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Empower DC To Rally Against Fenty

Empower DC's campaign to stop the sale of public property to private interests continues tomorrow evening with a concert on Freedom Plaza, which is across the street from the John A. Wilson Building.

Local rock and funk bands will provide the entertainment for the event that will mix music with protest, according to a press release issued by Empower DC. The event is being dubbed, "Funk Fenty."

This from the press release: "After having a relatively good impression of Fenty while he served as Ward 4 Councilman, Empower DC members are now deeply disturbed about Fenty's allegiance to corporate interests and developers, evidenced by his stated goal of disposing as much as half of the city's public property inventory, through the office of Deputy Mayor Neil Albert."

The release goes on to talk about the potential disposition of closed public schools to developers and the city's tendency to work with the developers that have donated to Fenty's political campaigns.The group points to development firm Donatelli & Klein for its contributions and projects with the city.

This DC Statehood Green Party, Save our Schools, DC Jobs with Justice, TENAC and the Black August Planning Organization are also listed as sponsors of the rally and concert.

By Nikita R Stewart  |  May 6, 2009; 11:19 AM ET
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IT'S ABOUT TIME!! Groups need to stand up and speak out. DC has been run as a dictatorship for too long. Labor unions that have been disrespected need to be included. Police, fire fighters and other public service career persons need to come. These issues need to come to surface and to the light. Residents have suffered enough at the hands of the charlatanesque mayor who has been voted in and appointed his flunkies to serve, with or without the proper qualifications.

Posted by: southyrndiva | May 6, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Folks had high hopes for the 'native son' but he has chosen a path of corruption and greed, just like the rest of them. Who will stand up for DC residents if not the MAYOR?!?! Its up to us citizens and organizations like Empower DC to keep an eye on the Mayor and the City Council to make sure they don't sell all of our assets out from under us. Some of us have been paying for these properties for generations with our tax dollars, now they are being given away to developers who write checks to the Fenty War Chest. What will DC have left if all of our public property is flipped into luxury condos? A bunch of EMPTY luxury condos, homeless families and a shortage of educational and recreational facilities. FUNK FENTY! I will see you tomorrow at Freedom Plaza.

Posted by: LBR8DC | May 6, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

We all thought Fenty was going to be a reformer, a people's mayor, helping to sweep the city clean, and now he seems to be sweeping up developer and real estate dollars for whatever they want, instead. He attended all the renters' rallies and people's campaign events, then when the time for fundraising his mayoral campaign came, he voted against the major rent reform bill Graham tried to push through that all the tenant groups wanted. And at about the same time, he made sure that the developers knew he would be their friend, saying something like yea, all mayors are for rent control, with a roomful of big developers and real estate intrests all laughing, knowing full well what he meant (This was in the magazine Washington Business, Washington Business Journal or some such, around the time of the campaign in '06.) It was a 360 degree turn around seemingly, so we think voters should turn around 360 degrees and make him a one-term mayor.

Posted by: robertwriter | May 6, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

I voted for Fenty distinctly because he presented himself as an alternative to the way things have been done. Since then I've seen him do nothing but accelerate the sale of this city and the displacement of its people--and worst of all, his hires have done nothing but deride its opposition as irrelevant nobodies. The icing on the cake was that he stood by as I got priced out of attending my own school when the UDC board voted to increase tuition by 100% with no concomitant service increase.

I can't believe I campaigned for him. I feel cheated and lied to.

Posted by: Moomoomoo | May 6, 2009 9:00 PM | Report abuse

I'm all for it! This is no mayor. This is a childish dipstick who is playing mayor. Pass this on and do not sign the petitions that will get his name on the ballot. Don't sign it.

Posted by: candycane1 | May 6, 2009 11:52 PM | Report abuse

We will be there!

