If you have a blog, please blog this. Action is needed now. I urge that you makes the calls to stop the demolition of New Orleans public housing.
Watch this excellent video to understand…
Here is what you can do.
Next Monday, Dec. 10, is internationalHuman Rights Day.
It’s also the day when activists in New Orleans are calling for actions
opposing the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Developmentplans
to tear down more than 4,600 public housing units in four complexes
across the city — while replacing them with private, mixed-income
developments that will set aside only 744 apartments for low-income
The decision to demolish these public complexes, whichsuffered only relatively minor damage [PDF] during Hurricane Katrina, comes as rents across the city havedoubled since the storm — as has the homeless population.
activists are asking concerned citizens across the country to join the
actions in New Orleans or to take action at home. According to astatement from Kali Akuno, director of the Stop the Demolition Coalition:
is at stake with the demolition of public housing in New Orleans is
more than just the loss of housing units: it destroys any possibility
for affordable housing in New Orleans for the foreseeable future.
Without access to affordable housing, thousands of working class New
Orleanians will be denied their human right to return.
this situation is unique and urgent in the city of New Orleans, it does
not occur in isolation. The plans for redevelopment here are part of a
national assault on public housing, in which tens of thousands of homes
have been demolished in the past decade.
asking supporters from across the country to organize demonstrations at
local HUD offices and other government buildings. They are also asking
them to make calls to government officials demanding the reopening of
public housing in New Orleans. Among those leaders they are asking
people to call:
* New Orleans City Council MemberStacy Head, who has been a leading force in pushing for the tear-downs. Her number is 504-658-1020.
* New Orleans City Council MemberShelley Midura, who is being asked to oppose the demolitions and support the reopening of public housing. Her number is 504-658-1010.
*U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), who’sblocking passage of theGulf Coast Housing Recovery Act
(Senate Bill 1668). Sponsored by his colleague, Sen. Mary Landrieu
(D-La.), the measure would require any demolished public housing units
to be replaced by other units available to low-income residents. Vitter
can be reached in Washington at 202-224-4623 and New Orleans at
* Members of theSenate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee,
where SB 1668 is currently stuck. They are Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) at
202-224-6361, Wayne Allard (R-Colo.) at 202- 224-5941, Evan Bayh
(D-Ind.) at 202-224-5623, Robert Bennett (R-Utah) at 202-224-5444,
Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) at 202-224-2315, Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) at
202-224-4343, Tom Carper (D-Del.) at 202-224-2441, Robert Casey (D-Pa.)
at 202-224-6324, Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) at 202-224-6142, Christopher Dodd
(D-Conn.) at 202-224-2823, Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.) at 202-224-6342,
Michael Enzi (R-Wyo.) at 202-224-3424, Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) at
202-224-4224, Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) at 202-224-1638, Mel Martinez
(R-Fla.) at 202-224-3041, Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) at 202-224-4744,
Jack Reed (D-R.I.) at 202-224-4642, Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) at
202-224-0420, Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) at 202-224-5744, John Sununu
(R-N.H.) at 202-224-2841 and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) at 202-224-2644.
information about any solidarity actions to firstname.lastname@example.org
with “Solidarity” in the subject line. If you have any questions,
contact the Stop the Demolition Coalition at
email@example.com or call 504-458-3494. For more information
on the issues at stake and planned protest actions, visit the websites
ofDefend New Orleans Public Housing, Justice for New Orleans and thePeople’s Hurricane Relief Fund.
Please make the calls