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Urban Studies 2017: Student Blog 1

Every year, Civitas asks for students to share their thoughts during Go-Team. We’re going to compile what we get and share them in our blog online. Here are some thoughts from Reece about Urban Go-Team Day 1. Visiting the Creve Coeur Police Department, was an enlightening experience. As a black…

Resources for Day 2 of Urban Go-Team 2017

Day 2 of Urban Go-Team Civitas took students on another Radioactive Tour of STL. We were joined by Ed Smith from the Missouri Coalition for the Environment. Here are some things that came up throughout the tour that you might want to read more on. Robin (the passionate woman we…

Photos from Urban Go-Team Day 1

Here are photos from our Police Academy Day with the Creve Coeur Police Department.

Resources for Day 1 of Urban Go-Team 2017

Here are a few follow up resources from today’s police academy. Remember, if you want to write a 1-2 paragraph recap of something you learned today, some thoughts you had, or anything at all, please email info@civitas-stl.com. (You can also text Civitas staff members if you have a question, it’s…

Uma Lembrete (A Reminder)

Throughout the coming weeks of sport and competition, keep in mind the cost Rio and Brazil are bearing to host us. 77,000 citizens have been forced from their homes and communities and placed in public housing far out on the peripheries. Many can’t afford their new rent. Since 2009, “Pacification” forces have…

What Goes Around

Speaker Paul Ryan may fall victim to his own attempt at party unity after standing behind his reluctant embrace of Donald Trump for the presidency. A talented legislator ensnared in perhaps the most tenuous political relationship of this election cycle, Mr. Ryan has painstakingly groomed his endorsement of Trump since…

Neoliberalism has failed — let’s move on

Several years on from the Great Recession, global order is being forcibly reshaped by peoples defiant of a status quo which has left them miserably frustrated and indignant. Policies promoted to bring change to the reckless world of finance have instead embedded economic hardship, and elites have chosen either to…

The problem with a third-party candidate in 2016

We’ve all heard it over the past few months: If a third party were ever to win, it would be this year. A 74-year-old democratic-socialist nearly overtook the seemingly predetermined Democratic nominee. An immature and incompetent real estate tycoon has barrelled through a well established Republican field to redefine party…

Review of the UN’s First-Ever Secretary General Debate

The first in the United Nations’ 70-year history, the public debate on June 12 for the organization’s highest position, Secretary General, signals in the eyes of many a move towards greater transparency and member participation — two major historical areas of criticism of the UN. Previously, the five permanent Security Council members…

Systemic racism’s effects on America

(Editor’s note: This blog post initially started as a reaction to something the writer saw on Facebook. The original Facebook post is included, but the identity of the person has been removed.) This comment all too well sums up what is wrong with “White America.” To break it down, I…

On our supposed inhumanity: 2016

Alton Sterling, just the next in a long line of black men shot by excessively aggressive white cops. Three reported cases of islamophobic violence in the U.S. within just the past week. Donald Trump drags Judaism into his “crooked Hillary” smear-campaign. It has clearly been yet another rough week for…

We should push for the politics we want, not just the policies

It’s common now to hear complaints that Bernie Sanders is endangering #I’mWithHer, unreasonably holding Hillary under the same intense scrutiny sustained by Republicans. “It’s not just a bad move politically,” many insist, “it’s simply not fair. So what she made millions of dollars speaking, has a history with Wall Street, and is…

One Nation, After Benghazi: What to Look for Following GOP Report

Over the course of eight hours on September 11, 2012, a terrorist attack left four Americans dead at the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, setting off a firestorm that would engulf the American political landscape for the next four years. Are we safer now than we were then? Since that…

What’s all the talk about sovereignty?

A lack of purposeful, unified action across borders paralyzes efforts to improve our world.  A lack of purposeful, unified action across borders paralyzes efforts to improve our world.  Brexit? “Sovereignty.” U.S. Congress refusal to ratify the Paris Agreement? “Sovereignty.” Putin’s resistance to ousting Assad? “Sovereignty.” .” Native American tribes have…