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Da Winnas & Da Loozas, Part 2, of the legislative sessions. Here’s a look at where things stood after Round 2

by Clancy DuBos for Gambit

Da Winnas & Da Loozas, Part 2, of the legislative sessions. Here’s a look at where things stood after Round 2 By Clancy DuBos for Gambit Published on July 2, 2020  2020’s legislative sessions gave all major players a reality check.…

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Integrated civic engagement is essential to electoral justice

By Alexis Anderson-Reed for Prism on The Daily Kos

Integrated civic engagement is essential to electoral justice By Alexis Anderson-Reed for Prism on The Daily Kos Published on June 29, 2020  The COVID-19 pandemic and the uprisings against policing and in defense of Black lives are…

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Coronavirus response reveals clear split between Republicans, Democrats in Baton Rouge over whom to aid

by Tyler Bridges. Published in The Advocate

Coronavirus response reveals clear split between Republicans, Democrats in Baton Rouge over whom to aid By Tyler Bridges for The Advocate Published on June 27, 2020  The coronavirus pandemic has caused more confusion and uncertainty than…

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To celebrate Juneteenth, some post bail for those who couldn’t pay

by Jacqueline DeRobertis. Published in The Advocate

To celebrate Juneteenth, some post bail for those who couldn't pay By Jacqueline DeRobertis for The Advocate Published on June 20, 2020  When Kenneth Parker was arrested in late May on drug and theft-related counts, his biggest worry was…

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Voices of Protest, Crying for Change, Ring Across US, Beyond

by The Associated Press. Published by The New York Times.

Voices of Protest, Crying for Change, Ring Across US, Beyond By The Associated Press Published on Monday, June 17, 2020  They are nurses and doctors, artists, students, construction workers, government employees; black, brown and white;…

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Will Covid-19 Be a Turning Point in the Fight Against Racial Disparities in Health Care?

by Zoe Carpenter, The Nation

Will Covid-19 Be a Turning Point in the Fight Against Racial Disparities in Health Care? Public health experts hope that the vast scale of the crisis will prompt meaningful political action to counter health inequities, which have been persistent in…

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Coronavirus Devastates Black New Orleans: ‘This Is Bigger Than Katrina’

By David Benoit, The Wall Street Journal

Coronavirus Devastates Black New Orleans: ‘This Is Bigger Than Katrina’ The pandemic is disproportionately harming U.S. black communities, especially in Louisiana. Economists warn the deaths could be just the start of further setbacks for already…

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$1M donated by New Orleans’ convention center — but labor activists call for much more

BY ANTHONY MCAULEY, NOLA.com

$1M donated by New Orleans' convention center -- but labor activists call for much more BY ANTHONY MCAULEY | STAFF WRITER | NOLA.com APR 22, 2020 - 7:50 PM The Ernest N. Morial Convention Center's oversight board on Wednesday approved a…

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U.S. Supreme Court abolishes split jury verdicts; dozens of convictions voided

by John Simerman for Nola.com

U.S. Supreme Court abolishes split jury verdicts; dozens of convictions voided by John Simerman for Nola.com The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that juries across the nation must be unanimous to convict or acquit a criminal defendant,…

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Louisiana advocacy organizations have a roadmap for an equitable COVID-19 recovery

by Jake Clapp for The Gambit

Louisiana advocacy organizations have a roadmap for an equitable COVID-19 recovery by Jake Clapp for The Gambit A group of Louisiana advocacy organizations is looking to the future, to when the state will be recovering from the coronavirus…

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Why the Virus Is a Civil Rights Issue: ‘The Pain Will Not Be Shared Equally’

by Audra D.S. Burch for The New York Times

Why the Virus Is a Civil Rights Issue: ‘The Pain Will Not Be Shared Equally’ First came early data showing that the coronavirus affected African-Americans disproportionately. Then came the fight for a fair response and recovery. by Audra D.S.…

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Louisiana Republicans Follow Trump’s Lead, Kill Emergency Mail-In Voting Plan

by C.C. Campbell-Rock for The New Orleans Tribune

Louisiana Republicans Follow Trump’s Lead, Kill Emergency Mail-In Voting Plan by C.C. Campbell-Rock for The New Orleans Tribune In response to COVID-19 Louisiana’s presidential primary and general elections have been set back for a second time.…

