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Community Spotlight: Power Coalition Equity and Justice

Community Spotlight: Power Coalition Equity and Justice

BY WAFB
Janea Jamison of the Power Coalition for Equity & Justice talked to WAFB about the Power Coalition ...
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Though Black population increases statewide, numbers decrease on legislative level

Though Black population increases statewide, numbers decrease on legislative level

BY MARK BALLARD and BLAKE PATERSON | The Advocate
“People don’t understand how gerrymandered our maps have been over the years. We basically crack and pack people of color ...
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Guaranteed income is coming to the Gulf South. Take a look at 3 programs launching soon

Guaranteed income is coming to the Gulf South. Take a look at 3 programs launching soon

WWNO - New Orleans Public Radio | By Stephan Bisaha, Aubri Juhasz
“We know that 25% of the citizens in Shreveport are living in poverty, and we know that a program like ...
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Louisiana north shore residents want out of New Orleans area congressional district

Louisiana north shore residents want out of New Orleans area congressional district

by Wes Muller, LA Illuminator
COVINGTON — State lawmakers on Tuesday heard from many north shore residents who were eager to have new political maps ...
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Sweeping Constitutional amendments on the ballot

Sweeping Constitutional amendments on the ballot

by Mark Ballard, The Advocate
After years of doing taxes the same way, Louisiana voters beginning Saturday are being asked to decide if the state ...
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Staging Nov. 13 election has been tough

Staging Nov. 13 election has been tough

by Mark Ballard, The Advocate
Storm water had moved a tomb near the front door. When the door was opened a snake slithered out from ...
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Every Voice Matters: Why Redistricting Is Important

Every Voice Matters: Why Redistricting Is Important

By Ashley K. Shelton, Founder and President
Every Voice Matters: Why Redistricting Is Important Ashley Shelton, Executive Director of the Power Coalition of Equity & Justice, discusses ...
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Civil rights groups push for redistricting to increase chance of second Black Louisiana lawmaker

Civil rights groups push for redistricting to increase chance of second Black Louisiana lawmaker

by Mark Ballard, The Advocate
A coalition of major civil rights organizations demanded Monday that Louisiana legislators redraw election districts to increase the chance that ...
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Former state legislator: We need competition in Louisiana's stagnant political system

Former state legislator: We need competition in Louisiana’s stagnant political system

by Melissa S. Flournoy, The Advocate
Redistricting is the hot topic at the State Capitol these days, and it should be. The outcome of the redistricting ...
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Civil rights groups demand second minority-majority district in Louisiana

Civil rights groups demand second minority-majority district in Louisiana

by Mark Ballard, The Advocate
A coalition of major civil rights organizations demanded Monday that Louisiana legislators redraw election districts to allow for the chance ...
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‘It’s always urgent when it’s about vote, voice and power’

‘It’s always urgent when it’s about vote, voice and power’

By Mary C. Curtis, Joanne Levine, and Evan Campbell, Roll Call
‘It’s always urgent when it’s about vote, voice and power’ Climate change, a major concern of this week’s United Nations ...
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Disaster Recovery: A System That Continues to Fail Its People

Disaster Recovery: A System That Continues to Fail Its People

By Janea Jamison, Program Director
Disaster Recovery: A System That Continues to Fail Its People OPINION: It is imperative that groups seeking to offer humanitarian ...
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Partner Spotlight: Power Coalition for Equity and Justice delivers the goods

Partner Spotlight: Power Coalition for Equity and Justice delivers the goods

by Terry Landry, SPLC
Power Coalition for Equity and Justice is a group of community-based organizations that work together to educate and empower voters ...
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Resiliency Politics & Mutual Aid in the Wake of Hurricane Ida

Resiliency Politics & Mutual Aid in the Wake of Hurricane Ida

by Sean Fahey, Big Easy Magazine
The word resilient is one that has been oft-used to describe those of us in Louisiana who survived Hurricane Katrina ...
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Stop Asking Us to Be Resilient: On Hurricane Ida, COVID-19, and Trauma in Louisiana

Stop Asking Us to Be Resilient: On Hurricane Ida, COVID-19, and Trauma in Louisiana

by Ashley K. Shelton, Published in Essence
"WE CANNOT EXCUSE THE SUFFERING OF MARGINALIZED PEOPLE AS A MATTER OF FATE; IT IS A MATTER OF POLITICAL WILL," ...
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12 organizations directly helping Black, brown victims of Hurricane Ida

