Introducing the Freedom Of Religion Act in response to President Trump’s Muslim ban.

Posted by Congressman Don Beyer on Thursday, February 2, 2017

House Delegation Introduces Freedom Of Religion Act In Response To President Trump’s Muslim Ban

In response to President Trump’s Executive Order banning all refugees as well as individuals and families from certain Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East from entering the United States, House Members, including Reps. Don Beyer (VA), Chair of the Democratic Caucus Joe Crowley (D-NY), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Betty McCollum (D-MN), Keith Ellison (D-MN), Andre Carson (D-IN), and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) introduced the Freedom of Religion Act today to prohibit barring immigrants, refugees, and international visitors from entry on the basis of religion. They were joined by Gold Star Father Khizr Khan and supporting religious and civil liberties organizations.

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Mercy Street Airs Sundays at 8 on PBS

As readers know, Mercy Street, PBS’ first American drama in nearly a decade, is inspired by real events of Civil War Alexandria, Virginia. Set in 1862, the second season of MERCY STREET picks up directly from the dramatic events at the end of the season one finale, continuing to explore the growing tensions within Alexandria, the complicated interpersonal dynamics of Dr. Foster, Nurse Mary and the Mansion House staff, the increasingly precarious position of the Green family and the changing predicament of the burgeoning black population. Allegiances blur, loyalties shift and the drama intensifies as the scope of the war expands.

In last week’s episode, the staff united to save one of their own. A former slave turned activist arrived in town, causing a rift between Dr. Foster and Mary. The Greens are in disarray; Emma and Frank’s romance ignites and Samuel plans for a reunion with Aurelia.

On tonight’s episode (airing at 8:00 PM (7 CT) on PBS), a house guest becomes the focus of Alice’s schemes. When Mary falls gravely ill, Dr. Foster’s attempts to care for her antagonize the new chief. Charlotte tries to contain the smallpox epidemic and Samuel has to make a difficult decision.

Join me online on Twitter at 8 using the hastag #MercyStreetPBS.

A video to make you smile this Sunday

Some time ago, I re-introduced the weekly palate cleanser posts (a.k.a. video of the week) on this blog. During the week, I post about road closures, stores opening, stores closing, news and things to do around Alexandria, Virginia. So, I thought maybe one post during the week could be just for fun. Therefore, a post that will cleanse the palate.

For this week, whether you have had a good week or a bad one, here is a viral video of 4-year-old Claire Ryann and her dad belting out a live version of Randy Newman’s hit song from Toy Story. They released a studio version of the song last fall.

Enjoy this week’s Sunday Smile!

Some time ago, I re-introduced the weekly palate cleanser posts (a.k.a. video of the week) on this blog. During the week, I post about road closures, stores opening, stores closing, news and things to do around Alexandria, Virginia. So, I thought maybe one post during the week could be just for fun. Therefore, a post that will cleanse the palate.

We normally post things like this on the weekend’s but, for this week, whether you have had a good week or a bad one, ICYMI, this video of Donald Trump’s Inauguration Day from the Bad Lip Reading YouTube channel is too good to wait to post.

Enjoy this early palate cleanser!

Congressman Don Beyer announced Sunday he would not be attending Friday’s presidential inauguration and instead said he would attend today’s Women’s March on Washington where he was joined by Alexandria Delegate Mark Levine and others.

Organizers said the Women’s March on Washington is a nonpartisan event aimed at advancing a specific policy agenda: expanding family leave, ending racial profiling, and maintaining or broadening access to abortion and birth control, among other issues.

“It’s not a march about Trump the man,” Terry O’Neill, the president of the National Organization for Women, said in an interview. “It’s a march about women’s rights that are very much imperiled by the policies President-elect Trump appears headed for.”

Via Blue Virginia, watch the video of Congressman Beyer’s and Delegate Levine’s speech below.

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