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Resisting State Violence Freedom School

What is state violence? How does it affect our lives? How is state violence manifested in our search for living wage, dignified work? What does resistance to state violence look like?

Freedom School will include discussion, group breakouts and exercises, video, art, music, and fellowship with other ONE DC members. Food will be served. We are encouraging everyone who plans to attend the Jobs Action on July 22nd to join us at Freedom School so we have a shared understanding.

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DC Grays 1st Annual East of the River Community Day

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Member Reflection: Philly Coop Learning Journey Trip

By Art Brown

ONE DC Philly Coop Learning Journey

Photo: Adwoa Masozi

For the past three months, members and staff of ONE DC organized three Cooperative Learning Journey trips visiting Baltimore, Maryland (Red Emma’s, a coop book store), New York City (Build with Prospect Construction Coop; The Working World, The Participatory Budgeting Project; COLORS) and Philadelphia (Childspace West-worker owned child care coop; Mariposa Food Coop). The purpose of these journeys was to prepare a cadre of people/workers who will invest time and commit effort to building a cooperative movement in DC. Also, a DC Worker Coop Coalition has been established and has been meeting since March of this year to initiate and coordinate a cooperative building effort.

As an added bonus to the Philadelphia Cooperative Learning Journey, participants got the opportunity to attend the US Social Forum (USSF). We took part in the Advancing the Solidarity Economy Peoples’ Movement Assembly and met with Peter Frank, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance (PACA). The PMA addressed such topics as: Participatory Budgeting, The Mapping Process of Current Local and National Networks, Urban Agriculture, Cooperative Infrastructure, Land Banking and Land Use Distribution, Divestment and Reinvestment Ethics, Loan Funds to the Grassroots and Climate Justice Projects.

The discussion with Peter Frank of the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance was to gain insight into its operation and to receive guidance for the recent start-up of the DC Worker’s Cooperative Alliance. Prior to our return to DC, members and staff organizers from ONE DC held a debriefing session as a prelude to the creation of a cooperative economy in DC. The group agreed to meet on July 8th, 6:30pm at Impact Hub DC to map out next steps.

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Juneteenth Press Conference

Join ONE DC, the DC Black Workers Center, and the Kalmanowitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor at our Juneteenth Press Conference to release the Marriott Marquis Training Program Accountability Report.

Even with a landmark jobs training program for the new Marriott Marquis hotel and the First Source Law [which requires businesses that receive financial assistance from the District to make a “good faith effort” to hire DC residents for at least 51 percent of new jobs created] only 178 graduates of the Marriott Marquis Jobs Training Program were hired out of 719 trained.


Download and read the full report: "Trained to Death" and Still Jobless: A Case Study of the Efficacy of DC's First Source Law, Economic Development Policies, and the Marriott Marquis Jobs Training Program.

It is not enough.  We, the residents of Washington DC, want to see good jobs be available to Black District residents and public funds be used for the improvement of our communities, not just businesses.

WE DEMAND:

1. THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT SERVICES (DOES) ENFORCE OUR FIRST SOURCE LAW

2. THAT THE MUNICIPALITY & DC RESIDENTS SUPPORT THE GROWTH OF THE BLACK WORKERS CENTER
SIGN THE PETITION

Can you support us by sharing a tweet?

This #Juneteenth, join @_onedc in demanding economic freedom for black District residents onedconline.org/firstsourcepetition #DCBWC #BlackWorkersRising

This #Juneteenth, join me in signing the petition to demand greater @DOES_DC enforcement of First Source Law http://www.onedconline.org/firstsourcepetition

'"Trained to Death" and Still Jobless' | Demand better employment opportunities for DC residents http://www.onedconline.org/firstsourcepetition #DCBWC

Join the conversation online by following @_ONEDC and hashtags #DCBWC and #BlackWorkersRising.

We chose Juneteenth (June 19th) because of its historical significance. Juneteenth celebrates the liberation of enslaved black Americans in the United States. 2015 marks its 150th Anniversary

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More Housing Coop Opportunities!

