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Dixie is a community deeply rooted in the agricultural history of the nation.
Dixie will exist in the presence of industrial and land developments, and should seek to preserve the historical significance, quality of life, and value, both monetary and historical, of the community.
To this end we will incorporate in to a Town the pre-existing community of Dixie, LA.
. Studies consistently show that charter schools don’t get better results than regular public schools.
· Merit pay has been tried in schools repeatedly since the 1920s and it has never worked.
· An exhaustive study of merit pay in the Nashville schools, conducted by the National Center for Performance Incentives at Vanderbilt, found that a bonus of $15,000 per teacher for higher test scores made no difference.
· Scores in Wisconsin show that low-income students in voucher schools get no better test scores than low-income students in the Milwaukee public schools.
· The highest concentrations of institutionalized fraud occur in merit pay systems.
· Family income is the single most reliable predictor of student test scores.
· No high-performing nation in the world got that way by privatizing public schools, closing those with low test scores and firing teachers. Instead students compete to be accepted into high school while others are trained in technical careers.
· Cyber charters and virtual academies make millions for their sponsors yet get terrible results for their students.
· Charters will skim off the best-performing students and weaken public schools.
· Closing schools in low-income neighborhoods will further weaken fragile communities.
· The ability for about 10% of teachers to attain a highly effective status and the threat to retirement plans agreed upon at hiring will increase teacher shortages.
. Annual firings of teachers will cause demoralization and loss of prestige for teachers.
In an attempt to balance perspectives on gender-related conflict, in October 2000, the United Nations' Security Council adopted Resolution S/RES/1325. This resolution aims to increase participation of women in conflict resolution and humanitarian response.
*At the turn of the 20th century, 5% of war casualties were civilians
*In World War I, 15% were civilians
*In World War II, 65% were civilian
*By the mid-nineties, 75% of war deaths were civilians
*Today, 90% of the human war toll are civilians--the majority of these victims are women and children
UN resolution 1325 calls on all parties to conflict to take special measures to protect women and girls from gender-based violence, particularly rape and other forms of sexual abuse, in situations of armed conflict.
The United States is currently taking steps to create a National Action Plan to realize the resolution's goals.
Since the BP Oil Disaster, America's Gulf seafood has been in question. As Americans watched the millions gallons of oil pouring into the Gulf of Mexico in horror, those businesses and families that depend on the Gulf for their livelihoods held their breath.
While the people of the Gulf had seen oil spills before, the BP Oil Spill would change the environment and their lives for generations to come. It seems that Washington DC thinks Americans are simply naive and that be issuing a few press releases and some commercials that everything will be fine. Well Mr. President, I for one can say that is not good enough.
More needs to be done and it needs to be done right now before these hard working people, who want only to work for their money, become another statistic in what history is sure call America's worst nightmare. Do you feel safe Mr. President feeding this seafood to your children and what it may do to them on a cellular level? Do you fear what it may do to your grand children because that is what "we the people" fear the most!
There seems to be only one organization that has made a commitment to any kind of stand on this issue. The NationalSafe SeafoodCouncil.com has been created by some of the same people effected by this disaster and they are committed to see this through until funding is provided for proper long term testing.
On April 20, 2010 fifty miles off the coast of Venice, Louisiana British Petroleum's Deepwater Horizon Oil rig explodes killing eleven workers.
Oil spills into the Gulf of Mexico - A Way of Life is threatened.
If you live on Bear Corner Rd. you already know that AT&T Fast Access DSL is "unavailable" and that you are forced to resort to slow dial-up or expensive and restrictive satellite broadband such as Netzero, Hughes Net & Wild Blue etc.
If you are not familiar with DSL, it is simply a signal which runs through the phone line and at the very least may require AT&T to install a booster in this area for said signal to be available.
In 1981, Robert Graham was convicted of a murder crime in his hometown of Lake Providence, La. He was given a life sentence and is still serving time in the Angola State Prison System in the state of Louisiana. The evidence was shabby, but Robert was arrested and convicted, because he and the victim were in a previous altercation the night of the victim's death, at a local night club.
