Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 12/09/2010 - 12:18.
My Message to Washington DC about Working Class Issues With CRA, CDCs and Urban Planning In real NEO
My posting on CRA - Expand the Community Reinvestment Act to Bring Trillions MORE Dollars in Safe and Sound Investments to America's Neighborhoods - has had enough time online to offer some important insight.
First of all, from comments, CRA is a confusing issue and even liberal community development advocates associate CRA with urban development ills - projecting frustrations with local political corruption and planning failure upon all Federal urban renewal efforts, lumping in CRA (and organizations like NCRC). In fact, these citizens do not understand where CRA fits in and are misplacing their anger - missing an opportunity to support what may help.
Those responsible for educating citizens about CRA and credit issues - the councilpeople and CDCs - are the ones causing the harm and frustration for working class citizens, who feel under-served and under-represented - and they are under-educated about Federal efforts to improve their lives, and the availability of basic help.
What comes from that confusion - what realNEO offers unique visibility to - is the frustration of working class citizens in urban Cleveland who feel abused by the community development system and the leadership of that here - and many of these citizens have been more than abused, to the extent of having houses seized and demolished - being denied legal due process - being victimized - really frightening.
At best, citizens receive benign denial of service here.
For how bad it is, read http://realneo.us/content/property-tax-reductions-are-available-low-income-seniors-and-disabled-citizens#comment-27344
And for an executive summary from an activist veteran read http://realneo.us/content/judge-angela-stokes-held-me-contempt-court-and-locked-me-holding-cell#comment-27225
This comment is on a posting about a CDC Director who literally ATTACKED a disabled veteran in a park in one of the communities he serves (at working class taxpayer expense) - on video tape - in which case the CDC Director has been sheltered and protected by the police, prosecutors and all the 1,000s of people the CDCs influence here... including the mainstream media.
They are like the Mafia here... if not of the Mafia here (and we do have lots of Mafia here).
People are risking their lives to find help. Things could not be worse.