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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

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…

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Louisiana House Unanimously Passes House Resolution 46

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--July 1, 2020 Louisiana House Unanimously Passes House Resolution 46 The Power Coalition for Equity and Justice teamed up with Step Up Louisiana, the Louisiana Budget Project, and State Rep. Ted James to help pass House Resolution 46. NEW ORLEANS, LA | July 1, 2020—On Monday, June 29, the Louisiana legislature passed House Resolution 46, by Rep. Ted James, on a 98-0 vote. The resolution requests the Louisiana Workforce Commission to promote access to unemployment insurance…

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Power Coalition Announces Three Staff Additions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--June 30, 2020 Power Coalition Announces Three Staff Additions During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice has managed to expand our work. The key to building on our statewide civic engagement, community organizing, and policy advocacy has been the additions of three new staff members whose knowledge and skills have helped us reach new heights. NEW ORLEANS, LA | June 30, 2020—The pandemic has exacerbated previously existing challenges that we…

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Looking Back on a Powerful Juneteenth Week

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--June 26, 2020 Looking Back on a Powerful Juneteenth Week The Power Coalition for Equity and Justice and our partners celebrated Juneteenth by fighting for racial justice in a weeklong series of events and actions. NEW ORLEANS, LA | June 26, 2020—Juneteenth couldn’t have come at a better time this year. It gave us an opportunity to add layers of depth and history to the current national and international reckoning with racism. At the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice…

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Judge’s Ruling Means Louisiana Voters Won’t Get Same Access to Ballot as Most Other Americans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--June 24, 2020 Judge’s Ruling Means Louisiana Voters Won’t Get Same Access to Ballot as Most Other Americans On Monday, June 22, a federal judge ruled that several plaintiffs who filed a lawsuit seeking to expand mail-in voting access for this year’s elections did not have standing in the case. The ruling ultimately means that Louisiana will not join the large majority of U.S. states who either permanently provide “no-excuse” vote-by-mail or who have expanded their program…

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Dynisha Hugle Becomes First Black Woman in National Network to Lead Statewide Data Department

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--June 23, 2020 Dynisha Hugle Becomes First Black Woman in National Network to Lead Statewide Data Department The Power Coalition for Equity and Justice is proud to announce the promotion of Dynisha Hugle to Statewide Data & Targeting Director. At just 25 years old, Ms. Hugle will become the first Black woman to run a statewide data department anywhere in the State Voices national network. NEW ORLEANS, LA | June 23, 2020—Dynisha Hugle’s hard work and commitment to…

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Celebrating Juneteenth: Looking Back and Looking Forward

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--June 19, 2020 Celebrating Juneteenth: Looking Back and Looking Forward Today, Friday, June 19, is officially Juneteenth--the holiday where we celebrate when the last African-Americans were emancipated, in Texas, on June 19, 1865. All week, the Power Coalition and our partners have been creating space for community and fighting for modern-day liberation, and we will continue to do so today, this weekend, and onward until our dreams are realized. NEW ORLEANS, LA | June 19,…

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“I Am A Man”: Power Coalition Supports Striking Sanitation Workers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--June 17, 2020 “I Am A Man”: Power Coalition Supports Striking Sanitation Workers Today, Wednesday, June 17, the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice will continue our Juneteenth Week of Action with a day of support for striking New Orleans sanitation workers. NEW ORLEANS, LA | June 17, 2020—The Power Coalition for Equity and Justice (PCEJ--http://powercoalition.org) will continue our Juneteenth Week of Action in solidarity with the New Orleans sanitation workers, known…

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Power Coalition’s Juneteenth Week Continues with a Census Day of Action & Virtual Collegiate Kickback

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--June 16, 2020 Power Coalition’s Juneteenth Week Continues with a Census Day of Action & Virtual Collegiate Kickback The Power Coalition for Equity and Justice continues our Juneteenth Week of Action on Tuesday, June 16, with a Census Day of Action and virtual collegiate kickback. NEW ORLEANS, LA | June 16, 2020—As part of our Juneteenth Week celebration, the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice (PCEJ--http://powercoalition.org) will be leading a Census Day of Action…

