July 2020 Meeting:
“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.