A Community Voice pressed this issue with the School Board, notably members Nolan Marshall and John Brown, and later at a school board meeting. In its September 17, 2017, in an official meeting, the OPSB committed to test its schools. 5 schools were separately tested based on a commitment made by the Principal at First Lines Schools to A Community Voice, who asked Dr. Katner to direct the testing. None of which showed significant lead in the water. The schools are: Green, Wheatley, B-Net, Clark and Ashe. Please see Dr. Katner’s analysis in this fine article, about the reliability of lead testing in water. In fact, local/international expert Dr. Howard Mielke states that over a long period of time, even the smallest amounts of lead can severely damage the brain. Adding certified faucet filters should be encouraged at all institutions and homes with appropriate replacement of spent filters, as indicated by the filter light.
Save our City Rally
Compensate Residents for Damages
Fix the Pumps!
Due to the flooding and recent and continued failures of our pumping systems and the failure of our elected officials to be honest with us about the state of the draining systems in New Orleans, ACV and Justice & Beyond are joining with residents throughout the City at a Protest to demand adequate water management from the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans and compensate residents for flooding damages to property.
Saturday August 19th
Front of New Orleans City Hall
(bring your umbrella and cold water)
August 4th, 2017
A Community Voice hosted at Candidate Forum in New Orleans for New Orleans City Council Candidates for District E and City Council at Large Division 1 at Trinity Lutheran Church 5234 N. Claiborne on Friday August 4th, 2017.
It was a very spirited event with many questions from the audience. Thanks to all those who attended.
What does the 9th Ward Want?
New Orleans—A Community Voice (ACV), Ninth Ward Chapters will conduct a Candidate forum for District E and Div. 1, City Council races this Friday, August 4, 2017, at 6:00 p.m., at 5234 N. Claiborne at Egania in the old Trinity Lutheran Church, to raise critical issues to the 9th ward.
The meeting is held in the Lower 9th ward to highlight the area of District E that has been “forgotten in the current City Council forums that tend to relate to New Orleans East”, stated leaders from A Community Voice who chair the event: Secretary Treasurer Debra Campbell, Lower 9th Ward Co-Chair Gwendolyn Adams, and Member Organizer Jo Jackson.
“But there are many issues that intertwine the neighborhoods of the 9th and 8th wards ward including the fight led by A Community Voice against the industrialization project of the state to forge a new freeway on Florida Ave from the Port of St Bernard Parish to Elysian Fields. Further, the expansion in the 9th ward, of the Industrial Canal is a dangerous unnecessary Trump reprioritized infrastructure project that would also threaten St. Bernard and Plaquemines Parishes. There is widespread belief that both projects will diminish the quality of life in predominately black residential 8th and 9th wards of New Orleans,” said Debra Campbell, Chairperson, ACV-Ninth Ward Chapter. A lack of remedies for Blight control and employment projects also lead the list, with increased taxes, gentrification and crime that has seniors afraid to leave their homes, and more.
Thank You for Fighting for the Community
- Call the Numbers on the Flyer
- Give this packet of information to your Pastor, Organization or small business
- Hand out flyers to your neighbors
- Come out Monday June 26th to Candidate Forum at Justice and Beyond at Christian Unity 1700 Conti (at N. Claiborne)
- Residents will have to relocate.
- You can’t sue the Corps of Engineers
- Affects three parishes as two bridges will be up at the same time.
- Move it to unpopulated parts of St Bernard Parish & work with their residents.
- The noise, dust and construction debris and intrusions will impact health, property values will fall. 13+ years of pile-driving will irreversibly damage property.
- The threat to three parishes will be increased during hurricane seasons because the actual construction process that will impede traffic flow over the canal & open flood walls.
- Bernard Parish recently learned that the Corps had, yet again, allowed a contractor to put in a below standard quality and uncoated infrastructure in their flood walls!
- 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. It’s called Environmental Racism.
- Florida Ave Freeway – Stop the new freeway from St Bernard Parish, up Tupelo St. and all across Florida from lower 9 to 7th ward, removes 100 Affordable Houses in Lower 9.
What Can You Do?
- Contact the Electeds who haven’t signed with us to fight these issues: Governor John Bel Edwards 225-342-0991; Congressman Steve Scalise 504-837-1259; Congressman Cedric Richmond 504-288-3777; Council District E James Gray 504-658-1053 firstname.lastname@example.org; Council at Large Stacy Head 504-658-1060 email@example.com; Council District D Jared Brossett
- Bernard Parish Residents! President Guy McInnis presidentmcInnis@sb.pg.net or call 504-278-4227. Ask him to tell Congressman Steve Scalise no Industrial Canal Expansion.
- Come to the Candidate Forum on Monday June 26th at Christian Unity Church at 1700 Conti (at N. Claiborne) from 4:45pm to 7pm to meet the candidates who are running this fall for Mayor, City Council, etc Call or write to get info: 800-239-7379; firstname.lastname@example.org; FREE Dinner
- Put a sign at your home naming electeds who are for the community on these issues: (Call or write for your sign: 800-239-7379; email@example.com).
A Community Voice is one of 226 Organizations that signed onto a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt urging the Administrator to preserve funding for vital EPA programs to prevent lead poisoning.