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Hate Has No Place Here: Creating a Welcoming Environment in Your Biz
4/26/2017 10:30:00 PM UTC - 4/27/2017 12:30:00 AM UTC
1427 Oretha Castle Blvd., New Orleans, Louisiana, 70113
“Hate Has No Place Here” is a panel discussion designed to give New Orleans business owners the tools to create a welcoming environment in their business and community. Businesses owners are leaders whose actions to demonstrate solidarity for and acceptance of people of all walks of life extend beyond the walls of their business to the community.
The panel brings together lawyers, equity experts, and local business owners to share their experiences and knowledge. The goal of the event is to teach New Orleans businesses how to respond to issues of racism, discrimination, and hate speech in their business to ensure all people feel safe, valued, and wanted.

Reserve your spot!


Matthew Kincaid, Race and Equity Consultant at Overcoming Racism, LLC
Matthew Kincaid has been conducting anti-racism and anti-oppression workshops since he was fifteen years old. Working with the National Conference for Community and Justice, Matthew Kincaid engaged in high quality and high impact trainings for both youth and adults. At Tufts University Matthew was selected as a public service and active citizenship scholar, where he continued his work and advocacy on campus. Matthew now works as an Assistant Principal at a local middle school where he facilitates an anti-racism curriculum of professional development with his teachers and staff.
Vera Williams owner of Community Book Center
Community Book Center is ”more than a book store.” They have African-centered books, art, fabric, gifts and more. Vera opens the space to schools, churches, and hosts community events, book clubs, performances, public meetings and book fairs. Community Book Center strives to offer personalized customer service that is experience and community-based. 
Aaron Z. Ahlquist, associate with Herman, Herman & Katz and the Anti-Defamation League
Mr. Ahlquist practices in the areas of union and employee side labor and employment law, complex and commercial litigation, and class action and mass tort. As an associate with HH&K, Mr. Ahlquist has been recognized as one of the Top 40 Attorneys Under 40 in the State of Louisiana by The National Trial Lawyers Association, and was recognized by New O r leans City Business as a Leader in Law.  Prior to his practicing law, he served on the legislative staff of Senator Paul Wellstone (D-MN).  He is also involved with the Anti-Defamation League and received the Barney Mintz Leadership Award for his work with the organization in 2016.

Blake Haney owner and creative director of Dirty Coast Press
Dirty Coast began in 2004 as a response to what was passing for local apparel on Bourbon street; a way to make cool designs for die hard New Orleanians. After Hurricane Katrina, owner Blake Haney found himself in Lafayette meditating on the fate of his beloved city. He designed a bumper sticker that read, “Be a New Orleanian, Wherever You Are” and placed them all over New Orleans as soon as he could return. The reaction to Blake's design was overwhelming, and developing the Dirty Coast brand became a no-brainer. Dirty Coast creates shirts (bumper stickers, cups, etc.) that exist on a level beyond your standard laundry, that engages your friends and neighbors in conversation, that starts debates, that elicits laughter, nostalgia, and many “Yea Ya Right!” That’s their goal, to be bold and to be real about our dirty, marvelous city.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 26th from 5:30 - 7:30pm 
WHERE: The Building (1427 Oretha Castle Blvd. New Orleans, LA 70113)
COST: $10 suggested donation
Beverages and light bites will be served
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Thank you to our partners and sponsors: LCIA, The Building, IBERIABANK, and the New Orleans Healing Center.

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