12 organizations directly helping Black, brown victims of Hurricane Ida

by Danielle James, Yahoo News
“It is imperative that groups seeking to offer humanitarian relief direct funds to grassroots groups who are closest to the ...
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New Orleans could see Entergy bill hike to cover company‘s Ida recovery costs

New Orleans could see Entergy bill hike to cover company‘s Ida recovery costs

by Sarah Ravits, The Gambit
Entergy New Orleans customers could end up paying higher electricity bills to cover the cost of repairs from Hurricane Ida  — but how big of an increase ...
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Black Southern Women’s Collective Urges Candidates to Focus on Needs of Marginalized People and Not Police Budgets

Black Southern Women’s Collective Urges Candidates to Focus on Needs of Marginalized People and Not Police Budgets

Atlanta Daily World
Ahead of a host of local and municipal elections, the Black Southern Women’s Collective, today urged marginalized communities to demand ...
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On Hurricane Ida, COVID-19, and trauma: Resilience cannot be a permanent state

On Hurricane Ida, COVID-19, and trauma: Resilience cannot be a permanent state

By Ashley K. Shelton, Founder and President
On Hurricane Ida, COVID-19, and trauma: Resilience cannot be a permanent state OPINION: It is imperative that groups seeking to ...
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Louisiana judge rejects request to resume $300-a-week federal benefits for jobless residents

Louisiana judge rejects request to resume $300-a-week federal benefits for jobless residents

by Blake Paterson, The Advocate, Photo By Max Becherer
A Louisiana judge on Thursday rejected a request for a preliminary injunction that would have required the state to resume ...
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How door-to-door canvassing became the 'heartbeat' of Louisiana's COVID-19 vaccination campaign

How door-to-door canvassing became the ‘heartbeat’ of Louisiana’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign

by Blake Paterson, The Advocate
When Lakeisha Brown knocks on doors to talk about the coronavirus vaccines, she anticipates tough conversations. Oftentimes, folks are confused ...
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Voting to Determine Your Health - The Open Mind, Hosted by Alexander Heffner

Voting to Determine Your Health – The Open Mind, Hosted by Alexander Heffner

The Open Mind On PBS
Power Coalition CEO Ashley Shelton discusses grassroots organizing in Louisiana in the current pandemic and political landscape ...
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Additional early voting days nearly secured in Louisiana

Additional early voting days nearly secured in Louisiana

By Destinee Patterson, KSLA 12
BATON ROUGE, La. (KSLA) - Louisiana voters could have four additional days for early voting in the next presidential election ...
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An Election Day line at Eleanor McMain Secondary School in New Orleans Nov. 3, 2020. (Photo by Jarvis DeBerry)

Louisiana has a voting access problem; expanding the number of voting days could help

By Valencia Richardson and Candice Battiste
Louisiana has a voting access problem, particularly in areas where Black voters reside. But one bill before the Louisiana Legislature, HB ...
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Louisiana Power Coalition seeks to reach immigrants who avoided 2020 Census

Louisiana Power Coalition seeks to reach immigrants who avoided 2020 Census

By Darran Todd, KTAL/KMSS Staff
SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – A coalition of Louisiana organizations dedicated to civic engagement wants to get the word out to ...
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La.’s GOP lawmakers now support COVID-19 accommodations for upcoming elections

La.’s GOP lawmakers now support COVID-19 accommodations for upcoming elections

By By Wesley Muller, The Louisiana Weekly
Ashley Shelton, the executive director of the nonprofit, said Tuesday night that her organization appreciates Ardoin keeping the COVID-19 reasons ...
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Florida Just Passed A $15 Minimum Wage. Is The Time Right For A Big Nationwide Hike?

Florida Just Passed A $15 Minimum Wage. Is The Time Right For A Big Nationwide Hike?

