Upcoming Events

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    We had a great turn-out at the hearing on April 24th! The room was packed with residents and supporters for Brookland Manor. Last night the Commission did not make a ruling. Instead, it pressed Mid-City Financial for answers on how multi-generational families will be housed in the redevelopment, with respect to seniors who wish to remain with their grandchildren and families who would end up broken up, as well as how families can qualify for 3 and 4 BR townhomes (available for homeownership). Chair of the Zoning Commission Anthony Hood also raised concerns about families with individuals with disabilities who should remain together.

    This would not have happened without the leadership and resilience of Brookland Manor tenants and ONE DC members, and the widespread community support they have organized and inspired. It is critical that we continue to keep up public pressure on a system that puts the interests of profiteers before those of the people, and one that continues to develop by way of displacement. We expect the DC Zoning Commission to finally make a decision on Monday, May 22, and on that day, once again, we will come out in big numbers to demonstrate our continued solidarity with tenant-led struggles to save affordable and family housing in the District of Columbia, and our commitment to working class black communities under attack by private developers and city officials.

    We will rally at 5:00 PM, then move into the building starting at 6:00 to pack the hearing, which will start at 6:30 PM.

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    Background on the tenant-led struggle at Brookland Manor:

    The Brookland Manor/Brentwood Village Resident Association, ONE DC tenant members and residents at Brookland Manor are organizing against a forced displacement campaign led by developer Mid-City Financial, a group that has moved to displace working class people of color from one of the few remaining affordable housing properties in Washington, D.C. Residents of Brookland Manor have been subjected to discrimination based on family sizes; have faced documented harassment at the hands of a private armed security force; and mass evictions that were only slowed down after public exposure. To date, Mid-City’s displacement tactics have gone unchallenged by Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie.

    Mid-City Financial has outlined a plan to demolish all 535 units of affordable housing, and replace it with over 1750 units of mostly luxury apartments. Under their proposed plan, overall affordability [in the midst of an affordable housing crisis in the nation’s capital] will be reduced from 535 to 373 units, and all five, four, and most three bedroom units eliminated. Covington & Burling, along with the Washington Lawyers Committee recently filed a groundbreaking lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of development plans that target a protected class (families), by effectively eliminating family housing.

    At the first stage zoning hearing, representatives of Mid-City Financial suggested that due to “natural attrition,” some tenants would leave Brookland Manor, and that their absence from the property would help to justify Mid-City’s plans to build luxury apartments in place of deeply affordable housing. What the developer refers to as “natural attrition,” residents experience as violent displacement.

    At the second stage zoning hearing, representatives of Mid-City Financial doubled down on their plan to displace families and eliminate affordable housing at Brookland Manor. Further, their attorney attempted to use loopholes in order to avoid discussion on the key issues with respect to affordable housing and displacement, and instead attempted to focus the meeting on the color of the bricks and the kind of shrubs that would be planted as part of their planned redevelopment.

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  • Administrative Organizational Management Committee Meeting

    ONE DC practices our shared leadership model by self-management by committee. Admin & Organizational Management is one of four committees that make up ONE DC's work (others are Resource Development; Organizing & Coalition Building; Member Development & Community Learning). We are actively recruiting ONE DC members to join the Admin committee.

    • Writing regular blog posts or taking photos for the website
    • Website design & maintenance
    • Social media strategy
    • Monthly enewsletter & email blasts
    • Maintaining member & donor database
    • Reorganizing & archiving ONE DC documents to preserve our community learning & organizing history
    • Planning membership events & member development
    • and more!

    Admin Committee meets monthly to identify what tasks need to be completed that month, assign tasks to members, & discuss long-term committee strategy. If you are interested in working on or learning about any of the above tasks, please join us for our next meeting!

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  • People's Platform General Body Meeting

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    This month's meeting will focus on People's Platform Principle #8 Access to safe and affordable transportation so that we can travel between our homes, jobs, schools, and recreational spaces. Representatives from the radical people-led #SwipeItForward campaign in New York City will share their organizing strategy with DC, and we will hear from workers in the transit union ATU Local 689 about the worker-led fight against attempts by our so-called elected "representatives" in collusion with corporations to privatize our public transportation system in the name of profit.

    The People’s Platform is a movement of low-income and working class DC residents of color and people who share our values and vision. We seek to organize, educate, fight for and win truly affordable housing, sustaining work, and wellness for all in DC. Our monthly People's Platform general body is a space where we work towards our goals by prioritizing political education and leadership development in our work; centering the leadership of working class black women; being funded by our base; always seeking to build a deeper analysis and assessing our work; building alternative institutions; learning from past movement's successes and limitations; championing non-reformist reforms; and always seeking to be a part of a broader movement that is multi-national, multi-ethnic, multi-gender, and multi-class.

