How Will Arlington Come Together in the Future?
Wednesday June 12, 2019
This year marks the 65th Anniversary of the Arlington Committee of 100, Arlington’s gathering place to question and to learn about community issues. As we mark this milestone, we ask: how have community service and engagement changed through the years? And, more importantly, how will the ways that we interact as a community change in the future? Understanding these changes is vital for anyone seeking to know our neighbors and to make an impact in the community. Knowing what motivates volunteers is essential for people and organizations that are looking to drive engagement and community service. What is the role of new technology and how do changes in the broader zeitgeist impact how we meet our neighbors here in Arlington.
To start the conversation, we will welcome three long-time Arlington community participants, each with different experiences and lengths of service to the community:
John Milliken, active in Arlington government and politics for more than 40 years and a Member of the County Board from 1981 to 1990
Krysta Jones, Founder of Vote Lead Impact (VLI)
Hannah Dannenfelser, Arlington local and Community Involvement Ambassador at the Arlington Community Federal Credit Union
Commonwealth Attorney Debate
Wednesday May 8, 2019
The Arlington Committee of 100 will host a debate for the office of Commonwealth Attorney for Arlington and the City of Falls Church. Come hear and ask questions to incumbent Theo Stamos and challenger Parisa Dehghani-Tafti. This debate will be moderated by Nancy Tate, former Executive Director of the League of Women Voters.
All are welcome. We invite you to learn about the Committee of 100's history and distinct approach to fostering constructive discussion. Please note that all attendees are expected to conduct themselves accordingly. Signs and disruptive behavior are not allowed.
Electric Scooters and Dockless Bikes: Transportation Solution or Nuisance?
Wednesday April 10, 2019
We've all noticed that, in the past few years, new ways to get around have appeared. Electric scooters and dockless bicycles are now quite widespread. Like all other new items, they have benefits and downsides. Join us as we discuss them from a variety of perspectives. Our speakers this month are:
Alex Held, Public Engagement Specialist, Arlington County Government
Jim Larsen, Bureau Chief, Arlington County Commuter Services
Reid Teschner, Manager of Government Partnerships, Bird
Should Arlington Increase Pay for County Board Members?
Wednesday March 13, 2019
Being an Arlington County Board Member is considered a part-time job but often requires a full-time commitment. Should it be viewed as a full-time job, with higher expectations and higher pay? What are the pros and cons of this proposal? Join us for a debate as we hear from Libby Garvey (current County Board Member), in favor of this change and John Vihstadt (former County Board Member), opposed to this change.
Countering Hate: Lessons from Intolerance in Arlington's History
Wednesday February 19, 2019
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.
Amazon HQ2: What the Future Holds for "National Landing"
Wednesday January 9, 2019
Arlington landed Amazon's HQ2. Now what? What will be the economic impact? What does it mean for Crystal City and Pentagon City? And why the moniker "National Landing"? Join us as we discuss this with Victor Hoskins of Arlington Economic Development and Stephen Moret of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership.
The Equal Rights Amendment in Virginia
Wednesday December 12, 2018
The Equal Rights Amendment was passed by Congress in the 1970’s and now needs only one more state for passage. Could Virginia be the state that ratifies it as an Amendment to the Constitution? Join us as our speakers discuss what passing the ERA would mean and the obstacles it faces in Richmond.
Julie Tanner, ERA Advocate
Sen. Barbara Favola, Virginia State Senate
What's the State of Retail in Arlington?
Wednesday November 14, 2018
Despite seismic changes, the retail industry in Arlington seems to be doing well. Is it? And how are the independent mom-and-pop stores faring? Join us as we hear two very different perspectives on this important topic. We'll be joined by Michael Stiefvater of Arlington Economic Development (AED) and Sasan & Nasrin Rashidi, owners of LA Moves, a women’s clothing store in Crystal City.
County Board Candidate Debate
Wednesday October 10, 2018
The Arlington Committee of 100 is proud to host a debate between the candidates for November’s County Board Member election. Join us as incumbent John Vihstadt and challenger Matt de Ferranti discuss a wide range of issues affecting Arlington. Scott Brodbeck of ARLnow will moderate. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions to the candidates.
Note: The recording from this program is not available.
Are Our Children Safe at School?
Wednesday September 12, 2018
The shocking stories come too often on the news: students and teachers facing a shooter in their school. Arlington, to date, has not experienced the worst, but we need to be prepared. As the new school year begins, we will look at how we are keeping our children safe at school. What is the legal environment that regulates what is possible? How are Arlington schools and police preparing and preventing, and how will they respond if the worst occurs? What is it like to be a student today? What are their concerns, and how do students want the community to help keep them safe? Join the Arlington Committee of 100 for our first program of 2018-19 as we explore how best to keep our students safe.
Del. Paul Krizek of Alexandria and member of the House Select Committee on School Safety
Zachary Pope, Emergency Manager of Arlington Public Schools
Capt. Wayne Vincent, Arlington County Police Department
Arlington High School students Karina de Leede and Chloe Fugle