The weather was beautiful on Wednesday. Our son had finished his math assignment and I was huddled in our basement home office trying to be productive while he grabbed a snack. That’s when I heard it: Dink. Dink. Dink.
Through the window, I heard the sounds of what could have been a utility maintenance crew lifting a manhole cover. Or maybe it was the percussion of a heavy metal toolbox being dropped on the curb. There it was again: Dink, dink, dink.
Curiosity got the best of me, but before my foot hit the stairs, recognition of the sound crystallized in my mind. It was a cowbell.
A small group of tenants rights protesters brought an unusual flurry of midday activity to the Shepherd Park and Colonial Village neighborhoods yesterday. Armed with a bullhorn, yards of sidewalk chalk slogans, and plenty of fighting spirit, the protesters assembled in front of the home of D.C. At-Large Councilmember Robert White to share their message of tenant advocacy.
While maintaining their social distance and wearing face coverings, the protesters were eager to grab the attention of the councilmember and any of the curious neighbors who ventured out to investigate.
The group is a part of the DC Tenants Union, which is a coalition of social justice organizations throughout the city. Their platform includes:
- Cancellation of rent and mortgage payments
- Imposing a two-year freeze on rent increases
- Guarantee a right to counsel in eviction cases
- Expand funding & eligibility for emergency rental assistance
- Enacting the Reclaim Rent Control platform into law
If you would like to learn more about the DC Tenants Union or sign the petition, please visit actionnetwork.org