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Please come join us for the FIRST ever gathering of Domestic Workers in DC. If you are currently, or have ever been a domestic worker, please plan on attending this convening on Saturday October 28th from 11:30AM-3:30PM at St. Stephen's Church of the Incarnation. ONE DC is also looking for members who wish to volunteer with us on that day through tabling or a workshop about the BWC. Please email us at bwc@onedconline.org if you are interested.

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ONE DC Monthly Voice - October 2017

The Monthly Voice

October 2017 - ONE DC Newsletter

 


"America is more our country than it is the whites -- we have enriched it with our blood and tears...Will they drive us from our property and homes, which we have earned with our blood?"
-David Walker's Appeal (1829)


Community Control of the Corner - A Capital Campaign for the Black Workers & Wellness Center

Now an appeal from ONE DC Resource Organizer Dominic Moulden:

We have arrived at a critical moment where mass displacement is taking place at Barry Farms, Congress Heights, and Brookland Manor. As some of you know, I grew up hanging out in east Baltimore. Even my first home in Perkins Public Housing is scheduled to be torn down - 668 units of really affordable housing. As I said during at a recent talk for the 50th commemoration of Tally's Corner, corners are sacred spaces! Your organization, ONE DC, is ready to take community control of the corner at MLK Ave SE and Howard Road. Why? To buy, renovate, and sustain a Black Workers and Wellness Center in Anacostia. There is no tomorrow. Now is the time to dig deep and give abundantly to ONE DC. This is my appeal to you today. We will celebrate ONE DC taking back land with the community. Thank you!

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Click here to make a gift to ONE DC for the purchase of the Black Workers & Wellness Center

Here's what else you can do to transform our vision into reality.
  1. Attend ONE DC Teach-In Ft. Congressman Keith Ellison on Monday, November 13th at 6:30 PM. Click here for more info & to RSVP
  2. Plan a house party, happy hour, or community social to raise funds from your personal network. Email Peter at organizer@onedconline.org for more info.
  3. Create a fundraiser on Facebook for ONE DC.
  4. Check out the fundraising toolkit for more info about ONE DC's vision for the Black Workers & Wellness Center, the capital fundraising campaign, and how you can support this movement for a community-controlled space in Anacostia.

Contact Resource Organizer Dominic Moulden at dmoulden@onedconline.org or 202.232.2915 for more information.


DC Residents Are Fighting a Slumlord to Regain Control of Their Neighborhood

By Jason Fernandes, Talk Poverty

For the past four years, tenants in the five-building complex above the Congress Heights metro station have dealt with horrific conditions: cockroaches, rats, bedbugs, persistent flooding, roofs caving in. One resident told The Washington Post that “feces backed into her bathtub more than a dozen times – including once while bathing her 1-year-old.”

Ruth Barnwell, a 73-year-old resident and president of the Congress Heights tenants association, said that she told her landlord about raw sewage in the basement in July 2015, but they didn’t do anything about it until the following October. Barnwell has been living in Congress Heights for 34 years, but she says that they didn’t start having these issues until 2013.

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“That’s when we found out the building was going to be turned into high-rises,” she says.

In 2013, two years after acquiring four of the five Congress Heights buildings, Sanford Capital and City Partners submitted a plan to the Zoning Commission to demolish the apartment complex and install 446,000 square feet of luxury offices and condos in its place. The tenants allege that Sanford—which has already racked up more than 200 housing code violations in its 19 apartment buildings across the city—has been intentionally letting the conditions degrade so that residents will be forced to move out to make way for the new development.

Robert Green, a 68-year-old resident who lives on a fixed income, says that the company has gone as far as soliciting damage. One day, as he was walking out of his apartment building, an electrician who was walking into the building stopped him. “You still live here?” The man asked. Green said yes.

“They paid me to go downstairs and mess up some wires,” he told Green. (Sanford Capital did not respond to requests for comment.)

If Sanford’s plan is to drive residents out of Congress Heights, it’s working: Since 2013, the number of occupied units of affordable housing has dropped from 49 to 13.

The Zoning Commission approved Sanford’s development plan in 2015, but the company can’t act on it yet. The plan requires control of all five of the Congress Heights buildings; Sanford currently owns four. In January, the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development repossessed the fifth and final piece of the Congress Heights puzzle: the vacant building at 3200 13th St SE. But the remaining residents, who would be forced to move, aren’t letting it go without a fight.

On September 6, the Congress Heights tenants association delivered a letter to Mayor Bowser’s office with a simple request: Instead of letting Sanford buy the vacant building in a public auction, let the current residents exercise their Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA) rights to have their chosen nonprofit developer build 200 units of affordable housing on the land.

Click here to continue reading on talkpoverty.org


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Upcoming Events 

"A Right to the City": Reflections on the History and Legacy of Neighborhood Organizing
Saturday, November 4th - 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
New York Avenue Presbyterian Church - 1313 New York Avenue NW
The Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum will be marking its 50th anniversary with the forthcoming “A Right to the City” exhibition that builds on the institution's decades-long tradition of community documentation to explore the history of neighborhood organizing in Washington, DC. With a focus on a diverse range of neighborhoods across the city, the exhibition tells the story of how ordinary Washingtonians have helped shape and reshape their neighborhoods in extraordinary ways. This panel brings the curatorial team into conversation with two key DC organizers to reflect on the rich history and legacy of the city’s organizing tradition. Featuring: Samir Meghelli, Ph.D., Curator, Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum; Hilary Malson, Research Assistant, Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum; Ph.D. Candidate in Urban Planning, UCLA; Marie Nahikian, Housing & Community Organizer; founder and first Executive Director of the Adams Morgan Organization (AMO); Dominic Moulden, Resource Organizer, ONE DC.

The Russian Revolution: 100 Years and Still Shaking the World
Sunday, November 5th - 2:00 - 5:00 PM
Thurgood Marshall Center - 1816 12th St NW
The Russian Revolution ‘shook the world’ in 1917. It was the first time a socialist revolution had taken and held power, putting the workers in power, seizing private property and society’s productive capacity. That revolution became the nemesis of imperialism, while it inspired national liberation movements around the world. As the Soviet Union emerged to be the second-largest economy, it became a valid counterweight to claims of capitalism’s superiority. The event will featured Gloria La Riva, Brian Becker, & Anthony Monteiro and will serve as the book launch for the Party for Socialism & Liberation's Storming the Gates: How the Russian Revolution Changed the World.
Click here to RSVP

Solar Focus Job Fair
Tuesday, November 7 - 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
MDV-SEIA and GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic are hosting the second annual Solar Focus Job Fair on November 7th at the DC Downtown Hotel during the 2017 Solar Focus Conference. Connect face-to-face with employers from solar and energy-efficiency related companies and organizations who are actively seeking candidates for open positions.
Click here for more info


