What are your demands for Peabody? What is your vision for a life beyond extraction and exploitation?
Here is a taste of the media coverage around the need for a Just Transition Fund in the wake of Peabody's bankruptcy.
We're demanding #JustTransition for workers, impacted communities, and land! #PayUpPeabody
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In the early morning on Monday, February 1st the LRA arrived to oversee the removal of the signage from a lot owned by Paul McKee. They were met at the corner of 23rd and Mullanphy by residents of North St. Louis City, defending the vacant corner lot. On the lot stood a 6x6 feet sign, which had been in place since early December.
10/27/15 NFL Hearing
Thanks to all who came out to the NFL hearing last night! Among panelists at last night's hearing were Bob Blitz & David Peacock, the sole members of the governor-appointed stadium task force, as well as NFL Executive Vice President Eric Grubman. Check out this article for a good summary of the hearing and our pictures, videos, and tweets below!
On September 27th and 28th, Power Behind the Police hosted two mass meetings to launch our campaign to stop the Rams Stadium from being funded. We had over 80 people attend the meetings, and had some invigorating conversations--thank you so much to everyone who came out! Check out the flyer and pictures from both meetings below:
Flier courtesy of Anya Liao
Photos above courtesy of Jun Bae
Our campaign to #StoptheStadiumSTL is just beginning! If you couldn't make the meetings, we have several next steps coming up that you can plug into:
-Action planning meeting on Tuesday, 10/6 5:30PM @ the World Community Center (438 N. Skinker Blvd)
-Research party on Thursday, 10/8 6:30PM @ Mokabe’s
-Visioning event (to gather video stories about our visions for how $$ can be better spent) on Sunday, 10/11 2PM @ Juniper, 360 N. Boyle Ave.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about any of these events, or are interested in joining the research, action, or vision working groups.
Steve Stenger is one elusive County Executive. After an invite-only swearing in, he has only gotten harder and harder to find. He has refused to take action in support of racial justice in this region and has indeed been completely silent until Monday--when he declared a "state of emergency" in Ferguson. This map shows information about some of Stenger's key supporters and donors, including their contact information. We encourage folks to take action by calling or organizing an office visit to Stenger's supporters and demanding that they pressure Stenger to drop his state of emergency and address the real state of emergency in St. Louis--the crisis of poverty, mass incarceration, and state-sanctioned police killings in Black communities.
Check out these numbers from GoodJobsFirst.org's Subsidy Tracker 3.0. Click the name of the company for more detailed data.
Additionally, you can find Peabody's corporate rap sheet here.
Here is a rundown of some media about last week's #UnveilTheProfit Week of Action:
- "Activists in Ferguson Broaden Scope, Unveil 'Power Behind the Police,'" Rolling Stone
- "Unveiling the Prophets of Profit in St. Louis," Waging Nonviolence
- "Prison Profiteering Paid for my College Education," by DecarcerateSTL member Jake Lyonsfields, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
- "Removing the Mask: Ferguson Organizers Expose Veiled Profit in St. Louis," Feministing
- "Protesters Targeting 'Good Old Boys' Network they say runs the St. Louis Region," St. Louis Post-Dispatch
- "Group Plans Demonstrations of St. Louis' Wealthiest," St. Louis Business Journal
Leading up to the #UnveilTheProfit Week of Action, the Artivists, a collective of activists and artists formed in the midst of the Ferguson Rebellion, reimagined a familiar St. Louis symbol--the STL250 cakes--to highlight injustice and corporate control of the region.
Today, we launched our #UnveiltheProfit Week of Action and www.powerbehindthepolice.com with a rally at Enterprise Holdings calling out their Executive Chairman Andrew Taylor for his role as a leader of Keefe Group, a prison services company that is part of the prison-industrial complex and profits off of mass incarceration of people of color. Join us for the rest of the week as we continue visiting CEOs around the region. See the complete picture set here.
