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I might have to put my DC apartment on Blast

Ok, so when you don’t feel happy and comfortable in your home, apartment or otherwise, it can take a toll on how you feel all day and your overall disposition. I just moved in to an apartment real close to Fort Totten Metro Station and I’m going through hell.  I want to get out of the lease and I’ve been there less than 2 weeks.  The word is LOUD!  Crazy loud.  I think my apartment building was made out of tissue paper.

I went through a lil taste of hell trying to get a mortgage on a NE condo (Sept to Nov).  The deal fell through when the appraisal came up $13,000 too short.  The reason for the shortfall was clear…the appraiser was looking at unequal comps.  In the end…deal fell through.  It was a painful experience.  I was hoping to move into a new apartment and relax.  I lived in this building before so I thought things would be ok.  The issue is that I used to live on the top floor in a corner unit.  Now I’m in a high traffic area of the building and the clientele on my level is very interesting.

I’m trying to work things out and there is a termination clause in the lease.  It requires 60 day notice and one months rent though.  If I moved and had to comply with that…I’ll be out approx 2000-2300 dollars (depending on when I move).  If I have to be out that much money because they don’t have the decency to have a 30 day satisfaction clause (I know, I should have checked before I moved in), I’m going to have to use all my social media skills to make my disdain known.  I know the law…no defamation.  However, I have the right to air my complaint and I will record the noise and let the public weigh in.   Shoot!  I think it would be a great experiment and a lot of people have the same complaints about where they live.

They know my complaints.  I should find out by tomorrow whether they will let me out in 30 days and if I will have to pay a fee.  I’ll keep ya posted.

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History: The Port Chicago Mutiny

NBC Television aired “Mutiny”, a movie of the week chronicling the events surrounding the 1944 Port Chicago incident, based on the actual events and produced by Morgan Freeman.

On the night of 17 July 1944, two transport vessels loading ammunition at the Port Chicago, California naval base were suddenly Explosionengulfed in a massive explosion. The blast destroyed everything within a one-mile radius, including the two ships, the pier and the dock. It killed 320 men on the base, and injured nearly 400 more, most of whom were black. Also almost completely destroying the town of Port Chicago 1.5 miles away, it was the worst home-front military disaster of World War II.

Afterward, a group of surviving enlistees refused to load munitions again until they could be assured of the safety of their working conditions. The Navy court-martialed 50 of these men for mutiny, and dishonorably discharged them. All were imprisoned, though President Truman commuted their sentences after the war was over.

The Port Chicago black seamen were relegated to a different but still very important duty. They were assigned to load the ammunition and explosives on the transport ships at port. Unfortunately, the black seamen received no training for this task. They were not even issued gloves. The equipment they were given was often in poor working condition. On top of this, many black divisions were being bet upon by the whites commanding them. White officers were wagering whose divisions could load the most ammunition in the least amount of time. This atmosphere of speed-above-safety put the loaders in further peril.

Today, a campaign is underway to bring national attention to the Port Chicago tragedy, and to clear the names of those who stood up against unfair conditions. These black sailors served their country with pride and honor during World War II, and deserve to to be recognized for their contributions.

I urge you to help bring to light one of America’s darkest and long forgotten secrets. SeamanVisit portchicagomutiny.com.  This site is jointly produced by The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center and Revelations Entertainment. It contains personal profiles of the remaining survivors of the blast and mutiny, as well as a complete history of the explosion and its aftermath. But even more important are educational materials for teachers & students, and opportunities for you to join the campaign for justice.

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