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December 8, 2020

Helena Moreno

Councilmember Moreno Introduces CROWN Act to Combat Racial Discrimination

Councilmember Moreno Introduces CROWN Act to Combat Racial Discrimination

NEW ORLEANS – Councilmember Helena Moreno has introduced legislation to prohibit discrimination in the workplace, in housing and public accommodations based on the way Black women choose to wear their hair. According to recent national studies, Black women are 50% more likely to be discriminated against or lose their jobs due to simply the style of their hair, whether it be natural, braids or other choices.

November 19, 2020

Helena Moreno

Councilmember Moreno Wins Inclusion of Police Accountability Dashboard, Public Broadband Pilot, and Wage Protections for City Workers in 2021 Budget

Councilmember Moreno Wins Inclusion of Police Accountability Dashboard, Public Broadband Pilot, and Wage Protections for City Workers in 2021 Budget

NEW ORLEANS - Today, Councilmember Moreno applauded the inclusion of a number of critical advancements in the 2021 City Budget. Despite facing significant headwinds due to revenue losses from the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Council approved critical equity and economic justice priorities in the budget. These include an initial investment of $3m in the build-out of public internet access, funding a public-facing NOPD officer accountability dashboard, and a resolution protecting city workers making under $35k from wage loss due to furloughs. 

November 17, 2020

Helena Moreno

Statement from Councilmember Moreno as Congressman Richmond Transitions to White House

Statement from Councilmember Moreno as Congressman Richmond Transitions to White House

NEW ORLEANS - Councilmember Helena Moreno has issued the following statement congratulating Congressman Cedric Richmond on his transition to the White House:

 

"I’d like to thank Congressman Cedric Richmond for his exceptional and ongoing service to our state and our country. While he will be missed as our representative to the US Congress, I know his new position will afford an even greater opportunity to serve our communities and help build a stronger nation for us all. 

November 5, 2020

Helena Moreno

City Council Extends Council Cares $400 Utility Assistance Program Through End of Year

City Council Extends Council Cares $400 Utility Assistance Program Through End of Year

NEW ORLEANS - Today, the New Orleans City Council extended the “City Council Cares” (CCC) program until the end of the year. The CCC program, authorized by the Council this past summer, provides $400 of direct utility assistance payments for Entergy New Orleans (ENO) customers who faced wage losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 7,700 customers have taken advantage of the program, with more than $3m already authorized for payment. 

October 21, 2020

Helena Moreno

Council Drops Temporary Injunction Against Secretary of State After He Concedes to Misinterpretation of Election Code

Council Drops Temporary Injunction Against Secretary of State After He Concedes to Misinterpretation of Election Code

NEW ORLEANS - Today, the New Orleans City Council, represented by their Executive Counsel Adams Swensek, dropped a temporary injunction against the Secretary of State after his court filings admitted he misinterpreted the law regarding allowable locations to drop off absentee ballots. The Council will continue to pursue a request for a declaratory judgment against the Secretary to make perfectly clear moving forward what is allowable under the election code.

 

"What we thought was going to be an impactful and common sense move to have locations to drop off absentee ballots around the city has turned into a bizarre and head-scratching episode with the Secretary of State. Fortunately, on behalf of voters we've achieved a win today with an admission that absentee ballots can be delivered to locations other than just the Registrar's Office. The Council will not be deterred when it comes to fighting for voter accessibility, and we won't back down when policies that restrict ballot access for our people are being enacted," said Council Vice President Helena Moreno.

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