The Freedom and Justice Plan
for Arlington, Virginia
Freedom from this pandemic.
Free to work.
- Secure Our Jobs and Tax Base: Grow higher education, healthcare, federal government, hospitality, tourism, and green tech sectors.
- Support Our Small Businesses: Launch public-private projects to provide financial grants and “buy local” marketing promotions. Eliminate the business license tax for the smallest businesses.
Free to learn.
- Return to School: Work with the School Board in getting the resources needed to allow full in-person learning at all grade levels as soon as safely possible. Reopen all libraries and community centers.
- Call the Community: Call all hands on deck to heal our families and reverse learning loss in children.
Free to live.
- End the Pandemic: Be aggressive, adaptable, and accountable in rolling out vaccines to the entire population, especially with unreached communities.
- Close the Digital Divide: Declare that all Arlingtonians will have universal access to fast, affordable internet and devices by 2023.
- Keep Us Safe: Ensure accessible streets, sidewalks, and trails free of crime and collisions.
- Keep Us Housed: Fight for rent relief. Lower real estate taxes and fees. Allow more housing types. Enable nonprofit community land trusts. Create regional master plans.
Justice for all.
- Pay Workers More: Encourage and publicize employers who pay above the minimum wage.
- Increase Budget Accountability: Add staffing to the 1-person County Auditor’s office so that they can actually complete audits each year as planned.
- Grow More Green: Trade increased building density for more green, open space and biophilic design.
- Manage Growth and Infrastructure: Mandate county staff to use advanced planning tools, detailed impact assessments, and long-range budgets when presenting new developments and programs.
- Local Form of Government Update: Explore revising Arlington’s almost 100-year-old government structure to become more representative and responsive.
- Truth & Reconciliation Commission: Empower a central citizen body with staff to methodically examine Arlington’s past and propose restorative action for the future.