Friday, December 14, 2007

Well this won't work

Public housing advocates are moving toward a new set of strategies now that demolitions have begun on B.W. Cooper.

I thought that given the negative backlash toward them because of the media's sensationalized coverage of the unaffiliated "terror" poster, the Coalition to Stop Demolition might try some public relations damage control. I thought they needed to regain legitimacy.

But on the front of NOLA.com right now is a picture of protesters chaining themselves to the HANO/HUD building in Gentilly.


Here are the first two clauses of the sentence introducing the photo:

Four housing protestors, none of them former residents of New Orleans public housing,

Ouch. That's not the type of coverage you want. It makes those opposing immediate demolition look absolutely ridiculous. I've been going out on a limb for like ten days now...

And I think my arguments against immediate demolition are quite reasonable, if not damn right.

This poorly devised stunt is extremely counter-productive to getting this issue looked at in an intelligent and rational manner.

5 comments:

Ashley said...

"This poorly devised stunt is extremely counter-productive to getting this issue looked at in an intelligent and rational manner."

Yep.

Editor B said...

Actual residents of public housing are poor, and least able to afford being jailed. Therefore committed people of conscience must put themselves on the line.

That's the reasoning anyway.

Editor B said...

I meant to say, "committed people" who can afford to engage in civil disobedience, who can afford to do the time.

Alan Gutierrez said...

Yes. My sentiments exactly. These clowns are putting up just the sort of resistance that the authorities know how to overcome. Welcome to the free speech zone Stinky McPacificNorthwest.

What is the point of handcuffing oneself to a government building? Who cares if they get arrested?

E said...

editor b,

yes that is the reason for why outsiders are doing it instead of actual public housing residents.

that doesn't make it a particularly wise tactic.

in fact, i think you'll agree that it is a stupid and counterproductive tactic, given the way the media has responded to other mobilization attempts this week.