News and Views speaks with Mwende Katwiwa about and upcoming #BlackSpring march uplifting the stories of black women, transgender women and girls that have suffered from structural, systemic, as well as overt violence doled out by various arms of the criminal justice system in communities around the country. We also spoke about the upcoming Black Futures Fest, which will celebrate the Black fantastic and will showcase the creative praxis of artists, writers, and cultural workers of color in New Orleans whose work engages around issues of Afrofuturism, Black science fiction, and the Black radical and speculative imagination—work exploring race, gender, class, social change, and the future of Black and Brown bodies and communities.
“Reach for Me” calls attention to the opioid overdose epidemic in the United States. Of particular interest is the situation surrounding the overdose antidote called naloxone, a pure opioid antagonist long-used for reversing the effects of opioid overdose. “Reach for Me” explores the interconnected issues of naloxone pricing and production shortages, public funding support (or more often lack thereof), and other factors affecting access to overdose prevention tools. It features interviews with leading experts and advocates from around the country, including California, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington, DC, and Wisconsin.
What can you do?
Encourage amendments to Louisiana’s naloxone access bills, which encourage prohibitive naloxone pricing rather than wider access to the life-saving drug.
The 911 Good Samaritan Law encourages witnesses to an overdose to dial 911 and save a life! Share widely with hospital workers, sheriffs and law enforcement, and your friends who work in the district attorney’s offices:
La. Rev. Stat. § 14:403.10 Drug-related overdoses; medical assistance; immunity from prosecution
A. A person acting in good faith who seeks medical assistance for an individual experiencing a drug-related overdose may not be charged, prosecuted, or penalized for possession of a controlled dangerous substance under the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Law if the evidence for possession of a controlled dangerous substance was obtained as a result of the person’s seeking medical assistance, unless the person illegally provided or administered a controlled dangerous substance to the individual.
B. A person who experiences a drug-related overdose and is in need of medical assistance shall not be charged, prosecuted, or penalized for possession of a controlled dangerous substance under the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Law if the evidence for possession of a controlled substance was obtained as a result of the overdose and the need for medical assistance.
C. Protection in this Section from prosecution for possession offenses under the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Law may not be grounds for suppression of evidence in other criminal prosecutions.
Moving the Ball Forward: Social Justice Happy Hour | Facebook
Mass Incarceration and its Effects on Society
The United States is home to 5% of the world’s total population, yet we are responsible for 25% of incarcerated people on Earth.Come learn how we got here, what it means for our local community, and how we can get involved.
This all female panel will include:
Gina Bennett Womack
Executive Director, Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children
Director of Law and Policy, Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana
Deputy Director, Promise of Justice Initiative
Jenny Nathan, NCJW Vice President, will moderate.
Suggested donation $5
Jenna Sherry, violinist and Artistic Director of Birdfoot Festival recently visited WTUL to discuss the upcoming 10-day chamber music festival in New Orleans, taking place May 20-30, 2015. In this interview, Jenna talks about Birdfoot’s inclusive mission to bring live chamber music to audiences in a variety of different ways—including open rehearsals, community chamber music reading concerts, mentoring programs, featured concerts with Birdfoot artists, and much more. Listed below are three main performance events. Visit Birdfoot Festival’s website for complete event listings.
Society of the Free and Easy
Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 8:00 p.m.
Café Istanbul, New Orleans Healing Center
2372 St Claude Ave.
Andrew Norman: Selections from Companion Guide to Rome
Yotam Haber: Society of the Free and Easy (New Orleans premiere)
Maurice Ravel: Sonata for violin and cello
Andrew Norman: Light Screens
Anton Webern: Langsamer Satz
Waterlines — A Hymn for New Orleans
Friday, May 29, 2015, 8:00 p.m.
Freeport MacMoRan Theater, Contemporary Arts Center
900 Camp St.
Thomas Adès: Selections from Arcadiana
Kaija Saariaho: Mirrors for flute and cello
Kataalyst Alcindor: Interludes and Poems
Claude Debussy (arr. Sally Bearmish): La Mer
Samuel Barber: Adagio
Final Gala Concert: Souvenir de Florence
Saturday, May 30, 2015, 8:00 p.m.
Dixon Hall, Tulane University
W. A. Mozart: Flute Quartet in D major, K. 285
Ernst von Dohnányi: Piano Quintet No. 2
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence
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