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Cooking Demo With DC Central Kitchen

August 5, 2023

This weekend, SW Action + DC Central Kitchen hosted a cooking demonstration for SW community members. We learned how to make a summer squash salad using fresh, local, and affordable produce. Looking forward to our next demo on September 23!

4th & M Thesis Project

July 27, 2023

Our advocacy for a community land trust at 4th & M was noticed by an architecture student at Notre Dame, who ended up writing her thesis project on an alternative vision for the site. You can browse through the different documents in the project here.

Southwest and Buzzard Point Flood Resilience Strategy - Comments

Comments on Southwest and Buzzard Point Flood Resilience Strategy 

July 3, 2023

The DC Department of Energy and Environment has released a draft SW & Buzzard Point Flood Resilience Strategy. Our neighborhood is at risk of flooding from extreme rain events and the Strategy proposes a system of infrastructure projects that could protect us against flooding by absorbing and moving excess water away from residential and commercial areas. You can learn more about the project and download the draft plan here.

You can read the comments we left regarding the strategy here.

Meeting With Mayor Bowser About 4th & M

May 4, 2023

On May 4th, Ginger Rumph, of the Douglass CLT, and Coy McKinney, of SW Action, met with Mayor Muriel Bowser, the Director of the Office of Planning, the Interim and Deputy directors of the Department of Housing and Community Development, and the Interim Deputy Mayor of Planning and Economic Development. We hope this is the first of several meetings to bring collective ownership and community-driven development to the two parcels. You can view the presentation that was given here and one-page summary here.

Meeting With Mayor Bowser About 4th & M

April 19, 2023

After almost a year of organizing and more than 1,000 people signing on in support for the DC government to purchase the two parcels at 4th & M and transfer them to the Douglass CLT, we have been granted a meeting with the Mayor to discuss the proposal. You can read our press release about the news here.

Southwest Neighborhood Assembly Presentation: Community Land Trust

March 6, 2023

For the March meeting of the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly, Coy McKinney of SW Action and the Douglass CLT spoke to the audience about the effort to bring a community land trust to the community. You can view the presentation here.

Southwest Community Land Trust Vision session 

February 23, 2023

On February 23rd, a small group of Southwest residents and pastors met to set goals and begin a vision statement with assistance from the River East Design Center. The session was the first in a multi-step process that will gather input to ultimately form a proposal for a community land trust in Southwest at 1101 Half Street SW. You can read the full document here.

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.

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