The Trans-Atlantic Housing Crisis Book Event

Thursday, November 9 - 6:30 PM - 8 PM 
Busboys and Poets Takoma - 235 Carroll St NW  
Join Busboys and Poets Books as they welcome author Glyn Robbins, a housing worker and campaigner from London, to discuss his new book There's No Place: The American Housing Crisis and What It Means for the UK. There's No Place tells the story of resistance and struggle at local level through the voices of those fighting to save their homes during the Atlantic housing crisis. Each chapter covers a different aspect of the trans-Atlantic housing crisis based on detailed field research and interviews in Boston, New York, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, New Orleans, Atlanta, and Washington, DC.
Click here to RSVP

Women’s Salon on Environmental Justice and Community Organizing
Monday, November 13 - 5:30 PM
We Act Radio - 1918 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE
For Chesapeake Climate Action Network's next intersectional Environmental Justice Salon, join us for the first in a series of three trainings facilitated by the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless. The series will focus on unpacking the ways in which power is used to control and shape various aspects of society, often creating unwanted, detrimental outcomes in communities. By breaking power down and reviewing its sources, how it is expressed, and how it is used, participants will develop an understanding of how they can work with others in their community to regain control over community resources and dismantle the systems that harm them. Attendees will pull from personal experiences, current and past events, and the tools provided by the presenters to clearly break down each power dynamic and discuss them in the context of current organizing and advocacy efforts led by community members, struggles in which participants can stand in solidarity and upon which they can build their own engagement and advocacy efforts.
Click here to RSVP

Finally Got The News! Author Talk with Brad Duncan
Tuesday, November 14 - 6:30 - 8:00 PM
The Potter's House - 1658 Columbia Rd NW
Collector and author Brad Duncan will be joining us to talk about archiving and collecting radical history, as well presenting a wide sampling of original rare printed items from the 70s for guests to explore and engage with. Come learn about how radicals in the 1970s used printed media to address issues that are still with us today.
Click here to RSVP


Coalition Updates

Save Our System 

We know our public transit system can be better, fairer and more reliable. That is why Save Our System, a coalition powered by riders, community based organizations, grassroots, congregations, small businesses, workers, unions and others who have had enough with WMATA's neglect for their riding public, is fighting for: 

  1. Prioritizing of worker and rider safety
  2. Increased notice on metro maintenance   
  3. Extended system and hours of operation 
  4. $2 Flat fare and free transfers between bus and rail 

Interested in joining the campaign for a Metro that works for you? Come out to a general meeting on November 30 to learn more. Contact Claire at ccook@onedconline.org 202.232.2915 to help ONE DC stay involved with this coalition.

Put a Price On It!

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In the face of recent megastorms and other extreme climate events, an historic effort to address carbon pollution in DC gained new momentum on Wednesday, October 25 as Councilmembers Robert White, David Grosso, & Charles Allen spoke in favor of the bill at the Wilson Building. Advocates for the proposed “Climate & Community Reinvestment Act of D.C.” say the campaign has new momentum heading into the fall and expect a bill to be introduced no later than December with the majority support of the Council.

Judith Howell, SEIU 32BJ member and security officer in D.C., stated: "Fossil fuel pollution and haphazard development affects the citizens in each and every ward of our city. It is time for those who profit from fossil fuels to pay for the damage to our environment. But we must also ensure the policy would not put the burden on working families. We urge the Council and the Mayor to pass a strong climate rebate bill quickly, for the health and prosperity of our working-class families."

Contact Claire at ccook@onedconline.org 202.232.2915 to help ONE DC stay involved with this coalition.

Stop Police Terror Project DC


After passing the DC Council unanimously in 2016, and being fully-funded in 2017, the NEAR Act is now in its next phase: implementation. Despite being fully-funded, most of the provisions in the NEAR Act have not been implemented. As such, the NEAR Act remains largely unfulfilled as promised in 2016. In order for the NEAR Act to reach its full potential, it is going to require us as DC residents to make sure our elected officials fully and faithfully implement all of the comprehensive approaches in the NEAR Act. To do so, we want to create a corps of “NEAR Act Ambassadors” to show up to DC Council hearings, community events, ANC meetings, and candidate fundraisers and campaign events. In doing so, we have an opportunity to hold DC Council to their word and to begin the process of protecting the most vulnerable neighborhoods in our city from further violence with a better approach.

The Stop Police Terror Project will be running a number of trainings in November for each Ward to provide interested individuals the skills and knowledge they need to be NEAR Act Ambassadors, to let our elected officials know that the NEAR Act is still alive in our minds as a priority for our city. Through these trainings, you will gain the knowledge and skills to mobilize your local neighborhoods/networks to show up to these events prepared to pressure our elected officials towards full implementation of the NEAR Act.

We encourage you to attend the event for your Ward if possible, as there will be some Ward-specific information covered. BUT, everyone is welcome at any of the trainings, so please come to the one that works best for you even if it isn't your home Ward. Click here to find out what ward you live in.


Share Your Vision of Liberation - Submit to MelaNation Today! 

MelaNation is an art magazine created by BYP100 that aims to be a creative space for Black folks in the DC metro area to explore what liberation could look like in our communities. Click here for past MelaNation issues,

The next issue of MelaNation is looking for all types of creative submissions (paintings, short stories, photography, comics, poems, ect.) from Black artists and writers in the DMV area. The theme of this issue is family history and experience. MelaNation welcomes all interpretations of the theme. Click here for more information and to submit!
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ONE Bit of Good News - New Organizational Member!

The mission of the DC Peace and Economic Justice Program is to bring together people from throughout the DC area to work to build a community at peace where social and economic justice prevail. We are delighted to join forces with ONE DC because of their proven commitment to peace and economic justice in the District of Columbia.

Click here to have your community organization, student group, faith-based institution, union, or other group become an organizational member of ONE DC.


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Historically Black DC Paper Publishes Article Supporting Displacement of Black Families

Historically Black DC paper, the Washington Informer, has published an article that supports a plan for gentrification, and the displacement of hundreds of Black families from Northeast Washington, DC.

The article is co-written by Thaddeus James and Kim Edwards, both of whom reside at Brookland Manor. James and Edwards are actively working with wealthy developer Mid-City Financial to support a redevelopment plan that will require the mass displacement of long-time, working class Black DC residents from our community in the name of profit. If you question the profit motive, look no further than this WAMU interview with daughter of Mid-City CEO Eugene Ford Jr, Maddie Ford, also Mid-City's director of legal affairs, who stated, “The smaller the unit size, the more people you can have there, the more money you can get per unit...The smaller your units are, the more profitable they are.”

In the article, Ward 5 council member Kenyan McDuffie is hailed as a supporter of the community, when in fact, he has demonstrated quite the opposite. McDuffie stands with developer Mid-City Financial, supporting their plan to profit from the displacement of his own constituents. In a recent mock people's trial, McDuffie was found guilty of crimes against our community, the evidence of which is documented in this 7-minute video presentation.

Mid-City's plan to move forward with the reduction of affordable housing units is sanctioned by city officials like McDuffie, and the DC Zoning Commission, in the midst of an affordable housing crisis and skyrocketing rents in the nation's capital.

To facilitate their plan, Mid-City has egregiously engaged in a brutal eviction campaign that is ongoing. Previously, the Washington Post, along with many other media outlets, have exposed Mid-City's ongoing actions. The Neighborhood Legal Services Program, in a letter submitted to the zoning commission, documented Mid-City's ongoing eviction campaign.