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Five bills introduced aimed at shaping Louisiana redistricting

BY JULIA ARENSTAM, The Business Report

Five bills introduced aimed at shaping Louisiana redistricting BY JULIA ARENSTAM MARCH 10, 2020 The 2020 census surveys haven’t quite made it to Louisiana yet, but five bills introduced in the state Legislature aim to shape Louisiana’s…

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Wellness Among Women

BY SYDNI SANDERS, THE SOUTHERN DIGEST

Wellness Among Women BY SYDNI SANDERS, THE SOUTHERN DIGEST MARCH 10, 2020  “A Different World: Conversations Around Collegiate Women’s Wellness” was hosted by a group of organizations in the University Event Center on Wednesday, March 4,…

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Winning labor rights in the South means changing state laws

By Carly Berlin, Scalawag

Winning labor rights in the South means changing state laws Members of the Unleash Local campaign from across the state convened in Baton Rouge for a strategy meeting in August. Photo by Tricia Towey. By Carly Berlin- January 13, 2020 In…

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Governor Edwards creates panel promoting 2020 US Census

By KATC News

Governor Edwards creates panel promoting 2020 US Census By KATC News Posted at 3:29 PM, Dec 18, 2019 Governor John Bel Edwards has signed an executive order to create a panel to promote the 2020 US Census. The executive order created the…

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How Voter Outreach to Communities of Color Propelled Gov. Edwards to Runoff Victory

By Editor, New Orleans Public Radio

How Voter Outreach to Communities of Color Propelled Gov. Edwards to Runoff Victory By Editor December 3, 2019 Democrats have a formula-- a recipe for success in Louisiana elections. Demographer Greg Rigamer explains. "You need, as a…

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Ground Game: How a Diverse Patchwork of Grassroots Leaders and Volunteers Came Together to Re-elect the Only Democratic Governor in the Deep South

By Lynda Woolard, Bayou Brief

Ground Game: How a Diverse Patchwork of Grassroots Leaders and Volunteers Came Together to Re-elect the Only Democratic Governor in the Deep South Ashley Shelton, Will Harrell, and Raegan Carter at a Power Coalition meeting. Photo credit: Lynda…

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How did Democrats win Louisiana? With classic progressive populism

By Chris Kromm, The Guardian

How did Democrats win Louisiana? With classic progressive populism John Bel Edwards is conservative on abortion and guns, but he energized the base – and white moderates – with Medicaid By Chris Kromm Published on November 20, 2019 | The…

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Our Executive Director Ashley Shelton Joins Talk Louisiana to Discuss the 2019 Elections

by Tyler Bridges. Published in The Advocate

Our Executive Director Ashley Shelton Joins Talk Louisiana to Discuss the 2019 Elections   http://powercoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/talkla111818_0.mp3

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Louisiana Early Childhood Advocates Are Celebrating a Big Win for Little Kids

By Lisa G. Klein, Ph.D. for Alliance for Early Success

Louisiana Early Childhood Advocates Are Celebrating a Big Win for Little Kids By Lisa G. Klein, Ph.D. for Alliance for Early Success Early childhood advocates are celebrating a big win for little kids. We provided our lead ally,…

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Black voter turnout powers Edwards’ win

By Matt Doyle for the Louisiana Radio Network

Black voter turnout powers Edwards’ win By Matt Doyle for the Louisiana Radio Network Published on November 18, 2019 African American voter participation jumped six percent from the primary to the run-off, a major reason why Governor…

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2019 Elections Are A Wrap

Gaby Goldstein, Co-Founder & Political Director at the Sister District Project

2019 Elections Are A Wrap By Gaby Goldstein, Co-Founder & Political Director at the Sister District Project Published on November 17, 2019  The 2019 elections are now truly a wrap. Here are a few thoughts about Democratic state level…

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The battle for voting rights in the age of mass incarceration

By Rosemary Westwood, Vox

The battle for voting rights in the age of mass incarceration Ex-prisoners are getting their voting rights back. But the backlash has already started. By Rosemary Westwood Published on November 15, 2019 by Vox   Shauntelle Mitchell…

