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Cooperation DC

ONE DC is proud to announce we will be the fiscal and organizational home for Cooperation DC. Cooperation DC is a distinct project within ONE DC that is focused on providing technical assistance to worker cooperatives, with a focus on low-income communities of color. Cooperation DC will work closely with the ONE DC Black Workers Center, which will be conducting outreach, popular education, and organizing with workers who may be interested in starting worker coops.

Some of the key goals of Cooperation DC for 2015 include: 
1. Providing technical assistance, including governance, business planning, conflict management, and legal and financial advice, to a minimum of 10 worker cooperatives. We have currently begun working with four cooperatives. 
2. Organize a DC Worker Cooperation Coalition to demand the DC government support the worker cooperative ecosystem. 
3. Train five new lawyers who demonstrate a commitment to supporting worker cooperatives. 
4. Form a partnership with the Working World, an organization that facilitates finance for worker cooperatives nationwide.

From November 5-7, Cooperation DC will host a series of events and trainings related to worker cooperatives. There will be a session for training potential and current worker owners, one to expand our stock of worker cooperative lawyers, a community event where we'll put worker coops in context of a more equitable economy, and stakeholder convening with funders and government officials to share our vision and goals. Please contact Allison Basile at DCWorkerCoops@gmail.com or call 443-562-5856 for more information or to get involved with the work of Cooperation DC.

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ONE DC Monthly Voice - September 2015

 

The Monthly Voice

September 2015 - ONE DC Newsletter

 


"Transformative demands are those demands that, on the one hand, attend to a particular crisis, whether it’s we need relief or we need housing, etc. But then those demands are ratcheted up and ultimately question the very logic of the prevailing system. If you say we need housing then the state could respond and say, 'We’re going to have a market system providing housing,' and they’re like, 'no, that’s not going to work, we’re going to demand something different than a market-based system.'" -Robin D.G. Kelly, Lessons from 20th Century Alabama's Black Communists for Black Lives Matter


We Believe That We Will Win

As we enter the final months of 2015, we reflect on just a few of the wins and progress we've accomplished so far this year. We're looking forward to closing out 2015 witnessing the positive and fearless energy and organizing of our members!

Right to Housing
-20 Mount Vernon Plaza tenants participated in rent strike to protest rent increases
-Tenants reached an agreement to extend affordability at Mount Vernon Plaza for another 7 years
-Organized with Brookland Manor tenants to hold board elections and appoint new members to the board.
-Organizing with Brookland Manor tenants to protest redevelopment of the property and displacement of residents

Right to Income
-20 members & staff travelled to Baltimore, New York, & Philadelphia on series of worker cooperative learning journeys
-Co-founded Cooperation DC and received grant to host 3-day cooperative training this November those seeking to start or support worker cooperatives in DC.
-Established a satellite office for the DC Black Workers Center at the United Black Fund in Anacostia.
-Published 'Trained to Death' and Still Jobless, an accountability report on the outcomes of the Marriott Jobs Training program, and released the report at a Juneteenth Press Conference with 60+ attendees
-Held a direct action at Mayor Bowser's office to demand First Source accountability

People's Platform
-Crafted the People's Platform manifesto outlining the people's vision and principles for an equitable DC.
-Held accountability meetings with heads of DHCD, DMPED, & DMGEO to present People's Platform demands.
-Formed the People's Platform Coordinating Committee
-Reached over 500 endorsements of the People's Platform

Member Development & Community Learning
-4 members and staff attended Center for Third World Organizing Community Action Training
-2 staff organizers attended BOLD Black Organizing for Leadership & Dignity training
-Held Freedom School on Resisting State Violence
-Largest Emancipation Day celebration to-date with the theme of Black Economic Liberation
-2nd Annual Equitable Development Conference attended by over 200 people

Resource Development
-95 members paid their dues
-22 people became sustaining donors
-3 major donors
-3 house party fundraisers hosted by members
-Host Committee & Working Committee formed for ONE DC 10th Anniversary

Admin & Organizational Management
-Appointed Gwendolyn Johnson, 40-year District resident, to the Shared Leadership Team
-Migrated IT system to free, open source Linux
-Over 850 Facebook likes and 1,200 Twitter followers

Watch video taken from the Movement for Black Lives Convening. Participants resisted after Cleveland police arrested a black youth on public transportation. ONE DC supported 9 members and staff in attending the M4BL convening.


People's Platform Transformative Demands

1. Housing for every person. Housing is a human right, not an opportunity to exploit and profit.
2. Decent, dignified, and sustainable work or occupation for everyone who wants it.
3. A right to health for humans and the earth.
4. Government transparency, accountability, and participatory democracy.
5. Equitable development that values people over property. Development without displacement that cedes power over land use to democratic community control.
6. Equitable and equal access to a free, decent, holistic, non-imperialistic education that creates critical, political thinkers and leaders.
7. Full access for returning citizens to housing, jobs, education, as well as decriminalization, demilitarization, and prison abolition.
8. Access to safe and affordable transportation so that we can travel between our homes, jobs, schools, and recreational spaces.
9. A process of restorative justice for residents who have faced physical, emotional, or psychological violence at the hands of the District government and its agencies.
10. The right of return and reclamation for those who have been forced out of the District by developers and gentrification. We demand self-determination, which depends on our ability to control the land.


