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Louisiana is a safer place for Big Oil than Louisianians | Jarvis DeBerry

BY: - July 9, 2021

Rep. Danny McCormick’s attempt during the Louisiana Legislature’s session to have Louisiana designated a “fossil fuel sanctuary state” would never have passed constitutional muster. The state can’t just up and decide that its laws take priority over the country’s. But in calling out the absurdity of the Oil City Republican’s legislation, there’s a chance that […]

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Science catches up to what residents of Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley’ have been saying about pollution | Jarvis DeBerry

BY: - July 2, 2021

If you’re ever inclined to describe how healthy you are, you’d do well to remember that the world is bigger than Louisiana and that you could simultaneously be better off than the average person here and worse than the average person in the U.S. Consider the debate about whether the communities along the Mississippi River […]

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Lifting Louisiana’s economy starts with helping children | Neva Butkus

BY: - July 1, 2021

The Annie E. Casey Foundation, as it does every year around this time, recently delivered some bad news about Louisiana’s children. According to its Kids Count Data Book, Louisiana ranks 48th in the country for child well-being. Louisiana has never ranked higher than 46th in the 31-year history of this project.  At the root of […]

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Louisiana law requires you to buckle up — unless you’re a child on a school bus | Tammy C. Barney

BY: - June 30, 2021

A 7-30 vote in the Louisiana Senate this month killed HB 130, which would have required new school buses to be installed with seat belts for its young passengers. The Senate’s rejection came after the House had approved the bill introduced by Rep. Robby Carter (D-Amite) by a 55-44 vote. Making school buses safer for […]

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A Supreme Court ruling creates an existential crisis for the NCAA and its anachronistic idea of amateurism  | Bob Lewis

BY: - June 29, 2021

The world of bigtime college sports is about to change profoundly in ways not even experts yet comprehend because of a bombshell U.S. Supreme Court ruling against the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Last week’s unanimous and unambiguous decision in NCAA v. Alston eviscerates the American college football and basketball cartel’s business model of earning billions […]

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Charging children as adults shifts blame away from adults’ failures | Gina Womack

BY: - June 24, 2021

“For these are all our children, we will all profit by or pay for what they become.”–James Baldwin. We at Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children are saddened by the death of Anita Irvin-LeViege who was murdered during an attempted carjacking in New Orleans in January. We mourn her death and all lives lost […]

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What, to the Republican, is the nineteenth of June? | Jarvis DeBerry

BY: - June 18, 2021

The headline above pays homage to one of the most powerful and brilliant speeches in American history. Frederick Douglass, the 19th century’s most eloquent abolitionist, was asked to speak at an Independence Day celebration in Rochester, New York, on July 5, 1852, and he asked his White audience a most provocative question: “What, to the […]

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The tax breaks for jobs scheme isn’t working out for Louisiana | Jarvis DeBerry

BY: - June 18, 2021

You, I and every other American taxpayer helped out Marathon Petroleum during the worst of the pandemic. Then, the same year it secured its $2.1 billion in federal tax benefits — the most of any U.S. oil company — Marathon let go almost 1,920 employees. The “reductions,” to use Marathon’s word, included 45 workers at […]

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We who wear natural hairstyles shouldn’t have to change it for employment | Tammy C. Barney

BY: - June 16, 2021

A White manager was concerned when my best friend — like me, a Black woman — came to work with her hair in tiny twists. “So tell me about your hair,” she said. “It’s just twisted, right?” My friend, looking perplexed, answered, “No, it’s locked.” “Well, we’re going to say that it’s twisted,” the manager […]

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In this legislative session, Louisiana Republicans flipped the meaning of discrimination | Jarvis DeBerry

BY: - June 11, 2021

During a committee meeting where he voted against legislation that sought to protect Louisiana’s LGBTQ renters from housing discrimination, Rep. Danny McCormick (R-Oil City) spoke firsthand about the discrimination he himself has been facing:  “Personally I don’t wear a mask, and I get discriminated against,” he said. In defense of what might be property managers’ […]

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Dying in jail is bad; dying without being found guilty is worse | Jarvis DeBerry

BY: - June 4, 2021

More than 14% of the 786 people who are known to have died behind bars in Louisiana between 2015 and 2019 hadn’t even gone to trial yet. Two of those who died before getting their day in court were juveniles.  To be sure, that doesn’t mean that most of the other deaths aren’t alarming; only […]

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William Tate and Lamar Davis have some big messes to clean up | Tammy C. Barney

BY: - June 2, 2021

LSU and the Louisiana State Police, two prominent state institutions embroiled in separate scandals that stink of sexism and racism have something else in common: Black men have been hired to eliminate the stench. The roads toward repairing all that ails these institutions are riddled with potholes, detours and dead ends. The two new leaders […]