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BreakOUT! Contributes to Report on Police Profiling to UN Human Rights Committee

on Tue, 09/17/2013 - 16:52

From the Rights Working Group:

The Rights Working Group has submitted a shadow report, "The Persistence of Discriminatory Profiling Based on Race, Ethnicity, Religion, National Origin, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation in the United States," to the United Nations' Human Rights Committee in Geneva, Switzerland.

This report was created through the collaboration of many member groups, including BreakOUT!, The Beloved Community Center, The Black Alliance for Just Immigration, The Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility Project at the City of New York School of Law, The Center for Constitutional Rights, The Center for Intercultural Organizing, The Minority Executive Directors Coalition, The Muslim American Society Immigrant Justice Center, OneAmerica, The Providence

BreakOUT! Member to Serve as Healing Justice Coordinator/ Youth Organizer through Louisiana Delta Service Corps

on Mon, 09/16/2013 - 20:15

BreakOUT! is excited to announce the addition of Nate Faulk to the organization as the Healing Justice Coordinator/ Youth Organizer through Louisiana Delta Service Corps.

Nate joined BreakOUT! as a member in 2012 and has been active with the organization ever since.  A native of Louisiana, he attends the University of New Orleans where he is majoring in American Studies.  Since joining BreakOUT!, he has attended conferences with other members, including the IGNITE 2012 Queer and Trans Youth Convening, the Seeds of Fire Youth Organizing Camp at the Highlander Center, the Allied Media Conference, and the School-to-Prison Action Camp. 

Nate’s hire also marks the relaunch of our Healing Justice Program, originally started in 2011 after members attended the Allied Media Conference and were

ACTION ALERT! BreakOUT! Supports OPPRC in Capping Bed Size at Orleans Parish Prison

on Sat, 08/31/2013 - 13:48

Raising our voices (again) in support of the 1,438 cap on beds at Orleans Parish Prison!

From the Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition:

Recent media reports and court filings reveal that the Sheriff and Mayor are coming together to advocate that the City change or ignore the 2011 City ordinance that capped the number of beds in Orleans Parish Prison to 1,438. Hundreds of community members  packed the City Council chambers, signed petitions, and called their councilpersons in order to get the 1,438 cap included in the ordinance approving construction of a new jail building.  Now, we we need to call on you again to stand with us in making sure that our voices are not blatantly ignored.
The city does not need to incarcerate more people to properly care for the people it does

BreakOUT! Travels to 4 States in 3 Months!

on Tue, 08/13/2013 - 18:51

BreakOUT! has had a busy summer so far filled with lots of travel!  In June, BreakOUT! sent 6 members to Detroit, MI, along with our Director, for the 15th Annual Allied Media Conference.  Then, one of our Youth Organizers flew directly from Detroit, MI to Oakland, CA to begin training for her internship with the Movement Activist Apprenticeship Program (MAAP) through the Center for Third World Organizing.  In July, we sent 3 members to the Seeds of Fire Youth Organizing Camp at the Highlander Research and Education Center in the mountains of Tennessee.  And shortly afterward, our Director attended the Soros U.S. Justice Conference in Los Angeles, CA and got a chance to witness incredible organizing happening in Phoenix, AZ before returning home.

BreakOUT!, Women With a Vision Respond to Times-Picayune's "Uneasy Street"

on Sun, 08/11/2013 - 21:43


Wesley Ware, BreakOUT! 504.473.2651
Deon Haywood, Women With a Vision 504.301.0428

The Times-Picayune/’s six articles and one video (and counting) about Tulane Avenue, dubbed “Uneasy Street,” are an unfortunate example of glorified and sensationalized media reporting that leads to increased criminalization of marginalized communities, rather than solutions.

As staff of Women With a Vision and BreakOUT!, two organizations that work to promote safer, healthier communities in New Orleans for women and LGBTQ communities, including youth and transgender women, we hope that the Times-Picayune will consider releasing another video with a more humane approach to people involved in (or assumed to be involved in) street economies along Tulane Avenue.

The video we

BreakOUT! and Youth Empowerment Project Host LGBTQ Youth Film Festival

on Fri, 07/12/2013 - 18:27

More information here.

New Orleans Police Department Issues LGBTQ Policy on Anniversary of Historic Stonewall Riots Against Police Brutality

on Sat, 06/29/2013 - 03:34



After organizing for over two years, BreakOUT! members enjoyed a victory today in the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) with the issuing of Policy 402, dealing with the treatment of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/ questioning (LGBTQ) community.

The policy includes protocols for stopping and searching transgender individuals and mandates that officers be trained on issues pertaining to the LGBTQ community.  Most importantly, the policy specifically mandates that, Officers shall not use an individual's actual or perceived gender identity, or sexual orientation as reasonable suspicion or probable cause that an individual is or has engaged in any crime.  (NOPD Policy 402.4)

Members and organizers of BreakOUT! were disappointed in

NOPD Locks Door on BreakOUT! and Community

on Thu, 05/09/2013 - 19:54

Organizations Prevented from Engagement on Policing Reforms

Community members representing at least 18 different organizations attempted to bring a public statement to Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas this morning at New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) Headquarters.

The community members, which included representatives from BreakOUT!, the Congress of Day Laborers, STAND with Dignity, Safe Streets Strong Communities, Voice of the Ex-Offender, and others were denied entry into the public building.  The ACLU and the National Lawyer’s Guild provided legal observers for the delegation.

The delivery followed a rally of over 75 people, including undocumented Latino workers, Black young mothers, Black gay and lesbian youth, transgender women, Vietnamese-American students, and many others,

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STOP the Frisk, May 9th!

on Sun, 05/05/2013 - 18:26

Do NOPD officers stop you for no reason?  Do you think it had a lot to do with the color of your skin, what you were wearing, or where you were?

If this applies to you or someone you know then join us on Thursday May 9, 2013 for STOP THE FRISK: Rally Against Racial & Gender Profiling!

We will be delivering our Public Statement, signed by over 15 local organizations, to Chief Serpas to call for a public meeting about draft policies to end racial & gender profiling.

We are calling on policed people of all ages in New Orleans who are Black, Brown, LGBTQ, and Undocumented to the frontlines as we peacefully demand change to the policies and NOPD practices that push our people into prison and out of our communities.

We will convene at NOPD Headquarters, 715 S. Broad St. at 10:30am sharp.

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