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Outside/In: a participatory art work looking at DC statehood

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ONE DC Monthly Voice - January 2016

 

The Monthly Voice

January 2016 - ONE DC Newsletter

 


"No one's going to make this city for us...except us."


#TBT - Click here to watch "We are ONE DC" - a 2007 Throwback Video!

"It's about changing – changing the way business is done in DC. Like, we're not the deficiency.
It's about challenging a larger system that creates certain circumstances.
It's about developing partnerships and stronger relationships. It's about using the resources we have as leverage.
It's about accessing power. It's about working together.
It's about democracy...like actually not only am I speaking and sharing my voice, but my voice is actually being heard and taken seriously.”
-Jessica Rucker


In 2016, we celebrate 10 years of building power and organizing for equity in DC

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How can you support ONE DC's 10th Anniversary?
-Become a major donor
-Become a sustaining donor
-Volunteer for 10th Anniversary events
-Volunteer to host a fundraiser house party

To learn more, contact Resource Organizer Dominic at dmoulden@onedconline.org. Check back every month for more news on the 10th Anniversary campaign!


ONE DC Seeking Research & Design Fellow

Organizing Neighborhood Equity (ONE) DC’s mission is to create and preserve racial and economic equity in DC. We envision a DC that is equitable and just place to live for all of its residents. Given our systemic understanding of oppression, our work centers on popular education, alternative economic development projects, and organizing for community ownership and control of land, housing, work, and all aspects of our lives.

Through our partnership with Building for Progress, ONE DC is seeking a fellow to s​upport our work. Tasks include:

  • Creating graphics that simplify complex housing, work, and other concepts
  • Creating popular education materials for ONE DC members and the public
  • Researching and writing real-time responses that share the People’s Platform perspective on issues
  • Supporting our social media organizing efforts
  • Joining People’s Platform and campaign meetings
  • Other ad hoc assignments

The fellow will be paid $15/hr. The number of hours worked per week is somewhat flexible and can be agreed upon with the coordinator.

Qualifications include:

  • Graphic design skills​;
  • Strong research and writing skills;
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Self-motivated and skilled at working as part of a team;
  • Knowledge of Washington, DC issues and organizations;
  • Learn about and commit to ONE DC’s organizing model;
  • A desire to deepen political analysis and learn about the history of social movement​s;
  • Willingness to engage in honest, though constructive, mindful, and compassionate reciprocal critique of work with others.

To apply, please send a resume, writing sample, and graphic design sample to DCWorkerCoops@gmail.com by February 20th. People of color, women, DC residents, and youth are encouraged to apply.

Click for more info and how to apply


Capital Dilemma Book Launch

Thursday, February 25  - 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
School of International Service (SIS) Founders Room, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW


Join us for a breakfast discussion & book launch of Capital Dilemma: Growth and Inequality in Washington, DC. The book uncovers and explains the dynamics that have influenced the contemporary economic advancement of Washington, DC. The book talk will feature co-editors Derek Hyra and Sabiyha Prince, as well AU's Dr. Brett Williams.

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Capital Dilemma: Growth and Inequality in Washington, DC
uncovers and explains the dynamics that have influenced the contemporary economic advancement of Washington, DC. This volume’s unique interdisciplinary approach using historical, sociological, anthropological, economic, geographic, political, and linguistic theories and approaches, captures the comprehensive factors related to changes taking place in one of the world’s most important cities.

Capital Dilemma clarifies how preexisting urban social hierarchies, established mainly along race and class lines but also along national and local interests, are linked with the city’s contemporary inequitable growth. While accounting for historic disparities, this book reveals how more recent federal and city political decisions and circumstances shape contemporary neighborhood gentrification patterns, highlighting the layered complexities of the modern national capital and connecting these considerations to Washington, DC’s past as well as to more recent policy choices.

Breakfast will be served. Contact Statia Thomas for more details at st7572a@american.edu or 202-885-2440.

Click here to RSVP
Click here to purchase. A portion of royalties will go to support the work of ONE DC & Empower DC!


