Volunteering with Second Harvest Food Bank

  • When: Saturday, May 30, 2015 @ 11:30 am
  • Second Harvest Food Bank, 700 Edwards Avenue, New Orleans, LA view map

Here's another chance to contribute to one of our most popular organizations that help our community! We'll do food sorting and packing in their warehouse and we hope to have a good crowd of folks.

A few things to understand before volunteering:

√   The work that you will be doing is in the warehouse packing food boxes OR in our cooler sorting and categorizing donated food product. We will be informed by their staff upon arrival.

√  Volunteer jobs are based on their current needs in and around the warehouse. Please come prepared to work in the warehouse or in the cooler (layers are recommended).

√  The warehouse is not climate controlled, so please dress accordingly. Jeans, shorts and t-shirts are acceptable. 

√  YOU MUST WEAR CLOSED TOE SHOES! Anyone wearing flip-flops or sandals will not be permitted to work the shift.

√  Cold water bottles are available for all volunteers.

√  Second Harvest is not responsible for lost or stolen personal items – please lock valuables in your car.

√  Please arrive on time and enter the building through the front door, remember to sign in and sign out and make a name badge.

√  If you need a letter or record for service hours, please notify the Volunteer Coordinator upon your arrival.

Parking is available directly in front of the building.


Loosen The Bible Belt - A Tour for Humanity

  • When: Sunday, June 07, 2015 @ 6:00 pm
  • JimBino's Vegan Cafe, 1812 Bartholomew St., New Orleans, LA view map

There is a suggested donation of $20.00 that gets you admission to the crawfish boil that starts at 6pm and ONE drink (a cash bar is available) . The show starts at 7pm. 

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Forum For Equality Louisiana.

If you have further questions about seating, please contact Forum for Equality for more information at (504) 569-9156.

What happens when you put an evangelical minister and a lesbian comedian together in a van? An event for anyone who believes that love and laughter can change the world.

Expect a stand-up comedy show that stumbled upon a revival, and imagine it all happens in a bar. Bakker’s message of love and acceptance, balanced with Becker’s comedy often referred to as "bawdy and bold, served with a slice of southern charm" promises to be a night to remember.

Loosening the Bible Belt will not only serve as an entertaining night, but will also help create awareness for LGBTQ groups fighting the good fight in these southern states. A portion of proceeds from shows will be donated to groups working so all southern citizens have equal rights. 




April 27, 2015

I could hardly have imaged while planning a vacation late last year that one of the days of the scheduled time off would give me the opportunity of a lifetime: a chance to argue the issue of the forthcoming decision on marriage equality before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Well, sorta.

Not actually arguing the case before the justices of the court, of course, but rather "debating" some of the points with a couple of the devoted End Times prophets assigned to take questions after an announced delivery of reams and boxes of petitions signed "by hundreds of thousands", reportedly, to voice opposition to expansion of marriage rights. I came with just one prepared question.

"Is marriage a civil contractual agreement or some sort of religious ritual or oath?" I asked the woman with a big voice and puffy pink insulated ski jacket.

"Marriage is a sacred union of a man and woman blessed by Jesus Christ," was her answer.

"Then you are saying it is a religious affair. So why is it that I did not have to go to a church or any officer of any religious affiliation to get a marriage license, or to have have the ceremony?" asked I, playing a little dumb, a little coy.

"What about the First Amendment, what about the separation of church and state?" I could sense I was getting close to her "final answer".

"The First Amendment shouldn't have been!" she interjected, "God's law trumps man's law!"

Time to redirect. "OK, God's law. So do you believe in Shariah Law?"

"I absolutely do NOT...that's the Devil's religion!" she chimed back, rather indignantly. At this point her bearded, burlap bag robed accomplice told me, in no uncertain terms "This ain't no Mooslum country, it's Cristiun!"

A youthful, self-proclaimed gay man had come up showing an interest to get involved in the discussion and was a welcome reinforcement: It had become apparent that the antagonists had not refined their arguments enough to carry on a keen, reasoned debate, and rather than get myself worked up into a day-long tizzy, I retreated quietly back into the crowd, my day of arguing before the Supreme Court finished, my Mitty-esque flight into the annals of "Equal Justice Under Law" (1) dissolved into the reality of just another day, another vacation.

~by Marty Bankson

(1) Inscription on the frieze of the Supreme Court building.

Photos provided by Marty Bankson.

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