Thursday, February 16, 2012

ForwardSTL News and Upcoming Events for Friday, Feb. 17

Upcoming events from the ForwardSTL Calendar:

Friday, February 17
11:00 AM to 2:00pm Webster Sustains
1:00pm Rally to Save Blair Mountain!!!
10:00pm GLEEK - An all Glee drag show!

Saturday, February 18
10:00am Save Our Schools Missouri Conference in Columbia
12:30pm Raced: Racial Identity from the Civil War to Now-4 part class
3:00pm Discuss African American's with Columnist Sylvester Brown, Jr.
4:00pm Let's talk VIOLENCE
7:00pm Black & White Peace Ball
7:00pm Gay and Lesbian Voices of the Harlem Renaissance
7:30pm KWUR Local Music Showcase with Rum Drum Ramblers and

Sunday, February 19
9:00am Lone Elk Park Trip
1:00pm Illustrating History
4:00pm Yeyo Arts Collective 2nd Annual Dinner Fundraiser
7:00pm Candlelight Vigil for Peace
9:00pm (STL) Do For Self/Gya Art Gallery/ Presents -The Gallery

5:30 pm President's Day Trivia Challenge and Fundraiser
6:15pm St. Louis Capoeira Angola
7:00pm Wrongful Convictions: Juan Melendez tells his story
7:00pm Earthworms on KDHX
8:00pm Reality Now on KDHX
8:30pm 2nd Annual Presidential Beard Party
8:30pm Collateral Damage on KDHX

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News and Opinion (click through the link at ForwardSTL for the full stories)

Stakeholders shut out of local control - St. Louis American: Local News

Only three parties were involved in deciding how to write up the ballot initiative for local control – an initiative that would transfer control of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department from the State of Missouri to the City of St. Louis – Jeff Roorda of the St. Louis Police Officers Association said at the Feb. 14 Board of Alderman public safety committee meeting.

One Million Moms and the ‘pro-gay bandwagon’ | Student Life

In response to J. C. Penney’s appointment of Ellen DeGeneres as its new spokesperson, the conservative group (OMM), a sub-group of the American Family Association, campaigned to get the department store to revoke its decision. Apparently employing an empowered, hilarious, openly gay woman offended these traditional mothers who are worked up that J. C. Penney decided to “jump on the pro-gay bandwagon,” as posted on its Facebook page.

Catholic Church receives federal funds but refuses laws | The University News

In the recent debate about the decision of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to require health insurance plans to cover contraception drugs, regardless of religious affiliation, it is not President Obama but the leaders of the American Catholic Church that are wrong.

Cut ties to “Climate Criminals” | Student Life

I truly emerged as an environmental leader as a student at Wash. U. when Newt Gingrich, as leader of the House of Representatives, threatened many of America’s hard-won protections for the environment, worker and our civil rights.

GM Ditching Pension Plans for 401(k) Contributions | Wentzville Patch

GM is getting rid of its annual pension contribution system for its employees. In its place, future retirement contribution will be made into a 401(k) plan, the Wall Street Journal is reporting.

Student success begins in the classroom - St. Louis American: Columnists

Over 40 years ago these words were spoken to me by Mrs. Sara Scroggins, Director of the Northside Reading Clinic in the St. Louis Public School System. She had asked me to join the International Reading Association (IRA).

Birthers Alive and Well in Missouri Legislature | Daily RFT

We know. You thought the conspiracy surrounding President Barack Obama’s birthplace was so 2009.But, hey, we’re talking about Jefferson City here.

Schweich Cements Status as Missouri's Most Skilled Political Operator | Fired Up Missouri

State Auditor Tom Schweich tonight to me on whether he’s plotting a run for Governor: ‘I’m not going to comment on that.’”

Do corporations have more rights than people? - St. Louis American: Columnists

We now have a glimpse of what the future may hold for the primary and general elections in 2012 – record amounts of anonymous donations flooding the campaign coffers of closely contested elections and elbowing out the influence of average voters.

Citizens United backlash creates surprising bedfellows and a reason for optimism | Occasional Planet

In this time of hyper-partisanship, blowback from the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in the Citizen’s United case is throwing some surprising bedfellows together from the left, right, and center of the political spectrum.

Are County Leaders Shipping Their Homeless to the City? (Probably.) | Punching Kitty

City leaders are complaining that the various area counties are actively shipping their homeless in to the city to live in group camps like the infamous “Hopeville” encampment.

Una shares student memories, monologues | The University News

In support of the V-Day global campaign to end violence against women and girls, Una is premiering “A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and a Prayer (MMRP.) MMRP is a series of monologues edited by Eve Ensler, which focuses on a wide range of issues relating to violence against women and girls, and has a global perspective.

Abolish the death penalty in Missouri - St. Louis American: Editorials

We strive to work within what is possible, here and now, in taking policy stands and calling for change. Moving into a major election year when we will elect a president, a governor, a U.S. senator and many other key positions, it’s not a promising time, in a conservative state like Missouri, to realistically call for a major progressive policy change like abolishing the death penalty. But conscience compels us to renew our call for Missouri to outlaw this barbaric, racist, ineffective and expensive practice.

