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December 18, 2017: Indivisible Arlington supports two resolutions passed by the Arlington County Civic Federation
(Arlington, VA) – A group of Arlington residents known as Indivisible Arlington VA support the passage of two resolutions by the Arlington County Civic Federation during their December meeting. The Civic Federation promotes the general welfare of Arlington County through advocacy and community involvement. It has more than 80 member organizations.
The first resolution is to limit the Virginia grounds for driver’s license suspensions to offenses relating to driving conduct. According to the Governor’s office, an estimated 650,000 Virginians have had their licenses suspended for failure to pay court fines. The measure passed unanimously, 36-0. The second resolution covered criminal justice reform, passing with 32 votes in favor, two votes against, and one abstention. Indivisible Arlington affirms that if the reforms are passed by the state legislature, it would mark a significant reform of criminal justice in Virginia.
Juliet Hiznay, a member of the Civic Federation’s legislative committee, introduced the resolutions. Asked for comment, Ms. Hiznay remarked, “Losing your license when you can’t afford to pay fines is a poverty trap. For some, it’s the only way to get to work.”
The resolution on driver’s licenses suspension recommends to, “Repeal all provisions of state law that suspend or revoke a driver’s license that have no relationship to driving offenses or competency to drive an automobile.”
The criminal justice reform resolution addresses multiple issues. According to the Justice Policy Institute, Virginia has the eighth highest jail incarceration rate in the U.S. Additionally, the Virginia threshold for grand larceny is the lowest in the nation at $200. According to Hiznay, who is a member of Indivisible Arlington, “Criminal justice reform is necessary to modernize our laws and bring Virginia in line with other states.”
The Arlington Civic Federation has called on Arlington’s state delegation to revise the disorderly conduct statute, raise the minimum threshold for felony larceny and other felony theft offenses to $1,000 and provide means for individuals under the age of 18 to expunge criminal records once they reach majority age. Although the resolutions do not have legal effect on their own, they serve as a guide for state legislators to consider in the upcoming session, which convenes on Jan. 10, 2018.
November 4, 2017: Indivisible Arlington mobilizes for Virginia elections – Polls underestimate surge in progressive activism
(Arlington, VA) – A group of Arlington residents known as Indivisible Arlington VA has been leading a wave of progressive activism in advance of the 2017 Virginia elections.
Members of the group have been canvassing, phone banking, text banking, fundraising, hosting events, serving as poll greeters, providing rides for voters and mobilizing voters over the past few months. The group will mount a final push to get out the vote in the week leading up to the election on Tuesday, Nov. 7.
Virginia is one of only a few states with elections in 2017. The ballot includes the races for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and the House of Delegates.
“The Virginia election will serve as a litmus test for the presidency of Donald Trump,” said Liz Ryan, a leader of Indivisible Arlington VA. “There are 17 seats in the House of Delegates currently occupied by Republicans in which the majority of voters cast ballots for Hillary Clinton. If Democrats win these districts, they win control of the House of Delegates.”
“We believe traditional polling is missing the growth of progressive activism,” said David Robeck, another member of Indivisible Arlington. “In the Arlington area, for example, there has been more grassroots activism in the lead-up to this non-presidential race than there was in advance of the 2016 presidential election.”
Robeck also maintained that flaws in polling techniques may be underestimating the likeliness of a Democratic victory, pointing to a recent Monmouth University Poll of likely voters that put Ed Gillespie (R) up by 1 percent over Ralph Northam (D).
“That poll’s small sample size and strict requirements for a ‘likely’ voter are missing the surge of new off-year voters and activists on the left,” Robeck said. “A far better indicator of this year’s likely outcome can be found in the results of the June primary.”
The number of ballots cast for Democratic gubernatorial candidates in the Virginia primary was 542,816, or 59.7 percent of the total; Republican candidates received 365,782 votes, or 40.2 percent. (Source: Virginia Department of Elections, rounded to the tenth of a percent.)
July 28, 2017: Indivisible Arlington hosts Keepin’ It Blue with Lt. Governor Candidate Justin Fairfax
ARLINGTON, VA – A group of Arlington residents known as Indivisible Arlington VA will host Justin Fairfax, the Virginia Lt. Governor Candidate, on August 1, 2017. The event, Keepin’ It Blue, is a discussion about how Democrats can keep the governorship and flip the state legislature. Keepin’ It Blue will also feature Delegate Alfonso Lopez. It will take place from 7:00-8:30 PM at the Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA.
As Governor Candidate Ralph Northam’s running mate, Justin Fairfax will discuss the candidate’s platform and take questions from the attendees.
“The elections in Virginia are considered a litmus test on the Trump presidency and an opportunity for Democrats to regroup,” said Liz Ryan, a leader of Indivisible Arlington, “Since the election is later this year, it is one of the first electoral opportunities since the 2016 presidential election. Now is the time to develop strategies that can produce results on November 7.”
