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(en) US, SDS* block streets near HUD Office in D.C.

Date Sun, 16 Dec 2007 20:40:58 +0200

From about 1 to about 2:15 PM on Dec 13, 2007, streets were blocked off for
about five blocks around the HUD building at 451 7th Stree, because SDS
(Students for a Democratic Society) and the rest of the coalition behind the
"Stop the Demolitions" solidarity protest was occupying the 7th and D st
intersection. ---- The core of the blockade was some SDS kids locked arm to leg
each to the next in line lying down on the pavement. A large cardboard sign
demanding an end to the Demolitions (held by Code Pink) took care of another
lane of traffic. Finally, people from all of the groups involved milled around
and reinforced the blockade. ---- As cold drizzle soaked the clothing of the
young people lying on the ice-cold streets in the blockade, cops chose not to
make arrests, so the blockades continued until the end of the planned rally.

While the civil disobedience was at its peak, Congresswoman Maxine Waters showed
up ON FOOT(to pass the closed streets) and spoke out against HUD Secretary
Alfonse Jackson, one of Bush's nominees and one of the key architects of the
plan to destroy New Orlean's entire supply of public housing.

A New Orleans resident who spoke in front of HUD said that "economic
development" means displacement for poor and oppressed residents. She went so
far as to compare it to the theft of the continent from Native Americans!

In New Orleans, protesters on Dec 12 managed to halt bulldozers at the B W
Cooper housing complex to a dead stop on Dec 12. Google does not bring up news
of any further demolition today-only protests in New Orleans! Earlier this week,
New Orleans residents blocked the planned demolition of the Lafitte housing
project in the Housing Conservation District Committee, and now a second
demolition has been at least temporarily delayed.

Meanwhile, fliers (www.blackamericaweb.com/site.aspx/bawnews/flyers1213) are
being posted in New Orleans bearing this text:

"For Every Public Housing Unit Destroyed, A Condo Will be Destroyed. If there
will be no homes for us, no relief from high rents, there will be no homes for
the rich either! Sincerely, The Angry and Powerless."

The FBI is crying about "domestic terrorism' over the fliers, but remember that
the FBI has not been able to stop the ELF in ten years.

Looks to me like what speakers in the DC solidarity rally described as the
ethnic cleansing of New Orleans is starting to run into some serious resistance.
It's all one war from Occupied Baghdad to Occupied New Orleans, and things are
about to get real fucking ugly...


Additional audio files are from city council hearings that blocked (barring City
Council action) demolition of the Lafitte public housing complex. Quality is
poor on those, no doubt due to recording conditions in the hearing.
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