Image Hosted by ImageShack.usA little boy is dead because Barack’s key fundraisers cared more about profit than a safe environment for children. While his mother watched him to be sure he was safe, Curtis Cooper, a three-year-old boy riding his tricycle, was crushed to death by a heavy iron fence that suddenly fell over on top of him at a housing project run by Obama contributor Cullen Davis — whose family received huge government subsidies as well as a $1,000,000 grant for the properties from the Woods Fund’s board, whose members included Barack Obama and unrepentant terrorist William Ayers.

CBS2 reports (via NoQuarterUSA channel):

CBS2 Chicago also reports:

Curtis’ aunt Lisa Springfield said, “It just crushed him all up, his whole face.”

According to witnesses, five or six men rushed to the boy to try to pry the heavy fence off of him. An hour later he was pronounced dead at Children’s Memorial Hospital.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usCullen Davis, the son of Obama’s first boss and major benefactor Allison Davis, is a beneficiary of Obama’s prominent effort to privatize the management of public housing in Chicago. As Un coup de des wrote here yesterday in “Boston Globe Exposé, Part I: Introducing Cecil Butler, Obama’s West Side Slumlord Patron,” the privatization of this housing — while highly profitable for investors like Cullen Davis, Allison Davis, and the now-convicted Tony Rezko — has left residents with chronic plumbing failures that led to sewage throughout units and backing up into kitchen sinks, “collapsed roofs and fire damage,” rampant rodent infestation, vacant units, and the displacement of thousands of low-income residents because the buildings are either uninhabitable or have been destroyed in order to “gentrify” neighborhoods.

Furious neighbors reacted last night, reports the Chicago Tribune:

A 3-year-old boy was crushed to death Friday evening by a large, rusted steel gate at the Cabrini-Green housing complex, prompting a crowd to gather and hurl accusations of mismanagement at property managers.

“How many accidents happen over here because of failed inspections,” screamed Willie J.R. Fleming, a resident and a director with the Coalition to Protect Public Housing. “There’s no accountability, there’s no oversight of this.”

Barack Obama and Mayor Daley backed the privatization schemes and personally interceded to ensure that THEIR cronies made money off the privatization. Here’s how DEEPLY INVOLVED Barack Obama is in these schemes that contributed to little Curtis Cooper’s death, via the Boston Globe’s “Grim proving ground for Obama’s housing policy“:

  • “As a state senator, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee coauthored an Illinois law creating a new pool of tax credits for developers.”
  • “As a US senator, he pressed for increased federal subsidies.”
  • “And as a presidential candidate, he has campaigned on a promise to create an Affordable Housing Trust Fund that could give developers an estimated $500 million a year.”

An outrageous example of the privatization profiteers is Tony Rezko. Reports the Boston Globe‘s superb investigative report (a must-read in full):

Antoin “Tony” Rezko, perhaps the most important fund-raiser for Obama’s early political campaigns and a friend who helped the Obamas buy a home in 2005. Rezko’s company used subsidies to rehabilitate more than 1,000 apartments, mostly in and around Obama’s district, then refused to manage the units, leaving the buildings to decay to the point where many no longer were habitable.

Campaign finance records show that six prominent developers – including Jarrett, Davis, and Rezko – collectively contributed more than $175,000 to Obama’s campaigns over the last decade and raised hundreds of thousands more from other donors. Rezko alone raised at least $200,000, by Obama’s own accounting.

You’ll note that on his Web site describing his business, Obama donor Cullen Davis, the owner of the property at which little Curtis Cooper died, touts that his company offers “visionary and strategic leadership to Urban Property Advisors (UPA) plus a number of companies and ventures impacting change in urban environments.”

Apparently, Mr. Davis’s “vision” doesn’t include close inspection of old, rusting heavy iron gates. From CBS2 Chicago:

As for Regional Property Advisers, the firm which has been inspecting this CHA property for the past two years, it contended that due diligence was exercised.

Spokesman Ronald O’Neil said, “We visually check the property on a regular basis and I can tell you that in this particular instance, there’s a gate that has a chain on it and it has been chained up and it did not fall over.”

