I discovered this several weeks ago and have been gathering information and watching. Now that I am satisfied that much of St. Louis is aware of what is going to go down in their Fair City this weekend do I feel it is safe to write about it.
When you read below about what the radical libs are planning, I’m not sure, based on their track record, whether or not you will be *shocked and awed* or just come to expect it. Either way, the St. Louis PD has been notified and they are on top of this and targeted companies are on high alert and have their security personnel involved and at the ready.
Date: August 12-15, 2011. Place: St. Louis MO.
MidwestRising will “converge” in this huge city which is headquarters to major banks and energy companies. 300 climate activist groups and 300 community activist groups are claimed to be a part of this “major training and direct action” over 4 days which will take place at the University of Missouri at St. Louis and out in the streets at many businesses who are said to be “evil doers.”
Below is their flier:
Notice what they say:
Fed up with big banks, corporate power and community-killing dirty energy development? St. Louis is home to the corporate HQ of Monsanto, Peabody [coal], Arch [coal] and other evil-doers. The Anti-Corporate Convergence will combine hard-hitting direct action [emphasis mine] with an opportunity to take a step back and do some popular education, organizing and action training, and visioning of a world in which we want to live.
Nice, isn’t it. Not only are they targeting Monsanto (Monsanto is heavily into ethanol, and these groups don’t believe *food* should be used for *energy*), Arch Coal, and Peabody Coal; but also according to blogs and FaceBook feed of some others: Patriot Coal, Ameren (Missouri electric company), Wells Fargo Advisors and Bank of America. All of which have HQ in St. Louis.
Let’s take a look at some of the “sponsors” of this “convergence”:
- Missourians Organizing Reform and Empowerment, or M.O.R.E., which is actually Missouri ACORN rebranded,
- Climate Action St. Louis
- Rising Tide
- Greening Detroit
- Organization for Black Struggle
M.O.R.E. will be having a protest “rally” at a specific Bank of America, screen shot below:
M.O.R.E.’s Hannah Allison was also responsible for a little protest “rally” at a St. Louis branch of Chase a year ago, apparently at the orders of SEIU’s Stephen Lerner who has ordered “hits” on B of A, Chase, Wells Fargo and Citi Bank across the country in “retaliation” for foreclosures. Video of the “bank assault” is below:
M.O.R.E. is also planning a protest rally at City Hall Park on Monday the 15th the same day as other protests “direct actions” are taken at St. Louis corporations. You can see for yourself on MidWest Rising’s schedule below:
Protests “direct actions” are also planned for Sunday morning right after breakfast and church.
One wonders what they will be praying for.
Let’s take a look at one of the other sponsors: Climate Action St. Louis. Here’s a bit about the “need” for the “convergence”:
Corporate influence is seen in the stripping away of union bargaining power, opening huge swaths of land for coal and natural gas extraction, picking a superstar monoculture of the year at the expense of actually growing real food, or bailing out the most concentrated and powerful financial institutions ever (while in the same breath blaming the victims of their practices for getting kicked out of their homes). This list can go on, but it’s exasperating enough as it is.
The “founders” of this site are Chris Singer, Todd Zimmer and none other than, you guessed it: Hannah Allison of Missouri ACORN M.O.R.E.
Zimmer on his FaceBook page says he is the organizer of the Beyond Coal campaign. As noted in a previous article, NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg donated $50 million several weeks ago to the Sierra Club to “eradicate” not only future, but present coal companies. Checking on key players’ FB pages shows a high volume of Sierra club factions and members stating they will be attending this “convergence.” Even though the Sierra Club is not listed as a sponsor, I’d be willing to bet Bloomberg money is going into this.
FYI Kos Kiddies are also involved. We all know this is right up their alley.
Time will tell how many will actually show and whether or not St. Louis will erupt or remain relatively quiet. Many who have RSVPed are college students, natch, and community and environmental activists.
The group has reserved the JCPenney Center at UMSL which at examination is quite large but we’ll have to wait and see if they fill it.
I’ll be checking in and keeping you posted.
Crossposted at Conservative Outlooks
Good to be alert and aware. Keep us posted, LIO. (Lady Penguin – Ed)