Here is his church as “advertised”: on his website

Toris Young's Church

Well maybe not actually as advertised. They don’t mention that it is a sandlot.

But that does not deter Rev. Toris Young, who has been convicted of “identity theft and fraud”: perhaps the fraud was actually raising funds to build a church that does not exist.

Also of interest is the claim on his site of partnering with the National Guard.

Toris Young

So it was of great interest when I saw that the Commitee to Recall Cao was going to hold a Press Conference on the S.Claiborne site owned by Congressman Cao.

All I have to say is people who promote blight should not be calling anyone out for it, especially when you have done jail time.
I wasn’t playing political games when I wrote the piece but am not shocked or surprised that they are using the spot to hold a 2 p.m. Press conference.

From: Minister Aubry Wallace []
Sent: Monday, June 22, 2009 3:38 PM

Subject: Fwd: Recall Anh Cao Press Conference, Tuesday, June 23, 2:00 p.m., on public sidewalk at 3718 – 20 South Claiborne Avenue, site of Anh Cao owned slum property

For Immediate release:

Press Conference: Tuesday, June 23, 2009, 2:00 p.m.
Location: 3718 – 20 South Claiborne Avenue, New Orleans,
Purpose: Update on lawsuit against Louisiana officials, Request for City Inspector General Inquiry

The Recall Anh Cao Committee announces a press conference for Tuesday, June 23 (tomorrow) to update citizens on effort to recall Congressman Anh Cao. This press conference will take place on the public sidewalk in front of the site of slum property that has been owned and neglected for two years – since June 22, 2007 – by Anh Cao. The property is located at 3718 – 20 South Claiborne Avenue. The time for the press conference is 2:00 p.m.

The Anh Cao Recall Committee announces that on this Friday, June 26, its member and legal team representatives will meet in a pre-trial hearing with Civil District Court Judge Hon. Michael Bagneris. Representatives of the Office of the Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and of the Office of Louisiana Secretary of State Jay Dardenne will attend this meeting. More details will be provided on tomorrow.

The Louisiana Attorney General has stymied our citizen-led recall effort through its politically motivated and erroneous ruling that Louisiana’s citizens do not have a right to recall our elected members of the U.S. House of Representatives. There is no written law – state or federal – that prohibits the recall of members of Congress elected by Louisianians. We move forward to secure this right for all of Louisiana’s citizens. This argument has national significance.

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The properties at 3718 – 20 and 3728 – 30 South Claiborne Avenue, located in Council District B and owned by U.S. Representative Anh Cao, symbolize why he must be removed from office. While Cao seeks billions in earmarks but hypocritically votes against President Obama’s bugetary measures needed to help this nation recover from economic recession, he also slows the recovery of this region, by serving as a derelict, neglectful owner of property in dire need of repair at a time when we seek additional funding from the federal government to continue this region’s recovery.

We are calling on the City of New Orleans Inspector General to launch an investigation into whether Anh Cao and his wife received favorable treatment from any City officials or agencies relative to follow up inspections, fines, penalties or permits after inspections by City Code Enforcement officials relative to the property at 3718 – 3720 South Claiborne. That property was demolished today, barely two weeks after the commencement of media attention to its existence as a blighted property.

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For more information contact Rev. Toris Young, 444-8190, cellular.

Karen Gadbois

Karen Gadbois co-founded The Lens. She now covers New Orleans government issues and writes about land use. With television reporter Lee Zurik she exposed widespread misuse of city recovery funds and led...