Saturday, September 20th, 2014

Organizations in the Struggle for Post-Katrina Justice

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Below is an incomplete list of  organizations who have fought for post-Katrina justice. Websites are listed when applicable.
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NEW ORLEANS AND LOUISIANA SOCIAL JUSTICE ORGANIZATIONS
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Advocates for Environmental Human Rights
Works for the cause of environmental justice as a human right.
A Fighting Chance /NOLA Investigates
Investigations for the defense in capital cases.
African American Leadership Project
Agenda building, policy analysis, strategic dialogue and consensus-building. www.aalp.org
Agenda for Children
Policy work for children’s rights.
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Louisiana
Legal struggles for civil rights.
American Friends Service Committee of New Orleans
Organizing against the cradle-to-prison pipeline and other campaigns.
Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN)
New Orleans chapter of national housing rights organization. Disbanded in 2010.
Black Men United for Change and Equality
Grassroots organizing among Black men from New Orleans.
Children’s Defense Fund of Louisiana
National child advocacy organization – in New Orleans, conducts Freedom Schools, among other projects.
Common Ground Collective
Short-term relief and long-term rebuilding support.
Common Ground Health Clinic
Dedicated to providing free, quality health care for New Orleans.
Critical Resistance New Orleans
Prison abolition organization.
Deep South Center for Environmental Justice
Environmental justice organization based at Dillard University.
European Dissent
White anti-racist group in New Orleans, affiliated with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond.
Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children
Organizes among family members of incarcerated youth.
Finding our Folk
Raising the voices of displaced New Orleanians.
Fyre Youth Squad
Young people organizing for better schools.
Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center
Legal struggles against housing injustice.
Innocence Project New Orleans
Represents innocent prisoners serving life sentences in Louisiana and Mississippi.
Institute for Women and Ethnic Studies
Sexual and reproductive health justice among youth women of color.
Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana
Legal and organizing work to reform juvenile justice.
Louisiana Justice Institute
Legal advocacy for civil rights and facilitation of a wide range of social justice campaigns in New Orleans and across the state. www.louisianajusticeinstitute.org
Loyola Law Clinic
Legal clinic representing indigent clients.
Make It Right
Founded by Brad Pitt to rebuild housing in the Lower Ninth Ward.
Mayday New Orleans
Organizing for public housing justice.
National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (NCOBRA)
New Orleans chapter of national alliance working for reparations.
Nation of Islam – New Orleans
Rebuilding and antiviolence work in the city.
Neighborhood Planning Network (NPN)
Networks neighborhood organizations in New Orleans.
New Orleans Food and Farm Network
Food access organization.
New Orleans, Louisiana Palestine Solidarity (NOLAPS)
Organizing and activism for awareness of Palestine, linking struggles in New Orleans with Middle East.
New Orleans Tenants Rights Union
Organizing tenants to create concrete improvements in their situation as renters.
New Orleans Women’s Health Clinic
Originally established as a project of the Women’s Health & Justice Initiative in 2006, NOWHC was conceived to combine health services with a political analysis of the obstacles women face in receiving health care.
New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice
Building worker power, advancing racial justice, and organizing to build a social movement in post-Katrina New Orleans.
NO/AIDS Task Force
Services and advocacy for HIV-infected individuals.
Parents Organizing Network
Supports parents in taking a powerful role in the creation of excellent public schools.
The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond
Anti-racist community organizers and educators dedicated to building an effective movement for social transformation.
Resurrection After Exoneration
Works to reconnect exonerees to their communities and provide access to those opportunities of which they were robbed.
ReThink: Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools
Students reforming school system post-Katrina.
Safe Streets/Strong Communities
Campaigns for a new criminal justice system in New Orleans.
School at Blair Grocery
Dedicated to the growth and development of young minds in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans.
Stay Local! New Orleans
Supports local businesses.
Students at the Center
A writing and digital-media program for students in New Orleans public, non-charter, high schools.
Survivors Village
Former public housing residents in New Orleans struggling for housing justice.
Twomey Center for Peace Through Justice
