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Stand Up! / Free DC Mourns the Passing of Ron Dellums

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Stand Up! / Free DC Mourns the Passing of Representative Ron Dellums

 

Washington, DC—Members of Stand Up! for Democracy in DC (Free DC) recognize the great loss to the social justice community caused by the passing of Representative Ronald Dellums (D-Calif.).  His life was that of courageous commitment to, and belief in, the right for people to live free and equal without fear of oppression and the threat of a society dominated by armed conflict.

During his nearly 28-year service in the United States House of Representatives, Congressman Dellums consistently fought the military industrial complex in the United States, as well as the deadly Apartheid reign in South Africa.

Rep. Dellums also took a page from the Civil Rights Movement and introduced the first DC statehood bill.  Dellums passionately proclaimed that “there should be no colonies in a democracy, and the District of Columbia continues to be a colony,” placing on the House calendar in 1971, a bill that preceded the DC statehood legislation introduced in 1985 by Senators Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Paul Simon (D-Ill.).

Keith Silver, a Stand Up! Board Member and a close friend of Dellums, said simply “when I needed someone I could rely on to step up to a challenge, be it big or small, I knew I could always count on Ron Dellums.”

On behalf of Stand Up! / Free DC, Executive Director Anise Jenkins sends her deepest condolences to the Dellums family, his friends and colleagues.

Stand Up! for Democracy in DC (Free DC) was founded in 1997 to help the 700,000 residents of our nation’s capital achieve full and equal citizenship rights by agitating, educating, organizing and mobilizing to achieve DC statehood.

 

FREE DC – Statehood NOW!

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For Immediate Release: July 30, 2018
Contacts: Anise Jenkins, (202) 361-9739 – cell, standup_freedc@yahoo.com
                Keith Silver, (202) 704-7389 – cell, silverk1@ymail.com

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AUGUST 25, 2018. GIRL SCOUTS EMPOWERMENT SYMPOSIUM/COLLEGE FAIR!

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INFO @ https://marchforcollege.regfox.com/girl-scouts-of-central-md-empowerment-symposium-march-for-college

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EQUITY & Renewable Energy!

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Let’s not let “equity” become another meaningless buzzword for the city government! Join us to explore equity and renewable energy!   
 
Empower DC is a citywide membership based organization committed to racial, economic and environmental justice.
Join as a member and help Empower DC
Organize Community Power!

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Pepco is building a substation next to a school. Residents want to know: Why here?

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Nestled between a public school and affordable housing for seniors and families lies a bustling community garden. Schoolchildren learn how to grow food. Seniors pick up bundles of fresh veggies on the cheap. And some of the District’s most acclaimed chefs purchase herbs and edible flowers grown here.

But the K Street Farm is living on Pepco-owned land, and the utility is preparing to bring a $143 million electrical substation to the property in Washington’s Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood. Community activists are attempting to thwart the plans, saying an industrial facility does not belong so close to a school.

Pepco — the utility company that provides electricity to the District — is proposing to build the substation on the 100 block of K Street NW, a reflection of growing power needs there and in other gentrifying neighborhoods with booming populations, including Shaw and NoMa.

The project has been in the works for about three years, and a small group of parents, churchgoers and neighborhood residents organized protests last week, saying the proposed substation represents the latest example of the city catering to new, wealthier residents at the expense of longtime Washingtonians. The Walker-Jones Education Campus, which is separated from the Pepco property by a parking lot and street, serves children who mostly come from low-income families.

“I don’t think anyone could doubt that the city tends to put these things next to communities they feel have less ability to fight and be heard,” said Parisa Norouzi, executive director of Empower DC, a local advocacy group.

The two-acre-plus parcel was city property until 2015. But Mayor Muriel E. Bowser transferred it to Pepco as part of a huge land swap so that the city could acquire property needed for a soccer stadium at Buzzard Point in Southwest Washington, now D.C. United’s Audi Field.

Read more by Perry Stein @ The Washington Post HERE

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