Black Youth Project (BYP100) DC Chapter Planned Actions for Tuesday, November 25
8:28 a.m. — D.C. Police Headquarters (300 Indiana Avenue NW)
12:28 p.m. — Office of Police Complaints (14th and I streets NW)
2:28 p.m. — D.C. City Council (14th Street and Pennsylvania Ave.)
5:28 p.m. — New Mayor’s Transitional Office (441 4th Street NW)
7:00 p.m. — #DCFerguson Rally (Mt. Vernon Square)
Post Rally: Surprise Action
#DCFerguson rally will begin at 7pm at Mt. Vernon Square, 7th and Mass NW Washington, DC Tuesday, November 25th in response to the grand jury's decision in Ferguson, MO to not indict Officer Darren Wilson for the murder of teenager Michael Brown.
#DCFerguson continues to stand in solidarity with the Michael Brown family and the sisters and brothers in Ferguson that are continuing to protest and resist the police murders of Black and Latino people every 28 hours in America.
ANSWER Coalition organizer Eugene Puryear says, "The murder of Michael Brown and the situation in Ferguson can and should be a turning point. Where we finally come to terms with the root causes of these issues and address social deprivation and oppression and the police brutality that comes with it."
The initial sponsors of #DCFerguson include the National Black United Front, the ANSWER Coalition, We Act Radio, the Party for Socialism and Liberation and the American Muslim Alliance, as well as independent organizing networks that have sprung up in the wake of Michael Brown's killing.
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Walmart pushed its way into DC by offering good jobs for DC residents, even promising $13/hour wages. In December of last year, the first two stores opened up. Now, less than one year later, Walmart associates in DC are calling on the company to pay $15/hour and give consistent full-time hours.
ONE DC is calling on our members to stand with Walmart associates this Black Friday in saying "no more broken promises!" Walmart needs to provide living wage jobs with full-time hours, jobs that sustain families instead of keeping them mired in poverty. The Walton family, the controlling family of Walmart and owners of more wealth than 42% of American families, need to Respect DC!
What: Black Friday Protest and March on Walmart
When: Friday, November 28, 2014, 8:00 AM
Where: Meet at Columbus Circle in front of Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20001
Why: To demand Walmart pay all their workers $15/hour and give consistent full-time hours!
If you're not able to join us for in DC, check out www.blackfridayprotests.org for other events across the country or to plan your own.
Join the movement to build a just, equitable, sustainable economy in DC!
DC is the symbolic heart of the current economy, one that is characterized by deepening inequality, unjust policies, a thwarted democracy, and ecological damage. The endless drive for profit and growth hurt people, communities, and the Earth.
But that's not the whole story. In DC and around the world, seeds are being planted for a new kind of economy -- one that is rooted in the values of democracy, justice, cooperation, self-determination, and sustainability. Join us Saturday, December 6th as we learn about solidarity economy models from around the world and explore how we can build a movement to transform our economy.
- Deepening Democracy, Broadening Ownership: Worker Cooperatives, Public Banks, Participatory Budgeting, Community Land Trusts
- Financing the Movement: Transformative Finance
- Learning from Natural Systems
- What Will It Take? Power Won't Concede Without a Fight
There will also be a Time Bank Exchange, Solidarity Economy Market (by ONE Love), and delicious food provided by our local worker cooperative catering company, Zenful Bites.
What: A presentation to teach and educate individuals on ways to create wealth and retire in a tax-free environment.
Where: ONE DC Office, 614 S St NW, Carriage House in Rear
When: Monday, December 1 at 6PM
RSVP: Limited space. Please register by calling 240-988-6992 and leave your name and number.
An in-depth discussion about housing trends in D.C. was hosted by Elevation DC Magazine, Oct. 21.
The conversation was an effort to explore the line between preserving affordable housing for long-time District residents and making way for newcomers to enjoy living in the city as well, said David Bowers, VP and market leader at Mid-Atlantic and representative from Enterprise Community Partners, who sponsored the event.
