GSMCB for Saturday September 11, 2021: Post Ida Check-In

The Gillespie-Senter 
Memorial Community Breakfast

September 11, 2021 session 


Post Hurricane Ida Check-In 
 
Moderated Roundtable Discussion

 
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 11, 2021  
10:50am - 12:30pm
 
10:50am-11:00am: Participant Introductions
11:00am-12:00pm: Keynote Presentation
12:00pm-12:30pm: Progressive Community Announcements 
 
Via Zoom Meeting:
 
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Meeting ID: 828 6857 8536
Passcode: 144152

 
We hope all of you are safe and made it through Hurricane Ida. 

Since the fall elections have been postponed (and that was our original topic), we thought it would be nice to have a chance to visit and find out how everyone is doing. 

 
 
For more information, contact Brad Ott at bradott@bellsouth.net or (504) 810-3919
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The Gillespie-Senter Memorial Community Breakfast has been a project of 
the First Unitarian Universalist Church Social Justice Team since May 1983

August 14, 2021 GSMCB: Welcome Back Roundtable: (Why Aren't We Post-COVID-19 Yet?)

 

The Gillespie-Senter 
Memorial Community Breakfast
August 14, 2021 session
 
 
 
Welcome Back Roundtable:
 
(Why Aren't We Post-COVID-19 Yet?)
 
Moderated Roundtable Discussion
Moderated by
K. Brad Ott, Adjunct Professor of Sociology

 
SATURDAY AUGUST 14, 2021 
10:50am - 12:30pm
 
10:50am-11:00am: Participant Introductions
11:00am-12:00pm: Keynote Presentation
12:00pm-12:30pm: Progressive Community Announcements
 
Via Zoom Meeting:
 
To Join the Zoom directly [URL]:

Meeting ID: 869 5661 7997
Passcode: 075763
 
Join us for our friendly group discussion after our summer break. For some of us who obtained the COVID-19 vaccines (as well as a large part of the country whom had not), late spring into early summer 2021 meant shedding our masks and re-embracing aspects of our social lives we had missed experiencing since before the start of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, which significantly began impacting the United States in March 2020. This is a check-in session (How are you and your family doing? What are you looking forward to? Why aren't we post-COVID-19 yet?)

 
RSVP to this event on Facebook--
 
For more information, contact Brad Ott at bradott@bellsouth.net or (504) 810-3919
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The Gillespie-Senter Memorial Community Breakfast has been a project of
the First Unitarian Universalist Church Social Justice Team since May 1983

GSMCB is on Summer break ...

 
 
The Gillespie-Senter 
Memorial Community Breakfast
 
Is on Summer Break for July!
 

Potentially, we'll be returning for an in-person gathering 

for Saturday August 14th!

 

Please stay in touch

 

For more information, contact Brad Ott at bradott@bellsouth.net or (504) 810-3919
Like our Facebook page URL: https://www.facebook.com/GillespieBreakfast/  
The Gillespie-Senter Memorial Community Breakfast has been a project of
the First Unitarian Universalist Church Social Justice Team since May 1983

 

 

GSMCB for June 12, 2021 - Women in Afghanistan: After the U.S. Withdrawal

 

The Gillespie-Senter 
Memorial Community Breakfast
June 12, 2021 session
 

 
 
Women in Afghanistan:
 
After the U.S. Withdrawal
 
Tammy Savoie Ph.D.
Retired U.S. Air Force Psychologist

 
SATURDAY JUNE 12, 2021 
10:50am - 12:30pm
 
10:50am-11:00am: Participant Introductions
11:00am-12:00pm: Keynote Presentation
12:00pm-12:30pm: Progressive Community Announcements
 
Via Zoom Meeting:
To Join the Zoom directly [URL]:

Meeting ID: 872 5636 1356
Passcode: 397623
 
We do want our troops home. But it seems inevitable that the Taliban will take over Afghanistan again after our troops leave. But what will become of security, given the Taliban's history of harboring terrorists, including those who attacked the U.S.?

Our focus this month is the very real concerns expressed for the women of Afghanistan, (including the woman who is currently Afghanistan's envoy to the U.S. to many prominent Afghan women). And even though the U.S. troops weren't sent to Afghanistan to rescue women from their murderous patriarchy, the presence of troops has helped to allow women more freedom and rights, including the right to actually live. (Remember, it was Taliban militants who tried to murder Malala Yousoufzai in Pakistan.)