By Andrea Hsu, NPR
When news broke that Florida voters had approved a ballot measure raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, Terrence ...
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Amendment 5 opponents say Louisiana lawmakers should take the amendment’s defeat to heart

Amendment 5 opponents say Louisiana lawmakers should take the amendment’s defeat to heart

By JC Canicosa, Louisiana Illuminator
‘The people are tired’ of corporate tax exemptions, one opponent says During Tuesday’s statewide election, Louisiana voters rejected Amendment 5, ...
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The latest factor in voter suppression: Weather

The latest factor in voter suppression: Weather

By Lorraine Woellert and Catherine Boudreau, Politico
Extreme temperatures and record storms are shuttering polls, leading climate advocates to raise concerns about disenfranchisement.  A record number of ...
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VOTER SOLUTIONS: Power Coalition makes sure no voter is turned away

VOTER SOLUTIONS: Power Coalition makes sure no voter is turned away

By Isabel Albritton, MyAkrLaMiss.com
WEST MONROE, LA. (KTVE/KARD)– Candice Battiste with Power Coalition Equity and Justice said this year’s early voter turnout was record ...
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Historic election nears; how metro New Orleans officials plan to handle the crowds

Historic election nears; how metro New Orleans officials plan to handle the crowds

BY JEFF ADELSON AND FAIMON ROBERTS, Nola.com
Louisiana is gearing up for a historic election on Tuesday, with officials in the New Orleans area expecting extraordinary turnout ...
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Chronically homeless in Baton Rouge often miss out on right to vote

Chronically homeless in Baton Rouge often miss out on right to vote

By Austin Kemker, WAFB9
BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - On Election Day Tuesday, there will be a population that has a much tougher time ...
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Louisiana voting advocates rebuffed in effort to extend absentee-ballot deadlines in wake of Hurricane Zeta

Louisiana voting advocates rebuffed in effort to extend absentee-ballot deadlines in wake of Hurricane Zeta

By Katy Reckdahl, The Washington Post
In Louisiana, where 325,000 homes remained without electricity Friday in the wake of Hurricane Zeta, voting advocates were rebuffed in ...
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The Power Coalition is providing rides to the polls in Shreveport

The Power Coalition is providing rides to the polls in Shreveport

By KTBS-3
SHREVEPORT, La- If you need a ride to the polls on Election Day, the Power Coalition --along with its Power ...
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What Happens to Voting When There’s a Natural Disaster

What Happens to Voting When There’s a Natural Disaster

By Linda Poon, Bloomberg CityLab
WEST MONROE, LA. (KTVE/KARD)– Candice Battiste with Power Coalition Equity and Justice said this year’s early voter turnout was record ...
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Northeast Louisiana ranks last in the state in quality of life according to new study

Northeast Louisiana ranks last in the state in quality of life according to new study

By Perry Robinson, KNOE
OUACHITA PARISH, La. (KNOE) - A new study by the non-profit Measure of America revealed that Northeast Louisiana has the ...
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'One, two, three punch': Back-to-back hurricanes and COVID-19 complicate voting in Lake Charles

‘One, two, three punch’: Back-to-back hurricanes and COVID-19 complicate voting in Lake Charles

By Maria Clark The American South
A string of natural disasters has drastically altered how Lake Charles’ residents will cast their votes this election year. In ...
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FACT CHECK: President Trump claims you can change your vote, but does that hold up in the ArkLaTex?

FACT CHECK: President Trump claims you can change your vote, but does that hold up in the ArkLaTex?

By Destinee Patterson for KSLA
SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - President Donald Trump posted a tweet on Tuesday, saying people can change their votes. However, that ...
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Scalawag is answering your questions about voter suppression in the South.

Scalawag is answering your questions about voter suppression in the South.

By Scalawag Reporters
On the precipice of a historic election in a global pandemic, as anti-racist action confronts increasing authoritarianism, voting is under ...
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Organizations host information drives for Vote Early Day

Organizations host information drives for Vote Early Day

By Destinee Patterson for KSLA
SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Long lines and anxious voters signal early voting across the United States, as the country prepares ...
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Voting down the ballot: Which local races matter?

Voting down the ballot: Which local races matter?

