Survivors Village Protester Arrested on Trumped up Charges

June 3, 2010 by communitiesrising

Sharon Jasper, member of Survivors Village and MayDay New Orleans, was arrested by the New Orleans police who brought four SWAT cars to apprehend this elder Black woman from her home.

Ms. Sharon is being charged with battery of a rental agent during an action organized by Survivors Village and MayDay New Orleans.

On Friday, May 28th, a group entered the Columbia Parc rental office and held a sit-in demanding the right of former St. Bernard Housing Project residents to return to their homes. Police say Ms. Sharon assaulted a Columbia Parc rental agent during her entrance into the building. The rental agent did not complain about an assault and continued to work in the office the entire time of the occupation, including when police arrived. While there, police made no mention of an assault when explaining to the group why they should end their protest.

The truth is that the City of New Orleans did not arrest Sharon Jasper for assault; they arrested her because she dared to tell that truth and demand that public housing residents of New Orleans have the right to return to their homes. The arrest represents a clear effort by the City of New Orleans to represent the interests of the developers of the Columbia Parc while actively working against the former residents of New Orleans. We condemn this politically motivated use of the public police in order to protect private developers from protests.

The Columbia Parc development replaced the St. Bernard Housing Project after the City of New Orleans voted to demolish the 1,500 units of public housing and replace them with market housing. The action was part of the Right to Return Weekend in New Orleans as part of the Take Back the Land Movement May 2010 Month of Action

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