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Low-Income New Yorkers Hold New Orleans Themed Funeral March To Mourn the Displacement of Poor People from Cities Nationwide

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Low-Income New Yorkers Hold New Orleans Themed Funeral March To Mourn the Displacement of Poor People from Cities Nationwide
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Community Voices Heards
Group Targets Obama and Clinton to Move Forward Timely Legislation and Promote Low-Income Agenda New York City—this afternoon, low-income New Yorkers, who are members of Community Voices held a New Orleans style funeral march to highlight the crisis facing
low-income people that have been displaced from their homes in New Orleans and around the country.
The group called on Senators Clinton and Obama, democratic candidates running for president, to discuss issues facing low-income people around the country—such as improving public housing and creating good jobs—in their debates and campaign speeches. Dressed in black, carrying black umbrellas and carrying a coffin, the group marched on Hillary Clinton’s campaign office in midtown and then traveled to Columbus Circle
The group will highlight connections between New Orleans public housing demolitions and the financial crisis facing the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) which threatens the existence of public housing in New York. The Agency’s $250 million budget deficit has yielded rent hikes, reduction in services and repairs and sale of property to private developers. The group will be marching to the campaign office of Senator Clinton and a public rally for Senator Obama. The group, which will be dressed in black and holding black umbrellas and coffins symbolizing the death of low-income America, will be accompanied by a band.

When: Saturday, January 26th
11:30am—Rally Outside Senator Clinton’s Office
1:30pm—Press Conference and Rally @ Columbus Circle

Where: First Stop, 11:30 am: Campaign Office for Senator Hillary Clinton, 420 Lexington Ave at 43rd Street

Press Conference, 1:30pm: Rally for Barack Obama,
59th Street, Columbus Circle

Why: January 26th is a Global Day of Action when people around the world will gather to demonstrate and conduct public education to bring awareness to issues facing oppressed people around the world. In New Orleans and around the country, low-income people are being displaced from their
homes and communities. While 80% of all affordable housing in New Orleans was destroyed or damaged by flooding after Hurricane Katrina, the City, State and Federal Governments have made no plans to repair and rebuild these communities. Instead, the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development plans to demolish over 5,000 units of public housing in New Orleans—housing that has not had significant damage—and replace it with only 700 units of low-income housing. The Gulf Coast Recovery Act (SB 1668), which has been introduced in the U.S Senate, would guarantee one-for-one replacement of all lost units of public housing in New Orleans and provide appropriations to rebuild and repair low-income housing. This legislation is being held up in the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee because of opposition from Senator David Vitter (R-LA). Community Voices Heard is calling on Senators Obama and Clinton, as presidential candidates to publicly support SB 1668 and commit to working with Senator Vitter to pass this critical legislation out of committee. With continuous disinvestment in public housing by all levels of government, New York residents fear that without help, they will face the same fate as those in New Orleans.

Who: Low-income New Yorkers who are also members of Community Voices Heard (CVH). CVH is a membership-led and directed organization made up of low-income people fighting for changes in our communities. Members are predominantly public housing residents and public assistance recipients.

Visuals: New Orleans style funeral march with band
Demonstrators dressed in black, carrying black umbrellas and coffin
Autor de la ficha:
Gabriele Francescotto