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Power Coalition to Kick-Off Juneteenth Week with Interfaith Healing & Day of Action

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--June 15, 2020 Power Coalition to Kick-Off Juneteenth Week with Interfaith Healing & Day of Action Today, at 12:00 p.m., the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice will be hosting an Interfaith Day of Healing & Action to kick off our “Journey to Equity and Justice” week of Juneteenth events. Leaders from several different faith traditions will be on the call to work toward community healing and to call for action as we continue to fight for a better Louisiana. NEW…

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Celebrate Juneteenth Week with the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--June 12, 2020 Celebrate Juneteenth Week with the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice As part of the Power Coalition’s “Journey to Equity and Justice,” we will celebrate the Juneteenth holiday (June 19) with a series of events from Monday, June 15 - Saturday, June 20. NEW ORLEANS, LA | June 12, 2020—On June 19, 1865, the Governor of Texas, Gordon Granger, read the Emancipation Proclamation to enslaved Black folks in the state. The Proclamation had been issued on January…

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Power Coalition for Equity and Justice Calls for Reflection, Action & Systemic Change

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--June 3, 2020 Power Coalition for Equity and Justice Calls for Reflection, Action & Systemic Change Now is the time for us to ask each other and ourselves difficult questions, and to explore the answers to those questions honestly. But we also have to turn those reflections into action to change the systems that have marginalized people for centuries. NEW ORLEANS, LA | June 3, 2020—Our hearts remain heavy as we struggle to find the words to express the pain,…

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LDF Files Federal Lawsuit Challenging Louisiana Voting Requirements That Put Voters at Risk Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--May 7, 2020 LDF Files Federal Lawsuit Challenging Louisiana Voting Requirements That Put Voters at Risk Amid COVID-19 Pandemic Today, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) and the firm Covington & Burling, LLP filed a federal lawsuit challenging voting requirements imposed by the State of Louisiana, including restrictions on the use of absentee mail-in ballots, which pose serious health risks to voters amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The lawsuit…

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Councilmember Brossett and Colleagues Adopt Resolution to Suspend of Residential Evictions During COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--May 7, 2020 Councilmember Brossett and Colleagues Adopt Resolution to Suspend of Residential Evictions During COVID-19 NEW ORLEANS - The Council adopted Resolution R-20-110 by District "D" Councilmember Jared Brossett urging New Orleans First and Second City Court officials to suspend residential evictions until August 24, 2020, the deadline established in the federal CARES Act. The many changes in deadlines and suspensions for the possible reopening of courts to…

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Advocates Object to Legislature’s Timing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--May 2, 2020 Advocates Object to Legislature’s Timing  In a letter to Senate President Cortez and House Speaker Schexnayder, more than 20 advocacy organizations object to the timing of the state legislature re-convening. NEW ORLEANS, LA | May 2, 2020—The COVID pandemic, and its resulting loss of life and livelihood, has hit Louisiana hard. The state legislature knows this all too well, having lost one of their own, Rep. Reggie Bagala--our prayers go out to his loved…

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Kenya Slaughter Never Planned to be a Front-line Worker, but That’s Exactly What She’s Become

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--April 28, 2020 Kenya Slaughter Never Planned to be a Front-line Worker, but That’s Exactly What She’s Become Kenya Slaughter, an organizer and a frontline worker at a Dollar General in Alexandria, LA, wrote an opinion piece for the New York Times this past Sunday talking about how she never expected to become a frontline worker, and how her employer hasn’t provided the support she and her colleagues need during this time. NEW ORLEANS, LA | April 28, 2020—This past Sunday,…

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Voting Officials Checking Ballots by Jason Redmond