Cooperation DC

By Allison Basile

ONE DC is proud to announce we will be the fiscal and organizational home for Cooperation DC. Cooperation DC is a distinct project within ONE DC that is focused on providing technical assistance to worker cooperatives, with a focus on low-income communities of color. Cooperation DC will work closely with the ONE DC Black Workers Center, which will be conducting outreach, popular education, and organizing with workers who may be interested in starting worker coops.

Some of the key goals of Cooperation DC for 2015 include: 
1. Providing technical assistance, including governance, business planning, conflict management, and legal and financial advice, to a minimum of 10 worker cooperatives. We have currently begun working with four cooperatives. 
2. Organize a DC Worker Cooperation Coalition to demand the DC government support the worker cooperative ecosystem. 
3. Train five new lawyers who demonstrate a commitment to supporting worker cooperatives. 
4. Form a partnership with the Working World, an organization that facilitates finance for worker cooperatives nationwide.

From November 5-7, Cooperation DC will host a series of events and trainings related to worker cooperatives. There will be a session for training potential and current worker owners, one to expand our stock of worker cooperative lawyers, a community event where we'll put worker coops in context of a more equitable economy, and stakeholder convening with funders and government officials to share our vision and goals. Please contact Allison Basile at basile.allison@gmail.com for more information or to get involved with the work of Cooperation DC.


Not just an organization...a family.


This summer, I experienced some type of divine intervention: I found ONE DC. I am originally a Bay Area native, and have longed and often romanticized for an organization that I often didn’t believe could exist. I was highly interested in Urban Planning, and for my research paper, I decided to write about gentrification in Oakland. I searched the web for days looking for writers, political thinkers, anyone who could speak about the real root causes of gentrification. Naturally, I couldn’t find anything, until I found a paper written by Dominic about White Supremacy and Gentrification. After I read the paper, I found it a perfect opportunity to contact ONE DC for an internship opportunity for the summer.

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n’t quite know what to expect because there wasn’t so much information available about ONE DC. It was when I first stepped in the office and felt the warmth and love, I knew this was going to be an amazing summer. I met Rosemary, a dedicated organizer that showed me that ground organizing was not only still possible, but is beyond necessary. I also met Marybeth, a passionate organizer that created a space where intellectualism and love were welcomed. I also met Jennifer, whose eloquence in speech was beyond inspiring. And Claire, the tech behind the scenes that helps keep the organization up and running. And Dominic, who was relentless in perpetuating the shared leadership model.I also got to meet all the wonderful people from the Shared Leadership Team, who brought unique and creative solutions to create the best possible organizing strategies; and people who attended the People's Platform meetings that shared the same beliefs. All of these people a part of the ONE DC movement were all so radical, because they showed me what real organizing looks like.

[. . . ]

While every part of ONE DC was an amazing experience, it was working in Brookland Manor that really left an impression on me. Through ONE DC, I did phone banking trying to help organize a new tenant association board for the property which is planned to be demolished, in turn displacing hundreds of low-income Black families. ONE DC created the environment where I was able to listen and use organizing strategies that were revolved around leadership, equity, and resident-led projects. This was refreshing beyond belief because I have only been used to seeing hierarchal and patriarchal forms of organizing. I felt for the first time I was able to be doing the right work for the right reasons with the right people. This organization created an environment for self-reflection, positive feedback, and a way to expand my worldview in ways that I could not have imagined.

While I was only expecting to make phone calls, do technical jobs, ONE DC was all about everyone participating in organizing. To be able to firsthand see an organization that was devoted to Black organizing and a unique leadership design, was an eye-opening experience. In essence, I experienced growing pains. I was pushed beyond natural paradigms to imagine a world that everyone also calls cliche or impossible. ONE DC pushed me to envision a world without state violence, capitalism, anti-blackness, and patriarchy.  I absolutely loved interning at ONE DC this summer. I don’t consider it an organization; I consider it a family. I hope to find my way back to ONE DC, and continue to work with the forgotten people of DC.

Read Assata's full reflection here.


Upcoming Events

ONE DC Fall Member Orientation
Monday, October 5th - 6 PM
ONE DC Office - 614 S St NW
As we gear up for major outreach and organizing this fall, we need the active engagement and support of our members. Come learn more about ONE DC's organizing structure, history, and current campaigns & committee work. Don't forget to recruit a friend, family member, or neighbor!
RSVP Here

2015 I'll Be There Awards
Thursday, October 15 - 6 - 8 PM
This is a fundraiser event to support the organizing and advocacy work of DC Jobs with Justice, who are celebrating their 15th Anniversary.
RSVP and more information here


Empower DC's Annual Meeting

Saturday, October 17  - 11 AM - 2 PM
Union Temple Baptist Church - 1225 W Street, SE
Join Empower DC for their annual membership meeting, featuring a discussion with public housing residents from Barry Farm and other communities on how they are fighting DC's displacement machine. The discussion will end with a call to action for allies, including specific ideas for how everyone can support public housing residents.
For more info, contact Parisa at parisa@empowerdc.org, 202-234-9119 x100.

