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Joel Jackson

 

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Jackson:  In this context (read: political influence and potential legislation regarding advocacy for culture in our communities), I’d warn against defining Culture Bearer too narrowly. That said, to me a Culture Bearer in New Orleans embodies our cultural traditions, protects those traditions, and helps transition those traditions in an ever-changing community moving forward in time and space. I think of four generations at an SAPC Second Line on Sunday. Mardi Gras Indians. For example, a culture bearer like Donald Harrison bringing Christian Scott into folds of New Orleans culture, and Christian then becoming a culture bearer in his own right while also progressively advancing the art, music and culture of New Orleans to new generations, and to those who don’t live in New Orleans, or to those whom have recently transitioned to New Orleans. A culture bearer keeps close in mind history, the present moment, and the future. It is about preservation, sustainability, and evolution.

Jackson:  In this context (read: political influence and potential legislation regarding advocacy for culture in our communities), I’d warn against defining Culture Bearer too narrowly.

That said, to me a Culture Bearer in New Orleans embodies our cultural traditions, protects those traditions, and helps transition those traditions in an ever-changing community moving forward in time and space. I think of four generations at an SAPC Second Line on Sunday. Mardi Gras Indians. For example, a culture bearer like Donald Harrison bringing Christian Scott into folds of New Orleans culture, and Christian then becoming a culture bearer in his own right while also progressively advancing the art, music and culture of New Orleans to new generations, and to those who don’t live in New Orleans, or to those whom have recently transitioned to New Orleans. A culture bearer keeps close in mind history, the present moment, and the future.

It is about preservation, sustainability, and evolution.

Jackson:  There is a social/ political movement in America re: Neighborhood Stabilization, which is primarily about blighted buildings and domiciles. I want to advocate for Community Stabilization, which is primarily about people. In short, the city of New Orleans should not profit from its citizens being displaced. I want to expand the Homestead Exemption, regulate and tax short-term rentals, and more closely regulate developers towards being a partner in our city and community that allows our citizens to live in the houses and neighborhoods that their Great-Great-Grandparents lived in. In Gentilly specifically, we are a designated ‘Resilience District’ which comes with designated funding for development, which we need to ensure also includes affordable housing and Community Stabilization. There is a reason that so many developers and contractors are spending significant money to donate to campaigns in this political season: because of the coming development windfall in my District. We must not be beholden to those developer’s interests. We need competency, transparency and accountability. Not favors owed.

Jackson:  There is a social/ political movement in America re: Neighborhood Stabilization, which is primarily about blighted buildings and domiciles. I want to advocate for Community Stabilization, which is primarily about people. In short, the city of New Orleans should not profit from its citizens being displaced.

I want to expand the Homestead Exemption, regulate and tax short-term rentals, and more closely regulate developers towards being a partner in our city and community that allows our citizens to live in the houses and neighborhoods that their Great-Great-Grandparents lived in.

In Gentilly specifically, we are a designated ‘Resilience District’ which comes with designated funding for development, which we need to ensure also includes affordable housing and Community Stabilization. There is a reason that so many developers and contractors are spending significant money to donate to campaigns in this political season: because of the coming development windfall in my District. We must not be beholden to those developer’s interests. We need competency, transparency and accountability. Not favors owed.

Jackson:  I take the 91 bus back and forth from my 7th ward neighborhood to my place of work in the Warehouse District. The ‘trains’ run on time every single day. And it makes my work life so much more practical, easy, and affordable. I’d take a look at the data of how many of our service/ tourism workers live in the East, and present that data to RTA and the Council while advocating for better transit that is in lock-step with what’s working perfectly in the Mid-City to Treme to French Quarter route. Regarding cultural practitioners, I asked local culture writer Jay Maaza what had most changed on the Second Line in his 30-odd years attending them. His answer: The Cars- because so many folks don’t live in those neighborhoods any longer. Too many of our cultural practitioners have been displaced to the East (for another topic re: affordable housing), and we must make it easier for those displaced to get into the Greater New Orleans area.

Jackson:  I take the 91 bus back and forth from my 7th ward neighborhood to my place of work in the Warehouse District. The ‘trains’ run on time every single day. And it makes my work life so much more practical, easy, and affordable.

I’d take a look at the data of how many of our service/ tourism workers live in the East, and present that data to RTA and the Council while advocating for better transit that is in lock-step with what’s working perfectly in the Mid-City to Treme to French Quarter route.

Regarding cultural practitioners, I asked local culture writer Jay Maaza what had most changed on the Second Line in his 30-odd years attending them. His answer: The Cars- because so many folks don’t live in those neighborhoods any longer. Too many of our cultural practitioners have been displaced to the East (for another topic re: affordable housing), and we must make it easier for those displaced to get into the Greater New Orleans area.

Jackson: I work in tourism and hospitality industry. It is disconcerting to me that the very good paying live performance booking for events in town for tradeshows and conferences typically do not hire the relevant musicians and artists who perform in our clubs and on our streets. Instead, there is a roster of ‘event’ artists,, second line groups, etc, who don’t get a whiff at our venerable music venues like the Maple Leaf, DBA and Tipitina’s. I’d advocate to create a coalition of artists, performers, and culture bearers to help them tap into the windfall that comes with this type of tourism. I can tell you that the clients who do business here want it. We just need to connect said coalition with the tourism industry leaders. I know how to do it.

