Big protests erupting right now in New Orleans as people who live in public housing, and probably some people who don’t but do what they can to support the poor, are trying to get their voices heard about the demolition of their homes. Apparently, as you can see from the article, developers want to bulldoze this public housing so they can get tax breaks and build new mixed-income developments.

There evidently have been a couple “brawls” outside among the protestors, but it sounds a lot like these people are just trying to get into the meeting, which they have a right to do as City Council meetings are open to the public, and the Council won’t let them in. And then the police start using mace and stun guns.

How in the world did we get like this? It’s Christmas, for god’s sake.

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