ONE DC Monthly Voice - May 2016


The Monthly Voice

May 2016 - ONE DC Newsletter


"I'm here because I wish I could wave a magic wand and bring back all of the people that have had to leave DC."
-Ms Ivy Kayira, on why she organizes with ONE DC


Buy Your Tickets for ONE DC's Juneteenth 10th Anniversary Celebration

Join ONE DC in celebrating 10 years of organizing for racial and economic equity in the District!

Saturday, June 18
1:00 - 4:00 PM - Community Marketplace & Dialogue with Dr. Angela Davis & Dr. Barbara Ransby
Jack Morton Auditorium, George Washington University, 801 21st NW
5:00 - 11:00 PM - Celebration w/ Food, Live Music, & Dancing
Bolivarian Hall, 2445 Massachusetts Ave NW

ONE DC's 10th Anniversary Juneteenth celebration will include a community dialogue on community organizing & movement building featuring Dr. Angela Davis and Dr. Barbara Ransby, and an evening of soul, celebration and reclamation through music and dance. The event will also serve as the kick-off for a major capital fundraising campaign to raise over $1 million to fund the opening of ONE DC Black Workers Center, as well as to fund another 10 years of organizing for our human rights to housing, income, & wellness in DC. We hope you not only will join us in celebration, but also make a donation toward our capital campaign. 

Visit to find out more about transportation, childcare, and how you can support our 10th Anniversary as a sponsor or vendor.

Click here to buy your $20 tickets and support ANOTHER 10 YEARS of organizing in DC!

You can ask to reserve a free or reduced ticket by clicking here.

First Annual East of the River Food Justice Conference

Cooperation DC is involved with others in the planning of the First Annual East of the River Food Justice Conference to support emerging food coops in wards 7 and 8.

There are also other ways to get involved with Cooperation DC:
CHILDCARE: support the development of an emerging childcare cooperative in NW.
POPULAR EDUCATION: Help plan and continue our popular wisdom circle series and other community learning sessions.
ORG DEVELOPMENT: Do you have website, graphic design or social media skills? This is the working group for you!

Email or contact 202.957.4987 to find out more!

The Black Workers Center at The United Black Fund

ONE DC has been preparing to transform the basement of the United Black Fund into a fully functional and permanent space for the new Black Workers Center. United Black Fund CEO Barry LeNoir has graciously offered to allow ONE DC to use the space for free. LeNoir first heard about ONE DC while we were organizing for the Marriott Marquis Jobs Training Program, and began following the group’s activities when ONE DC began protesting a lack of enforcement of DC’s First Source hiring law. He says he especially appreciates the relationships that ONE DC fosters in the community, because they form networks of committed individuals working collectively for change.

Now, LeNoir says that he is “honored” to provide ONE DC the space for the District’s first Black Workers Center. He says that the United Black Fund is “prepared to support the movement in whatever way possible.” According to LeNoir, the United Black Fund’s location makes it the ideal space for the DC Black Worker’s Center. To him, Ward 8, ­­the ward with the highest unemployment rate,­­ is experiencing an “unemployment nightmare,” and the Black Workers Center “goes right into the heart of the challenge.” That is why he permitted and encouraged ONE DC to host planning meetings for the Black Workers Center starting in 2015.

The Black Workers Center space will be comprised of two rooms-- one for conference space and one for desk­-based community learning and jobs training. ONE DC intends to install computers and redecorate the interior of the space. ONE DC envisions a constant stream of local residents, many of whom have already committed to be volunteers. The goal is to build power with Black workers and begin reversing what LeNoir called a “flow away of wealth from longtime DC natives and residents.”

This “flow back” will occur through the achievement of the Black Workers Center’s five main goals. Our members envision:

  • A center for finding and creating positive, dignified Black work and training.
  • An incubation space for alternatives to low-­wage work, such as worker cooperatives, collectives, and small businesses created, owned, and operated by Black workers.
  • A place to openly discuss the intersection of race and work, particularly what it means to be "working while Black," as well as a place for Black workers to positively recognize their Blackness.
  • An environment to challenge bad employers who exploit, cheat, & steal from their workers.
  • An educational space to talk about ways to work safer and for more money and benefits.

Join us for the next meeting!
Thursday, June 23rd - 6PM
United Black Fund - 2500 MLK Jr Ave SE
Click here to RSVP

These goals can only be reached with support from ONE DC supporters. Click here to donate.

ONE DC is Hiring Part-Time Apprentices Organizers

ONE DC is seeking creative and dynamic individuals with a genuine interest in learning about and getting on-the-ground experience with community organizing. Successful candidates will:

  • Support organizing strategy for the People's Platform, Right to Housing, or Black Workers Center campaigns while collaborating with DC residents and workers, ONE DC staff, and ONE DC members
  • Recruit and develop relationships with ONE DC members by conducting roughly 5-10 hours of outreach via phone banking, one-on-one visits, and neighborhood door-knocking per week.
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of ONE DC organizational events.
  • Support leadership development of ONE DC members, DC residents and workers.
  • Perform organizing campaign related administrative tasks, such as updating the Nation Builder database, ONE DC website, or social media as needed.
  • Research topics and legislation related to issues the People's Platform or Black Workers Center is working on.
  • Attend staff meetings and planning sessions

Click here for more information and how to apply


ONE Bit of Good News - Accolades, Awards, & Appreciation

ONE DC Shared Leadership Team Member Jessica Gordon Nembhard Inducted into 2016 Cooperative Hall of Fame
A cooperative ambassador, economist and community economic development expert, Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard is author of the recently published book, Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice. The result of 15 years of careful research, the book solidifies Gordon Nembhard as a historian of cooperative empowerment and transformation within low-income and minority communities. Her book argues that co-ops not only should be, but have historically been a social justice tool within African American communities.
Watch the video to learn about Jessica's journey to the Coop Hall of Fame!
Congratulations Jessica!

ONE DC Resource Organizer Dominic Moulden Receives 2016 Maryland-DC Campus Compact Civic Leadership Award
Recognizes an individual who has contributed substantially to the development of civic and community engagement in the Maryland-DC region. Nominees are public servants, non-profit, or other community leaders who have helped to create a culture of community-engagement an improved community life within the Maryland-DC region.

"On behalf of the Yale Chaplains’ OffIce and our group of Chaplaincy Fellows, we want to offer our heartfelt gratitude to ONE DC - the Shared Leadership Team, staff and members. You inspire us and help to remind us that real change is possible through hard work and dedication. Yale’s Chaplaincy Fellows are a group of diverse sophomores who spend a week in DC to both learn about community challenges and visit different religious spaces. Our students this year learned so much from your leadership strategy and community empowerment work. One DC has become a role model for what successful but difficult racial justice work can look like. I’m sure our students will implement the lessons they learned from One DC in their own campus activism and beyond. THANK YOU!!!" -Yale students visited ONE DC for a walking tour



ONE DC Monthly Voice - April 2016


The Monthly Voice

April 2016 - ONE DC Newsletter


"Freedom! Freedom! I can't move
Freedom, cut me loose!
Yeah, freedom! Freedom! Where are you?
Cause I need freedom too!
I break chains all by myself
Won't let my freedom rot in hell
Hey! I'ma keep running
Cause a winner don't quit on themselves."
-Beyonce, "Freedom," LEMONADE


Join the ONE DC Black Workers Center ApprenticeShift Campaign

For the last several months we've come together at ONE DC's Black Workers Center to create a transformative organizing campaign aimed at creating jobs and shifting the way workforce development is done in the city. For too long the District government has invested millions in jobs training programs that don't create jobs. According to the Economic Policy Institute, the Black unemployment rate in DC is 13.6% - the highest in the country.

History has taught us that the only way to change these dire statistics is to organize. In 2014, ONE DC members organized and successfully got 178 workers hired at the Marriott Marquis Hotel on Massachusetts Avenue NW. We did it before and we can do it again. Join us for our next meeting Thursday, May 19th to learn how to get involved with the ApprenticeShift campaign. We demand that the city shift from a failed jobs training model and expand opportunities for paid apprenticeships (on the job training). We'll discuss the campaign plan and timeline, outreach, and specific ways you can get involved.