Parking is available in the parking garage near the library. For coordination on site, please contact David Robeck at 678-860-6261 or email@example.com.
May 8, 2017: Indivisible Arlington VA declares May as a Month of Indivisible – Group hosts forums on state issues, health care, the environment, immigration, and criminal justice
ARLINGTON, VA – A group of Arlington residents known as Indivisible Arlington VA has deemed May as a Month of Indivisible. Indivisible Arlington will hold a series of events including issue forums, membership meetings, and social activities to develop grassroots organizing within the community. Additionally, the Month of Indivisible will provide insights into several key issues facing our community, Virginia, and the nation.
Please see below for the list of forums. These events are free and open to the public. As speakers are added, the Indivisible Arlington Calendar will be updated. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions concerning the forums:
State Issues Forum
Topics include: Adopt-a-district program & Gerrymandering
Featured Speakers: Jessie Clark and Christina Diaz-Torres, We of Action (WofA) and Andrew Pavora, OneVirginia2021
Date: Wednesday, May 10th
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Community Room (8th Floor, Alta Vista Condominiums, 900 North Stafford Street, Arlington, Virginia)
Health Care Issues Forum
Featured Speakers: Jesse Cross-Call, Senior Policy Analyst, The Center on Budget & Policy Priorities (www.cbpp.org) and Michael Cassidy, Executive Director of The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis (www.thecommonwealthinstitute.org)
Moderator: Cassie Wolfe Date: Tuesday, May 16th Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Shirlington Library, Campbell Room (4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA)
Environmental Issues Forum
Featured Speakers: Kate Schisler, Legislative Assistant to Congressman Don Beyer; Kelsey Crane, Northern Virginia Conservation Program Director and Organizer on Climate Action for the Sierra Club; and Dean Amel, Chair of the Mount Vernon Group of the Sierra Club, member of Arlington’s Solid Waste Commission, & member of Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment’s Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot Taskforce
Moderator: Jennifer Abel Date: Monday, May 22 Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: The Teal Center for Therapeutic Bodywork (4001 North Ninth Street, Suite 230, Arlington VA)
Invite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/issues-forum-on-the-environment-tickets- 34289274142
Sponsored by: Indivisible Arlington and VCE
Immigration Issues Forum
Featured speaker: Delegate Alfonso Lopez
Moderator: David Robeck Date: Wednesday, May 24 Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Shirlington Library, Campbell Room (4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA)
Mass Incarceration, Policing & Civil Rights Issues Forum
Featured Speakers: Jasmine Tyler, US Advocacy Director, Human Rights Watch (www.hrw.org) and Valerie Slater, Attorney at Legal Aid Justice Center & Coordinator of the RISE for Youth campaign (www.riseforyouth.org)
Moderator: Liz Ryan, Youth First Initiative (www.nokidsinprison.org)
Date: Tuesday, May 30th
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Library at Washington & Lee High School, 1301 N. Stafford Street, Arlington, VA Invite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mass-incarceration-policing-civil-rights-issues- forum-tickets-34264848083
Sponsored by: Indivisible Arlington and the Youth First Initiative
March 28, 2017: Constituents in 20 States Urge Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to Establish Independent Investigation into Election Interference
(Washington, D.C.) — On March 28, the 21 senators who serve on the Foreign Relations Committee will receive a letter signed by thousands of constituents urging them to establish an independent, bipartisan commission to investigate the role foreign powers played in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
“Recent actions by the chairs of the Senate and House Intelligence committees on behalf of the White House undermine the credibility of their investigations,” said Chris Pickett, Indivisible Montgomery executive director and author of the letter to the Foreign Relations committee. “A fair and unbiased investigation of Russia’s role in the 2016 election is not possible within the halls of Congress. An independent, bipartisan investigation of the 2016 election must be established to restore the faith of the American people in its government and electoral system.”
“There is a lot of smoke surrounding the administration’s ties to Russia. The American people deserve to know the truth. Protecting intelligence sources and methods is of the utmost importance, but it must be balanced with the need for transparency,” said David Robeck, Indivisible Arlington Co-Founder, “In light of the actions taken last week by the House Intelligence Committee’s chair, now is the time to launch an independent commission, similar to the Church and Pike Commissions.”
On March 28, representatives from nearly 200 groups in all 20 states with senators on the Foreign Relations committee will deliver the letter to their own senators’ district offices. Members of Virginia indivisible groups will deliver the letter, and signatures of hundreds of Virginians, to Senator Tim Kaine.
