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2020                                                                                                  2019


2020 State Legislative Session Begins
The 2020 Regular Legislative Session convened at noon on Monday, March 9. Final adjournment will be no later than 6 p.m. on Monday, June 1.
Center for Health Equity Conference

UWSELA’s Charmaine Caccioppi participated on panel, “Building a Bold Advocacy Agenda,” at the Center for Health Equity Conference on March 3. Her panel discussion focused on the state health improvement plan and addressing strategies to improve health outcomes in Louisiana. The goal is to try to move Louisiana to 40th on some key health indicators by 2030.


Women’s Professional Council Meeting
UWSELA Public Policy staff attended the Women’s Professional Council (WPC) meeting on February 3 to brainstorm on the direction of WPC programs, with a segment at the beginning that focused on core WPC values.
UWSELA Marks Early Ed Week in New Orleans with Gov. Edwards, Partners
Gov. Edwards and Early Ed Week
United Way of Southeast Louisiana was honored to host a Louisiana Early Ed Week event in New Orleans on February 13 at Clara’s Little Lambs Preschool Academy highlighting the need to expand access to quality early care and education (ECE) for children, birth through age four. Gov. John Bel Edwards attended and shared why increasing funding for ECE is the #1 priority for his second term. View a video recap of the event here.
Also in attendance to elevate this important issue were Sen. Troy Carter, Rep. Gary Carter, Rep. Ray Garofalo, Rep. Aimee Freeman, and LDOE Assistant Superintendent Jessica Baghian. LA Early Ed Week is a statewide event hosted annually by the Louisiana Policy Institute for Children. Thank you to the Jefferson Chamber for cohosting the Early Ed Week event in New Orleans with us. Special thanks also to Entergy, Jones Walker, and the Save the Children Action Network for sponsoring LA Early Ed Week, and Sonjia Brown-Joseph at Clara’s Little Lambs for graciously opening her facility for our tour stop.
Entergy Challenge Grant for Early Childhood Education
We are excited to work with Entergy to raise support for the Entergy Charitable Foundation’s 300K challenge grant to expand access to high quality early care and education in Orleans Parish. There is enormous demand for publicly-funded early care and education programs in New Orleans as 83% of low-income families lack access to affordable, high-quality early childhood education. Learn more here.
UWSELA Collaborative Partners Present Policy Recommendation
UWSELA Collaborative Partners Recommendation
Each year before the state’s legislative session, the UWSELA Public Policy Committee adopts a legislative agenda to advocate for legislation on behalf of our community. In keeping with our commitment to support our Collaborative Partners, UWSELA Public Policy held a meeting on February 13 to hear presentations on their policy or legislative priorities that align with our shared work to eradicate poverty. 
2020 Census Press Conference
The 2020 US Census kicks off March 12, and New Orleans officials hope to improve on 2010's low response rate. The Census only takes place once every decade. The national headcount shapes political boundaries and determines how federal tax dollars are shared. UWSELA Public Policy Staff participated in a press conference held on February 18 in New Orleans East with Governor John Bel Edwards, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, and Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Broome. The Governor stressed the stakes, “It’s critical that we get a complete and accurate count of all of our people.”
UWSELA Public Policy Committee Meeting
UWSELA Public Policy Committee held a meeting on February 19 and approved its proposed 2020 state legislative agenda, “United for a Safe & Prosperous Community.” The agenda includes topics that serve to advance our Blueprint for Prosperity and continue our advocacy for all issues that complement the mission and goals of UWSELA and support ALICE.
LWPRC Quarterly Meeting
UWSELA Public Policy staff participated in the Louisiana Women's Policy and Research Commission quarterly meeting held in Baton Rouge on February 27 to prepare the commission’s 2020 Annual Report. The commission’s duties include advising the governor, through the executive director of women’s policy, on the particular hardships, concerns, and needs that challenge women in Louisiana and their possible solutions. 


UWSELA Attends Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Inauguration
UWSELA Public Policy staff attended Governor John Bel Edwards’ inauguration at the Louisiana State Capitol on January 13. Governor Edwards shared his primary focus is on funding early childhood education across the state, as well as increasing education funding across the board and providing a bump in teacher pay – continuing to increase classroom funding and giving educators additional pay raises that will get them to at least the southern regional average. His other priorities include setting the state’s minimum wage at $9 per hour, passing equal pay legislation, and improving the state’s infrastructure.
Nancy M. Marsiglia Institute of Justice Welcomes Spring 2020 Class
Marsiglia Spring 2020 Class
The Nancy M. Marsiglia Institute of Justice held its first class of the 2020 spring semester on January 16. View a list of participants here.
UWSELA Public Policy Team Featured in Book Profiling Influential Women in New Orleans
UWSELA COO Charmaine Caccioppi and UWSELA Public Policy Committee Chair Kim Sport are featured on the back cover “Cherchez La Femme: New Orleans Women,” a new book profiling influential women of New Orleans. Charmaine and Kim attended the launch of the book and accompanying exhibit on January 16. 
Early Childhood Education Roundtable with Bloomberg Campaign
Early Childhood Education Roundtable with Bloomberg Campaign
UWSELA Public Policy staff participated in an early childhood education roundtable, “What more can be done at the federal level to help Louisiana’s most vulnerable children?” at Kingsley House on January 17 with Diana Taylor of the Bloomberg campaign. This event was an educational opportunity to share information and address the importance of education for all children across the continuum.
LIVE UNITED Radio Show on Women’s Listening Tour
The Governor’s Office of Women’s Policy Director Amanda Brunson was interviewed on LIVE UNITED Radio on January 21 to discuss the LWPRC Women’s Listening Tour stop in New Orleans sponsored by Women United. Listen here
Louisiana Women’s Policy & Research Commission Listening Tour
Louisiana Women’s Policy & Research Commission Listening Tour
The LWPRC conducted listening tours across Louisiana to speak with women regarding concerns they face in their daily lives. Over 110 people attended the New Orleans event held on January 30 at the Kingsley House Gayle and Tom Benson Community Center. This event provided a forum for women to vocalize and elevate their specific concerns and to recommend possible solutions and/or strategies. View LWPRC's 2018 Annual Report here