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This information is provided for historical background purposes, since POC got its start as PHRF.

Chicago and New York Protest Evictions and Homelessness of Katrina/Rita Survivors

National Protests are taking place this tuesday, February 28th against constant rolling deadlines, threats of eviction.

Chicago - 536 S. Clark Street, 12:30 PM, March to Federal Plaza (Adams and Deerborn) Contact: Cassandra Burrows 773-307-9686

New York City - 26 Federal Plaza, 4-6:30 PM FEMA headquarter and March to City hall to protest beurocratic, oppressive experiences of evacuees in NYC.
Contact: John Kim : (646) 573-7544 email:

The NYC Solidarity Committee For Katrina / Rita Evacuees


For use through: February 28th 2006.

Contact: John Kim: (646) 573-7544 email:

Contact: Orlando Green: (347) 262-6385 email:

Contact: Brenda Stokely: (917) 566-4272 email:

Where: 26 Federal Plaza, New York City (Broadway @ Duane)
When: 4pm, Tuesday, February 28th, 2006


NYC Solidarity Committee for Katrina/Rita Evacuees will hold a press conference and rally from 4-6:30 P.M. at 26 Federal Plaza, outside the offices of FEMA. The Bush Administration and FEMA are forcing Katrina and Rita hurricane survivors into the streets with the housing deadline of March 1st. At 6:30pm, after the press conference and rally, those in attendance will march to City Hall accompanied by New Orleans-style musicians. Their presence will be the organizations recognition of Mardi Gras, this day being Fat Tuesday. The music will also signify the evacuees unwavering call to be heard.

“I have been given the runaround in terms housing,” says Brandon Pellerin, a New Orleans Katrina survivor and member of NYC Solidarity Committee for Katrina/Rita Evacuees. “I was mislead by West Harlem Group, a housing organization I met through a housing fair, about housing availability. I was then told by D.H.S. (Department of Homeless Services) that they would handle my housing situation and to not fill out paperwork at a second housing fair I attended. When I followed up on my case this time, I was told by D.H.S. that the housing deadline and my situation was not a priority.” Mr. Pellerin has been staying at the Apollo Hotel in Harlem since September 2005. Approximately 150 still live in hotels, continuing to seek housing and employment.

The Katrina/Rita survivors and their supporters demand the Bush Administration and FEMA:

• To recognize that they are mandated by the Stafford Act to provide disaster victims housing for eighteen months.

• The Katrina/Rita survivors should be granted an indefinite extension in federal, state, and local housing assistance until such time as they obtain affordable, habitable housing.

• Immediate funding and implementation of a national public works jobs program giving priority to the residents of the gulf survivors and the unemployed nationwide.

Endorses (list in formation): Malcolm X Grassroots; Meet the Need Network/Katrina Relief Coalition; Million More Movement; Duborah Bakr/Katrina Advocacy Center*; Orlando Green; National Hip Hop Political Convention*; John Kim NHHPC*; Daniel Starling, Green Party*; Ajamu Sankofa NCBL; Joan Gibbs, NCBL/Harriet’s Daughters; Madlyn Stokely; Gerry Gregg; Trina Robinson, Code Pink*; Rev. Malika Whitney; Sandra Rivers; International Action Center; Troops Out Now Coalition; Johnnie Stevens, PVN; Nia Carol Cornwell, ABSW*; Atlantis Coalition; Tiokasin Ghosthorse, First Voices Indigineous Radio; Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition; December 12th Movement; Lynne Stewart Defense Committee; Mexican American Workers Association; FIST - Fight Imperialism Stand Together; Rev. Lucius Walker Jr.; BAYAN USA; A440; IFCO-Pastors for Peace; American-Iranian Friendship Committee; Alberto Lovera Bolivairan Circle; Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition; Jersey City Peace Movement; Korea Truth Commission; San Romero de Las Americas; Freedom Road Socialist Party; Harlem Tenants Couoncil;; Ground Zero Artists; Haiti Support Network; Haiti Progress; Shelley Iniss; Zenzile Stokely-White; Million Worker March NE; Ramsey Clark; World Can’t Wait/Drive Out the Bush Regime;; WESPAC Foundation

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