Louisianians deserve journalism that prioritizes their daily struggles, successes

BY: - August 13, 2021

Louisianians deserve news stories and columns that make their problems the priority. On June 18, 2020, five days before the Louisiana Illuminator launched, I drove to Scenic Highway in Baton Rouge to photograph the ExxonMobil refinery in case we needed pictures to illustrate either our planned story about plants claiming the pandemic prevented them from […]


As Louisiana’s COVID-19 cases spread, a gospel of selfishness spreads with it | Jarvis DeBerry

BY: - August 6, 2021

Every Christian should know the story of the legal scholar who tells Jesus he knows he’s commanded to love his neighbor as much as he loves himself but professes not to understand who his neighbor is.  Without actually reciting the parable of the man who’s ambushed on Jericho Road and then revived and rescued by […]


Louisiana’s Steve Scalise is 7 months late promoting COVID-19 vaccines | Jarvis DeBerry

BY: - July 30, 2021

Approximately 210 days after Congressional leaders became eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Pfizer; roughly 200 days after 41-year-old Representative-elect Luke Letlow died of COVID-19; 124 days after every Louisianian 16 and up could be inoculated and four months after the 10,000th Louisianian died of COVID-19, Republican House Whip Steve Scalise had himself […]


In pushing a transgender sports ban, Louisiana Republicans manufactured a war and lost it | Jarvis DeBerry

BY: - July 23, 2021

While it may have been true during Tip O’Neil’s time that “All politics is local,” it’s been 34 years since he served as Speaker of the U.S. House and 27 years since he died.  With the dominance of talk radio and cable news networks and the central role social media plays in our lives, we […]

Joyce Beatty leads protest at Hart Senate Building

Denying systemic racism exists and enacting racist policies go hand-in-hand | Jarvis DeBerry

BY: - July 16, 2021

As the Louisiana House argued this past session about whether systemic racism even exists, there was a one-on-one debate on the Senate floor between Sen. Barrow Peacock (R- Shreveport) and Sen. Katrina Jackson (D-Monroe) on whether people convicted of gun crimes as juveniles should have those records used against them if they’re caught in possession […]

Louisiana Highway 1 bridge in Leeville

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

Louisiana Capitol Building

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’ […]


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 […]

Special committee wants Gov. Edwards' text messages in Greene case

Where were the ‘good’ police when Ronald Greene was being brutalized? | Jarvis DeBerry

BY: - May 28, 2021

During a May 11 debate on the floor of the Louisiana House of Representatives over a bill that would make it easier to sue bad police officers, Rep. Denise Marcelle (D-Baton Rouge), a supporter of the bill, said that about 99.9% of police officers are good.  Marcelle was reiterating a point that had previously been […]