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In the News - Washington Post: "As the nation's capital booms, poor tenants face eviction over as little as $25" 08.08.16

This article is a long, in-depth feature highlighting the difficulties tenants have faced at Brookland Manor. It highlights the experiences of tenants who have been threatened with eviction over small sums - sometimes held back to try to urge management to make repairs in their units. Urban renewal is bringing change to neighborhoods, or gentrification, and developers across the country and in Washington, DC, have financial incentive to redevelop older properties - once affordable - and market them as luxury units to wealthier newcomers. Small debts to property management companies are being used to threaten or clear out existing tenants and make way for the new development. Lawsuits over small debts also create an online, legal background that can be used against tenants in future rental applications. Read the article here.


ONE DC Monthly Voice - January 2017

"Ultimately a genuine leader is not a searcher of consensus but a molder of consensus. On some positions cowardice asks the question, is it safe? Expediency asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? But conscience asks the question, is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right." -Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Movements do not come to us from heaven, fully formed and organized. They are built by actual people, with all their political questions, weaknesses and strengths." -Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

What Is To Be Done?

“The tradition of the oppressed teaches us that the “state of emergency” in which we live is not the exception but the rule.” –Walter Benjamin Theses on the Philosophy of History, Thesis VIII

     Donald Trump is the leader of the free world. In his first week as president he has signed a disheartening number of executive orders: Reviving the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, banning refuges and residents from seven Muslim nations, the authorization of a U.S.-Mexico border wall, and banning federal funds to international groups that perform abortions or lobby to legalize or promote abortions.[1] The left, galvanized by an unmistakably white supremacist regime, have overwhelmingly refused the Trump administration’s sovereignty. There have been marches, mass protests, and, in a few instances, the destruction of corporate property.

     However, there are two broad tendencies on the left that, if unresolved, threaten to stifle the revolutionary potential of the moment. One desires a world free from the systems of oppression that constitute the American political system. The other merely wants to return to a less tumultuous time. It is this second tendency that refuses to acknowledge the violent core of American politics. They refuse to acknowledge the rising tide of fascism beyond the figure of Donald Trump.
     Leon Trotsky, in opposition to the Stalinists and their theory of ‘social fascism’, insisted on fascism’s specific political role: “The historical function of fascism is to smash the working class, destroy its organizations, and stifle political liberties.”[2] Trotsky’s analysis, however, situates fascism within an economic crisis rather than a general function of State repression. It is precisely during a crisis that the democratic process breaks down and capitalism is at its most vulnerable. Here the material conditions of the masses are a breeding ground for malcontent but also a germinating class-consciousness. In response, capitalism organizes fascist cells to dismantle anti-capitalist resistance. Thus, fascism appears during periods of “deep social crisis” by default.[3]
     Today, economic crises are bound to the material conditions of the middle class. The financial crisis of 2008 devastated the wealth of middle class Americans (albeit disproportionately amongst African Americans).[4] Now, income inequality has widened to such a degree that the middle class “may no longer be the economic majority in the U.S.”[5] Of those who voted, Trump won the majority of both white college graduates and white non-college graduates.[6] Other demographics reveal that Trump’s largest support came from those with salaries ranging from $50,000 – $99,000 as well as those living in the suburbs, small cities, and rural areas.[7] If fascism is capitalism in decay then it is also as much a crisis of whiteness. Yet everyone knows that Hilary Clinton won the popular vote (despite voter turnout plummeting to a 20-year low).[8] The issue is that the Electoral College, by its very nature, tends towards reifying white supremacy.
     We cannot emphasize enough the importance of the Alt-right aligning their movement with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign or the significance of Trump naming Stephen K. Bannon, former executive chair of Breitbart News, as his chief strategist and senior counselor. However, it’s a mystification to claim that Trump’s election is normalizing white supremacy. The truth is it was here long before January 20th. The Clinton administration built the carceral state; Barack Obama expanded George W. Bush’s clandestine drone war while also authorizing over 2.4 million deportations as President.[9] Trump’s policies and appointees are intensifications, not aberrations, of American politics.
     The ‘Great American Experiment’ has always been an experiment of white supremacy. Our nation grew by enslaving generations while thieving untold wealth from their labor. Modern medicine owes its status as a science to the ghastly tampering of black bodies.[10] We recoil in horror at the eugenics programs of the 19th and 20th centuries yet most forget that America forcibly sterilized Black and Indian women up through the 1970s.[11] Still, we risk erasing the struggles of marginalized people when we merely equate fascism with white supremacy. Trotsky’s analysis, as it was made from his historical position, fails only insofar as we maintain that fascism manifests during a period of crisis rather than as a phase in a larger coherent system of violence and oppression.
     From within San Quentin State Prison, George Jackson argued that fascism’s most advanced form was here in America.[12] For George, fascism went through three phases: 1) Out of power 2) In power but not secure 3) In power and securely so.[13] With each phase come varying modes of political violence from Mussolini’s Black Shirts to America’s expansive policing and prison apparatuses. However, binding the fascist mode of violence is its intolerance of any “valid revolutionary activity.”[14] In the late 60s, the FBI used COIINTELPRO to wage war against the Black Panther Party. Today, the State mobilized the National Guard and local police precincts to brutally repress water protectors in North Dakota. What we are beginning to experience is fascism’s shift from the exterior of the American political system to engaging the entire social body.
     So what is to be done? It is not enough to only engage in critique or to be anti-capitalist, anti-fascist, anti-racist, or anti-Trump. Negative concepts have never been strong enough to hold together revolutionary movements. The general strike, mass protest, and other forms of direct action are all useful tactics for waging revolution. However, their use is secondary to the community and values that drive them. We must refuse the call for a return to American politics and the white subjectivity it privileges. We cannot content ourselves with only pushing fascism back underground, back to only policing low-income communities, back to only terrorizing our brothers and sisters in the Middle East and beyond. We must begin to practice a politics of solidarity, inclusion, and radical egalitarianism. We must center the struggles of marginalized people and listen to their voices. We must prioritize political education. We must build alternative institutions. We must remember, “The essence of politics is dissensus.”[15] Our enemies will try to convince us that “we are insufficient, scarce, waiting in pockets of resistance, in stairwells, in alleys, in vain” but the demonstrations this past week have proven the contrary: “We’re already here, moving.”[16]

