New Orleans marches against Trump

Protests, parades, comedy and other inauguration week events
On Friday, Jan. 20, President-elect Donald Trump is scheduled to take the oath of office in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., becoming the 45th President of the United States. As has been the case with most of his predecessors’ inaugurations, protests also have been planned in Washington that weekend, as well as in cities around the country, including New Orleans.

“We are on the move”: inauguration day protests in New Orleans

Rallies and marches galvanize Louisiana’s resistance
Louisiana recorded 1,178,638 million votes for Donald Trump. Only 24,292 came from New Orleans, where Hillary Clinton had nearly 134,000 votes.

New Orleans joins the Women’s March

Women from across the U.S. head to D.C. for Jan. 21 event
At the Bywater home of Tracy Talbot, several women are talking and laughing as they huddle around two tables littered with purple satin, glitter, hot glue guns, Mardi Gras beads, rhinestones, pins and plastic cups of wine. They're decorating sashes modeled on those originally worn by suffragettes for the Jan. 21 Women's March on Washington, where they're headed to protest the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

“Everything is terrible”: a national comedy festival debuts on inauguration week

What A Joke is Jan. 21 at AllWays Lounge
New York comics Jenn Welch and Emily Winter are the organizers of What a Joke Fest, a national comedy festival of 83 shows in 33 American cities over the inaugural weekend, from Jan. 19 to 21. ("Because, seriously, what a joke?" they say.)

Inauguration week events in New Orleans

Racial healing, book clubs, comedy, burlesque, dance parties and more
Tuesday, Jan 17In response to a contentious election fraught with racial anxieties, there are events for the National Day of Racial Healing at Ashe Cultural Arts Center (1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.) with discussions, music, yoga, acupuncture and refreshments. 5 p.m.

The year in drugs: what’s next for Louisiana and the U.S.

The six biggest drug stories of 2016
1. Marijuana legalization wins big.

Smoked out: medical marijuana in Louisiana

Changing laws, Trump, and the future of Louisiana’s marijuana market
At 11 a.m., a panel on "seed to sale." After lunch, a review of medical marijuana's progress in Louisiana.

New Orleans and the opioid epidemic

A year of rising overdose deaths and policy changes
In his trademark grim delivery, New Orleans Coroner Jeffrey Rouse announced to the New Orleans City Council last summer that for the first time perhaps ever, more people in New Orleans died from opioid-related overdoses than homicides in the first few months of 2016. Within the first five months of the year, Rouse classified 65 deaths as opiate overdoses — compared to 63 opiate overdoses in all of 2015.

Past New Orleanians of the Year: 1983-2015

1983 — Joe Canizaro 1984 — Darryl Berger

New Orleanians of the Year 2016: Melissa Sawyer and Sonny Lee

Honoring Melissa Sawyer of the Youth Empowerment Project and Sonny Lee of Son of a Saint, and those who make our city a better place for young people
Since 1983, the criterion for GAMBIT's New Orleanian of the Year honor has remained unchanged: The winner must be someone who made a positive difference in the preceding year. Over the years, we've honored business leaders, developers, community activists, first responders, university presidents, soldiers, chefs and others.

New Orleanian of the Year 2016: Melissa Sawyer

Youth Empowerment Project
Melissa Sawyer likes to joke that she's come a long way since her early 20s, when she began pursuing her calling as a youth advocate in New Orleans. She means it literally: The Harvard University graduate and founder of community-based Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) hails from Canada, where she lived before migrating south to New Orleans in the late 1990s.

New Orleanian of the Year 2016: Sonny Lee

Son of a Saint
All the hope symbolized by Son of a Saint can be seen in the eyes of the mothers applying to the program as they listen to founder Bivian "Sonny" Lee III. As they look at him, their eyes shine with admiration and expectation — seeing not just Lee himself, but the kind of man they hope their young boys will grow up to be.

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