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'Ethnic cleansing' is the process of eliminating an unwanted ethnic or religious group through forced deportation, mass murder or genocide. Incredibly, this week,"ethnic cleansing" found it's way into Hudson County Superior Court this week, in a complaint against the mayor, her husband and a former HHA Chairman filed by HHA Executive Director Carmelo Garcia.
Garcia's allegations are stunning in their brazen flight from reality into a world where Dawn Zimmer's got "her version" of Vision 20/20. To boot, it's an "ethnic cleansing initiative" aimed at turning the ethically diverse HHA into a 'White Utopia'.
I kid you not, folks. From politickernj:
“Mayor Zimmer’s version of the Vision 20/20 project was essentially an ethnic cleansing initiative in which Mayor Zimmer… sought to replace Hoboken’s minorities with white affluent voters,” the suit alleges. “By increasing the number of whites in Hoboken, Mayor Zimmer sought to increase her political base among the new guard. Mayor Zimmer did not generally enjoy the support of Hoboken’s minorities.”Does GA need to tell you how Garcia's allegations are undermined by his own Vision 20/20 concept plan?
An attendee at Garcia's first public forum provided the following information, based on the Executive Director's presentation. An anonymous commenter disputes this breakdown, saying all 806 units are reserved for public housing plus 1/3 of the additional 192 units, resulting in 67 additional low income units. Garcia presented the revised breakdown at his second public forum- AFTER Save The Projects Projects went public.
Which is correct? GA is waiting for documentation of the breakdown to be forwarded.
As presented at the first public forum, Garcia's plan demolishes 806 units of affordable housing and proposes 1,002 new dwelling units: 1/3 luxury, 1/3 moderate income and 1/3 low income. Garcia's own plan reduces affordable housing from 806 units to 334 units. You can see, Garcia's Vision 20/20 does NOT target race; it targets the poor.
Garcia's Vision 20/20 is an economic cleansing initiative.
Which is why he desperately needs to keep the facts about Vision 20/20 hidden from residents, which includes a war on 'flyers' from Save The Projects and.... (get ready for this) discarding ALL copies of The Hoboken Reporter.
Yep, GA was told by witnesses about the mass-dumping of last week's HR delivery to the HHA- the issue the one featuring Jessica Coco's tale of harassment and efforts to inform residents that their homes will be demolished:
They do not deliver the Hoboken Reporter to our mail rooms. Only the mail room at 4th st and Jackson near the office has any Hoboken Reporters put out. The papers are left in a big pile for residents. Last week Carmello had them thrown out. A maintenance man in a HHA green pick-up truck told us he was ordered to remove all copies of the Reporter & throw them down the incinerator.This destruction of newspapers brings to mind Bertoldt Brecht's Burning of the Books, written about the destruction of books under an infamous totalitarian regime:
When the Regime commanded that books with harmful knowledge
Should be publicly burned and on all sides
Oxen were forced to drag cartloads of books
To the bonfires...
The banning of newspapers at the HHA. The creation of an alternate reality where the MAYOR is designing an ethnically-pure, all-white Vision 20/20. Imagine believing that this alternate reality- though unsupported by any existing documentation or evidence- will be viable in a Hudson County courtroom. Imagine what provokes one to think of such a scheme.
That combines massive delusion, megalomania and balls the size of the moon.
No rebuttal for delusions is required, but here it is for the record: Mayor Zimmer has never put forward any Vision 20/20 proposal of any kind. The Mayor's 5-1-13 letter to Garcia, explicitly rejects his request for developer tax-abatements, and denies her support of his 'economic cleansing' Vision 20/20 plan. Among serious concerns about Garcia's proposal, she cites design inadequacies, failure to provide back-up generators, and lack of community input. Zimmer goes on to defend the poor's right to occupy affordable housing units, writing "Public housing must go to those most in need of housing based on income."
So what is this all about? Well, that's where we get to the bottom of this hollow, foolish lawsuit.
The transcript. Stay tuned.
|Creating an alternate reality at the HHA|