By Courtney Napier, Scalawag Magazine
How to make sense of the seemingly endless list of local offices up for election. "Overcrowded ballots are a form ...
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After Hurricanes, It’s Harder Than Ever for Lake Charles’ Black Residents To Cast a Ballot

After Hurricanes, It’s Harder Than Ever for Lake Charles’ Black Residents To Cast a Ballot

By Carly Berlin, The Pulitzer Center
BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - On Election Day Tuesday, there will be a population that has a much tougher time ...
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ID mix-up during early voting resolved for Caddo Parish voter

ID mix-up during early voting resolved for Caddo Parish voter

By Jeff Ferrell, KSLA12
SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - With more than 41 million Americans already voting in the 2020 election, there’s a strong feeling ...
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Junebug Productions and Power Coalition Wants You to Exercises Your Right to Vote

Junebug Productions and Power Coalition Wants You to Exercises Your Right to Vote

By BWW Newsdesk, Broadway World New Orleans
Tomorrow, October 20, at 7:00 p.m., Stephanie Mckee-Anderson, Executive Artistic Director of Junebug Productions, a 40-year-old local and national leader in ...
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How to Support Voting Rights and Protect our Elections: A Guide for Where to Donate Money

How to Support Voting Rights and Protect our Elections: A Guide for Where to Donate Money

By Mallika Mitra, Money
In the midst of a pandemic and uncertainty about what Nov. 3 will bring, it’s safe to say that the 2020 presidential ...
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'Bring a chair' | Early voting in Jefferson Parish still takes hours on Day 3

‘Bring a chair’ | Early voting in Jefferson Parish still takes hours on Day 3

By Danny Monteverde, Eyewitness News
According to the Louisiana Secretary of State, 16,880 people cast a ballot Friday and Saturday in Jefferson Parish during the ...
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In Marrero, the line for early voting starts before 3 a.m.: 'The numbers are through the roof'

In Marrero, the line for early voting starts before 3 a.m.: ‘The numbers are through the roof’

By Katy Reckdahl for Nola.com
Maxine Shelby, a former poll commissioner in Avondale, was shocked, because she thought she knew what to expect from early ...
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THE POWER COALITION FOR EQUALITY AND JUSTICE HOSTING SERIES OF LIVE AND ONLINE EVENTS ACROSS LOUISIANA DURING EARLY VOTING PERIOD

THE POWER COALITION FOR EQUALITY AND JUSTICE HOSTING SERIES OF LIVE AND ONLINE EVENTS ACROSS LOUISIANA DURING EARLY VOTING PERIOD

By Kenny Darr, FOX 15
The Power Coalition for Equity and Justice (PCEJ) and their partners -- including Voice of the Experienced (VOTE), and the ...
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Don't discount the majority of your state: Reaching rural Southern voters

Don’t discount the majority of your state: Reaching rural Southern voters

by LOVEY COOPER and COURTNEY NAPIER, Scalawag Magazine
As The South Votes Town Hall—Part 2 Scalawag created the As the South Votes project in part as a resource for rural ...
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Black disillusionment is real, but Black liberation is possible

Black disillusionment is real, but Black liberation is possible

By by LOVEY COOPER and COURTNEY NAPIER for Scalawag Magazine
We all know someone who isn't going to vote this election. Sometimes it's out of deep frustration and disappointment, and ...
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Voter summit brings students together around importance of voting

Voter summit brings students together around importance of voting

By Emma Brick-Hezeau, Tulane News
A string of natural disasters has drastically altered how Lake Charles’ residents will cast their votes this election year. In ...
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Louisiana lawmakers push COVID-19 relief for businesses, but not workers

Louisiana lawmakers push COVID-19 relief for businesses, but not workers

By Julie O'Donoghue, Louisiana Illuminator
‘This is just not the time,’ business lobby says about increasing unemployment benefits Louisiana lawmakers approved several bills Monday (Oct ...
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Louisiana election precautions will remain in place despite appeal from Kyle Ardoin, Jeff Landry

Louisiana election precautions will remain in place despite appeal from Kyle Ardoin, Jeff Landry

By Sam Karlin, The Advocate
Louisiana’s expanded early voting, mail ballots and other coronavirus precautions will still take place for the Nov. 3 presidential election, ...
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Appeal of Louisiana’s emergency election rules comes too late to change Nov. 3 rules

Appeal of Louisiana’s emergency election rules comes too late to change Nov. 3 rules

By Jarvis DeBerry, Louisiana Illuminator
But Louisiana’s elections chief and A.G. want higher court to ‘review the law’ In a move that has the potential ...
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La. lawmakers move to halt business tax hike, seek another way to refill unemployment fund

La. lawmakers move to halt business tax hike, seek another way to refill unemployment fund

