Thursday, December 13, 2007

AN IDEOLOGICAL CULLING OF THE HERD: US 5th CIRCUIT REFUSES to STOP DEMOLITION OF NEW ORLEANS PUBLIC HOUSING

















LAFITTE PUBLIC HOUSING, NEW ORLEANS



IDEOLOGICAL IN THIS INSTANCE:
A complex term relating to ideas and understanding about the social world and how these ideas are related to the distribution of power in society ...

GUSTE PUBLIC HOUSING NEW ORLEANS 12/12/07


At noon today, the US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals refused our request to halt the demolitions. That means the demolitions can go forward as far as the federal courts are concerned. The St. Bernard is still subject to a request to stop demolitions in Washington DC because of their joint proposal with the AFLCIO Housing Investment Trust - that court is expected to rule on that this week.


C.J. PEETE PUBLIC HOUSING


“Power, properly understood, is the ability to achieve purpose.


It is the strength required to bring about social, political or economic changes. In this sense power is not only desirable but necessary in order to implement the demands of love and justice. One of the greatest problems of history is that the concepts of love and power are usually contrasted as polar opposites. …What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive and that love without power is sentimental and anemic. There is nothing essentially wrong with power. The problem is that in America power is unequally distributed.



"Where Do We Go from Here? Chaos Or Community"
--Martin Luther King, Jr.



Emphasis added.

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