Louisiana Legislature to Consider New Emergency Election Plan This Morning

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--April 22, 2020 Louisiana Legislature to Consider New Emergency Election Plan This Morning After failing to approve Secretary of State Kye Ardoin’s emergency election plan last week, the Senate and the House & Governmental Affairs Committees are set to consider a new version this morning. NEW ORLEANS, LA | April 22, 2020—After getting his initial emergency election plan shot down by the Senate & Governmental Affairs Committee last Wednesday over unfounded concerns…

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Senate Committee Kills Emergency Election Plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--April 16, 2020 Senate Committee Kills Emergency Election Plan Yesterday, the Senate & Governmental Affairs Committee deferred on voting on the Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin’s emergency election plan, potentially putting voters’ health and lives at risk during the upcoming presidential primary and municipal elections NEW ORLEANS, LA | April 16, 2020—Yesterday, Wednesday, April 15, the Senate & Governmental Affairs Committee, which convened at 10:00 a.m. to hear…

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Louisiana Advocacy Groups to Monitor Secretary of State’s Emergency Election Plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--April 14, 2020 Louisiana Advocacy Groups to Monitor Secretary of State’s Emergency Election Plan More than two dozen Louisiana advocacy organizations plan to protect democracy by fighting for the elections and voting measures they outlined in a recently released list of comprehensive policy demands and ideas for an equitable COVID-19 response and recovery. NEW ORLEANS, LA | April 14, 2020—This past Good Friday, April 10, at about 5:00 p.m., the Secretary of State and the…

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Advocacy Groups Release Comprehensive Roadmap to an Equitable COVID-19 Response and Recovery

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--​April 13, 2020 Advocacy Groups Release Comprehensive Roadmap to an Equitable COVID-19 Response and Recovery Louisiana advocacy organizations and nonprofits release comprehensive list of policy demands and ideas to help guide Gov. Edwards, state legislators, local officials, and other public and private stakeholders to develop a racially and economically equitable COVID-19 response and recovery. NEW ORLEANS, LA | April 13, 2020—According to a recent article in the…

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DOZENS OF CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS DEMAND CORONAVIRUS PRECAUTIONS FOR PEOPLE IN STATE PRISONS, JAILS AND FEDERAL DETENTION IN THE DEEP SOUTH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--March 17, 2020 DOZENS OF CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS DEMAND CORONAVIRUS PRECAUTIONS FOR PEOPLE IN STATE PRISONS, JAILS AND FEDERAL DETENTION IN THE DEEP SOUTH Montgomery, Alabama — With the coronavirus spreading quickly across the country, dozens of civil rights groups including the Southern Poverty Law Center, (SPLC) are demanding that the federal government and Mississippi, Louisiana and Florida officials ensure that the health and safety of people in jails,  prisons and…

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Power Coalition for Equity and Justice Informs Louisiana’s Communities About Local Resources During Outbreak

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--​March 17 2020 Power Coalition for Equity and Justice Informs Louisiana’s Communities About Local Resources During Outbreak The Power Coalition for Equity and Justice has turned our website--powercoalition.org--into an emergency resources page for communities across Louisiana. We will update it as new information becomes available. NEW ORLEANS, LA | March 16, 2020—The Power Coalition for Equity and Justice is dedicated to working with, and on behalf of, Louisiana’s most…

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In the Face of a Public Health Crisis, We Must Protect Our Most Vulnerable Populations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--March 16, 2020 In the Face of a Public Health Crisis, We Must Protect Our Most Vulnerable Populations While our elected officials have taken a strong lead in responding to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice asks everyone, especially those leaders, to focus their attention on our most vulnerable populations. From elections and voting, to housing, to food security, to health care, and more, the COVID-19 outbreak presents a disproportionately…

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Fair Districts Louisiana, Power Coalition Introduce Election Integrity Package

March 10, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Stephen Kearny, Co-Founder, Fair Districts Louisiana // fairdistrictslouisiana@gmail.com // 225-235-7955 Contact: Peter Robins-Brown, Communications Director, Power Coalition for Equity and Justice, prb@powercolaition.org, 504-256-8196   Fair Districts Louisiana, Power Coalition Introduce Election Integrity Package Today, Fair Districts Louisiana and the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice unveiled the 2020 Election Integrity Package, a…

