Employment Opportunity with The Pro Bono Project

Dear colleagues,

We are hiring for an Office Administrator. Please see the job ad attached. We’ve also posted this ad on Idealist.org: http://www.idealist.org/view/job/xj3JzwD9BTnp/

Please circulate this information within your networks. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, though we did set a deadline of 11/14. Please think about any recent college grads that you may know, any outstanding interns, or others whom you think may enjoy working in social justice. This is a great junior administrative role for someone who wants to gain experience working in the non-profit world – they can develop their skill set and grow their professional network.

Thank you for helping us to spread the word!


Jennifer Rizzo-Choi
Executive Director

The Pro Bono Project
615 Baronne Street | Suite 203 | New Orleans, LA 70113
p: 504.581.4043 ext 202 | f:504.566.0518

Please support The Project now through the link below or for the future by contacting us about a Planned Giving program.
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Election 2016: Voting Guide for People with Disabilities

Election 2016: Voting Guide for People with Disabilities

Click here to view this Voting Guide on AC’s website.

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, Louisianans will head to the polls to elect a new President and U.S. Senator. Voters will also select U.S. representatives, local officials, and vote on a number of Constitutional amendments and propositions.

Election 2016 is important, and this guide will help prepare you to GEAUX VOTE!

AC VOTING HOTLINE: 1-800-960-7705
The Advocacy Center of Louisiana Voting Hotline will be open on Election Day (Tuesday, November 8th) from 5:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. Trained AC staff will be available toll-free at 1-800-960-7705 or by email to advocacycenter@advocacyla.org to answer questions and assist with disability-related voting complaints, help voters locate their polling place, help voters review their ballots, address polling place accessibility issues, and ensure that people with disabilities receive the voting assistance they need.

Early in-person voting for this important election will be open through Tuesday, November 1, 2016. Visit https://voterportal.sos.la.gov to find early voting locations and hours of operation in your Parish. Early voting locations will be open every day during the early voting period except Sunday, October 30th. Voters may only vote early in the Parish in which they are registered to vote. No excuse is required to vote early.

Due to the damage to many buildings during the historic 2016 Louisiana flood, many polling places in East Baton Rouge, Livingston, and Ascension Parishes have been changed. Click here to learn more.

Some candidates for Louisiana’s U.S. Senate and House of Representatives races answered a survey on disability issues. Click here to read more.

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) has published its guide to the Presidential candidates’ views on issues important to people with disabilities. Click here to read AAPD’s guide.
The League of Women Voters (LWV) has also published its guide to the Presidential candidates. Click here to read LWV’s guide.

Click here for a complete list of Election 2016’s proposed Constitutional amendments.
The Public Affairs Research Council (PAR) has published its non-partisan guide to the proposed Constitutional amendments. Click here to read PAR’s guide.

Louisiana law allows a person with a disability to use an assistant when voting early or voting at a polling place on Election Day. Click here to learn more.

Louisiana has a wide range of assistive technology available to help people with disabilities vote, including magnifying sheets and audio voting attachments. Click here to learn more.

The Advocacy Center of Louisiana is joining other disability rights groups across the country to survey people with disabilities about their voting experience — during early voting, voting by mail, or at polling places on Election Day. Click here to take a short online survey about your voting experience.

Geaux Vote early, or on November 8, 2016! If you have any questions, contact AC at 1-800-960-7705 or advocacycenter@advocacyla.org

2016 Iniciativas Electorales

2016 Iniciativas Electorales

Elecciones del 8 de Noviembre de 2016

Las seis (6) Enmiendas Constitucionales que estarán en la boleta para las elecciones del 8 de noviembre de 2016 se encuentran a continuación.



Ley 677 (Sesión Legislativa Regular de 2016) enmienda el Artículo XI, Sección 5.

“¿Usted apoya una enmienda para establecer que el procedimiento de nombramiento para el agente de registros de los votantes en cada parroquia quede como lo establece la ley y que se requiera que las cualificaciones del agente de registros sean establecidas por la ley?”


