A four-day protest against Boston Redevelopment Authority policies in the South End by members of CAUSE (Community Assembly for a Unified South End) began Thursday with a sit-in at the BRA site office and ended Sunday night when the last of Tent City was quietly folded away….
For over a year, CAUSE has been protesting the BRA policy that "property is more important than people," in the words of one demonstrator. The BRA has been accused of inefficient and often cruel relocation practices, and also of failure to provide enough low income housing for South End residents.
These accusations were symbolically made last weekend, when concerned residents set up Tent City on a parking lot…. Some 50 people spent Saturday and Sunday night in ents and huts to show demonstrators' feeling that low income housing should once more exist on that site.
The four demands of CAUSE are that relocation of families in the South End be stopped until new construction is made available; that acquisition of South End properties be stopped; that there be an elected, representative South End Urban Renewal Committee; and that construction begin immediately of low-income housing on vacant lots….
On Friday morning, following a sit-in the day before at the BRA site office, CAUSE members surrounded the parking lot and refused to let cars in.
One of CAUSE's strongest demands has been for the creation of a representative South End Urban Renewal Committee. An informed source stated Tuesday that the present Committee will probably recommend "that a new committee called THE Urban Renewal Committee be set up to work with the Mayor and the BRA" at a meeting with the BRA Thursday night.
…He added, "No one should think this is a change of heart on the part of the committee. Those who were racist are still racist--but now they are aware of their common frustration."
Bay State Banner, May 2, 1968