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Direct Action for Hotel Residents
by Eviction Defense Thursday, Feb. 09, 2006 at 10:34 AM

On Monday, February 13th, the New Orleans homeless population will skyrocket, and the survivors of Katrina will be victimized again. FEMA's short-term hotel program expires for most of the 26,000 displaced hurricane survivors and most of these evacuees have not been provided with long-term, or even transitional housing solutions. The National Guard is even on call to evict these survivors at gun point.

NO MORE HOMELESS KATRINA SURVIVORS!

On Monday, February 13th, the New Orleans homeless population will skyrocket, and the survivors of Katrina will be victimized again. FEMA's short-term hotel program expires for most of the 26,000 displaced hurricane survivors and most of these evacuees have not been provided with long-term, or even transitional housing solutions.
For those lucky enough to have gained access to FEMA's long-term resources, many have been told they must live far from their jobs, far from homes needing repair, and out of reach of their communities. Transitional housing is meant to aid people in fixing up their houses and reclaiming their previous lives. Despite not having any local long-term housing for the hotel guests, the National Guard is on call to evict people at gun point. There are three groups of people who are making the decision to evict these people; these three groups should be the targets of our dissent.

FEMA The Short Term Lodging program is required to provide shelter until transitional housing is provided. All FEMA guests should be extended until a long-term solution has been found for them. Rental assistance needs to cover a market that is roughly triple the pre-Katrina levels. Trailers must be placed locally for survivors to maintain their jobs, rebuild their homes and reclaim their lives.

HOTELS Many hotels refuse to honor FEMA extensions beyond the 13th preferring instead to house wealthy tourists for the Mardi Gras season. However, according to the Chief Financial Officer of a hotel group, FEMA is paying the going rate for each room, each day. According to several managers, the hotels have made more money this winter season then they have in many years. All extensions from FEMA should be honored and, if someone doesn't have a place to stay, the hotels should grant them a few amnesty days before eviction it is the hotels turn to give back to the survivors whose tragedy has made them so wealthy. Few of the hotels housing FEMA guests are: the Marriott, the Sheraton, Quality Inn: Maison St. Charles, Royal St. Charles, Queen and Crescent, and the AmeriHost Inn and Suites. People should be present at all of these hotels on Monday. If you cannot come to New Orleans you can hold solidarity actions at the chains local venue. If you live in a major city, it's likely that hotels in your town are evicting evacuees on 2/13 there are thousands across the country. When you call the hotels in New Orleans please be nice to the staff, they are mostly survivors living as FEMA guests too.

LOCAL POLITICIANS - Hundreds of FEMA trailers have arrived in New Orleans, yet they sit in train yards unoccupied. City officials continue to bicker over where the trailers should be placed. Many public housing developments also lie vacant, despite remaining virtually unscathed through the storm. The only solution the Governor has offered is a thirty day shelter program in either Baton Rouge or Lafayette. This is not an option for those who maintain jobs or are fixing up their homes within New Orleans.


CONTACTS
-FEMA Nicol Andrews, Deputy Strategic Director, 202-646-7917, nicol.andrews@dhs.gov -MAYOR NAGIN ph 504-658-4900, fx 504-658-4939 -CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS ph 504-658-(1010 John Batt) (1020 Renee Pratt) (1030 Jacquelyn Clarkson) (1040 Cynthia Morrell) (1050 Cynthia Lewis) (1060 Ed Sapir) (1070 Oliver Thomas) -GOVERNOR BLANCO ph 866-366-1121, fx 225-342-7099

WHEN YOU CALL OR WRITE:
Tell each council member and the mayor to provide housing now! Council members must stop pushing trailer parks out of their districts, and the mayor must take a stand for housing NOLA citizens. Now is not the time for self-interested political jockeying.
Tell the elected officials: There are major absentee voting efforts organizing their evacuated constituents. If they do not act in the best interests of ALL their constituents they will be defeated in the upcoming elections.
Tell the elected officials: Governor Blanco's plan to shelter survivors for 30 days in cities far from their jobs and their damaged homes is unacceptable. Those shelters must be provided in New Orleans.
Tell the elected officials: Our tax funded National Guard should not be used to force survivors into homelessness at gunpoint.
Tell FEMA: that they are mandated by the Stafford Act to provide housing for disaster victims for eighteen months. Their attempt to cut-off shelter programs is illegal as well as immoral.
Tell FEMA: The Stafford Act requires that transitional housing and rental assistance must be provided locally to the survivors workplace. Trailers hours outside of NOLA are not feasible, or acceptable.
Tell everyone: The money that has been pledged to the recovery belongs to the people, not the corporations. Homeowners need the grants to rebuild, give corporations the loans they were insured.
Tell these hotels to honor the FEMA extensions Don't evict hurricane survivors into homelessness to house wealthy Mardi Gras tourists! Royal St Charles 504-587-3700, AmeriHost Inn and Suites 504-299-9900 Quality Inn: Maison St Charles 504-522-0187

