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Open Letter to Community

A open letter to the community:

There exist 400 jobs removing Asbestos in one building, at Walter Reed.
15,000 truck load a@ 20,000 pounds per load will be removed.
810 truckload of Asbestos, and no jobs for DC residents.

In fact the project manager for NorthStar stated to me he is not going to hire anyone from DC
GABIDDC.org g has prepared 4 EPA and OSHA certification courses to generate work for DC residents.
to date we have received one job for 1 residents who was terminated after his job was completed months.

It is no wonder crime in the neighbor hood is on the uptick. Without jobs what do you expect.
There exist no advocate to get work in the community for the community

Sincerely,

Michael A. Jackson
CEO
GABIDDC.org
(202) 604-3097

Providing Workforce Training in DC Area

GABIDDC is seeking to provide Workforce Training Classes on Hazardous Waste mitigation and to facilitate employment and apprenticeships on the Walter Reed Campus redevelopment effort. We need Community support, your support, to achieve our goals.

DC Residents stymied in Joining Workforce by Lack of Training

The Government of the District of Columbia does not have environmental or infrastructure training facilities for local residents to prepare for employment opportunities in disciplines associated with environmental and underground infrastructure projects. As a result, DC residents are unable to qualify for the growing number of job opportunities that require certifications in those areas. The lack of a training facility for residents and businesses located within the District of Columbia results in lost employment and business development opportunities for residents and local business.

Need for a Comprehensive Training Facility

GABIDDC, Michael Jackson and his friends and allies at UDC, the District Government and various others are seeking to remedy this situation by developing a comprehensive training facility to instruct and certify DC residents in the area of environmental expertise (e.g., lead abatement, asbestos and mold remediation, etc.), which will include teaching the rules and regulations enacted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Benefits of Workforce Training

The benefits of this facility would be manifold. EPA and OSHA require workers to be trained and certified prior to performing certain biological and/or environmental applications for most construction trades and building maintenance functions in public space facilities. The DC government requires certifications to perform work through the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) and the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE), as well as Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) training for some workforces. Such training would enable DC area residents to perform such work safely and expertly and thus would improve the lives of those DC residents who receive such training. This improves the quality of life of the areas they live.

Enforcing the Law Necessary

In order for such a training program to be successful, present laws (e.g., The First Choice Law), which mandate hiring DC residents on projects funded by DC taxpayer dollars, must be enforced. Currently, contractors and developers sign agreements to hire local and train their worker in environmental safety measures, and are able to ignore their promises using the excuse that no one is available locally, who is skilled to do the work.

Two Pronged Approach

We are thus seeking to change this.

The First Prong is to report to DC residents on these developers and encourage them to make an attempt to hire and train locally, for safe disposal of hazardous wastes.
The Second Prong is to stand up training courses and acquire a facility in which to do the training.

GABIDDC is making some progress on the Second Front, but needs your help on both fronts. Our DC community needs to support Mike in his efforts and to hold the Developer of Walter Reed to their promise. We need your help, contributions, participation and awareness.

Walter Reed Project Breaks Promises to Hire Locally

Michael Jackson of GABIDDC wrote an email Letter addressed to Council Member Elissa Silverman, on how the Walter Reed Project is breaking its promises to hire and train workers locally. In that email he points out that:

“In you efforts to peel the onion in determination of unfair labor, and wages practices related to the hiring of DC residents, please note that all apprenticeship programs should implement training for OSHA and EPA safety compliance standards.”

Circumventing Process

Mike observes that:

“Developers and contractors, who perform”… the “work to bring projects online, are circumventing the process in various ways.”

Apparently:

“The contractor hired by Hines Urban Atlantic, and Trident to perform the demolition contract work at Walter Reed on one 2.5 million square foot hospital building has informed me they are not in need of any DC workers.”

Essentially they told Mike that they don’t intend to hire locally, train people and who even knows if they intend to protect their safety when removing hazardous materially:

Safety and Hire-Local Covenants

Instead of hiring anyone Locally:

“The work started July 10th, 2017. NorthStar, is bringing in 400 people to form their own workforce from the Mid-Atlantic surrounding states, instead of abiding by the covenants sign in the disposition agreement with the ” Developer of Record”, for the government of the District of Columbia.

Why Requirements Apply

Mike Explains that the reason is that:

“Federal and District of Columbia  regulations require contractors to implement safety standards as part of their scope of work.”

Therefore because:

“More than a certain percentage of existing building space is presently” “deem[ed] to have environmental issues”

therefore workers in those spaces should be trained in, provided and use, proper gear per OSHA requirements that apply to all projects in DC. Further:

“The community benefits package of the disposition agreements stated by the developer and Mayor communicated to the community, that 51% of the workforce would come from the District of Columbia. This mandate requires training.”

Therefore they are breaking their agreement by making no effort to hire locally.

Circumventing Promises

 

“NorthStar’s estimate of the number of workers required to perform the scope of work and applications are 400.”

Which means that the District of Columbia is:

“losing jobs, and taxable dollars for 201 workers, [who] could be trained and employed.”

