December 2019 Update
Since our last update, we’ve worked with leaders in a half-dozen complexes around the city to organize their own buildings while continuing our anti-eviction work. As a program for building power, SOS has been a success. But the maturity of our project now forces us to confront problems we’d once been able to defer: demographic limitations on our work, our relationship to DSA, and how to connect struggles across the city. In this update, we’ll talk about the best way we’ve found to deal with these contradictions: by taking an active role in creating and supporting a new DC Tenants Union. But first, we’ll outline the state of the project and the other, smaller-scale lessons we’ve learned by working in different buildings, each of which has brought new challenges and opportunities.