Action!

Action is how we implement our values. Here are some examples of actions we've taken.

Press Release: Problems With Cotton Annex Project

March 15, 2021

SW Action released a press release regarding all the problems with the Cotton Annex project, including a clear conflict of interest between Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, Andy Litsky, and the non-profit group, the SW Community Foundation, who is supposed to be receiving $100,000 from the developer. Read the press release here.

Letter to CM Allen Regarding Comprehensive Plan

March 8, 2021

24 Southwest residents signed on to a letter urging Councilmember Allen to reject the Comprehensive Plan as proposed. The letter asks the Councilmember to include stronger language in the Plan and require more protections and benefits for historically underserved communities. You can read the letter here.

2nd Event On BIDs & Gentrification

February 17, 2021

In this second event, we'll be looking at the history of development, displacement, and homelessness in NOMA (includes Union Market)—juxtaposed with BID-sponsored, million dollar underpass art installations and mural festivals like Pow!Wow! DC.

Comprehensive Plan Testimony

November 12-13, 2020

The DC Council Committee of the Whole held public testimony on the latest draft of the 20-year planning document known as the Comprehensive Plan. Three members of SW Action testified, you can watch their testimony here.

Air Quality & Environmental Justice Concerns - Buzzard Point

November 10, 2020

Letter in support of the Buzzard Point Concerned Residents & Friends for Better Air Quality & Environmental Justice's public comments calling for the denial of hte of Vulcan Material Plant’s permit. Link to letter.

Gentrification + BIDs

October 29, 2020

This is the first in a series of events on how Business Improvement Districts in different neighborhoods have paved the way for gentrification. Each event will involve panelists and community activists and solicit ideas for change. Link to video.

CM Allen Presentation 9/17/20

Meeting w/CM Allen On An Equitable + Sustainable SW

September 17, 2020

Members of our group met with our Ward 6 Councilmember, Charles Allen, to ask for support and advice for our ideas, which we think will make SW a more equitable and sustainable place.

Response to DC's Ready2Play Master Plan

September 14, 2020

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation has completed a draft of its 2020 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP), which will be submitted to the National Park Service for compliance with the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) program. You can see the comments we left in response to the draft plan here.

Equitable + Antiracist Housing

Equitable & Antiracist Housing

August 27, 2020

Over the next month, we will be having several meetings with council-members, their staff, and other DC government policymakers to talk about our ideas for implementing antiracist and equitable policies into how housing is produced in the city. You can browse through the presentation on the left side, or via this link.

Photos by: Desiree Halpern
http://www.desireehalpern.com/

Statement: Interrupting cycles of harm

SW Action’s statement on interrupting cycles of harm, rather than perpetuating them. Read the full statement here.

Extended inclusionary zoning roundtable

July 15, 2020

The Office of Planning is holding a roundtable discussion on their extended inclusionary zoning proposal. The proposal would increase the affordable housing requirement for particular projects from 8% to 20%. Although a step in the right direction, we believe the measure does not go far enough. To read our full statement, click here.

reforming bids


On June 16, 20202, Coy McKinney testified in front of the Committee on Business and Economic Development in hopes of reforming Business Improvement Districts to make them allies in the pursuit of justice and equality.

You can read more about reforming BIDs here.

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rally for racial justice

Jun. 12, 2020

Organized by SW Action, the Southwest Voice, and the SW Faith community, a rally for racial justice in SW was held at the 4th & M intersection.

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screening & Discussion:

southwest remembered

February 16, 2020

SW Action and SW Voice hosted a showing and discussion of the documentary film, Southwest Remembered.

Comments/Statement on SW Element of DC Comprehensive Plan

We read through the SW element of the comprehensive plan and submitted our concerns and thoughts. You can read our comments here.

You can also read our one-page summary here.

If you would like to read the document yourself, you can do so here.

You have until January 10, 2019 to email your comments to plandc@dc.gov, and your ANC 6D representative.

4th & M Street SW Brief

December 23, 2019: Six residents filed their brief to the DC Court of Appeals, requesting the decision of the Zoning Commission to approve the proposed development at 4th and M Street to be vacated. The petitioners rely on case law and planning documents to argue that the development does not fulfill goals of the current Comprehensive Plan or the SW Neighborhood Plan.

Petitioners also argue that the loss of health-promoting and cultural assets due to the SW Farmer's Market and Friday night arts market constitute adverse effects that the Commission failed to consider despite its statutory obligations to do so. Data on gentrification, threats to neighborhood diversity, and the impact of a minimum number of affordable units are discussed at length. Based on new, comparable units in Southwest and surrounding communities, rents are likely to reach well beyond $2,000 for studios and one-bedrooms.

To read the full 50-page brief, click here: 4th & M Brief.

The Southwester: Local Activists Appeal Developments At 4TH & M

The January 2020 issue of The Southwester includes an article about the press conference held on December 16, 2019 regarding the development at 4th & M.

The Southwester: Local Activists Appeal Developments At 4TH & M