That’s of small comfort for Curtis’ family. They expressed skepticism over that explanation.

“They didn’t do anything to that one. I guess they thought because it wouldn’t move. The gate wouldn’t move, so I guess it was rusting out, that’s why it wouldn’t move. Then all of a sudden, he touched it and the whole dang gate fell on him,” Springfield said.


For more on the powerful who have managed to privatize and profit from these low-income housing projects, read:

Note: Un coup de des plans a series of reports on this privatization scheme that enriched Barack Obama’s allies and benefactors but left Chicago’s poor in disgusting, uninhabitable or dangerous housing.


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  • kat in your hat

    LOOK at all these poor black who go HOMELESS ion Grove Parc Plaza in Chicago because of Obama and his business and pleasure friends Allison Davis and Tony Rezko!


    Why are so many black people supporting him??? He hasn’t done anything for them, but harm, and this is a damn crying shame.

    • james

      So we like holding politicans accountable?

      Look at the estimated 194,000 U.S. veterans who are homeless and on the steets of America any given night–at least 1,500 of which are veterans of the War in Iraq.

      Then look at John McCain’s voting history on each year’s Veterans appropriation bill.

      Consider 5,000 dead women and children in Iraq, and 4,113 dead American soldiers.

      Then look at McCain’s voting history on Bush’s war and his current position.

      We can do accountability if you want. We can compare how much Barack Obama has to direclty answer for, compared with John McCain.

    • james

      Why are so many black people supporting him??? He hasn’t done anything for them, but harm, and this is a damn crying shame.

      How do you know he hasn’t done anything for them?

      We’ve got to consider who’s telling us this stuff. People in the black community are perfectly capable of speaking for themselves. Their continuing support in Illinois after being represented by Obama for years speaks volumes.

  • Zeke

    What’s the spread if I take Obama and the points?

    McCain’s machine is going grind this man to mincemeat..

  • Brendy

    Such a terrible and NEEDLESS tradgedy – such a cute, little boy. What a heartbreak that is for that mother – bless her soul; her little boy is with God.

  • Talk2ThePaw

    How can Obama claim to be a great Senator, a man of the people, a man that will raise the standard of the poor and disenfranchised and say that he had no idea of the conditions in his district? How can he claim to be the candidate of Change when like all Washington politicians he apparently never visits his own district?

    • Chicago Joe

      He didn’t see the slums.
      He didn’t double cross Alice Palmer.
      He didn’t keep a schedule as a state senator.
      He didn’t keep his records.
      He didn’t fill out that questionnaire.
      He didn’t post the phony birth certificate.
      He didn’t vote 130 times (present).
      He didn’t hear anything Rev. Wright had to say for 20 years.
      He didn’t see the people all around him a-whoopin’ and a-hollerin’ when the Rev. made some points.
      He didn’t read the TUCC manifesto…
      He didn’t really hang out with his spiritual mentors, Manning, Wright and Pfleger.
      He didn’t use TUCC as a place to launch his political career.

      You get the idea.

  • John

    Well, I’m not the same John as the last commenter, but I congratulate Susanunpc for this powerful reporting. Some research and google searches convince me that Susan is correct. This information needs to be spread far and wide on political blogs everywhere, and it will probably make its way, rightly, into campaign ads as well.

  • John

    One misconception is that some people think that if Obama supporters knew how dirty he really is – they would not support him. Wrong! They know and they don’t care. In fact, they are proud of it. Like many other thugs throughout history, Obama has a large following among the corrupt, the banal, the resentful, the haters. We have seen this kind before. The bad part is that for him to maintain their complete adoration, he will have to move on to bigger and more horrible crimes against decency & truth. These kinds of people are only satisfied when the corruptness grows & grows until it destroyes all that is decent. Obama may indeed be the future of this nation. The empire had risen, and now it is falling.

    • Brendy

      John – I happen to agree with you. People DO know that Obama is worthless, and probably corrupt (and definitely anti-America/white – after attending THAT ‘church’) as a presidential candidate – but MILLIONS of people STILL SUPPORT HIM. It’s incredible.