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Demolishing Disaster Capitalism

Posted in General News, Housing Rights, Police State with tags , , , , on November 26, 2009 by Ⓐb Irato

(This article is another in our series of articles written for by users of the now closed online community, originally published Fri, 21 Dec 2007)

Resistance against public housing demolitions in New Orleans

If you try to bulldoze our homes, we’re going to fight.
There’s going to be a war in New Orleans.
Sharon Jasper, New Orleans low income housing resident

The Battle of City Hall

On Thursday, protesters and police were battling in the streets outside City Hall in New Orleans after more than 100 activists stormed through the gate. Meanwhile, inside the council chambers, City Council members were voting on whether or not to resume planned demolitions of low-income housing units, despite local and national resistance. Residents say the brick buildings are perfectly habitable, and accuse the city, the Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO), and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) of a program of class warfare and racially motivated gentrification.

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