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01/12 - Civic Engagement in Louisiana

How civic-minded are Louisiana’s citizens and how can they become more involved?

Louisiana citizens’ spirit of civic involvement places the state 12th nationally for voter registration, but Louisiana falls to 37th in voter participation. While the “Occupy Wall Street” movement has made its presence known in Louisiana, their events around the state have been met with minimal attendance. And although one out of every two Louisiana adults gave of their time to their communities last year, Volunteering in America, ranked Louisiana 47th among the 50 states for volunteerism. So, how civic-minded are Louisiana’s citizens and how can they become more involved? Join Louisiana Public Square as it examines “Civic Engagement in Louisiana” airing Wednesday, January 25th at 7 p.m. on LPB HD. (Taping, Tuesday, January 24th at 7 p.m.)

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Anything about civic engagement catches my attention. Before returning home two years ago, I was very much engaged in deliberative democracy activities; yet have not found anyone with whom to connect in Louisiana. I have used the National Issues Forum Model extensively and have sat on their national board. Interested in making Louisiana connections, especially around issues of education

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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 7 p.m. on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording 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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