By Harrison Golden, NBC 33
BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — A Louisiana House panel agreed Monday that the state’s unemployment trust fund needs replenishing, but ...
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La. lawmakers vote down unemployment increase, move to suspend business tax hike

La. lawmakers vote down unemployment increase, move to suspend business tax hike

By Matt Houston, WAFB
BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - A House committee Monday, Oct. 12, killed an idea to boost the maximum weekly unemployment ...
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Lawmakers reject higher jobless benefits for Louisiana workers as state borrows to keep fund afloat

Lawmakers reject higher jobless benefits for Louisiana workers as state borrows to keep fund afloat

By Sam Karlin, The Advocate
As Louisiana takes on federal debt to pay unemployment benefits after running out of money in the jobless fund, lawmakers ...
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La. lawmakers reject unemployment pay increase as state trust fund dwindles

La. lawmakers reject unemployment pay increase as state trust fund dwindles

By Bess Casserleigh, WBRZ
BATON ROUGE - A spirited rally of furloughed workers did nothing to sway the vote for a bill that could ...
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House Labor Committee to discuss bills related to unemployment; rally to be held

House Labor Committee to discuss bills related to unemployment; rally to be held

By Kourtney Williams, BRProud
BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The state has seen some heavy hits due to covid-19 and the house will have ...
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Census deadline extension means Louisiana has more time to be counted

Census deadline extension means Louisiana has more time to be counted

By Jarvis DeBerry, Louisiana Illuminator
State’s response rate remains second from bottom Louisiana residents and residents throughout the country will have at least until Monday ...
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Voter registration on the rise in parts of the ArkLaTex

Voter registration on the rise in parts of the ArkLaTex

By Destinee Patterson, KSLA 12
SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — Election Day is just over a month away, which means time is running out for people ...
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Hurricane Laura evacuees receiving tools to vote and complete census

Hurricane Laura evacuees receiving tools to vote and complete census

By Marquel Sennet, ArkLaTex
SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Work is underway to ensure Hurricane Laura evacuees have the tools needed to vote and complete ...
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Louisiana Secretary of State issues absentee voting tutorial; Democrats allege voter suppression tactics in the state

Louisiana Secretary of State issues absentee voting tutorial; Democrats allege voter suppression tactics in the state

By Sabrina Wilson, Fox8
NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - As the presidential election nears the controversy over who will be able to vote and ...
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Louisiana Secretary of State issues absentee voting tutorial; Democrats allege voter suppression tactics in the state

Louisiana Secretary of State issues absentee voting tutorial; Democrats allege voter suppression tactics in the state

By Sabrina Wilson, Fox 8
NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - As the presidential election nears the controversy over who will be able to vote and ...
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Organizations push voters to register online, in-person ahead of election

Organizations push voters to register online, in-person ahead of election

By Carmen Poe, WAFB-9
BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - We are right in the middle of Voter Registration Week in East Baton Rouge Parish, ...
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First Came the Floods. Then Came the Polling Place Changes.

First Came the Floods. Then Came the Polling Place Changes.

By Carrie Levine, Pratheek Rebala, Matt Vasilogambros for The Center for Public Integrity
A federal district court judge ruled to expand early voting and mail-in voting When historic floods overwhelmed East Baton Rouge ...
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Coalition that sued Secretary of State responds to court victory

Coalition that sued Secretary of State responds to court victory

By Destinee Patterson, KSLA News 12
A federal district court judge ruled to expand early voting and mail-in voting SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - The Power Coalition ...
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Judge tosses Louisiana doctor's note rule for citing Covid to vote by mail

Judge tosses Louisiana doctor’s note rule for citing Covid to vote by mail

By The Fulcrum Staff
BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - On Election Day Tuesday, there will be a population that has a much tougher time ...
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Federal judge: Republicans’ election plan ‘unconstitutional’

Federal judge: Republicans’ election plan ‘unconstitutional’

By Wesley Muller, Louisiana Illuminator
Louisiana must use COVID-19 allowances for mail ballots Voters who expressed concern that voting in person would put them or ...
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Louisiana should allow more mail-in ballots for Nov. 3 election, federal judge rules

Louisiana should allow more mail-in ballots for Nov. 3 election, federal judge rules

By Mark Ballard, The Advocate
Louisiana should allow more access to absentee mail ballots for the Nov. 3 presidential elections, U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick ...
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Louisiana has 3rd worst census response rate with 2 weeks to go