Currently, Mid-City is engaging in aggressive attempts to harass and intimidate residents of Brookland Manor. Shockingly, Mid-City is issuing notices of infraction as a basis for evicting tenants for sitting outside in our own community. One resident, Ms. Jennifer Sewell, faces ongoing harassment and intimidation by Mid-City for sitting outside. Here is a photo example from recent infraction she was issued, showing her "violation."


Mid-City is now using these infractions as grounds to attempt to evict Ms. Sewell from her home. We have assisted Ms. Sewell in securing an attorney to represent her in this matter.

Recently, Mid-City issued letters to us that restrict access to community spaces. We understand this move to be a part of their ongoing attempts to interfere with our right to organize. We ask the wider DC community to continue to stand with the families fighting Mid-City's predatory redevelopment plan, by increasing public exposure of, and pressure on, council member Kenyan McDuffie for his role in our suffering.


We, the tenants at Brookland Manor that are fighting to save affordable housing and family housing in our community, will continue to expose Mid-City's attempts to "divide and conquer" our community, and we will continue to fight the attempts by Mid-City to intimidate and harass us.

Minnie Elliott
President, Brookland Manor Residents Association

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ONE DC Monthly Voice - September 2017

The Monthly Voice

September 2017 - ONE DC Newsletter

 


“The most confident politician is the united people.”
-Jang Jinsook, New People’s Party of South Korea at the People's Congress of Resistance


In Remembrance - Sylvia Robinson

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We hold the spirit and life of Sylvia Robinson in the light. Sylvia was a native Washingtonian, a community leader, and an outstanding supporter of DC residents. She created and led the Emergence Community Arts Collective in Pleasant Plains, was an original Board of Instigator for the Diverse City Fund, and a ONE DC member. Sylvia passed on September 18th. Sylvia's homegoing celebration of life will be held Friday, September 29 starting at 10AM at People’s Congregational UCC, 4704 13th St NW. More info can be found here.

Power to the People: Reflections from the People's Congress of Resistance, September 16-17, 2017

By Caitlin Cocilova and Kristi Matthews

"I was generally inspired by the People's Congress of Resistance...I also got choked up when marching from Howard University to the White House almost to the point of tears because of the energy I felt from the other marchers!" - Michael Wilkerson, People Power Action member

"The People's Congress was a powerful learning experience that we believe will move this country forward.” - Donya Williams and Juanita Williams, People Power Action members.

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On September 16 and 17, we had the opportunity to attend the inaugural People’s Congress of Resistance event at the Blackburn Center at Howard University. Over the course of the weekend, 727 people from 38 states and 160 towns and cities from across the US and as far as South Korea joined together in true solidarity to create connections, learn from each other, and discuss strategies and tactics for fighting against harmful imperialist and capitalist motives that keep wealth and power in the hands of a few elites. Upon entering the main ballroom where the conference was held, the energy was palpable. Saturday began with powerful, motivating opening speeches, which included talks by ONE DC leadership and members Yasmina Mrabet, Dominic Moulden, and Eugene Puryear.

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Click here to watch coverage of the People's Congress: "Empire Files: Voices from the Anti-Trump Resistance"

People then attended sessions on independent media and community control over the news, how to support immigrants and undocumented people in the era of mass deportations, freeing political prisoners and exposing the global nature of the U.S.’s overbearing prison system, incorporating revolutionary ideals into everyday organizing efforts, and organizing in rural areas. In between sessions, attendees mingled with people from other areas, sharing ideas, knowledge, and contact information to further develop relationships and build a base for a unified people’s movement. Day 1 concluded with a series of large group sessions on domestic and foreign policy, specifically highlighting the lives lost at the hands of police officers and governments, as well as the current resistance efforts by people in Venezuela and South Korea.

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Day 2 began with an introduction into the processes behind the People’s Congress, specifically regarding the action steps needed to ensure the People’s Congress will be a sustainable, long-term decision-making body. During the following breakout sessions, Brookland Manor tenants and People Power Action members - some of whom are also members of ONE DC - led a panel on housing as a human right and the influence of local politics and money on the DC housing market, which has led to vast displacement and increased homelessness. The beauty of this conference was that even though there were particular presenters discussing issues in their local regions, it was evident that many parallel fights existed across cities, states, and even countries. During the housing panel, for example, groups from East Harlem in New York City raised almost identical displacement struggles. Such similarities resounded across sessions, reiterating the importance of convenings like the People’s Congress, so fights can be connected, resources shared, and people supported in whatever ways possible.

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Sunday afternoon consisted of collectively voting on resolutions introduced to the People’s Congress, indicating what specific issues would become the first subjects of the Congress’s on-the-ground energies. Passed resolutions ranged from anti-war efforts with withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan to fixing the contaminated water in Norfolk Prison to focusing on the significant impact of police brutality, the prison system, housing, and transit on disabled people. Groups shared ways in which others could sign onto petitions, spread information, and support each other’s work from near and far. The sessions concluded with several impassioned speeches and a march through the streets of DC to the White House, bringing our message to the epicenter.

The resounding message from this conference is clear: The people united will never be defeated. So long as we recognize the purposefully divisive tactics used by people in traditional positions of power to keep various groups and issue areas separated, we will be able to band together as one unified force to create a society for the many. We must stand in solidarity with people across the country and the globe - from DC to California, Mexico to Venezuela, Palestine to South Korea. The conference was only the beginning. Though more convenings are on the horizon, the work must continue on the ground in our own respective communities. Like Assata Shakur said, “It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win.” Together, in resistance, we will.


Mayor Bowser, Turn Over 3200 to Congress Heights Residents!

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An action led by Congress Heights tenants at City Hall earlier this month on September 6 was the kick-off of a public campaign to fight for the vacant building at 3200 13th St SE. The demand is for the transfer of the 3200 building to the tenants association at Congress Heights through their chosen nonprofit developer, so that long-time residents can remain in their community, and move forward with a plan to build 200 units of affordable housing over top of the Congress Heights metro. The alternative, so far supported by Mayor Bowser and local government, is the displacement of tenants in favor of a plan led by slumlord Sanford Capital to build luxury apartments.

Click here to read an article from the Washington City Paper that exposes money interests and connections between Mayor Bowser and predatory developers that are attempting to displace long-time DC residents from their community to make way for luxury apartments. Tenants have been fighting against all odds to exercise their TOPA rights to work with their chosen non-profit developer, NHT. The only thing standing in the way is Mayor Bowser and DHCD, who refuse to turn over the vacant building at 3200 13th St SE

Congress Heights Tenants request your continued solidarity in the fight for 3200, which is absolutely crucial to winning this fight for affordable housing in a city where displacement and gentrification is rampant. Please respond to this email with your availability for next steps in the organizing campaign for Congress Heights:

  1. Direct actions/possible civil disobedience in support of the city turning over 3200 13th St SE to the Congress Heights tenants association through their chosen non-profit developer
  2. Outreach/canvassing support in Ward 8 to raise awareness about the fight for the vacant building at 3200 13th St SE
  3. Organize residents across the District to call in to the Mayor’s office to increase public pressure for turning over 3200 13th St SE

Tenants at Congress Heights have been through over 3 years of hell in order to fight to exercise their TOPA rights. It is critical that we as a community stand with them as they fight to WIN.