In these Cooperatives, the price is LOW to keep them affordable to the people who need housing most! 
The maximum income limit is $60,839 for one person and $69,530 for two people.
If you are interested in affordable home ownership, apply soon, these prices are too good to last long!
 
VACANCIES AS OF JUNE 2, 2015

2711 Q Street SE Cooperative
Join a 10 unit cooperative in the Randle Highlands area of Southeast with easy street parking and convenient to Pennsylvania Avenue.
1 BR - 2BR $990 - $1190 a month carrying charge, $1490 share price, payment plan available.  To view a unit contact Ms Weeks at (202) 421-6487 or e-mail her at minweekswife@gmail.com
1314 K Street NE Cooperative
Excellent location off the Potomac Avenue Metro stop with ample street parking available, and just minutes from DC-295. 1 BR $1100 a month carrying charge, $3500 share price, payment plan available.  To view a unit contact Nicole Pope at 202-543-6321 or e-mail her at nicolerpope@hotmail.com or nicole.sarr@rmxtalk.com.
HOPE Cooperative at 1445 Spring Road NW
Basement studio and large one bedroom with walk in closet available in Columbia Heights, near 14th street, rock creek park, and walk to bus or metro. Very large one bedroom with study available, $1200 and share price $2,300.  Basement efficiency $1,000 a month carrying charge and share price $2,300.  To view call Ana Margarita Pineda at 202-640-9093 or contact zenaidaquintanilla28@gmail.com
WHY COOPERATIVES?

OWNERSHIP
All the apartments listed here give you the opportunity to BUY YOUR OWN HOME at UNBELIEVABLY LOW COSTS.
The "share price" listed is the cost to become an owner and a member of the Cooperative. (There is no security deposit.)
The "carrying charge" is what you pay each month to cover the cost of the building mortgage and other common building expenses.
The Cooperatives listed here provide an opportunity to stop being a renter and become a homeowner.

MEMBERSHIP

When you buy into a Cooperative, you become a Member of the building.  Cooperative Members own and manage the building themselves.
This means that costs can be kept lower.  No landlord is pocketing the profit.
It also means that Cooperative Members work as a community to manage the building; you will be asked to take some responsibilities.

AFFORDABLE
The Cooperative buildings listed here have a goal of preserving affordable housing for low income residents.
You must be low income to qualify for membership, the amount of income depends on household size.
For example, a one person household must have income of less than $60,839  a year.
You can find the household income limits here: http://dhcd.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/dhcd/publication/attachments/Inclusionary%20Zoning%202013%20Income%20Schedule.pdf
 
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Do You Support Black Organizing?

Resist.jpgLet me tell you a story about Libanos, an African immigrant living at Mount Vernon Plaza. A few months ago, Libanos was participating in a class discussion at UDC-Community College when the professor, who happened to be a ONE DC member, started talking about #BlackLivesMatter in DC and ONE DC. Libanos shouted out, “That’s my organization!” With tears in her eyes, Libanos described how resident leaders in Shaw are working with ONE DC organizer and African immigrant, Marybeth Onyeukwu, to resist displacement in their neighborhood. Under the leadership of over a dozen Mount Vernon Plaza resident-leaders and support from ONE DC’s People Platform campaign, Mount Vernon Plaza residents won their rent court cases, preserved 63 low-cost units, and now continue the struggle to win permanently low-cost housing at Mount Vernon Plaza.

Show your support for Black residents, workers, and organizing by making a donation to ONE DC today.

tenantorganizingTable.pngONE DC’s work has always been about doing the hard work of movement building - building community and building leaders to fight back against the rapid gentrification, displacement, and unemployment that longtime DC residents are facing. Our organizing connects the dots between underemployment, poor jobs, mass incarceration, and the demolition of affordable housing, forcing the state and private interests to recognize that #BlackLivesMatter.

This year, ONE DC’s Right to Income campaign is fighting to ensure that #BlackWorkersMatter in DC. With support from ONE DC organizers, resident leaders are forming a coalition of partners to plan for the establishment of a Black Workers Center, a black resident-led space whose mission is to create and maintain racial and economic justice.

