ONE DC Monthly Voice September 2019

Love is contraband in Hell, Cause Love is an acid that eats away bars.
But you, me, and tomorrow hold hands and make vows that struggle will multiply.
The hacksaw has two blades. The shotgun has two barrels.
We are pregnant with freedom.
We are a conspiracy.

-Assata Shakur

Developing Our Power: Right to Housing Freedom School

This Saturday, October 5, ONE DC’s Right to Housing Committee will be hosting a Freedom School. The event takes place from 12:00 to 3:00 PM at Thurgood Marshall Academy and follows our Right to Housing Mini-Assembly that took place in July. Together, we will address the issues raised in the Mini-Assembly, specifically displacement by development and landlord neglect.

The concept of Freedom Schools were developed by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee during the 1964 Freedom Summer in Mississippi as a way of building political power through popular education.  Though many things are different between the Deep South in the 1960's and Washington, DC today, the need for working class people of color to become a force for social change is ever-present. Serious changes are taking place in the political, social, and economic climate of the District. Very few of these changes directly benefit long-time residents—many of them actually undermine our ability to access our basic human rights to stability, community, and a sustainable life for ourselves and our families.

As importantly, residents who are so affected by these changes almost never have a seat at the decision-making table. Once again, there is a strong need for capacity and skills building so that everyday people can create and implement a vision for change. In this spirit, our Freedom School will provide us with a common knowledge of the history of displacement in DC, how it works, and the solutions we can work towards to reclaim housing in DC.

As always, ONE DC will provide food, transportation, and childcare. Join us in our fight for community control of land and housing in DC!

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Another Step Toward Liberation

Since purchasing a building to house the Black Workers and Wellness Center in December 2017, ONE DC has taken several steps towards transforming the BWWC into space that is equipped to organize for racial & economic justice through popular education, promotion of sustainable employment, & the incubation of economic alternatives. 

We have submitted our construction permits and made partnerships: both with Emotive Architecture, a local Black-owned architecture firm based in Washington, D.C. to develop a design and architectural plans for the renovation the building; and with Capital Construction Group (CCG), a local Black-owned general contracting firm to carry out the renovations. Through our grassroots funding campaign, we have raised $850,000 toward our total fundraising goal of $1.5 million. Finally, we have held several Space Planning meetings to gain input from ONE DC members and partners about the design and future use of the space that includes accessible entrances and an elevator, new HVAC, and a cooperative incubation space. 

Join us at our next Space Planning Meeting, this Thursday, October 3 at 6:00 PM at the Black Workers & Wellness Center, where we will be updating our members and supporters on the progress of the renovations and capital fundraising campaign. Click here to RSVP


ONE DC is an organization with a membership base comprised of longtime DC residents who have been directly affected by displacement, gentrification, and structural unemployment. Our organizing model centers the voices of those who are ignored by wealthy developers and government officials. Our strength comes from numbers, and need YOU to help us build political strength in the District.

When you donate to our BWWC Capital Fundraising campaign, you are joining hundreds of others in making a community-controlled Black-led space in DC a reality. Please donate today!

A Co-op is Democracy in Daily Life

In September, the Housing Co-op Study Group met with members of the Ella Jo Baker Intentional Community, a multicultural limited equity co-op of activists in Columbia Heights. We learned about how they're able to maintain $973 per month for a 2 bedroom in the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood of Columbia Heights, and the principles that drive them. One co-op member and longtime activist, Ajowa Ifateyo, expressed that a co-op is "democracy in daily life... this is no one's fiefdom." Linda Leaks, a co-op founding member and lifelong co-op and tenant organizer, added "being a cooperative means just that - we cooperate. We work together, and educate."

The next meeting of the Housing Co-op Study Group will be a discussion with Amanda Huron about Limited Equity Co-ops at the ONE DC Shaw office, on Monday, October 7 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. All are welcome! Optional pre-reading can be found here.

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Upcoming Events

ONE DC Learning Circle
Wednesday, October 2 - 6:00 - 8:00 PM
ONE DC Black Workers & Wellness Center - 2500 MLK Jr Ave SE
ONE DC's Learning Circle is a space for ONE DC members to come together to learn about the legacy of of progressive action that we are carrying forward. By engaging with text, media, and storytelling, we learn from one another and our predecessors about guiding principles and ideals of racial equity, cooperative economics, and community building. The Learning Circle is currently reading "Left of Karl Marx: The Political Life of Black Communist Claudia Jones." In Left of Karl Marx, Carole Boyce Davies assesses the activism, writing, and legacy of Claudia Jones, a pioneering Afro-Caribbean radical intellectual, dedicated communist, and feminist.
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Join the Homeless Encampment Sweep Response Team
Thursday, October 3 - 12:00 - 1:00 PM

Organized by Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless
Have you noticed people sleeping in tents on the street in your neighborhood, while you are out, or on your way to work? Have you seen government officials forcing people to move their belongings or trash trucks disposing of people’s personal items or tents? The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless (“WLCH”) is organizing a new volunteer opportunity for lawyers and non-lawyers who want to help people living on the street protect their belongings. We want to invite you to learn more about homeless encampments in DC, what should and should not happen during clean-ups, and ways you can help people experiencing homelessness protect their belongings and maintain their dignity during city clean-ups.

No Pepco Pledge Campaign Launch
Friday, October 4 - 7:30 - 8:30 AM
UDC - 4200 Connecticut Ave NW
In the DC region, meaningful action on climate justice is repeatedly blocked by our utility monopoly, Pepco. But we know we can stop their business-as-usual tactics and make way for a just, renewable, publicly-owned energy system.That's why 350 DC and a coalition of environmental advocacy organizations active in the District are launching the No Pepco Pledge Campaign during the upcoming 2020 DC Council elections!
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2019 Symposium: Racial Equitable Community Development

October 22 - 23, 2019
Brunn Conference Center - 7310 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21208
Organized by the Network for Developing Conscious Communities
The Symposium Racial Equitable Community Development on October 22-23, 2019 will descend on Baltimore, Maryland, attracting national and local community stakeholders, public and private sector businesses, nonprofit organizations, organizers, health and wellness practitioners, activists, environmentalists, entrepreneurs, and visionaries for the purposes of framing new community development paradigms. Symposium organizers are committed to strengthening and supporting Black and Brown communities through deconstructing racial barriers and racial inequities that have been biased on the distribution of opportunities to some, at the expense of others.
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Rally to Reclaim Rent Control!
Saturday, October 26 - 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Lamont Park, 3213 Mt. Pleasant St NW
Organized by Reclaim Rent Control DC
It’s been clear for a long time now that our nation’s capital is in the middle of a housing emergency. We cannot afford to keep the status quo any longer. It’s time for action. The Reclaim Rent Control campaign is calling for the DC Council to use the upcoming reauthorization of the rent control laws as an opportunity to expand and strengthen rent control in order to protect the affordable housing we already have as well as drastically increase the number of units protected by rent control.
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ONE Bit of Good News - Resource Committee Looking for New Members!

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ONE DC Monthly Voice August 2019

"Mask no difficulties, mistakes, failures. Claim no easy victories... Our experience has shown us that in the general framework of daily struggle this battle against ourselves, this struggle against our own weaknesses... is most difficult of all."
- Amílcar Cabral

Building the Foundation for the Work

In August, ONE DC’s focus has been centered around the theme of “building”: whether that be through the renovation of our home in the Black Workers and Wellness Center or through the  strengthening of the organizational structure on which our future work will be done.

Over the past month, we have held both our Staff and Shared Leadership Team retreats, in which we molded our goals and strategies for the future. During the SLT retreat, we reflected on our accomplishments over the past five years and developed our Movement Vision in which we identified our goals for the next five years.

ONE DC's Shared Leadership Team at the Annual Retreat

As well as renovating the Black Workers and Wellness Center, we want to develop more community alternatives in the future.  We plan on creating an East of the River worker coop with MOMIES LLC, base-building with Black and Brown workers and returning citizens, in partnership with Trabajadores Unidos, Afro-Latino Caucus, Family and Friends of Incarcerated People, Serve Your City, National Reentry Network, DC Jobs with Justice, LiUNA, and GRID Alternatives. Similarly, we want to continue creating political education spaces and other opportunities for popular education on worker rights, racial unemployment, job related opportunities, and economic alternatives. We focused our intentions to expand on our base building movements by: cultivating the next generation of leaders through youth apprenticeships and internships and gaining 500 members per year, leading to 2,500 new members by 2025. Furthermore, we aim to continue our work in political education and leadership development by sustaining 25 members  per year in our LEAP program and holding more Freedom Schools in conjunction with our larger campaigns.

In our People’s Platform, People’s Assembly & Right to Housing Campaigns we aim to preserve public land by gaining community control of land through a community land trust located East of the River. This work will be spearheaded by our Fall People's Assembly and will work hand in hand with our continued affiliation with Homes for All (Right to the City) and grassroots housing organizations around U.S. The People’s Platform will also hold monthly political education with curriculum geared toward community control over land and housing. Finally, we aim to send members and staff on learning journeys to visit Chainbreakers, Dudley Street LT, City Life/Vida Urbana and Charm City Land Trust to learn and build.

Entwined in the future of ONE DC is the transition of long-time Resource Organizer, Dominic Moulden, from staff to member. ONE DC and Dominic are committed to ensuring the organizational history and information is transferred on to the next generation. Because of this, a Transition Committee has been formed made up of ONE DC members, the Shared Leadership Team, and staff, and is responsible for identifying knowledge transfer, strengthening staff leadership, and working to ensure a smooth transition for the organization. Recently, we hired a documentation consultant to assist the transition committee and on September 19th the committee will hold a Funder’s briefing to update major ONE DC contributor’s on the transition and our work as a whole.

As a result of both this transition and our movement vision, ONE DC is now hiring! We are looking for three exceptional organizers who are passionate about grassroots community organizing and committed to the struggle for liberation.

We are currently hiring for the following positions:

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Housing the Work

Over the past couple years, the Black Workers and Wellness Center’s role has predominantly been to offer space for a wide variety of community groups and events that support popular education and economic opportunities for Ward 7 and 8 residents.  

One such group, National Reentry Network for Returning Citizens, hosted its 1st Cohort of its “Ready to Work Program” at the BWWC. The program is designed to assist returning citizens in their transition back into the workforce. Members learned how to write a resume, deliver a 30 second pitch and participated in mock interviews to prepare them to find work. Since its introduction last year, 60% of the participants of the cohort were hired within two weeks of starting the program.

1st Cohort of the National ReEntry Network or Returning Citizens' “Ready to Work Program” at the BWWC

Willie Hill, founder of the Coming Home Coop

Willie M. Hill, founder of the Coming Home Coop

This summer, the Coming Home Coop also found a home in the BWWC. The Coming Home Coop is a new project whose purpose is to empower District of Columbia returning citizens and other justice-involved persons to work together to create financially stable futures for themselves and others. The Coop is operated by Haul Masters LLC, a local business owned by returning citizen entrepreneur Willie M. Hill, and is currently funded by the District of Columbia Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD). “The Coop’s mission intersects with the BWWC’s mission in various ways,” said project manager Clark. “By hosting our meetings at 2500 Martin Luther King Avenue, we hope to introduce returning citizen entrepreneurs to all that BWWC offers, and to support the Center through our rental fees. As the Coop grows and evolves, we are confident we will identify even more synergies between our respective missions.”



The ONE DC Black Workers & Wellness Center is a member-led community & wellness space in Anacostia that builds racial & economic justice through popular education, organizing toward sustainable employment, & the incubation of economic alternatives such as worker cooperatives.

We are an organization with a membership base comprised of longtime DC residents who have been directly affected by displacement, gentrification, and structural unemployment. Our organizing model centers the voices of those who are ignored by wealthy developers and government officials. Our strength comes in numbers, and need YOU to help us build political strength in the District.

When you donate to our BWWC Capital Fundraising campaign, you are joining hundreds of others in making a community-controlled Black-led space in DC a reality. Please give today!

Upcoming Events

ONE DC Right to Housing Freedom School
Saturday, October 5th

Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School - 2427 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE, Washington, DC 20020

On October 5th, ONE DC’s Right to Housing Committee will be hosting a Freedom School. At this event we’ll be diving deeper into the issues raised by participants in our July mini assembly: Displacement by Force and Landlord Neglect. All of this work will lead to our city-wide People’s Assembly in the Fall. To get involved, email Patrick at or call 202.232.2915.


On a MOVE! Repression, Resistance and Freedom
Saturday, August 31 - 12:00 - 2:00 PM

Watha T Daniel/Shaw Library -  1630 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Organized by Stop Police Terror Project DC and Pan-African Community Action
Join Stop Police Terror Project DC and Pan-African Community Action as we honor #BlackAugust by hosting a panel featuring Eddie and Janet Africa, members of MOVE a Black liberation group based in Philadelphia that suffered deep police repression and terrorism in the 1970s and 80s.
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Black Labor Day 2019
Monday, September 2nd

Organized by the National Black Worker Center Project
This Labor Day, we are asking that you stand with us- and raise your voices with us as we come Out of the Shadows and expose the truths of Working While Black. No longer will the plight of Black workers be forced into the shadows and ignored. Participate in the Twitter storm on Monday, September 2nd from 3:00 - 5:00 pm ET using #BlackLaborDay #BlackWorkersRising and #WorkingWhileBlack.  