Thursday, May 19 - 6PM
United Black Fund - 2500 MLK Jr Ave SE
Click here to RSVP for the next meeting

ONE DC's Juneteenth 10th Anniversary Celebration

Monday, May 9 - 6:30 - 8:00 PM
ONE DC Office - 614 S St NW, Carriage House

ONE DC will be celebrating our 10th Anniversary on Juneteenth weekend - Saturday, June 18th! Using the theme of Celebration, Reclamation, and Radical Imagination, we are working to develop a day of stellar programming and we need your support:

  • Contacting vendors & partners to participate in a pop-up marketplace
  • Lending your creative talent as artists, singers, spoken word/poets, or performers to the program
  • Helping with phone banking and mailings, managing ticket sales and RSVPs
  • Sharing your own story about what it means to be a ONE DC member and organize for your rights in DC
  • And more!

Click here to RSVP for the next planning meeting

Cooperation DC Meeting


Cooperation DC’s 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. Our vision is a city and world where all workers – especially those of us who have been most marginalized by our current economy – reap the benefits of our labor, have a meaningful voice in the workplace, and apply those democratic practices to other areas of our civic lives. Come find out what's happening this year with Cooperation DC and how you can get involved!

Sunday, May 15 - 2PM
Shaw/Watha T. Daniel Library - 1630 7th St NW

Click here to RSVP

Looking to Live in a Housing Cooperative?

The housing co-op of 1417 N Street NW is currently offering affordable studio living spaces with a variety of features. By owning a share in this co-op, you can have affordable long-term housing while managing your building.

Centrally located in Logan Circle, amenities include HVAC, remodeled bathrooms, a laundry room, bike storage, and more. Units available include the small studio (225 square feet) and the studio (330 square feet); respectively valued at approximately $950/month and $1,144/month. Costs cover maintenance, insurance, water, and payments to the co-op blanket mortgages. Resident pays electric & gas.

To qualify for the apartment, you must undergo credit and background checks, demonstrate an interest in co-op participation, and have income between the minimum and maximum values. For more information, contact Hernan Sotomarino at 202.630.1417 Se habla español.

Click here for more information

Upcoming Events


Pan-African May Day March for Alonzo Smith
Sunday, May 1 - 3:00 PM
Marbury Plaza  - 2300 Good Hope Rd SE
May 1st marks the 6th month anniversary of the murder of Alonzo Smith and is International Worker’s Day or “May Day,” that grew out of the efforts of radical labor organizers. Alonzo was a remarkable education worker and his death is a terrible tragedy that has yet to see justice served. To show that 6 months later Alonzo Smith is missed but never forgotten, there will be a march led by Beverly Smith of Pan-African Community Action and mother of Alonzo starting at Marbury Plaza to the 7th District Station, 2455 Alabama Ave., SE. There will be a rally at both locations with speakers and cultural expression.
Click here to RSVP

DC May Day March & Rally
Sunday, May 1 - 2:00 PM
Malcolm X Park - 2400 15th ST NW
On  May 1st, millions of workers across the globe will express international solidarity by banding together to march in honor of May Day.
Click here to RSVP

"Collective Courage" Wisdom Circle, Part III
Thursday, May 5 - 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library - 1630 7th St NW
Join us for Part 3 of the Collective Courage Wisdom Circle. For the first hour, Jennifer Bryant will interview author Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard. The second hour will be reserved for community dialogue, introspection, & visioning. We look forward to a lively discussion for the last section of Collective Courage!
Click here to RSVP

"Peace, Jobs, & Justice" - DC Labor Chorus & Not What You Think
Saturday, May 14 – 7:00 PM
Washington Ethical Society - 7750 16th St NW
For the first time ever, two of DC’s premier singing groups, Not What You Think and the DC Labor Chorus, join forces for “Peace, Jobs and Justice,” a concert of their best songs! Tickets $20. For more information, call 202-215-2902.
Click here to purchase advance tickets

DCRA Protection Now!
Saturday, May 14 - 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Northeast Neighborhood Library 330 7th St NE, Mezzanine Conference Room 2nd floor
Residents demand protection from the DC Regulatory Agency (DCRA) and developers. You and your home are under siege by developers who are building out (Popbacks) and up (Popups) beside your property without abiding by the DCRA Construction Codes and Rules. DCRA is not willing to go against rogue developers to protect D.C. residents.
Email Tolu at or call 202-331-4418 for more info about upcoming meetings in June and July & to be added to the email list.

Raise the Wage: Canvas with #DCfor15 this Saturday!

This Saturday, April 30 at 10:30 AM, ROC-DC will be hitting the streets, telling DC voters about our petition to raise the wage to $15 per hour for all, and collecting the signatures needed to put it on the people's ballot box come November! Meet us at the African American Civil War Memorial, at the 10th St exist of the U St metro station.

If passed, under our ballot initiative, the District's minimum wage will increase annually until it reaches $15 per hour in 2020, after which the minimum wage will be adjusted each year according to increases in the cost of living. The initiative will additionally increase the minimum wage of tipped employees to $15 per hour by 2025, bringing DC's restaurant workers to #1FairWage.

Click here to RSVP

ONE Bit of Good News - 150 Attend 3rd Annual Equitable Development Conference

"A right to the city’ summarizes the banner under which we should be marching. Under that banner, fundamentally, this has to be a working class movement to defend the ability of working class people to remain in and flourish in cities. It needs to be a movement against gentrification and the racial cleansing of cities.” -Bill Fletcher, Jr.

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Click here to read the full article about "Movement or a Moment"



ONE DC Monthly Voice - March 2016


The Monthly Voice

March 2016 - ONE DC Newsletter


"Changing the structure and rules of the global economy will require a mass movement based on messages of compassion, justice, and equality, as well as collaborative and democratic processes ... if we stay positive, inclusive, and democratic, we have a truly historic opportunity to build a global movement for social justice." -Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK


Thank You to Our Supporters Who Believe 'Another World is Possible'!

Our members are always finding innovative ways to help ONE DC raise funds. To celebrate her 30th birthday, Iimay Ho hosted a fundraiser for ONE DC to highlight the Black Workers Center project. Several local businesses were represented at the event: holistic wellness center Freed Bodyworks provided the venue, veggie and gluten-free friendly food were from Zenful Bites, and cupcakes were from Grassroots Gourmet. Folk healer Richael Faithful of the Conjure! Freedom Collective kicked off the evening with a drum meditation on the topic of "seeds we have sown," and Dominic referenced this theme as he shared how ONE DC has sown the seeds of justice in DC for 10 years. Iimay is grateful to have had the chance to support ONE DC through this community celebration!


Click here to donate to ONE DC

Call for Volunteers for ONE DC's Juneteenth/10th Anniversary Celebration

Monday, April 11 - 6:30 - 8:30 PM
ONE DC Office - 614 S St NW, Carriage House

ONE DC is looking for volunteers to assist with the production of the ONE DC Juneteenth/10-year Anniversary Celebration! Using the theme of Soul, Celebration, and Reclamation we are working to develop a day of stellar programming and we need your support. We are building a dynamic team to help in different ways: 

  • Developing cultural and creative programming; 
  • Executing on the planning and; 
  • Managing event activities the day of
Interested in bringing your time and talents to one or all of these areas? Come and learn more volunteer opportunities for the  ONE DC Juneteenth/10-year anniversary Celebration on April 11th, 6:30 - 8:30pm at the ONE DC office. 

Click here to RSVP

This is What the Movement Looks Like!


On February 25, residents from Mt Vernon Plaza and Museum Square united to speak out against eviction by their landlord, Bush Companies. The tenants demand respect and the right to stay in their homes without harassment and intimidation. With the support of ONE DC, API Resistance, and other partners & allies, a multi-racial, multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, intergenerational group of over 100 tenants and allies traveled to Arlington, VA to stand up for their human right to housing.

Click here to view photos & summary from the action

Taking action works! Last week, Mount Vernon Plaza residents learned they will receive thousands of dollars in reimbursements after being forced by Bush Companies to overpay on their rent for nearly 2 years. Congratulations Mount Vernon Plaza!

