So called "Ex Gay" group posts a provocative billboard about SOCE, APV responds.

So called “Ex Gay” group posts a provocative billboard about SOCE, APV responds.

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Alliance for Progressive Values Deputy Policy Director Apryl Prentiss spoke with reporters yesterday after a so called “Ex Gay” group, “PFOX” purchased billboard space in town to spread their message that LGBT individuals can choose to be heterosexual, presumably if they just try hard enough.

This billboard comes a mere month before the start of the Virginia General Assembly here in Richmond, where legislation to end the practice of sexual orientation change efforts (so called “conversion” or “reparative therapy” on minors will be introduced.  APV has championed efforts in Virginia to end the practice and is working closely with legislators and other key groups to end or curtail the worst effects of this dangerous and medically pointless “therapy”.

For more information on our work to end this dangerous and misguided practice, check out our dedicated page here at APVonline.org.

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APV Holiday Salon, December 15th, Helen’s

Dear Friends

Wow, what a year it has been!

2014 has sure been an exciting year here in Richmond, around the Commonwealth and nation.  We’ve won some big victories and taken our share of hard shots and now as the year comes to a close it is time to do some looking back.  This year we have seen an end (for now), of the controversy over a baseball stadium in the historic Shockoe Bottom neighborhood of Richmond, the long overdue arrival of marriage equality in Virginia, the much needed reassessment of TRAP (Targeted Regulations against Abortion Providers) by the Virginia Board of Health as well as the the national emergence of a growing movement against police violence and for justice.

We’ve also seen the continuation of a conservative backlash here in Virginia and across the country. In a year of low voter participation, more attacks on the environment and clean energy, more gun violence and the continued battle over the future of public education, APV has been there to fight back.

For nearly four years APV has been involved in the struggle for economic fairness, social justice and good government, speaking up and talking back where wne whenever it was needed; giving your Progressive values a voice. We work hard at APV and we’re justifiably proud of it, so when it comes time to celebrate we put our hearts into it with the same spirit.

Please join us Monday, December 15th, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. as APV; partnering with our sister organization Together Virginia brings you our monthly Salon. We’ll talk a little about issues we’ve been working on and what we plan for the next year and then we’ll let our hair down and enjoy the music of the Tim Harding Quartet.  We’ll provide food and drink and as always a chance for Progressive to get together and talk to each other in a town that doesn’t always feel that friendly.

Each month APV invites members and guests to a casual, after work get together at Helen’s Restaurant, 2527 West Main Street, Richmond, VA 23220 for a complimentary light dinner (cash bar for wine and beer).

Come on out and bring a friend!

WHERE: Helen’s Restaurant, 2527 West Main Street, Richmond, VA 23220
WHEN: December 15th, 6-9pm

Virginia BoH Agrees 13-2 to move forward with revisions to TRAP!  A Big Win.

Virginia BoH Agrees 13-2 to move forward with revisions to TRAP! A Big Win.

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APV was founded nearly four years ago in response to the General Assembly’s last minute passage of TRAP (Targeted Regulations against Abortion Providers).  If these onerous and medically pointless regulations had been allowed to remain in place they would, as they were intended to do, have closed most of Virginia’s women’s health clinics that performed more than five abortions a month.  From the get go, this was bare-knuckled power politics and to the credit of the Pro Choice community and the many individual women and men who stood firm for reproductive rights, we rose to the challenge and lobbied, mobilized, campaigned and marched until today when we won a major victory.  Today the Virginia Board of Health agreed by a wide margin to revisit key issues with the regulations.

“The six areas of clinic regulations proposed for change include provisions covering parental consent, medical testing, anesthesia, administration, storage and dispensing of drugs, emergency services and facility design and construction.” Richmond Times Dispatch

APV President Scott Price said after the Board’s vote today.

“APV has testified, written, marched and organized in the hope of overturning the most egregious portions of this very flawed original legislation, and we are very happy to see the Board side with us today, but this is not the end: the law remains on the books and the anti-women, anti choice agenda is if anything stronger today in the legislature than it was four years ago.  We will remain vigilant and we will continue to voice our Progressive values on this issue. There is plenty of praise to go around here and we are glad to be one of the many groups that worked to make this happen, it was the right descion… finally”

Va. Board of Health backs move to amend abortion clinic rules

APV November Salon

The focus of our November APV Salon will be the topic of mental health in Virginia

Our guest speaker this month: Mira Signer, Executive Director of Alliance on Mental Health Virginia

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Virginia was created in 1984 to provide support, education, and advocacy for individuals and families in Virginia affected by mental illness. Along with their community-based affiliates, they provide education, support, information, training, and resources, and engage in systems change policy advocacy. NAMI Virginia is located in Richmond, Virginia, where they are appropriately situated in close proximity to the state legislature.

NAMI”s mission is to promote recovery and improve the quality of life of Virginians with serious mental illness through support, education, and advocacy. They envision a world where all people affected by mental illness get the help, hope, and support that they need.

Please join us Monday, November 17th, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. as APV partnering with our sister organization Together Virginia brings you our monthly Salons.

Each month APV invites members and guests to a casual, after work get together at Helen’s Restaurant, 2527 West Main Street, Richmond, VA 23220 for a complimentary light dinner (cash bar for wine and beer).

So please join us for a great evening–and bring a friend!

APV October Salon

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The October Salon’s focus will be on the topic of education.

Our guest speaker this month:

Chris Dovi, team member of CodeVA. Chris is an award-winning community journalist with nearly 15 years experience focusing largely on issues of k-12 education and the bridge between high school and college.

CodeVA is an organization committed to expanding public school computer science offerings all across Virginia. Based in Richmond, CodeVA’s teacher training efforts and outreach to districts, parents and policymakers assumes a statewide footprint. The organization has formed a partnership with Code.org, a national organization with a similar mission. CodeVA’s mission is to make computer science education a reality for all Virginia children and for all Virginia communities.

Please join us Monday, October 27th, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. as APV partnering with our sister organization Together Virginia brings you our monthly Salons.

Each month APV invites members and guests to a casual, after work get together at Helen’s Restaurant, 2527 West Main Street, Richmond, VA 23220 for a complimentary light dinner (cash bar for wine and beer).

So please join us for a great evening–and bring a friend!