header_copy.jpgSince Darren Wilson murdered Mike Brown on August 9, 2014, a movement has grown in St. Louis to create a world in which Black Lives Matter. There have been frequent and sustained protests aimed at police departments and government officials. But police and politicians are only one small part of the power structure that sets the agenda for the St. Louis region. Indeed, there is a set of other powerful people--the St. Louis 1%--who establish and profit off of the St. Louis status quo that the police protect. These people have been able to go about their daily business without interruption, despite the fact that their daily business upholds the racist status quo.

The "St. Louis 1%" are corporate executives, wealthy lawyers, heads of cultural institutions, and real estate developers--just to name a few. They dictate, enforce, and profit off of the local status quo: structural racism and economic inequality.

This project aims to publicly expose the "Power Behind the Police," aka the St. Louis 1%, and illuminate how they use networks, personal relationships, and organizations to maintain their power.

We're kicking off this project on June 29th by announcing our first list of the St. Louis 1% -- the top 7 CEOs of the region. From June 29th to July 3rd in the lead up to the Veiled Prophet’s Fair St. Louis July 4th celebration, we will #UnveilTheProfit of the St. Louis region and hold all the CEOs on the list accountable by visiting them in person. Our timing is not a coincidence. The Veiled Prophet organization is a clear example of the organized network of the elite in St. Louis -- a group for just CEOs, politicians and the St. Louis 1% to network and socialize.

This website is a resource for activists in the region. It is also a living document--we will be adding individuals to the St. Louis 1% list every few weeks. This project is supported by Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE), a grassroots organization fighting for economic, climate, and racial justice in St. Louis, Missouri. 

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