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7:04 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Urban League Helps Entrepreneurs Grow Their Businesses And The Community

Gary Harrell teaches at the Entrepreneur Boot Camp
Eve Abrmas

The Urban League’s Women’s Business Resource Center provides training, assistance and resources to aspiring and existing entrepreneurs. As an entrepreneur WBRC services can help improve your management skills, strengthen your enterprise, and increase your business’ capacity for success.

 

 

Gary Harrell is teaching a class called Empowering Communities One Entrepreneur at a Time at the Urban League’s Women’s Business Resource Center.

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Latest News
10:33 am
Fri May 23, 2014

For $250, Turn A Vacant Lot Into An Urban Farm

The new NORA Growing Green program allows residents to lease or purchase vacant lots and turn them into farms, community gardens, or other green space.
Andrew Foltz Morrison

The New Orleans Redevelopment Authority kicks off its latest community development initiative today — the new “Growing Green” project to spruce up the city’s vacant lots.
 
For $250 a year, anyone can apply to lease a vacant lot and turn it into a community garden or green space, under NORA’s  “Growing Green” program. There are about 2,500 unused and empty lots around the city.  

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Latest News
7:00 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Lower 9th Ward Village Scrambles For Funding

The Lower 9th Ward Village community center building.
Credit Screen capture from Kickstarter

Ward "Mack" McClendon talks about financial problems hitting the Lower Ninth Ward Village.

The Lower 9th Ward Village community center has fallen on tough financial times. Supporters are looking for help in small ways, because big promises of funding have fallen apart.

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Features
7:58 am
Wed May 21, 2014

This 7th Ward Skate Park Comes With A Water Management Plan

A rendering of the 'Sunny Side' section of Parisite Skate Park.
Credit Harmon-DeCotiis studio team / Tulane City Center

There are many ways to handle neighborhood flooding, beyond pumping stations and sewers. Some cities have realized that skate parks, of all places, can be used to manage water rather well. New Orleans’ new skate park is being designed as a water management tool.

It's loud underneath I-610 at Paris Avenue. Cars and trucks barrel overheard, and the overpass rumbles and thumps. But there are other noises contributing to the sea of sound: skateboards.

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Latest News
3:27 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Big Fees For The Big Easy's Poorest Defendants

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 11:23 am

In the next installment of an NPR investigation, Joseph Shapiro goes to New Orleans to look at the ways poor people are charged for their public defender in court.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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Community
7:45 am
Tue May 20, 2014

New Orleans Works — Training People For Careers

Julia Pierce is a medical assistant at Oschner Baptist Medical Center.
Eve Abrams WWNO

New Orleans Works (NOW) is a workforce collaborative focused on building partnerships between employers, trainers, educators and workers to connect low-skilled workers to jobs that provide immediate economic security, and also prepare workers for professional growth and a focused career path.

 

Julia Pierce is a medical assistant at Ochsner Baptist Medical Center.

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Community
4:23 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

All Things New Orleans: Public Safety And The 2013 Mother's Day Shooting

The Original Big Seven Social Aid and Pleasure Club was determined to overcome the violence of last year's shooting. It drew a peaceful, dancing crowd, even with rain.
Jesse Hardman

A year ago this week, the City of New Orleans was reeling — at a second line, on Mother’s Day, shots were fired into the crowd, striking 19 people. Another was trampled in the chaos.

Today on All Things New Orleans, we explore some issues brought about by the Mother’s Day shooting. We hear from one person shot at the second line, and his thoughts on any type of justice that might come from such an event.

New Orleans District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro explains a new approach to prosecuting violent crime.

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Features
3:05 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

At A New Orleans High School, Marching Band Is A Lifeline For Kids

The Edna Karr High School marching band had fewer than 40 members four years ago. Today, more than 80 students march in the band.
Keith O'Brien NPR

Originally published on Sat May 17, 2014 2:31 pm

Editor's Note: This is a story about a high school band. It is a story that demands to be heard, even more so than read. Please click on the audio player, above, to listen. Audio will be available around 6:30 p.m. EDT.

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Listening Post NOLA
7:00 am
Thu May 15, 2014

The Listening Post Asks: How Has Gun Violence Impacted New Orleans?

The Original Big 7 Social Aid and Pleasure club celebrated Mother's Day this year with its usual second line parade, despite last year's shooting.
Jesse Hardman

Every week WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week's topic is gun violence in the city.

The Original Big 7 Social Aid and Pleasure Club's annual Mother's day parade spilled out from a bright green and orange house on Elysian Fields.

A year ago this same parade was the scene of a mass shooting. 

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Code Switch
2:44 am
Wed May 14, 2014

New Orleans Police Hope To 'Win The City Back,' One Kid At A Time

New Orleans police investigate a shooting in February. Though the city's murder rate is down for a second straight year, it's still high compared with other cities.
Michael DeMocker The Times-Picayune/Landov

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 8:25 am

New Orleans is making progress toward losing the "murder capital" label. For a second straight year, homicides declined in the city, in keeping with a nationwide trend.

For African-Americans in the city, though, the numbers are less comforting. Of the nearly 350 killings in the past two years, 91 percent of the victims have been black. It's a cycle that's worrisome to the city's African-American community — and law enforcement.

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