[1] http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/01/24/list-trumps-executive-orders.html

[2] https://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/works/1944/1944-fas.htm See: The Collapse of the Bourgeois Democracy.

[3] https://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/works/1944/1944-fas.htm See: The Fascist Danger Looms in Germany.

[4] http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/06/black-recession-housing-race/396725/

[5] http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2016/05/11/americas-shrinking-middle-class-a-close-look-at-changes-within-metropolitan-areas/

[6] http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/11/09/behind-trumps-victory-divisions-by-race-gender-education/

[7] https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/11/08/us/politics/election-exit-polls.html?_r=0

[8] http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/11/politics/popular-vote-turnout-2016/

[9] http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2016/oct/21/donald-trump/trump-right-deportation-numbers-wrong-talks-about-/

[10] http://thenewinquiry.com/essays/the-case-for-medical-reparations/

[11] See Reproductive Rights from Angela Davis’s Women, Race, & Class.

[12] Jackson, George. Blood in My Eye. New York: Random House, 1972. Print.

[13] Blood in My Eye. Page 123.

[14] Blood in My Eye. Page 118.

[15] Ranciere, Jacques, and Steve Corcoran. Dissensus: On Politics and Aesthetics. London: Continuum, 2010. Page 38. Print.

[16] Harney, Stefano, and Fred Moten. The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study. Wivenhoe: Minor Compositions, 2013. Page 19. Print.

Say NO to Displacement - Rally & Zoning Hearing for Brookland Manor!

Thursday, February 23 - Rally at 5:00 PM
Hearing starts at 6:00 PM & will last for several hours

Zoning Commission - 441 4th St NW #200

ONE DC members and residents at Brookland Manor request your support at the upcoming second stage zoning commission hearing on Thursday, February 23. At this hearing, the tenants and their legal team will be arguing for the inclusion of robust affordable housing, including the retention of large bedrooms, so that no resident is displaced from their existing community. We request that you both submit written testimony, and if possible, join us in person to provide testimony publicly in support of Brookland Manor tenants fighting to save their home. We encourage members who attend the monthly People's Platform meeting to join us at the rally & hearing under principle #1 of the People's Platform: "Housing for every person. Housing is a human right, not an opportunity to exploit & profit." Brookland Manor residents are saying NO! to displacement. Join us!

Member Support Needed!

  • RSVP and share with your networks
  • Sign up to testify
  • Phone banking to members
  • Canvassing in Ward 5
  • Social media (live-tweeting during rally & hearing)
  • Transportation of members & supplies
  • Sign-making
  • Outreach to other orgs, coalitions, partners & allies

To volunteer for any of these roles, email Claire at ccook@onedconline.org and Yasmina at ymrabet@onedconline.org

Brookland Manor Campaign Legal Update
The last hearing was held on November 21, 2016 when the federal district court for the District of Columbia denied Mid-City Financial Corporation's motion to dismiss the Brookland Manor case yet also denied the resident families' and ONE DC's preliminary injunction, which would have ceased any efforts to relocate or evict tenants on the basis of the redevelopment (Click here for a brief summary of that hearing, courtesy of the Washington Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights & Urban Affairs).

Click here to RSVP

Black Workers Center Open House!

Friday, February 24 - 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
United Black Fund - 2500 MLK Jr Ave SE
Come through and support the ONE DC Black Workers Center (BWC) by checking out our newly renovated office space in Anacostia and find out how we're building power in 2017! The BWC is a member-led space that builds racial and economic justice through popular education, direct action and worker-owned alternatives. We will also be unveiling the new Black Workers Center logo!
Click here to RSVP

*NEW* ONE DC Political Education Calendar

The political education calendar is a new feature of our monthly newsletter that will highlight upcoming community learning events in the DC area. We recommend ONE DC members come together at these events as part of a commitment to ongoing political education, study, & reflection. In the words of Paolo Freire, "For apart from inquiry, apart from the praxis, individuals cannot be truly human. Knowledge emerges only through invention and re-invention, through the restless, impatient, continuing, hopeful inquiry human beings pursue in the world, with the world, and with each other.”

