Arlington Greens July meeting online on July 2.
Join the Arlington Greens online on Zoom on Thursday, July 2 at 7 pm. For Zoom meeting ID and password, email us at [email protected]
The Arlington Green Party (AGP) meets the first Wednesdays of most months at Ballston Fire Station, corner of Wilson Blvd. & George Mason Dr.
The Arlington Green Party is the Arlington local of the Green Party of Virginia, which is the Virginia affiliate of the Green Party of the United States (GPUS). AGP adheres to the Green Party core values of social justice, ecological wisdom, non-violence and grassroots democracy. Join us on our website www.greensofarlington.org
Mission: To transform Arlington County, Virginia by electing Greens to public office
Arlington Greens July meeting online on July 2.
Join the Arlington Greens online on Zoom on Thursday, July 2 at 7 pm. For Zoom meeting ID and password, email us at [email protected]
Ward 7 COVID 19 Resources
Happy Monday!!! Here are your #Ward7COVID resources for 6.22.20. Get your lunch from Ward Memorial Church beginning at 1. Then get dinner from Kelly Miller from 3-5. Be safe and stay hydrated!!!
Arlington Greens Release Lecture on U.S. LEED Green Buildings by Oberlin College professor Scofield, Finding Minimal Environmental Benefit
The Arlington Greens announced today the release online of a talk on March 2 in Arlington by Oberlin College of Ohio professor John Scofield, a national expert on green building technology, on his research into marketing claims that green-certified buildings such as the LEED rating significantly reduce carbon emissions. EcoAction Arlington, an Arlington environmental non-profit organization, co-sponsored the talk held at the Arlington County public library with the Arlington Greens. The Arlington Independent Media and Miriam Gennari of the Sustainable Scoop recorded the talk and interviewed professor Scofield.
View the one-hour talk online https://youtu.be/UeolxpvJzVk
Professor Scofield used energy data from hundreds of thousands of commercial buildings in ten major U.S. metro areas to examine if energy certifications like LEED (a trademark meaning “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design”) significantly reduce carbon emissions over non-certified comparable buildings. His findings demonstrate very small, almost negligible carbon savings. Scofield found that carbon emissions reductions in LEED buildings are quite modest, generally well below 10 percent, and well below marketing claims of over 25 percent.
The research finding that LEED and other similar commercial building energy rating systems save only negligible amounts of carbon emissions is an important environmental policy issue for Arlington County and for many other U.S. communities. Over 40 such certified buildings in the county got generous subsidies based on now discredited claims of substantial carbon emissions reductions. Arlington County subsidies for bogus green energy technology wastes county funds which should be used to incentivize proven effective green technology that does substantially reduce carbon.
In 2019, the Arlington County Board approved a community energy goal that the county become carbon neutral within 25 years. About 80 percent of carbon emissions in the county occur in commercial and residential buildings, and thus the county’s goal can only be achieved by large carbon emissions drops in buildings. The county government's past reliance on LEED and similar energy certifications to reduce energy use in commercial buildings now appears to be wrong.
Our 2020 focus is on durability. Climate change seems to be top of mind for many young leaders as is resilience. Green buildings is a topic that comes up reg...
The March on Washington Film Festival, in partnership with the SNCC Legacy Project, invites you to a webinar: “Making Eyes on the Prize: Reframing the Civil Rights Movement” on Tuesday, June 23rd at 6 pm.
A screening of short clips from Eyes on the Prize will be followed by a conversation with those who helped shape that 14-hour series. The discussion will focus on how Eyes on the Prize helped change the narrative of the 1960’s Civil Rights Movement, more accurately reflecting its grass-roots foundation and highlighting the critical role of women and young people in ways that impact organizing today.
• Jon Else, Eyes on the Prize Series Producer & Cinematographer
• Sam Pollard, Eyes on the Prize Producer
• Judy Richardson, SNCC Veteran and Eyes on the Prize Series Associate Producer and Education Director
• Jessica A. Rucker, Washington, DC high school teacherEyes on the Prize, originally broadcast on PBS nationally in 1987 and 1990, is an Academy Award-nominated, multi-award-winning television series narrated by Julian Bond. Through contemporary interviews with those who actually lived the events and historical footage, the series covers major -- but oftentimes little-known -- events of the civil rights movement (1954-1968), including the call for Black Power, the Lowndes County (AL) Freedom Movement, the Detroit rebellions, the student take-over of Howard University, the community work of Black Panthers in Chicago, Boston busing, and the Attica prison rebellion. The series reveals the impact of ordinary people working for a just world.
March on Washington Film Festival
A National Civil Rights and social justice organization that finds, encourages, and brings to life stories of both icons and foot soldiers from the Civil Rights Movement. We were founded in 2013 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington March for Jobs and Freedom. In presenting a range of films, panel discussions, lectures, and performances each year, MOWFF fulfills a crucial historical role, connecting past and future generations of political and cultural activists in unprecedented ways.
