Hate crime forum set and other New Orleans-area events

New Orleans bureau

The Anti-Defamation League and the Forum For Equality is hosting a public forum Tuesday in response to recent hate crimes in New Orleans. The forum is set for 7 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 5342 St. Charles Ave., David Barkey, southeastern area counsel for The Anti-Defamation League, will be the keynote speaker.

“No one should feel fear leaving their homes, walking down the street or going to work worried about being attacked or fired simply for who they are,” said John Hill, former chairman of Forum For Equality.

Hill’s home was vandalized in August due to his sexual orientation.

Talora Gross, community director of the Anti-Defamation League South Central Office, said her group’s mission is to advocate for victims of hate crime.

“Hate doesn’t just threaten the target — it threatens the most basic values of democracy and human rights,” he said. “We have learned that we cannot let the task of fighting hate fall to its victims alone.”

JazzFest’s application guidelines announced

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is accepting applications for bands wishing to perform at the 2014 festival, which will be held from April 25 to May 4.

About 85 percent of the bands selected to play at the festival are Louisiana performers, festival organizers said.

The application process is highly competitive and those interested are asked to submit their application online by Oct. 1 at www.nojazfest.com/apply.

Councilwoman Guidry to hold town hall meet

City Councilwoman Susan Guidry, who represents District A, will hold a town hall meeting in the Carrollton area from 5:30 p.m to 8 p.m. Monday at Central St. Matthews United Church of Christ, 1333 South Carrollton Avenue.

The meeting will feature discussions on a wide range of topics, including home ownership, renovation and rehabilitation opportunities. Residents are encouraged to bring photographs and documentation regarding specific issues they would like to discuss with agency officials.

In addition to Guidry, representatives will be on hand from the City Attorney’s Office, the Mayor’s Office of Community Development, the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans, the New Orleans Police Department and a number of other agencies.

Volunteers sought for expungement day event

The Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana is seeking volunteers for the “Expungement Day: Clean Your Jacket” event Sept. 28. The event will be held from 9 a.m to 3 p.m at Christian Unity Baptist Church at 1700 Conti St. Louisiana attorneys and community volunteers are asked to lend a hand.

Attorneys will be trained and given MCLE credit to provide free legal services to individuals seeking an expungement. The two-part MCLE class for attorneys will be held Tuesday and Sept. 24. Community volunteers will facilitate the collection of applications, and orientation will be on Wednesday and Sept. 25.

“Based on the individuals that were arrested in the previous year for nonviolent crimes, we anticipate as many as 500 people coming out to take advantage of this free legal service,” said Adrienne Wheeler, an attorney and volunteer coordinator.

Volunteers are needed to work one of the four-hour assigned shifts the day of the event.

To volunteer or learn more go to www.JACLouisiana.org