January 2021 Meeting

Please join us for our first monthly meeting of 2021 this Monday, January 11 from 7-9 p.m. The meeting will be conducted on Zoom. See below description for Zoom coordinates. If you can’t join us that night, keep an eye out here for a recording.


With president-elect Joe Biden’s rapidly approaching inauguration, liberals and progressives have spent months waiting anxiously to see the outcome of the Georgia Senate run-off elections, which will determine not only which party gains majority control over the Senate, but also the mere ability of the incoming Biden administration to enact its agenda. In the scramble to take control of the Senate however, one very important question is being overlooked:

Isn’t the Senate itself an egregiously anti-democratic institution, one which shares many of the same issues as the widely-reviled Electoral College? And what about the Supreme Court? Has it truly been the stalwart defender of civil rights and harbinger of social progress that it’s so often made out to be? When the Constitution was written, it was drafted with the interests of wealthy landowners in mind; to what extent does this legacy hinder the ability of progressives to enact the kinds of sweeping reforms we’re fighting tooth-and-nail for today?

Join us on Zoom this coming Monday, January 11th from 7:00-9:00 P.M. for Our Revolution Arlington’s January 2021 general meeting, where journalist and author Daniel Lazare will be exploring these questions in-depth. After the presentation, we will also be hearing from Virginia House of Delegates candidate Karishma Mehta about her primary challenge against Del. Alfonso Lopez for Virginia’s 49th House District.

Update: Owing to the shocking and unprecedented coup attempt carried out by supporters of outgoing president Donald Trump, we imagine that many of you are feeling overwhelmed, distressed, and frightened. For that reason, we will be devoting the final part of our monthly meeting to an open discussion about those events, as a way for each of you to express those feelings and let off some steam. We hope each of you are safe.

Daniel Lazare is a journalist who has written articles for such publications as The Nation, Jacobin, and Common Dreams. He is also the author of several books, such as The Frozen Republic: How the Constitution is Paralyzing Our DemocracyThe Velvet Coup: The Constitution, the Supreme Court, and the Decline of American Democracy, and America’s Undeclared War: What’s Killing Our Cities and How We Can Stop It.

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December 2020 Meeting

Flyer by John Musco

Recording of panel here:

Audio-only version here:

Please join us for an exciting and informative panel discussion on how local and state governments can help protect small business during the COVID-19 pandemic and strengthen them over the long term. This event is being cosponsored by Arlington Branch NAACP, Arlington Dems Labor and Business Outreach Team, ArlFiber, Our Revolution Alexandria, and Our Revolution Falls Church.


Some of the biggest victims of the COVID-19 pandemic have been small and independent businesses, with businesses owned by people of color being disproportionately affected. With new lockdowns looming and federal support stalled indefinitely, what options do state and local governments have to keep small businesses afloat in the months ahead. In addition, how might we strengthen small business over the long term as part of more inclusive community development strategies? We have assembled a panel of experts to help us answer those questions.


Kennedy Smith
Senior Researcher, Institute for Local Self Reliance . Kennedy is one of the nation’s foremost experts on commercial district revitalization and independent business development. She brings her considerable expertise and experience to the position of Senior Researcher with ILSR’s Independent Business Initiative. Her work focuses on analyzing the factors threatening independent businesses and developing policy tools that communities can use to address these issues and build thriving, equitable local economies. Kennedy will be speaking on her report “Safeguarding Small Business During the Pandemic“); Full bio here.

Marjorie Kelly
Marjorie Kelly is the senior fellow and executive vice president of The Democracy Collaborative. She is a leading theorist in “next-generation enterprise design,” specializing in the theory and practice of companies with embedded social mission and broad-based ownership. She is coauthor of The Making of a Democratic Economy: Building Prosperity for the Many, Not Just the Few (2019, Berrett-Koehler Publishers) and Owning Our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution, among other books. Marjorie will be speaking on her report “Local Economy Preservation Funds“;
Full bio here.

Donna J. Gambrell
President & CEO of Appalachian Community Capital. As President & CEO of Appalachian Community Capital, Donna is responsible for attracting and directing investments to Community Development Financial Institutions (or CDFIs) and other mission-driven lenders in Appalachia. Previously, Ms. Gambrell served as Director of the Treasury Department’s CDFI Fund, and in executive positions with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.  Currently, she is a board member for several organizations specializing in community development finance. Donna will be speaking on the disproportionate impact of the pandemic/lockdowns on minority owned businesses and the potential role of CDFIs in providing relief.
Full bio here.

Tony Hernandez
Director, Dudley Neighbors Incorporated. Dudley Neighbors Incorporated is a community land trust established by Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative in Roxbury MA in the late 1980s. Dudley Neighbors Incorporated (DNI) is a subsidiary organization that promotes affordable housing and community control of development and land in the Dudley Neighborhood. Tony is a leader in advancing Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative and the organization’s work to reclaim brownfields in the community while avoiding resident displacement. Tony will be speaking on how the community land trust model can be used to support equitable commercial development.

Christopher Mitchell 
Director of the Community Broadband Networks Initiative at ILSR. Christopher is a leading national expert on community networks and Internet access. On a day-to-day basis, he runs, the comprehensive online clearinghouse of information about local government policies to improve Internet access. Their interactive community broadband network map tracks more than 500 such networks. He also hosts podcasts, including Community Broadband Bits and Building Local Power. Christopher will be speaking on how community broadband can provide affordable, high speed internet access to support businesses and stimulate new economic activity.
Full bio here.

