Washington University students and faculty expressed a range of emotions Friday after Jason Stockley, a white former St. Louis police officer, was found not guilty of murdering Anthony Lamar Smith, a 24-year-old black man, in December 2011.
They say no press is bad press, but Washington University has put the phrase’s exact extent to the test over this past summer.
A protest took place in downtown St. Louis this past Saturday in response to President Donald Trump’s recent executive order on immigration, commonly referred to as the “Muslim ban,” and other anti-immigration and anti-refugee acceptance policies.
Washington University received the 2016 International Humanitarian Award from the World Affairs Council of St. Louis, an organization that aims to actively engage citizens in international affairs, this past Thursday.
A group of about 30 mostly white University City residents took part in a Black Lives Matter march around the Delmar Loop, stopping at the Chuck Berry statue outside of Fitz’s for a short rally on Saturday afternoon around 2:30 p.m.
St. Louis 21st Ward Alderman Antonio French has a long history on Twitter (@AntonioFrench). He was an early adopter of the social media platform, early enough that when he convinced his then-girlfriend to join, she got her first name as her handle.
Less than 24 hours after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to freeze federal funding for Planned Parenthood, pro-life Christians rallied outside of the St. Louis location. Since the bill will likely not make it past the Democratic majority in the Senate, the vote is mostly symbolic—but if passed, it would block funding for a full year to allow Congress time to investigate the group’s involvement with fetal tissue research.
Approximately 400 people gathered on Delmar Boulevard on Sunday evening for a #BringThemHere march, which called for the government to accept as many Syrian refugees as possible into St. Louis.
Ride-sharing company Uber has proven to be one of the fastest-growing businesses in the country with a valuation over $50 billion just five years after its inception—but you won’t see its usual fleet in St. Louis.
Although many students have been away from St. Louis for the summer, city officials have continued to advocate both for and against an increase in local minimum wage.
Throughout the spring, students, adjunct faculty members and other members of the St. Louis community held rallies and other events on campus to support the Fight for $15 movement, which calls for a $15 minimum wage. At an event on April 7, Washington University senior and social activist Danielle Blocker spoke of the importance of the Fight for $15.