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Smith not totally out of Missouri politics

May 18, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 18, 2011 - The final week of Missouri's legislative session was filled with the usual behind-the-scenes negotiations and lobbying, in many cases involving non-elected players -- aides, lobbyists and simply influential individuals.

Some of those players aren't known to the general public. But some are. They include former state Sen. Jeff Smith, D-St. Louis, who has been working as a paid consultant for the Missouri Workforce Housing Association, a group that advocates for affordable housing for low-income people.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 14, 2009 - Political science professor Terry Jones and others challenged the faith community on Saturday to work harder to address educational and housing inequities that stem from race.

Jones, a professor at the University of Missouri at St. Louis, was the keynote speaker at the Living Justice Speaker Series at St. Francis Xavier (College) Church ballroom, 3628 Lindell Boulevard.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 2, 2009 - Missouri has been at the heart of the nation's story of race from the first chapter. It entered the Union as part of the Missouri Compromise; it drove abolitionist Elijah Lovejoy across the river to Illinois where he was killed, and it deepened the divisions in the Union by claiming Dred Scott for slavery. So it isn't surprising that important chapters of the history of housing segregation played out on Missouri soil.