Justice Bernette J. Johnson
of the Louisiana Supreme Court has won the Distinguished Civil Rights Advocate Award from the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. In 1984, Johnson became the first woman elected to New Orleans' Civil District Court, and since then has worked with the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women to reintegrate offenders back into society. Johnson will be presented with her award during the National Bar Association's 85th annual convention in New Orleans Aug. 11.
held a "Pelican Aid Lemonade" fundraiser at Fortier Park July 24 to raise funds for Louisiana State University's Wildlife Hospital, which is caring for animals impacted by the BP oil disaster. Jonathan, age 4, had some help from the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association, which spread the word about his lemonade stand. Friends and neighbors answered the call, and Jonathan raised $634.68 in two hours.
The Oregon Bartenders' Guild
in Portland held a benefit for Louisiana coastal residents Aug. 1, cosponsored by LUPEC (Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails). Guests listened to jazz, and Louisiana specialties were catered by chef Adam Higgs of Acadia, the city's Creole-Cajun restaurant. All proceeds from the event went to the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund set up by the Greater New Orleans Foundation.
U.S. Sen. David Vitter
on July 28 blasted a Food & Drug Administration advisory panel for its negative recommendation on the breast cancer drug Avastin. The FDA still recommends Avastin for colon, lung and kidney cancer patients. Vitter made a thinly veiled allusion to false claims that the Obama health care plan included "death panels" by saying, "I shudder at the thought of a government panel assigning a value to a day of a person's life." Protecting people's lives is what the FDA does — in stark contrast to Vitter.