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July 28, 2008 by Staff

Defend New Orleans Public Housing Activists Jamie ‘Bork’ Loughner and Joy Kohler!! Call District Attorney Keva Landrum-Johnson, and demand that the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s office drop the felony charge against Jamie ‘Bork’ Loughner and Joy Kohler and stop the planned trial of these sheroes. UPDATE: Go here for an updated report from AlterNet. Call […]

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New Orleans Update: Demolition Opponents Rally & Speak Out

February 18, 2008 by Michael Steinberg

Today opponents of the demolition of public housing rallied and spoke out at the St. Bernard public housing complex. They decried the corruption driving the demolition plans, and called for resident driven rehabilitation efforts to fix up the buildings so displaced residents can come home. New Orleans, February 16-Former residents of the 1463-unit St. Bernard […]

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New Orleans: Malik Speaks, Part 2

January 21, 2008 by Michael Steinberg

This is the second part of Malik Rahim’s talk on Saturday, January 12, at the Unitarian Church in New Orleans: “We were the first to serve the Vietnamese community, the Native American Community, the Latino Community [after Katrina]. “We were the first to expose the exploitation of migrant workers. A certain politician had them put […]

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The Battle To Save New Orleans Public Housing

January 21, 2008 by Michael Steinberg

How a Determined Coalition Beat Back Demolition Plans At a press conference last December 18, 3007, at New Orleans’ City Hall, Martin Suber of the Coalition To Stop Demolition was explaining the purpose of the fight to stop the razing of the city’s four largest public housing complexes (aka “The Big Four”). “There’s been a […]

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Dispatch From New Orleans: Malik Speaks

January 13, 2008 by Michael Steinberg

Malik Speaks, Part 1 Malik Rahim, founder of Common Ground, spoke today about its past, present and future at the Community Breakfast in the Unitarian Church in New Orleans. New Orleans, January 12-“The name Common Ground came from Robert King Wilkerson,” said Malik Rahim, one of the founders of the Common Ground Collective. Rahim, like […]

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Continuing Saga of New Orleans Public Housing – Feds Turn Up Heat On HUD Sec’y Alphonso Jackson

December 27, 2007 by Michael Steinberg

A report today in the online publication Government Executive details mounting evidence from federal investigations linking HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson to scandals in New Orleans-including the demoliton contract for the St. Bernard public housing complex. New Orleans, December 26-Today’s Government Executive (GE), a business daily for federal managers and executives, features a report , “Probe […]

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Save New Orleans Affordable Housing Fact Sheet

December 26, 2007 by Staff

 Say No to wasting Katrina millions on demolition by Bill Quigley 1. New Orleans is in the worst affordable housing crisis since the Civil War. HUD reports that the city is 100 percent rented as tens of thousands of homes remain wrecked. There was a waiting list of 18,000 people for public and Section 8 […]

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Back in New Orleans: Into the Pink

December 24, 2007 by Michael Steinberg

That December Saturday afternoon in New Orleans, we thought we’d go over to the Lower Ninth Ward. An unusual constellation of shooting stars, even in this place and time, had brought us to that point. One was the almost complete and utter continuation of the devastation. Since the flood wall shattered in the L9 and […]

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New Orleans: Tasers, Pepper Gas Greet Protesters At City Hall

December 20, 2007 by Michael Steinberg

Police attacked housing rights activists locked out a City Council meeting to vote on the demolition of public housing. One woman, shot with a taser in her back, went into a seizure and had to be taken to the hospital. People inside were attacked too. At about 1 p.m. outside City Hall today, a sign […]

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New Orleans Coalition To City Hall: No To Demolitions

December 19, 2007 by Michael Steinberg

The Coalition To Stop Demolition held a press conference at City Hall yesterday to implore the City Council and Mayor to say no to public housing demolition. At a press conference today on the steps of City Hall, The Coalition To Stop Demolition sent a clear message to the Mayor and the City Council: just […]

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High Noon in New Orleans: Anti-Demolition Protesters Storm Federal Building

December 13, 2007 by Michael Steinberg

Today protesters fighting to save New Orleans public housing from demolition stormed the federal building. At high noon today, demonstrators protesting the federal government’s plans to demolish four major public housing complexes brought their message straight through the front doors of the federal building, local headquarters of the Departartment of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). […]

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Fire and Rain:Disaster From Coast To Coast

December 8, 2007 by Michael Steinberg

They learned to follow leaders Who lead us to disaster They listened when their teachers said It was just a passing matter – Zero Option, OB’s greatest punk/speedmetal band Ellen and I moved to OB from Baltimore in the winter of ’77. I’d first visited San Diego in ’73. Somehow, while still in Balmer, I […]

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Qualcomm vs Superdome – Evacuees & Refugees

November 1, 2007 by Staff

by Paul Harris (written as a letter to the U-T editor) During the nightmarish firestorms in Southern California many individuals and some of the press compared the wildfires to Hurricane Katrina and more specifically the evacuation center at Qualcomm Stadium to the New Orleans Superdome. I do not in any way wish to diminish the […]

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