April 30th, 2013
Lanny Roy, President, A Community Voice protests Jindal Policies on Capitol Steps
Flanked by signs and posters with demands to Jindal to Expand Medicaid funding and Stop the Cuts-Save Jobs, Lanny Roy, Lake Charles resident and president of A Community Voice, spoke to a diverse crowd. At its height, nearly 1000 residents rallied on the steps of the state’s capitol. Mr. Roy, though fighting for his own life, with a condition brought on by working in chemical plants in Lake Charles, valiantly came to address the “Enough is Enough” rally.
Using a megaphone, while seated in a wheelchair, Mr. Roy addressed the crowd organized by Forward Louisiana. The new coalition is the most diverse of all to have protested on the capitol steps with member groups that range from community and labor organizations, to worker, disability, human rights and education health care advocates. Roy told the crowd that A Community Voice had found Gov. Jindal insensitive and unaccountable, when he failed to respond to repeated requests to discuss the issues.
Interrupted by applause, Mr. Roy stated “I wouldn’t be alive if it weren’t for the charity hospital system. The other hospitals don’t do what Charity does. Charity Hospitals are a Louisiana tradition that have lasted well over 200 years. We need to keep our traditions”.
Meanwhile, inside the State Capitol, a banner was dropped by Forward Louisiana member that demanded to the legislators, “Take the Medicaid Money” Shortly afterwards, a Senate Health Committee panel voted 4 – 3 to expand Medicaid in Louisiana.
April 11th, 2013
A Community Voice members are trying to make sure the City places a facility at this playground so that the neighborhood can receive NORD programmatic funding for programs for kids and seniors.
April 5th, 2013
Members of ACV and Local 100 United Labor Unions make visit to Louisiana State Legislators local offices to ask them to vote the right way on Medicaid Expansion and save lives.
March 2nd, 2013
Over 400 people came out to St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church to sign up for housing programs, jobs and more. Thanks to all of our great sponsors. See Housing Fair Flyer 2013.
A Community Voice hosted a Valentine’s Day Party and Meeting in the Lower 9th Ward. It was potluck and members cooked up some delicious food for the celebration.
Dear Governor Jindal,
A Community Voice represents hundreds of thousands of working and low income families in Louisiana. We strongly support restoration of funds to allow the continued operation and services of the Louisiana hospitals that you have already have or plan to sell to private entities.
Further, A Community Voice believes that Medicaid expansion is the right choice for Louisiana and we urge you to reconsider your decision to reject this unprecedented opportunity to improve public health and grow the state’s economy. Medicaid expansion could provide health coverage to 400,000 Louisianans, most of whom are currently uninsured, and bring in billions of new federal dollars. It will benefit Louisiana’s families, businesses, health care providers and the economy—all at little cost to the state budget.
Lanny Roy President
January 26th, 2013
Students from Xavier, Tulane and Loyola Universities came out to volunteer with A Community Voice. They learned how to do door to door outreach and canvassed in several New Orleans East neighborhoods to inform residents of upcoming meetings.
December 15th, 2012
Thanks to ACV members, Judge Willard Community Service program, lowernine.org, St. Aug School, and Sheriff Marlin Gusman, A Community Voice cut down 15 overgrown lots during a two week period right before Christmas. These are pictures from our cleanup event on December 15th.