National Trends and Services
The vision of the National Trends and Services (NTS) facet of The Links, Incorporated is to eliminate disparities by reducing barriers to services through advocacy, education, and service. Our mission is to effectively empower the communities in which we work. To do this, the NTS facet designs community programs that increase awareness of issues that affect the quality of life of African-Americans.
The programs under the National Trends and Services facet serve as a catalyst for change promoting individual and community empowerment. Further, the NTS facet programming addresses the significant economic and social inequalities that significantly affect our communities in the areas of education, income, health, employment, and other social indicators of well-being.
New Orleans (LA) Chapter National Trends and Services Programming
Trash Talking: It’s No Joke! To bring awareness to the growing crisis of bullying, The Links, Incorporated introduced a comprehensive community anti-bullying program TRASH TALKING: IT’S NO JOKE! The goal of this National Trends and Services initiative is to empower youth with the tools and skills to address bullying in all forms. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, research shows that bullying adversely affects children’s mental health, academic success and ability to relate to other children.
The New Orleans (LA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, in partnership with Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School, has annually spearheaded an Anti-Bullying Awareness Campaign leading students in illustrative and thought provoking Q and A’s and mock demonstrations in an effort to equip the students with the ability to avoid victimization, enhance their self-esteem, reduce feelings of guilt and shame, promote disclosure of abuse and victimization, enhance communications between student and parent, reinforce adult supervision and protection and deter offender behavior. At the end of the program, the students signed a pledge indicating that they would not bully other students and not stand by while others are bullied.
The Links, Incorporated has encouraged its chapters to engage in a campaign to Educate! Motivate! Advocate! their communities about issues related to voting. The campaign’s focus is to 1) register individuals to vote and 2) to get out the vote on election day – November 8th. For the 2016 election cycle, The New Orleans (LA) Chapter will focus on voter registration at four high schools in Algiers.
LINKS DAY AT THE CAPITOL
Links Day at the Capitol (LDAC) is an advocacy project of the Southern Area of the Links, Incorporated. Annually, on one day during the spring legislative session, Links members visit each of the seven state Capitols located in the Southern Area.
Links Day at the Capitol presents a unique opportunity for members of our 79 chapters located in the Southern Area, working through their state LDAC committees, to bring to the attention of state legislators and other state public officials the legislative and public policy issues of critical importance to the Southern Area and to our national organization.
Link members serve in several of our State Legislatures and they are happy to work with our LDAC teams in establishing our legislative schedules, “demystifying” the legislative process and building relationships with key members of the leadership, policy committees and in general making our visits extremely productive.
Through Links Day at the Capitol the Southern Area extends and expands influence in creating relevant, effective public policy.
Annually, The New Orleans (LA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, in partnership with the Pontchartrain Chapter of The Links, Incorporated and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Greater New Orleans Chapter, hosts a legislative breakfast prior to the beginning of the legislative session.
State legislators and Councilmembers from the New Orleans area are invited to participate in a discussion about education, health and economic development.
NATIONAL LAW DAY
2016 marked the 50th anniversary of perhaps the nation’s best-known U.S. Supreme Court case, Miranda v. Arizona. The 2016 Law Day theme — Miranda: More than Words — explored the procedural protections afforded to all of us by the U.S. Constitution, how these rights are safeguarded by the courts, and why the preservation of these principles is essential to our liberty.
In conjunction with Law Day, The New Orleans (LA) Chapter of the Links, Incorporated invited students from Wilson School in New Orleans to participate in the reenactment of a case involving Miranda rights. The event was held at Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans in New Orleans and was lead by New Orleans Links chapter members who currently serve as Judges in the New Orleans area. Participating students became the judge, jury, attorneys and litigants in the case and, from a unique perspective, developed a better understanding of one of the most fundamental rights in our justice system.