Saturday, December 12, 2009

TENANTS AT NORWOOD APARTMENTS IN NW DC USE MAYAN CULTURAL TRADITIONS TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT RENT CONTROLLED HOUSING

Fundraiser to Benefit Low-Income Housing Cooperative in Logan Circle neighborhood

Aviso de prensa sigue en español.

WASHINGTON D.C. — The Norwood Tenants Association of 1417 N Street NW will commemorate the Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe by hosting a cultural celebration Saturday, December 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the National City Christian Church, (5 Thomas Circle, NW 20001).

“The Norwood Tenants Association launched the Norwood Cooperative Project to preserve our building as affordable housing and the holiday celebration is being planned to highlight this effort.” Says Norwood tenant Silvia Salazar.

The event will feature an exhibit of traditional Mayan sawdust paintings in the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe. A Posada puppet show (in Spanish and English) will tell the story of rent controlled housing conditions and the preservation of affordable housing in DC. Musical performances will include Grupo Raíbales from the Guatemalan highlands and Son Jarocho from México. Children from the Norwood will also perform in a thank-you ceremony while wearing traditional Mexican and Guatemalan native clothing. The day’s festivities will culminate in a community reception. Proceeds from the event will benefit families struggling to place a down payment on affordable housing apartments in the Norwood apartment building.

Ms. Salazar continued, “We have organized other events to strengthen our community by hosting a health fairs and a fire prevention event with the DC Fire Department. The Norwood tenants extend special thanks to the community organizations, tenant advocacy groups, DC government agencies and elected officials that have supported our commitment to improve building conditions and to preserve the diversity of our community.”

The Norwood is an 84 unit rent-controlled building in the Logan Circle neighborhood of NW Washington, five blocks from the White House. The community includes diverse families who work in the service industry as waiters at restaurants and cleaning offices in downtown DC as well as young working professionals.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE INFORMACIÓN: Silvia Salazar (202) 412-3244


INQUILINOS NORWOOD EN WASHINGTON DC UTILIZAN LAS TRACICIONES CULTURALES MAYAS PARA AUMENTAR EL CONOCIMIENTO SOBRE EL ESTADO DE VIVIENDA A BAJO COSTO

Recaudación de fondos para la cooperativa de vivienda costeable en Logan Cicle

Washington, D.C. —La Asociación de Inquilinos Norwood realizara una celebración cultural dedicada a la virgen de Guadalupe, se llevara a cabo el sábado 12 de diciembre de las 6:00-9:00 PM en National City Christian Church (5 Thomas Circle NW 20001).

El evento es un reconocimiento de día de la virgen con alfombras de aserrín de la virgen de Guadalupe. Un show de títeres contara la historia de las condiciones de vivienda a bajo costo en el Distrito y la preservación de vivienda de bajo costo en DC. Música de Son Jarocho, y grupo Raíbales de Guatemala. Los niños del Norwood se vestirán en trajes típicos mexicanos y guatemaltecos en una ceremonia de agradecimiento a la virgen. La celebración culminara con una recepción comunitaria. Fondos que se recauden del evento serán para las familias que tienen dificultades para pagar el enganche para la compra del edificio Norwood como vivienda a bajo costo.

“La Asociación de Inquilinos Norwood hemos organizado el proyecto de vivienda cooperativa Norwood para salvar nuestro edificio como vivienda de bajo costo para apoyar este esfuerzo”. Comenta Silvia Salazar.

La señorita Salazar explica “hemos colaborado en otros eventos como ferias de salud y eventos para la prevención de incendios con el departamento de bomberos del distrito de Columbia. Le damos gracias a las organizaciones comunitarias, grupos de abogacía al favor de inquilinos, agencias del gobierno de DC y políticos que han apoyado nuestro esfuerzo y la diversidad de nuestra comunidad”.

