What is happening in New Orleans right now is a tragedy.
More than 4,500 families are about to lose their homes – homes that are perfectly good and were undamaged by the hurricane. The public housing that mainly serves low in come people of color is about to be demolished by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to make way for wealthier, whiter, housing. It is an attack specifically targets working class women of color and their children, who have been working to reclaim these units since Hurricane Katrina. With Hurricane Katrina survivors around the country unable to return to their homes, and the residents who are left being pushed out at every opportunity, this housing demolition is a blatant example of the ongoing ethnic cleansing that has taken place in New Orleans after authorities exploited hurricane Katrina to displace families, gentrify the area, and re-make the city into a very different place.
After a series of small victories in postponing the demolition, this morning was supposed to be a hearing on the demolitions of public housing. Residents and activists came out to City Hall, and were subsequently attacked by police. Residents and allies were peppersprayed, forced out of City Hall, many arrested, and then tasered outside. Many people are in need of medical attention.
This is an outrage. If you have even a few minutes and can get on the phone this morning, please IMMEDIATELY call members of the New Orleans City Council to let them know that tazering and pepperspray on peaceful residents is an outrage and that the country is watching them.
City Council Contact Information
Arnie Fielkow 504.658.1060 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jacquelyn Clarkson 504.658.1070 email@example.com
Stacy Head 504.658.1020 firstname.lastname@example.org
Shelly Midura 504.658.1010 email@example.com
James Carter 504.658.1030 firstname.lastname@example.org
Cynthia Hedge-Morrell 504.658.1040 email@example.comCynthia
Willard-Lewis 504.658.1050 firstname.lastname@example.org
Oakland Action pictures from indybay: