“These girls are upset, and it’s been a hard year for them,” Faust said, noting that construction along Bourbon Street has slowed foot traffic and impacted their income. “A lot of them support their entire families.”
Faust said that it isn’t just dancers who are impacted, either. A friend of his was a waitress at Hunk Oasis, a male strip club, and she’s between five and six months pregnant.
“Everybody’s looking for work right now,” Faust said, and jobs are hard to come by with the clubs closed up.
Danil Faust, who just ran for the U.S. House of Representatives seat won by incumbent Steve Scalise (R-Metairie), said he attended the protest because he wanted to encourage those angry with the election of Trump to organize and take action to elect candidates, on both the local and national level, that represent them.
Six Gulf Protectors were arrested outside the New Orleans office of the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. They were taken into custody by Federal Protection Service agents of the Department of Homeland Security during an action by Nonewleases.org urging President Obama to cancel oil drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico.
“We began the event in solidarity with those from the Sioux Nation who are standing up to the Dakota Access pipeline,” said Anne Rolfes of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, one of the organizations participating. “As Gulf Protectors we are calling on President Obama to live up to his climate legacy and permanently cancel future leases in the Gulf of Mexico.”
The six arrested were: Alicia Cooke, Danil Faust, Alison Kalnik, Ben Quimby, Noah Rahman, and Reverend Jim Vanderweele. Booked on federal charges of obstructing an entrance to a federal building, they were advised they have to each pay a fine of $530 or go before federal court for trial.
The sole challenger to incumbent Orleans Parish Clerk of Criminal District Court Arthur Morrell has been disqualified from the race
“It’s unfortunate,” Faust said, calling the discrepancy in his listed political-party affiliations “an error of paperwork.”
He said his disqualification from the race has deprived Orleans Parish residents of an alternative option to Morrell.
Though the clerk position is often viewed as inconsequential, Faust said, “in terms of criminal-justice reform and making sure people get a fair shake,” the clerk of court can make a significant difference.
Faust said he had plans to modernize and improve the paperwork process in the clerk’s office, paperwork that can prove critical to residents’ lives, he said.