For more info contact
http://www.no-heat.org, 504-883-8225 http://www.communitylaborunited.org http://www.commongroundrelief.org

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struggle for housing
by eugenia m brown Friday, Feb. 10, 2006 at 7:40 PM
jeannie_1256@yahoo.com 602 793 7658 311 highland cross dr.#2008

let us be mindful that everyone knows that before the
hurricane that the elected officials did not care about
the poor/uninsured/youths/and the less fortunate of;
the city along with a corrupt police dept and a very corrupt judical system;the needy in new orleans have
no represtation. There are no laws in place to protect
the renters and we all know that before the hurricane
the slum landlords were the mafia of the city.Mr Mayor
and the city council know all to well the ones that are
being made to suffer because of the illegal and not
needed evictions. Many of the landlords doing the
evictions are those who hide from the public because
they either hold a special city/state position. All this
talk about come back and all this talk about the re
building of new orleans is just loud noise being made
by empty loud mouthed liars.We as renters had no
choice but to leave and when the opportune time
was there the governor issued the slum landlords the
right of passage to evade the privacy of the renters
by serving those that were ordered out of the city with
illegal eviction notices for abandoding their property.
Would someone please explain to me how can those
elected officals along with the mayor allow this injustic
e to happen? I guess there is no answer; I to am a victi
m of an illegal eviction my landlord denied me access
by changing the locks and erecting a locked gate with
my belongings inside.When I made an attempt to get
my belongings I was not allowed. I and my family
want to come back to rebuild and to call new orleans
home,but how can we when the elected officials are
speaking with a false tongue?

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How much longer
by worker Sunday, Feb. 12, 2006 at 4:54 PM

Come on. They've had six months to get back on their feet. How long do they want a hand out? Are you ready to put someone in your house who cannot get on his feet after six months?

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focus on the head of the beast (DC)
by itsdamob Monday, Feb. 13, 2006 at 9:54 AM

Everyone is getting FUCKED by this corrupt Federal government. It's time to stop focusing on local Bullshit, in my small town they're putting in a mine, over there its a fish farm, or selling off the forests, or anwr, or the whales, or Iraq, whatever your issue is, the problems all stem from DC- $70 B tax cuts then $40 B cut from the poor- it's so fucking sick nobody wants to believe that they could be that greedy, but yes it's true.. What would MLK do if he were around today? I believe he'd be starting a march to DC, literally walk gathering every pissed off American on the way... if y'all started marching, get cool techsters to hook you up with wireless blogging and photos if the cops fuck w/ ya.

If you start marching, ETA in DC in three weeks, the crowd could build... and everyone in DC 300,000 HOMIES, would be ready to rumble when you got there.... just fucking do it, eh?..... Please, it be better for the whole world if we stop them before the next attack.. hehe

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itsamob person
by curious Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006 at 11:42 AM

hey, itsamob,

im curious about your the numbers you quoted. can you reference several articles about the issues you've raised? i'd like to read them to learn more. i also agree with your idea of marching to DC with people along with way joining. but how to accomplish something like that when most people need to work?

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to the worker
by not just a worker Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006 at 12:53 PM

thats just brilliant, worker, you seem like the type of worker that Carnegie spoke of when he said he could hire one half of the working class to kill the other half. Lucky for us, I think his estimates were a bit exaggerated. But as to your absurd message about the inability of these people to bootstrap their way back to the self-sufficiency, are you looking at the same city as everyone else? No jobs, no housing, toxic mess, no health care, not exactly a ripe moment for upward mobility.
Aside from the fact that most of these "handouts" have always gone to the wealthy, and will probably continue to do so, unless some seriously radical and massive mobilization takes place, not just in new orleans but in theother states currently absorbing the refugees. you just sound like someone with more means than most talking shit and calling yourself a worker.

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PISSED LA NATIVE
by CAJUN BOY Sunday, Mar. 05, 2006 at 3:03 PM

HEY MR.WORKER, IN RESPONSE TO YOUR IGNORANT COMMENTS, ALL I CAN SAY IS FUCK OFF, WAKE UP AND TUNE INTO THE REALITY-MY PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING, WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU ALL OF SUDDEN LOST EVERTHING YOU EVER HAD AND WORKED FOR IN YOUR LIFE? YOU THINK YOU COULD TOTALLY RECOVER IN 6 MONTHS? IF SO, YOU'RE DREAMING. HAVE YOU SEEN NEW ORLEANS SINCE THE FLOOD? IF NOT, GET YOUR SORRY ASS DOWN HERE AND YOU WILL CERTAINLY CHANGE YOUR ATTITUDE. IF AFTER SEEING NOLA, YOU STILL THINK THE SAME WAY, THEN YOU REALLY ARE A WORTHLESS HUMAN BEING WITH NO CONCEPT OF WHAT ALL THIS MEANS! OH YEAH, FUCK OFF!

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