AYDs focus on Metro travails

AYDs focus on Metro travails

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Arlington Young Democrats May Monthly Meeting Focuses on Metro

On Wednesday, May 16, the Arlington Young Democrats (AYD) held their monthly meeting at Virginia Square Towers, located in the Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor. The event focused on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Metrorail and Metrobus system (Metro) and featured three expert panelists: Virginia State Senator Barbara Favola, Arlington County Board Vice-Chair Christian Dorsey, and Andrew D’Huyvetter, the Transit Projects and Policy Manager for the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC).

Senator Favola serves on the Senate Transportation Committee, and Vice-Chair Dorsey is a member of the WMATA board as well as an NVTC commissioner.

The panel, moderated by AYD Outreach Director Graydon Vann, discussed topics ranging from a broad overview of the system’s impact on the region to specific questions on the impact of current and pending projects on Arlingtonians. Senator Favola described the interplay between state and local governments and the current fiscal landscape following the Virginia General Assembly’s passage of a $154 million dedicated funding source. Vice-Chair Dorsey discussed the Metro governance structure and the complexity of managing the competing interests endemic to a tri-jurisdictional transit system. The meeting ended with a discussion on transit equity and bus-to-metro connections along Columbia Pike.

Also at the meeting, AYD recognized the April AYD Member of the Month--Kathryn Basinsky. Kathryn currently chairs the AYD Civil Rights Caucus, and over the past two years has helped organize events for Pride and monthly meetings on transgender issues.

On May 22, the Veterans and Foreign Affairs Caucus (VFAC) held its first-ever charity event at Heritage Brewing Co. Market Common Brewpub & Roastery to raise awareness and support for veterans living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). The VFAC partnered with Mission 22, a charity focused on combating veteran suicide founded by Special Forces operators Magnus Johnson, and Mike Kissel and Infantryman Brad Hubbard who have personal experience with PTSD and TBI. VFAC and Mission 22 were joined by Terron Sims II, Retired Deputy Chief of Training for the United States Army, former director for Virginia Veterans and Military Veterans for Obama, president of Northern Virginia Black Democrats, and chair of the Democratic Party of Virginia’s Veterans and Military Families Caucus, who addressed the attendees on the importance of giving aid to veterans after they return home from active duty.

Upcoming AYD Events

June 2: Clean the Bay Day (Oronoco Bay Park)

June 14: Handshakes and Headshots Networking Event (Pentagon City)

June 20: Monthly Meeting (details to come)

June 26: Happy Hour & Social (Heavy Seas)

About AYD

The Arlington Young Democrats is an organization of Arlington citizens, ages 18-35, committed to furthering the principles of the Democratic Party, making an impact in the Arlington community and providing networking and social opportunities for young people in Arlington.

The Arlington Young Democrats were founded in 1936. Over the years, AYD has served as both a source of political activism for young people and a springboard to political involvement, including elected public office, later in life. Many of today’s Democratic leaders in Arlington County were once members and officers in AYD. In addition, AYD has served as the breeding ground for elected leaders in other jurisdictions, from neighboring Fairfax to as far away as Pasadena, California. Of course, many former AYD members have chosen not to seek elected office, but have become community leaders in many other ways, working for a variety of community-based organizations on both a professional and volunteer basis.

For more information about Arlington Young Dems visit: www.arlingtonyoungdems.org