ONE DC Monthly Voice - April 2018


"If you are to free yourselves you must break the chains of oppression yourselves. Only then can we express our dignity, only when we have liberated ourselves can we co-operate with other groups. Any acceptance of humiliation, indignity or insult is acceptance of inferiority."
-Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (1976)

"We, as a people, came to have land that were fought for by our ancestors." 
-Francia Marquez (2018)


Celebrating the Commons - Emancipation Day 2018

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Drummers from MOMIE's TLC introduced the program

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Native Washingtonians participate in ritual burning of the settlement sheet

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ONE DC members pose outside the building after the banner drop!

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Black Workers & Wellness Center Updates
In recent weeks, the BWC has begun to take shape for its meeting and training functions this summer. On a shoestring budget and with volunteer help, some basic improvements and planning are underway:

  • Interior walls have been repaired and waterproofing done to stabilize the building
  • One main floor wall was demolished to begin the opening up of the floor plan for larger meeting use
  • Interior mold has been eliminated, and all carpeting removed (by fantastic volunteers) to move toward having an allergen-free environment, with our dumpster subsidized by Capital Construction Group
  • Exciting first steps taken with our architects at Emotive Architecture: we have measured building plans for the first time and held our first community space planning discussion with our two architects, and expect their initial report soon
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"They don't even treat dogs this badly"

By Dominic Moulden
"They don't even treat dogs this badly." This is the statement Congress Heights resident and leader Robert Green made when the tenants, the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs and ONE DC discussed Congress Heights tenants' struggle at the UDC Housing Law conference several years ago.

I traveled all the way to East London only to hear the same story from Beverly Robinson, a Maroon Jamaician immigrant housing leader and organizer who is the ONLY person living in a 172-unit Aylesbury Estates Council Housing apartment located on the scenic 8th floor with spectacular views that the monied class scheduled for demolition. Beverly actually owns her unit but the Council Estates Board voted to sell the entire Aylesbury Estates development, which has displaced thousands of families.

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View from the 8th floor showing the ongoing demolition

Five decades after Fair Housing Act, segregation continues

By Wade Henderson & Gregory D. Squires - originally published April 12, 2018 in The Baltimore Sun

Many Americans undoubtedly recognize Norman Rockwell’s 1967 painting, “New Kids in the Neighborhood.” It shows three white and two black children checking each other out as movers unload the black family’s possessions into their new suburban home. The kids’ faces reflect curiosity, along with a sense of optimism about the future of race relations. Yet lurking behind the drapes of the house next door is the concerned face of a man who does not appear to appreciate the changes taking place in his suburban neighborhood. But change was indeed coming.

A year later on April 11 — after Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had been assassinated — President Lyndon Johnson signed the federal Fair Housing Act of 1968 into law, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin and religion.

Over the past 50 years, hundreds of thousands of complaints and lawsuits have been filed to enforce the Fair Housing Act. The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Department of Justice and private plaintiffs have used the Fair Housing Act to nullify restrictive covenants based on race and religion, confront discriminatory refusals by lenders and insurers, challenge racial steering by real estate professionals, put an end to predatory lending practices, address the discriminatory neglect of foreclosed properties in communities of color and more. After being broadened in the 1970s and 1980s — to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, family status and disability — the law has been invoked to protect the housing rights of women who have been subjected to sexual harassment and domestic violence, to challenge “adults only” housing restrictions, and to ensure the production of millions of units of accessible housing for people with disabilities.

Click here to continue reading on baltimoresun.com


Elections for the People

By Ericka Taylor, DC Fair Elections Coalition
After a multi-year campaign, on March 13, 2018, the Fair Elections Act of 2017, designed to empower small donors and democratize the city’s electoral system, officially became law. The legislation establishes a voluntary public-financing system that will match small donations, allowing candidates to focus on meeting with their constituents instead of having to dial for dollars from developers, wealthy donors, and big corporations. Thanks to a 5:1 matching system, someone who can only afford to give $25 is making, with the match, a $150 donation. This means that working families and people of color will not only be better able to participate in the political system as donors, but they’ll face fewer financial barriers to running for office.


With the passage of fair elections, we can begin correcting the current imbalance among DC donors, who are in no way representative of the city’s population. Historically, these donors have been wealthier, whiter, and more male than the city as a whole, which gives candidates a skewed view of local priorities. The fact that only a quarter of the city’s adults make more than $100,000 a year, but 61% of mayoral donors and 59% of council donors do, indicates a problem with our democracy. The fact that 62% of mayoral donors and 67% of council donors are white, but white people only make up 37% of the population, shows that we’re not reaching our democratic ideals. Fair elections, which candidates can begin using in 2020, should upend those statistics.

Although the mayor signed the legislation after the council approved it with a unanimous vote, the path to victory was far from short and easy. An earlier effort failed several years ago, and the Fair Elections Coalition began working on the campaign in 2015, when passage was far from a certainty. Furthermore, the mayor publicly articulated disinterest in signing the legislation multiple times. The diligent work of coalition members to show grassroots support made a significant difference.

In addition to ONE DC, DC for Democracy, Fair Budget Coalition, DC Working Families, Demos, DC Sierra Club, Public Citizen, and US PIRG, dozens of other organizations pitched in, helping gather over 5,000 petitions from residents in every ward. Coalition members also delivered to the mayor a letter of support signed by more than 80 community leaders across the city. With the mayor including the initial funding for the law in the city’s next budget, the city is well on its way to right-sizing our democracy. You can find more about the legislation and how it works here.


Workers of the World and Oppressed Peoples, Unite! May Day 2018

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Make Your Voice Heard! Upcoming Candidate Forums

2018 TENAC (D.C. Tenants' Advocacy Coalition) Candidates Forum
Wednesday, May 2 - 6:45 to 9:00 PM
Sumner School - 1201 17th Street NW
We Fight for Affordable Housing, Tenants' Rights and Rent Control

Sanctuary DC 2018 Candidate Forum
Saturday, May 5 - 1:00 to 4:00 PM
All Souls Church - 1500 Harvard Street NW
Join us for an interactive conversation with candidates running for DC Mayor and City Council to discuss issues affecting our immigrant communities. Volunteer Opportunity! MLOV is looking for volunteers to help out with stage set-up, escorts, bilingual volunteers for sign-in & tabling, candidate greeters, food set-up, & clean-up. For more info, click here and to sign up click here.
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Returning Citizens Candidate Forum
Saturday, May 5 - 9:00 to 10:30 AM
Randall Memorial United Methodist Church - 1002 46th St NE
Sponsored by: American Civil Liberties Union of DC, Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministries, Baltimore-Washington Conference United Methodist Church Family and Friends of Incarcerated People, Interfaith Action for Human Rights, Justice First, Living Faith Baptist Church, National Association for the Advancement of Returning Citizens, ReThink Justice DC, Returning Citizens United, and The Wire.
All candidates have been invited and will discuss: Support for returning citizens; incarceration to Incorporation Entrepreneurship Program; The Reentry Portal; Voter registration; The Mayor’s Office of Returning Citizens Affairs; Current operations of the DC Department of Corrections; Plans for a new jail; NEAR Act; Parole Commission.

I Rent, I Vote: Tenant Town Hall and Candidate Forum
Saturday, May 12 - 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
All Souls Church Unitarian - 1500 Harvard St NW
Co-hosted by Fair Budget Coalition, Latino Economic Development Center, Bread for the City & CNHED
The primary election is coming up on Tuesday, June 19. Be an informed voter find out where the council candidates stand on tenants' rights and affordable housing. Come hear from the candidates yourself! Confirmed Candidates: Council Chair: Ed Lazere for DC Council Chair, Phil Mendelson. At-large: Jeremiah Lowery, Anita Bonds, Marcus Goodwin For DC Council At-Large Democrat. Ward 1: Brianne Nadeau, Kent Boese, Lori Parker, Sheika Reid
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Students and Teachers join Climate Advocates to Rally for Strong, Progressive Carbon Rebate Policy

Dozens of students, teachers, and climate and justice advocates joined together for a rally on April 13 to urge the D.C. Council to introduce a strong, progressive carbon fee-and-rebate policy soon. On the steps of the Wilson Building, middle school students and teachers stood alongside members of the “Put A Price On It, D.C.” coalition — which consists of 70 local organizations and businesses — to speak out in favor of the proposed policy.

About 30 students and about 50 additional D.C. residents rallied together, surrounded by giant clocks and signs noting that “the time is now” for strong climate action. Four seventh-graders from the Washington Latin Great Debaters Policy debate team and local community activists gave inspiring speeches calling on D.C. lawmakers to introduce and pass a policy to put a fee on fossil fuel pollution and rebate a large share of the revenue to D.C. residents. Students speaking out in favor of the carbon price today represented middle schools and universities across the District.

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Upcoming Events

Blue Cliff Monastery's Annual PoC Retreat
Wednesday, May 2 - Sunday, May 6
Co-hosted by BCM Monastics and Baltimore & Beyond Mindfulness Community
This retreat is open to anyone who self-identifies as a Person of Color, whether new or more experienced in the practice of mindfulness and meditation. During this retreat, we will focus on cultivating compassion as well as resilience by the mindfulness practices of walking/eating/sitting meditation, connecting with our ancestors, learning the skills of deep listening and loving speech, and allowing ourselves the chance to deeply rest. Vegan meals will be offered as part of the retreat. Two retreat options are available: Five Day-May 2-6 or Weekend-May 4-6.
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Impact Now! Economic Equity: Addressing the Growing Wealth Divide
Thursday May 3 - 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, MD
Hosted by IMPACT Silver Spring
Across the nation, worker cooperatives are gaining recognition as a promising tool for generating income and building capital in communities of color―and thus an important strategy for addressing racial disparities in income and wealth. Local government support for worker ownership is rapidly expanding in cities across the country. At this year’s IMPACT Now!, we will explore some of the root causes of economic inequality and discuss worker ownership as a promising economic model for addressing the growing wealth gap in Montgomery County. Following keynote remarks from our featured speaker, Marjorie Kelly, we will hear from several local cooperatives.
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There is a Field: Solidarity through Art
Thursday, May 3 - 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Georgetown University - 3700 O St NW, Intercultural Center, Room 103
Co-hosted by Georgetown Students for Justice in Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace & Georgetown Black Student Alliance
This co-hosted production aims to inspire Black solidarity with Palestine through theater.  “There Is A Field,” written by Jen Marlowe, tells the story of a 17-year old Palestinian boy (and a friend of Jen’s), Aseel Asleh, who was killed by Israeli police. Through Nardeen’s struggle to cope with the murder of her brother, the play offers an intimate view into the daily racism and violence faced by Palestinian citizens of Israel, and contributes to the vital conversation around the systematic devaluation of Black and Brown lives in the United States. With the solidarities and political convictions the play inspires, we’ll plug people in to social justice campaigns in DC to put an end to the injustices the play exposes.
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Louder Than a Bomb - DMV Finals
Sunday, May 6 - 5:00 to 7:00 PM
The Kennedy Center Family Theater - 2700 F St NW
Hosted by Split This Rock
As one of the premier youth spoken word festivals in the nation, Louder Than a Bomb – DMV (LTAB-DMV) is a team-centered poetry festival that purposefully assembles students together across lines of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, geography, sexuality, socio-economic status, and political ideology to listen to, to learn from, and to bond with one another. Split This Rock hosts this regional version of Young Chicago Authors’ nationally celebrated festival each year. The event is designed to offer youth safe space to tell their stories, build community across lines of difference, and speak out on social issues. Youth participate in open mics, workshops, and a tournament of slam competitions crowning one school’s team as champion.
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Chocolate City Author Book Talk with ONE DC
Friday, May 11 - 11:30 to 1:00 PM
Petworth Library - 4200 Kansas Ave NW
Monumental in scope and vividly detailed, Chocolate City tells the tumultuous, four-century story of race and democracy in our nation's capital. Emblematic of the ongoing tensions between America's expansive democratic promises and its enduring racial realities, Washington often has served as a national battleground for contentious issues, including slavery, segregation, civil rights, the drug war, and gentrification. But D.C. is more than just a seat of government, and authors Chris Myers Asch and George Derek Musgrove also highlight the city's rich history of local activism as Washingtonians of all races have struggled to make their voices heard in an undemocratic city where residents lack full political rights.
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Nonviolent Moral Fusion Direct Action at the Capitol
Monday, May 14 - 2:00 to 5:00 PM
US Capitol Building - First St & Maryland Ave NE
Hosted by Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
A season of nonviolent moral fusion direct action to transform the nation’s political, economic, and moral structures begins May 14 in the US Capitol. Join us as we show our elected leaders we will no longer allow attention violence to keep poor and disenfranchised people down.
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ONE DC Walking Tour
Tuesday, May 15 - 5:45 to 7:45 PM
Meet at ONE DC Office - 614 S St NW
Hosted by ONE DC
Long-time DC residents and organizers with ONE DC will show you the physical side of gentrification in the Shaw neighborhood and discuss its effects on the community, along with stories of how ONE DC organizes with residents to stand up for community-led, equitable development. Participants will have the opportunity to raise and discuss questions together, as well as tie learned experience to the Shaw story and context. Suggested sliding scale donation: $10 to $25.
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NDCC 2018 National Conference--Developing Conscious Momentum in Under-Invested Communities
Wednesday, May 30 - Friday, June 1
Temple Oheb Shalom - 7310 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21208
Hosted By Network for Developing Conscious Communities (NDCC)
This conference was created in a spirit of connectivity to bring together communities and those who are interested in equitable community development, culture, health, justice, economic development and other topics.  Presenters include community development practitioners, business leaders, academics, spiritual thought leaders, and others committed to the success of Black and dis-invested communities.
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ONE Bit of Good News - ONE DC featured in "Right to the City" Exhibit at Anacostia Community Museum

