Literacy Fundraiser: “Learn Til Ya Die™ Saturday, April 18th

NOLA Til Ya Die, the Literacy Alliance of Greater New Orleans, and One Book One New Orleans, a project of the Young Leadership Council (YLC), are teaming up to address one of the biggest–but least discussed–challenges to adult learners in our community: transportation. Many of the approximately 3000 students attending adult literacy centers in Orleans Parish rely on bicycles as their only means of transportation, yet the learning centers lack secure bike racks, which has led to bike thefts on more than one occasion. We as a community can help.
On April 18, 2015 from 12:00-4:00p.m., the three organizations will hold an event titled “Learn Til Ya Die™,” dedicated to celebrating lifelong learning in New Orleans. NOLA Til Ya Die, which will host the event at 3536 Toulouse Street, has generously agreed to donate a portion of every sale of select merchandise toward installing bike racks outside adult learning centers! John Keller will serve as emcee for Learn Til Ya Die, which will feature facilities and food services provided by George R. Medina and Canal Furniture and Antiques; food provided by NOLA Catering and Events, The Crawfish Meister, and Fleurdelicioso Original New Orleans BBQ; raffle prizes provided by Bayou Bicycles; t-shirts provided by N.O. Vative; original artwork and essays from adult learners throughout Orleans Parish; a reading by One Book One New Orleans 2015 author Brian Boyes; and a musical performance by cellist and vocalist Monica McIntyre.
After this event, Where Ya Rack, also a project of the Young Leadership Council, will work with us to install the bike racks.


Common Ground Health Clinic: Nutrition Program for the Latino Population

Please distribute to your networks

Hello everyone,

Please distribute the attached flyer widely, regarding a free Nutrition Program for the Latino population, every Tuesday and Friday at 6:30PM at Common Ground Health Clinic. Includes such activities as Zumba, personalized cookbooks, a grocery store tour, and a nutritionist Q&A. Open to any Spanish-speaking individual (course taught completely in Spanish). No registration required.


Brittany C. Fields
Outreach Coordinator
Common Ground Health Clinic
1400 Teche St. New Orleans, LA 70114
O: (504) 365-8800 ext. 1006
C: (504) 265-5582
F: (504) 368-9836

CGHC Salud con Sabor Latino Recruitment Flyer_SPAN

Tulane University Center for Public Service: Organizational Culture and Leadership Workshop

Dear Community Partners,

You and your colleagues are invited to the final Toolkit Workshop of the Spring 2015 semester, “Organizational Culture and Leadership”
When: Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015, 3pm-5pm
Where: Tulane City Center, 1725 Baronne St, New Orleans
Who: Presentation by Kevin Wilkes, Director of Trepwise, LLC
What: Overview of how to create and sustain a productive and successful organizational culture.


The workshop will also include:

Networking opportunities
Food from Liberty’s Kitchen

The event is free of charge, but please make sure to RSVP HERE if you haven’t done so yet and we look forward to seeing you there!

Theodore Nathan | Campus Community Partnerships
Tulane’s Center for Public Service | Alcee Fortier Hall
6823 St. Charles Ave. New Orleans, LA 70118
O: 504-862-3352 | C: 973-534-5516 | F: 504-862-8061 | MBA Candidate 2015

USCIS: IMPORTANT: Renewal Request of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Hi all,

Please see important message below.

Merrilyn Onisko
Community Relations Officer
USCIS, New Orleans District Office, District 11
1250 Poydras Street
New Orleans, LA 70113
(504) 571-2508

Connect with us online:
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Dear Stakeholder,

Please help us spread this message in immigrant communities:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reminds recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) that their current period of DACA and employment authorization could expire if they wait too long to request renewal.

We strongly encourage you to submit your renewal request 150 to 120 days before your current period of DACA and employment authorization will expire. Timely filing will help ensure USCIS has sufficient time to consider your request.

On March 27, 2015, USCIS began mailing renewal reminder notices to DACA recipients 180 days prior to the expiration date of their current period of DACA. Previously, these reminder notices were mailed 100 days in advance.

