The Arlington Committee of 100 fosters open and vigorous discussion of issues involving all facets of community life in Arlington. The Committee's monthly forums are open to all and provide a non-partisan setting in which issues of local, regional, and state interest are addressed by experts, with audience participation in lively Q&A sessions.

Next Program: February 12, 2020


How Does Vaping Affect Kids in Arlington?

E-cigarettes have been on the market for more than a decade and are viewed by some as helping smokers move away from the harmful carcinogens in traditional cigarettes.  However, in recent years “vaping” use by youth has spiked, resulting in increased scrutiny from parents, schools, and regulators. In 2018, about 4 million teenagers vaped regularly – a 78% increase from the previous year. E-cigarette companies have also faced criticism for marketing and products that some say were designed to appeal to youth – and have now focused efforts on curbing use by minors. But will it be enough? How does vaping show up in our schools? What is the public health impact? And what does the future hold for the regulation and use of vaping?

 

Join us for this important discussion. We’ll hear from:

Jenny Sexton, Substance Abuse Counselor for Arlington Public Schools

Dr. Reuben Varghese, Public Health Director for Arlington County

Dylan D. Bishop, Esq. Lobbyist for Virginia Smoke Free Association

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Marymount University - Phelan Hall

2807 N. Glebe Road

(Directions here)

 

7:00 p.m. - Meet and Greet

7:30 p.m. - Dinner Begins (dinner purchase optional)

8:00 pm - 9:00 p.m. Program and Q&A

Recent Program: December 11, 2019


Should the Virginia General Assembly Vote to Amend the Virginia Constitution and Pass Redistricting Reform?

Earlier this year, the Virginia General Assembly took the first step in passing a constitutional amendment to end partisan gerrymandering in the commonwealth. In order for the amendment to make to Virginia voters, the legislature must first pass an identical version in the 2020 session. While the amendment passed in 2019 with overwhelming bipartisan support, its chances of passage in the 2020 session are far from certain.

 

Join us to hear the pros and cons of a constitutional amendment. Our speakers are:

Brian Cannon, Executive Director, OneVirginia 2021

Delegate Mark Levine, D - 45th District: Counties of Arlington (part) and Fairfax (part); City of Alexandria (part)

Scott Bledso, PhD Candidate in Political Science, George Mason University

From left to right: Brian Cannon, Del. Mark Levine, Scott Bledso
From left to right: Brian Cannon, Del. Mark Levine, Scott Bledso

Recent Program: February 13, 2019


Countering Hate: Lessons from Intolerance in Arlington's History

Hard as it may be to believe, the White Nationalist movement post-WWII has roots in Arlington. Through the 1980s, Arlington was the home to the American Nazi Party headquarters. Join us to explore this history, understand the resurgence of White Nationalism in the United States, and discuss implications for today. We are pleased to host speakers Charlie Clark and Amaka Okechukwu.



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