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Urban Louisiana churches working to increase voter turnout in governor’s race

By Mark Ballard, The Advocate

Urban Louisiana churches working to increase voter turnout in governor's race By Mark Ballard Published on November 11, 2019 by The Advocate Recent polls say Saturday’s election for governor is a toss-up. As neither candidate has been able…

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Community groups offering free rides to the polls

By WDSU Community Team

Community groups offering free rides to the polls By WDSU Community Team Published on November 4, 1029 by WDSU The Power Coalition for Equity and Justice and Step Up Louisiana are offering voters rides to the polls every day during Early…

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Political Experts: Voter turnout will determine the governor’s race

by WAFB9

Political Experts: Voter turnout will determine the governor's race  

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Power Coalition for Equity and Justice to Co-Host Candidate Forum at UL-Lafayette

By Daion Brewer Published, News 15

Power Coalition for Equity and Justice to Co-Host Candidate Forum at UL-Lafayette By Daion Brewer Published on October 5, 2019 for News 15 LAFAYETTE, LA— With early voting for statewide and local elections already underway, the Power…

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Candidates in local elections to answer audience questions at SU Town Hall tonight

By Mykal Vincent, WAFB 9

Candidates in local elections to answer audience questions at SU Town Hall tonight By Mykal Vincent Published on October 2, 2019 by WAFB 9 BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The Southern University System will host a Town Hall on Wednesday, Oct.…

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2019 Get Out & Vote Campaign launching this weekend

By KATC News

2019 Get Out & Vote Campaign launching this weekend By KATC News Published on September 6, 2019  The Power Coalition for Equity and Justice (PCEJ), VOTE, and other partner organizations will hit the streets across Louisiana as they…

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Report: State preemption laws disproportionately hurt women, people of color

By Michael Isaac Stein, The Lens

Report: State preemption laws disproportionately hurt women, people of color By Michael Isaac Stein Published on Monday, May 8, 2019 by The Lens State laws that prevent local governments from making their own rules on issues like…

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Thursday, April 2nd: Royce Duplessis, Peter Robins-Brown, Mark Ballard, Jason Baumann

By Jim Engster, WRKF 89.3

Thursday, April 2nd: Royce Duplessis, Peter Robins-Brown, Mark Ballard, Jason Baumann By Jim Engster Published on Monday, May 2, 2019 by WRKF 89.3 tate Representative Royce Duplessis and Peter Robins-Brown, Communications Director for the…

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The Tuesday Tracker, Interview with Power Coalition’s Peter Robins-Brown

By Jeremy Alford & Mitch Rabalais, LAPolitics

THE LAPOLITICS Q&A Louisiana Power Coalition’s Peter Robins-Brown   LaPolitics: For readers who are unfamiliar, tell us a little about the Power Coalition and its' efforts.  Peter Robins-Brown: “The Power Coalition for Equity and Justice is a…

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By Forgiving Warrants and Fines, Communities Give People a Fresh Start

By Keith Griffith, Yes!

By Forgiving Warrants and Fines, Communities Give People a Fresh Start Sometimes a suspended driver’s license stands in the way of a desperately needed job. By Keith Griffith Published on April 9, 2019 by Yes!  Izell Mayes drove without a…

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Coalition launches campaign to increase minimum wage in Louisiana

By Terry L. Jones, The Advocate

Coalition launches campaign to increase minimum wage in Louisiana By Terry L. Jones Published on March 11, 2019 by The Advocate Labor organizations, non-profit groups and some small business owners have joined forces to take yet another…

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Because of Louisiana, the Minimum Wage in New Orleans Is a Poverty Wage

by Anthony Alefosio, Sharika Evans and Peter Robins-Brown for CityLab

  Around the World Day of Social Justice, we should consider why cities pay poverty wages, and why 28 states can preempt local efforts to raise the minimum wage. This week, the United Nations noted a World Day of Social Justice, focused “on…

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Influencing Complex Systems Change

By Natasha Winegar, Susan Misra and Ashley Shelton for NonProfit Quarterly

Influencing Complex Systems Change The Management Assistance Group (MAG) is one of NPQ’s go-to sources of information about social justice movements. MAG works with a number of the networks that are moving some of this nation’s most difficult…

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