The Louisiana Smart Growth Summit is in its 12th year, hosted by the Center for Planning Excellence (CPEX). CPEX is a nonprofit organization that brings people, culture, and planning together to make great communities happen.
The Summit is an educational resource for Louisiana’s elected and appointed officials; planning practitioners, such as developers, architects, engineers and planners; and citizen and activist groups. This statewide conference helps to advance communities across Louisiana in their quest to become sustainable and prosperous by providing the opportunity to learn from planning experts as well as hear what challenges and successes other Louisiana communities have faced, creating valuable partnerships.
The Smart Growth Summit’s discussions highlight the Smart Growth Principles outlined below:
• Create a Range of Housing Opportunities and Choices
• Create Walkable Neighborhoods
• Encourage Community and Stakeholder Collaboration
• Foster Distinctive, Attractive Communities with a Strong Sense of Place
• Make Development Decisions Predictable, Fair and Cost Effective
• Mix Land Uses
• Preserve Open Space, Farmland, Natural Beauty and Critical Environmental Areas
• Provide a Variety of Transportation Choices
• Strengthen and Direct Development Towards Existing Communities
• Take Advantage of Compact Building Design
To view the Summit agenda, speakers, topics, and schedule, visit:http://summit.cpex.org/
The focus of this meeting is to gauge the interest of PSN members in creating an Environmental Justice committee that will work in partnership with Greenpeace and other local organizations to address local environmental concerns and collaborate on policy initiatives and other political actions.
Here is your chance to get involved with a movement that's moving. Meet THE CEO MIND Foundation CHANGE AGENTS and become the change OUR COMMUNITY needs.
It's time for YOU to take action, be a part of solutions for our community, and create the future with a committed team.
Let's change the world together.
Join Eclectic Truth for a monthly community writing workshop before the show! This month's workshop will be taught by 2017 Eclectic Truth team member and hometown favorite, Alejandro.
Doors (for show): 7:50-8:15
Slam & Open Mic: @ 8:15
Pay what you can! This reading/workshop are accessible to all, regardless of your ability to pay! If you can, please donate $5-10 to help sustain Eclectic Truth.
Open Mic & Slam:
Each week six poets have the opportunity compete in the slam! Not interested in the slam? Still wanna express? The open mic is available for all interested performing artists. Slam has space for six competitors, open mic has space for 10 guaranteed performers.
Come out to Black Girl Masculine's first ever monthly Queer Kickback Series community forum! They want your ideas! The LGBTQ community needs more representation in Baton Rouge, so let's talk! Have an idea? An event? Issues that need resolving? They'd like to know all about what you'd like to see in the city! Refreshments will be served! All are welcome!
Eat out at Bistro Byronz on Aug 7th and a portion of your bill will help this year's Baton Rouge Pride Fest be even more awesome!
Tell your server that you are 'Bistro-ing for a Cause' No need to bring any flyers or anything!
- Excludes alcohol purchases
- Includes Take Out
- 5412 Government Street &
- 8200 Village Plaza Court (off Perkins Road near Bluebonnet)
Hope to see you at one of their two locations on Aug 7th, and thanks in advance for your support of Baton Rouge Pride!
The 821 Project’s book discussions expose the local community to social justice and multicultural perspectives through literature.
The discussion is on the themes and topics from "Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir By One Of The Original Navajo Code Talkers of WWII." This book chronicles Chester Nez's experiences during World War II as a "code talker" and his experiences growing up on the Checkerboard Area of the Navajo reservation.
The book discussion is open to both those who have and have not read this book. The book has been selected to honor the United Nations International Day of The World's Indigenous Peoples, which is on August 9th.
Come out to support Baton Rouge Pride Fest and have fun with the whole family! Your ticket will include 2 hours of bowling, rental of shoes, two slices of pizza and a refillable soda.
Ticket prices are $25
-Please purchase your tickets early
-Tickets will be available for purchase the day of at the venue
Join BR Sierra Club and the Backpacker for a presentation by Bob Jacobsen, engineering consultant on flood hydrology, flood risk, & floodplain management, will speak on factors that contribute to flooding in the region.
Free & open to public. Bring a friend.
Come early (6:30) for snacks!
Join for a town hall meeting at the Main Library, on the health care bill currently under consideration by the United States Senate. Analysis shows that under this bill, 22 million Americans will lose their health care coverage and the average marketplace premium in Louisiana will be more than 2x higher. Come learn about the other ways this legislation will impact Louisianians.
The EmPowerMEnt Movie Social Series is to raise awareness in our community about social issues, historical context, and our fight to overcome racial and social injustices. This is your chance to engage in edutainment that will change your life and thinking. This event will allow you to connect with others in the community who are serious about action for change.
This is a family event and we encourage you to spread the word and get involved.
This week's movie is "Cornbread, Earl and Me"
This event is brought to you by THE CEO MIND Foundation, Councilman LaMont Cole and State Representative Denise Marcelle.
This event is FREE but seating is limited so registration and tickets are required for entry.
