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New Blog and Twitter For DC Tent City Protest


About a week ago, we reported on a tent city protest in DC at Parcel 42.

Well, it appears that things are still going strong and now you can find the updates on their blog and on Twitter
From their blog
ABOUT TENT CITY DC

On July 10th, ONE DC members and supporters began a stand for equity in constructing a TENT CITY on Parcel 42 at 7th St NW & Rhode Island Ave NW, to to begin building an intentional community on the city-owned lot so that there can be housing and shelter in the neighborhood affordable for families making under $50,000.

ONE DC has organized for over four years to ensure that the housing development planned for Parcel 42 addressed the housing crisis faced by no-to-low-income households. Two years ago, ONE DC members believed that they had a victory with Parcel 42 – Fenty’s administration agreed to build affordable housing development, which would include 94 units with a promised $7.8 million city subsidy.

We are adding this blog to our blog roll and have signed up for their Twitter, what a great way to keep up with a worthy cause!

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One DC Seizes Parcel 42, Erects Tent City

We had posted the call for this, but found that we hand our hands full today and could not make it.

Thankfully, our comrade Luke was there and covered it with video and photos

From Luke:

At about 4:30 PM, One DC’s block party for housing rights morphed into a takeover of Parcel 42, complete with the erection of a tent city.

While the block Party for Housing Justice continues, activists quietly prepared to seize Parcel 42, a plot promised by Fenty for affordable housing, but on which no action has been taken until now. One DC is demanding that the city use Parcel 42 to build truly affordable housing.

At about 4:30PM, a march set out form 7th and S, rounding the corner to 7th and R outside Parcel 42’s fence. At the same time, the direct action team approached from behind, entered the parcel, and erected tents and even a “library” consisting of two bookcases full of books.

As of 5:30 PM on July 10, police have taken no aggressive action, though some suspect that they might try something after sundown.

One DC is demanding that Mayor Fenty deliver on his broken promise to transform this empty, stone-strewn field into affordable housing.

Thank you, Luke, for being there!

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One DC: Community Block Party and Housing as a Human Right!

ONE DC cordially invites you to enjoy the festivities and support

ONE DC’s Community Block Party and Housing as a Human Right!

Saturday, July 10, 2010
7th & S Streets, NW
Washington, DC
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

4pm-Press Conference about our Human Right to Housing!
5pm-onward…You have be there to see and participate!

Great free food & family fun
Games & face painting
Community learning about our Human Rights and Right to Housing

Stand with ONE DC as we campaign for the Human Right to Housing/Equitable Land Development!

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