[COMM-ORG] July ONE DC Newsletter: Organizing as a tortoise march
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From: Dominic Moulden <dmoulden at onedconline.org>
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Imagine the deep green tortoise marching along the river bank,
organizing its life
to find shelter, food, and the good life. Can you see over 300 people
in the disposition of public land above a metro stop where they walked
tortoise, slowly but steadily to seek justice? ONE DC's resident-led
process involved several hundred residents.
Boom! That is the sound of the large machines banging on the dirt's
floor at up
and coming Progression Place at 7th and S Streets NW, a site where 100
worth of resources are being placed to benefit someone. But who?
Since 2003 there is evidence of one constant presence and it is called
Neighborhood Equity - ONE DC. The members, leaders, and staff of our
walk the long road to see that temporary and permanent jobs are
available to long-time
residents, affordable housing units are available for residents under
the real threat
of displacement, and retail space and a community fund benefits Shaw
Groundbreakings were completed. Construction started. Still ONE DC is
mentioned as the people who used organizing to push for social and
at Parcel 33. Is development of People and Place not an issue in DC?
people are "exported" involuntarily from any location and 50,000 new
as new incumbents someone needs to cry FOUL!
ONE DC is ready and willing to make the call for equity and justice in
ONE DC's 2011 campaign "the Right to Live and Work in DC" and help
create a report
card for Parcel 33 and post it for all to see what benefits are on the
Shaw's Struggle for Equity -- A walking tour
July 6th at 6:30pm, Starting at 6th & O Streets NW
Join ONE DC for a 2-hour talk/walking tour of the Shaw neighborhood.
about the history of the neighborhood, the impact of structural forces
on the lives
of community residents, and the struggle to create and preserve racial
equity in the District. The tour will begin at 6th & O Streets NW (three
from the Mt Vernon Sq Metro).
Space is limited, RSVP to dmoulden at onedconline.org
[mailto:dmoulden at onedconline.org].
Because this is a fundraiser, participants are encouraged to contribute
but no one will be turned away because of an inability to contribute.
Meet and Greet ONE DC Members
July 9, 11 am to 1 pm at 614 S St NW
Getting reacquainted with ONE DC and help build a social movement for
the District! Contact Gloria at 202-232-2915 or
grobinson at onedconline.org [mailto:grobinson at onedconline.org].
July 9, 1 to 3 pm, Starting at 614 S St NW
>From 1 to 1:30 pm, have lunch on ONE DC while brushing up on your
Then hit the streets to get the word about the Right to Live and Work in
Contact Rosemary for more information at 202-232-2915 or
rndubuizu at onedconline.org [mailto:rndubuizu at onedconline.org].
Connecting Our Workplaces: Building Cooperative Economies
July 8-10 at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore
The 2011 Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy will bring together
of worker cooperatives and other cooperatively-run organizations to
network of democratic workplaces in the Eastern United States. We will
for building systems for regional support and advocating for ourselves
as we build
momentum toward the 2012 International Year of Cooperatives. For more
contact ECWD organizers at 802-448-0972 or info at east.usworker.coop
[mailto:info at east.usworker.coop].
Right to Live and Work in DC Campaign Meeting
July 16, 11 am to 1 pm, 614 S St NW
Join ONE DC as we compel our public officials to prioritize decent jobs
housing! For more information, contact Dyana at 202-232-2915 or
dforester at onedconline.org [mailto:dforester at onedconline.org].
Tenant Town Hall 2011
July 16, 2:30 to 5:00 pm at First Trinity Church, 309 E St NW
Join tenants from across the city to talk with officials and government
about our housing needs and priorities. Then get involved in campaigns
housing and strategize to build a stronger tenant movement in DC. Free
Please RSVP for childcare. Interpretation in Spanish, Amharic, and
more information, contact Latino Economic Development Corporation (LEDC)
tenantsrights at ledcmetro.org [mailto:tenantsrights at ledcmetro.org].
