Good news video

August 14, 2010

Forgot to post this a few weeks ago, good NBC4 video that includes interviews with Tent City campers and context for Fenty’s broken promises: http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local-beat/Tent_City_Protesters_Unhappy_With_Fenty_Washington_DC.html


Banners, not actions

August 10, 2010

Mayor Fenty has been getting press for his “getting results” tagline. What we’ve been arguing is that he’s been getting selective results – breaking promises, for instance, to parents & students of Bruce Monroe, and to the Shaw residents who were promised new, permanently affordable housing here at Parcel 42.

Now, he’s apparently taking credit for NOT getting results as well. Or for our intentional community. It’s not clear.

What is clear is that this banner appeared the day after the Shaw library reopening across the street, when one Tent City supporter had this exchange with the mayor.


Tent City events tonight postponed due to heat

July 23, 2010

Tent City residents have been boldly enduring the heat. Today’s record temperatures, however, have made it difficult for them to host people for tonight’s planned events.

Tonight’s celebrations have been postponed indefinitely. Once the heat goes down, plans will move forward. Please stay posted for more!


Urban Gardening class tonight, 5 PM

July 21, 2010

Want to learn how to grow plants such as squash, collard greens, herbs, tomatoes or melon in urban spaces? Come out to Tent City for the Urban Gardening class, tonight 5 PM to 7 PM. Save money and eat healthier by growing your own food!

Bring soil and gardening equipment if you have it. Donated gardening materials such as soil, seeds, shovels, hoes, and metal rakes much appreciated! Thanks!


Cook-out tonight at Tent City!

July 20, 2010

"Everyone should come to the cook-out tonight!" says, Faith, 8-year-old resident of the Shaw community and Tent City supporter. During dinner Faith will be offering a dance performance by and for kids. Kid Power!

Tent City DC is hosting a cook-out tonight! Please come out after 6 PM and bring some desserts, side dishes, chips/crackers, or something to put on the grill. We’ll also need paper cups, plates, and utensils. There will also be a “Know Your Rights!” workshop (on how to handle the cops and what to do if you get arrested), and a dance performance by Faith, 8-year-old Shaw community resident. Please come by if you can!

Tent City is at 7th & R St NW in Washington DC. Other supplies needed are: Batteries for flashlights (AA), drinking water, cleaning supplies, and non-perishable food items that do not require cooking. Donated clothing, especially new socks and underwear, are also welcome and will be given to the homeless population with preference given to the Shaw neighborhood.

We also appreciate the periodic ice deliveries that we’ve been getting from Shaw residents! THANKS from the bottom of our hearts.


This Week: Empowering Classes and Workshops at Tent City

July 19, 2010

A variety of workshops by and for Shaw residents are being offered at Tent City DC this week! These workshops focus on community empowerment, helping to beef up the skills and talent of the community. All workshops are held at Tent City, on the corner of 7th & R St NW in Washington DC. For most updated version of the schedule, please report to Tent City and take a look at the board. To schedule a class, please come visit us at Tent City and sign up in person. Shaw residents will be given priority for workshop offerings. Here is the lineup:

MONDAY, 7/19

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM. KID POWER! Faith, 8-year-old Shaw resident, teaches us how to stop-drop-and-roll in case of a fire emergency.


5:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Hand-sewing class. Learn the basics of how to make clothes, including using a garment you already have as a pattern for cutting cloth, and using basic stitches. Some sewing materials provided. Bring a garment to create a pattern from, and needle and thread if you have it!

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. “Know Your Rights!” class with Ann Wilcox, DC lawyer. Class will focus on your rights, protecting yourself against unlawful search and seizure, what the law says on when you have to obey a police officer and when you don’t, and what questions a police officer can and cannot ask you.

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM. KID POWER! Faith, 8-year-old Shaw resident, teaches us her favorite step and dance moves!


5:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Urban Gardening class with Gregory, Shaw resident, and Paul, a farmer from the mountains. Class will focus on how to grow plants and vegetables in pots and on small plots of land. How to save money by growing your own food!

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM. KID POWER! Kelvon, 10-year-old Shaw resident, teaches us the rules to kickball and demonstrates how it’s done, then leads a fun game of kickball!


6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Storytelling. How do the stories of Shaw residents get told? How can we better voice our hopes, visions, triumphs and testimonies? This storytelling workshop will focus on finding our voices and telling our stories.

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Wellness & Spirituality for DC residents, by Ron Harris, lifelong DC resident. How to stay healthy here in Washington DC.

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM. KID POWER! Drumming class, by Charles, 14-year-old Shaw resident.
Bring drums or drumsticks if you have them!

FRIDAY, 7/23

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM. Yoga with Andrea Christie, yoga instructor of the Shaw neighborhood. Gentle stretching and muscle exercises for people of all shapes.
Please bring a mat if possible! Some mats will be provided.

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Bringing it together! An arts presentation and celebration of the week.


We got a lot of press this weekend!

July 19, 2010

Tent City has been here for over a week now. The press definitely took notice this past weekend! Here’s where Tent City got play:

WTOP ran an update this morning

The City Paper weighed in with a little analysis

DJ Eurok posted interviews with Tent City activists

Tent City DC by djeurok

And Councilmember Brown made the connection to DC’s “affordable” housing crisis on The Kojo Nnamdi Show:

Tent City hosted a rally by the Statehood Green Party and others yesterday, pictures soon. There’s now also a library at Tent City. If you have spare children’s books, we’re accepting donations.