I missed these pieces when they first came out.
an AP writer's editorial on New Orleans
and AP dispatch on squatting in New Orleans
What these emotionally wrenching articles show is the incredibly injustice of allowing New Orleans to rot.
I had the idea, right after Hurricane Katrina smashed through the city, that people should return to squat the land. I wanted activists to organize tent cities in the lower 9th and throughout the most devastated areas. The idea was tactical, not practical--the concept being to show the politicos and the rest of America that the people of New Orleans were refusing to relinquish their city. I thought that the idea of a shantytown right in the good old US of A would shame the country into action.
"No one knows exactly how many people have taken refuge in abandoned buildings, but unprecedented increases in trespassing arrests and vacant-building fires suggest there could be thousands" says the AP article.
The whole city is a shantytown. And does anyone out there care?