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New Orleans City Council Bars Public From Housing Vote

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Uploaded on Dec 22, 2007

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.
New Orleans City Council Members
Arnie Fielkow
City Hall, Room 2W40
1300 Perdido Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
504.658.1060

Shelley Midura
City Hall, Room 2W80
1300 Perdido Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
504.658.1010

Stacy S. Head
City Hall, Room 2W10
1300 Perdido Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
504.658.1020

James Carter
city Hall, Room 2W70
1300 Perdido Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
504.658.1030

Cynthia Hedge-Morrell
city Hall, Room 2W20
1300 Perdido Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
504.658.1040

Cynthia Willard-Lewis
City Hall, Room 2W60
1300 Perdido Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
504.658.1050

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