A Moment or a Movement? Why Black Lives Matter on the Path to Equitable Development in Washington, DC

Tuesday, April 5 - 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Movement building is the focus of the third annual conference on equitable development in Washington, DC co-sponsored by ONE DC and George Washington University. Bringing together residents from all parts of the DC area, organizers, students, developers, elected officials and all who are concerned with sustainable, equitable development, this conference will build on the ongoing efforts to create a more democratic and just community. The day will also include DC Study Tours in the afternoon exploring the themes of resident-led development, community organizing and resistance.

Click here to register for the conference & tour

We still need volunteers to help during the conference & tours. Please email Claire at if you can volunteer!

Upcoming Events


"Collective Courage" Wisdom Circle, Part II
Sunday, April 3 - 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library - 1630 7th St NW
Join us to discuss Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice, written by ONE DC and Shared Leadership Team member Jessica Gordon Nembhard.
Click here to RSVP

Democracy Awakening 2016
- Teach, Learn, Transform
Saturday, April 16 – 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM
All Souls Church, 1500 Harvard Street NW
Saturday (Emancipation Day) will feature workshops, teach-ins and art at the intersections between voting rights, money and politics and the struggles for a healthy living planet, criminal justice reform, a fair economy, workers rights, empowered young people and more. This is part of a weekend-long mobilization April 16-18 to protect voting rights, get big money out of politics and demand fair consideration of the Supreme Court nominee. Democracy Awakening is a broad coalition of organizations representing the labor, peace, environmental, student, racial justice, civil rights and money in politics reform movements.
Click here for more information

DC May Day March & Rally
Sunday, May 1 - 2PM
Malcolm X Park - 2400 15th ST NW
On  May 1st, millions of workers across the globe will express international solidarity by banding together to march in honor of May Day.
Click here to RSVP

Hill-Snowdon Foundation Maps Black-Led Organizing

"In addition to the 20 or so Black-led organizing groups that we are able to support directly through the MBLM Initiative, we know that there is a much larger ecosystem of dynamic Black-led community organizing groups that are doing important work - but are under-resourced because they are not on the radar of many donors. Consequently a key feature of the MBLM Initiative is to develop an on-line searchable database and of Black-led community organizing groups in the US, so that we can literally put these important groups on the map." -Hill-Snowdon Foundation

Click here to check out the map of Black-led community organizing

ONE Bit of Good News - A Word From a New Member


Thank you Michael for demonstrating what it means to be a ONE DC member! Click here to join today.



ONE DC Monthly Voice - February 2016


The Monthly Voice

February 2016 - ONE DC Newsletter


"We have a chance here to teach industrial and cultural democracy to a world that bitterly needs it." - W.E.B. DuBois


Radical Black Organizing: Fund #BlackWorkersMatter Organizing through the DC Black Workers Center


To learn more, contact Resource Organizer Dominic at

Join us at the Annual Membership Meeting

Saturday, March 5 - 2:00 - 5:00 PM
Thurgood Marshall Center - 1816 12th St NW, Gymnasium

What is the people's vision for 2016 and beyond? What is ONE DC's financial standing? How did we win in 2015? How can you get more involved as a member and a leader? Who is on the Shared Leadership Team and how does it function?  Join us to find out! All ages welcome. Food will be served. Please let us know if you need transportation.

Click here to pay your 2016 membership dues

Membership dues and donations are used to build a people's movement funded by the people. Join ONE DC and support us in building power with long-time DC residents to organize for an equitable city.


Freedom School - Dispossession, Displacement, & Resistance

Saturday March 12 - 12:00 - 4:00 PM
St. Stephen's Church - 1525 Newton Street NW

ONE DC's next Freedom School will focus on Dispossession, the second wheel in the 'Four Wheels of Capitalism' (Exploitation, Dispossession, Repression, & Oppression). We will explore the issue of land dispossession & displacement, learn about root, structural causes, and highlight national and international examples of community resistance to dispossession.

Freedom School will include discussion, group breakouts and exercises, videos, fellowship with other ONE DC members, and more. All ages welcome. Food will be served. Please let us know if you need transportation.

ONE DC Freedom Schools are community learning events based on the tradition of the Mississippi Freedom Schools organized by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) during the summer of 1964. The goal of the Freedom Schools was to be "an educational experience for students which will make it possible for them to challenge the myths of our society, to perceive more clearly its realities, and to find alternatives, and ultimately, new directions for action." Using question-posing techniques (the same techniques as popular education and popular theater), the SNCC Freedom Schools were a progressive and radical education project.

RSVP here

Learning from the Past to Promote Our Future

Wisdom Circle: Collective Courage

On the afternoon of Sunday, February 21, a dozen ONE DC, Cooperation DC, and Black Workers Center members and organizers gathered to discuss Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice, written by ONE DC and Shared Leadership Team member Jessica Gordon Nembhard.

The group discussion, centered around Part I of Collective Courage, highlighted inspiring examples of cooperative groups working toward collective ownership. These examples demonstrate the resiliency of Black communities to build together in the face of extreme prejudice and threats to undermine that collective strength. The group discussion emphasized the importance of political organizing and action in building economic power.

Multiple groups highlighted in the book experienced active attempts to derail or discredit them, and therefore encountered higher incidences of failure than white ventures. The Wisdom Circle posited that without political or legal backing, economic development initiatives today would also encounter similar roadblocks. However, the Wisdom Circle also discussed that by building economic power for ourselves, we might free resources and time to be able to contribute more substantially to critical political efforts to change the structures that create macro-level inequality. There was hope expressed that ONE DC and the Wisdom Circle itself will continue to foster an environment that links politics and economics in critical ways to build Black economic power and dismantle inequitable economic structures.

Overall, through learning examples of cooperative strength, we can both motivate ourselves to strive for success while applying the principles of what works best to achieve longevity in collective economic power. As education is a core element of this cooperative strength, learning of past collective efforts will help us develop better cooperative projects moving forward.

To buy your own copy of Collective Courage, email Sliding scale $25- $40. Proceeds go directly to fund the organizing work of ONE DC.

The Wisdom Circle will meet again for Part II of Collective Courage on Sunday, April 3

For more on Collective Courage, Jessica Gordon Nembhard's interview with Laura Flanders can be found here

Cooperation DC Seeking a Fellow

Through our partnership with Building for Progress, ONE DC is seeking a fellow to s​upport our work. Tasks include:

-Creating graphics that simplify complex housing, work, and other concepts
-Creating popular education materials for ONE DC members and the public
-Researching and writing real-time responses that share the People’s Platform perspective on issues
-Supporting our social media organizing efforts
-Joining People’s Platform and campaign meetings
-Other ad hoc assignments

The fellow will be paid $15/hr. The number of hours worked per week is somewhat flexible and can be agreed upon with the coordinator.

Qualifications include:

-Graphic design skills​;
-Strong research and writing skills;
-Good communication and interpersonal skills;
-Self-motivated and skilled at working as part of a team;
-Knowledge of Washington, DC issues and organizations;
-Learn about and commit to ONE DC’s organizing model;
-A desire to deepen political analysis and learn about the history of social movement​s;
-Willingness to engage in honest, though constructive, mindful, and compassionate reciprocal critique of work with others.

To apply, please send a resume, writing sample, and graphic design sample to by February 27th. People of color, women, DC residents, and youth are encouraged to apply.

Upcoming Events


Capital Dilemma Book Launch 
Thursday, February 25  - 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
School of International Service (SIS) Founders Room, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Join us for a breakfast discussion & book launch of Capital Dilemma: Growth and Inequality in Washington, DC. The book uncovers and explains the dynamics that have influenced the contemporary economic advancement of Washington, DC. The book talk will feature co-editors Derek Hyra and Sabiyha Prince, as well AU's Dr. Brett Williams.

This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed - Author Talk with Charles Cobb
Saturday, February 27  - 7:00 - 9:00 PM
The Potter's House - 1658 Columbia Rd NW
In this author talk, Charles E. Cobb Jr. will discuss his book, This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed, which lays bare the paradoxical relationship between the nonviolent civil rights struggle and the long history and importance of African Americans taking up arms to defend themselves against white supremacist violence.

