[COMM-ORG] May 2012 ONE DC Newsletter
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From: Gloria Robinson <grobinson at onedconline.org>
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For the latest on campaigns & inspiration
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
DC Trans Coalition Joins ONE DC for Good Jobs at Marriott Marquis
Local transgender rights group DC Trans Coalition (DCTC) is now working
DC to ensure that the forthcoming Marriott Marquis Hotel (located next
to the DC
Convention Center) will fulfill its promise to employ approximately 500
Members of both DCTC and ONE DC contributed questions for Marriott
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
"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
start of employment recruitment, we aim to get highly skilled if
residents into well-paying jobs. If Marriott hires trans residents, it
a hard-working population and bring greater justice to the District,
which is one
of the best two-for-one deals possible."
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
help our new members take the next step in deepening their connection to
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
ONE DC Emancipation Day
by Ashley Crawford
"Fun-ga Ala-fia, A-shay, A-shay." Welcomes and blessings. For weeks, I
the lyrics of this traditional Nigerian song rehearsed by many of the
who drop in to the Sasha Bruce Richardson Youth Center where I work, and
I was, singing along to these same lyrics as drummers played at the ONE
Day Celebration on April 16. Small world? Not quite.
>From beginning to end, the Emancipation Day Celebration echoed many of
concerns and challenges that I seek to overcome in my daily dedication
development in the low-income community of Clay Terrace, where the
Center is located. Opening with an outdoor community yoga session led by
Christie, the celebration focused not only on educating the community
history of Emancipation Day but also on discussing important current
as holistic wellness. Coincidentally, earlier that same day, I had
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
we are tutoring youth on their homework, practicing hip hop dance moves,
with youth one-on-one, we aim to provide a safe place for youth to
and develop healthy relationships.
On April 16, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Compensated
Act and freed enslaved African Americans in Washington, DC; yet, many
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
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
Working in Clay Terrace, which as of May 2011 had the highest youth
among all of D.C.'s residential neighborhoods, has forced me to confront
that nationally, one in three African American men is currently under
of the criminal justice system. Each day, I confront that reality by
and engaging alternatives to at-risk youth. The racial and economic
behind mass incarceration is an enormous obstacle for those of us who
but if we each take small steps to uplift and organize those in our
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
King Latino Co-Op, regular community classes focused on community
social inequity with DC residents and local groups, and initiatives in
around the Right to Live and Work in DC for evidence of the power a
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
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.
A Member's Experience
by Therese Beaudreault
I first heard about ONE DC from a friend I met at an Occupy DC People of
group meeting. When I attended ONE DC's orientation, I felt as if I had
ONE DC shares many of my personal values and beliefs, including a belief
collective sharing of power and resources and a confidence in the power
organizing against injustices facing communities of color and
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
and intentional consciousness.
Many of the hierarchies that exist in mainstream society, and even in
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
has more educational credentials. A person of color is not valued any
a white person at ONE DC. If you have a passion for and commitment to
and economic equity in DC through collective action, then ONE DC will
and support you in whichever role you decide fits your particular
strengths. I am very grateful that ONE DC is now a part of my life!
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
at New Community Church, located at 614 S St. NW.
Enjoy free wellness activities including seated massages provided by
therapists.Healthy snacks and delicious fruit smoothies will be available.
If you have wellness and healing arts skills that you are willing to
the community, please contact Gloria Robinson at
grobinson at onedconline.org [mailto:grobinson at onedconline.org]
All activities are free therefore donations are welcomed!
"You must act as if it is impossible to fail!"
-- Ashanti proverb
In This Issue
DC Trans Coalition
ONE DC Orientation
A Member's Experience
The Sanaa Project
Follow ONE DC onFacebook
Search for the nonprofit page ONE DC, Organizing Neighborhood Equity
and click Like.
Donate Office Furniture to ONE DC's Community Space and Office. ONE DC
furniture! Our office is used regularly by members, campaign organizers,
partners and community organizations.... and that means people need a
place to sit.
Please send us any information you have on available office furniture,
chairs, desks, and dry erase boards, to Dominic at
dmoulden at ondeconline.org [mailto:dmoulden at ondeconline.org].
ONE DC Dance Party and Fundraiser. Please join ONE DC for a night of
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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