Too Much for Too Many: What Does It Cost Families to Live In Louisiana

Saturday, December 12, 2015



Featuring:
Jeanie Donovan, Economic Policy Specialist at the Jesuit Social Research Institute (JSRI) at Loyola University New Orleans


Jeanie Donovan will speak about a new report from JSRI that details what it really costs to live in the Pelican State. Report findings are based on data from a variety of reliable data sets and a methodology developed by JSRI. Ms. Donovan will also discuss how inadequate traditional measures of “official poverty” are, and the need for public policies to enhance family economic security in Louisiana so that every Louisianan has the chance to develop her/his potential and live healthy, dignified lives.

Jeanie Donovan is a 2008 graduate of Loyola University New Orleans where she was a member of the University Honors Program and graduated magna cum laude with a B.A in Political Science and a minor in Psychology. After graduation, she spent two years serving as a Teach for America corps member teaching elementary school at Samuel J. Green Charter School in New Orleans. During her graduate studies at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at University of Texas at Austin, Jeanie specialized in food and nutrition policy with a focus on improving access to healthy and affordable foods in underserved communities through state and local policy change.  Her Master’s thesis focused on policy options available to the City of Austin for improving the quality of food options in close proximity to local public schools.

Location:
First Unitarian Universalist Church
5212 South Claiborne Av. New Orleans 
(Enter via posted signs at Soniat and South Claiborne)

10am – Progressive, Social Justice Community Networking
with Coffee, Juice and Light Breakfast Pastries*

11am to Noon- Featured Presentation

*$3.00 suggested donation



Held every second Saturday of each month, the Gillespie Memorial Community Breakfast has been a project of the First Unitarian Universalist Church Social Justice Committee 
since May 1983.

S.O.A., Guns and Greed, U.S Secret Counter Insurgency Game

Saturday, November 14, 2015



Featuring:

Ben Gordon

Ben has lived in new Orleans since 1982. Worked as a Registered Respiratory Therapist at Charity Hospital for 17+ of those years. Also worked as an R.R.T at Hotel Dieu Hospital (now closed),New Orleans General Hospital(now closed), and , Tulane Medical Center for a short period of time. Post Katrina he worked at L.S.U Interim Hospital until 2010 as an R.R.T, leaving because of his objection to the closure of Charity. Now he is semi-retired and volunteering with groups such as Pax Christi National Catholic Peace Group, The Gillespie Memorial Community Breakfast, and the NOLA Interfaith Peace Initiative.


What is the SOA/WHINSEC?
(from soaw.org)

Founded in 1946 in the Panama Canal Zone, the School of the Americas (SOA) is a U.S. Army training school that trains soldiers, military personnel and police from Latin American countries in subjects like counter-insurgency, military intelligence and counter-narcotics operations.

SOA/WHINSEC graduates have included some of the worst and most notorious human rights abusers in Latin American history, and for much of the world, the school, under any name, is synonymous with torture and impunity.

Under Department of Defense jurisdiction, this school is funded by U.S. taxpayer money.  According to the SOA itself, more than 60,000 members of Latin American militaries have attended the SOA since its inception. SOA graduates have led military coups and are responsible for massacres of hundreds of people. Among many others, these include:

  • Manuel Noriega and Omar Torrijos of Panama
  • Leopoldo Galtieri and Roberto Viola of Argentina
  • Juan Velasco Alvarado of Peru
  • Guillermo Rodriguez of Ecuador
  • Hugo Banzer Suárez of Bolivia
  • General Romeo Vásquez Velásquez of Honduras

SOA graduates were responsible for the Uraba massacre in Colombia, the El Mozote massacre of 900 civilians in El Salvador, the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero and the massacre of 14-year-old Celina Ramos, her mother Elba Ramos and six Jesuit priests in El Salvador, the assassination of Bishop Juan Gerardi of Guatemala and hundreds of other human rights abuses. Closing the school would send a strong human rights message to Latin America and the world.


