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November 4, 2017

Vote Charles McCullough for County Board on Tuesday Nov. 7

Candidates — @ 1:43 pm

We ask all Arlington voters to vote for Charles McCullough for the Arlington County Board. Charles has excellent experience working with public schools, ending employment discrimination, and an attorney who will represent voters well on the county board. Our county board needs to do a much better job controlling development, helping lower income renters, and preserving our green space and community for seniors. Charles will do a good job for us if he is elected.

Arlington Greens endorsed Charles McCullough for Arlington County Board election to be held on Tuesday November 7. Charles is an independent candidate who has lived in Arlington for 10 years and a resident of Pentagon City.

He is an experienced attorney who has worked extensively in education policy, equal employment opportunity, and credit unions. He served on the Arlington Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for a number of years as well as involved with public schools in south Arlington.

AGP chair John Reeder said that Charles is a young, progressive who will bring new ideas to the Arlington County Board. Arlington Greens endorsed independent John Vihstadt three years ago who won election to the Arlington County Board.

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October 31, 2017

Why do Subsidized Apartments in Arlington Cost so Much?

Affordable Housing — @ 4:13 pm

Arlington Greens have been complaining for the past 4-5 years about the exorbinant cost of the subsidized “affordable housing” apartments (“committed affordable units” or CAFs) which have been averaging about $400,000 each in actual construction costs. For example, the APAH project at the former Arlington Presbyterian Church site now being constructed close to Columbia Pike and S. Glebe Road entails about 173 units (about 60 percent of the units (105) are studio or one-bedroom units) and cost $400,000 per unit. Arlington County Government is providing about $18 million total or $100,000 per unit in subsidy.

Why does it cost a nonprofit housing developer (APAH) $400,000 per unit to build these subsidized units? The government, both the county and the Federal Government HUD, are providing roughly $300,000 in subsidies per unit. The church supposedly sold its land for under-market value; the nonprofit does not earn profits. Yet, these units the majority of which are studio or one bedrooms cost $400,000.

Just about 1/2 mile south of this new project which will probably take another year or more to complete, is the for-profit Trafalgar Flats Apartments that are nearly complete. These condo apartments are listed for sales “starting at the low $200,000s,” for a studio or junior one bedroom apartment http://trafalgarflats.com/

Apparently the for-profit developer is able to sell units for below $300,000 and still make a good profit. How can a for profit developer put up luxury apartments in the same area of Arlington for $100,000 per unit less than a subsidized nonprofit developer?

The answer is of course competition: there was no competitive bidding for the $18 million in county funds.

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August 22, 2017

Arlington Greens at Arlington County Fair in August

Arlington Greens had a booth at the 2017 Arlington County Fair Aug. 18-20, 2017, and promoted Green Party membership and as well the candidacy of Charles McCullough, an independent candidate for Arlington County Board in November 2017 election. Arlington Greens endorsed Charles for the county board this year.

Greens shared the booth with Charles this year and had an opportunity to meet many Arlington residents and old community friends again.

Kirit Mookerjee at our booth

Charles McCullough and Green Steve Davis

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August 15, 2017

Hate Groups not welcome in Charlottesville — Or in Virginia, Virginia Greens Say

peace,racial justice — @ 1:47 pm

RICHMOND, VA- Hundreds of haters will gather in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday, and the Green Party of Virginia joins with millions of our citizens in proclaiming that there is no place for them in our commonwealth. They represent what the Southern Poverty Law Center describes as “a broad spectrum of far-right extremist groups – from immigration foes to anti-Semitic bigots, neo-Confederates, Proud Boys, Patriot and militia types, outlaw bikers, swastika-wearing neo-Nazis, white nationalists and Ku Klux Klan members,” rallying under the banner “Unite the Right.”

Committed to a false notion of racial identity, these groups seek to stimulate and legitimize racist stereotypes, and to promote discrimination and worse against their fellow Americans under a white-supremacist banner. At a time when ethnic minorities, especially Black and Arab Americans, must live in constant fear of racially-motivated violence, it is intolerable that demagogues and race-baiters should exploit the hardships felt by all working Americans to increase racial tension. We call upon all Virginians and especially all of our elected leaders, to publicly denounce the Unite the Right gathering.

