Last Tuesday, Adams Morgan strollers had the opportunity to grab free desks, bookcases, and even a vintage copy of A Vision for America’s First City: A Transformed Government for the People of Washington, D.C. by former Mayor Marion S. Barry Jr. The items had been put out on the street by the U.S. Marshals Service during the eviction of the Latino Civil Rights Center from its office on Ontario Road NW. The nonprofit had failed to pay its rent for many months, explains Jackson Prentice of Prentice Management Inc., which manages the building. The action wasn’t a surprise to many activists in the Latino community: Back in 1991, the center was born as the Latino Civil Rights Task Force in response to that year’s Mount Pleasant riots. Members worked to monitor and improve relations between the city’s burgeoning Latino community and municipal agencies like the Metropolitan Police Department. More recently, though, the group seemed adrift and was unable to hire an executive director. “We tried to revive it, but it was already in a coma,” says Latino Civil Rights Center board member Saul Solorzano. “There is a need for a civil rights organization in the Latino community….At this point, though, it’s not a loss.” —Elissa Silverman