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Report: “Powerful Impact” Explains High Turnout Among Voters of Color in 2019 LA Elections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--February 19, 2020 Report: “Powerful Impact” Explains High Turnout Among Voters of Color in 2019 LA Elections Power Coalition for Equity and Justice releases report detailing our 2019 get-out-the-vote campaign, and the impact our work and the work of our coalition partners had on voter-of-color turnout during last year’s statewide elections. NEW ORLEANS, LA | February 19, 2020—Turnout among voters of color was decisive in shaping the outcome of Louisiana’s state elections…

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Power Coalition for Equity and Justice Asks Faith Leaders to Join Our ‘Census Sunday’ Initiative

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--February 13, 2020 Power Coalition for Equity and Justice Asks Faith Leaders to Join Our ‘Census Sunday’ Initiative The Power Coalition for Equity and Justice is asking faith leaders across Louisiana to help us get everyone counted during this year’s U.S. Census by joining our ‘Census Sunday’ initiative. The initiative is part of our ‘Count Me In’ campaign to make sure our communities are fully counted.   Contacts: Janea Jamison, Census Director, Power Coalition for…

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Power Coalition for Equity and Justice to Launch Census Outreach Campaign

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--February 13, 2020 Power Coalition for Equity and Justice to Launch Census Outreach Campaign As part of our ‘Count Me In’ campaign, the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice will be offering Census mini-grants to community leaders and organizations. We will also be teaming up with the Data Center to provide real-time updates on how fully communities of color are being counted during Census season.      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Contacts: Janea Jamison, Census…

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Power Coalition for Equity and Justice Propels Huge Boost in Turnout Among Voters of Color in 2019 Louisiana Elections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--November 19, 2019 Power Coalition for Equity and Justice Propels Huge Boost in Turnout Among Voters of Color in 2019 Louisiana Elections After months of hard work and more than 1.1 million attempted voter contacts, the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice and our partners saw our efforts pay off, as voters of color turned out in huge numbers to make their voices heard and their power felt at the polls. NEW ORLEANS, LA | November 19, 2019—While political parties,…

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Get on the “Early Voting Express” with the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--November 5, 2019 Get on the “Early Voting Express” with the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice. Pickups Across New Orleans All Week Long. The Power Coalition for Equity and Justice and our partner organization, Step Up Louisiana, are providing rides to the polls throughout Early Voting Week. Pickups will take place in a different city council district each day (District A is Monday, District B is Tuesday…). See schedule below.   Contacts: Raegan Carter, Statewide…

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Power Coalition for Equity and Justice to Join the Moderators and Ministers of Greater New Orleans and Step Up Louisiana in Launching Early Voting Turnout in New Orleans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--October 31, 2019 Power Coalition for Equity and Justice to Join the Moderators and Ministers of Greater New Orleans and Step Up Louisiana in Launching Early Voting Turnout in New Orleans Early Voting for the Runoff Election starts this Saturday, November 2, and organizations across New Orleans are preparing to turn folks out to the polls during Early Voting Week. The effort will kick-off with a press conference tomorrow, Friday, November 1, at 12:00 p.m. at the Martin…

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Power Coalition for Equity and Justice Turning Out and Protecting Voters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--October 11, 2019 Power Coalition for Equity and Justice Turning Out and Protecting Voters This Election Day, the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice is dedicated to turning out voters AND ensuring that everyone can exercise their right to vote. We are teaming up with Election Protection, the nation’s largest non-partisan voter protection coalition, to monitor polls across Louisiana and make sure that every voter can make their voice heard through their vote  …

