Same Ole’ Conversations……”Now, Where Are the Solutions?”

By: The Parent “Advocators” Thirteen years after Hurricane Katrina and 100 days since the unification of all schools returning to the governing of Orleans Parish School Board, we are still having conversations about how to make schools better. It’s truly heartbreaking as parents to hear about and witness certain situations happening on a daily basis in education. Before we, The Parent “Advocators” continue, we would like to drop this disclaimer right now…. Read More

Blacks Have No Choice When it comes To Voting, And Here are the Reasons Why

How do you feel about the Trump Administration?  If my assumptions are correct, you probably wish they would fall off into some unknown part of the universe, never to be heard from again.  And while that sounds like nirvana for us anti-Trump advocates, it probably won’t happen anytime soon. So instead of wishing this insensible administration away, let’s rally together and silence them by using the most powerful weapon we have in… Read More

NOLA educator says stop playing games with our children!

Lee Green, Head of School at Andrew H. Wilson, is an honest straight shooter. He’s a true educator who has adults walking around saying, “I remember Mr. Green. He was a great teacher.” Green is a tenured and experienced teacher of over twenty years and a great citizen of our beloved New Orleans. He gave to young minds before Katrina and has weathered the storm to remain a fixture in the future… Read More

Black Latinxs Matter

As we are in the midst of Hispanic Heritage Month and celebrating the diversity of the culture and ancestry, it is important to acknowledge a particular group of Latinos: our Afro-Latinos. Even in Latinx spaces, there is often a failure to honor this group and their unique experience and struggles. This failure can be traced back to anti-Blackness in our different cultures, from Mexico to the tip of South America and to… Read More

“Groping”…..Girls it’s “Not a Big Deal”

By Felicia Simpson Val O’Connell, a Trump supporter and mother from Bozeman, Montana, was being interviewed by NBC News political reporter Ali Vitali when she made the following statement: “Groping a woman? At 18?….. I mean how many guys do you know who thinks that’s no big deal” – Val O’Connell In the news clip, O’Connell said these appalling words to the reporter, the first red flag. She also included her teenage daughters… Read More

Bill Cosby is Going to Jail. Will the Others Go, Too?

And just like that, America’s dad is going away to jail at 81 years old.  On Tuesday, September 25th, Bill Cosby was accused and sentenced to three to 10 years for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand 14 years ago at his home.  What Cosby did was undoubtedly wrong, and I sympathize for every woman who was affected by his actions. However, I didn’t cheer when he was sentenced.  The crooked justice… Read More

Why Don’t We Create Spaces That Make Women Feel Safe?

Anne Meltzer is a psychologist and offered the following information in an article in the Washington Post: The vast majority of sexual abuse victims delay disclosing what happened. “It’s one of the most common features of child sex abuse,” Meltzer said. Most victims of child sexual abuse fear retaliation, that they won’t be believed or that their family may be angry. There are often very intense feelings of shame, guilt and humiliation…. Read More

Inequities in Education and meeting the needs of Children of Color

By Danielle Wright The Well Being is a weekly radio show in New Orleans hosted by 4 women of color. Each week the co-hosts explore the impact of inequitable systems on various dimensions of wellness. This episode discusses the history of inequities in New Orleans public education, the current landscape of public education and how systemic changes can be made to meet the needs of children of color in schools. We explore… Read More

How do we build quality schools and communities?

The State of New Orleans Charter Schools: How do we build quality schools and communities? Join community and education leaders for informative panel discussions on the current charter school landscape in New Orleans on October 3, 2018! This event is free and open to the public. Hosted by: Chris Stewart, Citizen Education & Wayfinder Foundation School Panel: Melanie Askew Founder and Head of School Élan Academy Charter School Jawan Brown-Alexander Chief of… Read More

What Alice Walker Can Teach Us about Hispanic Heritage Month

In the last couple of years, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to connect with one’s roots and heritage as a means of resistance.  I reflect on Alice Walker’s famous quote that “resistance is the secret of joy,” and in the context of heritage and culture the meaning of her words is clearer to me. To be more fully who I am and to be less of what society expects me… Read More