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Aug 25, 2015
Posted by: parisa


Empower DC hosts a one-hour radio show on WPFW 89.3, Taking Action, every Tuesday at 1:00 pm to talk about critical issues facing DC's low-income communities of color.  We bring in DC residents -- the real experts -- to talk about the challenges our communities face and solutions designed to uplift our people. If you have a suggestion for a show, a question, or


August 25, 2015:  Elaine Carter – known to many as Ms. E – is a long-time Ward 8 community activist and a native Washingtonian who has led numerous fights to preserve affordable housing across the city.  She is in studio today with both Schyla Pondexter-Moore and Daniel del Pielago.  They talk about her life and how it is connected to the history of DC, and her take on the changes that are happening to DC.


[Click here for a week-by-week listing of all our shows.]

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Jul 31, 2015
Posted by: parisa


The Washington Post, July 31, 2015

By Perry Stein


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Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) has signaled to Ivy City residents that their small, 1.7-square-mile neighborhood near the Maryland border is not the city’s “dumping ground.”


The mayor announced at a community meeting that the city won’t allow the area’s historic and long-shuttered Alexander Crummell School to be used as an overflow parking lot for private buses serving Union Station. The decision is a victory for residents who long have fought the city for using their largely poor, black and industrial neighborhood as a home for less-desirable city needs.


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Jul 28, 2015
Posted by: parisa


The Washington Informer, July 28, 2015By WI Web Staff


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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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Jul 16, 2015
Posted by: parisa


Empower DC needs your help.  Are you passionate about Organizing Community Power?  Do you support our work and want to help grow, sustain, and steward the organization?  If so, please nominate yourself or someone you know for Empower DC's Board of Directors.  Nomination form available as a PDF or a Google form.


Empower DC is very interested in recruiting Board members who are residents of traditional public housing, those who have children/grandchildren in traditional DCPS schools, people of color, and those with low incomes.  


All nominations must be received by July 31, 2015.


Continue reading for more info, including eligibility guidelines. 


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Jun 26, 2015
Posted by: parisa


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

6:30 pm

441 4th Street, NW

Suite 200-S

Bring ID to enter


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.


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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...
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