Resolution in support of The Renewables First Act by Zero Carbon Virginia

WHEREAS, The Loudoun County Democratic Committee is a body that respects science, believes the predominant view of the scientific community that climate change is anthropogenic, and is working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions;

WHEREAS, The Renewables First Act (RFA) will place a moratorium on constructing new fossil fuel electric generation capacity until renewable energy generation facilities with 5,500 megawatts capacity are in operation in Virginia;

WHEREAS, According to the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) report on “Global Warming of 1.5°C”, the world faces severe, irreversible consequences if global temperatures increase by more than 1.5°C over pre-industrial levels. Limiting warming to 1.5°C would require “rapid and far-reaching” transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport, and cities. The IPCC report’s modeling suggests that 70-80% of the world’s electricity will need to come from renewable sources by 2050;

WHEREAS, Less than 1 percent of Virginia’s total electricity generation came from solar in 2017;

WHEREAS, Virginia is 17th in the country in solar capacity, with 635 MW. North Carolina, a similar state in size and geography, is 2nd in the country with 4,490 MW;

WHEREAS, Virginia is currently one of only 9 states in the country without any utility-scale wind power;

WHEREAS, The Virginia Grid Transformation and Security Act of 2018 (VGTSA) establishes that 5500MW total of solar and wind capacity is in the public interest;

WHEREAS, The 2018 Virginia Energy Plan calls for 3000 MW of solar and onshore wind by 2022 and 2000 MW of offshore wind by 2028;

WHEREAS, Dominion’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) calls for meeting the coming capacity gap of 5500MW in its service area (which includes most of Virginia and some of North Carolina) by using a mix of renewables and a minimum of 8 natural gas plants; Therefore be it:

RESOLVED, On this, the 3rd day of January 2019, The Loudoun County Democratic Committee supports the passage of The Renewables First Act by the Virginia General Assembly;

RESOLVED, The Loudoun County Democratic Committee demands a justified and rapid transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

WHEREAS, The Loudoun County Democratic Committee is a body that respects science, believes the predominant view of the scientific community that climate change is anthropogenic, and is working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions;

WHEREAS, The Renewables First Act (RFA) will place a moratorium on constructing new fossil fuel electric generation capacity until renewable energy generation facilities with 5,500 megawatts capacity are in operation in Virginia;

WHEREAS, According to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) report on “Global Warming of 1.5°C”, the world faces severe, irreversible consequences if global temperatures increase by more than 1.5°C over pre-industrial levels. Limiting warming to 1.5°C would require “rapid and far-reaching” transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport, and cities. The IPCC report’s modeling suggests that 70-80% of the world’s electricity will need to come from renewable sources by 2050;

WHEREAS, Less than 1 percent of Virginia’s total electricity generation came from solar in 2017;

WHEREAS, The Commonwealth of Virginia is 17th in the country in solar capacity, with 635 MW. North Carolina, a similar state in size and geography, is 2nd in the country with 4,490 MW;

WHEREAS, The Commonwealth of Virginia is currently one of only nine states in the country without any utility-scale wind power;

WHEREAS, The Virginia Grid Transformation and Security Act of 2018 (VGTSA) establishes that 5500 MW total of solar and wind capacity is in the public interest;

WHEREAS, The 2018 Virginia Energy Plan calls for 3000 MW of solar and onshore wind by 2022 and 2000 MW of offshore wind by 2028;

WHEREAS, Dominion Electric’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) calls for meeting the coming capacity gap of 5500 MW in its service area (which includes most of Virginia and some of North Carolina) by using a mix of renewables and a minimum of 8 natural gas plants;

Therefore be it: RESOLVED, On this, the 3rd day of January 2019, The Loudoun County Democratic Committee supports the passage of The Renewables First Act by the Virginia General Assembly;

RESOLVED, The Loudoun County Democratic Committee demands a justified and rapid transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

LCDC Resolution To Virginia’s Congressional Delegation: A National Bank for Infrastructure and Industry

WHEREAS, the United States faces an acknowledged infrastructure crisis, estimated to be $4 trillion less than necessary to bring our roads, bridges, and other public structures to meet current standards.,1 and,

WHEREAS, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the State of Virginia a grade of C- in its 2017 Infrastructure Report Card;

WHEREAS, Virginia received a D grade on the condition of its roads, with the gridlocked District/Virginia/Maryland metro area ranked second-worst in the nation;

