A Victory For The Streets: AC Units Being Installed at The Workhouse

I drove by the City Workhouse earlier today and have now confirmed temporary AC Units are being installed. This is the statement I made on social media: 

Time to press the issue. The momentum is at our backs and Mayor Lyda Krewson is now playing a game of defense. In my opinion it’s time to look at applying some pressure towards and stiffening our resistance to the State of Missourah in light of recent hostilities towards St Louis from Missourah Governor Eric Greitens and the State GOP. 

Temperatures Rising At St Louis City Workhouse Protest 

Tensions in this city are high. It’s over 100 degrees in the day, humidity is high, Mayor Lyda Krewson is new in office with very little support North of Delmar, and prisoners are suffering in the St Louis City Workhouse. 

Yesterday  I took video at The Workhouse by myself. Today hundreds joined me as we heard the chants, screams and cries for help from prisoners. 

Protesters showed up young and old, black and white,committed activists from Ferguson and those new to protests. All stood united in demanding prisoners be released rather than be held in such hot and inhumane conditions. 

Members of leftist organizations, local Democratic politicians and just ordinary concerned citizens interacted with prisoners through their windows. At one point protesters breached a fence outside  of the jail. Police responded slowly and gradually building up their presence. Many officers appeared to be less than enthused. One officer appeared to have a breakdown and ran away. Other officers casually chatted. Several officers engaged in shoving matches with protesters.

By the end of the protest it looked like Ferguson. Police were towing cars, citizens were being randomly sprayed with chemicals, and heavy-handed tactics were used. Police also repeated the tactic of shutting down vehicular traffic making it hard to get to the protests and jamming cell phone signals. 

While Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed has announced potable air conditioners will be provided soon details remain sketchy. Reed admitted to a reporter he acted out of pressure from protesters and FOX 2 reporter Elliot Davis. 

St Louis Treasurer and Mayoral candidate Tishaura Jones had made closing the City Workhouse part of her platform. In addition to the lack of air conditioning the Workhouse has been plagued with mismanagement and violence over the years. 

It’s time for Mayor Lyda Krewson to step up. St Louis is ready to burn. Proceed with caution.

7th Ward Committeemen and Gloves for Grades President Marty Murray looks on
21st Ward Alderman John Muhammad calms a heated protester
Veteran Ferguson protester Talal Ahmad was on hand
Protesters breach the outer fence and try to scale the inner fence of the workhouse
A heated discussion between Ferguson protester Keith Rose and an officer
Sheriff Vernon Betts talks to protesters
Things got a little close
Frontlines
Drones were in the sky above us
A pepper spray victim being cared for by a veteran Ferguson activist
A pepper spray victim
Heated
FOX 2 reporter Elliot Davis, independent journalist Derk Brown, and Talal Ahmad
Myself Umar Lee on hand tonight
St Louis Public Radio photographer Carolina Hidalgo doing her thing

St Louis City Workhouse: Prisoners Are Burning Alive 

The temperature is above 100 degrees today.  It will remain over 100 this entire week. This is bad news for St Louis prisoners who are packed like sardines in the violence-plagued and woefully mismanaged St Louis City Workhouse on Hall Street in North St Louis.  

Today I stood outside the workhouse as prisoners waved white shirts and begged for help. The question for St Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, Governor Eric Greitens and St Louis judges is this- what kind of America do you believe in? Do you believe in an America of freedom and human rights? Or do you believe in an America where those too poor to post bail and convicted of no crime suffer in inhumane conditions? 

Tomorrow night at 7:00 PM join myself and others as we gather outside of the workhouse asking for it to be shutdown. If you cannot be there in person please contribute to the release bonds of prisoners, call the mayor, call the governor, and call judges asking for the prisoners to be released. 

Shut it down! See my video from today below. Some very powerful testimony. 

On the wall in the lobby at the City Workhouse

St Louis Firefighter John Kemper Loses His Life 

St Louis Firefighter Captain John Kemper, 59, a 24-year veteran of the department, lost his life today from injuries sustained in the line of duty. Kemper responded to a fire in the early hours of July 5th in the 3600 block of Pennsylvania where he was taken by ambulance to St Louis University Hospital for injuries sustained. After being hospitalized for several days Kemper returned to his home with his wife where he passed away. Backstoppers is a local organization that cares for the families of firefighters and police officers who lose their life while on duty. Below is the video I took at the scene as well as a number of photos I captured. 

Fireworks I found at the scene
Fireworks I found at the scene
Fireworks I found at the scene
Fireworks I found at the scene
Fireworks I found at the scene

Fire Damage Scene Photos Below 

Heather Navarro Wins the St Louis 28th Ward Aldermanic Race 

Heather Navarro and her supporters gathered at Dressel’s Pub to watch the election results tonight. The watch party turned into a victory party as it was announced she’d soundly defeated her opponents. Below is a video of her victory speech and some photos from the party. 

Heather Navarro is congratulated by Mayor Lyda Krewson
State Rep Candidate Raychel Proudie, Umar Lee, Alderwoman-elect Heather Navarro, and State Rep Cora Faith-Walker
8th Ward Committeeman Paul Fehler, Umar Lee, and 7th Ward Committeeman Marty Murray
A crowd of Navarro supporters

Governor Eric Greitens and St Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson Announce Crime Plan in North St Louis 

Earlier today Missouri Governor Eric Greitens and St Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson delivered addresses at the Riverview Plaza Shopping Center in North St Louis on their new plans on combatting violent crime in St Louis.  Some key aspects of this plan include utilizing the Missouri Highway Patrol to monitor interstates through the city, the city police restarting the narcotics squad, cracking down on guns and a variety of other measures.  Critics of the plan, including State Senator Jamilah Nasheed noted it was basically unfunded “running Peter to pay Paul”. Others have noted with Gov. Greitens supporting right-to-work and slashing the minimum wage of St Louis workers it hardly puts him in a good position to “tackle the root causes of crime”. 



Protesters gather to greet Gov. Greitens
St Louis Sheriff Vernon Betts has a word with interim St Louis Police Chief Lawrence O’Toole
Riverview neighborhood residents protesting speeding
State Rep Bruce Franks
St Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson
Missouri Governor Eric Greitens
15th Ward Alderwoman Megan Green on hand protesting the governor 
A scene from the once thriving Baden neighborhood in North St Louis on the way to the event