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  • Sign commemorating death of Bijan Ghaisar stolen from shooting site
    Posted in Articles on February 7, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equality

    Washington Post | On a corner at the intersection of Fort Hunt Road and Alexandria Avenue in Fairfax County, Va., where Bijan Ghaisar was fatally shot in November 2017, his family posted a small sign reminding the world that they were still waiting for answers: Who were the two U.S. Park Police officers who killed Ghaisar, why did they do it, and will they be charged? The sign was stolen, twice. So in November, Virginia state Sen. Scott A. Surovell (D-Fairfax) erected a larger sign, four feet by... Read more

  • Beyer seeking Congressional hearing on Bijan Ghaisar shooting
    Posted in Articles on February 6, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equality

    Covering the Corridor | Rep. Don Beyer said Saturday that his office is looking into a holding a Congressional hearing on the case of Bijan Ghaisar, who was shot by U.S. Park Police officers on Fort Hunt Road in November 2017 and died 10 days later. Speaking at the Mount Vernon Town Hall meeting at Mount Vernon High School, Beyer drew applause from the crowd during his remarks about the Ghaisar case. “I’m pressing for a Congressional hearing on the Bijan Ghaisar killing,” Beyer said. “It’s been ... Read more

  • House Delegation Introduces Freedom Of Religion Act In Challenge To President Trump’s Muslim Bans
    Posted in Press Releases on January 16, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equality, Immigration, Oversight of the Administration

    Today 124 Members of the House of Representatives led by Reps. Don Beyer (VA), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Betty McCollum (D-MN), Andre Carson (D-IN), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) introduced the Freedom of Religion Act to prohibit religious discrimination in our immigration system. The legislation was originally introduced in 2016 by Rep. Beyer in response to then-candidate Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban proposal, a version ... Read more

  • Beyer Appointed To Serve On House Committee On Ways And Means
    Posted in Press Releases on January 10, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Gun Violence, Healthcare, Equality, Climate Change and the Environment, Economy, Immigration, Federal Employees, Transportation, Women's Economic Empowerment, Veterans, Education, Oversight of the Administration

    Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) announced today that he has received an appointment to the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, one of the five exclusive House committees. Ways and Means has a wide breadth of jurisdiction, including health care, trade policy and tariffs, and oversight of Medicare and Social Security. It is the House Committee directly responsible for writing tax legislation, and the oldest standing committee in the United States Congress. Beyer said: “I am thrilled to accept this appo... Read more

  • Dem lawmaker vows to renew push for anti-hate legislation in new Congress
    Posted in Articles on January 2, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equality

    The Hill | Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) on Wednesday vowed to renew his push in the new Congress for legislation to track and prevent hate crimes. "A major challenge of our time is the rise of white nationalism, racism and hate. I reject hate groups, and recognize racism as a threat to our communities, and our democracy. I will back those words with action: a renewed push to pass the NO HATE Act in this session of Congress," Beyer wrote in a tweet. The pledge comes after Beyer in November called on th... Read more

  • 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

  • As hate crimes rise, a bill to combat the problem languishes in Congress
    Posted in Press Releases on November 14, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equality

    Think Progress New statistics released this week by the FBI show a 17 percent increase in documented hate crimes in 2017, the third consecutive year in which hate crimes have risen across the United States. Not only did hate crimes altogether rise last year, but the FBI pointed to notable increases in anti-Hispanic and anti-Semitic crimes. Anti-black crimes also substantially outpaced all other race-based hate crimes. One bill, though, attempts to not only stem the rising tide of hate crimes acr... 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