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Power Coalition for Equity and Justice & Partners Post Candidate Responses to Redistricting Pledge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--October 10, 2019 Power Coalition for Equity and Justice & Partners Post Candidate Responses to Redistricting Pledge Working with partner organizations Fair Districts Louisiana and Louisiana Progress, the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice asked every legislative candidate in the state to sign onto our fair redistricting pledge. The responses to that pledge are now live on our website. Contacts: Raegan Carter, Statewide Campaign Director, Power Coalition for Equity…

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Power Coalition for Equity and Justice and PolicyLink Release Louisiana Health Equity Atlas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--October 10, 2019 Power Coalition for Equity and Justice and PolicyLink Release Louisiana Health Equity Atlas The Louisiana Health Equity Atlas is a new tool that allows users to see how we can lift up our entire state, and promote health and prosperity for all, by investing in health equity in communities of color.   Contacts: Raegan Carter, Statewide Campaign Director, Power Coalition for Equity and Justice, (225) 408-9301, rcarter@powercoalition.org Peter…

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Power Coalition for Equity and Justice, Voice of the Experienced, and Black Voters Matter Team Up for Statewide GOTV Bus Tour

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--October 10, 2019 Power Coalition for Equity and Justice, Voice of the Experienced, and Black Voters Matter Team Up for Statewide GOTV Bus Tour  The Power Coalition for Equity and Justice (PCEJ) and Voice of the Experienced (VOTE) are partnering with Black Voters Matter (BVM) for a Statewide Bus Tour to educate and engage voters on the Power of their voice through exercising the right to vote.   Contacts: Raegan Carter, Statewide Campaign Director, Power Coalition for…

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Power Coalition for Equity and Justice Adds More Voter Education Tools & Resources to Website

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--October 9, 2019 Power Coalition for Equity and Justice Adds More Voter Education Tools & Resources to Website Building on our 2019 Legislator Scorecard, the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice has added a new set of voter education tools and resources to our website, including responses to our candidate survey and an explainer of the responsibilities for many of the offices that Louisianans will be voting for this coming Saturday, October 12. Contacts: Raegan…

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Power Coalition for Equity and Justice Goes Live with Our 2019 Legislator Scorecard

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--September 30, 2019 Power Coalition for Equity and Justice Goes Live with Our 2019 Legislator Scorecard To kick off Early Voting, and help voters learn more about their elected officials and candidates, the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice has launched our 2019 Legislator Scorecard.  Go to powercoalition.org/legislator-scorecards-2019/ to find out how your state representative voted on key bills during the past legislative term (2016-2019). It’s also a handy guide…

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Power Coalition for Equity and Justice, Partners Launch 2019 Get Out the Vote Campaign

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--September 11, 2019 Power Coalition for Equity and Justice, Partners Launch 2019 Get Out the Vote Campaign This past Saturday, September 7, the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice and its partner organizations launched their campaign to set out across Louisiana to knock on doors, call voters, and hold community events and candidate forums with the goal of educating voters and getting out the vote for this year’s elections. With approximately half of the state…

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Governor Signs House Bill 397

From left, Maxine Cormier, Governor John Bel Edwards, Ashley Shelton, and State Representative John H. Bagneris FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 5, 2019 Contact: Peter Robins-Brown prb@powercoalition.org, 504-256-8196 PRESS RELEASE: Governor Signs House Bill 397! Defendants Who Can’t Afford to Pay Criminal Fines and Fees Will No Longer Have Their Driver’s Licenses Suspended The Power Coalition for Equity and Justice, working in partnership with LA State Rep. John Bagneris, has helped remove a…

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Anthony Levine, Sr. Highlights Power Coalition for My Cause My Cleats

Anthony Levine, Sr. Highlights Power Coalition for My Cause My Cleats   Anthony Levine, Sr., native of Abbeville, Louisiana, two time Super Bowl Champion, and current linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens will highlight Power Coalition as his cause for the National Football League’s annual My Cause My Cleats initiative. My Cause My Cleats enable players to shine a light on their passions beyond the game. Mr. Levine is dedicated to having an impact on his community. On Sunday, December 16,…

