Take Action! Say NO to Catholic Church Displacing D.C. Tenants!

Sunday, Sept. 16 (in event of steady rain or storm, Sept. 24)10:00 a.m.Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (400 Michigan Ave NE) Read more

9/6/2018 - Catholic Church to Tenants At Risk: "We Are Unable to Provide Any Assistance"

In today's newsletter, we make public the response that D.C. tenants at imminent risk of displacement received from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. We also include our update on the ongoing serious health and safety hazards that public housing tenants face at Montana Terrace. Finally, we highlight a radio segment from Loud & Clear, which discusses the health crises faced by children and families in an economic system where housing is a commodity, rather than a right. Read more

D.C. Tenants Face Displacement as Catholic Church Puts Rent Control Buildings Up for Sale

636 Girard St. N.E., 628 Girard St. N.E., 1265 Raum St. N.E, and 1364 Bryant St. N.E. in the Rhode Island Avenue neighborhood of Washington, D.C., are 4-unit rent controlled buildings owned by the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, home to tenants now facing displacement. Read more

Mold Reports Released at Montana Terrace! Organizing Efforts Continue

After additional follow up by Justice First, as well as a Washington City Paper article, What Life is Like - Still - in D.C.'s Public Housing, the District of Columbia Housing Authority finally released the results of mold inspections that were ordered in the units of Yahvon Early and Gretchen Helm. The results of a combined three swabs resulted in a disturbing discovery of concerning levels of various types of mold. Read more

LinkUp Repost: Mid-City's Proposed Redevelopment at Brookland Manor Reveals Planned Displacement

LinkUp has released a graphic with the Brookland Manor/Brentwood Village Residents Association depicting the numbers associated with the proposed redevelopment plan at Brookland Manor, better described as a displacement plan and effort to advance gentrification in the Rhode Island Avenue N.E. area of Washington, D.C.  Read more

8/28/2018 - BREAKING: D.C. Tenants Fight Displacement from Catholic Church-Owned Buildings

In today's newsletter, we publish an open letter initiating tenant-led organizing efforts against displacement from Catholic Church-owned buildings in the rapidly gentrifying Rhode Island Ave N.E. neighborhood of Washington, D.C. We also include a major update on Montana Terrace and a revealing graphic published by LinkUp for Brookland Manor. Read more

Contempt Motion Filed Against Slumlord in Congress Heights Receivership Case

Since the beginning of Justice First's work with tenants at Congress Heights almost six years ago, politically connected slumlord Geoff Griffis has been involved in attempts to facilitate the displacement of residents in order to make way for his vision of an unaffordable, luxury redevelopment. Read more

Black August Event: LinkUp, People Power Action and HUResist with political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal

We encourage our supporters to RSVP to attend this special Black August event featuring the second live conversation with political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal. Read more

Montana Terrace Update - 8/20/2018

Justice First will continue to feature regular updates on the living conditions of two families at Montana Terrace, a public housing property in Northeast Washington, D.C., managed by the D.C. Housing Authority. This report constitutes our eighth update on Montana Terrace, which began with interviews that exposed deliberate neglect by the Housing Authority.  Read more


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