Democracy is precious, or so I thought. Turns out it’s fairly affordable.
New Orleanians know all too well that our democratic process can be subverted. The desired outcome can be purchased for the right price. On Friday, we got an object lesson in one of the many ways this can work. It’s rare to see specific numbers attached, and it’s appalling to realize just how cheap the price tag is.
You might have missed it in the Jazz Fest madness. To recap, on Friday The Lens reported that at least some of the people in orange shirts that packed City Hall hearings on Entergy’s proposed gas plant were, in fact, paid actors.
Exactly how many hired actors were in the crowd remains unclear. The Lens confirms four. Everyone who got paid had to sign a nondisclosure agreement, so these are just the people who talked anyway. One of these actors spotted 15 other people in the crowd he knew from the film industry. There’s every reason to expect that’s just the tip of the iceberg.Read more
The results are in from Saturday's election.
- Harry Lewis, Democrat: 342, 58 percent
- Morgan Moss Jr., Green: 219, 37 percent
- Cassius Clay Muhammad, Independent: 25, 4 percent
(source: The News-Star)
Congratulations to Morgan Moss for setting a new bar. 37% may be the best-ever showing by percentage for a Green in the state of Louisiana.
The election for Mayor of Rayville, Lousiana is this Saturday, March 24. The incumbent Rayville Mayor, Harry Lewis, Democrat, drew two contenders — Cassius Clay Muhammad, Independent, and Morgan Moss Jr., Green.Read more
November 7, 2017
New Orleans, Louisiana
The Green Party of New Orleans (NOLA Greens) has prepared voting advice for the November 18, 2017, runoff election. Our voting advice is based on a survey of our members and how closely each candidate or ballot measure aligns with Green Party values, most notably the party's commitment to community-based economics, diversity, and social justice.
In light of the devastation brought to Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria—which Gen. Honoré recently called “bigger than Katrina”—the Green Party of New Orleans (NOLA Greens) calls on Gov. John Bel Edwards to exercise his command authority over the Louisiana National Guard and immediately maximize its deployment and relief to Puerto Rico. The NOLA Greens appreciate that Gov. Edwards has already deployed several hundred personnel to Puerto Rico, however the dire situation calls for stronger, swifter efforts.Read more
October 1, 2017
New Orleans, Louisiana
The Green Party of New Orleans (NOLA Greens) has prepared voting advice for the October 14, 2017, election. Our voting advice is based on how closely each candidate or ballot measure aligns with Green Party values, most notably the party's commitment to community-based economics, diversity, and social justice. We thank the New Orleans Harm Reduction Network for the discussion during our preparation of this advice. While we discuss three races here, we provide voting advice for the entire ballot (see table above), with one exception. (PDF version available.)
We are a small local chapter of a small state Green Party, in the process of establishing ourselves. As such, it has sometimes been difficult to stay abreast of what’s happening at the national level with the Green Party US. For that reason, we were excited to have one of our local members, Anika Ofori, attend the Annual National Meeting in July. We looked forward to her first-hand account of what transpired in Newark.Read more
It is official. I have been disqualified as a candidate for Clerk of Criminal Court. They pulled out the legendary Ike Spears to defeat me today. It was an open and shut case honestly since I had not changed my registration to Green at the time of qualification and the law is clear. I had incorrectly assumed that Federal law applied and I had until the election to change my party registration. It happens.Read more
I decided it best to share my experience at the Green Party US Annual National Meeting in Newark, NJ as close to getting home as possible. There are four reasons why I remain a member despite the events that took place this past weekend. 1) My Black Caucus. 2) My local New Orleans Greens. 3) the Green Party platform and the political compass test. 4) SOME of the Greens that I met online and offline across the county.Read more