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Articles

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

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. Here’s a look at where they stood after Round 2. One thing I love about government and politics is their ability to surprise, even in the face of sometimes mind-numbing banality. After the last election cycle, everyone from the high-and-mighty to the…

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Integrated civic engagement is essential to electoral justice

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 exposing injustices that have existed in our society for centuries. Underrepresented, disenfranchised, and oppressed people continue to be harmed the most. The virus and police are devastating Black and Indigenous communities at disproportionate rates.…

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

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 just about anyone can remember. But one clear picture has emerged in the State Capitol: lawmakers in the two parties are offering sharply divergent prescriptions to revive the battered and bruised economy. Republicans are focusing on using the levers…

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

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 that he would miss Father's Day with his six children. His bond had been set at $6,500, according to booking documents — an amount he could not easily pay. "That was like the biggest stress," Parker said. "It wasn't sitting well with me because my…

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

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; young and old. Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets in big cities and tiny towns in every U.S. state - and even around the world - to protest the killing of George Floyd, who died after a police officer pressed his knee…

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

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 America for well over a century. By Zoe Carpenter Published on Monday, June 1, 2020 by The Nation Jason Hargrove was driving a bus through the West Side of Detroit when one of his passengers began to cough, failing to cover her mouth. It…

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

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 vulnerable residents. By David Benoit Published on Monday, May 23, 2020 by The Wall Street Journal A recent study showed how little they have to fall back on. Black families have a median of only 32 cents in available cash or other…

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

$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 donation of $1 million to support programs for "needy hospitality workers due to COVID-19," which will be split equally between The United Way of Southeast Louisiana and Greater New Orleans Foundation Support Foundation. The offering of aid comes in…

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

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, outlawing the split verdicts that had persisted in Louisiana since openly racist lawmakers enshrined them in the state Constitution during the Jim Crow era. In a 6-3 decision that crossed ideological lines, the high court ruled that the Sixth Amendment’s…

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

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 COVID-19 pandemic. Louisiana isn't a stranger to disaster recovery, but efforts in the past have often left out the state's most vulnerable populations or ultimately exacerbated problems that squeeze working communities and people of color. Around 70% of…

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

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. Burch for The New York Times Rallies and marches and other traditional forms of protest are out, given the social distancing restrictions now in place from coast to coast, but activists are organizing campaigns nonetheless aimed at what is emerging…

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

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. The presidential preference primary is rescheduled for July 11. Local general elections have been reset for August 15. And in the middle of the deadly corona virus pandemic that has killed more than 1,200 Louisianans, has resulted in more than 23,000…

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Five bills introduced aimed at shaping Louisiana redistricting

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 redistricting policies. The “2020 Election Integrity Package,” put up by various state representatives, is backed by nonprofits Fair Districts Louisiana and the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice. Baton Rouge area Reps. Barry Ivey, a Republican, and…

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Wellness Among Women

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, 2020 at 7 pm. Beta Psi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Alpha Tau Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., along with the Association for Women’s Students of Southern University and the Collegiate 100 Black Women of Southern University…

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Winning labor rights in the South means changing state laws

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 early 2017, Pamela Bourgeois got into a car accident on Chef Menteur Highway in New Orleans East. The jaws of life rescued her from the passenger seat, and she suffered a broken collarbone and a torn meniscus that put her out of work. That’s when she…

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Governor Edwards creates panel promoting 2020 US Census

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 Louisiana Complete Count Committee (LCCC) to help raise awareness of the 2020 Census. According to the Governor's Office, the advisory panel is made up of community, government and business leaders who represent the diverse populations of communities…

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

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 Democrat, to win 90% of the African American voter and a third of the white vote," Rigamer said. And African Americans need to account for at least 30% of the votes cast. "That's been the formula that has held true for every every race since really…

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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

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 Woolard By Lynda Woolard - November 26, 2019 THE POWER COALITION Grit and power are the two words Ashley Shelton, Executive Director of the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice, attaches to the team of people who work alongside her. She is…