USCIS continues to accept initial and renewal requests for two-year grants of DACA under the guidelines established in 2012. A federal district court order issued on February 16, 2015, enjoining USCIS from implementing the expanded DACA guidelines did not impact USCIS’ ability to continue processing DACA requests under the 2012 guidelines.

You may request renewal of DACA if you met the initial DACA guidelines and you:

· Did not depart the United States on or after August 15, 2012, without advance parole;
· Have continuously resided in the United States since you submitted your most recent, approved DACA request, up to the present time; and
· Have not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

Visit or to get updates and all the information you need to make an initial or renewal request for DACA.

As always, we encourage you to beware of immigration scams. Visit or to learn how to protect yourself and how to find authorized legal services.

Kind Regards,
Public Engagement Division
US Citizenship and Immigration Services

Interfaith Prayer Vigil for Justice and Compassion for Immigrants, April 16th

Amigos y amigas,
Por favor lean este email y compartan la invitacion para ser parte de esta vigilia en favor de pasar la accion del president Obama. Dejenme saber si pueden estar con nosotros.

Please read this email and share the invitation to be part of this Vigil (Vigilia) in support to President Obama’s Immigration Executive Action. Please, let me know if you are attending.

Rev. Dr. Oscar Ramos-Gallardo
Missionary of GBGM
Advance Special # 140638
3401 Canal St.
New Orleans, LA 70119

Subject: Participate in an Interfaith Prayer Service, Thursday evening, April 16

Dear Friends:

If you are a leader of a faith group—are you willing to read a statement on behalf of your faith group at an Interfaith Prayer Vigil for Justice and Compassion for Immigrants on Thursday, April 16, at 6PM in front of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

On Friday, April 17, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, right here in New Orleans, will hear oral arguments on the question of whether to lift a lower court’s injunction that halted the implementation of President Obama’s Executive Action programs for deportation relief for almost 5 million undocumented immigrants.*

There is likely to be intense media interest focused on the 5th Circuit court next week. The Prayer Vigil for Justice and Compassion for Immigrants will be an ideal time for people of faith to gather with our immigrant brothers and sisters to pray that:

· The justices quickly resolve the impasse;

· Deportation raids that are tearing apart families be ended; and

· That Congress get to work to pass just and humane comprehensive immigration reform legislation which provides a path to citizenship to the over 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.

All people of good will are invited to attend the Prayer Vigil—from 6 PM to 7 PM on Thursday, April 16, in front of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Many immigrant advocacy groups from across the country will be coming to New Orleans for the 5th Circuit court hearing on April 17. The New Orleans Worker Center for Racial Justice/Congress of Day Laborers is coordinating the scheduling of events associated with the April 17 court hearing and Congreso members will be participating in the Prayer Vigil for Justice and Compassion for Immigrants. Rev. Dr. Oscar Ramos-Gallardo, Missionary Pastor, First Grace United Methodist Church, and Sr. Maura O’Donovan, CHF, will lead the prayer vigil.

What: Interfaith Prayer Vigil for Justice and Compassion for Immigrants

When: Thursday, April 16, 6 PM to 7PM, the evening before oral arguments in Texas vs. United States are presented in the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday, April 17, at 10 AM.

Why: To pray for justice and compassion for immigrants, to show solidarity with our undocumented immigrant brothers and sisters, to advocate for a lasting and humane solution to our nation’s immigration crisis

Where: At or near the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, at Camp Street and South Maestri, perhaps across the street in Lafayette Square.