Learn more at a community forum Wednesday, October 11th at 6:00 PM at the Malcolm X Rec Center. Click here to RSVP


Vision for Liberation: A Community-Controlled Organizing Space in Southeast DC

It's official. We've signed a contract to purchase the United Black Fund building at 2500 MLK Jr Ave SE to permanently house the ONE DC Black Workers Center! Now the clock is ticking and we need to reach our goal of raising $2 million. Here's how you can help:

  1. Make a donation today or send a check to PO Box 26049, Washington, DC 20001.
  2. Host a house party or happy hour fundraiser to raise money from friends, family, & neighbors. Email organizer@onedconline.org for more info.
  3. Connect us with people or organizations in your networks who can support our capital campaign.

Contact Resource Organizer Dominic Moulden at dmoulden@onedconline.org or 202.232.2915 for more information.

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THE ARSONISTS

Join ONE DC and The Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company for "Organizing for Equity: A Panel Discussion," following a 3:00 PM performance of The Arsonists, a play about the challenges of liberal politics on Saturday, October 7th. The story of The Arsonists has shared themes with the initiatives we fight for today. The panel will feature Yasmina Mrabet, Dominic Moulden, Brett Williams, and Minnie Elliott for a conversation on racial and economic inequities in DC and how we're building community power to fight for systemic change. Use code ONEDC for $25 tickets to The Arsonists! Click here to purchase a ticket.
Click here for more info and to reserve your spot at the 5:00 PM panel.

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Upcoming Events

Pack The Room: WMATA Board Meeting
Thursday, September 28 - 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority - 600 5th St NW
With the next WMATA budget season looming, riders are worried that the system will keep getting worse. Join us at WMATA's August Board Meeting to demand that the WMATA Board holds a public meeting for community dialogue on the next budget at a time that is most convenient for riders. The WMATA Board meetings once a month and while they do allow for public testimony, the meetings are not accessible since they take place on Thursday mornings while many riders are at work.
Click here to RSVP

Unlikely Allies: Inclusive Development
Thursday, September 28 - 6:30 PM– 8:30 PM
Impact Hub DC - 419 7th Street NW, 3rd Floor
H
ear from advocates and organizations working to ensure inclusive development in the nation’s capital. There will be refreshments, resources from community organizations working on this issue, networking opportunities, and a hands-on activity to think through next steps and possible solutions.
Click here to RSVP 

March for Racial Justice
Saturday, September 30 - 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
National Mall
Our mission is to harness the national unrest and dissatisfaction with racial injustice into a national mobilization that strengthens local and nationwide efforts for racial equity and justice. We are mobilizing a coalition of organizations, groups and individuals to stand together for racial justice on September 30 in Washington, DC. We invite you to stand with us. Our vision is simple: to create a just and equitable future for communities of color, so that we may all thrive together.
Click here to RSVP & for more info

Arts x Action Night
Sunday, October 1 - 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Columbia Heights 'Green'
Bringing together local artists and social justice organizations for a night of connection, community, and entertainment.
Click here to RSVP

Support Paid Family Leave! Testify & Pack the Hearing
Tuesday, October 10 - 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

We must keep the Universal Paid Leave Act law from being replaced by a watered-down version that leaves out DC’s most struggling families. Big industry lobbyists are gunning for the replacement, but we have the people power to push back and win –– again.
Click here for more info

ONE DC Member Orientation
Tuesday, October 10 - 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
New Community Church, 614 S St NW
We welcome all supporters of ONE DC, whether long-time members or new volunteers, to join us for our Member Orientation. We are excited that you are engaging with ONE DC’s work, whether it be through the Right to Housing struggles, the People's Platform, the Black Workers Center, or one of our committees. Your talents and time are essential to making ONE DC a powerful organization. Member Orientation is designed to allow you to identify exactly what activities you want to devote your time and energy to, engage with staff and member-leaders, and join other members to keep the work strong and growing.
Click here to RSVP & for more info


DC Palestinian Film & Arts Festival

 

ONE DC is proud to partner with the DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival. Just as we demand the right return and reclamation for DC residents who have been forced out of the District by developers and gentrification, so too do we stand in solidarity with Palestinian people who deserve self-determination and freedom from apartheid. The 2017 DCPFAF (October 5th though 8th at Studio Theatre) features 11 films, a night of live storytelling, spotlight with Hollywood actress, producer, and director Cherien Dabis, and a special performance with Dabke is Life.
Click here for tickets and more info

 


Indict the System!

At our September People's Platform event, Brookland Manor residents and community members held a mock "People's Trial" to hold Councilmember McDuffie accountable. Click here to watch video of the trial on Facebook or here to watch on Twitter. The event also included music by DJ Say Say, food by Peggy's Gourmet, and an art & vendor pop-up featuring Roxanne's ARTiques, Jona Monet, Nando Alvarez, The Madison House DC, Hope Sorensen, Behind the Facade (BTF) Clothiers, Peace in These Streets, Skeletons in My Closet, and Dawda Oliver.

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ONE Bit of Good News - Co-Sponsoring DC Premiere of The North Pole

We’re co-sponsoring a free, one-night only DC premiere of an amazing comedic web series called The North Pole.

See the new comedy that hits on all of today’s biggest issues: Gentrification. Global Warming. Gluten Free Donuts.
THE NORTH POLE: Washington, DC Premiere and Talkback
Busboys and Poets 5th & K - 1025 5th St NW
Sunday, October 8 - 6:30 PM
Screening & Talkback with Josh Healey (writer/producer), Reyna Amaya (lead actress), and more.

Click here to watch the trailer
Click here to RSVP.


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Link Up for Black August

By Angie Whitehurst

For our monthly People's Platform political education event, ONE DC held "Link Up for Black August" at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre. Black August is a month of commemoration of the death of George Jackson on August 21st, 1971. The day is remembered to encourage social justice versus injustice throughout society.

Speakers and participants included Mia Clark, Eugene Puryear, Delonte Wilkins, Yasmina Mrabet, and Dominic Moulden; all of whom spoke passionately on the needs to change housing injustices, restorative programs for those incarcerated, and the Black Workers Center mandate to create a space where people can find "real jobs."

Raven Best and Reverend Erik Martinez Resley of The Sanctuaries, with a young team of printmakers, produced Black August posters on site as giveaways to attendees. Pop-up shops included EAT, The Difference Boutique, Cockee Clothing, and the Young Queen Project selling hats and shirts. Local caterer Peggy's Gourmet & Reek the Chef provided excellent food. Sounds were brought by DJ Say Say, with performances by Loony Goonz, King Shug, Supa Trippa, G.R.O.S.S. LIFE, & Visto of Hippe Life Krew.  Other organizations present were Our City DC, SURJ DC and organizers with the People's Congress of Resistance.

