Hey VenCaf Community! We here at Venture Cafe hope your labor day weekend was filled with great weather and even better memories! Our last week at Venture Cafe, was a great gathering, titled #HEALINGSTL. We brought together individuals from various backgrounds to address pressing issues such as crime, inequity against immigrants, poverty, and educational barriers. The event featured a series of engaging sessions that delved into these topics and offered valuable insights for creating positive change in the St. Louis community. Let’s get into what you might’ve missed at this insightful Gathering!
One of the standout sessions was “Once & For All: Addressing Crime & Poverty In St. Louis” with Chris Krehmeyer. Krehmeyer’s expertise shed light on the root causes of crime and poverty and proposed effective strategies to tackle these issues head-on. Another enlightening session was “The Healing Powers of Urban Farm” with Janett Lewis. Lewis discussed how urban farming can be a tool not only for providing nutritious food but also for promoting wellness and healing within communities. Another standout session was the, “SLDC Economic Justice Action Plans”, which featured renowned economist Neil Richardson. Richardson’s expertise lent much-needed insight into the economic ramifications of societal inequities. Participants were captivated by his proposed strategies to bridge the economic gaps and promote justice for marginalized communities.
The event also included sessions on racial justice and economic equity. “Building Cross-Racial Unity” with Brandon Wilkes explored the importance of fostering unity among different racial groups to address systemic inequalities. Additionally, the “Racial Healing+Justice Fund Pilot” session, led by Nicole Murphy and Faybra Jabulani, showcased pilot initiatives aimed at healing and transforming the conditions underlying racial disparities. The event concluded with a panel discussion titled “Challenges & Resources: Improving Immigrant Relations in St. Louis,” where experts Marissa Cohen, Suzanne Sierra, Brian Barlay, Moji Sidiqi, and Blake Hamilton highlighted the challenges faced by immigrants and discussed available resources.
Looking ahead, VenCaf’s next event will focus on Thought Leadership & Public Speaking. Stay tuned for an engaging and informative session that will empower individuals to effectively communicate their ideas, advocate for change, and become influential leaders in their communities. See you all there!