Thursday, July 27, 2006

Rally Against Housing Crisis

Greetings All:

On Friday, July 28, 2006 at 11:00am, community groups and people will rally against the housing crisis in Miami-Dade County and the public corruption which is fostering the crisis. The speak out gives people the chance to tell how they feel about the situation.

Join the movement to demand social justice for the poor and criminal justice for the crooks stealing our tax money.

When: Friday, July 28, 2006 at 11:00am
Where: Stephen P. Clark Government Center
            111 NW 1st St.
            Downtown Miami

Check the press release below.



Residents Speak Out Against Housing Crisis and Corruption Public outrage in the wake of 'House of Lies' the Miami Herald expose

MIAMI – Low-income residents, community organizations and the general public will speak out against the Housing Crisis and political corruption at the steps of county government, Stephen P. Clarke Building, Friday July 28th at 11 am. The Community Speak Out will be an open forum where impacted families will voice their experiences, state their concerns and offer solutions to the problems exposed by the recent Miami Herald expose on affordable housing in Miami.

In the four part series "House of Lies" the Miami Herald exposed years of corruption within the MDHA and county government that has a had dire repercussions for Miami's low-income residents. In the height of a housing crisis, the Herald exposed a major causes of the delays in construction is elected and appointed county staff. The series has exposed the most hurtful kind of greed.

Leading the charge for putting forward a people's response is Low-Income Families Fighting Together (LIFFT), Miami Workers Center (MWC) and Power U
Center for Social Change. All three organizations have been organizing residents in Miami's low-income Black and Latino neighborhoods in opposition to gentrification. Power U has long standing campaign against the Crosswinds development in Overtown.  MWC and LIFFT have a long standing campaigns in Liberty City around  the destruction of HOPE VI Scott-Carver Homes and throughout Miami-Dade County in the Fill the Vacancies Campaign for public housing access.

Tony Romano, Organizing Director of MWC said of the widespread corruption and failure of MDHA and the County, "For years these people have been making money on the backs of poor Black and Latino people. Real justice would be for those who are really responsible for this dismal situation to resign and for the money and resources to be returned to the community for community led development of housing."

Denise Perry, director of Power U referencing the Crosswinds project in Overtown stated,  "This is exactly why there needs to be an accountability process that engages the community. We need to stop this giving of our tax money to developers, for their profit and our detriment. We will continue to fight for the rights of the people in the process and government accountability."

"They finally got some of these thieves. We have been shouting about these crooks for years: MDHA, Model City Trust, Dorrin Rolle. And we will keep shouting until all of them are exposed for what they are." said Ms. Mary Wadley, leader of LIFFT.

The Community Speak Out will be the continuation of longer fights for justice for Miami's poor residents.
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VISUALS:  Residents speaking out. Banners. Signs.

Power U Center
1633 NW 3rd Ave.
Miami, FL 33136


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