Promised Land -  presented by Mosaic Theater Company of DC
Saturday, February 27 - 8:00 PM
Woolly Mammoth Theater - 641 D St NW
Promised Land is a documentary-infused kaleidoscope chronicling the waves of Sudanese refugees who crossed the desert to enter Israel legally and illegally, finding themselves stranded in a drama of relocation and displacement. We are happy to be co-hosting the show which will feature a post-show discussion with Marybeth Onyeukwu (ONE DC), Mac Hamilton (STAND), and Bob Schlehuber (Mosaic Theater, RPCV Ukraine). We are offering tickets for $20 dollars with the code "promisecorps".

Spring Member Orientation

Monday, March 14, 2016 at 6:00 PM
United Black Fund, 2500 MLK Jr. Ave SE
We welcome all supporters of ONE DC, whether long-time members or new joiners, to join us for our Spring Member Orientation to learn more about ONE DC's mission, committees, campaigns, structure, organizing style, and what it means to be a member of ONE DC.

One Bit of Good News - A Fresh Look!

The ONE DC office has been repainted! Thank you to TightShift Laboring Coop & our many ONE DC members & volunteers who helped paint & clean, & donated to this effort. Thank you to Moriah Fund & Hill-Snowdon Foundation for small grants toward office revitalization & technology upgrades.


We are giving away office supplies that we no longer need to anyone who wants them. If no one claims by March 4, they will be donated:
-File cabinets
-File folders & hanging folders
-Assorted office supplies
-Artwork & photographs

Email if you are interested in picking up any of these items. We invite you all to stop by the office to check out the new look!



ONE DC Monthly Voice - January 2016


The Monthly Voice

January 2016 - ONE DC Newsletter


"No one's going to make this city for us...except us."

#TBT - Click here to watch "We are ONE DC" - a 2007 Throwback Video!

"It's about changing – changing the way business is done in DC. Like, we're not the deficiency.
It's about challenging a larger system that creates certain circumstances.
It's about developing partnerships and stronger relationships. It's about using the resources we have as leverage.
It's about accessing power. It's about working together.
It's about actually not only am I speaking and sharing my voice, but my voice is actually being heard and taken seriously.”
-Jessica Rucker

In 2016, we celebrate 10 years of building power and organizing for equity in DC


How can you support ONE DC's 10th Anniversary?
-Become a major donor
-Become a sustaining donor
-Volunteer for 10th Anniversary events
-Volunteer to host a fundraiser house party

To learn more, contact Resource Organizer Dominic at Check back every month for more news on the 10th Anniversary campaign!

ONE DC Seeking Research & Design Fellow

Organizing Neighborhood Equity (ONE) DC’s mission is to create and preserve racial and economic equity in DC. We envision a DC that is equitable and just place to live for all of its residents. Given our systemic understanding of oppression, our work centers on popular education, alternative economic development projects, and organizing for community ownership and control of land, housing, work, and all aspects of our lives.

Through our partnership with Building for Progress, ONE DC is seeking a fellow to s​upport our work. Tasks include:

  • Creating graphics that simplify complex housing, work, and other concepts
  • Creating popular education materials for ONE DC members and the public
  • Researching and writing real-time responses that share the People’s Platform perspective on issues
  • Supporting our social media organizing efforts
  • Joining People’s Platform and campaign meetings
  • Other ad hoc assignments

The fellow will be paid $15/hr. The number of hours worked per week is somewhat flexible and can be agreed upon with the coordinator.

Qualifications include:

  • Graphic design skills​;
  • Strong research and writing skills;
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Self-motivated and skilled at working as part of a team;
  • Knowledge of Washington, DC issues and organizations;
  • Learn about and commit to ONE DC’s organizing model;
  • A desire to deepen political analysis and learn about the history of social movement​s;
  • Willingness to engage in honest, though constructive, mindful, and compassionate reciprocal critique of work with others.

To apply, please send a resume, writing sample, and graphic design sample to by February 20th. People of color, women, DC residents, and youth are encouraged to apply.

Click for more info and how to apply

Capital Dilemma Book Launch

Thursday, February 25  - 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
School of International Service (SIS) Founders Room, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Join us for a breakfast discussion & book launch of Capital Dilemma: Growth and Inequality in Washington, DC. The book uncovers and explains the dynamics that have influenced the contemporary economic advancement of Washington, DC. The book talk will feature co-editors Derek Hyra and Sabiyha Prince, as well AU's Dr. Brett Williams.


Capital Dilemma: Growth and Inequality in Washington, DC
uncovers and explains the dynamics that have influenced the contemporary economic advancement of Washington, DC. This volume’s unique interdisciplinary approach using historical, sociological, anthropological, economic, geographic, political, and linguistic theories and approaches, captures the comprehensive factors related to changes taking place in one of the world’s most important cities.

Capital Dilemma clarifies how preexisting urban social hierarchies, established mainly along race and class lines but also along national and local interests, are linked with the city’s contemporary inequitable growth. While accounting for historic disparities, this book reveals how more recent federal and city political decisions and circumstances shape contemporary neighborhood gentrification patterns, highlighting the layered complexities of the modern national capital and connecting these considerations to Washington, DC’s past as well as to more recent policy choices.

Breakfast will be served. Contact Statia Thomas for more details at or 202-885-2440.

Click here to RSVP
Click here to purchase. A portion of royalties will go to support the work of ONE DC & Empower DC!

Upcoming Events


Outside/In, a participatory art work looking at DC statehood

Saturday, February 6  - 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Outside/In explores DC’s unique political landscape through a layered experience, or a relay of sorts, a three-part walk, led by three different people engaged with the same issue – DC statehood – at the federal, community org/advocacy, and local citizen levels, including DC Congress member/staff, an organizer/activist/advocate for DC statehood, and a local resident who is living the impacts of the issue. This is part of the 2016 CAA conference, but is open to the public. Designed by Mary Clare Rietz
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DC Neighborhood Solidarity Network Open House
Thursday, February 18 - 6:30-8:30 PM
MLK Library, Room A-5 - 901 G St NW
From Chinatown to Congress Heights to Mt Pleasant, tenants and their neighbors are rising up against underhanded landlords and city policies that threaten to drive them out of their homes and neighborhoods. Find out how you can join them and plug into grassroots efforts to resist displacement around the city.As the city gives away public land to build high rises and developers use dirty tricks to drive mostly Black, Latino, and Asian residents from their homes, we must act NOW to defend the right to safe, affordable housing for ourselves and our neighbors. At the Neighborhood Solidarity Network Open House, you will get connected with different tenant-led efforts to resist displacement from their buildings, fight for safe living conditions, and achieve fair affordable housing policies and practices.

This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed - Author Talk with Charles Cobb
Saturday, February 27  - 7:00 - 9:00 PM
The Potter's House - 1658 Columbia Rd NW
In this author talk, Charles E. Cobb Jr. will discuss his book, This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed, which lays bare the paradoxical relationship between the nonviolent civil rights struggle and the long history and importance of African Americans taking up arms to defend themselves against white supremacist violence.

SAVE THE DATE: 2016 Annual Membership Meeting
Saturday, March 5 - 2:00 -5:00 PM
Thurgood Marshall Center - 1816 12th St NW
What is the people's vision for 2016 and beyond? What is ONE DC's financial standing? How did we win in 2015? How can you as a member get involved? Join us to find out! If you want to vote and have not paid your 2015 dues, please pay before February 22, 2016. Those who pay at the time of the Meeting will not be eligible to vote until next year.

A Moment or a Movement? Why Black Lives Matter on the Path to Equitable Development in Washington DC


Tuesday, April 5th - 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
The George Washington University, 800 21st St NW
Marvin Center Grand Ballroom, Third Floor

Movement building is the focus of the third annual conference on equitable development in Washington, DC to be co-sponsored by ONE DC and George Washington University.  Bringing together residents from all parts of the DC area, organizers, students, developers, elected officials and all who are concerned with sustainable, equitable development, this conference will build on the ongoing efforts to create a more democratic and just community. Conference will also include community walking tours that highlight ongoing movement building work in DC. To volunteer or help plan, email
Pre-register Here

Open Positions at Good Sense Farm

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ONE DC Monthly Voice - December 2015


The Monthly Voice

December 2015 - ONE DC Newsletter


"Each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, fulfill it, or betray it."
-Frantz Fanon

Join us in celebrating the end of 2015...and envisioning an equitable DC in 2016!

