Media & Policy

ArchCity’s Media and Policy Advocacy work is grounded in our mission and prioritizes:

  • centering the challenges ArchCity clients and their families face within a historic and systemic context
  • elevating the voices of our clients who have been impacted by systemic racist, social and economic oppression
  • maintaining a platform for our clients to speak about their lived experiences
  • exposing injustice
  • countering the misrepresentation and distortion of poor people and people of color in mainstream media narratives
  • impacting community conversation on issues impacting our region
  • providing recommendations for direct and systemic change
  • re-imagining public safety


Under the Arch Podcast - A podcast discussing the issues facing our community and the people working to transform them.

ArchCity Defenders and Action St. Louis present the premiere collaborative podcast, “Under The Arch.” Your hosts Blake Strode, Executive Director of ArchCity Defenders, and Kayla Reed, Director of Action St. Louis, explore the issues facing our community and the people working to transform them. Listen and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, and follow “Under the Arch” on social media for regular updates!


Pro Se STL

Download Booklet 1: A Guide to Knowing Your Rights with The Police and Getting Out of Jail
Download Booklet 2: A Guide to Representing Yourself in St. Louis Municipal Courts

ArchCity Defenders wrote a local ‘know your rights’ guide called “Pro Se STL.” Available in two different booklets, Pro Se STL is designed to give people the basic tools to defend and advocate for themselves throughout various interactions with police, courts, and jails within the region’s criminal legal system.

Pro Se STL is designed to support ongoing efforts to end systemic oppression of poor people and people of color. Visit to download or print a copy of the guide.



Re-Imagining Public Safety

End and Prevent Homelessness and Increase Safe, Habitable, and Affordable Housing


Environmental Racism Report

ArchCity Defenders’ Policy Papers