The Power of Cooperative Ownership in the Black Community
Monday, February 13 - 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor
Cooperatives continue to play a significant role in social and economic development in the Black community. From economic independence and desegregated housing, to small farmer empowerment and food security, cooperatives are an integral part of the Black experience that has often been silenced. Accordingly, the panel will explore the potential of cooperatives to drive economic growth and social progress in the United States and abroad. The panel will be moderated by Ellis Carr and feature Jessica Gordon Nembhard, Cornelius Blanding, LaKeisha Wolf, and Alex Serrano as speakers. 
Click here to RSVP

Race, Class, and Struggle Then and Now: Lessons from the League of Revolutionary Black Workers
Tuesday, February 14 - 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Social Work Auditorium - Howard University, 601 Howard Pl NW (at the corner of Howard Pl & Sixth St, NW - enter from Sixth St)
Howard University is excited to announce that Jerome Scott from the League of Revolutionary Black Workers will be visiting the campus to screen video from the oral history project on the LRBW in the Detroit auto plants from 1968 to 1970. The forum will focus on Black workers and their struggles in the factories, the community, and schools as part of the movement upsurge in the 1960s. It will lift up lessons learned for today’s generation of scholar activists and movement actors rooted in the experiences of League members, many of who who are engaged in movement struggle today. A critical lesson to be discussed is that "it's easy to be a revolutionary in revolutionary times, but it takes theory to be a revolutionary in ebb times."
Click here to RSVP

Upcoming Events & Actions

Black Lives Matter General Assembly Meeting
Thursday, February 2 - 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ - 3845 S Capitol St SW
The Movement for Black Lives Steering Committee is going to be hosting our first General Assembly of the year. It will focus around the organizing and advocacy around the NEAR Act and building a sustained joint campaign for transformative criminal justice reform. This general assembly will feature a popular education piece on the NEAR Act and updates from core groups on how to get involved.
Click here to RSVP

DC Fair Elections Grassroots Meeting
Saturday, February 4 - 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Anacostia Library - 1800 Good Hope Rd SE
More than half a million of us were out in the streets last weekend, making a stand for women’s rights, our climate, black lives, immigrants’ rights, LGBTQ equality, our democracy, and the myriad of intersecting issues for which we will all need to fight for the next four years. One of the key lessons from the Women’s March this weekend was that we can’t just all go home and pat ourselves on the back for a job well done. It’s up to us to become leaders in our own communities on the issues we care about: to take action and to keep pushing our elected officials to do what is right.
Click here to RSVP

Stop the Cuts, Save WMATA - Americans for Transit
Monday, February 6 - 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Resources for the Future - 1616 P St Conference Room B
Next Monday, Americans for Transit will hold a meeting discussing how to save our metro system. Our system is tipping towards the "Public Transit Death Spiral" and WMATA's only response has been to propose service cuts and fare hikes. Maintaining an efficient and reliable public transportation is foundational for a just and equitable city.
Click here to RSVP    

Solidarity Squad Kickoff and Training - DC Jobs with Justice
Thursday, February 9 - 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Florida Avenue Baptist Church basement - 623 Florida Ave NW
The new federal government has begun its assault on our communities. We need tight-knit, organized groups of people to resist the right-wing's agenda, to protect workers' rights, and to defend our neighbors. That's exactly what we seek to build with the Solidarity Squad. Training will include: community building, training on racial bias, local DC organizing, and opportunities for more training.
Click here to RSVP

Rooting DC 2017
Saturday, February 18 - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wilson High School - 3950 Chesapeake St NW
Rooting DC is an all-day gardening forum that aims to provide education about urban food production and consumption, to cultivate health and preserve the environment.
Click here to RSVP

The Black Public Health Student Network: Communities of Color Health Conference

Friday, February 24 - 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Milken Institute School of Public Health - 950 New Hampshire Avenue NW
The Black Public Health Student Network will be holding their annual conference on issues related to minority health and community wellness in relation to a view to educate future public health professionals and community members on critical issues and barriers pertaining to health in minority communities. We are proud to announce that Dominic Moulden will be speaking on the Housing and Community Development panel. This year's theme is, "Health Care is a Human Right: Intersections of Racial Inequity and Health Attainment."
Click here to RSVP

ONE Bit of Good News - A Word from a Member
By Julia Thome

appreciation.jpgEnergized! That’s how I feel going into 2017 as a member of ONE DC. I am a new member of the organization, first participating in a march for housing rights in Congress Heights earlier in the year, then going on a ONE DC tour of the Shaw neighborhood. On December 3, I attended the ONE DC Member Appreciation celebration at the RISE Demonstration Center in SE DC. I was welcomed by staff and long-time members, and also met several new members, like myself.

Each person I met, and those that spoke during the event, had an inspiring story to tell that connected them to the work of ONE DC. For example, I was moved by the passion and energy of Kristi Matthews, a leader with the Brookland Manor campaign. She had attended a training by ONE DC 6 or 7 years ago, and became involved again through her work as a Kressley Fellow at the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless. She has a deep commitment to the issues, as she is involved in other community organizations dealing with homelessness and poverty, and is completing studies to become a mental health counselor. After speaking with Kristi in the line for food (food catered by Organic Soul Live was amazing, by the way), I was thrilled to see Elijah win a member award.

Among the many other stories told at the celebration, I was also excited to learn about the Norwood Childcare Cooperative, the food sovereignty cooperative under development, and the recent victories of the Congress Heights residents.