Activists Successfully Launch www.PowerBehindThePolice.com Website and #UnveilTheProfit Week of Action
For Immediate Release: June 29th, 2015
Activists Successfully Launchwww.PowerBehindThePolice.com Website and #UnveilTheProfit Week of Action
First Day Exposes Andrew Taylor of Enterprise and Greg Boyce of Peabody
ST. LOUIS -- On Monday at 11:30AM, activists and organizations kicked off #UnveilTheProfit Week of Action and launchedwww.PowerBehindThePolice.com, a website that shows the webs of power and connections of 7 top CEOs of the St. Louis region. The press conference, featuring a mock St. Louis 250th Birthday cake decorated in Enterprise colors and topped with a police paddywagon, was hosted at the Enterprise Holdings headquarters in Clayton.
At the press conference, Darrick Smith and Frankie Edwards, both of whom were jailed at the Hall Street “Workhouse,” called out Enterprise Executive Chairman Andrew Taylor for his leadership role at the Centric Group, which owns the Keefe Group, a prison service provider that profits off of mass incarceration through its contracts with over 800 private and public jails providing services including commissary, inmate phone calls, and inmate email. Darrick Smith told of inmates forced to fight for a snack from the Keefe group. Taylor’s web of relationships in the region (included on www.powerbehindthepolice.com)places him on the Boards of Civic Progress, Washington University, and CityArchRiver. After the press conference, 50 protestors marched to the front entrance of the Enterprise Headquarters.
Activist Rosalind Brown said, “Enterprise both benefits from and perpetuates the systemic racism in the St. Louis Region.”
Later in the day, activists visited the home of Greg Boyce, outgoing CEO of Peabody Energy, at the Chase Park Plaza. In 2010, Peabody demanded tax breaks on office and gym renovations at their downtown headquarter in exchange for retaining local jobs. These subsidies extracted $2 million in tax breaks that the St. Louis Public Schools will not receive for education. But now, a mere five years later, Peabody is laying off 150 local employees, neither creating jobs for St. Louisans nor being a responsible public citizen. Activists called on Peabody to refund the lost tax dollars since they have not made good on their job promises.
Activists also spoke about Peabody’s mining and colonialism on Navajo lands in Arizona, leaving local communities rife with pollution and still lacking running water or electricity. Since its inception, Peabody is also responsible for one percent of the planet’s carbon emissions.
Reginald Rounds, a MORE leader, stated, “Peabody both extracts resources to pollute while simultaneously extracting money from our local economy, a horrible combination for my community and other black and brown communities across the country.”
The #UnveilTheProfit Week of Action will go through the end of the week in the lead up to the Veiled Profit organization’s Fair St. Louis July 4th celebration. The Veiled Prophet organization has a long history of being a place for the white, rich elite of St. Louis to plot, build relationships and maintain their power.
Each day, new CEOs will be unmasked by different organizations, culminating with a large action at the Arch Grounds on Thursday, July 2nd at 11AM. After the Week of Action, activists from around the region and nationally will lay out their vision of what a just and transformed St. Louis region could look like by using the hashtag #STLFreedomLooksLike.
Spokespeople and researchers are available for interviews all week.
Photos from today available here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153489500738556.1073741829.251179843555&type=3
On June 29th after months of research, we are releasing the first list of the St. Louis 1% and the harm they inflict on the region. In the lead up to the Veiled Prophet's Fair St. Louis July 4th celebration, join us in city-wide actions holding these 7 CEOs accountable as we #UnveilTheProfit of the region.
****Schedule of actions****
KICK OFF PRESS CONFERENCE
11:30 AM Monday, June 29th @ Enterprise Holdings in Clayton
Meet at the corner of S. Brentwood Blvd and Corporate Park Dr. Access via Clayton Metrolink station.
MARCH @ THE ARCH
11AM Thursday, July 2nd @ the Gateway Arch
$380 million for the Arch - not for justice? Let's demonstrate what #STLFreedomLooksLike!
There will be daily surprise delegations visiting corporate executives around the region. The delegations will leave from the World Community Center (438 N Skinker) on the following days and times:
- Monday, 2pm
- Tuesday, 11am
- Tuesday, 2pm
- Wednesday, 10am
- Wednesday, noon
- Wednesday, 2pm