Mitch Landrieu

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Four mayors of New Orleans reflected, joked at Loyola University tonight

Posted By on Thu, Apr 5, 2018 at 8:30 PM

Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, former Mayor Sidney Barthelemy, former Mayor Moon Landrieu and Gambit political editor Clancy DuBos discussed the state of the city at tonight's Ed Renwick Lecture Series at Loyola University.
  • Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, former Mayor Sidney Barthelemy, former Mayor Moon Landrieu and Gambit political editor Clancy DuBos discussed the state of the city at tonight's Ed Renwick Lecture Series at Loyola University.

Three of New Orleans' five living mayors, as well as Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell, appeared
tonight at Loyola University's Roussel Hall to discuss "One New Orleans: Five Perspectives" with Gambit political editor Clancy DuBos.

Mayor Moon Landrieu (1970-1978), Mayor Sidney Barthelemy (1986-1994), Mayor Mitch Landrieu (2008-2016) and Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell (Marc Morial, mayor from 1994 to 2002 and now president of the National Urban League, had to cancel his appearance; DuBos joked he was visiting former Mayor Ray Nagin, who is serving a sentence in a Texas federal prison.)

The first question for the former mayors: What piece of advice would you give to Cantrell that you wish someone had given you?

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Landrieu to receive the 2018 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award

Posted By on Tue, Mar 27, 2018 at 2:52 PM

Mayor Mitch Landrieu, seen here on The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, will receive the 2018 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award at a ceremony in May.
  • Mayor Mitch Landrieu, seen here on The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, will receive the 2018 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award at a ceremony in May.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu has been named the recipient of the 2018 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award "for his leadership in relocating four of the Confederate monuments in New Orleans while offering candid, clear and compassionate reflections on the moment and its place in history," the Kennedy committee announced this morning.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

New Orleans City Council to withdraw surveillance camera ordinance

Posted By on Tue, Mar 20, 2018 at 5:38 PM

Opponents of a proposed expansion of surveillance cameras hit camera-shaped pinatas outside City Hall in February. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
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  • Opponents of a proposed expansion of surveillance cameras hit camera-shaped pinatas outside City Hall in February.

After months of debate over a requirement for businesses that sell alcohol to install a surveillance camera that streams into a law enforcement monitoring center, the New Orleans City Council is expected to drop the proposal at its March 22 meeting. Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration has requested that the City Council withdraw the ordinance.

The 22-page ordinance came at the request of the Landrieu administration, which proposed a series of changes to how businesses apply for liquor licenses. A few sentences within that proposed ordinance were requirements for alcohol beverage outlets (ABOs) to install a street-facing camera to pipe into a recently opened Real Time Crime Monitoring Center, under the watch of the city's office of Homeland Security and shared with the New Orleans Police Department, FBI and other "law enforcement partners."

"The Landrieu Administration has moved aggressively to tackle violent crime in our neighborhoods," Landrieu's Press Secretary Craig Belden said in a statement to Gambit. "A key part of this effort has been providing the tools and resources law enforcement needs to be more effective. In the last year alone, we have invested in new crime cameras and license plate readers that are already helping the NOPD prevent and solve crimes. The proposed ordinance that expands the number of cameras outside of ABO’s will require more discussion and careful consideration by the next Council and Administration. Therefore, we have requested the Council withdraw this item."

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On The Daily Show, Mitch Landrieu discusses monuments, demagogues and the country's obligation to confront racism

Posted By on Tue, Mar 20, 2018 at 10:30 AM

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In an extended interview with host Trevor Noah on Comedy Central's The Daily Show, Mayor Mitch Landrieu warned of demagogues exploiting working class vulnerabilities and stressed how the country — not just the south — needs to confront its racism to find a "common ground."

"I do think it would be helpful if everyone in the country realized it's a national problem," Landrieu said on the March 19 episode. "It's built into the country's DNA."

The Daily Show is the latest stop on Landrieu's press tour for the release of his book In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History, out March 20. He recently appeared on 60 Minutes, This Week with George Stephanopoulos and NPR's All Things Considered, and an excerpt of the book was published in TIME.

The book charts Landrieu's decision to remove four Confederate monuments in 2017 and chronicles his life through a lens of his realization of an obligation to address racism. In one chapter ("David Duke and Donald Trump, A Nightmare Loop"), Landrieu recalls the "pyschodrama" of neo-Nazi David Duke and draws a parallel to the ascent of President Donald Trump.

“Everybody deserves to be seen,” Landrieu told Noah. “So when people who are poor and live in Appalachia and have been left behind by economics or trade or technology, we do have to see them. There’s no use in litigating whether our hurt was as bad as your hurt, when a father and a mother, whether they’re black or white, are trying to feed their family and they can't get a job and nobody can see them and nobody cares about them — they feel left out so they’ll strike back, and they’ll cause the rise of a demagogue to lead them and the country, and I think we have to pay attention to that ... In America, one of the great political successes has been turning working class white people and working class black people against each other on the issue of race and not talking about economically how we work together."

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Tom Benson: 1927-2018

Posted By on Thu, Mar 15, 2018 at 6:25 PM

Tom Benson. - PHOTO BY JONATHAN BACHMAN
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  • Tom Benson.

Tom Benson, the billionaire car dealer, philanthropist and owner of the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans, died today at Ochsner Medical Center at the age of 90. He had been hospitalized with the flu for a month.