The inspired lyrics and beats of Son of Nun were the perfect accompaniment to the energy of the event, as members got up on their feet to sing along. While speakers at the event conveyed an underlying recognition of the difficult road ahead for housing and economic justice, I couldn’t help but feeling energized by the momentum of ONE DC and hopeful about what can be accomplished in 2017.

Click here to pay your 2017 membership dues

Community Announcements

DC Greens - Become a Community Advocate
In the name of building community power that addresses change at the city level and creates a more just food system, DC Greens is hiring 6 Community Advocates. The positions are part-time, 18 hours/month for 5 months at $20/hour. We plan to hire in February. Job Description and application information here!

Protect DC's Budget - Sign the Fair Budget Coalition's petition

4th Annual DC Black History Calendar


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What is Economic Democracy?


ONE DC Monthly Voice - December 2016

Thank you to all who have donated this month and throughout 2016! With the individual donations & foundation support received since our last appeal, we are 90% of the way to our goal of raising $50,000 before the end of 2016. We're also closer than ever to our goal of 100 sustaining donors who contribute monthly. Please consider making a donation of any size to sustain our work going into 2017.

For those of you who have been us from the beginning, from before the emergence of ONE DC, the below words may sound familiar. In honor of the closing of 10th Anniversary year, we share with you excerpts from one of ONE DC's very first appeal letters, because our vision then reflects our vision now -- a truly equitable DC.

Imagine Justice

Imagine a city where long-time residents are not pushed out because of rising rents and property taxes. A DC that truly recognized that residents’ contributions to the city are not merely monetary. A place where people, and not profit, have the loudest voice. A District with living-wage jobs—and the emphasis is on living, not struggling to survive. And no, this isn’t only a whimsical Washington, DC of your nighttime dreams. At ONE DC, we believe in dreaming with our eyes wide open.

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them,” Thoreau once said. With your help, we can build the foundations under our “castles in the air.” We are building the future we want to live in, brick by brick.


Be a visionary.

A Japanese proverb reminds us that “vision without action is a daydream and action without vision is a nightmare.” ONE DC is dedicated to vision in action, and your support makes you an integral member of our team of visionaries. Grassroots support like yours makes a difference. Your cash, check or credit card contribution tells the world that the movement for equitable development is truly a popular movement. And we can’t imagine a movement without you!

For years communities across the District have seen public divestment and neglect, only to see investment once wealthier residents begin moving in. Your investment in ONE DC asserts that all communities in DC deserve equity, and helps reverse the disturbing trend of socioeconomic disparities. Because people like you can create a city in which racial and economic injustice is just…unimaginable.

We understand that some individuals who feel the most inspired by our mission are unable to give accordingly. But really, no amount is too small. We mean it. Donate by clicking here or by mailing to ONE DC - PO Box 26049, Washington, DC 20001


Dominic T. Moulden
Resource Organizer


Thank You for Your Support!

Click below to view photos from our latest fundraising event -- a special ONE DC showing of Dance Place's What's Going On? Life, Love, & Social Justice. Thanks to your support, we are closer to our goal of raising $1.3 million over 2 years to support the opening of the Black Workers Center and #Another10Years of resident-led organizing for racial & economic equity in DC! Click here to donate.


ONE DC Monthly Voice - November 2016

"The Fourth Way will harness the power and strategic location of indigenous people, exploiting pressure points beyond the workplace to oppose and transform unjust, unequal, and undemocratic systems." -Julian Brave Noisecat

Mapping Our Radical Atlas: Introducing the 2015 People's Progress Report

Washington, DC is one of the most rapidly gentrifying cities in the country. But this is only the latest flare of violent, economically driven displacement in the area. The Piscataway, the Anacostank (who resided in the area now known as Anacostia), the Pamunkey, the Mattapanient, the Nangemeick, and the Tauxehent were all brutally forced from the region. And more: the names are not complete, the stories are not complete, and the maps are not complete.

So it feels all the more apt to transform the People’s Progress Report into a gesture of counter-mapping—to fill in maps and to fill in the gaps. Counter-mapping, also known as counter-hegemonic cartography, radical cartography, and mapping-back, originated as an indigenous resistance practice to contest colonialist claims to land. It’s about story and sovereignty. It’s about spatial justice. No map is neutral. And this radical atlas, far from exhaustive, does not claim to be. We’re unapologetic about mapping toward a more equitable District and mapping back against the “official” maps that erase and displace longtime Black residents of DC and all people who are “mapped out” of DC’s local history.

In 2015 we went on learning journeys, self-study tours, and trainings to build our knowledge and to chart out new plans and strategies for subversive cartography­—mapping back to reinvigorate ourselves and mapping forward to reclaim our city. In order to reclaim DC, we must acknowledge that we are losing Black homelands and Black landscapes. The whitewashing of DC is real and it is formidable. That’s why our organizing work—through the People’s Platform, Black Workers Center, and Right to Housing—is key to building a powerful base of longtime DC residents, to naming the terrain of renewed power and resistance.

