Civic Action

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NOLA Satellite Governmentimage

There are over 140 boards, commissions, public benefit corporations, security and development districts, and other entities that undertake public functions on behalf of the people of New Orleans. moreThis site is a guide to them all. less

Louisiana Appleseed’s Pro Bono Legal and Title Searchimage

Louisiana Appleseed is a nonprofit dedicated to solving our state’s toughest problems at the root cause through policy-oriented research and advocacy. moreOne of LA Appleseed’s programs emphasizes that title to inherited property does not automatically pass to a family member (“heir”).Without clear title to the property, the heir will be unable to sell the property, get federal or state recovery funds after a disaster, or borrow money against the property.But getting clear title may be as easy as filing an Heirship Affidavit.Also see: https://www.appleseednetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Protect-Your-Property_Heir-Property-in-Louisiana-Revised-2013.pdf  less

YLC’s Save the Lights Projectimage

In 1987 the Young Leadership Council (YLC) paid to have lights installed on the Crescent City Connection and the State DOTD agreed to pay for the upkeep.  When the tolls were removed from the CCC in 2012 the issue of how to pay for the lights became an acute one…

The Funding Seedimage

The Funding Seed coaches non-profit staff, board members & volunteers to make each organization confident, strategic and self-sufficient when it comes to raising money. moreMonthly Open workshops from The Funding Seed are a great way to learn new strategies, brush up on skills and engage with other members of the nonprofit community. Covering topics from Grantwriting for Beginners to Fundraising Events 101 to Creating and Managing an Individual Donor Program, these workshops are an affordable option for nonprofits looking for new fundraising training opportunities. less

Eastbank Charter School Collaborativeimage

The East Bank Charter School Collaborative publishes the RSDigest (Recovery School District/ New Orleans) and the OPSBrief (Orleans Parish School Board) each month with agendas before the meetings and reports on the decisions and discussions of the meetings.

STAIR – Start the Adventure in Readingimage

STAIR is a volunteer-based, non-profit children’s literacy organization that provides reading tutors for public school 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students. moreSTAIR was founded in New Orleans in 1985.Over the last 28 years, STAIR‘s trained volunteers have tutored more than 6,000 public school children who qualify for the program.Volunteer tutors work one-on-one with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders to improve their reading and language skills. less

Lead Paint Informationimage

NOLA Unleaded provides information and advocacy regarding lead poisoning in New Orleans.

Transport for NOLAimage

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. moreWe are a think-and-do tank of New Orleanians who also are transit riders, planners, engineers, bicyclists, and designers. less

The Data Center (formerly the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center)image

The Data Center (formerly the GNOCDC) analyzes and reports on public data about the City of New Orleans and it’s neighborhoods. moreProducers of the New Orleans Index and the Census data by Neighborhood. less

NOLA Green Rootsimage

NOLA Green Roots facilitates garden training for hundreds of participants. moreBy developing community gardens, we teach youth, low-income residents, and senior citizens how to grow fresh fruits and vegetables at a low cost. less

Indepenent Police Monitorimage

The Office of the Independent Police Monitor (IPM) is an independent civilian police oversight agency created in August of 2008. moreOur 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.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/nolaipm

Twitter: www.twitter.com/nolaipm or @nolaipm

Phone: Main Number is 504-681-3223 Complaint Hotline is 504-681-3217
Email: Policemonitor@nolaoig.org
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. less

The Lens NOLAimage

The Lens Nola is an on-line investigative journal that issues reports and writes stories about current issues and events in New Orleans.

New Orleans Inspector Generalimage

The Office of the Independent Police Monitor (IPM) is an independent civilian police oversight agency created in August of 2008. moreOur 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. less

Forward New Orleansimage

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. moreMost elected officials in the 2009/2010 election cycle signed onto the platform and the group releases updates periodically about the progress. less

Residents' Guide to the Master Planimage

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.

Take Action on Charity Billimage

HB 780 goes before the House Health and Welfare committee of the Louisiana State Legislature on Wednesday, May 27 at 9am in Committee Room 5 of the Capitol in Baton Rouge&#46 The bill says that LSU cannot take land until they have an approved financing plan&#46 The National Trust for Historic Preservation and other groups working to save Charity ask that you support it by contacting members of the Health and Welfare Committee and asking them to support HB780 when they consider it on Wednesday, May 27th. moreClick the link to send an email or call the committee secretary at (225) 342-2404.You can also attend the committee meeting. less

New Orleans Citizen Participation Projectimage

The New Orleans Citizen Participation Project is a citizen-driven initiative to create a formal system for direct citizen participation in government decisions. moreA 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. less

New Orleans Master Planimage

The City’s new Master Plan is now available online. moreLooking 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&#46 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;
* Algiers Regional Branch Library, 3014 Holiday Drive;
* Alvar Branch Library, 913 Alvar St.;
* Lakeview Branch Library, 6317 Argonne Blvd.;
* Latter Branch Library, 5120 St.Charles Ave.;
* Mid-City Branch Library, 330 N. Carrollton Ave.;
* Einstein Charter School Branch Library, 5100 Cannes St.;
* Nonprofit Central, 1824 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.;
* Neighborhoods Partnership Network office, 3500 Canal St., second floor;
* Nix Branch Library, 1401 S. Carrollton Ave.;
* Louisiana Collection in the University of New Orleans’ Earl K. Long Library, on the Lakefront campus;
* East New Orleans Neighborhood Advisory Commission office, 6600 Plaza Drive, Suite 200;
* Main Public Library, 219 Loyola Ave.;
* Lower 9th Ward Neighborhood Network Association, 1120 Lamanche St.
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Greater New Orleans Foundationimage

The Greater New Orleans Foundation is a community foundation that acts as custodian and administrator for charitable funds and fundraising. more They are the creators of the Impact 100, GiveNOLA Day, the Pay It Forward Fund and many more community fundraising efforts. less

St. Thomas Health Clinicimage

Saint Thomas Health Services (STHS), a full-service neighborhood medical center, is the only primary medical facility in the St. moreThomas Irish Channel Community of New Orleans, Louisiana.Located at 1020 St.Andrew Street, one block away from its original location within the St.Thomas Housing Development, the Clinic thrives within the cultural context of the African-American Community in which it is situated and under whose direction it proudly serves. less

Tipitina’s Foundationimage

Tipitina’s Foundation supports Louisiana and New Orleans’ irreplaceable music community and preserves the state’s unique musical cultures through its four main programs. These are: Instruments A Comin’, Sunday Youth Music Workshops, Tipitina’s Internship Program and Tipitina’s Music Office Co-Ops.