Documentary examines County court system
Nov15

Documentary examines County court system

The 27th Annual St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) celebrated diversity in media with local filmmakers who help push social change and justice. The 10-day festival had screenings throughout the St. Louis region, including the Missouri History Museum. Sunday night, SLIFF featured eight mini documentaries, each telling the complex stories of the black experience in America. Renee Fussell  of Caseyville, IL, attended last...

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Opinion: Mandatory Minimums Are a Bad Idea, Not a Solution
Oct18

Opinion: Mandatory Minimums Are a Bad Idea, Not a Solution

It’s not news that crime in the city of St. Louis is high. Violent crime, especially. Most people look at the homicide rate as proof that St. Louis is a dangerous place. So far, as of the end of September, 139 people had been murdered in our city. The good news is that that’s down 14 homicides as compared to the same time last year. The bad news is that for a city the size of ours, that still makes St. Louis one of the deadliest...

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Ferguson Commission Report Unpacked
Oct18

Ferguson Commission Report Unpacked

O’Fallon Park – Four years after the death of Michael Brown Jr. and the Ferguson Uprising, the St. Louis region is still dealing with the effects of racial inequity. At the O’Fallon Park Rec Complex, St. Louisans gathered to see how far we have come and how far we have to go. “Hearing unbiased facts is required so we can make informed decisions and arrive at our truth. Much of my political conversation with friends and family is...

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A Fresh Look at Policing
Oct18

A Fresh Look at Policing

COVENANT BLU GRAND CENTER – A group plans to use the Oct. 22 National Day Against Police Brutality as an opportunity to launch a new campaign to overhaul the city’s public safety priorities. The Coalition Against Police Crimes and Repression (CAPCR) wants the city to spend less money on policing and incarceration and more money on housing, education, jobs and health care. “St. Louis already has a high number of police per...

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Activists Blast Jail Conditions
Oct11

Activists Blast Jail Conditions

NORTH RIVERFRONT – For decades, the St. Louis city jail, known as the Workhouse, has had a reputation for unsafe and unsanitary conditions and mistreatment of both detainees and staff. Launched last year, the Close the Workhouse campaign is dedicated to doing something about it. Activists from the Close the Workhouse campaign have volunteered hundreds of hours at protests, met with government officials, and connected with people...

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Gardner Charges Cop with Assault
Sep05

Gardner Charges Cop with Assault

DOWNTOWN — A St. Louis police officer is charged with assault for allegedly striking a man in the head and face with a flashlight hard enough to break his jaw. On August 22, St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner charged Adam Feaman with second-degree assault and armed criminal in a 2017 altercation with Jamal White that a bystander recorded on cellphone video. St. Louis police said in a statement that Feaman was suspended...

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