20 Mar 2014 • Delgado Community College, City Park Campus, New Orleans, Louisiana
22 Mar 2014 • Jefferson Parish LO, Metairie, LA
Back in September, the Center for American Progress released a report
assessing how women were faring in each state across a wide variety of policy concerns. The report included a grading system, and for its abysmal policies regarding women, Louisiana received a grade of "F." However, a few weeks ago when the Population Institute released their 2013 report on reproductive health and rights
, Louisiana managed to outdo itself with an even worse grade of "F-."
Over the past several months, Louisiana Progress has been paying significant attention to how women are faring with regard to healthcare access. In an effort to continue raising public awareness about this issue, we have partnered with Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Louisiana Women's Roundtable, Legislative Agenda for Women, American Association of University Women (AAUW), National Association of Social Workers – LA Chapter (NASW-LA) and other local collaborators to address the terrible statistics on health, the drastic cuts in funding for health care, the need and economic impact of Medicaid expansion, and the need for community leadership for healthy families and children.
These public talks, which we have titled "Raising the Grade from F-: Louisiana Women's Health Forums" will include discussions about state and federal policy initiatives, health data, and strategies for advocates in the upcoming Legislative Session starting on March 10, 2014. Please see the locations, dates, and times below for each of the forums. We hope to see you there!
February 13th, 5:00pm-7:00pm
Law Center, Southern University Campus
February 17th, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Highland Center, 520 Olive St.
February 18th, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Frasch Hall, Room 101, McNeese Campus
March 6th, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Stubbs 100, ULM Campus
The need for your help is evident. In 2013, Louisiana was named the most obese state in the nation. In addition, our state maintains the third lowest excise tax on cigarettes. We know that regular exercise, weight management, not smoking and a healthy diet reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
Greater Southeast Affiliate / Louisiana-American Cancer Society
Healthy New Year! We hope you enjoyed a joyous holiday season filled with peace and love.
Last year, we made great strides towards building healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Because of your dedication, the Louisiana legislature passed two significant bills. One measure mandates that all newborns be screened for critical congenital heart disease before going home for the first time. The other bill requires each college to develop a smoke free air policy. Your support made this possible. Thank you!
In 2014, let’s promote policies that impact heart disease and stroke risk factors as well as policies that further protect heart disease or stroke survivors. In order to be bigger and better this year, we need citizens across the state to join our efforts and become advocates.
Let's help make Louisiana healthier!
FROM MARY LANDRIEU -
This is an important week for fixing flood insurance. The Senate will vote to begin debating the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act that fixes the most dangerous parts of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act.
Join the group of 28 bipartisan senators supporting this bill: sign up to become a citizen cosponsor.
Today, our diverse coalition made up of bipartisan senators, Louisiana officials and national stakeholders is gathering at a press conference to rally support and stress the urgency to pass this bill. After months of work, we believe we have the support necessary in the Senate, to pass this bill, but we can't rest on that. Your stories, your voices, your efforts have made this a national priority, and we need your help to secure a strong vote in favor of common sense reforms.
Sign up here to become a citizen cosponsor of the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act
This bill will delay the most agressive flood insurance rate increases until FEMA understands how they will impact individual policy holders and the program at large. It also requires FEMA to certify that flood maps are accurate and that communities are given credit for their flood protection systems.
Your support is needed at this critical time to send a strong message to Congress: fixing flood insurance is about protecting people's homes and equity and preserving the American dream that if you work hard and play by the rules you can have a secure future.
The world has lost a great leader and pioneer. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He left a legacy of bringing people together in unity. May he rest in peace.
Do you know what you need to save for retirement?
Chances are you're relying on an investment adviser to help you understand your options – but many advisers are not legally prohibited from giving you false or misleading advice that is not in your best interest.
Even worse, the House of Representatives will soon vote on a bill that would delay a new rule to ensure you are receiving the most accurate investment advice for your retirement savings.
The misnamed "Retail Investor Protection Act" (H.R. 2374) would delay the Department of Labor from updating its rule requiring investment advisers to be free from conflicts of interest that might benefit them at the expense of you, their client. The Department of Labor has conducted extensive analysis and consulted with the financial industry to update this rule, but H.R. 2374 would interfere with the Department of Labor's authority and require the department to meet several additional conditions before issuing the new rule. Make no mistake: This bill is bad for everyday workers and their families.
The current rules haven't been updated since 1975, even though the financial and investment landscape has changed significantly since then. More workers now rely on 401(k)s and individual retirement accounts (IRAs) instead of traditional pensions, which means they are more vulnerable to dishonest or misleading investment advice. The Department of Labor is ready to finally update this outdated rule, but the House of Representatives is trying to stop the rule with H.R. 2374.
H.R. 2374 is expected to come up for a vote this month: Contact your representative today and urge her/him to oppose the bill!
Women are already more likely to suffer financial insecurity in their later years, in part because they tend to earn less than men when working in the same position and they tend to live longer than men on average. Our representatives shouldn't be making it harder for women to get the information they need to save for retirement.Urge your representative to vote against H.R. 2374!
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