ONE DC members stand in solidarity with the people of Baltimore

Brookland Manor tenants stand up against displacement

The Black Workers Center Advisory Committee meets for the first time
ONE DC members attend the 2nd National Black Workers Center Convening in Oakland, CA
Cooperation DC trains 30+ residents on how to start worker-owned cooperatives
2nd Annual Equitable Development Conference
Residents demand clawbacking & First Source reform
Freedom School 2015: Resisting State Violence 
Juneteenth Press Event to Release "Trained to Death & Still Jobless"
ONE DC members attend Movement for Black Lives Convening in Cleveland
Mount Vernon Plaza tenants hold vigil to protest displacement
ONE DC members visit worker coops in Baltimore, NYC, & Philadelphia
People's Platform members meet with DHCD, DMPED, & DMGEO to present demands
People's Platform members go on 3-day strategic retreat
#TakeBacktheStreets week of action against police terror & displacement

Thank you for making 2015 unforgettable. Please donate to support our work in 2016!

TightShift Laboring Coop Featured by the Working World

“Since I returned home from prison, finding work has been hell. Creating work for myself has been my only option. Through connections at ONE DC, I learned about the cooperative model, and I decided to make my business a cooperative so I could create opportunities for others stuck on the outside like I was. But even though we had the effort and the ideas, we didn't have the resources. Joining the national peer network has given us access to capital and training that was impossible before.” -Juan Reid. TightShift Laboring Cooperative Co-founder & ONE DC member

Working World Peer Network is a network of coop lenders and capacity builders which builds movement infrastructure for non-extractive community finance.

Click here to support Cooperation DC

Equitable Development in Shaw - Rooflines

By Derek Hyra, Dominic Moulden, & Gregory Squires

A recent New York Times article on the revitalization of Washington, DC’s Shaw neighborhood highlighted how real estate developers have rebranded the area to attract mainly white Millennials to this once predominately African American neighborhood.

However, it failed to place what is happening in Shaw within the larger redevelopment context of the country and discuss important equitable development efforts in this dynamic economically and racially diverse neighborhood.

Shaw is not just "rebranded" real estate development. The neighborhood offers some important grassroots organizing lessons regarding how to harness redevelopment forces to benefit the lives of those who have long made Shaw their home along with those just discovering the community.

Read the full article on Rooflines here

Upcoming Events


Member Orientation
Monday, January 25  - 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
New Community Church - 614 S St NW
We welcome all supporters, whether long-time members or new joiners, to join us for our next Member Orientation to learn more about the work of ONE DC and what it means to be a member.

"Collective Courage" Wisdom Circle
Saturday, January 16 - 3:00 PM
Shaw/Watha T. Daniel Library - 1630 7th St NW
Join us to discuss Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice, written by ONE DC Shared Leadership Team member Jessica Gordon Nembhard. To buy a copy at a discounted price, please email


SAVE THE DATE: 2016 Annual Membership Meeting

Saturday, March 5 - 2-5 PM
Location TBA
What is the people's vision for 2016 and beyond? What is ONE DC's financial standing? How did we win in 2015? How can you as a member get involved? Join us to find out! All are welcome, but only members who paid annual dues in 2015 will be eligible to vote in elections.

SAVE THE DATE: 3rd Annual Equitable Development Conference
April 4 - 5, 2016
The George Washington University
Details to come. To help plan, email Info about previous years can be found here.

ONE Bit of Good News: Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard to be inducted into Cooperative Hall of Fame

Three cooperative leaders will receive the cooperative community’s highest honor on May 4, 2016 when they are inducted into the Cooperative Hall of Fame, including ONE DC Shared Leadership Team member Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard, author of Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice.

"I am happy :) - and proud - to let you know that I have just been elected onto the Cooperative Hall of Fame and will be inducted on May 4th, 2016 in Washington, DC. The Co-op Hall of Fame is the US cooperative movement's highest honor. I feel incredibly humble and honored to now stand with our greats such as Melbah M. Smith, Shirley Sherrod, Ralph Paige, Pete Crear, Joy Cousminer, Steve Dawson, Rebecca Dunn, Edward A. Filene, Benjamin Franklin, James Peter Warbasse, John B. Gauci, Woodrow Keon, John Ernest Johnson, Gonze Lee Twitty, Terry Lewis, William Nelson, Jerry Vorhis, etc. Thanks to the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives for nominating me, and to all of you who officially supported me. Also thanks to all of you for being my friends and support. Happy Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!" -Jessica



ONE DC Monthly Voice - November 2015


The Monthly Voice

November 2015 - ONE DC Newsletter


"If we...want to map a different world, we have to use all our faculties to imagine life that is not beholden to the state and controlled through capitalism...Shapeshifters must always stay on the side of change, possibility, movement, and the future." -Aimee Meredith Cox, Shapeshifters

Working While Black: Reflections on the 2nd Annual Black Worker Center Convening

By Ben Woods

Jennifer Bryant, Ben Woods, Dominic Moulden, Shereigns Borntrue
travelled to Oakland for the National Black Worker Center Project
Convening representing ONE DC & the DC Black Workers Center

Black workers are one of the primary social forces in the Black Liberation Movement in the US. Historically and today, they experience racism on the job, in labor unions, and the most negative effects of ‘neoliberal globalization.’ At several points throughout their history, Black workers have analyzed their own conditions and concluded self-organization was key to gaining power over their own lives. In the tradition of autonomous Black worker organizing, the 2nd annual Black Workers Center (BWC) National Convening met on November 12-14 in Oakland, CA to strategize for Black Workers Power. The theme of the convening was “Black Freedom Dreams.”

The history and current conditions of Black people demonstrate the necessity of spaces like BWCs where Black workers can conduct popular education, organize campaigns, and create Black worker-owned cooperatives. The exploitation of Black workers and the ideological justification to maintain control of their labor is foundational to the US settler colonial project. In a workshop titled “Black Worker Centers Meet Organized Labor” respected labor organizer Bill Fletcher discussed how Black radicals and anti-racist Whites were excluded from the newly formed AFL-CIO in 1955 due to segregation in the labor movement and McCarthyism. Around the same time in 1951, Black workers created the National Negro Labor Council to fight job discrimination, racism in labor unions, and build what we today call Black Workers Power.

BWCs are slowly proving themselves to be spaces where Black workers can organize for power to overcome structural inequalities such as having twice the white unemployment rate, receiving 60% the white income, and Black median wealth 20 times less than that of whites. For example, the inaugural BWC in Los Angeles, in coalition with community groups, organized to win a project labor agreement (PLA) that requires 40% of workers hired onto Metro Construction projects come from ‘disadvantaged areas.’ The convening allowed all of us to compare notes and learn from each other so that we can infuse the concerns of Black workers into the emergent Movement for Black Lives.

Read Ben's full reflection here.

View more photos from the convening

M4BL Convening Attendees Report Back to DC Community

By Lissette Miller

ONE DC members who attended the Movement for Black Lives Convening (M4BL) in Cleveland hosted a report-back at America’s Islamic Heritage Museum to reflect on the Convening and discuss Black liberation work in DC. We know Black-only spaces are necessary in order for us to heal and strategize on ways to further our movement. But as we witnessed at M4BL and discussed in SE last week, our movement must be intersectional, centered and led by directly-affected communities. When we say Black Lives Matter, we mean all Black lives – trans*, gender non-conforming, queer, women, undocumented, incarcerated, returning citizens, houseless, HIV-positive – all Black Lives Matter.

Cooperation DC Kicks Off with Fall Trainings

In November, Cooperation DC hosted a series of trainings and workshops on worker cooperative development. Here are a few exciting highlights:

  • 60+ residents attended Building DC’s Movement for Economic Democracy through Worker Cooperatives community learning event
  • 12 attended government stakeholders meeting w/ city council staff
  • 15 attended small business development meeting
  • 33 emerging worker-owners attended training on how to start a worker cooperative


Lawyer? Accountant? Interested in Coop Development?
The final event in the series will be a training geared towards lawyers and accountants who want to learn strategies and best practices for supporting worker-owned businesses and a cooperative DC economy.
Click here for more details.
Space is limited. Click here to RSVP.