By Angie Whitehurst

A Right to the City is a timely exhibition and comes at a pivotal moment for the nation's capital as our neighborhoods experience rapid and profound transformations. Developed under the direction of chief curator Dr. Samir Meghelli, the exhibition highlights the stories of six Washington neighborhoods and the unsung heroes that have shaped them. Using our renowned community documentation methods including recording nearly two hundred new oral histories and cutting-edge museum design, this exhibition transports visitors into moments that made our city's history. A Right to the City gives us an opportunity to reflect upon the evolution of our beloved D.C. and leaves us with important questions about its future. -from Anacostia Community Museum

On Friday, April 20, the Anacostia Community Museum held the opening night of the Right to the City exhibit. The exhibit is awesome because it shows the grassroots, as we the real people, and not just the symbolically famous. Topper Carew's photographs realistically captures the soulful emotions of everyday life, the painful struggles, the unity of standing together under duress, the joy of simple pleasures of just being together, and the inequity of urban designated zip codes called poverty, homelessness, and ethnically contained "ghettos." This is a silent theme left for the visitor to see, hear, and feel throughout the sensitively, beautifully designed exhibit.


My favorite exhibit is the wall with nostalgic flyers and poster from the years before the now 21st Century. It was a walk through memory lane. Flyers from ONE DC events and campaigns mixed with community event and campaign flyers of the late Marion Barry, Hilda Mason, Josephine Butler, and many others. ONE DC's Dominic Moulden is featured in a video speaking on organizing in the Shaw neighborhood. We will be planning a special ONE DC member visit to the exhibit. Stay tuned for more details!


 

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ONE DC Monthly Voice - March 2018



"All of us, I am certain, are united by more important things than those which superficially divide us. We are united, for instance, by a common detestation of colonialism in whatever form it appears. We are united by a common detestation of racialism. And we are united by a common determination to preserve and stabilise peace in the world."
-President Sukarno (1901-1970, Indonesia)


International Conversations: The Global Housing Crisis

by Joe Hoover, ONE DC (International) Member & author, Reconstructing Human Rights
This is Part 1 in a series about Resource Organizer Dominic Moulden's visit to London in March 2018

For a number of years I have been trying to bring Dominic to London. This year I was finally able to do it. In March, Dominic visited London to do some teaching with me at Queen Mary University of London where I work. Our original plan was for Dominic to speak with students in two of my classes about his experience as a community organiser and the work of ONE DC, and to be part of a public lecture on justice in the global city. Even the most carefully arranged plans go awry, however, as Dominic’s visit coincided with the largest-ever strike of University faculty in the United Kingdom, which meant that there would be no classes to teach or lectures to attend while the strike was on. While I was briefly worried that the trip would be a bust, it turned out there were plenty of opportunities for learning, teaching, and making connections.

With classes cancelled and the picket-line assembled across the entrance to the university, Dominic and I met up with Glyn Robbins (another international ONE DC member) and some of my students at the Boundary Estate in East London. Glyn was guiding us on a walking tour of the history of council housing in London (what is called public housing the US). The tour was a “teach out” activity organised as part of the strike, providing students a chance to learn about social housing in London, and meet Dominic and Glyn outside of the classroom. Glyn is a great guide and the tour prompted a number of conversations about the global housing crisis, gentrification, inequality in our cities, and what we might do to create better and more just cities.

Glyn Robbins leading the tour in foreground. Joe Hoover in background against the wall

The following day, with the strike still on, we organised another “teach out” - moving the planned lecture from Queen Mary’s campus to the Ocean Tenants and Residents Association Hall across the street. The discussion we had was about the many injustices that we find in contemporary cities, with the lack of affordable and decent housing a key issue - which was fitting given that the event was hosted on one of London’s largest social housing estates. The speakers included Dominic, Glyn, and Dr. Adam Elliot-Cooper, of Kings College London. And while the audience was small due to the strike and last-minute change of venue, a lively and informative discussion followed.


An unexpected benefit of the strike was that there was more time for conversations than there would normally be, when we are usually rushing through the day’s many tasks. I know Dominic was able to meet with a number of scholars, activists, and communities as part of his visit, while also seeing many diverse parts of London. As just one example, near the end of his time in London, Dominic joined me on protest march organised by the National Union of Students and the University and College Union in opposition to the marketisation of higher education. Marching through central London, we met a colleague who was starting work on a project on the relationship between art and gentrification and for several blocks had a great conversation, which resulted in Dominic making a new and wholly unexpected connection. After the march, Dominic and I went to Brixton to visit the Black Cultural Archives, which is the UK’s only national heritage centre dedicated to preserving and celebrating the history of African and Caribbean people in Britain. Along the way we were able to trace the changing fortunes of Brixton through the redevelopment of the many market streets in the area.

Even as things did not go as planned on Dominic’s visit to London, I think the visit was a great success. And there is even more reason to ensure he comes back to London again.


Hands Off Action in Greenbrier, West Virginia

ONE DC members Kelly Iradukunda, Jourgette Reid-Sillah, and Angie Whitehurst trekked with SPACEs DC to White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, in January for a nonviolent protest march at the renowned historic Greenbriar resort, which was hosting President Trump and Republican leadership. Individuals and representatives from organizations across the country participated. In unison, we marched for minimum wage increases and against healthcare cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, SNAPC, WIC and other human service budget cuts. Everyone was in strong vocal support for DREAMers and immigrant rights.

Thanks to LaDon Love and Julian Blair from SPACEs, (Safe Places for the Advancement of Community and Equity) for asking us to participate.


Todos Somos Venezuela! We Are All Venezuela!

From March 5 to March 7, 2018, 245 international delegates from across five continents gathered in Caracas, Venezuela for the Todos Somos Venezuela (We Are All Venezuela) Forum. ONE DC attended, represented by Claire Cook, Administrative Organizer. Below is the text of the Caracas Declaration that was adopted at the convening to express solidarity with the Venezuelan people.


We, citizens from distinct countries, social movements and organisations, political parties, women, youths, workers, creators and intellectuals, peasants, and religious leaders, gathered here in Caracas on the 5, 6 and 7th March 2018, reaffirm our solidarity and militant support of the Venezuelan people, the Bolivarian Revolution and its popular government, which is headed by Nicolas Maduro Moros.

We energetically reject the grave escalation of aggressions against Venezuela’s democracy and sovereignty by the war-like government of Donald Trump, global corporate powers, and the American imperialist military-industrial apparatus, which looks to overthrow the legitimate government of Venezuela, destroy the project of Bolivarian democracy and expropriate the natural resources of the Venezuelan nation.

We denounce that this operation against Venezuela forms part of a global strategy of neo-colonialization in Latin America and the Caribbean which seeks to impose a new era of servitude and looting through the resurrection of the shameful Monroe Doctrine, a plan which has already begun in numerous countries across the continent.

We reject the threat of Donald Trump of a potential military intervention in Venezuela and we alert that such declarations by him are not mere charlatanism. The military option against the Bolivarian Revolution forms part of the strategic and geopolitical doctrine of the US for the 21st Century. The world must know that a military aggression against Venezuela would provoke a crisis in the region of historic dimensions and uncountable and unpredictable human, economic, and ecological impact.

We warn imperialism and their elites lackeys that play this game: the peoples of Latin America, the Caribbean and the world will never allow that Venezuela be touched by the ambitions of the American military boot! If, in their crazy obsession, the hawks of Washington dare attack Venezuela, the homeland of Simon Bolívar, as it was more than 200 years ago, will again be the tomb of an empire.

We denounce the blatant pressure of US imperialism on the region’s governments to involve them in political, diplomatic, and even military operations against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. With these actions, they seek to destroy regional integration and bring about the de-facto abolition of the principle of the founding charter of the Community of Latin America and Caribbean States which declares the region as a zone of peace.

We reject the shameful and historical opposed attitude of governments in the region that have caved in to Washington’s politics through the creation of illegal and spurious organisms such as the so-called Group of Lima. The shameful regional elites who today lead the plundering of their peoples, hand over their sovereignty to the transnational corporations, and increase poverty, inequality and violate human rights, lack any moral and political authority to question Venezuelan democracy.

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Since 2009, Venezuela has built over 2 million homes to house working class people

We reject the unilateral and illegal sanctions of the US Government and the European Union against the Venezuelan people, which seek to destroy its economy and break their democratic will. Blockades and sanctions are crimes against humanity carried out by the international capitalist system, and are severely hurting the Venezuelan people by sabotaging their productive, commercial and financial processes, preventing access to food, medicines and essential goods.

We reject the perverse U.S. sabotage of the process of dialogue developed in the Dominican Republic and reiterate that only the absolute respect for the sovereignty of Venezuela, non-interference in their internal affairs, sincere dialogue and electoral processes based on Venezuelan legislation can define the path to recover the political coexistence between Venezuelans.

In this regards, we welcome the call for presidential, regional legislators and councilor elections for May 20, a result of a political agreement with a sector of the Venezuelan opposition. In these absolutely constitutional and legitimate elections, the Venezuelan people in a transparent and sovereign way will decide the course of their homeland.

We alert the peoples of the world to the counterproductive intentions of international governments and organizations that are directly involved in the war against Venezuela to not recognize the results of the elections on May 20, and accelerate attacks after what – no doubt – will be a real democratic expression of the Venezuelan people.