In addition, Robert pleaded guilty, because he believed that he might have stabbed the victim during the public altercation in the night club. He presented the weapon to the police.
Law enforcement accepted his word and therefore no investigation was done. Robert Graham's mother is requesting his release for time served or a transfer to a minimum security facility, closer to home. His mother is a senior citizen and no longer able to travel to visit him in his present location.
Bayou Blue was founded in 1899 when the first church on Lakelong Dr. was created. Bayou Blue has become a place where people can live and raise families.
More people are currently moving into the area known as Bayou Blue therefore Bayou Blue needs to be recognized.
Bayou Blue needs to be incorporated into a town.
The 14th Amendment of the US Constitution gave former slaves the equality under the law and the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote. However, there is no guarantee of equality under the law for men and women. Our hard fought gains could be eroded in future years.
Therefore, we are asking the Louisiana Legislature to pass a resolution ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment.
Please add your signature to the following petition.
DEAR RESIDENTS OF BOSSIER CITY:
AS MANY OF YOU ARE AWARE, THE CITY OF SHREVEPORT HAS JUST BEGUN CURBSIDE RECYCLING OR "CURB IT". I CONTACTED MAYOR WALKERS OFFICE RECENTLY TO FIND OUT WHEN BOSSIER COULD EXPECT A SIMILAR PROGRAM. I WAS TOLD THERE WERE NO PLANS TO DO SO AND HE DIDN'T BELIEVE THE MAJORITY OF BOSSIER RESIDENTS WOULD SUPPORT THE PROGRAM. I AM HOPING THAT HE WAS WRONG AND WE CAN CONVINCE HIM TO CHANGE HIS MIND.
SHREVEPORT HAS APPROXIMATELY FOUR TIMES THE POPULATION OF BOSSIER CITY, SO THE COST/BENEFIT RATIO WILL DIFFER, BUT THE PRINCIPLE IS STILL THE SAME. REDUCE WASTE, REDUCE COST. SHREVEPORT ESTIMATES THAT THEY WILL REDUCE THEIR DISPOSAL OF WASTE BY 3000 TONS PER MONTH WITH THIS NEW PROGRAM. BASED ON TODAYS DISPOSAL COST THAT IS A MONTHLY SAVINGS OF $68,000. THIS SAVINGS WILL COVER THE COST TO THE CITY FOR SUPPLYING THE RECYCLING BINS.
THE ADDITIONAL COST TO EACH RESIDENT OF SHREVEPORT FOR THIS PROGRAM WILL ONLY BE $2.50 PER MONTH BEGINNING JANUARY 2011. THE COST TO BOSSIER RESIDENTS FOR THIS PROGRAM MAY EVEN BE LESS, BUT CERTAINLY NO MORE THAN THAT OF SHREVEPORT.
I REALIZE WITH THE RECENT INCREASE IN WATER RATES, SOME MAY BE RELUCTANT. BUT, UNTIL WE FIGURE OUT HOW TO LOWER THE WATER RATES, I BELIEVE THAT WITH VERY LITTLE EFFORT WE CAN ALL REDUCE OUR WATER USAGE MORE THAN ENOUGH TO COMPENSATE FOR THE COST OF THIS PROGRAM.
THE FUTURE BENEFITS OF THIS PROGRAM WILL FAR EXCEED THE COSTS INVOLVED. IMPLEMENTING THE CONVENIENCE OF CURBSIDE RECYCLING WOULD RESULT IN INCREASED RECYCLING PARTICIPATION. THE BENEFITS GO BEYOND REDUCING WASTE TO OUR LANDFILL. PREVENTING WASTE NOT ONLY SAVES RESOURCES AND REDUCES POLLUTION, IT ALSO SAVES MONEY.
I HOPE YOU WILL SHOW YOUR SUPPORT BY SIGNING THIS PETITION AND PASS THIS ALONG TO YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS.
