Christiaan Mader

Christiaan Mader founded The Current in 2018, reviving the brand from a short-lived culture magazine he created for Lafayette publisher INDMedia. An award-winning investigative and culture journalist, Christiaan’s work as a writer and reporter has appeared in The New York Times, Vice, Offbeat, Gambit, and The Advocate.
Link to Jeff Landry’s ‘protecting minors’ tip line flooded with thousands of spam complaints (opens in new window)

More than 5,500 pages of complaints were released to the Louisiana Illuminator in response to a public records request. The records include all complaints submitted during the seven-day period immediately following the tip line’s inception on Nov. 28, 2022.

The vast majority of complaints submitted to the tip line were spam. Dozens of users submitted the entire script of Jerry Seinfeld’s “Bee Movie.”

Source: Louisiana Illuminator

Link to Lafayette citizen removed from library board meeting (opens in new window)

Melanie Brevis, co-founder of Lafayette Citizens Against Censorship, was reading a prepared statement during the public comment section of the meeting when Robert Judge, the board’s chair, informed her she was “out of order.”

Two Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s deputies, who were paid security at the meeting, approached her and escorted her out of the meeting.

Source: KATC

Link to Next Lafayette City Court Judge Jules Edwards prepares to take seat (opens in new window)

Edwards is the second Black man to be elected to a city-wide position in Lafayette. City Marshal Reggie Thomas was the first Black man elected to a city-wide position in 2020.

Before running for the city court position, Edwards served for nearly 30 years as a district court judge before deciding to run for a position in the city court as a no-party candidate.

Source: Next Lafayette City Court Judge Jules Edwards prepares to take seat