Our New Year’s online fund-drive was a smashing success. APV had aimed to raise $1.000 in ten dollar increments over the course of the month. With your help we made that number with days to go. THANK YOU all very much for helping us spread a progressive message here in Richmond at the General Assembly and in Congress.
This bill was read on the floor Friday, it will be debated on Monday and the final vote will be Tuesday. The Senate will be in session from 12 noon on. The bill will be debated at some point as part of “bills on second reading, regular calendar”. You can watch the debate on the internet here. The vote will be very close and we need Democrats to hang together on this. Thanks.
Update: Thank you to all who lent their support and signatures. Unfortunately, this bill was passed 21 to 18 on Wednesday, February 1st. This is very disappointing, but not unexpected with this General Assembly. We will continue to fight bills in the GA that we feel endanger the rights of women. We will not give up and we will make your voices heard. The tide will turn.
January 24th, 2012 marked APV’s first lobby day at the state capitol in Richmond, Virginia. Our team got an early start and we saw a lot of legislators. We talked generally about the importance of keeping the ban on uranium mining and on facilitating the spread of clean, renewable energy and protecting the environment. We also lobbied against specific legislation like the many anti-choice and voter suppression bills that have come on the heels of the Republican takeover of both chambers and the executive branch. The math may be against us as far as the votes go, but we made a strong case for our side and we let them know we’re watching and we’ll be back. In the coming days, we’ll have more information about the bills we’re tracking: which ones we support and which ones we oppose. You can follow what we’re tracking at the APV page on Richmond Sunlight: http://www.richmondsunlight.com/photosynthesis/08xsj/.
In the midst of the new 2012 General Assembly session, APV held our monthly Salon at Helen’s restaurant here in Richmond. Our scheduled guest speaker was Del. Betsy Carr of Richmond, but Delegate Carr was called away on pressing business and her Aide Antonio Ellias spoke instead. As always the discussion was broad and illuminating. Thank you Antonio for speaking on short notice, we will have delegate Carr back again soon.