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We Are, So Many of Us, DACA Kids



When DACA kids were spotlighted as part of the larger illegal immigration discussions during the Obama presidency, it may have been the first time many Americans were introduced to the subtle, yet significant, distinctions among those who were not legal citizens. Over the years working alongside people whose families came to this country both legally and illegally, I have come to understand well what troubles lie ahead for someone who was not a citizen, especially someone who had difficulty securing a green card or getting a visa extended. 


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Anxiety as Hurricane Harvey Arrives on Katrina's Anniversary



Sadly, we were sweating it out in New Orleans this past weekend on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, wondering if Hurricane Harvey would head east once it finished dumping its unfathomable deluge on southeastern Texas. But as we learned prior to Harvey’s hit on Texas, it wouldn’t take a storm of biblical proportions to turn New Orleans’ streets into a series of venetian waterways. All that’s required is one well-placed torrential downpour lingering over us, and parts of the city – if not the city itself – would be disabled.


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Rebirth of a Notion



On Saturday, August 12th, 2017, competing protesters met on the streets of Charlottesville, VA, to make their respective cases for and against a more inclusive America. Call it America homogenous v. America heterogeneous. 

 


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For Whom Is America Really?



Since Donald Trump began his run for President, he signaled clearly that he was willing to target minorities of all kinds, immigrants from all parts of the world, and, in particular, sanctuary cities.  


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Stop and Frisk for All!



Recently, U.S. Senator John Kennedy opined on the Times-Pic’s website about the current state of the crime problem in New Orleans. Yes, we have one. Sadly, we’ve had one for quite some time and lately, it’s worsening. Near the close of his sobering sermon, the Senator offered up an oh-so-novel solution to stem criminal activity in New Orleans’ streets – what he refers to as a “stop-question-and-frisk program”, and what T-P Columnist Tim Morris later clarifies in a “he meant to say” column addressing Kennedy’s “stop and frisk" suggestion.

 


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The Race Is on - Ready, Set, ... Wait A Sec!



The contenders vying to become mayor of New Orleans are now set. Michael Bagneris, LaToya Cantrell, Desiree Charbonnet, and Troy Henry are just four of the 18 people interested in leading the city into the next decade of this 21st century, a city struggling to reconcile its movement forward with its complicated past – and who better to do that than candidates with ties to the old political orders of the 1970s, 80s and 90s, right?  

 


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Summertime Blues



There is a point at which the brain shuts down upon hearing news of another murder, gunshot victim, kidnapping, carjacking, or drug overdose. It is necessary to block out the madness, the sadness, the grim prospects that stand in opposition to those principles which comprise the “good life” we cherish thanks to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

 


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Born on the Fourth of July



There was something magical when everyone began Louis Armstrong’s story with, “He was born on the Fourth of July.”  

 

More than the symbolic birth of the United States, that Louis Armstrong was said to be born on that day and eventually became America’s great cultural ambassador: there was something quintessentially American about that whole myth.  


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New Orleans, Toward Becoming A More Sustainable City



“It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature” was the ominously comical punch line delivered by the mock-maternal figure in Chiffon Margarine commercials of the 1970s.

 

For the folks living in denial regarding rising sea levels and similar issues related to climate change, maybe the message should be, “It’s not nice to fool with Mother Nature.”


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Ladies First



As a father of two daughters who knows there can be no shortage of successful role models for young women, I am not going to exploit the recent, clichéd Wonder Woman analogy when I say it’s a good sign that two of the city’s declared candidates for mayor are women.  Rather, I’m going to yank out a line from one of my favorites, The Matrix. Near the end of the original film, as he holds Neo’s head close to the subway rail, Agent Smith asks, “You hear that, Mr. Anderson? It’s the sound of inevitability.”

 

That, New Orleans, is now your reality.

 


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Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Naimonu James, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Nina Luckman, Dead Huey Long, Alexis Manrodt, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via, Austin Yde

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Linzi Falk

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Alexis Manrodt


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