Following a recent and possibly illegal land transfer from slumlord Sanford Capital to their business partner Geoff Griffis, Griffis hired Seven Oaks Media Group. As you can see from their website, linked here, Seven Oaks specializes in crisis communication and media placement. Clearly, Geoff Griffis is attempting to wage a campaign in the media to obscure the facts, which are these:
1. Geoff Griffis’s latest move has forced tenants to remain in slum conditions at Congress Heights properties by interfering with a court-appointed receivership, which facilitates Griffis's continued attempts to displace tenants.
2. Geoff Griffis’s latest move has interfered with a court order instructing Sanford Capital to negotiate exclusively with Congress Heights tenants by selling their properties to NHT (National Housing Trust), in order to prevent displacement and build 200 units of affordable housing.
Click here to hear directly from Congress Heights tenant leader Robert Green, as he provides an overview of Griffis's dealings.
Stand in solidarity with Mr. Green and the Congress Heights Tenants Association:
MARCH AGAINST SLUMLORD GEOFF GRIFFIS
Saturday, February 10
Meet at Cleveland Park metro station
To learn more about the tenant-led struggle at Congress Heights, including a full history, visit the Justice First website at www.justicefirst.org.
For the latest Congress Heights updates on the ONE DC website, check out www.onedconline.org/congress_heights.
Yasmina Mrabet, Housing Organizer