Social Analysis Reports

The Jesuit Social Research Institute (JSRI) in New Orleans recently released reports summarizing the socio-economic conditions of nine communities in the Jesuits USA Central and Southern (UCS) Province. These fact-filled reports are being shared with Jesuit apostolates in each area.

The project stemmed from a recommendation of the UCS Province’s Social Ministries Commission as a means of helping Jesuits, apostolates and colleagues make informed apostolic decisions. The reports focus on economic, social, political, cultural, religious and environmental realities and trends and serve as a “composition of place” for each city where the province has ministries.

The social analysis reports are available as pdfs by clinking on the links below: 

New Orleans

Louisiana Teacher Pay Fact Sheet

Hungry at the Banquet: Food Insecurity in Louisiana

Authored by Kathleen J. Fitzgerald, Ph.D., the report helps us to understand the scope of food insecurity, its causes and its cures, the realities of food deserts, and the nature of food justice.  In his introduction to the report, JSRI Executive Director the Rev. Fred Kammer, S.J., J.D., emphasizes: “Dr. Fitzgerald presents strategies for addressing food insecurity as part of the demands upon all of us — citizens and policymakers — to end the scourge of hunger in the midst of plenty in Louisiana.”  

Hungry at the Banquet: Food Insecurity in Louisiana

SNAP Helps 1 in 8 Workers in Louisiana Put Food on the Table

Center on Budget and Policy Priorites

September 12, 2017 

SNAP plays a crucial role in helping workers in low-paying jobs afford a basic diet in Louisiana. Roughly 238,500 Louisianian workers live in households that participated in SNAP in the last year, Census data show.

Millions of Americans work in jobs with low wages, inconsistent schedules, and no benefits such as paid sick leave — all of which contribute to high turnover and spells of unemployment. Many of these workers get help putting food on the table through SNAP.


Ms. Mary Baudouin is the lead JSRI liaison to Louisiana groups, assisted by other staff as appropriate.

Louisiana JustSouth Articles

End Capital Punishment Now: In Support of SB 142 and HB 141-- Mitchell[JustSouth Monthly, April 2017]

Fact Sheet: Impact of ACA Repeal in Louisiana 

Blood, Floods, and the Future: Summer 2016 Baton Rouge Perspective -- Mitchell [JustSouth Monthly, September 2016]

Our Better Angels: Senate Committee Rejects Effort to Scapegoat Immigrants--Weishar [JustSouth Monthly, June 2016]

From Sea to Shining Sea, We Welcome Thee: New Orleans Welcomes Syrian Refugees--Weishar [JustSouth Monthly, January 2016]

Give Louisiana Workers The Gift They Truly Deserve: A Raise--Donovan [JustSouth Monthly, December 2015]

Katrina and the Least Among Us: A ten year retrospective ­ Part 1-- Kammer [JustSouth Monthly, August 2015]

Katrina and the Least Among Us: A ten year retrospective ­ Part 2-- Kammer [JustSouth Monthly, September 2015]

Bread or Stones? Louisiana congregations challenge child poverty--Bustamante [JustSouth Monthly, July 2015]

Get Smart Louisiana: Reforms Open Way for Smarter, Comprehensive Sentencing in the Future--Mikulich [JustSouth Monthly, June 2015]


Louisiana's $1 Billion Giveaway: Giveaways cost the U.S. taxpayers $50 billion a year--Kammer [JustSouth Monthly, December 2014]

Out of Control: Pope Denounces Criminal Justice System-- Mikulich [JustSouth Monthly, November 2014]

Is Amnesty a Dirty Word? --Weishar [JustSouth Monthly, October 2014]

My Job Is To Know Their Name: Serving Homeless Guests in Downtown New Orleans--Fitzgerald [JustSouth Monthly, August 2014]

"We Belong to Each Other" Forgetting Our Oneness at a Town Hall Meeting--Weishar [JustSouth Monthly, June 2014]

When Italians Were "Others" The 1891 Lynching in New Orleans-- Weishar [JustSouth Monthly, March 2014]

Immigration Reform in Retrospect: Lessons Learned, Lives Changed--Weishar [JustSouth Quarterly, Spring 2013]

Taxing the Poor: The Regressive Nature of State-Local Tax Systems--Kammer [JustSouth Quarterly, Spring 2013]

Execution Halted: Time to End the Death Penalty--Mikulich [JustSouth E-newsletter, March 2013]

Ash Wednesday Execution: Executing Life and Human Dignity--Mikulich [JustSouth E-newsletter--January 2013]

Louisiana's Historic Opportunity to End the Death Penalty and Affirm Life--Mikulich [JustSouth Quarterly--Fall 2011]

Testimony of Dr. Susan Weishar on HB342 in the Louisiana House on enforcement of E-Verify [May 10, 2011].

Latino Immigration in New Orleans--Vásquez [JustSouth Quarterly, Spring 2010]

Where Y'at, Fair Housing?—Mikulich [JustSouth Quarterly, Winter 2009]

The death penalty in Dixie--The enduring legacy of the Confederate flag and racism—Mikulich [JustSouth E-Newsletter, February 2011]

The Jury is Still Out: Criminal chaos or community justice in Orleans Parish—Mikulich [JustSouth E-Newsletter, November 2010]

Post-Katrina New Orleans: A Welcoming Community? (2010 Conference)

Louisiana Incarceration Rate Highest among 50 states [JustSouth E-Newsletter, May 2009]