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Vote NO on April 9th!

on Tue, 03/29/2016 - 14:35


More Police ≠ Safer Cities

Fund Jobs, Housing, and Education to Keep Us Safe!

On Saturday April 9th, New Orleanians are being asked to vote on a new public safety millage to fund the NOPD by an additional $17.7 million a year to increase the size of the NOPD from 1100 to 1600 officers, a 40% increase, by 2020.  

  • What’s a millage? 

A millage is a property tax that is a based on a percentage of how much a property is assessed as being worth. Unlike millages for road repairs or education, public safety millages are not eligible for homestead exemption.  

  • Isn’t this tax going to fund the firefighters pension? 

Mitch Landrieu did decide to fold this policing millage together with a new millage to fund the firefighters pension.

BreakOUT! Answers the Question: WHAT'S YOUR ISSUE?

on Fri, 03/11/2016 - 22:25

written by Kwan Moonlite, Jai' Shavers, and Lhundyn Fernandez

BreakOUT! is taking our 2011 We Deserve Better campaign to the next level in 2016 through a new partnership with WHAT’S YOUR ISSUE?  WHAT’S YOUR ISSUE? (WYI) is the first national survey created by and for LGBTQ youth (ages 14-24). The survey focuses on our experiences and centers the experiences of people who are usually left out in our community- such as LGBTQ youth who are poor, people of color, living with disabilities, undocumented or immigrant youth, and those that fit into more than one of these categories, while also making sure to focus on our needs and desires to change our conditions in this world.


on Sat, 02/07/2015 - 21:03

Streetwise and Safe (SAS) and BreakOUT! released a toolkit today gathering together resources and strategies from Get Yr Rights!: A National Know Your Rights Network of over 30 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, and two-spirit (LGBTQTS) youth and youth serving organizations across the country for organizing to change the ways police interact with LGBTQTS youth.

The Get Yr Rights Network, co-anchored by BreakOUT! (New Orleans, LA) and Streetwise and Safe (New York, NY), serves as a resource to LGBTQTS youth and LGBTQTS youth-serving organizations working with LGBTQTS youth of color and Indigenous youth, homeless youth, youth living in low income communities, youth who are or are profiled as being involved in the sex trades, immigrant youth, transgender youth, and

We Deserve Better: A Report on Policing in New Orleans By and For Queer and Trans Youth of Color

on Fri, 10/24/2014 - 02:30


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BreakOUT! Releases We Deserve Better Report, Marches in Solidarity with Undocumented Children

on Fri, 10/24/2014 - 02:10


Local organizations come together for shared vision: Ending police harassment

On Friday, October 24th, children from the Congress of Day Laborers (Congreso) and the New Orleans Worker's Center for Racial Justice will lead diverse community members in the Children's March, a march dedicated to ending police harassment of New Orleanians.
Following the march, the Congreso will hold a press conference at City Hall and allow members to speak about collusion between the NOPD and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the damaging impact it has produced, share testimonies of police malpractice, deportation as a human rights issue, and invite other groups of people to share their experiences.

Join Us for Solidarity March and Press Conference at City Hall, Oct. 24th

on Sun, 10/19/2014 - 14:12

Join us as we march in solidarity with the Congress of Day Laborers for human rights, dignity, and respect for our communities.  Then, support the Congress of Day Laborers and BreakOUT! as we stand in solidarity for increased community input in NOPD policies regarding discriminatory policing and an end to NOPD's collaboration with Immigrations and Custom Enforcement.  The Congress of Day Laborers will be delivering a letter to the Mayor's Office while BreakOUT! will be delivering a copy of our new report, "We Deserve Better."

The report is the result of over a year's worth of research by BreakOUT! members to gather data about LGBTQ youth's experiences with policing in New Orleans, particularly transgender young women of color.

New Orleans Youth Organizations Call for Process, Transparency in Police Superintendent Hire

on Tue, 09/23/2014 - 02:19

New Orleans Organizations Call for Process, Transparency in Police Superintendent Hire

On August 11th in New Orleans, an unarmed young Black man, Armand Bennett, was shot in the head by a New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) officer Lisa Lewis, who had turned off her body camera as she approached his car during a traffic stop.   Even more appalling, is the fact that the incident was intentionally kept from the public for two days.  Once finally reported, then NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas apologized, calling the failure to disclose the shooting, “a complete snafu.”

The NOPD is under a federal Consent Decree with the Department of Justice due to years of corruption and abuse, from the murders of 3 Black men and 1 Black woman in the Algiers Seven shootings in 1981 to the

BreakOUT! Joins 100 Organizations in Call for Federal Action to Prevent Police Profiling

on Fri, 08/22/2014 - 13:48

More Than 100 Organizations Call for Federal Action to Prevent Discriminatory Profiling

For Immediate Release
Contact: Scott Simpson, 202.466.2061,
August 21, 2014

WASHINGTON – In the wake of ongoing tragedies in Ferguson, Missouri, The Leadership Conference and Civil and Human Rights and a coalition of more than 100 organizations have released the statement below calling for updated federal guidance and legislation to stop discriminatory law enforcement profiling that persists across the country:

“Last week’s shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, the military-style response by the local police to demonstrators, and allegations of racially biased law enforcement are the result of longstanding and corrosive limitations on our nation’s law

City Councilmember Questions NOPD on BreakOUT! Testimony, Human Rights Watch Report

on Fri, 06/27/2014 - 04:00


"My concern was with regards to a young transgender college student who was harassed at night going to and from a class- not in any way involved in prostitution- but being profiled because of being transgender."  Councilmember-At-Large Jason Williams

On June 25th, Chief Serpas and the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) presented budget information in front of the City Council Criminal Justice Committee and answered questions regarding NOPD spending as well as progress of policing reforms.

Recently elected Councilmember-At-Large Jason Williams, questioned Chief Serpas regarding our recent presentation in front of the City Council Community Development Committee just a few days prior:

"We very recently here at City Hall had several members of the LGBTQ community who believe that they

BreakOUT! Presents in City Council on Continued Police Harassment of Transgender Women

on Sat, 06/14/2014 - 14:49

A Member Blog by Co'Bella Monroe


On June 11, 2014, I attended the City Council meeting at City Hall with BreakOUT! to address the many problems that affect LGBTQ citizens in the criminal (in)justice system in New Orleans.  We were invited to attend by Human Rights Watch Megan McClemore, who was presenting on findings and recommendations from the report, In Harm’s Way: State Response to Sex Workers, Drug Users, and HIV in New Orleans.  Also presenting was Women With a Vision.  The Committee, the Community Development Committee, was chaired by Councilmember Cantrell and was particularly interested in the health impacts of over-policing, the use of condoms as evidence of prostitution, the criminalization of transgender women, and disproportionate rates of HIV among the Black LGBTQ