Baton Rouge, LA– On Thursday, April 21, 2022, Power Coalition for Equity and Justice (PCEJ) will host a Lobby Day and Press Conference at the Louisiana State Capitol. The event will start at 9 a.m. on the steps of the capitol as an opportunity for the community to come out to hold elected officials accountable to their respective communities and learn more about the power PCEJ is building through legislator engagement. “The Power Coalition and our partners work in communities everyday hearing the challenges they are facing and work with them to exercise their power through democracy,” Janea Jamison, Director of Programs for PCEJ said. “This is the time for supporters and advocates to establish and strengthen relationships with policymakers.”
At 12:00 p.m. (CST) PCEJ will host a Press Conference led by PCEJ with words from partner organizations that stand for the people and push for change in carceral justice, housing justice, family justice, environmental justice and more. Anchor partners like VOTE, Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance, Louisiana Policy Institute for Children and others will join PCEJ for the day to advocate for equity and justice on behalf of the communities served throughout Louisiana during the 2022 Legislative Spring Session.
PCEJ hopes the 2022 Lobby Day at the State Capitol will be a chance for the community to share their stories and put a face to some of the bills that center them. Some of the current bills PCEJ supports includes SB 343 Expanding Early Voting Sites, HB 680 Public Notice of Poll Site Changes, HB 720 Modernizing Emergency Election Planning, and HCR 14 for the creation of a Voting Accessibility Task Force. PCEJ continues to push for the expansion of democracy in Louisiana, especially for those in marginalized and underrepresented communities. These bills will modernize the state of Louisiana’s current voting systems, and allow for people to continue to participate in the democratic process even in times of disaster and emergency. Hearing from the community as well as leaders of the organization will help further these initiatives.
Marissa Hogan, Communications Associate
###Power Coalition for Equity and Justice (PCEJ) is dedicated to supporting and coordinating civic and voter engagement across Louisiana. We are guided by values of justice and racial equity and work with our partners to build an integrated civic engagement strategy that amplifies the voices of those who have historically been ignored, and organize them into a unified movement. PCEJ focuses on building power in traditionally marginalized communities, particularly Black and Brown communities, by equipping people with the knowledge and information they need to find their voice and learn where and when to use it.