I would like to invite bilerico.com readers to an exciting event being held by the American Values Alliance (AVA). As a board member of the AVA, I thought you might enjoy hearing about it.
The AVA isn't your run of the mill "issue group". We're not left-wing or right-wing; we have Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians and Greens in our midst. We believe that there's plenty of room for multiple points of view on just about every issue as long as those views are expressed in a civil and fair manner. At the AVA, it's not about being right or wrong, instead we're more about expressing our own personal view without the partisan rancor and baseless attacks found so often in modern "discussions."
At our event we'll be discussing a few issues affecting America today - immigration, the recent detainee bill, and gerrymandering/election reform. We'll also talk about the role that the internet has had on the general discussion. And most importantly we'll prove that citizens of all political stripes can have strong feelings about these issues without stooping to partisan bickering and name calling!
Please join us on Thursday, October 26 from noon to 1:15pm at the Sagamore Institute (340 W Michigan Street in Indianapolis). Our discussion leaders will include me (detainee bill), Bill Groth (gerrymandering/election reform), John Clark (immigration) and Bil Browning (internet/blogs). The other three speakers are very knowledgeable in their fields (you can make up your own minds about me!) and should usher us through a valuable and productive dialogue.
Please respond, either to me or through the AVA website (www.valuesalliance.org) if you plan on attending. Space is limited, but as a bilerico reader, I'd like to ensure you get a good spot!