Jeanette Mott Oxford is the executive director of Empower Missouri, an organization that "envisions Missouri becoming a more just, equitable and democratic society that assures every person’s health, safety, security, independence, human rights, dignity and the opportunity to reach full potential."
DJ and Jeanette's conversation follows Mott Oxford's career in politics, the work of Empower Missouri, and, of course, our state and nation's political climate.
Here's a look at how the conversation went:
0:00-15:00 - Who is J-MO and what does Empower Missouri do? "Why should workers live in poverty?"
15:00-22:00 - How does EmpowerMO help children and combat structural barriers to overcoming poverty? "It's in everyone's interest to solve housing and hunger."
22:00-28:15 - Toxic stress and kids. Some children are growing up with PTSD - what can we do about it?
28:15-32:00 - What's it like working with our state and federal representatives? Missouri is #2 in hunger and misconceptions are holding us back from making a change.
32:00-36:30 - EmPOWer Missouri's upcoming conference. POW stands for "Persisting in Organizing to Win."
36:30-40:30 - How has the MO house of representatives changed since J-MO left office? Mott Oxford's hope is in people, not party.
40:30-43:00 - Mott Oxford is a plaintiff in a lawsuit to prevent city funds going to support upgrades to the ScottTrade Center, something DJ has discussed with Cara Spencer (episode 108) and Fred Lindecke (episode 107).
43:00-49:00 - Why Trump is president and wrap-up. No president can just make things happen, that's why organizations like Empower Missouri are needed to advocate for change.
With the passing of comedian, civil rights activist, and cultural icon Dick Gregory, d.j. pays homage to the life of the St. Louis native, by reading excerpts of Gregory's 1964 autobiography, "nigger." Gregory attended Cote Brilliante elementary school, graduated from Sumner High School, and attended SIU-Carbondale before becoming a comedian. he was active in the Civil Rights struggle, and ran as a write-in candidate for president in 1968.
What follows is a rough breakdown of how the conversation went down.
What inspired you to stat this academy? (3:00-8:00)
Soccer in STL (9:00-10:30)
The Field (10:40-13:00)
Youth Soccer in STL (14:00-17:30)
How to get a coach (17:45-19:00)
Why Soccer? (19:30-30:00)
Challenges of soccer (36:15-42:00)
Fifa Fair Play (42:10-47:00)
Popularity of the sport (47:00-49:30
How to get this field (49:45-66:00)
If the name Bosley rings a bell, that's because the new 3rd Ward alderman is the son of Freeman Bosley Sr. who served the third for 39 years. Brandon's brother served as the city's first black mayor from 1993 to 1997.
The young alderman was narrowly elected in April of 2017, inspired by the mobilization in Ferguson that showed Bosley that his community is ready for change. He wants to help find realistic ways to make that change happen.
Here's a look at how the conversation went:
0:00-16:00 - Who is the new Alderman Bosley? Where Brandon comes from, who he serves, what inspires him, and his governing philosophy.
16:00-19:15 - A divided community? Bosley discusses building realistic credibility in his neighborhoods.
19:15-26:45 - "Building our own blocks..." Tax incentives, the LRA, and alternative development models.
26:45-31:30 - Understanding crime and the people who commit crime: Discussing a new police chief and the city workhouse.
31:30-35:00 - Alliances on the BoA? Dynamics at City Hall.
35:00-43:15 - The 3rd Ward: What Alderman Bosley's constituents (aka neighbors) are telling him.
43:15-48:30 - What's the role looking like four months in? What's next?
Collateral Damage is hosted by veteran journalist Dennis (DJ) Wilson.
Kathleen Henry and Bruce Morrison from the Great Rivers Environmental Law Center join D.J. in the KDHX studios to discuss a variety of federal, state, and local environmental issues and what they mean to us here in the St. Louis region.
Here's a glance at how the conversation goes:
1:30-8:15 - What does the GRELC do and why?
8:15-21:00 - What does the Trump administration mean for the environment in St. Louis? Streamlining the development process isn't very good for Missouri and Illinois streams.
21:15-26:30 - How are things at the state level? What can the average citizen do to help?
26:30-35:00 - What's going on closer to home? Development in St. Louis County parks, in particular, is not being done to promote outdoor recreation.
35:00-47:00 - Putting it all in perspective. Shifting from fossil fuels to renewable energy and seeing if there's any reason for hope.
Surprisingly, DJ ends on an optimistic note!