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Lee Camp: Secret Corruption Behind Worst Fire In Decades

On this week's episode of Redacted Tonight, Lee Camp covers the hidden truth about the Bronx fire that killed 17.

After a Bronx apartment building set on fire earlier this month, killing 17 and injuring many more, a national conversation picked up about low-income housing and tenant rights. New York City’s new mayor initially tried to blame tenants who hadn’t closed the fire door and the people whose space heater may have caused the fire. Lee Camp takes on this story to expose the true culprit responsible for this fire. The corporate media and their developer friends don’t want anybody asking questions like, “Why did the tenants need space heaters to stay warm in their apartments?” and “Why wasn’t the fire door up-to-code?” Those are the important questions but you need to rely on Lee Camp and independent journalists to dig into them and the answers are shocking.

Also in this episode, Lee Camp looks into the U.S.’s Covid numbers and the Biden Administration’s decision to stop asking hospitals to report the numbers.

Jaffer Khan joins Lee Camp to explain how some young TikTok content creators have used an ingenious strategy to win big on the stock market. Since Congress refuses to hold its members accountable for using privileged information to invest in the stock market – a crime usually referred to as insider trading – some young investors have just started to copy the stock purchases of members of Congress and it’s working.

The fossil fuel industry has copied a policy from the anti-BDS movement to suppress opposition the their inhumane business practices. Instead of attempting to clean up their act and appeal to the public’s consciences the fossil fuel industry is pushing policies across the country that would punish people for boycotting them. Anders Lee reports on their outrageous plan.

Watch the full episode here.

Lee Camp
Lee Camp

Lee Camp is the host of the hit comedy news show “Redacted Tonight.” His new book “Bullet Points and Punch Lines” is available at LeeCampBook.com and his stand-up comedy special can be streamed for free at LeeCampAmerican.com.

4 comments

  1. LONDON — Four years after the Grenfell Tower fire, rapper and activist Lowkey is drawing attention to the tragic fire that ripped through the North Kensington tower block on June 14, 2017 — killing 72 people in a low-income community.

    Lowkey takes aim directly at Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the country’s neoliberal establishment and greedy corporate interests, blaming them for the tragedy and the lack of accountability that followed.

    Meanwhile, primarily low-income residents in London’s largely immigrant communities have been saddled with huge bills to replace aesthetic cladding put on their buildings by greedy developers to boost property values and rent. The same type of cladding that caused the deadly inferno at Grenfell.

    Thousands across London are still living in buildings covered in this flammable cladding. And despite years of protests and calls for the government to intervene, it has instead put this crisis in the hands of the same major real estate corporations that caused the problem in the first place.

    https://www.mintpressnews.com/grenfell-anniversary-lowkey-boris-johnson-uk-neoliberalism/277689/

  2. I lived in low-income housing in West St Paul, MN, and I asked the fire department to send an inspector to examine some potential violations in my apartment. The assistant fire chief came over and saw the fire doors on her way to my apartment. All of them were about 3″ from the floor, and her head snapped around as she was looking at them over her shoulder.
    Yet nothing was done and nothing changed.
    I had always wondered how they could be “fire doors” if they had a substantial gap to let air (and cockroaches) through.
    I always assumed that some kind of payment between the landlord and the fire department must have been going on, for that egregious violation to have been ignored.

    1. @Susan Mercurio
      I’ve also lived in low-income housing in both Chicago and in Oakland, California. The problem with calling inspectors is as follows: People who live in low-income housing can’t afford to live in standard-priced housing, or they don’t want to pay more for rent. Either way, landlords are willing to charge less for substandard housing because they don’t have to pay as much to build or maintain it. If inspectors force substantial repairs or upgrades, the rents will also go up, forcing out low-income tenants and Artist-types who can’t or don’t want to pay higher rents. So it’s a tradeoff.

      The real problem here is the landlord/tenant (surf) system in the first place. The concept of “landlords” is a needless holdover from feudalism that was brought here by the European colonizers (that feudal system existed in China also). No one should have to pay a landlord, because landlords provide no service. The entire concept of ownership of land is immoral and anti-environmental — if anything, the land owns YOU, as a Native friends constantly reminds people. Pay the people who build, maintain, repair, and clean the property. But landlords? No!!!

  3. I’ve been a resident manager and/or maintenance staff in several low income apartment buildings in Seattle and San Francisco. I have also been through Merchant Marine firefighting schools. To claim “residents should have closed the fire door” is absolutely appalling. Either the NYC mayor is ignorant or he’s deliberately deflecting blame from management and inspectors.

    The whole point of fire doors is that they close automatically to disrupt the path of smoke and flame. City fire codes define them as such. HUD actually used to conduct inspections, but for the last two decades, agencies or private management companies do their own inspections using HUD forms. Still, the inspection lists have to be filed twice a year. I wonder what those inspections say–or if they exist at all. There is no question who’s at fault here, and it is NOT the residents.

    The space heater may have been a violation; that depends on the building’s house rules. But why was it needed? Was there a problem with heat supply for the whole building? If so, that is a HUD violation and should have been fixed immediately by management. And why did smoke and fire spread so quickly?!! That is in itself evidence of serious maintenance problems.

    The reason safety rules were established along with requirements to keep buildings up to code was to prevent these horrific tragedies.

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