Location:
First Unitarian Universalist Church
5212 South Claiborne Av. New Orleans 
(Enter via posted signs at Soniat and South Claiborne)

10am – Progressive, Social Justice Community Networking
with Coffee, Juice and Light Breakfast Pastries*

11am to Noon- Featured Presentation

*$3.00 suggested donation



Held every second Saturday of each month, the Gillespie Memorial Community Breakfast has been a project of the First Unitarian Universalist Church Social Justice Committee 
since May 1983.

A Discussion of the upcoming gubernatorial and state legislative elections


Saturday, October 10, 2015




Featuring:


 Christine Day
 Professor of Political Science at the University of New Orleans

Elections for Louisiana governor, state executive officials, and state legislators are coming up, with the first primary on October 24 and runoff elections on November 21.  With the current governor and many state legislators term-limited out, this will be a wild—and wildly expensive—election featuring many new faces.  Join us for a discussion of the upcoming elections with Christine Day, Professor of Political Science at the University of New Orleans.

Location:
First Unitarian Universalist Church
5212 South Claiborne Av. New Orleans 
(Enter via posted signs at Soniat and South Claiborne)

10am – Progressive, Social Justice Community Networking
with Coffee, Juice and Light Breakfast Pastries*

11am to Noon- Featured Presentation

*$3.00 suggested donation

For more information, contact us:  
info@thecommunitybreakfast.org


Held every second Saturday of each month, the Gillespie Memorial Community Breakfast has been a project of the First Unitarian Universalist Church Social Justice Committee 
since May 1983.

September Breakfast CANCELED!


September's Breakfast has been canceled!
See you in October!

Katrina at 10: Still Fighting for Justice

Saturday, August 8, 2015


Featuring:


Darryl Malek-Wiley
Sierra Club Environmental Justice and Community Partnerships Program


Location:
First Unitarian Universalist Church
5212 South Claiborne Av. New Orleans 
(Enter via posted signs at Soniat and South Claiborne)

10am – Progressive, Social Justice Community Networking
with Coffee, Juice and Light Breakfast Pastries*

11am to Noon- Featured Presentation

*$3.00 suggested donation

For more information, contact us:  
info@thecommunitybreakfast.org


Held every second Saturday of each month, the Gillespie Memorial Community Breakfast has been a project of the First Unitarian Universalist Church Social Justice Committee 
since May 1983.

Remembering Kit Senter with Love and Justice

Saturday, July 11, 2015

July 2015 Keynote Presentation:




Remembering Kit Senter
with Love and Justice

Roundtable Remembrance and Potluck

SATURDAY JULY 11, 2015 10:00am to 12:00pm


First Unitarian Universalist Church
5212 South Claiborne Av., New Orleans
(Enter via CELSJR or the Soniat Street entrances; inside large classroom)

Progressive Community Roundtable networking 10:00am
Coffee will be served – Bring a dish to share!

Roundtable discussion program 11:00am to 12:00pm

GMCB Committee to meet following – All are welcome


For more information, contact Brad Ott: (504) 269-4951 or bradott@bellsouth.net. Held every second Saturday of each month, the Gillespie Memorial Community Breakfast has been a project of the First Unitarian Universalist Church Social Justice Committee since May 1983.

Why is Anti-Racism Essential to Social Change

Saturday, June 13, 2015


Featuring:

Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal


Ruth Idakula

Organizing Manager

Rev. Deanna Vandiver

Executive Director


The June 2015 GMCB spotlights the anti-racist organizing ethic and work of The Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal (CELSJR), self-described as a catalyst in New Orleans and beyond for promoting social, economic, environmental and racial justice. We do this through activism, community engagement, organizing, and transformational learning.


Ruth S. Idakula has served as Organizing Manager for the Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal for almost two years. She has been a proud resident of the New Orleans community for the past 18 years and also is co-founder, co-director of Community Education Project of New Orleans that does organizing around education justice.


