Newsletter - November 4, 2019
I respectfully ask for your vote on Tuesday. And if you live outside my district, I ask you to vote for Democrats up and down the ballot so that the values we share can be enacted into law.
Republicans have organized a write-in campaign against me and against every Democrat for the House or Senate running in Alexandria.
So please don't sit this one out. Get out to the polls and cast a ballot!
Newsletter - November 2, 2019
Next Tuesday, we have a chance to elect the most progressive majority in the 400 year history of Virginia's state legislature.
But to be successful, we need to get out the vote.
That means talking to your neighbors and friends.
It also means knocking on doors and phone-banking.
Do the work this weekend and make sure you have no regrets on Wednesday morning.
Newsletter - October 30, 2019
It's Jason's first live instagram ever. And I'm incredibly honored that he's doing it with me to help us Flip Virginia this Tuesday.
Newsletter - October 29, 2019
Why vote in "uncontested" races like mine? Does your vote matter when there's only one candidate on the ballot? YES.
Newsletter - October 27, 2019
I'm proud to represent portions of the City of Alexandria, Arlington County, and Fairfax County. The ballot differs, however, in each jurisdiction I represent.
Not all of the local candidates appear on the ballot as Democrats, but you should know that every one of these candidates has the support of the local Democratic Party Committee.
Newsletter - October 14, 2019
Did you get your tax rebate check last week? If you're married, the tax rebate check should be $220.
You almost didn't receive that check. Virginia Republicans pushed hard to make all the benefits of the Trump Tax Plan flow to the richest Virginians, but we Democrats fought tooth and nail to make sure that all Virginians would benefit.
Newsletter - October 3, 2019
Rosh Hashanah is about so much more than marking the passage of time.
It is a celebration of new beginnings, renewal, and family.
I am finding these themes especially potent this year, with elections right around the corner here in Virginia.
400 years after the founding of the Commonwealth, this year's elections offer us an opportunity to start a new chapter in Virginia's history, to re-create a Virginia where all families thrive.
Newsletter - September 9, 2019
It is official. Goodbye, Jefferson Davis Highway. Hello, 21st Century.
Thursday morning, Arlington County employees Jacque Hull and Terrance Funchess (pictured below) rose above Route One on a crane, and took down the street sign bearing "Jefferson Davis Highway." They replaced it with "Richmond Highway," its former name, a very ordinary name that is identical to its name in Alexandria and Fairfax and one no longer offensive to Arlington values.
I mention Terrance and Jacque because the sign change was a good reminder that, as important as it is for elected officials to advocate for the values of the communities they represent, it is our public employees who truly put those values into action.
Newsletter - August 20, 2019
Today is the 400th Anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans to Virginia's shores, an event that marks the beginning of almost 250 years of race-based slavery in North America, another century of Jim Crow Laws, and another half-century of uneven progress.
All these years later, we continue to fight to rid our institutions and society of the vestiges of this barbaric, peculiar system. We must always remember America’s Original Sin, so that we may wisely confront the continuing impacts of institutional racism today: in our criminal justice system, in our economy, and in our society.
As we study what happened 400 years ago in Virginia, think how the history of our country — and the history of our world — would have been different if only the Africans forcibly brought to our shores four centuries ago had been treated identically to the Europeans who came here only a dozen years earlier.
Imagine if the English — and later, the USA — had treated African-Americans, women and men, with the same promises of equality and liberty boldly proclaimed in our Declaration of Independence self-evidently endowed by their Creator.
Now imagine if we only did so today...
Newsletter - July 30, 2019
Given my strong feelings that Donald Trump is not just a president I disagree with but the illegitimate embodiment of the greatest threat to American representative democracy in my lifetime, I cannot support him giving the keynote address at Jamestown today. Given my proud support for representative democracy, it is incumbent upon me -- as your representative, on its 400th anniversary here -- to protest Donald Trump's contempt for the United States of America and for all that makes us great as a nation, including our diverse population, our long history as a haven for immigrants, and our representative democracy, replete with freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, and equality under the law.