In the wake of the Ferguson Uprisings of 2014, a powerful and transformative force emerged from the heart of St. Louis, Missouri – Action St. Louis. Born out of collective outrage against systemic racism and state violence, this non-profit organization has become a beacon of hope, striving to build political power for Black communities in the St. Louis region.
From its inception, Action St. Louis has been defined by its dedication to direct action. It stands as a living testament to the belief that change is brought about not by passive wishes, but by determined action. Moreover, the organization’s roots are deeply intertwined with its commitment to addressing the pervasive issues of racial injustice and inequality that persist in society.
One of Action St. Louis’s pivotal campaigns is the “Close The Workhouse” movement. This campaign is a direct assault on the scourge of mass incarceration, without compromising on the principle that no one should be confined unjustly. Because the campaign’s core demand is the closure of the Medium Security Institute, commonly known as the Workhouse. Beyond that, it seeks to end the practice of detaining individuals solely due to their inability to pay, redirecting the resources expended on incarceration toward revitalizing the communities that have borne the brunt of this injustice.
The organization’s “Housing Justice” campaign exemplifies its holistic approach to change-making. Action St. Louis understands that the consequences of racial inequity extend far beyond the criminal justice system. Generations of disinvestment have left Black neighborhoods in St. Louis grappling with poverty, housing instability, violence, and political alienation.
Through this campaign, the organization is harnessing the power of a housing justice and tenants’ rights movement to rewrite the narratives of those who call St. Louis home, particularly Black families who have persevered through generations. Action St. Louis is more than an organization; it’s a force for transformation. It stands as a testament to the resilience of individuals who refuse to accept injustice as the status quo. Rooted in its history, and driven by the desire to create an equitable future, Action St. Louis’s unwavering commitment continues to illuminate the path toward a just and inclusive society.