 


ONE Bit of Good News

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Congratulations to Azieb Tesfamariam on her new home! Azieb is a former tenant leader at Mount Vernon Plaza and current member of ONE DC. Residents organized to force their private owner and the Department of Housing and Community Development to extend the affordability for their building for at least seven more years. There are currently 6,000+ units in 46 buildings throughout the city that are set to lose their affordability over the next five years because financing does not require permanently affordable housing. Azieb continues her commitment to housing affordability for all through the People’s Platform. Thank you Azieb!


 

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Not just an organization, a family.

A Reflection on Working with ONE DC.
This summer, I experienced some type of divine intervention, I found ONE DC. I am originally a Bay Area native, and have longed and often romanticized for an organization that I often didn’t believe could exist. I was highly interested in Urban Planning, and for my research paper, I decided to write about gentrification in Oakland. I searched the web for days looking for writers, political thinkers, anyone who could speak about the real root causes of gentrification. Naturally, I couldn’t find anything, until I found a paper written by Dominic about White Supremacy and Gentrification. After I read the paper, I found it a perfect opportunity to contact ONE DC for an internship opportunity for the summer.

I didn’t quite know what to expect because there wasn’t so much information available about ONE DC. It was when I first stepped in the office and felt the warmth and love, I knew this was going to be an amazing summer. I met Rosemary, a dedicated organizer that showed me that ground organizing was not only still possible, but is beyond necessary. I also met Marybeth, a passionate organizer that created a space where intellectualism and love were welcomed. I also met Jennifer, whose eloquence in speech was beyond inspiring. And Claire, the tech behind the scenes that helps keep the organization up and running. And Dominic, who was relentless in perpetuating the shared leadership model. I also got to meet all the wonderful people from the Shared Leadership Team, who brought unique and creative solutions to create the best possible organizing strategies; and people who attended the People's Platform meetings that shared the same beliefs. All of these people a part of the ONE DC movement were all so radical, because they showed me what real organizing looks like.IMG952995.jpg

This summer, I learned how to use Nation Builder, a vital tool for modern day organizing and attended numerous conferences, meetings, planning sessions, and staff meetings. I was able to understand the techniques behind organizing and how much time and effort it takes to do effective outreach. From doing outreach in the rain on Saturday mornings, to attending a Freedom School about resisting state violence, to seeing what a shared leadership staff meeting looks like, to hundreds of phone calls and email blasts, I got to experience every angle of what organizing looks like. Most importantly, I learned that organizing is not about momentum, it is about persistence and base building.

While the organization itself created a wonderful environment for me to further develop my analysis on gentrification, capitalism, and antiblackness, it wasn’t always easy to stomach the amount of systematic violence that has been endured by the Black residents in Washington, DC. When you participate in authentic grassroots organizing, you firsthand feel the atrocities in any community. It was through those moments of sadness that I was able to realize that ONE DC was doing exactly what it set out to do.

While every part of ONE DC was an amazing experience, it was working in Brookland Manor that really left an impression on me. Through ONE DC, I did phone banking trying to help organize a new tenant association board for the property which is planned to be demolished, in turn displacing hundreds of low-income Black families. ONE DC created the environment where I was able to listen and use organizing strategies that were revolved around leadership, equity, and resident-led projects. This was refreshing beyond belief because I have only been used to seeing hierarchal and patriarchal forms of organizing. I felt for the first time I was able to be doing the right work for the right reasons with the right people. This organization created an environment for self-reflection, positive feedback, and a way to expand my worldview in ways that I could not have imagined.

While I was only expecting to make phone calls, do technical jobs, ONE DC was all about everyone participating in organizing. To be able to firsthand see an organization that was devoted to Black organizing and a unique leadership design, was an eye-opening experience. In essence, I experienced growing pains. I was pushed beyond natural paradigms to imagine a world that everyone also calls cliche or impossible. ONE DC pushed me to envision a world without state violence, capitalism, anti-blackness, and patriarchy. I absolutely loved interning at ONE DC this summer. I don’t consider it an organization; I consider it a family. I hope to find my way back to ONE DC, and continue to work with the forgotten people of DC.

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A summer of “education, action, and reflection.”

