Fwd: [NOLA_C3_Discussion] Meet to end political repression in N.O.
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> From: howellnow@...
> Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2008 03:18:40 +0000
> Subject: [NOLA_C3_Discussion] Meet to end political
> repression in N.O.
> REPRESSION AND NEW ORLEANS;
> OUR RESPONSE AND OUR SOLUTIONS.
> Since last December New Orleans authorities
> have dramatically escalated the use of police
> coercion in an attempt to silence the dissent of the
> working poor, the homeless and advocates of local
> public services. On December 16, 2007 three
> demonstrators at a permitted march for the reopening
> of local public housing development were arrested
> on St. Bernard Avenue on clearly trumped up
> charges. On December 19 three public housing
> advocates conducting a peaceful protest against the
> proposed demolition of the citys Big Four housing
> developments were arrested on bogus felony charges
> of terrorizing and possessing a false explosive
> device. The next day New Orleans authorities
> resorted to extra-legal measures to exclude
> supporters of local public housing from
> participating in a public hearing called by City
> Council that concluded with a vote authorizing the
> demolition of the St. Bernard, B.W. Cooper, C.J.
> Peete and Lafitte housing developments.. Scores of
> opponents of th
> e demolition plan, some inside of the City Council
> Chambers and some outside of City Hall, were
> tasered, pepper sprayed or both as the hearing
> unfolded. About two-hundred opponents of the
> demolition plan were locked out of City Hall itself
> even though seats were still available for the
> hearing inside the City Council Chamber. In the
> midst of all this City Council voted unanimously to
> authorize the demolition of the public housing
> In the months following the City Council
> meeting the police coercion directed at supporters
> of public services for the working and middle
> classes has continued unabated. Too date this wave
> of political repression has resulted in thirty-six
> As members of the New Orleans community who
> refuse to buckle under the weight of this
> repression we call on everyone who cherishes
> democratic rights and equal opporturnity to meet 7pm
> next Thursday at St. Judes Church to find ways to
> end this campaign by local authorities to squelch
> political dissent.
> Meeting Information:
> 7pm Thursday
> March 27, 2008
> 400 Basin Street
> Basin Hall
> St. Judes Church
> Sponsored by May Day Nola, United Front For
> Affordable Housing & C3/Hands Off Iberville.
> For additional information call 504-587-0080.