APV October Salon


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!

Wedding Bells In Virginia!

Today marked an historic day in Virginia.  Today the Commonwealth took another halting step into the 21st century and LGBTQ Virginias finally have marriage equality!  Here at APV we have been working and waiting for this day since our inception and we couldn’t be happier.

Congratulations to everyone who has been waiting for this day!

Now let’s end the wrong-headed rules on adoption which not only allow discrimination based on sexual orientation, but also, religion, politics, marital status and physical disability.  The tide is turning, but it didn’t happen by itself!  We helped make this happen.

Video: APV members, Ryan Gardner and Sam Howerton were the second couple married today in Richmond!

Wedding Bells in Virginia

APV August Salon, August 18th

APV August Salon, August 18th


Our guest speakers this month:

Jenn Michelle Pedini, Community Organizer for Richmond NORML which is the regional chapter of Virginia NORML.

Richmond NORML’s mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to achieve the repeal of marijuana prohibition. One of their main concerns is how the lack of a regulatory environment effects developing youth.


Patricia Stransbury, host of WRIR’s Lightly on the Ground and APV member.

Patricia will be discussing her research of and personal experience regarding medical marijuana.

APV is now partnering with our sister organization Together Virginia to bring you our monthly Salons.

Please join us Monday, August 18th, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. as APV continues our monthly Salon at Helen’s.

The third Monday of 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).

Our Salon this month will be focusing on the legalization of marijuana in Virginia.

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

Let's Stand Up For Them Until They Can Stand Up For Themselves

Let’s Stand Up For Them Until They Can Stand Up For Themselves


Last Year APV introduced legislation to end “conversion thearapy” in Virginia. We’ll be back again in 2015 and we won’t stop until it passes. Share this meme if you agree that LGBT kids need love and respect not quack medicine.

APV Summer Fundraiser

It’s time for our APV Summer Fundraiser!

It has already been a very busy year for us at APV, starting with the Virginia General Assembly in January where we introduced legislation to end the practice of so called “conversion therapy” on LGBT minors and stood up for clean energy and against lax gun laws. This spring we’ve been busy: testifying in front of the Virginia Board of Health against implementation of TRAP (Targeted Regulations against Abortion Providers) and most recently in Washington D.C. where we testified before City Council on LGBT issues. We have been hard at work here in Richmond as well with our so far successful efforts to stop the planned baseball park in historic Shockoe Bottum and our always popular Salons at Helen’s Restaurant on the third Monday of each month.

Later this year we will be bringing back our documentary film festival at a new location and with more tie-in events. We’ll be tabling at Richmond’s annual Pride Festival and we’ll be working to educate voters in the run up to the November elections about the new voting laws that came into effect on July 1st. We continue to have a robust and influential presence at the Richmond School Board, where we lobby hard for smart, community based solutions to serious education issues. This fall we plan to be in the Shenandoah Valley talking with local citizens about the dangers of Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking) to their ground water table and many of us will be in New York in September to demonstrate against inaction on climate change before national and world leaders. We’re also beginning to plan our legislative agenda for 2015 which will include further legislation to end ex-gay counseling of minors and a serious attack on one of the pillars of the failed drug war, our state’s draconian marijuana laws.

We manage to do all this with a volunteer staff and a shoe string budget, and the fact is we want to and in fact can do more with your help! We come to you this summer asking for your help in continuing our work. Can we count on you? I know Virginia can feel like a pretty lonely place for a Progressive these days, but you’re not alone and you can have confidence that APV is here every day giving your progressive values a strong voice in the corridors of power.

As out President Scott Price likes to say

“For a small group we punch way above our weight class and we sure do a lot with a little”

Won’t you please consider a generous donation to the Alliance for Progressive Values today?

Thank you for your help: Rhonda Hening
Vice President, Alliance for Progressive Values

Make donations at the link on our website.

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