St. Louis Public Radio News
11:23 am
Thu July 31, 2003

Rev. Sharpton Expected for Metro Protest

St. Louis, MO – Advocates for minority-owned construction contractors plan to protest MetroLink's 10th anniversary celebration today. They're including presidential candidate Rev. Al Sharpton.

They say Metro is not meeting participation goals for minority- and women-owned firms on its $550 million light rail extension project.

Eddie Hasan heads the Missouri-Kansas Minority Contractors Association. At a rally Wednesday night, he said minority participation is only at 4%.

"We want a firmer commitment and a stronger commitment to be able to get this thing done, and we'll get on board and work together," Hansan said. "But until then we'll going to be there protesting that anniversary until we get that commitment from them."

Hasan says 25% of the MetroLink extension work should go to minorities.

The celebration and protest will start at Noon at Union Station.