Upcoming Events

 


Outside/In, a participatory art work looking at DC statehood

Saturday, February 6  - 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Outside/In explores DC’s unique political landscape through a layered experience, or a relay of sorts, a three-part walk, led by three different people engaged with the same issue – DC statehood – at the federal, community org/advocacy, and local citizen levels, including DC Congress member/staff, an organizer/activist/advocate for DC statehood, and a local resident who is living the impacts of the issue. This is part of the 2016 CAA conference, but is open to the public. Designed by Mary Clare Rietz
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DC Neighborhood Solidarity Network Open House
Thursday, February 18 - 6:30-8:30 PM
MLK Library, Room A-5 - 901 G St NW
From Chinatown to Congress Heights to Mt Pleasant, tenants and their neighbors are rising up against underhanded landlords and city policies that threaten to drive them out of their homes and neighborhoods. Find out how you can join them and plug into grassroots efforts to resist displacement around the city.As the city gives away public land to build high rises and developers use dirty tricks to drive mostly Black, Latino, and Asian residents from their homes, we must act NOW to defend the right to safe, affordable housing for ourselves and our neighbors. At the Neighborhood Solidarity Network Open House, you will get connected with different tenant-led efforts to resist displacement from their buildings, fight for safe living conditions, and achieve fair affordable housing policies and practices.
RSVP Here


This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed - Author Talk with Charles Cobb
Saturday, February 27  - 7:00 - 9:00 PM
The Potter's House - 1658 Columbia Rd NW
In this author talk, Charles E. Cobb Jr. will discuss his book, This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed, which lays bare the paradoxical relationship between the nonviolent civil rights struggle and the long history and importance of African Americans taking up arms to defend themselves against white supremacist violence.
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SAVE THE DATE: 2016 Annual Membership Meeting
Saturday, March 5 - 2:00 -5:00 PM
Thurgood Marshall Center - 1816 12th St NW
What is the people's vision for 2016 and beyond? What is ONE DC's financial standing? How did we win in 2015? How can you as a member get involved? Join us to find out! If you want to vote and have not paid your 2015 dues, please pay before February 22, 2016. Those who pay at the time of the Meeting will not be eligible to vote until next year.
RSVP Here


A Moment or a Movement? Why Black Lives Matter on the Path to Equitable Development in Washington DC

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Tuesday, April 5th - 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
The George Washington University, 800 21st St NW
Marvin Center Grand Ballroom, Third Floor

Movement building is the focus of the third annual conference on equitable development in Washington, DC to be co-sponsored by ONE DC and George Washington University.  Bringing together residents from all parts of the DC area, organizers, students, developers, elected officials and all who are concerned with sustainable, equitable development, this conference will build on the ongoing efforts to create a more democratic and just community. Conference will also include community walking tours that highlight ongoing movement building work in DC. To volunteer or help plan, email dmoulden@onedconline.org.
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Open Positions at Good Sense Farm

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ONE DC Monthly Voice - December 2015

 

The Monthly Voice

December 2015 - ONE DC Newsletter

 


"Each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, fulfill it, or betray it."
-Frantz Fanon


Join us in celebrating the end of 2015...and envisioning an equitable DC in 2016!

ONE DC members stand in solidarity with the people of Baltimore

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Brookland Manor tenants stand up against displacement
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The Black Workers Center Advisory Committee meets for the first time
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ONE DC members attend the 2nd National Black Workers Center Convening in Oakland, CA
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Cooperation DC trains 30+ residents on how to start worker-owned cooperatives
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2nd Annual Equitable Development Conference
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Residents demand clawbacking & First Source reform
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Freedom School 2015: Resisting State Violence 
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Juneteenth Press Event to Release "Trained to Death & Still Jobless"
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ONE DC members attend Movement for Black Lives Convening in Cleveland
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Mount Vernon Plaza tenants hold vigil to protest displacement
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ONE DC members visit worker coops in Baltimore, NYC, & Philadelphia
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People's Platform members meet with DHCD, DMPED, & DMGEO to present demands
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People's Platform members go on 3-day strategic retreat
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#TakeBacktheStreets week of action against police terror & displacement
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Thank you for making 2015 unforgettable. Please donate to support our work in 2016!


