Ivy City Campaign for Crummel School

Empower DC is assisting the historic Ivy City community with re-establishing a strong and sustainable Civic Association, and developing neighborhood leadership and strategic campaigns around several issues including the restoration of the Alexander Crummell School for use as a workforce development and community center. In order to document the unique and important history of the … Continue reading Ivy City Campaign for Crummel School

Taking Action Archive – 2016

December 27, 2016: Members of Faith Strategies, a network of  DC based pastors, share reflections on their recent experience visiting the occupied territories of Palestine.  Guest host Rev Graylan Hagler.December 20, 2016: Today, the People for Fairness Coalition begins the annual memorial service for the homeless of DC who lost their lives over the course of the … Continue reading Taking Action Archive – 2016


Parisa Norouzi Executive Director parisa@empowerdc.org (202) 234-9119 x 100 Daniel del Pielgao  Organizing Director daniel@empowerdc.org (202) 234-9119 x 101 Frances McCraryOperations Director frances@empowerdc.org (202) 234-9119 x 105 STAFF BIOGRAPHIES Parisa Norouzi, Executive Director  has over 20 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations and organizing communities.  After an early career as an organizer in the … Continue reading Staff


Empower DC is a city-wide grassroots organization committed to building the power of low-income communities of color to create long lasting, positive change in our communities. We currently have active community organizing campaigns to save and improve public housing, to ensure all children have access to high-quality neighborhood public schools, and to support the residents … Continue reading About

Ivy City History Project

Thanks to support from the Humanities Council of the Nation’s Capital, Empower DC has been able to document the previously undocumented history of the historic, African American Ivy City community. The project has included: Over 20 oral history interviews of current and former Ivy City residents, many who are alumni of the Alexander Crummell School … Continue reading Ivy City History Project