Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Norwood Tenants To Share Bedbug Battle Stories At Congressional Hearing [Thursday, Nov. 18]

On Thursday tenants of the Norwood will add their voices to the national dialogue on bedbugs at a Congressional forum. Tenants of the Norwood Apartments have found themselves in the middle of the growing bedbug epidemic in the past decade. Having shared our stories and tips with hundreds of people in our neighborhood and across DC, tenants along with academics, community leaders, and pest control professionals will have a chance to address a national audience on the growing issue.

In March of 2009 the Norwood Tenants Association worked with the DC Department of Health to organize the STOP Bedbugs DC Summit. At the summit, we found that what is needed most to combat the spread of bedbugs is effective eduction, research, and model policies and practices for government, property owners, and individuals dealing with various aspects of the problem.

The Norwood Tenants are grateful for the support and organizing assistance received over the years from DC's Latino Economic Development Corporation (LEDC), as well as the Office of the Tenant Advocate and TENAC.

Read more about the event and the Norwood's involvement on LEDC's Blog: The Crusade Against Bed Bugs on Capitol Hill:
As widespread bed bug infestations within residential and commercial buildings make headlines across the nation, the forum is designed to explore how the federal government can more effectively work with the public and private sectors to support collaborative bed bug control efforts.

“Education is really important, and we’ve learned over the years that giving a person a flyer isn’t enough,” Silvia Salazar [of the Norwood Tenant Association] says. “You have to show people exactly what you’re talking about.”

Silvia hopes the forum and the widespread reporting of bed bugs cases in the region have begun to remove the historical stigma against those who suffer the wrath of bed bugs. The Norwood tenants are now working with the DC health department to explore grant funding from the US Environmental Protection Agency to develop a comprehensive, chemical free approach to bed bugs control.

“Knowledge is the only way to fight bed bugs,” Silvia says. “They’re really organized creatures, and we need to learn how to be like them.”

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Performing Maya Play at the Smithsonian

The Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian has selected three community groups in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia to perform a community play called "Popol Vuh." The play uses native puppets to tell the story of how the Maya People were created.

We are proud to announce that our tenant association was selected to represent DC because we have a history of incorporating Mayan art in our tenant rights education and community organizing efforts.

Since this summer, we have been rehearsing our lines and making puppets in preparation for our performance this weekend.

The play is free and open to the public.

We hope that you will be able to join us this weekend. The play will be in Spanish with subtitles in English. There will be a morning and afternoon performance.