Tuesday, November 13, 2007

"WE FINALLY CLEANED UP PUBLIC HOUSING IN NEW ORLEANS. WE COULDN'T DO IT BUT GOD DID." --REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN RICHARD BAKER

All quotes used in the posting are from:
Shock doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism Naomi Klein





"We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans.
We couldn't do it, but God did"


--Richard Baker
(Louisiana 6th District - Republican Congressman)



The "closed" Lafitte Public Housing which is not far from the French Quarter. The neighborhood surrounding it has been allowed to fall into disrepair and public despair.



"...In February of 2007, groups of residents who had lived in public housing projects that the Bush Administration was planning to demolish began "reinvading" their old homes and taking up residence."




Out of all the public housing the Lafitte public housing is kept clean and orderly and basically empty, whilst people live in FEMA trailers across the street.


"...volunteers helped clean out apartments and raised money to buy generators and solar panels. "my home is my castle, and I am taking it back," announced Gloria Williams, a resident of the housing project C. J. Peete.




C.J. Peete Public Housing


The reinvasion turned into a block party complete with a New Orleans brass band. There was much to celebrate: at least for now, this one community had escaped the great cultural bulldozer that calls itself reconstruction."




A note from your planetary sister: C.J. Peete might have survived the "cultural bulldozer" but not the seemingly "allowing" of the deterioration of the property, not cutting grass, the destruction of buildings, school materials left on the side walk. (see pictures of schools slide with globe and old computers left unattended and on sidewalk area ). Whereas at the Lafitte housing project which is also primarily empty, the grass is tended to and kept orderly.

Also, when visiting the Congressman Baker's website, I was struck at first how what the Congressman is up to is presented. It is only when you read the finer print of the legislature he is a part of that you can get a better sense of what the Congressman is really standing for. Hey - don't take my word for it - take the time and decide for yourself.





IN PEACE.

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