TightShift Laboring Coop Featured by the Working World

“Since I returned home from prison, finding work has been hell. Creating work for myself has been my only option. Through connections at ONE DC, I learned about the cooperative model, and I decided to make my business a cooperative so I could create opportunities for others stuck on the outside like I was. But even though we had the effort and the ideas, we didn't have the resources. Joining the national peer network has given us access to capital and training that was impossible before.” -Juan Reid. TightShift Laboring Cooperative Co-founder & ONE DC member

Working World Peer Network is a network of coop lenders and capacity builders which builds movement infrastructure for non-extractive community finance.

Click here to support Cooperation DC


Equitable Development in Shaw - Rooflines

By Derek Hyra, Dominic Moulden, & Gregory Squires

A recent New York Times article on the revitalization of Washington, DC’s Shaw neighborhood highlighted how real estate developers have rebranded the area to attract mainly white Millennials to this once predominately African American neighborhood.

However, it failed to place what is happening in Shaw within the larger redevelopment context of the country and discuss important equitable development efforts in this dynamic economically and racially diverse neighborhood.

Shaw is not just "rebranded" real estate development. The neighborhood offers some important grassroots organizing lessons regarding how to harness redevelopment forces to benefit the lives of those who have long made Shaw their home along with those just discovering the community.

Read the full article on Rooflines here


Upcoming Events

 

Member Orientation
Monday, January 25  - 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
New Community Church - 614 S St NW
We welcome all supporters, whether long-time members or new joiners, to join us for our next Member Orientation to learn more about the work of ONE DC and what it means to be a member.
RSVP Here

"Collective Courage" Wisdom Circle
Saturday, January 16 - 3:00 PM
Shaw/Watha T. Daniel Library - 1630 7th St NW
Join us to discuss Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice, written by ONE DC Shared Leadership Team member Jessica Gordon Nembhard. To buy a copy at a discounted price, please email organizer@onedconline.org.
RSVP Here

 


SAVE THE DATE: 2016 Annual Membership Meeting

Saturday, March 5 - 2-5 PM
Location TBA
What is the people's vision for 2016 and beyond? What is ONE DC's financial standing? How did we win in 2015? How can you as a member get involved? Join us to find out! All are welcome, but only members who paid annual dues in 2015 will be eligible to vote in elections.
RSVP Here

SAVE THE DATE: 3rd Annual Equitable Development Conference
April 4 - 5, 2016
The George Washington University
Details to come. To help plan, email dmoulden@onedconline.org. Info about previous years can be found here.


ONE Bit of Good News: Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard to be inducted into Cooperative Hall of Fame

Three cooperative leaders will receive the cooperative community’s highest honor on May 4, 2016 when they are inducted into the Cooperative Hall of Fame, including ONE DC Shared Leadership Team member Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard, author of Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice.

"I am happy :) - and proud - to let you know that I have just been elected onto the Cooperative Hall of Fame and will be inducted on May 4th, 2016 in Washington, DC. The Co-op Hall of Fame is the US cooperative movement's highest honor. I feel incredibly humble and honored to now stand with our greats such as Melbah M. Smith, Shirley Sherrod, Ralph Paige, Pete Crear, Joy Cousminer, Steve Dawson, Rebecca Dunn, Edward A. Filene, Benjamin Franklin, James Peter Warbasse, John B. Gauci, Woodrow Keon, John Ernest Johnson, Gonze Lee Twitty, Terry Lewis, William Nelson, Jerry Vorhis, etc. Thanks to the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives for nominating me, and to all of you who officially supported me. Also thanks to all of you for being my friends and support. Happy Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!" -Jessica


 

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ONE DC Monthly Voice - November 2015

 