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Making new connections: Booker Ngesa of the Social Democratic Party of Kenya (SDP) receives a BWC tee

We welcome and support the declaration of the presidential summit of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of our America ALBA-TCP that categorically rejects the exclusion of Venezuela from the next Summit of the Americas, to be held in the city of Lima, Peru. Similarly, we support all diplomatic and political actions that governments, countries and peoples take to defend plurality and political diversity in the continent and to safeguard the sovereignty and self-determination of peoples.

We recognize the heroic resistance of the people of Venezuela when confronted by the ravages of economic aggression, the financial blockade and all the forms of sabotage that Venezuela is suffering from, and support the economic, financial, political and diplomatic strategy that the Bolivarian Government and President Nicolas Maduro are carrying out to overcome the problems and construct the humanist model of Bolivarian socialism.

We are committed to continue the battle for the truth, peace and the sovereignty of Venezuela, to expand the ties of friendship, solidarity and revolutionary commitment to the Venezuelan people. The peoples of the world, the consciousness of all those who struggle for the just cause of mankind, accompanies at this time and always the Bolivarian revolution, its leadership and its people.

We are convinced that Venezuela will be able to – through dialogue, respect for the Constitution, and the indefatigable democratic will of his people – overcome the problems that besets it, and that the Bolivarian revolution will remain a beacon of hope for the peoples of the world who search for a worthy and just destination for humanity.

In commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the physical passing of Commander Hugo Chávez, historical leader of the Venezuelan people, from Caracas we say to the world: Venezuela is not alone, we are all with her!

We are all Venezuela!
We will win!
Caracas, March 7 2018


People's Platform Updates

March People's Platform - Cooperation DC


At our March People's Platform event, we focused on principle #2, decent, dignified, and sustainable work or occupation for anyone who wants it, by highlighting our Cooperation DC work. Cooperation DC is a project of ONE DC. Our mission is to expand dignified employment opportunities in low-income communities of color through the development of worker cooperatives, businesses owned and managed democratically by their employees.

Participants engaged in a community learning exercise to explore democratic decision-making practices within worker cooperatives. The exercise was followed by a panel featuring Ines Chavez from Co-Familia, a worker-owned childcare cooperative located in NW DC and Felipe Barroso, a ONE DC member who works at the Democracy Collaborative.

How can you support the Co-Familia Childcare Cooperative?

1. Scouting for potential childcare business locations in the NW area
2. Provide childcare for the worker-owners at their meetings
3. Public speaking training for the worker-owners
For more info and to offer your support, please contact Silvia Salazar at silv24@gmail.com.

April People's Platform - Where's the Bill? Climate Day of Action!
Friday, April 13 - 12:30 to 3:00 PM
John A. Wilson Building - 1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Suite 506
Hosted by the Put a Price On It DC Coalition

Calling all students, professors, and D.C. residents who care about the future of our city! We’re bringing EVERYONE together to descend on the D.C. Council Building just before Earth Week to urge our Councilmembers to support and pass a carbon fee-and-rebate policy. On April 13, we’ll kick off an action-packed day with a rally at 1:00 pm outside the Wilson Building led by students and professors from across D.C. Then at 2:00 pm we’ll head inside to lobby for the proposed carbon rebate bill. We'll meet our legislators face to face to showcase the students urging the D.C. Council to protect their futures. Everyone who cares about the future of the city is invited to join and support the students as we work together to pass a carbon fee-and-rebate this year. We need your help to ensure we have a great turn out! It's time to rally together and show the Council that the time is NOW to introduce a carbon fee-and-rebate bill, for our climate and our future. Wear yellow!
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Divest DC from Wells Fargo, Reinvest in Our Communities

D.C. ReInvest is a diverse coalition of DC-based grassroots groups working to divest taxpayer funds from Wells Fargo, and reinvest in our communities. We are answering the call of local indigenous leaders and local organizers to ensure DC's resources are used to promote racial and economic justice, not perpetuate historical inequities. We urge the passage of “Sense of the Council Urging Reassessment of the Relationship with Wells Fargo Resolution of 2017,” as well as the “Strengthening Community Development Amendment Act of 2017.”

In recent years, Wells Fargo has discriminated against communities of color, illegally opened unauthorized accounts and insurance policies, invested in destructive pipelines such as the Dakota Access and Potomac Pipeline, and supported the private prison industry. Wells Fargo’s record is disgraceful, and though other major financial institutions are flawed, Wells Fargo stands out amongst its peers for its discriminatory and shameful practices. D.C. Council should immediately take all steps necessary to begin divesting from Wells Fargo and expand partnerships with local banks and other qualified financial institutions. Meanwhile, D.C. should expeditiously pursue solutions such as a public bank and stronger requirements for banks to adhere to socially and environmentally responsible practices.

We've gathered nearly 1,000 petitions, have more than a dozen organizations signed on in support, and have built support from a broad array of Councilmembers for divestment from Wells Fargo. Find out how you can get involved below!

DC Reinvest Lobby Training
Tuesday, April 3 - 6:00 to 8:00 PM
1730 M St NW, Suite 1115
Do you want to join us to lobby the Council to divest from Wells Fargo, which has a long and shameful history of racially discriminatory lending, ripping off customers, and investing in fossil fuel pipelines and for-profit prisons? Join us on Tuesday, April 3rd to learn more about the ins and outs of how to advocate to your Councilmember, as well as the campaign to divest DC from Wells Fargo and reinvest in our community.
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DC Reinvest Lobby Day
Monday, April 9 - 2:00 to 5:00 PM
John A. Wilson Building - 1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Join us for meetings with Council Member staff to encourage DC to cut ties with Wells Fargo!
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Pack the Room and Rally to Divest DC from Wells Fargo!
Wednesday, April 18 - 8:30 to 11:30 AM
John A. Wilson Building - 1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Show up to pack the room at the DC Council’s CFO Oversight Hearing. On April 18th, the DC Chief Financial Officer will be called to testify before the Finance Committee on the work they’ve done over the past year, including around the feasibility of a #BankExit. We will first rally outside the Wilson Building to hear from community leaders on why they support divestment, and why they fight for the city to invest in its own community. Then, we’ll head inside to pack the room and each testify demanding the CFO and Council support the Wells Fargo divestment resolution! Help us pack the room, gather a crowd outside, and convince our elected officials that divesting from Wells Fargo and reinvesting in our communities is the right move for DC!
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Upcoming Events

Women's Liberation: The Roots of Oppression, International Solidarity, and the Ongoing Struggle
Saturday, March 31 - 4:00 PM
Justice Center - 617 Florida Ave NW
Hosted by the Party for Socialism & Liberation

Join the PSL for a series of short talks on women's liberation, including the root of women's oppression in class society, women in revolution around the world, and the women's liberation struggle today. We will also have a community networking hour, featuring local thrift fashion vendor Skeletons in my Closet.
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Carving Out the Commons - Book Launch with Author Amanda Huron
Wednesday, April 4 - 4:00 to 5:00 PM
Katzen Arts Center at American University - 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW
Hosted by American University Metropolitan Policy Center
The Metropolitan Policy Center is pleased to host Amanda Huron as she leads a discussion on her book Carving Out the Commons: Tenant Organizing & Housing Cooperatives in Washington, D.C. Professor Huron is an assistant professor of interdisciplinary social sciences at the University of the District of Columbia, where her research focuses on housing, gentrification, the decommodification of land, and the history of Washington, D.C. In Carving out the Commons: Tenant Organizing and Housing Cooperatives in Washington, D.C., she theorizes the urban commons through examining the experiences of limited-equity co-ops in the fast-gentrifying city of Washington, D.C.
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Visions Through Art, Action & Alchemy
Thursday, April 5 - 6:00 to 8:00 PM
The Potter's House - 1658 Columbia Rd NW
Co-hosted by Braxton Institute Dialogues on Resisting and Thriving
In this dynamic, participatory conversation, we’ll deeply explore the ways in which creatives are expressing their politics and creating collective healing through the vehicles of art, media, and ritual. We’ll examine the rich history of art activism, resistance, and survival, in communities of color, and how these legacies are shaped in the heightened time of 2018. This conversation, the fourth in a series of Braxton Institute Dialogues on Resisting and Thriving, will be led by three artists: Nicole Oxendine (RiverShe Collective Arts), J. Valoris (the xigga.Projeck) and Richael Faithful (folk healing artist).
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Secular Social Justice Conference 2018
Saturday, April 7 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
All Souls Church - 1500 Harvard St NW
Hosted by the American Humanist Association
The Secular Social Justice Conference was developed to emphasize the connection between secular humanist values and social justice activism. This conference is a platform for activists of color to lead workshops and discussions that address the ravaging effects of systemic racism, sexism, heterosexism, transantagonism, and white supremacy.
Click here to register

Stand with Workers Town Hall
Tuesday, April 10 - 6:30 to 8:00 PM
Westminster Presbyterian Church - 400 I St SW
Hosted by DC Jobs with Justice
Across DC, luxury apartments are going up, the restaurant industry is booming, and new stores are opening. And yet, many of the workers in those industries and others are still not paid what they are owed. Wage theft – including not getting overtime, sick days, the DC minimum wage, working off the clock, and misclassification – are still too common in some of DC’s hottest industries. It’s time for DC government to do more.
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Pack the Hearing! {Wear RED!} Justice for Terrence!
Wednesday, April 11 - 7:00 AM Rally // 9:00 AM Hearing
MPD Building - 801 Shepherd St NW
MPD's internal Use of Force Review Board recommended termination for Brian Trainer in December based on its investigation into Trainer's killing of Terrence Sterling. This hearing is Trainer's opportunity to dispute that recommendation, and the hearing tribunal could potentially issue a lesser penalty for Trainer than termination. Community members are being asked to show up and wear red to indicate that they support Trainer being taken off of the force, out of the city's streets, and off of the city's payroll. Let’s make sure that Terrence’s murderer and MPD know that we are there for JUSTICE.
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In the Spirit of Dr. King—Fight the War Machine!

Saturday, April 14 - 12:00 to 5:00 PM
Gather at the White House for a Rally and March
Followed by a teach-in at George Washington University
Initial sponsors (list in formation): ANSWER Coalition; Justice First; Family and Friends of Incarcerated People; CODEPINK; Popular Resistance; Partnership for Civil Justice Fund; Imam Mahdi Bray, National Director of the American Muslim Alliance; Stop Police Terror Project DC; Virginia Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality; Internationalist Students Front at George Washington University; Returning Citizens United, ONE DC
Join us on Saturday, April 14 for a rally, march and teach-in against war, militarism and empire. These actions are timed to coincide with the anti-war Spring Actions 2018.
Click here to RSVP

NJNP Pride Season 2018 Kickoff
Sunday, April 15 - 4:00 to 6:00 PM
Hosted by No Justice, No Pride
It's time. Join No Justice No Pride for our 2018 pride season kick off and let's work together to make Pride something to actually be proud of. There can be no pride for some, without liberation for all. This will be a chance to get updated on everything that has happened behind the scenes with pride, and where we're at as we look towards 2018 pride weekend. We'll also be breaking up in to committees and working groups as we move forward planning for June. Make sure you get plugged in. You won't want to miss this year's activities. **This is police and media free space. ASL interpretation will be provided.
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Celebrate the Commons - Emancipation Day 2018
Monday, April 16 - TIME TBA
ONE DC Black Workers Center - 2500 MLK Jr Ave SE
Join us on Emancipation Day as we 'celebrate the commons!' Event will include: History of Emancipation Day as told by ONE DC members; Carving out the Commons: Tenant Organizing and Housing Cooperatives in Washington, D.C. author talk with Amanda Huron; Volunteer clean-up day at the newly purchased Black Workers Center building in Anacostia; Community cook-out. Email ONE DC at organizer@onedconline.org to join the planning committee.
Additional details to be announced.
Click here to RSVP

5th Annual Parren J. Mitchell Symposium
Race & Wealth Inequality - Examining Shades of Opportunity
Wednesday, April 18 - 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Colony Ballroom, Stamp Student Union • University of Maryland, College Park
Hosted by the Critical Race Initiative
Click here to RSVP

Ward 1 Candidate Forum
Thursday, April 19 - 6:00 to 9:00 PM
St Stephen Church - 1525 Newton St NW
Co-Hosted by AARP DC, The Washington Teachers' Union, Democrats for Education Reform, Ward 1 Democrats, Ward 1 Grassroots Planning Coalition, Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, Pleasant Plains Civic Association, Empower DC, Many Languages One Voice, NEAR Act Ward 1 Coalition, DC for Reasonable Development, North Columbia Heights Civic Association, Meridian Hill Neighborhood Association, & ONE DC
The forum will focus on senior issues, public safety, and education and feature the Ward 1 and Chairperson Candidates.

