A Fighting Strategy For Louisiana’s LGBTQ+ Movement

March 30, 2022

Last July, Louisiana House Representative C. Travis Johnson headed to Baton Rouge for an unprecedented veto override session. Because of unexpected pressure from below, he then made the biggest flip-flop of his career: backpedaling his own transphobia.  Despite being the state’s Democratic Party Vice-Chair, Johnson co-sponsored the transgender sports ban, which had passed the two-thirds […]

LA State Rep. Mandie Landry Is Unapologetic in Her Fight for the Rights of Sex Workers

March 31, 2021

Working within the conservative Republican-controlled Louisiana Legislature, it hasn’t been easy for a progressive first-term female Democrat like State Representative Mandie Landry to pass legislation vital to her constituents’ quality of life. But that hasn’t stopped Landry from preparing an aggressive 2021 legislative agenda that will address several important issues. At the top of Landry’s […]

A Grim Milestone: Louisiana Passes 10k COVID-19 Deaths

March 22, 2021

According to the Louisiana Department of Health, more than 10,000 Louisianans have died from COVID-19. “10, 000 lives lost in one year. Any loss of life is tragic, but a loss this large is stunning,” said Dr. Courtney N. Phillips, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health. “For context, that means we have lost more […]

Mental Health Issues On The Rise In New Orleans

December 24, 2020

Mental health issues in New Orleans have been on the rise ever since the hurricane hit in 2005. The healthcare systems in New Orleans have been struggling to cope up with the after-effects of Katrina and the ongoing effects of COVID-19, and are working hard to replenish their resources to what they were like prior […]

Mega Church Minister Tony Spell’s Case Rejected by U.S. Supreme Court

November 29, 2020

Central, Louisiana’s Reverend Tony Spell is back in the news. This time a petition to hear his case was rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court.  Associate Justice Samuel Alito declined to bring the case for review before the entire court, without comment. Spell’s claim that his First Amendment rights have been violated by Louisiana’s coronavirus […]

Louisiana Ranks Below Average on Social Justice Measures Fourth Year in a Row

November 27, 2020

Louisiana and other Gulf South states ranked below average on measures of social justice for the fourth year in a row according to a report released by the Jesuit Social Research Institute (JSRI) of Loyola University New Orleans. The annual JustSouth Index ranks all 50 states plus the District of Columbia on quantitative indicators such as poverty, […]

Louisiana’s Largest Employer Rakes In Billions While Failing to Protect Workers

November 22, 2020

One of Louisiana’s largest employers has earned billions in profits during the pandemic – but that hasn’t translated into higher pay or safer working conditions for its employees. According to a new report published by the Institute for Policy Studies, in partnership with Step Up Louisiana and others, a handful of billionaire companies – including […]

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