Still Hope for College Hill Neighborhood | St. Louis Patina:

I’m disappointed that College Hill has been removed from Preservation Review. The argument that the neighborhood is too far gone to save is the wrong attitude

What will Obamacare do for Missourians in 2014? | Show Me Progress

Those who have been paying attention to facts rather than GOP rhetoric know that the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a.k.a. Obamacare, has already had a positive impact in a number of areas such as permitting parents to keep their young adult children on their existing insurance policies until they are 26, providing affordable coverage for those with pre-existing conditions, and strengthening…

Filing period bill moves forward in Mo. Senate | St. Louis Public Radio

The has given first-round approval to legislation that would push back the filing period for the state’s August primaries by one month.

Challenge yourself to see ‘The Vagina Monologues’ | Student Life

If you’ve never seen “The Vagina Monologues,” go see them when they’re performed in Graham Chapel this weekend. If you’re planning on going: good. Keep reading if you want, but this column is mainly for those of you who haven’t yet made plans to go.

Not pictured: the black political community - St. Louis American: Political Eye

In journalism, there is a standard practice of listing people “not pictured” in photographs where the reader might have expected those people to appear. In the photo coverage of Susan Montee announcing her candidacy for Missouri Lieutenant Governor at St. Louis City Hall last week, the people “not pictured” list is very interesting and tells a story that was missing from news reports of her announcement.

Republican Mantra, Don’t Hurt Wealthy! | The Impudent Observer

There is no question members of the Republican party believe devoutly in God. Of course, their God does not dwell up there, he is currently a resident who inhabits a large building on Wall Street.

Former City Hospital Power Plant to Include Rock Climbing Gym, Banquet Hall, Rooftop Dining | Urban Review STL

An interesting new concept will open for business next month.

This Spring We Rise | Rebuild the Dream

Rebuild the Dream is joining with groups across the country for an unprecedented mass training for activists everywhere.

Students and faculty meet to discuss hunger and homelessness abroad | Student Life

As a part of an ongoing series about hunger and homelessness, students and faculty met in the Danforth University Center Formal Lounge on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the overarching issues outside of the United States

Glad YOUR morals are making decision re OUR bodies, Roy & John | Progress Women

INJECTING MORALS INTO WOMEN’S WOMBS: The revision still isn’t good enough for some organizations, including the Catholic Church, who has announced plans to oppose the new policy

ABC furiously beating the drums for war against Iran | Dangerous Intersection

Glenn Greenwald points to yet another so-called news report designed to stir up unwarranted fear and to encourage war against Iran.

Adding up the number of illegal foreclosures in San Francisco | Dangerous Intersection

An audit by San Francisco county officials of about 400 recent foreclosures there determined that almost all involved either legal violations or suspicious documentation, according to a report released Wednesday.

Steelman’s first TV ad focuses on contraception mandate | Politicmo

Ahead of the Missouri Republican Party’s annual statewide gathering this weekend, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sarah Steelman is launching her first television ad at the end of the week. In the new ad, reported first by POLITICO, Steelman takes direct aim at her primary…\

For Roy Blunt free-market anarchism trumps religious freedom | Show Me Progress

Sometime before the end of the month the Senate will be voting on a legislative amendment to the Affordable Care Act proposed by our own GOP Senator Roy Blunt, the Blunt-Rubio amendment, that proposes to deal with the Bishops disinclinaton to permit folks to purchase birth-control by allowing any insurance provider, religious, secular, what have you, to deny coverage for just abut anything as…

Blunt, under fire for 'rights of conscience' amendment, claims 'misinformation' | St. Louis Beacon

WASHINGTON - Responding to withering attacks on his “rights of conscience” amendment that would block the Obama administration’s new contraception rule, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., is accusing opponents of spreading “misinformation” in advance of an expected Senate vote.

Online campaign to boycott Koch Industries grows | Peoples' World

An email and Facebook campaign to boycott products made by Koch industries has grown in recent weeks. The Koch brothers are a major funder of the tea party and several right-wing think tanks.

Girl Scout controversy showcases parental immaturity at its worst | The Current-Online

In Colorado, a Girl Scout troop has angered many by permitting a seven-year-old transgender girl named Bobby Montoya to join the troop. A group that calls itself The Honest Girl Scouts even posted a Youtube video that calls for a mass boycott of Girl Scout cookies.

Webster law professors discuss the Dred Scott decision - Webster Journal Online

In honor of Black History Month, Webster’s legal studies department held a presentation titled “Dred Scott and Beyond: The St. Louis Impact on Legal History,” Professors Robin Higgins and Anne Geraghty-Rathert hosted the presentation at noon on Feb. 16, in the Emerson Library Conference Room.

Recyclemania offers opportunity for students to build sustainability at SLU | The University News

Student Government Association’s involvement in Recyclemania is a great way to teach students about recycling and get the University collectively involved.

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