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Thurs 6/20 8:15pm: WRKF's FM/HD broadcasts are operating with reduced power due to an equipment fault. Online listening is unaffected.

Public defenders weigh in on Landry’s crime policies; how communities can build climate resilience

Alaina Bloodworth, executive director of the Black Public Defender Association, testi
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Alaina Bloodworth, executive director of the Black Public Defender Association, testifies at the State Capitol.

This year’s legislative session has been an active one when it comes to criminal justice and public safety. Gov. Jeff Landry called a special session on crime earlier this year, where legislators undid many of the state’s 2017 criminal justice reforms.

Alaina Bloodworth, executive director of the Black Public Defender Association, says public defenders are often excluded from the debate about how to lower crime rates.

The Bayou Culture Gathering is hosting a conversation about building resilience in coastal communities in Louisiana this Friday.

It’s in conjunction with the Center for Planning Excellence (CPEX), an organization that addresses community planning efforts for Louisiana communities. Jeannette Dubinin, director of resilience & adaptation for CPEX, discusses ways to help the people living along the coast adapt to higher flood risks, population shifts, a changing economy and more.

What does it mean to be “home?” Growing up, Leona Tate was made to feel like she didn’t belong. In 1960, she was one of three Black children who desegregated New Orleans schools. Her legacy continues today.

As part of WWNO/WRKF’s collaboration with NPR’s Next Gen Radio, Tate shares her thoughts on the meaning of home.

Her story was produced by Samantha Jackson, a rising senior at Xavier University of Louisiana.


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