DC Expungement Day
Friday, April 20 - 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
DOES - 4058 Minnesota Ave NE
Hosted by Law Students in Court
Do you have a criminal record? Find out how to seal it! Free expungement screenings.
Click here to register


Build the Movement - Job Postings, Apprenticeships, & Trainings

MLOV Seeks Bilingual Labor Justice Organizer!

  • Many Languages One Voice (MLOV) seeks to hire a motivated and charismatic Community Organizer. The MLOV “Worker Justice” Community Organizer will steer our campaign for securing rights at work by directly organizing with immigrant worker members of MLOV’s Committee for Labor Solidarity and Worker Power members. This individual will work under the supervision of the Executive Director of MLOV and with the members of the Committee for Labor Solidarity and Worker Power. MLOV is seeking an individual with experience in recruitment, base building, campaign management, and leadership development of immigrant community members who speak languages other than English. MLOV values a positive work ethic, open communication, attention to detail, and self-driven motivation. The Worker Justice Community Organizer will strategically collaborate with the other organizers at MLOV on organizational-wide initiatives, as well as the members of Coalitions that MLOV participates in to advance labor and immigrant justice. Application date has been extended. Click here to read more & apply.

WILL Empower Apprenticeship Program

  • WILL Empower is a bold and ambitious new initiative to identify, nurture, train, and convene a new generation of women labor leaders. It reaches women both in traditional unions and other worker-based organizations. It is designed to complement rather than replicate existing movement leadership development and training programs.
  • Apply for the inaugural Apprenticeship Program, a new program designed to identify and recruit activists who are passionate about economic justice. If selected, paid apprentices will be placed with a union or worker organization for three to twelve months.
  • The WILL Empower Apprenticeship Program seeks to address a clear need for early career training and on-ramps to jobs with economic justice organizations. Apprentices may work in a variety of capacities, including organizing, research, communications, politics, mobilization, and policy. They will meet as a cohort for a formal orientation and each will benefit from ongoing mentorship, with mentors both within and outside of the host organization.
  • Click here to learn more. If you are a ONE DC member interested in this program, please reach out to us at organizer@onedcoline.org!

Facilitation for Movement Training, April 26 - 27, Washington, DC

  • In this current moment when more people are being energized by our movements for social change, there are more organizations, projects, ideas and movements that are calling on the expertise of facilitators to help support their vision. Facilitation for Movement Training intends to provide a space for advance training for facilitators and space holders who are involved with the following type of work: Strategy planning, coalition, movement and network building, program and project specific facilitation, organizational culture, conflict resolution and organizational development.
    Join us for this 2 day training with our incredibly skilled and knowledgable movement trainers, Inca Mohamed and Makani Themba. Facilitation for Movement training is $500 per participant. This training is for Black and People of Color only. Any questions? Contact paris@blackfeministfuture.org.
    Click here to learn more about the trainers, what is included in the participant fee, and to register for the training. Deadline is April 2nd.

Say NO to Subsidizing Amazon! Say YES to a Fair Budget!

By DC Fair Budget Coalition
Join us in urging Mayor Bowser and the DC Council to issue a a public statement affirming their refusal to provide any local subsidies to Amazon to entice them to locate their second headquarters here in the District.

We share a belief that the District’s resources should address the social, racial, and economic inequalities that plague our region, rather than enrich corporate profit. Over the past few decades, the District’s economic development policies have led to a massive increase in the cost of living. As a result, many low-income residents of color have been displaced from the District, or are struggling every day to survive here. We fear that an Amazon headquarters will only exacerbate our affordable housing and transit crises, speeding up gentrification and displacement until DC is effectively only home to the rich.

We will not abide by the bidding war that Amazon has created. Jurisdictions across the country are offering “blank checks” to this company, setting a terrible precedent for private companies across the country. What will stop Google or any other company from following suit and opening up a bidding war with cities and states to drain their coffers? How will we keep these corporate giants from profiting off of public land and money at the expense of the people who live and work here?

We will not accept our tax money being used to enrich the wealthiest man and company in history. Instead, we urge you to fund initiatives that will address the District’s long-standing social, racial and economic inequality. Specifically, the District must prioritize housing security, economic justice, food access, healthcare, and community safety.

We urge you join local leaders from New York, Indianapolis, and Austin and issue a public statement affirming your refusal to provide massive subsidies to the tech giant.

  1. Click here to read the full letter & sign the petition as an individual.
  2. Click here to sign as an organization.
  3. You can learn more about the Fair Budget Coalition & Metro DC DSA's  "No subsidies for Amazon" campaign at www.obviouslynotdc.com 

Congress Heights Updates

By Justice First

We wanted to update you on last Friday’s court hearing regarding conditions at the Congress Heights properties. Geoff Griffis’ attorney is again slowing down the process by arguing that the repairs the receiver suggested are not necessary and that it’s best to just partner with Griffis and his company City Partners.

Tenants’ counsel stated that wasn’t an option and that they will continue to fight to exercise their rights under TOPA in order to build 200 units of affordable housing.

Slumlord Sanford Capital was again delinquent in making payments to the court for much needed repairs at the property. Judge Mott ordered $25 thousand in delinquent payments to be made by end of the business day on Tuesday. The excuse that Sanford’s attorney gave is that Carter Nowell could not make the payments because he’s in Dubai. Needless to say, Judge Mott stated that the lawyer can send his client an email -- the $25 thousand is still due on Tuesday.

As you can see then, It’s important that we keep up the pressure and continue to fight. Thank you to all those who stood in solidarity with Congress Heights last week. More direct updates about future actions will be forthcoming.


ONE Bit of Good News - 2006-2016 People's Progress Report, "10th Anniversary Dreambook" Released


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ONE DC Monthly Voice - February 2018

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"Nobody is free until everybody is free."
-Fannie Lou Hamer


Congress Heights Updates

1. Judge Mott authorizes $50,000 payment to the receiver for the Congress Heights properties.
On February 16th, DC Superior Courtroom 518 was packed with Congress Heights supporters. Judge Mott authorized a $50,000 payment to be paid to the receiver to address some of the immediate issues on the property. Additional funds will be asked for once ownership issues regarding the recent, possibly illegal properties transfer, are clarified. Judge Mott also made clear that it was essential that the tenants be able to live in safe, habitable conditions, until they are able to exercise their rights regarding the broader redevelopment. Tenants at Congress Heights continue to fight to exercise their TOPA rights in order to build 200 units of quality, affordable housing over the Congress Heights metro. Stay tuned for updates about the next receivership hearing on March 21.

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Pictured: Ruth Barnwell, President of Alabama Ave/13th Street Tenant Coalition,
and Dorothy Davis, tenant leader from Brookland Manor following the
February 16 receivership hearing at DC Superior Court.

2. Click here to participate in the "One Click Action" for Congress Heights, sponsored by the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless!

“What we are fighting for is our right to live in safe and affordable housing.”
-Ruth Barnwell, President, Alabama Ave/13th Street Tenant Coalition

The Alabama Ave/13th Street Tenant Coalition is the tenant association consisting of the residents of the buildings above the Congress Heights Metro Station in Southeast Washington, DC (1309, 1331 and 1333 Alabama Avenue SE Washington, DC, as well as 3210 13th Street SE Washington DC). The tenants have been living with conditions that threaten their health and safety as a result of the pattern of neglect that took hold as soon as Geoff Griffis (of CityPartners), and Sanford Capital, began working toward the redevelopment of the properties into luxury apartments and retail.

Over the past several years, as they personally endured abhorrent conditions and treatment, the tenants’ steadfastness unmasked a horrific pattern at Sanford buildings and impacted the conversation around affordable housing in the District. DC residents who are recipients of housing subsidies often struggle to find reputable landlords who will rent to them, and many have no choice but to live in Sanford Capital buildings. This means that Sanford Capital profits handsomely from taxpayer-funded subsidies and the affordable housing crisis.

The tenants’ struggle has led to public outcry, lawsuits filed by the Office of the Attorney General of the District of Columbia, horror expressed by city officials at speeches, public hearings, and roundtables, and extensive media coverage. The Congress Heights properties have been subject to a receivership since September 2017, and Sanford Capital was ordered to ‘negotiate exclusively’ with the tenants regarding the terms of sale for a period of 60 days, starting on November 9, 2017. On December 27, 2017, Sanford Capital quietly transferred the properties above the Congress Heights Metro station to its own development partner for the proposed Congress Heights project: Geoff Griffis/CityPartners.  Griffis is now attempting to move forward the luxury redevelopment that has already caused great harm, and doesn’t reflect the wishes or participation of the residents who currently live on that land.

The Congress Heights Tenants’ Goal: Inclusive and equitable development at Congress Heights

The Coalition seeks to exercise rights under the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act, and partner with its chosen non-profit developer, National Housing Trust-Enterprise Preservation Corp., in order to redevelop this land in line with the vision and goals of the people who live there, and build nearly 200 truly affordable units above the Congress Heights Metro station.

The key to any redevelopment at the site is an abandoned building that is currently under the control of the DC Department of Housing and Community Development. We are in solidarity with Alabama Ave/13th Street Tenant Coalition as they ask Mayor Bowser and the District of Columbia government to work with the community by transferring 3200 13th Street SE to the Coalition and its representatives in order to achieve a win in the struggle against displacement and for safe, dignified, affordable housing.

3. Save the Date for the next People's Platform Event!
This month: Cooperation DC! Learn about how DC residents are organizing economic alternatives by developing worker-owned cooperative businesses. We will also hear lessons learned from the cooperative movement in Baltimore. Free food, music, & vendors!
Thursday, March 22 - 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM - Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company - 641 D St NW.
Click here to RSVP


Black Workers & Wellness Center Renovation Updates

We are making progress! This past month, we:

  • Hired a property management company, Delwin Realty, to help us with routine management & maintenance of the property
  • Worked with our project manager, long-time member & supporter Martha Davis, to apply for licenses & certificate of occupancy
  • Made progress in applying for grants to fund the renovations
  • Hired an architect, Emotive Architecture, to begin the measuring & planning stages of renovating the building, with direction from ONE DC members.