By Mia Campbell, Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor & the Working Poor at Georgetown

This summer was one of the most rewarding and eye opening times of my life. The Kalmanovitz Initiative Summer Organizing Internship program gave me the opportunity to learn more about my capabilities and myself as well as learn more about others. When I was in high school, I would always try to stay involved in social justice work, keep myself educated about current events, and help communities through volunteer projects and raising awareness about problems. To some degree, this summer was a continuation of the work that I did in high school, but more so, it was an expansion of those skills and an immersion within the community that I was working to help find it’s own strength and power.interns.jpg

Each day in the office, my responsibilities included administrative work such as updating the database with member information, drafting and sending email blasts about our events, creating flyers, participating in meetings, helping plan upcoming events, and most importantly, learn how to use my skills to advance the agenda of the organization. ONE DC and its members work together to strengthen communities through community development or organizing. It helps those who have been silenced by the oppressive structures at play in our society find their own voices and in that, their power. ONE DC addresses the structural causes of poverty and injustice and works to educate people about the realities behind the problems people face in their everyday lives. The leadership structure is most unique and I personally believe it could be a great model for organizing power in the future. Horizontal leadership is the way the organization operates where the leadership is shared along with the responsibilities. Being part of this structure was daunting at first because I am used to working in a top down power structure. It was a breath of fresh air and helped me open my mind to different methods of operation.

There was never a boring day at work. Some days we would be in the office, making calls or writing emails and then one of our members would pop into the office for a visit and brighten up our day. Other days, my fellow interns, my co-workers and I would just start talking about life and the state of affairs. Our conversations would range from friendship to structural problems within our communities and the ways we could change it. I distinctly remember one of our first days in the office. We had a brief meeting to address some of the tasks we had for the week and we were getting ready to tour the Shaw-Howard area with Claire and Jennifer. As we were walking around, Claire would stop and show us a picture of what used to be where we were standing. Seeing those changes in such a powerful way, with the past and present right next to one another, really moved me to want to work hard to help however I could.

One of the most memorable parts of that day was at a later point in our tour when we were standing in front of what is now a luxury apartment building. On that plot of land there used to be a quaint apartment complex. As we were looking at the picture being held up against the current buildings, a man who lives in the area walked by and was shocked. He asked if the picture was what he thought it was; which was the old apartment complex that some of his family used to live in. He had a light in his eyes as he spoke fondly of memories and family and then the light faded as he turned and looked at the new apartment building. He talked about the way his family was pushed out of their homes and how he is working hard to support his family and one day hopes to move out of his apartment and have a house to call his own. That interaction, which lasted no more than four minutes, was the purest way for me to see the impact that gentrification has on DC residents. There is so much lost when a building is torn down. There is history, life stories, memories, and so much more attached to the places that are being destroyed and replaced. My summer with ONE DC really helped me learn to look at things beyond their face value. Now, when I look at new things, I always think about what came before, who was there, and what their lives were like.

freedom_school_2015-21.jpgNot only did I grow as a professional, but I was also given the opportunity to mature this summer. I had to figure out my own living situation, take care of myself, and really grow into adulthood. Each day my commute included a nice walk from my apartment to the metro and a quick metro ride to the office. I looked forward to that morning walk because I really felt like part of the community. There is a church on the corner where the metro stop is and each morning I would pass by and have a nice exchange with the older men and women who always sat outside of the church. I already miss my small studio apartment in Petworth where I would spend so much time reflecting on the work I am doing and how it connects to the work I want to do in the future. In the future, I hope to be a doctor. I want to be a doctor who really gets to know her patients and connect with them on a personal level. Understanding the way new developments and gentrification impacts the health of people is my next step. I want to understand more about sociomedial studies, the connection between health, medicine, and society. This was just the first step and community organizing has made its way into my heart.

It was a summer of growth, self-discovery and realizations of the best kind; learning how to finding my voice and using it to help however I can. It was a summer of growth in consciousness; an awakening. My eyes have been opened and now there is no turning back. Thank you to all of the people at the Kalmanovitz Initiative who made this summer possible. From my conversations with the other summer interns, I believe that they did a wonderful job pairing interns with organizations. Nick, especially, was extremely helpful with prepartations for the summer and I am so grateful. Thank you to Dominic, Jennifer, Claire, Marybeth, Rosemary, Kevin, Assata and everyone from ONE DC for being part of this journey with me.

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Those Truly Resilient in DC

By Kevin Ruano, Kalmanovitz Intiative for Labor & the Working Poor at Georgetown

I don’t know whether I want to work as a community organizer. Whether that be because I possibly discovered, in me, the fool who has determined that if he works at an office, he might as well be making bank, or because of the type of organizing that I experienced and performed at ONE DC, I don’t know either. What I do know is that my work at ONE DC gave me a new perspective on organizing, myself organizing, and myself.

From the first day on the internship, it was clear to me that the work ONE DC does—organizing to establish a more economically and racially equitable city—was absolutely needed. What affirmed my conviction was not only the sight of new luxury developments in the Shaw neighborhood of the historically black university, Howard, and the thought that these buildings had taken the place of homes to black communities and peoples, but the encounter with a young man during our tour of Shaw.

We were standing on the other side of the street on which the Jefferson Marketplace Apartments are located. Claire, an administrative organizer, pointing to the building and showing us a picture of another building was telling us that the building across the street was built where the building on the picture was destroyed. A man walked by, surely seeing the picture in Claire’s hands for he walked back to where we were standing. He stood there silent, just looking at the picture. Claire asked the man whether he recognized the picture. He responded yes and said that the picture was of the residence Kelsey Gardens—home of several families—that used to be across the street and was destroyed and replaced by the new luxury complex.

