Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 17
The Fairlington Citizens Association encourages all Fairlington community members to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by contacting your elected representatives and urging them to support maintaining and expanding voting rights for all Americans.
On January 17, the federal holiday commemorating the civil rights leader’s birthday, the King family and other activists will march across the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge in Washington, D.C. They also plan to march across a bridge in Phoenix, to draw comparison to the 1965 march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, for voting rights for Black Americans.
The actions will call on President Biden and the Senate to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and “ensure the Jim Crow filibuster doesn’t stand in the way.”
Arndrea Waters King noted that MLK Day is traditionally a national day of service and that there’s “no better way to observe the King holiday” than to stand for democracy and the rights of others.
“If we’re really talking about celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., voting rights was a cornerstone of his legacy,” she told CNN, adding that “we cannot simply in good faith celebrate him or celebrate that legacy with this current attack on access to the ballot box.”
The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, named in honor of the civil rights icon and late Georgia congressman, is aimed at fighting voter suppression and restoring enforcement provisions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
The Freedom to Vote Act would make it easier to register to vote, make Election Day a public holiday, ensure states have early voting for federal elections, and allow all voters to request mail-in ballots, among other provisions.
The looming threat to our freedom to vote is evident. Literally hundreds of voter suppression laws have been introduced in state legislatures, while relief through federal voting rights protections has been stalled again and again.
Congress should secure fair and free elections and make sure we are ALL fairly represented in Congress no matter where we live or what we look like.
In order to build the government we want and deserve, we must protect our freedom to vote.
All Fairlington Bulletin
Read the January 2022 All Fairlington Bulletin.
County COVID Vaccine Update
Anyone 5 years of age or older are eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Please note: Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to receive their free COVID-19 vaccine.
Individuals age 18 and older are eligible to receive the Pfizer, Moderna, or Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID vaccine.
Anyone who is eligible can now directly schedule an appointment to receive a free COVID-19 vaccine at Arlington County public health clinics.
Individuals can also directly book appointments at Vaccines.gov, where you can search for clinics, pharmacies and other nearby locations that offer COVID-19 vaccines.
All information can be found on the county’s COVID website.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources
- FCA page
- Governor Northam’s executive orders
- Arlington County
- City of Alexandria
- Centers for Disease Control
- World Health Organization
- Arlington County’s Vaccine resource site
- Clinic registration site or call the county’s COVID hotline: 703-228-7999
- Virginia Hospital Center’s COVID vaccine registration site
Through an outreach program from the Arlington County Department of Human Services (DHS), FCA has acquired resuable cloth masks, intended for vulnerable populations. Please contact your condo association board or FCA Board Secretary, Chris Weathers at 703-402-4648 for more information or whether you would like to receive one.
Do you or a neighbor need help getting groceries or other items? There are Fairlingtonians that are ready to help. Please email your request to: vp at fca-fairlington.org or call FCA’s general number: 571-403-1943. Someone will be checking regularly and will follow-up.
Have COVID related questions concerns beyond neighbor to neighbor help? Call Arlington County’s COVID hotline: 703-228-7999. (Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.).
What Is the Fairlington Citizens Association?
The Fairlington Citizens Association (FCA) is about you. All residents are members and an executive board is elected annually. The FCA’s mission is to promote activities that make Fairlington a better community in which to live by serving as a forum for discussion of residents’ concerns and by representing Fairlington’s views to local government.