DCRA and DOEE did not address this issue before permitting work. Therefore:

“A formal estimate of the environmental scopes of work…is unkown”

And:

NorthStar for example, the demolition contractor chosen by the Walter Reed developer, has not disclosed” these things, and “Neither did the contractor who installed the
new water line across campus from Georgia Ave to 16th Street NW.”

As a result while we know:

“810 truckloads of hazardous material will be generated from the process of demolition.”
“15,000 truckloads of recycled concrete will be removed after the demolition process”
Only 1 person out of 20 applicants was hired through GAIBIDDC.org efforts to generate worker for the 3,225 linear feet of 12 inch pipe line that is currently being installed at Walter Reed.

Disregarding DC law

Mike has not let this pass:

“In response to this a meeting with the Office of the Attorney General [occured July 27th 2017] for the purpose of deriving the facts and resulting outcomes that can be achieved to generate some jobs. This case is similar in format to Power Design, in that this is a blatant disregards to fairly employ citizens promised job opportunities. The actions of both the developer and contractor [display blatant] disrespect of the laws of the government of the District of Columbia.”

Need Intercession!

He pleaded for the District government to:

“The community ask[s] for your intercession, similar [to what you did] for the Power Design case with the Office of the Attorney General. We ask[] for a special hearing to resend fines and/or stipulat[ions] on behalf of the community and [for] the government to find solutions to effectively implement the disposition agreement between the District of Columbia, and Hines, Urban Atlantic, Trident “the Developer of Record” for the government of the District of Columbia. if the developer does not agree to implement” the workforce agreement.

GABIDDC And Partner’s Role

GABIDDC, led by Mike Jackson has poured his heart into setting up to implement this agreement. He has worked with a number of DC groups and the District governent. And, he created 5

“courses prepared with curriculum for 7 EPA, and OSHA certifications required, by the code of federal regulations( CFR )”

And Struggled Valiantly to protect the rights of residents and working people in the District of Columbia. He has a vision of, as

“a first step” a “ladder to living wages.” based on a “curriculum [of] individual and apprenticeship classes to assist DC residents looking for work, and for the general public needs to generate permits for environmental issues.”

We need Your Help!

This issue needs the attention of the residents of DC. Once again developers use bait and switch promises and hollow contracts to deceive residents, and they shouldn’t be able to get away with it! We cannot, without working together:

“deliver inclusive development, affordable housing without the help of generating as many jobs as possible.”

And that requires the District have some power over it’s own territory

Fourth of July Party at 625 T Street!

Fireworks Display
GABIDDC is sponsoring a  Fourth of July party from 3pm to 9pm at:

625 T Street, NW
WDC 20001

4th of July 3 to 9pm

names of DJs Host committee:
T Street Development
Howard Theatre
Shaw Main Streets
Monument Realty
One Love Massive
Grindstone
Kiss Lounge
Right Proper
Lumsden Insurance
ISPA
Foundation Music,

Arts, Drinks, Food & Special Guests

TStreetDevelopment@gmail.com

202.898.0899SAM_2268

Community Education Discussion

We held a community discussion on Education on June 22nd at 5:30 in co-sponsorship with the Black Student Fund.
We discussed 2017 education issues in the Georgia Avenue Corridor.

On a Sad note we lost 3 members of our GABIDDC family; Wayne White, Dr Richard Lee and Dr Albright all died in the last three weeks. All were members of the GABIDDC family.

Completing this mission, with the help of God, and those who have a stake in the mission, is important work. We will continue their pioneering efforts.

GABIDDC Workforce Training Initiative Community Forum Wednesday

This week, we are having a Community Forum leadership meeting towards finalizing efforts to get classes going. The gathering will be held on Wednesday June 28, 4:00-6:00 at the office of the Black Student Fund, 3636 16th St., NW, Suite A-21.

Our efforts to serve DC’s workforce, youth, and ensure that Walter Reed keeps promises to hire locally and support the community are ongoing. We aim at providing classes for folks seeking work, who need training and experience. Mike Jackson’s Training initiative in environmental remediation is on track. Hopefully we’ll be announcing further progress after this meeting. Walter Reed’s developer and the District Government see the need for these classes. Michael’s announcement to local leaders is here:

“GABIDDC.org and the Black Student Fund are sponsoring a community forum for businesses and leadership
interest of the government of the District of Columbia to discuss how to better build a city from within.
The topic of discussion is planning inclusive workforce applications, matched with CBE and DOES applications.
The questions to be answered, are how to generate the required threshold of 51% of the job’s opportunities
within economic development projects, matching scopes of work with CBE, non- CBE’s implementing projects
with developers and contractors over $500,000.00 dollars. The process currently in place lacks training for DC
residents requires prior to, rather than after bids for work are implemented.”

Finding the means to generate training application coupled within scopes of work is the basis of apprenticeship training. Please join us for this important forum. The objective is to develop best practice methodologies to grow a city from within. The gathering will be held on Wednesday June 28, 4:00-6:00 at the office of the Black Student Fund, 3636 16th St., NW, Suite A-21.

