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About the Project
Early 2020 and on, Louisiana has faced a combination of social, human health, economic, political, and environmental crises which are unprecedented for modern times. These challenges compounded injury and pain for many:
A global pandemic with unprecedented hospitalization rates, mortality statistics, and unknown long-term impacts on the human body; as well as the economic hardship that accompanies it
Unjust and deadly police-related incidents widely observed through social media, sparking public protests, garnering broad support under the banner Black Lives Matter—and reminding Baton Rougeans about the death of Alton Sterling in 2016
Threats to constitutional governance as evidenced by attempted disenfranchisement and actual insurrection at statehouses and Congress
Climate change impact and the associated storms, both summer, and winter, that wreak havoc on communities, especially those with insufficient resources and/or living in coastal areas susceptible to hurricanes and tropical storms.
BY THE NUMBERS
Of EBR residents are living in poverty
Of EBR children under 6 live in poverty
Is the average median income in EBR, $8,000 less than the national average
Our inaugural year highlights over 48weeks of notes from our Weekly Community Calls. Our topics covered areas within the 9 Drivers of Poverty as well as intersectional topics that affect the community.
2021 Annual Report
Our inaugural year highlights over 34 weeks of notes from our Weekly Community Calls. Our topics ranged from COVID safety awareness to food drives to ensure residents facing a pandemic do not go hungry.
2020 Annual Report
Raymond A. Jetson
Chief Executive Catalyst
Director of Operations