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.
Find the interactive map of Steve Stenger's Circle of Supporters here.
A little more information about the Stenger supporters highlighted on this map:
Thompson Coburn is the largest law firm in St. Louis. They represent big banks including U.S. Bank and corporations including Monsanto. They have also received large tax breaks including $3 million in federal tax breaks to renovate their offices at the One US Bank Plaza building.
Express Scripts is a pharmacy benefit management company that is #20 on the Fortune 500 list and the 20th largest employer in the St. Louis region. You can find more info here about Express Scripts CEO George Paz's role in perpetuating and profiting off of structural racism and economic injustice in St. Louis.
The unions mentioned, including the St. Louis Labor Council, Building and Construction Trades, and IBEW not only endorsed and donated to Stenger, but have also consistently been on the side of Jeff Roorda, Executive Director of the St. Louis Police Officers Association. However, the AFL-CIO is under the new leadership of Pat White. Will he take a different position and stand up for racial justice? Call him to ask.
Jane Dueker, while purporting to be a Democrat, has made homeowners more vulnerable to foreclosure and represented Big Coal in its quest to squash a citizen-led ballot initiative banning tax breaks to polluting companies.
And then, of course there is Bob McCulloch--the prosecuting attorney in the Darren Wilson case--whom Stenger had steadfastly stood by.