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  • Juneteenth

    Celebrate Juneteenth 2017 with ONE DC

    About Juneteenth

    Juneteenth celebrates the liberation of enslaved Black Americans in the United States. 2017 marks the 152nd Anniversary.

    "Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863." You can read more about the history here: http://www.juneteenth.com/history.htm

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  • Black Workers Center Meeting

    The DC Black Workers Center is a resident-led space that creates and maintains racial and economic justice through popular education, direct action and the creation of worker-owned alternatives.

    The DC Black Workers Center will move beyond traditional workforce development initiatives to become:

    • A center for finding and creating dignified Black work and training.
    • An incubation space for alternatives to low-wage work such as worker-owned cooperatives.
    • A space to openly discuss the intersections of race and work, as well as a space for workers to positively recognize their Blackness.
    • An environment to challenge bad employers who exploit, cheat and steal from their workers.
    • A popular education space to discuss how to build power among Black workers.
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  • Administrative Organizational Management Committee Meeting

    • Monday, June 26, 2017 at 06:00 PM
    • ONE DC Office

    ONE DC practices our shared leadership model by self-management by committee. Admin & Organizational Management is one of four committees that make up ONE DC's work (others are Resource Development; Organizing & Coalition Building; Member Development & Community Learning). We are actively recruiting ONE DC members to join the Admin committee.

    • Writing regular blog posts or taking photos for the website
    • Website design & maintenance
    • Social media strategy
    • Monthly enewsletter & email blasts
    • Maintaining member & donor database
    • Reorganizing & archiving ONE DC documents to preserve our community learning & organizing history
    • Planning membership events & member development
    • and more!

    Admin Committee meets monthly to identify what tasks need to be completed that month, assign tasks to members, & discuss long-term committee strategy. If you are interested in working on or learning about any of the above tasks, please join us for our next meeting!

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  • People's Platform General Body Meeting

    The People’s Platform is a movement of low-income and working class DC residents of color and people who share our values and vision. We seek to organize, educate, fight for and win truly affordable housing, sustaining work, and wellness for all in DC. Our monthly People's Platform general body is a space where we work towards our goals by prioritizing political education and leadership development in our work; centering the leadership of working class black women; being funded by our base; always seeking to build a deeper analysis and assessing our work; building alternative institutions; learning from past movement's successes and limitations; championing non-reformist reforms; and always seeking to be a part of a broader movement that is multi-national, multi-ethnic, multi-gender, and multi-class.

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  • Black Workers Center Meeting

    The DC Black Workers Center is a resident-led space that creates and maintains racial and economic justice through popular education, direct action and the creation of worker-owned alternatives.

    The DC Black Workers Center will move beyond traditional workforce development initiatives to become:

    • A center for finding and creating dignified Black work and training.
    • An incubation space for alternatives to low-wage work such as worker-owned cooperatives.
    • A space to openly discuss the intersections of race and work, as well as a space for workers to positively recognize their Blackness.
    • An environment to challenge bad employers who exploit, cheat and steal from their workers.
    • A popular education space to discuss how to build power among Black workers.
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  • Administrative Organizational Management Committee Meeting

    • Monday, July 24, 2017 at 06:00 PM
    • ONE DC Office

    ONE DC practices our shared leadership model by self-management by committee. Admin & Organizational Management is one of four committees that make up ONE DC's work (others are Resource Development; Organizing & Coalition Building; Member Development & Community Learning). We are actively recruiting ONE DC members to join the Admin committee.

    • Writing regular blog posts or taking photos for the website
    • Website design & maintenance
    • Social media strategy
    • Monthly enewsletter & email blasts
    • Maintaining member & donor database
    • Reorganizing & archiving ONE DC documents to preserve our community learning & organizing history
    • Planning membership events & member development
    • and more!

    Admin Committee meets monthly to identify what tasks need to be completed that month, assign tasks to members, & discuss long-term committee strategy. If you are interested in working on or learning about any of the above tasks, please join us for our next meeting!

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  • People's Platform General Body Meeting

    The People’s Platform is a movement of low-income and working class DC residents of color and people who share our values and vision. We seek to organize, educate, fight for and win truly affordable housing, sustaining work, and wellness for all in DC. Our monthly People's Platform general body is a space where we work towards our goals by prioritizing political education and leadership development in our work; centering the leadership of working class black women; being funded by our base; always seeking to build a deeper analysis and assessing our work; building alternative institutions; learning from past movement's successes and limitations; championing non-reformist reforms; and always seeking to be a part of a broader movement that is multi-national, multi-ethnic, multi-gender, and multi-class.

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