Louisiana has 3rd worst census response rate with 2 weeks to go

By Jarvis DeBarry, Louisiana Illuminator
Residents can still respond by mail, by phone or online With two weeks to go until the U.S. Census Bureau ...
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Louisiana's Controversial COVID-19 Election Plan Goes Before A Federal Judge This Week

Louisiana’s Controversial COVID-19 Election Plan Goes Before A Federal Judge This Week

By Paul Braun, New Orleans Public Radio
A federal judge this week may decide the fate of the controversial emergency elections plan proposed by Louisiana Secretary of ...
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Trial over Louisiana’s COVID-19 election plan concludes

Trial over Louisiana’s COVID-19 election plan concludes

By David Jacobs, The Center Square
Testimony concluded Wednesday in the court case that could decide how Louisiana runs elections scheduled for November and December. U.S ...
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Should Louisiana have a special election plan due to coronavirus?

Should Louisiana have a special election plan due to coronavirus?

By Wesley Muller, Louisiana Illuminator
Federal judge to rule ‘as quickly as humanly possible’ A two-day hearing to decide if the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic ...
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Chronically homeless in Baton Rouge often miss out on right to vote

Chronically homeless in Baton Rouge often miss out on right to vote

By David Jacobs, The Center Square
BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - On Election Day Tuesday, there will be a population that has a much tougher time ...
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Election official: More mail ballots could delay results

Election official: More mail ballots could delay results

By Kevin McGill, The Associated Press
Louisiana's election commissioner testified Wednesday that she's concerned the volume of absentee mail ballots expected for the Nov. 3 election ...
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With census deadline approaching, Louisiana falls behind

With census deadline approaching, Louisiana falls behind

By Tristan Land, WBRZ
BATON ROUGE - In an effort to get more people to fill out their 2020 census questionnaires, Governor John Bel ...
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Time is running out to complete 2020 census

Time is running out to complete 2020 census

By Marquel Sennet, ArkLaTex.com
SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Time is running out to get counted in the 2020 census. Wednesday is Louisiana Census Day ...
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Emergency election plan courtroom fight begins with plaintiffs winning a battle

Emergency election plan courtroom fight begins with plaintiffs winning a battle

By Jarvis DeBerry, Louisiana Illuminator
Judge rules against state’s motion to dismiss plaintiffs Louisiana voters who say they will be disenfranchised by the state’s absence ...
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Louisiana’s clash over mail-in ballots reaches federal court

Louisiana’s clash over mail-in ballots reaches federal court

By Harrison Golden, BRProud
BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — A federal judge will hear more arguments Wednesday on whether Louisiana should further expand mail-in ...
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Voting rights group reacts to Edwards taking on secretary of state in court over mail-in voting

Voting rights group reacts to Edwards taking on secretary of state in court over mail-in voting

By Sabrina Wilson, Fox8Live
NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - A group suing Louisiana over limitations on absentee or mail-in voting reacted to Gov. John ...
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Edwards supports lawsuit seeking extension of summer emergency voting plan to fall elections

Edwards supports lawsuit seeking extension of summer emergency voting plan to fall elections

By Carolyn Roy, BRProud
BATON ROUGE, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Gov. John Bel Edwards filed a memorandum Wednesday in support of a federal lawsuit over ...
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After Hurricane Laura, residents in parishes not approved for FEMA aid feel ‘completely on their own’

After Hurricane Laura, residents in parishes not approved for FEMA aid feel ‘completely on their own’

By Jarvis DeBerry, Louisiana Illuminator
‘We weren’t expecting a tree to fall into our house,’ Shreveport woman says Hurricane Laura hit the Louisiana coast as ...
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Fight over La. mail-in ballots heads to court

Fight over La. mail-in ballots heads to court

By Mark Ballard, The Advocate (in Houma Today)
Now that Hurricane Laura has passed, Louisiana politicos are returning to the issue of what role mail-in balloting will play ...
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Louisiana's fight over mail-in ballots is headed to federal court; here are the next steps

Louisiana’s fight over mail-in ballots is headed to federal court; here are the next steps

By Mark Ballard, The Advocate
Now that Hurricane Laura has passed, Louisiana politicos are returning to the issue of what role mail-in balloting will play ...
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Federal judge sets Sept. 8 hearing regarding Louisiana’s election plans