SNCC Legacy Project (SLP)
The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) grew out of the 1960’s sit-in movement and was the only national civil rights organization begun and led primarily by young people. SNCC workers committed themselves to full-time organizing, grounded in the bottom-up organizing principles of SNCC’s mentor, the legendary Ella Baker. They were the primary movers behind the sit-ins, Mississippi Freedom Summer, the call for Black Power, and other movements for economic, political, and educational change. The SLP was founded by SNCC veterans in 2010 to capture the history and legacy of SNCC’s work, including its collaboration with Duke University on a documentary website: SNCCDigital.org. SLP continues to work with today’s young organizers on many levels. SNCC’s 60th-anniversary convening has been re-scheduled for June 3-5, 2021 at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, DC.
U.S. Green Party Addresses Police Brutality
On Tuesday, May 25th Officer Derek Chauvin forced his knee on the neck of George Floyd for eight grueling, life-taking minutes until he died — as Officer Tou Thao looked on. Community members were present and recorded the horrific, traumatizing incident that has sparked protest and anger in the Black community across America.
The resident who recorded the event can be repeatedly heard telling the officers to stop — even as Mr. Floyd, himself, can be heard exclaiming that he could not breathe — because they knew they were killing him.
Darnella Wade, Co-Chair of the Green Party of the 4th CD (MN) said, “these officers need to be held accountable. This video shows the lack of humanity for Black Lives in the criminal justice system in the state of Minnesota and shows why all police officers in the State of Minnesota should be required to carry personal professional liability insurance for their position.”
Under such a policy, Officer Chauvin’s history of police misconduct and settlements would have disqualified him from insurance coverage, he would not have been employed by Minneapolis Police as an officer and so would not have been able to kill George Floyd for no reason at all and to the horror of an entire nation.
The officers were fired the following day. That is a first in the state of Minnesota, which has become ground zero for the fight in police accountability in recent years. The family of Mr Floyd, activists, organizations and community members have wanted more accountability and want charges to be filed against the cops who murdered George Floyd.
Toya Woodland, Minneapolis Green Party-endorsed candidate for congress in the 5th congressional district said, “we need Community Control of the Police. We should decide which cops get hired and fired in our community. This is why the FBI was called: because our local government is not equipped to protect the lives of Black residents from white supremacy and institutional racism”.
Protestors and family members gathered at the corner of 38th and Chicago to hold a vigil and protest that included nearly 20,000 people. Trahern Crews, Co-Chair of the Green Party of the United States and an organizer with Black Lives Matter Minnesota, declared, “George Floyd was a father, brother, uncle, and loved community member who was unjustly taken from us by a racist criminal injustice system. We are calling on all activists, community members and lawmakers to put pressure on the city of Minneapolis to hold these officers accountable and begin changing the culture of the Minneapolis Police Department”.
The National Black Caucus (NBC) of the Green Party of the United States has found “that these incidents are part of a larger, systemic problem stemming from the legacy of slavery and the devaluing of Black and Brown people and communities. It is time for a moratorium on police brutality in the name of public service,” stated Darryl! LC Moch, Co-Chair of the NBC and Chair of the DC Statehood Green Party. “Furthermore,” said Robin Harris, Co-Chair of the NBC and Co-Chair of the Florida Green Party, “we must build strong coalitions, advocacy groups, and elect legislators who will prioritize ending the brutal lynchings and killing of Black and Brown bodies at the hands of the government at all levels. We must hold governments and police departments accountable.”
Trahern Crews quoted in The Daily Beast:
“Derek Chauvin, Minneapolis Cop Shown Kneeling on George Floyd’s Neck, Hires Philando Castile Shooter’s Lawyer”
Green Party national platform on criminal justice and ending police brutality
Green Party of the United States
National Black Caucus of the Green Party of the United States
issued Wednesday, May 27, 2020
In the Green Party, caucuses function as Identity Caucuses: a grouping of Greens, not explicitly ideological in nature, that has historically failed to attain adequate access to power in society at-large and/or within the Green movement. Currently, the national party includes Black, Latinx, Lavender...
The Arlington County Board is not meeting the needs of Arlington tenants who lost jobs owing pandemic closings. Thousands of tenants may lose their apartments if the county does not provide far more tenant assistance in the form of rent vouchers.
The county board so far has approved less than $2 million in federal and local funds for immediate rent relief, and at most approved another $2.7 million after July 1 even though the rental relief needs likely exceed $20 million. A rich community like Arlington and a county budget of over $1.5 billion should be able to adequately fund rent relief and food assistance.
