Candidate Forum set for Saturday March 4th 1pm Allen P August Multi-Purpose Center Lake Charles

A Community Voice (ACV) is pleased to announce that we are hosting a public candidate forum on:

Saturday March 4th    1pm

Allen P August Multi-Purpose Center

2001 Moeling Street.

This forum will introduce the public to candidates running for Mayor and City Council District A, B, C, F and inform as many people as possible the positions of each candidate. Some of the main issues of concern are affordable housing, economic development and jobs, as well as health care.

Mayoral candidates will go first at 1pm, followed by City Council candidates at 2pm. Candidates will be allowed brief introductions, following with a question and answer sessions. The audience will have an opportunity to submit questions in writing. The moderator for this candidate forum will be Crystal Stevenson from the American Press.

Everyone is invited to attend. Please contact A Community Voice at 337-707-1517 or email at info@acommunityvoice.com for questions or additional information.

Press Release for ACV Candidate Forum March 4th

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Stop Environmental Racism in the 9th Ward

Fight the Industrial Canal Expansion

  • There are NO Jobs or Benefits for Impacted Communities
  • It Only Benefits Trump Mega-Fundraiser Bollinger Shipyards
  • Waste of 1 Billion of Taxpayer dollars
  • Barge Traffic carrying toxins is Dangerous for the large bordering neighborhoods
  • Damage from pile driving near homes will lower property values and the Corps is protected from liability.
  • This Project calls for a 2nd Canal to be dug in the Lower 9, which will leave homes more vulnerable to flooding.
  • Construction will disturb heavy metals, contaminate the canal, and pollute the entire City.
  • Impede traffic flow, including those driving into St. Bernard, and threaten the community during hurricane season.
  • Existing canal has been improperly maintained, due to nonunion work.
  • Mitigation money should be used to pay reparations to the community for past damages

Problems with the New Freeway

Through the 8th & 9th Wards

  • Benefits only St. Bernard Parish & no benefits to Orleans Parish
  • Trucks can easily use Paris Rd. in St. Bernard to get to I-10
  • 100 Affordable Housing units will be TORN DOWN in Lower 9
  • New Bridges & Bike Paths can be built without this Freeway

What You can Do NOW to . . .

Please Make Phone Calls & Send a Note to the Army Corps

Are You Against the Expansion of the Industrial Canal?

Mayor Landrieu mayor@nola.gov 504-658-4000

Councilmembers

Jason Williams jasonwilliams@nola.gov 504-658-1070

Stacy Head shead@nola.gov 504-658-1060

Susan Guidry sgguidry@nola.gov 504-658-1010

Latoya Cantrell lcantrell@nola.gov 504-658-1020

Nadine Ramsey districtc@nola.gov 504-658-1030

Jared Brossett councildistrictd@nola.gov 504-658-1040

James Gray jagray@nola.gov 504-658-1050

Governor John Bel Edwards 866-366-1121

Congressman Cedric Richmond 504-288-3777

Comments in Writing only to Army Corps of Engineers

By March 1st

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District

c/o Mark Lahare

CEMVN-PDC-CEC

7400 Leake Ave.

New Orleans, LA 70118

mark.h.lahare@usace.army.mil

Are you against a new freeway through the 8th & 9th Wards?

Please Make Calls & Leave this Message

  1. No to the Louisiana State DOTD Florida Project that puts a freeway through New Orleans Black Neighborhoods
  2. Yes to new bridges that have bike/walk access at Florida and Claiborne and a new bike/walk bridge at St. Claude.

Governor John Bel Edwards 866-366-1121

Congressman Cedric Richmond 504-288-3777

Rep. Jimmy Harris harrisj@legis.la.gov 504-243-1960

Rep. Joseph Bouie bouiej@legis.la.gov 504-286-1033

Rep. Neil Abramson abramson@legis.la.gov 504-275-8051

Rep. Walt Leger legerw@legis.la.gov 504-556-9970

Rep. John Bagneris bagnerisj@legis.la.gov 504-243-7783

Rep. Helena Moreno morenoh@legis.la.gov 504-568-2740

State Sen. Troy Carter cartert@legis.la.gov 504-302-3682

State Sen. JP Morrell morrelljp@legis.la.gov 504-284-4794

State Sen. Karen Carter-Peterson 504-568-8346

State Sen. Wesley Bishop bishopw@legis.la.gov 504-284-4794

Mayor Landrieu mayor@nola.gov 504-658-4000

Councilmembers

Jason Williams jasonwilliams@nola.gov 504-658-1070

Stacy Head shead@nola.gov 504-658-1060

Susan Guidry sgguidry@nola.gov 504-658-1010

Latoya Cantrell lcantrell@nola.gov 504-658-1020

Nadine Ramsey districtc@nola.gov 504-658-1030

Jared Brossett councildistrictd@nola.gov 504-658-1040

James Gray jagray@nola.gov 504-658-1050

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ACV Fights to Stop the Expansion of the Industrial Canal in the Lower 9th Ward

Sign the A Community Voice Petition Against the Expansion of the Industrial Canal

Copy of the Petition to take to your church, school or workplace. Industrial canal expansion petition

To: Louisiana Elected Officials and the Army Corps of Engineers, Mark H. Lahare

Fr: A Community Voice, a membership based, nonprofit in New Orleans, LA, with over 3,000 membership families in the 9th ward.

