October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Louisiana consistently leads the U.S. in domestic homicides. Louisiana ranked No. 1 for the rate of women killed by men in 2009 with a rate of 2.53 per 100,000, according to the Violence Policy Center. The state ranked at No. 4 in 2010, and No. 9 in 2011. According to the Louisiana Coalition on Domestic Violence, 81 percent of female homicides are committed by a partner or an ex-partner.
At New Orleans City Council's health, education and social services committee meeting this afternoon, members of local domestic violence prevention and aid organizations presented their efforts to curb the epidemic in the New Orleans area.
"Louisiana is one of the most dangerous, violent places to be a wife, a mother, a girlfriend," said Kati Bambrick Rodriguez, director of the New Orleans Health Department's Domestic Violence Program. According to Rodriguez, Orleans Parish has issued 3,420 personal protective orders (compared to Baton Rouge, which issued 2,088), though only 24 percent of people seeking protection actually get it, she said. Rodriguez added that no LGBT victims of domestic violence have received a protective order.
Louisiana ranks dead last and received an "F" grade in a new report from the Center for American Progress, which ranked each U.S. state by its wage gaps, poverty levels, access to health care, and leadership roles in relation to women.
The reports note that "an increasing number of women are either the sole breadwinner for their family or share the role with their partners" while women make on average only 77 cents for every dollar a man makes — and African American women make 64 cents for every dollar white men make.
Women make up 18 percent of Congress, and 15 states have no female elected leaders in the House of Representatives or the Senate.
In Louisiana, more than 22 percent of women in Louisiana live in poverty — while 36 percent of African American women live in poverty. (The report points out that only 11 percent of women live in poverty in Maryland, listed as the No. 1 state for women.)
The state also received an "F" for health care: 19 percent of women are uninsured, while 23 percent of African American are uninsured, and 35 percent of Hispanic women are uninsured. The state also was ranked poorly for its stance on reproductive rights, including requiring an ultrasound before a doctor performs an abortion and so-called "TARP" laws (targeted regulation of abortion providers), which place arbitrary restrictions on abortion clinics or doctor's offices. Louisiana is one of 28 states with such laws.
The report also ranked Louisiana poorly for not having laws that create programs for paid family leave insurance or temporary disability insurance, nor laws that require employers to allow workers to earn paid sick leave.
As far as leadership, 38.6 percent of Louisiana women hold management positions, while 55.4 percent are African American, 36.3 percent are Hispanic, 44.16 are Asian American, and 27.7 are Native American.
Remedy Room — New Orleans' first boutique infusion clinic — is accepting the city's hungover, exhausted, dehydrated and virus-plagued. The clinic's founder and lead physician, Dr. Mignonne C. Mary, opened the clinic to help both locals and tourists laissez les bon temps rouler fiercely, without having to worry about feeling it the next day.
"The treatment is for the travelers, the people on the plane with air that's not so moist, people with hangovers, athletes who pushed too far, fatigued people, people who are always 'on' at work, those who can't get over that last little bit of a cold or flu, people who ate too much," Dr. Mary says. Patients can also opt to get treatment before they'll need it, say, the day before a marathon, bachelor or bachelorette party, food festival, or convention.
Candidates for Remedy Room services must be 18 or older, not intoxicated and in generally good physical condition, less whatever ailments for which they seek treatment. All costs are out-of-pocket, and patients must schedule appointments in advance by calling (504) 301-1670 or visiting www.theremedyroom.com/hookmeup (get it? like an IV?).
Treatment packages, add-ons and their prices are outlined below the jump.
•Curbing HIV/AIDS transmission NOLA (C.H.A.T. NOLA), an organization that answers anonymous callers' questions about HIV/AIDS, is hosting a grand opening for its lounge, which will serve as a place where young people can display their talents. There will be door prizes, performances, open-mic and refreshments.
•Researching Your New Orleans Property participants will learn how to trace a property's history using primary sources like city directories and the census.
•At the Community Let's Move Family Health and Fun Fest, there will be music, health screenings, food and activities for kids and grown ups. A mountain bike, 32-inch HDTV, $500 and an iPod Touch will be raffled.
•Our Crowning Glory is a natural hair convention where attendees can learn how to style natural hair, participate in discussions about it and buy products to maintain its health.
•Huey P. Long bridge runners will run the entire span of the Huey, starting in Bridge City and ending on Jefferson Highway. This is the inaugural run, celebrating the widening of the bridge.
•What Maisie Knew is a movie about divorce and custody proceedings, told from a child's perspective. It's based upon a Henry James novel of the same name and Chalmette Movies is the only theater in the state showing it.
Details are below the jump.
A weekend full of exciting events starts this evening and continues through Sunday night.
Tonight there will be a birthday party for Prince and a screening of Purple Rain, a screening of Creature From the Black Lagoon in 3-D, a bounce show featuring Katey Red, Miss Tee, Rusty Culotta and DJ Rusty Lazer and the play Next to Normal.
Saturday is even more full with the Gambit Wellness Expo, Creole Tomato and Louisiana Cajun Zydeco festivals, several farmers markets and second showings of Purple Rain, Creature From the Black Lagoon and Next to Normal.
Sunday, Niki Walker Salon hosts a hair drive to benefit sick kids, the Louisiana Cajun Zydeco Festival and Next to Normal close out and Creature From the Black Lagoon continues.
More information about these events is below the jump. Contact info and more can be found by clicking the links.
The blood drive will be held Wed., May 22 from 3 to 9 p.m. at 617 Frenchmen St. (the site of the Frenchmen Art Market). The Original Big 7 Social Aid & Pleasure Club, which held the second line near where the shootings took place, will be in attendance, and Erica Dudas of the Musicians' Clinic said there will be live music at the event.
The Spotted Cat, d.b.a. and Snug Harbor are assisting with the event, OffBeat is sponsoring and clubs along Frenchmen Street will be open to give donors a place to wait out of the sun.
Donors are particularly needed from 6-9 p.m., according to Dudas. If you want to donate blood, please email email@example.com with the following information: 1) full name 2) full address 3) phone number and 4) preferred donation time.
"Our goal is 50 pints of blood," Dudas told Gambit this morning, "but now we're hoping for more."
Developers and public officials broke ground on the 60,000 square-foot ReFresh Project, anchored by a Whole Foods Market, on Broad and Bienville streets in Mid-City. The development, spearheaded by L+M Development Partners and Broad Community Connections, takes over the former Schweggman's site, which has been vacant since Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures in 2005. It has since been used as a festival site, parking lot, and even drive-in movie theater.
The development also will house a full-service Liberty’s Kitchen as well as a teaching kitchen — The Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine under Tulane University, the "first-of-its kind teaching kitchen serving community members, medical students, and practicing medical professionals." The development will also house the central office for FirstLine Schools.
The project "has the dual purpose of anchoring economic development in the Broad Street commercial corridor and delivering much-needed, high quality fresh foods and groceries to underserved communities." The development also will host community wellness events, activities and classes. Its anticipated opening is early 2014. Below, watch WWL-TV's coverage of this morning's ceremony:
God's speed, Rodrigue
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