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What’s Next SLPS Calls to Action on Permanent School Closures

What’s Next SLPS Calls to Action on Permanent School Closures

As parents, educators, aunts, uncles, SLPS alumni, and disruptors of the status quo, we are clear about the kind of future all of our children deserve. Because of that clarity, because of our fierce and unwavering love for our children…

Go Ask Alice

Go Ask Alice

NOVEMBER 17, 2020 Go Ask Alice By Alice Moore with Joey Saunders Alice Moore is an Elevate ESTL Power Builder in East St. Louis, IL. Photos by Joey Saunders. So many things have happened for me because I wasn’t afraid…

Choose the Change that Transforms St. Louis this November and Beyond

Choose the Change that Transforms St. Louis this November and Beyond

Choose the Change that Transforms St. Louis this November and Beyond As autumn greets us with brisk winds, falling leaves, and porches with pumpkins, there is one thing we are reminded of, especially in a year like 2020, that change…

My World Has Changed Its Face

My World Has Changed Its Face

OCTOBER 21, 2020 My World Has Changed Its Face By Dr. Jodi with Joey Saunders Dr. Jodi Jordan is a Power Builder in St. Louis, MO. Photos were taken at her early childhood center by Joey Saunders. Sister Carmen probably…

‘Let’s Rise Together!’ Why I Stand with Rise 189’s Call for Education Justice

‘Let’s Rise Together!’ Why I Stand with Rise 189’s Call for Education Justice

OCTOBER 20, 2020 ‘Let’s Rise Together!’ Why I Stand with Rise 189’s Call for Education Justice By Shontay Ford Shontay Ford is a power-builder in WEPOWER’s East St. Louis Education Power-Building Academy, a seven-month community-based leadership and policy change program…

The Most Important Vote You Cast This November Might Not Be for President, but for Our Children. (Brought to You by the Letter ‘R’)

The Most Important Vote You Cast This November Might Not Be for President, but for Our Children. (Brought to You by the Letter ‘R’)

SEPTEMBER 29, 2020 The Most Important Vote You Cast This November Might Not Be for President, but for Our Children. (Brought to You by the Letter ‘R’) In many ways, the fight ahead seems impossible; and yet, so many of…

What if…? An unwavering story of possibility.

What if…? An unwavering story of possibility.

AUGUST 21, 2020 What if…? An unwavering story of possibility. WHAT IF? What if our courage outweighed our fear? What if our belief in a better tomorrow guided our actions more than our complacency with the dangerously inequitable region as…

Black Joy Juneteenth 2020

Black Joy Juneteenth 2020

JUNE 19, 2020 Make the Pledge Make the pledge to buy Black, give Black, and defend Black this Juneteenth weekend: bit.ly/wepjuneteenth! When you sign the pledge, we will follow-up with the link to a resource-hub of local Black-led organizations to…

Poster that says: Black Joy Junteenth. This Friday, June 19th throguh Sunday, June 21st. Buy Black. Spend all of your dollars at Black owned businesses! Give Black. Invest in Black-led organizations co-creating a future where Black folks are free. Defends Black. Join in local actions to demand justice and rights that defend Black lives. Friday, June 19th, from 5 to 8 pm, enjoy our Black Joy Juneteenth virtual dance party with DJ Agirl One and Makeda Kravtiz. Black joy is resistance.

This is our moment, make the pledge today.

This is our moment, make the pledge today.

JUNE 18, 2020 This is our moment, make the pledge today. I can’t sleep these days.   There’s so much to process at this moment. The violent history that has brought us here. The possibilities that await us. The news…

Photo of Tyrean Lewis smiling into the camera.

‘I choose growth’: My story of transforming an abandoned lot into a thriving urban farm, offering fresh food and jobs for my community.

‘I choose growth’: My story of transforming an abandoned lot into a thriving urban farm, offering fresh food and jobs for my community.

JUNE 17, 2020 ‘I choose growth’: My story of transforming an abandoned lot into a thriving urban farm, offering fresh food and jobs for my community. By Tyrean ‘Heru’ Lewis I’ve always had problems with fighting in school. The first…