Taking Action Archive – 2018

February 20, 2018: Yesenia Rivera shares how Solar United Neighbors is making solar energy accessible and widespread through the District.  And Stephanie Sneed of Fair Budget Coalition gives us a primer on the city’s process and shares the coalition’s top priorities for budget advocacy this year. 

Guests: 
Yesenia Rivera, Solar United Neighbors & Stephanie Sneed, Fair Budget Coalition

February 13, 2018: 
US Marshalls evicted Donya Williams and her 12 year old daughter at gun point, forcing her onto the street half naked. Now she’s fighting back with the help of ACLU of the District of Columbia. We’re talking with Donya, ACLU attorney Scott Michelman and attorney Caitlin Cocilova of the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless about the role of eviction in DC’s housing crisis
 
Guests: 
Scott Michelman, Senior Attorney, ACLU of DC, Donya Williams, DC resident, Caitlin Cocilova, attorney, Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless

February 6, 2018:
 Residents in Congress Heights who are organizing against displacement plan a march on a slum landlord’s Cleveland Park home, and Black churches convene residents to talk about whether to “Stay, Go or Change” in the gentrifying city.  

Guests: Will Merrifield, Attorney, Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless; Yasmina Mrabet, Organizer, ONE DC; Mr Green – Congress Heights tenant leader;  Pastor Wallace C Smith, Shiloh Baptist Church

January 30, 2018: 
What’s the status of lead water lines in DC, and what can we do about it? Guests from Black Millennials for Flint and students from University of the District of Columbia share their research and ongoing work to stop lead poisoning.
Guests: Black Millennials for Flint – Director of Advocacy, Michelle Mabson & Director of Strategic Alliances, Krystina White; UDC students – Mariana Barros & Natashia Benjamin

January 23, 2018: 
Rev. Graylan Hagler guest hosts and discusses the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, with guest Rev. Liz Theoharis, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, Co-Director of the Kairos Center and author of Always With Us: What Jesus Really Said About the Poor. Find out about the national mobilization and local opportunities to plug in, including the Poor People’s Campaign: Mass Meeting in Washington, D.C. and the Jan 25th meeting at Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ.
January 16, 2018: Developers, politics, and the city’s Comprehensive Plan: amending “the plan” could mean opening the floodgates of development and displacement. But residents like our guests Ward 7 ANC Commissioner Sherice A. Muhammad, Ward 8 attorney Ari Theresa and activist Chris R. Otten are urging residents to fight back
Guests: Sherice Muhammad, Ari Theresa, Chris Otten 
January 9, 2018: Historian CR Gibbs is a preeminent scholar and lecturer on African American history, from the roots of civilization through enslavement, abolition and beyond.  We’re talking with Mr Gibbs about his upcoming free lecture series and his take on the loss of Black spaces here in DC, the impact on our city and our people.
Guest:  CR Gibbs, Historian
January 2, 2018: Some of DC’s hardest working Organizers share their thoughts on the state of the movement for justice here in DC, the lessons of 2017 and plans for 2018.
Guests:
Emmelia Augusta TalaricoDavid Thurston andTracye Prince DeSon who have worked with movements including Black Lives Matter DCNo Justice No PrideDefend J20 ResistanceSave Our System and many others.