WHEREAS, 935 bridges are rated structurally deficient, and the state received a D on wastewater treatment, with a projected deficit of $6.5 billion over the next two decades;

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia needs to expand its rail system to meet current and growing population and freight demands;

WHEREAS, meeting the needs for modernization of our Infrastructure is beyond the fiscal capacity of the Commonwealth and most states;

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth has the fiscal capacity for partial funding of infrastructure projects, as do other states and localities, we must have a reliable cost-sharing public partner for long-term stable funding for infrastructure modernization;<sup>2</sup>

WHEREAS, a National Bank for Infrastructure and Industry (The Bank) could partner with Virginia, other states, and their instrumentalities to provide shared responsibility for the necessary reliable funding; <sup>3</sup>

WHEREAS, The National Infrastructure Bank would be capitalized at $3-4 trillion, within current fiscal constraints. <sup>4</sup>

WHEREAS, a report by the Brookings Institute has concluded that “There is strong evidence that a period of increased infrastructure investment effort could provide large benefits to the American economy. It could provide a fiscal expansion in an economy where aggregate demand growth has been stubbornly slow for years

WHEREAS, public infrastructure investments enhance economic output and productivity, stimulating stable employment growth with higher real wages, and have larger returns per dollar than many alternative public investments; <sup>5</sup>

AND WHEREAS, this policy has been widely endorsed by national associations of public officials and institutions, <sup>6</sup>

NOW THERFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Loudoun County Democratic Committee hereby urges our elected Congressional delegation to introduce, support and enact legislation to create and authorize appropriations for The National Bank for Infrastructure and Industry.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that copies of this resolution be delivered to all members of the Virginia Congressional Delegation for their immediate consideration and action.

FOOTNOTES
<sup> 1</sup> The American Society of Civil Engineers, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and the North American Building Trades Unions all estimate the shortfall at approximately $4 trillion. This does not account for needed spending on new projects, including high-speed rail systems, water projects, a modernized power grid, and nationwide broadband.

<sup>2</sup> The Bank could provide Virginia’s share of funding for Metro, thus avoiding the Hobson’s Choice of funding its share of metro by diverting money away from other important regional transportation projects.

<sup> 4</sup> The Bank would be funded on the successful model of George Washington and Alexander Hamilton’s First National Bank of the United States using the debt incurred to finance the Revolutionary War as the source of capital. The same approach was the basis for capitalizing subsequent institutions, including the Lincoln Banking Acts and Franklin Roosevelt’s Reconstruction Finance Corporation. In other words, financing would be provided by monetizing approximately $4 trillion of the $17 trillion in existing Treasury notes to “useful projects.” Bondholders would be offered preferred stock shares in exchange, on a one-to-one basis, bearing interest 2 points higher than the bond rate in exchange for their holdings. Annual financing of the approximately $88 billion differential would be subject to Congressional appropriations. By way of comparison, this is approximately the $90 billion annual cost of building and operating the Navy’s 2017 proposed 355 ship fleet expansion. (See, Congressional Budget Office, “Costs of Building a 355-Ship Navy Fleet,” (April 2017).

<sup> 5</sup> Josh Bivens, “The potential macroeconomic benefits from increasing infrastructure investment,” Congressional Research Service (July 18, 2017) CRS estimates that the return of such investments may be as high as 30-40%. p.12.

<sup>6</sup> These include: Democratic Municipal Officials, the National Federation of Federal Employees, the National Latino Farmers and Ranchers Association, Our Revolution Northern Virginia, the Loudoun County Progressives, and others. Sixteen state legislatures have filed resolutions in support.

The Democratic Party Of Virginia Celebrates the Life of Thelma Virginia Dodson

Whereas, The Democratic Party of Virginia celebrates the talents, wisdom, and dedication of Thelma Virginia Dodson and recognizes the loss to all with her passing on June 29, 2018.

Thelma was a lifelong Democratic voter and, in her later years, a dedicated campaign activist.

Thelma, who was born to Robert Wiley and Alberta Pinkett Simms on January 8, 1936, spent her life providing service to many. After fifteen years with the Department of Defense and at age 47, Thelma became a Licensed Practical Nurse, devoting herself to home care and hospice work.

Thelma engaged in many community projects, including marches, protests, and voter registration drives, to give voice to the underserved and support to the many different causes about which she felt passionately. Her volunteer work included the Loudoun County Mental Health Center, NAACP (Life Member), MLK March, Douglass Alumni Association, and the Bluemont Concert Series.

