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9 Arrested in Action to Reopen New Orleans Public Housing
by Darwin BondGraham Monday, Aug. 28, 2006 at 6:26 PM
darwin@riseup.net

The reopening of the Lafitte today was a response to the policies of HUD which have left the Lafitte closed to residents. The development was not badly damaged by Katrina or the subsequent flood.

9 Arrested in Action...
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At 2pm today Gregory “DJ” Christy, a resident of the Lafitte housing development, joined by more than 70 supporters entered his apartment with the intention of reoccupying it for the first time since August 2005. 9 supporters of Christy were arrested in the attempt to reopen public housing. All 9 have been bailed out of the Orleans Parish Prison.

The reopening of the Lafitte today was a response to the policies of HUD which have left the Lafitte closed to residents. The development was not badly damaged by Katrina or the subsequent flood.

Ready to live in his home, Christy and supporters came stocked with water and cleaning supplies. Christy and a group of seven supporters occupied his apartment for over an hour in the sweltering heat as Housing Authority police and city police deliberated on whether to arrest them and how to respond to the opening of the unit.

Christy’s apartment was opened by a group of activists including C3/Hands Off Iberville, the United Front for Affordable Housing, and other community activists. Legal observers from the Common Ground Collective were onsite to monitor the police response. Using a ladder to scale to the second floor window, the activists climbed in, walked downstairs into Christy’s unit, and opened the heavy steel door from the inside.

After the door was removed Christy entered his apartment along with several more supporters. Housing Authority police were on the scene when the door fell. City police arrived shortly after preventing others from entering or leaving the apartment. While these 7 were occupying the apartment more than 70 supporters rallied outside.

Two activists, Jay Arena of the United Front for Affordable Housing and an unidentified community organizer were arrested outside of the apartment. It is believed that they will be charged with trespassing.

After more than an hour the police decided to arrest everyone in Christy’s apartment. Christy was not arrested himself. After the arrests police sealed off the area and ordered everyone off of the Lafitte property.

Residents and activists have communicated that this will not be the last action to reopen the Lafitte.




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Entering the apartment
by Darwin BondGraham Monday, Aug. 28, 2006 at 6:26 PM
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Entering the apartme...
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The Door is Down
by Darwin BondGraham Monday, Aug. 28, 2006 at 6:26 PM
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The Door is Down...
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Inside the Apartment Supporters Wait
by Darwin BondGraham Monday, Aug. 28, 2006 at 6:26 PM
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Inside the Apartment...
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HANO Police Officer Films the Event
by Darwin BondGraham Monday, Aug. 28, 2006 at 6:26 PM
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HANO Police Officer ...
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Inside DJ's Apartment
by Darwin BondGraham Monday, Aug. 28, 2006 at 6:26 PM
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Inside DJ's Apartmen...
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awesome
by san diego reader Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006 at 12:04 PM

this is a fucking awesome action and we need more of these. we also need to be better prepared. go in and block the door so that the cops can come in and kick you out so quickly.

they've been doing this for decades in europe and we can learn a lot from them. you can find some more practical info at

http://squat.net/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squatting

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Legal Observers
by g Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006 at 4:19 PM

One of those arrested was a legal observer with the National Lawyers Guild, and not a protestor. It is very dangerous to conflate the two, as the objectivity of the National Lawyers Guild provides them with access to protestors and police and allows them to attend and document protests without fearing arrest.

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Video of The Bust
by Gordon Soderberg Friday, Sep. 15, 2006 at 11:21 AM
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