Tenants at The Woodner—DC’s biggest residential complex—say management is blocking efforts to organize as they push for rent relief. Residents can’t be legally evicted, but that hasn’t stopped landlords from filing complaints with the DC Landlord Tenant Court (this just got banned). The Council recommends setting up payment plans for back rent after the ban ends...and tenants wonder where their landlords think that money will come from, since they need that dwindling income for groceries and essentials.
The Black Coalition Against COVID-19 is organizing a virtual poetry slam that’s open to community members of all ages. Poems will address a question originally posed by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in the context of D.C.’s impending reopening: “Where do we go from here: Chaos or community?” Winners will take home a cash prize. (Submit by May 10)