Commitment to the Community

Jerry and his wife, Alice, were honored by the Centreville Historic Foundation in 2011 as Centreville “Citizens of the Year” for their work in organizing the Centreville Immigration Forum, an organization that built support for positive outreach to new residents as community’s population grew and changed dramatically. He was a leader in the conversations that led to the opening of the privately-funded Centreville Labor Resource Center in 2012.
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Legislators support gun violence

 By failing to act, Republican legislators are supporting gun violence in Virginia. The tragedy at the Louisiana movie theatre just the other night, the mass murder of 9 people at the AME Emanuel Church in Charleston, and the gunning down of innocent children and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut are constant reminders that…

Medicaid Expansion: A matter of life and death… Health!

Since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act many states have had significant implementation successes and failures. This holds true especially for the expansion of Medicaid. Under the federal health-care law, states may extend Medicaid to people with incomes up to 133 percent of the federal poverty line, which is $23,850 a year for a…

Fairfax County Board of Education seeks to end discrimination on the basis of gender identity.

Three cheers for Fairfax County and the Board of Ed.! This is a matter of life and death among our public school students. Among all the apparent factors leading to suicides, attempted suicides, and serious thoughts about suicides, gender identity and sexual orientation are a significant factor. Victimization and stigmatizing of sexual minorities occur in…

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A Gentleman’s Agreement

On Palm Sunday, April 9, 1865, Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, to U. S. Grant, commander of the U.S. Armies. We celebrate the 150th anniversary of that surrender and the end of the American Civil War — the War between the States. It was the greatest…

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Bi-County Parkway Discussion Far From Over

In my 2013 campaign, I talked to residents on all sides of the controversial Bi-County Parkway issue.   The National Park Service would like to move cars and congestion out of their current track through the middle of the historic Bull Run Battlefield, US Route 29 and  VA Route 234.  Residents are concerned that the proposed path would…

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