Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Neighborhood Stabilization Program Data | HUD USER

Neighborhood Stabilization Program Data | HUD USER

HUD's Neighborhood Stabilization Program ( provides emergency assistance to state and local governments to acquire and redevelop foreclosed properties that might otherwise become sources of abandonment and blight within their communities. The Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) provides grants to every state, certain local communities, and other organizations to purchase foreclosed or abandoned homes and to rehabilitate, resell, or redevelop these homes in order to stabilize neighborhoods and stem the decline of house values of neighboring homes. The program is authorized under Title III of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Climate change research

'Nature is speaking': will consumers listen? -

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Monday, October 14, 2013

The Grassroots Battle Against Big Oil

Activists in Texas are connecting the fight against the Keystone pipeline with the struggle for environmental justice.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Federal court holds that arrest of activist for wearing a jacket with political slogan was unlawful

Freedom of speech was dealt yet another blow when a federal judge held that an individual was properly arrested simply for wearing a jacket with a political slogan. According to the memorandom opinion, At the time of Scott’s arrest, the application of section 6135 – and its predecessor 40 U.S.C. § 13k8 – to individuals in the Supreme Court building and plaza had been upheld as constitutional", but the judge still upheld the arrest as lawful. What does that mean?

On January 20th,2012 Fitzgerald Scott walked into the Supreme court wearing a jacket with a fist painted on the back surrounded by the words “occupy everywhere”. Scott was arrested, charged with unlawful entry, processed and released. His administrative tort claim was denied on September 20th, 2012 so Scott filed suit against the United States for false arrest and imprisonment on October 17th, 2012.

Scott was asked to leave the Supreme Court under section 6135, “it is unlawful to parade, stand, or move in processions or assemblages in the Supreme Court Building or grounds, or to display in the Building and grounds a flag, banner, or device designed or adapted to bring into public notice a party, organization, or movement” 40 U.S.C 6135, a law which has since been declared unconstitutional. Because Scott did not leave when told, the court held that the officer had probable cause to arrest him.
The United States filed a motion for summary judgment and Scott filed a cross-motion for summary judgment.  The court granted the government's motion and denied Scott's cross- motion, meaning that Scott would not get his day in court.  Scott has filed a notice of appeal to the D.C. Circuit.
The memorandum opinion can be located at

Friday, June 28, 2013

The Environmental Movement - first hand account of non violence met with violence, so this is me in the pic before I got out of jail. There are two people on the other side of this truck. You can't really see the attachments from this picture. They tried to rip me out hoping they could break the chain. That didn't work. That was bad. The female bodied person if front of me in this picture, well, they tried to rip her out too. That was worse. Then they tried to cut her pvc pipe with bolt cutters. They busted up her arm pretty good. She is very brave. More than I was for sure. We were in too much pain for them to continue. After, terrible screams and lots of tears, (mostly from me, she is tough as nails) they couldn't get us out so they went to the other side. They tried to cut the person attached to her (he was under the the machine) out using the jaws of life. Jaws of life and pvc don"t mix. "I am going to hurt you now, I am going to crush your arm", said the guy holding the jaws of life as he waited for the compressor to be turned on. I couldn't see anything but I heard a loud boom. Luckily, the guy doing the crushing was just low enough to miss his arm but cut the hand of the person locked down. They got the people under the machine out first. I heard the EMT's put a band aid on him. When I saw him in jail later, the back of his hand had swollen and didn't look like it was getting better. By morning the swelling had gone down but the bandage was covered in dried blood.

I went to the hospital and was treated for a contusion before I was released to the jailhouse. That means a bruise. I went to the VA hospital yesterday. I was treated for a sprained elbow. Funny how different emergency rooms had different assessments. I am still in pain. I was looking to do some carpentry stuff and had some good leads on construction jobs but now I am kinda screwed. The doctor here assured me that I need to rest for the next 10 days. I don't really have a choice he said. Either take it easy or be in pain.

The Judge ordered us back to court on Friday. They are not sure about the charges. I forgot how much the bail was but I think it was set at like $1,500 a piece. While we were in court the prosecutor asked for $25,000 a piece. The judge made a note but left the bail stand at $1,500.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Blockader Encases Arm in Concrete, Shutting Down Work on The Keystone XL and Continuing The “Red River Showdown”

BREAKING: Lula, OK—Thursday, April 25, 7:30AM - A protester with the group Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance has stopped construction of the Keystone XL pipeline by locking his arm into a concrete capsule buried directly in the pipeline’s proposed path. Fitzgerald Scott, 43, is the first African American to risk arrest while physically blockading TransCanada’s dangerous tar sands pipeline, and the second person to take action this week. On Monday a 61 year old man locked himself to a piece of construction equipment effectively shutting down another Oklahoma pipeline construction site. This week of action, called the “Red River Showdown,” is intended to protect the Red River, which marks the border between Oklahoma and Texas and is a major tributary of the Mississippi.

The site Scott has blockaded is a wetland area where crews are attempting to lay sections of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline directly into the marshy waters. An undetected pinhole leak at this location would result in cancer causing chemicals to mix directly into the local community water table.

Scott, who has a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Illinois, Chicago, is a longtime activist for social and environmental justice. While organizing against Keystone over the past five months, Scott has met many people struggling to protect their homes from TransCanada’s abuse of eminent domain.

“I am doing this for the people who don’t have the financial resources to protect themselves from a bully like TransCanada,” explained Scott. “Imagine how much worse it is for them – like the mostly
African American neighborhood in Winona, TX, where protesters with the Tar Sands Blockade found holes in welds of the pipeline section that runs right behind a children’s playground, and neither TransCanada nor the government will do anything about it!”

As construction on the southern portion of Keystone XL nears two thirds completion, no regulators or politicians show any willingness to halt the project or even inspect those faulty welds. According to George Daniel, spokesperson for Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance, “Scott’s action sends a clear message: because every other avenue has failed to stop this deadly project, we will blockade – all summer and on into the fall, if that’s what it takes.”

Today’s action comes just a few weeks after the devastating tar sands spill in Mayflower, Arkansas, which has left communities across Oklahoma and Texas terrified that they may be the next victims of reckless industry practices. Survivors of the spill in Mayflower have reported nausea, blurred vision, vomiting, and black outs caused by the same blend of raw tar and poisonous chemical solvents that will be transported through Keystone XL.

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