BATON ROUGE, LA, July 13, 2016—Local organizing groups and the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana filed a lawsuit today against the Baton Rouge Police Department for violating the First Amendment rights of demonstrators who were protesting peacefully against the killing of Alton Sterling. The case...

The New Orleans Advocate HANO unveils proposed rules on admitting tenants with criminal records March 6, 2016 by Jessica Williams Nearly three years after announcing its intention to drop barriers keeping residents with criminal records out of public housing, the Housing Authority of New Orleans has unveiled specific rules that will ease the way for less serious offenders. New policy language adopted in 2013 prohibited officials from excluding applicants based solely on criminal background checks, except when federal law demands it. The draft guidelines the agency announced last month, however, for the first time outline just how HANO and its partners will vet applicants with checkered pasts. Agency officials hope to present the rules to the HANO board of commissioners for consideration this month.

New Orleans City Council President to join fast to end Gov. Jindal’s starvation plan Stand with Dignity leads rolling fast and campaign against Gov. Jindal’s food stamp work requirement NEW ORLEANS, November 18, 2015—New Orleans City Council President Jason Rogers Williams will join faith and community leaders from...

STAND WITH DIGNITY NEW ORLEANS WORKERS’ CENTER FOR RACIAL JUSTICE MEDIA ADVISORY Community Groups Launch 15-Day Fast & File Administrative Complaint to End Gov. Jindal’s Starvation Plan Stand with Dignity fights food stamp work requirement, demands $15 minimum wage & job access for all What: Rally at Food Stamp office, launch...

Media Advisory Contacts: Jacob Horwitz, 504-452-9159, jhorwitz@nowcrj.org Alfred Marshall, 504-655-6089, amarshall@nowcrj.org #BlackWorkersMatter to Petition Major Contractor, Rally at City Council to End Black Jobs Crisis What: 1) Community March on Woodward Design+Build to deliver petition for local hiring on its construction projects; 2) #BlackWorkersMatter Rally to end the Black jobs crisis in New Orleans When & Where: 1)...