Unhoused New Orleans Residents Demand Rooms in Hotels Idled by Pandemic

HeadlineMay 20, 2020

Here in New York, protesters marched through the Bronx Tuesday demanding that Governor Andrew Cuomo create a relief fund and cancel rent payments for laid-off workers during the lockdown.

In New Orleans, activists are demanding that city officials expand a program to provide hotel rooms to unhoused people during the pandemic. This is community organizer Cole Williams.

Cole Williams: “This week, we’re going to be at Duncan Plaza every morning at 8 a.m. demonstrating with the homeless in front of City Hall.”

Protester 1: “What do we want?”

Protesters: “Housing!”

Protester 1: “What do we want?”

Protesters: “Housing!”

Protester 2: “Wade in the water / Wade in the water, children.”

Cole Williams: “There’s a deep lack of concern for the houseless, and there’s a deep lack of concern about, like, what’s happening to Black people during this pandemic.”

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