City Extends Meal Assistance Program through February

In partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the City of New Orleans recently announced that the COVID-19 Meal Assistance Program will continue through at least Mar. 1, 2021, bringing the program into its eighth month. Funding for the program's extension was approved by FEMA, which covers 75 percent of...

City Council Amends DBE Program in Effort to Better Serve Minority-Owned Businesses

At its Jan. 28 meeting, the New Orleans Council approved an ordinance that will rename, restructure, and simplify the City’s DBE program. Now called the Equitable Business Opportunities Program, the changes are designed to increase the program’s effectiveness and address deeply-rooted economic disparities faced by local minority-owned businesses.  Key updates...

D.C. Must Have Statehood

By Julianne Malveaux The District of Columbia has 715,000 residents, more than the states of Wyoming and Vermont. We pay taxes, just like citizens in all 50 states. But our citizens are second-class citizens. We have no voting representation in the House of Representatives or the United States Senate. We...