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N.O.Folks fighting off bulldozers wrecking balls gov.grab

Postby darkbeforedawn » Sat Jan 07, 2006 4:09 pm

Judge Stops New <br>Orleans Bulldozing<br>Federal Judge Threatens To Throw New Orleans City Attorney <br>In Jail "If One More Home is Bulldozed Down" In The 9th Ward<br><br>By Greg Szymanski<br>1-7-6<br><br>A federal judge Friday threatened to throw the New Orleans City Attorney in jail if "one home was bulldozed down" in violation of temporary restraining order obtained by activists and lower income homeowners, trying to save their property from what is playing out to be an illegal government land grab. <br> <br>While the legal wrangling continues, sinister government programs to racially cleanse and steal property from lower income homeowners in New Orleans is playing out on the streets of the poorer neighborhoods with bulldozers and wrecking balls inching closer and closer to 14,000 homes in the 9th <br>ward. <br> <br>And the only thing stopping the illegal government land grab, orchestrated by the feds, the state of Louisiana and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin's office, is a group of feisty activists from Common Ground Relief, headed by Brandon Darby of Austin, Texas, who are literally putting their bodies between the wrecking ball and homes to stop the destruction. <br> <br>Besides the strong activist stand taken this week, Darby said the group has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a number of lower income residents and Wednesday received a temporary 24 hour restraining order to stop the bulldozing after the case was removed from state to federal court. <br> <br>And a federal court judge at the last minute stopped the bulldozing at least temporarily until the next hearing on January 16, threatening to throw the New Orleans City Attorney in jail if the restraining order was again violated. <br> <br>"It was nice to hear that," said Darby in a conversation Friday night from his car parked in the 9th <br>Ward, as he was keeping a watchful for any government shenanigans. "At least for the time being we have stopped this illegal land grab, but we will have to wait and see, as anytime there is a lot of money at stake, I do not trust these guys. <br> <br>"Also, today I was contacted by federal agents, leaving a message and saying they wanted to talk with me and I have noticed being followed by Homeland security ever since we had the stand-off in the 9 th <br>Ward. <br> <br>The stand-off Darby is talking about occurred Thursday morning when he and other activists from Common Ground Relief, a private organization formed by Darby, put their bodies in between the wrecking ball and a man's home scheduled for demolition. <br> <br>"We rushed to help one 9th <br>Ward resident who called and said the wrecking ball was at his house Thursday morning in clear violation of the restraining order," said Darby about this highly important story that should be on the six o'clock news but has been suspiciously kept from the American public by a complicit mainstream press. <br> <br>"So we rushed to help the man in the 9th <br>Ward's home, calmly convincing the operator of the wrecking ball to stop the demolition job. We were successful but the government's argument for defying the court order was crazy, as officials said the order only prohibited use of a bulldozer not a wrecking ball." <br> <br>Darby also wanted to emphasize that a majority of the homes scheduled for demolition are structurally sound, saying many of the owners have been purposely kept out of state by FEMA and hoodwinked into believing their property is worthless setting the stage for the one of the biggest government land grabs in the history of the United States. <br> <br>"What has our country come to when eminent domain laws and fascist government intimidation is used to steal property away from thousands of Americans," said Darby. <br>"In the background and behind the political scenes, everybody has to know that from Mayor Nagin right on up to the White House, they are all supporting the rich developers. <br> <br>"They are also planning a multi-billion dollar redevelopment plan to build expensive hotels, casinos and high rise housing and the bulldozers now being seen in the 9 th <br>ward are the first step to achieving their rotten goals." <br> <br>Besides the 14,000 homes in the 9th <br>Ward scheduled for demolition, 88,000 are expected be next in line for bulldozing in the city's poorer east side, hard hit when the levies exploded, possibly on purpose. <br> <br>Although no one in the mainstream media or in city hall has the guts to even propose such a possibility as the levies being blown up by government operatives, the same thing happened after 9/11 when everyone was frightened to openly say anything that the terrorist attack may have been a government inside job. <br> <br>However, four years later many people in high places and even former Reagan and Bush Cabinet members are pointing a finger at government involvement in 9/11, saying it was the lynchpin needed to further the neo con war machine now killing hundreds of thousands of innocents in the Middle East. <br> <br>Even though proof of the levies being blown on purpose has not yet surfaced, proof positive of FEMA's plans to keep New Orleans evacuees out of state is well-documented. <br> <br>To prove this point, former New Orleans residents, Clothilde Mack, 85, who recently returned to her Orleans Parrish home on her own accord, said FEMA basically tried to bribe her to stay out-of-state by telling her case would be dropped unless she signed a paper stating she'd remain away from the Crescent City for one year. <br> <br>Other residents are also reporting similar horror stories, saying they have been offered small amounts of money for their New Orleans property without having any opportunity to inspect the extent of damage. <br> <br>"One man called me from out-of-state saying he was offered $5,000 for his home," said Darby. "He was told it was demolished when in fact it was still structurally sound and worth much more. And that is the problem. Government programs should be encouraging people to come back and take care of their land instead of being paid to stay away." <br> <br> <br>For more informative articles, please go to www.arcticbeacon.com. <br><br> <br> <p></p><i></i>
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Postby lilorphant » Sat Jan 07, 2006 6:16 pm

