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Four Year Strong, Defeater, Expire, Superheaven, Speak Low, My Iron Lung, Elder Brother Fall Tour

Four Year Strong are going on a big fall headlining tour that features a slew of rotating support bands. Defeater (whole tour), Expire, Superheaven, Speak Low, My Iron Lung, and Elder Brother will all be making appearances. You can find dates for the tour below.

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These tweets (and one retweet) are from my friend Ryan, a journalist who has been on the ground in Ferguson for the past few days. (His Twitter account is here, and it’s a great source of updates on the situation there   [x]).

I just wanted to remind everybody that while spreading word about Michael Brown’s unjust murder and the horrifying events of the night of August 14, 2014, please do not oversimplify or ignore the complexities of the situation.

Some journalists in the town have been doing what journalists do: focusing on all the negative aspects about the community to try and make it look like a hell-hole in order to sell their own pictures and stories, and basically all many of them want to do is further their own careers. But focusing on all that negativity only paints the picture of one side of the story, ignoring a lot of other important things going on there.

Please do not fall prey to the media’s game. Anger at the actions of the police in Ferguson is totally justified, but in the midst of that we cannot allow the people who are living with the situation every day to be dehumanized. Despite all this tragedy and chaos going on around them, they’re still a community and in many ways they’re pulling through all of it together. They want peace. Anyone looting or burning things down is a very small portion of the community. The whole story is so much bigger.

A story doesn’t need tear gas to be interesting. We need to hear every side of this story, not just the horrific parts.

TL:DR: please don’t fall prey to media attempts to dehumanize and oversimplify the situation in ferguson!!

WHEN?

Sunday, January 20, from 1:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M. RSVP on Facebook!

WHERE?

The Saint Louis Galleria. We’ll meet at the parking lot next to The Cheesecake Factory, collect the donated items, and then head inside. This will be a fairly laid-back event, and is pretty much just an excuse for us all to hang out and get a bit of exercise walking around the mall. 

The Galleria is open until 6:00 P.M. on Sundays, and The Cheesecake Factory itself is open until 11:00 P.M. Those who have their own transportation (and have permission, or are old enough that they don’t need it) are certainly welcome to hang out longer!

Anyone who’s being picked up by their parent or guardian can expect to be back at The Cheesecake Factory entrance by 4:00 P.M.

DONATIONS

This Can Town meetup will be collecting for the Collinsville Area Food PantryPlease bring cake mix, frosting, icing, sprinkles, chocolate chips, and anything else that could be used to make baked goods. Contrary to what I thought when I ran the first Can Town at ASTL, the food pantry does need these items, as needy families obviously want to be able to celebrate birthdays and other special events and often can’t afford to do so.

DAD EGBERT WOULD BE VERY PROUD OF ALL OF YOU, and so am I!

LUNCH

Please either eat lunch before attending, or plan to pay for a meal while you’re at The Galleria.

QUESTIONS?

Email me (cantownstlouis [AT] gmail [DOT] com) or send me an ask!

So I think we all need an update on what is currently going on in Ferguson, Mo. Above is a screenshot of a convo on my phone with my friend who is a journalist and works occasionally for Al Jazeera America. You can check out his Twitter here [x] (he’s been posting a lot of Ferguson updates on it). He’s been on the ground directly in Ferguson for the past couple days reporting on the situation as it develops. He was around last night during the worst of it, and he was confronted by the police at one point. The point I want to make in all of this though is that the awful stuff that happened last night, while it was horrible and should not be ignored, is not currently happening. The city is not in a constant state of siege as of right now, and steps towards justice have been taken with the Highway Patrol taking over the investigation. The captain of the highway patrol joined the protest marches and considers the matter to be very close to heart, so they’re not  going to let what happened last night with the tear gassing and rubber bullets slide.  Also they’ve begun to let reporters and other media back into the city, so the matter is no longer being completely silenced. Voices are beginning to be heard again. However, as my friend’s text alludes above, peace remains very shaky at this point.

This matter is far from over, and we cannot stop spreading the word until justice has been seen through against the heinous acts of the police force, starting with the officer that shot Michael Brown. I just wanted to make sure people have an update on what has actually been going on there today since the events of last night, because all I’m seeing on tumblr right now is stuff that hasn’t been going on today.

[ WEDNESDAY, JULY 11 – 12:00 PM – STL SCIENCE CENTER ]

Dying to see some fellow Homestucks? Can’t wait for another convention? Meet up with other Can Town participants at the Science Center! 

We will be collecting personal hygiene products, including soap, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toilet paper, wet wipes, feminine items, diapers, razors, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc. All donations will be given to the Collinsville Area Food Pantry.

This is an appropriate time to bring some BARBASOL.

PARK AT THE PLANETARIUM. It’s free, but frequently crowded. DONATIONS WILL BE COLLECTED THERE.

FULL COSPLAY IS DISCOURAGED. Wearing a t-shirt or using minor props (glasses, hats, etc.) is fine – wearing horns and troll makeup is not!

Please eat lunch before attending. There is some food available at the Science Center, but you will, of course, have to pay for yourself. Admission to the Science Center is free; certain exhibits charge a fee.

RSVP so we can plan around the expected number of guests. Thanks, everybody! Looking forward to it!

- elendraug

it’s really weird that literally 30 minutes away from me human rights are being horribly violated while the media is forced into silence about it. while meanwhile in my suburb, it’s a sunny day and the people are going about their every day business and i’m stuck working in a fucking boutique. 

i want to go to ferguson. i want to help. but i’m not entirely sure what i would do once i got there, or even if i could get in at all at this point. i wonder if anyone else from st. louis has tried recently? if you have let me know.

no matter what we cannot let them get away with this. keep spreading the word. horrible things are happening right now, things we cannot sit by and let pass, even if from where we’re sitting the world looks pretty sunny.