Re: Jeopardizing the 9th Ward with the Expansion of the Industrial Canal

1. The affected communities in New Orleans have always opposed the expansion of the Industrial Canal because there are no community benefits from this project but many devastating consequences. There are no jobs and no dbe requirements. This is the Corps’ gift to our 300 year old city? No thank you.

2. The project primarily benefits Trump fundraiser Boysie Bollinger’s shipyards on the Industrial Canal and was re-prioritized for that payoff.

3. This is a waste of nearly one billion tax payers that we have paid for government services, and not for the proposed subsidies to the chemical/oil/gas industry. Reparations should be paid to the families in the 9th ward, who lost or had damage to lives and their homes due to neglect by the Corps.

4. The existing barge traffic is dangerous and needs to be moved to a location with reduced residential population. Move the Industrial Canal to a safer, unpopulated location.

5. The damaging effects of pile-driving on historic residential homes cannot be under-estimated, particularly since redress to the usual channels in the courts is removed by the immunity of the Corps from litigation. The noise will cause additional stress on community residents, from senior citizens to babies who will be hurt by this project. The dust and construction debris and intrusions are further health issues that will hurt the population. Property values will plummet. Making the 9th ward an Industrial work area with toxins coming through daily is wrong and racist.

6. Another dubious and dangerous part of the proposal is a “temporary canal” that would be dug on the eastern side of the original canal that will endanger especially the lower 9th ward. IT turns out that they plan to keep this 2nd canal, and turn the lower 9th ward into an Industrial toxic dump. Again, there’s no problem for the Corps, since they have immunity, and now, a track record for us all to see. Flooding the lower 9th ward is part of that legacy and this project must be stopped for all of these reasons.

7. The plan, to disturb the heavy metals and contaminants in the canal and to send them to local landfills is basically against all known and legal procedures for disposal of hazardous material. Why these toxins have to be pumped into the wetland based New Orleans landfills is outrageous and antithetical to common sense. Further, people in the community use the canal for fishing, boating and recreation. We don’t need to be exposed to these toxins.

8. The threat to the community will be increased during hurricane seasons in by the actual construction process that will impede traffic flow over the canal.

9. Who are you asking us to trust with no accountability mechanisms at all to a local population, and that it has already extremely victimized with its independent decisions that can’t be challenged in court? It was its own original plan to assist the chemical/oil/gas industry by building a basically unnecessary Mississippi River Gulf Outlet that created a superhighway for Hurricane Katrina. That single court case, was allowed by the Judge due to the fact that the Army Corps of Engineers dreamed up a brand new project MRGO, one that didn’t have to do with existing canals and levees. It has been ruled by the court system, and by their own admission, as the primary reason for the flooding of New Orleans. Further their poorly designed and executed levee system failed and killed thousands of innocent people, who were not even warned about the impending failure of the levees, even though the Army Corps of Engineers knew well in advance of the storm that the levees would fail, and did nothing to prevent the horror of the end of those lives. They further traumatized an entire population that didn’t immediately die and never apologized to anyone.

10. This project is “old school” in a world that is rapidly changing, including with new delivery systems that utilize drones. Furthermore, scientists encourage us to conserve and shrink, which electric cars and bullet trains are some examples, not this Corps project.

11. Ironically, and you can’t make this up, the Corps cites their own incompetence at selection of non-union contracts that have failed to properly repair and maintain the canal, as to why the traffic on the canal is so slow. These higher maintenance problems should not be born on the backs of the 9th ward. The GAO needs to evaluate this situation and get it under control instead of blowing up the neighborhoods with this unfeasible plan. The Industrial Canal needs to be moved to a truly industrial area.

12. The remnants to be spent, of the original $56 million on “mitigation” is another bogus carrot to hang before the community, as if there is any purchase that would restore to the community the losses from this hugely dangerous and damaging This should be spent on reparations to the community.

Army Corps Project

Nola.com article.

A Community Voice – 2221 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans, LA 70117

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No Florida Avenue Freeway: Save Our Homes & Community Health

Fact Sheet

The “Florida Project” is a joint federal and state funded proposal to expand Florida Avenue and create a new freeway through the 8th and 9th Wards on Florida, for heavy trucks that are in transit from the St. Bernard Port.