Accounting Basics Workshop
Saturday, September 7th - 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

ONE DC Black Worker's and Wellness Center - 2500 Martin Luther King Ave SE, Washington, DC 20020

Organized by Coming Home Coop
This accounting workshop--presented by Keila Hill-Trawick, owner of Little Fish Accounting--will help you get your business financial record keeping on solid ground regardless of how you currently keep your books and manage your accounts. Accounting is not just a chore you need to do to enable you to prepare your tax return. It is set of tools that will help you understand and grow your business. Whether you’re a complete novice or have been in business for a while, we’ll provide you with helpful accounting information to help you chart your course toward business success. The event is FREE to attend.  

3rd Annual Worker Co-op Jumpstart
Saturday, September 14th - 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Impact Hub Baltimore - 10 E. North Ave, Baltimore, MD
Organized by the Baltimore Roundtable for Economic Democracy
On September 14th, the Baltimore Roundtable for Economic Democracy (BRED) will be hosting our third annual Worker Cooperative Jumpstart! It will be a day-long series of workshops focused on establishing and running worker cooperatives. We have something for everyone. So whether you’ve been a worker-owner for years, are thinking about starting a co-op, or just want to learn more this event is for you! Organizations and individuals welcome! We will be having exciting new content that focuses on cooperative conversions.

ONE Piece of Good News - Dominic Moulden wins Black Collar Award

On August 24th, at the Working While Black Expo, ONE DC Resource Organizer, Dominic Moulden, was selected as the first recipient of the National Black Worker Center’s Black Collar Award. The Black Collar Award is the National Black Worker Center’s annual recognition of an individual who inspires, supports and expresses effective social and worker justice for African Americans. Tanya Wallace-Gobern, Executive Director of the National Black Worker Center Project, said this award honors "tireless dedication to acting in solidarity with Black workers in the quest for racial and economic justice and end the Black jobs crisis through: confronting racism and oppression as barriers to social change and healthy human relations; building multicultural community and solidarity; achieving diversity in membership, leadership, and staffing." Congratulations, Dominic!

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ONE DC Monthly Voice July 2019

"Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another."
-Toni Morrison

Right to Housing Mini-Assembly

Right to housing members participate in an interactive map of experiences with displacement in DC: “She couldn’t ever afford to buy her home.”

"My grandmother lives in Northeast. They’re watching their neighborhood change. They get cold calls of people wanting to buy their home.”

Displacement by force is one way long-time DC residents have lost their homes: “I became a victim of domestic violence. And then I actually lost my housing voucher since they said I had too much money in my account.”

“My mom and I kept falling into the cracks. I went straight from being a ward of the state to case closed homeless at 17.”

“We want you to think big. We want you to think about institutions.”

Participants share their experiences of landlord neglect in DC within breakout groups: “The whole soap dish was black from mold. Then they hired inexperienced workers who mishandled it.”

Some people felt they couldn’t be secure in housing unless they could afford to buy a house: “The system is responsible and they keep doing it to us. They wouldn’t do this if it was white people.”

“We want to take our anger and our issues to DCHA, DCRA and Mayor Bowser. We need to study and reflect before we can assess and attack.”

Nae came to the Right to Housing Mini-Assembly to fight for justice, just like her idol Ida B. Wells.

Next up for ONE DC’s Right to Housing Committee is the Freedom School. We’ll dive deeper into the issues raised by participants in the mini assembly: Displacement by Force and Landlord Neglect. All of this work will lead to our city-wide People’s Assembly in the Fall. To get involved, email Patrick at or call 202.232.2915.

Organizing for Liberation - Donate toward the BWWC Renovations


The ONE DC Black Workers & Wellness Center is a member-led community & wellness space in Anacostia that builds racial & economic justice through popular education, organizing toward sustainable employment, & the incubation of economic alternatives such as worker cooperatives.

We are an organization with a membership base comprised of longtime DC residents who have been directly affected by displacement, gentrification, and structural unemployment. Our organizing model centers the voices of those who are ignored by wealthy developers and government officials. Our strength comes in numbers, and need YOU to help us build political strength in the District.

When you donate to our BWWC Capital Fundraising campaign, you are joining hundreds of others in making a community-controlled Black-led space in DC a reality. Please give today!

Upcoming Events

Liberation Flix: Eyes on the Prize, "Power!"
Saturday, August 10 - 4:00 - 7:00 PM

The Justice Center - 617 Florida Ave NW
Organized by Party for Socialism & Liberation
The Party for Socialism & Liberation's Black Liberation summer film series continues with the series Eyes on the Prize, featuring the episode "Power!," which highlights Black power in its various forms throughout the 1960s and 1970s, such as the Black Panther Party for Self Defense. Light refreshments will be provided. Films will be followed by a group discussion. Donations of $5-10 will be accepted via cash or card at the door, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
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Defend Healthcare East of the River!
Thursday, August 22 - 6:00 - 8:00 PM
United Medical Center - 1310 Southern Ave SE, Conference Room 2 & 3
Organized by the DC Health Justice Coalition
The fight for UMC and access to quality health care East of the River is not over. On August 22nd, Ward 7 and 8 community leaders are meeting to discuss improving the access to healthcare East of River. UMC is set to close in January 2023 and there are discussions of a new hospital on the St. Elizabeths campus. The community must be a part of these discussions and it is time to strategize. Join US!

Working While Black Expo
Saturday, August 24 & Sunday, August 25
Coppin State University - Baltimore, MD
Organized by the National Black Worker Center Project
Join the National Black Worker Center Project for the first annual Working While Black Expo. Enjoy a weekend-long Black worker empowerment gathering with music, food, workshops, an apprenticeship fair, film festival, dynamic speakers, not-to-be-missed workshops, and discussions that will engage, surprise, challenge, and educate.

Admin & Member Engagement Meeting
Tuesday, August 27 - 6:00 - 7:30 PM
ONE DC Black Workers & Wellness Center - 2500 MLK Jr Ave SE
Admin & Member Engagement committee is made up of ONE DC members, staff, and new volunteers, and is responsible for organizing administrative support for the organization as a whole, such as our communications, website, social media, grassroots fundraising, event logistical support, and other needs for ONE DC organizing campaigns and programs. It is a space where ONE DC members and supporters, both new and long-time, can learn more about ONE DC, find out what’s upcoming, and engage in the real, everyday work of the organization.
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Serve Your City Summer Programs
An invitation for students ages 9-17 to join Serve Your City to try a new sport, get centered, and learn new skills! 

  • Rowing: Mondays and Wednesdays | 5pm-7pm | Anacostia Boathouse | Ages 11+
  • Swimming: Tuesdays and Thursdays | 5pm-7pm | Randall Pool | Ages 9+
  • Yoga: Mondays and Thursdays | 1:30pm-3pm| Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (near Eastern Market Metro) | Ages 9-15
  • Tennis: Fridays, starting July 26 | 6pm-8pm | Eastern High School | Ages 9+

ONE Piece of Good News - ONE DC is hiring!

We are looking for 3 exceptional organizers who are passionate about grassroots community organizing and committed to the struggle for liberation.

We are currently hiring for the following positions:

Please share with your networks!

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ONE DC Monthly Voice June 2019

 “Anything that is as old as racism is in the blood line of the nation. It's not any superficial thing - that attitude is in the blood and we have to educate about it.”
-Nannie Helen Burroughs

In the Pursuit of Affordable, Sustainable Housing

At the ONE DC office in Shaw on a Tuesday evening, Right to Housing Organizer Patrick Gregoire carefully reads over a drafted email blast about the upcoming People’s Right to Housing Mini-Assembly. He edits the language to make it more accessible and compelling, asking for feedback from others. Members of the Right to Housing Committee have been meeting week after week to build out a city-wide housing campaign, and now it's time to launch summer outreach and base-building.

Sending communications is one of many features of Patrick’s work with ONE DC: his priority is to reach out and connect with people in ONE DC’s base of working class people of color. As the Right To Housing Organizer, Patrick's role is to organize tenants, especially long-time DC residents, to fight displacement, dismantle housing inequities, and end the privatization of housing. Housing being ONE DC's longest standing pillars of organizing, Patrick explains, “the big North Star is to have community-controlled, sustainable, affordable and dignified housing and to pursue models that support that."

Patrick (fourth from left) at a LEAP workshop

In order to move towards these goals and connect with the community, Patrick organizes regular 1-on-1 meetings with ONE DC members to connect the values of the organization to their experiences living in DC. “I mean if you don’t have safe dignified housing, what do you have? You can’t focus on your work. Where are you stacking your food if you've got any? We can’t fight for the things we need if we can’t even stay where we are.” he says. 

Patrick’s passion and dedication to the fight for equitable housing grew from his experience as a ONE DC member. After coming on staff, he now organizes closely with a dedicated group of ONE DC members and interns that make up the Right to Housing Committee. Several members have been displaced from their own neighborhoods in the District and use their experience to inform campaign strategy. In addition to the housing team, Patrick also works with other ONE DC staff and organizers: “I love being with a diverse cadre of people -- our Shared Leadership Team, our interns, the staff, our general membership -- especially when we have people that are the most impacted by displacement coming together and brainstorming ideas about how we’re gonna fight for our right to housing.”

ONE DC's Right to Housing Committee connects with the nation-wide Homes for All Movement at a Tenant Power Assembly Training in Minneapolis

Join with Patrick and tenants in DC to develop a popular education agenda and build our skills so we can fight back against predatory landlords and developers, and create collective power at the People's Right to Housing Mini-Assembly on Saturday July 6! This event is the first in a series of three and will be followed by the People's Right to Housing Freedom School and ONE DC's citywide People's Assembly.

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Nobody's Free Until Everybody's Free - Juneteenth in DC 2019

This past month was filled with preparation, planning, and most importantly, outreach for our annual Juneteenth in DC events. Thanks to the hard work and mobilizing efforts of ONE DC members, interns, and staff, the events turned out to be a huge success!

On Saturday, June 15, we hosted our 2nd Annual Juneteenth in DC Festival at the vacant lot owned by Bethlehem Baptist Church, located next to our Black Workers and Wellness Center in Anacostia. There was an estimated 500+ turnout, with over 60 vendors, community partners, performers and food trucks.


On Wednesday, June 19, in commemoration of the first observance of Juneteenth, ONE DC held a Juneteenth Community Learning Event with over 230 people in attendance. Dr. Camara Jules P. Harrell, Professor of Psychology at Howard University and author of Manichean Psychology: Racism and the minds of people of African descent, started off the program with a presentation on the history and significance of Juneteenth. In his presentation, Dr. Harrell disrupted the narrative of Abraham Lincoln as a benevolent white savior and uplifted the long history of rebellion of Africans in the U.S. against the system of slavery. They fought to liberate themselves by “…running away, rebelling violently, fleeing to the British, murdering slave-catchers…refusing to work, breaking tools….” In this legacy, ONE DC members continue our fight against the oppressive system of racial capitalism today.

Following the presentation, Aidyn & Addison Ellis-Otovo, two sisters from DC who have a passion for the arts and equal rights advocacy, performed on violin "Lift Every Voice and Sing." We also heard spoken word and musical performances from Pchs, Mena, Iyon, and closed the program with a healing mediation by Sista Alchemy.

It's not too late to become a sponsor of Juneteeth! By making a donation, you help ONE DC cover the costs of food, space and equipment rentals, and supplies.

Thank you all for commemorating Juneteenth with us!

We Are Ready for Change: Let's Face it Together

A note from Dominic Moulden

As the Resource Organizer for ONE DC, I’m writing to make an important and joyful announcement. This year, 2019, marks a truly unique year for ONE DC. It is year 13 since we began our journey as a community organizing collective organizing for racial and economic equity in Shaw and the District.  We are also in a period of Creative Reconstruction, ONE DC organizers, members, and shared leadership team are healing and learning together. This process also includes critiquing ourselves and our organization and doing the work necessary to imagine what our work looks like in the future.

Looking around me, I am honored to stand beside people committed to organizing for liberation and to see the strong and courageous ONE DC movement that we ALL have created. The work I am most proud of is the relationships we have built and sustained. Liberation always requires transformation. For us to grow, something must shift. This shift doesn’t mean anything is wrong, it means that we as an organization are ready to grow in new formations and ways. Shifting is possible for organizations and individuals and I am writing to inform you that at the end of 2019, I am transitioning off of staff as the Resource Organizer for ONE DC.

In the shared leadership structure, no one person is the spoke that keeps the wheel turning. There are many spokes. My transition is an act of solidarity with the movement work of ONE DC. It is rooted in the belief that no one person holds an organization up. I will continue to work closely with our membership and Shared Leadership Team throughout this time. I am committed to working closely with ONE DC to ensure that organizational history and information is transferred. I ask you to bravely support us as we lead this transformation at ONE DC. 

Now in my third decade of organizing in DC, I’m reflecting on what it means to be black and fearless. To me, being fearless means evaluating our organizational capacity; it means fostering membership development and healing; it means taking charge of your own political education and your own leadership development. And it means supporting the staff that will continue to redevelop and reorient the culture of ONE DC after my resignation. This one quote comes to mind:

“You cannot change any society unless you take responsibility for it, unless you see yourself as belonging to it and responsible for changing it.”
-Grace Lee Boggs

ONE DC is a strong and a courageous organization.  We have a long history of people who have demonstrated a commitment to organizing for a more equitable future. As I look back at the strength we have built as a collective, I am ready to fight with you all into the future and to continue our wins in our Right to Housing, Income and Wellness campaigns. A Transition Committee has been formed and is responsible for identifying knowledge transfer, strengthening staff leadership, and working with me this year and next to ensure a smooth transition for staff and membership. I will continue to work closely with them during this time and in the future. I look forward to joining the powerful membership of ONE DC, and hope you will too.

