November 2020 Meeting:
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:
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: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84789503168?pwd=ZHNsKzZMSTMvZDVkOXYvVWJhSUxOZz09
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: http://form.jotform.com/201844678342157
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:
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.