And yes, we are hopeful. ONE DC supporters are showing up in our organizing geography: Justice First, API Resistance, Black Lives Matter DC, BYP100, DC Showing Up for Racial Justice, and the Neighborhood Solidarity Network. So let’s “map in” our struggle for freedom! As freedom fighter and former political prisoner Angela Y. Davis wrote in her book, Freedom Is A Constant Struggle, “Our histories never unfold in isolation. We have to talk about systemic change. We can’t be content with individual actions.” Everyday we organize we add a page to the DC radical atlas. Join this movement of cartographers of organized resistance!

Click here to download & study the 2015 People's Progress Report: "Radical Atlas"


We Dance About Life

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Photo Credit: O. Michael Leslie, Esmeralda Huerta

Click here to view more photos from our latest fundraising event -- a special ONE DC showing of Dance Place's What's Going On? Life, Love, & Social Justice. Thanks to your support, we are closer to our goal of raising $1.3 million over 2 years to support the opening of the Black Workers Center and #Another10Years of resident-led organizing for racial & economic equity in DC! Click here to donate.

Thank you again to our sponsors and to all those who bought tickets, donated, & volunteered!

We Appreciate You.

Member Appreciation is our end-of-year event to celebrate the wins, actions, and accomplishments of our members, donors, supporters, volunteers, but you don't have to be a member to attend! This is the perfect event to learn more about ONE DC and how you can get involved, while enjoying good food, music, & company. All ages are welcome.
Click here to RSVP

Delicious food served by Organic Soul Live! (Contact Elijah Joy at theelijahjoy@gmail.com for more info)

Featuring a performance by Baltimore-based Revolutionary Hip Hop Artist Son of Nun

Transportation Info:
Metro- Green Line to Congress Heights Metro Station
Bus- A2, A6, A7, A8, A4, W2, W3 (Stop: MLK Ave. SE)
Parking available onsite. Click here for driving directions.

Volunteer roles needed:

  • Arrive at 2:15 PM to help set up
  • Childcare
  • Work with caterer to monitor & stock food/beverages
  • Stay until 7:00 PM to help clean & pack up

We need help offsetting the costs of space, food, supplies & honorariums for our favorite end-of-the-year event celebrating our members, donors, volunteers, & supporters.

Click here to sponsor Member Appreciation

Click here to start your monthly sustaining donation of $10, $20, or $50 a month

Click here to pay your annual membership dues.
If you have questions about the status of your dues, email Claire at ccook@onedconline.org or call 202.232.2915.

Housing is a Human Right

By Mary Walrath, StreetSense


Is housing a universal human right? This is the question that community members gathered to discuss in a town-hall style meeting at the Church of the Epiphany on October 28. The Focus Attitude and Commitment to Excellence (FACE) group of Street Sense vendors, along with the People for Fairness Coalition (PFFC), convened to form a panel and deliberate, with an audience of housed and unhoused individuals, on issues of housing, poverty and homelessness.

Robert Warren, the executive director of the People for Fairness Coalition, Sheila White, member of FACE and PFFC, Dominic Moulden of ONE DC, William Merrifield of Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, Schyla Pondexter-Moore from Empower DC and Jane Zara, a public interest lawyer, came together on a panel moderated by Patty Mullahy Fugere of the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless.

Click here to read the full article on StreetSense

Click here to view photos from the event

Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellowship

The Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellowship supports visionary leaders by giving them boundless space to turn an inspired idea in the field of social justice into a world-changing reality. The Fellowship awards three individuals up to $150,000 each to pursue an innovative project that seeks to address a challenge related to climate change or inequality – or within the intersection of these two major issues. An NCF Fellowship must align with at least one of the Foundation’s core focus areas: Inclusive Clean Economy; Racial and Economic Justice; Corporate and Political Accountability; and Voice, Creativity and Culture. The Nathan Cummings Foundation is currently accepting applications for the 2017 Fellowship until December 12.

Click here for more info and to apply


Upcoming Events

DC Labor Chorus presents An Evening of Favorite and Sacred Songs
Saturday, December 3rd - 7:30 PM
ATU Tommy Douglas Conference Center - 10000 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring MD

Fund the Resistance! End of Year Party for Many Languages, One Voice
Saturday, December 3rd - 6:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Boss Bistro & Lounge - 2463 18th St NW
Join MLOV for a review of our year's work and organizing highlights, hear from our powerful immigrant members, recommit yourselves to being warriors, bask in each other's fierce presence, and of course...enjoy great music and food!
Click here to RSVP & for more info

Monthly Black Workers Center Meeting

Thursday, December 15 - 6:00 PM
United Black Fund - 2500 MLK Jr Ave SE
ONE DC's Black Workers Center (BWC), is a member-led space that builds racial and economic justice through popular education, direct action and worker-owned alternatives.
Click here to RSVP

ONE Bit of Good News

Thank you to Black Benefactors for hosting a house party fundraiser & community dialogue in honor of ONE DC's 10th Anniversary! We appreciate your support and the opportunity to engage in conversation & reflection on organizing for racial & economic justice in DC.


To host your own house party fundraiser for ONE DC, contact Dominic at dmoulden@onedconline.org or call 202.232.2915.

Shopping Online in December?

Register with ONE DC at smile.amazon.com/ch/87-0766022 and Amazon donates to ONE DC every time you shop.




