Thirteen months ago, the Virginia Anti-Violence Project [VAVP] issued a statement articulating our organizational commitment to stand in solidarity with black and brown communities in the face of state sanctioned violence. Given the hyper-visible manifestations of white supremacy over the past weekend in Charlottesville, it is with deep feelings of pain, love for our communities, and fierceness that VAVP says, yet again, to our black and brown family, we see you, we support you, we are you, and VAVP will continue to fight for our lives. As an organization whose mission is to address and prevent all forms of violence against Virginia’s diverse LGBTQ+ communities, the Virginia Anti-Violence Project understands, through both individual and organizational lived experiences, the adverse effects of violence and trauma on intersectionally oppressed communities. The broad LGBTQ+ community holds many diverse identities and the strategies that we use to individually address and ...

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  • Join VAVP's Community Engagement Team // Únete a nuestro equipo de comunidad

    The Virginia Anti-Violence Project (VAVP) is deep in the process of creating our Community Engagement/Volunteer Program. From community outreach to art projects to paper pushing to LGBTQ+ peer counseling and support, we have been hard at work developing a community engagement/volunteer program that both reflects VAVP’s values and provides meaningful opportunities for community members to plug into the work of VAVP. If you are interested and wanna come have fun with us, there are three orientation sessions this spring for you to choose from: Friday, April 7th, 6pm-9pm, Saturday, April 22 from 12pm-3pm, and Saturday, May 2 from 12pm-3pm. These sessions are open to anyone and you only need to participate in one of them to get started with us. Sign up here: Scroll to bottom of page for shareable social media graphic (see below). ************************* El Proyecto Contra la Violencia de Virginia (VAVP, ...
  • NERVE: Stories of Queer Resilience 2017

    TheatreLAB and Richmond Triangle Players are once again partnering with Virginia Anti-Violence Project to help tell powerful stories of the LGBTQ+ community. These stories of resilience and strength have been collected over the past year and are being crafted into an original piece of theatre by an ensemble of actors and writers. The piece, NERVE: Stories of Queer Resilience, is led in concept and creation by Melissa Rayford, and will be performed on January 15th and 22nd at Richmond Triangle Players as a benefit for the Virginia Anti-Violence Project (VAVP). From Stacie Vecchietti, Director of Virginia Anti-Violence Project​: “VAVP has been doing anti-violence work in diverse LGBTQ communities for years, but over the past several months, our work has taken on a particular urgency. We know that incidents of hate and bias motivated harassment and violence, specifically, have been on the rise since ...

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