Bill Quigley

Bill Quigley

Bill Quigley is Associate Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights and a law professor at Loyola University New Orleans.  He is a Katrina survivor and has been active in human rights in Haiti for years. He volunteers with the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and the Bureau de Avocats Internationaux (BAI) in Port au Prince. Contact Bill at quigley77@gmail.com

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Warning Letter to Harvey and Irma Survivors from Katrina Survivor
Dear Fellow Hurricane Survivors: Our hearts go out to you as you try to return to and fix your homes and lives. Based on our experiences, here are a few things you should watch out for as you rebuild your communities. One. Rents are going to skyrocket and waves of evictions are likely. With so many...
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Everything Wrong with Charter Schools on Display in New Orleans
New Orleans is the nation’s largest and most complete experiment in charter schools. After Hurricane Katrina, the State of Louisiana took control of public schools in New Orleans and launched a nearly complete transformation of a public school system into a system of charter schools. Though there...
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Monday, March 06, 2017
How to Reverse Incarceration in Louisiana: Thirteen Steps to Stop Being First in Being Last
Louisiana was recently named “ Worst State ” in the nation, again . One of the reasons was the state’s 50 th ranking in crime and corrections . Being the incarceration capital of the county is obviously not helping our reputation. Here are a dozen plus ways for Louisiana to stop jailing many more...
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Ten Examples of Direct Resistance to Stop Government Raids
Resistance to unjust government action is the duty of all people who care about human rights. As Dr. King reminded us in his letter from a Birmingham jail , "Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal." It is now clear that Latinos and Muslims are Trump’s first target for...
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Monday, November 28, 2016
Twelve Ideas Post-Election from Front Line Organizers
When you find yourself in a suddenly darkened room, what do you do? Some rush blindly to where they think the door might be. Others stand still, let their eyes get adjusted to the different environment, re-orient themselves, then cautiously and sensitively, move forward. Some search out people who...
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Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Social Justice Attorney Andrea Burton: Jailed for Refusing to Remove Black Lives Matter Lapel Pin
Andrea Burton, a 30 year old Ohio criminal defense lawyer, was rocketed onto the national social justice scene this summer after she was handcuffed and jailed for refusing to take off a Black Lives Matter pin while in court. Burton’s stance received international attention . “I think that you can’t...
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Monday, August 22, 2016
Katrina Pain Index 2016 by the Numbers: Race and Class Gap Widening
Summary. Hurricane Katrina hit eleven years ago. Population of the City of New Orleans is down by over 95,000 people from 484,674 in 2000 to 389,617 in 2015. Almost all this loss of people is in the African American community. Child poverty is up, double the national average. The gap between rich...
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Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Baton Rouge: "Put Those Damn Weapons Down!"
" Put those damn weapons down . I'm not going to tell you again, goddamn it. Get those goddamn weapons down." That was the first command of one of Louisiana’s most revered figures, General Russell Honore , when he arrived in New Orleans in 2005 to direct the military recovery after Hurricane...
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Monday, July 04, 2016
Voting Rights for 70,000 Louisiana Felons Sought in Constitutional Challenge
Voice of the Ex-Offender (VOTE) and 8 individuals filed a class action voting rights challenge for 70,000 people in Louisiana saying they are illegally prohibited from voting.* The VOTE suit charges that the Louisiana legislature wrongfully and unconstitutionally passed a law disallowing people...
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Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Louisiana is Number One... in Incarceration
In 2014, the US Department of Justice confirmed Louisiana remained number 1 , among the 50 states, with 38,030 in prison, a rate of 816 per 100,000 over 100 points ahead of next highest state Oklahoma. Because the US leads the world in incarcerating its people, this means Louisiana is number one in...
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