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by Elizabeth Cook
Wednesday, Dec. 05, 2007 at 6:46 AM
December 10th is Human Rights Day. Come to New Orleans December 10th and join the Stop the Demolition Coalition as we mount a campaign to stop the demolition of public housing. At stake are 5000 units of public and affordable housing.
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The demolition of all four major public housing developments has been set for mid-December. We are calling on our national allies to join with the residents of New Orleans and all those who believe in the human right to housing to resist demolition.
"I believe in the fundamental human right to housing, and I will not be a witness to the denial of this right to the peoples of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. I therefore pledge myself to resist the denial of this right by all civil and humanitarian means available, including civil disobedience. I pledge to stand ready to take action against this imminent threat and to put myself on the line, either directly in New Orleans or in strategic locales throughout the US, in support of the demands and leadership of the peoples of New Orleans and their organizations in the struggle for housing and human rights."
We ask that all those interested in coming to New Orleans to contact us before making the journey. We need to ensure that everyone coming is registered, properly orientated and trained in order to partake in this act of resistance in the manner determined by the local leaders and residents. If you are already in New Orleans, please sign the pledge so we know how to contact you, to let you know about local updates and meetings.
Please contact us via email at email@example.com, with the word "registration" in the subject line. Please include the following information:
Affinity Group/Organization (if applicable):
Have you ever received any training in civil disobedience?
What skills/resources are you able to bring to New Orleans?
Remember - the primary role of people coming to New Orleans to join in this fight is to be ALLIES, and not to be part of major decision making.
All making this pledge must be advised of the following:
Given the limited timeframe and resources of the various organizations spearheading this fight -
*Legal counsel and aid. All effort is and will be made to provide adequate legal support, but the reality is that it is limited at present.
*Lodging and food. Again, given the uncertain timeline and limited resources, housing venues are presently limited, but all effort will be made to support all those making this bold pledge. Housing is almost entirely limited to tenting space, so please bring all appropriate camping gear for tenting in cold weather. Please make as many of your own arrangements and bring as many of your own supplies as possible.
For more information, please contact Stop the Demolition Coalition at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at 504.458.3494.
Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win!
We really need as many people here as possible, but if you are unable to join us in New Orleans, here are some ways you can help:
*financial donations (email us at email@example.com for info on where to send donations)
*organize a solidarity demonstration at your local HUD (Housing and Urban Development) office for the week of December 10.
This will be an ongoing campaign. If you are not able to come for the week of the 10th but would like to receive updates on the campaign, send back the pledge and let us know your availability.
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