*PLEASE SIGN ONLY IF A RESIDENT OF BOSSIER CITY, LA.*
What is Rachel's Challenge?
Rachel Scott, the first student killed in the Columbine shootings on April 20, 1999, was a teenager who vowed to change the world. After her death, her writings were discovered for her plans for peace and tolerance in the world in journals, school papers, even furniture.
To memorialize Rachel, a challenge was set up to be sure that, even after her death, she will still accomplish her dreams.
Rachel's Challenge team members would come to our school, speak to us for one hour, then train us in groups for 45 minutes about how to take this challenge.
For all of the information, go to: http://www.rachelschallenge.com/
We are concerned that:
25% of the oil and gas consumed by Americans is at risk
30% of the seafood that feeds the nation is jeopardized.
The nation’s largest port system that handles agriculture, petro-chemicals, manufactured goods and commodities is vulnerable.
We recognize the importance of Louisiana’s unique wetland’s ecosystem and its role in protecting Louisiana’s commerce and coastal population from storm damage.
Currently Louisiana has 30% of the total coastal marsh- and accounts for 90% of the coastal marsh loss- in the lower 48 states.
Louisiana’s wetlands are America’s wetland and they need your help! We are asking you to please support legislation to fund the restoration of America’s wetlands such as the Gulf Coast Protection Act, the America’s Outdoors Act introduced by Senator Mary Landrieu.
Leading scientists and engineers have designed solutions to restore America’s wetland. The money for coastal protection does not need to come from the American taxpayer.
Since 1927, the leveeing of the Mississippi River has cut off fresh water, sediments and nutrients to the 7th largest delta on Earth – a place called America’s WETLAND – causing coastal Louisiana to suffer. Every year, 24 miles of Louisiana shoreline washes away, resulting in the loss of valuable wetlands equal in size to a football field every 30 minutes.
Leading scientists and engineers have designed solutions to restore America’s wetland. The money for coastal protection does not need to come from the Amercian taxpayer."
Last fall in Jena, Louisiana, the day after two Black high school students sat beneath the "white tree" on their campus, nooses were hung from the tree. When the superintendent dismissed the nooses as a "prank," more Black students sat under the tree in protest. The District Attorney then came to the school accompanied by the town's police and demanded that the students end their protest, telling them, "I can be your best friend or your worst enemy... I can take away your lives with a stroke of my pen."
A series of white-on-black incidents of violence followed, and the DA did nothing. But when a white student was beaten up in a schoolyard fight, the DA responded by charging six black students with attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
It's a story that reads like one from the Jim Crow era, when judges, lawyers and all-white juries used the justice system to keep blacks in "their place"--but it's happening today. The families of these young men are fighting back, but the odds are stacked against them. Together, we can make sure their story is told, that this becomes an issue for the Governor of Louisiana, and that justice is provided for the Jena 6. It starts now.
The noose-hanging incident and the DA's visit to the school set the stage for everything that followed. Racial tension escalated over the next couple of months, and on November 30, the main academic building of Jena High School was burned down in an unsolved fire. Later the same weekend, a black student was beaten up by white students at a party. The next day, black students at a convenience store were threatened by a young white man with a shotgun. They wrestled the gun from him and ran away. While no charges were filed against the white man, the students were arrested for the theft of the gun.
That Monday at school, a white student, who had been a vocal supporter of the students who hung the nooses, taunted the black student who was beaten up at the off-campus party and allegedly called several black students "nigger." After lunch, he was knocked down, punched and kicked by black students. He was taken to the hospital but was released and was well enough to go to a social event that evening.3
Six Black Jena High students, Robert Bailey (17), Theo Shaw (17), Carwin Jones (18), Bryant Purvis (17), Mychal Bell (16) and an unidentified minor, were expelled from school, arrested and charged with second-degree attempted murder. Bail was set so high -- between $70,000 and $138,000 -- that the boys were left in prison for months as families went deep into debt to release them.4
The first trial ended last month, and Mychal Bell, who has been in prison since December, was convicted of aggravated battery and conspiracy to commit aggravated battery (both felonies) by an all-white jury in a trial where his public defender called no witnesses. During his trial, Mychal's parents were ordered not to speak to the media and the court prohibited protests from taking place near the courtroom or where the judge could see them.