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How did Democrats win Louisiana? With classic progressive populism

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 Guardian In the weeks running up to Louisiana’s closely watched governor’s race, President Trump and the White House went all-in to deliver a Republican victory. The president’s son, Donald Trump Jr, headlined a rally for Republican candidate Eddie…

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

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

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, Louisiana Policy Institute for Children (LPIC), with a full range of Alliance supports to make early childhood a top priority during their legislative session and this year’s state elections. LPIC received: An ongoing grant for legislative advocacy and to…

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Black voter turnout powers Edwards’ win

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 Edwards will be returning to office for another four years. The Power Coalition was at the center of that effort, and Executive Director Ashley Shelton says the group knocked on over 298,000 doors, sent 375,000 text messages, and made over 350,000 phone…

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2019 Elections Are A Wrap

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 success this year, and why we have to keep the momentum rolling into 2020. Louisiana What a night in Louisiana. First off, we’re so proud of Sister District candidate Tammy Savoie. While the outcome of her race wasn’t what we’d hoped, she had the…

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The battle for voting rights in the age of mass incarceration

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 waited in her local polling station in Slidell, Louisiana, and contemplated leaving. The October primary election would be her first time voting in years — her criminal record had prevented her from casting a ballot since 2011. This year, re-registered…

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

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 to make significant headway among voters of the other party, the winner will be the one who gets more of his base to the polls. Republican Eddie Rispone, an electoral neophyte with lots of money, is looking to President Donald Trump and television…

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Community groups offering free rides to the polls

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 Voting Week. The bus pickups will follow a city council district-by-district plan each day, Monday, November 4 - Friday, November 8, with special stops also scheduled on both Saturday, November 2, and Saturday, November 9. The buses will pick up…

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

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

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 Coalition for Equity and Justice will partner with the UL-Lafayette College of Liberal Arts to host a forum for candidates who are running for House Districts 31, 43, and 45, in Harry L Griffin Hall, Room 147, on Rex Street, on the campus of the University…

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

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. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Royal Cotillion Ballroom of the Smith-Brown Memorial Student Union on campus. Candidates for the offices of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, State Senate, State Representative, East…

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2019 Get Out & Vote Campaign launching this weekend

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 begin their Get Out & Vote effort. On Saturday, September 7, the organizations hosted launch event at their VOTE office, located at 110 Travis Street, Suite 140, in Lafayette. The campaign's plan is to engage in a variety of community outreach…

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

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 affordable housing and minimum wages are especially detrimental to women and people of color. That’s according to a new report from the Partnership for Working Families, a national coalition of advocacy groups. The report uses Louisiana, Pennsylvania,…

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

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 Power Coalition for Equity and Justice on House Bill 422, which would repeal the state preemption of local  control of minimum wage and family and sick leave policies. Mark Ballard, Capitol Bureau Chief for the Advocate, notes that social issues…

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

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 statewide civic engagement table that works to shift power back to the people by fighting for policies that lift up Louisiana's families. We also work with our coalition members to educate voters, increase voter engagement, and provide a support…

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

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 license for about 20 years, the result of unpaid traffic tickets, missed court dates and compounding fines that seemed impossible to pay off. Still, the 45-year-old plumber and father had to take his children to school and get to work. When he was…

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Coalition launches campaign to increase minimum wage in Louisiana

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 run at convincing state legislators to overturn a 1999 state law that bars local governments from setting their own minimum wages. The goal of the Unleashed Local campaign that was launched on Monday is to clear a path to increase the minimum wage in…

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

  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 guaranteeing fair outcomes for all through employment, social protection, social dialogue, and fundamental principles and rights at work.” Here in the United States, one of the world’s richest countries, raising the minimum wage is the most directly…

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Influencing Complex Systems Change

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 issues. MAG has come to believe there are five elements that are critical to advancing a thriving justice ecosystem. This is the fourth in a special five-part series, in which MAG and NPQ invite you to contribute to the evolution of what these elements…

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