Member Appreciation

Saturday, December 5th - 3:00 - 6:00 PM
African American Civil War Museum - 1925 Vermont Ave NW.

Join us in celebrating YOU! Calling all ONE DC members, volunteers, donors, and supporters to join us in celebrating our wins and recognition of the hard work of ONE DC members. This event will feature food, music, poetry, and a special awards ceremony! All ages are welcome. Let's celebrate 2015 and explore our vision for 2016 and beyond to create an equitable DC. Please let us know if you need transportation or childcare by emailing or calling 202-232-2915. Email if you would like to help set up or volunteer.

Click here to RSVP

Upcoming Events

DC Fair Food Annual Fundraiser
Saturday, December 5  - 7 PM - 11 PM
Mike Golash's house – 5325 16th Street, NW
Join DC Fair Food for their annual fundraiser and fourth birthday party. Come eat and celebrate another year with this organization that fights for fair working conditions. Dinner starts at 7:00 PM and is followed by a party at 9:00 PM.

Building Co-operative Power Author Talk
Friday, December 11th - 7 PM
The Potter’s House – 1658 Columbia Road, NW
Building Co-operative Power is a guide and inspiration for building worker co-operatives that tells the stories of worker co-operatives in the Connecticut River Valley. It offers practical insights on co-op governance, management, and communication. In its second half BCP directly addresses the obstacles and opportunities for building regional co-operative economies. This includes the regional strategies Valley Alliance of Worker Co-operatives developed, which led to forming the Valley Co-operative Business Association with credit unions and food co-operatives.


DC Black Workers Center Film Screening

Thursday, December 17 - 6 PM
The United Black Fund – 2500 Martin Luther King Jr Ave, SE
The DC Black Workers Center invites you to a film screening of the powerful documentary Finally Got the News. The film portrays the actions of The League of Revolutionary Black Workers in the auto factories of Detroit, along with the vital role of African American workers in the American economy. Stay for a discussion following the screening.

#BlackFriday & #GivingTuesday

This year, the Resource Development committee has focused on grassroots fundraising strategies to ensure our financial sustainability. ONE DC supporters have stepped up by becoming sustaining donors, hosting house party fundraisers, and recruiting new donors from their social networks.

This #BlackFriday, we'll be asking people to donate to support Black organizing. And on #GivingTuesday, we hope to get closer to our goal of 100 sustaining donors. We hope that you'll make a donation and help spread the word by sharing on Facebook and Twitter.



ONE DC Monthly Voice - October 2015


The Monthly Voice

October 2015 - ONE DC Newsletter


"I think we have to rethink the concept of "leader." 'Cause "leader" implies "follower." And, so many-- not so many, but I think we need to appropriate, embrace the idea that we are the leaders we've been looking for." -Grace Lee Boggs, 1915-2015.

Mount Vernon Plaza Tenants Refuse to Be Displaced

On October 26th, Mount Vernon Plaza Tenant Association, ONE DC People's Platform, Justice First, and Black Lives Matter DMV held a vigil in support of the Mount Vernon Plaza tenants fighting exorbitant rent increases. The vigil featured tenants, representatives from the Black Lives Matter movement and other community members sharing stories of displacement and making their demands to the Bowser administration. This vigil culminated a week of action demanding the Mayor shift priorities from policing to reinvestment in Black communities.
Click here for highlights from the vigil.

Racial Equity and Climate Change: Save the Planet, Save the People! 

At the September 23 Climate Change Rally on the National Mall, ONE DC organizer Jennifer Bryant spoke of the lack of sustainability of current economic policies -- both to the global climate and the people of Washington, DC:

In our work organizing long-time DC residents of color I've gotten to see first-hand the effects of gentrification. Washington, DC's unsustainable system of destructive development uproots families and displaces entire Black and Brown communities.

Climate change and gentrification have a lot in common. As we fight in DC to save communities like Barry Farms, Brookland Manor, Mount Vernon Plaza, Museum Square and so many others we recognize that what we are fighting is not just greedy developers and the local politicians that they've bought. We're fighting an entire system that is harmful and unsustainable. The fight for equitable development in DC and the fight to save the planet from climate change are the same fight. At the root of both struggles is an acknowledgment that our current global economic system is destructive and must be transformed.  

The earth is not for sale, just like our communities are not for sale. We have to bring to an end the privatization and devastation of resources that should be shared among all people. We believe that this transformation will emerge from the place that all great movements have emerged: the grassroots. ONE DC will continue to build grassroots power and grassroots leadership in communities that are on the front lines of these struggles. And we'll continue to connect local issues of housing and jobs to the climate justice movement.

Why a Solidarity Economy?

ONE DC members who traveled on coop learning journeys to Philadelphia are building a solidarity economy movement in DC.

"Why remain subordinated to the will of transnational corporations, States, and international institutions that identify themselves with exclusionary interests, if together, with our collective force, we can create public spaces, states, and new organizations that serve society’s empowerment, so that it becomes the leading subject of its own development in an autonomous and self-reliant way?

Why not become subjects of a creative and satisfactory work, free from oppression and exploitation, and which produces what we lack in order to meet our needs—cultural, physical, spiritual, emotional, and relational?

Our proposal is a socioeconomy of solidarity as a way of life that encompasses the totality of the human being, that announces a new culture and a new form of producing to fulfill the needs of each human being and of the entire humanity."

-The Latin Meeting on a Culture and Socioeconomy of Solidarity, Porto Alegre, Brazil, August 1998

Sustaining the Movement for Equity

Earlier this year, we set a goal of recruiting 100 sustaining donors by the end of 2015. In order to be financially healthy, ONE DC needs the support of people just like you. We ended 2014 with 5 sustaining donors. With your help, we are now up to 22! {{ recipient.first_name_or_friend }}, can you help us reach our goal of 100 sustaining donors by giving $5, $10, or $20 each month?

Working while Black: The Goals of the Black Workers Center

The Black Workers Center will build power with Black workers in DC. One of the major goals of the Black Workers Center is to provide an incubation space for alternatives to low-wage work, such as worker cooperatives and collectives. The Black Workers Center is co-organizing two upcoming key events this month to connect DC residents to worker cooperatives: 

  • Building DC’s Movement for Economic Democracy through Worker Cooperatives - Thursday, November 5 - 6:00 PM - ONE DC, Black Workers Center, and Cooperation DC will host a discussion on the history and current global context for worker cooperatives. African American Civil War Museum & Memorial, 1925 Vermont Ave NW.  RSVP and more info here
  • How to Start a Worker Cooperative - Saturday, November 7 - Workshop designed for those actively interested in starting a cooperative and will provide participants with tools and support to defining democratic business models. The workshop will be hosted at the Hive in Southeast DC. Email or call 443-562-5856 to RSVP and for more information.


Interested in Worker Coop Development?

The Democracy at Work Institute is recruiting a diverse group of 8-10 dynamic worker cooperative developers for their 2016, 6-month Fellowship Program. This Program takes place between January – June 2016 and offers peer networking, tools development, and action learning to worker cooperative developers interested in exploring the question of scale for worker cooperatives in low-income communities.

Applications are due Friday, November 13th, 2015. For more information and to apply, click here.

Upcoming Events

Let's Get Free DC: Report Back. Turn Up.
Thursday, November 12th - 6:00 PM
Join DC residents who attended the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) convening as they offer reflections on what they experienced in Cleveland - the facilitated sessions, the importance of all-Black spaces, the transphobic incidents and subsequent calling in of cis folx by trans* and gender non-conforming people, the overall feeling of a family reunion, and much more. Please note this will be a Black-only space.

