Respect DC Calls on JBG to Bring Affordable Housing and Good Jobs to the Region

Coalition says developer does not deserve Developer of the Year Award when their projects are harming communities and displacing residents. WASHINGTON, D.C., October 24 – Calling for an end to development that has been bringing low wage, part time jobs and displacing longtime residents, Respect DC rallied at noon today outside the Wardman Park Marriott in DC where the JBG Companies were receiving the “Developer of the Year” award from NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, at their annual meeting, which costs over $1000/per person to attend. “Developers should not be rewarded for displacing residents and bringing jobs that make it impossible to live in the area and support a family,” said Mike Wilson, with DC Jobs with Justice. “DC and the region need more affordable housing, and jobs that allow people to work full time for a living wage. Fighting to stop the First Source hiring law, bringing a low wage employer like Walmart, and replacing affordable housing units with luxury condos and hotels, only harms our community.” Respect DC is calling on JBG to bring Walmart to the table with community groups and sign a Community Benefits Agreement before they move forward on any projects with the retailer. They also demand that JBG, which sits on the board of the Associated Builders and Contractors, the group suing the DC government over the recently strengthened First Source Hiring Law, call on ABC to drop the law suit. In addition, they joined with Tenants and Workers United in calling on JBG to preserve affordable housing and not displace more than 2,000 working families residing the Beauregard redevelopment zone...

Respect DC Town Hall

Respect DC Town Hall, June 29th 11:30am-1:30pm Teamsters Labor History Research Center at George Washington University’s Gelman Library, 2130 H St NW, 7th floor (near the Foggy Bottom Metro). First, thank you all for your hard work as we have brought the fight to Walmart this spring. Our visits to Walmart stores in May as part of the Walmart at 50 tour had a huge impact, along with our massive parade and rally, as Walmart went into their shareholders meeting with their backs against the wall. And we aren’t stopping! Our next big event will be next Friday, June 29th, from 11:30am-1:30pm at the Teamsters Labor History Research Center at George Washington University’s Gelman Library, 2130 H St NW, 7th floor (near the Foggy Bottom Metro). To sign up contact organizer@respectdc.org! Walmart has already started running ads and talking about their 50th anniversary this year, and will be kicking their PR machine into high gear starting the week of July 4th about how great Walmart has been for America. We know this isn’t true, we know what Walmart’s track record really is, and we need to keep up the pressure on them to...

DC Workers Union, DC Jobs with Justice, and Metropolitan Police Department celebrate new procedure to resolve wage theft complaints

    PRESS RELEASE IMMEDIATE RELEASE – UPDATE June 14, 2012 DC WORKERS UNION, DC JOBS WITH JUSTICE, AND METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT CELEBRATE NEW PROCEDURE TO RESOLVE WAGE THEFT COMPLAINTS CONTACT: Arturo Griffiths DC Jobs with Justice PHONE: 202-445-0411   CONTACT: Rachel Sier DC Jobs with Justice PHONE: 202-427-2172   District of Columbia day laborers (Unión de Trabajadores de DC/DC Workers Union) and DC Jobs with Justice announce the development of a new procedure to involve the Metropolitan Police Department in investigating and documenting wage theft cases. On Thursday, June 14th the members of the Unión de Trabajadores de DC/DC Workers Union and DC Jobs with Justice will celebrate this new accord with representatives from the MPD and DOES. The celebration will be held at 7 PM at the Foundry Church located at 1500 P St. NW, Washington, DC For the past several years DC Jobs with Justice has been working with immigrant day laborers to address the rampant problem of wage theft that affects workers throughout the District of Columbia. Wage theft occurs when workers do not get paid for work performed or are laid off without being paid their salary. Carlos Diaz, a member of la Union de Trabajadores de DC, says “Many of us work long hours to make ends meet. But frequently contractors refuse to pay what we are owed at the end of the day. We are happy that the D.C. police will now get involved in assisting us to recover our wages”. This procedure defines the role of the police in supplementing existing institutions by creating a standard protocol and training for officers...

Community Applauds DC Council for Passing Emergency Detainer Compliance Act on Day of S-Comm Activation

For Immediate Release Contact: Sarahi Uribe, NDLON, 202.285.9673 sarahi@ndlon.org Community Applauds DC Council for Passing Emergency Detainer Compliance Act on Day of S-Comm Activation Washington DC Maintains Bright Line Between Police and Wrongful Deportation Policies June 05, 2012. Washington, DC. The Washington, DC Council was praised by a wide coalition of community, faith, and labor organizations for passing the Immigration Detainer Compliance Emergency Amendment Act in response to today’s federally imposed activation of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s controversial “Secure Communities” deportation program. The act, which was introduced by Councilmember Mendelson, will limit Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s use of District facilities and equipment and also narrows S-Comm’s deportation dragnet by only responding to immigration detention requests for individuals who are over 18 and have been convicted of a dangerous crime. Last fall the permanent version of the act, the Immigration Detainer Compliance Amendment, was unanimously co-sponsored by all DC councilmembers. The act builds upon the Mayor’s Order 2011-174 (October 19, 2011) that prohibits all public safety agencies from inquiring about individuals’ immigration status or transmitting information about immigration status. Sarahi Uribe of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network says, “We’re proud to live in a city with a bright line guarding against unjust deportation policies that erode trust, divide our communities, and endanger our families. DC has joined a growing trend of local governments that care about protecting the safety and rights of their residents. When DHS Secretary Napolitano spread S-Comm throughout the country, it triggered a movement that is growing stronger by the day to resist and overcome the criminalization of immigrants.” Paromita Shah of National Immigration Project says,...

Respect DC Parade!

Join the parade and festival to tell Walmart to Respect DC! Thursday, May 31, 11am-2pm, Meet at 801 New Jersey Ave NW, or get on the bus from the Gallery Place Metro (7th and H NW). rnrnJust last month Walmart announced they are delaying store openings in DC by a year, with their annual share holder meeting coming up June 1st and 2nd, now is the time to act! We need you out in numbers in the streets demonstrating your support! Walmart needs to know they must RESPECT DC or STAY OUT!rnrnWe will be holding a huge, festive, parade through DC to showcase the changes Walmart needs to make if they want to come into our city. We will have convertibles, floats, stilt walkers, face painters, clowns, motorcycles, bikes and more. We will be marching from the proposed Walmart at 801 New Jersey Ave., NW to their DC offices at 8th and G Street, NW, where we will have street party.rnrnTo RSVP for yourself or your organization (and to register your parade float or other vehicle), contact Mike at organizer@respectdc.org / mike@dcjwj.org or 202-255-7974 or Dyana at dyana@dcjwj.org or...