Mobilize MO Meeting Recap
January 18, 2017
Last night I attended the Mobilize MO meeting at the Chesterfield Mall. There was quite a crowd, and one of the most diverse I've encountered yet.
Before the panel began, we heard from a couple of attorneys. The first, Angie, spoke of the effects of the coming administration on immigration. The latter, Noah, has worked at the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota. This is something I was not familiar with, and if anyone else isn't I suggest you check it out.
After an additional introduction by The Socialist Alternative, they moved on to the panel. Panel speakers are below
- T-Dubb-O - A St. Louis Hip-Hop artist, also director of the Hands Up United organization
- Rika Tyler - Heavily involved with Hands Up United
- Billy Moffett - CWA Union member
- Kristian Blackman - Memeber of Jobs With Justice
- Reverend Susan Sneed - Deacon of United Methodist Church, organizer of Metropolitan Churches United
- Shelley Hoffman - Retired teacher/librarian, on State Comittee with Missouri Democrats
- Ben Conover - Data analyst and Socialist working with the Green Party
Formal questions were posed to the panel, and while they did not stay on topic for most of the talk, the geneal consensus was the same: The greatest threat posed by the new administrations are the stripping of worker's rights, as well as the racism and general corruption of both citizens and candidates demonstrated by the Right's success.
When asked what activists should do as a next step, the overwhelming answer was to simply get involved, and to get involved with the intention of listening to understand. When asked what we can learn from the winners of the last election, T-Dubb-O reminded us to never underestimate our oppositon.
If you would like to learn more about Mobilize MO, their website can be found here.