MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – The head of a New Chicago community group wants to sue the city of Memphis again, this time for $20 million, over what they say are actions against the black communities in the city.
Carnita Atwater, the head of New Chicago Community Partnership Revitalization, says that the city is violating its charter, that there’s an abuse of power by city leaders, illegal use of housing funding, and that a study shows that poverty has actually increased by 27%.
Atwater was behind the last lawsuit against the city that delayed voting on the Memphis 3,0 plan. She says that we don’t need more developments and hotels in Memphis, but we need more housing.
“I care about the senior citizens that six months ago were eating cat food in this community. MIFA and the other programs had ran out of food. I care about the homeless people – black, white, yellow, brown – that’s living under the underpass, and they’re taking their property and throwing them out,” said Atwater. “So what we should be doing is taking that money, the funding, and building adequate shelters for these people.”
Atwater says that what happened in Orange Mound, with declining home prices, should have never happened. She blames the city of Memphis and says that the Memphis 3.0 plan doesn’t do anything to help support black communities.