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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Medical personnel talk at a drive-thru Coronavirus COVID-19 testing station at West Jefferson Medical Centeron March 17, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. West Jefferson Medical Center has opened a drive-thru Coronavirus test station where patients who are exhibiting signs and symptoms of the Coronavirus can be referred by a physician to be tested. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, April 08, 2020
7 Very Disturbing Facts About COVID-19 in Louisiana
Here are seven very disturbing facts about the coronavirus outbreak now raging in Louisiana. Virus Raging. Statewide Louisiana is second only to New York in deaths per 100,000 people with 582 reported as of April 7. Six parishes (counties) in the New Orleans area are in the top ten in deaths of all...
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St. Martin de Porres homeless shelter client Randy Armstrong says the coronavirus “sucks.” There are 212 mats at St. Martin de Porres shelter for men like Armstrong over the age of 50. He’s shoved his mat against the wall for more space. (Photo: Alan Berner / The Seattle Times) Views
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Six Quick—But Very Important—Points About Coronavirus and Poverty in the US
In the United States, tens of millions of people are at a much greater risk of getting sick from the coronavirus than others. The most vulnerable among us do not have the option to comply with suggestions to stay home from work or work remotely. Most low wage workers do not have any paid sick days...
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A man asks for money in Philadelphia Views
Monday, May 28, 2018
Memorial Day – 7 Facts Documenting Our Neglect of Millions of Veterans
While flags fly and politicians preach patriotism, millions of our veterans remain neglected. Here are seven examples. 20. Twenty veterans die by suicide each day. In fact, the risk for suicide is 22 percent higher among veterans than the non-veteran population according to the Veterans...
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The Mississippi State Capitol in downtown Jackson. Views
Thursday, October 19, 2017
The Blueprint for the Most Radical City on the Planet
In July 2017, 34 year old Chokwe Antar Lumumba was sworn in as Mayor of Jackson Mississippi. He soon announced that the city was going to be “ the most radical city on the planet .” This was not an idle boast because Jackson Mississippi, of all places, is where one of the country’s most radical...
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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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