BreakOUT! rally calls for an end to NOPD’s use of Stop & Frisk and racial and gender profiling.
“…in 1985, when Hurricane Juan devastated the Houma Indian communities along the Gulf Coast… Joe Dardard, a Houma Indian, decided to take action. He teamed up with Toys for Tots and dressed as Santa—with a twist. In addition to the red Santa suit, Joe Dardard donned a traditional tribal headdress…” - Adam Crepelle
And that is the most worrisome part of our ejection – it was so easy for impacted citizens to be barred from a public hearing that directly affects their future.
Zina Mitchell, a community advocate and outreach worker for Women With A Vision in NOLA, and a Formerly Incarcerated Person (FIP), voted in this election for the first time in years, thanks for the voter registration efforts of Voice Of The Ex-offender.
Nearly half a million people in the five Gulf states didn’t vote yesterday, because as formerly incarcerated people, people on probation and parole, or currently incarcerated people, they’ve been denied that right.
Read more” http://bridgethegulfproject.org/node/709
My name is Ashley Volion. It has always been a dream of mine to become a professor and to open a nonprofit for people with disabilities, within my Louisiana community, that would teach them about their bodies and their sexual health. For me this aspiration is deeply personal – I have cerebral palsy and have worked hard all my life both to live independently and to support my community… I had to defer my dream of attending University of Illinois at Chicago’s Ph.D. in Disability Studies Program this year, because the state of Louisiana denied extending my attendant care services – which I require in order to live and work independently – to my time in Chicago. This is my story, but it is also the story of the barriers facing people with disabilities in Louisiana and beyond.