[COMM-ORG] May 2012 ONE DC Newsletter

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From: Gloria Robinson <grobinson at onedconline.org>



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May 2012

ONE DC

M o n t h l y  V o i c e

For the latest on campaigns & inspiration
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Greetings!

Greetings from ONE DC!

In This Issue:





* DC Trans Coalition Joins ONE DC Marriott Hotel Campaign
* Orientation for New ONE DC Members
* Reflections on ONE DC's Emancipation Day Celebration
* A Member's Experience
* EVENT: ONE DC Wellness Afternoon
* EVENT: The Sanaa Project -- A Fundraiser for ONE DC
* Announcements
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DC Trans Coalition Joins ONE DC for Good Jobs at Marriott Marquis

Local transgender rights group DC Trans Coalition (DCTC) is now working 
with ONE
  DC to ensure that the forthcoming Marriott Marquis Hotel (located next 
to the DC
Convention Center) will fulfill its promise to employ approximately 500 
DC residents.
Members of both DCTC and ONE DC contributed questions for Marriott 
International's
Director of Talent Acquisition. Answers to these questions would help 
ONE DC, DCTC,
and other groups discern the best ways to get traditionally 
underemployed DC residents
into hotel jobs with living wages, benefits, protections, and 
transferrable skills.

"The transgender community, as elsewhere in DC, has terrifyingly high 
rates of unemployment,"
notes Andy Bowen, a member of DCTC. "By working with ONE DC and Marriott 
at the
start of employment recruitment, we aim to get highly skilled if 
underemployed transgender
residents into well-paying jobs. If Marriott hires trans residents, it 
will empower
a hard-working population and bring greater justice to the District, 
which is one
of the best two-for-one deals possible."
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Orientation For New ONE DC Members

Membership Orientation for new ONE DC Members will take place on 
Wednesday May 23
at  6:00 p.m. at the New Community Church, 614  S  Street NW. This 
orientation will
help our new members take the next step in deepening their connection to 
ONE DC,
  our city, and our mission to make racial and economic equity a reality 
in DC. For
more information, call 202-232-2915 or visit ONE DC's website at 
www.onedconline.org
[http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001QYP_x9EjkleFmFPubPfVqZEDZ94V-Wb0eOh8LlasYlAOMaN1RjykX7NpNHrQpt8fK0PNzCOFpEqmYcuBbmX34b6ffy85U6jaJxnHhd1ZXD9NT0e9M8YyWQ==].
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ONE DC Emancipation Day

by Ashley Crawford

"Fun-ga Ala-fia, A-shay, A-shay." Welcomes and blessings. For weeks, I 
had heard
  the lyrics of this traditional Nigerian song rehearsed by many of the 
young girls
who drop in to the Sasha Bruce Richardson Youth Center where I work, and 
now here
I was, singing along to these same lyrics as drummers played at the ONE 
DC Emancipation
Day Celebration on April 16. Small world? Not quite.

 >From beginning to end, the Emancipation Day Celebration echoed many of 
the same
concerns and challenges that I seek to overcome in my daily dedication 
to youth
development in the low-income community of Clay Terrace, where the 
Richardson Youth
Center is located. Opening with an outdoor community yoga session led by 
Andrea
Christie, the celebration focused not only on educating the community 
about the
history of Emancipation Day but also on discussing important current 
topics such
  as holistic wellness. Coincidentally, earlier that same day, I had 
helped plant
  fruit trees outside of the Youth Center with the goal of empowering 
youth and community
members to increasing self-reliance through better access to healthy 
foods. Whether
we are tutoring youth on their homework, practicing hip hop dance moves, 
or meeting
with youth one-on-one, we aim to provide a safe place for youth to 
express themselves
and develop healthy relationships.

On April 16, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Compensated 
Emancipation
  Act and freed enslaved African Americans in Washington, DC; yet, many 
would argue
that the systems of slavery are still operating in America. A highlight 
of the Emancipation
Day Celebration was the passionate discussion on what has been termed 
the "New Jim
Crow." Mass incarceration rates of African American and Latino women and 
men in
the U.S. has been a recent hot topic, sparking genuine discussions 
around the cycle
of oppression the criminal justice system continues to perpetuate in 
America.

