Jan 152012

Pat McCullough, State Director of Obama for America, spoke today to an enthusiastic group of Northshore Democratic Women’s Club members and their guests.  The meeting was open to residents of the parish interested in hearing about the Obama campaign’s goals and plans to retain the White House in 2012.

Ms. McCullough emphasized the importance of a state-by-state approach for the President’s re-election.  “The organizations you build here in 2012 will be the organizations and leaders that turn Louisiana Blue in the future.”

Renee Pitre, spokeswoman for the Northshore Democratic Women’s Club, told Ms. McCullough, “We are here and ready to work!”  Ms. McCullough will be back on the Northshore on Monday, February 6 to conduct Team training for St. Tammany.  The meeting will be held at the regular monthly meeting of Citizens for a Better Community, to be held at 6:30 PM at the Masonic Hall at 2598 4th Street in Slidell.


 Posted by at 7:18 pm
Jan 032012

By Liz Scott Monaghan

The Northshore Democratic Women’s Club presented a check for $2000 to the Mount Olive African Methodist Episcopal Church Feeding Ministry on Saturday Dec.10.

It was one of the highlights of an unusual event, a launching of the club’s “Cookbook for the Hungry,” which was created solely to benefit the hungry.

Women's club members and guests sample Sweet Potato Bread at launch party for the Club's "Cookbook for the Hungry"

The club has partnered with Mount Olive, and the ministry itself has sold 120 books and  already used those  profits to pay fuel and other bills, feeding ministry director Natasha Woods said.

One of the cookbook’s authors, Ann Porter of Slidell, explained that after the women’s club sponsored  a forum on hunger in St. Tammany Parish in January, club members brainstormed about they could do to help alleviate the problem. The result was the cookbook.

She noted that this isn’t an ordinary community cookbook. It was designed by professional book designer Tina Henderson of Lacombe; edited by humor writer Liz Scott Monaghan of Folsom, and includes good-natured political  pot shots as well as recipes from the club’s skilled cooks.  It also includes directions on planting a vegetable garden, filleting a fish, and a few tips on healthful eating.

The  book launch party,  titled “Hunger Bites” featured tasting of 18 recipes from the book, including several seafood dishes, salads, desserts  and a few  items with quirky names  such as “Undocumented Chili Dip,” “Black Bean and Corn Flip-Flop,”  “Heckuvajob Brownies,”  “Robocall Rice Salad,” and “Wing-Nut Oatmeal Cookies.”

The event’s organizers were Shannon Cockayne of Bush and Alex Wesley-Smith of Lacombe.

Cookbook Contributers and Event Organizers, First row, from left, Shannon Cockayne, Tina Henderson, Linda Hawkins, Dian McIlwain, Alex Wesley-Smith. Second row, from left; Janice Roussel, Joy Roussel, Susan Green, Gail Ledet, Ella Selmon, Ann Porter. Third row: Ann Kirkpatrick, Liz Scott Monaghan, and Nina Helfert.

Mount Olive Feeding Ministry, founded in 1986, currently serves and delivers 350 meals each day, six days per week, a total of nearly 90,000 meals a year. To purchase cookbooks, or to donate funds, contact the Mount Olive Feeding Ministry at 985.641.6026, or order them through or

 Posted by at 4:24 pm
Jan 212011

On Sunday, January 16th, the Northshore Democratic Women’s Club sponsored a forum on the problem of hunger in St. Tammany Parish at Abita Springs Town Hall. The forum was organized by club member Kathy DelCarpio of Pearl River. Kathy led the guided conversation between members of the panel and the community. The conversation was both deep and broad, with a full hour devoted to the structured discussion followed by 45 minutes of questions and answers with the audience.  Over 80 people attended the forum.

Members of the panel were:

  • Dr. Tobey Pitman, ministry strategist for North Shore Baptist Associations.  The North Shore Baptist Associations work with 91 area Baptist churches.  One of Dr. Pitman’s roles is to help those churches with their service missions by helping them understand their communities and engage with them in solutions to the problem of hunger.
  • Ms. Ann Presley, St. Tammany Parish School Board Kids in Transition Program.  The Kids In Transition program works specifically with homeless children, include those in transitional housing, shelters, and “doubled up” with extended family.
  • Mr. John Tobin, St. Tammany Parish Health and Human Services.  The Department of Health and Human Services works with area organizations to identify resources and secure assistance through the private sector.
  • Rev. W.E. Thrasher, Mt. Olive AME Church Feeding Ministry.  The Mt. Olive Feeding Ministry feeds up to 300 people, six days a week, most of whom are shut-in.
Panel Members, Forum on the Problem of Hunger in St. Tammany Parish

Panel Members (L-R) Dr. Tobey Pitman, Ann Presley, Rev. W.E. Thrasher, Kathryne DelCarpio (moderator) and John Tobin

Over the next few days, this web site will post a series of articles summarizing the highlights of the forum.  Future club meetings will be devoted to identifying and implementing actions the club will take to work with organizations in the community to help out.

The St. Tammany News / Slidell Sentry reported on the event.

Panel says Hunger is an Issue in Parish

Jun 232010

Rapper Mos Def, Lenny Kravitz, Trombone Shorty and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band collaborated on an update to the New Orleans jazz standard “It Ain’t My Fault.” The song is available on iTunes for 99 cents. Proceeds benefit the non-profit Gulf Aid. Gulf Aid ensures that proceeds from sales and donations are “distributed to organizations focused on supporting wetlands/coastal environmental issues & the well-being of fishermen, and the regional seafood industry,” according to its website.

Keith Sperra of the Times-Picayune wrote a great article about the recording process.

Here’s the video. It’s very cool.

I’ve looked for the updated lyrics but haven’t been able to find them. Can anybody help with that?

 Posted by at 10:38 am
Jun 092010

For about the last week, every Reuters news article I’ve read about the spill has had this sentence or a very close variant:

One-third of the Gulf’s federal waters remains closed to fishing and the toll of dead and injured birds and marine animals is climbing.

Jun 052010

This in-depth article by one of my favorite Daily Kingfish writers, “fake consultant,” summarizes the different declarations the President could make to get more work done more quickly on the clean-up. The fake also describes why none of those may be good options, in that invoking any one of them may actually limit or even eliminate our ability to get BP to pay.

Shout-out to The Daily Kingfish. If you aren’t already reading it, do so. Subscribe! It’s a great place for reading about and discussing Louisiana progressive politics.

 Posted by at 1:45 pm