The Reverend Deanna Vandiver has served as the Executive Director of the Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal since August 2012. The Center’s mission is to serve as a catalyst in New Orleans and beyond for promoting social, economic, environmental and racial justice through activism, community engagement, organizing, and transformational learning. In November 2012, she was ordained by all three congregations of the Greater New Orleans Unitarian Universalists (GNOUU) cluster and serves as the Community Minister for this religious collective. She is a frequent flier with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond’s Undoing Racism trainings and now serves on their Regional Organizing Team. Rev. Deanna is grateful to be from and serving in the Deep South as a Unitarian Universalist minister committed to working for a world transformed by the power of equity, care, and compassion. www.celsjr.org


Location:
First Unitarian Universalist Church
5212 South Claiborne Av. New Orleans 
(Enter via posted signs at Soniat and South Claiborne)

10am – Progressive, Social Justice Community Networking
with Coffee, Juice and Light Breakfast Pastries*

11am to Noon- Featured Presentation

*$3.00 suggested donation

For more information, contact us:  
info@thecommunitybreakfast.org


Held every second Saturday of each month, the Gillespie Memorial Community Breakfast has been a project of the First Unitarian Universalist Church Social Justice Committee 
since May 1983.

Beyond Petroleum: A Northshore forum on fracking (Note the location change!)

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Featuring:

Speakers on and discussion of fracking
in St. Tammany Parish and in Louisiana in general, complemented by discussion of what we can do now to reduce dependence on energy from fossil fuels.

We will be joining the Greater New Orleans Unitarian Universalists (GNOUU) at their retreat in Fontainebleau State Park!

DIRECTIONS TO SITE
Take US 190 East. The main park entrance is approximately 5 miles past the city of Mandeville. Pass the main park entrance and after a half-mile turn right into Group Camp Area #3. Parking is available at the site. If asked, say you are going to the Unitarian Retreat.


10am - Progressive, Social Justice Community Networking
with Coffee, Juice and Light Breakfast Pastries*

11am - Noon- Featured Presentation

*$3.00 suggested donation 

For more information, contact Brad Ott at (504) 269-4951 or email to info@thecommunitybreakfast.org.



Held every second Saturday of each month, the Gillespie Memorial Community Breakfast has been a project of the First Unitarian Universalist Church Social Justice Committee since May 1983.

Ferguson and New Orleans: Black Lives Matter

Saturday, April 11, 2015


Featuring:

Ashana Bigard, Pam Nath and Toya Lewis


Community Organizers Ashana Bigard and Pam Nath will reflect on their trip to Ferguson this past Fall, and along with Toya Lewis from the local chapter of the Black Youth Project will make connections to organizing here in New Orleans.



Ashana Bigard is a life-long resident of New Orleans, mother of three, social justice organizer, and a long-time advocate for the health and wellness needs of children and families in Louisiana. Ashana currently advocates for the rights of students and parents in New Orleans’ complex, demoralizing, and rapidly privatizing public education systems through her leadership with the Community Education Project of New Orleans; and as an adult ally and advisor to United Students of New Orleans. In addition to education equity activism, Ashana organizes with the Women’s Health & Justice Initiative and for expended housing affordability opportunities for low-income families.
Ashana has worked with a diverse range of youth, education, and juvenile justice-based organizations including the New Orleans Parents Organizing Network, Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children, and Agenda For Children.

Pam Nath has been living in New Orleans and working as a Community Organizer for going on eight years. She works with many groups including European Dissent, a group of white people working together for racial justice; the Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition; and the Greater New Orleans Organizers Roundtable. The dismantling of imperialist white supremacist heteropatriarchy, affordable
housing, and prison abolition are just some of the issues about which she cares. She loves being surrounded by water (the Bayou, the Lake, the River), by massive Oak trees, pelicans, and egrets, and by people who work passionately for a better world and who strive to live in Beloved Community with one another.