El Norwood es un edificio de control de renta con 84 apartamentos en el vecindario Logan Circle, a una distancia de cinco cuadras de la Casa Blanca. La comunidad incluye diversas personas que trabajan en restaurantes, limpiando oficinas en DC, y jóvenes a punto de empezar careras como profesionales. Para más información en inglés sobre la historia y metas de los inquilinos del edificio Norwood, visite www.NorwoodCoOp.org y www.NorwoodTenants.org

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Monday, November 23, 2009

December 12: Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe


We have been busy getting ready for our cultural celebration dedicated to La Virgen de Guadalupe.
Date:     Saturday, December 12
Time: 6:00-9:00pm
Location: National City Christian Church
5 Thomas Circle NW, Washington DC, 20005
We will commemorate the Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe and will give thanks for the community support we have received. An exhibit of traditional Mayan sawdust paintings in the image of the virgin will be on display. Norwood children will perform a thank you ceremony wearing traditional Mexican and Guatemalan native clothing. A posada puppet show in Spanish and English will be followed by musical performances by Grupo Raíbales, from the Guatemalan highlands, and Son Jarocho from México. Reception to follow. Tickets are $10 per person. Free for children less than 12 years of age. Proceeds from the event will be used toward the purchase of the Norwood apartment building as affordable housing.

Parking available at the Washington Plaza Hotel across from the event. Bring this announcement and pay $7 for parking.

Bus directions: 52, 54, DC Circulator Woodley Park-Adams Morgan-McPherson Square Metro

Metro Directions

McPherson Metro Station (Orange & Blue Lines)
Take the 14th Street exit (14th & I Streets). Walk 3 blocks North on 14th Street to Thomas Circle. The National City Christian Church building is white and has a set of steps in front of the building. Entrance is on 14th Street. Follow the posada signs when you get to Thomas Circle.

Farragut North Metro Station (Red Line)
Take the L Street exit (L Street & Connecticut Avenue). Walk 3 blocks East on L Street to 14th Street. Turn left on 14th Street and walk one block to Thomas Circle. The National City Christian Church building is white and has a set of steps in front of the building. Entrance is on 14th Street. Follow the posada signs when you get to Thomas Circle.


For more information call 202-232-8924 or email us at Norwoodinfo@gmail.com.


Posada del día de la virgen de Guadalupe

Hemos estado ocupados preparandonos para nuestra una celebración cultural dedicada a la virgen de Guadalupe.

Fecha: sábado 12 de diciembre
Hora: 6:00-9:00 PM
Lugar: National City Christian Church
5 Thomas Circle NW, Washington DC, 20005
Estaremos reconociendo y celebrando el día de la virgen con alfombras de aserrín de la virgen de Guadalupe y daremos gracias por el apoyo comunitario que hemos recibido. Los niños del Norwood se vestiran en trajes típicos Mexicanos y Guatemaltecos. Seguido por un show de títeres sobre posadas en inglés y español. Música de Son Jarocho, y grupo Raíbales de Guatemala. Se servirá pan dulce y chocolate. $10 por persona (niños menores de 12 entran gratis). Fondos que se recauden del evento serán para la compra del edificio Norwood como vivienda a bajo costo.

Estacionamiento disponible en el Washington Plaza Hotel en frente de la iglesia. Traiga este anuncio y pague $7 por parking.

Lineas de autobús: 52, 54, y DC Circulator Woodley Park-Adams Morgan-McPherson Square Metro

Metro

McPherson Metro Station (Orange & Blue Lines)
Use la salida "14th Street" (esquina de la calle 14 y la calle I). Camine 3 cuadras hacia el norte en la calle 14 rumbo a Thomas Circle. El edificio de National City Christian Church es de color blanco y tiene gradas en frente del edificio. La entrada esta sobre la calle 14. Siga los rotulos con la palabra posada cuando llegue a Thomas Circle.

Farragut North Metro Station (Red Line)
Use la salida "L Street" (L Street y la Connecticut Avenue). Camine 3 cuadras hacia el este sobre la calle L hasta que llegue a la calle 14. Haga una izquierda en la calle 14 y camine una cuadra rumbo a Thomas Circle. El edificio de National City Christian Church es de color blanco y tiene gradas en frente del edificio. Siga los rotulos con la palabra posada cuando llegue a Thomas Circle.