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ONE DC Welcomes New Staff

From Left: Nawal Rajeh, Delonte Wilkins & daughter Taylor, Madeline Hernandez, Nia Nyamweya

Delonte (Tae) Wilkins was raised in the Green Leaf community of SW as a child, then later moved to the Eckington area of NE, attending schools such as Amidon Elementary, Jefferson Junior High, then Dunbar Senior High, where he graduated. Like many youth in his era, Tae experienced violence from all angles in his life-- from street violence, poor education, to police profiling-- all forms of violence leading up to a hopeless community. Struggling to stay positive in a community of hopelessness, Tae experienced severe anxiety, accompanied with stress and depression, which led to poor choices which later landed him in prison. While in prison, Tae educated himself. He read history, law, political theory, and books on various organized rebellions. After educating himself, he learned that his condition was a result of a systematic agenda that purposely created the hardships he has endured . Shortly after his release, Tae began to organize with ONE DC after hearing about the organization from a friend in the neighborhood. Hearing the group discuss the “People's Platform,” recognizing human rights as the foundation in which a nation should be built on, sharing the same vision, Tae immediately stayed on board, motivated to help in any way possible. Tae is a part-time apprentice organizer focusing on the Black Workers Center.
Contact: dwilkins@onedconline.org

Nawal Rajeh is the daughter of Lebanese immigrants who fled the country’s 16-year civil war and settled in Youngstown, Ohio. It was during her youth that she learned firsthand of the hardships that accompanied injustice and ignited her passion for organizing. Before coming to DC, Nawal was a community organizer in Baltimore, where she worked on joblessness and youth programs. She co-founded By Peaceful Means, which continues to run two summer programs for children in East Baltimore. Upon moving to DC eight years ago, Nawal began facilitating youth programs focusing on peace and conflict resolution in DC Public Schools. She has been a member of ONE DC for three years and is excited to continue learning and building on the legacy of resistance and alternative vision for the city that ONE DC and its members have been fighting to preserve and create. Nawal is a part-time apprentice organizer focusing on the Black Workers Center.
Contact: nrajeh@onedconline.org

Nia Nyamweya
is a Kenyan-American, intersectional feminist organizer and activist. She is from Silver Spring, MD and received her BA from Towson University in Women’s and Gender Studies with a minor in French. Nia began organizing after college in St. Louis, Missouri when she worked with youth in the Normandy District to end the school-to-prison pipeline. Ending environmental racism and healing oppression of black women is her passion. She works part-time with the National Organization for Women (NOW) and Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). Nia happily joins ONE DC to create spaces that center black women's voices and create alternative economies. In her free time, she practices yoga and dances salsa. Nia is a part-time apprentice organizer focusing on the Black Workers Center.
Contact: nnyamweya@onedconline.org

Madeline Hernandez was born in Washington, DC on September 1, 1998 to Salvadoran parents. Her parents immigrated to the United States a couple years before she was born, escaping from the civil unrest El Salvador was undergoing in the hopes of providing better for themselves and their future. Madeline was raised uptown in the Brightwood/ Fort Totten area where she attended the city’s public schools, such as Rudolph Elementary (before it became Latin Public Charter) and Truesdell Education Campus. She is a 2016 graduate from School Without Walls Senior High School, and it was here there that her passion for political activism and critical thought began to blossom. Her perspective as a Latina of low socioeconomic status was enough for her to have something to say in classrooms that were dominated by kids in various positions of privilege. She owes the development of her consciousness to being raised during the birth of Black Lives Matter in such a politically active city and having teachers in high school that openly discussed Feminist Theories. After graduating high school, she decided to take gap year to pursue experience in the field she plans on entering, (a double major in Women’s Studies and Social Services or Latino Affairs) and that is how she stumbled upon this organization.  Her attraction to ONE DC came from hearing one keyword: radical. For years, Madeline used “Radical” as her social media platform because she described her thought process as one that got to the root of issues by constantly asking why. Ultimately, coming to the conclusion that the institutions put in place are to blame for all of society's issues, especially when it comes to race, a conclusion that ONE DC reached years ago in its beginnings. She’s determined to channel her passion into making change within her community. Madeline is a part-time intern organizer.

From Left: Chauniece (Project Retail), Yasmina Mrabet

Yasmina Mrabet is a Moroccan-American organizer and conflict resolution practitioner. She grew up in the Middle East, North Africa, and the United States in a cross-cultural, interfaith household. Yasmina is Community Organizer for ONE DC's People's Platform, and has been a member of ONE DC for three years. She joins ONE DC with experience as an organizer in the Labor Movement, the Anti-War Movement, and the Movement for Black Lives. Most recently, as a union organizer with UFCW Local 400, Yasmina worked to develop Project Retail, a growing group of retail and food workers fighting for living wages, fair working conditions, and access to public transportation in and around Washington, D.C. She remains a member of Stop Police Terror Project DC's core organizing group, and is President of the Board of Directors of NVMS, a conflict resolution organization based in Fairfax, VA. Yasmina is passionate about organizing to expose, oppose, and resist institutionalized racism and the systematic targeting of black and brown communities through gentrification, mass incarceration, and war. Yasmina holds a BA from the University of Virginia in Middle Eastern Studies and a MS from George Mason University in Conflict Analysis and Resolution.