Stay tuned for:

  • A survey to gain input from the ONE DC community about the design of the BWC.
  • Info on volunteer clean-up & painting days
  • The pace of renovation depends on ongoing fundraising! If you would like to help plan or host a house party, fundraiser, or social to help raise money, please contact Dominic at dmoulden@onedconline.org

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Save the Date - ONE DC Annual Membership Meeting

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We are pleased to invite you to the ONE DC 2018 Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday, March 24th from 2 to 5 PM. The Annual Membership Meeting is a space for members to guide the vision of ONE DC. The agenda will include: Elections for an open seat on the ONE DC Shared Leadership Team, overview of our 2017 wins & outcomes; community learning exercises on Shared Leadership; financial updates; and exciting campaign developments from the People's Platform, Brookland Manor, Congress Heights, the Black Workers Center, and more.

About 2018 Shared Leadership Team Elections

ONE DC is governed by a Shared Leadership Team (SLT) made up of appointed and elected board members, other designated ONE DC member-leaders, and ONE DC staff. At the 2018 Annual Membership Meeting, we will hold an election for one (1) open elected position. You can nominate yourself or another person by sending an email to organizer@onedconline.org and we will take nominations from the floor on March 24th.

The qualifications for being appointed or elected to the Shared Leadership Team are:

  1. Be a resident of the District of Columbia,
  2. Be at least 18 years of age,
  3. Be a ONE DC member for at least 6 months and current in the payment of membership dues,
  4. Complete ONE DC leadership and capacity training, and
  5. Demonstrate commitment to ONE DC’s values, work and mission as demonstrated through an interview process with the Shared Leadership Team.

Click here for more information about the roles and responsibilities of being on the ONE DC Shared Leadership Team. If you are interested in learning more, please contact SLT member Nicole Newman at nicole.a.newmn@gmail.com or SLT Member Charles Turner at charlesrickturner@outlook.com or 202.427.5844.

The ONE DC Annual Membership Meeting is open to the public and all are welcome and encouraged to attend. However, only members whose names appear on the membership list will be eligible to vote in the election and on other matters put before the members for a vote. If you are unsure of your membership status, please contact Claire at ccook@onedconline.org or 202-232-2915.

2018 Call to Membership

Membership dues are used to build a people's movement funded by the people. They are used to fund membership activities & the ongoing campaigns & projects of ONE DC. Our goal for 2018 is for 300 people to pay their membership dues this year and bring our total membership up to 750!
Click here to pay your dues for 2018.

If you would like to join the planning committee or help with phone banking, outreach, or other volunteer roles for the Annual Meeting, please email organizer@onedconline.org.

Click here for more information or to RSVP


Community Discussion: Development & Gentrification in Shaw

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Upcoming Events

Pack the Oversight Hearing: MPD
Thursday, March 1 - 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM
John A. Wilson Building - 1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Hosted by Keep DC 4 Me, Stop Police Terror Project DC, & Black Lives Matter DC
We want to bring a strong presence to the Metropolitan Police Department oversight hearing to make it clear that there is forceful and mounting opposition to racist, militarized policing in DC or anywhere. RSVP below if you can make it, and please wear black to the hearing to show your support and solidarity!
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Palestine and the Struggle for Liberation Community Forum
Saturday, March 3 - 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Justice Center - 617 Florida Ave NW
Hosted by the Party for Socialism & Liberation (PSL)
For over a century, the Palestinian people have been struggling against colonial rulers for independence and self determination. The racist and zionist American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) will be launching its national convention in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, March 4. In response, Palestinian activists have called for a day of protest. This forum, the day before the protest, will explore the history of the Palestinian liberation struggle, from 1948 up until now, as well as up-to-date information on the National Rally to Support Palestine & Protest AIPAC (#SupportPalestineInDC2018). PLUS: meet DC advocates for mental health awareness, BTF Clothiers
Click here to RSVP

#SupportPalestineInDC2018
Sunday, March 4 - 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Meet at the White House
Hosted by Al-Awda & the ANSWER Coalition
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Knocking on Labor's Door- Author Talk with Lane Windham
Tuesday, March 6 - 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
The Potter's House - 1658 Columbia Rd NW
Lane Windham will discuss her new book, Knocking on Labor's Door: Union Organizing in the 1970s and the Roots of a New Economic Divide. Windham's book reveals an unseen wave of union organizing attempts in this pivotal decade, driven by women, people of color, young workers and Southerners. Exploring union organizing in shipbuilding, textiles, retail, and service, Windham overturns widely held myths about labor’s decline, showing instead how employers united to manipulate weak labor law and quash worker organizing. Knocking on Labor's Door dramatically refashions the narrative of working-class struggle during a crucial decade and shakes up current debates about labor's future. Windham's story inspires both hope and indignation, and will become a must-read in labor, civil rights, and women’s history.
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Comp Plan: Pre-Hearing Workshop
Saturday, March 10 - 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Union Temple Baptist Church - 1225 W St SE
Hosted by DC Grassroots Planning Coalition, Empower DC, & Metro DC DSA
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Join the DC Grassroots Planning Coalition to learn more about the Comprehensive Plan and prepare to pack the DC Council Hearing Room on March 20th. The DC Grassroots Planning Coalition is dedicated to not only stopping this attempt to gut the Comprehensive Plan, but building grassroots capacity to fight gentrification and displacement through participating in the Zoning process, strengthening ANCs and Civic Associations, and reforming of the city's planning and zoning agencies.
Click here to RSVP


Project Retail - Fighting to Decriminalize Fare Evasion on Metro and Buses

Have you ever not had enough money to get to work? Have you ever been stopped or harassed by transit police for not paying for a metro or bus trip? Share your story, and help Project Retail support efforts to decriminalize what they call "fare evasion."

The city should not support the criminalization of poverty, and should not allow transit police to harass and give criminal penalties in order to restrict freedom of movement on the basis of race, age, or economic status.

Contact Kristi Matthews at k.matthews0827@gmail.com to share your story.

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New Tax Legislation - Who Really Benefits?

By David Schwartzman
Chair, Political Policy and Action Committee
DC Statehood Green Party
Member of ONE DC, Empower DC, Fair Budget Coalition
dschwartzman@gmail.com, 202-829-9063

Who benefits most from the new federal tax legislation? And how could we use this to increase our revenue stream for low-income residents, meeting unmet needs?

This chart shows the overall tax burdens of DC residents, with all the DC taxes included (sales/excise, property and DC income taxes):

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Source: Who Pays?, ITEP

Note: these tax burdens change slightly with the 2014 Tax legislation (“triggers”) now fully in place: For example, the lowest 20% pay 4.8% of their family income, the top 1% pay 6.3% and the middle 20% pay 10.1%.

Thus DC millionaires continue to pay a lower percentage of their income in DC taxes than all but the poorest residents. The average income of the top 1% is now over $3 million per year. The highest burden falls on low-income and working class families.

The top 4% of DC's taxpayers with incomes above $347,000 will get the biggest tax cut in 2019, while those making over $135,000 will get 78% of the total. The top 1%, averaging over $3 million/year and will get an average tax cut of $81,240, while the poorest averaging $13,700/year will get a $120 tax cut. 

So how much new revenue could be gained for low-income programs in DC’s budget?

In 2019, DC can and should get at very least the equivalent of this tax cut for the wealthy back as revenue by hiking, if necessary, the DC income tax rate for the wealthy. In 2015, according to the IRS, the taxable income of DC millionaires (adjusted gross income) was $5.39 billion. For those making $200,000 and more, the total taxable income was $12.8 billion. Thus, an average 2% hike in their DC income tax payment in 2019 would generate more than $250 million/year.

Sources: ITEP’s up-to-date analysis of the impact of the GOP tax legislation on all the states, plus DC: https://itep.org/finalgop-trumpbill/, Taxable income in 2015: http://www.irs.gov/uac/SOI-Tax-Stats-Historic-Table-2; open DC, MD, VA on the map.


ONE Bit of Good News - The Library is Open!

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We have some great news! ONE DC’s library is open so come by and borrow a book! We have books on community organizing, resistance movements, history, Black liberation, and much more. Click here to check out our listing of books.

If you’d like to check out and read one of these books, you can arrange a time to come by the office by calling 202-232-2915 or sending an email to organizer@onedconline.org.
We are also actively seeking book donations relevant to our organizing work. For an (incomplete) list of books we'd like to add to our library, please check out our Wish List or send us your recommendations!

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ONE DC Monthly Voice - January 2018

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"I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept."
-Angela Y. Davis


Congress Heights Residents Plan March Against Slumlord

By Yasmina Mrabet, ONE DC Housing & People's Platform Organizer

Two days after Christmas, on December 27, 2017, real estate developer and slumlord Geoff Griffis cut a back door deal with long-time partner and fellow slumlord Sanford Capital in an attempt to acquire their properties at Congress Heights, via an irregular and possibly illegal land transfer. This attempted transfer is a desperate and last minute move by Griffis to circumvent two Court orders that would have otherwise resulted in either a negotiated agreement with Congress Heights tenants to prevent displacement and jump start the building of 200 units of affordable housing, or, a $2 million payment to the court to be used to repair the property as part of the ongoing receivership action.

This shameless attempted transfer of property from Sanford Capital to Geoff Griffis also took place during a 60-day period within which the court ordered Sanford Capital to negotiate exclusively with Congress Heights tenants via their chosen non-profit developer, NHT (National Housing Trust). In response to this latest maneuver by Geoff Griffis, Attorney General Karl Racine filed a contempt motion against Griffis in an effort to expose the underhanded nature of this latest displacement tactic.

To be clear: Griffis's intent is to stop money from being paid to the court by Sanford Capital (his partner), thus preventing desperately needed repairs that would protect the health and well-being of Congress Heights tenants. Moreover, the move is designed to prevent tenants from being able to exercise their rights under the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA), thus depriving them the opportunity to take control of the redevelopment process for themselves.

This usurping of tenant rights in the midst of an affordable housing crisis prevents tenants from doing exactly what TOPA was designed for, namely, giving the tenants a legal tool to prevent their own displacement, and also, to preserve and expand affordable housing in their own community.

Geoff Griffis is willing to subject Congress Heights tenants to continued unsafe, unhealthy conditions in order to push forward a luxury development plan at the expense of community interests. However, Congress Heights tenants are in the midst of fighting back. Their legal team, including Arnold & Porter and the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, is actively working to dispute Griffis's attempts to circumvent TOPA and the receivership.

Justice First and ONE DC are gearing up for mass mobilization in support of affordable housing and against displacement at Congress Heights. Tenants have worked for four years in order to control the land in their community. This is a line in the sand and a battle that cannot be lost. Join us at noon on Saturday, February 10 as we march on the home of slumlord Geoff Griffis!

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Black Workers & Wellness Center Capital Fundraising Campaign Enters Phase II

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With the Black Workers & Wellness Center Building purchased, ONE DC is now in the process of retaining a property management company to help with routine management of the property. We also will embark on a planning process for upgrade and renovation of the building. The pace of renovation will depend on ongoing fundraising, but in February an architect will be hired to start the planning work and receive direction from ONE DC members. Click here to donate!

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The Resource Committee is looking for long-time DC residents to join our committee in 2018. Come be a part of a team that is making sure the work of ONE DC and a more equitable DC is possible! Time commitments vary from 4-10 hours a month. No previous training or experience is necessary. If interested, please reply to this email or contact Dominic at dmoulden@onedconline.org or Nawal at nrajeh@onedconline.org


Save the Date - ONE DC Annual Membership Meeting

What is the people's vision for 2018 and beyond? What is ONE DC's financial standing? How did we win in 2017? How can you as a member get involved? Join us to find out at our Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday, March 24th.