Currently, there are problems associated with Florida Avenue in the Upper 9th Ward, such as the truck traffic that diverts from there down Pauline and damages the homes of senior citizens and long time residents of the area.

A further expansion of Florida Blvd will create an unnecessary freeway for heavy trucks to come through Orleans Parish to reach Elysian Fields and then gain access to the interstate.  The option to have the trucks take Paris Rd. in St Bernard is by far the cheaper and more expedient option for the trucks and state.  Frankly, imposing a freeway on African American communities is simply environmental racism.

Elected officials are telling residents that a new Florida Avenue Bridge is completely contingent on the whole Florida “freeway” project. This is not true, as funding for this bridge has to be a separate item.

A freeway through our community would create noise, congestion, pollution, and access points for heavy trucks to cut through the neighborhoods.  It is particularly mind-boggling that they would attempt to put this truck traffic onto Elysian Fields at I-610 where there is currently so much congestion and an existing danger from the current heavy traffic.

A Community Voice supports:

  1. A new Florida bridge
  2. Replacement of the Claiborne/Judge Seeber bridge
  3. An additional bike and pedestrian bridge at St. Claude
  4. All St. Bernard Parish truck traffic needs to stay in St. Bernard Parish, and use Paris Rd. to get to the interstate

Join us. Sign our petition

Print out fact sheets for your church or organization.

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Have your church or organization join the fight.

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NOLA Housing & Community Fair April 23rd

Southern United Neighborhoods, in conjunction with our sister organization, A Community Voice is hosting a housing, jobs, health care and small business fair for residents interested in owning their own homes, fixing their own home, buying rental property and receiving information on needed social services. SUN’s program is certified through the Louisiana Homebuyers’ Collaborative and assists those who attend our First-Time Homebuyers’ Classes with obtaining bond money through the City. Our rehab program has repaired over 35 homes in partnership with the City of New Orleans Office of Community Development.

Our annual housing fairs:

*supports one to one credit counseling

*supports special programs for low income families including free housing rehab and annually connects over 1000 families to affordable housing programs

*provides annual grassroots outreach to over 300,000 families, with information about our programs and of our sponsoring organizations

*connects residents to area businesses

Southern United Neighborhoods (SUN) will host the special Housing, Jobs, Healthcare, and Small Business Fair, Saturday April 23rd, 2016 from 10am to 1pm at First Presbyterian Church of New Orleans at 5401 S. Claiborne Avenue (at Jefferson Avenue).

This event will draw over 300 low to moderate income families who are interested in receiving information about affordable housing programs, available job opportunities, healthcare and social services available in their community.

As an organization and business that the community needs to know about and participate in, we would very much appreciate your sponsorship of the upcoming fair. Sponsorship of the fair includes: literature and a table at our event, listing as a sponsor in all publicity, including media, flyers, and other outreach vehicles to churches, schools and PSAs.

Please fill out the form below if you are interested in participating in our fair. Feel free to call us at 800-239-7379 or email director@southernunitedneighborhoods.org or info@acommunityvoice.com if you have additional questions or would like to meet with us about our organization.

Letter for Fair & Form 

Flyer for the Fair 

Table at Housing and Community Fair


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A Community Voice Rally with Electeds & Candidates to Re-Open Armstrong School & Stop Pre-Light and After Dark Busing of Students

Screen Shot 2016-01-25 at 3.49.20 PMSat. Jan 30th 1pm at Armstrong School 5909 St. Claude

Children travel 6 and even more hours on the bus per day to get to and from school in neighborhoods far away from their homes. A Community Voice has been working with members of the Orleans Parish School Board to reopen Armstrong School in the Lower 9th Ward to accommodate the over 500-student wait list at MLK Elementary School in the Lower 9th Ward.

A Community Voice :

  • An end to bus stops waits with no shelters for children that start before light and end after dark, in blighted and crime ridden areas. 
  • That the City provide a school for the current and future 1300* families/residents, especially due to a consequence of high building activities from: *Perez (297 units), Make it Right (200), city/federal programs (100), other nonprofit actions (100), the consistent number of returning families (300), and the will of parents who were former residents of the lower 9 who wish their children to attend school in the lower 9th ward (300).
  • an end to the One-App forced busing of students that replaces slots at local schools with children from other areas, most who wish to attend school in their own areas.
  • the beginning of a “neighborhood children based” school devoted to the music and culture of the lower 9th ward, and Louis Armstrong.

Invited: Sheriff Marlin Gusman, Congressman Richmond, Mayor Landrieu, City Councilmembers At Large Jason Williams, Stacy Head and District E James Gray, School Board Members John Brown and Nolan Marshall, State Senator JP Morrell, State Reps Austin Badon, Jimmy Harris and Joe Bouie, as well as candidates for office in the Dem. Party election March, 2016.

Press Release Armstrong 1.30.16

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