Not only did the young man confirm that communities had been ousted, he also commended ONE DC and encouraged us to continue organizing as we walked back toward the office.IMG_20150609_134806836.jpg

Mia, a fellow KI Intern, and I were tasked with running outreach. We made flyers, Facebook event pages, drafted emails, and phone banking scripts, and phone banked all in an effort to promote ONE DC events namely the upcoming Juneteenth Press Conference, Resisting State Violence Freedom School, and First Source Jobs Action.

Having many days be from 11am-6pm in the ONE DC office mainly concentrated with making calls was never easy. Dialing numbers, and calling those in ONE DC’s database went from an initial fear that I was going to say the wrong thing, to a feeling that I knew the script, to the final thought that I was merely repeating words, not knowing the issues fully and never truly engaging with community members. For me making calls—no matter how necessary the staff of ONE DC said it was and how much they thanked us for the help—became a reminder to me that I felt more of a community at home rather than at the ONE DC office helping out with outreach. Nevertheless, I remember one phone call with one woman who gave me courage.

I was calling to invite people to the Juneteenth Press Conference where ONE DC was going to release a report on the flawed Marriott Marquis training program and First Source Law—how after 200 million dollars to build the hotel and create a jobs training program to connect DC residents to jobs, only 178 of the more than 700 program graduates were hired. I asked the person on the other side of the line how they felt about the program and low hiring rate. She responded that the program was outrageous; how the program run by Goodwill, the Marriott Marquis partner for the training, enforced a zero tolerance policy that required anyone who missed one class to leave the program; how the program made attendees choose between taking care of their children, their own health and wellbeing and looking for other employment all in the hope that they would end up hired. She told me how she, a previous labor organizer at another hotel, came to the defense of classmate who has to attend a family funeral and hence missed a class, and was dismissed from the class, escorted out by a security guard. She said she never ended hired.

The woman asserted that we had to keep those in power, those corporations receiving subsidies paid by taxpayer money and the government giving out the subsidies, accountable to the community. She was talking about what ONE DC was and is: empowering a community. This community—the community to which I was only merely coming into contact with through phone calls; the one I heard through this woman; the community that I got to see and meet through going with members to meetings with the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, attending People’s Platform meetings, learning with them about how the state inflicts violence, and demanding with them that First Source be enforced. It was these, the disenfranchised, and robbed by a system of economic and racial oppression that ONE DC worked with.

While I mainly made calls, ONE DC had done and continues to be doing groundbreaking work—work that is aware of injustice, the pain of and value of those who have experienced the destruction of their home, and shortcomings of the law. At ONE DC, I only got a glimpse of those truly resilient in Washington DC. They are not politicians, businessmen or those who are in buildings that appear on the post cards but those in buildings that are threatened everyday by development that is unsympathetic to the feelings and needs of the community whose roots are in DC, who is DC and soon will become who was DC.

I tell you, I don’t know whether I want to organize because stories are best gotten to know and told when I can see your face aka I might never want to see a phone banking script in my life. But that doesn’t change how undoubtedly grateful I am to ONE DC for giving me the opportunity to meet those who are fighting so that they don’t get uprooted; those whose stories need to be told; those that ONE DC is making sure are heard.

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ONE DC Monthly Voice - August 2015

 

The Monthly Voice

August 2015 - ONE DC Newsletter

 


"The revolution has always been in the hands of the young. The young always inherit the revolution." -Huey Newton


...with the power of our members.

Help "carry the water" with ONE DC:

  • Creative grant-writers
  • Host a house party fundraiser
  • Design a logo for the Black Workers Center
  • Design new Black Workers Center & People's Platform t-shirts
  • Help with Nation Builder data entry & website support
  • Conduct outreach to your neighbors & community

Email ccook@onedconline.org or call 202-232-2915 to volunteer.


ONE DC's Apprentice Organizers Reflect on their Summer

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Kevin Ruano, Mia Campbell, Assata Harris


This summer, Kevin Ruano and Mia Campbell worked as apprentice organizers with ONE DC through a partnership with the Kalmanovitz Initiative for the Working Poor at Georgetown University. Read their reflections below.

Mia Campbell
This summer was one of the most rewarding and eye opening times of my life. The Kalmanovitz Initiative Summer Organizing Internship program gave me the opportunity to learn more about my capabilities and myself as well as learn more about others. When I was in high school, I would always try to stay involved in social justice work, keep myself educated about current events, and help communities through volunteer projects and raising awareness about problems. To some degree, this summer was a continuation of the work that I did in high school, but more so, it was an expansion of those skills and an immersion within the community that I was working to help find its own strength and power.

