Thanks to Brownfemipower and the group blog The North Star for linking to yesterday’s post re: the demolition of public housing in New Orleans.Â Wrecking balls arrived yesterday at B.W. Cooper while we were writing.Â Activists stepped in front of bulldozers and stalled the bulk of the day’s planned destruction.Â AP coverage of the direct action tactics remind us that these are not “normal times” in which we’re standing down HUD and elected leaders and developers and all those who plan to profit from this wholesale eviction of the city’s poorest and most vulnerable residents.Â Funny, seems pretty status quo to me, if particularly egregious.
The National Lawyer’s Guild more accurately calls for halting the “racially motivated” demolitions.Â This is a good part of the equation, but not all of it.Â It’s race + class that’s so problematic.Â Let’s not forget that “the poor” are not welcome most anywhere, other than churches, soup kitchens, and the charitable like.Â
North Carolina activists have also joined the cause of protecting affordable housing in New Orleans, targeting Sen. Dole (R-NC) to seek her support for S.1668.Â Their efforts are commended and appreciated, though without flipping Vitter, who is in my Top 5 of Public Enemies and 2007 Villians, S. 1668 doesn’t stand a chance.Â Seems Landrieu, like me, is lying awake at night plotting her revenge against his stonewalling, though she’s likely more motivated by election ballots than me.Â Me, I’m just a righteous and angry person these days.Â Â
I leave you with this coverage of the estimated 12,000 homeless folks in New Orleans, living in tents across the street from City Hall and beneath the highway.Â It’s a perfect Dickensian ChristmasÂ in the Crescent City this year.