A much smaller gathering in Charlottesville in May erupted in violence, and cost city taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars in police and other costs. Saturday’s rally is set to be many times larger, and is expected to draw a correspondingly larger number of counter-protesters. The likelihood that this will overwhelm the city’s police, even with help from the state police, greatly increases the potential for violence and civil disorder. Such an outcome would serve no one’s interests but that of the hate groups themselves.

While the GPVA honors the rights and the legitimate moral outrage of those who will stand up to the Unite the Right rally in a counter-protest, we urge our members and any others planning to counter-protest to faithfully model the ideals of non-violence and democracy. As champions of racial and social justice, we must not only say what is wrong about the rally, but also show by our deeds what genuine activism looks like. GPVA cochair B. Sidney Smith said, “It is occasions like this that test our commitment to our ideals. Let the world see that Americans will give no energy to fascist or racist or supremacist movements. Hate longs for confrontation, especially violent confrontation. What we must offer instead is our solidarity, our commitment to justice, and our silent contempt for those who would divide us.”

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Additional information on the Green Party of the United States can be found at: http://www.gp.org

Contact GPVA Press Secretary Tim Cotton
(540) 219-3599
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July 15, 2017

Arlington can only reduce its green house gas emissions if the Virginia State Board toughens Virginia building standards and codes

Development,environment — @ 2:00 pm

The Arlington County Board in 2013 adopted a Community Energy Plan (CEP) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in Arlington by 75 percent within roughly 30 years, but the recommended policy measures were never put into effect. Nearly 80 percent of Arlington GHG comes from buildings, and therefore, the first CEP goal was to tighten building codes for new and remodeled buildings, This never occurred as these codes are set by a Virginia statewide board that has refused to tighten energy standards on new construction. The second goal of the Arlington plan was a district energy plan of co-generation power plants and that never into practice owing to opposition from private companies including Dominion Power.

Somewhat paradoxically, GHG in Arlington did decline by about 18 percent, according to the county, during 2007-15 because Dominion Power used more natural gas and less coal to produce electricity, and because of about one-fifth of Arlington office space becoming vacant, thus cutting energy use in commerce. However, residential use of energy in Arlington rose as larger and more energy inefficient homes and apartments were built, and as the population rose by 14 percent during 2000-15.

Arlington County cannot require builders to meet tighter building standards but rather depends on the Virginia Board of Housing and Community Development’s building code. The CEP indicated in 2013 that if this state board adopted a tougher International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) in Virginia, then Arlington building efficiency would rise about 30 percent. The state board never tightened the code.

Now in 2017, the state board is considering the adoption of the 2015 IECC that would likely mean an energy savings of slightly considerably over 30 percent above the current weaker version of the 2012 code.

It is therefore imperative that Arlington obtain adoption of the full 2015 IECC that would mean that new buildings would likely be about 30 more efficient per square foot than currently.

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July 12, 2017

Arlington’s use of electricity continues to rise as Arlington Community Energy Plan goes unfulfilled

Development,environment — @ 3:38 pm

In early June 2017, the Arlington County Board pledged adherence to the Paris Accord on Climate Change (despite president Trump’s withdrawal), and indicated that the Arlington 2013 Community Energy Plan (CEP) goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in Arlington by 75 percent within roughly 30 years would make the Paris accord possible in the county. Unfortunately, the Arlington County Board adopted the CEP four years ago in 2013, but never implemented the main policy measures to meet the goals set in the plan, and energy use–mainly electricity continues to rise.

Energy use in Arlington, particularly of electricity, has continued to increase over the past 17 years, and there has been no paradigm shift to energy-savings building design particularly in the new and larger houses. Energy use in residential and commercial buildings accounted for about 79 percent of Arlington GHG in recent years (transportation for the remainder). Since 2000, total electricity use in Arlington rose by 14 percent led by a 45-percent rise in residential use, according to utility data provided by Arlington County. Commercial use of electricity peaked in 2007, and declined by 11 percent during 2007-15 as about 20-percent of office space became empty, and the recession took hold.

Higher residential use of electricity and natural gas can be traced to about 14-percent more Arlington residents, and tear downs of older detached houses and replacement by larger wasteful McMansions. Larger square footage in a home is directly related to energy use unless extraordinary energy-savings technology is introduced. The residential population in Arlington rose by about 14 percent to 216 million during 2000-15.

