- Studied History at University of Missouri–St. Louis
- Went to Riverview Gardens Senior High
Nicholas James October 5, 2016 posted:
With Elise Rose Kehle, Oriana Cauchon, Shuron Jones, Chauncey Robinson, Madeline Kathleen, Tony Pecinovsky, Eddie Yarbrough, Niles Zee, Emiliana Sparaco, Yennifer Mateo Castillo, Al Neal and Darin Williams.
Photo by Celeste Ocana.
Four Wards Forward
In Feb. 2017, as part of the St. Louis Workers’ Education Society’s Four Wards Forward program Shuron Jones and Niles Zee headed-up the WES Votes program in our service communities, Wards 8, 9, 15 and 20.
In all, the WES Votes program mobilized dozens of volunteers to register over 500 people to vote in these Wards, helping to increase voter turnout for St. Louis’ August primary and the November general election.
In fact, our efforts were so successful that newly elected committee, ward and state rep. leaders recognized WES publicly, crediting us with leading the charge, specifically in low-turnout precincts in Wards 8 and 20.
For example, WES member and State Rep. Peter Merideth (80th District) praised WES’s work on Facebook as the St. Louis Democratic Central Committee celebrated a new record for single month registrations. 8th Ward Committee-people Paul Fehler and Annie Rice, as well as Alderwoman Cara Spencer and Committeewoman Madeline Buthod (14th Ward), also thanked WES for its outstanding voter registration efforts.
Moving forward, WES leader, Shuron Jones, is now heading-up the 2017 WES Votes campaign in Ward 9, where the current Alderman voted against the minimum wage increase. While WES cannot and does not endorse candidates, every registered voter in Ward 9 will know where Ortmann stands when it comes to raising working families out of poverty.
"Stand with Pulse"
According to Stan Valise, in July 2016, the St. Louis Workers’ Education Society partnering with St. Louis Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC), hosted a DIY (do-it-yourself) benefit concert in support of the Orlando LGBTQ community. The concert was in observance of the horrific attack June 12 at Orlando's Pulse Nightclub resulting in 49 deaths and dozens wounded.
The convening organizations brought four bands and five speakers together for the event which drew a diverse crowd of nearly 100 and collectively raised $750, which will be matched by WES for a total of $1,500.
All concert proceeds will go to Orlando-based LGBTQ rights organization, The Center. Their mission is "to promote and empower the LGBTQ community and its allies through information, education, advocacy and support." Additionally, The Center conducts clinical services, counseling and events for the LGBTQ community.
WES regularly hosts political punk shows in a series called Start Today. The objective of the series is to raise money, to build solidarity among young artists and musicians who frequent DIY rock shows, and to call people to action for local progressive causes, such as building solidarity with the LGBTQ community.
Stand with A Pulse speakers included a diverse group of local leaders, each selected for their unique perspectives and experiences.
Shuron Jones, WES board member and local labor and LGBTQ advocate, demanded an end to the violence that queer and people of color face. The specter of the last several police involved killings hung in the room as she shouted, "I am not asking for safety anymore. I am not saying please. I am so tired. I am demanding that my queer, trans and siblings of color stop being targeted for violence."
2017 Hershel Walker Peace and Justice Awards
A diverse crowd of 170 gathered at the Painter’s Union District Council 58 hall to honor five labor and community leaders receiving the Hershel Walker ‘Peace and Justice’ Awards Breakfast May 13, 2017.
The annual awards breakfast was commissioned to commemorate the extraordinary life of St. Louis trade unionist and civil rights leader Hershel Walker, who dedicated over 60 years to the labor, peace, and justice movements.
At the union hall, Shuron Jones, Mistress of Ceremonies, and Nikki Battreal of the St. Louis Workers’ Education Society welcomed union members, community activists, and elected officials to the event, as the crowd made their way back to their tables for the keynote speaker’s opening remarks.
St. Louis Workers’ Education Society Executive Board
In 2017, the St. Louis Workers’ Education Society Executive Board;
- Rebecca Bolte, Treasurer, Cherokee St. Business Association
- Nicholas James, WES Organizer; SEIU HC; Executive Board, 9th Ward
- Niles Zee, WES Communications Dir.
- Al Neal, WES Dir. of Advocacy and Education
- Shuron Jones, WES Votes Coodinator; Secretary, 15th Ward
- Steve Wayland, Dir. of Business Development, Painters DC 58
- Rasheen Aldridge, Committeman, 5th Ward
Peoples Summit panel
It was entitled "Electoral Politics and transformative Politics:A View from the Left".
The Left We Want to Build: Breaking Out of the Margins
In June 2017, Shuron Jones St. Louis Workers’ Education Society signed the letter The Left We Want to Build: Breaking Out of the Margins.