The Monthly Voice

November 2015 - ONE DC Newsletter

 


"If we...want to map a different world, we have to use all our faculties to imagine life that is not beholden to the state and controlled through capitalism...Shapeshifters must always stay on the side of change, possibility, movement, and the future." -Aimee Meredith Cox, Shapeshifters


Working While Black: Reflections on the 2nd Annual Black Worker Center Convening

By Ben Woods

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Jennifer Bryant, Ben Woods, Dominic Moulden, Shereigns Borntrue
travelled to Oakland for the National Black Worker Center Project
Convening representing ONE DC & the DC Black Workers Center

Black workers are one of the primary social forces in the Black Liberation Movement in the US. Historically and today, they experience racism on the job, in labor unions, and the most negative effects of ‘neoliberal globalization.’ At several points throughout their history, Black workers have analyzed their own conditions and concluded self-organization was key to gaining power over their own lives. In the tradition of autonomous Black worker organizing, the 2nd annual Black Workers Center (BWC) National Convening met on November 12-14 in Oakland, CA to strategize for Black Workers Power. The theme of the convening was “Black Freedom Dreams.”

The history and current conditions of Black people demonstrate the necessity of spaces like BWCs where Black workers can conduct popular education, organize campaigns, and create Black worker-owned cooperatives. The exploitation of Black workers and the ideological justification to maintain control of their labor is foundational to the US settler colonial project. In a workshop titled “Black Worker Centers Meet Organized Labor” respected labor organizer Bill Fletcher discussed how Black radicals and anti-racist Whites were excluded from the newly formed AFL-CIO in 1955 due to segregation in the labor movement and McCarthyism. Around the same time in 1951, Black workers created the National Negro Labor Council to fight job discrimination, racism in labor unions, and build what we today call Black Workers Power.

BWCs are slowly proving themselves to be spaces where Black workers can organize for power to overcome structural inequalities such as having twice the white unemployment rate, receiving 60% the white income, and Black median wealth 20 times less than that of whites. For example, the inaugural BWC in Los Angeles, in coalition with community groups, organized to win a project labor agreement (PLA) that requires 40% of workers hired onto Metro Construction projects come from ‘disadvantaged areas.’ The convening allowed all of us to compare notes and learn from each other so that we can infuse the concerns of Black workers into the emergent Movement for Black Lives.

Read Ben's full reflection here.


View more photos from the convening


M4BL Convening Attendees Report Back to DC Community

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By Lissette Miller

ONE DC members who attended the Movement for Black Lives Convening (M4BL) in Cleveland hosted a report-back at America’s Islamic Heritage Museum to reflect on the Convening and discuss Black liberation work in DC. We know Black-only spaces are necessary in order for us to heal and strategize on ways to further our movement. But as we witnessed at M4BL and discussed in SE last week, our movement must be intersectional, centered and led by directly-affected communities. When we say Black Lives Matter, we mean all Black lives – trans*, gender non-conforming, queer, women, undocumented, incarcerated, returning citizens, houseless, HIV-positive – all Black Lives Matter.


Cooperation DC Kicks Off with Fall Trainings

In November, Cooperation DC hosted a series of trainings and workshops on worker cooperative development. Here are a few exciting highlights:

  • 60+ residents attended Building DC’s Movement for Economic Democracy through Worker Cooperatives community learning event
  • 12 attended government stakeholders meeting w/ city council staff
  • 15 attended small business development meeting
  • 33 emerging worker-owners attended training on how to start a worker cooperative


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Lawyer? Accountant? Interested in Coop Development?
The final event in the series will be a training geared towards lawyers and accountants who want to learn strategies and best practices for supporting worker-owned businesses and a cooperative DC economy.
Click here for more details.
Space is limited. Click here to RSVP.


Member Appreciation

Saturday, December 5th - 3:00 - 6:00 PM
African American Civil War Museum - 1925 Vermont Ave NW.

