Saturday, December 13, 2008

Tenants Take Back the Neighborhood: Fight "Condozilla"

Norwood Tenants Honor Diversity, Community and Successful Year with Celebration and Performance

Thomas Circle, Washington, DC– On Sunday December 14th, 5-7 pm at the National City Christian Church, the tenants of the Norwood Tenants Association will come together to celebrate victories in organizing, and honor our diversity with a multicultural holiday party. The festivities will also include the play Condozilla, starring the children of the Norwood Apartments.

The Celebration reflects the diverse backgrounds and eclectic tastes of the residents. The festivities will incorporate elements of a 'Posada,' a traditional Latino Christmas celebration, in addition to=2 0the premiere of "Condozilla," an English and Spanish language play about the DC condo conversion craze. "It's great to see the whole building getting involved in this celebration; from the feature d music talent, to the kids starring in the play, it will be Norwood on display this Sunday" said Silvia Salazar, co-President of the tenants associati on.

What: Holiday celebration and "posada," live music, play in Spanish/English
When: Sunday, December 14, 5pm-7pm
Who: Tenants of the Norwood Apartments, Logan Circle
Where: National City Christian Church (5 Thomas Cir NW), Miller Hall
The Norwood Tenants Association launched the Norwood Cooperative Project to preserve their building as affordable housing; the holiday celebration is being planned to highlight this effort. David Fabian, co-President of the tenant's association added, "We're looking to form a cooperative because we truly value diversity here at the Norwood, as demonstrated by this multicultural celebration. Keeping our homes afford able, and securing the future of the building, will be a great opportunity to preserve quality workforce housing in the heart of Washington."

In addition, the Norwood tenants have organized other events to strengthen their community by hosting a health fair and fire prevention event with the DC Fire Department. The Norwood tenants extends special thanks to the community organizations, tenant advocacy groups, DC government agencies and elected officials that have supported their commitment to improve building conditions and to preserve the diverse community at the Norwood.

The Norwood is an 84 unit rent-controlled building in the Logan Circle neighborhood, five blocks from the White House. Our community includes diverse working families who work in the s ervice industry as waiters at restaurants, cleaning offices in downtown DC, and young working professionals. For more information on the tenant purchase and Co-op, visit www.NorwoodCoOp.org.
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Norwood Holiday Celebration & Posada

December 14, 2008
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