What We Are Asking From Faith Group Leaders: Prepare a one-page, double spaced statement to include in a press packet and to read at the Prayer Service– not to exceed one minute. Please email your statement on your organization’s stationary (if possible) to Sue Weishar at by Tuesday, April 14. Include speaker’s name and contact information on your statement. Suggestions for statement: Describe mission and purpose of your faith group/organization (one sentence). Why your group/organization supports President Obama’s Executive Actions on Immigration and/or comprehensive immigration reform and/or end to deportation raids (one sentence).What you are praying for: e.g. That our leaders will put aside political differences…, that the justices will have the wisdom and compassion to lift the injunction…., that our undocumented sisters and brothers will one day soon no longer live in fear that their families will be torn apart… (one sentence)

Please call or email Sr. Maura O’Donovan, CHF, at 504-905-6295, or Sue Weishar at 504-864-7749, if you have any questions.

Thank you!

* These programs, which the President announced in November, would provide temporary relief from deportation and work authorization to almost 5 million undocumented immigrants who are the parents of U. S citizen children or who entered the country as children over five years ago. See: and (about the legal issues to be debated in the court hearings) and (information about the programs on hold because of the lawsuit filed by 26 states—including Louisiana- against the President’s Executive Actions).



Susan M. Weishar, Ph.D.

Migration Specialist

Jesuit Social Research Institute

Loyola University

6363 St. Charles Avenue, Campus Box 94

New Orleans, Louisiana 70118

Phone: 504-864-7749 Cell: 480-522-0533

Serving Faith, Promoting Justice

NORLI: New Orleans Regional Leadership is Accepting Application for 2015-16 Class

NORLI Now Accepting Applications for 2015-16 Class

Business, Civic, and Public Sector Leaders Are Encouraged To Apply

Regional applicants encouraged

The New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute (NORLI) is now accepting applications for the 2015-16 NORLI class. All business, civic and public-sector leaders in the ten-parish region are encouraged to apply by visiting,

The deadline for applications is May 15, 2015, and there is a $35 non-refundable application fee.

NORLI is a nine-month program designed to enhance personal leadership skills and examine issues central to the advancement of the Greater New Orleans region. Through a competitive application process, the class brings together forty business, civic, and community leaders representing all races, genders, industries and communities in the ten parish region with a mission to promote regional collaboration by providing a forum for the exchange of diverse viewpoints and a network of relationships.

The NORLI curriculum will examine public policy, education, workforce development, diversity, criminal justice, public safety, environment and sustainability and will focus on how all of these issues affect economic development and quality of life. The NORLI program consists of two overnight retreats and seven full-day sessions beginning September 16, 2015 and ending May 11, 2016. The non-refundable tuition fee is $2,750, which covers all program costs and materials, including meals, as well as all the expenses associated with the retreats. For more information on the commitments and class of 2016 program dates please visit

Benefits of NORLI

For the participant, NORLI creates opportunities for contacts with influential leaders and provides experience in group dynamics, team leadership, presentation skills, ethics, decision-making, and critical and creative thinking. Participants grow as individuals and gain a better understanding of the many facets of their community, learn cutting-edge leadership skills, and enhance their business relationships. Most importantly, NORLI builds confidence and motivation for participants to become actively involved in promoting positive change for the New Orleans region.

For the employer, NORLI develops in the employee increased organizational, leadership, and problem-solving skills. In addition, it offers news insights into the community, helps identify where strategic alliances might be forged, and gives organizations a unique perspective on how to become involved in the community.

For the community, NORLI helps develop committed, knowledgeable, and action-oriented people to serve as catalysts in promoting positive change – people who are ready to roll up their sleeves and work to make the New Orleans region a great place to be. The program also encourages creative partnerships and initiatives between the public and private sectors.

For more information about NORLI, please visit or contact Nicole P. Woolfolk at 504.527.6922 or email her at Become a fan of NORLI on Facebook at

The mission of the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute (NORLI) is to help promote regionalism. NORLI provides current and emerging leaders with a more thorough understanding of issues and an enhanced ability to collaborate for the greater good of the community. The institute selects a diverse group of leaders to participate in a thought-provoking, nine-month educational program. Participants experience a variety of statewide issues presented through lectures, on-site visits, readings, discussion groups, simulations, and other leadership development activities. For more information, please visit or call Nicole P. Woolfolk at 504.527.6922 or email her at

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