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If you miss out on registration, you can watch the event live on our Youtube page at:

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November 2020 Meeting:

Flyer by John Musco

Recording of this meeting here:

Please join us for us for some post-election commentary and book talk with David Dayen.

David is the executive editor of The American Prospect and author of several highly acclaimed books. His COVID-19 daily report Unsanitized is the best daily newsletter there is on American politics under the pandemic. In addition to sharing his thoughts on the results (or current state) of the election, David will talk to us about his most recent book Monopolized: Life in the Age of Corporate Power about how the concentration of economic power in the hands of a small number of mega corporations is making life miserable for us all (and degrading democracy).

In addition to our speaker, we will have some updates on local efforts by ORA members on housing and municipal broadband and state level efforts on a Green New Deal for VA.

October 2020 Meeting:

We’re taking the month off. Check back for November’s meeting details later this month.

September 2020 Meeting:

Graphic produced by John Musco

If you missed this meeting, see the recording here:

Join us for our September 2020 General Meeting this coming Monday, September 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. on Zoom.

We will hear from scholar and activist Bill Fletcher Jr. about the origins of our racist political economy, and what it means for worker organizing today in the U.S.

We will also hear from ORA member Tim Dempsey about the ArlFiber campaign to bring community broadband to Arlington.

As always, there will be an open forum for members and other community members to share information with us.

We look forward to seeing you there.

August 2020 Meeting:

There will be no general meeting in August. Instead we encourage you all to watch this forum on the digital divide and community broadband that we held on August 19:

The pandemic has made it clear that the digital divide is a national emergency. Here in Arlington, as many as 10% of households have no home internet. These are primarily low-income families and people of color who cannot afford home service. With children set to return to school in an online format in the fall, this is an unacceptable state of affairs. This forum will discuss the nature of the digital divide and possible solutions, particularly a public option for broadband. Please sign our petition here. For more details on community broadband, click here.

Moderator: Maya Jones (ArlDems Black Caucus), Tim Dempsey (ArlFiber)


1) Gigi Sohn, Distinguished Fellow at the Georgetown Law Institute for Technology Law & Policy and a Benton Senior Fellow and Public Advocate. Topic: Federal Policy and the Digital Divide.

2) Francella Ochillo, Executive Director at Next Century Cities. Topic: The digital divide and racial/digital equity;

3) Holly Hartell, Assistant CIO for Strategic Initiatives at Arlington County Department of Technology. Topic: The digital divide in Arlington;

4) Robert Bridgham, Executive Director of the Eastern Shore of Virginia Broadband Authority. Topic: The broadband authority model in Virginia;

5) Bruce Patterson, Technology Director, City of Ammon Fiber Optics. Topic: The Ammon model;

July 2020 Meeting:

If you missed this meeting, you can watch a recording on our YouTube page:

“If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal”- Emma Goldman

These words have been a rallying cry of radicals the world over for decades, but they overlook an important fact: for a huge segment of the population, it is illegal. All throughout the country, politicians at all levels of government make decisions affecting the millions of non-citizen immigrants living here on a daily basis while those affected have zero say over those policies or the politicians implementing them, leaving them vulnerable to all sorts of abuses, exploitation, xenophobia, and race-baiting. While the idea of non-citizen residents voting is often portrayed as a threat to American democracy, can a system which excludes millions of the people living under it from having a say be called a democracy in the first place? And did you know that prior to the mid-19th century, non-citizen voting was not only allowed in America, but even encouraged? Or that expanding the right to vote to non-citizens has already occured in many cities throughout the country? Join Our Revolution Arlington this Monday, July 13th from 7:00-9:00 P.M. on Zoom for our July general meeting: “Universal Suffrage: Non-Citizen Residents and the Right to Vote”, a presentation which will be hosted by Ron Hayduk, a professor of political science at San Francisco State University who has written extensively on the topic. Here is the Zoom link to join Monday’s meeting:

Additionally, LaColectiVA will be holding a teach-in webinar on efforts and demands to #DefundThePolice in NOVA tonight at 7:00 P.M. We strongly encourage everyone to sign up for this webinar. Register here:

Finally, as a reminder to anyone who is nervous about going out to grocery shop during this pandemic and/or wants an alternative to relying on services like Instacart, we have set up a mutual aid network for grocery deliveries that you can take advantage of. Just read the guidelines and contact any of the volunteers on the spreadsheet:


Volunteer Spreadsheet:

June 2020 Meeting:

Please join us for our June 2020 monthly meeting on Monday, June 8 from 7-9 p.m. **This is a zoom meeting, so you will need to RSVP below to get the meeting ID and password.**

We’ll be hearing from Geoff Gilbert, an Associate General Counsel at The Working World, who will be talking to us about his vision for building a solidarity economy in a post-COVID world. Geoff is an attorney committed to helping to build out the practices of non-extractive finance and solidarity economy lawyering. He joined The Working World as a volunteer in 2017 and started working at TWW in 2018 after graduating from Georgetown University Law Center. Outside of TWW, Geoff is also involved with progressive political organizing in Washington, DC, where he lives. Geoff has published a number of articles in Truthout, which you can read here.

We will also hear from Jessie Patton from SURJ NOVA about the NOVA mutual aid network and Kellen MacBeth from the Arlington Tenant-Landlord Commission on his initiative to form tenant unions in Arlington.

Lastly, we will have an open forum to discuss the racial justice protests and police riots and how to respond to them as a group.

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