Education for social justice consciousness.
UNITY of Greater New Orleans
A collaborative of sixty agencies working with homeless people in New Orleans.
Vietnamese-American Young Leaders Association of New Orleans (VAYLA)
Empowering Vietnamese-American youth through services, cultural enrichment, and social change.
VOTE (Voice of the Ex Offender): Voices of Formerly Incarcerated Persons
Building the political power of people most impacted by the criminal justice system.
Women’s Health & Justice Initiative (WHJI)
A radical feminist of color, anti-violence, justice-based organization. The New Orleans affiliate of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence.
Women With A Vision
Health care justice for women from at-risk and socially vulnerable communities.
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ARTS, CULTURE AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS AND SPACES
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2-Cent Entertainment
Grassroots youth filmmaking collective.
Artspot Productions
Theatre and arts organization.
Ashé Cultural Center
Black-owned cultural and community space.
Backstreet Cultural Museum
Cultural center preserving the history and culture of Black Mardi Gras.
Community Book Center
African and African American-centered bookstore and community space.
Craige Cultural Center
Community space and cultural center in the Algiers neighborhood.
Guardians of the Flame Cultural Arts Collective
Preserving New Orleans’ Black Mardi Gras cultural traditions.
House of Dance and Feathers
Lower Ninth Ward space dedicated to preserving New Orleans culture.
Iron Rail Bookstore and Infoshop
Anarchist infoshop and lending library.
Islamic Shura Council of Greater New Orleans
Organization of New Orleans’ Muslim community.
Junebug Productions
African American Arts company, preserving the civil rights traditions of the Free Southern Theatre.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of New Orleans
Builds, strengthens, and unifies the Greater New Orleans area GLBTQ community.
McKenna Museum of African American Art
Dedicated to New Orleans African American art.
Mondo Bizarro
Creates original, multidisciplinary art and fosters partnerships in local, national and international communities.
Neighborhood Gallery
Exposure and support for artists.
Neighborhood Story Project
Works with writers in neighborhoods around New Orleans to write and publish books about their communities.
New Orleans Kid Camera Project
Uses photography training and support to help young people express themselves.
Patois: The New Orleans Human Rights Film and Arts Festival
Organizes events, amplifies local voices, and builds community at the intersection of arts and social justice.
Porch Cultural Organization and Center
Community-based organization using the arts to affect social change.
Social Aid and Pleasure Club Task Force
An alliance of the city’s social aid and pleasure clubs.
Tambourine and Fan
Works with young people in Treme community to pass on New Orleans art and culture.
Tekrema Center for Art and Culture
African American community space in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward.
Zeitgeist Multi-disciplinary Arts Center
Film and arts space in Central City New Orleans.
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OTHER SOUTHERN AND GULF COAST SOCIAL JUSTICE ORGANIZATIONS

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Friends of Justice
Supports struggles against injustice in criminal cases across Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi.
Miami Workers Center
Building working class community power in Miami.
Mississippi Immigrants’ Rights Alliance (MIRA)
Advocacy organizing and education for immigrants’ rights.
Mississippi Workers Center
Grassroots worker advocacy.
Organizing in the Trenches
Founded by Caseptla Bailey and Catrina Wallace, family members of one of the Jena Six, to continue struggles for social justice.
Project South
Atlanta-based movement building organization.
Southerners On New Ground (SONG)
Visioning a world where the 3rd shift factory worker and the drag queen at the bar down the block see their lives as connected and are working together for liberation.
Take Back the Land
Miami-based collective empowering the Black community to determine how to use land for the benefit of the community.
NATIONAL ALLIES
The Advancement Project
A civil rights law, policy and communication “action tank.”
Catalyst Project
White anti-racist collective based in California.
Center for Constitutional Rights
Uses law for social justice struggles.
Color of Change
Online resource for racial justice organizing.
INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence
A national activist organization of radical feminists of color advancing a movement to end violence against women of color and their communities. www.incite-national.org
Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
Defending human rights and promoting self-determination.
National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI)
Advocacy for a human rights vision in US.

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