Jackson: I work in tourism and hospitality industry. It is disconcerting to me that the very good paying live performance booking for events in town for tradeshows and conferences typically do not hire the relevant musicians and artists who perform in our clubs and on our streets. Instead, there is a roster of ‘event’ artists,, second line groups, etc, who don’t get a whiff at our venerable music venues like the Maple Leaf, DBA and Tipitina’s. I’d advocate to create a coalition of artists, performers, and culture bearers to help them tap into the windfall that comes with this type of tourism. I can tell you that the clients who do business here want it. We just need to connect said coalition with the tourism industry leaders. I know how to do it.

Jackson: Start with pointing out, with supporting data, the elephant in the room that is racial and socioeconomic inequity in New Orleans. An increase in fees for Mardi Gras parades should subsidize the SAPC Second Lines. Let’s approach it from a positive perspective and give our Mardi Gras Krewes the ‘opportunity’ to support New Orleans street culture throughout the year.

Jackson: Start with pointing out, with supporting data, the elephant in the room that is racial and socioeconomic inequity in New Orleans. An increase in fees for Mardi Gras parades should subsidize the SAPC Second Lines. Let’s approach it from a positive perspective and give our Mardi Gras Krewes the ‘opportunity’ to support New Orleans street culture throughout the year.

Jackson:  No. And I would start from scratch with a new master plan for Public Safety that begins with Criminal Justice Reform. Frankly, so many parts of the current plan are egregiously erroneous at first glance that I haven’t read thru the entire plan. I just want to refuse a plan that violates constitutional rights, and not try to cherry pick anything redeemable within such a plan.

Jackson:  No. And I would start from scratch with a new master plan for Public Safety that begins with Criminal Justice Reform. Frankly, so many parts of the current plan are egregiously erroneous at first glance that I haven’t read thru the entire plan. I just want to refuse a plan that violates constitutional rights, and not try to cherry pick anything redeemable within such a plan.

Jackson: I support the official recognition of culture as a key aspect of preservation, and not just buildings, but our cultural bearers and artists. To that end, I support and applaud the successful efforts of MaCCNO’s impact on the city’s Master Plan regarding policy on zoning in New Orleans. Any historical venue that has supported music and New Orleans culture should be able to file for a permit against existing zoning overlays. This is kind of an easy answer to your question: I will support MaCCNO and lobby to ensure that MaCCNO will have a seat at the table regarding planning, cultural preservation and sustainability.

Jackson: I support the official recognition of culture as a key aspect of preservation, and not just buildings, but our cultural bearers and artists. To that end, I support and applaud the successful efforts of MaCCNO’s impact on the city’s Master Plan regarding policy on zoning in New Orleans.

Any historical venue that has supported music and New Orleans culture should be able to file for a permit against existing zoning overlays.

This is kind of an easy answer to your question: I will support MaCCNO and lobby to ensure that MaCCNO will have a seat at the table regarding planning, cultural preservation and sustainability.

Jackson: Yes

Jackson: Yes

Jackson: As my good friend Geoff Douville often says, we need to support the advent and sustainability of cultural ‘incubators’ in our historic neighborhoods, so that the music and culture of the future has a place to divide cells and grow towards that next new thing that comes from our Crescent City. See Tank & the Bangas. Jazz was born in New Orleans- we shouldn’t stop there.

Jackson: As my good friend Geoff Douville often says, we need to support the advent and sustainability of cultural ‘incubators’ in our historic neighborhoods, so that the music and culture of the future has a place to divide cells and grow towards that next new thing that comes from our Crescent City. See Tank & the Bangas. Jazz was born in New Orleans- we shouldn’t stop there.

Jackson:  From my first hand experience, I feel like cultural activity is in a heyday for our youth. At the Second Lines on Sunday, I am particularly emboldened by the sight of teenagers wearing hip metal tee-shirts and skinny jeans reveling in a tradition that their Grandparents still take part in. One specific thing I would do to further advance cultural activities for our young people is to approach our music clubs, and incentivize them, to book events during the afternoon/ early evenings on Saturdays and Sundays geared towards young people, as well as allowing young ‘promoters’ to curate those type of shows.

Jackson:  From my first hand experience, I feel like cultural activity is in a heyday for our youth. At the Second Lines on Sunday, I am particularly emboldened by the sight of teenagers wearing hip metal tee-shirts and skinny jeans reveling in a tradition that their Grandparents still take part in.

One specific thing I would do to further advance cultural activities for our young people is to approach our music clubs, and incentivize them, to book events during

the afternoon/ early evenings on Saturdays and Sundays geared towards young people, as well as allowing young ‘promoters’ to curate those type of shows.

Jackson:  I co-host a podcast about New Orleans culture, and many of our guests have waxed on and on about their music teachers from Grade School to High School, and the experience of being in the Marching Band. The discipline and self-respect that is taught and learned are invaluable, in all aspects of life. I will support every school and cultural entity that passes on our community’s rich and relevant traditions.

Jackson:  I co-host a podcast about New Orleans culture, and many of our guests have waxed on and on about their music teachers from Grade School to High School, and the experience of being in the Marching Band. The discipline and self-respect that is taught and learned are invaluable, in all aspects of life.

I will support every school and cultural entity that passes on our community’s rich and relevant traditions.

Jackson: Yes

Jackson: Yes