Local human-rights advocate stays on the grind

Lately, Donaldsonville native Travis London spends time helping small businesses and families in Ascension, Assumption, St. James, and Iberville Parishes, amongst others.

He may typically be found helping out St. James Parish on environmental awareness as a member of the 5th District H.E.L.P. of St. James Parish. He helps in Ascension Parish with small business growth as a member of MBECA's Ascension Parish Roundtable of Upcoming Businesses. In Iberville Parish, he works on community issues as a member of Visions of Youth Ministries. He also aides Assumption Parish through a church named Sound Word Christian Center, which airs on Fox local broadcasting and on an FM radio station, as their information technology expert.

Moreover, London was recently rewarded a scholarship fund given to him by the Solidarity Project Advocacy Network to attend the 8th RootsCampLA conference, which was held on March 11th-12th at South Louisiana Community College in Lafayette.

He said 350.Org sponsored his accommodations. London was among nearly 200 community activists from all across Louisiana. The event included like-minded groups who advocate on current issues like women rights, immigration rights, mothers against gun violence, and education, in which he participated in various group sessions.

For the rest of the year, London is working on current and future projects to start collaborations of organizations in the four parishes that he helps out the most in. He is currently working alongside Tulane University Environmental Law Clinic, Louisiana Bucket Brigade, Loyola University, a New York attorney, and a host of organizations and small businesses in locations ranging from Rayne, La. to New Orleans. Lastly, he volunteered in the Baton Rouge Free Health Clinic Event in January.

"I take all four of my kids where I volunteer in different communities to either pitch-in help or observe," London said. "If everyone would be more involved in things pertaining to charity, just imagine the perfection it would be."