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New Orleans Won’t Do Business with Human Rights Violators

When the federal government is unable to lead The Good Fight, enter U.S. cities and states. In an action that reminds me of the 180 U.S. mayors and states who affirmed the Paris Climate Agreement (despite Trump’s withdrawal), New Orleans is taking a tall stand against human rights violators, both domestic and international. The city is withdrawing its business from companies who have a questionable record on human/civil rights and labor protections.

“New Orleans is among the first cities in the south to pass a measure that encourages the city to avoid contracting with companies involved with human rights abuses in the U.S. and abroad, part of a global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement taking aim at U.S. support for Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories…”

~ Alex Woodward

READ MORE: City Council Passes Human Rights Resolution Supported by New Orleans Palestinian Solidarity Committee | Gambit, Best of New Orleans

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.


  • Interesting development. I wonder how much such New Orleans Progressivism will resonate to others parts of the state in upcoming. Congressional and Presidential races. South Florida’ s interests as an analogy are historically have been shortchanged by the conservative political agenda in the state House/Senate for years.

  • I’m very grateful for the city of New Orleans’ resolve not to do business with human rights violators. At the same time, I’m painfully aware that the prosecutor’s office there routinely violates human rights. Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dissent to SCOTUS’ shameful 2011 decision in Harry Connick Sr v John Thompson made it clear that the prosecutors fought to remain ignorant of the law, and the option to fail to abide by it, and somehow won. [https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/563/51/dissent.html] Exoneree John Thompson died since that SCOTUS overreach, without receiving a cent in compensation. May he somehow rest is peace, knowing that he’s not forgotten.

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