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  • Beyer Presses Passage Of NO HATE Act Following Third Annual Rise In Hate Crimes
    Posted in Press Releases on November 14, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equality

    Today, Rep. Don Beyer called for the House of Representatives to pass the NO HATE Act following the release of the 2017 hate crime statistics, which showed a rise in hate crimes in the U.S. for the third consecutive year. The release of the data comes just after the October 27 shooting in Pittsburgh, in which a gunman carried out an anti-Semitic attack that claimed 11 lives at the Tree of Life Synagogue. The legislation, sponsored in the Senate by Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), would give la... Read more

  • Amazon Selects Arlington as One of 2 New National Headquarters; Beyer Hails Decision
    Posted in Articles on November 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equality

    Falls Church News Press | According to a press release issued by Amazon from its Seattle headquarters today, the company has selected Arlington, Virginia and New York City as the locations for its new headquarters, saying it will invest $5 billion and create more than 50,000 jobs across the two new headquarters locations, with more than 25,000 employees each in New York City and Arlington. The new locations will join Seattle as the company’s three headquarters in North America. In addition, Amaz... Read more

  • Beyer’s Women’s Forum Underscores Decisive Issue in November’s Election
    Posted in Articles on October 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equality

    Falls Church News Press | The front-page headline in Wednesday’s New York Times read, “‘Horseface,’ ’Lowlife,’ ‘Fat, Ugly’: How President Demeans Women.” By referring to porn actress Stormy Daniels as “Horseface” in a tweet on Tuesday, the article began, President Trump “was adding her to a long list of women he has attacked by demeaning their looks, mocking their bodily functions or comparing them to animals.” That’s not to mention his confessions of groping and sexually assaulting women in the... Read more

  • Ahead of midterms, Congressman Don Beyer hosts 4th annual Women's Conference
    Posted in Articles on October 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equality

    Local DVM | Saturday in Arlington, Congressman Don Beyer held his fourth annual Women's Conference; a tradition his predecessor, Jim Moran, started and hosted for 24 years. 11-year-old activist Naomi Walder was awarded the Clara Mortenson Beyer Award, in honor of Beyer's grandmother, an early suffragist. Walder is famous for leading the March For Our Lives last spring, and for organizing a walk out at her elementary school against gun violence. After receiving the award, Walder forgave Beyer for... Read more

  • Beyer Convenes Fourth ‘Women’s Conference’ at GMU Saturday
    Posted in Articles on October 12, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equality

    ARL Now | Rep. Don Beyer (D-8th District) is gearing up to hold his fourth annual “women’s conference” Saturday (Oct. 13), with speeches planned from groundbreaking female lawmakers and activists. Beyer has titled this year’s event “Breaking Through: Women Work for Change,” and it will run from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at George Mason University’s Virginia Square campus (3351 Fairfax Drive). While Beyer is set to give some opening remarks at gathering, the rest of the speakers will be women. Del. Danic... Read more

  • House Democrats urge State Dept. to reverse new diplomatic visa policy
    Posted in Articles on October 5, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equality

    Washington Blade | More than 100 Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives have urged Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to reverse a new policy that requires partners of foreign mission personnel and employees of international organizations to be married in order to qualify for a diplomatic visa. “This policy discriminates against gay and lesbian international civil servants, many of whom are citizens of countries that outlaw same-sex marriage,” reads a letter spearheaded by U.S. Rep.... Read more

  • DC Area Congressman Reacts to the 'Unite the Right' Rally
    Posted in Articles on August 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equality

    WNYC This weekend marked the anniversary of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, a weekend marked by racist rhetoric and violence, including the murder of counter protester Heather Heyer. On Sunday, the group behind the Charlottesville rally held another rally in Washington, DC. Democratic Congressman Don Beyer counts DC suburbs Alexandria and Arlington among his constituents, representing Virginia’s 8th District. He joins us to talk about what happened this weekend, and how i... Read more

  • Heather Heyer Remembered By Lawmakers, Activists On Charlottesville Anniversary
    Posted in Articles on August 12, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equality

    Huffpost Politicians and activists shared tributes to Heather Heyer on Sunday, honoring the 32-year-old woman killed one year ago while protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Click here to read the full article Read more

  • Beyer Statement Honoring LGBTQ Pride Month
    Posted in Press Releases on June 11, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equality

    Rep. Don Beyer released the following statement today honoring LGBTQ Pride Month, which began June 1: “Thousands gathered in the nation’s capital this past weekend to celebrate Pride Month, as we honored the triumphs LGBTQ Americans continue to make to advance freedom and equality in our country. Because of the tireless advocacy of LGBTQ leaders, we live in a more just society, and we are closer to confirming the Commonwealth’s old adage, ‘Virginia is for Lovers.’ “With the recent Supreme Court ... Read more

  • Beyer Statement Marking Equal Pay Day
    Posted in Press Releases on April 10, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equality, Women's Economic Empowerment

    Rep. Don Beyer released the following statement today marking Equal Pay Day – the day when women’s wages finally catch up to what men were paid in the previous year, on average: “It is profoundly wrong that women in the U.S. workforce still only earn 80 cents on average for every dollar a man makes. The pay gap is not only unfair, but it prevents us from reaching our true economic potential. For women of color, this unjust wage gap is even wider, and the barriers to success are even steeper. We ... Read more