Ley 680 (Sesión Legislativa Regular de 2016) añade el Artículo VII, Sección 7.2.

“¿Usted apoya una enmienda que autoriza al consejo directivo de educación post-secundaria a establecer la matrícula y los importes de las tasas obligatorias cobradas por las instituciones bajo su supervisión y responsabilidad, sin la aprobación legislativa?”


Ley 31 (Primera Sesión Extraordinaria de 2016) enmienda el Artículo VII, Sección 4(A).

“¿Usted apoya una enmienda para eliminar la deducción de impuestos federales pagados en el cálculo de impuestos estatales sobre ingresos corporativos?”


Ley 678 (Sesión Legislativa Regular de 2016) añade el Artículo VII, Sección 21(M).

“¿Usted apoya una enmienda que autoriza una exención del impuesto ad valorem de la propiedad por el valor total estimado de la propiedad de un cónyuge no casado sobreviviente de una persona que murió durante el servicio activo como miembro de las fuerzas armadas de los Estados Unidos o de la Guardia Nacional de Louisiana, o durante el desempeño de sus funciones como policía estatal, oficial de la ley, o como oficial de protección contra incendios?”



Ley 679 (Sesión Legislativa Regular de 2016) añade el Artículo VII, Secciones 10(F)(4)(h), 10.15, y 10.16.

“¿Usted apoya una enmienda que establezca que el Fondo Fiduciario de Estabilización para el depósito de ingresos fiscales corporativos y minerales recurrentes, ponga restricciones sobre el uso del fondo al 10% del saldo cuando el saldo llegue a $ 5 mil millones, para restringir el uso del fondo para proyectos de construcción e infraestructura de transporte, y para asignar los ingresos minerales recurrentes para el pago de la deuda de los retiros estatales?”


Ley 681 (Sesión Legislativa Regular de 2016) enmienda el Artículo VII, Sección 10(F)(2)(b); y añade el Artículo VII, Secciones 10(F)(4)(h), (i), (j), (k), y (l).

“¿Usted apoya una enmienda que autoriza el uso de hasta el cinco por ciento de los créditos de las apropiaciones o las asignaciones actuales de los fondos estatutariamente creados o ciertos fondos constitucionalmente creados o hasta el uno por ciento de los saldos del año en curso, en ciertos fondos constitucionalmente creados para eliminar un déficit proyectado en el próximo año fiscal si el pronóstico oficial para el próximo año fiscal es inferior a la previsión oficial para el año fiscal en curso o si el pronóstico oficial se ha reducido en al menos un uno por ciento de la estimación más recientemente aprobada para el año fiscal entrante, y que evita que ciertos fondos y mandatos sean utilizados para eliminar un déficit proyectado?”

2016 Proposed Constitutional Amendments


November 8, 2016 Election

The six (6) constitutional amendments that will be on the ballot for the November 8, 2016 election are listed below.

Click on an Act number link to read the complete text of an Act at the Legislature’s Website.


Proposed Amendment No. 1

Act 677 (2016 Regular Session) amends Article XI, Section 5.

“Do you support an amendment to provide that the manner of appointment for the registrar of voters in each parish is as provided by law and to require the qualifications of the registrar to be provided by law?”

Proposed Amendment No. 2

Act 680 (2016 Regular Session) adds Article VIII, Section 7.2.

“Do you support an amendment to authorize the postsecondary education management boards to establish the tuition and mandatory fee amounts charged by institutions under their supervision and management, without legislative approval?”

Proposed Amendment No. 3

Act 31 (2016 First Extraordinary Session) amends Article VII, Section 4(A).
“Do you support an amendment to eliminate the deductibility of federal income taxes paid in

computing state corporate income taxes?”


Proposed Constitutional Amendments for the , 201 Election Proposed Amendment No. 4

Act 678 (2016 Regular Session) adds Article VII, Section 21(M).

