Blights Out (is not running) for Mayor!
Last year, Blights Out ran for President (kinda). This time, we are running for Mayor (sort of)! And we need your support! While Blights Out isn’t planning a collective occupation of the Mayor’s office (yet), we are occupying a billboard on Galvez St. and Orleans Av.e in New Orleans, LA, for one year with a creative campaign called Blights Out for Mayor–a series of 12 billboard and 5 yard sign messages that call on the public and our representatives to radically expand our imaginations around solutions to New Orleans’ housing crisis. It’s a sustained call to action to #PutHousingFirst because politics and policy neither begin nor end at the ballot. And we’re launching a Kickstarter on September 12th to make it possible.
Support Our Kickstarter starting on September 12th!
Blights Out for Mayor calls for and suggests entry points into a post-Katrina Truth and Reconciliation process. We seek the redress of policies and values imposed in the wake of disaster that reinforce ecological apartheid in our housing landscape and that threaten to turn our city into a gentrified fortress that shelters the wealthiest from the rising-up of seas and people.
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**A note about the timing of our Kickstarter:
For months, Blights Out had been planning to launch a Kickstarter Campaign on September 5th to fund Blights Out for Mayor, a project that will examine the policies, values, language and histories that shaped our city’s recovery in the wake of disaster. But this week, another disaster took precedence. In solidarity with Houston, we are postponing the launch of our campaign for one week until Tuesday, September 12th.
The Kickstarter was planned to cover the production and rental costs of billboards (and yard signs), starting in October. With our decision to postpone our launch, our fiscal sponsor, Antenna, has generously agreed to front us the money to cover the costs of the October billboard, which we will reimburse through the campaign.