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The Education Committee of the Louisiana House of Representatives meets Wednesday May 6th at 9:30 am. at the Louisiana Legislature in Baton Rouge.
Supporters of House Bill 166 sponsored by Representative Joseph Bouie are asked to write letters, email, and attend the hearing. The law would require that all schools taken from the Orleans Parish School by the Recovery School District that have recovered academically be returned to the Orleans Parish School Board by beginning of fiscal year 2016-2017 school year.
Under present law and BESE policy schools can determine if they want to return to Orleans Parish Schools and they can keep public schools forever.
Thirty-Three schools have achieved academic success and have recovered from failing status on tests administered to students. Under Representative Bouie’s bill, approved by the Orleans Parish School Board, these schools would finally return to local control.
The Education Committee is comprised of persons outside Orleans Parish, except Rep. Wesley Bishop and Rep. Walt Leger, added to the committee because Leger is House Speaker Pro Tem.
You are urged to write letters, emails and make phone calls to these representatives letting them know that you support this legislation. Below please find a link to a bill summary and a link to the Committee members contact information.
It is important that the New Orleans delegation to the Legislature be contacted. We have also attached their contact information.
Bill summary: https://www.legis.la.gov/legis/ViewDocument.aspx?d=931352
Education Committee and the New Orleans delegation contact information is attached below. Hold ctrl + click over each member’s name to get information for the representative.
Five years ago, the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill off the coast of Louisiana decimated the fisheries of the Gulf Coast, and the livelihoods of the people who live there – including the 17,000-member United Houma Nation, a tribe native to southern Louisiana.
But, when the Houma sought payment for damages from BP, they were denied because the tribe is not officially recognized by the U.S. government.
The United Houma Nation is recognized by the state of Louisiana — but not by the federal Department of the Interior. Federal recognition would mean a shot at fair compensation from BP, and allow the tribe to apply for disaster relief after major storms. Can you join with thousands of other Louisianans calling for recognition for the United Houma Nation?
Click here to tell the United States Department of the Interior to recognize the United Houma Nation.
The United Houma Nation is on the front line of climate change. Faced with increasingly severe storms, they are unable to apply for disaster relief because they are not federally recognized.
The coastal location of the Houma’s tribal communities puts them in the path of oil pipelines and drilling operations in the Gulf Coast that further erode their land, yet they cannot contribute to decision-making about land use and environmental restoration.
For more than three decades, the Houma have fought for official recognition from the federal government. Recognition would give the Houma more power to protect their land, food systems and way of life as they stand on the front line of climate change.
Click here to stand with the United Houma Nation in their fight for land sovereignty and climate justice.
We are having a community awards program for our Katrina 10th Year Commemoration. The event will be held on Saturday, August 1st from 2pm to 5pm at Holy Angels at 3500 St. Claude Avenue. This program will honor the regular heroes of our community who work every day to help rebuild our neighborhoods. Your donation will help us with our awards program and support the work that we do in the community.
Donations are $20/ticket to help support:
- homebuyer programs and credit counseling
- home repair programs
- fighting for equal funding for all neighborhoods
Please support if you can and come out to our event. All donations are tax deductible through our sponsor Southern United Neighborhoods Tax Id # 36-4668072. Please mark your donation as Katrina event and give us your phone number if you would like to receive reminder calls. Otherwise, call us at 504-941-2852 or 800-239-7379 with any questions.
ACV lobby day is changed to Monday, April 13th. Leaving from Winn Dixie parking lot on Chef Hwy at 730am on Monday, April 13th.
Yes, I would like to support ACV and Come on the Trip to Baton Rouge
Our sister nonprofit, Southern United Neighborhoods, is helping a woman come back to the Lower 9th Ward who was a major victim of contractor fraud. She is elderly, disabled and really struggling to become whole. A contractor took off with all her money and left her home UN-livable. SUN can only do so much. She needs help getting her appliances, light fixtures and making her home as accessible as possible. She needs funds to buy basic things. Please help if you can. Visit southernunitedneighborhoods.org to donate today. We have fixed 23 homes in the Lower 9th Ward and helped residents who thought they would never be able to come back to the Lower 9th Ward.
As you know it is that time of year and we are coming up on Hurricane Katrina’s 9th anniversary.
Do you think that we should take this opportunity to send a message to the nation that the funds are not being spent in our community even though the funds were raised to fix our neighborhoods?
We have documents that show that the city spent $30 million on the Crescent Park on the river by the Marigny and built a new park at Lafitte and spent funds across the river on parks and many things but didn’t fix our area. Do you think that we should fight for our fair share of the funds?
For about an hour we will be at Reynes and St. Claude by the bridge at 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Sat. Aug. 30th, to Memorialize and Protest 9 years later and we need more.
Please Join Us! 504-941-2852