Join us in celebrating YOU! Calling all ONE DC members, volunteers, donors, and supporters to join us in celebrating our wins and recognition of the hard work of ONE DC members. This event will feature food, music, poetry, and a special awards ceremony! All ages are welcome. Let's celebrate 2015 and explore our vision for 2016 and beyond to create an equitable DC. Please let us know if you need transportation or childcare by emailing organizer@onedconline.org or calling 202-232-2915. Email ccook@onedconline.org if you would like to help set up or volunteer.


Click here to RSVP


Upcoming Events

DC Fair Food Annual Fundraiser
Saturday, December 5  - 7 PM - 11 PM
Mike Golash's house – 5325 16th Street, NW
Join DC Fair Food for their annual fundraiser and fourth birthday party. Come eat and celebrate another year with this organization that fights for fair working conditions. Dinner starts at 7:00 PM and is followed by a party at 9:00 PM.
RSVP Here

Building Co-operative Power Author Talk
Friday, December 11th - 7 PM
The Potter’s House – 1658 Columbia Road, NW
Building Co-operative Power is a guide and inspiration for building worker co-operatives that tells the stories of worker co-operatives in the Connecticut River Valley. It offers practical insights on co-op governance, management, and communication. In its second half BCP directly addresses the obstacles and opportunities for building regional co-operative economies. This includes the regional strategies Valley Alliance of Worker Co-operatives developed, which led to forming the Valley Co-operative Business Association with credit unions and food co-operatives.
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DC Black Workers Center Film Screening

Thursday, December 17 - 6 PM
The United Black Fund – 2500 Martin Luther King Jr Ave, SE
The DC Black Workers Center invites you to a film screening of the powerful documentary Finally Got the News. The film portrays the actions of The League of Revolutionary Black Workers in the auto factories of Detroit, along with the vital role of African American workers in the American economy. Stay for a discussion following the screening.
RSVP Here


#BlackFriday & #GivingTuesday

This year, the Resource Development committee has focused on grassroots fundraising strategies to ensure our financial sustainability. ONE DC supporters have stepped up by becoming sustaining donors, hosting house party fundraisers, and recruiting new donors from their social networks.

This #BlackFriday, we'll be asking people to donate to support Black organizing. And on #GivingTuesday, we hope to get closer to our goal of 100 sustaining donors. We hope that you'll make a donation and help spread the word by sharing on Facebook and Twitter.


 

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Legal & Accounting Strategies for a Cooperative DC Economy

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Working While Black: Reflections on 2nd Annual Black Worker Center Convening

Black workers are one of the primary social forces in the Black Liberation Movement in the US. Historically and today, they experience racism on the job, in labor unions, and the most negative effects of ‘neoliberal globalization.’ At several points throughout their history, Black workers have analyzed their own conditions and concluded self-organization was key to gaining power over their own lives. In the tradition of autonomous Black worker organizing, the 2nd annual Black Workers Center (BWC) National Convening met on November 12-14 in Oakland, CA to strategize for Black Workers Power. The theme of the convening was “Black Freedom Dreams.”

The history and current conditions of Black people demonstrate the necessity of spaces like BWCs where Black workers can conduct popular education, organize campaigns, and create Black worker-owned cooperatives. The exploitation of Black workers and the ideological justification to maintain control of their labor is foundational to the US settler colonial project. In a workshop titled “Black Worker Centers Meet Organized Labor” respected labor organizer Bill Fletcher discussed how Black radicals and anti-racist Whites were excluded from the newly formed AFL-CIO in 1955 due to segregation in the labor movement and McCarthyism. Around the same time in 1951, Black workers created the National Negro Labor Council to fight job discrimination, racism in labor unions, and build what we today call Black Workers Power.

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BWCs are slowly proving themselves to be spaces where Black workers can organize for power to overcome structural inequalities such as having twice the white unemployment rate, receiving 60% the white income, and Black median wealth 20 times less than that of whites. For example, the inaugural BWC in Los Angeles, in coalition with community groups, organized to win a project labor agreement (PLA) that requires 40% of workers hired onto Metro Construction projects come from ‘disadvantaged areas.’ The convening allowed all of us to compare notes and learn from each other so that we can infuse the concerns of Black workers into the emergent Movement for Black Lives.

