On Thursday, September 20th, as a direct result of Our Voice Nuestra Voz (OVNV) parents’ campaign for living wages, Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) voted to raise the minimum wage of food service workers in thirteen schools to $15 an hour.
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OVNV, the United Houma Nation, and community members gathered at the New Orleans City Council on November 18th, 2022 to support a motion by Helena Moreno in partnership with OVNV to make Indigenous People’s Day a holiday. The motion passed, and it is now an official New Orleans holiday!
As parents, we have the right to hold our children’s schools accountable but we are often met with tactics intended to silence us, intimidate us, and prevent us from actualizing our roles as partners in educating our children. NOLA Public Schools must pass policy that protect parents’ right to advocate for their children, without the fear of being intimidated, silenced, or retaliated against.
Schools have a responsibility to provide ALL children a great education, including those that are English language learners. This campaign began with a city-wide school survey about language services and programs available to their students and families.
On May 31, 2018, Rep. Carter's bill, HB509, was signed into law, representing a huge win for Our Voice Nuestra Voz members and parents across the state. The law requires school boards to make presentations at public meetings about the plans to improve schools in need of academic improvement. These meetings must be held at the affected school.
In celebration of MLK day join 300 Black and Brown community members on January 23, 2020 to build power and cultivate change through the second annual #BlackAndBrownGetDown!