April 7th, 2016
Big night at the candidate forum held last night at Virginia Union University. We are very proud that two of the people running for mayor are also APV members. Lillie A. Estes and Farid Alan Schintzius both did a great job of outlining intelligent, Progressive options for the City of Richmond going forward. Either’s election would mark a sharp divergence from the current machine politics that have dominated this area for almost a decade.
Coverage from The Richmond Times Dispatch
UPDATE: As of the filing deadline of June 14th three APV members are on the ballot for the November elections.
Ms. Lillie Estes has withdrawn from the race.
Mr. Farid Alan Schintzius is running for Mayor
Mr. Charles Diradour is running for City Council
Ms. Kirsten Gray is running for School Board
We wish them all the best.
In late December 2015, right around the time APV launched our internet radio project “APV on the Air” a panel of judges who rule on copy rights and royalty fees and the rates of compensation altered the royalty fees paid to artist and record labels by internet broadcasters who stream music and other media. The resulting increase in fees paid appears to have sent a shock wave through the broadcast industry. In early January the service which handles our licensing fees and provides our servers and bandwidth, informed us that it would no longer provide coverage for major fees paid to ASCAP,BMI and other fee aggregators. APV believes sincerely that artists should be fairly compensated for the use of their work which is why we sought out this contract in the first place because this service had long record and seemed to be a leader in this industry. As it is we have decided to cease broadcasting at the end of this month rather that go through the labor of contracting with individual labels and services.
We feel very positive about what we have learned in the brief time we have been on the air and we feel we have a strong sense of “proof of concept” as far as internet radio and what it can provide in the way of entertainment and education to our members and the public at large. In the future we may bring back APV on the Air in this or in some other form. In the meantime, please enjoy our programing for the remainder of the month and check out our original programing through APV podcast and our blog.
In 2016 the Alliance for a Peogressive Virginia will be back at the Virginia General Assembly fighting for our basic Progressive values of social justice, economic fairness and good government. APV sponsors and works to pass legislation on topics such as women’s reproductive rights, LGBTQ equality, common sense gun laws, clean energy and the environment and justice system reform. APV is an all volunteer organization with a dedicated staff who sacrifice their time and energy during the session to give your values a voice in Richmond. Please help us do this important work in 2016.
UPDATE: This drive has ended successfully! Thank You for your support.
APV is partnering with over 20 other organizations and not-for-profits to release this report on transparency at the General Assembly. The press conference is on Tuesday, April 14th and is open to the public, please join us.
NEW REPORT ON TRANSPARENCY IN THE
Transparency Virginia, which was formed to monitor transparency at the General Assembly, releases a report assessing and measuring the transparency and openness of the Virginia Legislative process. The new report, “The Virginia General Assembly: The Case for Improved Transparency” evaluates both legislative bodies on how well lawmakers adhered to basic transparency practices during the 2015 General Assembly session. The report reveals both anecdotes and statistics on the openness of how legislation is disposed of, and the ability of citizens to reasonably participate in the legislative process. TV used publicly available information and the findings of its members to measure against three key inquiries: meeting notices, consideration of legislation, and recording of votes. TV hopes the findings will spark greater efforts for public participation and inclusion in the legislative process, and is hopeful that opening the rules, conduct and process of the legislature will move greater public interest and participation.
Among its observations, TV members found:
• Multiple instances where public notice of upcoming House and Senate committee or subcommittee (“sub/ committee”) meetings was so short as to make public participation nearly impossible;
• Scores of bills in the House and Senate that were never given a hearing; and
• In the House, 76% of bills and resolutions killed in sub/committee without a recorded vote or any vote at all,
versus 7% of bills defeated in the same way in the Senate.
Tuesday, April 14th, 10 a.m.
Press Conference will be in the House briefing Room in the Virginia General Assembly Building
The Report will be available at: https://transparencyvirginia.wordpress.com/ after 10AM Tuesday, April 14th.Embargoed Copies to the Press available 4/13/15.
The report includes cover art, statistics from the 2015 legislative session, and charts explaining findings.
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Transparency Virginia (TV) is an informal collection of advocacy groups and non-profits that advocate at the General Assembly on behalf of issues important to their members, and others in the public. TV believes in openness and transparency in the legislative process in Virginia, and was formed to measure and improve public understanding, trust, and participation at the legislature.
On April 9th, 2015 the White House released this video condeming so called conversion therapy and calling for a nationwide ban.
“The overwhelming scientific evidence demonstrates that conversion therapy, especially when it is practiced on young people, is neither medically nor ethically appropriate and can cause substantial harm. As part of our dedication to protecting America’s youth, the Obama administration supports efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for minors.”
APV has worked for years to end this deeply flawed and dangerous practice, especially on children. We welcome and applaud the President and his administration to the fight.