I want to thank you for allowing me to be a part of this very special organization. I’m committed to working with all of you to bring a life of joy and liberation in DC to fruition. 

Please look out for other announcements and information in the coming months. Thank you for the many special memories and the chance to smell the roses.

In solidarity,

Dominic T. Moulden

Upcoming Events

Know Your Rights Outreach Blitz
June 28-30, times & location vary
DC Jobs with Justice
This summer 2019, on July 1st, the minimum wage for hourly worker will increase to $14.00 and $4.45 for tipped workers in the District. This July also marks the first day of business tax collection for the Paid Family Leave benefits program. We will be doing outreach to workers about the new minimum wage, wage theft (including sick days, the tipped minimum, off the clock work) and TIMES UP resources for victims of sexual harassment. We will also be engaging managers on the Paid Family Leave tax collection and their responsibilities. We are looking for 150 people to come out and hit the streets with us on the weekend of June 28th! We'll have outreach events from Friday to Sunday across DC's neighborhoods. Will you join us?
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Stonewall50 Rally + Action to DecrimNow!
Friday, June 28 - 4:00 - 7:00 PM

Freedom Plaza - 14th St NW & Pennsylvania Ave. NW
No Justice, No Pride
Research shows that over 80 percent of street-based sex workers experience violence in the course of their work. Criminal penalties have also made sex workers more vulnerable to violence and police abuse. By removing criminal penalties, this legislation will reduce the vulnerability of sex workers to exploitation and violence, promote public health by improving access to services, and help address human trafficking. Join us as we call on Members of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety to hold a hearing for our new bill the ‘Community Safety and Health Amendment Act of 2019.’
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ICE Out Of DC! / Fuera ICE de DC! Rally in Columbia Heights
Saturday, June 29 - 4:30 - 7:00 PM
Columbia Heights Civic Plaza - 14th & Park Rd NW
Sanctuary DMV
Last Saturday, ICE agents roamed freely through Adams Morgan and Columbia Heights, entering a private home and taking 2 parents away from their children. They also interrogated people in several local businesses, spreading fear and alarm throughout the community. This comes despite Trump “delaying” massive ICE raids by two weeks, which were planned to target families in cities across the country, including DC.We'll have a community gathering at 4:30, hear from a set of community and organizational leaders at 5pm, and then walk through the streets of our neighborhood in a show of support for our immigrant neighbors. Please show up in solidarity with our neighbors on Saturday!
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July Learning Circle: Healing Justice and Right to Wellness
Wednesday, July 3rd - 6:00 - 8:00 PM
ONE DC Black Workers & Wellness Center - 2500 MLK Jr Ave SE
July's Learning Circle will focus on the ONE DC principle of the Right to Wellness and the role of healing justice in our work. Created by Cara Page and the Kindred Healing Justice Collective, “healing justice...identifies how we can holistically respond to and intervene on generational trauma and violence, and to bring collective practices that can impact and transform the consequences of oppression on our bodies, hearts and minds.” Our July 3rd learning circle will focus how we can live out our commitment to wellness and healing in our work at ONE DC.The monthly Learning Circle explores the principles and legacies that ONE DC moves forward and meets on the first Wednesday of every month from 6-8pm at the Black Workers and Wellness Center.
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Play-in for Climate Action

Thursday, July 11 - 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
The National Mall at 3rd St NW & Madison Dr NW
Moms Clean Air Force
Parents and kids from across the country will gather near the US Capitol in Washington, DC to call for climate action. This family-friendly protest against the air pollution that causes dangerous climate change showcases exactly what’s at stake as temperatures and sea levels rise: our kids. Moms know that kids can’t sit still, so we are ditching a traditional sit-in and holding our sixth annual Play-In.
Click here to RSVP

The Inaugural: Art-a-Thon
Saturday, August 24 - 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Hill Center @ Old Naval Hospital - 921 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
The Sanctuaries
Discover new passions as you tell your story through hip hop. Explore new ideas as you design a street theater skit. Learn new skills as you spraypaint wearable art. Dare to be different as you embark on an artistic adventure through the heart of Washington, DC — surrounded by friends and supported by local artists. Then, later that evening, take the big stage and share what you’ve created with your loved ones at an exclusive arts showcase at the Hill Center. Whether you’re a first-time creator or a seasoned professional, you'll have the best time of your life. All for a great cause!
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Department For-Hire Vehicles T2R
The Department of For-Hire Vehicles (DFHV) is pleased to introduce a transportation pilot program for residents and visitors East of the River called Taxi-to-Rail, or T2R. T2R marks an effort to vastly improve transportation options East of the River, as many neighborhoods in this area are not in close proximity to metro stations. T2R will allow DC residents and visitors to pay a $3 flat fare rate to ride to any of the following eight Metro Stations - Deanwood, Minnesota Avenue, Capitol Heights, Benning Road, Anacostia, Congress Heights, Southern Avenue, and Naylor Road.  A rider may also use this service from one of these metros stations to a destination of their choice (located in East of the River). Call (202)-727-3T2R for more information.

ONE Bit of Good News - ONE DC Member Published in the Washington Post

Recently, ONE DC member Vincent DeLaurentis published an opinion piece in the Washington Post, which discusses the corporate dominance and influence on the June Pride season. The article presented various and compelling ideas, specifically about how brands often do not extend the same amounts of inclusion and fair treatment to queer workers. You can read the full article here. Congratulations, Vincent! 

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ONE DC Monthly Voice May 2019

"You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time."
-Angela Davis

Celebrating Juneteenth in DC 2019

ONE DC is excited to announce our Juneteenth in DC 2019 events celebrating Black liberation and justice! Juneteenth is an annual celebration to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved Black people in Texas on June 19, 1865. This is a time for us to reflect on our collective history of fighting for emancipation and equity, to celebrate and be joyful about our triumphs, and to recommit with passion and discipline to the current struggle for liberation.

Click here to RSVP 

Each sponsor who gives $100 or more will receive a Juneteenth commemorative poster, a Juneteenth t-shirt, and public acknowledgment on our website.
Click here to become a sponsor!

Over 100 Community Members Show Support for Racial Equity in DC

On April 25th, more than 80 people testified, and over 100 community members came to the Wilson Building to show support for Racial Equity in DC. A wide variety of advocates and activists packed a hearing on the proposed REAR Act, which is legislation introduced by Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie to assess the impact of government practices on racial equity in the city.

Witnesses testified on the impact of structural racism on the educational system, housing, healthcare, policing, and economic opportunities, as well as the disparities that persist in the city along racial and ethnic lines. Councilmember Brandon Todd presided over the Committee on Government Operations and heard seven hours of expert and powerful testimony; the councilmember pledged to continue engaging with constituents as the bill is evaluated by his committee.

Many of the community members present that day were motivated to join in because of a call from the DC Initiative on Racial Equity and Local Government, a diverse group of organizers and direct service providers that has been pushing for the city to do more to improve racial equity for all residents. The DC Initiative proposed several improvements to the legislation, increasing its scope and impact.

ONE DC organized with 9 residents to develop their testimony and show their support for these efforts, joining with Empower DC, Bread for the City, SPACEs, Jews United for Justice, Working Families, and several other organizations to hold educational sessions for community members about racial equity, the DC Initiative, and the REAR Act itself. The group plans to continue building a powerful coalition to demand intentional government action to reduce disparities and improve equity, using this legislation as a springboard to further acts to dismantle systemic racism and improve outcomes for all city residents.

Collective Work & Cooperation

Co-Familia: Bilingual Childcare Development Center
By Silvia Inez Salazar

Organizing and buying our rent-controlled building in 2011 was a huge accomplishment that took 7 years. Our building used to be called the Norwood Apartments and today it is called 1417 N Street NW Co-operative. We converted our 84-unit building into affordable housing and no longer had to worry about being pushed out because of gentrification.

In 2015, we began to think about the need to have stable and dignified work with livable wages and benefits. Many people in our co-operative work two or three jobs in the service sector and they have no potential to be promoted or gain stable employment. We soon realized that a worker owned co-operative was the solution. A group of 16 women from the DMV area and our housing co-operative were interested in launching their own worker owned co-operative business that would provide childcare services in DC.

Although I had experience organizing my building into a co-operative, I did not know how to organize a worker-owned co-op. The support and collaboration provided by ONE DC was instrumental in getting started. Emily Sladek, Bryant Sewell, Tania Guerrero, Katharine Richardson, and Erin Kessler volunteered their time and expertise with the early phases of business planning. Luther Place Memorial Church lent their support and provided a place to meet. Professor Louise A. Howells, Clinical Instructors Jerome Hughes and Eva Seidelman and a team of law students with the UDC School of Law provided expertise with formulating bylaws and governance. The DC Childcare Collective continues to provide childcare during organizing meetings.

We worked collectively to share the basic concepts of a cooperatively owned business and more importantly, we set aside time for the women to transition from seeing themselves as employees and changing into owners of their own business. By 2018, Co-Familia Childcare Co-operative had evolved into a core group of women leaders with a vision of how their business would function. ONE DC interns Citlalli Velasquez and Esmi Huerta worked with the leaders to create visual illustrations of services to be provided. A grant from the Meyer Foundation provided funding for the worker-owners to take childcare development classes at Montgomery College.

In spite of our collective accomplishments, I was not sure about what direction to take or where we were along the co-op development lifecycle. ONE DC provided support to me and Emily Sladek with applying for a training provided by CooperationWorks! at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The training was focused on implementation and providing practical tools and skills for co-op developers. The courses and case studies presented during the training provided perspective on where Co-Familia is towards launching and what steps to follow. Learning the viewpoints of fellow co-op developers helped us understand the challenges we are facing and how common they are. As a result of the training, we can now provide Co-Familia with the support and direction they need to establish their business.

Co-Familia worker-owners are currently taking child development courses at Montgomery College and are scheduled to graduate this coming July. We plan to celebrate and move forward with renting a locale that will house the co-operative.

Dulce Hogar Cleaning Cooperative

Dulce Hogar Cleaning Cooperative, a worker-owned cleaning cooperative, became operational in February of 2019. Dulce Hogar is being supported by ONE DC, Beloved Community Incubator, and Luther Place Memorial Church.The seven worker-owners participated in a year long training process, which included logo and brand development, governance, financial literacy, and cooperative principals. Dulce Hogar has now begun taking on clients across DC and in the immediate Virginia suburbs.
Check them out or request an estimate at

ONE DC Learning Circle
The ONE DC learning circle has started study groups focused on specific types of co-ops.  As Jessica Gordon Nembhard remarks in her seminal book, Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice, "[e]very African-American-owned cooperative of the past that I have researched, and almost every contemporary cooperative I have studied, began as the result of a study group or depended on purposive training and orientation of members."  We are taking this guidance, and starting study groups.
The Housing Co-Op study group will meet on Wednesday, June 26, from 6:30-8pm at the ONE DC office. At our first meeting, we'll set goals, decide how often we want to meet, etc. Contact Eric Fullilove ( or Gabrielle Newell ( if you're interested in being part of this group moving forward. 
Kim Lee ( will convene the Health Co-op Study Group! Reach out to her if you want to join in this effort or learn more.
The monthly Learning Circle explores the principles and legacies that ONE DC moves forward. The Learning Circle continues to meet on the first Wednesday of every month, from 6-8pm at the Black Workers and Wellness Center. The next session on June 5th (6-8pm at the BWWC) will explore 400 Years of Inequality. Click here to RSVP

Contact Gabrielle Newell ( for more information about the Learning Circle or to join the Learning Circle email list

No Pride in Displacement!

Join ONE DC this weekend as we celebrate Pride!

Dykes Against Displacement
Friday, June 7 - 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The Dyke March, a grassroots march for queer liberation led by self-identifying dykes, first started in the District in 1993. It subsequently spread to major cities in North America and the UK, but fizzled out in DC. Be a part of it's revival on June 7 after a more than decade-long hiatus. Our inaugural theme is "Dykes Against Displacement" and we will be raising funds for a variety of organizations doing anti-displacement work, which includes: ONE DC, BLM DC, NJNP, HIPS, and Casa Ruby.
Click here to RSVP


Stonewall Turns 50 - Join the PSL's Contingent at Capital Pride!
Saturday, June 8 - 3:30 PM
June 28th of this year will mark the 50 year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, widely regarded as one of the most historic events of the contemporary LGBTQ movement. That night, members of New York City's LGBTQ community fought back against constant police violence, which they faced in their community spaces -- namely, the Stonewall Inn, a prolific bar in Manhattan's historic "gayborhood" and the namesake of the Stonewall Riots. This year, the PSL-D.C. contingent at Capital Pride will be honoring this history of LGBTQ resistance. 50 years later, the LGBTQ community has made many strides despite widespread repression, homophobia, transphobia and biphobia -- but many of these forces still oppress LGBTQ people today.
Click here for meet-up location & to RSVP


Community Announcements

Bring Human Rights Home
The American Friends Service Committee, in partnership with UNA-NCA, is conducting a survey to determine the most pressing human rights issues in DC- from the perspective of its residents. Do you think DC stands up for human rights? Will you take a moment to tell AFSC which human rights issues matter to you?

