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Aug 252016
 
Members of the Green Party of New Orleans help salvage items and gut a house in Denham Springs, La. (photo courtesy of Miranda Murray)

Members of the Green Party of New Orleans help salvage items and gut a house in Denham Springs, La. (photo courtesy of Miranda Murray)

Jill Stein and Anika Ofori speak in a Facebook Live broadcast from Denham Springs on Monday, Aug. 22. (via Facebook)

Jill Stein and Anika Ofori speak in a Facebook Live broadcast from Denham Springs on Monday, Aug. 22. (via Facebook)

Around 10 a.m. Monday morning, Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein and Anika Ofori of the Green Party of New Orleans stood in the middle of a flooded-out community in Denham Springs and asked social media followers to help draw attention to the neighborhood’s plight.

“Everyone that supports Jill Stein supports you,” Ofori told one neighborhood resident as they discussed the Tide Loads of Hope traveling laundry van miles away in Baton Rouge. “We’re going to to tweet to Tide Loads of Hope and tell them people here need their laundry done.”

Three hours later, Tide announced it had arrived in Denham Springs. Continue reading »

Aug 082016
 
(via Friends of Lafitte Greenway)

(via Friends of Lafitte Greenway)

On Thursday, August 11, Friends of Lafitte Greenway and LifeCity will co-host “Greenway Green Drinks”, a happy hour to celebrate the success of stormwater management and business development on the Lafitte Greenway. The event will take place at the Broad Theater, located at 636 N. Broad Street, and will include a Greenway tour that begins at the theater.

Greenway Green Drinks is free and open to the public. Happy hour specials will be offered to Friends of Lafitte Greenway and LifeCity Green Card members.

The short walking tour of the Lafitte Greenway will be from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., and the happy hour will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

To RSVP or for more information, visit lafittegreenway.org/greendrinks2016.

Jul 222016
 

Friends of Lafitte Greenway and Fit NOLA, a program of the New Orleans Health Department will host a free 6-week outdoor hot yoga series on the Lafitte Greenway. The Hot Yoga Pop Ups are a part of Friends of Lafitte Greenway’s new fitness program, Get Fit the Green Way, committed to improving opportunities for health and well-being for all New Orleans residents and Lafitte Greenway communities.

The Ohm Well’s Valerie McMillan leads Hot Yoga class (via Friends of Lafitte Greenway)

The Ohm Well’s Valerie McMillan leads Hot Yoga class (via Friends of Lafitte Greenway)

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Jul 192016
 
Patrick Armstrong

Patrick Armstrong

In the last two weeks, Mayor Mitch Landrieu hosted his annual budget meetings in each City Council district. I attended the meeting for District A, and followed along with several other meetings on Twitter. While bicycle infrastructure appeared to be a big theme at several meetings, there wasn’t too much said about litter and trash on city streets. At the reportedly rowdy District D meeting, Landrieu was asked about litter, and he reportedly asked “can we just not throw stuff on the ground?”

If it were only that simple. Continue reading »

Jul 012016
 
A diagram showing the structure of the drainage improvements in Bayou St. John. (via City of New Orleans)

A diagram showing the structure of the drainage improvements in Bayou St. John. (via City of New Orleans)

New Orleans City Council members on Thursday authorized a $7 million drainage project for Bayou St. John, as part of a larger mitigation program implemented as a way to reduce flooding in the neighborhood. Continue reading »

Jun 272016
 
A group of over seventy people asked Rep. Scalise to reflect on climate change last week (photo by Rick Moore, courtesy of GreenFaith/Louisiana Bucket Brigade).

A group of over seventy people asked Rep. Scalise to reflect on climate change last week (photo by Rick Moore, courtesy of GreenFaith/Louisiana Bucket Brigade).

This past Thursday morning, I took my life into my own hands and rode my bike out to Metairie, to an office building on Veterans Memorial Boulevard. This nondescript edifice houses the office of Steve Scalise, the representative for Louisiana’s 1st Congressional District. bart-everson-headshot-2013

I was there to bear witness to an event which was unfortunately unique in my experience. A group of over seventy people from many different faiths had come to ask Rep. Scalise to reflect on climate change.

It was a typical summer morning in Southeastern Louisiana. The sun was scorching. But in the shade of the tall building it was downright pleasant. Birds were chirping — you can hear them on the recording I made.


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Oct 292015
 
Lafitte Greenway Master Plan

Lafitte Greenway Master Plan

The Friends of Lafitte Greenway will host its third annual fundraising event, recently renamed the Greenway Soirée, on Nov. 6.

The Soirée will celebrate the progress of the development of the Greenway and as well as honor the team members that started the Greenway’s creation in 2006, according to Sophie Harris, the organization’s executive director. Continue reading »