[ . . . ]
ONE DC addresses the structural causes of poverty and injustice and works to educate people about the realities behind the problems people face in their everyday lives. The leadership structure is most unique and I personally believe it could be a great model for organizing power in the future. Horizontal leadership is the way the organization operates where the leadership is shared along with the responsibilities. Being part of this structure was daunting at first because I am used to working in a top down power structure.  It was a breath of fresh air and helped me open my mind to different methods of operation.
[. . .]
It was a summer of growth, self-discovery and realizations of the best kind; learning how to finding my voice and using it to help however I can. It was a summer of growth in consciousness; an awakening. My eyes have been opened and now there is no turning back. Thank you to all of the people at the Kalmanovitz Initiative who made this summer possible. From my conversations with the other summer interns, I believe that they did a wonderful job pairing interns with organizations. Nick, especially, was extremely helpful with preparations for the summer and I am so grateful. Thank you to Dominic, Jennifer, Claire, Marybeth, Rosemary, Kevin, Assata and everyone from ONE DC for being part of this journey with me.

Read Mia's full reflection here.

Kevin Ruano
From the first day on the internship, it was clear to me that the work ONE DC does—organizing to establish a more economically and racially equitable city—was absolutely needed. What affirmed my conviction was not only the sight of new luxury developments in the Shaw neighborhood of the historically black university, Howard, and the thought that these buildings had taken the place of homes to black communities and peoples, but [an] encounter with a young man during our tour of Shaw. [. . .] Not only did the young man confirm that communities had been ousted, he also commended ONE DC and encouraged us to continue organizing as we walked back toward the office. 
[. . .]
At ONE DC, I only got a glimpse of those truly resilient in Washington DC. They are not politicians, businessmen or those who are in buildings that appear on post cards but those in buildings that are threatened every day by development that is unsympathetic to the feelings and needs of the community whose roots are in DC, who is DC and who soon, without people like those at ONE DC, will become who was DC.

Read Kevin's full reflection here.

 


The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution - Screening & Discussion September 19

 

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ONE DC and Justice First will be co-hosting the Saturday, September 19th 7:15pm screening of The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution with a post-screening Q&A and discussion with producer Laurens Grant at the E Street Cinema, 555 11th Street NW.

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution is a documentary exploring the Black Panther Party’s contributions to American culture and as a cultural and political awakening for black people. It details the contributions of the Black Panther movement to organizing communities of color, as well as its unique empowerment of black women and young people.   

 

As director Stanley Nelson states: “Thoroughly examining the history of the Black Panther Party allowed me to sift through the fragmented perceptions and find the core driver of the movement: the Black Panther Party emerged out of a love for their people and a devotion to empowering them. This powerful display of the human spirit, rooted in heart, is what compelled me to communicate this story accurately.”

 

Discounted tickets are available through ONE DC. Email organizer@onedconline.org for more information.

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Upcoming Events

Fair Transit Forum
Thursday, September 10 - 6:30-8:30pm
Busboys & Poets - 1025 5th Street NW
Join transit workers, EJC, ONE DC, Good Jobs First and more to kickstart this discussion on the negative impacts outsourcing public services has on DC residents and workers. Hosted by the Amalgamated Transit Union.
RSVP Here

Kick Foundation Funding: How to Grow Your Grassroots Funding Base
Friday, September 11-13
Wayside Center for Popular Education, Charlottesville, Virginia
The workshop will zero in on nuts and bolts skill-building for finding donors, asking donors, and transforming and refining your entire fundraising approach. You'll leave with a 12-month proposed fundraising plan for you organization.
Register & more information here

Grassroots Fundraising for Organizers & Activists Training
Thursday, October 22 - 24
Baltimore, MD
The Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT) is prioritizing participation from local organizers/fundraisers, members of Black Lives Matter chapters, Movement for Black Lives, and other Black-led initiatives.
Register and more information here

 


ONE Bit of Good News

10 years after Katrina, the residents of New Orleans continue to resist. What can we learn from them?

This is why the myth of a “Resilient New Orleans” is so dangerous. It is a narrative that paves over the history of Black New Orleans and ignores the true cost of exclusionary, disaster capitalism policies.
- quote from Katrina Truth - Resistant New Orleans

ONE DC supports the truth that resistance is possible in DC and in New Orleans with alternative visions for a just and equitable community.

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2015 Black Solidarity Statement with Palestine

From the Black Solidarity with Palestine website: "The past year has been one of high-profile growth for Black-Palestinian solidarity. Out of the terror directed against us—from numerous attacks on Black life to Israel’s brutal war on Gaza and chokehold on the West Bank—strengthened resilience and joint-struggle have emerged between our movements. Palestinians on Twitter were among the first to provide international support for protesters in Ferguson, where St. Louis-based Palestinians gave support on the ground. Last November, a delegation of Palestinian students visited Black organizers in St. Louis, Atlanta, Detroit and more, just months before the Dream Defenders took representatives of Black Lives Matter, Ferguson, and other racial justice groups to Palestine. Throughout the year, Palestinians sent multiple letters of solidarity to us throughout protests in Ferguson, New York, and Baltimore. We offer this statement to continue the conversation between our movements."