Support a Mission Trip
Hi! I'm Detrice Belt,  long-time resident of Barry Farm in southeast Washington, DC and mother of one-- an 11 year old daughter who's homeschooled by me this first year, which was very challenging. I was not able to work. However, I have been offered an opportunity to go on a mission trip where all expenses are paid except for my flight to Tanzania in Africa.

I am a dental assistant and this trip is taking volunteers from the District of Columbia area -- nurses, doctors, dental assistants, hygienists and other specialties in the medical field -- to this country every year for a medical mission. I'm very hopeful that I will be able to take this trip as this will be my first trip out of the country and I was informed that I could take my daughter. However she won't be joining this year because she's too young and would have to stay behind on some of the missions which are at night and she's too young to stay in a hotel by herself so I will be taking the trip myself.

This year, the trip is June 13th through June 30th. I need help with my air ticket which will cost up towards $1375. I have been working with ONE DC and Empower DC to organize my community for over 5 years and plan to share this work with my African community. Any little bit would be greatly appreciated!

To support Detrice, go to

Upcoming Events

ONE DC Happy Hour Fundraiser (+ Open Mic Night!)
Thursday, June 6, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Madam's Organ - 2461 18th St NW
ONE DC inviting you for a night of fundraising and fun at a special ONE DC Open Mic Night. Please fill out this form if you would like to perfom! This fundraiser will feature raffle prizes, t-shirt and tote bag sales PLUS $1 of every drink and food item sold during happy hour benefits ONE DC!
Click here to RSVP

Great Labor Arts Exchange 2019
Thursday, June 20 - Sunday, June 23
Tommy Douglas Conference Center - 10000 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD
Join us for a weekend of workshops, films, discussion groups, spoken word, jam sessions and open mike! Bring your instrument, your voice, your beat box, your song, your poem, your story or just yourself!
Click here to register

Play-in for Climate Action
Thursday, July 11 - 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
The National Mall at 3rd St NW & Madison Dr NW
Hosted by Moms Clean Air Force
Parents and kids from across the country will gather near the US Capitol in Washington, DC to call for climate action. This family-friendly protest against the air pollution that causes dangerous climate change showcases exactly what’s at stake as temperatures and sea levels rise: our kids. Moms know that kids can’t sit still, so we are ditching a traditional sit-in and holding our sixth annual Play-In.
Click here to RSVP

Special Request - Support a Member's Healing Journey after Domestic Abuse

We want to support someone in our community who has been supporting countless others for many years. Ms Bilal is a social worker, a long-time active member of ONE DC, and a woman who works hard to brighten every room that she walks into.

But Ms Bilal has also been suffering silently at the hands of a domestic abuser for many years. We are, together, saying 'No More', and taking a stand to support her and her 6 children as they seek safety and security in their new life. This new journey has MANY challenges. Please consider giving generously.

Funds raised here will help to re-locate her and her family to safety, buy furniture, provide transportation costs, and help in their physical and emotional healing. We want this process to be as painless as possible given what they have all been through. We know that any amount helps.

Please give today and share widely.

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ONE DC Monthly Voice April 2019

“We have more space and less time. And the love we had for our whole neighborhood now only fits into this wood-frame house in the middle of a quiet block. We don't know the people who live across the street or on either side of us.” -Ibi Zoboi

Make Some Noise! - Resistance through Music

Long-time Shaw residents are accustomed to being greeted by the sounds of Chuck Brown, Rare Essence, or Mambo Sauce as they pass the intersection of 7th and Florida. Donald Campbell has been playing Go-Go music - the D.C. musical specialty that "just goes and goes, the lovechild of blues, funk, salsa, gospel, and soul" - outside his Metro PCS store there for 25 years now. But earlier this month, passersby found the corner eerily quiet. T-Mobile had ordered Donald to turn off his music after a resident in the new luxury apartment complex across the street complained about the noise. Unsurprisingly, these complaints only applied to the go-go music being played by the Black-owned corner business, and not the pricey new beer garden next door, which also plays music outside, and at later hours.

Our community quickly rallied together to defend the cultural hallmark of the neighborhood. An online petition to bring back the music garnered over 80,000 signatures, while the hashtag #DontMuteDC went viral on social media. A few days later, performers and demonstrators packed the streets surrounding the store, both in defense of Donald Campbell, and in unapologetic celebration of D.C. music and culture.

This attempt at literally silencing local tradition struck many as painfully emblematic of the ongoing gentrification battle in Shaw and the District. At the same time that the city tries to immortalize its roots with murals and plaques to Go-Go artists and neighborhood heritage trails, the real-life Washingtonians who contributed to the birth of the musical movement are being displaced. What is being preserved is the ghost of past culture, rather than current living culture and the people keeping it alive.

This is what We Act Radio co-founder Kymone Freeman refers to when he says, unequivocally, "Gentrification is cultural genocide." The word "gentrification" often serves as a euphemism for what is really going on: displacement. It focuses attention on what is supposedly being "gained" through the change - perhaps luxury condos, coffee shops, yoga studios, organic healthfood stores, organic dog-food stores. In this way, the term distracts from what is being lost - affordable housing; laundromats, barbershops, mom-and-pop restaurants, and all manner of Black-owned businesses; local art, music, traditions, and sense of community.

The irony is that gentrifiers are often very interested in the concept of cultural authenticity - "real" cultural products that bring the excitement of the exotic into "their" adopted neighborhoods. They fetishize the customs and even the perceived "grittiness" of a neighborhood, but do not want to have to deal with any of the actual (likely working-class Black and brown) people whose aesthetics they covet. Therefore, local culture is commodified and packaged as novelty products for gentrifiers to consume, while the lives of long-time residents are de-prioritized. Inevitably, over time culture is watered down until it has been erased entirely or turned into a grotesque, empty caricature of its former self.

Resisting cultural erasure will always be an important component of resisting displacement. The incident at 7th and Florida demonstrates some newcomers' appalling lack of respect for D.C. culture, but it also demonstrates the ferocity of our community when we come together and stand up for each other. The uproar surrounding go-go's removal from the neighborhood made national news, and reached the ears of T-mobile's CEO, who reversed the order. Today, Donald Campbell's music is blasting through Shaw once again.

Commemorating Emancipation Day 2019

Tuesday, April 16th marked the 157th anniversary of the day that slavery was legally abolished in D.C., freeing over 3,000 enslaved people living in the District - a crucial turning point in the history of American slavery. 

To commemorate the date, this year ONE DC, in collaboration with We Act Radio, held a Freedom School in Southeast, focusing on elements of D.C. history not taught in our public schools. Residents of all ages participated in lively discussions and educational workshops throughout the day. We were joined by special guests historian Dr. C.R. Gibbs, who spoke on the history of slavery in the District; breathologist Ayo Handy-Kendi, who lead a community meditation session to honor our ancestors and find peace with their memory; and director Mignotae Kebede, who discussed her new documentary "What Happened 2 Chocolate City", which was screened at the event.

Read The Washington Informer coverage here

Participants reflect on issues of education and housing


Historian C.R. Gibbs leads a lesson on D.C. history


Participants hold small group discussions


ONE DC Learning Circle Update
"What if we worked in a job that was actually reaffirming.... that was actually living?" - Jessica Gordon-Nembhard
On April 14, the Learning Circle welcomed Jessica Gordon-Nembhard, a member of ONE DC's Shared Leadership Team and author of Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice. The discussion ranged from the history of cooperative efforts among African-Americans, to the present and future efforts of ONE DC to build cooperative enterprises in D.C. 
The Learning Circle is a study group for ONE DC members to come together to study legacies of progressive action and learn from one another. We meet the first Wednesday of each month, from 6-8 PM, at the Black Workers and Wellness Center. 

Our next session is this Wednesday, May 1st, and will focus on the contributions of Ella Jo Baker, a lead organizer in the movement for civil and human rights organizing for 50 years. Her legacy is a guiding influence of ONE DC. Join us to learn and engage with this legacy and discuss what it means for ONE DC's work at the Black Workers and Wellness Center this Wednesday evening! All are welcome!

Click here to RSVP

Grassroots civil rights organizer Ella Jo Baker

Serve Your City Spring 2019 Youth Programming!

Rowing Club (for ages 11-18)
WHEN: Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:00 - 6:30 PM, April 22nd - June 14th
WHERE: Anacostia Community Boathouse, 1900 M Street SE
Get to know the river in our own backyard in a brand new way! Rowers of all abilities are welcome!

Kids Flow Yoga (for ages 9-14)
WHEN: Mondays and Fridays, 4:00 - 5:30 PM, April 22nd - June 10th
WHERE: Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th Street SE
A practice dedicated to helping young people of color grow stronger and more confident

Click here for more information!

BRAND NEW College Preparatory Program (for 6th - 12th graders and their families)
We will help you and your children learn how to:

  • Complete College Applications
  • Complete Financial Aid Applications
  • Complete Scholarship Applications
  • Prepare for the SAT/ACT

For more information and to register, email Maurice Cook at

Upcoming Events

Carry It On: A Celebration of Pete Seeger
Saturday, May 4th, 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Tommy Douglas Conference Center - 10000 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD
Hosted by Labor Heritage Foundation
The DC Labor Chorus presents “Carry It On: a Celebration of Pete Seeger" on what would have been his 100th Birthday. With Special Guests Joe Uehlein and Anna Grace Uehlein. Be prepared to sing along. Tickets are $25.
Click here to purchase tickets


When the Mountains Tremble: Film Screening & Discussion
Friday, May 17 - 7:00 PM
Eaton Cinema, 1201 K St NW
Hosted by the International Mayan League
Join the International Mayan League for a special screening of When the Mountains Tremble to recognize the history of genocide in Guatemala and to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the murder of 20-year-old Maya Mam woman, Claudia Patricia Gómez González, by U.S. Customs & Border Patrol. Her murderin May 2018 remains unresolved and we continue to demand justice!
More info @mayanleague │

Improv Playshop for Bystander Intervention

Saturday May 18th, 1-2PM Potluck, 2-4PM Skill Practice
Maitri House Intentional Community, 251 Manor Circle, Takoma Park MD 20912
(Parking is available; Buses drop off nearby; 12-15 minute walk from the Takoma Metro Station)
Hosted by The DC Peace Team
Join our advanced nonviolent skills building improv play shop for bystander intervention scenarios, which translates to situations when we unexpectedly encounter conflict, harassment, or violence between other parties. An opportunity to do work with various role-play scenarios that we create, including, for example, incidents of discrimination, micro-aggression, conflict escalation, cat-calling on the street, at the workplace, in the metro, etc. FREE and no prior experience necessary.
Register Here!


6th Annual Rodham Institute Summit
Thursday, May 23rd, 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Southeast Tennis & Learning Center - 701 Mississippi Ave, SE
Hosted by George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Incorporating the Arts to improve Health and Wellbeing in Washington, D.C. 
Click here for more information

ONE Bit of Good News - ONE DC Intern Sinclair Blue Selected as Truman Scholar!

We're excited to share that our former intern, Sinclair Blue, has been selected as a Truman Scholar!

Sinclair is a D.C. native, currently studying Science, Technology, and International Affairs with a concentration in Global Health at Georgetown University. In addition to working with ONE DC, they serve as Political Action Chair of the Georgetown NAACP Chapter, and Community Outreach Chair for Georgetown University Women of Color. Their hobbies include reading, watercolor painting, and going to see live music. Sinclair hopes to use the Truman Scholarship to pursue a joint master's degree in public health and urban planning. They are interested in eventually working on food education, access, and policy; as well as racial and socioeconomic health disparities more broadly in D.C. We are lucky to have them serving our city and can't wait to see what they do next!

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ONE DC Monthly Voice January 2019


"Privatization is a neoliberal and imperialist plan. Health can’t be privatized because it is a fundamental human right, nor can education, water, electricity and other public services. They can’t be surrendered to private capital that denies the people from their rights.”
-Hugo Chávez

400 Years of Inequality

2019 will be the 400th Anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans to be sold into bondage in North America: in 1619 at Jamestown.  400 Years of Inequality is a nation-wide coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to dismantling structural inequality and building strong, healthy communities. We are calling on families, organizations, neighborhoods and cities to observe the anniversary by telling their stories of oppression and resistance. We must link arms in radical equality.

Inequality is a threat to our health and democracy. Nearly 400 years of division have created an apartheid society: we need a new social infrastructure to carry us through the challenges of climate change, decaying physical infrastructure, rapidly evolving jobs, underperforming schools, uneven access to health care and lack of affordable housing. Communities and organizations across the country are already observing the call, and addressing these inequalities in bold and impactful ways.

In 2019, ONE DC will join in organizing, observing, and building around the theme of 400 Years of Inequality. Save the dates:

  • Emancipation Day Celebration - Tuesday, April 16
  • Juneteenth Festival - Saturday, June 15
  • Juneteenth Community Learning event - Wednesday, June 19
  • Black August - Date TBD
  • October closing event - Date TBD

To join the 400 Years of Inequality planning committee, email Kelly at

SAVE THE DATE: ONE DC Annual Membership Meeting

The Annual Membership Meeting is a space for members to guide the vision of ONE DC. The agenda will include:
-Elections for two open seats on the ONE DC Shared Leadership Team
-Overview of our 2018 wins and goals for 2019
-Community learning exercises on shared leadership
-Financial updates

The ONE DC Annual Membership Meeting is an opportunity to meet and build relationships with other members. The program will also include music, spoken word, videos, and political education. Free food will be provided. Childcare will be provided and transportation is available upon request.

