Sunday, May 30, 2010
Jackson Square, French Quarter, New Orleans
1700+ attendees and growing!
Join the grassroots effort to demand that the Federal Government and BP devote all possible available resources to stopping the continued outpouring of crude oil into the waters of the Gulf of Mexico NOW!
For information on the group and the event organizers, visit: Facebook Event
Today the House and Government Affairs Committee stopped passage of HB776 which would have stripped the rights of Green Party voters from conducting a Congressional Primary. The bill would have only allowed Republicans and Democrats to conduct a congressional primary.
Secretary of the Green Party of Louisiana, Sean Clark, spoke before the committee.
Open Letter to House & Govt. Affairs Committee
HB776 was presented as a pro-active and theoretical cost saving measure on behalf of the Secretary of State’s office, however it not only disenfranchises voters of the Green, Libertarian, and Reform parties but it also disenfranchises the “unaffiliated” voters as well.
Statewide Voter Registration Count for Reference:
Other Parties Total: 645,771
HB776 effects more than a theoretical “Mickey Mouse Party” (as it was referred to) banding together to topple the budget of the Secretary of State. This bill will disenfranchise 645,771 registered voters. Please regard this issue for its face value.
The following glaring issues of HB776:
1. The Green Party, Reform Party and Libertarian parties will be DENIED congressional primaries with no alternative by law to choosing a nominee.
2. “Unaffiliated” voters will be DENIED the option to vote for another party other than the Democratic party when they go to vote in a Congressional Primary.
3. MORE confusion will be created for smaller “recognized party” voters. For example, a Green Party voter goes to vote in a primary and there are 2 candidates running. What will the poll worker be required to say when those voters are turned away?
A feasibility study released today indicates that it would be 20% cheaper to renovate New Orleans’ Charity Hospital into a state-of-the-art facility than it would be to build a new hospital on another site. The report, commissioned by the Foundation for Historical Louisiana and created by a team of architectural, structural engineering and financial consulting firms led by RMJM Hillier have estimated that completely overhauling the existing hospital building would cost $484 million, compared to a $620 million price tag for the creation of a similar facility in another location.
“Can Charity Hospital be turned into a modern hospital? We say unequivocally that it can,” stated Steve McDaniel of RMJM Hillier, the Principal Architect of the renovation plans. These plans included tearing out the entire inside of the building and replacing all existing services such as heating and cooling systems with new, modern systems.
At its presentation the study was praised by healthcare activists including Green Party of Greater New Orleans (GPGNO) member Brad Ott. Read More »
First All-Women-of-Color Presidential Ticket in US History: Green Party Nominee Cynthia McKinney and Running Mate Rosa Clemente on War, Democracy and Hip Hop
The Green Party made history last week when it nominated the first all-women-of-color presidential ticket in US history. Former Democratic Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, who was the first African American woman elected to Congress in Georgia, won the Green Party’s nomination last Monday. Listen to the Democracy Now! Report…
Media Advisory–September 11, 2007
After Katrina, the residents of New Orleans East were shocked that the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) and the Mayor of New Orleans approved dumping of potentially hazardous household materials at the Chef Menteur Landfill at 166000 Chef Menteur Highway without first placing a leachate collection liner. It posed long-term threats to the ecology of the nearby Bayou Savage National Wildlife Refuge, the Maxtent Canal, and the water supply of the residential community living within 1 mile of the landfill. Read More »