Empower DC supporters Phylissa Bilal, Maurice Alexander and Robert Warren testifying at DC Council FY 2017 Budget Oversight Hearing on April 21, 2016.
Paulette Mathews testifying at DC Council Public Round Table on New Communities Initiative & The Right to Return on January 28, 2016 .
Long-time resident and president of the Potomac Gardens Family Residents Council, Aquarius Vann-Ghasri, testifying at DC Council Public Round Table on New Communities Initiative & The Right to Return on January 28, 2016.
Schyla Pondexter-Moore testifying at DC Council Public Round Table on New Communities Initiative & The Right to Return on January 28, 2016.
Schyla Pondexter-Moore protesting St. Elizabeth demolition.
Schyla Pondexter-Moore at Public Q&A on zoning January 27, 2015.
Through support from the Bainum Family Foundation, Empower DC is doing extensive outreach and community engagement in order to identify and understand the needs of low-income families with young children, and develop a grassroots-led campaign to support policy change that advances solutions to the needs identified. With an initial focus on the public housing community Woodland Terrace, Empower DC will offer Parent
Cafe’s, forums, and events to advance community members’ understanding of how policy is developed in the city, to strengthen advocacy skills and to inform the community about opportunities to share their views at key City Council hearings on TANF, child care, and other areas of concern to low-income families. For more information and to get involved contact: Jennifer Speight Community Organizer firstname.lastname@example.org (202) 234-9119 ext. 102
The Buzzard Point neighborhood is not just the destination of the new Soccer Stadium. This area in SW DC is home to hundreds of low income residents who are being exposed to air pollution, toxic soil, and other hazards. Residents are calling for analysis of these conditions and precautions to protect human health.
For more information and to get involved in the Environmental Justice Campaign contact: Kari Fulton
(202) 234-9119 ext. 101 email@example.com
India Fuller, Resident of Greenleaf Gardens Public Housing in SW
Last week Empower DC and Black Lives Matter DC blocked a “spacefinding tour” of developers in SW and SE DC Some people have questioned if this direct action is a proper tactic in addressing gentrification. India Fuller, a resident of Greenleaf Gardens Public Housing in SW DC tells us why it is and why it is important.
Barry Farm residents know the value of their neighborhood, their neighbors and of Public Housing. We’ve been interviewing residents to get a sense of why remaining on the property during the redevelopment of Barry Farm and keeping it as Public Housing is important. Click the link below to hear the first installment in a series we’re calling Voices from Barry Farm:
This gathering was initiated by Pope Francis, with the purpose of creating “an ‘encounter’ between Church leadership and grassroots organizations working to address the ‘economy of exclusion and inequality’ by working for structural changes that promote social, economic and racial justice.”
Today on Taking Action we will report back from the World Meeting, sharing our reflections on the historic gathering. Listen to today’s show here: Here are the recommendations that came out of the gathering.
11th Annual MLK Peace Walk and Parade Monday, January 16 12:00 PM Meet at Excel Academy 2501 Martin Luther King Ave SE
Join Empower DC & Barry Farm Tenants and Allies Association (BFTAA) at the 11th annual Martin Luther King Jr Day Peace Walk! This year we will meet at the corner of MLK Ave & Sumner Rd at 12pm to hand out hot beverages and flyers before we join the parade route.
This Saturday, January 14th we will meet at the Empower DC offices to make signs for the parade from 11am – 2pm. Light refreshments will be served.
Barry Farm Tenants & Allies Association VS DC Zoning Commission
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Rally and Vigil at 8:00 AM (hearing starts at 9)
Location: 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.
We want to thank everyone who came out to support Barry Farm residents! Please continue to support our Public Housing Campaign, which is lead by an amazing 4 year veteran of Empower DC , Schyla Pondexter-Moore. Let’s continue to fight displacement in our city, to stand up for justice, to build our power and hold government officials accountable!
This is a call to action. We need everyone who is available to come to the DC Housing Authority (1133 North Capitol St, NE) tomorrow, Thursday August 18th at 11:30AM to stand in solidarity with Barry Farm residents.
You can also help by sending 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.
Please use the addresses and sample email below to tell the Board of Commissioners to vote NO on the resolution affecting Barry Farm that they are considering tomorrow at the last-minute “emergency” meeting.”
Sample letter: I urge the Commissioners to vote NO on resolution 16-14 to authorize pre-development financing for Barry Farm redevelopment. The Board should take no further action on the Barry Farm redevelopment until a firm residents’ rights agreement is in place. I urge the Commissioners not to rubber stamp these deals that serve to displace residents and give away valuable public assets to private developers. Moreover, DCHA should not conduct business during last-minute “emergency” sessions when the impacted residents have not received notification.
The residents of Barry Farm have been fighting diligently for years to make sure their rights are protected throughout the pending “redevelopment” of their public housing community.
The DC Housing Authority, on the other hand, continues to operate in an underhanded, unaccountable way – leaving the community in disrepair, spreading misinformation, and violating the rights of residents.
Yesterday we were informed that the DC Housing Authority has called an emergency Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting to vote on a resolution that impacts Barry Farm residents. Typically the BOC does not meet at all in August. Now, they are holding a last-minute meeting, without notice to residents, on something that is critical to their future.
The leaders of the Barry Farm Tenants and Allies Association (BFTAA) working with Empower DC want to show DCHA that there are people like you throughout the city monitoring their behavior, willing to hold them to account.
Please let Schyla Pondexter-Moore, Empower DC’s Public Housing Organizer, know if you will be joining us. You can reach her at (202) 234-9119 x 101 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Bring your ID to enter the DCHA building.