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The Alexander Crummell School, a historic landmark of significance to Black DC, is in immediate risk.

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The Alexander Crummell School, a historic landmark of significance to Black DC, is in immediate risk. 

At the request of Mayor Bowser, the DC Council is considering the surplus and

disposition of the 2-acre site of the historic Crummell School, the heart of the Ivy City community, to a developer who will build high-density, mostly high-cost housing.  You may remember that Empower DC worked with the community and submitted a proposal for the school which would have created a one acre park, community land trust, play ground, affordable housing, community health care, daycare and other neighborhood-serving programs.  Our proposal was rejected by the Mayor.

One June 27, Ivy City residents and supporters packed a DC Council hearing, urging Councilwoman Mary Cheh, whose committee oversees the surplusing of public land, and Councilman Kenyan McDuffie, whose committee oversees the disposition of public land and who also represents the Ward where Crummell is located, not to approve the Mayor and developers plans.
You can still support this effort!  The record of the hearing closes on Wednesday, July 11th at 5pm.  Submit your comments for the record to [email protected].
Let them know:
– you oppose the surplus and disposition of the historic Crummell School as proposed
– you stand with Ivy City residents in calling for at least once acre to be reserved as park/green space with a playground and basketball court, as part of the Crummell Schoool Community Center which – land which must be retained by the DC government, not privatized.
For More Background:

– View the DC Council hearing here  (Crummell starts at 2:20)

– View a storyboard about the community’s fight for Crummell School here

– Listen to Ivy City residents talk about the importance of Crummell School on last week’s Taking Action

 If you have any questions contact Parisa at Empower DC, (202) 234-9119 x 100 or[email protected].

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Lynette Voss, Owner of Anacostia’s Vintage & Charm

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Side note: this is literally one of my favorite places to shop. I love everything they have to offer. I’m a true fan and customer! I highly recommend! This write up is from The Anacostia Art Gallery e-newsletter. “Like” them here.

DC native Lynette Loss was raised in Historic Anacostia. She became interested in vintage clothing at a very young age. Despite her passion for art and fashion, she studied Accounting Business Administration and received a B.A. Degree from the University of the District of Columbia.Lynette wore only vintage suits at work, she received so many compliments that she decided to start a wardrobing business and named it “Lynnie’s Fashions!”

While working full-time and operating her own business, Lynette took a part-time Sales Associate position at Nordstrom. She quickly worked her way up to Assistant Manager after becoming a top seller in the Women’s Active, Handbags and Fashion Jewelry Department.Lynette managed several clothing stores, owned and operated kiosks in local malls.

She hosted several fashion shows, displaying all of her fabulous finds. Finally she decided to open a boutique of her very own. That’s when Vintage & Charmed was born!Lynette takes great pleasure searching and finding all of the one-of-a-kind fashions that reside in her boutique.

Vintage & Charmed is located in the Anacostia Arts Center. Open Tuesday through Sunday.

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#RethinkSchool: Bringing Hopes and Dreams to Those Most in Need

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Like moths to a light, people from all over the country gravitate to Washington, D.C. – longing to make a difference, witness history and understand the complexities of the political process. I am like many young transplants that moved to D.C. for work and began to understand the social justice issues that threaten those who are native to our nation’s capital.

However I, unlike many other young transplants, had to quickly navigate the complexities of the education system. From my own experience, I know the difference a quality education and support system can make on students growing up in poverty.

So, when I moved to D.C. as the sole caregiver for my teenage sister, I knew exactly what she needed to be able to thrive. She needed a quality education, healthy community and individuals who could serve as mentors. As I researched areas to live and send my sister to school, I discovered Anacostia is home to some of D.C.’s poorest and most violent neighborhoods. From food insecurity to lack of affordable housing, the residents in this community are confronted with daily obstacles.

When I got word that a new charter school, Digital Pioneers Academy (DPA), was opening in Anacostia, I was curious. I wondered if the founder received the same information about the area that I had. I wanted to know her hopes for the school and dreams for the poverty stricken community. Most of all, how they were going to Rethink School.

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ICYMI: The Horizon Opens in Ward 7

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On Tuesday, October 9, Mayor Bowser cut the ribbon on The Horizon, the short-term family housing program in Ward 7, marking another step forward in delivering on her promise to close and replace DC General Family Shelter with dignified, service-enriched programs across all eight wards. The Horizon is the second of three short-term family housing programs opening this fall, following the opening of The Kennedy in Ward 4.

At The Horizon, families will have access to service-enriched programming that will help them stabilize and exit homelessness. The site includes 35 family units, computer labs for residents, administrative space for staff and providers, outdoor playground and recreational space, age-appropriate indoor recreation space, a homework and study lounge, and other amenities.

Learn more about The Horizon and the Mayor’s plan to make homelessness rare, brief, and nonrecurring HERE.

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