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News :: Environment

Will city discuss lead problems with critics?

January 3, 2006. St. Louis, Missouri. Several St. Louis community organizations say that the City of St. Louis is rebuffing their invitations to discuss problems with its lead programs. "The City says that it wants to discuss lead with citizens; but it will not give us an answer," charges Barbara Chicherio, Co-Coordinator of the Gateway Green Alliance. "We've sent Ron Smith an invitation by mail; we invited him by e-mail; and he has not returned any of my calls."

St. Louis has a lead epidemic, with poisoning rates 7 to 10 times that of the US average. Why has City Government failed to make progress in lead removal?
 

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Commentary :: Civil and Human Rights : Housing and Development

A Weekend of Anti-Racist Activism

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How does one organize in an anti-racist way? How do we illustrate the systemic racism and classism that exist within our society? These questions were several of many questions addressed this weekend at three events organized by Jobs with Justice, The Organization for Black Struggle, and the St. Louis Instead of War Coalition.
 

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News :: Civil and Human Rights : Environment

Peabody Energy’s Crimes: Part I

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Looking at the St. Louis Coal Company’s Destruction in Arizona and Appalachia.

Peabody Energy is the largest coal company in the United States. It is based in St. Louis and is an honored member of the city’s corporate community. It claims to be a responsible corporate citizen, boasting on its website about the distinctions it has received for land reclamation, environmental stewardship, and safety standards. However, if one visits the coal fields of Arizona or Appalachia a different story is told. A story which gives an image of Peabody the company would rather not brag about; an image of an irresponsible coal corporation that seeks profit at the undeniable expense of the land and its people.

Resistance Groups [Illinois Can Do Better - Conservation | Black Mesa Trust | Black Mesa Indigenous Support]
 

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News :: Civil and Human Rights

Five St. Louis Protesters Arrested Outside Aero Contractors Ltd

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On Friday, November 18, a group of peace activists from St. Louis, North Carolina, and Chicago entered the property and Aero Contractors near Smithfield, NC, to deliver an indictment of their illegal activities. The indictment accuses Aero of providing planes and pilots for the CIA's program of extraordinary rendition that flies terror suspects to locations where they will likely be tortured.

Read more details at the Stop Torture Now website here.
 

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Commentary :: Art and Culture : Environment

Blackfire Brings Politics and Music to the Shangri-La Diner

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On Monday night St. Louis was treated to a performance by Blackfire at the Shangri-La Diner in south city. Their mix of politics and music created an atmosphere of both culture and education.

[San Francisco Peak | Black Mesa | Blackfire | Peabody Coal]
 
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News :: Civil and Human Rights : Protests and Vigils

Marlin Gray Executed

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Despite appeals to Missouri Governor Matt Blunt and the U.S. Supreme Court, Marlin Gray was the fifth man to be executed by lethal injection in the State of Missouri this year.

Over 70 people gathered outside of College Church at SLU last night to show support for Gray and against the death penalty. Many of those people drove to stand outside the prison after the vigil.

[Pictures | List of those executed since 1989]
 

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News :: Civil and Human Rights : Crime and Police

Campaign to Stop the Execution of Marlin Gray

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Opponents of the death penalty, including the American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International, the Organization for Black Struggle, and the Missouri Catholic Conference, are calling for a delay in the execution of Marlin Gray. Gray and three other men were accused of raping and killing Robin and Julie Kerry on the Chain of Rocks Bridge in 1991. The facts of the killings have been marred by police misconduct, racist accusations, and conflicting stories.

The Organization for Black Struggle, Affiliate of the Black Radical Congress, is making an urgent plea to all justice-seeking friends to stop the state murder of Marlin Gray. Gray has an execution date of Wednesday, October 26 at 12:01 am. They are holding a vigil October 25, 8:30-9:00 pm at St. Xavier Catholic Church, Lindell Blvd & Grand.

[Jamala Rogers STL American | Prisoner Advocacy | Organization for Black Struggle | Amnesty International | Slyvester Brown STL-Post Column | various corporate news | Other vigils in Missouri]
 

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News :: Civil and Human Rights

Everybody Must Get Stoned

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Kansas City native and friend to many in the St. Louis region, Joe Carr, is active with the International Solidarity Movement in Palestine. He frequently gives updates on his actions and reports back to the U.S. some of the daily terrors that Palestinians live with. The following is an article about the latest demonstration in Bil'in and how, with the thanks of Palestinian doctors, he survived surgery after being injured.

You can read more and see pictures on Joe's Blog at Lovinrevolution.
 

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News :: Military

US Soldiers in St. Louis Admit to Rape and Murder in Iraq

The man apologized and said “you know I’m just back from Iraq and I’m acting a little crazy… in Iraq we can do whatever. You think they put all that shit on the news? Man ask anybody we rape those bitches over there and we take their men and blow their brains out just like that and nobody ever knows.?
 

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News :: Civil and Human Rights : General : Housing and Development

Hurricane Katrina in review

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Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast Monday and over five days later, the country is rocked with flood relief plans, critisms of the President and the government's lack of disaster planning, and over a million Lousiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida residents are left homeless.

Radical Relief Efforts [Mobilization for Anarchists to Gulf Coast listserve | Grassroots/Low-income/People of Color-led Hurricane Katrina Relief | Anarchist Relief/MayDay DC | Food Not Bombs]

Video from the Astrodome: [1 | 2]
Audio [1 | 2 | 3 | 4]
Written Reports [1 | 2 | 3]

Local IMC Articles of Interest [Local Organizing for Hurricane Relief | Fiction account of what could be | Kanye West says, "George Bush doesn't like black people." | Now is the time? Now is the time!]

Independent Media Coverage [New Orleans IMC | Austin IMC | Houston IMC | US IMC | Democracy Now!]
 

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Announcement :: Protests and Vigils

Camp Casey Coming to St. Louis

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Hundreds have gathered in Crawford, Texas in what is called Camp Casey. But on August 31st, the last day of the encampment, those protesters will leave Crawford and begin a three bus tour to Washington DC. The Bring Them Home Now Tour will each carrying military and Gold Star families, veterans of the Iraq War and veterans of previous wars. One of the buses will arrive in St. Louis Saturday, September 3rd and stay until Sunday evening. You can see up to date information at Instead of War or here.
 

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Review :: Biking : Civil and Human Rights : Economy and Trade : Environment

Urban Sustainability Bike Tour review and pictures

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The STL Urban Sustainability Bike Tour took place on August 13, 2005. It's purpose was to promote interest and knowledge of innovative projects in the city addressing the ecological and social sustainability of food, housing, transportation, and recreation.
 

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