The State of Black Labor Organizing in DC: Past, Present and Future

On Tuesday, October 25, ONE DC, along with Resource Generation, hosted an interactive panel discussion about the history and current state of black labor in DC as well as the role of intersectionality in solidarity organizing. Sitting on the panel were Iimay Ho, the Associate Director at Resource Generation and serving on the board of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice; Kimberly Mitchell, a long time union member and labor activist in the fashion, beauty, and retail industry as well as Vice President of the UFCW Board of Directors; and Eugene Puryear, founder of the anti-gentrification group Justice FirstJobs Not Jails Coalition, Stop Police Terror Project-D.C. and author of the book Shackled and Chained: Mass Incarceration in Capitalist America.

During the discussion, the panel named two forces impeding a robust and inclusionary coalition of black labor organization: 1) A shift away from labor organizing towards non-profit paternalism and 2) an absence of worker solidarity.

Many of the organizations built to work on behalf of black workers and communities are run by non-representational groups. It's the "professionalization of organizing," Eugene remarked. Non-profits embody an institutional hierarchy whereby the needs of the community are defined by an organization and not the people. "Black workers have become the object of organizing, not the subject," Eugene quickly added. Career activism has a tendency to silence the voice of the community in favor of its own programs and political allegiances, especially when confronted with the need for funding.

This tendency speaks to the reality of organizing within conditions set by Neoliberal Capitalism. Organizations need money to function and that money must come from somewhere. Yet, Resource Generation has worked tirelessly to reduce the limitations funding an organization normally necessitates. "We have the flexibility to give to organizations, which frees you to support this or that," Iimay deftly explained, "There's no hoop jumping." One of Resource Generation's core values is believing that "social justice movements need to be led by communities most directly impacted by injustice." Resource Generation aims to reverse the status quo of funding: They subordinate their privilege and wealth to the voice of the community.

Still, even if an answer to the question of funding were found we must still confront the stark lack of worker solidarity and organization. Lamenting, Kimberly spoke a hard truth, "Mothers and daughters have always been organizing the community, church, schools, etc but they've become complacent. I have to remind them that they are needed." A little later she discusses the disparity between the older and newer generation of workers: "I see workers that have worked for forty plus years being disrespected and told 'We don't need you.' What we have now is an assembly line of workers who are unorganized and untrained who are lucky to be there past the ninety day probation period. Its very important we teach the younger generation to let them know that this is not okay or normal." Similarly, Iimay vigilantly highlighted the need for an intersectional approach to organizing: "The legal/illegal immigration status is a strategy for keeping a mass of workers that are vulnerable. Trans folk have some of the highest homeless and unemployed numbers, which are even more when you're black and trans. Queer youth can be cut off from their family and resources."

In the end, the panel left the audience with some advice for moving forward. "Accountability is a key issue. The city will pass anything that sounds progressive but will include either infinite loopholes or make it impossible to enforce." Kimberly was in agreement: "DC is dressed up with nowhere to go." Kimberly also was adamant about opposing gentrification: "What we need to organize around is housing. We are being displaced. This is everybody's fight." Earlier in the discussion, Iimay stood by countering the effects of gentrification: "I don't believe DC should be built on my needs and my consumption." By the end of the night she returned to this sentiment: "The powers that be center the needs of wealthy people and not long-term residents. We need to change the game. We need to focus systemically."

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ONE DC Member Spotlight: Luci Murphy

luci.JPGOver the weekend, we sat down with Luci Murphy as a part of our ONE DC Member Spotlight feature. We met at Lamont Park in Mt. Pleasant, which was soon to be the site of the annual Dia De Los Muertos or Day of the Dead celebration with Luci slated to perform later that day. Together we discussed her thoughts on ONE DC, politics, and the unique importance of music.

ONE DC: Before we get started, I see everyone is setting up for an event. What is it? Are you performing today?
Luci: Mmhmm! Its the Day of the Dead. The tradition is that people build an altar and bring photographs of their deceased loved ones, put them on the alter, and remember them. It's a day of remembrance. We'll have music and poetry. We usually do a little parade a few blocks through the neighborhood to remind everybody.

ONE DC: You have a rich history with ONE DC stretching back 10 years. Could you briefly state what attracted you to the organization in the beginning and what motivates you to still be an active member?
Luci: The issues. The issues of housing and jobs. These are issues that we still have not resolved. There's a lot of dislocation. I remember when my aunt lived in a substantial house in the 60s and the price on it was 25,000. The same house is probably three quarters of a million now. How to you do that? People's salaries aren't changing. What is this?

ONE DC: What is it about ONE DC's approach to organizing that you like?
Luci: The emphasis on co-ops. Studying co-ops and preparing people to build co-ops! 

ONE DC: Last month you performed at the Renter's Day of Action. What inspired your performance? What did you want people to take away?
Luci: We have a lot of vacant buildings in Washington, DC and then we have our homeless. Why can't we get these two together?

ONE DC: The Black Workers Center Chorus is in its early stages of gestation. Whats the difference between it and the DC Labor Chorus?
Luci: The Black Workers Center Chorus will mostly be from Washington, DC. It's going to be the people who are dealing with these issues first hand. I would really like to see a good representation of wards 6, 7, & 8, which is where the Black Workers Center is located.

ONE DC: When do you think it'll begin meeting?
Luci: It'll be after December 3rd.

ONE DC: And if someone is interested in joining?
Luci: Call me! People are scared to call me! They know I'm going to give them something to do!

