We've had some incredible victories
We WON State Resolution 133 for Sustainable Community Schools as an option for reforming public schools in Louisiana.
A Sustainable Community School has these 5 critical elements:
Curriculum that is engaging, culturally relevant and challenging
High quality teaching, not high stakes testing
Positive discipline practices such as restorative justice
Transformational parent and community engagement
The Louisiana Alliance to Reclaim our Schools led this effort so that Sustainable Community Schools can become a reality for schools that need more investment in Louisiana.
We got COMMITMENTS from Mayor Cantrell and the New Orleans City Council to adopt our Economic Justice 3-Point Platform
In the fall of 2016, labor organizers from across New Orleans came together and decided how they wanted to participate with the municipal election. They surveyed 140 workers about what their priorities were. Rank and file representatives from SEIU Local 21LA, OUR Walmart, Stand with Dignity, Fight for 15 and Step Up Louisiana came together and decided based on the results of the survey to start pushing a 3-Point Economic Justice Platform - $15 Minimum Wage, Equal Pay for Equal Work for Women and Ban the Box. Step Up Louisiana's members did local and national research to define the scope of the problem and see what policy solutions were available. Then they sent a letter with 45 co-signing organizations to all of the candidates running for Mayor and City Council. Then Step Up hit the pavement. We canvassed, held candidate forums, rallied, marched, organized in our communities, spoke to the press and did everything we could do to hold candidates accountable. Now our mayor and six out of seven city council people have committed to adopting the platform. Now is the time to hold them accountable.
We took DIRECT ACTION at the State Capitol during the Poor People's Campaign and DEMANDED a #MoralBudget
This year we linked up with the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival for 40 days of Moral Action to fight against the four pillars of:
The War Economy
We also organized a strong showing for a #MoralBudget when the state legislature was threatening to cut vital services for Louisianans.