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ArchCity Defenders and Action St. Louis present the premiere collaborative podcast, "Under The Arch." Your hosts Blake Strode, Executive Director of ArchCity Defenders, and Kayla Reed, Director of Action St. Louis, explore the issues facing our community and the people working to transform them. 

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Picket lines are in the headlines. Recently, there’s been a surge of energy and attention on the labor movement, particularly union strikes. But at the same time, worker unionization is at an all-time low. This week, we ask: what’s the current state of the labor movement and what role does labor play in achieving equity for all? To answer our questions, we're joined this episode by Jeremy Al-Haj, founder and Executive Director of the Missouri Workers Center, who speaks about how to unio...
ArchCity Defenders and Action St. Louis present the premiere collaborative podcast, "Under The Arch." Your hosts Blake Strode, Executive Director of ArchCity Defenders, and Kayla Reed, Director of Action St. Louis, explore the issues facing our community and the people working to transform them. In this episode, Nick Speed, Founder & Executive Director of Ujima, joins us to talk about food apartheid, community engagement with environmental and food justice issues, and how local Black...
ArchCity Defenders and Action St. Louis present the premiere collaborative podcast, "Under The Arch." Your hosts Blake Strode, Executive Director of ArchCity Defenders, and Kayla Reed, Director of Action St. Louis, explore the issues facing our community and the people working to transform them. In this episode, our hosts speak with Invest STL CEO Dara Eskridge about the good, the bad, and the ugly of community development in St. Louis. Some efforts prioritize residents’ histories, resou...
ArchCity Defenders and Action St. Louis return with Season 5 of the premiere collaborative podcast, "Under The Arch,” where your hosts Blake Strode, Executive Director of ArchCity Defenders, and Kayla Reed, Director of Action St. Louis, explore the issues facing our community and the people working to transform them.To kick off our fifth season, we talk about an issue permeating our political landscape and personal lives: abortion. Blake and Kayla talk to Mallory Schwarz, Executive Director o...
For the final episode of Under the Arch season four, we wanted to end with a bang by bringing back one of our favorite guests: Congresswoman Cori Bush. Our hosts speak with Congresswoman Bush about her latest efforts to fight white supremacy on the federal level, including two bills introduced this summer: the Reparations Now Resolution and the End Solitary Confinement Act. We hear from Congresswoman Bush firsthand what each of these bills seeks to accomplish, why they’re imperative now...
ArchCity Defenders and Action St. Louis present the premiere collaborative podcast, “Under The Arch.” Hosts Blake Strode, Executive Director of ArchCity Defenders, and Kayla Reed, Executive Director of Action St. Louis, explore the issues facing our community and the people working to transform them. In this episode, our hosts speak with Kristian Blackmon, coalition coordinator for Homes for All St. Louis, about the movement’s efforts to achieve housing justice and her personal experienc...
“Happy” 4th of July to America, where 36 states have adopted laws that restrict teaching about race and racism. Instead of promoting the unquestioning jingoism that often characterizes this holiday, we want to share this conversation on the role of Black Studies as a critically important lens in the academy and broader society.Our hosts speak with Dr. Christopher Tinson, Associate Professor of African American Studies and History at Saint Louis University, about the obsessive demonization of ...
One of the most salient political issues of this moment is the sustained attack on queer and trans rights. Across the nation, conservative legislatures have coordinated and implemented dangerous policies such as bans on gender-affirming healthcare, youth sports participation, and more. Our hosts speak with Shira Berkowitz, PROMO’s Senior Director of Public Policy and Advocacy. Shira leads statewide strategy for LGBTQ+ public policy, organizing, and advocacy, and is a founder of Camp Indi...
2023 has been full of political backlash, social and economic challenges, and attempts to reverse progress. In moments like these, it’s important to remember the vanguard role that Black-led movement has held in our historic development. As such, today’s episode returns to evergreen lessons from Season 3 Episode 10: St. Louis is Resistance. This episode features a live recording from the national conference "Lawyering for Liberation: Defending Black Lives, Building Black Power" held in ...
For four seasons and counting, you’ve listened to us talk about the major issues facing our community and the people working to transform them. In this episode, we take a refreshing detour to talk about what it actually takes to perform this work, and one transformative tool that can help us navigate it all: negotiation. Our hosts speak with Conflict Workers and Harvard Educators Whitney Benns and Sam Straus, who bring their expertise to shed light on fugitive negotiation and gene...