Mychal is scheduled to be sentenced on July 31st, and could go to jail for 22 years.5 Theo Shaw's trial is next. He will finally make bail this week.
The Jena Six are lucky to have parents and loved ones who are fighting tooth and nail to free them. They have been threatened but they are standing strong. We know that if the families have to go it alone, their sons will be a long time coming home. They will lose precious years to Jena's outrageous attempt to maintain a racist status quo. But if we act now, we can make a difference.
Please add your voice to the voices of these families in Jena, and help bring Mychal, Theo, Robert, Carwin, and Bryant home. By clicking below, you can demand that Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco get involved to make sure that justice is served for Mychal Bell, and that DA Reed Walters drop the charges against the 5 boys who have not yet gone to trial.
As some of you may know Projekt Revolution is a multi-artist concert tour that was constructed by Linkin Park in 2002. The tour has featured varied acts such as Korn, Deftones, Snoop Dogg, The Used, Taking Back Sunday, Xzibit, HIM, and Styles of Beyond. Stated on Wikipedia.org, "Its main focus is to bring together top names in rock and hip-hop in order to bridge the gap between these two music styles (much as Linkin Park does with their own music)."
Now to the point. There is a new player in the rock genre. Japanese rock is making a rise in the United States. As a fan of Japanese rock myself, I can say that it would be very much enjoyed if we got my Japanese acts in the US. What I am asking, is for a Japanese act on next year's bill. Specifically, for me, It would be a dream come true to Dir en Grey. They were on the Family Values Tour this year with Korn, Deftones, Bullets and Octane, and other acts. DeG's fan were very excited that they got to see them perform. I am a fan of Linkin Park and Dir en Grey, so both together would be rapture.
Also, I've noticed that Projekt Revolution as only visited Louisiana once, in 2003. I would be more than grateful in next year, there was a stop made in northwest Louisiana. I know that many people here that would not be able to go to Dallas or Houston, or even New Orleans for that matter, would be ecstatic.
In all, I am asking for Dir en Grey to be on the bill for the next Projekt Revolution tour, and for one of the concerts in that tour to be in northwest Louisiana.
Major elections are coming up. Electors need to focus on candidates and issues.
CHICAGO Oct 9, 2006 (AP)— Here's some soothing medicine for stressed-out parents and overscheduled kids: The American Academy of Pediatrics says what children really need for healthy development is more good, old-fashioned playtime.
Louisiana deseparately needs better government to move forward.
The author of this petition would like it known had I campaigned for Mitch Landrieu as Mayor of New Orleans he would have won. I regret campagning for his opponent in that election. New Orleans remains in chaos. Hopefully, Mr. Landrieu will reconsider running as Governor to get the entire state moving forward as we continue into the 21st century.
Beginning in spring of 2000, no 4th-grade or 8th - grade student could be promoted if he or she did not achieve Approaching Basic or above on either part of the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program for the 21st Century(LEAP21).
Beginning on spring 2004, 4th grade students will be required to score Basic or above on either English Language Arts or the Mathematics test and Approaching Basic or above on the other to progress to the 5th grade.
In 2006 8th grade students will be required to score Basic or above on both English Language Arts or the Mathematics test and Approaching Basic or above on the other to progress to the 9th grade. This test is causing to many students to suffer from stress, anxiety and depression. The LEAP test should not be a determine factor on whether or not a child remains in the 4th or 8th grade.
Too many of our children are failing this test and teachers should be held accountable for our children not being taught the materials needed for mastery of such test. Stop the madness, teacher should constantly review and teach these materials continually.
