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In Louisiana, and across the U.S., we are seeing a disproportionate number of Black people die from this virus. (Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The Coronavirus Is Devastating Already Devastated Communities

The Coronavirus Is Devastating Already Devastated Communities The people and equity-centered recovery approach we are putting forward is intended to address immediate needs, but it’s also a guide for long-term change. BY Ashley Shelton…

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United Way: Coronavius crisis makes equity and progress more important

BY KIM SPORT and CHARMAINE CACCIOPPI for The Advocate

United Way: Coronavius crisis makes equity and progress more important BY KIM SPORT and CHARMAINE CACCIOPPI MAY 4, 2020 - 6:00 PM Guest columnist Melissa S. Flournoy called recently for a vision for Louisiana’s future “that is inclusive…

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Guest column: Start to plan for long-term vision of more just and prosperous Louisiana

By MELISSA S. FLOURNOY for The Advocate

Guest column: Start to plan for long-term vision of more just and prosperous Louisiana By MELISSA S. FLOURNOY APR 29, 2020 - 6:00 PM We need leadership and optimism, and to remember the old saying “when life gives you lemons, make…

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I Never Planned to Be a Front-Line Worker at Dollar General

By Kenya Slaughter for the New York Times

I Never Planned to Be a Front-Line Worker at Dollar General By Kenya Slaughter Ms. Slaughter works at Dollar General in Louisiana. Op Ed for the New York Times, April 26, 2020 ALEXANDRIA, La. — I’ve been working at Dollar General here for…

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Letters: Voters’ commitment to Medicaid mean Louisiana is better off in crisis

by Ashley Shelton for The Advocate

Letters: Voters' commitment to Medicaid mean Louisiana is better off in crisis by Ashley Shelton, Executive Director for the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice APR 3, 2020 - 6:00 PM in The Advocate If our new COVID-19 reality has taught us…

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Letters: No way for an ordinary worker to win in today’s system

BY CLARIONTA JONES for The Advocate

Letters: No way for an ordinary worker to win in today's system BY CLARIONTA JONES MARCH 30, 2020 - 6:00 PM Louisiana has changed since coronavirus hit. There is less food on the shelves, people are losing their jobs and getting sick. We…

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Our Views: Looking for an easy way to contribute? Fill out that census questionnaire

Our Views: Looking for an easy way to contribute? Fill out that census questionnaire Staff Editorial for The Advocate By now, everybody reading this should have gotten an invitation from the U.S. Census Bureau to fill out their household’s 2020…

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Our Views: In 2020, let’s all stand up and be counted

STAFF EDITORIAL, The Advocate

Our Views: In 2020, let's all stand up and be counted STAFF EDITORIAL |  JAN 1, 2020 - 6:00 AM Before he moved on to more controversial topics at the Baton Rouge Press Club some weeks ago, U.S. Sen. John Kennedy offered something of a…

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Families and Activism Drive Real Change in Louisiana

By Ashley Shelton for Equal Voice

Families and Activism Drive Real Change in Louisiana In an opinion essay, Ashley Shelton of the Power Coalition in Louisiana says the 2019 state elections are an example of how families and nonprofit organizations are making progress in the movement…

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Raise minimum wage, as the people want politicians to do

BY ASHLEY SHELTON and MATT WOOD for The Advocate

  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…

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

by Ashley K. Shelton and Jessica Marsden for The Advocate

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…

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