Read and sign the 2015 Black Solidarity Statement with Palestine



 

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Open Positions

#BlackLivesMatter is a network of volunteer-run chapters across the United States and the world that brings new and emerging activists, seasoned leaders of all ages, and multi-issue organizations together to align, coordinate, and lead efforts for cultural, community, social, economic, and policy transformation. Their network structure is comprised of local chapters and a network hub. Currently, the BLM network connects 24 chapters in the United States and 2 international chapters, all of which are aligned with the BLM core values and policy demands. Together these chapters amplify the voices and impact of thousands of BLM chapter members.

Click below for more information about their open positions.

Chapter Coordinator Job Description

National Director Job Description

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Movement Making: A Community Report-out & Dialogue

Saturday, August 22nd, come join in "Movement Making: A Community Report-out & Dialogue" focusing on experiences of the US Social Forumm and the Movement for Black Lives convening and what's next. We'll meet 1:30 to 4:30 PM at Plymouth Congregational UCC, 5301 North Capitol Street NE, lower hall, followed by a JAZZ JAM in the sanctuary. Co-sponsored by the Plymouth Board of Social Action and ONE DC. Open to all people committed to liberation, starting at home in the DMV and connecting to the nation and world.

All are welcome. Please join us to learn more about getting involved with organizing in DC!

For more information contact Rev. Art Brown at revasbrownjr@comcast.net or Brigette Rouson at brouson@hotmail.com.

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ONE DC Monthly Voice - July 2015

 

The Monthly Voice

July 2015 - ONE DC Newsletter

 


"In the spirit of Ida B. Wells, we value organizing against injustice and for human dignity." -from ONE DC values statement

We demand justice for Sandra Bland and Samuel DuBose. We demand an end to the lynching of Black Americans by police. We value black-led organizing & resistance against these acts of state violence which are rooted in white supremacy & capitalism.


From DC to Cleveland: Building a Movement for Black Lives

By Gabrielle Jackson, ONE DC member
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Bottom, from left: Marybeth Onyeukwu, Jamier Sale, Kashara White, Chioma Iwuoha, Gabrielle Jackson
Top, from left: Lissette Miller, Caneisha Mills, April Goggans, Peta Lindsay, Andrew Nance, Eugene Puryear

When I first learned about the Movement for Black Lives Convening, I was immediately excited. As a mental health clinician, I had been having an internal conversation about the need for Black spaces, a safe space meant for us to heal and just be. This was perfect. Being at the Convening, I got everything I could ask for. I had the opportunity to attend the Emotional Emancipation Circle, a session held by Erika Totten on how to implement and facilitate weekly support groups for Black people for the purposes of processing stress, violence, and aggression related to racism and White supremacy. I also attended a session hosted by the Black Alliance for Just Immigration called Welcome to America: the Black Immigrant Experience of Anti-Black and Anti-Immigrant State Violence in the U.S., which provided a lens on intersectionality and the universality of Black Lives Matter.

It was amazing, being among Black excellence and brilliance, seeing beautiful Black people in all their essence and diversity, and feeling right at home. I came home reinvigorated, with a heightened sense of pride, motivation, inspiration, and a full heart and soul. I went to the M4BL Convening for its healing qualities, but I got so much more out of it. I did not realize how much I would learn and glean from a short weekend.

First, I was reminded to be confident in my strengths and how they contribute to the movement. Each person has their own strengths, resources, and expertise. The movement is not only about what is seen out on the forefront, but about the genius in the background too. Even if you are not on the front lines regularly, you are needed. Secondly, I was encouraged to be confident in the capacity of my own voice. In my advocacy, I have a tendency to be observant and strategic. But, there are times things just need to be said as soon as it comes to mind, and done so unapologetically. Next, I was reminded to be confident in our capacity and adaptability. Our people are strong and resilient, and should never forget that. Though many try to say we are apathetic or "can't get our stuff together," our movement is historical and has been ongoing; we just have to often adjust due to deliberately placed roadblocks. We must never forget that this movement never died, and is just revitalized continuously.

Lastly, we must be confident that we are indeed one family and we have so much love. This weekend only reinforced that. From a passing smile and "how are you doing?" and the short elevator conversations to the deeper discussions about social ills and next steps, I connected with many, because despite being different in many ways, we are all part of the Black experience and understand that all Black lives do matter.

I left the M4BL Convening, with the mission of being intentional, proud, and unapologetic. I look forward to the next year's assembly of Black lives. I want to express extreme gratitude to ONE DC for making my attendance at this convening possible.

 


Education. Action. Reflection. Building a Movement for Equity in DC

freedom_school_2015-17.jpgOn Saturday, July 18 ONE DC members gathered at the United Black Fund (the temporary satellite space for the DC Black Workers Center) for a 4-hour Freedom School on Resisting State Violence.
For the full agenda, readings, and resources, click here.