Click here to RSVP

About 2019 Shared Leadership Team Elections

ONE DC is governed by a 9-person Shared Leadership Team (SLT) made up of appointed and elected board members and ONE DC staff. At the 2019 Annual Membership Meeting, we will hold an election for two open elected positions. All are welcome to attend, but only members who paid dues in 2018 are eligible to vote in the election.

According to our by-laws, requirements for being elected to the Shared Leadership Team are:
-Be a resident of the District of Columbia,
-Be at least 18 years of age,
-Be a ONE DC member for at least 6 months and current in the payment of membership dues,
-Complete ONE DC leadership and capacity training, and
-Demonstrate commitment to ONE DC’s values, work and mission as demonstrated through an interview process with the Shared Leadership Team.

We strongly encourage members interested in running for the SLT to attend one of our pre-election orientations to learn more about the roles, responsibilities, and expectations of being a SLT member. If you are interested, please visit for more information and contact us at for orientation details.

2019 Membership Drive

Membership dues support the organizing campaigns of ONE DC, membership event, & member-leader development. As we grow more powerful, it becomes more and more important to be funded by our base. Click here to pay your 2019 membership dues.

ONE DC Learning Circle

ONE DC's Learning Circle is a space for ONE DC members to come together to learn about the legacy of progressive action that we are carrying forward. By engaging with text, media, and storytelling, we learn from one another and our predecessors about guiding principles and ideals of racial equity, cooperative economics, and community building.

The Learning Circle is currently reading Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice by longtime ONE DC member and SLT co-chair Jessica Gordon Nembhard. Copies of Collective Courage are available for sale and borrowing.

No pre-reading is required to attend - all are welcome!

Gatherings of the Learning Circle are the first Wednesday of each month, from 6-8pm at the Black Workers and Wellness Center. Contact Gabrielle Newell ( for more information. The next learning circle will be Wednesday, February 6.

Click here to RSVP

Black Workers & Wellness Center: A Community-Controlled Space

The BWWC served as a volunteer check-in & warming station at the 2019 MLK Jr. Peace Walk & Parade

Rental Space
The ONE DC Black Workers & Wellness Center is a resident-led space that creates and maintains racial and economic justice through popular education, direct action, and the creation of worker-owned alternatives. We strive to transform and subvert the capitalist system which exploits and under-employs, through its emphasis on dignified and sustainable work. The BWWC also provides community space that is available for use by grassroots community organizations and for events that align with ONE DC’s mission, vision, and values. In 2018, ONE DC members and partner organizations used the BWWC for organizing trainings, tenant association meetings, restorative circles, film screenings, political education sessions, special events, and more.
Click here to learn more about reserving space at the BWWC

BWWC Stewards
ONE DC is calling on our membership to take leadership in the routine maintenance and stewardship of the property. With the support of ONE DC organizing staff, the responsibilities of the BWWC Stewards will include:
-Scheduling regular volunteer clean-up days
-Monitoring inventory and helping order supplies
-Reporting maintenance issues to staff
-Learning how to open and close the building for partner events & meetings
If you are interested in learning more about becoming a BWWC Steward, send an email to

Interested in supporting the BWWC in other ways? We are currently looking for donations of folding chairs and folding tables to increase our seating capacity at events.

Later this year, we will begin a full-scale renovation to transform the space into a more accessible, environmentally-conscious, and inclusive organizing center. Click here to donate to the BWWC Capital Campaign

For Akheem Film Screening: Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline

On October 23rd, ONE DC and Restorative DC collaborated to host a screening of the documentary feature film For Ahkeem at ONE DC's Black Workers & Wellness Center. For Ahkeem follows two years in the life of St. Louis teen Daje Shelton, - two years in which friends die, love blossoms, Michael Brown is murdered, and she finds out she is pregnant. The film discussed topics such as the school-to-prison pipeline, raising a Black child in the US, structural racism, institutional inequality, and how justice is handled in public schools.

The audience of the screening was mostly local high schoolers; they are probably the most important viewers of the film. After the film, a few members of the audience stayed for a discussion led by Maria Blaeuer of Advocates for Justice and Education and Jordan Brown, a student at Georgetown University. Both women have a deep interest in restorative justice practices and equitable justice in public schools. The discussion touched on how privilege and oppression played into the film, Black motherhood, and what responsibility, if any, the filmmakers had in changing the thoughts or actions of the film's subjects.

This event was part of the Dignity in Schools Campaign's National Week of Action Against School Pushout, where this year's theme was "Counselors, Not Cops!" The Dignity in Schools Campaign is a national coalition working to end the school-to-prison pipeline and the current national culture of hyper-criminalization, punishment, and systematic racism.

Coalition Wins

Clean Energy DC!

In December 2019, after years of relentless community pressure by the DC Climate Coalition, the DC Council passed the Clean Energy DC Act:

  • The District will be powered by 100% renewable energy by 2032. This puts DC on the fastest timeline to 100% renewable electricity among states in the country, faster even than California!
  • The bill creates groundbreaking efficiency standards for existing buildings. Buildings account for 74% of the District’s greenhouse gas emissions.
  • This landmark legislation takes aim at emissions from electricity and natural gas use. It scales up the existing Sustainable Energy Trust Fund (SETF) utility fee, which will raise tens of millions of dollars to finance renewable energy and energy efficiency projects and provide assistance to low-income DC residents.
  • The Clean Energy DC Act will fund local programs to assist low-income residents as the city transitions to more sustainable clean energy systems, and create a clean energy workforce development program.
  • Finally, the Act begins to tackle transportation, the #1 driver of climate pollution nationwide. It does so by adjusting the vehicle excise tax to incentivize clean cars and make owning dirty vehicles more expensive. The Mayor is now authorized to put a price on transportation fuels with a DC carbon fee if Virginia and Maryland commit to the same, and to join DC to emerging regional efforts like the Transportation Climate Initiative.

The DC Climate Coalition will continue to push for progressive environmental policies in DC. If you are interested in serving as a ONE DC representative on the DC Climate Coalition, please email Claire at

End Pay to Play Politics

In early December, the DC Pay to Play Coalition organized to pass sweeping campaign finance reform in the District of Columbia including a new pay to play law. The DC Council passed the Campaign Finance Reform Amendment Act of 2018 (B22-0107) unanimously on December 4th. Mayor Bowser did not veto the bill, but did not sign it either, which means it will become law after an obligatory 30 day Congressional review period. The legislation will:

  • Restrict major government contractors from making campaign contributions to those responsible for issuing the contracts, addressing ongoing concerns about “pay to play” politics
  • Ensure the independence form political interference of the campaign finance enforcement agency
  • Enhance the disclosure requirements for money in District elections and require that “independent” expenditures be truly independent of candidates
  • Mandate training of all candidates and campaign treasurers of the campaign finance and ethics laws

Congratulations to everyone in the DC Pay to Play coalition! Jews United for Justice, DC for Democracy, Campaign Legal Center, ONE DC, Empower DC, People For the American Way, the Ward 3 Democrats, DC NOW, Franciscan Action Network, the Brennan Center for Justice and DC for Reasonable Development.

Decriminalize Fare Evasion!

In January 2019, the “Fare Evasion Decriminalization Amendment Act of 2018 was successfully passed. This bill makes evading fare on WMATA buses and trains a civil offense punishable by a fine, rather than a crime that can result in arrest, jail time, and/or a fine of up to $300.The zero-tolerance criminal enforcement of low-level offenses like fare evasion by Metro Transit Police has a negative impact on all District residents. It has proven especially harmful to young people and to poor Black and brown residents who rely on public transit the most and who are disproportionately targeted by police enforcement.

After the DC Council voted to pass the bill in late 2018, Mayor Bowser vetoed the bill. With her veto, the Mayor put in jeopardy this important criminal justice reform that will prevent hundreds of Black DC residents from unwarranted arrests, jail-time, and criminal records for failure to pay a $2 fare (91% of fare evasion enforcement has targeted Black riders). Thanks to broad community support, the Council voted 11-2 to override the Mayor's veto, protecting the bill.

Local Job Postings

Fair Budget Coalition Advocacy Manager
Since its founding in 1994, the Fair Budget Coalition (FBC) has brought together community members directly affected by poverty, human and legal services providers, advocates, faith organizations, and concerned District residents to advocate for a District budget and public policies that meaningfully address poverty and human needs. FBC leverages the collective power of its sixty plus member organizations to accomplish this work, including by helping them increase the civic engagement of those they serve and by creating processes and structures to ensure that those directly affected by poverty are at the forefront of crafting solutions. FBC’s vision is of a just and inclusive D.C. that supports strong and stable communities, allows low-income residents to live in dignity, and makes it possible for all residents to achieve economic security. Fair Budget Coalition (FBC) is seeking a motivated and enthusiastic individual to join our team as the Advocacy Manager. Reporting directly to the Fair Budget’s Executive Director, Advocacy Manager is responsible for implementing the organization’s advocacy/policy strategy and overseeing community engagement.
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Working Families Organizer
Working Families is a progressive political organization that fights for an economy that works for all of us and a democracy in which every voice matters. We believe that our children's life chances must not be determined at birth and that America must be a nation that allows all its people to thrive. We fight to elect strong progressive advocates and advance legislation that will reduce inequality and improve the quality of life for people living in Black, Brown, undocumented, and White lower-income and working-class communities. We are an anchor group in the new Birth to Three for All DC Coalition (B3DC), which is organizing across the District for policies and city funding that support infants, young children, and their families so they can thrive and that also work to end the inequities confronting poor children from before birth. This position’s primary focus will be on organizing grassroots engagement for this campaign, but it will also support Working Families’ other organizing efforts.
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D.C. Area Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action

From February 4-8, teachers across the D.C. area will implement Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action curriculum in their classrooms. In the evening, there will be events for educators, students, stakeholders, and community members to actively engage in the movement. Educators, schools, organizations, and community members are invited to learn more and sign up to participate in the week of action.
Click here to check out the events

Upcoming Events

ONE DC Happy Hour Fundraiser at Madam's Organ
Thursday, February 7 - 5:00 PM to 9:00pm
Madam's Organ - 2461 18th St NW
Come out to support ONE DC's work at a fun and lively night at Madam's Organ. $1 from every drink or food item sold during the happy hour benefits ONE DC.
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DRUG$ the Price We Pay Film Screening
Sunday, February 17 - 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
THEARC: Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus - 1901 Mississippi Ave SE
The MOST important film of 2019! Are you or a loved one dependent upon prescription drugs? Did you know that prior to 1997 drugs could not be marketed directly to consumers via ads? Did you know with pills that sell for as much as $1k with a production cost of $1 makes the Drug industry the most profitable industry in America by far? #dosomething Join us as we expose how #BigPharma decides who lives or dies.
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ONE Bit of Good News - ONE DC member Dewayne Brown makes recovery from gunshot wound

Dewayne Brown is a fifth generation Washington, longtime ONE DC member, and served on the Shared Leadership Team for 8 years. Dewayne was a leader in the Right to Income and Marriott Jobs Training Program campaign. NBC Washington recently covered Dewayne's story of recovery. Click here to view

Dewayne at a Respect DC rally in 2011.

A Special Note About ONE DC Organizer Nawal

In early January, Nawal's apartment building caught on fire while she was inside. Nawal jumped out of her bedroom window to escape and is recovering from an injury she sustained - she is healing well and in good spirits. We know that Nawal will have many needs in the coming days and as members of her community we want to show her our support! We have started a GoFundMe page to collect donations to aid in Nawal's healing and future emotional, spiritual and material needs.

Everyone who knows Nawal knows how kind-hearted she is and this is a chance for us to show how special she is to us. Please give anything you can to support!

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ONE DC Monthly Voice November 2018


"If we know, then we must fight for your life as though it were our own - which it is - and render impassable with our bodies the corridor to the gas chamber. For, if they come for you in the morning, they will be coming for us that night."
-James Baldwin

What are we doing to build power?
National Black Worker Center Project Convening - Raleigh, NC

 By BA Cockburn & Maurice Cook

November 14, 2018 in Raleigh North Carolina, the NBWCP held its annual convening with representatives from seven worker centers from across the country: Baltimore, Bay Area, LA, New Orleans, North Carolina, Chicago, and DC. The convening centered around connecting to the other centers, telling our collective story, and building power. “It’s not just about the local struggle but how we build a broader and more powerful movement.”

It was an insightful two days, where discussions and workshops included an overview of black economic history insights, the dangers of a single story, story telling, working while Black videos, and the benefits and challenges to being a part of the national network. Steven Pitts, NBWCP’s Board Chair, and Tanya Wallace Gobern, NBWCP’s Executive Director, welcomed the group and set the tone for the convening – “What are we doing to build power? We are the embodiment of survival and winning. There is power in our union, there is power in the entire working class. Our north star is the national movement to change the world to build power as a collective.”

This was not the usual gathering. Tanya had a very unique and meaningful introduction process. She randomly invited 8 to 10 attendees at a time to sit in a semi-circle at the front of the room. She asked each person to say their name and to tell the story of an ancestor’s work experience or moment of pride - to share who your people are, which says something about who you are. For one, it was a dad who always paid his unions dues so when they went on strike, the family had food. For another, it was an enslaved great grandmother who held on to her baby during a forced march at the end of the civil war; holding on meant that her child survived to grow up free and inspire a new generation.

