Touro Synagogue Invites Children with Disabilities to Join Its Mardi Gras Krewe of VIPs

Touro Synagogue invites children with disabilities to join its Krewe of VIPs for special access to an accessible viewing platform for certain Mardi Gras parades. The platform will be available for the Pontchartrain, Choctaw, and Freret parades on January 30th; the Babylon, Muses, and Chaos parades on February 4th; and the Iris and Tucks parades on February 6th. This viewing area is provided free to children with disabilities and their familes. For more information and to reserve a spot, contact Dr. Juan Gershanik at (504) 896-2229 or (504) 377-1162.

Help Us Protect the Rights of People with Mental Illness

We need your help. The U.S. Congress is currently working on H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. This bill would severely weaken our Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) program, which helps people like Nancy:

"Hello. My name is Nancy Jensen. For over 20 years, Arlan and Linda Kaufman enslaved and sexually abused many people with mental illness under the guise of 'therapy.' I should know. I was one of the people enslaved. They treated us like dogs. I was forced to be naked, to sleep on the filthy floor, and to use a bucket for a toilet. This tragedy and 'house of horrors' happened in the sleepy little town of Newton, Kansas. If it happened there, it could happen anywhere! 

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