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BW Cooper Demolition Stopped by Activists Chained to Building
by D Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007 at 12:23 PM

The destruction of buildings at the BW Cooper public housing development ground to a halt today as at least one protester chained herself to a building. Shouting, "no demolitions!" the public housing advocate called from the building for the New Orleans City Council to vote against demolitions tomorrow, Thursday, December 19.

BW Cooper Demolition...
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In the pre-dawn hours a protester identified as Jamie "Bork" Loughner sneaked into the BW Cooper development, out witted the guard dog and demolition crew (who are living on site in trailers), and managed to secure herself to an exterior stairwell on one of the buildings with some sort of heavy locking device.

Just as the crew was starting up their backhoes, wrecking ball and other machinery, Bork began yelling "no demolitions save public housing let them come home!" The crew, clearly caught off guard by the action has ceased working. Police were quickly called in. The demolition crew began searching other buildings for protesters.

The demolition of the "new side" of BW Cooper had been approved in 2003, and residents moved out then. However, this process has been identified by residents and their allies as part of the overall decade long attempt to shut down and demolish public housing in New Orleans.

BW Cooper as a whole is slated for demolition if the City Council approves it tomorrow. HANO has declared their plans to demolish the whole development. Many residents emerged during the first hour of the building occupation to talk with activists gathered around. Cooper resident Sam Jackson emerged to show support for the action and questioned several reports, "why are they tearing this down? It's housing, and we've got an affordable housing crisis in this city. It should be reopened right now, no matter what it's ultimate fate is."

Police quickly cordoned off the entire block pushing media and activists away from the currently occupied Cooper buildings where residents were gathering. Creating what one officer called a "media section," the HANO/NOPD officers pushed the media down a side street where they could no longer see Bork.

It is 11am, Wednesday, December 19, 2007, and demolition at BW Cooper has been halted. Activists in contact with Bork say that even with her removal there will be no destruction of BW Cooper today or any day. Activists are calling on allies everywhere to step up actions against HUD, HANO, demolition contractors, and the and New Orleans City Council.

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Hole in fence
by D Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007 at 12:23 PM

Hole in fence...
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Two blocks (dozens of buildings in total) at BW Cooper are fenced in with barbed wire.

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Public housing resident and allies hold banner
by D Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007 at 12:23 PM

Public housing resid...
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Police
by D Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007 at 12:23 PM

Police...
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Dozens of officers have surrounded the development

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Demolition crew searching a building for protesters
by D Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007 at 12:23 PM

Demolition crew sear...
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Demolition has been stopped for today
by D Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007 at 12:23 PM

Demolition has been ...
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Video of police pushing media away from anywhere that Bork can be spotted from
by D Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007 at 12:23 PM

QuickTime movie at 13.2 mebibytes

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Inspirational video from WSQT-TV WSQT Guerrilla Radio 87.9 in DC Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007 at 9:12 PM
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At least 3 arrested D Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007 at 4:49 PM


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