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Thursday, November 24, 2005

Land of the (kinda) free

The fallout from Hurricane Katrina continues. The New Standard reports:

"Having survived Hurricane Katrina, New Orleanians who live in rented housing face a new threat: Landlords, tempted by rising rents and crunched by monetary losses from the storm, are engaged in a massive campaign to evict thousands of residents. Some groups, however, are pushing back, by filing challenges to the eviction system itself or by organizing tenants to fight their expulsions through protest and public pressure."

The war against the poor - generally unreported by the corporate media - requires constant vigilance by activists. The New Standard is following developments closely.

3 Comments:

Blogger Shabadoo said...

Keep in mind that an awful lot of landlords are small businessmen and not particularly well off themselves - the economics of this are more complicated than this lets on. What aare they supposed to do bout massive losses?

Thursday, November 24, 2005 7:14:00 pm  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

Why suffer for the sake of those worse off than they. Don't you know how it's supposed to work?

Thursday, November 24, 2005 10:58:00 pm  
Blogger Pete's Blog said...

Its an unresolvable real problem. It was always a slum - then a wet slum - but its our home.

People always seems to hang on tighter when all they have is an idea (a rented slum) rather than a possession (a 4 bedroom house in the burbs).

Hopefully Dubya can spend the kind of money in New Orleans that he has thrown away in Iraq.

Friday, November 25, 2005 11:08:00 am  

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