7th Ward School Supplies Drive: Donate If You Can

school supplies7th Ward Independent Democrats are assisting Andrea Heugatter in Lafayette Square with her School Supplies Drive going on at Looking Glass Designs, her business, and at Lafayette Park Concerts.

The first delivery of school supplies went to Peabody Elementary School in Peabody-Darst-Webbe Neighborhood west of LaSalle Park Neighborhood. The second delivery went to KidSmart.

We are collecting new backpacks for kids and school supplies to help Andrea’s efforts. Here is the St. Louis City Public Schools School Supplies List.

You can drop off school supplies and backpacks at the olive green and white School Supplies container on the potting table at 1911 S 11th Apartment C, in back and upstairs.

You can also drop off at the July 17th Drinking Liberally Happy Hour.

Or drop off at Looking Glass Designs, 1917 Park or the next Lafayette Park Concert.

Call 7th Ward Committeewoman Marie Ceselski at 314-630-7599 with any questions.

Donate To #TakeItDownSTL And I Will Match Up To $25 Per Donation

takeitdownI will match all donations up to $25 to the #TakeItDownSTL Forest Park Confederate Memorial Fund made from 8 am Saturday, June 3rd through 8 am Wednesday, June 7th.

Treasurer Tishaura Jones started this fund and it is our job to finish the job and reach the $25,000 goal.

Make your $5, $10, $25 donations, or more, to the #TakeItDownSTL Fund and I will match the amount to $25.

I also challenge those with more means than I to make a matching funds pledge for amounts greater than $25.

Cemeteries of our enemies must be respected. But the Confederate Memorial at Forest Park is not a grave stone to those who fought and fell supporting the wrong side of a war. It is a public park memorial to defenders of enslavement.

The Confederate Memorial was part of a systematic attempt to rewrite the history of the Civil War without, “the great and foul stain”* of enslavement,” while also instilling fear that the South would rise again.

The Civil War tore our nation apart and we should never forget how close we came to complete collapse and ruin because men, women, and children, rich and poor, took up arms against our nation to defend enslavement.

The Confederate Memorial is a glorification of treason. Following orders is never a justification for doing wrong.

By donating to the #TakeItDownSTL Fund, we stand together united as citizens of these here United State of America committed to righting the wrong that is the Forest Park Confederate Memorial.

Some good online reading material relating to Confederate Memorials:

05/23/2017 The New York TimesMitch Landrieu’s Speech on the Removal of Confederate Monuments in New Orleans

05/29/2017 Associated PressOld South Confederate monument backers cite 1929 book claiming Lincoln, ‘vindictive’ anti-slavery movement caused Civil War by Jay Reeves

06/04/2017 The AtlanticThe Myth of the Kindly General Lee by Adam Serwer

06/04/2017 The HillRemoving Civil War statues the first step in finally defeating the Confederacy by Maya Rockeymoore

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

*John Quincy Adams

My Email Tonight To Central Committee On 28th Ward Candidates

Dear Central Committee Colleagues: Yesterday on St. Louis Public Radio, we found out Missouri Senate Pro Tem Ron Richard (R-Joplin) would carry the ball for Rex Inc.’s anti-St. Louis Agenda, including selling off St. Louis Lambert International Airport and forced re-entry of St. Louis City into St. Louis County.

Rex Inc. is negotiating privatization of St. Louis Lambert International Airport with no input from aldermen or public. The pro-privatization website by Rex Inc. appears to be saying this is the greatest thing ever and nearly a done deal.

We need to know who are our friends at every level of government, who we can depend on to stand with us against Rex Inc. That includes the Board of Aldermen.

We have an opportunity to vet 28th Ward Alderman candidates and find out where they stand on issues, including Rex Inc. related issues. We should take it. I am asking, again, that St. Louis Democratic City Central Committee invite all candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for 28th Ward Alderman to our Thursday meeting to answer our questions.


One candidate will get the nod from Central Committee and one or more rejected candidates will file as Independents. By vetting each of the candidates now and making this information known to the public, we would be providing a public service– information on citywide/regional issues that likely might not even come up within 28th Ward-only forums.

We should find out where each of the 28th Ward Alderman candidates stands on, as examples,…
1) Forced re-entry of City into County
2) Privatization of St. Louis Lambert International Airport
3) Privatization of City Refuse services
4) Privatization of City Water Department
5) Re-Vote on Ward Reduction
6) Maintaining our County elected offices as elected

I understand this is hard for many of you, breaking with tradition, the idea that we not merely nominate the chosen alderman candidate of the ward’s committeeman and committeewoman. But this is an opportunity to find out where candidates (plural) stand on issues important to our future as a party, a City, and a region. I think that is our responsibility here, not rubber stamping a nominee.

Also, I have consolidated the Rex ballot issues information to a new Say No To Rex blog and Twitter account @SayNoToRex to keep track of Rex-related news.

Marie Ceselski
7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman
313-630-7599

Peculiar Forest Park Advisory Board Meeting Notice

questionThere’s a meeting notice on the City online Calendar for a 4:30 Thursday Meeting of the Forest Park Advisory Board.

I believe this is the first such online meeting notice for this Board, which I never heard of before.

forestpark

There is a webpage for the Forest Park Advisory Board on the Forest Park Forever website.

But, other than generic meeting information, there is nothing else about the Board or its business- no posted Meetings Agendas, Minutes, or even the names of who is on the Board.

According to the City Code, Section 3.96, The Forest Park Advisory Board is appointed by Mayor with approval of Board of Aldermen.

According to the City Code, this body has enormous oversight responsibilities regarding Forest Park and, yet, there is no information on its members or the business conducted. Transparency is severely lacking here.

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

Join Me for May 21st Seedling, Plant, Houseplant Swap Happy Hour

Sorry. We had to move this to May 21st.

Don’t throw out the extra seedlings in the tray/pack.

Don’t throw out the extra plant(s) from re-potting plants/houseplants.

Don’t leave that nice plant pot in the alley or let it collect dust in the basement.

Bring your extra seedlings/plants and no longer wanted nice plant pots to the 7th Ward Belated Earth Day Seedling & Plant Swap Happy Hour and swap for something you do want or need.

We’ll also be giving out Free Seeds (Marigold, Butterfly Weed, Cilantro, etc.) and have Voter Registration Applications.
plantswaplogo

 

Vote No On Prop A Body Cam Scam

PropAballot2Proposition A is Rex Sinquefield’s unconstitutional proposal to abolish the Recorder of Deeds and spend alleged cost savings on police body cameras. Proponents contend that monies mandated by state law for records preservation at the Recorder’s Office will be available for body cams. It won’t. Proponents contend that monies mandated for technology services and hardware for the Recorder’s office will be available for body cams. It won’t. Proponents contend that a sitting elected official can be transferred to a civil service position under the Assessor and her duties transferred to the Assessor without giving the Assessor the title of Recorder. It cannot happen. This ballot issue is a wet hot mess that needs to be defeated.

More on Prop A
rodpetition1rodpetition2rodpetition3
— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

Vote No On Prop B Election Scam

propb1Proposition B is a Rex Sinquefield measure to reduce voter turnout for School Board Elections and Charter Amendments. The proposal only moves election of Mayor, Comptroller, Board of Aldermen President, and Aldermen to State/Federal Elections, leaving School Board, Community College Trustee, and Ballot Issues for April Election or Special Elections.

More information on Prop A

Petition Election Date Change Final_Page_1Petition Election Date Change Final_Page_2Petition Election Date Change Final_Page_3
— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman