This is a very special day for me and for us. Today is my last call as a staff member of ONE DC.
Thank you for allowing me to organize with you in your homes, in our laundry mats, at the metro stops and supermarkets, and especially in public housing and the corners – where I learned how to build relationships to organize for social change and movement building.
As we enter a new decade, let us learn from all the mistakes, challenges, and outright failures of our organizing. We ARE LOSING!!! After thirty plus years of organizing, I am not afraid to admit this fact and truth. We gained very small wins, but as I move forward in solidarity with ONE DC and national and international movements, I want to WIN BIG!!!
We must dream to win big.
ONE DC commemorated 400 Years of Inequality this year. Part of this remembering dealt with enslaved Africans, Native Americans, and indentured servants struggling to be free and creating a just society. Angela Davis is a comrade who provides us guidance on organizing for liberation and so I am taking her stories into the next decade – will you too?
"I think the importance of doing activist work is precisely because it allows you to give back and to consider yourself not as a single individual who may have achieved whatever but to be a part of an ongoing historical movement." -Angela Davis
LEAP (Leadership Education for Action and Power) was a dream over 13 years ago. Through Creative Reconstruction, a period of ONE DC self-accountability, we started LEAP again in 2019.
Cooperative alternatives were a dream, and throughout ONE DC’s history we've supported the development of the MLK Latino Coop, Duncan Coop, Co-Familia, and Dulce Hugar. Like a elephant’s memory, I will remember the struggles, challenges, and success of this work with all of you.
Finally, in a strategic plan ten years ago, we dreamed of a Black space for organizing, political education, and wellness – and WE DID IT!!! We purchased and are now renovating a debt-free Black Workers and Wellness Center.
I celebrate with you all the invisible work and care work we did together – supporting each other, caring for each other in the most difficult moments of self-destruction from inside and outside of ONE DC.
Let us dream of being a Black-led and fearless movement. You and I will make more mistakes and confront challenges into the next decade. Nevertheless, dream on and be FREE!!!
In LOVE and STRUGGLE,
dominic t. moulden
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