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Media Coverage

Poor People's Campaign: The Advocate, CBS, FOX

A Failed Fight for $8.50 Energizes the Fight for $15 in Louisiana

Einstein parents protest for yellow bus transportation from charter network




Press Releases

July 5, 2018

Step Up Louisiana Host Speak Out for Equitable Education at Essence Fest

New Orleans, LA: Friday, July 6, 2018 - 12:15pm at the neutral grounds of New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd. Step Up Louisiana’s Parent Union will be hosting a speak out, outside of the Convention Center during Essence Fest to raise awareness about the inequities among Louisiana’s public schools according to race and class. 

We will present a national report, Failing Brown v. Board, which highlights the continuing inequities in our public education system 64 years after the US Supreme Court's historic decision of Brown v. Board of Education. The report is an equity assessment compiled of public schools across the country with a comparison of course offerings with a race and class analysis to show outstanding inequities among local school districts.  The report was released by the national organization, Journey for Justice Alliance with their #WeChoose campaign.  

McDonogh 35 College Preparatory High School and Chalmette High School were included in the report for having both of their course curriculums compared to give insight to the inequities across local parishes.  The findings from the comparison will be presented at our speak out on Friday. 

WHO: Step Up Louisiana
WHAT: Speak Out for Equitable Education at Essence Fest
WHERE: Neutral grounds of New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd.
WHEN: July 6, 2018 12:15pm



May 7, 2018

Step Up Louisiana Rallies for Economic Justice on Inauguration Day

NEW ORLEANS- Step Up Louisiana, a grassroots organization that fights for education and economic justice, will rally in front of Charity Hospital Monday morning, on the day of the inauguration of New Orleans’ new municipal elected officials.

Last year, the mayor-elect and 6 out of 7 members on the new city council signed on to Step Up Louisiana’s 3-Point Economic Justice Platform during the election season. The platform is a $15 minimum wage, equal pay for equal work for women, and ban the box.

"We are eager to welcome the new administration and to begin working with them to pass the 3-Point Platform," said Step Up Louisiana Co-Director Ben Zucker. "With public commitments from so many of our city's leaders, we are confident that 2018 will be the year that our city takes bold steps for economic justice."

The new administration will steward the development of major city projects including Charity Hospital, Six Flags, and the World Trade building.

“We are excited about the potential of these developments to provide good jobs, affordable housing and benefit the community,” said Step Up Louisiana member Harold John.

After the rally Step Up will head to the Mahalia Jackson theater to wave signs, leaflet and show support for economic justice in our city.

WHO: Step Up Louisiana
WHAT: Inauguration Day Rally for Economic Justice
WHEN: Monday May 7, 2018 8:40AM
WHERE: Charity Hospital 1532 Tulane Ave



March 29, 2018

Stepping Up for $15: House Bill 192 to raise minimum wage to $15 is heard in the house labor committee, workers and community testify

BATON ROUGE- Step Up Louisiana, a grassroots organization that fights for education and economic justice, is proud to testify on Thursday to raise the state minimum wage to $15 per hour.

State Representative Joe Bouie filed House Bill 192 to help Louisianans feed their families and pay their bills. This is a historic first $15 Minimum wage bill in the Louisiana legislature. Fast-food and other low-wage workers have been leading this fight for many years, and now state legislators are beginning to hear them and act on their demands.

Louisiana is among the poorest states in the U.S., while also having some of the highest levels of income and wealth inequality. More than half of the workers in our state don't make $15 per hour. One in four Louisiana children--over 300,000 young people--live in households that are under the poverty line. 

Raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour will lower poverty rates, reduce inequality, and will lift up families so that we can make Louisiana one of the best places in the country to live, work, and raise a family. 

Underpaid workers, their families, and community members from our state will testify, rally and speak truth at the House Labor committee meeting tomorrow morning.

WHO: Step Up Louisiana and other low-wage workers and community members

WHAT: Testifying in House Labor Committee in favor of House Bill 192, a $15 per hour minimum wage for Louisiana

WHEN: Thursday March 29, 9AM, State Capitol House Committee Room 5



January 5, 2018

Step Up Louisiana and NOLA Village host press conference to demand equitable transportation for students at Einstein Charter

New Orleans, LA: Monday, January 8, 2018 - 9:00am at 5316 Michoud Blvd, Step Up Louisiana and NOLA Village will be hosting a press conference to demand equitable transportation for students at Einstein Charter. Orleans Parish School Board is suing Einstein Charter for not providing yellow school bus transportation and determined they are in breach of contract for not providing adequate student transportation. Step Up Louisiana and NOLA Village are in support of OPSB suing Einstein Charter for lack of adequate student transportation. The purpose of us hosting the press conference is to uplift the voices and concerns of the parents and students of Einstein Charter and how their lives are affected by the lack of adequate student transportation. We will also be making a declaration of demands on behalf of the students and parents for the type of student transportation that we feel is sufficient. Contact Maria Harmon with Step Up Louisiana for any questions at

About Step Up Louisiana: The members of Step Up Louisiana are committed to building political power to win education and economic justice for all. Our members will step up and go beyond voting to campaign, organize from a racial justice perspective and hold political and community leaders accountable. We will work in our own neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces to disrupt systemic oppression. We will build the people-power needed to win in our city and state.

About NOLA Village: Community grassroots based organizations that supports undocumented citizens and is composed of members who are directly affected by systemic issues of housing, economic opportunities, education and overall wellness and quality of life.