7:00 pm, Wednesday,
February 7, 2007
Delmar Blvd. (east of Skinker)
St. Louis MO 63112
Jim Scheff, Missouri
Trish Grim, New Roots
Peace Economy Project
Stacy Kraft, Architecture
and Planning Intern
Charles Quincy Troupe,
St. Louis Board of Aldermen, Ward 1
Dennis Gallie, Member,
United Auto Workers Local 325
Dawud Muhannad, Josephs
Visions Technologies & Economic Development
As the devastation from global
warming becomes worse every year, corporate American continues to
fight for Iraq's oil. But does the US really have to plunder oil
so that the planet can be poisoned and fried? Or can we enjoy a
better quality of life by converting the war economy to organic
agriculture, ecological housing, mass transportation and worker-managed
industry? How do we make this change happen?
This will be the theme of the Black
& Green Wednesday forum on "Reducing Energy and BUILDING
A PEACE ECONOMY" at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, February 7, 2007.
Held at the Regional Arts Commission (6128 Delmar Blvd), the program
is sponsored by the Gateway Green Alliance, Universal African Peoples
Organization, Instead of War Coalition, Peace Economy Project and
Missouri Forest Alliance.
The rampant razing of ecological
systems undercuts the basic fabric of life on Earth. Jim Scheff,
an activist with the Missouri Forest Alliance, will outline the
need to radically reframe the debate over sustainability, moving
from what many consider realistic to what is actually necessary.
Catherine Marquis-Homeyer is Coordinator
of the Peace Economy Project, which researches how to turn a military-based
economy into a peace-based one. She will focus on expensive and
unneeded military programs that are a dead weight on the economy
and how those funds can be used to fight global warming.
Trish Grim, with the New Roots Urban
Farm, understands how to grow food without heavy petroleum inputs
that go into pesticides and fertilizers. She will use her experience
as an organic urban farmer to show how we can eat without using
energy for genetic engineering, synthetic inputs or long distance
transportation of food but instead create sustainable food systems
within our own communities.
Stacy Kraft is an intern with Ralph
Wafer Architecture and Planning. She will describe how deep green
architecture can be used to build and convert homes without massive
waste of energy. This can include co-housing, multi-family buildings,
underground construction, cross-ventilation, shade trees, and locally
Charles Quincy Troupe is a former
Missouri state legislator and current Alderman for Ward 1 in St.
Louis. Also the Vice-President of Amalgamated Transit Union Local
788, he will speak on how Missouri is woefully behind the times
in developing mass transportation and the type of legislation needed.
A reorganization of the economy
to reduce energy and produce a lower quantity of material objects
must preserve jobs, wages and benefits. Dennis Gallie is a rank-and-file
activist in United Auto Workers Local 325. He will talk about the
vital need for social justice and democracy in the sphere of production.
As long as US corporations insist
on gluttonous life styles, there will be wars to satisfy greed.
Dawud Muhammad formed Josephs Visions Technologies & Economic
Development, Inc. to break the chains of the utility companies.
He will lead a discussion of the moral, spiritual and political
revolution needed to reverse ongoing destruction of the environment
Call 314-727-8554 for more
information about the forum or visit the Greens' web site: www.gateway-greens.org
Co-Sponsored by the Gateway Green
Alliance, Universal African Peoples Organization,
Instead of War Coalition, Peace Economy Project, and Missouri Forest