When Colin Kaepernick decided to use his celebrity and the NFL audience to take a stand (or knee) to peacefully protest with a goal of awareness towards the Black Lives Matter movement and the disproportionate number of black people killed in the US by police officers, many viewed this as disrespectful to his employer. Blogs and tweets were filled with Kaepernick opposers who used the narrative that they couldn’t use their job for social resistance and/or a political stance, so neither should he. This may be a valid point, but does this same rule apply to our employers and to those we chose to give our hard earned money in exchange for goods and services?… (read more)
“I don’t believe democracy should be for sale to billionaires and giant corporations,”
PAC’s donate very little to candidates. Instead, PAC money is spent against their perceived opponents and for or against their preferred policy. Let’s take it a step further and demand our candidates support policy like The American Anti-Corruption Act.
In this Mother Jones article, Nihal Krishan points out just how little candidates give up when they take this spin-meister stance.
As Tim Morris of The Times Picayune points out in this article, we, here in Louisiana, are at or near the bottom of every quality of life index. Join us, at Make It Fair, in getting the word out about legislation like The American Anti Corruption Act, so we can elevate Louisiana and make it a state Anthony Davis can be proud to call home...
"Maybe we should think of it as building a Louisiana that Anthony Davis could be proud to stay in."
President Trump visited our city and he was met with protesters demanding an end to the government shutdown.
Long before Donald Trump was elected as our 45th president, protests were becoming more of a regular occurrence. After Barack Obama's election, we regularly saw Tea Party members holding signs on street corners in cities across the country. Why are we taking to the streets? Why the need to chant loudly with a crowd and hold signs for all to see? Could it be because we know it's the only way we'll be heard by our government "representatives"?
We the people are becoming more and more aware that only giant monied interests are represented in our current political system. The current shutdown is another example. A definitive majority of Americans are against this shutdown - AND - the wall, yet we're being ignored. The claim by this administration? It's a national security issue and we need a "steel" wall. HMMM? Steel? Oh yeah, the steel industry was giant supporters of the GOP and Mr. Trump's campaigns. Terrorists come in through airports, not the Mexican border. If it was about National Security, we wouldn't leave those responsible for protecting our airport traffic unpaid, bitter, anxious, and angry.
“The recent Affordable Clean Energy rule gives states leeway to set their own greenhouse gas emissions targets, while also restricting what states can do to mandate improved efficiency from coal plants. The EPA's own analysis revealed, the new rule could deliver up to 1400 additional premature American deaths per year by 2030.”
Corruption and Louisiana Politics are almost synonyms. Louisiana's very long history of corruption is just accepted as status quo and often joked about instead of bringing the ire those from other states would expect. However, now with Louisiana at or the near the bottom of almost every measure of success, we have to change this.
The NFL has pounded a patriotism drum with their recent anti #TakeaKnee decision, however, we feel it's only makeitfair that the American people know the NFL is getting cash for these efforts.
In the dim light of the cloud hanging over the US today after yet another school shooting, we've decided to publish this discussion between our youth correspondent Leo Hochberg and student artist Kopano Muhammad. Kopano shares their insight, views, and experience around gun violence and people of color.
"New Orleans has struggled with an epidemic of gun violence. New Orleans officials want to move forward with sorely needed solutions to gun violence but Louisiana state law bars its municipalities from enacting smart legislation for the people by the people. The hands of the New Orleans City Council and its mayor are tied."
- SUSAN GUIDRY & JASON WILLIAMS
New Orleans City Council Members
It isn't just Facebook. Distraction is the rule in Public Relations and a must-have skill for Masters of Spin. Is Facebook being thrown to the wolves to protect ad dollars?
Digital media companies are shaking in their boots. Set to make over $83 Billion in digital ad revenue this year, keeping your criticisms aimed at Facebook, keeps your eyes off them. EVERY media company is doing this. What sites did you visit today? Guess what, they "mined your data".