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Friday, January 20, 2017

Hundreds march against Trump in New Orleans and "inaugurate the resistance"

Posted By on Fri, Jan 20, 2017 at 9:15 PM

Hundreds of protesters march on Canal Street Jan. 20.
  • Hundreds of protesters march on Canal Street Jan. 20.

A day of protest in New Orleans began with a mock funeral at the Mississippi River and ended with dozens of protesters linking arms at Duncan Plaza. On Jan. 20, as Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President, hundreds of New Orleanians marched in the streets, offering satire in the morning and a massive call to organize against threats to marginalized communities in the afternoon. On Jan. 21, a Women's March in solidarity with similar events around the U.S. is expected to attract hundreds more people,

"Staying at home and being a political armchair quarterback — that's not going to work," said Chuck Perkins, addressing a crowd after dark in Duncan Plaza. "We have to organize."

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At first Inauguration Day protest and 'jazz funeral' Jan. 20, festive atmosphere conceals worry (slideshow)

Posted By on Fri, Jan 20, 2017 at 4:04 PM

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'Jazz funeral for Lady Liberty' anti-inauguration protest


By Kat Stromquist

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They came in orange greasepaint, or in a uterus costume made from a yoga mat and wire coat hangers, or in funereal garb with a parasol draped in mourning-black tulle.

On Friday morning, a small but determinedly cheerful group of citizens convened at Congo Square for the first of a weekend of Inauguration Day anti-Donald Trump protests in Louisiana. At this event, organized by activist group The Next Right Thing and led by a 'jazz funeral for Lady Liberty,' protesters wheeled a 9-foot effigy of the famous statue along the Canal Street route while the Mahogany Brass Band played upbeat standards.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

'Jazz funeral for Lady Liberty' leads morning protest Jan. 20

Posted By on Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 2:35 PM

The Mahogany Brass Band. - COURTESY LJ GOLDSTEIN
  • COURTESY LJ GOLDSTEIN
  • The Mahogany Brass Band.

A weekend of protests and demonstrations begins Friday morning in New Orleans to mark what Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne called "the most ominous Inauguration Day in modern history." In keeping with that grave assessment, tomorrow's first protest — organized by activist group The Next Right Thing — will be headed up by a "jazz funeral for Lady Liberty," which features an effigy of Lady Liberty resting in a coffin. The Mahogany Brass Band will play traditional dirge and funereal songs.

The "funeral" will convene with other marchers outside Louis Armstrong Park at 10 a.m. to depart at 11 a.m. on the route that journeys from Rampart Street to Canal Street and then back down Peters Street toward the Moonwalk. There, Lady Liberty's coffin will be symbolically doused in the Mississippi River. One of the "funeral's" organizers, Randy Fertel, said the event was partially inspired by the Society of St. Anne's traditional Mardi Gras morning pilgrimage to the Mississippi. (LJ Goldstein and Conrad Martin also contributed to the organizing.)

Onlookers are encouraged to join the procession.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

New Orleans rental registry and inspections gets City Council support, but debate will continue

Posted By on Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 7:30 PM

New Orleans City Councilmembers LaToya Cantrell and Jason Williams at a press conference outside City Hall before debate over a proposed rental registry.
  • New Orleans City Councilmembers LaToya Cantrell and Jason Williams at a press conference outside City Hall before debate over a proposed rental registry.

A program to register and inspect most rental units in the city will head to the New Orleans City Council, but councilmembers are likely to make changes to the measure in the coming weeks.

A 4-0 vote from the Council's Community Development Committee Jan. 18 sends the 15-page plan — an ordinance outlining the fees for rental unit registration and requirements for inspection — to the full Council for a vote, but councilmembers, residents and landlords raised several questions about how it'll work and whether there could be significant negative impacts to the city's affordable housing stock. "The bottom line is, our citizens deserve better," said District B Councilmember LaToya Cantrell, who co-authored the ordinance with At-Large Councilmember Jason Williams. "Housing that doesn’t meet quality standards impacts everybody."

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On the Clock: Billy Mitchell, dairy plant manager

Posted By on Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 11:15 AM

Billy Mitchell mans his desk at the Dean Foods dairy processing plant.
  • Billy Mitchell mans his desk at the Dean Foods dairy processing plant.


It begins with a cow, or rather, many cows.

At a farm  —  usually outside of Dallas or in New Mexico, where many of Dean Foods’ farms are located  —  thousands of cows line up twice a day to be milked, their heavy udders releasing six to seven gallons of raw milk every day. 

That milking is the first step on a long and complex journey. Raw milk is stored on the farm in giant refrigerated silos; when the silo is full, tankers capable of hauling 5,600 gallons of milk at a time pull up, ready to be filled for the drive to Dean Foods’ dairy processing plant in Hammond. (Dean is the parent company of regional brands including Brown’s Dairy, as well as national brands such as TruMoo and DairyPure.) 

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Y@ Speak: health caring

Posted By on Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Last week in Twitter: The battle for health care, the ballad of King Cake Baby, Mississippi being supremely Mississippi, and resistance in the days before the Trump era.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Open auditions for Big Freedia's dance crew are Jan. 14

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 2:15 PM

CHERYL GERBER
  • CHERYL GERBER

Aspiring (asspiring?) dancers ages 18 and older are invited to an open audition to join
Big Freedia's dance crew. According to a press release, the bounce artist is offering a "rare opportunity" to add new talent to her "world-traveling crew." Auditions are 2:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 at Dance Quarter (1719 Toledano St.), and Freedia doesn't discriminate.

The auditions will be filmed for Freedia's Fuse reality TV series to air this summer. Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce also has made stars of Freedia's longtime dancers.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Church of Yoga to open Feb. 11 in the 7th Ward

Posted By on Wed, Jan 11, 2017 at 9:30 AM

Dana Trixie Flynn, back row left, poses with kids from the neighborhood surrounding the Church of Yoga in the 7th Ward. - NOUSHA SALIMI
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  • Dana Trixie Flynn, back row left, poses with kids from the neighborhood surrounding the Church of Yoga in the 7th Ward.

Dana Trixie Flynn, founder of Laughing Lotus (a New York City-based yoga studio), will open the Church of Yoga Feb. 11 at the former Greater Good Shepherd Missionary Baptist Church. New Orleans blues legend Little Freddie King will be on hand to welcome the Church of Yoga (1480 N. Rocheblave St., 646-785-7220) to the neighborhood.

“It’s the home of the party and the prayer,” says Flynn.

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Y@ Speak: the birth of King Cake Baby

Posted By on Mon, Jan 9, 2017 at 6:31 PM

We're frozen in place with no choice but to eat all of this king cake until our waists expand to break the ice. Or just wait a couple minutes and it'll be 94 degrees with 4,000 percent humidity. It's our annual awakening of the King Cake Baby from his diapered slumber under the wood of the basketball court, emerging only to deliver cakes and make some sportswriter dork spill a few hundred words about "nightmare fuel" or whatever. (I am #TeamKCB.) Also this week: everyone is fired and Comic Con.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Y@ Speak: still writing "Drunk Don Lemon" on all my checks

Posted By on Tue, Jan 3, 2017 at 6:12 PM


As we dropkick 2016 into a pit of snakes, let's look back at the last greasy-thumbed tweets fired off before our very ugly baby of a New Year arrived. It's got all the classics: hating on the Saints, incredulous reactions to the weather, municipal failures, Sidney Torres, crime and DeRay's bookbag. Plus: Don Lemon losing entirely all of it on live TV. And sure, why not, a couple of "what does David Duke look like?" goofs. Happy New Year.

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