About Louisiana Democracy Project
LDP was formed in 1998. Our three most notable accomplishments resulting in fundamental change in the system
are in the areas of Voting Rights, Education and Environmental Justice.
In part because of our efforts each parish now offers free photo identifications for the elderly and those
who cannot afford them.
We helped parents to organize and learn the requirements of the states High Stakes testing and how to best
help their children. Organizing parents have given several victories which have had a positive impact in the African American
We stood up against the approval of an air permit for reformulated gas which would allow just one refinerary
to release an additional 649 tons of pollution into the air. Originally they fought us tooth and nail and won, later the refinerary
and the chamber of commerce requested a repeal of the permit. Today we have acquired a seat on their community dialogue board.
Back in 1998 we were best known for our opposition of the new Louisiana law which required a photo identification
card. Following a heated election, a conservative state legislature charged widespread voter fraud in African American precincts
throughout the state. Although the investigations proved groundless he slipped through mandatory photo identification legislation
in order to vote at the polls. Louisiana Democracy Project forcing debate on the issue. We got out the word on the new requirement.
We provided free photo identifications cards to registered voters who did not have the required document and could not afford
the $18 state identification card fee. In part because of our relentless efforts, eventually the sheriffs department and other
agencies began to offered complimentary photo identification cards for voters who could not afford them.
Louisiana Democracy Project conducts parental empowerment in the outskirts of East Baton Rouge Parish including
the small town of Jackson, Clinton, and Zachary , West Baton Rouge Parish and rural Livingston Parish we empowered parents
where the Parent Teacher Association no longer function. In many schools throughout the state parents organizations have been
turned into mere booster clubs to raise money and be controlled by the system. Louisiana Democracy Project has been effective
in helping parents organize to have a voice in areas concerning their children and their tax dollars. Still there is a concerted
effort to keep parents locked out and as soon as we make a little progress we loose ground. Parents now need to prepare to
learn of and run for local school boards.
We continue to conduct inner city, and rural parent forums on High Stakes Testing of public school students.