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Lopez: Stand Up to Fox News

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Last night, Fox News smeared an important member of our community.

This year, I introduced a resolution to recognize the 30th Anniversary of Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, which has worked to expand opportunity and help their neighbors build a better future.

Fox doesn't like that the resolution passed. Opportunity in this country extends to the ability to worship freely, a fundamental right in America. For Fox News to smear an important community institution by ignorantly painting all Muslims with the same brush is reprehensible. At its core, this is a right-wing media attack on the faith and religious freedom of hard-working patriotic Americans.

Sign this petition now to tell Fox News enough is enough. While the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center reaches out to provide assistance to people regardless of their faith, Fox News is attempting to divide our country using fear and hate.

I will not sit on the sidelines while Fox News smears an organization that has helped people of all faiths. The Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center is a beacon of hope for those in need in my district. The members of the center provide rental and financial assistance for individuals in our community who are struggling to make ends meet. They open their doors every week to provide food to people who don't have enough to eat, and host programs to help women and girls get back on their feet.

As your Congressman, I will stand-up to the hateful, right-wing attacks on our community, and I will passionately oppose all legislation that unjustly restrict the civil rights of anyone, including Arab Americans.

Stand with me against Fox News and the right-wing attack on faith and religious freedom.

Thanks,

Alfonso

Lopez: Glad Obama Finally Taking Action to Keep Families Together; GOP Needs to Pass...

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ARLINGTON - Leading the effort to pass the Virginia Dream Act in order to ensure that all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential regardless of where they were born, Alfonso Lopez commended President Obama's announcement that he will be re-examining his administration's deportation policies that have torn families apart, and slammed Congressional Republicans for taking action this week that would only make the situation worse:

I commend President Obama for re-examining the deportation policies that have resulted in his administration deporting more immigrants than the last three presidential administrations combined. Mothers and fathers are being deported while their children, often U.S. citizens, are left behind. Those of us working every day on immigration reform have known that the president could stop the deportations today, so we are relieved to hear that he's taking the issue seriously.

While I am glad that President Obama has finally decided to stem the tide of deportations and keep families together, when it comes to passing comprehensive immigration reform the ball is in the House Republicans' court. It's past time for the House Republicans to put the Senate's comprehensive immigration reform package up for a vote and expand opportunities for all aspiring Americans.

However, Republicans in Congress have shown time and again that their commitment to work on comprehensive immigration reform amounts to nothing more than empty words. Just this week they passed a bill that would only increase deportations by removing protections for children who were brought into this country at a young age and who have only known the United States as their home.

Voted the "Best Public Servant of 2013" by the readers of the Arlington Sun Gazette, Delegate Alfonso Lopez is a lifelong Democrat with over 20 years of experience on issues critical to the people of Northern Virginia. Alfonso has the passion and the practical experience to fight for our progressive values in Washington from day one. Over the past decade, Alfonso has served our community as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, an appointee in the Obama Administration, and as a trusted advisor to Governor Kaine on federal issues in Washington. For more visit AlfonsoLopez.org

Lopez: Federal Budget Works to Expand Opportunity in US, but Pay Raise for Fed...

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ARLINGTON - Leading the charge to expand opportunity for all Virginians, Alfonso Lopez celebrated many of the initiatives included in President Barack Obama's proposed budget, but noted that some measures, including the pay raise for federal workers, did not go far enough to remedying the harm caused by the Republicans' disastrous austerity measures:

The proposed budget for 2015 from the president includes important initiatives to expand opportunity for all Americans, and to ensure that nobody is continuing to struggle to make ends meet while watching the American Dream slip through their fingers. From making high-quality preschool available to every child, to doubling the Earned Income Tax Credit to lift millions of families out of poverty, to investing in our infrastructure and new clean technologies, and to taking steps to making college affordable for every student who wants to attend, the president's budget is a much-needed step toward building a better future.

While I am pleased that the president's budget included a pay raise for federal workers for the first time in four years, a one-percent increase is insufficient. Federal workers have been asked to sacrifice more than most as a result of the failures of Republicans in Congress, and it's past time to give them a raise that honors their sacrifice.

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Voted the "Best Public Servant of 2013" by the readers of the Arlington Sun Gazette, Delegate Alfonso Lopez is a lifelong Democrat with over 20 years of experience on issues critical to the people of Northern Virginia. Alfonso has the passion and the practical experience to fight for our progressive values in Washington from day one. Over the past decade, Alfonso has served our community as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, an appointee in the Obama Administration, and as a trusted advisor to Governor Kaine on federal issues in Washington. For more visit AlfonsoLopez.org

Del. Lopez introduces the DREAM Act

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I don't really have much comment to add to this story from the Richmond-Times Dispatch other than to note that Alfonso followed through on a key campaign promise that the first bill he introduced would be a state version of the DREAM act.

In pertinent part the article says:

Newly elected Del. Alfonso H. Lopez, D-Arlington, is sponsoring House Bill 779, a state version of the DREAM Act, which has languished in Congress for years.

"The fact is that the policies we have right now as they relate to in-state tuition are harmful to generations of young people who know no other nation but...the United States of America," Lopez said.

Isabel Castillo, who was brought to the U.S. from Mexico at the age of 6, spoke in support of the bill.

A straight-A student in high school, Castillo had problems getting into college because she lacked proper documentation.

"I didn't have a Social Security number so I couldn't apply to go to college or loans, grants, scholarships for anything, even though my parents had lived here for the past 20-plus years, worked and paid taxes," she said.

Castillo was finally able to enroll at Eastern Mennonite University and graduated with honors and a degree in social work

"Getting an education is not a crime so I hope that the rest of the legislators take a courageous stand with Delegate Lopez," she said.

What DPVA Should Do Moving Forward

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(While this is an original article, it echos many of Peter Rousselot's ideas. Peter and I typically agree on a lot of issues. -Brian)

Before we discuss the best strategy moving forward, it is necessary to develop consensus around what a state party should do. While we might have differing opinions on that issue, for the purposes of this plan I am operating on the assumption that the state party's primary objective should be to win offices for state office (Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, State Senate, State House).

Obviously this does not include everything that DPVA can do, but it includes some basic ideas about what DPVA should do.

Every winning campaign typically requires:

1. a cohesive message strategy;
2. a strong grassroots network;
3. a candidate to elect; and
4. the money to get your word out and provide the support your grassroots network needs.

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