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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…

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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 legislature set to turn over this election season, and dozens of important local races on the ballot all over Louisiana, the time…

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Raise minimum wage, as the people want politicians to do

  BY ASHLEY SHELTON and MATT WOOD The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed the Raise the Wage Act, which would lift the federal minimum wage from an unlivable $7.25 an hour, where it’s been stuck for more than a decade, to $15 an hour. Five out of six of Louisiana’s congressional representatives voted against the bill, and it’s expected to die in the Senate thanks in part to the opposition of Louisiana’s senators. Nevertheless, that vote represents a sea change. Support for…

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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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Kyle Ardoin can be a leader in ensuring fair, impartial elections

Louisiana is making progress towards ensuring free and fair elections for all voters. In addition to taking steps towards replacing its vulnerable electronic voting machines, the state has moved to re-enfranchise some people with criminal convictions. These steps are vital in ensuring that all Louisianans have confidence in the fairness and impartiality of its elections. In recent years, however, a new threat has arisen that could undercut that confidence. Secretaries of state across the…

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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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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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Lifting Barriers: New Orleans Organizers Help People Regain Driver’s Licenses

  NEW ORLEANS – 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. But when he was eventually pulled over, it meant arrest and more fines. The worst experience came on a family vacation to a Six Flags amusement park in Texas, when a Louisiana state trooper pulled him over and…

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Who Decides? Behind a New Fund to Amplify Community Power

Last year was a challenging time for the progressive movement, but those challenges also galvanized a lot of new action—especially by organizations that speak for historically marginalized groups and are embracing intersectionality more than ever to forge new alliances with each other. However, as we often point out, philanthropy still has a long way to go before its grantmaking—and governance and staff—truly reflect America’s diversity. More broadly, for those who want to challenge status quo…

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Who might run for Louisiana governor in 2019?

The Louisiana governor's election may be nearly two years away, but Republicans hoping to keep Democrat John Bel Edwards from a second term already are sizing up the race. U.S. Sen. John Kennedy says he's considering a gubernatorial bid. U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham is openly studying a campaign for the job, traveling to the state capitol last week to talk with possible supporters. The list doesn't stop there. Attorney General Jeff Landry, state Sen. Sharon Hewitt and Stephen Waguespack, president…

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Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell announces transition team

Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell continued her transition to New Orleans' highest office, announcing the members of a transition advisory team Wednesday (Jan. 10) but gave no indication of when she would make key appointments, including police chief and the new leader of the Sewerage & Water Board. The most notable news to come out of Wednesday's event at Xavier University was the announcement of members of Cantrell's transition advisory committee, led by co-chairs Kathleen Kennedy, dean of…

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John Bel Edwards less optimistic about fixing state budget in February

Gov. John Bel Edwards is skeptical he can reach a deal with Louisiana House Republicans to fix the state's billion-dollar budget deficit in time to call a special fiscal session and address the problem in February. The governor met with the House leadership, mostly Republicans, on Monday (Jan. 8) and appears to have come away from the meeting discouraged. "At this point, I don't see a lot of reason to be optimistic that we are going to have a plan that we can agree upon in time to have a…

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How to Practice Civic Engagement in 2018

American identity is by nature political, and involving yourself in issues that matter isn’t always easy. So what does a civic life actually look like? Here are four concrete ways to become more civically engaged in the new year. It’s all too easy to prioritize national politics and miss what’s going on in your town or district.  How many of us have just voted along party lines because we didn’t know who the candidates were for attorney general or county executive? Tangible change starts at…

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