Our Take


Thumbs Up,   Thumbs Down Awards

up  Thumbs up to St. Louis City Alderwoman Lyda Krewson for filing a bill to ban assault weapons in the city and to require guns in cars be stored in lock boxes.

up Thumbs up to California, Washington (state) and Nevada for passing common sense gun laws in the November 8 election.   Click here for more information.

up Thumbs up to Arch City Defenders for filing class action lawsuits against Florissant and Maplewood, alleging that five individuals were among hundreds, if not thousands, of defendants threatened,  abused and left to languish in confinement until their frightened family members produced enough cash to buy their freedom, or until City jail officials decided, days or weeks later, to release them free of charge — after it had become clear the City would not be able to extract any money from them.

up Thumbs up to the Flance Early Learning Center for providing children with fresh produce and health services through their partnerships with Affinia Healthcare, HOSCO and Urban Harvest STL.

up  Thumbs up to Urban Strategies President Sandra Moore who will receive the 2016 Nonprofit Executive of the Year Award in November from the St. Louis American Foundation.

up Thumbs up to Washington University Medical School for offering a course on Public Health Impact of Gun Violence and to the Institute for Public Health for the excellent website describing it and providing sources for gun violence information.

up Thumbs up to a settlement that awards $4.7 million to an estimated 2,000 mainly poor and minority people who had been sentenced to serve jail time for unpaid court debts.



The Latest

Women's Voices sends letter to Insurance Commissioner Regarding Rate Review

Click here to read the letter

Planned Parenthood Files Federal Law Suit Challenging MO Abortion Restrictions

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City of St. Louis Gets 1 Million Grant to Fight Homelessness

The grant will allow people seeking services through the City’s Continuum of Care to be immediately moved into homes and apartments. The Housing First model puts first priority in providing safe and reliable housing before tackling issues that led them to become homeless.   Read more

Right to Vote No Longer Protected in MO Constitution 

Click here to read how MO is first in nation to remove voting protections from Constitution.

Sign Petition to Mayor: Protect St. Louis Immigrants

Mayors across the country are being urged to issue a public statement as a "sanctuary city."  This means that officials will implement policies to restrict local police from turning immigrants over to federal immigration agents and declare in no uncertain terms that immigrants are welcome. Without these measures, undocumented immigrants are left vulnerable to racial profiling, detention, and deportation.  Click here to sign the petition.

"Right to Work" Priority for Gov-Elect Greitens

Click here for outlook for labor at state and national levels.

Our Letter to Editor:

Keep Working for Social Justice

Decision 2016: Election Wrap-Up from the Experts

Click here to see how experts explained election results.

115 Gun Locks Given at Two Events

115 free  gun locks were given  to people who have unsecured firearms in their homes.   Read more here.






Up Next

The U.S. Supreme Court in Aftermath of 2016 Election

Thursday, December 8  6:30 pm coffee; 7 pm program

Speaker:  Lee Epstein,  Ethan A.H. Shepley Distinguished University Professor, Washington University School of Law

What will a Donald J. Trump administration mean in terms of the United States Supreme Court?  It is possible that President Trump could nominate two, three, or even four new members to the judicial branch.  Who are they likely to be, and how might this change the complexion of the court and its decisions?  And what will this mean for America?

Prof. Lee Epstein of Washington University, has studied and analyzed the court for decades.  She is frequently  quoted in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.  She is a superb speaker.  Please join us for this program as we continue to sort out the ramifications of the Nov. 8 election.


Racial Justice Book Club

On the Run by Alice Goffman.   To learn more go to our Racial Justice page.   Discussion 5:30 pm Dec. 8, The Heights, 8001 Dale Ave.


click here to scroll through our  Community Programs page to read more about upcoming event

20th Anniversary of the St. Louis Coalition for Human Rights

Saturday, December 10, 2016     3:00 pm - 5:00 pm     Reception at 2:30 pm

St. Louis History Museum

Keynote Speaker:  Loretta Ross: human rights educator, reproductive justice activist, and gender equality advocate.    read more