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Hurricane Survivors Displaced Again: Nationwide Actions to Combat FEMA Evictions 2/7/06

Demonstrations: February 7th, 2006 in New Orleans, LA, Jackson, MS, Atlanta, GA, Oakland, CA, New York, NY, Raleigh, NC, Washington, D.C. See below for details

February 7, 2006- At local FEMA office headquarters in cities
throughout U.S., Hurricane survivors and community supporters will demonstrate to call for an end to unjust hotel evictions.

Following several deadline extensions and assurances that displaced residents from New Orleans and the Gulf South would be given the opportunity to take care of their families and find housing solutions, FEMA’s promises have fallen far short of meeting the needs of those most adversely affected by the unprecedented 2005 hurricane season.

“Evacuees must leave their temporary housing two weeks after they’ve received a rental assistance or denial notice.” - FEMA Director David Paulison.

Those who were denied extensions, still awaiting trailers, or without means to procure adequate housing are being evicted from the hotels with no recourse. “First people were cut off from needed resources and assistance and now we are going to be left all over the country without adequate housing solutions in place, it’s not right.” Stated Shana griffin, New Orleans resident and organizer with INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence.

Actions against FEMA’s inadequate housing plan will continue February 7th at FEMA headquarters and temporary housing locations across the country.

These demonstrations are part of a growing number of survivors and support organizations that are working toward a just and equitable recovery and reconstruction of New Orleans and the Gulf South. They demand that adequate housing solutions should be a priority to insure the right of return. Survivors also seek ultimate control over the federal resources necessary to reconstruct their lives and communities.

2/7/06 Demonstration Locations and Media Contacts:

New Orleans, LA - 10 am at Astor Crown Plaza Hotel, 739 Canal Street
Saad Muhammad (510) 290-2150
Jackson, MS – T.B.A. Mercedes X (310) 714-6199
Atlanta, GA - Steven Waddy 404-454-5223
Oakland, CA - 12 Noon FEMA Offices 1111 Broadway
Kali Akuno (510) 593-3956 and Nicole Derse (415) 374-5429
New York, NY - 12 Noon City Hall, 261 Broadway Patricia Janvier (504)
Raleigh, NC – T.B.A. Saladin Muhammad (252) 977-1419
Washington, D.C. - 1 pm Room 2237 Rayburn House Office Building
Independence Ave (south of the Capitol) Malcolm Suber (504) 931-7614
and Diane Shamis (845) 661-3754

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