For attendance please register at: http://theceomind.org/2017/programs/empowerment-movie-events/
MLK CENTER 4400 Gus Young Blvd. Baton Rouge LA
Concessions will be sold.
Join Baton Rouge Pride for the 11th annual Baton Rouge Pride festival. Loads of participants in the community resource fair, great entertainment, free STI/HIV testing, children's area, LGBT Art Show... and much more all in the air-conditioned comfort of the Raising Cane's River Center Arena.
See you there! And bring your friends and family. It's all free admission.
Please note Security Restrictions as stated by the Raising Cane's River Center:
Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, is a holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas, and more generally the emancipation of African-American slaves throughout the Confederate South.
Looking to get involved? The CEO Mind Foundation is looking for volunteers. Find out how you can impact your community. Find out how you can bring about change. Come be part of the solution!
For more information on their programs and work
www.THECEOMIND.org or our Facebook Page :
If you can't make it to this meeting but would like to help please donate atwww.theceomind.org/2017/donate
Moms of Black Boys United, Inc., Progressive Social Network of Baton Rouge, Love Alive Church and BREC are partnering to host a viewing of the PBS documentary, THE TALK-Race in America. The viewing will be followed by a panel discussion and a Meet & Greet to allow guests to intermingle and learn more about each organization.
THE TALK is a two-hour documentary about the increasingly necessary conversation taking place in homes and communities across the country between parents of color and their children, especially sons, about how to behave if they are ever stopped by the police. Parents of children of color should not have to have a "special" conversation with their children about police interactions. The panel discussion will examine the "why" behind this disparity and more.
They are bringing together a racially diverse audience to raise awareness about institutional racism and to discuss ways in which institutional racism can be identified, dismantled, and how disparities in policing based upon race can be eliminated.
This event is free and open to the public. Please register via Eventbrite
Are you interested in multiculturalism and diversity? Do you consider yourself to be a global citizen, or aspire to be one? Come and learn about The 821 Project, an organization promoting global citizenship in south Louisiana through social justice and intercultural education programs for the local community. Learn about the story of 821 and the different programs they provide to expand south Louisiana's roots to the world. Figure out how you can get involved.
Do you have Boogie Fever?? Well, so does Radio Bar Join Capital City Alliance on Saturday, June 3rd at Radio Bar to boogie woogie your way through the night.
COSTUMES ARE ENCOURAGED and DJ Cameron Kelly will be in the house to make sure all your disco favorites are on que. There will be a raffle of some amazing prizes going on throughout the night that you won't want to miss!
Dust off those bell bottoms and blow out that hair because this night promises to be one for the ages!
Colorism is the bias and discrimination against people of the same race based on their skin tone and other racial features like hair texture. The first Saturday in June, come together for a collective healing session, an afternoon of reading, writing, and dialogue about colorism through a multicultural lens.
This event is free and open to all- individuals, families, inexperienced writers, professional writers, those deeply familiar with colorism, and those who’ve never heard of it.
Planning Baton Rouge Pride is a year-round process. Join them at the Freedom Center (MCCBR) at 7747 Tom Drive to recap the success of 2016 BR Pride and plan for 2017. Everyone is welcome to join the team!
The May edition of the Human Library™ will open at the Main Library on Goodwood on Saturday, May 6th, from 1-5 PM.
The Human Library is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue.
The Human Library is a place where real people are on loan to readers.
A place where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered.
How can we increase our understandings of religion as a component of social identity and use Christian privilege to promote inclusivity and equality?
May’s Tea and Truth discussion will include what it means to have a religious identity, the concept of "Christian privilege", and creating a stronger foundation for interfaith understanding in our community.
Join The 821 Project on Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Goodwood Main Library as we explore "Religious Identity and Christian Privilege."
Planning Baton Rouge Pride is a year-round process. Join us at the Freedom Center (MCCBR) at 7747 Tom Drive to recap the success of 2016 BR Pride and plan for 2017. Everyone is welcome to join the team!
WOMEN WITH A VISION, INC. PRESENTS:
Our Voice Our Time: Black Women's Advocacy Day at the Capital
On April 26, 2017, Women With a Vision, Inc. will undertake the amazing task of bringing together Black Women from across the state of Louisiana to Baton Rouge for an advocacy day focused on Black Women’s issues. Women With A Vision, Inc. (WWAV) is a New Orleans-based non-profit, founded in 1989 by a grassroots collective of African-American women in response to the spread of HIV/AIDS in communities of color.
Today WWAV works to improve the lives of marginalized women, their families, and communities by addressing the social conditions that hinder their health and well-being. We accomplish this through relentless advocacy, health education, supportive services, and community-based participatory research.
This event is an intentional space for Black women, centering the lives and experiences of Black women. Any allies interested in supporting the event, please spread the word to Black women in your communities, and you can also support the day by providing donations, transportation, or other resources to help ensure Black women are able to attend!**
Date and Time
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM CDT
Louisiana State Capitol
900 North Third Street
Baton Rouge, LA. 70802
Please RSVP at the Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/our-voice-our-time-black-womens-advocacy-day-at-the-capitol-tickets-32517410450