Health, happiness and sisterhood
May04

Health, happiness and sisterhood

ST. LOUIS—Since 1996, GirlTrek has focused its energy on the health of black and brown girls and women, motivating them to create change in their health and community through fitness and friendship. Newfound friends Lisa Garrett, Lowry Finley-Jackson and Towina Jones are doing just that. They’re making strides around the St. Louis region under the national organization GirlTrek, walking for freedom of health and sisterhood. “I like to...

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Artists discuss power of disruptive art
Feb16

Artists discuss power of disruptive art

JEFFVANDERLOU — In honor of Black History Month and HIV/AIDS awareness, the Griot Museum of Black History and Culture hosted a panel discussion with local artists Enrise Williams and De Andrea Nichols. The two artists shared a unique history: both were inspired by their lived experiences to create separate art exhibits using mirrors and caskets. Williams, a health activist and founding member of Blacks Assisting Blacks Against AIDS,...

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Collective STL offers health and wellness through yoga
Feb16

Collective STL offers health and wellness through yoga

OLD NORTH — Collective STL enhances the health and wellness in north St. Louis by offering ancient yoga practices. “We see our work as an obligation of service we must pay as a debt we owe to our ancestors,” said Ericka Harris, co-founder of the Collective STL. “The fact is black people are not doing well in St. Louis, and this is unacceptable.” Located in the 1400 block of N. Market, Collective STL was founded in 2017 by four...

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Region’s prosecutors discuss public safety
Jan29

Region’s prosecutors discuss public safety

FOREST PARK— Moving St. Louis in a more harmonious direction requires hard work from the entire St. Louis region. During a panel discussion Thursday at the Missouri History Museum, St. Louis residents had the chance to talk with local prosecutors who pledged their help to get us closer to that goal.  Presented by Focus St. Louis and Forward Through Ferguson, the public safety forum gave individuals an opportunity to lead the...

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Freed from jail, trapped by monitoring fees
Jan18

Freed from jail, trapped by monitoring fees

DOWNTOWN — Local legal organizations such as the Arch City Defenders, the St. Louis Public Defender’s Office, The Bail Project and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Missouri co-signed a letter to the 22nd Judicial Circuit, describing what they call the unfairness of forcing those who have been arrested and then released on bail to use a private pretrial service and electronic monitoring company. Jocelyn Garner was ordered...

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