[COMM-ORG] July ONE DC Newsletter: Organizing as a tortoise march

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July 2011

ONE DC

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Greetings!

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
participating
in the disposition of public land above a metro stop where they walked
like the
tortoise, slowly but steadily to seek justice? ONE DC's resident-led
organizing
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
million dollars
worth of resources are being placed to benefit someone. But who?

Since 2003 there is evidence of one constant presence and it is called
Organizing
Neighborhood Equity - ONE DC. The members, leaders, and staff of our
organization
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
residents.

Groundbreakings were completed. Construction started. Still ONE DC is
not regularly
mentioned as the people who used organizing to push for social and
racial equity
 at Parcel 33. Is development of People and Place not an issue in DC?
When 39,000
people are "exported" involuntarily from any location and 50,000 new
residents emerge
as new incumbents someone needs to cry FOUL!

ONE DC is ready and willing to make the call for equity and justice in
DC. Join
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
table and
 who benefits.

In community,

Dominic Moulden
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Upcoming Events

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.
You'll learn
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
and economic
equity in the District. The tour will begin at 6th & O Streets NW (three
blocks
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
$10-$20,
 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
equity in
the District! Contact Gloria at 202-232-2915 or
grobinson at onedconline.org [mailto:grobinson at onedconline.org].

Outreach Day

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
outreach skills.
Then hit the streets to get the word about the Right to Live and Work in
DC campaign!
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
representatives
of worker cooperatives and other cooperatively-run organizations to
strengthen the
network of democratic workplaces in the Eastern United States. We will
share strategies
for building systems for regional support and advocating for ourselves
as we build
momentum toward the 2012 International Year of Cooperatives. For more
information,
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
and affordable
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
agencies
 about our housing needs and priorities. Then get involved in campaigns
for affordable
housing and strategize to build a stronger tenant movement in DC. Free
snacks provided.
Please RSVP for childcare. Interpretation in Spanish, Amharic, and
Chinese. For
more information, contact Latino Economic Development Corporation (LEDC)
at 202-540-7419
or

tenantsrights at ledcmetro.org [mailto:tenantsrights at ledcmetro.org].

Outreach Day

July 17, 3 to 5 pm at Barry Farms

Join ONE DC members as we reach out to find more people willing to take
action for
affordable housing and decent jobs, for the Right to Live and Work in
DC. Contact
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
popular education
community organizing workshop.
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Right to Live and Work in DC

In June, ONE DC members as a part of Walmart Respect DC coalition
demanded that
Mayor Gray include the community in negotiations with Walmart. You can
check out
 a great recap of the event here
[http://www.studentlabor.org/2011/06/29/wal-mart-respect-dc/].

Progression Place (Parcel 33) hosted their first job fair in compliance
with their
commitment to hired DC residents. Over 200 community members waited
patiently in
 line for two hours seeking employment opportunities. ONE DC organizer
Dyana spoke
to 45 unemployed men and women that have diligent unsuccessful sought
employment.
For the next couple of months, we will work with them to document their
job hunt
 experiences.

Check out the packed calendar of upcoming events and actions to get
involved, or
 contact Dyana at dforster at onedconline.org
[mailto:dforster at onedconline.org] or
202-232-2915.
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Youth Organizing DC!

ONE DC members contributing to Youth Organizing DC participated in two
gatherings
with young people in DC last month:


* At Capitol City Public Charter School, 11th grade students in educator
Jill Weiler's
class presented project proposals for making changes in their school or
community.
Read about it online here [http://teachingforchange.org/news/capcityexp].
* YO DC facilitators joined forces with ONE DC member Kalin Williams to
begin hosting
conversations and experiences around wellness and community organizing
for youth
 at the Boys & Girls Club on Benning Road in NE. YO DC aims to nurture
young people's
interest in community organizing, providing organizing experiences so
that youth
 have tools to shape changes in the District. With a growing
understanding of youth
development, ONE DC members are interested in meeting with existing
youth groups
 (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
communities, please
contact Griffin at hygriffin at onedconline.org
[mailto:hygriffin at onedconline.org]
or 202-232-2915.
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Announcements

Become a "People's Historian"

Want to learn more about DC neighborhood social justice history? ONE
DC's People's
Historian Education Series is a 5-week program this July & August to
uncover hidden
neighborhood history and learn skills to share past lessons to inform
current struggles.
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
staff historian.
Contact Dominic for more information at dmoulden at onedconline.org
[mailto:dmoulden at onedconline.org]
or 202-232-2915.

ONE DC Congratulates Lena Graber and Jessica Gordon Nembhard

Congratulations to Lena Graber, a former ONE DC Shared Leadership
Committee member!
She has been awarded a Soros Justice Fellowship. The Soros Foundation's
website
[http://www.soros.org/initiatives/usprograms/focus/justice/programs/justice_fellows/grantees/lena-graber-2011]
describes Lena's upcoming work: "Graber will work to reduce the
government's abuse
of immigration 'detainers' - a tool used to maintain custody of
potentially deportable
individuals in local jails or prisons nationwide. Detainers have become
the primary
mechanism for the government to apprehend immigrants who come into
contact with
the criminal justice system, whether or not they are charged with a crime."
ONE DC also recognizes Jessica Gordon Nembhard, the coordinator of its
leadership
team. On July 9th, she will be honored for her work in "cooperative
advocacy and
 education" by the Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy at their
biennial
conference [http://www.american.coop/category/tags/ecwd]. ECWD is the
premier gathering
of worker cooperatives in the eastern region of the U.S., and is a
regional member
of the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives, a national membership
organization
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
this print
and email newsletter. Whether you want to write opinion pieces or
articles, snap
 photos at actions, or complete editing and layout, your input is
needed. Contact
Gloria at grobinson at onedconline.org [mailto:grobinson at onedconline.org]
or 202-232-2915.

In This Issue

Upcoming Events
Right to Live&Work in DC
Youth Organizing DC!
Announcements

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