Also present were members of the cast from the upcoming production entitled, "The Arsonists," a play about the challenges of liberal politics some fifty years ago. The story sounds very similar to our current day events. ONE DC members and supporters are eligible for discount tickets to the performance on October 7th using code "ONEDC"

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ONE DC Monthly Voice - August 2017

 

“Black August is a month of divine meaning, of repression and radical resistance, of injustice and divine justice; of repression and righteous rebellion; of individual and collective efforts to free the slaves and break the chains that bind us.”
-Mumia Abu-Jamal


Win Congress Heights Now!

Tenants at Congress Heights have been fighting slumlord Sanford Capital, who has been working with the Mayor’s office and city planning agencies to displace tenants, eliminate affordable housing, and build luxury apartments at Congress Heights. Because tenants have been fighting to exercise their rights, they have not yet been displaced. In fact, they have found a non-profit developer they can work with to build 200 units of affordable housing INSTEAD of the luxury apartments that the city and slumlord Sanford Capital wanted. The only barrier standing between tenants and 200 new units of affordable housing is a vacant building at 3200 13th St SE, which is at the corner of their property and is currently under control of the DC government.

On September 6th at 10:00 AM, join tenants for a press conference and rally outside of the Wilson Building to demand Mayor Bowser turn the 3200 property over to the residents!

At the community forum led by residents this Tuesday, Ms Ruth Barnwell, president of the Congress Heights Tenants Association, had this to say: "Hell no, we won’t go. You will continue to hear our voices and feel our fury and strength until you do as you promised the people when you were asking for our votes – to give affordable housing to the people. You will be gone before we will. We demand Mayor Bowser give the residents 3200 13th Street SE so we can create affordable housing for our community.”  Watch what two Congress Heights residents, Ms. Ruth Barnwell and Ms. Gloria Ward, had to say here and here.

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Link Up for Black August

By Angie Whitehurst, ONE DC member

For our monthly People's Platform political education event, ONE DC held "Link Up for Black August" at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre. Black August is a month of commemoration of the death of George Jackson on August 21st, 1971. The day is remembered to encourage social justice versus injustice throughout society.

Speakers and participants included Mia Clark, Eugene Puryear, Delonte Wilkins, Yasmina Mrabet, and Dominic Moulden; all of whom spoke passionately on the needs to change housing injustices, restorative programs for those incarcerated, and the Black Workers Center mandate to create a space where people can find "real jobs."

Raven Best and Reverend Erik Martinez Resley of The Sanctuaries, with a young team of printmakers, produced Black August posters on site as giveaways to attendees. Pop-up shops included EAT, The Difference Boutique, Cockee Clothing, and the Young Queen Project selling hats and shirts. Local caterer Peggy's Gourmet & Reek the Chef provided excellent food. Sounds were brought by DJ Say Say, with performances by Loony Goonz, King Shug, Supa Trippa, G.R.O.S.S. LIFE, & Visto of Hippe Life Krew.  Other organizations present were Our City DC, SURJ DC and organizers with the People's Congress of Resistance.

Also present were members of the cast from the upcoming production entitled, " The Arsonist," a play about the challenges of liberal politics some fifty years ago. The story sounds very similar to our current day events. ONE DC members and supporters are eligible for discount tickets to the performance on October 7th (more info below).

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Sunkissed Sundown featuring Talib Kweli: A Benefit Concert for ONE DC

TK_SKSD_final.pngFund the movement while you move at the Sunkissed Sundown benefit concert this Friday September 1st at the Howard Theatre! Featuring Talib Kweli with Jessica Care Moore, Alex Vaughn, Afrah Ali, Odd Mojo and Kinfolk. Proceeds go to ONE DC, Energy Justice Network, & Restaurant Opportunities Center DC.

Click here to purchase your ticket!


Build the People's Congress of Resistance

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"Without a revolutionary vision, change will not take a revolutionary direction. Resistance will remain rudderless, an exercise in activism for its own sake, or it will be co-opted into a vessel for the political elites. A vision for social, economic and political revolution is necessary. We need to know where we want to go. Our vision ties our actions to our goal by showing us what we are mobilizing for. It guides us in coordinating our strategies and tactics. It helps us build collective strength. Our vision tells us how we can win and that we will win.

A society organized for the equality and emancipation of the many is one where production is democratically directed for the benefit of the many and not for the private profit of the few. Rather than banks and corporations determining people’s lives and futures, the people determine their destiny themselves." -Manifesto of the People's Congress of Resistance

Join volunteers and organizers with the People's Congress of Resistance this Saturday for a day of citywide outreach! Teams will come to the Justice Center at 617 Florida Ave NW at Saturday, 12 noon and go out to build awareness about the inaugural People's Congress taking place Sept. 16-17 at Howard University.

The events of the past month demonstrate vividly the need for a true political revolution that replaces the power of the billionaires, war-makers, corrupt politicians and white supremacists with the power of the people. In Charlottesville, VA, white supremacists and fascists marched against the Black community, and armed forces of the state stood idly by as they violently attacked. In Texas, the government offered no significant evacuation plan — just a directive — for the millions of poor and working people prior to Hurricane Harvey, and now hundreds of thousands are in a dire state. Meanwhile, here in D.C. politicians that campaign on "affordable housing" immediately become the handmaidens for racist displacement.

While Trump and the U.S. Congress attack the people from every angle, the People’s Congress of Resistance will be a place where organizers of diverse struggles come together to provide a unified vision and coordinated strategies and tactics to fight back. Everyone in D.C. needs to hear about this historic event. Help us spread the word!

Click here to register for the conference September 16th-17th. If you cannot afford your registration fee and would like to attend for free as a ONE DC member, please contact Claire at ccook@onedconline.org or 202.232.2915.


$100 from 10,000 Supporters to Fund the Black Workers Center

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Do you share our vision for a community-controlled space in DC? Click here to donate.
Are you interested in helping us raise $100 from each of the 10,000 supporters in our database? Email Dominic at dmoulden@onedconline.org


 

Upcoming Events

 

Anti-Gentrification Housing Struggles in Los Angeles & Berlin
Thursday, August 31 - 6:00 PM
The Potter's House - 1658 Columbia Rd NW
Minority and immigrant communities and their mobilizations play a pivotal role challenging the ongoing nationalist political shifts right in the United States and Germany, which have been propagating xenophobia, racism, and economic, political, and social isolationism. In this historic configuration, housing serves as a central site of struggle, as a fundamental human right.
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¡Un canto por la Paz en Venezuela! A song for peace in Venezuela
Thursday, August 31 - 6:30 PM
Bolivarian Hall - 2443 Massachusetts Ave NW
Join us for an evening of live music, poetry and conversation about the situation in Venezuela, its Constitutional Assembly and the opportunities for peace in the country. Featuring César Guarcax, Xavier Bure, Patricio Zamorano, Ricardo Gallardo, Luci Murphy & the ONE DC Black Workers Center Chorus!
Click here to RSVP

ONE DC Member & Volunteer Orientation
Wednesday, September 6 - 6:00 PM
New Community Church - 614 S St NW
We welcome all supporters of ONE DC, whether long-time members or new volunteers, to join us for our next Member Orientation to learn about the history & structure of ONE DC, our mission, vision, & values, and find out how you can engage in our work.
Click here to RSVP


