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In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans's ruling class is demolishing public housing to make way for private businesses and expensive condos.

As the housing market flattens, the poor pay the price for the greed and stupidity of the real estate and banking bigwigs.

In the world's increasingly crowded cities, personal space is shrinking--and so are options for personal happiness.

Mayor-appointed commissions and experts, mostly white and Republican,
propose to radically shrink and reshape a majority-black and Democratic
city.

A perfect storm of malign neglect is battering the victims of Hurricane
Katrina. But the people of New Orleans are fighting back: They deserve
our support as they press for the rights of the displaced.

If New Orleans is to reclaim its greatness, the scope of the solution must match the scope of the problem. The city could become the nation's classroom by re-engineering levees, responsibly building neighborhoods and schools and repairing the environment, but time is running out.

Fitful efforts to rebuild the Gulf Coast unfold against a backdrop
of looming economic disaster: rising unemployment and interest rates,
misplaced priorities and a recession that will hurt the weakest most.

This is a list of "Pro-Free-Market Ideas for Responding to Hurricane
Katrina and High Gas Prices," circulated by the href="http://johnshadegg.house.gov/rsc/about.htm">House Republican
Study

Why are the poorest victims of Hurricane Katrina
being kept out of perfectly livable homes?

Here's how we identified more than 11,000 empty, rentable homes in
New Orleans:

Blogs

Local Principal Reduction provides a local solution for underwater homeowners facing foreclosure.

February 26, 2014

When will the feds bring big banks to justice?

May 24, 2013

Bank accountability activists continue to send a clear message to the big banks: “You can run, but you can’t hide.”

April 30, 2013

NYC public housing residents call for a cancellation of rent following Hurricane Sandy and loss of basic services.

November 27, 2012

Occupy Our Homes ATL is forging an unlikely partnership in an effort to stop foreclosures.  

October 9, 2012

Occupy Our Homes has saved another family from foreclosure, continuing the group’s recent string of successes.

June 13, 2012

Four properties were scheduled to be auctioned in Brooklyn last Thursday. Only one sale took place.

January 30, 2012

The Occupy movement has always been more about doing than demanding and last week, OWS stepped it up another notch.

December 9, 2011

Tenant leaders around the country unite for Valentine's Day demonstrations and direct actions against cuts to Housing and Urban Development programs.

February 14, 2011