The best way to understand Louisiana’s rapidly changing coastal map may be to look from above. That’s how you see the small highways headed South, slim like bony fingers, disappearing into a blue backdrop. What a map can’t express are the histories, hopes and desires of communities along the bayous of the Gulf Coast.
Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 1:08 pm
New Orleans is still reeling from another spate of violence last weekend, when five people were killed by gunfire and 11 wounded, including two toddlers. The city has launched high-profile campaigns to address gun violence, but a big part of the problem is an acute shortage of police.
Karen Rogers lives in the lower 9th Ward, where a recent drive-by shooting left two people dead and several more wounded. Police say it was drug-related.
"This is not the first time [I've heard gunshots]," says Rogers. "This is the first time to actually see people murdered and shot."
Ronal Serpas, the Superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department brought in by Mayor Mitch Landrieu in 2010 as part of a series of sweeping changes to city government in the post-Katrina and post-Nagin eras, announced his retirement at a packed press conference Monday morning.
The Food Bank of Central Louisiana will be cooking up ratatouille for its first demonstration in the Nutrition on Wheels or N.O.W. truck that is set to roll into the town of Oberlin in Allen parish on Wednesday.
The grant-funded N.O.W. truck is equipped with a full kitchen. It will park in small central Louisiana towns this fall with staff demonstrating healthy cooking techniques, according to Food Bank of Central Louisiana executive director Jayne Wright-Velez.
About 100 people demonstrated in New Orleans on Thursday as part of a national movement centering on the police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri.
Michael Brown was unarmed when he was shot to death by police.
Some gathered in New Orleans at Lafayette Square with candles and ribbons on their wrists. Participants observed a moment of silence before organizer Chanelle Batiste read a list of other victims’ names. She says the event is about increasing awareness.
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, once again, violence in New Orleans.