The panel discussion, “Gentrification, Revitalization or Renaissance,” was moderated by Rebecca Sheir, host of WAMU’s Metro Connection and took place at Shiloh Baptist Church in the Shaw neighborhood in Northwest.
The “G word” or gentrification can be a touchy subject, according to panelist Dr. Bernard Demczuk, George Washington University’s assistant vice president for D.C. government relations, African American history teacher at School Without Walls and Ben’s Chili Bowl historian. He said he prefers not to use the term at all.
He argued that word’s associated with the displacement of low-income residents by more upwardly mobile individuals is inaccurate. Instead, the cause is a reflection of the third great wave of American cities.
“It has to do with the natural flow of economics and demographic shifts,” he said. “And ain’t nothing going to stop it.”
Long-time District residents and newcomers attended the discussion. Conversely, Dominic Mouldon, representing non-profit ONE DC, views gentrification as an injustice against people of African descent. “D.C. claims to be a human rights city,” he said. “The crime [of gentrification] is the erasing of civil and human rights for D.C. citizens — the erasing of history, culture and art of long time D.C. residents.”
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After successfully demanding a meeting with Councilmember Muriel Bowser, the People’s Platform Alliance, including Mount Vernon Plaza residents, won a temporary reprieve from the management of Mount Vernon Plaza Apartments. Several residents received a thirty-day extension to the initial notice to pay an extra $600 a month or vacate the property.
In a letter dated October 21st, officials from the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) notified the owner of Mount Vernon Plaza Apartments to “cease and desist with any attempts to raise the rents on the rent restricted units without DHCD consent and in violation of affordability restrictions.” In response to this most recent development, Mount Vernon Plaza tenant, Quitel Andrews, had the following to say:
“It is clear the only way tenants are guaranteed any kind of protection is when we organize. Landlords will use any and every opportunity to take advantage of the increasingly expensive rental market even if that means pushing longtime D.C. residents out. It is imperative that city officials use every legal mechanism available to protect tenants. If we did not organize and demand Councilmember Bowser to step in, the owner would have gotten away with unethically and quite possibly illegally displacing residents.”
Despite the letter, property managers at Mount Vernon Plaza Apartments continue to employ intimidation tactics to force residents out. On Friday, one resident, Alem Gheremariam, received a notice to vacate his apartment before his lease had expired.
The situation at Mount Vernon Plaza Apartments demonstrates the importance of passing legislation that ensures permanent housing affordability in the District and ultimately a comprehensive strategy that addresses the housing needs of all D.C. residents.
The demonstration in Councilmember Muriel Bowser’s office is the first step in holding elected officials accountable. D.C. officials must be pushed to embrace a more inclusive housing plan for the city. Most importantly, the next mayor will play an integral role in creating a truly equitable D.C for all residents.
The People’s Platform Alliance will continue to organize until the economic, racial, and gender inequities affecting low-income people are eliminated.
Press Contact: Rosemary Ndubuizu, ONE DC organizer
Music, slam poetry and featured speakers who are working to end displacement of DC residents to promote a more equitable city. For more information visit bypeacefulmeans.org
About two dozen demonstrators attempted to enter Councilmember Muriel Bowser's office in the Wilson Building today to ask for legislation in support of their affordable housing plan, but were blocked as a group from entering.
"This is the people's house," one demonstrator with ONE DC told a guard blocking the door. "They can't do this. ... I'm a D.C. resident, and I pay taxes here." The guard explained that, while the building is open to the public, Council staff may restrict entrance to offices if the activities are expected to create a disruption.
A guard blocks the door of Bowser's office. Photo by Sarah Anne Hughes.
Five people, some residents of Mount Vernon Plaza, others affiliated with ONE DC, were eventually allowed to enter the office to explain to Joy Holland and Robert Hawkins, Bowser's chief of staff and legislative director, respectively, their demand: A written comment from Bowser on the People's Platform, which includes a call to freeze rents at places like Mount Vernon Plaza, one apartment building where local and federal affordability requirements are soon set to expire. Residents of Mount Vernon Plaza say they were not told a Low Income Housing Tax Credit was set to expire at the end of 2013, increasing their rents by hundreds of dollars.