Our presenter will be will be Tammy Savoie, a retired Air Force psychologist. She spent 15 years in the Louisiana National Guard, received her Ph.D. from Emory University in Atlanta and worked 23 years in the Air Force, retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 2016.
 
RSVP to this event on Facebook--
 
For more information, contact Brad Ott at bradott@bellsouth.net or (504) 810-3919
Like our Facebook page URL: https://www.facebook.com/GillespieBreakfast/  
The Gillespie-Senter Memorial Community Breakfast has been a project of
the First Unitarian Universalist Church Social Justice Team since May 1983
 


 


 
 

May 8, 2021 GSMCB: Criminal Justice Reform and the 2021 Louisiana State Legislative Session

 

The Gillespie-Senter 
Memorial Community Breakfast
May 8, 2021 session
 
 
Criminal Justice Reform and the 
 
2021 Louisiana State Legislative Session

  Susan M. Weishar Ph.D.
Policy and Research Fellow
Jesuit Social Research Institute
Loyola University New Orleans
 
SATURDAY MAY 8, 2021 
10:50am - 12:30pm
 
10:50am-11:00am: Participant Introductions
11:00am-12:00pm: Keynote Presentation
12:00pm-12:30pm: Progressive Community Announcements
 
Via Zoom Meeting:
To Join the Zoom directly [URL]:

Meeting ID: 898 6603 7914
Passcode: 435072
 
Several important criminal justice reform bills are being considered in the current Louisiana State Legislative session that have great potential to unravel mass incarceration in our state if enacted, including:

HB 254, which eliminates Juvenile Life without Parole. This bill is more urgently needed since SCOTUS ruled April 21 that judges do not have to hold special hearings to determine if juvenile offenders are beyond hope of rehabilitation before sentencing them to die in prison.

HB 490 which allows persons with life sentences to apply for parole after serving 25 years;

HB 46 which puts limits on pre-trial incarceration.

Our presenter will be Susan M. Weishar, Ph.D., a Policy and Research Fellow with the Jesuit Social Research Institute at Loyola University (JSRI).

JSRI strongly supports other reform bills such as HB 68, prohibiting the use of solitary confinement in Louisiana prisons for persons with mental illness or impairment, and HB 604 simplifying the very expensive and complex expungement process for persons who have served their time.
 
RSVP to this event on Facebook--
 
For more information, contact Brad Ott at bradott@bellsouth.net or (504) 810-3919
Like our Facebook page URL: https://www.facebook.com/GillespieBreakfast/  
The Gillespie-Senter Memorial Community Breakfast has been a project of
the First Unitarian Universalist Church Social Justice Team since May 1983
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday April 10, 2021 GSMCB Session

 

The Gillespie-Senter 
Memorial Community Breakfast
April 10, 2021 session
 
 

Legislative Session and Election
Roundtable and Discussion
Moderator:
  Dr. Christine Day
Professor of Political Science
University of New Orleans
 
SATURDAY APRIL 10, 2021 
10:50am - 12:30pm
 
10:50am-11:00am: Participant Introductions
11:00am-12:00pm: Keynote Presentation
12:00pm-12:30pm: Progressive Community Announcements
 
Via Zoom Meeting:
To Join the Zoom directly [URL]:
 
Meeting ID: 837 7503 5267
Passcode: 623701

April is an exciting month politically in Louisiana, with the state legislative fiscal session getting underway on April 12, and the hotly contested U.S. House of Representatives Second Congressional District runoff to replace former Rep. Cedric Richmond on April 24 
[Early voting April 10-17, excluding Sunday April 11].
 
NOTE: The Gillespie-Senter Memorial Community Breakfast does not make political endorsements. It presents an open forum for political opinions via discussion with participants.
 
