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#MarchforOurLives Weekend with Arlington County Democratic Committee: Featuring Keynotes by Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Del. Chris Hurst!


From the Arlington County Democratic Committee (ACDC):

March for Our Lives Weekend with Arlington County Democratic Committee  

Featuring Keynotes by Former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and Delegate Chris Hurst!

Arlington, VA – March 20, 2018 — The Arlington County Democratic Committee (Arlington Democrats) is planning a Weekend of Action in support of the March for Our Lives on March 24 in Washington D.C. 

One month ago, a shooter opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida – killing 17 and wounding 15 students and staff.  In response, their classmates and students around the nation have called for action against school violence.  This week, students across the country engaged in a walk-out to send the message that they have suffered #enough gun violence.  The youth have called for all of us to join them in the March for Our Lives.

Arlington Democrats, along with strong support of key anti-gun violence and progressive groups in Arlington, are responding to this call and are planning to march in solidarity with the Parkland students, all students and families who have been affected by gun violence, and our community – because we must each do our part to prevent gun violence. 

We also want to send a strong message to our elected officials of our support for sensible gun control and comprehensive action to eliminate gun violence in our schools and community. Our elected officials are hearing our call and will be joining the Weekend of Action.

We have a full agenda for the weekend, beginning with a Poster Making Party and Pot Luck Friday evening, the March for Our Lives on Saturday morning, and Town Hall on Sunday afternoon. We are honored to have a full slate of outstanding speakers for our Sunday Town Hall.  Our main speaker is Rep. Chris Hurst, who was inspired by his own gun related tragedy to run and win in the 12th District of Virginia’s House of Delegates in 2017.  In addition, we have speakers from key anti-gun violence groups, as well as elected officials, who will provide a broad look at our gun violence issues and our path forward in Virginia.

Please join Arlington Dems, Network NoVA, Indivisible Arlington, Moms Demand Action, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, and Together We Will for a Weekend of Action in honor of March for Our Lives:

Friday Night:  Poster Making Party

Bring your favorite dish for a pot luck dinner, comradery, and poster making in preparation for the March!

Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Place: Faith Lutheran Church

Address: 3313 Arlington Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201

Saturday:  March from Memorial Bridge to the March for Our Lives

Led by former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, Arlington Democrats will march in solidarity from Memorial Bridge to the March for Our Lives! Meet us so we can walk to the March together, carrying our One of Many banner! We March with Network NoVA and Together We Will.

Time: 10:30 am

Place: Virginia side of Memorial Bridge


Sunday: Town Hall in support of action in Virginia

Get inspired to action by our speakers:

Jill Caiazzo, Chair Arlington Democrats

Yasmine Taeb, Alumnus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Student Activist (to be confirmed)

Celia Slater, Moms Demand Action

Josh Horwitz, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

Kris Brown, Brady Campaign to Stop Gun Violence

Sheriff Beth Arthur, Arlington County Sheriff

Tannia Talento, Arlington School Board

Representative Chris Hurst, Virginia 12th District

Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Place: Faith Lutheran Church

Address: 3313 Arlington Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201 

For updates and additional details, please follow us on our website, arlingtondemocrats.org for up-to-date news.


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    ARLINGTON, VA – As hundreds of thousands of Americans prepare to march in support of children’s right to attend school without fear of gun violence, Matt de Ferranti, Democratic candidate for Arlington County Board, called for additional steps to ensure that Arlington remains a safe, welcoming community:

    “We simply cannot ignore our young people’s call to action. We must actively seek an antidote to the repeated incidents of gun violence in schools and communities across the country, including Parkland, Florida and St. Mary’s County, Maryland. I will join thousands of Arlingtonians this weekend in the March for Our Lives. I hope Arlingtonians from across the County will join this important effort in support of action on this critical issue.

    Further, I call on the Arlington County Board to take two key actions in the coming weeks

    • Support safe gun storage and common sense gun safety by speaking out individually and by supporting legislative action in Richmond as part of Arlington’s legislative priorities; and

    • Join the School Board in support of common sense gun safety measures, by issuing a statement similar to the one the School Board’s issued on March 8th.

    Safe gun storage is akin to responsible liquor storage in our homes – both simply make homes and families safer without contravening anyone’s rights. The risks we have seen from Parkland and so many other incidents across the country should lead Arlington County to support legislation and action to reemphasize to all Arlington residents the importance of making sure guns are kept out of the hands of children when unsupervised and those who should not legally have access to a gun.

    I also strongly support other common sense actions that Federal and state government could and should take – universal background checks, measures to make sure those with restraining orders or mental health issues do not have access to guns, closing the gun show loophole – to keep our children and neighbors safe. And I believe strongly that we should change Virginia law to allow Arlington to take action to keep our families, friends, and neighbors safe.

    Currently, Virginia’s Dillon Rule and Virginia law specifically precludes Arlington County from enacting or implementing any common sense gun safety measures, despite the fact that the vast majority of Arlingtonians support them. Nonetheless, the County Board can and should follow the School Board’s lead in issuing a statement on issues that we simply cannot ignore. The Board should also come together to support gun safety legislation in the 2019 Legislative Session.

    While we can be grateful that Arlington is as safe as any community in the Country can be without the action we so desperately need, we cannot be complacent, because complacency is now complicity on this issue. We must acknowledge that Arlington Public School and County leaders, along with our excellent law enforcement officers, work hard to keep our children safe, as adults, but we also must listen to and act in support of the inspiring voices of Arlington students. Our children want us to do more to keep them and our entire community safe. More than ever, they are calling on us to lead.”

    Over 1,300 children die from gun violence each year in the United States.[1] In Virginia, more than 880 people die from gun violence each year.[2] As a whole, Americans are 25 times more likely to die of gun violence than citizens in other developed countries.[3] To Matt and so many Arlingtonians, including all of the Members of Arlington’s Delegation to the Virginia General Assembly, the facts and implications are clear. If you share Matt’s views, please join our campaign by going to http://www.mattforarlington.com.

  • tim r.

    Maybe we should get rid of our bullet proof vests too. Idiots.