Shapeshifters Book Event & Author Talk w/ Aimee Meredith Cox
Saturday, November 21 - 1:00PM
The Potter's House - 1658 Columbia Road Northwest
In Shapeshifters, Aimee Meredith Cox explores how young Black women in a Detroit homeless shelter contest stereotypes, critique their status as partial citizens, and negotiate poverty, racism, and gender violence to create and imagine lives for themselves. With Shapeshifters, Cox gives a voice to young Black women who find creative and non-normative solutions to the problems that come with being young, Black, and female in America.
RSVP here

Save the Date! ONE DC Member Appreciation

Saturday, December 5th - 3-6 PM
A celebratory event to recognize the leadership of ONE DC members and our wins in 2015. Have you paid your 2015 membership dues yet?
RSVP here


ONE Bit of Good News


Thank you Black Benefactors for selecting ONE DC as your first grantee for grassroots organizing in DC!


ONE DC Monthly Voice - September 2015


The Monthly Voice

September 2015 - ONE DC Newsletter


"Transformative demands are those demands that, on the one hand, attend to a particular crisis, whether it’s we need relief or we need housing, etc. But then those demands are ratcheted up and ultimately question the very logic of the prevailing system. If you say we need housing then the state could respond and say, 'We’re going to have a market system providing housing,' and they’re like, 'no, that’s not going to work, we’re going to demand something different than a market-based system.'" -Robin D.G. Kelly, Lessons from 20th Century Alabama's Black Communists for Black Lives Matter

We Believe That We Will Win

As we enter the final months of 2015, we reflect on just a few of the wins and progress we've accomplished so far this year. We're looking forward to closing out 2015 witnessing the positive and fearless energy and organizing of our members!

Right to Housing
-20 Mount Vernon Plaza tenants participated in rent strike to protest rent increases
-Tenants reached an agreement to extend affordability at Mount Vernon Plaza for another 7 years
-Organized with Brookland Manor tenants to hold board elections and appoint new members to the board.
-Organizing with Brookland Manor tenants to protest redevelopment of the property and displacement of residents

Right to Income
-20 members & staff travelled to Baltimore, New York, & Philadelphia on series of worker cooperative learning journeys
-Co-founded Cooperation DC and received grant to host 3-day cooperative training this November those seeking to start or support worker cooperatives in DC.
-Established a satellite office for the DC Black Workers Center at the United Black Fund in Anacostia.
-Published 'Trained to Death' and Still Jobless, an accountability report on the outcomes of the Marriott Jobs Training program, and released the report at a Juneteenth Press Conference with 60+ attendees
-Held a direct action at Mayor Bowser's office to demand First Source accountability

People's Platform
-Crafted the People's Platform manifesto outlining the people's vision and principles for an equitable DC.
-Held accountability meetings with heads of DHCD, DMPED, & DMGEO to present People's Platform demands.
-Formed the People's Platform Coordinating Committee
-Reached over 500 endorsements of the People's Platform

Member Development & Community Learning
-4 members and staff attended Center for Third World Organizing Community Action Training
-2 staff organizers attended BOLD Black Organizing for Leadership & Dignity training
-Held Freedom School on Resisting State Violence
-Largest Emancipation Day celebration to-date with the theme of Black Economic Liberation
-2nd Annual Equitable Development Conference attended by over 200 people

Resource Development
-95 members paid their dues
-22 people became sustaining donors
-3 major donors
-3 house party fundraisers hosted by members
-Host Committee & Working Committee formed for ONE DC 10th Anniversary

Admin & Organizational Management
-Appointed Gwendolyn Johnson, 40-year District resident, to the Shared Leadership Team
-Migrated IT system to free, open source Linux
-Over 850 Facebook likes and 1,200 Twitter followers

Watch video taken from the Movement for Black Lives Convening. Participants resisted after Cleveland police arrested a black youth on public transportation. ONE DC supported 9 members and staff in attending the M4BL convening.

People's Platform Transformative Demands

1. Housing for every person. Housing is a human right, not an opportunity to exploit and profit.
2. Decent, dignified, and sustainable work or occupation for everyone who wants it.
3. A right to health for humans and the earth.
4. Government transparency, accountability, and participatory democracy.
5. Equitable development that values people over property. Development without displacement that cedes power over land use to democratic community control.
6. Equitable and equal access to a free, decent, holistic, non-imperialistic education that creates critical, political thinkers and leaders.
7. Full access for returning citizens to housing, jobs, education, as well as decriminalization, demilitarization, and prison abolition.
8. Access to safe and affordable transportation so that we can travel between our homes, jobs, schools, and recreational spaces.
9. A process of restorative justice for residents who have faced physical, emotional, or psychological violence at the hands of the District government and its agencies.
10. The right of return and reclamation for those who have been forced out of the District by developers and gentrification. We demand self-determination, which depends on our ability to control the land.

Cooperation DC

By Allison Basile

ONE DC is proud to announce we will be the fiscal and organizational home for Cooperation DC. Cooperation DC is a distinct project within ONE DC that is focused on providing technical assistance to worker cooperatives, with a focus on low-income communities of color. Cooperation DC will work closely with the ONE DC Black Workers Center, which will be conducting outreach, popular education, and organizing with workers who may be interested in starting worker coops.

Some of the key goals of Cooperation DC for 2015 include: 
1. Providing technical assistance, including governance, business planning, conflict management, and legal and financial advice, to a minimum of 10 worker cooperatives. We have currently begun working with four cooperatives. 
2. Organize a DC Worker Cooperation Coalition to demand the DC government support the worker cooperative ecosystem. 
3. Train five new lawyers who demonstrate a commitment to supporting worker cooperatives. 
4. Form a partnership with the Working World, an organization that facilitates finance for worker cooperatives nationwide.

From November 5-7, Cooperation DC will host a series of events and trainings related to worker cooperatives. There will be a session for training potential and current worker owners, one to expand our stock of worker cooperative lawyers, a community event where we'll put worker coops in context of a more equitable economy, and stakeholder convening with funders and government officials to share our vision and goals. Please contact Allison Basile at for more information or to get involved with the work of Cooperation DC.

Not just an organization...a family.

This summer, I experienced some type of divine intervention: I found ONE DC. I am originally a Bay Area native, and have longed and often romanticized for an organization that I often didn’t believe could exist. I was highly interested in Urban Planning, and for my research paper, I decided to write about gentrification in Oakland. I searched the web for days looking for writers, political thinkers, anyone who could speak about the real root causes of gentrification. Naturally, I couldn’t find anything, until I found a paper written by Dominic about White Supremacy and Gentrification. After I read the paper, I found it a perfect opportunity to contact ONE DC for an internship opportunity for the summer.

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n’t quite know what to expect because there wasn’t so much information available about ONE DC. It was when I first stepped in the office and felt the warmth and love, I knew this was going to be an amazing summer. I met Rosemary, a dedicated organizer that showed me that ground organizing was not only still possible, but is beyond necessary. I also met Marybeth, a passionate organizer that created a space where intellectualism and love were welcomed. I also met Jennifer, whose eloquence in speech was beyond inspiring. And Claire, the tech behind the scenes that helps keep the organization up and running. And Dominic, who was relentless in perpetuating the shared leadership model.I also got to meet all the wonderful people from the Shared Leadership Team, who brought unique and creative solutions to create the best possible organizing strategies; and people who attended the People's Platform meetings that shared the same beliefs. All of these people a part of the ONE DC movement were all so radical, because they showed me what real organizing looks like.

[. . . ]

While every part of ONE DC was an amazing experience, it was working in Brookland Manor that really left an impression on me. Through ONE DC, I did phone banking trying to help organize a new tenant association board for the property which is planned to be demolished, in turn displacing hundreds of low-income Black families. ONE DC created the environment where I was able to listen and use organizing strategies that were revolved around leadership, equity, and resident-led projects. This was refreshing beyond belief because I have only been used to seeing hierarchal and patriarchal forms of organizing. I felt for the first time I was able to be doing the right work for the right reasons with the right people. This organization created an environment for self-reflection, positive feedback, and a way to expand my worldview in ways that I could not have imagined.

While I was only expecting to make phone calls, do technical jobs, ONE DC was all about everyone participating in organizing. To be able to firsthand see an organization that was devoted to Black organizing and a unique leadership design, was an eye-opening experience. In essence, I experienced growing pains. I was pushed beyond natural paradigms to imagine a world that everyone also calls cliche or impossible. ONE DC pushed me to envision a world without state violence, capitalism, anti-blackness, and patriarchy.  I absolutely loved interning at ONE DC this summer. I don’t consider it an organization; I consider it a family. I hope to find my way back to ONE DC, and continue to work with the forgotten people of DC.

