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“Me Too” Founder Brings Anti-Sexual Violence Message to STL

By MCNS Staff

#MeToo creator Tarana Burke

#MeToo creator Tarana Burke

One woman has literally built a movement without having yet become a household name.

Longtime activist Tarana Burke recently brought her message regarding issues of gender and sex relations, violence and equity to St. Louis at Webster University.

As the founder of the “Me Too” movement, Burke is igniting change in generations of us facing issues of security and human expression in our communities.

The phrase “Me Too,” coined by Burke, gained popularity on social media after actress Alyssa Milano used the expression to encourage women to speak out in the wake of multiple sexual allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Burke’s long time work had finally reached national prominence.

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Local Children to Read and Ride on Metro

imagesBy Free Radical

Last week, Metro Transit announced that it will unveil a new community library that will allow patrons to check out books at four stations. They will be located at North Hanley, Wellston, Rock Road, and North County transit centers.

“The love of reading, especially at a young age, opens the door to new opportunities, good grades in school, and a foundation that can lead to successful careers,” said Hazel Erby, St. Louis County Councilwoman for District 1. “This program isn’t just about making books available, it’s about making the love of reading available, to everyone.”

The new program is a collaboration between the St. Louis Development Economic Development Partnership, St. Louis Promise Zone, St. Louis County Library, Bi-State Development and Metro Transit.

The books will be come from the Recycled Reads program of St. Louis County Library. They will be free of charge and riders do not have to have a library card. The books will not be checked out and they will be returned on an honor system.

This unorthodox system is to meet the unique needs of riders and to “catch people where they are” according to St. Louis County Library District Director Kristen Sorth.

Gov. Greitens Accused of Lying, Violating Missouri Election Law

By MCNS Staff

Embattled Missouri Governor Eric Greitens.

Embattled Missouri Governor Eric Greitens.

Missouri’s embattled governor is catching hell.

According to local sources, a former chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party said Wednesday that he has filed a complaint alleging that Gov. Eric Greitens violated Missouri law by lying in a campaign financial report.

Filed by Roy Temple, the complaint comes from a consent order Greitens signed with the Missouri Ethics Commission last April. The order admitted that his campaign did not report that the campaign received a donor list from The Mission Continues, a veterans’ charity Greitens founded in 2007 but left in 2014.

Reports indicate that in his complaint, Temple wrote that Greitens “misled” the MEC and “purposefully” filed a false campaign report. To “purposefully” violate Missouri’s campaign finance law is a Class A misdemeanor, which carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison.

For more on accusations against Gov. Greitens in violation of state election law, click here.

Subpoena Power Passes Aldermanic Public Safety Committee

By MCNS Staff

Alderman Terry Kennedy (D-18th) chaired the Public Safety Committee that passed BB233 which would add subpoena power to the Civilian Oversight Board if passed in full board. Photo credit: Wiley Price

Alderman Terry Kennedy (D-18th) chaired the Public Safety Committee that passed BB233 which would add subpoena power to the Civilian Oversight Board if passed in full board. Photo credit: Wiley Price

St. Louis may soon add more powers to a long-contested body that investigates police misconduct.

According to local reports, the Public Safety Committee of the Board of Aldermen has unanimously passed a measure Wednesday to add subpoena power to the city’s police Civilian Oversight Board. BB233 is sponsored by Alderwoman Pamela Boyd (D-27th).

Passage of the bill as law seems inevitable as it appears it has enough votes to pass the full board. Both Mayor Lyda Krewson and Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards have expressed support for the added powers.

Subpoena power being added suggests that the measure would reduce suspicion and provide more checks and balances for police.

Prior to the passage of the Civilian Oversight Board in April 2015, former Mayor Francis Slay staunchly opposed the body having subpoena power. The hard-fought Civilian Oversight Board faced major opposition from the St. Louis Police Officers’ Association who claimed that the board would interfere with investigations, and eventually passed some ten years after its first introduction. It was signed into law by Slay in May 2016 without subpoena power.