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Take Back St. Louis Statement on Governor Nixon’s Signing of SB 672

Today, Governor Nixon signed SB 672, a bill that contains Amendment 135.980. Amendment 135.980 bans the City of St. Louis from restricting through ballot initiative public financial incentives for coal mining companies for two years. In response, the Take Back St. Louis campaign put forth the following statement:

Today, as the Slay-Peabody amendment is signed into law, Mayor Francis Slay has picked his side of history -- and it’s the side of Big Coal. In the process, Mayor Slay has attempted to silence the voices of over 22,000 St. Louis residents who signed the Take Back St. Louis initiative, depriving them of a vote on stopping giving incentives to coal companies to create a green economy. Instead, Mayor Slay has made it clear that his allegiances are to Peabody, not to his constituents. Mayor Slay and Peabody lobbyists worked hand in hand, whipping votes to pass this amendment. It is clear who our Mayor works for -- and even more clear the work that we need to do to make St. Louis a city that works for everyone, not just Big Coal.



Contact: Arielle Klagsbrun,

Take Back St. Louis Files Appeal On Permanent Injunction Ruling for Ballot Initiative

ST. LOUIS -- The Take Back St. Louis coalition filed a notice of appeal with the Eastern Missouri court of appeals yesterday challenging a judge’s granting of a permanent injunction on a municipal ballot initiative. The Take Back St. Louis initiative was removed from the April 8th ballot by the granting of a temporary restraining order. The judge ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, represented by a former Peabody lobbyist, finding that the initiative’s directives on the local allocation of tax increment financing (TIFs) conflicted with state law. The Take Back St. Louis coalition is looking to place the issue on the November ballot.

Cross-Posted from Black Mesa Indigenous Support (
MORE is proud to be supporting the BIG MOUNTAIN SPRING TRAINING CAMP from May 16-23rd on Big Mountain in Arizona. More information is below but please call our office (314-862-2249) if you are interested in coming to the training camp as we are beginning to organize caravans from St. Louis to Black Mesa. 
MAY 16th-23rd, 2014
#Honor40Years  #Not1MoreRELOCATION   #KeepitintheGround

“What we are trying to save—the Female Mountain—is alive. She is alive, she has blood flowing through her veins, which is the Navajo Aquifer, and the coal they are digging is Her liver. They are destroying Her.”–Marie Gladue, Big Mountain Relocation Resister

“We need to exercise our right to be human. To gather on the land and have our words be heard by the ground, the trees, and each other.”–Louise Benally, Big Mountain Relocation Resister

During this moment of peak visibility around climate change, we extend this invitation for a training camp on Big Mountain. We’ll gather to honor 40 years...

When Peabody Energy presented its plan to build a massive new coal plant, it marketed it as a source of reliably cheap power and a wise way to meet growing energy needs in an unstable market. But the prices, which have been spiking well over $100/MWh some months, are a far cry from the $45/MWh that Columbia and other purchasers were promised.

Since coal already costs us so much by causing health problems, climate change, and regular ash and slurry spills, the fact that ratepayers are footing the bill for Peabody's unrealistic project adds insult to injury. 

A new petition asks the City of Columbia to hold a hearing about how their contract to buy Prairie State electricity will affect the town, which is projected to lose $56 million in five years paying for power that is far above market prices. The petition calls for an open discussion in which citizens can ask questions and critics and proponents of the plant can both present their views.

Sign the petition here.

This statement, written by MORE member Dan Cohn, was written last week on the day of his court date. It is cross posted from Hands Off Appalachia:

On November 25th, 2013, I was arrested for hanging a large banner off a construction crane in downtown Stamford, CT. Today, I’m back in Stamford going to court, where I am facing a felony charge.

I went to jail in November to expose UBS, the Swiss investment bank and wealth management firm headquartered in Stamford, as one of the most prolific financiers of coal companies that practice mountaintop removal (MTR) strip mining in central Appalachia. We were there to make sure UBS can no longer hide from the desolation and desecration entailed by their financial backing of coal companies. 

Where I live in St. Louis, MO, energy extraction is an abstraction for most folks. Yet, our city is home to five major coal companies and a huge regional gas utility that adores fracking for shale gas. For those of us like myself who don’t live in the shadow of extraction, we must confront extraction companies on our home turf if we are to stand in solidarity with the folks fighting them in their backyards, as well as...

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