August 31, 2020
Contact: Allyson Sanders

After Hurricane Laura, Lafayette Mayor Josh Guillory Turns His Back on Neighbors in Need 

BATON ROUGE, LA – After Hurricane Laura crashed into Louisiana, Lafayette Mayor Josh Guillory’s administration announced it is not opening emergency shelters and took the unprecedented step of urging churches to not open their doors to those suffering from nearby communities. His administration cites recent peaceful protests as the reason.

“In a time when so many of our neighbors in the path of Hurricane Laura have lost everything and need our help, Josh Guillory turned his back on them,” Stephen Handwerk, Executive Director of the Louisiana Democratic Party said. “Our neighbors in southwest Louisiana will be forced to travel hours away for shelter – those who have just lost their home, those who have limited or no transportation, those who might be without electricity for up to six weeks or more. It’s heartless, selfish, and certainly the most un-Christian thing I have ever seen. Lafayette should be better than this. As a proud resident of more than two decades, I know we can be.

“The people of Louisiana open our hearts to help those in need during disasters, but Josh Guillory wants to shut them out. Turning our backs on our neighbors because someone set up a BBQ to protest your administration is a childish temper tantrum and inexcusable. Josh and his enablers should be ashamed.”

To find updates and resources for those affected by Hurricane Laura, go here.