One of the positive outcomes from the disaster resulting from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita is the rise of civic participation with regards to residents having a say in the development of their communities. Now more than any other time in our area’s history, local residents are taking a collective, active, grassroots approach to re-fashioning their communities.
Transport for NOLA is working to create a world-class transportation system in the Greater New Orleans region that is based on equity, accessibility, and best-practices. We are a think-and-do tank of New Orleanians who also are transit riders, planners, engineers, bicyclists, and designers.moreless
NOLA Green Roots facilitates garden training for hundreds of participants. By developing community gardens, we teach youth, low-income residents, and senior citizens how to grow fresh fruits and vegetables at a low cost.moreless
Forward New Orleans is a coalition of business, non-profit and civic organizations that has a seven point platform of government reforms it is working to get implemented. Most elected officials in the 2009/2010 election cycle signed onto the platform and the group releases updates periodically about the progress. moreless
The Office of the Independent Police Monitor (IPM) is an independent civilian police oversight agency created in August of 2008. Our goal is to improve police services to the community, citizen trust in the NOPD, and officer safety and working conditions. We do so by bringing accountability to the police department through independently observing the complaint investigation process; by brining transparency to the department by increasing access to public information about NOPD; and by insuring that departmental discipline, personnel practices, and policing practices are fair to both citizens and individual officers.
The Office of the Independent Police Monitor (IPM) is an independent civilian police oversight agency created in August of 2008. Our goal is to improve police services to the community, citizen trust in the NOPD, and officer safety and working conditions. We do so by bringing accountability to the police department through independently observing the complaint investigation process; by bringing transparency to the department by increasing access to public information about NOPD; and by insuring that departmental discipline, personnel practices, and policing practices are fair to both citizens and individual officers.
Website: www.nolaipm.org - Click on the "Police Monitor" Link.
Twitter: www.twitter.com/nolaipm or @nolaipm
Phone: Main Number is 504-681-3223 Complaint Hotline is 504-681-3217
Walk -in: 525 St. Charles Avenue
We can also make arrangements to meet complainants elsewhere. IF more comfortable, people can make complaints with our community partners:
Safe Streets/Strong Communities 504-522-3949 1600 Oretha Castle Halley Blvd
Women with a Vision 504-301-0428 215 North Jefferson Davis PKWY
Catholic Charities Hispanic Apostolate (504) 310-8766 2809 Harvard Ave, Metairie
PIB Can be reached at 504-658-6100 1118 N Rocheblave. They are now open to 8 pm and have a 24 hour hotline to record complaints as well.moreless
The first draft of the City's new Master Plan is now available online. Looking beyond the rebuilding process, New Orleans is now focusing on its long-term future by creating a zoning code to guide its development over the next twenty years. The Master Plan is scheduled for completion by June 2009 with a final draft of the ‘Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance’ to go through the official public hearing and adoption process at the City Planning Commission and the City Council.
Visit the website for more information and to download the plan or call the City Planning Commission at 504.658.7033.
Copies of the plan are also available for reading at the following locations:
City Planning Commission office, 1340 Poydras St., ninth floor;
This summary of the New Orleans Master Plan - put together by the Neighborhoods Partnership Network - presents all the key issues about housing, neighborhoods, economic development, jobs, culture, and infrastructure that are represented in the Master Plan.
The New Orleans Citizen Participation Project is a citizen-driven initiative to create a formal system for direct citizen participation in government decisions. A Citizen Participation Program is a partnership between people and their government to organize public input by providing the support and resources necessary to ensure all people have equal access to participate. At its heart a Citizen Participation Program is about expanding democracy beyond the vote to everyday direct involvement in the issues that matter to us most. For more information or for how to get involved visit the website or call 504.267.4665.
CHAT has created an online survey to gather information about the problems homeowners are having with the program - calculation mistakes, money delays, and elevation program issues. This detailed survey will be used as evidence to urge the LRA and ICF to make changes to the program that will benefit homeowners. Whether you have received your grant money or not, please click the link to take this important survey to help CHAT help Louisiana homeowners.moreless
The mission of the Silence is Violence is to call upon both citizens and public officials to achieve a safe New Orleans across all communties. SIV engages youth in positive expressions and actions to counter the culture of violence and demands respect for every life, and justice for every citizen in our city. SIV offers youth music workshops, sponsors neighborhood walks, and hosts other anti-violence programs. Visit the website for more information.
Court Watch NOLA's mission is to monitor each part of the Justice System to ensure transparency and accountability at every level. Court Watch volunteers attend court hearings and trials in all sections of Orleans Parish Criminal District Court and monitor the progress of cases as they proceed through the courts from arraignment through sentencing. To volunteer, visit the website.
Court Watch NOLA is supported by The New Orleans Crime Fighting Coalition.
Levees.org is spearheading a call for the 8/29 Investigation, a third-party independent analysis of the flood protection failures during Hurricane Katrina. They are urging everyone to send letters to their congressional representatives to support this initiative. Click the link for more information on the 8/29 Investigation, then scroll down to the bottom right side of the page and click "Send a Letter" for an easy way to contact your congressional representatives.
Levees.Org is your source for information about levees and flood protection in New Orleans and nationwide. Levees.org supports an investigation into the levee failures and seeks to raise awareness and encourage public action.moreless
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana is a non-profit advocacy organization whose mission is the protection and restoration of a sustainable coastal Louisiana. The Coalition works to facilitate and fund actual restoration activity and aims to raise awareness and educate others about the importance of preserving and restoring coastal Louisiana.moreless
The Louisiana Bucket Brigade tracks reported incidents of industrial accidents such as oil in the water, on shore, animals, etc. and maps them on an easy to use interface.moreless
Contact Senator Landrieu in Support of Public Healthcare
Senator Landrieu is opposed to a public healthcare option. Proponents of the public healthcare option are asking people to call her at her DC office (202)224-5824 or her New Orleans office (504) 589-2427 and request that she support this option.
The number of homeless people in New Orleans has doubled since Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. UNITY of Greater New Orleans is a network of agencies that helps to prevent, reduce, and end homelessness. Their case managers help homeless residents get off the street by placing them in temporary housing or hotels and eventually into permanent housing. Homelessness is a community wide problem, and it can only be resolved with community-wide support. Volunteers are still needed to help reduce, prevent, and end homelessness in our community. Anyone interested in volunteer work with UNITY is encouraged to call Kathleen “Catch” Patton, UNITY Coordinator of Community Involvement, at 821-4496, ext. 116.moreless
EPNO is a giving circle that aims to engage young professionals in philanthropy and to increase the impact that these individuals can have by pooling their resources in a grant-making process for local nonprofit organizations.
Each participant pledges $500 of his/her own money, and then has that matched by an employer, an outside funder, friends/family, etc. So, each person has $1000 to pool in a focus group (usually about 8-9 people per group) to then dole out the sum ($8000 – $9000) to selected grant applicants.moreless
There are many other opportunities to volunteer around the city. Find out more in our Volunteer section.