In March, the Arlington Greens petitioned the county board to use local tax dollars to provide $10 million for rent vouchers and food gift cards for tenants who have lost their jobs owing to Covid. Greens then expanded the request to $22 million in April as the Covid worsened. Greens pointed out that based on national unemployment data as many as 8,000 Arlington households may be unable to pay their rents.
On May 19, the county accepted $21 million in federal funds for Covid, but would only agree to spend $1 million to immediately help households with a $1,500 per month housing voucher for three months. This amount will only help 220 households with a $4,500 housing voucher, far less than 10 percent of the need.
Social assistance agencies told the county government recently that at least 3,500 tenant households in Arlington have been unable to fully pay their rent in the past few months. To provide a $4,500 housing voucher to each household to partially pay 3 months of back rent would cost about $16 million. The number of households needing rental assistance will only rise as the pandemic lasts, and more households use up their savings so it is not unreasonable that 5,000 to 8,000 households will need rental assistance to avoid eviction.
Where could the county government quickly find $16 million in housing assistance funds without raising taxes? The county board continues to fund $18 million in construction costs to build new subsidized apartments in FY 2021 which have yet to approved or begun. The county board should use this $18 million to fund housing vouchers for the 3,500 and rising households in Arlington who will face eviction shortly.
Proposed Arlington County Covid Emergency Food and Rent Spending of $2.7 million should be raised to at least $22 million.
County manager now proposes to spend $2.7 million to help unemployed county residents with food and housing assistance, and amount that amounts to virtually nothing compared to the thousands of affected Arlington residents. At least $22 million needed now for rent and food!
Nearly 13-percent (16 million people) of the U.S. workforce are now unemployed, and filed for unemployment compensation, owing to Covid virus. Since roughly 120,000 Arlington residents are employed in recent years, 16,000 Arlington resident are likely furloughed or unemployed. Assuming that half of these receive no pay, then about 8,000 Arlington residents have lost their income.
The County Board should be prepared to spend $22 million now for emergency food and rental assistance, and then expand this as the need continues. The county manager has wisely called for the county to postpone most long term spending in fy 2021. School and county infrastructure building can resume in fy 2022 or later.
Within the $43 million housing assistance budget spent last year in fy 2020 are $16 million to build new apartments (AHIF), and $2 million for housing and community development. The county board should halt the building of any new housing or development, and transfer this $18 million to the housing grants program that now was funded for $9 million. This additional $18 million could fund 3,600 households with a $5,000, one-time housing rental grant that would pay for roughly 3 months of back rent. A $4,000 grant could help 4,500 households with an $18 million fund.
With regard to food needs, a two-person household would likely need to spend at least $100 per week for food or $800 over 2 months. To help 5,000 households, would cost $4 million for the 2 months. https://www.greensofarlington.org/2020/04/14/proposed-arlington-county-covid-emergency-food-and-rent-spending-of-2-7-million-should-be-raised-to-at-least-22-million/
The Arlington County manager on April 6 proposed that Arlington County spend $2.7 million for emergency food and rental and eviction assistance to residents affected by Covid virus. The manager proposed spending $7.5 million for small business, tourism, new services, and help for Arlington County em...
Please sign out petition to the Arlington County Board Asking for $10 million for More Rental Housing Grants and Emergency Food Help for Arlington Residents Facing Eviction and Hunger Owing to Coronavirus
Arlington Greens have initiated this petition to the Arlington County Board, Arlington Virginia, asking them to approve $10 million to provide $9 million in emergency housing (rental) grants and $1 million for emergency grocery gift cards for Arlington residents who have lost their income because of the coronavirus and face possible eviction and hunger. http://chng.it/mxbFRgLNmg
Petition to Arlington County VA--Add $10 million for Rent and Food Assistance Now
Tear downs and Large Energy Wasteful Houses Contribute to Rising Carbon Emissions in Arlington Increasingly over the past few years in Arlington, more and more older detached houses (158 in 2019), generally with under 1,500 square feet of living space, are torn down, and replaced by a new 4,000 or larger square foot house.
While the new house may have better insulation and often more energy saving appliances than the demolished house, the much larger living space overwhelms any such energy efficiency savings.
Studies of energy use in U.S. houses indicate that a 4,000 square foot house uses about 160 percent more electricity than a 1,500 square foot house, and about 76 percent more natural gas. Building of overlarge houses in Arlington significantly raises carbon emissions and makes it impossible for Arlington to reach carbon neutrality by its goal year of 2050. Read more at https://www.greensofarlington.org/2020/03/13/tear-downs-and-large-energy-wasteful-houses-contribute-to-rising-carbon-emissions-in-arlington/
Energy use in Arlington for homes has been rising over the past few years, in part fueled by more residents but also by changes in the size of new houses being built, particularly detached houses. The 9-percent rise in residents in Arlington during 2010-18 increased use of electricity and natural ga...
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