Sunday, July 19, 2009

St. Louis Activist Events for July 20-25

This week's events:

Monday, July 20 is the last day to send a proposal for the 5th annual Educating for Change Curriculum Fair on Sept. 26.  This fair has great content (last year they had trainings on power analysis and the Ella Baker model of community organizing) and has been growing a lot.  They're accepting proposals for poster displays, resource tables, and workshops, and you can find the application form here (in the tan box with the heading 'Educating for Change Curriculum Fair"). 

Tuesday, July 21, the Schlafly Tap Room (2100 Locust) is hosting "Music for the Mouth", a night of music to benefit the hungry.  Buying a ticket gets you free Dewey's pizza and a free pint of beer, and all proceeds benefit Operation Food Search!  The event goes from 6 to 11 PM.

Also Tuesday, a Palestine Working Group is meeting at the World Community Center (428 N. Skinker) to discuss how to organize around the current conditions in Gaza and the West Bank. The meeting will be at 6 PM.

Also Tuesday, is the July installment of St. Louis Green Drinks, a social gathering for people who care about the environment.  They'll be gathering at the Schlafly Bottleworks (7760 Southwest in Maplewood), at 6:30 to discuss education for sustainable development.

Also Tuesday, the Community Arts and Media Project (CAMP) is starting a Backyard Movie series at their place at 3022A Cherokee Street.  The first movie will be "When You Get to Heaven," and director D.G.W. will be in attendance.  The movie will be showing from 8 to 11 PM; discount admission for bikers/skaters/walkers.

Wednesday, July 22, The Missouri History Museum (Lindell and DeBaliviere) is hosting "Conversations in Black and White," an evening of thought provoking theater exploring assumptions and identity.  The program goes from 5:30 to 8:30.

Also Wednesday, 17th Ward St. Louis will be hosting a workshop to discuss ideas for the new Chouteau Park at 7 PM at the Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club (4317 Vista Ave.).  

Also Wednesday, there will be a public viewing of CNN's broadcast of "Black in America 2" at the YWCA Metro St. Louis (3820 W. Pine Blvd).  The screening is from 7 to 10 PM.  Seating is limited, so please RSVP by sending an email to  or call 314-351-1115.  

Thursday, July 23, there will be an "Organized Labor Fundraiser for Mike Colona" at Friendly's Bar and Grill (3503 Roger Place) from 5 to 7 PM.

Also Thursday, MO/KS Friends of the People's Weekly World are hosting a discussion of "Cuba Today," by John Bachtell, the Illinois District Organizer for the Communist Party.  He will be presenting on his recent trip to Cuba at the World Community Center (438 N. Skinker) from 7 to 8:30 PM.  

Also Thursday, the Gay Men's Reading Group meets at Left Bank Books (399 N. Euclid) at 7:30 to discuss the book "The Last of the Wine."

Friday, July 24, the first of a series of "Architecture Weekend Lectures" kicks off with a focus on the Modern Religious Architecture of St. Louis.  The tour starts at 911 Washington #170 at noon.  

Also Friday, UAW Local 136 is holding a rally outside of the Chrysler Assembly Plant in Fenton (the Bowles exit) to speak out for American Jobs.  Despite taking U.S. taypayer money and pledging to use the money in a "socially responsible manner", Chrysler has closed several U.S. plants, devestating local communities, while continuing to expand operations in Mexico.  The rally will start at 1 PM.

Saturday, July 25, the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition is hosting "Red Ball Rumble" a kickball tournament that raises money for foster and adopted children.  The tournament is from 9 AM to 4 PM in Fenton Park (1215 Larkin Williams Road).  The $400 per team fee gets you food, refreshments, raffle tickets, t-shirts and good karma.  

Also Saturday, Architecture Weekend continues with a tour of two modern churches in Kirkwood.  Meetup is at 100 East Adams at 10 AM.  

Also Saturday, the fair trade store Plowsharing Crafts will be hosting a story time for children from 11 AM to noon at the Delmar store (6271 Delmar).  

Also Saturday, the Workers International League, Autonomy Alliance, and Gateway Greens are gathering to remember the General Strike of 1877, an important moment in workers' history.  The gathering will be from noon to 5 PM at the Community Arts and Media Project building (3022A Cherokee).

Ongoing, check out Greenspace, an outdoor art exhibit raising awareness of current environmental concerns, at the intersection of W. Kirkham Ave. and N. Gore Ave. 

Have a fun and meaningful week,


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