This Week's Events:
Monday, July 27, All hands on deck! Senator Claire McCaskill's district director has arranged a town hall meeting at the request of a group called Americans for Prosperity, composed primarily of the "tea baggers." It is extremely important that we have progressive people in attendance or else the conversation will be dominated by right-wingers pressuring McCaskill to kill health care reform, reject climate change legislation, and (knowing them) creating a panel to investigate Obama's birth certificate. We need to be there to remind McCaskill who voted her in, and to tell her that we need real health care reform and a strong climate change bill! The meeting is from 7 to 8 PM at Forest Park Community College at 5600 Oakland, in the Highlander Lounge of the student center.
Tuesday, July 28, is a national call-in day for health care reform, sponsored by the as well as AFL-CIO and Health Care for America Now. We need health care reform to save lives! Click here for more details.
Also Tuesday, there will be a blood drive at the Maryville Centre, 645 Maryville Centre, from 7 AM to 1 PM. Donors get a free T-shirt and are entered into a raffle for a $25 gas card.
Also Tuesday, there will be a meet and greet for Matt Simmons at the St. Peters firefighter's hall, 115, McMenamy Rd. from 5 to 8 PM. Simmons is a great candidate running against the crazy Cynthis Davis, the woman who has embarrased Missouri by saying, "hunger is a positive motivator," and by supporting the Obama birth certificate conspiracy theory, so any help you can offer will be greatly appreciated!
Also Tuesday, there will be a rally in Carbondale, IL in support of Leondard Peltier, an activist who has been imprisoned for over 30 years under suspicious circumstances (to say the least). The rally will be at the Town Square Pavillion on S. Illinois Avenue, from 6 to 7 PM.
Also, Tuesday is "Pedal for a Pint" night at Schlafly Bottleworks, 1 Schlafly Place, where bikers will recieve a free brew voucher good at a number of area locations.
Also Tuesday is the monthly installment of Drinks and Mortar, a get together for architecture enthusiasts, at Riley's (3458 Arsenal). In addition to the lively conversation, there's a $5 large pizza special that night.
Wednesday, July 29, social workers and the citizens they serve will join hands for a rally to protest proposals to cut over 25 million dollars from the budgets of the Department of Social Services and Health and Senior Services. The proposed cuts could mean further job losses as well as cuts to vital programs that help Missouri’s most vulnerable during hard times such as these. The rally will be at 12 noon at the South Broadway Social Services office, 6821 S. Broadway, St. Louis, Mo 63111.
Also Wednesday, at 7 PM at the U-City Library, there will be a community forum discussing the new proposed sales tax increase for University City.
Thursday, July 30, the Chamberlain College of Nursing and Forest Park Hospital are having a blood drive at 6150 Oakland from 10 AM to 2 PM.
Also Thursday, Left Bank Book's new Community Forum group decided to join with the North Side Community Benefits Alliance in an upcomng listening project (related to Paul McKee's proposed development) and are about to begin organizing around issues of poverty. They will be having their next meeting at 6 PM at the Downtown location, 321 N. 10th Street.
Friday, July 31, the Big Ass Upcycle Exchange, where you can drop of supplies that will be reused by local artists, continues as part of the Big Ass Indie Art and Craft Show. They'll be accepting donations from 7 Pm Friday until 3 on Sunday.
Friday through Monday, the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America is brining their "Save the Dream" tour to St. Louis, to help at-risk homeowners keep their homes. The event will be at the Ahaifetz Arena at SLU.
Saturday, Aug. 1. LiveFeed, a group that raises money for those in need and promotes hunger awareness, is having a Charity Garage Sale at their office at 1156 Kram, from 9 AM to 7 PM. Your donations are welcome.
Also Satruday, you can party with Planned Parenthood at Novak's (4121 Manchester Ave.), from 8 PM to midnight.
Sunday, Aug. 2, there will be a fundraiser for the proposed plan to bring a trolly to the Delmar Loop. The fundraiser will be at Cicero's, 6691 Delmar, starting at 7 PM.