How does an 18-year old immigrant woman whose parents are both college professors and steeped in a tradition of non-violence end up in the armed forces?
I was working three part-time jobs and struggling to pay rent and college costs. A friend mentioned that as a reservist, the Army paid part of her tuition. So I went to see the Air Force recruiter. I liked what he said, not just about the tuition assistance, but about what I would be doing. So I enlisted, thinking I would serve my four years and get out.
Little did I know the four would stretch to 10 years on active duty (enlisted and officer) and another 22 as an Air Force spouse. I got those college degrees — a BA and an MS – gave birth to four children, and served with a group of people from all over, of all races, working together because, like me, they loved their country.
Republican “trickle down” policies have failed spectacularly. But their anti-government economic narrative retains a hold on the electorate. In 2016, despite the long Obama era economic recovery, 3% more voters thought Trump would handle the economy best.
What Americans want is inclusive economic growth, and without a rival narrative to achieve it, Democrats will continue to fail at the ballot box.
This counter narrative exists, founded on indisputable evidence: not less, but more government intervention, of the right kind, is critical to growing the economy.
HMDDC Precinct Operations launches a Voter ID Project starting April 22, 2018.
The Voter ID Project will attempt to identify unknown voters within Hunter Mill District. We will contact neighbors who are registered to vote, but it is unknown to us how they identify themselves. Do they consider themselves a Democrat, Republican or Independent and how are they likely to vote?
Join us in South Reston/Herndon for our first Voter ID Canvass where we will be walking Dogwood & McNair Precincts to listen and build relationships with neighborhood voters to lay the groundwork for our candidates to campaign more effectively and increase the turnout in our favor on Election Day in November.
South Reston/Herndon Voter ID Canvass
2429 Freetown Dr, Reston
April 22 at 12pm & 3pm
Contact: Joanne Collins, HMDDC Vice Chair of Precinct Operations
Two prominent Virginia elected officials took turns Saturday night at a fund-raising event to celebrate recent Democratic victories and rally party members to take over the House and Virginia state legislature.
Speaking first, Va. Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D- 31) used her story as the first Hispanic female immigrant to win election to the state House of Delegates to claim that, “Anyone can achieve the American Dream here in Virginia.”
Following her at the podium, Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11) said the energy coming into the party from women fuels his optimism at taking over the House in November, and then using the new Democratic majority to hold President Trump accountable for his actions.
The enthusiasm of Democrats continues to amaze as we have reached capacity for our 43rd annual Lasagna Dinner fundraiser. If you still hope to get a ticket, you can complete this form to join the waitlist.
Of course, we can still use volunteers and food, so if you would like to help out, please register your interest using this link.
We’re excited to see the crowd on Saturday, April 7 at the Reston Community Center Hunters Woods. Whether you’re attending or volunteering, thank you for everything you’re doing to keep Virginia blue!
There are a lot of reasons to move now to get your tickets to the 43rd annual Hunter Mill Democrats Lasagna Dinner, but perhaps the most pressing one is that tickets are limited by the size of the room and we’re running out fast. We wish we could fit everyone into the Reston Community Center on April 7, but alas, space is limited.
And don’t forget that if you wait until after March 14, the tickets that are left (if any) will be more expensive! Prices go up on March 15.
Procrastinators rejoice! The April 7, 2018 lasagna dinner is fast approaching, but fortunately, you will now have a little longer to get your tickets before the prices go up on March 15. Here’s a flyer with more information, which you may also freely share with your friends, family, neighbors, milk delivery service, or that nice person in front of you at the grocery store with a “Resist!” pin. All are welcome.
But really, it’s probably best to just go ahead and get your tickets right now, while you’re thinking about it. Trust us, it will be fun reveling in the successes of 2017 with your fellow Democrats, participating in the live auction, and of course, eating Garfieldian amounts of lasagna.