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Illinois Senators want to make sure everyone is counted in the 2020 Census.

What Does A Grassroots Organization Need To Affect Change?

Oct 14, 2013
Erin Williams / St. Louis Public Radio

To people who feel powerless in the face of today's political structure, Princeton University religion professor Jeffrey Stout has this advice: organize.  He delivers a lecture, "Struggle for a Just Society - Grassroots Democracy in America," as part of the Lee Institute's Speaker Series on Monday, October 28, 2013.

He points to the great social movements of the past two centuries as examples of grassroots organization that affected real change in America -  abolitionists, civil rights and women's suffrage.

Commentary: Was that a dinosaur who just died?

Jun 16, 2009

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 16, 2009 - My apologies to the Gabonese people if I offend: Their president, Omar Bongo, age 73 and in office for at least 41 years, died on June 8 of a heart attack, and I presume to ask if a dinosaur had died. Yet dinosaur he was, ruling his country since 1967, the dean of long-term dictators in Africa, a title that now passes to our best north African friend, Moammar Khadafy, age 67, the ruler of Libya since he led a coup d'etat in 1969.