As we build a movement to make #BlackWorkersMatter in DC, we are focused on building leadership, especially Black women leadership, who are so often minimized in conversations about Black employment. For us, movement building isn’t a fad: it requires us to organize alongside Libanos, Azieb, and countless other Black women leaders who are fighting for an economically and racially equitable city.kimandphyllissa.jpg

But to ensure we are building a movement and not a moment, we must continue to invest in leaders like Libanos. Movement building is hard work. But some residents—like Libanos, Azieb, Kimberly, & Phylissa (pictured) —are up for the task and ready to fight!

Here’s how you can help. Make a donation today to support ONE DC in sending members and staff to participate in movement-building trainings: Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity (BOLD), and the Center for Third World Organizing (CTWO). ONE DC is a member-led, member-funded movement, and with your support, we can continue to build the leadership of Black organizers and longtime DC residents who will pave our way to a more equitable DC.

Build the movement with us.

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Interested in Cooperative Living?

1-Bedroom Units Available in the Maya Angelou Cooperative – Submit Your Application Now!

Newly Renovated and Excellent Location

Buy into the Maya Angelou Cooperative and own an affordable coop unit in a vibrant community of long-time residents who purchased their 9-unit building in July 2014 and are committed to affordable  homeownership in their Marshall Heights neighborhood (Ward 7). The coop will undergo renovations during February – April 2015 including: new roof, all new windows, new individual furnaces and air conditioners, new flooring, appliances, and lighting. The Coop will begin selecting new members as early as March 2015, so submit your application as soon as possible.

Unit and Building Features:

  • Individually controlled central heating and air conditioning
  • Large windows/light-filled rooms
  • Cable and telephone ready
  • New laundry room

1 bedroom Features:

  • Price = $750 per month plus gas and electric (plus one-time $2,000 buy-in price)
  • Size = 585 square feet, including linen closet and walk-in bedroom closet

Benefits of Cooperative Membership:

  • Residents make decisions about the building and its management (no landlord)
  • Long term affordability – non-profit coop is resident owned, keeps operating costs low, and re-invests in the building so it remains quality affordable housing for many years to come.
  • The coop share is inheritable (may be passed on to family) and increases in value

To join, your household income must not exceed 80% of the Area Median Income (for a one-person

household, the maximum is $59,920; for a two-person household, the maximum is $68,480)

  • Approximately 1⁄2 mile walk to Benning Road Metro Stop and nearby retail amenities
  • U5 and U6 bus lines stop at property and provide service to Benning Rd Metro Station
  • Approximately 1⁄4 mile walk to Capitol View Neighborhood Library
  • Plenty of street parking and easy access to DC-295 and I-95

To Obtain an Application, Please Contact:

Oakes Management

(202) 388-3900

Ask for Ms. Michele Washington

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Employment Justice Center Survey

The Employment Justice Center's workers' committee is interested in learning more about DC workers' experiences of being fired for any reason or no reason. Please complete the survey linked below to help guide a potential campaign on this issue!

Spanish survey: bit.ly/dcdespidos 
English survey: bit.ly/firingsurvey
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Read the 2014 People's Progress Report

Every year, ONE DC publishes The People's Progress Report highlighting the major milestones and accomplishments of our members and staff over the past year. This report debuts at our annual membership meeting and is shared with members, allies, and donors throughout the year.

Check out the 2014 People's Progress Report: "Dark Energy"

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DCFerguson & Baltimore Updates

DCFerguson: Community-led Security Initiatives, Not More Officers from New D.C. Police Funds

As the uprising in response to the brutal killing of Freddie Gray in Baltimore continues, it brings to the forefront the need for substantive action to address widespread systemic oppression of low-income communities of color by law enforcement across the United States. The DCFerguson Movement calls on the D.C. Council to dedicate the $2.9 million in new funding for police in the FY 2016 budget to community-led security initiatives. Currently, the Bowser Administration is proposing that $2.9 million be dedicated to put 48 new police officers on the streets. This proposal comes in addition to the egregious allocation of $5.1 million for body cameras on police officers, to collect footage that Bowser wants to make exempt from open records law.

