• From Civil Rights to Human Rights, Black Community Control Now!

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    Published February 6, 2016 at 7:45 pm - No Comments A United Nations Working Group preliminary report on human rights violations against Black America advocates Black community control of police. From Civil Rights to Human Rights, Black Community Control Now!

  • D.C. Statehood, the Minimum Wage and a Guided Tour

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    Published February 2, 2016 at 6:53 pm - No Comments An opportunity for D.C. residents to meet with artists from outside of the region who are actually interested in working for D.C. Statehood. So if you ...

    D.C. Statehood, the Minimum Wage and a Guided Tour
  • D.C. Public Schools 2015 Year In Review

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    Published January 25, 2016 at 10:58 am - No Comments 2015 was a revealing year in D.C. Public School governance. Grassroots DC education contributor Sarah Livingston gives us a rundown. D.C. Public Schools 2015 Year In Review

  • Placing DC’s Crime Wave in Context

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    Published January 19, 2016 at 6:41 am - 2 Comments This past summer, much media attention was given to what has been called a “surge” of violent crime in DC. Resident reactions to the violent crime ...

    Placing DC’s Crime Wave in Context
  • Change Is Coming: 10th Annual MLK Peace Walk & Parade

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    Published January 16, 2016 at 12:57 pm - No Comments Washington, DC – In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, community leaders and residents of the Nation’s Capital will participate in the 10th Ann ...

    Change Is Coming: 10th Annual MLK Peace Walk & Parade
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Other Speeches

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    Published January 14, 2016 at 7:25 pm - No Comments "Again we have diluted ourselves into believing the myth that Capitalism grew and prospered out of the protestant ethic of hard word and sacrifice, th ...

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Other Speeches
  • Employment and Entrepreneurship for Returning Citizens

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    Published December 3, 2015 at 11:24 am - 2 Comments I came across two stories on the Facebook feed about companies in the District that make a point of hiring Returning Citizens. This interests me becau ...

    Employment and Entrepreneurship for Returning Citizens
  • DC Council Votes to Lower the Legal Standard for new Family Shelters: “What’s wrong with us?”

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    Published November 11, 2015 at 2:18 pm - 4 Comments Cross-Posted from the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless Written by Patricia Mullahy Fugere Last week, the DC Council voted 9-4 against requirin ...

    DC Council Votes to Lower the Legal Standard for new Family Shelters: “What’s wrong with us?”
  • Supporting the Movement for Black Lives

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    Published August 29, 2015 at 1:56 pm - No Comments Posted on behalf of Black Lives Matter DMV These next 3 weeks are going to be very busy for the Movement for Black Lives here in DC. We get a lot of a ...

    Supporting the Movement for Black Lives
  • A Few Unarmed Blacks Killed in the U.S Since 2012

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    Published January 11, 2015 at 1:23 pm - 2 Comments Within the past few years there has been an increase in media coverage regarding unarmed Blacks being targeted and killed by police. It is important t ...

    A Few Unarmed Blacks Killed in the U.S Since 2012

Community Control: Stopping Violence In D.C.’s Communities of Color

Community Control ForumWhy isn’t there enough affordable housing in the District of Columbia?  It’s not that complicated.  If you’re a landlord or a property developer, there isn’t much incentive to rent to someone who can afford only $500 per month versus someone who can afford $1,000 or $2,000 per month.   If you’re looking for an answer to the District’s affordable housing crisis, don’t look to commercial real estate.

What about government?  Does the city have an obligation to make sure that those in need have housing?  As a Human Rights City, the District is morally but not legally obligated to insure that everyone has housing.  Based on the city’s ever diminishing number of public housing units, one can assume this is not an obligation that the city takes too seriously.  Yes, Mayor Bowser has dedicated $100 million to affordable housing programs, but most of this money will bolster housing for those whose income is near the median.

The nation’s capitol famously has a wider gap between the rich and the poor than any actual state in the country.  For those of us who haven’t had the educational and employment opportunities needed to maintain steady employment, affording the District’s mile high housing is a constant struggle.   The answer for us will not be a government deal with developers to set aside a few units for low-income residents.  The answer will come in the form of community control.

Which brings us to organizations like Pan African Community Action (PACA) and the National Black United Front.  These organizations work toward full community access to the resources needed to realize a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of individuals and families, including: food, clothing, housing, medical care, and necessary social services.

For the Pan African Community Action political education, action and advocacy are an important part of their programming.  There latest action was to host a Community Town Hall Meeting with the United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent.  The group is a body of independent experts dedicated to improving the human rights situation of the Black Diaspora.  They came to the District to learn how African-Americans are treated in the United States.  Participants were asked to testify about gentrification, police brutality, labor, environmental racism and gender oppressions.  The video below is a montage of testimonials regarding the many unarmed Blacks who’ve been killed by the police, most of whom don’t get national attention.

Although PACA calls for community control over the police, they believe that no real headway will be made with regard to injustice and inequity for African-descended people (or anyone else for that matter) until there is community control over the land, water, and jobs.  To that end, PACA will be hosting the …

Community Popular Education Forum:
COMMUNITY CONTROL OF RESOURCES
Thursday, February 11
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Petworth Library
4200 Kansas Ave NW

Questions? // paca@protonmail.com or 202.787.5229

From Civil Rights to Human Rights, Black Community Control Now!

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A United Nations Working Group preliminary report on human rights violations against Black America advocates Black community control of police. . . . → Read More: From Civil Rights to Human Rights, Black Community Control Now!

D.C. Statehood, the Minimum Wage and a Guided Tour

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An opportunity for D.C. residents to meet with artists from outside of the region who are actually interested in working for D.C. Statehood. So if you have the time this weekend, please show up. . . . → Read More: D.C. Statehood, the Minimum Wage and a Guided Tour

D.C. Public Schools 2015 Year In Review

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2015 was a revealing year in D.C. Public School governance. Grassroots DC education contributor Sarah Livingston gives us a rundown. . . . → Read More: D.C. Public Schools 2015 Year In Review

Placing DC’s Crime Wave in Context

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This past summer, much media attention was given to what has been called a “surge” of violent crime in DC. Resident reactions to the violent crime have been particularly severe on Capitol Hill. . . . → Read More: Placing DC’s Crime Wave in Context