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May Day March (Photos)

Workers Unite to Protest Politics of Hate



On Monday (5.1), hundred of New Orleans workers rallied together to strike and march for freedom, employment, justice, and sanctuary for all. The protest is one of a series of global marches occurring on May Day, the international workers' holiday.


Desiree Charbonnet, Possible Mayoral Candidate, Joins Louisiana Law Firm


There were whispers circulating around town for months that Judge Desiree Charbonnet would run for Mayor of New Orleans this fall when current Mayor Mitch Landrieu leaves office. Instead of the long-expected announcement that she would be seeking office, it was announced on Thursday (4.27) that Charbonnet will join the esteemed law firm Sullivan Stolier Schulze & Grubb, LLC. 


NOFD Under Fire After Monument Removal


Following the take down of the Battle of Liberty Place monument early Monday morning by a team of masked movers, rumors abounded across the city and online that the New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) was commissioned by Mayor Mitch Landrieu to remove the Confederate statue on Iberville Street. On Wednesday (4.26), New Orleans Firefighters Association President Nick Felton confirmed in a press conference that at least half a dozen firefighters were enlisted to take down the monument early Monday on Mayor Landrieu’s instructions. 


NOLA Begins Take Down of Confederate Statues


Following many months of speculation, the process of bringing down New Orleans’s Confederate monuments began early Monday (4.24) morning with the removal of a statue honoring the Battle of Liberty Place. It was the first in a series of four monuments honoring the “Lost Cause of the Confederacy” that Mayor Mitch Landrieu has pledged to remove from the city’s landscape.  


HBO Documentary Shines a Light on the Nation’s Troubling Trend of Untested Rape Kits


On Law and Order: SVU, detective Olivia Benson (played by Mariska Hargitay) is a member of an elite squad who has helped victims of sexual assault get justice from their attackers for nearly two decades. In the upcoming HBO documentary I Am Evidence, Hargitay explores the real life fight for police to examine the hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits across the country. The documentary's focus is especially relevant as April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month in the United States — and draws renewed attention to the state of affairs in Louisiana. 


1,500 Economists to President Trump: Immigrants Are Good for the U.S. Economy


In an open letter to President Trump and top congressional leaders published Wednesday (4.12), nearly 1,500 economists from across the country stressed the important role that foreign-born residents have in the United States economy. Pledging support in the letter were top economists from Louisiana State University, Tulane, and University of New Orleans, as well as several hundred other leaders in their field. 


Study Shows Most Louisiana Citizens Want Medicaid Expansion, Remain Divided on Obamacare


The Louisiana Legislature began its 2017 session at noon on Monday (4.10). Over the next 60 days, state lawmakers will consider a number of issues that affects its constituents, from reforms to the state budget and criminal justice system to the public’s needs and concerns for social healthcare. On Tuesday, results from the latest installment of the 2017 Louisiana Survey were released, revealing that the majority of the state’s residents favor the expansion of certain social healthcare programs but are divided about healthcare reforms like the Affordable Healthcare Act — findings that may impact the discussions during the next two months of legislative reforms. 


Jeff Sessions Calls for End of ‘Sanctuary Cities’


Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared on Monday (3.27) that “sanctuary cities” like New Orleans will face drastic cuts to federal funding as a result of their lack of cooperation. It was a daring move of political leverage, with Sessions issuing one of the most blunt warnings from the Trump administration's campaign to tackle illegal immigration. The hours since his announcement have given rise to citywide uncertainties about the state of local security, economy, and public safety. For New Orleans, the new mandate may threaten the much-celebrated economic symbiosis between foreign-born and U.S.-born residents. 


Judge Paula Brown Wins 4th Circuit Court Seat


Orleans Parish Civil District Judge Paula Brown won a seat in Louisiana’s Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal on Saturday (3.25), narrowly beating fellow Civil District Judge Tiffany Chase in an extremely close race. 


Equal Pay for Louisiana Women Won't Happen Until 2115


Louisiana residents will not see the gender wage gap close until 2115, according to a report released today by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR). Louisiana joins Wyoming, Utah, and North Dakota as the only four states still with a gender gap into the 22nd century. 


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

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