Wednesday, September 28th I will be arguing before the DC Court of Appeals representing the Barry Farm Tenants and Allies Association. This is an important case for DC and cities being gentrified nationwide. At issue is whether the Zoning Commission must consider the hardships associated with dislocating public housing residents when weighing the “benefits” of redeveloping a site.
DC is unique in that it has provisions in its citywide Comprehensive Plan that stipulate avoiding dislocation ac the site in question : Barry Farm. The Zoning Commission has held Federal Law precludes their authority on the matter despite the Comprehensive Plan provision.
Winning will lead to remand and increased leverage in negotiating terms for almost 250 black families. lt will also set precedent in DC and be influential in other jurisdictions whenever citizens develop Comprehensive Plan policies addressing dislocation surrounding the demolition of public housing. We want development in phases so no one has to leave the site. Let alone leave it for the ten plus years developers propose. Many residents are multi-generational DC residents. This is their community. Continue reading An Open Letter from Aristotle Theresa Jr.
Barry Farm Tenants & Allies Association VS DC Zoning Commission
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Rally and Vigil at 8:00 AM (hearing starts at 9)
DC Court of Appeals
430 E St, NW
Bring ID to enter the court building.
We are planning to stand with BFTAA (Barry Farms Tenants and Allies) on September 28th at the DC Court of Appeals. BFTAA is appealing the DC Zoning Commission’s Stage 1 PUD (Planned Unit Development) approval. The Zoning Commission failed to acknowledge the displacement of Barry Farms residents as a “hardship” in their zoning approval of the redevelopment. The DC Office of Planning’s Comprehensive Plan calls for the redevelopment to avoid “dislocation or hardship” as if 1 doesn’t equal the other. We MUST show up to convey the message to the judge and to the public that displacement IS hardship! BFTAA needs a STRONG presence with allies at this hearing.Rally with Barry Farm residents before we enter the Appeals Court to deliver oral arguments in our appeal of the Zoning decision which approved the Barry Farm redevelopment. Help us send the message that dislocation IS hardship, and DCHA is violating the law by not protecting the needs of residents.
What does Environmental Justice mean in the Nation’s Capitol?
Join Empower DC for a district-wide Environmental Justice Brunch. Connect with residents who live on the front line of environmental pollution and development in the historic communities near Buzzard Point, Southwest Washington, DC . Work together to discuss a year-long timeline that empowers and protects communities.
Saturday September 17, 2016
Christ United Methodist Church
900 4th St. SW Washington, DC 20024
10:00 am to 12:00pm
All are welcome. Seating is limited. Please RSVP with Kari Fulton at Kari@EmpowerDC.org or 202-234-9119 ext. 104
You can also RSVP on Facebook here.
See you on Saturday!
DCHA Board of Commissioners Meeting
Wednesday, September 14th
DC Housing Authority
1133 North Capitol St, NE
Bring your ID to enter the DCHA building
Stand with the Barry Farm Tenants and Allies Association (BFTAA) to oppose the passage of a resolution which would move forward the displacement of residents and demolition of the property – despite DCHA’s failure to address the housing needs of residents, their rights and concerns about the planned redevelopment.
You can also send an email to the members of the Housing Authority Board of Commissioners. This body has been unaccountable for far too long, signing off on resolutions that threaten the health, safety and housing of the people who call public housing home. Use the addresses below and the sample email to tell the Board of Commissioners to vote NO on the resolution and to meet with BFTAA to discuss alternatives to our standard, displace and demolish method of redevelopment.
Commissioners to send it to:
Aquarious Van Ghasri – AVGhasri@dchousing.org
Bill Slover – email@example.com
Brian Kenner – firstname.lastname@example.org
Frank Lancaster – email@example.com
Jose Ortiz Gaud – firstname.lastname@example.org
Kenneth D. Council – KCouncil@dchousing.org
Shelore Fisher – SFisher@dchousing.org
Terri Thompson – email@example.com
Ken Grossinger – KenGrossinger@democracypartners.com
Clarence Mobley – firstname.lastname@example.org
Nakeisha Neal Jones – email@example.com