When Thelma’s son, Poonie, died from HIV/AIDS in 1993, Thelma spoke out at a time when HIV/AIDS was regarded with suspicion by some communities. She designed and made a panel in honor of her son for the AIDS Quilt Project. Thelma never did things by halves. She and her husband, Alvin Dodson, were lead volunteers and spent long hours and days coordinating and unfolding the Memorial Quilt that contained 40,000 panels and 70,000 names. Thelma was one of many distinguished readers selected to proudly announce those names on the steps of our Nation’s Capitol.

When Thelma joined the 2012 Obama Campaign, she demonstrated her commitment by helping to launch the Virginia Women for Obama organization. Between 2012 and the end of 2017 when she became ill, Thelma worked in Loudoun on every campaign – local, state and federal. She spent many hours at campaign offices: canvassing, phone banking, training other volunteers, running staging locations, and providing food for the volunteers and staffers. Thelma was a presence among Loudoun Democrats, as evidenced by those who attended her memorial, including Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chair Phyllis Randall, and Loudoun County Supervisor (Sterling District) Koran Saines.

Somehow, Thelma also found time to help with repairs to the Ashburn Colored School after it was vandalized.

In 2013, Thelma marched in the July 4th Leesburg Parade with a group dressed in historical garb. Thelma was dressed as Harriet Tubman. Harriet Tubman would have been proud.

In short, Thelma was anything and everything one could ask for in a volunteer. She was efficient, energetic, organized, always kind-hearted, and always THERE. She is missed greatly by the Democratic community in Loudoun.

Therefore, be it Resolved, the Democratic Party of Virginia notes with great sadness the loss of Thelma Virginia Dodson; celebrates her life, and, requests that the Loudoun County Democratic Committee prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the family of Thelma Virginia Dodson, as an expression of respect and affection for Thelma and appreciation for her service to the Democratic Party, the Committee, and the County of Loudoun.

Supporting the Equal Rights Amendment is the Right Thing To Do

Contact: Alfonso Nevarez
Chair Loudoun County Democratic Committee
chair@loudoundemocrats.org
202.286.5096

Supporting the Equal Rights Amendment is the Right Thing To Do

Leesburg, VA, October 4th, 2018 – At the October 2, 2018 Board of Supervisors meeting, several Republican Supervisors claimed: “partisan politics” when a vote to add the Equal Rights Amendment to Loudoun’s legislative agenda came before them for a second time. Although the 6-3 vote to reject inclusion of the ERA was split down party lines, the proposed constitutional amendment has widespread bipartisan support.

“The Equal Rights Amendment, which states that ‘Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex,’ is a necessary change to our constitution because America’s highest courts continue to be dominated by judges who are men,” said Alfonso Nevarez, Chair of the Loudoun County Democrats. “The persistent gender imbalance in our judicial system, along with the lack of explicit language in our constitution guaranteeing gender equality, sustains biased interpretations of the law which systematically deny the civil rights of people who have been discriminated against on account of their gender. Passing the ERA is long overdue, and it is the responsibility of every elected official to facilitate its passage.”

Historically, objections to passage of the ERA focused on preserving traditional gender roles, where everything from domestic responsibilities to career paths, and from attire to leisure activities, were strictly enforced along gender lines. In 2018, opponents of the ERA have a much harder time defining why they oppose it.

“The most common objection from opponents of the Equal Rights Amendment is that it is unnecessary,” Nevarez
continued, “To that, I ask, ‘Who is harmed by its passage?’ Polls show that the overwhelming majority of Americans support passage of an amendment that guarantees gender equality under the law. If anyone, Democrat or Republican, wants to oppose this change, they should be pressed to come up with something more articulate than dismissal of its necessity.”

Republicans on the Board of Supervisors have stated that the issue is one that is national in scope and that the County should focus on local issues exclusively. However, the issue of scope did not deter several of the Board’s current members from weighing in on the issue of immigration when they sought to direct the County’s staff to question the Federal Government’s unaccompanied minors policy in October of 2014.

“Supervisors Buona, Higgins, and Letourneau had no problem voting for a motion whose purpose was to launch a partisan debate over immigration when it suited their partisan bend. It is beyond hypocritical to oppose the inclusion of the ERA based on scope. Federal, state, local – we’re all impacted by gender discrimination. If they don’t like the ERA they should have the courage of their convictions to state what it is, precisely, that they don’t like about it.”