February 21, 2017: Arlington Residents Urge Virginia’s Senators to Protect Health Care, Immigrants
(Arlington, VA) – A group of Arlington residents known as Indivisible Arlington VA are meeting this week with key staff of Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine to urge their political leaders to take several concrete actions to protect our democracy. Specifically, they are urging them to oppose actions by the Trump Administration and Congress to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and to reject proposals to impose a ban on Muslim immigrants.
“The Affordable Care Act provides Arlington residents and millions of people across the country with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that if they need affordable, comprehensive health care, they can get it,” says Martha Krafton, Indivisible Arlington VA Co‐Founder. “This health care security would disappear if Congress and the Administration dismantle the ACA.” In Virginia’s 8 th District alone, an estimated 40,600 individuals are enrolled in the Affordable Care Act, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation Estimates of Enrollment in ACA Marketplaces and Medicaid.
Arlington residents are also calling on Senators Warner and Kaine to reject proposals that would impose a ban on Muslim immigrants and to stop deportations of undocumented people. One in nine people in Virginia are immigrants, according to the American Immigration Council.
“Immigrants are essential to our community, our economy, our tax base and our cultural life,” says David Robeck, Indivisible Arlington VA Co‐Founder. “Arlington is a vibrant, thriving community that welcomes immigrants, and we want to ensure this continues.”
Other issues that will be discussed include filibustering Neil Gorsuch’s nomination for the Supreme Court, and asking Senator Warner in his role as the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee to launch an independent investigation into the Trump Administration’s ties with Russia given the unprecedented level of Russian interference in in the 2016 U.S. elections.
February 4, 2017: Indivisible Arlington VA’s first meeting is too large for the library
Local organization opposes the Trump agenda
Arlington, VA February 4, 2017: The first meeting of the grassroots organization, Indivisible Arlington VA was held today. In less than one month, what started as a Facebook group inspired by the Indivisible Guide quickly grew to over 350 members. Organizers intended to hold the kick off meeting at the Arlington Central Library. However, due to the unanticipated size of the turnout, the location was moved outdoors to Quincy Park. Despite the cold weather, 106 people gathered to participate. Indivisible Arlington VA is a local organization that formed as part of a growing national movement in response to the election of Donald Trump.
Although the reasons for attending the meeting varied, the message was clear. The people of Arlington stand indivisible against the Trump administration’s agenda and are raising their concerns to their elected representatives. The discussion included a wide range of issues such as cabinet nominees, refugees, and women’s rights. Some of the attendees were wearing the iconic pink hats that covered the National Mall during the Women’s March on Washington.
Even before the event, Indivisible Arlington VA members were organizing. They contacted Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner as well as Congressman Don Beyer by phone, in person, and online using the hashtag #standindivisible. While these members of Congress have taken mostly positive stances, there was disappointment for Senator Warner’s vote to confirm former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. Additionally, the organization opposes the nomination for Secretary of Education, Betsy Devos.
State and local issues were also discussed, including the Virginia Attorney General race and the Virginia bathroom bill, which has been described as worse than the similar North Carolina law. Members urged Governor Terry McAuliffe to veto the bill.
Indivisible Arlington VA is looking for new members. To join and learn more about Indivisible Arlington VA, request to be added to the Facebook group. The next event will be an in person meeting with members of Congress on February 21, 2017.
‘Grab ‘Em by the Midterms’: The Women’s March on Washington rallies for the 2018 elections
Yahoo News article has a quote by Indivisible Arlington member Renee Greenwell
Progressive Voice: Arlington Activists Forge Ahead
ArlNow Progressive Voice column written by Indivisible Arlington member Clara Bridges
Civic Federation delegates seek criminal-justice reform in legislative session
InsideNOVA article mentions Indivisible Arlington member Juliet Hiznay January 4, 2018
Progressives Pushing To Take Virginia Statehouse
The National Memo November 6, 2017
What’s in a Name in Arlington? School Board considers renaming Arlington schools
The Connection article includes a quote from Indivisible Arlington member Marc Beallor
In the wake of Charlottesville, a call to change the name of Arlington’s Washington-Lee High
Washington Post article includes a quote from Indivisible Arlington member Marc Beallor
After Charlottesville, Some Rally To Take Confederate Name Off Schools
Washington Post article includes a quote from Indivisible Arlington member Marc Beallor
BREAKING: School Board to Consider Changing School Names
Arlnow article includes picture of Indivisible Arlington member Marc Beallor testifying
Fighting Nazis and Racism in the Voting Booth and Beyond
Washington Post letter to the editor by Indivisible Arlington member Sue Mosher
Local Charlottesville Solidarity Rally Organized By Two Recent Yorktown Graduates
ARLnow by Chris Teale. The pair “reached out to local grassroots political group Indivisible Arlington for help getting the word out.”
ABC World News Tonight
David Robeck, Indivisible Arlington’s Media team leader interviewed at 7:40 into the program