Latoya "Lovevolution Ex" Lewis is an extremely proud New Orleans Native. After Katrina Toya graduated from Southern University of New Orleans with a bachelors in psychology. While in
college she became a member and soon an organizer of Stand with Dignity, where she organizes structurally under and unemployed workers from communities like B.W. Cooper ( formerly known as the Calliope projects where she was born and raised) to create a community voice that demands full and fair employment for Black un/under employed workers in the city. Toya is also a member of The Black youth project 100, a National organization focused on ending the criminalization of Blackness utilizing a queer feminist lense. Toya is deeply in love with her fiancee, and also a community parent of three children who enjoys spending time on the lake or at city park with her three dogs and experiencing the beauty of all forms of Black artistic expression. To sum it up Toya is an overall advocate for the liberation of all humanity.


Location:
First Unitarian Universalist Church
5212 South Claiborne Av. New Orleans 
(Enter via posted signs at Soniat and South Claiborne)

10am – Progressive, Social Justice Community Networking
with Coffee, Juice and Light Breakfast Pastries*

11am to Noon- Featured Presentation

*$3.00 suggested donation

For more information, contact us:  
info@thecommunitybreakfast.org


Held every second Saturday of each month, the Gillespie Memorial Community Breakfast has been a project of the First Unitarian Universalist Church Social Justice Committee 
since May 1983.

GMCB Livestream: 3/14/15 Towards A Strategic Response to the Assault on Higher Education with Vern Baxter, Ph.D.



Missed the breakfast? 
No problem!

Towards a Strategic Response to the Assault on Higher Education (NOTE temporary location change!)

Saturday, March 14, 2015


Featuring:

Vern Baxter, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Sociology University of New Orleans


Dr. Vern Baxter earned his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is Chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of New Orleans. Dr. Baxter has a wide range of research interests in sociology, including urban sociology, political economy, cultural sociology, social theory, and the sociology of work and organizations. His early work focused on technological change and the organization of work, culminating in publication of a book entitled, Labor and Politics in the U.S. Postal Service (Plenum). He has published quantitative research on oil industry restructuring, the governance of intercollegiate athletics, and neighborhood change in New Orleans. He has also published a variety of theoretical and historical articles on the construct of honor, postal service politics, and intercollegiate athletics. Recent research includes an article published in 2014 on environmental hazards and land speculation in New Orleans East (Antipode), and a longitudinal study of the experience of disaster with Steve Kroll-Smith and Pam Jenkins (Contingency, Class, and Miss Katrina, University of Texas, November 2014). Courses recently offered by Dr. Baxter include research design, urban sociology, and advanced sociological theory for graduate students; and social organization, sociology of popular culture, research methods, sociology of sport, and introduction to sociology for undergraduates.

Regarding his GMCB Keynote topic on higher education, in addition to his Department of Sociology work, Dr. Baxter serves as chair of the Academic Freedom, Tenure and Professional Ethics Committee within the UNO Faculty Senate, and is a part of the Save UNO Coalition. Louisiana public universities have suffered dramatic budget cuts in recent years -- and now face additional cuts projected to be from $211 - $500 million, as well as the prospect of program cuts and campus closures.


Location:
Community Church Unitarian Universalist
6690 Fleur de Lis Drive. New Orleans
(This GMCB is a change from our Uptown location. Due to minefield-like road conditions, attenders are urged to reach the church via 38th Street from Pontchartrain Blvd.)

10am - Progressive, Social Justice Community Networking
with Coffee, Juice and Light Breakfast Pastries*

11am - Noon- Featured Presentation

*$3.00 suggested donation

For more information, contact Brad Ott at (504) 269-4951 or email to info@thecommunitybreakfast.org.



Held every second Saturday of each month, the Gillespie Memorial Community Breakfast has been a project of the First Unitarian Universalist Church Social Justice Committee 
since May 1983.

Happy Mardi Gras Everyone!

There will be no Gillespie Memorial Community Breakfast for Febuary since 2/14/15 falls on Samedi Gras.

We'll return on March 14th. 
See you then!

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