Don’t Mute DC began w/ a hashtag in response to gentrification silencing Donald Campbell’s Metro PCS & GO-GO Music store on 7th & Ust.
Following a successful online petition, protests, street go-go’s, and an array of other efforts; the hashtag is pivoting from separate/ singular grassroots events to a collaborative DC Cultural Sustainability Initiative (DCSI). The DCSI consists of the DC’s strongest community organizers, lawyers, artists, and influencers who are strategically working to improve protections over DC Culture & native legacies in Washington DC related to, and beyond, go-go music.
For the next 120 Days, the DCSI team will operates as an informal civic committee to accomplish the mission outlined below. Upon the ending of 120 days (August 28, 2020), further guidance will be shared about how the committee will move forward.
Facilitate substantive action to protect, promote, and sustain DC culture and native legacies.
will be accomplished through: building DC's art + music infrastructure; legislative impact + political action; economic empowerment; workshops + specialized education; fundraising; and D&I Iniatives.
EVENT BULLETIN BOARD
legislative action AWARENESS
DC CULTURE PLAN COMMENTS
(aka CULTURE FORUM)
comment collection + submission led by the DCSI Legal Team
The DCSI Team is leading an effort to gather & submit comments to the DC Culture Plan in order to impact the 2020 budget as it relates to facilities, zoning (specifically art districts), funding (advocating for grants instead of loans), tax incentives/ subsidies, and many other issues that could be overlooked if we don't work together to impact change of this plan.