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Together Louisiana is a statewide network of more than 250 religious congregations and civic organizations across Louisiana, representing more than 200,000 people. It is one of the largest grassroots organizations in the history of Louisiana.

The mission of Together Louisiana is to give faith and community-based organizations an opportunity to develop the leadership capacity of their members and affect change on a larger scale than they could alone.

Together Louisiana currently is working on issues that include tax fairness, access to healthcare, flood recovery, access to healthy food, workforce development, criminal justice reform and improving infrastructure and transportation.

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  • Terry Rowe
    commented 2020-11-18 09:48:54 -0600
    After watching the film entitled ‘Why Louisiana Stays Poor’, and reading ‘Together Louisiana’ member Barbara Kaplinsky‘s letter to ‘The Advocate’ newspaper published on 17 November 2020, I am convinced of your organization’s tenacity, longevity, and ultimate success. Contrary to popular belief, Louisiana is not an inherently poor state. To the contrary, our state is blessed by an abundance of natural and cultural resources which should inure to the benefit of the people and businesses of Louisiana. Yet our legislature and far too many of our governmental institutions have long neglected sufficient funding of our educational institutions, infrastructure, and other instrumentalities upon which our people and businesses depend. Instead, pure chicanery in the form of proposed Constitutional Amendment 5 is offered to us, which would have benefitted the interests of hugely profitable out of state and multi-national oil companies and other corporations by shifting the burden of paying a fair share of property taxes assessed and paid in this state to the continuing detriment of the great majority of the people of Louisiana. To their credit, the voters soundly rejected Proposed Amendment 5 by an overwhelming majority of almost 63% on November 3rd. In so doing the Louisiana has rejected the status quo as no longer acceptable, and we have taken a huge step toward securing fair and equitable funding of all things necessary to secure life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all Louisianan’s and their progeny, both now and into the future. While congratulations are in order there is no time for celebration, for we now face an uphill struggle to displace the pan-generational dominance of institutions and individuals which have and will continue to sacrifice the best interests of our people. The struggle to inform and organize must continue unabated. ‘Together Louisiana’ is uniquely qualified and positioned to provide the leadership and organization necessary to reverse the out-migration of our beleaguered population, to assure that the hard-working citizens and our business community may reap the benefits which will most certainly follow when people from all walks of life join together as one to insure the equitable and adequate funding of highways, hospitals, roads, bridges, schools, Hurricane and other disaster protection which are essential to the future health and economic prosperity of Louisiana.
    The honor and efforts of Together Louisiana are greatly appreciated.

    Terry Rowe
    Lafayette, La.
  • AmyJohn Metzel
    commented 2019-02-06 08:42:32 -0600
    Very informative video. One extremely important point you left out is that most of the exempted industries are very harmful to the environment and health of the people of Louisiana. We should give tax breaks to clean industries that use sustainable practices and tax the heck out of dirty ones. The transition will take some work though.
  • JeanaV
    commented 2018-12-22 19:25:06 -0600
    Just watched your YouTube video “Why Louisiana Stays Poor”
    That was hands-down the most comprehensive expose’ of how the Kleptocracy was, is and continues to fleece the trusting, caring citizens of Louisiana. One Zip code, swimming in billions, – water, water everywhere ~ yet not a drop to drink – It was stunningly well presented, even an artistic right brain thinker, like myself was grasping the dichotomy of this unfair incipient fascist takeover of our public and private realms, I was and still am in Awe. Where did you find these two, never have I been so charmed, yet so incensed all, within nano seconds. Truly ~ a stroke of genius! Imagine if every American who watched this, did their homework and replicated it. We could so quickly begin to the process of holding these corporate board members accountable for their…their, oh let’s call it what it is, GREED. Again, Bravo, smiled the whole way through that presentation.

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