BADASS Briefing – September 23, 2021

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This week’s BADASS Briefing includes the following:

  • Friday Power Lunch, 9/24 & other events to ensure we #KeepVABlue
  • Virginians will March for reproductive rights, Oct 2, 2021

September 23, 5:30pm Let’s Elect Finale Norton

HD100 – Inspirational Fundraiser Please join special guest Tammarrah Addison (spoken word poetess) for an “INSPIRATIONAL EVENT” to empower & support Finale Norton, candidate for the VA House of Delegates! Hosted by Network NOVA, the Democratic Black Caucus of Virginia, Reclaim Our Vote, We Virginia Democracy Forward, Fairfax Indivisible and others for an Inspirational Fundraiser for Finale Norton running to #GrowVABluer.
Outdoors and indoors, rain or shine at a private home in Falls Church – RSVP

THRIVING OVER ADVERSITY | How to Beat Burnout & Build ResilienceFriday, September 24 NOONREGISTER
We knock on doors, make phone calls, and write Postcards. We fundraise, attend rallies, educate our family, friends & neighbors. No matter how much we do, we are bombarded with stories of how much work still needs to get done. Escalating COVID infections, Republican efforts to suppress the vote, attacks on women’s reproductive rights, and it’s only Tuesday. No wonder we’re feeling burnt out.
The theme for this week’s Friday Power Lunch is Thriving over Adversity: How to Beat Burnout & Build Resilience.
To get us started, we will speak with Paul Gorski (Founder, Equity Literacy Institute) who researches activist burnout. Paul will tell us about his research and findings.
Mindfulness coach Corinne Coppola will talk to us about building personal resilience to deal with burnout and lead us in some hands-on activities.
Our early voting spotlight will shine on Prince William County. Delegate Elizabeth Guzman (HD 31) and Briana Sewell (HD51) will share what their campaigns are doing for early voting. Elizabeth will also speak on early voting efforts in the Hispanic/Latinx community.
This past year alone some 3 million women have left the workforce exposing how the repercussions of pandemic have fallen disproportionally on women. Kristina Hagen of the VA Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy will bring this issue to light with stories from Virginia. She will be joined by candidate Briana Sewell (HD51) in this conversation.

Friday, September 247:00-9:00 PM

Join Governor Northam and Dan Helmer!

McLean, VA Please join friends, neighbors, and Governor Ralph Northam to learn about Dan’s story, his vision for Virginia, and his path to victory this November. Register here (This event will be held outdoors, and vaccination or a face mask will be required for all attendees. If you have any questions, please contact

Saturday, September 25 10am and/or 1pm

Knock Doors For Democrats in Stafford and Fredericksburg!

Sign Up Here

Sunday, September 26 1:30pm – Fairfax Women for Terry Event

Join US Senator Amy Klobuchar in Fairfax County! with VA Speaker Filler-Corn, VA Sen McClellan and VA Del Herring

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to support women and the Virginia Democratic ticket. RSVP HERE

Please plan to join us in the following canvass launch with Delegate Kathleen Murphy.

Sunday, September 26 4–7pm EDT Knock Doors for Democrats with Delegate Kathleen Murphy and others. Join Network NOVA, the Virginia Turnout Project and others for a canvass launch in HD34/Loudoun to talk to voters about the issues that are important to them — and why Terry McAuliffe, Hala Ayala, Mark Herring, and Delegate Murphy are the right people to move Virginia forward in 2021!

Sign up here.

Wednesday, September 29 7 PM

Dinner and Dialogue with Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander, who will discuss her latest publication, Virginia Waterways & the Underground Railroad, and how Virginia history impacts all of us today.

From 1830 to 1860, the City of Norfolk was the center of maritime activities in Hampton Roads as the Port of Virginia. These waterways transported goods to points North and enslaved human beings to the Lower South to work on cotton plantations. Yet, these same waterways, were also used to secure freedom for thousands through a locally autonomous system that fed into a national underground railroad network. This network extended from Richmond to Hampton Roads and worked in concert with northern operations, transporting freedom seekers via steamships, schooners, and other coastal vessels to freedom in the North and in Canada.

Dr. Newby-Alexander, Dean, College of Liberal Arts at Norfolk State University will share compelling stories, hidden for far too long, about individuals who secured their freedom via this vast network.
All are welcome to attend!

There is a good looking dinner menu for those in the area – or get your Zoom ticket here.

Wednesday, September 29 7 PM EDT

Green New Deal Virginia Coalition’s 2022 Legislative Priorities LaunchPlease join the Green New Deal Virginia Coalition in launching the 2022 campaign to win bold solutions next legislative session. Learn about each working group and hear from our champions about why we still need to fight for a Green New Deal in Virginia.

Register here.

Wednesday, September 29 7:15 PM — 8:30 PM

Virginia Interfaith – NOVA Fall 2021 Chapter Meeting
The NoVA CHAPTER of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy is hosting a virtual gathering to help Virginians LEARN, PRAY, and ACT for Justice in our Commonwealth! Come learn about the 2022 VICPP Program and State Legislative Priorities.

Register here.

Thursday, September 30 5pmY

ou are invited to a fundraiser in support of Brianna Sewell for Delegate -Rep Terri Sewell (AL7) and Rep Bobbie Scott (VA3) will be special guests and it will take place at a historic Capital Hill home, hosted by Jackie Lewis.

Please RSVP for the address

Thursday, September 30 4:00 pm

Protecting Democracy: Making Every Vote and Voice Matter Part of a year-long “Democracy at Risk” series of conversations, hosted by the Center for Public & Nonprofit Leadership in celebration of their 25th Anniversary. These discussions will inform the next 25 years of the Center’s work with nonprofit, philanthropic and public sector leaders to strengthen our communities, nation and world.

Register here

October 1st 7 pm

Challenges in Passing Campaign Finance Legislation: A Virginia Perspective. As Virginia citizens push for campaign finance reform, both federally and in our Commonwealth, let’s hear from national and state level experts on the the pitfalls and opportunities to pass campaign finance legislation at the state level.

Register here.

Organized by the VA Chapter of American Promise, and co-sponsored by VAOurWay, participants in this panel include: Trevor Potter, Director of the Campaign Legal Center and ex-commissioner for the Federal Elections Commission and Senator Jeff Golden from Oregon. Senator Golden is one of the sponsors of a limitations bill which was introduced in the Oregon Legislature this year. It died even after a citizen referendum passed last year in November supporting limitations. Austin Graham, lawyer from CFC will also participate and discuss recent campaign finance legislation at the state level and legal challenges that such efforts have faced. Virginia participants include a Virginia legislator and Nancy Morgan, the coordinator of the VA Chapter of American Promise and moderator of the discussion.

During this discussion, the participants will:• Explore links between Federal and state legislation on campaign finance, including the need for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution allowing Congress and the states to regulate election spending.• Review state-level challenges of passing campaign finance reform.• Expand understanding of status of campaign finance reform in Virginia.• Review on-going state legislation on campaign finance and some of the legal challenges facing them• Identify entry points for advocacy engagement by state and national groups.

Register here.

Virginians are Marching for Reproductive Rights

There will be marches across the nation and our Commonwealth on Oct 2, 2021. We need to send an unmistakable message about our fierce opposition to restricting abortion access and be heard for reproductive freedom.

Make plans to march on October 2, 2021

Don’t Texas Virginia Oct 2, 2021 in DC 10:30am, Location TBD

We will have Don’t Texas Virginia – #KeepVABlue posters & more to give away.

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