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Reverend Jesus M. Gonzales
Pastor of the Monte de los Olivos Lutheran Church in Metairie

The Rev. Jesus M. Gonzales serves as Associate Pastor of Hispanic Ministry and community Outreach at St. John Lutheran in Metairie, Louisiana. He received the Yes! Literacy Leader Award in 1999 from the YMCA Educational Services of the Greater New Orleans area. Rev. Gonzales helped the YMCA start ESL (English as Second Language) classes in New Orleans and Metairie. In 2000, he received an award from the Young Christian Entrepreneurs, a group which helps young people learn skills to start their own businesses.

Rev. Gonzales received an associate degree from Odessa College in 1975, and then worked in the oil field in Monahans and later for Gulf Oil as senior supervisor. After attending a Texas District convention in 1980, he felt led by God to go into Hispanic Ministry.

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     02/17 - Black & the Blue

What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve?
Last year’s shooting of an African-American male in Baton Rouge by two white police officers re-ignited a national debate on how law enforcement interacts with minority communities. Nationwide demonstrations were ultimately marred by the targeted ambush of 12 white officers in Dallas and the killing of three members of law enforcement in Baton Rouge. What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve? How can Louisiana’s Capital City productively move beyond these events? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on a special town hall edition, “Black & the Blue” Wednesday, February 22 at 7pm; Sunday, February 26 at 1pm and Tuesday, February 28 at 10pm after the State of the Union address on LPB HD. In New Orleans on WLAE, Wednesday, February 22 at 7 PM. (Recorded Monday, February 20)

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Our panelists will be:
• Fr. Rick Andrus, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Together BR
• Darrell Basco, state president of Fraternal Order of Police
• Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor-President of Baton Rouge
• Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge; Public Safety Task Force
• Stephanie Riegel; Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Reverend Raymond Jetson, pastor of Star Hill Church host the program. Robyn Merrick with the Southern University System and Bob Mann with LSU’s Manship School will moderate the discussion.
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