ONE DC: As a performer, music and art are an essential dynamic in your activism. Who's work, either artistic or political, inspires you?
Luci: I grew up with some very activist congregations -- St. Stephen's and the Incarnation. And because I was a member of St. Stephen's, I met a woman, an older lady from Mississippi who embodied the tradition. She played three chords on the guitar but she played them in a hell of a way! She got people to sing along with her. She had something called Mother Scott and her children and I was one of her children. The pastor would take us to city council hearings and she would sing to make a point and of course that would make the news. Not everyone comes to a city council hearing with a guitar prepared to sing!

ONE DC: There's something special about music, especially call-and-response, that can bring people together. What do you find unique about it?
Luci: It works! 

ONE DC: Music and Art have always played a fundamental role in the struggle for justice, emancipation, and equality. Outside of the feeling of solidarity when performing music, how else do you see music contributing to the struggle for justice?
Luci: We didn't have the SNCC freedom singers here but we had their recordings. We were able to use them.

ONE DC: American University was hosting a panel and an art gallery to honor the work of Emory Douglas. They were discussing the power and importance of his work and the way he could communicate very complicated messages in a very simple way thereby reaching a wide variety of people. Do you feel that music shares this quality?
Luci: Absolutely! I think music is actually more social because more people can participate. The creation of visual art is a very solitary process whereas music is a social process.

ONE DC: You mentioned there's more participation in music not only in a call-and-response but people are also free to riff on music anyway they want to at any time they want to through rhythm, clapping, vocalization, improvisation, etc.
Luci: Fredrick Douglas KirkPatrick said that it used to be that anybody could sing a song or pray a prayer but now its gotten so complicated. We only have specialists doing these things and we're lost in this specialization.

ONE DC: This kinda goes back to politics where the only people to be respected are the specialists.
Luci: Our Chorus is singing a song called 'You can dance, you can sing' taken from a proverb from Zimbabwe, which has been translated as 'If you can walk, you can dance; if you can talk, you can sing' but thats really a message for us in the United States. What the actual song says is if you can dance, dance, if you can sing, sing! You know, like do it! Everyone in Zimbabwe can dance and sing and nobody's embarrassed. That is part of what you do as a member of a community whereas here if you don't move just right you may get criticized and if you're self-conscious you may decide not to participate. 

ONE DC: Similarly, there are now specific places to do it. The community aspect is being pushed out. The only way to access it is by joining a club that you have to pay for or renting a space to play in.
Luci: And I see some of the singing and music playing has become commercialized: "If you pay such and such an amount you can play as a part of this jazz group we are starting."

ONE DC: You should be able to just pick up and play. That's just what you do.
Luci: But somebody has just rented some space and has decided that they're going to get some people to pay for their time. That shouldn't be the only way that culture survives.

ONE DC: All across the country people are facing dispossession and displacement at the hands of the ruling class for profit. From the District to North Dakota neoliberal capitalism is violating people's right to housing and land. Even more, resistance is often met with brutal state violence and repression. How do you think people should go about building solidarity with one another, especially when you are economically contributing to those forces, willingly or unwillingly?

Luci: We need to study history because in order to know who we are we need to know where we come from. This country is built on great injustice and cruelty for which it's never apologized. It's never apologized to the indigenous people for all the murder and theft and never apologized to the African people for all the centuries of unpaid labor. We need to study who we are, where we come from, and then form that we will know what we have to do, but it starts with an apology. 

ONE DC: How do you get an apology without allowing Empire to bury these issues as something that's happened only 'in the past'?
Luci: We have to build consciousness and right now folks are very unconscious. They are having poisonous television, poisonous food, poisonous water, and poisonous air thrown at them all the time. Well, how can they get conscious? We've got to build a movement. A movement that has to educate, energize, and encourage folks.

To contact Luci about the Black Workers Center Chorus you can find her Facebook page here or call her at 202.234.8840.


Please join us in Standing with #NoDAPL

In a display of absolute barbarism, militarized police, in conjunction with the National Guard, brutally repressed the peaceful water protectors at Standing Rock in North Dakota. The fascists subjected the Sioux Nation, along with fellow demonstrators, to beatings, tear gas, sound cannons, and dog attacks. There are also reports of inhumane treatment where protesters were thrown into dog kennels after being arrested.

The Sioux Nation are protesting the North Dakota Access Pipeline on grounds of both treaty and human rights violations. First, the pipeline would cut straight through Sioux territory violating the treaty of Fort Laramie drawn in 1868. Second, the pipeline would devastate the local environment and wildlife including our most precious resource: water.

These events must be taken in the context of America's long history of brutalizing and betraying indigenous peoples. This tradition traces all the way back to America's seventh President Andrew Jackson and beyond. The United States has endlessly violated treaties with indigenous peoples often redrawing them under the threat of violence.

From gentrification in the District to violating the land rights of the Sioux Nation we see the same pattern repeat. Power knows but two modes of response: indifference to the cries for justice and violence for those who resist.

We ask you to stand with the Sioux Nation and with all peoples displaced and dispossessed in the name of profit and Empire!

Begin by learning more and visiting the Sacred Stone Camp website.
Sign a petition calling for an end to the construction of the North Dakota Access Pipeline.
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