On December 16th, the DC Council staff will walk out in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
But if Black lives matter then it means NOT cutting off TANF benefits to struggling Black mothers. If Black lives matter then it means stepping in when racist developers are trying to kick Black people out of the city. If Black lives matter then it means NOT destroying public housing and forcing families to become homeless. Heck, it means NOT shutting down homeless shelters! If Black lives matter then it means NOT funding a $200M soccer stadium that will displace Black residents and usher in low-paying seasonal jobs. If Black lives matter it means not putting only $100M a year into affordable housing, not targeted toward our lower income Black families or making a dent in the crisis. If Black lives matter then it means bringing an immediate end to the use of jump-outs by the police. If Black lives matter then it means NOT looking at poor Black people with disdain!
You can protest when Black life is taken. But what about when we are ALIVE, still living?!
The DCFerguson movement and the residents of Washington, D.C. demand that D.C. City Council immediately pass a resolution taking a stand against the use of "Jump-Out" squads, a racially biased form of policing. "Jump-Outs" are a paramilitary tactic in which unmarked police vehicles carry 3 or more officers not wearing the standard police uniform. Their objective is to stop and intimidate ordinary citizens into submitting to interrogation or an unwarranted search. This kind of militarized tactic that criminalizes entire communities and creates end-runs around our constitutional rights should stop immediately.
~A Season of Giving~
Come learn about organizing for justice and equity in DC, hosted by ONE DC members
Thursday, December 4
251 Manor Circle, Takoma Park
Join us for an evening of solidarity, hope, and community building to organize for a vision of an equitable DC.
As friends and allies, we'll gather for a evening of great conversation and learning about ONE DC. ONE DC is organizing long-time, low-income DC residents against the threat of displacement and structural unemployment, and for a resident-led People's Platform political agenda.
Please bring your checkbooks and join us in financially supporting ONE DC's campaigns and visionary organizing.
Delicious homemade snacks and desserts will be provided.
Email Karen Leu at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
Black Youth Project (BYP100) DC Chapter Planned Actions for Tuesday, November 25
8:28 a.m. — D.C. Police Headquarters (300 Indiana Avenue NW)
12:28 p.m. — Office of Police Complaints (14th and I streets NW)
2:28 p.m. — D.C. City Council (14th Street and Pennsylvania Ave.)
5:28 p.m. — New Mayor’s Transitional Office (441 4th Street NW)
7:00 p.m. — #DCFerguson Rally (Mt. Vernon Square)
Post Rally: Surprise Action
#DCFerguson rally will begin at 7pm at Mt. Vernon Square, 7th and Mass NW Washington, DC Tuesday, November 25th in response to the grand jury's decision in Ferguson, MO to not indict Officer Darren Wilson for the murder of teenager Michael Brown.
#DCFerguson continues to stand in solidarity with the Michael Brown family and the sisters and brothers in Ferguson that are continuing to protest and resist the police murders of Black and Latino people every 28 hours in America.
ANSWER Coalition organizer Eugene Puryear says, "The murder of Michael Brown and the situation in Ferguson can and should be a turning point. Where we finally come to terms with the root causes of these issues and address social deprivation and oppression and the police brutality that comes with it."
The initial sponsors of #DCFerguson include the National Black United Front, the ANSWER Coalition, We Act Radio, the Party for Socialism and Liberation and the American Muslim Alliance, as well as independent organizing networks that have sprung up in the wake of Michael Brown's killing.
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Walmart pushed its way into DC by offering good jobs for DC residents, even promising $13/hour wages. In December of last year, the first two stores opened up. Now, less than one year later, Walmart associates in DC are calling on the company to pay $15/hour and give consistent full-time hours.
ONE DC is calling on our members to stand with Walmart associates this Black Friday in saying "no more broken promises!" Walmart needs to provide living wage jobs with full-time hours, jobs that sustain families instead of keeping them mired in poverty. The Walton family, the controlling family of Walmart and owners of more wealth than 42% of American families, need to Respect DC!
What: Black Friday Protest and March on Walmart
When: Friday, November 28, 2014, 8:00 AM
Where: Meet at Columbus Circle in front of Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20001
Why: To demand Walmart pay all their workers $15/hour and give consistent full-time hours!
If you're not able to join us for in DC, check out www.blackfridayprotests.org for other events across the country or to plan your own.
Join the movement to build a just, equitable, sustainable economy in DC!
DC is the symbolic heart of the current economy, one that is characterized by deepening inequality, unjust policies, a thwarted democracy, and ecological damage. The endless drive for profit and growth hurt people, communities, and the Earth.
But that's not the whole story. In DC and around the world, seeds are being planted for a new kind of economy -- one that is rooted in the values of democracy, justice, cooperation, self-determination, and sustainability. Join us Saturday, December 6th as we learn about solidarity economy models from around the world and explore how we can build a movement to transform our economy.
- Deepening Democracy, Broadening Ownership: Worker Cooperatives, Public Banks, Participatory Budgeting, Community Land Trusts
- Financing the Movement: Transformative Finance
- Learning from Natural Systems
- What Will It Take? Power Won't Concede Without a Fight
There will also be a Time Bank Exchange, Solidarity Economy Market (by ONE Love), and delicious food provided by our local worker cooperative catering company, Zenful Bites.
What: A presentation to teach and educate individuals on ways to create wealth and retire in a tax-free environment.
Where: ONE DC Office, 614 S St NW, Carriage House in Rear
When: Monday, December 1 at 6PM
RSVP: Limited space. Please register by calling 240-988-6992 and leave your name and number.
An in-depth discussion about housing trends in D.C. was hosted by Elevation DC Magazine, Oct. 21.
The conversation was an effort to explore the line between preserving affordable housing for long-time District residents and making way for newcomers to enjoy living in the city as well, said David Bowers, VP and market leader at Mid-Atlantic and representative from Enterprise Community Partners, who sponsored the event.
The panel discussion, “Gentrification, Revitalization or Renaissance,” was moderated by Rebecca Sheir, host of WAMU’s Metro Connection and took place at Shiloh Baptist Church in the Shaw neighborhood in Northwest.
The “G word” or gentrification can be a touchy subject, according to panelist Dr. Bernard Demczuk, George Washington University’s assistant vice president for D.C. government relations, African American history teacher at School Without Walls and Ben’s Chili Bowl historian. He said he prefers not to use the term at all.
He argued that word’s associated with the displacement of low-income residents by more upwardly mobile individuals is inaccurate. Instead, the cause is a reflection of the third great wave of American cities.
“It has to do with the natural flow of economics and demographic shifts,” he said. “And ain’t nothing going to stop it.”
Long-time District residents and newcomers attended the discussion. Conversely, Dominic Mouldon, representing non-profit ONE DC, views gentrification as an injustice against people of African descent. “D.C. claims to be a human rights city,” he said. “The crime [of gentrification] is the erasing of civil and human rights for D.C. citizens — the erasing of history, culture and art of long time D.C. residents.”
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