• Potomac Gardens Inside and Out: A Community-Driven Documentary In Progress

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    Published January 28, 2015 at 4:56 pm - No Comments In January 2014, a randomly selected group of Potomac Gardens’ and Capitol Hill residents who live in the townhouses and market-rate apartments and ...

    Potomac Gardens Inside and Out:  A Community-Driven Documentary In Progress
  • Beloved Community: Radical Black Feminism as a Framework for the Future

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    Published January 23, 2015 at 5:30 pm - No Comments As defined on the Positive Peace Warrior Network website, Kingian Nonviolence is “a philosophy and methodology that provides the knowledge, skills, ...

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  • The Other America: A Speech by Martin Luther King, Jr.

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    Published January 20, 2015 at 11:19 am - No Comments Martin Luther King, Jr. gave many speeches. This one, given at Stanford University in 1967 is as relevant as ever. . . . & ...

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  • On Nonviolence

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    Published December 5, 2014 at 12:31 pm - One Comment I wrote this essay in response to liberal notions of nonviolence, which tend to be irritatingly sentimental and shallow. In the wake of this nation&# ...

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  • The Legacy of Marion Barry

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    Published December 2, 2014 at 12:00 pm - 4 Comments Cross-Posted from Sociology in My Neighborhood: DC Ward Six Written by Johanna Bockman On Friday evening, the Annual DC Historical Studies Conference ...

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  • Disparity in DC Public Schools

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    Published August 25, 2014 at 7:49 am - 2 Comments Several conclusions have been brought to the public view to why students specifically in DC public schools are dropping out. This problem has become ...

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  • One Student’s Take On What Really Matters In DC Public Schools

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    Published August 22, 2014 at 12:15 pm - No Comments I asked DC Public School graduate Quintess Bond why she thought DCPS test scores were so low? She presents her thesis in the form of this documentary ...

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  • The Human Heart and How It Works

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    Published July 1, 2014 at 6:29 pm - No Comments According to The New People’s Physician the human heart is a hollow muscular organ located in the breast that pumps blood received from the veins i ...

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  • Why the R*dsk*ns Needs to Change Their Name

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    Published June 23, 2014 at 3:03 pm - No Comments Crossposted from the Huffington Post Written by Amanda Blackhorse The Washington NFL team needs to change its name. I am a proud member of the Navajo ...

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Potomac Gardens Inside and Out: A Community-Driven Documentary In Progress

In January 2014, a randomly selected group of Potomac Gardens’ and Capitol Hill residents who live in the townhouses and market-rate apartments and condominiums surrounding Potomac Gardens found the following letter in their mailbox or attached to their door.

Hello Neighbor-                    

As a resident of Potomac Gardens and/or Capitol Hill, your opinions about the community are important. What are the neighborhood’s advantages? What are its shortcomings? What would make Capitol Hill a better place to live? With the support of the Humanities Council of Washington, Grassroots DC, a nonprofit that provides basic computer and media production training to low-income and working-class District residents, is producing a documentary about the changing demographics of Capitol Hill with a focus on Potomac Gardens and the area surrounding the public housing complex.

On   (date here)   between noon and 6pm, representatives of Grassroots DC, will conduct a survey on your block/in your building.   The survey will be used to help us decide what issues to include in the documentary. We want to represent the viewpoint of Capitol Hill and Potomac Gardens residents as honestly as possible. Therefore, it is crucial that we get as many survey participants as we can.

We hope that you or someone else in your household will be available to take the survey on the afternoon of (date here).   If you would like to participate but are not available at that time, please contact me, Grassroots DC’s coordinator Liane Scott at (202) 608-1376 or liane@grassrootsdc.org.

Thank you for your time.

Liane Scott
Coordinator, Grassroots DC
1227 G Street SE, Ground Floor
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 608-1376

As the letter indicates, teams of Grassroots DC members went door-to-door for about three months, in preparation for the documentary Potomac Gardens Inside and Out, which is a community-driven documentary project that explores the changing demographics of the Capitol Hill neighborhood surrounding the Potomac Gardens Public Housing Complex and the divide between those who live within Potomac Gardens and those who live outside of Potomac Gardens. What are the barriers to communication between the two groups and how can they be overcome? Here’s our trailer.

It took us about four months to complete the surveys. We began interviewing folks on video in the spring and summer.  By the fall we were transcribing and editing the footage.   This week, our website PotomacGardensInsideAndOut.com went live.  There’s still much more to be done–more interviews, more editing, more surveys, etc.  We’ll post updates about the project here, but for the most complete picture of the project, visit the site.


Beloved Community: Radical Black Feminism as a Framework for the Future

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As defined on the Positive Peace Warrior Network website, Kingian Nonviolence is “a philosophy and methodology that provides the knowledge, skills, and motivation necessary for people to pursue peaceful strategies for solving personal and community problems.” Formulated by Dr. Bernard Lafayette and David Jehnsen, Kingian Nonviolence is one of the foundational philosophies […] . . . → Read More: Beloved Community: Radical Black Feminism as a Framework for the Future


The Other America: A Speech by Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. gave many speeches. This one, given at Stanford University in 1967 is as relevant as ever. . . . → Read More: The Other America: A Speech by Martin Luther King, Jr.


On Nonviolence

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I wrote this essay in response to liberal notions of nonviolence, which tend to be irritatingly sentimental and shallow. In the wake of this nation’s imprisonment system’s failure to indict Darren Wilson and Daniel Panteleo, the two police officers responsible for the murders of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, respectively, much debate has […] . . . → Read More: On Nonviolence


The Legacy of Marion Barry

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Cross-Posted from Sociology in My Neighborhood: DC Ward Six Written by Johanna Bockman On Friday evening, the Annual DC Historical Studies Conference hosted “The Legacy of Marion Barry” roundtable discussion. It was a fascinating discussion, but there is so much more to say about his legacy. This is especially true, given that Marion Barry […] . . . → Read More: The Legacy of Marion Barry