Posted by: dcnatives | May 7, 2009 12:58 AM | Report abuse

Someone send a memo to the District's ministers. Instead of ranting and raving about fringe issues, they should encourage their congregants to get rid of this boy postering as a Mayor.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | May 7, 2009 7:30 AM | Report abuse

This is much more than a fringe issue, think of this. The original residents of the District, who largely are poor are not benefiting from any of the changes in revenue that the city is now seeing. They are increasingly loosing their homes to developers, they are increasingly being forced out of neighborhoods that they lived in all their lives.
Our public schools are going to charter schools which is clearly not in the best interest of all District parents, nor is it always what all of us want.
Services for Special Needs Individuals, especially the Autistic who need lifelong supports are not only at risk, but don't exist in the District. We have a mayor who has based every single decision concerning this population, on what is fisically expedient.
The mayor with Peter Nickels, made the decision to bring back District residents with speciaL needs to save the District money, all the time the services do not exist, especially for the autistic.
We as parents have to scramble to make sure the services our children/adults were placed in hurridely actually help our folks.
Now you tell me, do we as District residents deserve a mayor who will work for our good, all our good, or who will work for the good of the monied few, systematically clearingng out the neediest, most vunerable District residents, so no one will have to see them, like the homelss as well as other poor?
Don't we deserve someone in office who will work for the good of us all?
If we answer yes to this question then we have to exercise our rights to vote this mayor out of office along with all his guardogs.

Posted by: myoho1 | May 7, 2009 8:13 AM | Report abuse

You find no arguement from me. I have met the Mayor on a couple of occasions and I am always left lacking when it comes to an expectation of executive acumen.

Fenty is a master of manipulation which is evidenced by his sitting in the District's executive chair. He made promises to "the least of these" while campaigning that he never intended on delivering. He wanted a vote and he got it. Who is keeping the score card among this population.

The only group to benefit from Fenty is those who "have". Have Money.

I am told that the Mayor knows that he may not win the next election but that he threatens developers and special interests to donate to his coffers in exchange for special favor in THIS administration.

The people lost and lost very big with the election of Adrian Fenty.

Have you ever watched a television interview with him when he says that the relationship between his office and the District Council is "fine"? And does it with a straight face, but not one that I cannot read to be disingenuous. He knows it to be a lie, but the only way he knows how to run government is how he ran his campaign, with lies and disception. He may well have the President convinced as well.

The people of the District have a great opportunity in 2010. They can 1. Show up to the polls in great numbers (something that Fenty is betting on that they will not). 2. Vote in a new Mayor in the face of the millions that the Mayor proudly brags about in his coffers.

If Fenty is handed a new administration, you will find, for the District, similar damage that 8 years of George W. Bush caused the nation at large.

The ball is in the court of the electorate. What will they do with it?

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | May 8, 2009 8:15 AM | Report abuse

You are correct concernedaboutdc, if the people do not use the power of their vote to change the mayor, then we will have more of the same, in fact even worse because all of us knowhowvindictive he is, he will make the lives of anyone who opposed him miserable.
However I would add more to this point, if we think of only changing the mayor and not the system which allowed this type of mayor to exist, and allowed the District to be among one of the most corrupt entities in history, I am speaking politically, we still loose.
We have to begin to change the way we think of politics in the District, we have to begin changing who gets elected, why they get elected, and more saliently at this point, change those who have already been elected.
District residents need to be reminded that these goons are paid by your tax dollars, without your tax dollars, they have no job, so why continue to pay somene who will hurt you over and over again?
Think about it, say someone did something wonderful legislatively years ago, what is their record like right now with the changing face of the District? Is everyone that this person is supposed to serve being served? Lets put sentimentatility aside for once, what are these wildly popular folks doing for all District residents right now?
What is the customer service like, are you being helped when you call your councilmember, your representative, or are you being directed to someone else instead of being told that this person will find out directly who can help you?
Do we really want politicians who hold us in such antiseptic contempt? Do we really want politicians who won't get their hands dirty?

Posted by: myoho1 | May 8, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Great news! Go Empower DC! A great org.

Posted by: sugarstreet | May 9, 2009 7:23 AM | Report abuse

So now we have had he concert as well as the outcry. Now what? Business as usual, politics as usual, or will we do things differently in a big way?
I am a big fan of thinking outside of the pre-designed box, that applies to politics as well. We in the District have not just had this one corrupt mayor, but we have had corrupution among other things for quite some time.
The District prides itself on being a Democratic town, however doesn't democracy imply that all will be treated fairly?
This is clearly not what is happening so my next thought is shouldn't we hone the politics to meet the needs of all?
And more to the point, shouldn't we demand that our officials serve everyone equally, that there be no back door deals on property, contracts to build on property?
Serious discussion and action need to take place in resdesigning how we approach our political landscape and the current players need to be changed.
This is only going to be done when the people move from outrage to action.

Posted by: myoho1 | May 10, 2009 12:04 AM | Report abuse

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