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Welcoming Committee Second-Lines for Louisiana’s State Hospital & Public Education System


While the GOP convenes in New Orleans with nary a mention of Katrina (who? that Nation editor?), here’s an event we’re sorry we missed, but we’re “retro-promoting” it a day late, for the message remains true:

From the Southern Republican Leadership Conference Welcoming Committee

There’s going to be a big, crazy second line in the CBD on Friday: the Stooges Brass Band, the Free Agents Brass Band, and a level of ass-shaking the business district hasn’t seen since the Second Line to Reopen Charity. We’re going to party and rage down Poydras, and we’re going to show the boy prince Bobby Jindal that the people of Louisiana have had it with his policies of privatization.

“A level of ass-shaking the business district hasn’t seen since the Second Line to Reopen Charity”

The Southern Republican Leadership Conference (SRLC) takes place April 8–11 in New Orleans, and is the largest gathering of Republican leadership short of the presidential convention. As Bobby Jindal is groomed for higher office, the Second Line for Healthcare & Education is our opportunity to present a unified response to Jindal’s assault on Louisiana’s state hospital system & public education.

“A whole lot of pissed-off, high-stepping citizenry”

Join the SRLC Welcoming Committee, some of New Orleans’ finest brass bands and a whole lot of pissed-off, high-stepping citizenry on Friday, April 9, as we let the SRLC know what we think of Jindal’s efforts to dismantle public education, healthcare, and other Louisiana public services. Under the bright lights, let’s give Jindal and all his GOP cronies– Sarah Palin, Sean Hannity, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, et al.—the big loud New Orleans welcome they deserve.

Our message is clear: Stop gutting our public schools and universities, stop destroying access to health care, re-open Charity Hospital!

The SRLC Welcoming Committee is a broad coalition of local educators, healthcare workers, students and other Louisianians, as well as members of the Committee to Reopen Charity Hospital, Save UNO, the Iron Rail Collective, Pax Christi, and many others.


Thanks to Lauren LaBorde at Gambit’s BlogofNewOrleans.com for the alert. One commenter, D-Bloc, writes, “The second line was great. Tons of direct confrontation. New Orleans bared its teeth and snarled, and the rich plutocrats shat themselves in fear.”

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