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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Activists talk organizing in New Orleans at roundtable/book release Saturday

Posted By on Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 1:02 PM

Flaherty's book discusses collaborative organizing. - COURTESY JORDAN FLAHERTY
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  • Flaherty's book discusses collaborative organizing.

Community Book Center
 hosts a roundtable of experienced activists and organizers this weekend at a release party for No More Heroes: Grassroots Challenges to the Savior Mentality, a new book by Jordan Flaherty.

Flaherty joins Alfred Marshall (STAND with Dignity), Michael Quess? Moore (Take 'Em Down NOLA), Jonshell Johnson (a youth and education activist) and Derek Roguski (New Teachers' Roundtable) to discuss organizing against police violence, their work in New Orleans' troubled school system and overcoming the "savior mentality," in which a well-meaning individual — often a white person — tries to "rescue" a marginalized group without community input. (Think Dangerous Minds.)

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

On the Clock: Dinah Maygarden, UNO Coastal Education Program director

Posted By on Tue, Sep 27, 2016 at 2:48 PM

Dinah Maygarden unwinds from a day of science education workshops.
  • Dinah Maygarden unwinds from a day of science education workshops.

If you were to drive east on Chef Menteur Highway, past the motley blocks of businesses in various states of well-being, past the Pleasantville-on-stilts development at Venetian Isles, and over the rickety truss bridge at Chef Menteur Pass, eventually you’d find a three-story waterfront building emblazoned with a comically large University of New Orleans (UNO) Privateer logo. 

There, you might find, as I did, a large group of squirming third-graders vastly outnumbering their adult chaperones, all anxious to start one of science educator and UNO Coastal Education Program director Dinah Maygarden’s activities at the UNO Coastal Education and Research Facility (CERF).

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Friday, September 2, 2016

Backstreet Cultural Museum's Back To School Drive

Posted By on Fri, Sep 2, 2016 at 5:18 PM

Sylvester Frances, Museum Curator
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  • Sylvester Frances, Museum Curator


The Committee Members of Fi Yi Yi Present

THE 32ND ANNUAL BACK TO SCHOOL PICNIC

Saturday, September 3, 2016 11am-4pm



(additional info below the jump!)

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Attorney General Jeff Landry vs. Gov. John Bel Edwards on LGBT discrimination, transgender issues

Posted By on Wed, May 25, 2016 at 5:30 PM

Gov. John Bel Edwards: "Folks running for office seem to forget that we have an obligation to protect all of our citizens."
  • Gov. John Bel Edwards: "Folks running for office seem to forget that we have an obligation to protect all of our citizens."

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, squaring against Gov. John Bel Edwards once again, says the state doesn't have to comply with an executive order protecting LGBT state workers and contractors from discrimination. Landry filed his opinion the same day the Louisiana Senate failed to pass LGBT nondiscrimination laws in the workplace — by a vote of a mere 8 yeas to 25 nays.

Edwards' order, the first statewide measure protecting transgender people in the state, prohibits discrimination on the "basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, political affiliation, disability, or age," and extends that protection in services provided by state agencies.

Landry's opinion says "there is no constitutional or statutory provision in Louisiana banning discrimination on the basis of 'gender identity'" and that Edwards has overstepped his constitutional authority "by attempting to create new legislation in violation of the separation of powers."

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Songs of Home Songs of Change, installation created with New Orleans high school students, opens May 20

Posted By on Thu, May 12, 2016 at 2:41 PM

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Jebney Lewis’ latest sculpture is a series of contiguous steel plates. But it’s also a map of the New Orleans ward system and a musical instrument that gives off an eerie, theremin-like hum.

The sculpture is part of a project called Songs of Home Songs of Change, created in collaboration with the composer Rick Snow and the writer Christopher Staudinger. For the project, the group asked area high school students to record sounds that remind them of home or that tell the story of the changing city. Using electronic transducers, the recordings are played through the ward-shaped plates to create resonant tones. 

“They’re ordinary sounds, in some ways, or sounds that we’re familiar with, but these young people have a different way of looking at them,” Lewis says. “They’re pretty abstract when you play them through the plates, but they’re recognizable enough to be kind of evocative.”

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Friday, February 19, 2016

CSI: Baton Rouge

Posted By on Fri, Feb 19, 2016 at 1:17 PM

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  • Graphic by Lyn Brantley Vicknair

A common refrain among some lawmakers in Baton Rouge these days is that we should “look forward” and stop blaming former Gov. Bobby Jindal for Louisiana’s unprecedented fiscal crisis. If those lawmakers were to read the latest annual report by the Legislative Auditor, they’d change their tune.

According to the auditor, the Jindal Administration failed to timely file the vast majority of statutorily required reports on more than $1 billion a year in tax incentive giveaways for fiscal years 2013 and 2014.

“We found that three of the six agencies that administer tax incentives submitted reports as of March 23, 2015. As a result, the Legislature only received information on five of the 79 tax incentives administered by these agencies,” the auditor’s report states on page 17.

