Orleans Parish Sheriff Candidate Susan Hutson Discusses Important Issues With Big Easy Ahead of Primary

October 4, 2021

As the November 13th primary election for Orleans Parish Sheriff approaches, Big Easy Magazine got the opportunity to sit down with Susan Hutson to find out her takes on the big issues. BEM: The Marshall project published an article about a man named Farrell Sampier, who died of a neurological condition in Angola that he […]

Louisiana Department of Natural Resources Pushes Back on Wallace Grain Elevator

September 16, 2021

  The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (LDNR) released a decision on September 7th to officially reconsider a coastal-use permit (CUP) application for a grain terminal in Wallace, Louisiana. The decision is signed by Thomas F. Harris, secretary of the Department of Natural Resources.  The decision comes as a success to the applicants for reconsideration […]

Resiliency Politics & Mutual Aid in the Wake of Hurricane Ida

September 14, 2021

Resilient, /r??zily?nt/, adjective 1. (of a person or animal) able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions. The word resilient is one that has been oft-used to describe those of us in Louisiana who survived Hurricane Katrina. A description one finds in media spectacles, political assurances, and academic studies. However, this notion of resiliency […]

Proposed Grain Elevator Charged By Community With Environmental Racism

August 27, 2021

A press conference was held August 23rd in Wallace by the community organization, Stop the Wallace Grain Elevator, voicing opposition and demands in response to a proposed grain terminal in Wallace, Louisiana. Representatives from the Center for Constitutional Rights, Tulane Environmental Law Clinic, RISE St. James, and Louisiana Bucket Brigade were in attendance. The grain […]

The Way We’re Approaching Delta Leaves Kids Out of the Equation

August 23, 2021

On Wednesday, a raucous crowd of unmasked anti-mask protesters brought a premature end to a Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education meeting. Agenda item #9 was a board vote on whether they would formally support Governor John Bel Edwards’ statewide mask mandate in classrooms. They never got to agenda item #9, however, due […]

As the Sheriff’s Election Approaches, OPPRC Organizes

August 17, 2021

In anticipation of an important Orleans Parish Sheriff’s election and further meetings on the planned Phase III facility, the Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition (OPPRC) is organizing in various ways. OPPRC’s website advertises itself as a “diverse, grassroots coalition of individuals and organizations from across New Orleans who have come together to shrink the size […]

In the Face of Opposition, Nucor Expansion Fails

August 13, 2021

The Louisiana Bucket Brigade, a grassroots organization that fights for environmental justice in Louisiana, released a press statement Wednesday reporting that Nucor Steel had cancelled their planned “Pelletizer Project” – a major expansion of their facility in St. James Parish. This comes as good news to the members of the local community and environmental organizations […]

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