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.
"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
Does it ever feel as though your Representatives aren't listening to you? There's a reason. Unless you're one of their BIG money donors, they aren't. Our voices are drowned out by BIG money contributors and unless we change these laws, many of our homes will be too. One Person - One Vote. MakeItFair.US
Dr. MarkAlain Dery is an infectious disease doctor at Tulane University School of Medicine and is also the founder of progressive New Orleans radio station WHIV. Our host Harmon Dash talked to Dr. Dery about health care, money in politics, and other issues facing our country. Please Share!