Hoodstock returns to Morgan City
MORGAN CITY, La. -- As part of an effort to get residents more involved in the community, the second annual Hoodstock event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in the Kingsville community in the field next to the former E.F. Jacquet Elementary School.
“The name Hoodstock means simply having stock in your neighborhood,” Courtney Long, founder and event coordinator, said.
“What we try to do is to get people more socially and politically involved in the community. Being that this is an election year, we have the candidates come out and give people a chance to get to know these candidates on a one-on-one basis,” Long said.
There is a “wellness portion” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with nurses and a pediatrician.
“We have a group called Tobacco Free Living that’s coming” and other groups promoting awareness of sexually-transmitted diseases.
Patterson attorney Ed Jones is also expected to speak at the event.
“His topic is basically knowing your rights, like the proper way to handle a police stop or encounter, and also the proper procedure to follow if you feel like you’ve been done wrong by the police,” Long said.
Long also spoke of why he decided to create Hoodstock.
“I’m 33 years old,” he said. “Basically, just seeing the fact from the time I was a kid until now, the drastic changes, it’s not the community that I remember growing up in. Back then, the community basically reached within instead of reaching without.”
The purpose of the event is “knowing the fact that you are not helpless, you do have resources within the community,” he said.