Monday, August 3, 2009

St. Louis Activist Events for August 3-9

This week's events:

Monday, August 3, the weekly talk shows Collateral Damage and Topic A will be on KDHX at 7 and 7:30 PM, respectively.  If you recall, there has been some talk that KDHX might take its talk shows off the air, which would be a big mistake in an area that needs much more informed political discussion, not less!  One way you can help to make sure this doesn't happen is to go online to the support KDHX page, and pledge some money indicating that you think the local talk shows are important (make sure to select Topic A, Collateral Damage, or one of the other talk shows to credit from the scroll down menu).

Tuesday, August 4, from 5 to 7 PM, Friends of the San Luis will be holding a rally at the corner of Lindell and Taylor protesting the ongoing demolition of the historical San Luis hotel.

Also Tuesday, at 6 PM, the St. Louis County Council will be hearing public testimony regarding the proposed smoke-free bill for St. Louis County.  Smoke-Free St. Louis is asking residents to attend the event wearing blue to show their support for smoke-free air.  The meeting will be at 41 S. Central in Clayton, on the 2nd floor; residents and business owners are allowed to speak for 2 minutes each.  Smoke-Free St. Louis will also be rallying outside the building starting at 4:30.

Also Tuesday, the ACLU of Eastern Missouri will be showing "Borrowed Time," a documentary about the case of Reggie Clemons, who has been on death row for over 16 years based on an extremely controversial court case.  "Borrowed Time" outlines many of the facts of his case.  The movie will be showing at 454 Whittier St. at 6:30 PM.

Wednesday, August 5, the Greater St. Louis Council for Change, a group supporting the president's agenda for progress in America via organizing at the local level, is holding their inaugural meeting from 6 6o 8 PM at Velocity Cafe, 286 DeBaliviere (near the Forest Park Metro station).

Also Wednesday, the Girl's Guide to the Galaxy crew will be hanging out at the Firebird (2706 Olive) from 6 to 9 PM for a fundraiser for the St. Louis Crisis Nursery.

Also Wednesday, Greenpeace St. Louis is having a volunteer meeting at 6:45 to 9 PM in their Benton Park office (2nd Floor of Epiphany United Church at 2911 McNair) to help spread the word about climate change.

Thursday, August 6, Rally with CWA Local 6300 as they demand AT&T provide a fair contract to its workers!  Even though the company is earning huge profits, it continues to go after current workers' and retirees' benefits.  The rally will be at One AT&T Center (909 Chestnut) from noon to 1 PM.

Also, Thursday will be the August edition of City Affair, featuring a discussion about the future of historic preservation in St. Louis.  The event will be from 7:30 to 10:30 PM at the future location of Foam (3359 S. Jefferson).

Friday, August 7, the Community Arts and Media Project will be hosting the What Cheer? Brigade at their 3026 Cherokee home from 6 to 9 PM.  This is how the band describes itself:" We play Luddite Hardcore, loud, mobile music requiring no electricity.  We are a party band, and our sound incorporates elements of the following musical traditions: Bollywood, Balkan, New Orleans, Samba, and punk." 

Saturday, August 8, will be a meeting and training for the Carnahan Crew from 9 AM to 10:30 AM, open to people interested in getting more involved in district political activities.  If you are interested in attending, you can RSVP here.

Also Saturday, there will be a publicity event for the 2nd Annual World Naked Bike Ride at Black Bear Bakery on 2639 Cherokee.  The event starts at 7 PM and will feature screen printing, food, live music, and mingling.

Sunday, August 9, is the the first event I ever attended in St. Louis, the Annual Hiroshima/Nagasaki Observance, solemnly marking the anniversary of the US using atomic bombs against Japan.  The event will be at Lewis Park in University City (West of the Delmar Loop) from 6 to 8 PM.

Have a fun and meaningful week,


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