Reproductive Justice and Movement Building

Reproductive justice is more than a change in language, it is a deliberate intersectional movement formed to dismantle reproductive oppression. Reproaction was formed to revive a culture of direct action within the broader reproductive rights movement, and we are a reproductive justice organization using intersectional organizing to dismantle reproductive oppression and achieve liberation. Our workshop will explain the […]

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What is TIF? A Call for Transparency and Racial Equity for St. Louis’s Development Incentives

Hundreds of millions of dollars have been diverted from our local school and city budgets for development incentives such as tax abatement and TIF. Yet there is little holistic planning or public participation regarding how and where these incentives are used. This presentation provides an accessible description of tax abatement and TIF in the St. […]

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Research for the Resistance: Mapping STL’s Power Structure

Are you curious about who pulls the strings behind the Krewson administration? Who owns all the vacant properties on your street? What local companies submitted bids to build Trump’s border wall or hosted fundraising events for Trump’s campaign? Who will profit from the hiring of more city police officers? Who will pay? Or who is […]

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Academic Sweatshops: Fighting Abusive Labor Practices on America’s College Campuses

The panel will attempt to contextualize the recent victories in the movement for more humane working conditions for workers in higher education. The corporatization of higher education has been a trend that’s accelerated across the country, and now workers are standing up to stop the onslaught of low wages and unpredictable schedules. Presenters TBA

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The Choice Missouri Faces on Medicaid: Eliminate It, Preserve It, or Improve It?

Missouri’s state representatives and senators are in the middle of making a major decision regarding the direction of our state’s Medicaid system. Their choices could mean a reduction of healthcare services for participants, or reduced hours and an increased work load for the providers and state workers managing our Medicaid program. On the other hand, […]

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Reactive vs. Proactive: The Fight for LGBTQ Equality in Missouri

Though we are now living in an era of “Marriage Equality”, the reality for LGBTQ Missourians is that they can still legally be fired, denied housing, and denied services just because of who they are. Nationally, we are experiencing unprecedented attacks towards our trans community. What is the state of equality in Missouri, and how […]

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The Radical Past: St Louis’ Landscape Begs Us to Act

This workshop presents the history of sites of radical activism and resistance in St. Louis in the form of a quiz. Participants receive a list of events and see slides of what sites look like today, then try to match the events to the sites (all of which are unmarked in real life). This exercise […]

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Understanding (and Bridging) the Rural/Urban Policy Divide

Donald Trump and Eric Grietens won by large margins in Missouri, largely by appealing to the concerns of rural voters. Progressive activists and candidates from the Kansas City and St. Louis area need to better understand the concerns and motivations of rural voters. Just because rural and metropolitan voters have different viewpoints and areas of […]

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Racist History of Right to Work

History of right to work is fundamentally a reaction by Jim Crow segregationists who feared that “forced” unionization would pose a threat to their system. This is a forgotten story as RtW has spread to the Midwest and nationally. In Missouri, historic efforts using the citizen veto to put this on the ballot, with a […]

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Gun Violence Prevention: A Grassroots Movement

This workshop will discuss the facts surrounding violence, the history of the gun violence prevention movement, our strategies for success, how to get involved, and what battles to expect on both state and federal levels. This workshop will be presented by Becky Morgan, Missouri Chapter Leader, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

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How to Run a Canvass for an Issue or Candidate

We all know that the best way to influence people’s political actions is through face-to-face conversations. Now that you have canvassed a few times, how can you make a larger impact? It is simple. You can run a canvass, from your home, to support candidates and issues that you want to support. It will take […]

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Increasing Public Accountability to Promote Police Reform: Advancing Forward through Ferguson Police Reforms through Proposition P

Goal: Explore organizing opportunities to reform and strengthen police departments with particular focus on the Forward Through Ferguson police reform Proposals. Background: In November, 2016, St Louis County passed Proposition P, a sales tax which annually will provide millions of dollars for “Police and Public Safety” reforms for St Louis County and for each county […]

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Building Diversity, Building the Trades: One Approach to Challenging Racial and Economic Disparities

Presenters will highlight what is unique about our program, emphasizing popular education geared towards rank-and-file union activism. Presenters will discuss with participants why a program like the ASWC is needed now more than ever – to challenge systemic disparities that narrow skills-based job opportunities disproportionately affecting people of color and women. The ASWC model is a […]

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Single Payer Healthcare: Why We Fight and How We Win

Our panel’s intent is both portraying single payer health care as a necessary pillar of a comprehensive civil rights platform and illustrating the best path forward for achieving it. A system that discriminates in both access and delivery of healthcare services can never guarantee equal opportunities, nor alleviate the stark inequalities already created. Because of […]

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How to Canvass

Canvassing is fun and easy. Don’t make it to complicated! We will start the class by covering the role of canvassing within a campaign, how we decide who to talk to, and how often This class will train the skills necessary to be an effective canvasser. Just focus on a few simple skills and you can […]

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