Fighting Poverty with Passion
Happy fall everyone! Our biggest news at WWAV is that we have moved into a new office space! We are now located at 1226 N Broad Street, between Ursulines Avenue and Esplanade Avenue. Our second biggest news is that we are hiring! Please visit here to learn more about position openings and how to apply. We encourage you to share widely with your networks in case you know of anyone who may be interested in joining our team!
Besides helping move our office into our new home, I have been keeping up with election season here in New Orleans! Like I talked about in my last post, WWAV is part of the Power Coalition, whose most recent objective is to increase voter turnout through canvassing, phone banking, and candidate forums. This campaign is known as Get Out The Vote, and has been one of my main project activities at WWAV.
On September 29, I attended the governor candidate forum on healthcare and created a fact sheet about the candidates’ positions on issues that are important to WWAV, including free or low-cost health services, reproductive health access, and sex education in schools.
Another activity part of this initiative is to register voters. Leading up to voter registration deadlines, I tabled in front of Walgreens with other staff members to increase voter registration and to inform voters about upcoming election dates.
On Tuesday, October 19 I also tabled at Eatmoor in Broadmoor. I collaborated with the Broadmoor Improvement Association for this event because Wednesday, October 20 was the last day to register voters for the General Gubernatorial Election. In addition to registering voters, I distributed information about the upcoming election dates and the fact sheet I had created about the different candidate platforms on healthcare.
A special event that I attended outside my usual VISTA activities was the Undoing Racism Workshop at Tulane on October 9-11. The purpose of the workshop is to better understand what racism is, where it comes from, how it functions, why it persists and how it can be undone. The workshop is facilitated by the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, a national, multiracial, anti-racist network of anti-racist organizers dedicated to ending racism and other forms of institutional oppression.
Attending the workshop was extremely valuable to me as a staff member at WWAV and as a resident of New Orleans. I had an avenue to voice my concerns about various issues surrounding race and economic oppression in New Orleans that are directly applicable to WWAV’s programs. In addition, the knowledge I gained will help me become a better community organizer in my work and help me spread the word among my own family and friends about undoing racism. I encourage everyone to look at the list of People’s Institute workshops to see if there is one near you so you can be a part of destroying racism in this country, too!
That’s all from me, but below are some announcements about upcoming events at WWAV!
On Wednesday, October 28 we will be hosting a Dancer’s Safety Forum & Know Your Rights Conversation to discuss current safety issues faced by dancers in the local club industry.
And as always, check out our Facebook page for more event updates, and stop by our new office to say hello! 🙂