Lafayette Metropolitan Economic Abstinence Campaign

Lafayette Metropolitan Economic Abstinence Campaign began its boycott to bring attention to the economic disparity the northside faces. NEWS15 spent the day learning more about what it means for those in the community.

Posted: Nov 26, 2021 6:18 PM
Updated: Nov 29, 2021 12:15 PM

Lafayette,LA- The Lafayette Metropolitan Economic Abstinence Campaign began to bring attention to the economic disparity the northside faces.  

November 26 marks the first-day religious leaders ask northside residents to take their money elsewhere.

The day has come when Greater Southwest Ministerial Coalition asks residents living on the northside of Lafayette to stop shopping within the city.

Joel Kerlegan is all for doing it to get Lafayette leaders attention."The northside uses a thriving and everything else, and now things are going elsewhere, and businesses are going down."

President of the local NAACP chapter, Michael Toussaint, says the campaign leaders hope to show that the northside deserves the same validation as the southside. "Our people matter. Our dollars matter. Our children matter. I mean we are doing this for the betterment of our young people. We want them to give them the same opportunity that are afforded else where."

If you cannot shop outside of Lafayette, the campaign asks that residents shop at northside businesses. "Business owners that have stayed on the Northside have gone through the struggles. We have I-10, I-49 corridor right here on this side of town. That's major business off the highway," says Toussaint.

Though Nureaka Ross is not part of the campaign, she stands with all efforts to help reinvest in the northside community."We need to support the business we do have here on the northside because the taxes help fund our education,our road and etc."

Ross also says that northside businesses are the ones that help families and the community."J & S Tax Pros are scheduled to distribute over hundreds of toys for Christmas and One Telemed who handed out over fifty turkeys for thanksgiving."

Toussaint hopes this will bring attention to the fact that northside residents will not be silenced and will continue to speak up for their community. The campaign is set to end on December 25th of this year.

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