Special Elections 2018!
There is an open seat on the ONE DC Shared Leadership Team (SLT). At the Annual Membership Meeting, eligible candidates will be nominated or self-nominated from the floor. We will then hold a vote by secret ballot. All are welcome to attend the Annual Meeting, but only members who are up to date on their annual dues will be eligible to vote. Below are the qualifications for being elected as a member to the Shared Leadership Team:

(1) Be a resident of the District of Columbia,
(2) Be at least 18 years of age,
(2) Be a ONE member for at least 6 months and current in the payment of membership dues,
(3) Complete ONE leadership and capacity training, and
(4) Demonstrate commitment to ONE’s values, work and mission as demonstrated through an interview process with the Leadership Committee.

There are also open seats on the Shared Leadership Team that can be appointed. We encourage anyone interested to contact SLT member Nicole Newman at nicole.a.newmn@gmail.com or call 202.232.2915 to learn more about the roles & responsibilities.

Click here to RSVP


Making the Just City
By Raheem Anthon

In December 2017, the Making The Just City team based in DC made a trip to conduct a learning exchange with the team in Orange, NJ. The meeting started off reaching agreement on the type of analysis we will use for the project in the following year. Situation analysis, put forward for discussion by Dr. Mindy Fullilove, examines complex interpersonal episodes in their embedding context in order to: 1) name the situation and 2) discern a set of strategies for action. The team decided this was a good way to delineate the episodes taking place in both cities.

The Making The Just City project started in early spring of 2017. The acting team members in DC, Serita El Amin and Raheem Anthon, were selected by IRL (Interdisciplinary Research Leadership) members Dominic Moulden and Derek Hyra, with input from the ONE DC Shared Leadership Team. The Making Just City project also has a New Jersey team: members Dr. Mindy Fullilove, Molly Fullilove, and Audrey Murdock.

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Gentrification across different cities shares many similarities such as displacement, rent increases, extreme poverty, and many more crippling effects. Yet, within each city that faces gentrification, there are unique episodes. Examining these unique experiences provides an opportunity for a deeper understanding of the effects. Since Orange is in the beginning stages of gentrification and DC in a late stage, applying situation analysis will give the team the ability to examine both areas and compare them to come up with solutions.

Developers have continued a type of “Jim Crow era” housing polices whereby poor Brown and Black folks are kicked out, replaced by an increasingly white population largely removed from the existing community. The DC team discussed this before arriving in Orange, referencing scenes from Baltimore. When looking at Baltimore, it becomes clear how displacement is not just made up of bad policy decisions, but is an attack on the Black and Brown (and even poor white) communities that have been occupying these spaces for years.

After the discussions, the Orange team guided the DC team through the Valley District. The area is working class (majority Black and Brown residents) with many industrial buildings vacant, which was the same situation in DC before gentrification. The team also learned some history of local organizing, such as Ironworks; a youth-led organization that focuses on culture, art, and community. After leaving the Valley, the team made a trip to the inner city of Orange, stopping at a local bakery whose owners expressed their dedication to staying connected to the changing community.

Once the tour was over, the team gathered for a community concert that celebrated the day Rosa Parks refused to give her seat to a white customer during the Jim Crow era, sparking protest that eventually evolved into the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The concert had many musical performances, from Oakwood Avenue Community School singing “Vivir Mi Vida” by Marc Anthony, to a solo performance by cellist Terrence Thornhill preforming “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” dedicated to his recently deceased grandmother.

On the final day of the trip, the MTJC team summed up how we want to apply “situation analysis” within our area of study. We drafted a chart of who were the key players within the communities (residents, politicians, developers, and business owners) to delineate a conceived observation of each area. In the coming year, MTJC will be working on a plan on when to conduct the interviews, meetings, and one-on-ones. The team is looking forward to making sure that this project will be a cornerstone of research dealing with community health as related to gentrification and displacement.

Click here to learn more about the Making the Just City project


Upcoming Events

Beyond the Capitalist Enterprise - The Movement for Worker Coops
Wednesday, January 31 - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
St. Stephen Church - 1525 Newton St NW
Hosted by Democracy at Work
Criticizing capitalism can be easy, especially after the 2008 Financial Crisis, but what many of us are looking for is the solution, the fix, and a way forward. Join Prof. Richard D. Wolff, Professor of Economics Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and author of many books including "Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism", to discuss how worker co-ops are a viable alternative to building a new and better economy for the future.
Click here to RSVP

Eyewitness Cuba -- The Revolution Continues!
Saturday, February 3 - 3:00 to 5:00 PM
Watha T. Daniel Library - 1630 7th St NW
Hosted by the Party for Socialism and Liberation
2016 Presidential candidate Gloria La Riva joins us in D.C. to report back after being invited to Cuba with a PSL delegation for a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Antonio Maceo Brigade. The brigade was formed to stand in solidarity with the Revolution, by Cuban youth living abroad because their parents had left the island. Hear eyewitness reports and see video and images from the delegation's trip, as well as an update on the Cuban economy, the remarkable hurricane recovery, recent biotechnology innovations and the need to end the U.S. blockade. A group discussion will follow the presentation.
Click here to RSVP

DC Jobs With Justice Community Meeting
Wednesday, February 7 - 5:30 PM
St Stephens Church - 1525 Newton St NW,
Join the JWJ community to learn about our 2018 campaigns and what you can do to fight for justice in Washington, DC.
Click here to RSVP


DC Grassroots Planning Coalition Meeting
Saturday, February 10 - 2:00 to 4:00 PM
Southwest Neighborhood Library - 900 Wesley Pl SW
Trump is cutting Fed programs and funds that help DC's working families -- like housing, food stamps, and other social uplift programs. This slashing of Federal funding elevates how Mayor Bowser and the DC City Council spend local money and utilize local public assets. In recent years we've seen tax gifts and public land given to developers to build luxury condos, hotels and stadiums all decided in a top-down way. But our local money and assets requires grassroots planning and that is where our local communities and Wards come in. Self-determination of our neighborhoods own futures is imperative no matter who is in office! We want to invite all of the people we work with on these zoning and planning issues into the room. We want to continue to build the Ward-level and neighborhood level teams we will need in 2018 to win key policies we want in the Comprehensive Plan to help shape the future of our communities.
Click here for more info

Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation's Capital

Thursday, February 15 - 6:00 PM
UDC Student Center Ballroom - 4200 Connecticut Avenue NW
Authors, Chris Myers Asch and George Derek Musgrove will discuss the tumultuous, four-century story of race and democracy in our nation's capital. Book signing and cupcake reception to follow the presentation.
Click here to RSVP

2018 Transit Rider Organizing Bootcamp
March 8 & 9, 2018
Tommy Douglas Conference Center - 10000 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD
Hosted by Americans for Transit
An action packed 1.5 days of speakers, panels, and workshops. Connect with community and labor partners. Learn from transit rider organizers on the ground working to improve service, increase funding, and hold decision makers accountable to the riding public.
Click here to register


WMATA Continues Crackdown with Anti-rider Fare Initiative

By Save Our System Coalition

Amid an ongoing funding crisis - which in a recent report by Ray LaHood, stated the system needs at least $500 million additionally a year to sustain - WMATA has decided to end their negative balance program in an effort to regain “lost revenue.” WMATA has lost $25 million over a period of 17 years.

Previously, if you were taken metro bus and you had less than $2 on your smarttrip, the system would let you on and you could pay the next time you are at a metro station. On January 8th, WMATA will do away with this policy and riders with low or negative balances will have to add additional fare to their SmartTrip cards at fare boxes on the bus or exit fare machines on the metro. Because these methods of adding fare are cash and coin only, bus and station operators will be forced to provide additional assistance to riders during busy times such as rush hour. ultimately this will increase disputes over fares, which WMATA has claimed its working to reduce in its ongoing campaign to criminalize low income people - namely black and brown communities - who cannot afford high fares.

Ultimately this will increase disputes over fares, which WMATA has claimed its working to reduce in its ongoing campaign to criminalize low income people - namely black and brown communities - who cannot afford high fares.

It’s true - Metro needs funding. But securing this funding thru high fares, service cuts and other anti-rider initiatives that inevitably results in the criminalizing low income communities and targeting those who are already struggle to pay metro fares is the wrong way to achieve this.

These policies only serve to make Metro more inaccessible to those who need access to public transportation most. Undermining access to public transportation will only worsen the racial and economic divides that plague our city all the while distracting the public from the real fare evaders looting the system.

Click here to continue reading on SaveMetro.org


Community Learning Walking Tours Continue in  2018

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"Thank you so much for such a powerful learning experience in visiting ONE DC as part of our trip. We are back in San Francisico, and thinking about all the connections to the issues impacting DC natives and people of color just as we are wrestling with our own affordability and displacement crisis. We greatly appreciate your support for our students to have a localized DC learning experience, and for the great organizing resources by ONE DC which we hope they'll continue to think over this semester as we further explore community organizing and activism. I am sending along a pic from our visit, and please let us know if you are ever in SF!" -Esther Madriz Living Learning Community at University of San Francisco

ONE Bit of Good News

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ONE DC Shared Leadership Team member and native Washingtonian Dewayne Brown (pictured above, third from left) was shot in October and seriously wounded. His miraculous recovery was celebrated when he visited ONE DC with his family.

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ONE DC Monthly Voice - November 2017

The Monthly Voice

November 2017 - ONE DC Newsletter

 


"You, in the face of rubber bullets, concussion grenades, water cannons, you stand ready, not caring what it might do to you, because you are living up to your responsibility. You are a protector not only of water, but also the air and the soil.”
-Dennis Banks, co-founder of the American Indian Movement (AIM) 


Resources from the Community, For the Community

By Rebecca Harris, ONE DC member

Raising more than $5,000 for the Black Workers & Wellness Center, Showing Up for Racial Justice DC (SURJ) & ONE DC hosted a teach-in fundraiser on November 13th featuring Congress member Keith Ellison, the first Black Muslim individual ever elected to Congress.

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This event represents only one piece of ONE DC’s larger campaign to raise $1.2 million to purchase a building to permanently house the Black Workers & Wellness Center (BWC) in Anacostia. The BWC is a member-led space that builds racial and economic justice through popular education, direct action, and worker-owned alternatives.

“It’s so critical to have this Black Workers Center, because so much of what we experience as oppression is economic,” Ellison said at the teach-in on November 13th. Though it’s critical that we respond to violent acts of racism, he continued, “if you don’t understand that the very root of that [violence] is trying to impose poverty on people, then you’ve missed so much of what racism is really all about.” Ellison noted that the Black-white wealth gap has roots in racist practices ranging from modern developers’ assault on urban Black communities to the Department of Agriculture’s displacement of Black landowning farmers over the course of more than a century.

Congress member Ellison also emphasized the importance of Black landownership, a priority for ONE DC. As Ellison noted, the decline of Black homeownership over the past few decades -- driven by exploitative mortgages and unchecked gentrification -- represents a tremendous blow to Black wealth overall. By buying a building in Anacostia to permanently house the BWC, ONE DC is at once laying a foundation for sustainable organizing and laying claim to a piece of what ONE DC organizer Dominic Moulden has called "the last frontier of working people" in this city.

The teach-in, which took place at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill, also featured Dominic Moulden, Resource Organizer for ONE DC; Delvone Michael, Senior Political Strategist for the Working Families Party; Yasmina Mrabet, People’s Platform Organizer for ONE DC, Eugene Puryear, Director of Field Operations for Justice First, and Delonte (Tae) Wilkins, Black Workers Center Organizer for ONE DC.

Keith Ellison’s full remarks can be watched online here.

Support our capital campaign for the Black Workers & Wellness Center today.