Total use of natural gas in Arlington did fall about 28 percent during 2000-15 as commercial buildings used much less, but natural gas use in residences rose by 4 percent during 2000-15. Warmer winter temperatures have curbed natural gas use for heating, and the nearly 20-percent office vacancy rate in 2015 reduced the need to heat offices. However, as vacant office space is rented in the future, energy use in commerce will rise.

The county government has failed to bring into effect the two main goals set in the 2013 Community Energy Plan–much tighter new building standards and co-generation of electricity. Without these measures, the county will never be able to reach the goal of a 75-percent reduction in carbon emissions in the county.

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June 26, 2017

Arlington Greens Endorse Charles McCullough for Arlington County Board

political campaigns — @ 4:11 pm

Arlington Greens voted at their May 31 meeting to endorse Charles McCullough for Arlington County Board election to be held in November of this year. Charles is an independent candidate who has lived in Arlington for 10 years and a resident of Pentagon City.
He is an experienced attorney who has worked extensively in education policy, equal employment opportunity, and credit unions. He served on the Arlington Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for a number of years as well as involved with public schools in south Arlington.

AGP chair John Reeder said that Charles is a young, progressive who will bring new ideas to the Arlington County Board. Arlington Greens endorsed independent John Vihstadt three years ago who won election to the Arlington County Board.

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May 4, 2017

AGP donates $150 to help Syrian refugees in Northern Virginia

Events,peace — @ 4:43 pm

AGP donors and supporters donated $150 at the community screening of Salam Neighbor (almost 50 attendees!) to help Syrian refugees. The AGP will donate this amount to Catholic Charities, a local charity actively helping w resettlement of Syrian and other refugees.

This event was one of our efforts to reach immigrant and marginalized communities in our area. Through the film, we sought to humanize the media stories that flood our airwaves daily. We made efforts to bring to light the vulnerabilities

refugees endure while living in encampments. We addressed “What Can I do” questions by providing a list of social justice organizations and other ways to impact change to our attendees. One of our speakers talked about the impacts of civil war on the environment, resources and infrastructure. Another spoke about the broader geopolitical implications of the US’ policies in the Middle East.

We are proud of our efforts and are extraordinarily grateful to Busboys and Poets for providing a space and a full menu to our guests and our invited speakers. We remain humbled at Busboys’ generosity and its commitment to sharing Cinema for a Conscious Community.

Our words cannot express our gratitude to the coordinating, managerial and wait staff at Busboys that helped make our film screening a successful one.

http://salamneighbor.org/

Salam Neighbor

salamneighbor.org

Salam Neighbor is an award-winning film and campaign to connect the world to refugees. Immerse into the life of a…

Please view this film if you have time…..(it is currently available on Netflix. The AGP purchased the screening rights to show this film in public/educational venues)

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April 30, 2017

Greens march with hundreds of thousands others at March for Climate Change, Washington, April 29

environment,Events — @ 1:25 pm

Green Party members and supporters marched at the April 29 March for Climate Change along with hundreds of thousands of other people supporting continued U.S. Government support of EPA, environmental laws, and respect for our planet. Arlington Greens mixed with Greens from all points of Virginia, and from states of Michigan, New York, Maryland, Kentucky and the District of Columbia.

We are proud that Green Party values were on display with this great American Democracy exhibit that Americans support a clean environment and measures to end climate change.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/climate-march-expected-to-draw-massive-crowd-to-dc-in-sweltering-heat/2017/04/28/1bdf5e66-2c3a-11e7-b605-33413c691853_story.html?utm_term=.6d918703c023

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April 27, 2017

Screening of Salaam Neighbor documentary has full house at Bus Boys and Poets, April 25

Events,peace — @ 10:07 am

Over sixty people attended the screening of the documentary Salaam Neighbor on two Americans working in a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan on April 25 at Bus Boys and Poets, Shirlington. After words, Faiza Patel of the Brennan Center for Justice, and a speaker from Amnesty International led a discussion. Sandra Hernandez of the Arlington Greens and Tim Dempsey of the Arlington Revolution Now chaired the meeting.

As a follow up, Greens will be sharing names of NGOs that are working in Syrian refugee camps that can use financial contributions.

The broader question of continuous war in the Middle East including Syria since 2001 with the U.S. futilely spending over a trillion dollars in military spending needs to be addressed immediately as well as improving the plight of the over 5 million Syrians who are now refugees. Without an end to the military violence, including that done by U.S. military and with U.S. military material, there can be no way for these over 5 million people to return and rebuild their country.

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