FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 20, 2009
On Wednesday, October 21, 2009, there will be huge rally on Newark City Hall steps to protest the executive decision to cut off the water supply of low income Newark residents by Mayor Cory Booker. At issue is the unpaid taxes by irresponsible landlords. Instead of going after the landlords themselves, the mayor has decided to take the most extreme posture of shutting off at select properties affecting innocent tenants, many of whom are low income recipients whose rents are automatically paid by Section 8.
The rally will begin 5p.m.
Newark City Hall is 920 Broad Street, Newark.
It is sponsored by the Peoples Organization for Progress, the Newark Water Group, the Newark United Tenants Association, the New Black Panther Party and many others.
“This is an obscene, inhumane, facist act,” said an angry Zayid Muhammad, national minister of culture for the New Black Panther Party.
“Instead of working with Newark residents and city council to streamline ordinances that make irresponsible landlords intolerable, this mayor has decided to punish the vulnerable. But this is how gentrification works. Any method that forces large numbers of the poor out is fair game, and that’s who this mayor is proving himself to be.”
Organizers also are demanding that the city council articulate the outrage of the community and move to check executive actions like this, instead of pretending to be powerless bystanders when they are in fact in cohoots with the mayor hoping to ride his well-financed coattails in the next election.
For more information, please call 732-768-0825…
THE NEW BLACK PANTHER PARTY
NATIONAL MINISTRY OF CULTURE
PO BOX 25332 , NEWARK , NJ 07101