The New Orleans Saints site has a full obituary. Funeral and memorial services have not been announced.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Five mayors of New Orleans to appear at Loyola University April 5

Posted By on Tue, Mar 13, 2018 at 1:43 PM

Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell and Mayor Mitch Landrieu will discuss "One New Orleans: Five Perspectives" at Loyola University April 5. - PHOTO BY ALEX WOODWARD
  • PHOTO BY ALEX WOODWARD
  • Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell and Mayor Mitch Landrieu will discuss "One New Orleans: Five Perspectives" at Loyola University April 5.

Four of New Orleans' five living mayors, as well as Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell, will appear at the 9th annual Ed Renwick Lecture Series at Loyola University's Roussel Hall April 5.

Mayor Moon Landrieu (1970-1978), Mayor Sidney Barthelemy (1986-1994), Mayor Marc Morial (1994-2002), Mayor Mitch Landrieu (2008-2016) and Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell will discuss "One New Orleans: Five Perspectives" with Gambit political editor Clancy DuBos.

The event begins at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. A reception for Loyola Society members will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Location Details Loyola University New Orleans, Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall
6363 St. Charles Ave.
Carrollton/Riverbend/University
New Orleans, LA
(504) 865-2074
Recital Hall and University

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Landrieu to discuss Confederate monument removal on 60 Minutes this Sunday

Posted By on Thu, Mar 8, 2018 at 2:45 PM

Mayor Mitch Landrieu, right, shows 60 Minutes' Anderson Cooper where two of the Confederate statues are being stored. - COURTESY CBS/60 MINUTES
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  • Mayor Mitch Landrieu, right, shows 60 Minutes' Anderson Cooper where two of the Confederate statues are being stored.

As he prepares to go on tour with his new book In the Shadow of Statues (reviewed here), Mayor Mitch Landrieu will appear on 60 Minutes Sunday night to discuss the removal of four Confederate-era monuments:
"Really what these monuments were, were a lie," says Landrieu. One of the statues removed was of Gen. P.G.T Beauregard, who ordered the first shots fired in the Civil War, another was a bronze figure of Confederate hero Gen. Robert E. Lee that stood for 133 years. "Robert E. Lee was used as an example to send a message to the rest of the country, and to all the people that lived here, that the Confederacy was a noble cause. And that's just not true."
During the segment, Landrieu shows host Anderson Cooper the secret site where two of the monuments are being stored; 60 Minutes, which agreed not to disclose the location, refers to it as a "shed."

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Mayor Landrieu announces plans for Confederate monument sites

Posted By on Wed, Mar 7, 2018 at 5:45 PM

PHOTO BY ALEX WOODWARD
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Nearly a year after removing four Confederate monuments in 2017, Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration has announced the "public process" to determine what should replace the statue of Robert E. Lee at Lee Circle.

For now, the city will "perform beautification work" at the sites of the P.G.T. Beauregard and Lee statues. The pedestal that held Beauregard will be removed, and the column on which Lee's statue stood will remain at the site.

The city also will plant an American flag at the site of the Jefferson Davis statue in Mid-City. The space behind the Canal Place parking garage that housed the statue honoring the so-called Battle of Liberty Place will remain empty.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Review: In the Shadow of Statues, by Mitch Landrieu

Posted By on Tue, Mar 6, 2018 at 3:19 PM

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“I cannot remember a time when the issue of race was not part of my life or our family’s,” Mitch Landrieu writes in his new memoir of sorts, In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History. “It’s like a song you can’t get out of your head … Race is a soundtrack that stays with me.” It’s certainly the soundtrack for the mayor’s first book, which filters Landrieu’s life from childhood to today, all through the lens of race. As Landrieu puts it, “I have been searching for my way through race for all of my conscious life and will keep doing so until God mercifully takes my last breath.”

The genesis of this book was the nationally admired speech Landrieu delivered last May at Gallier Hall as, blocks away, the statue of Robert E. Lee at Lee Circle was removed in a true Hollywood South moment. (The speech itself is included as an appendix.) Landrieu is blunt about its effect: “The speech gave me a great deal of favorable attention in the national media,” he admits, “but in my hometown, the tide has not so quickly turned.”

Those in his hometown might well ask: For whom is this book written? It clearly seems aimed at those who are just being introduced to Louisiana politics and the Landrieu family in particular, but the mayor’s voice — passionate, prolix, fast-talking, often strong-headed — will be familiar to local audiences. Those looking for political gossip or score-settling will be disappointed; this is not that kind of book.

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Landrieu's Confederate monument book gets first review; March book tour taking shape

Posted By on Mon, Feb 5, 2018 at 3:30 PM

Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
  • Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

Mitch Landrieu's memoir and reflection on race relations and the Confederate monument flap, In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History, will be published March 20, but the book's first big review was issued this morning by Kirkus, which called it "a powerful, welcome manifesto in the cause of a new and better South — and a 'better America":
Landrieu charts his family’s long history of racial fairness; his father, as he recalls, “voted against twenty-nine Jim Crow laws at the [Louisiana] legislature in 1960,” falling afoul of the segregationist leadership. The author concludes by noting that while the tide seems to be turning, the conflict endures, with “domestic terrorism” afoot as “part of the ho-hum racism that eats through our country every day.”
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Dates began to be announced last week for a Landrieu book tour, including Mar. 26 in Atlanta, Mar. 28 in Philadelphia and Mar. 29 in Washington, D.C.

Gambit requested Landrieu's full book tour schedule from Landrieu's publisher, Viking Press, Louise Braverman, director of publicity for Viking/Penguin, said the publisher is "still working on a schedule."

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