The following Wednesday, members took to action with a teach-in at Freedom Plaza followed by a protest outside Mayor Muriel Bowser's office about the failure of First Source accountability on projects such as the Marriott Marquis. Our demand is for the Mayor to issue an executive order to strengthen First Source with clawbacking provisons. Members demanding this order were met by security and police outside the mayor's office. So what's next? How can we learn from this action and how do we move forward? Please join us at our next People's Platform General Body Meeting this Wednesday, August 5th at 6PM. RSVP Here


The Freedom School was also used as an opportunity to release The People's Platform Manifesto.

The People’s Platform principles are:

  1. Housing for every person. Housing is a human right, not an opportunity to exploit and profit.
  2. Decent, dignified, and sustainable work or occupation for everyone who wants it.
  3. A right to health for humans and the earth.
  4. Government transparency, accountability, and participatory democracy.
  5. Equitable development that values people over property. Development without displacement that cedes power over land use to democratic community control.
  6. Equitable and equal access to a free, decent, holistic, non-imperialistic education that creates critical, political thinkers and leaders.
  7. Full access for returning citizens to housing, jobs, education, as well as decriminalization, demilitarization, and prison abolition.
  8. Access to safe and affordable transportation so that we can travel between our homes, jobs, schools, and recreational spaces.
  9. A process of restorative justice for residents who have faced physical, emotional, or psychological violence at the hands of the District government and its agencies.
  10. The right of return and reclamation for those who have been forced out of the District by developers and gentrification. We demand self-determination, which depends on our ability to control the land.
Read the full text of the People's Platform Manifesto here

 


Brookland Manor Tenants Hold First Election in 20 Years!

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A few weeks ago, Brookland Manor held its first Tenant Association Election in 20 years. Brookland Manor is a historic Great Depression era complex which includes 19 garden apartment buildings: 535 units spread across 23 acres. Over 2/3 of the units are subsidized by the federal government. The apartment complex has been home to many Black families over the years. Mid-City Financial Corporation is gunning for a major demolition project to develop townhouses, condos and retail. Mid-City insists that all residents in good standing will be welcomed back to the property. However, if Mid-City succeeds in demolishing the property, they plan on reducing 162 affordable housing units, which are mostly 3, 4 and 5 bedrooms. This action equates to displacing hundreds of Black families in DC.

Each board member completed ONE DC leadership training seminars and ultimately made commitments to ensure healthy and accountable leadership. The board is currently ready to serve its tenants, with unconventional energy and commitment to let all residents' voices be heard. ONE DC is currently co- facilitating leadership trainings and workshops to ensure Brookland Manor Tenants Association can lead equitably and efficiently.


Build Relationships & Community

SoulFiesta on the Street
Saturday, August 1st - 4pm - 7pm
Block Party on N Street (between Vermont Ave & 14th St NW)
Third Annual N Street community block party created to bring Latino & African American neighbors together and share culture over food, music, dancing, art, and fun. (Tamale making party on Friday night!)
Click here for more info

The Pearl Coalition Summer Celebration
Wednesday, August 5th - 4:30-7:30pm
Monique Johnson Earth Conservation Corps Center
The Pearl Coalition is a DC-based organization dedicated to the restoration of “The Pearl,” a Chesapeake Bay Schooner that was chartered by free African Americans to help enslaved people escape to freedom. Event will include Boating, Interviews, Activities, Catered Food, Volunteer Sign-Up, Live Performances
Click here for more info

Film Screening: "Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution"
Save the Date: Friday 9/18 & Saturday 9/19
E Street Cinema
Director Stanley Nelson will be attending the Friday opening in DC. Producer Laurens Grant will be attending the screening Saturday evening.
Co-hosted by ONE DC & Justice First
Click here for more info

 


ONE Bit of Good News

ONE DC member April Goggans to host Black Self-Love Sunday Fundraiser for ONE DC in honor of her birthday this Sunday, August 2nd starting at 5pm.
Spades*Dominoes*Food*Music*Art Making*Carefree Blackness
2237 Mount View Place SE (Anacostia Metro - 90/B2 bus)

This is that no-organizing, no working, just being black and beautiful party that we always talk about having, but never do--UNTIL NOW! And it's in Southeast! Come be in community & bask in the beauty of blackness! All ages welcome.
**this is a black & POC space**
$
10 dollar suggested donation gets you a plate & supports black organizing in DC. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
RSVP to april.goggans@gmail.com

Thank you April and Happy Birthday!

If you are interested in hosting your own fundraiser house party to support ONE DC, please email dominic at dmoulden@onedconline.org


The Democracy Collaborative is Hiring

http://democracycollaborative.org/content/interested-joining-our-team-were-hiring


In the media

"We must put an end to serial displacement in the form of segregation, redlining, deindustrialization, and gentrification, which has constituted one long wave of destruction for many black communities, undercutting the ability of residents to resist.” -Mindy Fullilove. Equitable Development and the Call for Community in Washington, DC by Gregory D. Squires and Dominic T Moulden, Social Policy, Spring 2015

Marybeth Onyeukwu's piece featured in Truthout "Black Immigrants' Lives Matter: Disrupting the Dialogue on Immigrant Detention."

Black Lives Matter Asks A Question Of Its Own Movement: Where Are More Men?


 

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