On Friday, September 17, 2017, when St. Louis Circuit Judge Timothy Wilson delivered his not-guilty verdict in the first-degree murder and armed criminal action trial of Jason Stockley, the former St. Louis police officer who fatally shot black motorist Anthony Lamar Smith in December 2011, many residents and community leaders immediately took to the streets in protest. Conducting marches and demonstrations at strategic locations such as the St. Louis city police headquarters, newly elected St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson’s Central West End home, and popular shopping malls and stores in St. Louis County, Stockley protestors staged actions designed to disrupt capital flow and accumulation, as longtime St. Louis organizer and founder of the city’s Organization for Black Struggle, Jamala Rogers, explained. Their hashtag, “no justice no profits,” pointed to an economic focus as well as a determination to carry out sustained...
Race and Economic Struggle in St. Louis
KEONA K. ERVIN is assistant professor of history at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Ervin is the author of Gateway to Equality: Black Women and the Struggle for Economic Justice in St. Louis (2017). She has published articles in International Labor and Working-Class History, the Journal of Civil and Human Rights, and Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society.
Keona K. Ervin; Race and Economic Struggle in St. Louis. Labor 1 May 2018; 15 (2): 7–8. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/15476715-4353656
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