Federal judge sets Sept. 8 hearing regarding Louisiana’s election plans

By Jarvis DeBerry, Louisiana Illuminator
Plaintiffs say Louisiana is forcing them to risk death to vote Louisiana residents who have accused Gov. John Bel Edwards ...
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Caddo Parish could be adding second early voting location, commission vote today

Caddo Parish could be adding second early voting location, commission vote today

By Chris Lyon, Heliopolis
Caddo Parish could be getting a second early voting location today if commissioners allow it. The item appears on today’s ...
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Meet the 40 under Forty young professionals, class of 2020

Meet the 40 under Forty young professionals, class of 2020

By Shreveport Times
The Young Professionals Initiative, the young professionals program of the Greater Shreveport Chamber in Northwest Louisiana, debuted its 2020 40 ...
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Census count vital for federal funding

Census count vital for federal funding

American Press
If the Lake Charles area is undercounted in the 2020 census by just 5 percent, that could mean a loss ...
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Louisiana could possibly hold November election with no special provisions for COVID-19

Louisiana could possibly hold November election with no special provisions for COVID-19

By Paul Murphy, Eyewitness News
Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin has a plan that would roll back the categories of people who could vote by ...
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Louisiana’s Covid test proposal would exclude 'thousands' from mail-in voting

Louisiana’s Covid test proposal would exclude ‘thousands’ from mail-in voting

By Sam Levine, The Guardian
In an unprecedented move, Louisiana’s top election official wants to require a positive Covid-19 test if a voter wants to ...
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Louisiana governor will block emergency virus elections plan

Louisiana governor will block emergency virus elections plan

By Paul Murphy / Eyewitness News, Chris McCrory (WWL)
Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin's emergency election plan for the November election, released Monday, scales back mail-in voting allowances ...
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John Bel Edwards calls election plan 'woefully inadequate,' says he won't sign it

John Bel Edwards calls election plan ‘woefully inadequate,’ says he won’t sign it

By Sam Karlin and Mark Ballard, The Advocate
Gov. John Bel Edwards said Tuesday he won’t support the emergency election plan put forth by Secretary of State Kyle ...
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Louisiana's laid-off workers could soon get $300 more in weekly checks; here's how

Louisiana’s laid-off workers could soon get $300 more in weekly checks; here’s how

By Sam Karlin, The Advocate
Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday the state will move forward with a plan to deliver additional $300 checks to ...
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President Trump circumvents Congress with executive actions extending unemployment benefits and halting evictions

President Trump circumvents Congress with executive actions extending unemployment benefits and halting evictions

By Allison Stevens and Jacob Fischler, Louisiana Illuminator
President Donald Trump on Saturday circumvented Congress and took action into his own hands, after weeks of unsuccessful negotiations over ...
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An early end to the census would likely hurt Louisiana

An early end to the census would likely hurt Louisiana

By Wesley Muller, Louisiana Illuminator
Critics say Trump’s latest move is strictly for political gain President Donald Trump has ordered the Census Bureau to end ...
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Reimagining census organizing: "It's political and it's powerful"

Reimagining census organizing: “It’s political and it’s powerful”

By Anoa Changa, Prism
The deadline for completing the 2020 Census is September 30. It can be completed by phone, by mail, or online ...
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Reimagining census organizing: "It's political and it's powerful"

Reimagining census organizing: “It’s political and it’s powerful”

By ANOA CHANGA, Prism
The NAACP Legal Defense Fund filed suit against the state of Louisiana Monday, accusing state officials of a “failure to ensure ...
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Lawsuit accuses Louisiana of insufficient emergency plans for upcoming elections

Lawsuit accuses Louisiana of insufficient emergency plans for upcoming elections

By Jarvis DeBerry, Louisiana Illuminator
The NAACP Legal Defense Fund filed suit against the state of Louisiana Monday, accusing state officials of a “failure to ...
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What if Louisiana remains in Phase 2 during Nov. 3 election? There's an emergency plan for that

What if Louisiana remains in Phase 2 during Nov. 3 election? There’s an emergency plan for that

By Mark Ballard, The Advocate
Facing a legal challenge, Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin said Wednesday he’s about 10 days away from asking for another ...
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Lawsuit: Louisiana doing too little to protect voting rights

