Annual Fair Housing/Fair Lending Conference. The event runs from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM at the St. Louis Association of Realtors at 12777 Olive. You can RSVP and find out more at the facebook page.

Also Tuesday,
Bar Italia is hosting a fundraiser that will help provide books for students at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. They're looking for donations of medical textbooks and money (checks preferred). The event goes from 6 to 10 PM and Bar Italia is located at the corner of Maryland and Euclid. The facebook page is here.

Wednesday, April 29,
is Civil Union Lobby Day in Illinois. You can grab a bus with the Sota Gay Straight alliance in Edwardsville at 6:30 AM: find out how here.

Also Wednesday,
Barack Obama is going to be near St. Louis for his 100th day in office. Obama will be holding a town hall meeting at the Fox Senior High School, 751 Jeffco Blvd in Arnold, MO scheduled to start at 10:30 AM (Doors Open at 8). You can request tickets here.

Also Wednesday
, the St. Charles Young Democrats are holding a Buffalo Wild Wings fundraiser at Buffalo Wild Wings , 179-C Mid Rivers Mall Drive from 6 to 8 PM.

Thursday April 30
, the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at WashU will be hosting a workshop "Can men be feminists?" from 3:30 to 5 in Goldfarb 246. The event will be a combination of presentation and discussion: find out more at this link.

y is also the day of "Dining Out for Life" a massive fundraiser for the St. Louis Effort for AIDS. A huge number of restaurants donate part of their proceeds to this cause; check out the full list by clicking on participating restaurants at this link. There are also facebook pages for various groups here, here, here, here, and here.

Also Thursday is a special Dining Out for Life edition of Drinking Liberally at the Church Key, 4127 Manchester, from 6 to 11 pm.

is also the day for the St. Charles Community College Young Democrats Economic Forum, which features professors from the Political Science and Economics Depts. The event is from 6 to 8 PM at the SCCC Student Center, Rm 205.

Thursday through Sunday is Mustard Seed Theater's presentation of "The Good Times Are Killing Me", set during 1967 while the civil rights movement was rapidly accelerating. Thursday Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 PM at the Fontbonne Fine Arts Theatre (6800 Wydown Blvd) and the Sunday performance is at 2 PM.

Friday, May 1
, an exciting and historic event is happening! The Show Me Marriage Equality Bus is taking off from St. Louis carrying several lesbian and gay couples to Iowa City to Get Married! They're looking for a crowd of people who can send off the bus at 6 AM and congratulate the newly married couples when they return at 11 PM. Get the full details for this historic event here.

Friday and Saturday, a conference on "American Exceptionalism and Human Rights" at Webster University.  Lots of great speakers, including Dennis Kucinich.  Full schedule and details here.

Friday evening and Saturday Evening
will feature a spring concert with CHARIS, the St. Louis Women's Chorus, from 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM at the Des Lee Auditorium of the Missouri History Museum (5700 Lindell).

Saturday, May 2,
10 AM, join AFSCME Council 31 and the Illinois Federation of Teachers at a regional forum to discuss fair solutions for a fair budget. All area legislators have been invited to the forum. The forum will take place at Gateway Center, One Gateway Drive, Collinsville IL.

Also Saturday, from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM will be "Run for Your Life," a costumed run that benefits the ALS Association of St. Louis. The event starts at Tower Grove Park and you can find out more here.

Also Saturday, at 7 PM will be a meeting of a new group called Metropolitan Area Transit Riders Alliance of ST Louis (M.A.T.R.A.) at Mokabe's on the corner of Arsenal and Grand. Several local elected officials will apparently be in attendance. Check it out here!

Sunday, May 3
, the organizers for World Nake Bike Ride are having a planning meeting at 5 PM at Velocity Cafe. For more information, check out or email

Have a fun and meaningful week,


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