Click here to view photos from the Convening.

A few months ago a report and hashtag called #BlackWorkersMatter was created in order to highlight the numerous challenges confronting Black labor in the context of #BlackLivesMatter. At the National Convening, a presentation called “A Glimpse at the Moment” by Bill Fletcher discussed ‘neoliberal globalization’ as one of the fundamental issues impacting Black workers. He described it as “a transformation in the regime of capitalism placing more emphasis on deregulation, privatization, subcontracting, casualization, and anti-unionism. It emphasizes the elimination of trade barriers and the unrestricted flow of capital.” This process comes in the form of relocation of industry away from large concentrations of Black folk or privatization of the public sector. Manufacturing and the public sector were two sectors where Black people traditionally could attain upward mobility.

Furthermore, over 50 years ago, radical Black worker James Boggs identified automation as a major threat to Black working people. This is why Kali Akuno, in an article called “Until We Win,” asserted that in US society the value of Black life is connected to how much profit we produce for the capitalists. In short, in the era of ‘neoliberal globalization,’ Black Lives don’t matter because unlike in the period of chattel slavery or segregation, Black labor produces less profits. The importance of self-organization and advancing our own initiatives could never be greater.

Steven Pitts, the founder of the National BWC project, presented a new National campaign that will be promoted by BWCs across the country called Working While Black. The title is a play on the common refrains ‘driving while Black’ or ‘walking while Black.' Central to the initiative is building coalitions or united fronts on local and national campaigns. The current approach of most US labor unions is business unionism or a narrow focus on gaining better wages or benefits. The initiative rejects this restrictive approach in favor of social justice unionism wherein workers organize around wider human rights issues such as mass incarceration, reproductive justice, and more. Black workers, like all workers, problems extend outside of the workplace and into their communities and day-to-day lives. BWCs have the potential to begin the process of building Black Workers Power in the work place and wider community so that we can confidently say that BlackLivesMatter AND BlackWorkersMatter.

Benjamin Woods

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Shapeshifters Book Event & Author Talk with Aimee Meredith Cox

In Shapeshifters, Aimee Meredith Cox explores how young Black women in a Detroit homeless shelter contest stereotypes, critique their status as partial citizens, and negotiate poverty, racism, and gender violence to create and imagine lives for themselves. Based on eight years of fieldwork at the Fresh Start shelter, Cox shows how the shelter's residents—who range in age from fifteen to twenty-two—employ strategic methods she characterizes as choreography to disrupt the social hierarchies and prescriptive narratives that work to marginalize them. With Shapeshifters Cox gives a voice to young Black women who find creative and non-normative solutions to the problems that come with being young, Black, and female in America.

Join ONE DC at the Potter's House on Saturday, November 21 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM for a book event & author talk.

Aimee Meredith Cox is Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Fordham University.

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ONE DC Monthly Voice - October 2015

 

The Monthly Voice

October 2015 - ONE DC Newsletter

 


"I think we have to rethink the concept of "leader." 'Cause "leader" implies "follower." And, so many-- not so many, but I think we need to appropriate, embrace the idea that we are the leaders we've been looking for." -Grace Lee Boggs, 1915-2015.


Mount Vernon Plaza Tenants Refuse to Be Displaced
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On October 26th, Mount Vernon Plaza Tenant Association, ONE DC People's Platform, Justice First, and Black Lives Matter DMV held a vigil in support of the Mount Vernon Plaza tenants fighting exorbitant rent increases. The vigil featured tenants, representatives from the Black Lives Matter movement and other community members sharing stories of displacement and making their demands to the Bowser administration. This vigil culminated a week of action demanding the Mayor shift priorities from policing to reinvestment in Black communities.
Click here for highlights from the vigil.



Racial Equity and Climate Change: Save the Planet, Save the People! 

