Call out to volunteers! We’ll be leaving from New Orleans at 6:30am Monday (22 August 2016) to help a family in Denham Springs with water damage.
Supplies to Bring:
- face masks
- food for people who are working
In the aftermath of the historic flooding in Louisiana, we in the Green Party of Louisiana extend our deepest condolences to all of our fellow Louisianians who have suffered loss because of the tragedy.
During these times, we are reminded of our ability to overcome calamities by overcoming our differences.
We also remind flood victims to start FEMA and insurance processing as soon as possible to help avoid potential delays as were experienced in the wake of Katrina.
To make a FEMA claim, visit this website: www.disasterassistance.gov
The Louisiana flood is eighth “500 year” rain event in the U.S this year, and it comes on the heels of the hottest month ever recorded. As Greens, we see this as further evidence of the global crisis posed by climate change. Until humans make global, sweeping changes to our economic and social systems, we must expect these types of disasters to continue regularly. The Green Party of Louisiana calls for the rapid elimination of the fossil fuel economy.
Furthermore, we recognize what was so apparent during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina — the unjust reality that those most greatly affected by these disasters are too often the poor and peoples of color. The floods have displaced people of different races, ethnicities, and economic status.
Louisiana Greens said that, in light of the neglect and expulsion of Black residents from New Orleans after Katrina, the flood poses a challenge for relief efforts to show that all lives matter. The recovery will be unfair and uneven if we don’t fight. The Green Party of Louisiana will fight for equitable insurance payouts and assistance for all affected residents and against the vultures of disaster capitalism.
“For all the strong Louisianans out there, the ones rescuing, volunteering, surviving, and thriving, you represent what it truly means to be human and what it means to be good,” said Simone Crochet, Green Party member and resident of Houma, Louisiana.
Our New Orleans local drafted the following statement today (19 July 2016)
We the Green Party of New Orleans wish to express our support of and solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. In light of the recent tragic deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and so many others at the hands of the police it is imperative those who seek democracy work together. Our respective movements are aligned with regards to a shared vision for how to transform our communities. We strongly oppose the militarization of local police forces and mass incarceration. We support measures to increase local community oversight of police to ensure accountability. We stand ready to support the struggles of BLM in their pursuit of peace and justice in Louisiana and the country as a whole.
We maxed out our first venue, so we got a bigger one!
Louisiana Greens are quoted in Robert Morris’ front-page story for the Gambit, “Seeking a third: Louisiana’s Libertarian and Green parties.” Give it a look, and if you’re interested in helping to build an electoral expression of the movements for justice, ecology, democracy and peace, then please join us at our 2016 convention. If you’re in New Orleans, come out for the next Green Party of New Orleans meeting.
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Kezia Kamenetz of WTUL News and Views speaks to Bart Everson of the Green Party of New Orleans about “why he believes third party organizing to be beneficial to our democracy and a potentially powerful way to channel the energy and excitement of the Bernie Sanders campaign.” The Green Party of New Orleans will be hosting a voter registration drive this Saturday at the 10th Hike for the Lafitte Greenway event. Their next meeting will be March 22nd at the Keller Library.
(Please note that Friends of Lafitte Greenway is not affiliated with the Green Party.)