Can't someone sue on behalf of NO residents based upon the takings clause? I mean, that I am sure is something the Repubs in power would understand. <p></p><i></i>
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Re: N.O.Folks fighting off bulldozers wrecking balls gov.gra

Postby Sepka » Sat Jan 07, 2006 9:05 pm

The reclaimed swamp of the lower 9th wards and east sides is effectively worthless for building highrises, etc. What is *does* have value as is buffer swamp to protect the higher ground of the Garden District and French Quarter, which is what it was and did before it was pumped dry to serve as low-cost worker housing earlier in the last century. The houses in that area are mold and fungus farms, and could never again be safely occupied even if they weren't ready to fall down.<br><br>What's going on here is that Ray Nagin and the city council want to quickly demolish and begin rebuilding before sentiment turns against them. There's still substantial national support for rebuilding the city back where it was. The longer the demolitions take to accomplish, the less chance that rebuilding will take place, and the more chance that the residents will be relocated to higher ground, thereby downsizing the city of New Orleans, and cutting into Nagin's political base.<br><br>For less than it would cost to put the residents back into the danger zone and build levees theoretically capable of protecting them, complete new towns could be built on higher ground. As we move into next year's hurricane season, this is going to become a national debate. Nagin and the NO faction are desperate to get reconstruction started before then, so that there's an investment on the ground that would be lost by a pullout.<br><br>I think if you examine where the 'grassroots' groups are getting their money, you'll find much of it coming (discretely) from the French Quarter business interests, who would very much like to see the 'new city' returned to wetlands.<br><br>-Sepka the Space Weasel <p></p><i></i>
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Re: N.O.Folks fighting off bulldozers wrecking balls gov.gra