Such proposals demonstrate with great clarity that the Bowser Administration and Chief of Police Cathy Lanier have not headed calls for police reform that have reverberated around the country, including here in D.C. Therefore, the DCFerguson Movement is launching a public campaign to demand significant funding, believing that the $2.9 million currently earmarked for new officers should be redirected to initiatives that actually reflect a commitment from the District to empowering communities, rather than continuing the current flawed, racially biased, militarized model of policing that has been so rightfully criticized around the entire world.

DCFerguson has written a letter that has been signed by at least 30 community stakeholders, including Organizing for Neighborhood Equity DC, Empower DC, Justice First, Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, Workers United-DC, National Black United Front, We Act Radio, Working Families Party, DC Jobs with Justice, NAACP-DC Labor Committee, Alliance of Concerned Men, Cease Fire Don’t Smoke the Brothers and Sisters, National Association for the Advancement of Returning Citizens, Re-Entry Network for Returning Citizens, Employment Justice Center, Restaurant Opportunities Center-DC, American Friends Service Committee-DC, Fair Budget Coalition, American Federation of Government Employees Local 12, Washington Peace Center, Many Languages One Voice, George Washington Roosevelt Institute, Ecolocity Inc, AU Student Worker Alliance (USAS Local 21), Georgetown Solidarity Committee, GWU Progressive Student Union, DC Statehood Green Party, Metro-DC Democratic Socialists of America, Party for Socialism and Liberation, and the ANSWER Coalition. The letter reads as follows:

We, the undersigned, are very concerned that the proposed FY 2016 budget contributes to the forms of policing so widely condemned around the nation by the Black Lives Matter Movement. Specifically, the budget proposes to spend $2.9 million to place 48 new police officers on the street. The strategy of increasing police presence to address social ills is not only ineffective, but highly threatening to our communities, particularly those who already suffer constant harassment and occupation of their neighborhoods by law enforcement.

As such, we believe the time is right to try something new. As close as Baltimore and as far as Brazil communities across the Western Hemisphere are creating new, community-led initiatives, to reduce violence, and ease re-entry.
 In Baltimore, Maryland the “Safe Streets” program has been widely credited with having a significant impact decreasing community violence. This has been accomplished by employing “violence interrupters” who mediate disputes in “high-crime” areas including many where one or both parties are armed. In one neighborhood, Safe Streets reduced murders by 56%! Unsurprisingly, cities like Richmond, California, and New York City employ similar programs.

We are calling on the D.C. Council to appropriate that $2.9 million dollars for similar initiatives.

In particular, we want the money to be used to establish a council made up of representatives from community organizations, the Council, and the Mayor's office to develop in FY 2016 a working pilot program focusing on institutionalizing community-led peacekeeping efforts and restorative justice initiatives.

Our nation is in the midst of a massive conversation about how to keep citizens safe while respecting the human rights of all and the District needs to become part of this conversation in a real way. More police and tougher laws have been tried for the past 35 years, isn't it time we try something new?

The reactions of the Bowser Administration and Chief Lanier to widespread public concerns have ranged from indifference to outright denial. DCFerguson will be present at the May 4 Committee on the Judiciary FY 2016 Budget Oversight Hearing to protest the ineffective and harmful budget proposals put forth by the Bowser Administration, and to demand that the community’s voice be heard. Is the District of Columbia willing to own up to its own history – and present use of – brutal occupation-style tactics in Black communities? Here is a perfect chance; we hope they take it.

The #DCFerguson Movement was initiated by the National Black United Front, ANSWER Coalition, We Act Radio as well as organizers affiliated with ONE DC and of no particular affiliation. Our central organizing core is made up of Eugene Puryear, Salim Adofo, Yasmina Mrabet, Sean Blackmon, and a representative of We Act Radio.

Eugene Puryear, 202-556-1651 - Yasmina Mrabet, 202-441-5172 - dcfergusonmovement@gmail.com

 

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