• Third Annual #ReclaimMLK Week of Action!

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    Published January 11, 2018 at 10:50 am - No Comments Guest Contributor: Black Lives Matter DC “Martin Luther King Jr’s life’s work was the elevation, honoring, and defense of Black Lives. His t ...

    Third Annual #ReclaimMLK Week of Action!
  • Investigating Ballou Means Investigating Ourselves

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    Published December 20, 2017 at 10:53 am - No Comments Cross-posted from EducationDC [Ed Note: On Friday, December 15, the education committee of the city council held TWO related hearings on graduation ra ...

    Investigating Ballou Means Investigating Ourselves
  • Organizer & Media Activist Meet and Greet

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    Published December 13, 2017 at 11:31 am - No Comments Grassroots DC Winter Solstice Organizer & Media Activist Meet and Greet Sunday, December 17, 2017 1:00 – 3:45pm Dorothy I. Height/Benning Heights Li ...

    Organizer & Media Activist Meet and Greet
  • What You Don’t Know About the Homeless Services Reform Amendment Act of 2017

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    Published December 2, 2017 at 9:50 am - 4 Comments The Homeless Services Reform Amendment Act of 2017 is currently under DC Council review. After mulling over the latest amendments they will vote on it ...

    What You Don’t Know About the Homeless Services Reform Amendment Act of 2017
  • Black Lives Matter Long-Term Goal: Full Implementation of the NEAR Act

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    Published November 1, 2017 at 4:17 pm - No Comments Black Lives Matter activists worked for two years to pass the NEAR (Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results) Act and get it fully funded. Now they're ...

    Black Lives Matter Long-Term Goal:  Full Implementation of the NEAR Act
  • Remembering Big Mike: Line Dance Instructor and Inspiration

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    Published October 20, 2017 at 7:02 pm - 2 Comments I met Michael "Big Mike" Ballard four years ago when Grassroots DC moved into the Potomac Gardens Public Housing Complex. He made regular use of our C ...

    Remembering Big Mike:  Line Dance Instructor and Inspiration
  • The Interrupters Screening and Discussion

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    Published July 7, 2017 at 11:36 am - No Comments Thanks to the recent passing of the Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results Act (NEAR Act), the District of Columbia will create a program similar to ...

    The Interrupters Screening and Discussion
  • Taking Black History Seriously

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    Published February 27, 2016 at 1:34 pm - No Comments If Black history were taken seriously, the myth of Black inferiority, a foundational pillar of white supremacy, would be incapable of justifying itsel ...

    Taking Black History Seriously
  • 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!

  • 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
  • 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 - 5 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

Third Annual #ReclaimMLK Week of Action!

Guest Contributor:  Black Lives Matter DC

“Martin Luther King Jr’s life’s work was the elevation, honoring, and defense of Black Lives. His tools included non-violent civil disobedience and direct action. Dr. King was part of a larger movement of women, and men, queer, and straight, young and old. This movement was built on a bold vision that was radical, principled, and uncompromising. The freedom fighters who believed in this vision were called impractical, rash, irrational, and naive. Their tactics were controversial. Some elders distanced themselves from what was then a new movement for change. Some of the older generation joined in. Our movement draws a direct line from the legacy of Dr. King.

Unfortunately, Dr. King’s legacy has been clouded by efforts to soften, sanitize, and commercialize it. Impulses to remove Dr. King from the movement that elevated him must end. We resist efforts to reduce a long history marred with the blood of countless women and men into iconic images of men in suits behind pulpits.

From here on, MLK weekend will be known as a time of national resistance to injustice.

This MLK weekend we will walk in the legacy of Dr. King and the movement that raised him. We will #ReclaimMLK.”

                                – Ferguson Action

Three years ago, the #ReclaimMLK Week of Action was the first public event Black Lives Matter DC put on. Every year the week is phenomenal, touching hundreds of people and highlighting issues unique to Black DC communities. Kicking off each new year with a sense of purpose, focus, and a solid group of folks ready for strategic, principled, and organized resistance is amazing. This year will be no different and we hope to see you all there!

In addition to coming out to enjoy the events (listed below and attached to this email), we are looking for volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering please fill out this form as soon as possible. We would love your help collecting more items for the Silent Auction on Friday 1/19. If you or anyone you know wants to donate, please have them fill out this form.

Lastly, critically important events like these cost money to put on. We are an all volunteer grassroots chapter and need your help to cover the costs associated with this week. We have been able to secure many in-kind and other donations through hard work and relationships we have built. However, we still need your support to cover what remains. Please donate generously here today and encourage your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, etc. to do the same! Your help is greatly appreciated.

MLK Holiday DC Theme: Where do we go from here? Chaos or community?

FACEBOOK EVENTS (full flyer attached):

Blackout 2.0 Party

#BlackJoySunday

MLK Holiday DC Peace Walk, Parade, and Holiday Health Fair

2018 Theme: Where do we go from here? Chaos or Community.

Revolutionary Mothering: Mothers Building Community After Loss

Emotional Emancipation Circle

Resisting Chaos Through Organized Resistance: A Direct Action Training

Where do we go from here? Community Open House Fundraiser and Silent Auction for BLM DC and MLK Holiday DC Committee

#J2018- Year Anniversary of the Inauguration.

In Love and Solidarity,

Black Lives Matter DC

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The Winter Solstice Holds Both Promise and Pain – In Memorium

Cross-posted from the Washington Legal Clinic Remarks from Patty Mullahy Fugere at the memorial honoring those who passed this year while experiencing homelessness in DC. In Memorium Individuals who passed away without the dignity of a home in 2017 Chris Mason Darius Duncan Duane “Joey” Henderson Galaxina Robinson James King Lisa Jennings Mark Jenkins Michael Kelley Michael Dunne “MS” Mweane Sikuzote Nick Norman Anders Joseph Watkins Wilkie “Bill” Woodard And thirty unnamed residents *** December 21st. […] . . . → Read More: The Winter Solstice Holds Both Promise and Pain – In Memorium

Investigating Ballou Means Investigating Ourselves

Cross-posted from EducationDC [Ed Note: On Friday, December 15, the education committee of the city council held TWO related hearings on graduation rate accountability, arising from reporting that students at DCPS’s Ballou high school graduated without earning appropriate credit. Below, DC education activist Peter MacPherson puts the official investigation of what happened at Ballou into historical and civic perspective.] It’s a big […] . . . → Read More: Investigating Ballou Means Investigating Ourselves

Organizer & Media Activist Meet and Greet

Grassroots DC Winter Solstice Organizer & Media Activist Meet and Greet Sunday, December 17, 2017 1:00 – 3:45pm Dorothy I. Height/Benning Heights Library 3935 Benning Rd NE Join us and learn how Grassroots DC can support your organization and how you can become a better media activist. . . . → Read More: Organizer & Media Activist Meet and Greet

What You Don’t Know About the Homeless Services Reform Amendment Act of 2017

The Homeless Services Reform Amendment Act of 2017 is currently under DC Council review. After mulling over the latest amendments they will vote on it again December 5, 2017. Before that happens, we’d like Grassroots DC readers to have some basic information about this bill so we’ve cross-posted the following from the Fair Budget Coalition, which describes what happened during the debate of proposed changes to the bill on November 7, 2017. . . . → Read More: What You Don’t Know About the Homeless Services Reform Amendment Act of 2017