March 1, 2021
St. Louis city residents—we have an important election coming up tomorrow. As a reminder, this will be the first election with Approval Voting on the ballot, so you can now vote for as many candidates as you like tomorrow, and party affiliation is irrelevant. The top two candidates for each primary will then run off for the general election on April 6th. We have a realistic chance to flip the Board of Aldermen in St. Louis city to have a progressive majority and have a much more progressive mayor, but on the other hand we could end up with the status quo that St. Louis has suffered from over the last couple decades. Having a more progressive local government will not save us from capitalism, but it will reduce the worse effects of neoliberalism and strengthen our push to provide public services for all residents. So we encourage all city members to research the mayoral and Board of Aldermen candidates for your ward and make sure to vote tomorrow!
It is also not too early to begin planning your vote for the April election. Below is some useful information about absentee voting and registration.
Finally, volunteers with STL DSA’s Technology Committee have built an interactive dashboard to visualize campaign finance data for the March Primary. Check it out at data.stldsa.org and bookmark it for later, as it will continue to be updated through the general election in April!
Update on the fight for Public Ownership
Last week, Solidarity with SLPS (St. Louis Public Schools) and our Protect Public Ownership working group hosted a webinar “Millions for the Rich, Pennies for Our Kids: The Role of Big Development Tax Breaks in Defunding Public Education”, which showed how tax abatements are defunding our public schools. It was an extremely insightful and moving webinar that we recommend everyone watch to understand how our public schools are under attack. You can view it here.
Also, watch out for the next webinar in the People First Budget series, “Rethinking Transit & Public Services: Accessibility and Safety Across STL”, on March 11th at 7:30 PM. We also have a Candlelight Vigil coming up on March 13th at 6:30 PM to honor the victims of Covid and the victims of capitalism. Finally, make sure to sign our People First Budget petition:
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