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".
Our Louisiana roads are amongst the worst in the nation. Repairs are already underfunded via a gas tax and we have no new plans for additional funding sources. So, what happens when electric vehicles are the norm? Does Louisiana become the Blockbuster video of states? With our current political system, it's almost impossible to get elected without Oil & Gas money and almost as soon as they are elected, our elected officials have to start raising money for their reelection. This version of graft stands in the way of any real solutions.
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
Many factors played a role in this historic win in Alabama last night, however it wouldn't have happened without a lot of money. Jones raised more than twice as much as Moore. 91% of all elections are won by the candidate who raised the most money. Although it appears to have worked out in this situation, we need to make elections equitable for ALL American citizens all the time.