Community Organizations Join with LSU Students for Day of Action for Justice
On January 24, students at Louisiana State University will join together for Organize, Reflect, Act: A Day of Action for Justice in Louisiana, including a rebuttal protest of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s prayer rally held on the same day at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
Gov. Jindal’s prayer rally is sponsored by the American Family Association (AFA), a group some students say does not reflect the values of LSU or Louisiana. The AFA has been classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for their repeated claims that natural disasters, war and the destruction of our nation is caused by various minority and underprivileged populations.
In addition to support from students, faculty and staff at LSU, Organize, Reflect, Act is cosponsored by several community organizations, including Equality Louisiana, Louisiana Progress, Louisiana NOW, National Council for Jewish Women, Capital City Alliance, Baton Rouge Organizing and more.
Equality Louisiana President Baylor Boyd said, “We are so happy to lend our support to this event. Students have come together to say that the hateful rhetoric of the American Family Association has no place at LSU and, perhaps more importantly, have turned this into an opportunity to have a real conversation about the future of justice in Louisiana.”
Speakers at the rebuttal protest will include the following:
- Kevin Cope, President of Faculty Senate at LSU;
- Jack Harrison, public defender in East Baton Rouge Parish;
- Shamaka Schumake, Executive Director of Baton Rouge Organizing;
- Chris Barret, Assistant Professor in the Department of English at LSU;
- Councilwoman G. Denise Dupree, new member of the Grambling City Council;
- Jessie Nieblas, founding board member of the New Orleans Abortion Fund;
- Elizabeth Jenkins, President of Louisiana Trans Advocates;
- Ethan Guerra, Activism Chair of Spectrum at LSU; and
- Nathan Ryan, minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Baton Rouge.
Following the rebuttal protest, a panel discussion featuring community leaders will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the LSU student union.