Press Release: NOPD Consent Decree Monitoring Team Hearing on Thursday, September 24, 2015 @ 1:30pm


A public hearing with the NOPD Consent Decree Monitoring Team and the New Orleans Police Department will be held Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 1:30pm. The hearing will be held at the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, 500 Poydras Street in the courtroom of Judge Ivan Lemelle, Room C-501.

The hearing will focus on the Monitoring Team’s analysis and reporting on the NOPD’s Officer’ selection process. The hearing will also follow-up on the status of NOPD’s progress in the areas of cameras, training and supervision.

A copy of all reports of the NOPD Consent Decree Monitoring Team, including special reports issued on Officer’ selection and supervision can be found at

Tulane School of Public Health: Basic Computing for Seniors

Tulane School of Public Health Presents . . .
Basic Computing for Seniors
Tulane School of Public Health will present a 4 week course to seniors on 5 basic things to know about computers. This course will guide participants through the hardware and software components of the most popular user devices and teach how to navigate the Internet. Seniors are strongly encouraged to sign up at the circulation desk for the entire course; however, drop-ins are welcome for each individual class.
Tuesdays, October 6, 13, 20 & 27, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Algiers Regional Library
3014 Holiday Drive 70131
10 am – 7 pm, Mon. – Thurs.
10 am – 5 pm, Sat.
504 596-2641
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American Cancer Society: Breast Cancer Awareness @ Your Health Fair or Community Event

Good afternoon network partners and wellness ministry leaders,

If you are having a health fair or community event in October focusing on breast cancer awareness, and you need a representative from American Cancer Society to attend, please contact Pat Davis, 504-988-0957,
Patricia A. Davis, BS
Senior Program Coordinator
Center for Gulf Coast Environmental Health Research, Leadership, and Strategic Initiatives
Tulane University, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Dept. of Global Environment Health Sciences
1440 Canal St. Ste. 2100
New Orleans, LA 70112
504-988-0957 (p) 504-988-1726 (f)

Community Matters: “Emerging Principles for Designing and Implementing Community Change

Community Matters! Decades of scientific research have shown that being part of a supportive, inclusive and capable community promotes mental, physical, and social well-being more than any other factors known to the social and medical sciences.

Our publication series, Community Matters: Action Principles, Frameworks, and Strategies, shares what science and practice have taught us about building and strengthening community. The first publication in this series, “Emerging Principles for Designing and Implementing Community Change,” has just been released. Download it at
David M. Chavis, Ph.D.
Principal Associate/CEO
Community Science
438 N. Frederick Ave., Suite 315
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
(301) 519-0722 ext.109 (office)
(301) 519-0724 (fax)
Twitter: @chavispower (Learn more about us) (Resources and discussions on SOC)

Community Science is a group practice of social change professionals who use knowledge to build healthy, just, and equitable communities.

CDC Workplace Health Programs Group: Kaiser Permanente Thriving Schools Employee Wellness Webinars

I’m excited to share that Kaiser Permanente Thriving Schools has three school employee wellness webinars coming this Fall as follows:

All webinars are from noon to 1 p.m. Eastern
September 30, 2015: Getting Started With School Employee Wellness ─ Understand why school employee wellness is important, identify partners for success, and ideas to get started.
October 15, 2015: Championing School Employee Wellness ─ Discover tools and resources to gain information and build a successful school employee wellness program.
October 27, 2015: Sustainable Changes ─ Learn ideas to make employee wellness part of the culture at your school and district.
Here’s the link to the registration page:

Thank you!

CDC Workplace Health Programs Group

Judge Orders Release of Immigrant Children Detained by U.S.

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to share the good news with you, in case you didn’t see it! A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. government’s detention of children and their mothers is a serious violation of the 1997 Flores settlement, and has ordered their release immediately. This ruling hopefully means that we will be seeing an end to the wide-scale practice of family detention. (Please note that this ruling, however, does not impact adult immigration detention. That practice – in places like Jena and Basile – continues on.)

The U.S. government still has the ability to detain mothers and children, but only on a short-term basis, or else they have to meet specific criteria. In the next few weeks, we will hopefully see a transition to detaining, processing and promptly releasing these families at the border on ‘alternatives to detention’ (i.e. ankle monitoring bracelets, in person reporting, telephonic reporting, etc.) There are currently three family residential centers in the U.S., but the ones that have received the most critical attention in the last year are the facilities that were stood up quickly near the southern border when the border influx hit in 2014 (Dilley, Karnes, and previous to that – Artesia.)

This is a huge victory for advocates, and more importantly, for the women and children that fled horrific conditions in Central America with their children, seeking safety in the U.S., only to wind up detained for many, many months with no end in sight. Many of us fought hard against these inhumane policies over the last year, and we have sadly witnessed hunger strikes, botched mass vaccinations of children and suicide attempts as some of the women grew depressed over being stuck inside these facilities with their kids. Now that should hopefully, finally, be over!

I’m attaching a copy of Judge Gee’s order, as well as a backgrounder on how the Flores settlement relates to judge’s order on Friday compelling the government to comply. Also, here is a link to a NY Times article with more information as well:

Thanks all. One BIG step forward! 🙂

Jennifer Rizzo
National Pro Bono Promotion Counsel
Human Rights First American ideals. Universal values.

805 15th Street NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20005

Tel: 202.888.7603 | Cell: 646.306.0749 | Fax: 202.543.5999 | | Facebook | @HumanRights1st |

Orleans Hazard Mitigation Plan: Survey and Plan, Sept. 21st meeting

Dear community leaders,

The City of New Orleans is currently updating its Hazard Mitigation Plan, which will guide the City’s strategy for reducing risk from natural and man-made hazards for the next five years. Community participation is critical to this planning process and we would like to invite you to attend a workshop for Community Organizations and Non-Profits. The workshop will allow you to provide input on the specific needs of the populations you serve, as well as to engage in a discussion regarding how organizations can work with the City on risk reduction efforts.

The meeting will be held on Monday, September 21st, from 10am-12pm, at the Regional Planning Commission (10 Veterans Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70124). Please let us know if you or another representative from your organization will be able to attend. Prior to the meeting, please complete this short survey and share it with folks in your networks.

Thank you! We look forward to your participation!

For more information:

The City’s Hazard Mitigation Office:
The City of New Orleans Hazard Mitigation Office completed the 2010 Hazard Mitigation Plan update and it was adopted by the New City Council in March, 2010. A copy of the plan is available here.