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 democracy...like 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

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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 dmoulden@onedconline.org. 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 DCWorkerCoops@gmail.com 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.

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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 st7572a@american.edu 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
Click here for more info

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.
RSVP Here


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.
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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.
RSVP Here


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

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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 dmoulden@onedconline.org.
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

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

"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 organizer@onedconline.org.
RSVP Here

 


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.
RSVP Here

SAVE THE DATE: 3rd Annual Equitable Development Conference
April 4 - 5, 2016
The George Washington University
Details to come. To help plan, email dmoulden@onedconline.org. 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


 

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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

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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

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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


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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 organizer@onedconline.org or calling 202-232-2915. Email ccook@onedconline.org 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.
RSVP Here

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.
RSVP Here

 


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.
RSVP Here


#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.


 

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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
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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?

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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
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  • 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 DCWorkerCoops@gmail.com 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.
RSVP Here


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.
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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!

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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 basile.allison@gmail.com 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!
RSVP Here

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 parisa@empowerdc.org, 202-234-9119 x100.

 


ONE Bit of Good News

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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!


 

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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 ccook@onedconline.org or call 202-232-2915 to volunteer.


ONE DC's Apprentice Organizers Reflect on their Summer

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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.
[. . .]
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. 
[. . .]
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

 

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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 organizer@onedconline.org for more information.

Watch the trailer

Buy tickets online


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.
RSVP Here

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.

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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



 

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ONE DC Monthly Voice - July 2015

 

The Monthly Voice

July 2015 - ONE DC Newsletter

 


"In the spirit of Ida B. Wells, we value organizing against injustice and for human dignity." -from ONE DC values statement

We demand justice for Sandra Bland and Samuel DuBose. We demand an end to the lynching of Black Americans by police. We value black-led organizing & resistance against these acts of state violence which are rooted in white supremacy & capitalism.


From DC to Cleveland: Building a Movement for Black Lives

By Gabrielle Jackson, ONE DC member
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Bottom, from left: Marybeth Onyeukwu, Jamier Sale, Kashara White, Chioma Iwuoha, Gabrielle Jackson
Top, from left: Lissette Miller, Caneisha Mills, April Goggans, Peta Lindsay, Andrew Nance, Eugene Puryear

When I first learned about the Movement for Black Lives Convening, I was immediately excited. As a mental health clinician, I had been having an internal conversation about the need for Black spaces, a safe space meant for us to heal and just be. This was perfect. Being at the Convening, I got everything I could ask for. I had the opportunity to attend the Emotional Emancipation Circle, a session held by Erika Totten on how to implement and facilitate weekly support groups for Black people for the purposes of processing stress, violence, and aggression related to racism and White supremacy. I also attended a session hosted by the Black Alliance for Just Immigration called Welcome to America: the Black Immigrant Experience of Anti-Black and Anti-Immigrant State Violence in the U.S., which provided a lens on intersectionality and the universality of Black Lives Matter.

It was amazing, being among Black excellence and brilliance, seeing beautiful Black people in all their essence and diversity, and feeling right at home. I came home reinvigorated, with a heightened sense of pride, motivation, inspiration, and a full heart and soul. I went to the M4BL Convening for its healing qualities, but I got so much more out of it. I did not realize how much I would learn and glean from a short weekend.

First, I was reminded to be confident in my strengths and how they contribute to the movement. Each person has their own strengths, resources, and expertise. The movement is not only about what is seen out on the forefront, but about the genius in the background too. Even if you are not on the front lines regularly, you are needed. Secondly, I was encouraged to be confident in the capacity of my own voice. In my advocacy, I have a tendency to be observant and strategic. But, there are times things just need to be said as soon as it comes to mind, and done so unapologetically. Next, I was reminded to be confident in our capacity and adaptability. Our people are strong and resilient, and should never forget that. Though many try to say we are apathetic or "can't get our stuff together," our movement is historical and has been ongoing; we just have to often adjust due to deliberately placed roadblocks. We must never forget that this movement never died, and is just revitalized continuously.

Lastly, we must be confident that we are indeed one family and we have so much love. This weekend only reinforced that. From a passing smile and "how are you doing?" and the short elevator conversations to the deeper discussions about social ills and next steps, I connected with many, because despite being different in many ways, we are all part of the Black experience and understand that all Black lives do matter.

I left the M4BL Convening, with the mission of being intentional, proud, and unapologetic. I look forward to the next year's assembly of Black lives. I want to express extreme gratitude to ONE DC for making my attendance at this convening possible.

 


Education. Action. Reflection. Building a Movement for Equity in DC

freedom_school_2015-17.jpgOn Saturday, July 18 ONE DC members gathered at the United Black Fund (the temporary satellite space for the DC Black Workers Center) for a 4-hour Freedom School on Resisting State Violence.
For the full agenda, readings, and resources, click here.

The following Wednesday, members took to action with a teach-in at Freedom Plaza followed by a protest outside Mayor Muriel Bowser's office about the failure of First Source accountability on projects such as the Marriott Marquis. Our demand is for the Mayor to issue an executive order to strengthen First Source with clawbacking provisons. Members demanding this order were met by security and police outside the mayor's office. So what's next? How can we learn from this action and how do we move forward? Please join us at our next People's Platform General Body Meeting this Wednesday, August 5th at 6PM. RSVP Here


The Freedom School was also used as an opportunity to release The People's Platform Manifesto.

The People’s Platform principles are:

  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.
Read the full text of the People's Platform Manifesto here

 


Brookland Manor Tenants Hold First Election in 20 Years!

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A few weeks ago, Brookland Manor held its first Tenant Association Election in 20 years. Brookland Manor is a historic Great Depression era complex which includes 19 garden apartment buildings: 535 units spread across 23 acres. Over 2/3 of the units are subsidized by the federal government. The apartment complex has been home to many Black families over the years. Mid-City Financial Corporation is gunning for a major demolition project to develop townhouses, condos and retail. Mid-City insists that all residents in good standing will be welcomed back to the property. However, if Mid-City succeeds in demolishing the property, they plan on reducing 162 affordable housing units, which are mostly 3, 4 and 5 bedrooms. This action equates to displacing hundreds of Black families in DC.

Each board member completed ONE DC leadership training seminars and ultimately made commitments to ensure healthy and accountable leadership. The board is currently ready to serve its tenants, with unconventional energy and commitment to let all residents' voices be heard. ONE DC is currently co- facilitating leadership trainings and workshops to ensure Brookland Manor Tenants Association can lead equitably and efficiently.


Build Relationships & Community

SoulFiesta on the Street
Saturday, August 1st - 4pm - 7pm
Block Party on N Street (between Vermont Ave & 14th St NW)
Third Annual N Street community block party created to bring Latino & African American neighbors together and share culture over food, music, dancing, art, and fun. (Tamale making party on Friday night!)
Click here for more info

The Pearl Coalition Summer Celebration
Wednesday, August 5th - 4:30-7:30pm
Monique Johnson Earth Conservation Corps Center
The Pearl Coalition is a DC-based organization dedicated to the restoration of “The Pearl,” a Chesapeake Bay Schooner that was chartered by free African Americans to help enslaved people escape to freedom. Event will include Boating, Interviews, Activities, Catered Food, Volunteer Sign-Up, Live Performances
Click here for more info

Film Screening: "Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution"
Save the Date: Friday 9/18 & Saturday 9/19
E Street Cinema
Director Stanley Nelson will be attending the Friday opening in DC. Producer Laurens Grant will be attending the screening Saturday evening.
Co-hosted by ONE DC & Justice First
Click here for more info

 


ONE Bit of Good News

ONE DC member April Goggans to host Black Self-Love Sunday Fundraiser for ONE DC in honor of her birthday this Sunday, August 2nd starting at 5pm.
Spades*Dominoes*Food*Music*Art Making*Carefree Blackness
2237 Mount View Place SE (Anacostia Metro - 90/B2 bus)

This is that no-organizing, no working, just being black and beautiful party that we always talk about having, but never do--UNTIL NOW! And it's in Southeast! Come be in community & bask in the beauty of blackness! All ages welcome.
**this is a black & POC space**
$
10 dollar suggested donation gets you a plate & supports black organizing in DC. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
RSVP to april.goggans@gmail.com

Thank you April and Happy Birthday!

If you are interested in hosting your own fundraiser house party to support ONE DC, please email dominic at dmoulden@onedconline.org


The Democracy Collaborative is Hiring

http://democracycollaborative.org/content/interested-joining-our-team-were-hiring


In the media

"We must put an end to serial displacement in the form of segregation, redlining, deindustrialization, and gentrification, which has constituted one long wave of destruction for many black communities, undercutting the ability of residents to resist.” -Mindy Fullilove. Equitable Development and the Call for Community in Washington, DC by Gregory D. Squires and Dominic T Moulden, Social Policy, Spring 2015

Marybeth Onyeukwu's piece featured in Truthout "Black Immigrants' Lives Matter: Disrupting the Dialogue on Immigrant Detention."

Black Lives Matter Asks A Question Of Its Own Movement: Where Are More Men?


 

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ONE DC Monthly Voice - June 2015

 

The Monthly Voice

June 2015 - ONE DC Newsletter

 


You give me second class houses
And second class schools
Do you think that all colored folks
Are just second class fools?

When I try to find a job
To earn a little cash
All you got to offer
Is your mean old white backlash

But the world is big
Big and bright and round
And it's full of folks like me
Who are black, yellow, beige and brown

Mr. Backlash, Mr. Backlash
Just what do you think I got to lose
I'm gonna leave you
With the backlash blues

-Langston Hughes/Nina Simone

In June 2016, ONE DC will be celebrating our 10th year of organizing for racial & economic equity in the District. With the People's Platform and the Black Workers Center, ONE DC members are envisioning a vastly different city, a DC that prioritizes its people over profits. As we continue to organize around the deep-rooted, systemic issues that are creating a city of inequity, we'll need to ensure our financial sustainability for the next 10 years and beyond.
We are looking for people to join our 10th Anniversary Fundraising Committee:
  • Website & Email blasts - familiarity with using Nation Builder
  • Office - phone banking, data entry, tracking pledges
  • Graphic design - flyers, web graphics, post cards
  • Photographers & videographers
  • Event planning & outreach
Email dominic at dmoulden@onedconline.org or call 202-232-2915.

 


Radical Visions: Failed Jobs Training Programs Inspire A ‘Black Worker Center’ In DC

By Sean Nevins, MintPress News

April-Right-to-Income16.jpg“This is about controlling our labor, and that’s what Juneteenth is all about. Wouldn’t it be fundamentally different if directly affected people were doing the trainings and own the companies that were doing the hiring?” Dominic Moulden, of ONE DC, asked.

The press conference was held on June 19, or “Juneteenth,” the day slaves were emancipated across the American South. This year marked the 150th anniversary of the end of slavery in the U.S.

Moulden described ONE DC’s plans to build a “Black Worker Center,” which would be used as a space to build community power, organize residents and educate them on their labor rights, and incubate community-controlled businesses.

“What we’re saying is that the jobs training and workforce development isn’t enough,” Moulden said. “If you want to change structural inequity and chronic black unemployment in D.C., we need to create our own community-controlled businesses and control our own labor.”

Read the full article here

'Trained to Death' & Still Jobless featured by DC Fiscal Policy Institute. Click here to read

 


Building Our Capacity

Please join us in welcoming our summer organizing interns!
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Fellows: Miracle Bowlding, Taylor Gamble, Mia Campbell, Kevin Ruano, Assata Harris

Miracle Bowlding - Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy
Miracle N. Bowlding is a rising Senior who attends Cesar Chavez Capitol Hill. I am from NW DC but I currently live in Southeast DC considered as Ward 8. YES! I want to attend college UCLA or Berkeley. I am still undecided between the two. I am very outgoing and a little shy when it comes to meeting new people. I am very organized and intelligent. I am very excited to be working with ONE DC as an internship. I work with some powerful leaders and I hope to become one in the future.

Taylor Gamble - Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy
Taylor Gamble is a rising senior that attends Cesar Chavez High School for Public Policy. From Washington DC southeast. She comes with being an outspoken person, very outgoing and organized, dealing with anything no matter the situation. ONE DC was her fellowship organization & from the feedback she enjoyed herself here. She also liked advocating for different issues that was a huge problem or becoming a huge problem in the Washington DC area.

Mia Campbell - Georgetown University

Born and raised in New York, Mia is a first-generation American with parents of Caribbean and European backgrounds. She is a rising sophomore at Georgetown University where she is on the pre-med track studying Women’s and Gender Studies and Biology of Global Health. She dreams of a future where her interests in social activism and reform, the betterment of marginalized communities and individuals, medicine, health and people in general, overlap to create a fulfilling career of helping people and helping them help themselves. Mia is very excited to be involved in progressive community organizing, equitable development, and resident-led policy change in DC this summer.

Kevin Ruano - Georgetown University
Born in El Salvador and raised in the local DMV area, he is very excited to work with the local working poor community. At Georgetown he has been a part of the Kalmanovitz Initiative's Day Laborer Exchange, the DC Schools Project and La Casa Latinx Campaign which is trying to establish a permanent space dedicated to the US Latinx narrative. Seeking to affirm the dignity of all marginalized identities, Kevin hopes his summer experience with ONE DC will inform his aspiring organizer/writer for the marginalized ambitions.

Assata Harris - University of California, Davis
I was born and raised between Richmond and Berkeley California. Being named after Assata Shakur gave me huge shoes to fill! I became interested in community organizing since my early age. I have worked for Black panther commemorator party, Institute for sustainable economic, environmental , equitable design, Step to College, Oakland Science Math Outreach. I am a third year student at University of California, Davis. I am here for a summer internship program! I have passion as my strategy and am so excited to be interning for DC One. I love their commitment for community equity for displaced, lower income communities! I look forward to a wonderful summer!

Education. Action. Reflection.

Take action this month with ONE DC.

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People's Platform General Body Meeting
Wednesday, July 1st - 6pm
New Community Church - 614 S St NW
Get involved with planning our upcoming action
RSVP Here

Freedom School on State Violence
Freedom School will include discussion, group breakouts and exercises, video, art, music, and fellowship with other ONE DC members. Food will be served. We are encouraging everyone who plans to attend the Jobs Action on July 22nd to join us at Freedom School.
Saturday, July 18th - 12-4PM
Location: TBA
RSVP Here

First Source Jobs Action
Wed, July 22nd
Read & sign the petition to learn more


ONE Bit of Good News

In June, ONE DC member Art Brown hosted a fundraising party at his home. He helped raised over $500 in financial support for ONE DC, including recruiting 2 sustaining donors! Thank you Art! If you are interested in hosting your own house party or social to support ONE DC, email dominic at dmoulden@onedconline.org or call 202-232-2915.

DC Jobs with Justice Workers' Rights Board on Just Hours
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RSVP Here


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