Assault on Resurrection CityCleveland 05 Apr 2007 18:37 GMT
Monday, April 2, 2007
At approximately 10 am this morning the City of New Orleans, under the leadership of Mayor Ray Nagin and the authority of the Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO), dismantled Resurrection City.
Resurrection City is an encampment at the St. Bernard projects erected by Survivors Village and its allies including the People’s Hurricane Relief Fund, Common Ground Relief, and C3/Hands Off Iberville on Saturday, March 24th and Sunday, March 25th, 2007 to stand as a symbol of hope, resolve, and rejuvenation in the struggle for the right of return for all those displaced by the Hurricane and Great Flood, particularly the residents of public housing.
Apparently this symbol of hope and the possibility it posses for a genuine return for the mainly Black working class residents of public housing who are being systematically cleansed from New Orleans is too much for Mayor Ray Nagin and HANO to stomach. However, Survivors Village and its allies are more resolved than ever that Resurrection City will be rebuilt, that public housing will be opened by all means, and that affordable housing and genuine tenants rights will be won for the displaced to ensure that they can come home.
Survivors Village, PHRF, and all the supporters of public housing are asking everyone to stand with us in advancing this struggle. We are calling for a national mobilization to rebuild Resurrection City on Saturday, June 2nd, 2007. You can support this initiative by: a) donating funds for the rebuilding effort, b) volunteering in the construction effort, and c) volunteering to live in the encampment for two to three weeks after it is rebuilt.
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