Pack The Room: WMATA Board Meeting
Thursday, September 28 - 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority - 600 5th St NW
With the next WMATA budget season looming, riders are worried that the system will keep getting worse. Join us at WMATA's August Board Meeting to demand that the WMATA Board holds a public meeting for community dialogue on the next budget at a time that is most convenient for riders. The WMATA Board meetings once a month and while they do allow for public testimony, the meetings are not accessible since they take place on Thursday mornings while many riders are at work.
Click here to RSVP

March for Racial Justice
Saturday, September 30 - 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
National Mall
Our mission is to harness the national unrest and dissatisfaction with racial injustice into a national mobilization that strengthens local and nationwide efforts for racial equity and justice. We are mobilizing a coalition of organizations, groups and individuals to stand together for racial justice on September 30 in Washington, DC. We invite you to stand with us. Our vision is simple: to create a just and equitable future for communities of color, so that we may all thrive together.
Click here to RSVP & for more info

THE ARSONISTS
Saturday, October 7 - 9AM - 12 PM
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company - 641 D St NW
Join us after the October 7th performance of The Arsonists for a community conversation with ONE DC organizer Yasmina Mrabet. Use code "ONEDC" to purchase discounted tickets to the show!
Click here for more info & to purchase tickets


ONE Bit of Good News

Our membership goal for 2017 is to reach 500 total members and 200 paid members. We are excited to report we are 75% to our goal with 149 amazing members having paid their dues this year, bringing our total membership to 398!
Help us reach our goal this year by paying your 2017 membership dues here!


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The Struggle at Dahlgreen Courts

In 2011, Dahlgreen Courts residents exercised their rights under D.C.’s Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (also known as TOPA) to purchase the two-building, 96 unit historic complex in partnership with a Philadelphia-based non-profit developer, Mission First Housing Group. Built in the 1920s, the complex was in dire need of rehabilitation. After almost six years since the completion of this 20 million-dollar renovation, residents are organizing again to hold the city and Mission First, the non-profit developer who “renovated” the complex, accountable for more than 150 housing code violations the residents are forced to live under.

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Tenant Association Vice-President Vaughn Bennett, ONE DC housing organizer
Yasmina Mrabet & Tenant Association President Leon Lightfoot

Officials have tried to use the common practice of bureaucracy to avoid the demands of residents and the Dahlgreen Courts Tenants Association. DCRA relinquished responsibility of the housing violations of paint peeling and cracked wall it cited to the DC Department of Energy and the Environment (DOEE). The DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), DC Housing Finance Agency (HFA), and Ward 5 council member, Kenyan McDuffie have opted to protect Mission First from claiming responsibility for the mess it has created, rather than answer to the complaints of the residents they have been placed in office to answer to.

These circumstances are why Bennett says the DCTA, ONE DC, and other committed individuals and organizations are seeking justice by demanding an investigation, potentially filing of criminal charges, and a civil suit against Mission First. Furthermore, Bennett says that residents are actively seeking a law firm to represent them in filing a lawsuit against Mission First Housing Group for fraud and breach of contract.

DCTA and residents like Vaughn Bennett show how vital it is for residents to organize in order to preserve livable conditions and affordable housing in the city. Bennett hopes his work “can inspire others and teach our children how to fight oppression.”

Even though, after significant pressure through a joint tenants action, council member Kenyan McDuffie recently sent a letter to the Dahlgreen Courts Tenants Association in response to their demands, it is yet to be determined whether or not Mission First will truly be held accountable. Additionally, the Dahlgreen Courts Tenants Association is concerned over the redevelopment plans at Brookland Manor, and other gentrification projects in the Rhode Island Avenue area. ONE DC members and supporters across the city won't back down until the tenants at Dahlgreen Courts receive the proper renovations they deserve, and until the various city agencies and the developers they serve are held accountable for their actions against the public.

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Metro: Profits Over People

Below is a speech given by Ms J at the Transit Justice Rally with the Save Our System Coalition on June 29, 2017.

Good evening. My name is Jourgette Reid-Sillah. I am a resident of the District of Columbia and a patron of Metro Access. Before I became a MA rider I would see the vans everywhere and think isn’t that nice that Metro is seeing that those people who can’t access the bus have service. In fact Metro isn’t doing anything out of the goodness of their heart. It is the law that requires that the service be provided for persons with disabilities. Now I am one of “those people” I have a better idea of how things work. Metro Access are private companies that contract with Metro to provide the service. As we know all know the goal of a private company is to make a profit. Metro Access’s goal is to make money, Profit over people.

If it is more profitable for a client to wait passed the 30 minute window, profit wins.
If it is more profitable for a client to remain on a van more than 2 hours, profit wins.
If it is more profitable to have a GPS system that is programed to take a longer route, profit wins.

I have personally experienced being on the van with another client. We both live in SEDC. I am going to NWDC and the other client is going to Hyattsville. Although I was to be dropped off first the other client was going to her dialysis appointment and would be late. I heard her ask the dispatcher “Will Metro Access be able to return the minutes of life I may lose for having to get off the machine early when MA comes to pick me up?” This is a life issue for many of the clients that use this service. Profits over people. Please note that even though MA clients are persons with disabilities MANY work every day. Many for both State and Federal governments. In case you are wondering we do not ride for free. Each trip requires a pre-determined fair that is calculated by some “algorithm” that causes your fair to change. This can be a challenge to those on a fixed income. While Metro Access picks profit over people many clients must decide life over death. Which would you choose?

I am a member of ONE DC, an organization that believes in equitable situations for all peoples. The People's Platform Manifesto speaks of having access to safe and affordable transportation so that we can travel between our homes, jobs, schools and recreational spaces.

 

 

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13th & Savannah St SE Residents Exercise TOPA Rights

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What started off as an attempt from Solid Properties to attract the community at 13th & Savannah and convince them to sign a document giving up their TOPA rights became a means for tenants to fight for their future. When one member of the community, Muhammad Rasheed, started asking questions on the details of the documents, the representative dismissed him and insisted that his signature wasn't necessary for this to go through. ONE DC, Housing Counseling Services, and attorney Blake Biles joined tenants, including Muhammad Rasheed, to support their work to organize a tenants association in order to exercise their TOPA rights. Several meetings were called to get the message out to the community. Consequently, the newly formed tenants association was able to assign their rights to NHT, a non-profit developer that worked with the residents to reach an agreement.

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"We were successfully able to practice our TOPA rights and pick a new owner for our community," says Rasheed when explaining the successful outcome. We hope such successful attempts become a norm as we continue to fight for the right to housing, income, and wellness in DC.

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ONE DC Monthly Voice - July 2017

 

  "Like a cyclone, imperialism spins across the globe; militarism crushes peoples and sucks their blood like a vampire."
-Karl Liebknecht

People's Platform Updates

June People's Platform - Right to Transit


On June 29, ONE DC members joined the Save Our System Coalition in organizing DC residents and community members at the Columbia Heights Metro station for a Transit Justice Rally to express our discontent with the Metro system, with the goal of bringing awareness to how the community can fight for People's Platform principle #8, Access to safe and affordable transportation so that we can travel between our homes, jobs, schools, and recreational spaces.