Para más información, llame al 202-232-8924 o por email Norwoodinfo@gmail.com.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Norwood Tenants Collaborate with DC Department of Health and Organize “Stop Bedbugs” Summit in Washington, DC

Meeting to Establish Stop Bedbugs DC, A Unified Campaign Against Bedbugs

The Norwood Tenant Association is collaborating with the District of Columbia Department of Health to organize a summit to address the problem of bedbugs in Washington, DC. The tenants at the Norwood got involved in advocating for a community approach to bedbug infestations after a multi-year battle against infestation at their own building. After the Norwood tenant organizers presented their work regarding education and pest control strategies at a public meeting in July, 2008, the group was approached by the DC Department of Health to help design a campaign to address bedbugs throughout the District.

The goal of the summit is to learn about bedbug biology, bedbug control, and to establish a DC wide task force that will address enforcement, education, data collection, and legislative approaches. Presenters will include Dr. Dini M. Miller, Associate Professor, Dodson Urban Pest Management Laboratory at Virginia Tech, Ray Lopez, the 2008 recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leader Award for his innovative approaches on controlling bedbugs without using pesticides, as well as representatives from the pest management industry who will share the latest industry approaches. The summit will take place on Friday, March 27, 2009, at 441 4th Street NW, Room 1107 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

In the last decade, bedbugs have been making a comeback in major American cities. There are lessons to be learned from the cities that have taken on the problem as a matter of public policy, including New York, Chicago, Cincinnati, Boston, San Francisco and Toronto. It is now clear that a multilevel task force must be implemented to address the problem in our nation's capital. Combating an infestation of the tiny insects, which prey on human hosts while they sleep, can quickly add up to thousands of dollars and sleepless nights for those who suffer with them. Members of the Norwood Tenant Association have documented some of these struggles in a recent feature bedbug cover story in the January 30, 2009 issue of the Washington City Paper.

Bedbugs don't discriminate; they affect residents in high end luxury apartments, as well as those in more modest dwellings. In dealing with bedbugs, residents in DC often find they are fighting an uphill battle in trying to find the correct response to the problem. Even well meaning landlords may not be fully educated in proper pest control practices, and as a result they risk contributing to the spread of the bugs in neighboring apartments and homes. Working together, Stop Bedbugs DC will promote a unified approach to address the resurgence of bedbugs in Washington, DC.

The summit will establish various stakeholder groups that are affected by bedbugs, and empower them to take action to combat the problem. This event will also include discussion of legislative and enforcement approaches, as well as citizen involvement through tenant groups, senior and public housing, and educational outreach through government and local businesses on the front lines of the community.

The first district-wide summit has been organized with the help of the Department of Health, with special thanks to Peggy Keller and Gerard Brown with the DC Department of Health, David Fabian, Silvia Inéz Salazar, Eunyoung Lim, and Randy Green of the Norwood Tenants Association, and consultations from Renee Corea of New York vs. Bedbugs, and Jessica Kevan of Chicago vs. Bedbugs.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Tenants organize health fair for residents with no health insurance

LOGAN CIRCLE, WASHINGTON DC-Saturday, March 14th, from 9:00 am-12:00 pm, the Norwood Tenants Association will be partnering with the Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs, Mary’s Center and La Clínica del Pueblo to host a community health fair at the National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle, NW. The health fair will include free preventive eye care exams, information about HIV/AIDS prevention, and women’s health screenings. Volunteers will be on hand to help families and individuals sign up for DC Alliance Health Insurance.

In this current economic downturn, many working families have lost their health insurance. The Norwood tenants are among the 76,000 Washingtonians who find themselves with no health coverage. There are options for these families to obtain low cost or even free coverage through the DC Alliance Health Insurance program. The most important way to protect children and families is to provide accurate information and access to key preventative services.

“The Norwood Tenants Association is holding this event as part of our effort to address the needs of our community,” says co-President David Fabian. Fabian explains that as a result of organizing, the tenants at the Norwood have learned firsthand that many fellow tenants are in need of something more than just a roof over their heads. As the tenants’ ongoing efforts to improve building conditions at the Norwood continue, the health of the community also depends upon improving access to health care services and health education.

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 service industry as waiters at restaurants, cleaning offices in downtown DC, and young working professionals.