65% of America’s Agricultural Exports Go Through the Port of New Orleans

May 25, 2021

Many people in New Orleans don’t realize how crucial the Port of New Orleans is not only for Louisiana’s, but also the United States’ economy. Without it, both would be up a river without a port.  “In Louisiana, we have about 8.3 million acres of row crops,” explained Mike Strain, the Agricultural Commissioner for Louisiana. […]

SCOTUS Rules No Mandatory Retrials for Those Convicted by Jim Crow Juries – But There Is Still Hope

May 19, 2021

Louisiana’s incarceration system, like most incarceration systems in this country, has always been racist, prioritizing putting Black men in jail over actual justice. This is made obvious by the state’s prison population being disproportionately Black and through racist laws like the one that created Jim Crow Juries.  Jim Crow Juries were legalized by an 1880 […]

Slavery Is Still Legal in Louisiana

May 18, 2021

Louisiana House Bill 196, which was an amendment that would have prohibited slavery and involuntary servitude in Louisiana, was killed by the House Committee on Civil Law and Procedure last week.  Currently, according to the state’s constitution, “Slavery and involuntary servitude are prohibited, except in the latter case as punishment for a crime.” Representative Edmond […]

Analysis Says Formosa Plastics Plant Is “Financially Risky” Yet St. James Council Still Supports It

May 14, 2021

St. James Parish is fed up with its council.  Residents have spent years telling the council that the Formosa Plastics development will only bring sickness and death to St. James, doubling the Parish’s toxic air emissions.  They’ve revealed to the council lie after lie that Formosa Plastics told to duplicitously gain land-use approval. And now […]

Formosa Plastics’ Land-Use Approval in St. James is “Already Null and Void”

May 12, 2021

In 2019, Formosa Plastics received land-use approval from the St. James Parish Council. During the process of getting that approval, the company lacked transparency, withholding information about the burial sites on the property and giving incorrect information to councilmembers regarding the site plan.  Although this was exposed to the St. James Parish council by RISE […]

No Prescription Medication in Louisiana Is Taxed, So Why Would We Tax Medical Marijuana?

May 11, 2021

On Tuesday, Louisiana’s House of Representatives passed legislation HB 514 which will impose a 4.45% sales tax on raw, smokable flower bought by medical marijuana patients. The bill is tied to HB 391 which would legalize the sale of smokable medical marijuana in Louisiana.  Currently, medical marijuana patients in Louisiana can only purchase non-smokable forms […]

Recently Advanced Louisiana Pay Transparency Bill Could Reduce Gender & Racial Wage Gaps

May 10, 2021

On Thursday, May 6 Representative Barbara Carpenter’s pay transparency legislation HB 245 advanced without objection through the Louisiana House Labor Committee to the House Floor. HB 245 will allow employees to discuss their salaries without fear of retaliation from their employer.  Mary Griggs, the President of the Independent Women’s Organization (IWO) commented on the bill, […]

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