CENTER FOR POLICY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

ABOUT 

The Urban League of Louisiana Center for Policy and Social Justice is essential to the mission of securing parity and civil rights and closely aligns with the work of the Center for Workforce and Economic Development and the Center for Education and Youth Development.
 
This Center implements strategies and initiatives that increase equity and improve quality of life for African American communities and other communities of color across Louisiana. The work of this Center includes the Urban League’s annual policy cycle featuring a statewide listening tour, policy conference, and policy work groups; Wake Up Geaux Vote; the production of education equity reports; health equity initiatives; criminal justice reform efforts; and a legislative agenda during the Louisiana legislative session.
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FEATURED INITIATIVES

WAKE UP GEAUX VOTE

WAKE UP GEAUX VOTE

The Urban League of Louisiana’s non-partisan statewide voter education and mobilization effort is activated every election cycle to register new voters, to provide relevant election updates and information about real-time ballot initiatives and candidates, and to get people to the polls. 

EMPOWERMENT AND POLICY CONFERENCE

EMPOWERMENT AND POLICY CONFERENCE

The Empowerment and Policy Conference, powered by the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus (LLBC) and the Urban League of Louisiana (ULLA), is a statewide convening designed to examine systems, influence policy decisions and enact changes that will positively impact the African American community in Louisiana.

RACIAL EQUITY PROCESS

RACIAL EQUITY PROCESS

Whether your organization is at the beginning of your journey to advance racial equity or steadily advancing towards your equity goals, the Urban League of Louisiana process will strengthen your organization’s current efforts and build permanent infrastructure to practice racial equity all the time.

CONTACT TRACING AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

CONTACT TRACING AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

An integral component of stopping the spread of COVID-19 is contact tracing, a public health method designed to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. The Urban League of Louisiana has launched a statewide public awareness campaign to inform, educate and promote contact tracing among African Americans.

POLICY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE NEWS

Urban League of Louisiana receives Equity and Social Justice Award from Cox Charities

The Urban League of Louisiana is pleased to announce that it has been named a recipient of the Cox Charities Equity and Social Justice Award. “The Urban League of Louisiana is deeply grateful for this award and for the acknowledgement by Cox Charities,” said Judy...

Urban League of Louisiana hosting Candidate Forums for November election

The Urban League of Louisiana has activated its Wake Up Geaux Vote campaign and is hosting four 2020 Voter Empowerment Forums on statewide local races and racial equity in education in New Orleans. The Urban League of Louisiana recently released the second edition of...

Urban League releases Advancing Educational Equity In New Orleans Public Schools Second Edition

The Urban League of Louisiana released the second edition of this report based on data for the 2018-2019 school year. This recent analysis builds on our 2017 report and captures changes since the 2016-2017 school year in the areas of academic outcomes, school climate...

Keeping Educational Equity Central to Louisiana’s COVID-19 Response

Public schools in Louisiana and across the country are facing significant challenges resulting from the pandemic which has made inequities present in our state increasingly visible; inequities that include limited access to food, physical and mental health care,...

The Urban League of Louisiana Calls for Connie Bernard to Exit Post

As an organization devoted to amplifying the voices of those within our communities, we stand in agreement with the community activists and leaders in advocacy, business, education and government who are calling for School Board Member Connie Bernard to resign from...

Urban League of Louisiana Supports HR13

The Urban League of Louisiana wholeheartedly supports House Resolution 13 presented by Representative Ted James earlier today that "establishes a study group to study law enforcement systems and policing." This is a tremendous step forward for Louisiana in the...

Respect and understanding must guide the actions of protestors and police

The Urban League of Louisiana is no stranger to the pain, frustrations and disappointments of the African-American community. It was for these very reasons that the Urban League was founded over 80 years ago, and through our programming and advocacy, what we work to...

Judy Reese Morse Statement on the Murder of Mr. George Floyd

Urban League of Louisiana President and CEO Releases Statement on the Murder of Mr. George Floyd Here we are again... Grieving with others across the nation over the brutal and horrific murder of another African American, this time, Mr. George Floyd. The Urban League...

Urban League of Louisiana Recognized by U.S. Census Bureau for Efforts

The Urban League of Louisiana has been recognized for a second time by the U.S. Census Bureau for the work we are doing in Louisiana. Since 2019, the Urban League of Louisiana has been creatively and intentionally convening partners statewide to amplify awareness of...