SW dc Action

Letter Regarding Use of King-Greenleaf Recreation Center

November 14, 2022

In response to King-Greenleaf Recreation Center being used as an emergency shelter again, and in solidarity with the resident council President of James Creek, we wrote this letter to government officials urging them to find another location. You can read the letter and send an email of your own here.

WPFW 89.3 Interview on 4th & M Petition

November 8, 2022

Pamela McKinney went on WPFW 89.3's radio station to discuss the petition to purchase the lots at 4th & M and transfer ownership to the Douglass Community Land Trust. You can listen to the interview here at the 28 minute mark.

SW CLT presentation At Greenleaf Senior

November 8, 2022

Kiesha Davis, a board member of the Douglass Community Land Trust, along with fellow board member and SW Action member, Coy McKinney, attended the monthly meeting at Greenleaf Senior to talk about community land trusts and the effort to bring the model to Southwest.

Testimony Guide: Zoning Commission Racial Equity Roundtable

September 15, 2022

The DC Comprehensive Plan requires the zoning commission to apply a racial equity analysis to the approval of development. We believe the tool the commission uses is weak and needs improvement. We created this testimony guide to add to the discussion and encourage residents and the zoning commission to do better. If you care about racial justice, please take a look and get involved! Link to testimony guide.

Testimony Guide: 807 Maine Avenue

September 14, 2022

There is a Planned Unit Development planned for 807 Maine Avenue SW. The project will have 202 units and 15% will be "affordable." Only 1 of the units will be priced for people earning 50% of area median income. The developer will donate $100,000 to Jefferson Middle School and $100,000 the Southwest Business Improvement District to purchase a small fleet of e-bikes and to do a study on mobility options. We gave the project an F on our grading scale and created this testimony guide for people to use to testify in opposition to the current plans.

Meeting With DMPED On 4th & M Effort

September 8, 2022

On Thursday, September 8th, members of the coalition to purchase the lots at 4th & M Street, had a 30-minute meeting with Sarosh Olpadwala, the Director of Real Estate for the DC Government, to discuss the effort. Link to video.

4th & M Chairman Mendelson

Meeting With Chairman Mendelson On 4th & M

August 9, 2022

On Tuesday, August 9th, members of the coalition to purchase the lots at 4th & M Street, had a 20-minute meeting with Chairman Mendelson to discuss the effort. Chairman Mendelson said the meeting cleared up confusion he had from a July Meeting Up With Mendo event, where he was asked about the effort. Mendelson asked if Ward 6 Councilmember, Charles Allen, supported the effort, insinuating that he would not get involved unless the Councilmember was supportive.

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PRESS RELEASE: Activists Deliver Petition With Nearly 1,000 Signatures To Mayor

June 29, 2022

On Wednesday, June 29th, activists belonging to the groups SW Action, and Ward 3 Housing Justice, delivered a petition, containing nearly 1,000 signatures to the Mayor Muriel Bowser, calling on her to purchase two lots for sale in Southwest, D.C. and transfer ownership to the Douglass Community Land Trust.


On June 24th, 2022, while on the Politics Hour radio show with Kojo Nnamdi, the Mayor was asked whether she would support the petition, to which she replied “I’ll certainly review it.” Later that day, a meeting request with the Mayor was made via her website. When the activists delivered the petition on the 29th, they reiterated their call for a meeting with the Mayor. The activists hope that the Mayor and other elected and government officials will act on this unique opportunity for residents to collectively own and steward land in the city.

PRESS RELEASE: SW Action Holds Rally Urging D.C. Government to Designate Land in SW for a Community Land Trust

June 6, 2022

SW Action released a press release on June 6th calling on the DC government to purchase the lots at 425 and 375 M Streets SW and transfer ownership to the Douglass Community Land Trust to allow community ownership and community-led stewardship of the parcels.

Rally For 4th & M - June 3rd, 5-7pm

June 3, 2022

More than 100 people attended the rally on June 3rd calling on the DC Government to purchase the lots and transfer ownership to the Douglass Community Land Trust to allow community ownership and community-led stewardship. Speakers included Coy McKinney, member of SW Action, Kiesha Davis, SW resident and member of Douglass CLT board, Vaughn Perry, President of the Board of the Douglass CLT, and Thelma Jones, SW Action member and SW resident since 1976.

Link to video recap of the event.

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