Wear Blue Day!!!

On Friday, 6/16/17, as we enter the Father’s Day weekend, we are supporting “Wear Blue Day” (http://www.menshealthnetwork.org/wearblue/).  We are asking everyone to wear “BLUE” to show your support for yourself as well as the other men in your life.  Wearing blue on this day will show how you encourage healthy living among our community men.  Feel free to take a group picture/selfie and share it on your social media outlets to show your support.
We also remind you that the “Men Take Ten” program provides prostate cancer education which helps men make an informed decision about getting screened.  Furthermore, we offer prostate cancer screening (PSA & DRE) to men:
(1) that make the informed decision to get screened,
(2) 40-75 years of age,
(3) have not been screened for prostate cancer in the past 12 months, and
(4) has never been diagnosed or treated for prostate cancer.
We encourage you to contact us for more information about our program and activities.  Kindly review and share the attached fliers with others!
Sincerely,
Clinton Burnside
Howard University Cancer Center
Men’s Health Education and Early Detection Program

A Day for BSF – 2017

The One day fundraiser was a success. But the BSF could still use your donations. And GABIDDC could use some help too. Please donate to either of us at.

http://blackstudentfund.org/donate/

Please let them know that you were referred from GABIDDC.

One Day Fundraiser

To GABIDDC Members and Readers:

Letter from The Exective Director of the BSF:

“Last June with your generous support during BSF one day June fundraiser, BSF was able to raise $4k. I want to thank you and ask that you again help us raise $5k on our 24 hr “one day fundraiser” on June 7, 2017.”

“Much has transpired in twelve months. One could say it is the best of times and the most challenging of times. Every BSF senior had multiple college offers but BSF services were required to help families address college financial aid gaps. BSF continued to work with member schools on issues of diversity and inclusion while fielding more calls and emails from families concerned about the climate and culture in independent education. Over nine hundred families applied to BSF for membership for Fall 2017 but we were only able to accept less than 5%. Across the work of BSF the story is joy and pain.”

“Your continued financial support will allow BSF to respond to today’s demand and continue to create opportunity and access for talented students of color at independent schools. Funds raised from this effort will support summer programs and academic enrichment.”

If you donated last year, I hope you will match that donation this year.

This year we are soliciting you directly and using our on line donation page to reduce costs we incurred last year. You are encouraged to make you donation today on line at:

http://blackstudentfund.org/donate/

Please let them know that you were referred from GABIDDC.

Thanks for giving us the resources to Build Strong Futures.

Leroy Nesbitt Jr.
Executive Director
Black Student Fund
3636 16th St NW, 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20010
(202)-387-1414

MHACS meeting at Howard University 5/10/2017

We encourage you to attend the Men’s Health Awareness Clubs (MHACs). The next group will take place on tomorrow Wed., 5/10/17 at 5:30 pm in room 201 (2nd floor) of the Howard University Cancer Center. All are welcome to attend and we encourage you to bring a friend. The MHACs seek to create an environment to allow men to share their experiences and learn more about men’s health.

In addition, we remind you that we also provide prostate cancer education to help men make an informed decision about getting screened. We offer prostate cancer screening (PSA & DRE) to men:
(1) that make the informed decision to get screened,
(2) 40-75 years of age,
(3) have not been screened for prostate cancer in the past 12 months, and
(4) have never been diagnosed or treated for prostate cancer.

We encourage you to contact us for more information and/or to schedule an appointment. Please review and share the attached fliers! Feel free to contact me should you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Clinton Burnside
Howard University Cancer Center
“Men Take Ten” Men’s Health Education and Early Detection Program
(202)865-4653 (office)
Clinton.burnside@howard.edu

Open House and Public Hearing for the Foreign Missions Center at Walter Reed

The U.S. Department of State will hold an Open House and Public Hearing on April 20th to discuss the proposed Foreign Missions Center Master Plan at the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) site in Washington, DC. The hearing will be held on the Army Medical Center (WRAMC) site in Washington, DC.

Thursday, April 20, 2017
Open House 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Public Hearing 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Building 41, Dahlia Street, NW
Enter at 14th and Alaska Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20012

The Department of State proposed action is to prepare a Master Plan for the long-term development of a FMC on approximately 31.7 acres of the northwest portion of the former WRAMC site located on 16th Street, NW, near the District’s border with Silver Spring, Maryland.

The evening will start with an Open House from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm which will allow individuals the opportunity to review summaries of the information presented about the master plan and ask questions. The Public Hearing will follow immediately in the same location from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

The public is invited make comments during the Public Hearing concerning the need for the project and any other issues about the project would best serve the public interest.

For more information and to download the 2017 Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) for the Foreign Missions Center Master Plan visit s available online at http://www.state.gov/ofm/property/fmc/index.htm. Copies are also available for public review at the following libraries: Juanita E. Thornton-Shepherd Park Library, Takoma Park Neighborhood Library, and Petworth Neighborhood Library.