Representing Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax

Newsletter - April 25, 2019

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I hope you have had a good Passover, Easter, Earth Day, and Barbara Johns Day.  This email newsletter will mostly focus on some important events coming up.

Before I dive into upcoming events, I want to make sure that you saw my annual
End of Session letter that I mailed out recently. Did you receive my letter? If not,read my End of Session letter here.

And if you are a constituent and want to make sure you receive next year's annual letter, please email me your name and address at DelMLevine@house.virginia.gov.

Now, for the newsletter...


TONIGHT: Thursday, April 25, at approx. 8:30pm:

Arlington County Board Will
Vote on Renaming Route 1

They will be taking public comment

As you probably know by now, I requested Attorney General Mark Herring issue an official opinion to clarify that Arlington has the ability to rename Jefferson Davis Highway by making a formal request to the Commonwealth Transportation Board, rather than relying on the state legislature to make the change. And Herring did so last month.

Arlington County Board Chair Christian Dorsey, to his credit, said they would act swiftly to make that request. This evening, the Arlington County Board will vote on a resolution to request the name be changed to Richmond Highway, as it is now known in Alexandria. The name change is not the first item on the board's agenda so even though the hearing begins at 6:45 pm, the Highway renaming is expected to come up around 8:30 or 9 pm. 

The resolution will ask that the name change take effect on October 1 of this year. I think it should be sooner, if possible. The board will be taking public comment, and while they will likely vote unanimously in favor of the resolution, they should still hear from you, the public. So, if you agree that the time has come for us to stop honoring the President of the Confederacy, please show up and speak out.

The Board will meet in County Board chambers, located 2100 Clarendon Boulevard, Room 307. 

But before you head to the Board meeting, make sure to stop by the...

 

The annual "Rally Against Rape," which I will have attended for six years now, is a fantastic opportunity for survivors of sexual assault to recount what happened to them in a safe environment that is actually as much therapy session as rally. I appreciate all the courageous survivors sharing their stories. Hearing them each year always reminds me what I'm fighting for and fuels my passion on this. Although still primarily women, I have been glad to see more men turn out each year, with some of them sharing their stories as well. Caroline Romano does a fantastic job in putting this together every year. So I hope to see you tonight.

And, as in years' past, I will be sharing my own family's story. If you're unaware of it, here's a Washington Post article on it and here is my detailed story of what happened that I told as a keynote speaker at the World Bank.


My Re-Election
Campaign Kickoff:

Behind the Scenes with Mark

Saturday, May 11 at 3-5 pm

MetroStage
1201. N. Royal St. in Old Town North


Talking strategy with union organizers outside the DASH Bus headquarters. 

Come join me and supporters as I launch my re-election campaign. I have a Republican challenger this year, so I hope to have your support! This is a people-powered campaign. Proceeds go towards achieving Mission 51: Winning a Democratic Majority in the House of Delegates. 

Hear stories never told in public before!

Join Mission 51 today. RSVP by clicking here.

Light refreshments will be provided. 


Of Course, Not Everything I Do is
Behind the Scenes

Some of it is on Camera:
Bringing the Truth to FOX News


Click the image above to see my efforts to make sure FOX News viewers hear
at least a modicum of truth when they watch Laura Ingraham's show.

I wish it weren't necessary, but I think it's important to reach out to the (admittedly small) percentage of FOX News viewers open to hearing the truth. As you can see in the clip, Ms. Ingraham and fellow guest Matt Schlapp, President of the American Conservative Union (and former political director for President George W. Bush), were not too interested in America seeing, much less following, the law requiring the President to disclose his tax returns upon Congressional demand.


Please join us this Sunday!

 


Attention Drivers:

Major Weekend I-395 Lane
Closures Starting

Friday, April 26th

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Drivers, you may expect lane closures on the I-395 general purpose lanes beginning this weekend (April 26-28) and continuing for at least four consecutive weekends through the end of May or possibly early June, depending on the weather. The weekend closures, which will occur from Friday nights until very early Monday mornings, are needed for crews to safely rehabilitate five bridges along I-395 between the Springfield interchange and the District of Columbia.

While an inconvenience, it is good thing that we are improving this important highway!

Weekly updates with specific closure information will be available at: 395ExpressLanes.com.


In the Community 


Talking affordable housing with the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing
with fellow members of the Arlington delegation to Richmond. 


Supporting House Democratic Whip Alfonso Lopez's re-election
with House Democratic Leader Eileen Filler-Corn and Delegate Marcus Simon. 

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Providing an update on the legislative session to the League of Women Voters of Arlington. 

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Debriefing the legislative session and looking ahead to next year with Alexandria's City Council.

 
At the ceremonial opening of the Living Legends of Alexandria's photograph exhibit. 


Presenting the resolution I passed this year, HJ742, 
honoring the Living Legends of Alexandria at their photo exhibit opening. 


At Equality Virginia's gala with Delegate Marcus Simon
and Fairfax School Board candidate (whom I  heartily endorse) Karl Frisch.


With Delegate Danica Roem and other Rainbow community supporters at Equality VA's gala.


At the Grand Opening of the West Elm furniture and home decor store in Old Town North. 


At the Beto O'Rourke rally in Old Town (this is not an endorsement!).


At Democratic Caucus Chair Charniele Herring's campaign kickoff with Delegate Hala Ayala. 


Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney speaks at Delegate Charniele Herring's campaign kickoff.


Hope you've been able to enjoy the Cherry Blossoms this Spring. 


Upcoming Events

Please Join Me!

 
(I personally participate in the events in red)
 
TONIGHT: Thursday, April 25
6:00 - 9:00 pm
Rally Against Rape

Gateway Park
1300 Lee Highway, Arlington 

TONIGHT: Thursday, April 25
8:00 pm
Arlington County Board Meeting

Arlington County Board Chambers
2100 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington 
Room 307

Saturday, April 27
11:30 - 1:30 pm
Senator Barbara Favola's Re-Election Campaign Kickoff

Senator Favola's Home

Address Upon RSVP

Saturday, April 27
2:30 - 3:30 pm
Marijuana Policy Town Hall with Virginia NORML

Arlington Central Library Auditorium
1015 N. Quincy Street, Arlington 

Saturday, April 27
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Dining for Delegates: Fundraiser for Joshua Cole

Email info@jgcole.org for location or to RSVP
 

Sunday, April 28
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Mark's Monthly Meetup

Los Tios
2615 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria

Wednesday, May 8
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Richmond Fundraiser for my Re-Election Campaign

Credit Union House of Virginia
108 N. 8th Street, Richmond
RSVP to Kiana@vahousedems.org

Saturday, May 11
3:00 - 5:00 pm
Mark's Re-election Campaign Kickoff

Behind the Scenes with Mark Levine

MetroStage
1201 N. Royal Street, Old Town North

RSVP


It is always my honor and privilege to serve you.

Delegate Mark Levine
Serving Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax in Virginia's 45th District