Occupy New Orleans

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The Occupy New Orleans demonstration is a part of the Occupy Movement which began on Sept. 17, 2011 with the original Occupy Wall Street demonstration in New York City. It has consisted of a handful of protesters but it has been largely unsuccessful at doing much of anything

Communist Identified as Occupy NOLA Leader

Thanks to the website www.freerepublic.com, people have been posting stories about the "Occupy Wall Street" movement and their regional/local offspring. One story, Template:CITATION was about Occupy New Orleans, and featured their leader, Mike Howells, who bills himself as a "housing activist", which is also how the local media portray him.

However, thanks to an alert FR "poster" (one who posts comments about the featured article), citation, Howells true communist identity was revealed and further KW research found out a lot about him that has not appeared in the press. He has been affiliated with Trotskyite communist parties/organizations including the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) and the International Socialist Organization (ISO), the latter have absorbed a lot of former SWP members when it begain to split apparent in the 1980's.

  • The Militant, the official paper of the SWP, August 25, 2008, Vol. 72/No. 33, "Socialist Workers win ballot spot in six states, four to go", by Jacquie Henderson, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Selected excerpts:

The Socialist Workers Party became the first to place its presidential ticket on the November 4 ballot in Louisiana yesterday. The party is running Roger Calero for president and Alyson Kennedy for vice president.

Photo about this opening paragraph showed four people, with the following caption: "Louisiana Director of Elections Nancy Underwood (right) congratulates SWP electors Eloise Williams and Mike Howells with SWP vice presidential candidate Alyson Kennedy (center)."

  • "Kennedy filed here along with Eloise Williams and Mike Howells, from New Orleans, two of the party's nine electors."
  • "Mike Howells of New Orleans, one of the party's electors, said he witnessed firsthand the bipartisan failure to address the most rudimentary needs after Hurricane Katrina in 2005," reported the Advocate. "Republicans and Democrats only offer problems, not solutions, " Howells said. "They all let the people down."

Williams was described in the article as "a civil rights activist and retired health-care worker".

"Campaign supporter and oil worker Derrick Morrison ..."


In the article "Landrieu tells Occupy NOLA protesters: 'Now would be a great time to kind of go ahead and get on up and go', The Times-Picayne, by Danny Monteverde, 12/02/2011 (http://blog.nola.com/politics/print.html?entry=2011/12/now_would_be_a_great_time_to_..."), a photograph of the Occupy NOLA "welcome desk" identified Luckylydell Lucky Lydell as a worker there.


A 53-year-old man died on November 8, 2011 at the Occupy Occupy New Orleans camp site. The man was reported to have been dead for two days before he was found.[1][2]