Sharon Jasper keeps her voucher!!
A major victory for residents and the movement!
The recent failure of the housing authority to take away Sister Sharon Jasper’s voucher is a major defeat for (King) David Gilmore and the regressive forces that are currently managing HUD/HANO. Make no mistake, King David needed his other subjects to understand that not groveling at his feet could have serious and dreadful consequences. When he summoned Ms. Jasper to his throne, and told her that if she would apologize, he would stop the termination process and she showed up with her lawyers, refusing to give up her dignity and self respect, and accepted the threat of homelessness, she set a bad precedent for his other subjects.
The cat is out of the bag now: the king is not invincible. He can be beat. Residents can fight back and win. The Jasper case shows that.
NOW ON TO IBERVILLE!!
This victory also shows that there is still a very strong, diverse group of social justice activists in the city of New Orleans, and the struggle appears to be getting its second wind after the devastation of December 20, 2007 and the great sadness that enveloped all of us after we lost the battle to preserve the public housing communities after Hurricane Katrina.
The local movement has been joined by strong support group of national and international progressive social justice activists. This is a very important development because New Orleans will be the epicenter of the attempt to implement all of the private property related initiatives that the right envision for the next decade. Subsequently, we need progressive forces to continue to support the front line forces and soldiers as we fight to stop the flood of injustice and greed that has infected our city since we were weakened by Hurricane Katrina.
We must stay on the battle field with our swords and shields held high!!
FUTURE BATTLEGROUNDS :
- the “one strike rule” is cruel and unjust on its face and has caused many poor black women to lose their homes. It must go!!
- Iberville must be preserved for current residents and preserved in a manner in keeping with their right to self-determination!!
- PETRA must be opposed!!
Many thanks to all who have fought these battles with us thus far!!
THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES…