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
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!


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.

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

The Democracy Collaborative is 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?



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 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!
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.


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

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

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 or call 202-232-2915.

DC Jobs with Justice Workers' Rights Board on Just Hours


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