At the September 23 Climate Change Rally on the National Mall, ONE DC organizer Jennifer Bryant spoke of the lack of sustainability of current economic policies -- both to the global climate and the people of Washington, DC:

In our work organizing long-time DC residents of color I've gotten to see first-hand the effects of gentrification. Washington, DC's unsustainable system of destructive development uproots families and displaces entire Black and Brown communities.

Climate change and gentrification have a lot in common. As we fight in DC to save communities like Barry Farms, Brookland Manor, Mount Vernon Plaza, Museum Square and so many others we recognize that what we are fighting is not just greedy developers and the local politicians that they've bought. We're fighting an entire system that is harmful and unsustainable. The fight for equitable development in DC and the fight to save the planet from climate change are the same fight. At the root of both struggles is an acknowledgment that our current global economic system is destructive and must be transformed.  

The earth is not for sale, just like our communities are not for sale. We have to bring to an end the privatization and devastation of resources that should be shared among all people. We believe that this transformation will emerge from the place that all great movements have emerged: the grassroots. ONE DC will continue to build grassroots power and grassroots leadership in communities that are on the front lines of these struggles. And we'll continue to connect local issues of housing and jobs to the climate justice movement.


Why a Solidarity Economy?

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ONE DC members who traveled on coop learning journeys to Philadelphia are building a solidarity economy movement in DC.


"Why remain subordinated to the will of transnational corporations, States, and international institutions that identify themselves with exclusionary interests, if together, with our collective force, we can create public spaces, states, and new organizations that serve society’s empowerment, so that it becomes the leading subject of its own development in an autonomous and self-reliant way?

Why not become subjects of a creative and satisfactory work, free from oppression and exploitation, and which produces what we lack in order to meet our needs—cultural, physical, spiritual, emotional, and relational?

Our proposal is a socioeconomy of solidarity as a way of life that encompasses the totality of the human being, that announces a new culture and a new form of producing to fulfill the needs of each human being and of the entire humanity."

-The Latin Meeting on a Culture and Socioeconomy of Solidarity, Porto Alegre, Brazil, August 1998


Sustaining the Movement for Equity

Earlier this year, we set a goal of recruiting 100 sustaining donors by the end of 2015. In order to be financially healthy, ONE DC needs the support of people just like you. We ended 2014 with 5 sustaining donors. With your help, we are now up to 22! {{ recipient.first_name_or_friend }}, can you help us reach our goal of 100 sustaining donors by giving $5, $10, or $20 each month?


Working while Black: The Goals of the Black Workers Center

The Black Workers Center will build power with Black workers in DC. One of the major goals of the Black Workers Center is to provide an incubation space for alternatives to low-wage work, such as worker cooperatives and collectives. The Black Workers Center is co-organizing two upcoming key events this month to connect DC residents to worker cooperatives: 

  • Building DC’s Movement for Economic Democracy through Worker Cooperatives - Thursday, November 5 - 6:00 PM - ONE DC, Black Workers Center, and Cooperation DC will host a discussion on the history and current global context for worker cooperatives. African American Civil War Museum & Memorial, 1925 Vermont Ave NW.  RSVP and more info here
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  • How to Start a Worker Cooperative - Saturday, November 7 - Workshop designed for those actively interested in starting a cooperative and will provide participants with tools and support to defining democratic business models. The workshop will be hosted at the Hive in Southeast DC. Email DCWorkerCoops@gmail.com or call 443-562-5856 to RSVP and for more information.

 


Interested in Worker Coop Development?

The Democracy at Work Institute is recruiting a diverse group of 8-10 dynamic worker cooperative developers for their 2016, 6-month Fellowship Program. This Program takes place between January – June 2016 and offers peer networking, tools development, and action learning to worker cooperative developers interested in exploring the question of scale for worker cooperatives in low-income communities.

Applications are due Friday, November 13th, 2015. For more information and to apply, click here.


