What does the 9th Ward Want?
New Orleans—A Community Voice (ACV), Ninth Ward Chapters will conduct a Candidate forum for District E and Div. 1, City Council races this Friday, August 4, 2017, at 6:00 p.m., at 5234 N. Claiborne at Egania in the old Trinity Lutheran Church, to raise critical issues to the 9th ward.
The meeting is held in the Lower 9th ward to highlight the area of District E that has been “forgotten in the current City Council forums that tend to relate to New Orleans East”, stated leaders from A Community Voice who chair the event: Secretary Treasurer Debra Campbell, Lower 9th Ward Co-Chair Gwendolyn Adams, and Member Organizer Jo Jackson.
“But there are many issues that intertwine the neighborhoods of the 9th and 8th wards ward including the fight led by A Community Voice against the industrialization project of the state to forge a new freeway on Florida Ave from the Port of St Bernard Parish to Elysian Fields. Further, the expansion in the 9th ward, of the Industrial Canal is a dangerous unnecessary Trump reprioritized infrastructure project that would also threaten St. Bernard and Plaquemines Parishes. There is widespread belief that both projects will diminish the quality of life in predominately black residential 8th and 9th wards of New Orleans,” said Debra Campbell, Chairperson, ACV-Ninth Ward Chapter. A lack of remedies for Blight control and employment projects also lead the list, with increased taxes, gentrification and crime that has seniors afraid to leave their homes, and more.