Marking the ten-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the Ford Foundation produced this short documentary featuring Alliance Institute and some of our local partners—community advocates, residents, and non-profit leaders—as they consider the state of justice and equity in New Orleans a decade after the devastating, transformative storm. Click here for more information.
On August 6, 2015 Alliance Institute and its partners held a rally outside of New Orleans City Hall to announce our support for City Councilman Jared Brosset’s (District D) “Living Wage Ordinance.” Building on the work of the 2002 New Orleans living wage campaign, organizations like Stand With Dignity, Voice of the Ex-Offender, UNITE HERE and others have been working to raise wages for fast food workers and workers participating in the North Terminal project at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport are paid at least $15 an hour.
Following the August 6 event, the New Orleans city council voted 6-0 in favor of the Living Wage Ordinance. On Monday, August 17, 2015 New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu signed the ordinance into law. The new law mandates that companies holding city contracts of more than $25,000 or grants totaling $100,000 or more in a given year must pay their workers a minimum of $10.55 an hour.
The current Federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour or $15,080 annually. The raise to $10.55 is seen as a step in the right direction for workers in New Orleans.
Alliance Institute and Immigration Advocates from Across the Country Rally at New Orleans Federal Courthouse
Over 100 local and national immigration advocates came together for a rally in front of the New Orleans federal courthouse on June 12th to ask Louisiana State Attorney General Buddy Caldwell to end his support of the lawsuit blocking President Obama’s Executive Order that would provide relief for thousands of immigrant families in the U.S.
Alliance Institute joined local organizations such as VAYLA, Puentes, and the New Orleans Worker Center for Racial Justice, as well as dozens of other immigration advocates from the region and across the country including Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC), and Center for Community Change.
After the rally, participants marched to Attorney General Caldwell’s office several blocks away to deliver signature from a nationwide petition telling the Governors and Attorneys General of the 26 suing states to drop the lawsuit against expanded protections for millions of immigrant youth and parents. A larger rally is planned for July to coincide with a federal appeals court hearing on the lawsuit.
At the heart of the conflict are the executive actions that President Obama took last November to address the immigration reform crisis. His first action was to order to the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security to not deport certain undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and parents of lawful permanent residents (known as DAPA). The President also announced an expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (known as DACA) for youth who came to the U.S. as children which would grant these parents and youth temporary permission to stay in the U.S.
The federal lawsuit that was filed by 26 states is keeping President Obama’s executive orders from helping up to 4.4 million people.
For more information on the campaign, contact Salvador Cervantes of Center for Community Change.
Alliance Institute is proud to announce that our proposal has been approved for a Research Topic on “Creating Synergy Between Pubic Health Partners and the Communities They Serve” for Frontiers in Public Health, section Public Health Policy.
Frontiers in Public Health is a peer-reviewed journal aimed at the scientific community interested in the broad area of public health. Frontiers is an open-access publisher and research network. Alliance Institute’s goal in this endeavor is to provide a scholarly framework for Community Organizations and others working with Public Health professionals, agencies, and organizations to engage as full partners as opposed to the traditional model of client. To this end, Alliance Institute will be reaching out to its extensive network to collect articles. Article types include Original Research, Methods, Hypothesis & Theory, Review, Mini Review, Perspective, Technology Report, General Commentary, Opinion, Book Review, Classification, Clinical Trial, and Clinical Case Study.
We are honored and very excited to be participating in the development of a scholarly platform for our work, as well as the multitude of organizations working with, and in, the field of Public Health.
You can view our Research Topic Homepage here.
Stay tuned for updates as we begin to collect articles, or contact us directly if you are interested in publishing an article or would like to recommend someone.