After years of uprisings and demands to improve St. Louis City’s jail conditions, Mayor Jones created the Detention Facilities Oversight Board (DFOB) to investigate misconduct, ensure safe and sanitary conditions, and advise shifts in jail policies and procedures. In practice, however, board members say the work “is going poorly” due to obstruction from jail staff and the very administration that authorized their existence.Our hosts speak with Janis Mensah, Chair of the DFOB, about the experi...
In this episode, Dr. William Ross joins our co-hosts in a timely conversation about reparations in St. Louis. In March 2023, the City of St. Louis announced the formation of a nine-member Reparations Commission, naming Dr. Ross as Vice Chair and Kayla Reed as Chair. This announcement stemmed from 50 local organizations unified grassroots advocacy that began in December 2021. Dr. Ross, the Associate Dean for Diversity of Washington University School of Medicine, and a social justice trai...
ArchCity Defenders and Action St. Louis present the premiere collaborative podcast, "Under The Arch." Your hosts Blake Strode, Executive Director of ArchCity Defenders, and Kayla Reed, Director of Action St. Louis, explore the issues facing our community and the people working to transform them. In this episode, our hosts speak with Political Director of Missouri Jobs with Justice, Richard von Glahn, and Deputy Director Ashli Bolden. We talk about the initiative petition process, direct...
ArchCity Defenders and Action St. Louis present the premiere collaborative podcast, "Under The Arch." Your hosts Blake Strode, Executive Director of ArchCity Defenders, and Kayla Reed, Director of Action St. Louis, explore the issues facing our community and the people working to transform them. In this episode, our hosts speak with professor and attorney at Saint Louis University School of Law, Brendan Roediger, about state takeover of SLMPD. We break down the debate around local contro...
ArchCity Defenders and Action St. Louis present the premiere collaborative podcast, "Under The Arch." Your hosts Blake Strode, Executive Director of ArchCity Defenders, and Kayla Reed, Director of Action St. Louis, explore the issues facing our community and the people working to transform them. In this episode, our hosts speak with the President of the St. Louis Board of Alderman, Megan Green about what her position is responsible for, how she became interested in politics, the values t...
ArchCity Defenders and Action St. Louis present the premiere collaborative podcast, "Under The Arch." Your hosts Blake Strode, Executive Director of ArchCity Defenders, and Kayla Reed, Director of Action St. Louis, explore the issues facing our community and the people working to transform them.The 2022 midterms are quickly approaching and the stakes have never been higher. Join us for a special “election edition” of Under The Arch, where we discuss the ballot in Missouri. We are joined by ac...
ArchCity Defenders and Action St. Louis present the premiere collaborative podcast, "Under The Arch." Your hosts Blake Strode, Executive Director of ArchCity Defenders, and Kayla Reed, Director of Action St. Louis, explore the issues facing our community and the people working to transform them.This week’s episode is a special live recording from the national conference Lawyering for Liberation: Defending Black Lives, Building Black Power, hosted in St. Louis. Our hosts speak with Michael Jon...
ArchCity Defenders and Action St. Louis present the premiere collaborative podcast, "Under The Arch." Your hosts Blake Strode, Executive Director of ArchCity Defenders, and Kayla Reed, Director of Action St. Louis, explore the issues facing our community and the people working to transform them.This week, our hosts speak with former journalist and founder of Unhoused STL, Ramona Curtis, about the worsening condition of houselessness in St. Louis and how developing a community-based structure ...
ArchCity Defenders and Action St. Louis present the premiere collaborative podcast, "Under The Arch." Your hosts Blake Strode, Executive Director of ArchCity Defenders, and Kayla Reed, Director of Action St. Louis, explore the issues facing our community and the people working to transform them.This week, our hosts speak with activist, organizer, and newly elected member of the St. Louis Board of Education Alisha Sonnier about the structure of St. Louis's education system and how education sh...
ArchCity Defenders and Action St. Louis present the premiere collaborative podcast, "Under The Arch." Your hosts Blake Strode, Executive Director of ArchCity Defenders, and Kayla Reed, Director of Action St. Louis, explore the issues facing our community and the people working to transform them.In this episode, our hosts speak with ArchCity Defenders Staff Attorney and Skadden Fellow Emanuel Powell about his personal experience being affected by fatal state violence through the loss of a fami...
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