Can we borrow a Tent from you for Tent City in Lamont Park June 24 Noon-9pm?
- Dear Community Members,
We need to borrow tents for only one and a half days (includes set-up) (4-6 person tent size or larger) and we are asking you for a loan of your tent for June 24 for the following event.
We, a group of local housing justice activists coming together to connect the dots that have led us to the current housing crisis in our community, commend your organization on your continued efforts for a just world.
As fellow advocates for economic justice, we want to enlist your support for our upcoming event that will publicize and politicize the acute affordable housing crisis for low- and middle-income, homeless persons and families in distress in the District.
On June 24th, 2012, Right to Housing Working group, which includes economic justice advocates, persons affected by this housing crisis, community workers and others are working to create a symbolic tent city that will highlight the acute housing crisis in our city. In doing so, we will be having a mock Tent City in Lamont Park, located at the corner of Mt. Pleasant St and Lamont St., NW.
The event will include:
mini-teach-ins spanning the topics that lead to the shortage of affordable housing, including but not limited to the erosion of rent control and rent caps, erosion of inclusionary zoning and affordable housing rights, the closing of public shelters and displacement of the poor, housing as a human right, self-determination through DC statehood
tents with exhibits which provide creative educational tools so that community members can learn about the various aspects of the housing crisis and local housing rights struggles
live performances, spoken word, music, food & beverages
exciting educational films concerning economic injustice
With well over 6000 persons sleeping on the streets of DC every night, and rents spiraling out of control, we must enforce housing as a basic human right in DC!
We believe our politicians have failed to successfully address the affordable housing crisis faced by nearly 100,000 DC residents. This is evidenced by the rapid proliferation of market-rate apartments - all while DC's unemployment rate soars, truly affordable housing opportunities disappear, and thousands of long-time DC residents are displaced from the city or rendered homeless because of its skyrocketing cost of living.
We are ready to take action!
please contact Linda Leaks lleaks1@... 202-232-2548 or Jane Zara janezara@... .with any questions you might have about the event, and ways that your group can participate and share in the festivities!
IF YOU HAVE A TENT TO LOAN, PLEASE LET US KNOW AND WE CAN PICK IT UP,
OR YOU CAN DROP IT OFF ANYTIME PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT
1611 MONROE ST., NW, WDC. OR CALL 202-390-2449.
Yours in Solidarity,
Members, Right to Housing Working Group