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Community
8:23 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Community Impact Series: Justice And Accountability Center Working To Reform Criminal Justice System

In the wide-ranging effort to reform the New Orleans criminal justice system, this new nonprofit works for more equal access to expungements of criminal records to help people get jobs and move on after release.

Community Impact Series: Justice And Accountability Center Working To Reform Criminal Justice System

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Voices On Violence
1:37 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Voices On Violence: The Violence Has Changed Me, But This Is Home

Valerie West.
Credit Jason Kruppa / NolaVie

Who:  Valerie West, 44, a New Orleans native who returned home after years of traveling the world as a military wife because her kids wanted to graduate from high school in the city in which they were born. A housekeeper at Ochsner who lets loose every Sunday as an active member of the New Orleans second-line culture (her club is the Original New Orleans Lady Buckjumpers). A teen mother who saw all three of her kids go to college. A woman whose life was forever changed by violence.

In her own words, here’s what Valerie has to say about:

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Community
11:59 am
Fri June 7, 2013

'Plessy Day' Commemorates New Orleans Civil Rights Landmark

A marker for the site of Homer Plessy's arrest, at the intersection of Press Street and Royal Street.
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On Friday NOCCA, the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, celebrates with music, guest speakers, a second line and more. The occasion? Plessy Day.

That name should bring to mind history class, and the landmark 1890s Supreme Court case Plessy versus Ferguson, in which the court upheld racial segregation and "separate but equal" as a legal standard.

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Voices On Violence
4:19 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Voices On Violence: A Native New Orleanian Contemplates Leaving

Writer and New Orleans native Eleanor Keller.
Credit Jason Kruppa / NolaVie

What in the world am I doing here?

Why do I stay?

In light of the drama surrounding the recent Mother’s Day second-line parade tragedy, I bet I’m not the only one asking these questions today. Friends from upstate New York to the West Coast heard about this one, and they are all asking me these same questions.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Tulane City Center Extends Outreach To Neighborhoods, Communities

Maurice Cox, the former Mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia, has helped move the Tulane City Center from its origin on Tulane's campus into a new space on OC Haley Blvd.
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Click here to listen to this week's Notes.

While many of us are aware of Tulane University’s well regarded School of Architecture, fewer know about Tulane City Center and its outreach projects into the community.

Sharon Litwin talks with Maurice Cox, its recently appointed new director about the Center’s plans for New Orleans.

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Voices On Violence
2:32 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Voices On Violence: The Bubbles Of Safety Are Getting Smaller

Marco Topete.
Credit Jason Kruppa / NolaVie

Who:  Marco Topete, 30, a Mexican immigrant who came to New Orleans in 2005 with other members of the Texas Volunteer Firefighters Association as part of the initial search and rescue efforts following Hurricane Katrina.  An engineer by training, who has fallen in love with the endless possibilities of New Orleans culture, Marco is a husband; the father of a 1-year-old son; the owner of a start-up construction and design company; and an active member in the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus, a 3-year old Mardi Gras krewe that celebrat

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Voices On Violence
2:58 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Voices On Violence: A Pastor Stresses Community

St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church minister Don Frampton.
Credit Jason Kruppa / NolaVie

Who: Don Frampton has been senior pastor of St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church for the past 19 years. After Hurricane Katrina, his church created Rebuilding Hope in New Orleans (RHINO), which has brought more than 6,000 volunteers to New Orleans and built 29 homes through Habitat for Humanity.

In his own words, here's what Don has to say about:

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Community
8:29 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Community Impact Series: Dulac Community Center Hub Of Houma Indian Life

At the edge of Terrebonne Parish, and on the front lines of Louisiana's coastal erosion crisis, a community center with a long history for the Native American Houma people is focused on resiliency for the future.

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Community
8:00 am
Tue June 4, 2013

City Community Centers The Heartbeat Of Neighborhood Life

Murals on the side of the Tremé Community Center in 2011.
Credit Derek Bridges / Flickr

The term NORD is thrown around a lot in conversations about crime and public safety. It is actually NORDC now, which stands for the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission — the agency that oversees the playgrounds, ballparks, pools and sports teams that many see as the key to teaching kids community values.

NORDC community centers are often the heartbeat of neighborhood life, especially in the summer. However, when they’re closed — as many still are after Hurricane Katrina— the beat is gone.

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Voices On Violence
2:13 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Voices On Violence: Where's The Village Now?

New Orleans musician Edward Anderson.
Credit Jason Kruppa / NolaVie

Who: Edward Anderson, 46, a musician, educator, husband and father. Born into a longtime New Orleans family of teachers and pharmacists, he received his undergraduate degree in music from Xavier University, his master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music in New York and, most recently, his doctorate in composition from the Louisiana State University School of Music. He has been a high school teacher and a college professor, and is a practicing musician playing trumpet with several jazz groups in town.

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