Thursday, December 13, 2007
To New Orleans with love
As the people of New Orleans were stopping bulldozers today, D.C. activists from the Advancement Project, the Hip-Hop Caucus, New Orleans Public Housing Residents, Empowered D.C., One D.C., No War No Warming, Code Pink, Students for a Democratic Society, and possibly more (sorry if we missed you), met in front of the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development to demand justice, humanity and the halting of the planned demolition of Public Housing Projects in New Orleans. There were picket lines, a live band, and many respected, intelligent, and passionate speakers (Rep. Maxine Waters, Dick Greggory, Fay Williams, Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Julie Andrews an effected resident of New Orleans and many more). Later 8 people sat in the street, blocking traffic and exciting the press. They stayed there for about two hours in the cold rain while the police blocked off the 4 blocks of traffic in the area. There were no arrests. Go to http://www.voicesoftheworld.net/ , under the New Orleans section to hear the speakers and music, and to view the photos from today's protest in D.C.