“Do you support an amendment to authorize an exemption from ad valorem property tax for the total assessed value of the homestead of an unmarried surviving spouse of a person who died while on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States or the Louisiana National Guard, or while performing their duties as a state police, law enforcement, or fire protection officer?”

Proposed Amendment No. 5

Act 679 (2016 Regular Session) adds Article VII, Section 10(F)(4)(h), 10.15, and 10.16.

“Do you support an amendment to establish the Revenue Stabilization Trust Fund for the deposit of recurring mineral and corporate tax revenues, to restrict the use of the fund to 10% of the balance when the balance reaches $5 billion, to restrict the use of the fund to construction projects and transportation infrastructure, and to allocate recurring mineral revenues to the payment of state employee retirement debt?”

Proposed Amendment No. 6

Act 681 (2016 Regular Session) amends Article VII, Section 10(F)(2)(b); and adds Article VII, Section 10(F)(4)(h), (i), (j), (k), and (l)).

“Do you support an amendment to authorize the use of up to five percent of current year appropriations or allocations from statutorily or certain constitutionally created funds or up to one percent of the current year’s balances in certain constitutionally created funds to eliminate a projected deficit in the next fiscal year if the official forecast for the next fiscal year is less than the official forecast for the current fiscal year or if the official forecast has been reduced by at least one percent from the most recently adopted estimate for the ensuing fiscal year, and to exempt certain funds and mandates from being used to eliminate a projected deficit?”


Colibri Clinica Fundraiser, October 6, 2016

Hi there Colibri Clinic enthusiasts!

I just wanted to provide an update regarding the fundraiser event proposed during our first meeting. Rodrigo and I met with the owner of Rosa Mezcal (https://www.facebook.com/rosamezcalnola/) and we decided on having a happy-hour fundraiser this Thursday, October 6th from 5:30PM until 11PM. Omar (the owner of the restaurant) agreed to give us 15% of all the proceeds of food and drink for everyone who consumes at his restaurant during the indicated time, this is not limited to people that come for the cause, anyone who shows up will essentially participate in the fundraiser. Additionally, he will let us host the raffles that we had discussed at the meeting. Raffle tickets will be sold the day of the event for $2 a piece so be sure to bring cash!

Here is a link to the Facebook event that Carolyn Mayes so kindly helped us make: https://www.facebook.com/events/543401135848605/ please invite as many people as you can: med students, members of congreso, graduate students, friends, family, anyone is welcomed! Additionally I would ask that you think of donations that you could get from member of the community to be raffled off. So far we have Saints tickets, a gift card to the Midway pizzeria, and it looks like we will be getting some arts and crafts from the Mexican consulate as well. Ana Maria Ordaz volunteered to write a donation letter, if you need that letter to request donations please contact her at amariaordaz@gmail.com and she can help you with that.

Finally, I have attached a flyer that Linett Luna (community engagement coordinator for LAGO) volunteer to make for us. Please spread the word as much as you can!

Should you have any question please feel free to contact me or Rodrigo.

Have a great rest of the week,

Ana Maria Lopez
Graduate Student
Tulane University
MA Candidate, Stone Center for Latin American Studies | 2017



Urban Outreach Forum, October 24, 2016

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Urban Outreach Forum held on September 7.

The Forum was a success as ideas were shared, collaborations were formed, and people were heard!
As promised, a report from all the roundtable discussions held at the Urban Outreach Forum is attached.

However, the momentum does not stop with the forum.

The first meeting of the Urban Outreach Working Groups is scheduled for October 24.
At this meeting we plan to develop an action plan based on the needs and actions identified at the Urban Outreach Forum.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the Working Groups. Come to the Corpus Christi Community Center on Monday, Oct 24 at 2 pm.
Invitation and agenda will be sent soon. Be a part of the solution!

Whatever the problem, be part of the solution Picture Quote #1

Dr. Regina Bracy, Director
Southeast Region
21549 Old Covington Hwy
Hammond, LA 70422
Office: 985-543-4129 Fax: 985-543-4136
Mobile: 985-517-1453