A rally scheduled for Monday in support of the occupants in the Barry Farm complex in southeast D.C. has been postponed due to possible inclement weather.
Residents facing displacement from the historic public housing community in southeast D.C., had planned the event to commemorate and celebrate the perseverance of their community and rally in support of current tenants as the fight continues to rebuild homes on the same site.
The scotched rally was organized by the Barry Farm Tenants and Allies Association and Empower DC.
After a D.C. Court of Appeals court ruling in April that supported tenants’ claims that their concerns were disregarded by the city’s zoning commission in its Planned Unit Development process, the DC Housing Authority was forced to reconsider and ultimately pulled its redevelopment plan for the dilapidated 444-unit complex. Despite that ruling, demolition to already-vacated dwellings could begin any day, according to the DCHA.
The supporters’ demands include the right to build in place, opportunities for homeownership, small business and construction jobs on the property, and removing barriers that could prevent residents from returning.
“I’m not just fighting for myself,” said BFTAA chair Detrice Belt. “I’m fighting for my ancestors. I’m fighting for future generations. We have to stand up, because what is happening in our city is wrong. The displacement of Black communities is wrong. Putting private profit over the needs of low income children and families is wrong.”