Human Rights Groups Call Destruction of Low Income Housing Projects in New Orleans Act of Racial Cleansing

//www.commondreams.org/news2007/1213-12.htm

Demolition of New Orleans Public Housing Starts
//www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/12/13/5819/

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Housing demolition protests gear up

Associated Press

12/13/07

In normal times, redevelopment of public housing to make way for mixed-income neighborhoods might have gone largely unopposed. But passions are high in hurricane-ravaged New Orleans, where residents are desperate for cheap housing. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development wants to demolish about 4,500 public housing units at four of the city’s largest complexes and replace them with mixed-income neighborhoods. Protesters have marched on Mayor Ray Nagin’s home and disrupted City Council proceedings with chants. At least two protesters apparently occupied one of the buildings scheduled to be bulldozed, draping two handmade banners from he side Thursday. One read, ‘Reopen now,’ and the other, ‘No demolition.’ Protesters kept up the pressure with a march at the HUD offices in Washington...

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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Dozens Protest Razing of New Orleans Public Housing

Cain Burdeau reports for The Associated Press, "Police used chemical spray and stun guns Thursday on protesters who tried to force their way into a City Council meeting, the latest strife over plans to demolish 4,500 public housing units in a redevelopment project that council members unanimously supported."

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/122107M.shtml

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New Orleans to Demolish Thousands of 'Poor' Homes
//www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/12/21/5948/

The Shock Doctrine in Action in New Orleans
//www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/12/21/5956/



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