To think about how we got to this moment in time and to remind ourselves of some key collective moments in the black economic history, we participated in a gallery walk. We walked around the room contemplating posters that depicted historical scenes such as Black Wall Street, Tulsa riots, and others. We talked about systems built in racism, public resources used to exploit people of color, strategy of wealth extraction, and cyclical issues and practices. The group brought up the need to remember positive key moments in history as a source of inspiration such as the 1892 New Orleans general strike, where the workers held strong against racism and gained most of their original demands. The group agreed that we need to celebrate ways that workers have overcome oppression. We want to remember that there has been a lot of pushback to force change throughout our history.

To frame the discussion around Black economic history, we watched Robert Reich’s video, The Big Picture.” Robert Reich is an economist and his video depicts his views about the policies driving the U.S. economic wealth gap from the 1940’s to today. It’s his view of how we got into this mess. NBWCP challenged the group to see what was missing from the Black worker’s point of view. The video’s perspective was from a white male. Black people were left out. The role of racism in the economy was left out. Anything that predated the 1940’s was left out.

So, how do we tell the Black economic story? What is the black workers’ story?  And, we need to be mindful of the danger of a single story. From the group, a theme came out of action and struggle, over and over again. Those in power tell one story but it’s not the only story. It’s just as important to tell the other story. By limiting the other story, we put people into boxed without realizing that we do. By being left out of the story, we are indoctrinated with antiblackness and it is hard to build solidarity. Black people are more than one story. Stereotypes develop when there is only one story. Repeating the myths robs people of their dignity. We need radical agitation – don’t run away from those difficult conversations. Stereotypes are tools of power. People buy in and internalize the stereotypes. We need to create new stories that are positive. To build a national movement of black workers, a wide variety of stories will help people connect to the movement. We have to win the hearts and minds of the masses to build our power.

So from the convening, a question rose: In 10 years from now, what is the impact that the BWWC will have on Washington DC? What is our big, audacious goal beyond supporting the economic survival of our people? How are we radically inspiring workers to imagine a world where we are in Power?


Ignite Talk - Making the Just City

By Mindy Fullilove

In 2016, Dominic Moulden, Derek Hyra and I launched our IRL project, “Making the Just City: An Examination of Organizing for Equity and Health in Shaw and Orange, NJ,” a neighborhood-level study of gentrification.

For years, we have each been aware of the gentrification of specific neighborhoods in key American cities: Harlem and Bedford-Stuyvesant in New York, Shaw in Washington DC, Downtown in Los Angeles, and Five Points in Denver.  In some cities, like Hoboken, NJ, it had been going on long enough that we have seen its slow but inexorable transformation from a factory city to a bedroom community housing financiers who work on Wall Street. In other places gentrification was just beginning and we wondered what might be done to prevent the seemingly inevitable displacement of people and the annihilation of local culture. It was this neighborhood-level view of gentrification that inspired our study.

Soon after we started, however, a slew of reports emerged that made it clear that not only was the process of gentrification was affecting cities everywhere: Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Durham, Charlotte, Atlanta, Miami, New Orleans, Chicago, Oklahoma City, Minneapolis, Houston, San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle, and Portland.  In fact, the National Low-Income Housing Coalition 2017 report noted that there was no state in which a person working fulltime at minimum wage could afford a two-bedroom apartment at the fair market rate.

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In 2017, a graph from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development showed the vast gap in available, affordable and adequate for people making less than 110% of area median income, with the gap widening at the lowest income levels.  What are people doing?  One solution is pay more of one’s income in rent. Between 2001 and 2015, the percent of low-income households shelling out half or more of their gross earnings towards rent rose from 34 percent to 43 percent. With such high housing cost burdens, millions of low-income people are struggling to provide their families with essentials such as food, medicine, heat and educational resources.  Though many criticize the method HUD uses for its point in time estimates of people who are homeless, the agency’s data suggests in 2017 there were 600,000 homeless people, including many young children.

We realized that what we were thinking of as a “neighborhood problem” was, in fact, a national housing crisis, which would require a national solution. At the level of national housing policy, we are in a difficult situation.  As noted in the Atlantic in 2017,Federal housing policy transfers lots of money to rich homeowners, a bit less to middle-class homeowners, and practically nothing to poor renters. Half of all poor American families who rent spend more than 50 percent of their income on housing costs. In May, rental income as a share of GDP hit an all-time high.

Meanwhile, in 2015, the federal government spent $71 billion on the MID, and households earning more than $100,000 receive almost 90 percent of the benefits. Since the value of the deduction rises as the cost of one’s mortgage increases, the policy essentially pays upper-middle-class and rich households to buy larger and more expensive homes. At the same time, because national housing policy’s benefits don’t accumulate as much to renters, it makes it harder for poor renters to join the class of homeowners.

At the same time, we know that we are caught in the legacy of McCarthy-era efforts of the real estate lobby to ensure that housing is created only by the “free market,” thus protecting us from the “Communist” influence of public funding for housing.  That rhetoric continues to this day, preventing the building of new public housing, and undermining the care of existing public housing stock. Like most scholars, we expected the data to challenge one or more of our hypotheses.  Instead, the data have shown us that gentrification is not a neighborhood problem, it is a symptom of the growing national housing crisis.  The implications for health are dire. 

ONE DC Member Appreciation Event - December 8th

The member appreciation Event is our annual end-of-year event to celebrate the wins, actions, and accomplishments of our members, donors, supporters, and volunteers. This year we will celebrate the member appreciation event on Saturday, December 8 from 3pm-6pm at the Thurgood Marshall Academy ( 2427 Martin Luther King, Jr Ave SE). It will be followed by a community after party featuring some of the most talented local artists at the Black Workers & Wellness Center from 6pm- 9pm (2500 Martin Luther King, Jr Ave SE).

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A Right to City: The Past & The Future of Urban Equity

By Samir Meghelli

On October 26th, the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum hosted a one-day symposium, “A Right to the City: The Past & Future of Urban Equity,” that brought together scholars and organizers from around the country, including ONE DC’s Dominic Moulden and Rosemary Ndubuizu. The symposium featured panel conversations about such topics as “From Urban Renewal to Gentrification: Planning, Housing, & Neighborhood Change,” “Neighborhood Power: Organizing in the Aftermath of Civil Rights,” and “Facing the Future: Working Toward Equity in Our Cities.” The keynote conversation featured Dr. Scott Kurashige, author of “The Fifty-Year Rebellion: How the U.S. Political Crisis Began in Detroit” and co-author (with Grace Lee Boggs) of “The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century.”

The Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum hosted the symposium in conjunction with its recently opened “A Right to the City” exhibition, which features ONE DC’s work and will be open until April 21, 2020. The museum is also home to the archives of ONE DC—which documents the work and activities of the organization dating from when it was Manna CDC–and those archives are being made available to the public for research and study.

ONE DC Creative Reconstruction: A Period of Collective Learning, Healing and Transformation - Update

By Nawal Rajeh

ONE DC's Shared Leadership Team is continuing our Creative Reconstruction work with energy, gratitude, and support. We have heard from many members and partner organizations about the importance and need for all of us involved in this work to take time to reflect and look inward. During the past few months, we have done internal political education in racialized capitalism and in participatory democracy. We have also engaged in healing and wellness activities to help us take inventory of our own wellness as individuals, and as group. As we move forward, we are working with a Coordinating Team to plan a set of trainings for 2019, to make a road map of both where we've been and where we are going, and creating a plan for opening up this process to more of our membership. There will be an update about our current Creative Reconstruction work at our Annual Membership Meeting on December 8, 2018.

The Guatemalan Social Movements

By Clara Lincoln

We sat on Fausto Sánchez’s front porch, my French comrade and I, listening to Fausto update us on his recent meetings and his concerns about safety.  In turn, we told him about the situation of the four political prisoners we had just visited in prison. We sat on plastic chairs on his concrete balcony as his daughter played in the hammock in front of us and ate rambotanes—also known as liche-- a red, hairy fruit with a sweet core that looks a little like an eyeball. Fausto’s eyes dart between us, the road, his daughter, and back to the road. His house overlooks the main road leading into a cluster of 35 indigenous Maya Mam communities in western Guatemala. He’s in a perfect position to see everyone who comes in and out of the communities. As we talk, he involuntarily turns his head and looks through the holes in his fence whenever a car or motorcycle passes.

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Fausto is a community leader in the municipality of San Pablo in the western department of San Marcos, Guatemala. For nine years, he has been involved in the struggle to protect this territory against a proposed hydroelectric dam where the three rivers that run through the communities converge. The company who wants to build the dam has not conducted the legally required community consultations of the indigenous people who would be affected by the project. In the US, I usually think of the word “territory” as possessive—not necessarily a liberatory perspective on land. But here, it means something like the land that gives life to a people. And it’s constantly under threat.

I had the opportunity to serve transnational movements for liberation as a human rights accompanier with NISGUA,  the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala. As a DC native, I couldn’t help but relate my experiences there to the struggles I’ve been a part of here. Displacement is pervasive in this global moment—  from communities of color in DC to poor people fleeing their countries and facing violence at the border. The patterns are similar in rural Guatemala and urban US. Poor people who have their roots and communities in a geographical space are run off—by the military, by police brutality, or by rising rents—and the economic elites act like the land was theirs all along.

The owners of mega projects in Guatemala, huge-scale extractive industries like mines and electricity-producing dams, are usually Canadian, US or European transnational corporations. These corporations  use a variety of strategies to to repress the human rights defenders trying to protect their land.  Convention 169 of the International Labor Organization, which Guatemala has ratified, states that indigenous people have the right to free, prior and informed consent about megaprojects that affect their land. Officially this also applies to Afrolatinx groups, who in Guatemala largely identify and are seen as indigenous. However, these rights are rarely protected. There are many documented cases in which the military and private police forcefully displaced people from their homes, sometimes using sexual violence and other tactics historically used in Guatemala’s internal armed conflict (or “dirty war”). And activists are criminalized and even murdered for their involvement in struggles to protect their rights.

Workers Rights Clinic - The Washington Lawyers' Committee 

The Washington Lawyers' Committee offers free legal advice on Employment matters for law-wage workers. They offer clinics in different locations of the district and on different times to accommodate different schedules. 

Wednesday Clinic in Shaw (NW)
Every Wednesday evening, 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Sign-up between 5:00pm-7:00pm, first come, first serve
Bread for the City NW
1525 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Friday Clinic in SE
1st and 3rd Friday of the month, 12:30pm to 3:30pm, By appointment only
Call 202-319-1000 x138 to make an appointment
ONE DC Black Workers & Wellness Center
2500 Martin Luther King Jr Ave, SE Washington, DC 20032

Saturday Clinic in SE
Last Saturday of each month, 10:00am to 1:00pm
sign-up between 9:45am-11:00am, first come, first serve
Bread for the City SE
1540 Good Hope Rd, SE Washington, DC 20020

Upcoming Events

National Reentry Network Fundraiser 
Thursday, December 6 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Josephine Butler Parks Center 2437 15th Street NW
The National Reentry Network for Returning Citizens, Third Annual Fundraiser and Awards Celebration will recognize unflagging leadership an advocacy from members of our community. 
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ONE DC Happy Hour Fundraiser at Madam's Organ
Thursday, December 13 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Madam's Organ 12461 18th St NW
Come out to support ONE DC's work at a fun and lively night at Madam's Organ
$1 from every drink or food item sold during the happy hour benefits ONE DC.
Click here to RSVP and for more information


ONE Bit of Good News - Luci Murphy ONE DC member
ONE DC member and Director of our Black Workers and Wellness Center Chorus, Luci Murphy, was awarded the Culture Award by DC Jobs with Justice, this November at their annual I'll Be There Awards. Luci is a native of D.C. where she is a vocalist and a long time community activist. 

Luci has been performing since her childhood in the 1950s. To reach the members of our diverse human family, she sings in ten languages: English, Spanish, French, Creole, Portuguese, Zulu, Arabic, Hebrew, Cherokee, and ki-Swahili. She draws on the folkloric traditions and musical idioms of all these cultures, as well as her own roots in Spirituals, Blues and Jazz. (excerpt from DCjwj) Luci is pictured above with Elizabeth Falcon, Executive Director of DC Jobs with Justice.

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ONE DC Monthly Voice October 2018


"We have to consciously study how to be tender with each other until it becomes a habit because what was native has been stolen from us, the love of Black women for each other."
-Audre Lorde

Community Celebration & Fundraiser at the ONE DC Black Workers & Wellness Center

On Saturday, October 20, Resource Generation sponsored a community celebration and fundraiser as a kick-off event to raise $300,000 for renovations to the ONE DC Black Workers & Wellness Center. The event lasted from 5:00 to 11:00 PM, with a program featuring performances by the Black Workers Chorus, SAMAI.YAH, Twin Jude, BYP100's The Black Joy Experience, Pontiannà Ivàn, Yon Cové, and Ras Lidj & Deep Band. Food was catered by Oohs & Aahs.

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At the event, we received word that Live to Give Foundation will grant a matching donation for up to $100,000 raised through the end of the year. With another $25,000 pledge and $8,000 in donations received through the course of the event, we are on our way to meeting our goal of $300,000!

Help us reach our goal by donating today.

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New temporary banner at the BWWC Community artwork welcomes members to the space


The Right to Stay Put

By Dominic Moulden, Gregory D. Squires, and Aristotle Theresa

When anything goes wrong in a city, policymakers all too often want to move Black people around, asserted Mindy Fullilove, a clinical psychiatrist at the New School, to an audience at a 2015 conference on equitable development in Washington, D.C.

