Emblazoned with a big blue cutout image of the bayou state and the slogans “Louisiana for Change” and “Turn the Bayou Blue,” the bus that is the Change for Louisiana Tour rolled into Lafyaette yesterday. Organized by the state Democratic Party in support of presidential candidate Barack Obama, the Change for Louisiana tour kicked off Wednesday in Baton Rouge and wraps up in Oct. 21 in New Orleans. State officials riding the bus for Obama include New Orleans state Rep. Karen Carter Peterson, who chairs the Obama campaign in Louisiana, as well as Democratic Party state chairman Chris Whittington, state Rep. Regina Barrow and local state Rep. Rickey Hardy. A crowd of some 50 people, including several elected members of the parish Democratic Party and newly-elected school board member Shelton Cobb, were on hand to greet the tour for a brief rally. Despite poll numbers that have shown Republican John McCain about 10 points ahead of Obama in Louisiana, officials who spoke at the event told the crowd that Louisiana could go for Obama, prompting chants of “Yes we can” and “Yes we will.” Obama himself has not visited Louisiana since securing the Democratic Party’s nomination. “He’s here in spirit,” local Democratic Parish Excecutive Committee member Frank Flynn told me.
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Dr. Joshua Caffery, chair of the school’s English Department, is headed to Washington, D.C., and the Library of Congress as the latest winner of the Alan Lomax Fellowship in Folklife Studies.