Read Assata's full reflection here.

Upcoming Events

ONE DC Fall Member Orientation
Monday, October 5th - 6 PM
ONE DC Office - 614 S St NW
As we gear up for major outreach and organizing this fall, we need the active engagement and support of our members. Come learn more about ONE DC's organizing structure, history, and current campaigns & committee work. Don't forget to recruit a friend, family member, or neighbor!

2015 I'll Be There Awards
Thursday, October 15 - 6 - 8 PM
This is a fundraiser event to support the organizing and advocacy work of DC Jobs with Justice, who are celebrating their 15th Anniversary.
RSVP and more information here

Empower DC's Annual Meeting

Saturday, October 17  - 11 AM - 2 PM
Union Temple Baptist Church - 1225 W Street, SE
Join Empower DC for their annual membership meeting, featuring a discussion with public housing residents from Barry Farm and other communities on how they are fighting DC's displacement machine. The discussion will end with a call to action for allies, including specific ideas for how everyone can support public housing residents.
For more info, contact Parisa at, 202-234-9119 x100.


ONE Bit of Good News


Congratulations to Azieb Tesfamariam on her new home! Azieb is a former tenant leader at Mount Vernon Plaza and current member of ONE DC. Residents organized to force their private owner and the Department of Housing and Community Development to extend the affordability for their building for at least seven more years. There are currently 6,000+ units in 46 buildings throughout the city that are set to lose their affordability over the next five years because financing does not require permanently affordable housing. Azieb continues her commitment to housing affordability for all through the People’s Platform. Thank you Azieb!



ONE DC Monthly Voice - August 2015


The Monthly Voice

August 2015 - ONE DC Newsletter


"The revolution has always been in the hands of the young. The young always inherit the revolution." -Huey Newton

...with the power of our members.

Help "carry the water" with ONE DC:

  • Creative grant-writers
  • Host a house party fundraiser
  • Design a logo for the Black Workers Center
  • Design new Black Workers Center & People's Platform t-shirts
  • Help with Nation Builder data entry & website support
  • Conduct outreach to your neighbors & community

Email or call 202-232-2915 to volunteer.

ONE DC's Apprentice Organizers Reflect on their Summer

Kevin Ruano, Mia Campbell, Assata Harris

This summer, Kevin Ruano and Mia Campbell worked as apprentice organizers with ONE DC through a partnership with the Kalmanovitz Initiative for the Working Poor at Georgetown University. Read their reflections below.

Mia Campbell
This summer was one of the most rewarding and eye opening times of my life. The Kalmanovitz Initiative Summer Organizing Internship program gave me the opportunity to learn more about my capabilities and myself as well as learn more about others. When I was in high school, I would always try to stay involved in social justice work, keep myself educated about current events, and help communities through volunteer projects and raising awareness about problems. To some degree, this summer was a continuation of the work that I did in high school, but more so, it was an expansion of those skills and an immersion within the community that I was working to help find its own strength and power.

[ . . . ]
ONE DC addresses the structural causes of poverty and injustice and works to educate people about the realities behind the problems people face in their everyday lives. The leadership structure is most unique and I personally believe it could be a great model for organizing power in the future. Horizontal leadership is the way the organization operates where the leadership is shared along with the responsibilities. Being part of this structure was daunting at first because I am used to working in a top down power structure.  It was a breath of fresh air and helped me open my mind to different methods of operation.
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It was a summer of growth, self-discovery and realizations of the best kind; learning how to finding my voice and using it to help however I can. It was a summer of growth in consciousness; an awakening. My eyes have been opened and now there is no turning back. Thank you to all of the people at the Kalmanovitz Initiative who made this summer possible. From my conversations with the other summer interns, I believe that they did a wonderful job pairing interns with organizations. Nick, especially, was extremely helpful with preparations for the summer and I am so grateful. Thank you to Dominic, Jennifer, Claire, Marybeth, Rosemary, Kevin, Assata and everyone from ONE DC for being part of this journey with me.

Read Mia's full reflection here.

Kevin Ruano
From the first day on the internship, it was clear to me that the work ONE DC does—organizing to establish a more economically and racially equitable city—was absolutely needed. What affirmed my conviction was not only the sight of new luxury developments in the Shaw neighborhood of the historically black university, Howard, and the thought that these buildings had taken the place of homes to black communities and peoples, but [an] encounter with a young man during our tour of Shaw. [. . .] Not only did the young man confirm that communities had been ousted, he also commended ONE DC and encouraged us to continue organizing as we walked back toward the office. 
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At ONE DC, I only got a glimpse of those truly resilient in Washington DC. They are not politicians, businessmen or those who are in buildings that appear on post cards but those in buildings that are threatened every day by development that is unsympathetic to the feelings and needs of the community whose roots are in DC, who is DC and who soon, without people like those at ONE DC, will become who was DC.

Read Kevin's full reflection here.


The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution - Screening & Discussion September 19



ONE DC and Justice First will be co-hosting the Saturday, September 19th 7:15pm screening of The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution with a post-screening Q&A and discussion with producer Laurens Grant at the E Street Cinema, 555 11th Street NW.

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution is a documentary exploring the Black Panther Party’s contributions to American culture and as a cultural and political awakening for black people. It details the contributions of the Black Panther movement to organizing communities of color, as well as its unique empowerment of black women and young people.   


As director Stanley Nelson states: “Thoroughly examining the history of the Black Panther Party allowed me to sift through the fragmented perceptions and find the core driver of the movement: the Black Panther Party emerged out of a love for their people and a devotion to empowering them. This powerful display of the human spirit, rooted in heart, is what compelled me to communicate this story accurately.”


Discounted tickets are available through ONE DC. Email for more information.

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Upcoming Events

Fair Transit Forum
Thursday, September 10 - 6:30-8:30pm
Busboys & Poets - 1025 5th Street NW
Join transit workers, EJC, ONE DC, Good Jobs First and more to kickstart this discussion on the negative impacts outsourcing public services has on DC residents and workers. Hosted by the Amalgamated Transit Union.

Kick Foundation Funding: How to Grow Your Grassroots Funding Base
Friday, September 11-13
Wayside Center for Popular Education, Charlottesville, Virginia
The workshop will zero in on nuts and bolts skill-building for finding donors, asking donors, and transforming and refining your entire fundraising approach. You'll leave with a 12-month proposed fundraising plan for you organization.
Register & more information here

Grassroots Fundraising for Organizers & Activists Training
Thursday, October 22 - 24
Baltimore, MD
The Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT) is prioritizing participation from local organizers/fundraisers, members of Black Lives Matter chapters, Movement for Black Lives, and other Black-led initiatives.
Register and more information here


ONE Bit of Good News

10 years after Katrina, the residents of New Orleans continue to resist. What can we learn from them?

This is why the myth of a “Resilient New Orleans” is so dangerous. It is a narrative that paves over the history of Black New Orleans and ignores the true cost of exclusionary, disaster capitalism policies.
- quote from Katrina Truth - Resistant New Orleans

ONE DC supports the truth that resistance is possible in DC and in New Orleans with alternative visions for a just and equitable community.


2015 Black Solidarity Statement with Palestine

From the Black Solidarity with Palestine website: "The past year has been one of high-profile growth for Black-Palestinian solidarity. Out of the terror directed against us—from numerous attacks on Black life to Israel’s brutal war on Gaza and chokehold on the West Bank—strengthened resilience and joint-struggle have emerged between our movements. Palestinians on Twitter were among the first to provide international support for protesters in Ferguson, where St. Louis-based Palestinians gave support on the ground. Last November, a delegation of Palestinian students visited Black organizers in St. Louis, Atlanta, Detroit and more, just months before the Dream Defenders took representatives of Black Lives Matter, Ferguson, and other racial justice groups to Palestine. Throughout the year, Palestinians sent multiple letters of solidarity to us throughout protests in Ferguson, New York, and Baltimore. We offer this statement to continue the conversation between our movements."

Read and sign the 2015 Black Solidarity Statement with Palestine