Nov 122012

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The Innocence Project New Orleans will host a “Rent is Too Damn High” fundraiser for a new office building Thursday (Nov. 15) at the Octavia Art Gallery on Magazine Street with special guests, including Treme star Khandi Alexander.

For more information see the following press release from the Innocence Project New Orleans:

“Rent is Too Damn High” Fundraiser
Hosted by Innocence Project New Orleans

What: Innocence Project New Orleans will host its “Rent is Too Damn High” fundraiser.
Who: Special guests will include exonerees and their families, celebrity supporter Khandi Alexander of HBO’s Treme, Gina Montana, of Beasts of the Southern Wild and Big Queen Yellow Pocahontas Mardi Gras Indians, and more.
When: Thursday, November 15, 2012, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Octavia Art Gallery
4532 Magazine Street | New Orleans, Louisiana

Why: Innocence Project New Orleans will host this event to raise funds for the purchase of a new office building. It will celebrate Innocence Project New Orleans’ work and the courage and perseverance of their clients. It will also honor the commitment and support of all those who have joined the fight to right wrongful convictions – judges, legislators, donors, volunteers, and members of the bar and the community.

The evening will include appetizers (provided by Elizabeth’s Restaurant, Mat & Naddie’s Restaurant, Stein’s Market & Deli and more), drinks, and a silent auction.

Ticket Prices: Tickets for the event are $50 per person (includes two drink tickets) Tickets can be purchased at

For further information please contact:

Innocence Project New Orleans:

Working in Louisiana and Mississippi—the two states with the highest incarceration rates in the world—IPNO frees innocent prisoners, exposes injustice and prevents wrongful convictions.

IPNO is one of the most successful innocence projects in the world. To date, IPNO has won the freedom or exoneration of 22 wrongly convicted prisoners. Between them, these men served over 420 years in prison for crimes they did not commit.

From its start, IPNO was set up to take on some of the hardest innocence cases, those that can’t be solved with a quick DNA test but that require hundreds of hours of investigation, something no life-sentenced prisoner can afford. IPNO is the only office in Louisiana dedicated to exonerating factually innocent inmates with life sentences at no cost to them or their families.

For more information about Innocence Project New Orleans please visit

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