[COMM-ORG] Dec. 2010 ONE DC Newsletter
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From: "H.Y. Griffin" <hygriffin at onedconline.org>
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For the latest on campaigns, events, & inspiration
ONE DC is gearing up for an action-filled new year, and we'd like you to
it. Before 2011 gets here, we're ready to celebrate ONE DC members who
this a successful year. Join us us on Tuesday, Dec. 14 to celebrate
with free food,
door prizes, and good company!!
Member Appreciation Celebration
Tuesday, Dec. 14, 7-9 pm
ONE DC's office - 614 S St. NW, rear carriage house
*Please RSVP by calling 202-232-2915. Even if ONE DC hasn't been on your
we would be happy to reconnect.
ONE DC Member
Financial Wellness Workshop
Managing resources for happy holidays and beyond
THIS Saturday, Dec. 4, 12-2 pm
New Community Church sanctuary - 614 S St. NW
* Explore what financial wellness means for individuals and communities
* Share practices and develop financial wellness plans
* Learn about action and organizing to sustain ourselves and our
Hear from special guests from DC Time Bank and Community Ladders.
Wal-Mart in D.C.
Wal-mart is positioning itself to hit DC in a big way! Just before the
holiday, Wal-Mart announced its plan to open 4 stores in locations in
of Columbia. The 4 sites being eyed include:
1. The old Curtis Brothers Chevrolet site, Georgia Ave. & Missouri Ave. NW
2. 801 New Jersey Ave. NW
3. New York Ave. & Bladensburg Rd. in NE
4. 58th St. & East Capitol NE
Since the announcement, there has been a frenzy of activity including
council members, civic associations, ANC's blogs and visits from
ONE DC members and staff have been actively involved with a coalition of
churches, civic groups and other stakeholders who want to ensure that
the new Wal-Mart
store benefits District residents by meeting certain standards developed
community, such as:
* Residents hired for full-time, living wage jobs with benefits
* 51% local hires with a funded training program
* Fairness in hiring for ex-offenders
* Equal pay and promotional opportunities for women & minorities
* Limited operating hours
* Community input in planning and design
* Traffic, environmental and economic impact study and alleviation
* Pay fair share of taxes and be bonded to ensure fulfillment of
workers and communityWhat do you think? Complete this 1-minute survey
to let us know.
For more information, contact Gloria Robinson at 202-232-2915 or
grobinson at onedconline.org [http://].
RALLY: The People's Hearing
Dec. 7, 8:30 am at The Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
City Council is voting on the DC budget. Join EMPOWER DC, Save Our
Safety Net, and
all of us with a strong message for the council: the people of DC must
have a voice
in what happens in our city!
What can you do to support the campaigns for jobs, housing, and wellness?
* Even if you only have a little time, help with phone banking to ONE DC
to keep them informed of the campaign and get them more involved.
* If you have a lot of time, contribute to outreach at meetings, on the
at tenants' associations and more.
* Contact the ONE DC members listed below to work on each ONE DC
and short-term action.
Right to Income Campaign
GOAL: The Right to Income campaign aims to develop a model for seeing
that DC residents
are recruited, trained and given hiring priority for new living wage
jobs in any
new development in the District.
UPDATE: Marriott Hotel has broken ground for its new hotel, Marriott
9th St. and Massachusetts Ave. NW. ONE DC has an agreement between the
Office of Employment and Marriott to use $2M for training DC residents
to work there.
ONE DC is currently reconnecting with longtime allies around the Right
Campaign to build capacity for enforcing the use of these funds to
train and hire
**Contact Tammy Winslow for more information at 202-232-2915.
Right to Wellness and Healing
GOAL: The Right to Wellness and Healing seeks to foster wellness --
financial, spiritual, and environmental -- in individuals and
communities so that
DC residents are able to work toward racial and economic equity in the
UPDATE: ONE DC members are organizing a youth leadership program
designed to promote
youth participation and leadership in DC's food justice movement. A
group of elders
will work with ONE DC members to present 10 training session and to
develop a space
where participants will grow food. ONE DC members are currently invited
one of the planning committees: Resources and Fundraising, Outreach and
or Program Design and Logistics.
What can ONE DC members do to get involved in the campaign?
* Research past and present efforts to bring about justice by focusing
around the world.
* Lead a session of The Well, the campaign's resource and skill sharing
During the first Right to Wellness and Healing workshop, members
in getting together to share their knowledge and experiences that
and wellness. Can you teach yoga or a hand-dancing class? Are you a
cook? Are you a whiz at organizing personal spaces? Share with other ONE
* In developing youth leaders of food justice, your input is key,
whether you want
to be an elder facilitator, youth participant or committee member.
**Contact Griffin for more information at 202-232-2915 or
hygriffin at onedconline.org
[mailto:hygriffin at onedconline.org].
Right to Housing/Land
UPDATE: ONE DC members are in the process of setting up a meeting with
Michael Brown to move toward a lower figure for determining what's
housing. Currently the Area Median Income is used for this purpose, and
it is two
times the median income of the District-meaning many DC residents can't
Campaign leaders are also reaching out to organizations that ONE DC
to try to bring affordable housing to Parcel 42 and Parcel 33.
start soon on Parcel 33, and ONE DC wants to see that community
will ensure that new properties contribute to the benefit of low-income
GOAL: All DC residents have a right to housing, and ONE DC seeks to
housing is affordable, decent, and meets the needs of low-income residents.
**Contact Pat Penny for more information at 202-232-2915.
GoodSearch for ONE DC
Did you know that ONE DC could be earning a penny for every online
search you do?
Go towww.goodsearch.com [http://www.goodsearch.com] for all your online
and select ONE DC as the charity you're searching for. Good Search
cent to ONE DC for every search on the site.
In This Issue
Right to Income
Right to Wellness
Right to Housing/Land
GoodSearch for ONEDC
In October, 8 ONE DC members beefed up their skills when they
participated in the
Community Leadership Institute (CLI) hosted by Neighbor Works America.
excerpts of two members' reflections on the CLI, posted in full online
>From Fundamentals of Community Organizing, I have been applying what I
the tenants association of which I am the president. When I got back I
opportunity of a holiday party to recruit new board members and increase
membership. I did this by applying a few principles I learned at the
choosing an issue that was compatible to our mission, vision and values.
- Franklin Brooks Jr.
Dr. J. Otis Smith, the CLI's opening and closing speaker, asked a
underscored the importance of getting to know each other in order to
effectively: "Can we talk to each other about everything and not protect
from the truth?" Straying from the 'real work' -- decision-making,
skills -- can feel scary. But Dr. Smith essentially asked us to
prioritize our relationships
to be sure we can communicate on the deep levels necessary for sustained
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