Too many teachers wait until the month before the test to review what should have been taught through out the year and previous years. Some teacher could care less whether the children learn what is being taught.
The LEAP if at all should be used as a tool to figure out what is not being taught in public schools. Our children should not be punished for lack of knowledge, especially if it is not being taught.
June 25, 2006
Aligator Snapping Turtles are being hunted in Louisiana. Aligator Snapping Turtles, as well as other turtles, are beautiful creaturs! Yet, they're being sold in for six dollars a pound in some parts in Louisiana.
Fishermen find this 'game' tempting, just because of the money. They're also being made as food in the world. This seriously should stop.
How would the ones that hunt these Aligator Snapping Turtles feel if they were being hunted?
It's just not right.
May 27, 2006
The historical, spiritual and human service mission of St. Augustine is vital to the recovery and rebuilding of New Orleans with social justice, fairness & sincere respect for diversity.
May 1, 2006
This petition is calling for an effort to bring the alternative fuel E85 ethanol to the state of Louisiana, as there is not one at the present time.
There is currently an alternative fuel availible in this country called E85 ethanol. It is made from corn, a quite renewable resource, and has been proven better for the environment than the fuels that we presently use.
E85 ethanol helps to reduce green house gas and smog-forming emissions and our dependence on petroleum.
E85 also has a positive effect on your vehicle, improving its performance by having a higher octane rating than gasoline. This allows greater horsepower and torque.
Perhaps the most beneficial reason for E85 is the fact that it will support the domestic agriculture industry of the United States because of the availibility of the product of corn and other grains in our own country.
The State of Louisiana presently has NO locations for the purchase of E85 ethanol. We can all make a difference by showing a sincere effort for this cause.
This petition is to show that the citizens of Louisiana care about the energy industry and would appreciate the availibility of E85 in our state.
Feb 08, 2006
We the citizens of Gibsland demand a re-vote as to the increase of our water utility from 2,000 gallons for $9.00.
The current increase is asking citizens to pay $20.00 for the first 2,000 gallons and $2.16 for every thousand gallons used beyond the first 2,000.
West Jefferson Parish of New Orleans, La. (Gretna) has no place to go line dancing, and doesn't have a comfortable place for adults 30 yrs and up to let their hair down and have fun, or meet new and old friends.
The increase in water supply to the Hickory Grove Water System through the proposed construction of the two (2) new water wells which would enable the water system to meet average and peak demand situations.
This petition is for the residents of New Orleans East, district 100 of Louisiana.
Please sign if you are ready to get back to you home and survey the damages caused by hurricane Katrina/Rita and salvage personal property.
A petition to amend Louisiana law to provide liability protection to private land owners hosting off-road events on their private property.
Getting Moon Traveler Rockets back in Louisiana to stay.
The 1086th Transportation Company of the Louisiana National Guard has been in Kuwait since March 23, 2003. The Department of Defense has extended tours of duty for National Guard soldiers currently deployed. Our soldiers of the 1086th TC were promised a homecoming date on September 20th,2003. They were informed that there was no date for them to return home because there is no company to take their place. Our soldiers are in limbo and deserve to have a date to come home.
The completed T-Rex and Light-rail project including a new light rail hub on Louisiana and south Washington street will have immediate impact on auto and pedestrian traffic directly impacting the saftey and quality of life of the residents of the 1300 blk od south Washing street. A perposial has beeb put forth by Robert Dorroh from CDOT to construct a traffic diversion island in the South intersection of S. Washington Street and Louisian to discourage neighboorhood access via South Washington Street. If this diversion were constructed, the only way to access the 1300 blk of S. Washington immediatly South of Louisiana would be from Arkansan on the South or a right turn from eastbound Louisiana. Traffic exiting Washington onto Louisiana would only be able to turn right and proceed eastbound.
To allow the monument to the Confederate soldiers that fought in the Port Hudson, Louisiana campaign in the summer of 1863 to be erected in a place of honor on the grounds of the Port Hudson, La. State Historic Site.