“In addition, of the 79 tax incentive reports agencies were required to submit to the Legislature by March 1, 2014, 70 (89%) either were not submitted or did not comply with all of the reporting requirements. According to the Department of Revenue’s Tax Exemption Budgets, the revenue loss from tax incentives claimed in fiscal years 2013 and 2014 for which agencies provided no information or did not comply with reporting requirements totaled approximately $1.1 billion and $1.3 billion, respectively.”

You read that correctly: $1.1 billion for fiscal year 2013 and $1.3 billion for fiscal year 2014.

There’s our budget deficit right there, folks.

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Girls Rock New Orleans presents its 2015 showcase

Posted By on Fri, Jun 12, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Now in its second year, Girls Rock New Orleans wraps its weeklong camp this weekend with a performance from the campers and the bands they've started. Using music education, workshops, guest musicians and other activities throughout the week, Girls Rock is a confidence-building camp for girls and transgender and gender non-conforming youth. Campers don't have to have any musical experience to join.

"It's a youth empowerment camp with music as a vehicle," says camp co-organizer Cheryl Balolong.

Campers perform at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 13 at Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center (1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 504-352-1150). The first Girls Rock camp started in Portland, Oregon in 2001, and the Girls Rock Camp Alliance now includes more than 40 groups around the world. For more information on the New Orleans camp, visit the website.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

James Cullen tapped to run NOCCA's Press Street Station, debuts all-day breakfast menu

Posted By on Wed, Jun 10, 2015 at 4:07 PM

Sweet potato brioche pain perdu is served with a seasonal fruit compote and Steen's Cane Syrup butter at Press Street Station. - HELEN FREUND
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  • Sweet potato brioche pain perdu is served with a seasonal fruit compote and Steen's Cane Syrup butter at Press Street Station.

James Cullen
, who recently ran the kitchen at Trèo in Mid-City, has been hired as the executive chef at NOCCA institute’s Press Street Station (5 Press St., 504-249-5622).  Cullen is also in charge of operating the Box Car food truck as well as overseeing the institute’s catering operations.

Cullen parted ways with the Trèo team in January and had been looking to open up his own restaurant when the NOCCA gig came knocking.

“I was just very lucky and the timing was good,” Cullen says, adding that his new menu is more French-inspired while Treo’s concept focused more on tapas-style Spanish small plates. 

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Friday, March 27, 2015

‘Be annoying’

Posted By on Fri, Mar 27, 2015 at 7:02 PM

LSU President F. King Alexander made some bold statements recently about the impact on higher education of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s proposed budget. Alexander’s warnings are so dire some might call them shrill, which is exactly what Jindal and his few remaining supporters would like everyone to believe. Unfortunately, King is not overreacting. The numbers and the political realities back him up.

Alexander told reporters in several media markets this past week that Jindal’s answer to the state’s looming $1.6 billion budget shortfall contains reductions for LSU that are “so large we’d have to furlough everybody for the entire year.”

Alexander and several members of the Jindal-appointed LSU Board of Supervisors recently met with the governor to discuss the situation, to no apparent avail. Instead, several of the supervisors expressed vague confidence that somehow Jindal and lawmakers would find a way to muddle through. King responded that, yes, there’s always “divine intervention.”

Meanwhile, the earthly realities don’t bode well for higher ed. Here’s why:

Jindal’s proposed budget would reduce state funding to every public college and university in Louisiana by more than 80 percent — on top of the draconian cuts he has implemented over the past seven years. That’s not a misprint. The governor proposes to slash the current pathetic level of direct state support for higher ed by more than 80 percent. Those numbers don’t come from Alexander; they come from the Legislative Fiscal Office, which is nonpartisan.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

New legislation could allow sex ed surveys in New Orleans schools

Posted By on Tue, Mar 17, 2015 at 5:30 PM

State Sen. J.P. Morrell. - SHARON TURNER
  • SHARON TURNER
  • State Sen. J.P. Morrell.
As part of his 2015 Legislative package, State Sen. J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans, is working towards comprehensive sexual assault legislation, including how schools and universities respond to sexual assault. His first bill, however, is a measure to allow for school surveys to screen for sexual health risks among students in New Orleans public schools.

Currently, public elementary and secondary schools offer sex education through biology or phys. ed. classes, but schools are prohibited from "being tested, quizzed, or surveyed about their personal beliefs or practices in sex, morality, or religion." Morrell's measure, Senate Bill 31, would add an exemption to allow schools' governing authorities to anonymously survey students "about their risk behaviors, including those related to sexual health."

Morrell says he is filing the measure because State Rep. Pat Smith, D-Baton Rouge, has attempted year after year to pass comprehensive sex ed legislation statewide but is met with resistance from the Legislature.

"We haven't had success doing it statewide, so we're doing a local option," Morrell told Gambit, adding that New Orleans' high rates of HIV and teen pregnancy signal that a change is needed in sex ed courses. Through the measure, schools can assess the needs of the students before teaching sexual health.

State Rep. Wesley Bishop, D-New Orleans, also is filing a sex education bill in the House.

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