Since 2011 the Alliance for Progressive Values has been lobbying Congress to criminalize the act of attending and/or bringing a minor to an animal fighting event. To us it seemed like commonsense law making to guarantee that spectators at these loathsome illegal events should be held accountable and in particular those who would seek to indoctrinate and abuse children by introducing them at a tender age to some of the most vicious and barbaric “sport” imaginable.
This month President Obama signed the controversial and in many ways disappointing Farm Bill into law and while we have plenty of concerns about this legislation, we are proud and pleased to note that it contains the language on animal fighting that APV and many other groups have been looking to include.
Here is a link to a story on the federal law and here is our letter to Congress from 2011 in support of then current legislation. Congratulation in particular to our former president Stephanie Rodriguez who fought hard for this, these things take time, but we get results.
APV Letter to Congress
Each year APV throws an party during the General Assembly for members and their staff and we invite our members and guests to come spend some quality time talking to them over some delicious Virginia oysters and a beer, about issues that Progressive care about like the environment, reasonable gun laws, women’s rights, voting rights, LGBTQ equality, education and more. Please join us on Thursday February 20th 2014 at the beautiful Eric Schindler Gallery on East Broad Street in Richmond from 6:30 till 9:30pm for an old fashioned Virginia oyster roast.
APV Oyster Roast
Thursday, Feb. 20th
The Eric Schindler Gallery
2305 E. Broad St.
General Public $25
APV Members $20
GA Members (and staff with ID), Free
Please RSVP to info@APVonline.org so we know how many oysters to shuck.
ATTENTION APV members, your discounted price of $20 also qualifies as your membership renewal for this year.
On behalf of the Board of Directors and our membership, I want to thank everyone who worked to bring HB1135 to the Virginia General Assembly this year. While we understood the odds that were against us from the start, I don’t think we had any idea what a profound and awe inspiring experience moving this bill ended up being. Conversion Therapy is being dragged out into the light where it won’t long survive and today we helped put Virginia on the map as a vanguard state in the fight to end this dehumanizing and worthless practice.
I can’t say enough about our great witnesses today and at our press conference last week. THANK YOU so much Apryl Prentess, Bill Johnson and Gail Dickert, your courage and eloquence moved everyone you came in contact with. Thank you to our friends at Equality Virginia, Virginia Interfaith Center, The Gay Community Center of Richmond, People of Faith for Equality in Virginia, GayRVA, Roland Winston, the Reverends Jeanne Pupke, Robert Coats and Robin Gorsline, our wonderful sponsor Delegate Patrick Hope of Arlington and his staff and all the young LGBTQAI men and women out there who need to know that they are not alone and that help is on the way! I also want to single out our APV Public Policy Director, Victoria Bragunier who put in countless hours to get this bill ready for prime time. THANK YOU!
It is rare that a good bill’s defeat can leave me so positive, but we made a little history today and back in 2011 when Ann and Jeanne and Claire and Steph and I put APV together, that is what we planned on doing! Congratulations.
President, Alliance for Progressive Values
January 30th, 2014
Today the Alliance for Progressive Values rolled out the major portion of its 2014 legislative agenda with a press conference on HB1135, introduced at our request by Progressive Caucus co-Chair, Delegate Patrick Hope of Arlington. HB1135 would end the practice of so called conversion therapy on children under the age of 18. “Conversion therapy” or “reparative therapy” or “Sexual Orientation Change Efforts” (SOCE), claim to be able to change people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender into heterosexuals. This treatment has been rejected throughout the medical, psychiatric and therapeutic communities for decades and has been shown to do deep and lasting damage particularly to young people. Special thanks to Apryl Prentess for her courage and eloquence today speaking about her experience with SOCE. We expect the bill to be heard in House Health, Welfare and Institutions, Sub Committee 3 next week. If you have been a victim of SOCE and particular if this occurred while you were a minor, please consider adding your voice to the growing chorus calling for an end to SOCE. Please contact Victoria Bragunier, firstname.lastname@example.org.
News on Today’s Press Conference.
From The Washington Post
Delegate Patrick Hope of Arlington and the Alliance for Progressive Values will hold a press conference at the General Assembly building in Richmond in the press room at 9am on Monday January 20th to discuss HB1135 which ends the practice of so called conversion therapy on children under the age of 18. For more information contact APV Policy Director Victoria Bragunier at email@example.com