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 to trim the program has been decried by Governor-elect John Bel Edwards, protested by workers’ justice organizations, and even blasted by moderate to conservative- leaning editorial boards.

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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 than ourselves and the two dogs and headed west on I-10. We had never evacuated before. Hurricanes usually meant a few days off from school and if we were lucky, a good foot of rainwater to play in on our street, which ran alongside the 17th Street Canal.

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Guest Post: Why Everyone Should Stand with Planned Parenthood and for Reproductive Justice

Over the past several weeks, Planned Parenthood has been hit with a series of attacks meant to expose and terrorize the organization and those who support it. The attacks range from attempted cyber infiltration that would result in the exposure of sensitive employee data to sting videos released by an anti-abortion group claiming to show the organization providing fetal tissue to researchers.

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Why Louisiana Progress supports the Homeless Children and Youth Act

Almost one year ago, in October 2014, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reported that they counted only 4,606 homeless people in Louisiana on a single night in January 2014 using a standard method known as a Point-In-Time count, in which volunteers and staff of homeless service providers seek out homeless people in communities throughout the state.

The McKinney-Vento Act requires State Education Agencies to count how many homeless students have been identified in public schools each school year. In the 2013-14 school year, the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) counted 20,589 homeless students in PreK-12.

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Louisiana Progress guide to the top 10 Supreme Court decisions of 2015

1) Lethal Injection

Case: Glossip v. Gross

Decision: The state may use midazolam, a drug used to put people into deep unconsciousness, despite it being linked to botched executions.

Effect: Prisoners being executed through lethal injection with this drug may experience the pain associated with the other drugs used during execution. However, it looks like the troubles for state use of midazolam may not be over. 

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