From DC to Jerusalem: Fighting Displacement & Colonization
By Sara Swetzoff, via Mondoweiss

Earlier this month, the Washington DC Palestine solidarity community welcomed Jerusalem activist Fayrouz Sharqawi, Advocacy Coordinator at the organization Grassroots Jerusalem. Sharqawi was on a two-week speaking tour including stops in Boston, New York, Chicago, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles. In DC, she held events with the Palestine Center, the Middle East Institute, and local advocacy group Organizing Neighborhood Equity ONE DC. The event with ONE DC put Sharqawi in conversation with Brookland Manor tenant leader Cheryl Brunson and community organizer Yasmina Mrabet. This momentous meeting of hearts and minds highlighted the parallel resistance of women fighting to protect their homes and communities in both occupied East Jerusalem and gentrified Washington DC.

Graphics displayed on the event page compared the numbers. One image showed the statistical decline of African American residents in DC: the once-majority Black city has lost nearly a third of its African American population over the past four decades, due to aggressive redevelopment and a corresponding influx of wealthier, predominantly-white new residents. A second graphic shows that over 200,000 Israeli settlers have moved into East Jerusalem since 1967, while tens of thousands of Palestinian locals have been stripped of their residency status or blocked from registering their children as residents.

Andrew Kadi, moderator for the event and an organizer with event sponsor DC for Palestine, explained why local Palestinian activists were so determined to connect Fayrouz Sharqawi with those confronting displacement here in Washington: “Anyone who thinks of Jerusalem–and what the U.S.-funded Israeli military and government are doing there – should also be conscious of policies that produce similar results here in DC,” he said over email. “Palestinians in Jerusalem, similar to long-time black and brown residents of DC, are struggling against racist policing, being stripped of housing, underfunded services, and mass incarceration, all of which results in displacement….We could stop funding Israel’s actions in Jerusalem and use that money to address some of these issues locally.”

Click here to continue reading on Mondoweiss


HUD Budget Cuts May Have Major Repercussions on Public Housing in DC 
By Kelly Iradukunda, People's Platform & Admin Organizing Apprentice

In the midst of an affordable housing crisis here in the nation's capital, the Trump administration adds its own recipe to the disaster by cutting HUD's budget of $6.8 billion in funding for affordable housing, which will leave the department with an overall budget 14% smaller than last year's. It is estimated that Washington, D.C. will lose over $34 million annually as a result of the proposed HUD budget cuts.Screen_Shot_2017-11-14_at_12.10.35_PM.png

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These HUD budget cuts will pose a particular threat to the District's already underfunded affordable housing system. According to the Washington City Paper, the D.C. Housing Authority (DCHA), which is responsible for providing affordable housing to low-and-moderate income D.C residents, already receives only 83 to 86% of what is required to maintain the city's properties. D.C. is already suffering from increased homelessness and this budget, amongst other things, eliminates the U.S Interagency Council on Homelessness.

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Additionally, Trump's cuts will affect the Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG), which funds a variety of community development projects. Budget cuts to this program will affect planned capital improvements to public housing properties owned and operated by the local government. Under Trump's budget cuts, DHCD funding will decrease by over 70%. The proposed budget cuts will also affect Section 811, which benefits disabled people. With the proposed budget cuts, DCHA will receive far less funds than it currently receives and needs, putting roughly 20,000 D.C. public housing residents at risk of displacement.

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This is where ONE DC's campaign, Universal Housing: A Public Option for the Social Good, comes in. In an era of constant threats on the poor, it is imperative we protect the health, safety, and welfare of working-class residents, especially people of color, by preserving, maintaining and expanding public housing.

It is absolutely illogical that there are thousands of homeless families in our nation's capital, while a new soccer stadium almost entirely funded by the District's money is being built. Clearly, we cannot depend on the Federal Government to ensure the safety and needs of the working-class. It is time to take control of our local money and redirect D.C resources towards its residents.


Homeless Reform Act Update

By Annie Hirschhorn, ONE DC member

At the D.C. City Council meeting on November 7, the Homeless Services Reform Act received initial approval from the council in an 11-2 vote. If the ‘yes’ vote stands when the council meets again on or around December 5, the bill will become law. Councilmembers David Grosso (At-Large) and Trayon White (Ward 8) were the two ‘no’ votes.

ONE DC, along with over 40 other D.C.-area advocacy groups, have signed a petition created by Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless (WLCH) opposing the HSRA. The bill, supported by Mayor Bowser, does not adequately or accurately address issues facing our city’s homeless, nor does it benefit the city financially, according to the WLCH and other concerned organizations.

A major provision causing opposition to the bill centers on the rapid re-housing model currently implemented in the District. A study conducted by WLCH showed that the rapid re-housing model, originally meant to assist a small subset of people, but currently being used as the main tool for moving D.C. families from shelters into homes, consistently leaves families struggling to make rent after the 12-month rapid re-housing timeline, wherein subsidies are provided, expires. In addition, conditions tend to be extremely poor in the rapid re-housing apartments offered and case managers tasked with supporting families are at times unreliable due to heavy caseloads. All of these factors send families directly back into the cycle of homelessness they are trying to escape, all while over $30 million is being spent on this rapid re-housing “solution.”

  • We believe if organizations and constituents continue to voice opposition, our city council members will reconsider their vote on the HSRA bill at the next meeting on or around December 5. Please click here to contact your councilmember and encourage a ‘no’ vote.
  • If you represent an organization interested in adding your name to the WLCH petition, please contact Amber Harding at amber@legalclinic.org.
  • Lastly, you can spread the word on your social media networks by sharing this information and using the hashtag #VoteNoHSRABill!

On My Mind/In My Heart: The Voices of Women in Public Housing

Join ONE DC & Empower DC for a powerful, free performance that invites you into the lives of six women as they share stories from their personal lives & experiences as public housing residents in the midst of gentrification in DC. The post-show talk back will feature residents of Congress Heights who are fighting to resist displacement & preserve affordable housing.

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Doors for this event open at 6:30 PM. Space is limited. Click here to RSVP


Celebrate 2017 with ONE DC!

Join ONE DC in celebrating the heart and soul of our organization...YOU! Our end-of-year "People's Party" is dedicated to highlighting all the wins, accomplishments, and work that members, donors, supporters, and volunteers accomplished this year in the fight for equity. All ages are welcome. There will be musical performances, free food, speakers, and a special awards ceremony. Long-time members, new supporters, and everyone in between are welcome!

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Childcare will be provided. Please let us know if you need transportation.

Click here to RSVP


Upcoming Events 

DC Fair Elections Community Meeting
Wednesday, November 29 - 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Anacostia Public Library, Glover Community Room - 1800 Good Hope Rd SE 
 Join ONE DC & DC Fair Elections with co-sponsors Ward 8 Democrats, Empower DC, Justice First, DC Women in Politics, & DC for Democracy. Featuring Councilmember Robert C. White Jr, Trayon White Sr, Markus Batchelor, Reverend George Gilbert Jr, Eugene Puryear, Anita Shelton, & Dexter Williams.
Click here to RSVP

The People's Metro Budget Forum
Thursday, November 30 - 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Festival Center, 1640 Columbia Rd NW
Save Our System, a coalition of riders, community organizations and small businesses will be holding a forum and meeting on the 2019 WMATA budget and how an alternative system can better address the needs of riders. Join us on November 30th for an evening of panels, workshops, and collaborative planning for pressuring WMATA in the new year.
Click here to RSVP

DC Labor Chorus' Evening of Favorite and Sacred Songs 
Saturday, December 2 - 7:30 PM
Tommy Douglas Conference Center Ballroom - 10000 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20903 
Come celebrate the holidays at a free concert with the DC Labor Chorus as they perform their annual Evening of Favorite and Sacred Songs - with a social justice twist. Be prepared to sing along on some of the selections. Elise Bryant is the director and Steve Jones the main accompanist. There will be free parking available. Donations are gratefully accepted.

Food Justice Conference Planning Meeting
Sunday, December 10 - 1:30 - 3:30 PM
Dorothy Height Benning Road Public Library - 3935 Benning Road NE
Join the Central NorthEast Civic Association (CNECA)'s next combination Food Justice conference planning and Gray Panthers of Metropolitan Washington Membership (GPMW) meeting. Attendees are encouraged to read Food First's World Hunger 10 Myths Fact Sheet ahead of time. Contact Michele or Rick Tingling-Clemmons at 202.388.1111 for more info.


Apply to The Sanctuaries' Artist Activist Training Program

Are you an artist fighting for social justice? The Sanctuaries is training the next generation of artists interested in using the power of their craft to ignite social change through a 15-week collaborative program. This program is open to any DC, Maryland, and Virginia artists. That means singers, musicians, writers, dancers, actors, directors as well as painters, printmakers, ceramicists and sculptors between the ages of 18  and 40.

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The Sanctuaries is a community of over 150 local artists working across various artistic mediums for the common goal of building lasting friendships, supporting each other’s personal growth, and collaborating on artistic projects that make a social impact, including working with ONE DC. Applications are due December 15.
For more information or to apply click here.


Become a Transportation Volunteer!

ONE DC is dedicated to making our events as accessible as possible, and making sure members have reliable transportation to and from events is a key part of that! We are looking for more volunteers with vehicles who are able to assist with transporting members and materials to and from events as their schedule allows.
Click here to volunteer


ONE Bit of Good News

In the midst of end-of-year fundraising appeals, we want to give a special thanks to our donors. In 2013, the ONE DC Resource Development committee began developing a long-term strategy to raise more through grassroots fundraising efforts -- individual & major donations, sustaining monthly donations, member dues, walking tours, & house parties. The growth over the last few years has been incredible -- whether it's $5 or $50,000, we give thanks to our generous supporters who sustain ONE DC.

2014 - 110 donors
2015 - 203 donors
2016 - 397 donors
2017 - 496 individual donors to-date!

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ONE DC Monthly Voice - October 2017

The Monthly Voice

October 2017 - ONE DC Newsletter

 


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


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

Now an appeal from ONE DC Resource Organizer Dominic Moulden:

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

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

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

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


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

By Jason Fernandes, Talk Poverty

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click here to continue reading on talkpoverty.org


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Upcoming Events 

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

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

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


The Trans-Atlantic Housing Crisis Book Event

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

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

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


Coalition Updates

Save Our System 

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

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

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

Put a Price On It!

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

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

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

Stop Police Terror Project DC


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

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

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


Share Your Vision of Liberation - Submit to MelaNation Today! 

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

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

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

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


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ONE DC Monthly Voice - September 2017

The Monthly Voice

September 2017 - ONE DC Newsletter

 


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


In Remembrance - Sylvia Robinson

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

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

By Caitlin Cocilova and Kristi Matthews

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Mayor Bowser, Turn Over 3200 to Congress Heights Residents!

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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THE ARSONISTS

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

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Upcoming Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


DC Palestinian Film & Arts Festival

 

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

 


Indict the System!

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

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

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

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

Click here to watch the trailer
Click here to RSVP.


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ONE DC Monthly Voice - August 2017

 

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


Win Congress Heights Now!

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

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

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

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Click here to RSVP


Link Up for Black August

By Angie Whitehurst, ONE DC member

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

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

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

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

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Photo Credit: O. Michael Leslie

Click here to RSVP for September People's Platform
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We need your support keep the movement going! Click here to sponsor.


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

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Click here to purchase your ticket!


