Upcoming Events


ArchCity Defenders, The Stage at KDHX, and filmmaker Wade Gardner invite the community to attend a film screening of Marvin Booker was Murdered, on Thursday, June 21st.  Following the film, ArchCity’s Executive Director, Blake Strode, will facilitate a Q&A featuring Filmmaker Wade Gardner, Rev Dr. Spencer Booker, and Gail Booker. Through the conversation, we hope to build a bridge between the film and what’s happening in St. Louis, as well as provide opportunities for attendees to get connected with local advocacy and activism.


This screening on June 21st is the first of a three part racial justice series hosted by KDHX in partnership with ArchCity Defenders, running from June through August. The event is free, however this is a ticketed event. Click here to register and get your tickets.


ArchCity Defenders invites you to join us for the release of Pro Se STL, a guide for people to protect and represent themselves around police, in court and in jail.  This guide is designed to give people better tools to navigate a difficult system that routinely and unjustly punishes the poor and people of color. We wrote it and asked designers to make it better. At the Launch, we’ll share why we need Pro Se STL and invite you to fold the guides into pocket-sized booklets so they can distributed throughout St. Louis.


This event is free and open to the public, and the link to register can be found here. Complimentary food and drinks will be provided. Many thanks to our host, The Luminary, to Illustrator and Educator Caitlin Metz for her ongoing support, and to US Bank CDC for sponsoring the event.


For more information on ArchCity Defenders’ #ProSeSTL initiative, visit:




Join ArchCity Defenders on Thursday, July 12th at 7pm at Anew Rooftop as we present our second annual “Excellence in Poverty Journalism Awards” to honor reporters committed to writing in-depth stories about race, class, and poverty in St. Louis. Among the awardees, ArchCity will be honoring Dr. Donald Suggs, Publisher and Executive Editor of the St. Louis American, with the Lifetime Achievement Award in Poverty Journalism.
Leading up to the Awards, ArchCity Defenders invites the community to nominate regional journalists who have published a digital/print or audio/visual piece between April 1, 2017 and May 1, 2018. Winners and honorable mentions will be selected by a three person panel and will be publicly announced at the event.
A link to more info on the Awards and nomination process can be found via the Facebook event. While the Awards are free and open to the public, registration is strongly encouraged. Click here to register via Brown Paper Tickets.
Thanks to our co-host, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri, and to Designer Adam Jankowski for creating content for this year’s Awards.

Thank you for supporting the 5th Annual ArchCity Defenders Trivia Night!



Platinum Level Sponsor:

Tycko & Zavareei LLP

White & Case

Paul Weiss

US Bank


Gold Level Sponsor:

Arnold & Porter


Silver Level Sponsor:

Staffing One Services


Bronze Level Sponsor:

Beck Ostrom Sweet LLC

Khazaeli Wyrsch, LLC




Mike Schmidt

Untitled Fine Art

The Repertory Theatre

Swing Around Fun Town

Square One


Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

Fortune Teller Bar


PRP Wine

Climb So iLL

St. Louis Art Museum

Kendra Scott

Mission Taco

Float St. Louis

Bailey’s Restaurants

Fox Theatre

Novel Neighbor

Chicago Cubs

St. Louis Cardinals

St. Louis Blues


Urban Breath

Missouri Botanical Garden

Pasta House



VIP Table Sponsors:

Lynn deLearie

Chad Flanders

Mike & Mary Schmidt

Heidi Meister

Katie Meyer





Thank you for your support at previous events.

Ferguson 365: An Exclusive Film Screening and Q&A with Filmmaker Chris Phillips and ArchCity Defenders, hosted by KDHX.

Beyond Jails – Volunteer Meeting  #beyondjailsSTL

An Evening with Brittany Packnett and ArchCity Defenders

HuffPo’s “Listen to America” Tour: “Three years after Ferguson: Seeking Solutions in St. Louis”

“United We Stand Conference” Workshop: The Role of Community & Movement Lawyers To Impact Systemic Change

Missouri History Museum hosts “The Bridge: An Intergenerational Conversation with Leaders of Current and Past Civil Rights Movements in St. Louis”

The Movement Series, a monthly day party, hosted by Forward Through Ferguson

“Whose Streets”

“Excellence in Poverty Journalism Awards”


ArchCity Defenders 4th Annual Trivia Night

“Addressing the Challenges for Community in a New Administration”

“2016 Ethics in Action Award,” presented to ArchCity Defenders by The Ethical Society of St. Louis on October 20th