MM, Occupy Nola has alienated most people in the community who tried to get involved, so that what was occurring in Duncan Plaza was for the most part people from other states occupying New Orleans, with few if any residents of the Duncan Plaza neighborhood--CBD--involved. Moving forward with grassroots organizing in neighborhoods will likely win involvement and support from New Orleanians.
With all due respect to Donald Wilkerson of Exodus House, his claims of having provided "nearly all Duncan Plaza homeless" is greatly exaggerated. If this were so, I wouldn't have been encountering so many people in the downtown area, including in Duncan Plaza, who are reporting that their tents and warm bedding were destroyed and they're "back on the streets." This is what happens when there's a rush job to clear an area of homeless in New Orleans. Each time, just as after they cleared Duncan in 2007 and under the Pontchartrain Expressway, they claim "mission accomplished," without accounting for all those who fled the scene as soon as the word eviction is uttered, and those who were away for one to several days due to see about potential housing or jobs, incarcerated for panhandling or other petty crimes of impoverished circumstances, in the hospital, etc.
Had the city and the agencies who serve the homeless taken their time and not put all the homeless in high stress mode, they might have actually served the homeless rather than trying to put a feather in their cap or do what they believe is politically expedient. What the raid of Duncan Plaza ordered and executed by Mayor Landrieu and NOPD under the corrupt Ronal Serpas was illegal, inhuman, unnecessary, and disgraceful.
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