This has certainly been the formula in the District, going back at least to the redevelopment (what we would today call gentrification and serial displacement) of the Georgetown neighborhood in the 1940s, Foggy Bottom in the 1950s, several Capitol Hill and other Northwest D.C. neighborhoods in the 1970s and 1980s, and today in areas ranging from Shaw to H Street NE and even Anacostia. The proposed conversion of Barry Farm to a mixed-income development, resulting in a loss of 400 affordable housing units despite protests from many residents, is just the latest in a long line of initiatives presumably aimed at revitalizing distressed neighborhoods.

But as Chester Hartman, a prominent urban planner and the first executive director of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council, has often asserted, families have the right to stay put. They have the right to remain in the neighborhoods where their families have resided for decades, if not generations, with access to good schools, safe streets, healthy food, and other public services and private amenities that newcomers to these communities anticipate.

This does not deny the realities of racial segregation, poverty, and uneven development that have long plagued neighborhoods in the District and every other major city in the United States. The costs are real. Residents of lower-income communities, and particularly those with high concentrations of nonwhite populations, have shorter life expectancies and reduced access to good schools; they also are exposed to higher crime rates. This is not by accident. In a 2012 national housing discrimination study, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Urban Institute found that white families were told about and shown more homes than African Americans or Latinos, increasing the home search cost for minorities. Steering and exclusionary zoning laws continue to segregate neighborhoods by race and class.

There is new wine in these old bottles. Alleged discrimination on the part of AirbnbFacebook and other social media—with some homeseekers losing out because of stereotyped ethnic associations with their names and the sound of their voices—has been added to the panoply of traditional discriminatory housing practices.

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Circle-Keeper Training for Returning Citizens Hosted at the BWWC

By Myra Woods
The National Reentry Network for Returning Citizens is holding a series of five training sessions to prepare the participants, many of whom are returned citizens, to become Circle-Keepers. The instruction is taking place at the ONE DC Black Workers & Wellness Center. We took advantage of the open space to create our relationship development circles, and explore a deeper understanding of traditionally indigenous tools and ceremonies for communicating. Our goals include assisting Returning Citizens in rebuilding their family and community relationships. We also intend to assist those participants in giving voice and offering respectful listening to every member of the Circle.

Circles begins with an expression of the values that participants bring to the circle. Some of the values expressed by our circle include respect, time, honesty, non-violence, self-awareness, integrity, strength, commitment, equality, and self-enlightenment. We have all agreed to adopt these values every time our circle comes together in support of Returning Citizens.

Values expressed by the circle

Each training session builds on the previous class. The traditions of Circle Keeping are discussed. Circle Keeping practices, building trust, identification of trauma, planning for Reintegration Support Circles and support circle processes are included in the learning plan. There are opportunities for practice, role play and sharing feedback.

The National Reentry Network for Returning Citizens is thrilled to be able to conduct these classes in a space that has a long history of safety and building power with Black residents of the District of Columbia.

Grassroots DC Media Collective Moves into the Black Workers & Wellness Center

By Liane Scott
In October, the Grassroots DC Media Collective moved it’s headquarters into ONE DC’s Black Workers & Wellness Center. The Media Collective is a project of the nonprofit Grassroots DC and is an adult education and training program that combines the acquisition of marketable skills with political education, connecting progressive activists and advocacy groups with individuals who are directly impacted by the policies these organizations are working to change.

The Grassroots DC Media Collective provides production services to local nonprofits, advocacy and activist organizations. In the last year, we’ve produced two documentaries and more than two dozen short videos in support of issues such as police brutality, affordable housing, gun violence and street harassment.

Having relocated to the BWWC from We Act Radio, where we were welcomed but short on space, we plan to expand our classes and media production services. For more information about the work of the Media Collective you can visit our website at, our Youtube Channel, or contact

Miheema and John Goodine, two Grassroots DC Media Collective Members already at work at the BWWC.

ONE DC Members Learn Grassroots Organizing Skills at Center for Third World Organizing Training

By Patrick Gregoire
On October 5 through 7, 2018 over 15 ONE DC members, as well as other local organizers, activists, and tenants participated in the Center for Third Organizing's (CTWO) Community Action Training.

Over the course of two and a half days, we went over the five different types of community change organizations (service-based, advocacy, community economic development, electoral, and direct action/organizing) and their relationships to altering the power structure.


We learned about messaging and the importance of framing a narrative. We learned about the power of symbols and messaging. Popular brands are instantly recognizable, elicit specific emotions, and transmit specific messages. This is due to the deliberate efforts that go into crafting the stories about them. We learned how choice of words, perspective, and framing and crafting narratives can impact voiceless and disenfranchised communities.

To that matter, we learned what questions to ask ourselves when crafting our messaging as community organizers. What forms of communication work best? What is the current landscape surrounding an issue that we hold important? What audience are we trying to reach? What is our audience’s relationship to this issue? How do they engage with it? How do we get the message out? What are markers of success? These questions are important because they allow us to not only tailor our messages to our audience, but also better ensures that they receive our messages and that those messages stir folks to action.


We learned how to make a power map and from there, formulate a campaign. We learned which entities to consider (Decision Makers, Organized Opposition, Allies and Potential Allies, Unorganized Constituencies,etc) and what factors to look out for. This framework is vitally important for organizers to get a better sense of the influencers of a given target. Ultimately, it helps us leverage our relationships and networks to determine who needs to be influenced, whom we can actually influence, and exactly who can influence these targets.

Lastly, we were given a list of 198 methods of nonviolent action; tactics that are crucial for the groundwork of any direct action campaign. These are the tools necessary in order to drive, elevate, grow, and ultimately realize our campaigns and get our demands met legitimately.

Stop Police Terror Project-DC Launches #NoMoreStopandFrisk Campaign

It’s important we continue to highlight the inherently racist nature of law enforcement as we observe an increase in the widely discredited “stop-and-frisk” tactics here in DC. This thinly veiled practice of racial profiling entails police stopping and illegally searching people at random on the “suspicion” they have or may commit some crime. Unsurprisingly, these tactics are often aimed at Black and Brown people.

Stop-and-Frisk does not keep people safe and is rapidly becoming the most discredited policing practice in the United States. Exclusively targeting Black and Brown people, it leads to racially-biased harassment and violent intimidation and does not keep people safe. Stop-and-Frisk has become code for a mass dragnet of racially-biased harassment aimed at using intimidation as a “crime fighting” tool.

Court opinions and activism in cities like Chicago, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia and others have pushed city governments to declare parts of stop-and-frisk unconstitutional, not to mention its clear racial bias and extremely low effectiveness.

If you want to help Stop Police Terror Project-DC fight against stop-and-frisk in DC, there are a few things you can do:

  • Fill out our online petition declaring this harmful practice should come to an end.
  • Join us on Thursday, November 8 for a canvassing orientation, where you can learn more about our campaign and sign up for specific canvassing shifts in different areas of the city to build support for the effort to end stop-and-frisk in DC. To RSVP, please email
  • Donate to and support our campaign by giving to our PayPal.
  • Show social media support around our campaign by using the hashtag #NoMoreStopandFrisk.

Please visit to learn more about our campaign.

Upcoming Events

Workers Rights Clinic
Friday, November 2 - 12:00 to 3:30 PM, By appointment only
ONE DC Black Workers & Wellness Center - 2500 MLK Jr Ave SE
Hosted by the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs
Free legal advice on employment matters for low-wage workers, including unpaid wages/overtime, discrimination, sexual harassment, illegal termination, and more.
Contact 202-319-1000 or to set up an appointment.

D.C. History Conference
November 1 - November 4
University of the District of Columbia - 4200 Connecticut Avenue NW
The annual D.C. History Conference, formerly known as the Annual Conference on D.C. History, is a collaboration between the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., George Washington University, DC Public Library, and DC Office of Public Records. Since 1973, the mission of the conference has been to provide a friendly and rigorous forum for discussing and promoting original research about the history of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The 2018 conference explores themes related to “Mobility, Migration, and Movement,” including the creation of Metro, the impact of migration to the region, and the bicentennial of the birth of Frederick Douglass, a man for whom mobility meant an escape to freedom.The conference will explore the complex meanings of mobility, migration, and movement in a city that has witnessed the Great Migration of African Americans and has the second-largest community of El Salvadoran residents in the United States.
Click here for more info & to register

Beloved Community Incubator: Fundraiser & Crowdfunding Launch
Monday, November 5 - 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Fathom Creative - 1333 14th St NW Washington, DC
Hosted by Beloved Community Incubator
Beloved Community Incubator is a newly incorporated non-profit incubator for cooperatives and social enterprise in Washington, DC. Join us for a special event to launch our fall fundraising campaign by raising $10,000 to support our 2019 programs, which include: Launching our first cooperative, Dulce Hogar Cleaning Cooperative, city-wide; Providing subsidized administrative and customer service support to all of our cooperatives; Providing a trained cooperative developer and leadership coach to train and support worker-owners; Engaging in a listening campaign to discern our second project; Obtaining a feasibility study to ensure the project's success; Convening a second team of worker-owners and beginning training; Providing stipends for worker-owners to participate in training, offsetting childcare, transportation costs, and any lost wages. We are committed to a more equitable economy in Washington, DC.
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DC JWJ’s Lunch With Justice: What's Next? The federal landscape post-elections
Wednesday, November 14 - 12:00 to 2:00 PM
Institute for Policy Studies - 1301 Connecticut Ave NW
Hosted by DC Jobs with Justice
At our next Lunch with Justice, the 2018 midterms will be behind us. A lot may have changed on the federal level... or not. Whatever the outcome, it will affect how we do our work here in our communities.What will the federal landscape look like post elections on November 6th? What should we be prepared for? Let's talk about it! DCJWJ invites you to our monthly Lunch With Justice November 14th from 12pm-2pm! Bring your lunch and lets chat!
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Book Talk: Barbara Ransby, Making All Black Lives Matter
Monday, November 19 - 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Busboys and Poets - 14th St & V
Join activist and writer Barbara Ransby to discuss her new book, Making All Black Lives Matter, a historical analysis of the Black Lives Matter Movement. The purpose of the book is to stimulate discussion about the Black Freedom Movement, Black feminist influences in it, and the best ways to build coalition and movements for social justice and a new society. 
Click here for more information

Concert Featuring Watoto Choir from Kampala, Uganda
Wednesday, November 21 - 5:00 to 6:45 PM
Congress Heights Campus - 421 Alabama Ave SE
Hosted by Brighter Day Ministries

Summit on Peace with Iran
Saturday, December 1 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
First Congregational UCC - 945 G St NW
Hosted by CODEPINK
The purpose of the Iran Summit is to highlight the Trump administration’s hawkish policies on Iran that could lead us into another war, and examine how to reverse course. We will also have Iranian art, calligraphy, music, photo booth and other cultural activities. The Summit comes at a time where tensions between U.S and Iran are escalating. The reimposition of sanctions following the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal is causing tremendous hardship for the Iranian people. The Trump administration’s Muslim travel ban is making it difficult for Iranians to travel to the United States, separating thousands of families.
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D.C. Labor Chorus Annual Concert 

Saturday, December 1 - 7:30 PM
Tommy Douglas Conference Center - 10000 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD  
The D.C. Labor Chorus will be celebrating their 20th Anniversary Concert on December 1st at the Tommy Douglas Conference Center in Silver Spring, MD in honor of the founder Elyse Bryant.
Click here for more info

ONE Bit of Good News - BWWC Hoodies!

By popular demand, Black Workers Center hoodie sweatshirts have been ordered! Come by the office to pick yours up for $30. They'll also be for sale at our Member Appreciation event on December 8!


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ONE DC Monthly Voice September 2018


"We need a revolution of the mind. We need a revolution of the heart. We need a revolution of the spirit. The power of the people is stronger than any weapon. A people's revolution can't be stopped. We need to be weapons of mass construction. Weapons of mass love. It's not enough just to change the system, we need to change ourselves" -Assata Shakur

Community Celebration & Fundraiser at the ONE DC Black Workers & Wellness Center

We invite you to join us with your family and friends on Saturday, October 20th between 5:00 PM and 11:00 PM for a community celebration at ONE DC’s Black Workers and Wellness Center, located at 2500 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE. While enjoying a night of free music, food, and fun, take the opportunity to explore our space and hear from ONE DC members and organizer about how the BWWC supports ONE DC in its goal of creating and maintaining racial and economic equity throughout DC. Sponsored by Resource Generation - DC.

Click here to RSVP

Click here to donate the Black Workers & Wellness Center Capital Campaign.

Black Workers & Wellness Center

In ONE DC’s 2014 People’s Progress Report, we published a “time capsule for 2019,” a list of visionary goals we aimed to achieve by 2019. One of those goals has become a reality – the opening of the ONE DC Black Workers & Wellness Center in our own community-controlled space at 2500 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE. The ONE DC Black Workers and Wellness Center (BWWC) is a resident-led space that creates and maintains racial and economic justice through popular education, direct action, and the creation of worker-owned alternatives. Here are a few updates from 2018:

  • Begun hosting bi-monthly workers rights clinics with the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs
  • Hosted events and provided meeting space for several partner organizations working for racial and economic equity in DC, such as Family & Friends of Incarcerated People, DC Paid Family Leave Coalition, DC Jobs with Justice, and Grassroots DC
  • Fundraised $725,000 out of the $2,000,000 needed to renovate the building into a state-of-the-art community center

Support the Clean Energy DC Act!

