On Christmas Eve and the First Night of Chanukah, I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, a Happy Kwanzaa, and a Happy New Year!
I hope that everyone has a wonderful holiday season.
Santa told me Alexandria had been nice this year!
It is always better to light candles than to curse the darkness.
May next year shine brighter.
January 10: Last Event Before Session!
'Twas the Night Before Richmond
'Twas the night before Richmond,
And all through the House*, [*of Delegates]
Democrats were stirring,
Determined to oust
The terrible orange monster
Devastating the land.
Since he'd lost by 3 million votes,
They strived to understand
How an archaic system
Had chosen this guy,
So ignorant, so crass,
So determined to lie.
They knew only one way
To take on this fiend:
Gather in Virginia,
Prep for 2017.
The new year would be
Opportunity to show
How we felt 'bout the worst
President ever elected
And State Republicans too.
We had to defend Virginia.
We had much work to do:
Elect Northam and Herring
And Blue Delegates galore.
We needed our champions
To run up the score.
We'd meet at Dr. Kate Tulenko's
On a cold Tuesday night.
January 10 at 7 pm,
We'd start making it right.
At 6400 15th Street,
We'd hear Mark Levine,
The Delegate who represents us,
Our voice in '17.
We'd check out Mark's strategies
He'd hear from us too.
We must all work together
To turn Virginia Blue
We'll gather large numbers
And develop insight
On the best ways to save us
From the alt-right.
So please mark your calendar.
Please join in the fight
To make Virginia fair for everyone
To bring us all a good night.
Please come "see me off to Richmond" at 7pm on Tuesday January 10th (the night before session begins) at the home of Dr. Kate Tulenko, 6400 15th Street in Alexandria just south of Old Town.
This is your last chance to hear about what's on tap for the 2017 session and what I'll be working on. And I'm eager to hear from you about your priorities, too. Let's have one last celebration here at home before I go down to Richmond to fight for our progressive values.
Plus I have to be honest with you. My campaign account is close to zero (and I'm still in debt). I've given so much money to the House Democratic Caucus that I exhausted my funds. I also need money so that I can afford postage for my annual Post-Session Mailing and pay for the very software that sends you this email.
Oh yeah, and I am running for re-election in 2017. So please help if you can.
Please contact us if you would like to attend, but can't afford these levels. RSVP HERE
WHAT HAVE I BEEN UP TO?
Helping to Find a New Home for a Local Pre-School
I negotiated with Northeast Stars Montessori School, the ABC (Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control), and their landlord:
1) to find this school a new and much bigger home,
2) to allow the ABC a nice new location in Old Town, and
3) to give a local landlord two good tenants
(with a respectable distance from one other)
Helping the kids of Northeast Stars Montessori School with Sen. Adam Ebbin
WHAT ELSE HAVE I BEEN UP TO?
Teaching Ms. Delouise's 3rd Grade Class at Samuel Tucker Elementary School about the Virginia General Assembly. They ask great questions!
Honoring the 4th anniversary of Newtown by protesting at NRA Headquarters
w/ Rep. Gerry Connolly & Dels. Eileen Filler-Corn, Ken Plum, and Jen Boysko
Co-Hosting large Alexandria fundraiser for Ralph Northam for Governor
(Picture: Rep. Don Beyer and Lt. Governor Ralph Northam)
Promoting Reading Workshop in Alexandria
Celebrating the Holidays with the Del Ray Business Association and the (unofficial) Queen of Del Ray, Gail Reuter
On Facebook for my penultimate radio show of 2016.
One more radio show on Tuesday, December 27 at 3 pm.
And then no more until after the Richmond session.
You can listen to past radio/TV shows at MarkLevineTalk.com.
AND ONE LAST 2016 TANGLE WITH FOX NEWS...
(Click below to watch)
You can hear/watch past radio/TV shows at MarkLevineTalk.com.
MARK'S NEXT MONTHLY MEETUP
Sunday, Jan. 22nd at 1:00 pm
at Los Tios
Please join us for Mark's Monthly Meetup at 1:00 pm, Sunday, January 22nd, at Los Tios Mexican Grill in Del Ray, located at 2615 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria.
Like all Mark's Monthly Meetups, there is no donation required. It's just a place to sit and talk and, for most of us, eat. I always want to know what's on the mind of my constituents and supporters.
We had a record turnout (almost 50 people)
for the December Monthly Meetup!
Please join us again in January.
AND THAT'S NOT ALL FOLKS...
Just since the last newsletter, I've met with or attended:
- the House Democratic Caucus Meeting in Richmond
- NARAL Roundtable Strategy Session
- Leadership Circle for Alexandria Dem. Comm.
- Alexandria Public Hearing
- Arlington School Board
- Arlington Chamber of Commerce
- Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Leg. Session
- Int'l LGBT Leaders Conference
- Jewish Community of Northern Virginia Leg. Session
- Local Magistrates' Tour of Alexandria Jail