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Here you will find all recorded Keynote Presentations of the Gillespie Memorial Community Breakfast. This is the landing page where our latest posted recording will appear. You can navigate through the various archive listings (see the sidebars) which are arranged by Date (most recent first), plus Title, Labels, and Featured Speaker(s) (all alphabetically). You may also subscribe in the sidebar below right to receive the latest posting by email whenever this site is updated.

Please note that all of our recordings are hosted on the Internet Archive subject to a Creative Commons license, and are freely available to the world to share.

"Robbing Louisiana Ratepayers And Other Energy Issues"

Saturday March 9. 2013


Casey DeMoss Roberts
Executive Director of The Alliance for Affordable Energy

Casey's experience has ranged from working in the United States Peace Corps to the Gulf Restoration Network, and has spent her career working to solve human health, economic, and other problems related to poor environmental management.

She is a highly sought after speaker following the successful talk at the TEDxOilSpill conference. She earned her Master’s in Public Health, focus in Biostatistics from Tulane University. A Louisiana native, Ms. Roberts is dedicated to the principles of fair, affordable,  environmentally responsible, community-based energy for all Louisiana residents. (You can watch her TED talk HERE)

Casey updated us on the Louisiana Public Service Commission's recent reversal of their former adoption of Energy Efficiency Rules plus other efforts under way to curtail energy efficiency in Louisiana. As she put it in a recent article, 
"What happened today (February 27) is a travesty and represents a government out of control," says Casey DeMoss Roberts Executive Director for the Alliance for Affordable Energy. "The Louisiana Public Service Commission took the unprecedented step of reversing itself for no other reason than they got a new Commissioner. Rehearing an issue this way is a slippery slope and sends a scary signal to business interests. Who would invest big dollars in a state with an indecisive regulatory body?"
As you will hear in the recorded presentation, Ms Roberts talk sparked a lively discussion and we are grateful for the information she shared with us. We hope to get her back in future for updates on the work of the Alliance. 

"Uncharitable Behavior: The Dismantling of Louisiana’s Charity Hospital and Public Mental Health Safety Net"

 Saturday, January 12, 2013
K. Brad Ott
Advocates for Louisiana Public Healthcare

Long-time New Orleans progressive community social justice activist K. Brad Ott suffered a DVT/Stroke in October 2003 from sitting too long on a trip. Paralysis that occurred was substantially reversed (as well as discovery of a congenital heart defect!) thanks to the quick intervention of Rev. Avery C. Alexander Charity Hospital Emergency Department. Out of this experience he became an advocate for the uninsured and to support Louisiana's iconic but much-neglected public Charity Hospital system.

Ott served as Legislative Chair for Advocates for Louisiana Public Healthcare (ALPH) in its original incarnation between 2004-2005. He was also appointed Consumer Representative representing the uninsured in Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes under Louisiana Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco's Health Care Reform regional consortium process. Following Hurricane Katrina, he co-founded the Committee to Reopen Charity Hospital and served as its co-chair from 2007-2011. Most recently he co-founded the Committee to Save Southeast Louisiana Hospital (Save SELH) and serves on its labor/legal subcommittee. And to challenge the recently proposed LSU Charity system privatization, he has revived Advocates for Louisiana Public Healthcare.

Returning to the University of New Orleans under a partial Louisiana Rehabilitation Services grant, Brad completed his Sociology Bachelor of Arts degree in 2007 and his Master of Arts degree in 2012. His Master's thesis on the closure of New Orleans' Charity Hospital currently is amongst the most requested articles in the "Health Services Administration Commons": 
To read his thesis, go to http://scholarworks.uno.edu/td/1472/.