Since the LSC was established 1974 as the Lamont Street Collective, literally hundreds of people have called it home–over its more than forty years in Mount Pleasant, it became a neighborhood icon and cultural fixture.
Thanks to the hard work of John Acher (1946-2004), a founding member of the collective and one of DC’s most prominent socialists, the LSC was a center of leftist political activism and neighborhood advocacy for decades.
Through the anti-globalization & anti-war times of the late 90s and early 00s, when we housed & resourced out of town protesters and artists, we evolved into a living community of socially conscious artists and activists. After a decade living under the threat of eviction, we were forced from our Mount Pleasant home by a house-flipping landlord in June 2016.Through the hard work of a few Collective residents working on an emergency timeline, we found a new home in Park View. We changed our name (but kept our initials) to christen our new home and build our continuing legacy: we are now the Love + Solidarity Collective.As we approach half a century in existence we continue to bring our community together by hosting organizing meetings, film screenings, musical performances, community dialogues, and unique events like Salon de Libertad–our annual celebration of local art.