In his first public remarks after taking leadership of the region’s newly announced COVID-19 pandemic task force, Dr. Alex Garza said that a surge is coming in the next two weeks. Then the surge began. On Tuesday, April 7, St. Louis County reported the most COVID-19 deaths (10) and the most …

When it is finally safe to celebrate what was scheduled as the 广西快3走势图 Salute to Excellence in Healthcare with our community, it would be proper to dedicate the event in memory of Judy Wilson-Griffin. An African-American nurse at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital, she was the first person in the S…

Understanding and acceptance of what we are all going through in response to the coronavirus pandemic requires understanding of a fairly complex set of facts and premises. It is important that we all come to an understanding of these matters and get beyond any doubt and suspicion that persis…

Taking our cue from Barack Obama, who has withheld endorsing in the Democratic presidential primary, we endorsed nothing other than Democratic unity before Missouri voters went to the polls on March 10. We believe the news reports that Obama is trying to preserve his potential value as a par…

Barack Obama has not yet endorsed a Democratic candidate for president in this primary election cycle. It is assumed that the former president is trying to remain publicly neutral so he will be more effective as a party unifier once the Democrats have a nominee. While we are not so foolish a…

We have a strong disposition toward giving space for criticism of our coverage by the people we cover critically. And so we print in full this week U.S. Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay’s criticism of our coverage of his public silence on developer Paul McKee Jr.’s publicly stated plans to name a three-be…

Those of us who support St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner’s reform agenda and want her to succeed have to be realistically concerned about the ongoing special prosecutor’s investigation of her office. This is nothing specific to Gardner or to her dual disadvantaged minority status …

Precisely one year ago as this newspaper is going to press on February 12, The St. Louis American was first to report, as far as we are aware, on an alarm that Legal 广西快3走势图 of Eastern Missouri (LSEM) was starting to ring. “More than 50,000 eligible children dropped from Medicaid in MO,” th…

If St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and the Republican-dominated Missouri Legislature get their way on two bills before the Legislature, the following scenario would become commonplace in a system nominally called criminal “justice” in the City of St. Loui…

Watching the U.S. Senate trial of the president’s impeachment, it’s not hard to feel a deep sense of helplessness at all the lies and enablers of lies. Our country广西快3走势图’s leader spends his time lying, breeding hate and creating division — arguably doing Russia’s bidding with actions that tear our…

We commend heartily the leadership of the United Church of Christ, 14 St. Louis churches, and the Deaconess Foundation in raising the money to abolish $12.9 million in medical debt for 11,108 St. Louis families in 78 Zip codes — and for the messages they sent in announcing their philanthropy.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner can rightly claim a number of momentous firsts, and they are interrelated. She was the first African American elected as the city’s chief prosecutor. She was the first prosecutor to charge a sitting Missouri governor with a felony. And she was the …

Lamar Johnson has been in prison for 25 years for a murder that in all probability he did not commit. St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner’s Conviction Integrity Unit investigated the 1994 case, and Gardner asked the St. Louis Circuit Court to order a new trial that would clear the wa…

Thank God for faiths that can help overcome addiction, loneliness or stress; for institutions that can help raise the children among us. Those were never meant to be easy, ephemeral tasks. And they may be religion’s true reward. As Jesus himself prayed to the Father before he died, “Not my w…

It is not often that we are encouraged by signs coming from the Republican-dominated Missouri Legislature, but it’s a good sign that Missouri legislative leaders will consider a proposal to increase the pay of public school teachers in the state. “I do believe our teachers deserve to be paid…

Rev. Earle J. Fisher, senior pastor of Abyssinian Baptist Church, has provided a template for black clergy who want to lead their congregation into political power as well as spiritual power – and provided an argument for why these two forms of power are connected rather than opposed.

Poverty is the father of crime and revolution, Aristotle taught us, and crime is disorganized revolution. James H. Buford, the transformative Urban League leader who passed Friday, November 29 at age 75, was not often associated with crime or revolution, with his signature bow tie and strate…

The Ga people of Ghana, West Africa, begin a celebration in August that continues as a month-long thanksgiving known as Ga Homowo – the Harvest Festival. Many ethnic groups in Ghana and all over Africa have similar traditions.

Richard von Glahn, policy director of Missouri Jobs with Justice, spoke to a very real challenge in a public forum convened by the Deaconess Foundation on Monday, November 18. “Both the economy and democracy are not working for people,” von Glahn said to a sizable crowd of mostly non-profit …

We were proud to be entrusted to break the news two years ago when Thomas Harvey, co-founder and executive director of ArchCity Defenders, decided to leave the St. Louis-based civil rights law firm and leave its leadership in the hands of Blake Strode. In addition to wanting The American to …

We recently had to issue thinly veiled threats of a civil rights lawsuit against Mayor Lyda Krewson to get her to restore our editors and reporters to media lists to receive public information from her office and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. Now we turn our attention to anot…

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While it has been impressive to see a wide and diverse group of citizens rise to the defense of St. Louis County Prosecutor Wesley Bell after the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on his spending tax dollars on lobster tails and racks of lamb for staff, we would like to emphasize Bell’s mea c…

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The patterns are not new: black students are more likely to be suspended than white students; boys are more likely to be suspended than girls; students with disabilities are more likely to be suspended than able students. So it wasn’t exactly shocking to find that the students at the interse…

New fuel has been thrown on the dumpster fire of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department’s unconstitutional policing of Stockley verdict protests this time two years ago, in particular the notorious and brutal kettling arrests on September 17, 2017. The new fuel comes in two civil suits…

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New fuel has been thrown on the dumpster fire of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department’s unconstitutional policing of Stockley verdict protests this time two years ago, in particular the notorious and brutal kettling arrests on September 17, 2017. The new fuel comes in two civil suits…

We are heartened by the number of black leaders, young and seasoned, who are turning to us as St. Louis seeks to more directly confronts its gun violence epidemic that is leaving young people, including so many children, dead on our streets. Elected officials (St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura O.…

We understand the cultural value, shared by many native peoples of the Americas, that the names of the dead should remain unsaid. One idea behind this belief is that saying the names of the dead calls or keeps their spirits here when they have better places to go. We certainly hope and pray …

One of the other grieving mothers who came to Ferguson to support Lezley McSpadden-Head on the fifth anniversary of the police killing of her son Michael Brown spoke our mind well. “It’s not a one-day event,” said Rhonda Dormeus, whose daughter Korryn Gaines was killed by Baltimore County P…

The mostly young, black and poor people who stood up to the police in Ferguson five years ago had two rallying cries that seemed, perhaps, overstated and non-strategic to older, more seasoned and settled activists. They had been working on incremental systemic change for decades when Michael…

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The phenomenon of the Brady List is at the heart of the open warfare between the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner – including its most dramatic casualty to date: the indictment of a private investigator who worked for Gardner, Willia…

While we believe that the St. Louis region might indeed be better together – that is, less fragmented and more unified politically, less segregated and more integrated residentially – we are absolutely certain that any effort to forge a more unified, less segregated St. Louis region would be…

We believe that the St. Louis Post-Dispatch owes the region an apology for the paper’s reckless promotion of a little-known political hopeful named Steve Stenger, who pled guilty to corruption charges after the paper’s strident effort to elect him as St. Louis County executive in 2014. Since…