Postby OnoI812 » Sun Jan 08, 2006 8:46 am

Oh bullshit<br><br><!--EZCODE QUOTE START--><blockquote><strong><em>Quote:</em></strong><hr>The houses in that area are mold and fungus farms, and could never again be safely occupied even if they weren't ready to fall down.<hr></blockquote><!--EZCODE QUOTE END--><br><br>Bullshit, bullshit, bullshit<br><br>Mrs Mack's home had minor damage, none structrural. Darby said that it would take 60 days tops to bring it back to habitable (new sheetrock mostly ). The problem is , Nagin and the NOLA gentry won't turn the power back on even though the lines are fine.<br><br>They've managed to let back in all the well-off citizens , back into thier "fungus farms". There was no problem turning thier power back on. <br><br>All the properties in Mrs. Mack's neighborhood are strucurally sound, yet there is no one there. <br><br>They shipped her to Tennesee against her will. They put her up in a group home that the government has yet to pay for.<br>The owner of the group home refused to let her leave or let anyone come visit. When she secured a motorhome (driven in from the west coast,at he expense and generosity of caring people) the home owner and Fema refused to let them pick her up , surrounded the the vehicle and the driver had to flee and spend a night in the forest. The group home owner was worried he wouldn't be reimbursed for her stay. Fema was trying to make her sign over her property for $5000 and she would have to stay out of NOLA for 1 year minimum. Only because these activists stepped in and forced Fema to release her is she now back at her home in the first place...she has to run a generator because they won't turn the power back on for these neighborhoods. <br><br><!--EZCODE QUOTE START--><blockquote><strong><em>Quote:</em></strong><hr>What's going on here is that Ray Nagin and the city council want to quickly demolish and begin rebuilding before sentiment turns against them.<hr></blockquote><!--EZCODE QUOTE END--><br><br>Yet where was this quick sentiment when he recieved millions AFTER hurricane IVAN?... no evacuation plan , nothing.<br>Now they're ready to spend it for the republican base, and give them a firm foothold.Nagin's pleased as punch because he's a DINO anyway so he's not threatened. He's as dirty as they come.<br><br><!--EZCODE ITALIC START--><em>And the real tragedy behind what happened before, during and after Katrina is that the tragic scene as it is playing out now catches the feds, state and local authorities red-handed at a systematic racial cleaning and land grab program of enormous proportions.<br><br> Before Katrina, Mayor Nagin was given more than $17 million after Hurricane Ivan hit, to put together an evacuation plan to get the poor out of the city quickly if another hurricane hit.<br><br> But instead of using the money wisely, no evacuation plan was ever created, according to Darby's research, as thousands of poor unable to get out were left to die during Katrina in the same manner that occurred a year earlier when Ivan struck.<br><br> "What did he do with the money? I have problems with that as I was here during Ivan and nothing changed when Katrina hit," said Darby. "After being left to die in their homes, they were left to die at the Superdome and the Convention Center, left with no water and food like animals.<br><br> "Then after that thousands of families were separated and sent to hundreds of different faraway places. Ask yourself why? Isn't it easier to bulldoze away houses when no one is around. That's why.</em><!--EZCODE ITALIC END--><br><br><!--EZCODE QUOTE START--><blockquote><strong><em>Quote:</em></strong><hr>and build levees theoretically capable of protecting them<hr></blockquote><!--EZCODE QUOTE END--> <br>Does Los Angeles have theoretical levees/spillways capable of protecting it's citizens from the flash floods many times greater in magnitude than anything NOLA experienced?<br><br>Does Holland have theoretical levees capable of protecting it's citizens who are much farther below sea level?<br><br>It's already a BTDT.<br><br><br><!--EZCODE QUOTE START--><blockquote><strong><em>Quote:</em></strong><hr>I think if you examine where the 'grassroots' groups are getting their money<hr></blockquote><!--EZCODE QUOTE END--> I don't give a fuck where they get their money from, because if one looks at reality, it's only piker money compared to what they're up against. Whether they succeed or fail, they will at least secure better payouts for the few homeowners who have the balls and courage to make a stand for their rights. The problem is , the great majority of them are in the dark and have no idea what's going on. The fucking national media won't report on it. <br><br>If these new "Interests" wanted the property so bad they should have bought it when it first went on sale early last century.<br>Too bad they didn't , now they should pay market value for it...you can pretty up the terms any way you wish, but anything less is called theft, and it's forced theft at that, with the government ACTIVELY trying to keep the owners from returning and with full complicity of the corporate press. ....Property rights were one of things that set America apart from the rest. <p></p><i>Edited by: <A HREF=http://p216.ezboard.com/brigorousintuition.showUserPublicProfile?gid=onoi812>OnoI812</A> at: 1/8/06 6:38 am<br></i>
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Postby lilorphant » Sun Jan 08, 2006 2:09 pm

I had five feet of water in my house, we gutted, sprayed and bleached, now it is insulated and ready to sheetrock this week. Those people should have been able to go in and sign up voluntarily to have their homes demolished. Otherwise, let the people fix their homes up, collect their insurance (meager though it may be) or take the FEMA grant (up to 26,000 for uninsured losses) to buy materials. There are also groups like Habitat for Humanity and many, many churches like Samaritans Purse helping to gut, clean and rebuild, you just have to sign with them. But you can't if they won't let you in there.<br><br>The people of the ninth ward need to go in there with others, set up shop, and begin the work. Demolish the ones that need to after the owners have been allowed to recover whatever they want. (I was able to save all of my hard wood furniture and my china, and everything in the attic). My pets did okay too. <br><br>This whole business is a land grab, but now that the working class has been driven out of town, just see how hard it will be to find anyone to do the service industry type work. They are going to end up trading one ethnic group for another (Mexicans). and where will they live? those jumping around hollering how great it is the blacks are gone need to take a step back, and see how even 10 bucks an hour and flying, and everything closes at six now everwhere on the coast because there is no one to work at those jobs. So go ahead and try to open a shop somewhere and pay someone minimum wage, you'll be on your own. They are running off their own human capital, let the rich white folk of the south have the swamp, it's haunted anyway. Do they really think a bunch of southern whites are going to flock to NO to become municipal servants, bar servers, and waitstaff? Oh boy are they dreaming, Southern Whites have been engrained from birth NOT to SERVE. <br><br>New Orleans doesn't exist without the black folk. White people got Atlanta.<br><br> <p></p><i></i>
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