Working in Clay Terrace, which as of May 2011 had the highest youth 
arrest rate
among all of D.C.'s residential neighborhoods, has forced me to confront 
the reality
that nationally, one in three African American men is currently under 
the control
of the criminal justice system. Each day, I confront that reality by 
offering healthy
and engaging alternatives to at-risk youth. The racial and economic 
discrimination
behind mass incarceration is an enormous obstacle for those of us who 
seek justice;
but if we each take small steps to uplift and organize those in our 
communities,
  we can have a serious impact, and that is exactly what ONE DC is 
about. You only
have to look to ONE DC's accomplishments with the Duncan Co-Op and 
Martin Luther
  King Latino Co-Op, regular community classes focused on community 
organizing and
social inequity with DC residents and local groups, and initiatives in 
organizing
around the Right to Live and Work in DC for evidence of the power a 
community possesses.

I believe that everything happens for a reason, so I see no coincidence 
in the overlapping
of my work in Clay Terrace and the missions of ONE DC. As a young 
African American
woman who is socially conscious and aware of systemic inequities, I 
joined the membership
of ONE DC to let my voice be heard, organize to take action, and learn 
how to exercise
political strength to create and preserve racial and economic equity.
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A Member's Experience

by Therese Beaudreault

I first heard about ONE DC from a friend I met at an Occupy DC People of 
Color working
group meeting. When I attended ONE DC's orientation, I felt as if I had 
come home.
ONE DC shares many of my personal values and beliefs, including a belief 
in the
collective sharing of power and resources and a confidence in the power 
of grassroots
organizing against injustices facing communities of color and 
economically disenfranchised
people. I am continually drawn to ONE DC not only because of the work 
that ONE DC
does but because of the way that ONE DC goes about doing the work, with 
a deliberate
and intentional consciousness.

Many of the hierarchies that exist in mainstream society, and even in 
other organizations
that claim to want social change, don't exist within ONE DC. For 
example, as a member
of ONE DC, one's contributions are not worth less than those of another 
member who
has more educational credentials. A person of color is not valued any 
less than
a white person at ONE DC. If you have a passion for and commitment to 
building racial
and economic equity in DC through collective action, then ONE DC will 
really encourage
and support you in whichever role you decide fits your particular 
interests and
strengths. I am very grateful that ONE DC is now a part of my life!
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Nurturing the Movement by Nurturing Ourselves

As we continue to build the movement for social and economic justice in 
DC, it is
crucial that we nurture ourselves and move towards wellness and healing.

Please join us on Saturday, May 26th from 2-6pm for our first ONE DC 
Wellness Afternoon
at New Community Church, located at 614 S St. NW.

Enjoy free wellness activities including seated massages provided by 
licensed massage
therapists.Healthy snacks and delicious fruit smoothies will be available.

If you have wellness and healing arts skills that you are willing to 
share with
the community, please contact Gloria Robinson at 
grobinson at onedconline.org [mailto:grobinson at onedconline.org]
or 202-232-2915.

All activities are free therefore donations are welcomed!
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"You must act as if it is impossible to fail!"
-- Ashanti proverb

In This Issue

DC Trans Coalition
ONE DC Orientation
Emancipation Day
A Member's Experience
Wellness Afternoon
The Sanaa Project
Announcements

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Follow  ONE DC onFacebook

Search for the  nonprofit page ONE DC, Organizing  Neighborhood Equity 
[https://www.facebook.com/home.php#%21/pages/ONE-DC-Organizing-Neighborhood-Equity/200238993334253],
and click Like.

www.onedconline.org [http://www.onedconline.org]
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Announcements

Donate Office Furniture to ONE DC's Community Space and Office. ONE DC 
needs office
furniture! Our office is used regularly by members, campaign organizers, 
community
partners and community organizations.... and that means people need a 
place to sit.
Please send us any information you have on available office furniture, 
particularly
chairs, desks, and dry erase boards, to Dominic at 
dmoulden at ondeconline.org [mailto:dmoulden at ondeconline.org].
Thank you!

ONE DC Dance Party and Fundraiser. Please join ONE DC for a night of 
fun, community
building, and DANCING.

When: July 21st from 6pm to 10pm

Where: African American Civil War Museum, 1925 Vermont Ave, NW, 
Washington, DC 20001

Who: Members, Friends, Donors, and Supporters

Interested in volunteering at this event? Call ONE DC at 202-232-2915.
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