In 2016, Louisiana Should Raise the Minimum Wage

If you’ve been paying attention, you may have noticed that things have been getting more expensive (the notable exception, of course, being gasoline). If you live in New Orleans or another larger city, like I do, you may have found your rent going up over the past few years. For some of us, this is […]

Reflections on the Anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

It’s time to talk about one of Louisiana’s bottom-ranking statistics: the pay disparity between men and women. You may already know that, on average in the US, women make 79% of what men make, but in Louisiana it’s much worse than that. In 2014, the median earnings for women in Louisiana were $31,586, compared to men […]

John Bel Edwards is the leader Louisiana needs right now

If you’ve been following the news lately, you’re likely aware that starting January 1, 2016, some 31,000 Louisiana residents will be kicked out of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. In the weeks since the announcement from the Department of Children and Family Services, the move by the Jindal administration […]

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8/29/05—8/29/15: “Progress without equity is injustice”

The title of this post comes from KatrinaTruth.org, a project of the Advancement Project and Friends and Families of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children. Please visit their website for more information on racial equity and recovery efforts.  Just a few hours before the storm was expected to make landfall, my family packed up our cars with little more […]

Equality Louisiana: What the SCOTUS Ruling Means for Louisiana

This blog post is cross-posted with permission from Equality Louisiana.  What did the Court decide? The Fourteenth Amendment requires states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and to recognize same-sex marriages conducted in other states. This is what most groups have called the best-case scenario. What principles did the Court rely on to guide […]

Guest Post: Open Letter to Louisiana State Senators on Equal Pay

Dear Senators, You have the chance today to take a stand for fairness and equality by voting for SB 219 (Murray). Women who make up almost half the workforce and close to 40% of the heads of households in this country are working at a terrible disadvantage in our state. Louisiana is not just at […]

Summer Hunger Among Students With Free and Reduced-Price Lunch

Child hunger is a major issue facing Louisiana, which ranks near the top in both child poverty and hunger and food insecurity. According to the Kid Counts Data Center, a project of the Annie F. Casey Foundation, 27% of all children in our state face food insecurity. As of June 2013, 413,000 low-income children in Louisiana […]