Have you noticed, amidst all this political intensity, how Planet Earth is also shouting out to be heard? Endless rain in DC. Arctic lakes bubbling with escaping methane. Temperature record after record. Fortunately, Earth has YOU on her team. You believe that climate change is real. You know that we must immediately change our ways. You are willing to fight for a clean energy economy that is healthy, respectful, and good.

Tuesday's hearing is a huge milestone in over two years of rallying for strong clean energy and climate action in DC. We need you there to show overwhelming community support for members of the Committee on Transportation and the Environment. Any Councilmembers dragging their feet will understand that delay on the Clean Energy DC Act is unacceptable.

National press recently declared Clean Energy DC as the "strongest climate bill in the country." For one, it would require 100% clean electricity in DC by 2032. The bill also includes groundbreaking energy efficiency standards for existing buildings, which are the largest source of local pollution, as well as new funding for the Green Bank and Sustainable Energy Utility.

What: Clean Energy DC Act Hearing at DC Council
When: Tuesday, October 9th 11:00am - 2:00pm
Where: John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania NW
Why: To show up in force for the Clean Energy DC Act and encourage DC Council to pass this bill!
RSVP: RSVP today! or RSVP on Facebook

We encourage you to submit written testimony in support of the Clean Energy DC Act to the committee staff, Ms. Benjamin, at Written testimony will be accepted until October 23rd.

Can't make it? Send a letter to Councilmember McDuffie TODAY and urge him to support the Clean Energy DC Act - his support is crucial to passing this bill!

DC Palestinian Film & Arts Festival 2018

ONE DC is proud to serve as a community partner for the 8th Annual DC Palestinian Film & Arts Festival! From October 2-7, DCPFAF 2018 features 13 films, three hands-on tatreez and painting workshops, Spotlight Artist Saleh Bakri, and stand-up comedy with Mona Aburmishan!  Several events have sold out but there are still free events open to the public:

The Palestine Pop Up
Friday, October 5, 2018
6:00 PM 9:00 PM
1615 M Street Northwest
Featuring Watan, Tatreez & Tea, Levantinian, and Threads of Palestine

STAND-UP COMEDY // Mona Aburmishan
Sunday, October 7, 2018
6:00 PM 7:00 PM
The Kennedy Center (map)
Closing out the 8th annual DCPFAF on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage with stand-up comedian Mona Aburmishan. Show is free and open to the public.

Click here for full program & tickets

#ItsNotFare - Decriminalize Fare Evasion!

Currently, fare-evasion in the District is considered a crime that can result in arrest, up to 10 days in jail, and a fine of up to $300. The Fare Evasion Decriminalization Act of 2017 (Bill 22-408) would make fare evasion a civil offense punishable by a fine of no more than $100. Bill 22-408 recognizes that no one should have to face arrest of jail time for not affording a fare. The punishment does not fit the offense, and enforcement of such laws disproportionately impacts poor communities and communities of color.

The Facts:

  • Fare evasion stops and arrests target District residents. Fare evasion is not a crime in Virginia, and WMATA’s own reports show that most enforcement takes place in the District.
  • Fare evasion enforcement is racist. recent report by the Washington Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights and Urban Affairs found that fare evasion in DC is enforced almost exclusively against black riders, and studies of other jurisdictions (such as New YorkPortland and Minneapolis) reveal that people of color are stopped more often than their white counterparts on suspicion of fare evasion and are arrested and cited at much higher rates when they’ve been identified as evading a fare.
  • Fare evasion arrests harm those who rely on metro the most. One in five District residents live in poverty, and many rely on metro transit as their primary mode of transportation. Because metro fares are distance based, these residents also have the highest cost burden because they must travel long distances to get to jobs, schools, doctors, and other services they rely upon. By continuing to criminalize fare evasion, we are saddling the most economically insecure with the threat of jail time and unreasonable fines. Someone who cannot pay a Metro fare certainly cannot pay a $300 fine.
  • Fare evasion arrests are costly. A simple citation or misdemeanor arrest can affect a person’s livelihood, can lead to parole being revoked for a returning citizen, and can affect a person’s immigration status. In addition to the human cost, arresting and jailing people for fare evasion diverts critical D.C. resources from addressing serious crimes, and ultimately harms public safety efforts. Taxpayer funds would be better spent investing in underserved communities in the District.
  • Fare evasion arrests are not an effective means of deterring fare evasion or of preventing other crimes. The belief that penalizing low-level crimes will prevent worse crimes, known as broken-windows policing, is a failed and discredited approach that led to the mass incarceration epidemic in this country.
  • Fare evasion stops have resulted in excessive use of force against riders by police. There have been multiple news stories in recent years of Metro transit officers using excessive force on riders they stopped on suspicion of fare evasion. Interactions like this are not only dangerous, they harm community trust in law enforcement. There is also no independent civilian oversight of Metro Transit Police when riders have complaints about officer misconduct, harassment, or discrimination.
  • Fare evasion arrests do not make money for Metro. WMATA makes the claim that it is losing $20 million annually from fare evasion, but it has been unable to back this up with evidence. The fact is that we don’t know how much fare evasion costs, but we do know that WMATA’s ridership has decreased over the past few years, and that has been attributed to service cuts, crashes, general unreliability, and the rise of ride-sharing companies like Lyft and Uber. WMATA should not make fare evasion the scapegoat for its shortcomings.
  • D.C. would not be the first jurisdiction to decriminalize fare evasion. The District would be joining several other jurisdictions that have already decriminalized fare evasion.

A parking ticket does not result in potential jail time, and failure to pay Metro fare should not either. It’s time to change our broken system.

What Can I do?

Occupation Free DC

For years, top officials at DC’s Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) have participated in trainings with Israeli military and police, institutions which enforce an illegal military occupation over the Palestinian people. As DC residents, we should oppose all police trainings that use military occupation and state violence as a model.

Take these steps to invest in our community and clear a path for real safety in Washington, DC:

  1. Sign this petition demanding that the DC Council and Police Chief Newsham cease local participation in training exercises with discriminatory trainers, like Israel’s police and military, which violate DC's Human Rights Act.

  2. Watch and share this video to learn more and spread the word about our local campaign to achieve real safety by investing in our community, instead of in violent and biased policing.

  3. Attend Occupation Free DC Organizing Meeting. Wednesday, October 10, 7-9pm. Email for location

Upcoming Events

Rally to Support the Nicholson Street Rent Strike

Friday, October 12 - 6:00 to 8:00 PM
1320 Nicholson St NW
Hosted by LEDC
The residents of 1320 Nicholson St NW have lived in terrible conditions for years: the building’s roof Leaks, ceilings are caving in, there’s mold in the walls, and many of the apartments are infested with bedbugs. The landlord has promised to make repairs but never followed through. Now tenants are ready to fight back. They’ve informed the landlord and the management company that unless repairs are made by October 1, they’re going to launch a rent strike. Tenants understand that the landlord’s neglect isn’t an accident; it’s a strategy to make money. Like many slumlords, the owner is trying to use the bad conditions to push residents out of their rent-controlled apartments so he can bring in new tenants who will pay much higher rents. Tenants have seen the same thing happen throughout the neighborhood and the city, and affordable apartment buildings are emptied and flipped into luxury condos. But they won’t allow themselves to be pushed out of Brightwood, a neighborhood that’s been their home for decades. Tenants at 1320 Nicholson are preparing to strike a blow against displacement, but they need the community’s support. Join them and show your solidarity on Friday, October 12!
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Jobs with Justice Organizing & Leadership Training

October 12 - October 14
Washington, DC - Location TBA
Hosted by DC Jobs with Justice
This three-day training is for community leaders, organizers, youth groups, unions, parent groups, faith leaders and parishioners, and advocates and activists that are not a part of an organization. The training will focus on strengthening relationships, building power, agitation, and accountability. Learn more about the training program. The fee for the training is $250.00 for the entire training per individual - scholarships are available for those individuals or organizations with financial need. For more information please contact Sequnely Gray at or 202-674-2847.
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Days of Actions vs Wells Fargo
Friday, October 12 - Saturday, October 27
DMV - Locations TBA
Hosted by Climate First
Starting on Friday, October 12th, and continuing until Saturday, October 27th, we and our allies will run—for the 19th consecutive month in a row—"Days of Actions" against Wells Fargo bank for its funding of the Keystone XL pipeline and other fossil fuel projects. Join us for peaceful direct actions at Wells Fargo branches in Washington, DC, and possibly a soon-to-be-determined location in Virginia.
Click here for more info and to RSVP

DC ReInvest Fall Kickoff Meeting
Saturday, October 13 - 12:00 to 3:00 PM
50 F St NW (near Union Station) 8th floor
Hosted by DC ReInvest Coalition
As the campaign continues to push DC to divest from banks that invest in private prisons, racist lending practices, and fossil fuel pipelines, we now have the opportunity to push forward a concrete vision for reinvestment. DC Council is deciding whether or not to establish a public bank based on their ongoing study. It's up to us to push forward a progressive and just vision of what we do want our taxpayer money to be invested in, right here in DC. We'll also continue to build momentum for victory on the bill that would both divest DC from Wells Fargo and increase banks' accountability to low-income communities in the District! All organizations that are part of / have been part of DCReInvest AND anyone who's interested in getting involved. LUNCH will be provided!
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Cops and Queers: The History of the Police and the LGBTQ+ Community in DC
Thursday, October 18 - 6:30 to 9:00 PM
Thurgood Marshall Center - 1816 12th St NW
Hosted by Rainbow History Project
On October 18th, Rayceen Pendarvis will moderate an historical discussion with Earline Budd, Craig Howell, Mindy Daniels, Dee Curry, and Brett Parson on the intersection between the LGBTQ+ community and the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, DC. Tickets are free and not required for admission, but please RSVP so that we can have an accurate head count.
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Mary Church Terrell Documentary Screening

Thursday, October 18 - 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Howard University Founders Library, Browsing Room - 500 Howard Place NW
Hosted by DC Preservation League
Learn about the life of Mary Church Terrell. Free and open to the public.
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A Place to Call Home - Author Talk with Ernesto Castañeda
Friday, October 19 - 6:30 to 8:00 PM
The Potter's House - 1658 Columbia Rd NW
In A Place to Call Home, Ernesto Castañeda offers a uniquely comparative portrait of immigrant expectations and experiences. Drawing on fourteen years of ethnographic observation and hundreds of interviews with documented and undocumented immigrants and their children, Castañeda sets out to determine how different locations can aid or disrupt the process of immigrant integration. Focusing on New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—immigration hubs in their respective countries—he compares the experiences of both Latino and North African migrants, and finds that subjective understandings, local contexts, national and regional history, and religious institutions are all factors that profoundly impact the personal journey to belonging.
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National Day of Protest Against Police Terror
Monday, October 22 - 6:30 to 8:00 PM
Gallery Place - Chinatown Metro Station
Hosted by Stop Police Terror Project-DC
Since 1996, October 22nd has been marked as a national day of protest against police brutality. As the September 6th murder of Botham Jean by a Dallas police officer has reminded us, the scourge of police terror ‒ and the racist criminalization, harassment, and mass incarceration that go along with it ‒ is as acute, unjust, and outrageous as ever. Join us on the evening of Monday, October 22, 2018, as we march and rally to condemn racist police terror, remember those who have been lost, and vow to continue the fight to put an end to racist police terror, harassment, and mass incarceration.
Click here to RSVP

DECOLONIZE: A Knowledge & Skill Share Un-Conference
Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28th
George Mason University - 4400 University Dr, Fairfax, VA
Hosted by La Raza for Liberation
This unique two-day event is a radical space for people of color who are ready to listen, learn, teach, engage, and build. Our goal is bring together activists across human, animal, and environmental justice movements to better understand each other, challenge each other, and create new projects together.
Please RSVP by ordering a free ticket at Contact for more information.

D.C. History Conference
November 1 - November 4
University of the District of Columbia - 4200 Connecticut Avenue NW
The annual D.C. History Conference, formerly known as the Annual Conference on D.C. History, is a collaboration between the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., George Washington University, DC Public Library, and DC Office of Public Records. Since 1973, the mission of the conference has been to provide a friendly and rigorous forum for discussing and promoting original research about the history of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The 2018 conference explores themes related to “Mobility, Migration, and Movement,” including the creation of Metro, the impact of migration to the region, and the bicentennial of the birth of Frederick Douglass, a man for whom mobility meant an escape to freedom.The conference will explore the complex meanings of mobility, migration, and movement in a city that has witnessed the Great Migration of African Americans and has the second-largest community of El Salvadoran residents in the United States.
Click here for more info & to register

Book Talk: Barbara Ransby, Making All Black Lives Matter

Monday, November 19 - 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Busboys and Poets - 14th St & V
Join activist and writer Barbara Ransby to discuss her new book, Making All Black Lives Matter, a historical analysis of the Black Lives Matter Movement. The purpose of the book is to stimulate discussion about the Black Freedom Movement, Black feminist influences in it, and the best ways to build coalition and movements for social justice and a new society. 
Click here for more information

ONE Bit of Good News

Congratulations to ONE DC organizer Nawal Rajeh for being named a Baltimore Community Mediation Center's Peacemaker of the Year! Nawal is founder of the Peace Camp, a summer program in Baltimore utilizing arts, games and literacy to teach conflict resolution skills for youth. It is a project of By Peaceful Means. You can learn more abut the Peace Camp and By Peaceful Means here.

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