Upcoming Events

Let's Get Free DC: Report Back. Turn Up.
Thursday, November 12th - 6:00 PM
Join DC residents who attended the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) convening as they offer reflections on what they experienced in Cleveland - the facilitated sessions, the importance of all-Black spaces, the transphobic incidents and subsequent calling in of cis folx by trans* and gender non-conforming people, the overall feeling of a family reunion, and much more. Please note this will be a Black-only space.
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Shapeshifters Book Event & Author Talk w/ Aimee Meredith Cox
Saturday, November 21 - 1:00PM
The Potter's House - 1658 Columbia Road Northwest
In Shapeshifters, Aimee Meredith Cox explores how young Black women in a Detroit homeless shelter contest stereotypes, critique their status as partial citizens, and negotiate poverty, racism, and gender violence to create and imagine lives for themselves. With Shapeshifters, Cox gives a voice to young Black women who find creative and non-normative solutions to the problems that come with being young, Black, and female in America.
RSVP here


Save the Date! ONE DC Member Appreciation

Saturday, December 5th - 3-6 PM
A celebratory event to recognize the leadership of ONE DC members and our wins in 2015. Have you paid your 2015 membership dues yet?
RSVP here

 


ONE Bit of Good News

 

Thank you Black Benefactors for selecting ONE DC as your first grantee for grassroots organizing in DC!

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#BlackLivesMatter: Vigil in Support of Longtime D.C. Residents Fighting Displacement

October 26, 2015
Press Contact: Marybeth Onyeukwu, ONE DC Organizer  - monyeukwu@onedconline.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Monday, October 26th, Mount Vernon Plaza Tenant Association, People’s Platform, Justice First and Black Lives Matter DMV held a vigil in support of the Mount Vernon Plaza tenants fighting exorbitant rent increases. The vigil featured tenants, representatives from the Black Lives Matter movement and other community members sharing stories of displacement and making their demands to the Bowser administration. This vigil culminated a week of action demanding the Mayor to shift priorities from policing to reinvestment in Black communities.

After living in their homes for almost twenty years and facing a $600+ per month rent increase, fifteen Mount Vernon Plaza tenants held a sit-in last year at Bowser's office. At the time, Bowser was the Councilmember for Ward 4, running for mayor. As a result, the tenants won a seven-year housing affordability agreement. Since becoming Mayor, however, Bowser has refused to step in on behalf of the tenants. The landlord of the building, Bush Construction Companies, has engaged in numerous intimidation tactics including sending tenants to eviction court and disqualifying tenants from the new affordable housing program. Many tenants have been forced to move.

On the one year anniversary of the demonstration in Bowser’s office, tenants are, once again, demanding the Bowser administration to intervene to ensure more tenants are not displaced from their homes.

“I think it’s ridiculous the Mayor continues to express a commitment to affordable housing while doing nothing to protect the tenants at Mount Vernon Plaza,” said Eugene Puryear, organizer of Stop Police Terror Project DC and Justice First. “How is it that the Bowser administration can find the funding for more policing, but will claim their hands are tied when it comes to Mount Vernon Plaza? Truly affordable housing is simply not a priority for this administration.”

Mount Vernon Plaza is one battle in the fight for truly affordable housing in the District. Mount Vernon Plaza showcases the racial violence that underlies the city’s growing economic inequities.

What: Vigil in Support of Mount Vernon Plaza Tenants

Who: Mount Vernon Plaza Tenant Association, People’s Platform, Justice First, Black Lives Matter DMV

When: Monday, October 26th at 7:30pm

Where: Mount Vernon Plaza Apartments - 10th & M ST NW

Visuals: Signs, banners, candle light

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ABOUT ONE DC: ONE DC (formerly Manna CDC) was founded in 1997 in the midst of neighborhood change. From early on, ONE DC's approach to community development addressed structural causes of poverty and injustice, an orientation that stemmed from deep analysis of race, power, and the economic, political, and social forces at work in Shaw and the District. As a result, ONE DC’s organizing work centers on popular education, community organizing, and alternative economic development projects.

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