New Orleans City Council Bars Public From Housing Vote (video)

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Despite claims that it waited until the hall had reached capacity, this video clearly shows that there were still seats available before people were kept from coming into a public meeting on the fate of 83% of all available public housing in New Orleans. Tasers abounded inside the New Orleans City council chambers when police were used to clear the room of the leaders who have challenged the legality of the demolition of the public housing. Critics of the policy have charged that the City of New Orleans has systematically taken advantage of the “opportunity” Hurricane Katrina provided to racially cleanse the city of poor and largely African American citizens from the public housing by physically installing barricades to keep residents from housing that came through the hurricane unscathed, without so much as a window broken. They charge that the projects are within easy walking distance of the French Quarter and therefore represent prime real estate that would not be available to developers unless there was collusion with government officials. And if that were not enough, they charge that Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Alphozo Jackson has awarded no bid contracts for the demolition of the projects to a contractor who owed Jackson several hundred thousand dollars from previous dealings.

Added: December 22, 2007

see

The Shock Doctrine in Action in New Orleans by Naomi Klein

New Orleans City Hall Protest – Dec 20, 2007 (videos)

Police Use Stun Guns on Citizens Opposed to Demolition of Houses in New Orleans By Cain Burdeau

2 thoughts on “New Orleans City Council Bars Public From Housing Vote (video)

  1. Pingback: Tasers, Pepper Spray, and Arrests By Bill Quigley « Dandelion Salad

  2. Dandi,
    Seemed there were some nervious investor’s in the room. Seems there were some Uniformed Thugs.
    Seems the people had better start standing together, or they will be alone. Power does not like Anti-Power.

    LET THE PEOPLE IN !

    Evict all the Useless Dem. & Rep. Incumbents in ’08,
    a Brand New Congress with a Third Party To Investigate.

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