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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Cassidy vs. Sanders headed to CNN Sept. 25

Posted By on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Sens. Bernie Sanders and Bill Cassidy join Lindsey Graham and Amy Klobuchar to debate health care legislation Sept. 25 on CNN. - PHOTOS BY AFGE & GAGE SKIDMORE/CREATIVE COMMONS
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  • Sens. Bernie Sanders and Bill Cassidy join Lindsey Graham and Amy Klobuchar to debate health care legislation Sept. 25 on CNN.


CNN will air a "town hall" Monday, Sept. 25 with U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham debating Sens. Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar over proposed health care legislation.

Anchor Jake Tapper and chief political correspondent Dana Bash will moderate the 90-minute event, aired live at 8 p.m.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Y@ Speak: when squirrels attack

Posted By on Mon, Sep 18, 2017 at 5:30 PM

This week's episode chronicles the squirrel insurrection, Sen. Bill Cassidy's health care crusade, and the collapse of the New Orleans Saints.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Y@ Speak: #OneTimeInNewOrleans

Posted By on Mon, Sep 11, 2017 at 5:21 PM

A multimillion dollar ad campaign turned into a hashtag of horror stories, though it was discovered the hashtag was originated by Twitter user @BIG_KENNEY back in 2011 to document peeing in ashtrays and Mardi Gras stories. Follow your NOLA, folks.

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

New Orleans bail bond companies overcharging defendants, according to SPLC complaint

Posted By on Sat, Sep 9, 2017 at 10:00 AM

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New Orleans bail bond companies have charged defendants illegally high bond rates to get out of jail, according to an investigation by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which revealed roughly $5 million in excessive fees was collected from nearly 50,000 people over 12 years.

The SPLC's announcement was released the same day Orleans Parish Criminal Clerk of Court Arthur Morrell said he plans to cut the hours that his office will process bail bonds, meaning people locked up after office hours will likely remain in jail despite having met the bond set by a judge.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

New Orleans rally to defend DACA calls on candidates, city leaders to stand with immigrants

Posted By on Thu, Sep 7, 2017 at 12:30 AM

Demonstrators in New Orleans marched against Trump's decision to end the DACA program. - PHOTO BY KAT STROMQUIST
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  • Demonstrators in New Orleans marched against Trump's decision to end the DACA program.

Karla Rosas didn't grow up thinking of herself as "undocumented."

She came to the U.S. from Mexico as a child, grew up in Louisiana, did well in school and served on her homecoming court. "It wasn't until I turned 16 that things were a a little different for me," she told a crowd outside City Hall Sept. 6. "I couldn't get a driver's license, my mom got nervous around cops, words people called me started to sting more."

Rosas is among more than 2,000 young people in Louisiana whose futures are uncertain following President Donald Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action against Childhood Arrivals program, which has granted U.S. entry to more than 800,000 "dreamers" who came to the country as minors.

"DACA, for me, when that decision came out, the clouds lifted over my head," Rosas said. "It wasn't surprising — I don't think anyone with DACA didn't know this was coming — but it still hurts, it's still sad. I felt like everything was pulled out from under me."

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

New Orleans groups, officials condemn Trump's decision to end DACA program

Posted By on Tue, Sep 5, 2017 at 5:35 PM

Protesters outside City Hall following Trump's January immigration order. - PHOTO BY KAT STROMQUIST
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  • Protesters outside City Hall following Trump's January immigration order.

Protests across the country erupted following President Donald Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which has granted U.S. entry to thousands of immigrants who came to the country as minors. The fates of roughly 800,000 young people in the program — which includes 2,000 people in Louisiana — will be left to Congress to decide, as Trump's administration begins to phase out the program in 2018.

New Orleans advocates for immigrants rights plan a protest at Duncan Plaza outside City Hall Sept. 6 beginning at 4:30 p.m. The demonstration is organized by Spanish-speaking parent advocacy group Nuestra Voz NOLA.

