St. Louis Strong Opposes Chesterfield's Divided Region Resolution

For Immediate Release January 4, 2017 
Statement by Jake Hollander, Founder of St. Louis Strong to Chesterfield City Council

Council members and Mr. Mayor, I’ve lived in Chesterfield the majority of my life, made life long friends here, learned to skate and play hockey here, gone on first dates and experienced heartbreaks here, celebrated almost every holiday with my family here. In essence, here is my home.

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St. Louis Strong Turns One!

We've been an incorporated Missouri non-profit for one whole year!

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St. Louis Strong Applauds Court Consolidation

For Immediate Release October 4, 2016 

Statement by Jake Hollander, Founder of St. Louis Strong 

We applaud the consolidation of four municipal courts (Charlack, Northwoods, Vinita Park, and St. Ann). The existence of 81 municipal courts was and is a symptom of a system designed to ensure the mathematical failure of many communities. Beyond Housing works tirelessly (and often thanklessly) to bring together and uplift communities. In addition, many elected officials do sincerely work to improve their communities and often do not receive the recognition they deserve. We applaud their efforts to reform an antiquated structure and recognize that many municipal officials are simply trying to navigate across a regional structure that is stacked against them.

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St. Louis Strong to Host Community Discussions

St. Louis, MO – Advocacy organization, St. Louis Strong, will host community roundtable discussions on how to improve the St. Louis region following a series of national events which further highlight the divisions within our own local region.

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NBLSA Press Conference Comments

First, let me say that is an honor to be here, and for me truly a privilege.

We stand today as a people divided against itself as stories of violence and messages of hate scroll across our phones. In our living rooms one bloody headline bleeds into the next. Meanwhile, the whirlpool of talking-heads leaves questions of injustice, democracy, and changing values drowning in deep waters as they skirt along the shallows from one story to the next.

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St. Louis Strong Applauds Bipartisan Municipal Reform

For Immediate Release June 17, 2016

 Statement by Jake Hollander, Founder of St. Louis Strong

“In a rare spectacle, Missouri Republicans and Democrats came together to pass common sense municipal reform. The law caps municipal revenues harvested from onerous ordinance violations such as overgrown weeds and mismatched curtains. By also easing the process of disincorporation through establishing reasonable petition and voting thresholds, this law places local control back in the hands of the people. We hope that these small steps will begin to restore trust between residents and their municipalities by creating greater accountability and responsiveness. Such bipartisan support in the age of polarization demonstrates the basic justice of these reforms.”

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Final Better Together Report Highlights Need for Community Action

For Immediate Release June 14, 2016 

Statement by Jake Hollander, Founder of St. Louis Strong 

“St. Louis Strong applauds the efforts of Better Together which has examined our region’s injustices, weaknesses, strengths, and opportunities over the past two years. The final Better Together report, in addition to studies performed by the Ferguson Commission, the Police Executive Research Forum, the Department of Justice, and many others, further highlights the need for community reflection and action. St. Louis Strong is dedicated to serving as the grassroots vehicle for continuing dialogues and crowdsourcing policy solutions. We thank these organizations for their research efforts and commitment to making our home town strong.”

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