July 17, 3 to 5 pm at Barry Farms
Join ONE DC members as we reach out to find more people willing to take
affordable housing and decent jobs, for the Right to Live and Work in
Gloria at 202-232-2915 or grobinson at onedconline.org
[mailto:grobinson at onedconline.org]
for more information.
SAVE THE DATE:
Mini Combahee Drylongso School
Aug. 20, 10 am to 5 pm at New Community Church, 614 S St NW
Contact Gloria (202-232-2915 or grobinson at gmail.com
[mailto:grobinson at gmail.com])
if you would like to participate or to get more information about this
community organizing workshop.
Right to Live and Work in DC
In June, ONE DC members as a part of Walmart Respect DC coalition
Mayor Gray include the community in negotiations with Walmart. You can
a great recap of the event here
Progression Place (Parcel 33) hosted their first job fair in compliance
commitment to hired DC residents. Over 200 community members waited
line for two hours seeking employment opportunities. ONE DC organizer
to 45 unemployed men and women that have diligent unsuccessful sought
For the next couple of months, we will work with them to document their
Check out the packed calendar of upcoming events and actions to get
contact Dyana at dforster at onedconline.org
[mailto:dforster at onedconline.org] or
Youth Organizing DC!
ONE DC members contributing to Youth Organizing DC participated in two
with young people in DC last month:
* At Capitol City Public Charter School, 11th grade students in educator
class presented project proposals for making changes in their school or
Read about it online here [http://teachingforchange.org/news/capcityexp].
* YO DC facilitators joined forces with ONE DC member Kalin Williams to
conversations and experiences around wellness and community organizing
at the Boys & Girls Club on Benning Road in NE. YO DC aims to nurture
interest in community organizing, providing organizing experiences so
have tools to shape changes in the District. With a growing
understanding of youth
development, ONE DC members are interested in meeting with existing
(such as summer programs and after-school groups).
If you are a young person interested in learning about community
organizing or you
know of groups interested in making positive changes in their
contact Griffin at hygriffin at onedconline.org
[mailto:hygriffin at onedconline.org]
Become a "People's Historian"
Want to learn more about DC neighborhood social justice history? ONE
Historian Education Series is a 5-week program this July & August to
neighborhood history and learn skills to share past lessons to inform
Activities inclue: a 5 weekly 3-hour sessions; gathering personal
experience & family
history; exploring news articles, book chapters, and blogs; guest
speakers at neighborhood
sites; and a session at the MLK Jr Library Washingtonian Room with a
Contact Dominic for more information at dmoulden at onedconline.org
[mailto:dmoulden at onedconline.org]
ONE DC Congratulates Lena Graber and Jessica Gordon Nembhard
Congratulations to Lena Graber, a former ONE DC Shared Leadership
She has been awarded a Soros Justice Fellowship. The Soros Foundation's
describes Lena's upcoming work: "Graber will work to reduce the
of immigration 'detainers' - a tool used to maintain custody of
individuals in local jails or prisons nationwide. Detainers have become
mechanism for the government to apprehend immigrants who come into
the criminal justice system, whether or not they are charged with a crime."
ONE DC also recognizes Jessica Gordon Nembhard, the coordinator of its
team. On July 9th, she will be honored for her work in "cooperative
education" by the Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy at their
conference [http://www.american.coop/category/tags/ecwd]. ECWD is the
of worker cooperatives in the eastern region of the U.S., and is a
of the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives, a national membership
of worker cooperatives. Jessica is a cooperatives researcher and
professor of at
John Jay College of City University of New York.
ONE DC needs you!
Calling all writers, editors, and photographers! We need your skills for
and email newsletter. Whether you want to write opinion pieces or
photos at actions, or complete editing and layout, your input is
Gloria at grobinson at onedconline.org [mailto:grobinson at onedconline.org]
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Right to Live&Work in DC
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