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Y@ Speak: Harvey

Posted By on Tue, Sep 5, 2017 at 11:30 AM


Louisiana braces for Hurricane Harvey (no longer what I call myself on the way to Pho Bang) and reaches out a helping hand. Plus: Hurricane Katrina, 12 years later, and Southern Decadence and the Fight For $15 in an extended post-Labor Day edition.

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Monday, September 4, 2017

New Orleans joins Labor Day fight for $15 minimum wage

Posted By on Mon, Sep 4, 2017 at 12:00 AM

A "Fight for $15" march in 2016 rallied on Canal Street. - PHOTO BY ALEX WOODWARD
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  • A "Fight for $15" march in 2016 rallied on Canal Street.

Sabreal Ealem has worked in fast food for three years — she got her start at McDonald's, then Popeye's, then McDonald's again. Now she works while studying criminal justice at Southern University at New Orleans. "It's always been about work and school for me," she says. "I've never had a normal teenager life."

Ealam's mother and sister also work in fast food, earning minimum wage, or far less than the $15 minimum wage Ealem is calling for as part of a national movement demanding wage increases and the right to unionize. "The minimum wage has always separated my family — we've either been in work or at school," she says. "We rarely see each other. The minimum wage is separating families — not just mine."

As the U.S. celebrates Labor Day to close out a three-day weekend for many Americans, a growing chorus of low-wage workers, workers rights groups, unions, clergy and other organizations will push local, state and federal officials to raise minimum wages. McDonald's workers and supporters in New Orleans join a strike and add support behind the national Fight For $15 campaign led by Service Employees International Union. New Orleans' Labor Day protests are among other calls to action in 300 cities.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Massive crowd in New Orleans marches against white supremacy and in solidarity with Charlottesville

Posted By on Sat, Aug 19, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Large crowds filled Decatur Street in front of Jackson Square and on the steps across the street. - PHOTO BY ALEX WOODWARD
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  • Large crowds filled Decatur Street in front of Jackson Square and on the steps across the street.

As temperatures reached above 100 degrees, Nana Anoa Nantambu sang from a microphone to a growing crowd at Congo Square. Hundreds of people sang along as she led them through "we're gonna stand" and replaced "this little light of mine" with "standing for justice and freedom."

Rev. Marie Galatas asked the crowd to bow its head and pray in silence for Heather Heyer, the woman killed by in Charlottesville, Virginia, during protests against neo-Nazis and fascists rallying in the city to support a Robert E. Lee monument.

On Aug 19, hundreds of people in New Orleans gathered to honor Heyer and victims of attacks in Charlottesville and also challenge city leaders to reconsider Jim Crow-era landmarks with a renewed call for their removal, particularly as the city begins to celebrate its tricentennial. Take 'Em Down NOLA — the latest incarnation of local activists and civil rights advocates demanding the removal of Confederate monuments — organized the Charlottesville solidarity march from Congo Square in Armstrong Park to Jackson Square.

"To the people of Charlottesville, we stand with them," said Take 'Em Down NOLA organizer Malcolm Suber from the steps across from Jackson Square, "and we stand against oppression, we stand against exploitation, and we stand against racism."

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

New Louisiana Children's Museum facility breaks ground in City Park this month

Posted By on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 3:05 PM

An aerial rendering of the new Louisiana Children's Museum facility in City Park, which breaks ground this month. - IMAGE BY MITHUN
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  • An aerial rendering of the new Louisiana Children's Museum facility in City Park, which breaks ground this month.

This month, the Louisiana Children’s Museum (LCM) officially breaks ground on its new home in City Park, with ambitious plans to offer ground-breaking programming to improve child welfare in New Orleans.

“Our focus on interactive learning and play remains the same,” says Julia Bland, CEO of LCM. “Another big focus is on parent education. It’s the adults that make the decisions … and to be able to help parents in their most important role as their child’s first teacher is exciting.”

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