In the past two years, construction has hindered the daily ride for many Washingtonians who commute via Metro, and WMATA has done a poor job of providing alternate transportation for those of us who rely on this system. Despite the community’s concerns, WMATA has chosen to ignore those who depend on Metro as their primary means of transportation, and has implemented new policies that further restrict our access to safe and affordable transportation. Many Metro riders feel we are “paying more for less” since WMATA implemented changes such as price increases, less frequent transit, and an end to late night trains.

Starting on June 26, 2017, Metro bus fares increased from $1.75 to $2.00. Metro rail added a $.10 fare increase during peak hours and $.25 during off-peak hours. Metro has also eliminated or reduced 33 travel routes in the entire DMV area, and cut 25% of Metro rail service during rush hour. When Metro outlined these changes in their budget and service changes, they failed to recognize how these changes will negatively affect thousands of people.

In addition to these flaws in the Metro bus and rail system, Metro Access, a privately contracted van service that provides transportation to disabled people in the District, has continued to disappoint riders. At the rally on June 29, ONE DC member Ms. Jourgette Reid-Sillah explained how Metro Access ensures that they make the maximum profit by taking longer routes and waiting past the 30-minute wait time, proving how they value “profits over people.” She points how this service exists because of a law requiring transportation services for those with disabilities, not “out of the goodness of their hearts.” Once again, Metro will do what they have to do in any given situation to capitalize off of those who use their services out of necessity, making it clear that WMATA’s main agenda is to maximize profit for private companies, rather than provide safe, accessible transportation for those of us who need it.


Moving forward, this fight doesn’t stop with the Transit Rally. The Save Our System Coalition continues to fight for transit justice by calling the community to action. If you wish to support, here are a few things you can do to help:  

  1. Sign the petition
  2. Join an upcoming meeting
  3. Like the campaign on Facebook

July People's Platform - Non-Imperialistic Education

In July, we met at the Brentwood Recreation Center in Northeast DC to explore People's Platform principle #6, Equitable and equal access to a free, decent, holistic, non-imperialistic education that creates critical, political thinkers and leaders. Residents broke down the myths & miseducation promoted by the city about housing policies in DC.

To join a ONE DC Housing Education Team, email Yasmina at ymrabet@onedconline.org or call 202.232.2915.

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Link Up for Black August
Thursday, August 24 - 5:00 - 9:00 PM
411 Arts Collective - 634 Rhode Island Ave NE
Join ONE DC for a Black August event on People's Platform principle #7 Full access for returning citizens to housing, jobs, education, as well as decriminalization, demilitarization, and prison abolition.

Click here to RSVP!


Dahlgreen Courts

In 2011, Dahlgreen Courts residents exercised their rights under D.C.’s Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (also known as TOPA) to purchase the two-building, 96 unit historic complex in partnership with a Philadelphia-based non-profit developer, Mission First Housing Group. Built in the 1920s, the complex was in dire need of rehabilitation. After almost six years since the completion of this 20 million-dollar renovation, residents are organizing again to hold the city and Mission First, the non-profit developer who “renovated” the complex, accountable for more than 150 housing code violations the residents are forced to live under.

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Tenant Association Vice-President Vaughn Bennett, ONE DC housing organizer
Yasmina Mrabet & Tenant Association President Leon Lightfoot

Officials have tried to use the common practice of bureaucracy to avoid the demands of residents and the Dahlgreen Courts Tenants Association. DCRA relinquished responsibility of the housing violations of paint peeling and cracked wall it cited to the DC Department of Energy and the Environment (DOEE). The DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), DC Housing Finance Agency (HFA), and Ward 5 council member, Kenyan McDuffie have opted to protect Mission First from claiming responsibility for the mess it has created, rather than answer to the complaints of the residents they have been placed in office to answer to.

These circumstances are why Bennett says the DCTA, ONE DC, and other committed individuals and organizations are seeking justice by demanding an investigation, potentially filing of criminal charges, and a civil suit against Mission First. Furthermore, Bennett says that residents are actively seeking a law firm to represent them in filing a lawsuit against Mission First Housing Group for fraud and breach of contract.

DCTA and residents like Vaughn Bennett show how vital it is for residents to organize in order to preserve livable conditions and affordable housing in the city. Bennett hopes his work “can inspire others and teach our children how to fight oppression.”

Even though, after significant pressure through a joint tenants action, council member Kenyan McDuffie recently sent a letter to the Dahlgreen Courts Tenants Association in response to their demands, it is yet to be determined whether or not Mission First will truly be held accountable. Additionally, the Dahlgreen Courts Tenants Association is concerned over the redevelopment plans at Brookland Manor, and other gentrification projects in the Rhode Island Avenue area. ONE DC members and supporters across the city won't back down until the tenants at Dahlgreen Courts receive the proper renovations they deserve, and until the various city agencies and the developers they serve are held accountable for their actions against the public.

13th & Savannah SE Residents Exercise TOPA Rights

What started off as an attempt from Solid Properties to attract the community at 13th & Savannah and convince them to sign a document giving up their TOPA rights became a means for tenants to fight for their future. When one member of the community, Muhammad Rasheed, started asking questions on the details of the documents, the representative dismissed him and insisted that his signature wasn't necessary for this to go through. ONE DC, Housing Counseling Services, and attorney Blake Biles joined tenants, including Muhammad Rasheed, to support their work to organize a tenants association in order to exercise their TOPA rights. Several meetings were called to get the message out to the community. Consequently, the newly formed tenants association was able to assign their rights to NHT, a non-profit developer that worked with the residents to reach an agreement.

"We were successfully able to practice our TOPA rights and pick a new owner for our community," says Rasheed when explaining the successful outcome. We hope such successful attempts become a norm as we continue to fight for the right to housing, income, and wellness in DC.


Join ONE DC for Mass Outreach Days

Want to support the housing struggles above and spread the word about ONE DC? Join us for weekly outreach:

  • every Tuesday from 4 to 6 PM in Congress Heights
  • every Thursday from 3 to 7 PM in various neighborhoods
  • weekend & evening events as scheduled

 

To join the ONE DC Outreach team and receive updates on where and when outreach (and outreach training) will take place each week, whether you can join us for one week, some weeks, or every week, simply send an email to organizer@onedconline.org and we will add you to the list.


Public Land for Public Use, NOT Deals for Developers!

Amidst an affordable housing crisis in the District, politicians have been giving away our public land to private developers. In return, developers have donated large sums of money to campaigns run by those very same lawmakers. Over the past decade, $2.5 million has been donated to campaigns by groups who received subsidies. DC, an already enticing place to build and develop, does not need subsidies to encourage development agencies. Our taxpayer money is being wasted, rather than spent on programs to improve our quality of life. Politicians have excused their behavior by pointing out that many of the developments promise affordable housing and job creation, but in reality, their promises often don't follow through. For example, the Arthur Capper/Carrollsburg complex in Southeast DC, after 11 years, still didn’t have the promised recreation center, only half the public units had been replaced and only a fraction of the former families were moved back. Out of 110 redevelopment sites receiving subsidies, there were problems with half.