Lawsuit: Louisiana doing too little to protect voting rights

By MELINDA DESLATTE / Associated Press
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Voting rights advocates filed a federal lawsuit Monday against Louisiana’s governor and chief elections officer, ...
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Advocacy groups want emergency election plan from Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin

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By Jarvis DeBerry, Published in Louisiana Illuminator
Twenty-eight advocacy groups, including the NAACP, Voice of the Experienced and the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice sent a ...
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Louisianians Protest for $600 Benefit, Against Evictions

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By Janet McConnaughey / Associated Press
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Amid COVID-19, absentee voting advocates request emergency election plan for fall

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by: Harrison Golden for BRProud
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The Food Industry Puts Profits Over Public Health Using Big Tobacco’s Playbook

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By Gigi Kellett, Citizen Truth
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Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins pushes for more pandemic relief funds

Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins pushes for more pandemic relief funds

By Deborah Bayliss, Shreveport Times
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Unemployed Louisiana workers to hold virtual town hall with elected officials to discuss new challenges in COVID-19 era

Unemployed Louisiana workers to hold virtual town hall with elected officials to discuss new challenges in COVID-19 era

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Unemployed Louisiana workers will hold a virtual town hall with elected officials to discuss the ...
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COVID-19 health equity task force sends recommendations to Gov. Edwards

COVID-19 health equity task force sends recommendations to Gov. Edwards

By Louisiana Illuminator
After Gov. John Bel Edwards announced in April that 70 percent of Louisianians who had died of COVID-19 were Black, ...
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Louisiana Grassroots Organizations Can Be Key Partners during COVID-19 Recovery

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By Wilton Oliver, Urban Institute
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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

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By Clancy DuBos for Gambit
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Integrated civic engagement is essential to electoral justice

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By Alexis Anderson-Reed for Prism on The Daily Kos
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By Jade Jackson, Published in ArkLaTex
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Coronavirus response reveals clear split between Republicans, Democrats in Baton Rouge over whom to aid

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

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

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Juneteenth, remembered with march to gates of Angola

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A black Louisiana lawmaker pitched a police reform study. A white colleague called it racist.

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By Sam Karlin, The Advocate
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Will Covid-19 Be a Turning Point in the Fight Against Racial Disparities in Health Care?

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By Zoe Carpenter, Published by The Nation
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More People Unemployed And Dead In New Orleans From Coronavirus Than Katrina

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By Ann Brown, The Moguldom Nation
Hurricane Karina was devastating to Black communities in New Orleans and all of Louisiana, but it turns out the devastation ...
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Coronavirus Devastates Black New Orleans: ‘This Is Bigger Than Katrina’

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By David Benoit, Published by 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 ...
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Starve the Budget, Feed the Business Interests

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By Sue Lincoln, Bayou Brief
"We have to do something to keep this industry here. If we do not, the state of Louisiana will shrivel ...
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LAWSUIT: Expand mail-in voting; make in-person voting ‘safer’ in La. during pandemic

LAWSUIT: Expand mail-in voting; make in-person voting ‘safer’ in La. during pandemic

By Kevin Foster, WAFB-9
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The latest on Oxfam’s global COVID-19 response

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By Oxfam
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$1M donated by New Orleans' convention center -- but labor activists call for much more

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

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by John Simerman for Nola.com
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Louisiana advocacy organizations have a roadmap for an equitable COVID-19 recovery

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

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

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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 ...
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Resources for New Orleans area residents affected by the coronavirus pandemic

Resources for New Orleans area residents affected by the coronavirus pandemic

By JACK CLAPP, Nola.com
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Proposed Louisiana legislation addresses redistricting, voting by mail and purging inactive voters

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Five bills introduced aimed at shaping Louisiana redistricting

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Governor Edwards creates panel promoting 2020 US Census

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

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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

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Black voter turnout powers Edwards’ win

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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

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Community groups offering free rides to the polls

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

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

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Coalition launches campaign to increase minimum wage in Louisiana

Coalition launches campaign to increase minimum wage in Louisiana

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Coalition launches campaign to increase minimum wage in Louisiana By Terry L. Jones Published on March 11, 2019 by The Advocate Labor organizations, ...
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Activists, journalists and celebrities team up to ‘Unrig the System’

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By Mary Cross, Tulane News
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