Build the People's Congress of Resistance

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


 

Upcoming Events

 

Anti-Gentrification Housing Struggles in Los Angeles & Berlin
Thursday, August 31 - 6:00 PM
The Potter's House - 1658 Columbia Rd NW
Minority and immigrant communities and their mobilizations play a pivotal role challenging the ongoing nationalist political shifts right in the United States and Germany, which have been propagating xenophobia, racism, and economic, political, and social isolationism. In this historic configuration, housing serves as a central site of struggle, as a fundamental human right.
Click here to RSVP


¡Un canto por la Paz en Venezuela! A song for peace in Venezuela
Thursday, August 31 - 6:30 PM
Bolivarian Hall - 2443 Massachusetts Ave NW
Join us for an evening of live music, poetry and conversation about the situation in Venezuela, its Constitutional Assembly and the opportunities for peace in the country. Featuring César Guarcax, Xavier Bure, Patricio Zamorano, Ricardo Gallardo, Luci Murphy & the ONE DC Black Workers Center Chorus!
Click here to RSVP

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


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

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

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


ONE Bit of Good News

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


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ONE DC Monthly Voice - July 2017

 

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

People's Platform Updates

June People's Platform - Right to Transit


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

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

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

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


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

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

July People's Platform - Non-Imperialistic Education

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

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

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

Click here to RSVP!


Dahlgreen Courts

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

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

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

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

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

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

13th & Savannah SE Residents Exercise TOPA Rights

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

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


Join ONE DC for Mass Outreach Days

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

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

 

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


Public Land for Public Use, NOT Deals for Developers!

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

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

For more information regarding deals for developers, click here.


Resource Generation Hosts House Party Fundraiser for the Black Workers Center

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

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

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


Upcoming Events

 

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

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

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

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

Contribute to the Black Workers Center Library

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


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

By Claire Cook

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click here to continue reading the review on Shelterforce.com


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

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

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

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ONE DC Monthly Voice - June 2017

  "People get used to anything. The less you think about your oppression, the more your tolerance for it grows. After a while, people just think oppression is the normal state of things. But to become free, you have to be acutely aware of being a slave." -Assata Shakur, Assata: An Autobiography


Can you imagine your name on the Wall of Liberation?

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On Saturday, June 17th, ONE DC members, SURJ members, and supporters came together for an afternoon of good food, music, political education, conversation, and fundraising to celebrate Juneteenth! Baltimore-based hip-hop artist Son of Nun performed a couple of his amazing tracks. We heard stories & wisdom of movement building from our elders-- Betty Robinson, Arthur Brown, Jr. and Linda Leaks. Talented artists from around the DMV donated their art for a silent art auction.

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As many of you know by now, in 2016, ONE DC launched a 2-year 10th Anniversary capital campaign to fundraise over $2 million for the Black Workers Center and to sustain our future work. We are close to purchasing a building to house the BWC. A community-controlled space is critical to building power, political education, and leadership development with an emphasis on Black workers.

It is essential that ONE DC, a Black-led organization, operate from a liberated space East of the River, where unemployment rates are the highest in the city and where residents are vulnerable to a new wave of mass displacement and gentrification. All Juneteenth donors who give $50 dollars or more will be receive of honor of being recognized on our sponsorship “Wall of Liberation” when we succeed in purchasing a building to house the Black Workers Center!

Please donate today to get YOUR NAME on the Wall of Liberation!


Tenant-Led Accountability Action at Wilson Building

Tenants from Brookland Manor, Dahlgreen Courts and Congress Heights came together on Tuesday, June 20th for an action at City Hall where they got Ward 5 and Ward 8 council members Kenyan McDuffie and Trayon White on the public record with regard to underhanded displacement tactics and slum conditions tenants face at the hands of wealthy developers.

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Join the ONE DC Outreach Team for Thursday Mass Outreach Days

With the aim to cover more ground during outreach combined with the influx of new summer interns, ONE DC has now dedicated every Thursday from 3 to 7 PM as a mass outreach day where all staff, members, interns, and volunteers who can spare their time come together to conduct outreach at various designated locations in D.C. This month, ONE DC conducted outreach at Congress Heights, Brookland Manor, and Dahlgreen Courts to build our base of tenants who are fighting against displacement and other housing-related issues. We are also doing outreach every Tuesday from 4 to 6 PM in Congress Heights and have ongoing opportunities to table or distribute flyers at events throughout the city this summer.

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




Making the Just City Campaign Welcomes Two Apprentice Organizers

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Serita El Amin
is the granddaughter of Samuel B. Ethridge, a former National Education Association official who worked for racial integration of state teacher organizations during the civil rights movement of the 1960’s. In 1968, he was named head of the NEA’s newly created Center for Human Rights, which developed leadership programs. So in her life, Serita was inspired to follow her grandparents’ dreams and legacy, and wanted to represent through changing relationships between organizations. She has struggled in many areas of separation and displacement, and truly believes in human rights and remembering our ancestors and what they fought for. Serita lives in Washington, D.C., in the NE Brookland Manor apartments, where tenants are now trying to protect their rights and preserve affordable housing. She has lived at Brookland Manor for 18 years-- has one biological child and raised 16 children. Serita loves life and believes we should live life to the fullest with equal shares. She happily joined ONE DC's Making the Just City Project in 2017 to move forward to success and equal rights.

Raheem Anthon is a native of Washington D.C. His childhood consisted of relocating many times due to systemic circumstances of a low-income, single-parent household. He grew up in Congress Heights, Baltimore, and Charlotte, N.C. where he witnessed and experienced the physiological effects that struggle can take hold on people, especially his family. This led him to try to understand the reasons why this takes place in society. When life led him back to D.C., he was stunned to see the effects of gentrification and displacement take place where he considered home. Places seemed familiar, but faces were complete strangers. This, along with the election of 2016, compelled him to get politically involved, begin reading revolutionary literature, and led him to local organizations, such as ONE DC. Being a member of ONE DC has been integral in reconnecting him back to the DC community and he is currently involved in the Making the Just City ​campaign. This campaign is an ethnographic study of late and new gentrification stages and its adverse effects in the Orange County, NJ and Shaw area. Raheem hopes to continue working with the people in order to restore our roots, not just with revolutionary ideology, but to bring people​ to revolutionary ideology- a praxis for the people. He believes this will truly ​create social change by having the people fight for what is theirs and build a new society together.

Click here for more info about Making the Just City. If you are a current or former Shaw resident who wants to get involved, please contact 202.232.2915 or organizer@onedconline.org.


Put a Price On It DC Coalition

 

ONE DC has attended several meetings over the past few weeks at the DC chapter of the Sierra Club to discuss a proposed climate rebate act with several other organizations. The “Put a Price On It D.C.” campaign includes groups like the Sierra Club, DC Divest, Working Families Party of DC, and Americans for Transit. The bill aims to tax people and businesses releasing carbon emissions into the environment. The fee would be $20 per ton of CO2 in 2019 and would rise to $150 per ton in 2032. With these goals, carbon pollution can be reduced by 23% in Washington, D.C. by 2032.

The revenue gained from the tax will be distributed back into the hands of DC residents. This rebate will be allocated to DC residents on a quarterly-basis, giving a higher rebate amount to low-income residents. For example, in the first year alone, the policy would offer about $900 to low-income residents. With every dollar that low-income residents pay in the carbon fee, they will see four dollars rebated. Additionally, the plan will offer a tax credit for local DC businesses. In addition to offering economic rebates to DC residents, the policy will make for a cleaner and greener DC by lowering the amount of fossil fuel emissions.


In terms of the bill’s progress, groups associated with “Put a Price On It D.C.” are working to convince DC councilmembers and both large and small businesses in the city to pledge their support. Direct outreach and canvassing will continue in order to put pressure on the DC government to support this bill that benefits both DC residents and our environment. The “Put a Price On It D.C.” campaign wants to make the capital city a leader in fighting climate change with this progressive legislation.

Click here to learn more and sign up for updates. If you would like to get involved with the Put a Price On It DC campaign as a ONE DC member, please email Claire at ccook@onedconline.org or call 202.232.2915.

Upcoming Events

 

Save Our System Transit Justice Rally
Thursday, June 29 - 5:30 PM
Columbia Heights Metro Station - 3030 14th Street NW
The Save Our System Coalition is organizing to oppose WMATA’s fare hikes and service cuts. At this rally we will be hearing from DC residents about their experiences with riding metro so we can organize and demand a better transport system. ONE DC joins this fight as reflected in People's Platform Principle #8: Access to safe and affordable transportation so that we can travel between our homes, jobs, schools, and recreational spaces.
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DC Fair Elections Hearing
Thursday, June 29 - 9:00 AM
John A. Wilson Building, Room 500 - 1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Attend hearing on bill to #FightBigMoney.
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A Right to the City: Discussion on D.C. Neighborhood Change (Smithsonian Folklife Festival)
Thursday, July 6 - 1:15 PM – 2 PM
After a half-century of population decline and disinvestment, Washington, D.C., along with other U.S. urban centers, has been witnessing a “return to the city”—with rapidly rising populations, rents, and home prices, but also deepening inequality. This discussion with local community leaders, organizers, and artists is related to the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum’s forthcoming exhibition A Right to the City (2018), which explores the history of a diverse range of D.C. neighborhoods and how their residents helped to shape and reshape their communities in extraordinary ways. Participating in this discussion will be Dominic Moulden from ONE DC, Busboys and Poets owner Andy Shallal, and Paso Nuevo director Quique Avilés.
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Save the Date: We’ve Been to the Future & We’ve Won: A Dance Party Fun(d)raiser for the Black Workers Center
Saturday, July 22 - 8 PM-2AM
Uptown Art House - 3412 Connecticut Ave, NW (Cleveland Park Metro)
Co-hosted by Resource Generation. Featuring Local DJs: DJ Tyron & DJ Young Ella Baker
More details to come!


Community Announcements

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


Register Now for the People's Congress of Resistance

Registration is now open for the September 16-17 People's Congress of Resistance! This event will draw together grassroots resisters and diverse social movements from around the country for an exciting weekend of strategizing, deliberation and information-sharing. The registration fees of $50 and $100 help cover the enormous expenses that go with organizing an event of this magnitude. Click this link to register today!

The registration fee covers participation in the two-day event, not including housing, food and other personal expenses. If you cannot pay the registration fee but are eager to attend the People's Congress of Resistance, please fill out this form. We are collectively fundraising so that no one will be unable to come on account of funds.

The People's Congress of Resistance is also looking for local volunteers in DC. Click here to sign up.


ONE Bit of Good News - Alfred McKenzie Award

On June 7th, at the Wiley A. Branton Award Luncheon, the Washington Lawyers’ Committee presented ONE DC with the Alfred McKenzie Award. We thank the WLC for their ongoing support & commitment to ONE DC and to tenants leading the struggle against displacement.

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The Washington Lawyers’ Committee is proud to partner with ONE DC. In August of 2016, ONE DC, along with a group of families, filed a class action lawsuit challenging the discriminatory redevelopment of Brookland Manor, an affordable housing complex located in Northeast DC. More than 150 of the units house large families that have made their home on the property for generations. Brookland Manor is one of the few remaining DC communities with the four- and five-bedroom apartments necessary to provide safe, adequate housing for these families. Appallingly, the developer “justified” this discrimination claiming that large families are “not consistent with the creation of a vibrant new community.” The Washington Lawyers’ Committee and Covington & Burling represent ONE DC and the other plaintiffs in this case.

In addition, ONE DC’s organizers have identified important civil rights and racial justice issues facing tenants at multiple DC properties and connected those tenants to the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for legal representation. ONE DC has laid the groundwork for building trust between tenants throughout the District and the Committee, without which the Committee’s work would not be as fruitful and effective.

ONE DC’s values and work exemplify the life and spirit of Alfred McKenzie. In his name, we are proud to honor Dominic Moulden and all of his colleagues who make ONE DC a dedicated and courageous partner with which we hope to work long into the future.

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