Box 3, Folder 7, Document 9

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We are here tonight to tell Atlanta, Georgia to STOP treating
poor people in the housing projects like slaves.

STOP making mothers in Grady Homes leave their babies at six
in the morning and go take care of the rich white man's children in Buck-
head. STOP paying those maids only 30 dollars a week and raising their

STOP making men in Perry Homes work for slave wages. STOP
evicting their families or dimming their lights when they can't get the rent
on time. STOP making them pay fines they don't deserve and bills they are
not responsible for.

STOP conditions in Carver Homes that let rats go after children.

STOP lying to people about not having their applications.

And STOP, Atlanta, bragging about what you are doing for poor

people, because you aren't. Atlanta, you don't even have Grady Homes,
Perry Homes and Carver Homes. You have Grady Slums, Perry Prisons,
and Carver Ghettoes! And that's where hunery children, unemployed men,
and poor mothers live.

We say to Atlanta, Georgia, that if you don't STOP all this, we are
going to STOP you from doing it. SCLC and the Tenants United For Fairness
---that means TUFF -- are going to get tough with you, and we mean every-
one from Mayor Ivan Allen on down.

WE DEMAND the Bill of Rights for Public Housing Tenants. We
are sick and tired of the Mayor and the Board for the Atlanta Housing Authori-

ty delaying action on our Bill of Rights. The injustices to poor people in the


housing projects have been going on for years and years, and we will not
stand for more delays and more studies. We have studied the Atlanta
Housing Authority, and we have found that the Atlanta Housing Authori-
ty, starting with Mr. Satterfield (the director) had better get right or get
lost. And the Board needs some new blood that represents poor people,
not bankers and real estate interests.

We especially demand that the Atlanta Housing Authority tell us
exactly why it doesn't reduce rents instead of raising rents. WE DEMAND
that they tell us what they are doing with every penny of poor people's money
for security deposits when they move into housing projects. Where is the
money? Do the banks get it? The white banks? What does the Housing
Authority do with the poor people's money? Do they get interest on the
money and reduce rents? NO! Do they fix up the housing projects? NO!
the tenants have to pay for that. Do they provide more electricity and heat?
NO! they dim the lights and the homes get cold, Do they use the money to
buy more slum properties? Do they use the money to pay their own salaries?
WHERE IS THE MONEY? We demand that the money be controlled by the
tenants and used as the tenants determine for improvements in their homes.

WE ALSO DEMAND that public housing be turned over to the tenats
so that the tenants can manage their own homes and control admissions, dis-
cipline, fines, clean-up, and hiring for maintenance. Do you know that this
has been done in projects in Baltimore, Maryland, and Cleveland, Ohio?

Why not Atlanta, if Atlanta is so great and so progressive?


WE ALSO DEMAND THAT each housing project have a hearing
baribl -- made up of tenants and management, and controlled by the tenants.
This panel must have the power to veto the rules of the Atlanta Housing
Authority. This panel could decide who manages their project and who gets
jobs in management and custodial work. The tenants themselves would have
first choice. That is a way to really fight poverty by giving poor people
jobs. Housing projects don't need managers who come from other commu-
nities. We don't need mangers who dig up the flower gardens that the poor
people planted, as they did at one project here in Atlanta. We don't need
managers and government employees breaking into homes and searching
property when the tenants aren't there. We don't want dictator managers
fining us and putting us into the streets with out money for rent or food.

WE ALSO DEMAND that the Atlanta Housing Authority recognize
TUFF as the official bargaining agent for tenants and stop intimidating people
in tuff.

These are our demands, and we want simple answers -- like
YES or NO -- and we want answers NOW.

Martin Luther King Jr. and Ralph David Abernathy started fight-
ing for poor people and black people 14 years ago in Montgomery, Alabama.
They have assassinated Dr, King, but if anyone thinks I am going to let
them forget about it or stop fighting for my brothers and sisters -- they
got a lesson to learn, starting right here in Atlanta, Georgia.


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