ONE DC (formerly Manna CDC) was founded in 1997 (renamed Organizing Neighborhood Equity DC in 2006) in the midst of rapid neighborhood change. Our work centers on popular education, community organizing, and alternative economic development projects. Stemming from a deep analysis of race, class, gender, and power, our approaches to equitable community development and anti-gentrification address structural causes of poverty and injustice in Shaw and throughout the District of Columbia.
ONE DC’s People’s Platform is the current foundation of our work. The People’s Platform is a movement of low-income and working-class DC residents of color and people who share our values and vision. We seek to organize, educate, fight for and win truly affordable housing, sustaining work, and wellness for all in DC. The state of income & housing security and wellness for DC residents is bad and only getting worse. Where the city has successfully encouraged wealthier and whiter residents to move into the city, it has pushed out low-income Black residents, destroyed welfare and social programs, attacked workers’ rights, and supported a severe reduction in spending on programs for the most vulnerable. We envision a DC that retains its long-term residents and is an equitable and just place to live and work for all of its residents.
ONE DC’s Black Workers and Wellness Center (BWWC) is a member-led space that builds racial and economic justice through popular education, direct action and worker-owned alternatives. It is a center for finding and creating positive, dignified Black work and training. It’s an incubation space for alternatives to low-wage work, such as worker cooperatives, collectives, and small businesses created, owned, and operated by community residents of color. The BWWC provides a place to openly discuss the intersection of race and work, particularly what it means to be “working while Black.” The BWWC creates an environment to challenge bad employers who exploit, cheat, & steal from their workers; and an educational space to talk about and create ways to provide safe, high quality, dignified work in DC. ONE DC’s Cooperation DC is a member-led initiative within the Black Workers and Wellness Center. Cooperation DC coordinates city-wide efforts for worker co-op development, including education and advocacy.
Organizationally, ONE DC has formally implemented a shared leadership structure, managed and governed by our Shared Leadership Team, composed of our not-for profit board of directors and senior staff. We practice a non-traditional governance structure of self-management by committee, with a working board and a member-staff supervision structure that recognizes, supports and encourages the contributions of its members, staff, and directors. [More details provided during interviews and staff orientation.] ONE DC desires applicants who are self-starters, continuous learners, are motivated to perform at high levels, passionate about organizing, and can meet strict deadlines.
We are hiring for the following positions:
– Resource Organizer (full-time)
– Black Workers & Wellness Center Community Organizer (full-time)
– Black Workers and Wellness Center Coop organizer. (Part-time)