After spending many years behind bars before being exonerated, a group of criminal justice reformers are working to teach New Orleans youth the value of their freedom and their own power to make the right choices.
Aubrey Edwards tells her story of finding Virginia at Bring Your Own on July 10, 2012. Produced by Jesse Chanin.
This is a story told by a New Orleans resident at a local event called Bring Your Own. It is a live storytelling pop-up series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have 7 minutes to respond to a theme with live, unscripted, true stories.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has called for a "community response" gathering today at 6 p.m., at the corner of Frenchmen Street and North Villere. It's a response to the multiple shooting Sunday afternoon during a Mother's Day second-line parade that injured at least 19 people.
"On Sunday afternoon — Mother's Day — our community was subjected to another senseless act of violence," the mayor said in a press release. "Please come out and show solidarity in protecting our culture and delivering a message to stop the shootings."
I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Police in New Orleans are investigating a shooting that took place yesterday during a Mother's Day parade. New Orleans Police Chief Ronal Serpas says law enforcement is still investigating the matter.
RONAL SERPAS: It appears that these two or three people just, for a reason unknown to us, started shooting at, towards or in the crowd. It was over in just a couple seconds. Police were everywhere.
In the new landscape of public education in New Orleans, many students crisscross the city each day to attend classes. But a new initiative is aimed at making the neighborhood school just down the street into a more accessible hub to find enrichment programs and other services.
Family members are often the first to notice signs of mental illness in a loved one, and in many cases they hold the key to unlocking treatment. One local nonprofit is helping them cope with the impact of mental illness on the whole family and showing them how to be better advocates for the long haul.
Vice President of the Kingsley House Board Miles Thomas explains why all are invited to (and would enjoy) the annual Friendraiser luncheon.
The Kingsley House is holding its 4th Annual Friendraiser Luncheon on April 30, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Known as 'the oldest settlement house in the South', Kingsley House was founded in 1896 and started off as a settlement house for immigrants to overcome language cultural and social barriers as they came to settle in New Orleans.
Today, the mission is to educate children, strengthen families and improve community. The organization achieves this through childcare, healthcare for adults and seniors, after school teen programs, family counseling services... and that’s just the shortlist.