RSVP to this event on Facebook -
https://www.facebook.com/events/224108612802035/
 
For more information, contact Brad Ott at bradott@bellsouth.net or (504) 810-3919
Like our Facebook page URL: https://www.facebook.com/GillespieBreakfast/  
The Gillespie-Senter Memorial Community Breakfast has been a project of
the First Unitarian Universalist Church Social Justice Team since May 1983

March 13, 2021 GSMCB: The JustSouth Index

 

The Gillespie-Senter 
Memorial Community Breakfast
March 13, 2021 session
 
 

 
The JustSouth Index:
Where Does Louisiana Stand 
In Comparison with Other States
Panelist:
  Dr. Dennis Kalob
Research Fellow, Jesuit Social Research Institute
Loyola University New Orleans
 
SATURDAY MARCH 13, 2021 
10:50am - 12:30pm
 
10:50am-11:00am: Participant Introductions
11:00am-12:00pm: Keynote Presentation
12:00pm-12:30pm: Progressive Community Announcements
 
Via Zoom Meeting:
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Every two years the Jesuit Social Research Institute at Loyola University New Orleans publishes the JustSouth Index, a report that measures and compares states’ performance on nine quantitative indicators that fall under three dimensions: poverty, racial disparity and immigrant exclusion.

The lead researcher for the report, JSRI Fellow Dr. Dennis Kalob, will discuss major findings from the 2019 JustSouth Index and how Louisiana compares to other states on important indicators of social justice.
 
For more information, contact Brad Ott at bradott@bellsouth.net or (504) 810-3919
Like our Facebook page URL: https://www.facebook.com/GillespieBreakfast/  
The Gillespie-Senter Memorial Community Breakfast has been a project of
the First Unitarian Universalist Church Social Justice Team since May 1983
 

February 13, 2021: On Mardi Gras Break

 

The Gillespie-Senter 
Memorial Community Breakfast
February 2021 session
 

Due to the final Carnival Weekend, 

We're on our Mardi Gras break

- Celebrating our Thirty-Eighth year of progressive social justice solidarity -
Saturday February 13, 2021


Our upcoming Saturday, 11:00am dates via Zoom:

March 13
April 10
May 8
 
For more information, contact Brad Ott at bradott@bellsouth.net or (504) 810-3919
The Gillespie-Senter Memorial Community Breakfast has been a project of
the First Unitarian Universalist Church Social Justice Team since May 1983
 
 

January 9, 2021 GSMCB: Linguistic Justice with Application to Louisiana

 

The Gillespie-Senter 
Memorial Community Breakfast
January 2021 session
 
 
Linguistic Justice with 
Application to Louisiana
Panelist:
  Robert Desmarais Sullivan MA, MEd


SATURDAY JANUARY 9, 2021 
10:50am - 12:30pm
 
10:50am-11:00am: Participant Introductions
11:00am-12:00pm: Keynote Presentation
12:00pm-12:30pm: Progressive Community Announcements
 
Via Zoom Meeting:
To Join the Zoom directly [URL]:
 
 
Meeting ID: 986 0403 7752
Passcode: 065797
 
Linguistic justice is a specific area of social justice in that it is a reflection of social, economic and political inequities. In the United Nations, diversity in culture and languages is viewed as a right and advantage of stable society, In the European Union, communities have a right to education and media in their historic languages.

In Louisiana, the Constitution of 1974 guarantees the right of citizens to their cultural heritages. As a Louisiana-Creole francophone, Robert Desmarais Sullivan will look at how that has worked in Louisiana and how cultural and linguistic policies can be implemented by citizen action.

OUR SPEAKER-- Robert Desmarais Sullivan (MA, MEd) is Cajun Creole from Lake Charles, Louisiana. He was a teacher in French, German, Latin and English in various private schools in New Orleans before joining the faculty of Benjamin Franklin High School, where he retired. He was the creator of the first French-music show in New Orleans on WWNO, "L'Heure acadienne", in the early Eighties, and he led the creation of the first French-immersion program at Audubon Montessori at the same time.

His graduate and educational work were interrupted by near-death from AIDS in the late Eighties, and he spent many years transferring his aptitude for research to questions of healthy living.

For 2021, he is planning on a series of French-language Zoom discussions involving all Louisianians and out-of-state allies to consider the creation of a French-language civil society with cultural autonomy within the State. 
 
RSVP to this event on Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/events/1115548292230013/
 
For more information, contact Brad Ott at bradott@bellsouth.net or (504) 810-3919
The Gillespie-Senter Memorial Community Breakfast has been a project of
the First Unitarian Universalist Church Social Justice Team since May 1983
 
 
 

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