Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome signed an executive order Wednesday to require all commercial and nonprofit entities in the East Baton Rouge Parish to provide goods or services directly to the public to implement a “No Mask, No Service” policy. As of July 1, 2020, East Baton Rouge Parish has experienced 5,350 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 271 confirmed deaths by the Louisiana Department of Health as a result of the disease.

Joyful Juneteenth Marchers 

in D.C. Confound Predictions of Violence Black Lives Matter

After weeks of media coverage about rioters and looters who hijacked protests following George Floyd’s death, Washington D.C. held its breath as Juneteenth marches wound up their springs on Friday. No one needed to worry. It was festive, not angry. People sold T-shirts. One woman led hundreds down Pennsylvania Avenue while belting Beyoncé’s “Freedom” anthem at the top of her lungs through a bullhorn.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Monday he is pushing back the state's next reopening phase for at least four weeks as the state's number of new coronavirus cases spikes. Edwards said Louisiana will remain in phase two of its reopening for another 28 days, and in two weeks, officials will conduct “another deep data dive” to assess whether or not the state can push forward to the next phase.

Three of Baton Rouge’s most prominent political and community leaders – Joe Delpit, W.T. Winfield, and Yvonne Dorsey Colomb – has announced their collective endorsement of Democrat Vice-President Joe Biden to become our nation’s 46th President. The three also endorsed Cedric Richmond for re-election to Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District, and Sharon Weston Broome for re-election to the office of EBR Parish Mayor-President.

State Senator Regina Barrow is urging all citizens to participate in the upcoming elections and use the options available to them if they have suffered from or are at a high risk of contracting COVID-19. Sen. Barrow said that while her bill, Senate Bill 486, to expand voting-by-mail during a state of emergency was not approved by the legislature

The Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center, part of the Southern University System, together with Ilera Holistic Healthcare (Ilera Holistic), today became the nation’s first historically Black university (HBCU) to launch its own THC medical cannabis products. 

Splash pads will reopen to the public on Monday, June 22 and can be found at City-Brooks Community Park, Forest Community Park, Greenwood Community Park, Highland Road Community Park, North Sherwood Forest Community Park and Zachary Community Park.

With everything going on in our world today, my question to you is how does one put on the full armor of God in the midst of pandemic, the continuation of overt racism, state sanctioned discrimination and even murder? The bible says, “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” Ephesians 6:11. This passage may not tell you how to put on the armor, but it certainly lets you know why you need it. That’s kind of why I pose the question.

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Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin is encouraging all eligible Louisianians to consider voting early in the Presidential Preference Primary. Early voting begins Saturday, June 20 and continues through Saturday, July 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, excluding Sunday, June 21 and Sunday, June 28. Pursuant to the Emergency Election Plan, the early voting period has been extended by six days.

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