WHEN?

Saturday, November 3rd, from 12:30 P.M. until 3:30 P.M. (or later, if you wish). Please RSVP on Facebook!

WHERE?

Forest Park, at picnic site #11, which DOES have its own dedicated parking space. If you can’t figure out how to get there, meet in front of the Art Museum, and park in one of the two lots there.

COSPLAY IS OKAY! (Finally!)

The moment you’ve all been waiting for! It’s Halloween, so GO NUTS. Obviously keep in mind that we’ll be outside, so take that into account and dress appropriately for the weather, but GO FOR IT. TROLL MAKEUP HELLS YEAH

DONATIONS

This Can Town meetup will be collecting for the Collinsville Area Food Pantry, AND for our very own palhoncho, Stepfanie.

For the food pantry, please bring pasta items!
One of the main things that they have to buy with donated money is pasta. Macaroni & cheese products are especially helpful: KRAFT, Velveeta, store brand, whatever. It’s all very much appreciated! Dry (“regular”) pasta and canned pasta (Chef Boyardee, SpaghettiO’s, etc.) are also very much in demand. 

Besides, mac & cheese is orange, and therefore fitting for Halloween, right? Har, har.

For Stepfanie, whose family has been going through very difficult times and just lost their access to food assistance, please bring any of the following things:

  • Hamburger or Tuna Helper
  • Canned tuna or salmon
  • Cereal (Cheerios, Cocoa Puffs, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Blueberry Wheaties)
  • Oatmeal (cinnamon)
  • Poptarts (chocolate/fudge)
  • Toilet paper
  • Shampoo, conditioner, body wash (Suave is fine), and/or dandruff shampoo
  • Hand soap
  • Green/string beans or corn (no peas!)
  • Asparagus (her dad’s favorite vegetable)
  • Potatoes
  • Cat food (for indoor cats)
  • Cat litter
  • Ferret food
  • Walmart giftcards
Stepfanie will be doing thank you drawings for anyone who feels comfortable donating, and is going to offer commissions to help out her family, as well. She’ll be speaking briefly about her situation at the meetup; she wouldn’t be asking if she didn’t need it. On the same note, if anyone else is going through serious hardship, please speak to me online or in person and I’ll see what we can set up. <3 I love you guys!

LUNCH

This is a combination picnic/potluck. Please bring a bagged/sack lunch for yourself, and/or drinks, snacks, and other food for fellow attendees. Please be aware of the ingredients in case someone has food allergies! (I know at least one person had said they were affected by this – please email me if you’re allergic to something and I’ll post about it at a later reblog.)

The picnic site does NOT have electricity, but it DOES have a bathroom. As such, take note that you won’t have anywhere to plug in a crockpot, etc.

If anyone has a cooler that we can use for canned/bottled drinks, please let me know! 

GAMES

Feel free to bring your favorite board game or card game to share with the group! Please keep the games PG, as we have minors who will be attending. 

If you want to bring a picnic blanket or similar to spread out on the ground, you’re more than welcome to. Picnic sites are first-come, first-serve after the end of September, but we should be able to use a sheltered spot with tables and benches.

SHIRTS

Shirts cost $12 each.

For those of you who missed out the first time, I’ll be placing another order that will arrive in time for our laser tag event. That means you have until December to save up! 

CAN TOWN ST. LOUIS IS MAKING ABSOLUTELY NO PROFIT FROM THESE! Gateway Shirts will be printing them; we need a minimum of twelve shirts to be able to submit the order. Please email cantownstlouis [AT] gmail [DOT] com to indicate your interest; include your t-shirt size and how you intend to pay.

QUESTIONS?

As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, you can reach me via email (cantownstlouis [AT] gmail [DOT] com) or send me an ask.

Thanks, everyone!

elendraug

regardless what you think about who was innocent in this situation and whether or not you think darren wilson deserved to be indicted or not, i think this whole situation has proven that there is undeniably a racism issue in st. louis. mike brown may have been the catalyst but quite frankly, at no devaluation of his life, this issue had its roots long before his death.

people don’t get mad over nothing, people get mad at being systematically targeted and discriminated against based on the color of their skin and/or the neighborhood they live in. i live here and i see the segregation and the striking contrast between the poorer primarily black communities and the wealthier primarily white communities. also the facts and statistics show that racism really does exist within our police force.  

even if what they said in the final decision statement was true, it does not erase the issue and it does not erase the validation of the anger the protestors have been feeling. do not think darren wilson walking free means that their plight has been devalued. this issue exists and we cannot  just forget about it and dismiss the issue just because this decision has come to pass. 

(but despite the validity of the anger i also would prefer we find more peaceful ways to solve things as i watch people try to overturn cars on my tv screen as i type this. anger is more than understandable but violence is not the answer and i hope for peace for my city tonight.)

**EDIT: apologies for the previous name mix-up, i fixed it. my brain is just all over the place tonight.

Waiting for Ed Sheeran to come on in St.Louis and I LOVE THIS CROWD. The girls in front of me are early twenties; mixed boys and girls next to them early twenties; down the row married couple early forties (?); large groups of women in next row 30’s; african american girls and women large group ranging appx. 15-50; large group young men in next row 18-30’s; moms and daugters; all-in-all, lots of variety in gender, race, and age. Hope this is what 1D looks like in July.