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The Washington Informer, July 28, 2015By WI Web Staff
In the wake of plans recently announced by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to privatize the Alexander Crummell School in Northeast, residents in the Ivy City community are pushing back against gentrification efforts, demanding instead the old school building be used for recreation and workforce development.
In addition to defying development projects such as liquor distilleries and loft apartments already underway in Ivy City, residents have also staunchly opposed former Mayor Vincent Gray's proposal to allow an overflow of tour buses to park at Crummell, contending the buses hamper the community's air quality.
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July 28, 2015: With the city moving toward circulating a Request for Proposals for the development of the historic Alexander Crummell School, this edition of Taking Action is focused on the future of the school. Empower DC’s Parisa Norouzi talks with two current residents, Andria Swanson and Belinda Taylor, as well as an alumna of the Crummell School, Ms. Remetter Freeman, about their vision for the site, the history of the school, and why Crummell is so important to their community.
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The Zoning Commission has announced that it will hear the Barry Farm Tenants and Allies Association’s motion to reconsider on Monday, June 29. We’ll mobilize a few members of Barry Farm to be there. You are welcome to join us, but please know that we are last on a very long agenda and no testimony will be given.
Monday, June 29, 2015
441 4th Street, NW
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Read more about BFTAA’s motion to reconsider the Zoning Commission’s prior approval of the developer’s PUD by clicking on the "read more" link below.
Empower DC works to preserve and protect affordable housing, ensure the creation of more affordable housing, and heighten tenants’ knowledge of their housing rights. We do this through developing the leadership and collective power of tenants directly impacted by the need for affordable housing
In 2012, our focus is working with residents of Public Housing to ensure they are informed about their rights and are able to collectively...
Empower DC’s Public Education Campaign is campaign is building an organized and empowered group of parents and community members concerned about DC Public Schools, who through collective action are becoming a political force and holding officials accountable to their needs. The campaign is currently focused on informing the public about potential school closures and organizing residents to demand investment in, not closure of, DC Public Schools...
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..