Since 2008, DC has turned over at least 20 public properties to developers- almost $200 million worth of taxpayer money sold for 20 cents to the dollar. Politicians argue that the campaign donations do not influence their actions, but evidence shows that the top 5 development teams that gave the most donations to lawmakers won the 5 biggest land deals. Stand with ONE DC and low-income DC residents as we fight these injustices, and demand that greedy developers and politicians change their ways and bring truly affordable housing to the people.

For more information regarding deals for developers, click here.


Resource Generation Hosts House Party Fundraiser for the Black Workers Center

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ONE DC is in the midst of raising $2 MILLION to purchase a building to house the Black Workers Center. We are excited to announce we have received a $1 million pledge! This means if we are able to raise $1 million through our 10th Anniversary & Black Workers Center Capital Campaign, a major donor will match every donation up to $1 million! One way we have been raising funds is through house parties. Thank you to Resource Generation for celebrating & raising funds for ONE DC this month!

Want to host a house party fundraiser for ONE DC? Email Dominic at dmoulden@onedconline.org or call 202.232.2915.

Donate today to get YOUR NAME on the Black Workers Center Wall of Liberation!


Upcoming Events

 

Time Banking Orientation for ONE DC Black Workers Center
Wednesday, August 9 - 6:00 PM
United Black Fund - 2500 MLK Jr Ave SE
Come learn what time banking is, why we need time banking as an alternative economic system, and set up your profile in the DC Time Bank so you can start earning & exchanging time banking credits for volunteer hours spent with the ONE DC Black Workers Center.
Click here to RSVP

Pack the Room: WMATA Board Meeting
Thursday, August 24 - 9AM - 12 PM
Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority - 600 5th St NW
With the next WMATA budget season looming, riders are worried that the system will keep getting worse. Join us at WMATA's August Board Meeting to demand that the WMATA Board holds a public meeting for community dialogue on the next budget at a time that is most convenient for riders. The WMATA Board meetings once a month and while they do allow for public testimony, the meetings are not accessible since they take place on Thursday mornings while many riders are at work.
Click here to RSVP


Community Announcements

Register for the People's Congress of Resistance
Registration is now open for the September 16-17 People's Congress of Resistance! This event will draw together grassroots resisters and diverse social movements from around the country for an exciting weekend of strategizing, deliberation and information-sharing. Click this link to register today! The registration fee covers participation in the two-day event, not including housing, food and other personal expenses. If you cannot pay the registration fee but are eager to attend the People's Congress of Resistance, please fill out this form. We are collectively fundraising so that no one will be unable to come on account of funds.
The People's Congress of Resistance is also looking for local volunteers in DC. Click here to sign up.

DC Research Collective: Need research to support progressive efforts?
Serving as mutual aid-based, collective resource for the social justice community in the DC-metro area, this collective of volunteer researchers can support progressive efforts with research and data analysis.
Learn more, submit a research request, or join the Collective here.

Contribute to the Black Workers Center Library

Did you know that ONE DC has an Amazon wishlist? Help contribute to our resources with prices starting at $1, including the development of a non-imperialistic educational library for the Black Workers Center. Drop by the ONE DC office in Shaw sometime to check out what we currently have in our library!
Click here to buy an item from our wish list.


A D.C. Neighborhood’s Transformation From “Chocolate” to “Cappuccino”

By Claire Cook

To longtime residents of Washington, D.C., the findings presented in Derek Hyra’s Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City—that gentrifying neighborhoods’ racial and economic diversity does not translate into integration—is likely not surprising.

As an organizer with Organizing Neighborhood Equity (ONE DC), a grassroots community organization working for racial and economic equity, and based in D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood, I’ve witnessed firsthand how a community can be “diverse” in name only.

The Black patrons inside Wanda’s Hair Salon or chatting outside Sammy’s carry-out do not generally have meaningful interactions and relationships with the young white professionals who are lined up around the same block to patronize the Game of Thrones-themed bar. We might all be moving through the same space, but integrated we are not. Hyra’s findings in Cappuccino City present a needed challenge to the neo-liberal rhetoric that has dominated housing policy for the last few decades—that demolishing public and subsidized housing and replacing it with “mixed-income” privatized housing will combat the concentration of poverty through economic and racial integration.

Based on years of ethnographic research, Hyra’s Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City provides an in-depth look at gentrification in the Shaw neighborhood. For those new to either D.C. or to gentrification scholarship, the book should be required reading. The first three chapters lay out the historical and current conditions in D.C. that have contributed to the non-stop growth we see today. He explores the rise and fall of D.C.’s Black political machine, exposing the differences between the District’s Black mayors, their relationships with the Black community, and how they’ve represented (or more often not represented) the working-class community’s interests.

Hyra also presents the complexity of the District’s relationship to the federal government and how our lack of home rule and representation has left us to the whims of interfering members of Congress. Hyra documents the transition of Shaw from a “dark ghetto,” an inner-city, poor Black community marked by disinvestment, to a “gilded ghetto,” a transformed urban space where upscale restaurants, luxury apartment buildings, and trendy bars proliferate through gentrification and decades of pro-development urban policy.

Readers might find Hyra’s concept of “living the wire” controversial. A nod to HBO’s The Wire, a series set in impoverished, high-crime Black neighborhoods in Baltimore, Hyra finds through his interviews and observations that many white newcomers to Shaw were drawn to the neighborhood because of “Black branding” and its notorious past of prostitution, open-air drug markets, and drive-by shootings.

Wait a minute. Is Hyra really saying white people came to Shaw because they wanted to live in a violent neighborhood? No, of course not. But the motivations behind wealthier, whiter people fleeing the stagnant, “soulless” suburbs in a “return to the city” movement cannot be ignored.

Despite devaluing Black lives, white supremacy has always found a way to capitalize on Black culture. It is this attraction to living in a historically Black neighborhood—to “Black cool,” that has drawn residents to Shaw. But although new residents may be consuming Black cool at places like Busboys & Poets, a hip, politically progressive restaurant-cafe on 14th St., for the most part, Hyra finds, newcomers ignore the existence and struggle of their actual poor and working-class Black neighbors.

Click here to continue reading the review on Shelterforce.com


ONE Bit of Good News - ONE DC featured on the Presbyterian Peace & Justice Monthly

On June 27th, ONE DC received a shout-out by the Presbyterian Committee for partnering with them on the Self-Development of People movement:

ONE DC is working to improve social and economic equity by organizing, training and educating housing residents in Shaw and the District.
“We are community organizers, working with longtime low-income residents,” said Dominic Moulden, resource organizer for ONE DC. “This organization has been around in one form or another for 20 years now and we’ve been connected with SDOP the entire time.”
Moulden says the organization was built around three main goals; involving grassroots people in the decisions that affect their lives, minimizing hierarchy and professionalism in the organizations working for social change, and engaging in direct action to resolve social problems.

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