ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) -- The St. Louis City NAACP authorized Direct Action against the St. Louis Public Library at the Branch meeting on Monday night.
The Library’s construction program is being financed by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009 with Recovery Zone Economic Development and Build American Bonds.
In August 2009 the Stimulus Oversight Board opened an inquiry into MoDOT’s Stimulus spending in response to an NAACP Report titled Stimulus Watch. Adolphus M. Pruitt, II the Branch President stated “We will have some discussions with our Washington Bureau due to the nature of the financing the Library used to fund its construction program. We have always had serious concerns about the lack of participation in Stimulus funded activities.”
The NAACP Missouri State Conference authorized Direct Action against the St. Louis Public Library at their state convention on Saturday September 23, 2011; “The NAACP Missouri State Conference will support the St. Louis Branch’s efforts to resolve the complaint filed by the African American Business and Contractors Association (AABCA).” – Mary Ratliff, President Missouri NAACP.
“Yesterday the St. Louis City Branch took the first steps to commence action against the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District’s Wastewater Rate Proposal for fiscal year 2013 to 2016” according to the Branch President, Adolphus M. Pruitt, II.
“The proposed rate increases will hurt seniors at time when our economy is at its worse, we need a MSD circuit breaker for seniors and the disable," said Rev. Elston McCowan, 1st Vice President St. Louis NAACP.