The AFSC St. Louis Office is taking steps towards becoming part of a new group called “Progressive Voices for Abolition,” whose slogan is “Making Racial Justice a Reality.” The mission is to end the death penalty in Missouri. The main objective is to provide alternative written and spoken views about the death penalty and to involve more people of color in the organizing and outreach efforts.

Organizations currently interested in becoming members are American Friends Service Committee, Organization for Black Struggle, Youth Council for Positive Development, Justice for Reggie Campaign, Justice Institute and Anti-Racism Collective.

Please mark your calendars for Lobby Day on March 17, 2010 to advocate for death penalty moratorium legislation at our State Capitol in Jefferson City. You may also contact AFSC for information on how to collect moratorium resolutions from individuals, churches, organizations and local businesses in your community to show support for this legislation.

AFSC St. Louis also works closely with the Coalition Against Police Crimes and Repression, a formation of local grassroots and nonprofit organizations to address concerns regarding police accountability to our communities. We are hopeful that the recent developments of the towing scandal and misappropriation of funds involving our St. Louis Police Department have revealed why it is crucial for our city to regain local control of our police department. Please join us on February 3, 2010 in Jefferson City for lobby day.

By Faheemah Thabit, FThabit@afsc.org
AFSC St. Louis Healing Justice Program Director