‘They Saw Me And Thought The Worst’

By Richard A. Webster, Pro Publica. -

As Sojourner Gibbs pulled out of her parking space at a Sam’s Club in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, one afternoon last summer, she felt the familiar, sickening symptoms of diabetic shock. [...]

Louisiana Plastics Plant Put On Pause In A Win For Activists

By Oliver Laughland, The Guardian. -

The US government has placed further delays on a proposed multibillion dollar plastics plant in south Louisiana, marking a major victory for environmental activists and members of the majority [...]

Rebellions Break Out In Lafayette And Kenosha

By It's Going Down. -

A new round of uprisings has kicked off across the so-called United States following the police killings of Trayford Pellerin, “a 31-year-old Black man who was fatally shot Friday night” in [...]

Louisiana Supreme Court Upholds Racist Modern Day ‘Pig Law’

By Zack Linly, The Root. -

There has been plenty of discussion about whether prison is more about rehabilitation, punishment or keeping society safe. However, for Black people especially, it often seems like there’s a [...]

Activists Charged With Felonies After Delivering Formosa Plastic Pollution To Lobbyists

By Julie Dermansky and Sharon Kelly, Desmog Blog. -

Two Louisiana environmental activists, Anne Rolfes and Kate McIntosh, were taken in handcuffs and leg irons from a Baton Rouge police station to jail after they voluntarily surrendered themselves [...]

Louisiana Tribes File Complaint With United Nations Over U.S. Inaction On Climate Change

By Sara Sneath, Nola.com -

Four coastal Louisiana tribes that claim the U.S. government has violated their human rights by failing to take action on climate change submitted a formal complaint Wednesday to the United [...]

I Spent 16 Months In Solitary Confinement And Now I’m Fighting To End It

By Kiana Calloway, Nationofchange.org -

I was just 17 years old when I was sent to solitary confinement in “Camp J,” one of the most severe lockdown units at one of America’s most brutal prisons, the Louisiana State Penitentiary at [...]

Judge Denies Cancer Alley Marchers’ Request To Cross Louisiana Bridges

By Staff, Ccrjustice.org -

May 31, 2019, Baton Rouge, Louisiana – Today, a judge in Louisiana denied an emergency request by community leaders to march across two Mississippi river bridges as part of a five-day march [...]

Environmental Justice March Hits Road Block In Louisiana’s Cancer Alley

By Julie Dermansky, Desmogblog.com -

On May 30, around 100 people took part on the first day of a planned five-day march for environmental justice in Louisiana’s Cancer Alley. Amid sweltering heat, the march kicked off in St. John [...]

Louisiana Law Turning Pipeline Protests Into Felonies Violates Constitution, New Lawsuit Alleges

By Sharon Kelly, Desmogblog.com -

A lawsuit filed today in federal court in Louisiana challenges the state’s “critical infrastructure” law, used to press felony charges against fossil fuel pipeline construction opponents, [...]

Asylum Seekers Are Being “Disappeared” in Private Louisiana Jails

Mike Ludwig, Truthout -

(Some names in this story have been changed to protect those criminalized for migration.) There isn’t much to see around the River Correctional Center, a small, privately run jail near the [...]

Petrochemical Giants Are Slowly Killing Black Louisiana Communities

By Mike Ludwig, Truthout.org -

Milton Cayette Jr. has just returned from a birthday party at the senior center in Welcome, one of the unincorporated hamlets nestled beside the earthen levee running along the east bank of the [...]

Court: Non-Unanimous Jury Verdict Unconstitutional Based On Racism

By Kevin Gosztola and Brian Sonenstein, Shadowproof.com -

A district court in Louisiana ruled the state’s use of non-unanimous juries is unconstitutional and violates the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment. The court found the “non-unanimous [...]

‘Major Victory’: Legal Challenge Halts Construction Of Bayou Bridge Pipeline

By Jessica Corbett, Mintpressnews.com -

While celebrating the win, activists noted that “construction of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline continues in other parts of the Atchafalaya Basin” and vowed to keep fighting to completely shut down [...]

Forcible Arrest Of Water Protectors At Illegal Pipeline Construction Site In Louisiana

By Emma Fiala, Mintpressnews.com -

Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) is the same company responsible for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), which was met with significant resistance from the local indigenous population in North [...]

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