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My friend Lamar White published an in-depth look at how Louisiana’s United States Senate race is shaping up this year. In case you forgot, this is the seat currently occupied by Senator David Vitter who announced following his gubernatorial defeat that he would not seek reelection for his current post.
Here are some fun Cliff’s Notes on some of the candidates… Read the rest of this entry
For some time now, I have lamented the fundamental breakdown of community as one of the core challenges hindering our politics and civic progress. It seems that, despite all the opportunities to connect virtually via social media, people are less close than they once were. I have to admit, other than talking, I’ve not done enough to address this unfortunate trend myself. And this breakdown means that coming together with our neighbors and fellow citizens to address community concerns is much more difficult.
Enter Together Baton Rouge, a nonprofit organization that has built a powerful coalition of community groups and church congregations to advocate for progress across all parts of Louisiana’s capital city. Read the rest of this entry
At the end of Thanksgiving break during my senior year of college, I found myself in the company of seven or eight other eager young citizens in a traditionally elegant private school in Metairie. When we weren’t taking turns being called before a panel of intimidating interviewers in a dimly lit, stifling library, we – the Louisiana state finalists for a prestigious national scholarship – sized each other up via awkward, falsely self-deprecating small talk.
Large parts of that stressful day are now a blur, but one memory has always stuck with me. There was a television in our waiting area tuned to a national cable network, and the regularly scheduled programming was interrupted several times with updates on the chaotic protests that accompanied the November 1999 meeting of the World Trade Organization in Seattle. As images of the angry, chanting crowds filled the screen, one of my fellow scholarship hopefuls exclaimed, “This is just so horrible, for this to be happening in our country. It’s so un-American!” Read the rest of this entry
Saint John Paul II described social justice as concerning the social, political, and economic aspects and, above all, the structural dimension of problems and their respective solutions. Creating a socially just society, therefore, requires critical analyses of the structures of our society to determine if they perpetuate inequity or enhance justice. In the United States, levels of justice vary greatly between and among regions and states.
In the Gulf South states–Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida–policy and programmatic decisions historically have perpetuated inequity and left the poor, immigrants, and racial minorities without the ability to meet their basic human needs. Although some progress has been made, the history of injustice in the Gulf South states continues to manifest itself in contemporary social, political, and economic systems. [emphasis mine]