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East St. Louis Education Power-Building Academy Launches

East St. Louis Education Power-Building Academy Launches

Early in the Academy, we embarked on a tour facilitated by social justice legends Eugene Redmond and Reginald Petty of historic places in East St. Louis. More recently, Power-Builders reviewed East St. Louis education data during an Academy session.

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Grounded in Hope

Grounded in Hope

We will have the opportunity to vote for many important positions like state and U.S. Senators. In St. Louis city, where our Power-Builders are running GOTV canvasses and phone banks, the ballot includes candidates for the district’s elected school board.

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North City Education Power-Builders Alums turn Organizers

North City Education Power-Builders Alums turn Organizers

Alums of the Academy, Monti and Elise, have continued the work of the campaign as field organizers. They have led our wonderful volunteers to phone-bank and canvass to get out the vote (GOTV) in North St. Louis City wards 3, 4 and 22 where there is a history of low voter turnout.

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Intro to Entrepreneurship

Intro to Entrepreneurship

We are hosting three Intro to Entrepreneurship events with the Promise Zone to share resources and hear what community members in North city and county need most to launch and grow successful businesses. Space is still available!

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‘This is our time to get the vote out’ | The St. Louis American

‘This is our time to get the vote out’ | The St. Louis American

Every day, North St. Louis resident Monti Hill knocks on doors in the three wards that have the lowest voter turnout in the city – the 3rd, 4th and 22nd. “We just want this to be a resident-led campaign,” Hill said. “We are really concerned, and we want to do more in our community.”

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How to Stay Grounded in Hope | One Day Magazine

How to Stay Grounded in Hope | One Day Magazine

To stay grounded in hope, I have to feel my power even in low moments, and then put it to work with others in strategic, intentional, accountable, and revolutionary ways. I’ve developed some strategies for doing that, which I share in hope that you’ll join me.

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Group of St. Louis Residents want Transparency in Education Spending | St. Louis Public Radio

Group of St. Louis Residents want Transparency in Education Spending | St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis Public Schools’ budgeting process is too insular for parents and teachers to understand and contribute to, a group of north St. Louis residents claim.

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My fight for better budgets and better schools for all SLPS kids | The St. Louis American

My fight for better budgets and better schools for all SLPS kids | The St. Louis American

Growing up, my sphere of reference was pretty much limited to 10 blocks around where I lived in North St. Louis. I went to Farragut Elementary School. Then I studied at Williams Middle School eight blocks away. For high school I attended Beaumont four blocks away. It was like I lived in a city inside of a city.

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16 North City Residents, Students, Alumni, Educators Launch Campaign for SLPS Budget Transparency

16 North City Residents, Students, Alumni, Educators Launch Campaign for SLPS Budget Transparency

A North City-based coalition of 16 launch their inaugural campaign, demanding increased SLPS budget transparency and community input, Tuesday morning. In two weekends, a teach-in and letter writing event, will educate the public on concerns of access and engagement.

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Visioning Our Futures through Courageous Conversations

Visioning Our Futures through Courageous Conversations

As part of our Engage Community programming, we are partnering with Black Futures Lab on the Black Census Project. Kristen Trudo, St. Louis field organizer with the Black Census Project, reflects on the Project’s recent community organizing training in Atlanta.