The barricades between 14th and 15th street on Locust Street to keep the homeless off the sidewalks have come to illustrate the barricades that exist between the haves and the have-nots in the City of St. Louis.
During this holiday season caring people are needed to rise up and contact Mayor Slay at (314) 622-3201 or go to www.stlouismo.gov/government/departments/mayor and encourage him to remove the barricades on Locust Street. These barricades are a clear demonstration of the division that exists in St. Louis. This division between the haves and the have-nots is further illustrated by the hundreds of acres of land that are given along with tax credits to developers while the Slay administration refuses to give one acre of ground to the homeless.
As we work to remove the barriers of fear, hostility and prejudice during this holiday season, let us decorate the barricades on Locust Street with love by placing your Christmas decorations on them. Please bring your Christmas decorations to 1411 Locust where they will be used not only to decorate this historical building which houses hundreds of homeless people each night, but also to decorate the barriers which surround it.
St. Louis desperately needs the love of the Christ of Christmas. In order for the Love to flow freely Christians must unite for compassionate government and work to remove the barriers around the hearts and minds of those who not only condone but support policies where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. The symbol of St. Louis must continue to be the arch of unity and not barricades to keep the homeless off the sidewalks, out of sight and out of mind.