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Barnesville native Linda Leaks to be honored in Washington

Linda Leaks, who was born in Barnesville and spent her early years here, will be inducted into the Cooperative Hall of Fame in Washington DC on October 5.

She lived in public housing in Washington in the early 1980s when gentrification threatened her apartment home and those of many others.

Leaks organized the tenants and helped them buy their building using their TOPA rights. The tenants were able to turn the building into a cooperative.

Leaks was then hired by Washington Innercity Self Help (WISH) as a tenant organizer where she helped tenants save 15 other buildings. One was a crack house converted into a cooperative.

Leaks will be inducted in ceremonies to be held at the National Press Club building in Washington. For more information, visit

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  1. Masipula Sithole Jr. Masipula Sithole Jr. October 5, 2023

    Attn: Cooperative Hall of Fame – Congratulations – 10-5-23

    Hello Linda,

    Wishing you well.

    Congratulations on your invitation to the Cooperative Hall of Fame, . . . long over due and much deserved.

    When is the official award ceremony?

    Kindly keep me posted.

    Kindly contact me at and +1-202-615-2606.

    All the best,


    Masipula Sithole Jr.

    Founder and Facilitator

    Rhythm for Recovery

    SAGAS – Site for Advancing Global-Grassroots Action and Scholarship

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