Progressive’s Weekend: Fathers, Freedom, and Fantastic Causes


Daughters of Incarceration Photo Voice Project

Another work week has come and gone, which means it’s time for the Progressive’s Weekend! This week is so much more than Father’s Day -and there’s a lot going on, so we’re going to jump right in.

The first event we want to highlight is the 2019 True Blue Gala at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on June 15th. This event benefits Democrats all across Louisiana who are trying to flip red districts, keep their seats, and working to make the Louisiana legislature work for YOU. You can find out more information here.

Now on with the rest of this weekend’s events!

Friday, June 14

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Juneteenth: Negotiating Freedom Lecture – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Dr. Tera Hunter of Princeton University, Dr. Mary Niall Mitchell of the University of New Orleans, and Edward Baptist of Cornell University will discuss Juneteenth – the oldest celebration commemorating emancipation in the United States, and the challenges that came with emancipation.

Sustainable Living Program – 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The sustainable living program is back, bigger and better than ever. Join the program and learn how to create permaculture in your own backyard. This week’s focus is on water management and simple DIY solutions to prevent flooding on your property.

Greetings, from Queer Mountain NOLA – 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

This monthly LGBTQ storytelling showcase takes place at the Allways Lounge and is full of fabulousness! This month’s lineup features Hann Cowger as the headliner, and all proceed will go towards their top surgery. Other performers include Judy Reagan, Ant Zelda, Versula Bottom, Deb Jannerson.

Saturday, June 15

Growing Up Fatherless – 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Father’s Day can be tough when you’re growing up with an incarcerated father. This year, Daughters Beyond Incarceration is hosting an event to celebrate incarcerated fathers featuring Navigate Nola and the Photo Voice Project.

Six Bands & One Great Cause – 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The current administration’s policy of family separation at the border is cruel. All of the proceeds from this event go directly to the group Abuelas Responden – a grassroots group providing basic necessities to legal asylum seekers who stop in New Orleans. The NOLA Grannies provide food, water, diapers, blankets, and other essentials as these immigrants continue their journey to their sponsor’s home.

Prom: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Did you miss prom in high school? Just in time for PRIDE month, here is your second chance – come out to GrandPre’s on Rampart Street decked out in your best “snappy casual” attire and compete for Prom King and Prom Queen. Presented by the Krewe of Amon Ra.

Sunday, June 16

TRY Trauma Recovery Yoga NOLA – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This is a 20-hour intensive weekend is intended to help yoga instructors and anyone who has experienced or cares for someone who has experienced trauma. Learn how yoga, meditation, and breathing techniques can help overcome the effects of trauma. Contact the Church of Yoga NOLA for details.

Nourish Father’s Day Social Action Event – 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans are conducting this social action event to benefit the New Orleans Woman and Children’s Shelter. Come out to volunteer – a dinner and concert will follow.

Louisiana Books 2 Prisoners – 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Come out and volunteer to help provide Louisiana’s inmates with reading material by opening letters, picking out books to match their interests, wrapping, or helping with computer and shelving tasks.

No matter how you choose to spend your weekend, remember – every weekend can be a progressive weekend! We hope that these suggestions will help you make the most of yours.

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