Resolution Supporting Didlake Employees’ Right To Organize

WHEREAS, Didlake is a local corporation based in Manassas, Virginia the stated mission of which is to “create opportunities that enrich the lives of people with disabilities;” and

WHEREAS, Didlake employees at the Arlington National Guard voted in 2017 to join a union by secret ballot in a National Labor Relations Board election; and

WHEREAS, the workers (disabled and non-disabled, immigrant and US-born, LGBTQ and straight, young and old) joined together to form a union in order to have a voice on the job, and to advocate for better pay, benefits, and working conditions; and

WHEREAS, the company has refused to recognize the union, and is calling on the Trump-appointed National Labor Relations Board to invalidate the election results on the grounds that its employees do not have the right to unionize because they are disabled; and

WHEREAS, the Regional Director of the National Labor Relations Board ruled in favor of the workers and stated that Didlake’s disabled employees have the same rights as non-disabled workers; and

WHEREAS, the Loudoun County Democratic Committee believes strongly in the dignity of all people, disabled and non-disabled, and support the right of all workers to unionize; therefore

BE IT RESOLVED, On this, the 6th day of September 2018, The Loudoun County Democratic Committee professes its support of the right of all employees to organize; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Loudoun County Democratic Committee supports the Didlake employees’ right to organize; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Loudoun County Democratic Committee urges CEO of Didlake to grant recognition of the union and open talks with the union as soon as possible to discuss and resolve terms of a fair contract that addresses the issues of basic justice they seek.

Resolution Against the Cruel Immigration Policies of the Trump Administration

WHEREAS, The Loudoun County Democratic Committee is a body that fosters a culture of inclusion which celebrates, mobilizes, and builds equality, diversity, justice and the rule of law;

WHEREAS, The Loudoun County Democratic Committee welcomes immigrants as future American citizens, recognizes immigration as a necessary lifeblood in reasonable, constructive, healthy societies, and acknowledges the many contributions of immigrant communities to the richness and vibrancy of American society;

WHEREAS, The United States has always welcomed and empowered those seeking protection from tyranny and therefore the Loudoun County Democratic Committee regards the stigmatization or criminalization of any refugee seeking asylum from the ravages of civil war, violence, injustice or oppression as inherently immoral and un-American;

WHEREAS, The right to seek asylum is codified in US and international law, and is a basic human right, and is a form of legal immigration; which right must be afforded due process of law;

WHEREAS, The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), and NumbersUSA have for decades promoted a vicious, reactionary nativism appealing to fear and ignorance contrary to the “better angels of our nature” as Americans;

WHEREAS, FAIR, CIS, and NumbersUSA have continually called for sharp decreases in lawful immigration, perpetuated a narrative that immigrants must prove themselves before being admitted and that immigration is harmful to the national identity of the United States, called immigrants thieves, criminals, job stealers, and opportunists, created political terminology with no basis in law or fact designed to further their radical nativist views on aspiring Americans, have advocated for laws and policies that de-document as many immigrants as possible, and supported detention and deportation as the only solutions to the problems they describe;

WHEREAS, FAIR, CIS, and NumbersUSA have been instrumental in legitimating the Trump administration’s brutal and inhumane immigration policies, which result in the separation of children from their parents when entering the United States, frequently including those seeking asylum;

WHEREAS, The immoral and illegal practice of separating and incarcerating families seeking asylum in the United States appears to be the brainchild of White House Senior Policy Advisor Stephen Miller, whose connections to white nationalist organizations are well established;

WHEREAS, The threat of criminal prosecution and deportation that has been adopted by the Trump administration not only adopts cruelty as policy, but criminalizes the very right to seek asylum, safety, and a better future for themselves and their families in the United States; Therefore be it:

RESOLVED, On this, the 26th day of July 2018, The Loudoun County Democratic Committee vociferously condemns the Trump administration’s policies allowing forcible separation of parents from their children and subjecting them to deportation, and decries the planned and ongoing incarceration of entire families, including
children

RESOLVED, The Loudoun County Democratic Committee demands the immediate termination of White House Senior Policy Advisor Stephen Miller.

RESOLVED, The Loudoun County Democratic Committee hereby urgently appeals to Virginia’s delegation to the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate to act immediately to stand against, and work to curtail the administration’s discretion to separate and incarcerate refugee families and subject them to deportation without independent legal representation and due process of law, and work to reunite separated families as
expeditiously as possible.

RESOLVED, The Loudoun County Democratic Committee demands that all displaced persons and their families be allowed to seek asylum free of impediment as required in 8 US. Code 1158.