BADASS Briefing – September 30, 2021

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September 30, 2021As usual much is happening in Virginia, the bellwether state:

  • We are marching,
  • Face The Music’s Keep VA Blue Tour starts,
  • Candidate and healthcare forums dominate the airwaves
  • We have the opportunity to get collective bargaining in Fairfax & Loudoun
  • And many other exciting events supporting our candidates

Thursday, September 30 5 pm

You 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

Domestic & Sexual Violence | The Fight for Justice Continues Friday, October 1, NOON


We will open the show to Aretha Franklin’s anthem for women everywhere: “Respect.” When Aretha was asked why the song was so successful, Aretha explained, “Everyone wants to be respected.” Join the conversation as we discuss how the fight for justice continues and how we must restore faith in the systems that are suppose to protect us, not harm us.

Luisa Boyarski (Virginia Grassroots Coalition) will be joined in giving her grassroots update by Will Rumford (Distributed Program Manager for the Virginia Turnout Project – McAuliffe for Governor campaign).

What is happening in Texas with SB8 is not staying in Texas. Already we are seeing other states put forward copycat legislation that puts a bounty on those who help women exercise their reproductive rights. This Saturday (Oct 2) women everywhere are marching for Reproductive Rights. Hear what is planned in locations throughout VA and in DC.

We will then do a deep dive into a situation in Loudoun where a judge failed to treat a victim of domestic violence with dignity and respect and re-victimized her by sentencing her to 10 days in jail. Joining us for this discussion is Lisa Sales (Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Advocate), Susheela Varkey (Domestic & Sexual Violence Attorney, Virginia Poverty Law Center), and Buta Biberaj (Commonwealth Attorney for Loudoun County).

Our organization spotlight this week is New Virginia Majority. Maya Castillo (Political Director) will tell us about their ongoing organizing efforts and what they are doing for early voting especially in reaching the Latinx community.

We will end the show with David Broder (President, SEIU Virginia 512) giving an update on the vote before the Fairfax and Loudoun County Board of Supervisors on whether or not to pass a meaningful collective bargaining ordinance that will give essential county employees a real seat at the table to negotiate for better jobs and services.

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.

Friday, October 1st from 6 pm – 8pm Rising Stars

Join an evening reception with House of Delegates Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn in support of three candidates, Michelle Maldonado (HD50), Irene Shin (HD86), and Elizabeth Bennett-Parker (HD45). The event will be hosted at the Prince William County Professional Fire Fighters Hall.


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.
Don’t Texas Virginia in DC Saturday, Oct 2 10:30 am East end of Freedom Plaza

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

Google sign up with the Virginia BADASS Brigade

Bans Off Our Bodies RVA Saturday, Oct 2 10:30 am

Diversity Richmond. 1407 Sherwood Ave. Richmond VA 23220

Women’s March for Reproductive Rights Saturday, Oct 2 12:00 pm

Woodstock. Las Trancas/Food Lion Parking Lot Woodstock VA 22664
Peace Pentagon: Independence & Galax Pro-Choice March Saturday, Oct 2 11:00am

Peace Pentagon. 88 Oracle Way Independence VA

The Reproductive Rights March Saturday, Oct 2 1:00pmHenderson Lawn.

College Avenue Blacksburg VA 24060

Women’s March – Roanoke, VA. 2021 Saturday, Oct 2 10:00 am

River’s Edge Park (Open Space – South).310 Reserve Ave SW Roanoke VA 24014

Roanoke Women’s March Saturday, Oct 2 1:00 pm

Elemwood Park. 706 S Jefferson St Roanoke VA 24011

Reproductive Freedom March Saturday, Oct 2 12:00pm

Monument terrace. 313 9th St. Lynchburg VA 24504

Norfolk Reproductive Rights March Saturday, Oct 2 1:00 pm

Norfolk City Hall / Civic Plaza810 Union St, Norfolk, VA Norfolk, VA 23510

Sunday, October 3 4:30 pm

BLACK WOMEN ON DECK Join a Garden Party Meet and Greet with our Former and Future Governor Terry McAuliffe and our Future Lt. Governor Hala Ayala


Enjoy Tender, Juicy Ribs, Delicious Potato Salad and Speedy JC’s Sweets Cinnamon Rolls!!

Sunday, October 3rd 4:00pm.

Virginia Grassroots Coalition meeting

Please RSVP here

Face The Music’s Keep VA Blue Tour
Mon, 10/4 – Old Beach Tavern – VA Beach supporting 4 campaigns: 

Tue, 10/5 – Croc’s 19th Street Bistro – Virginia Beach supporting 3 campaigns:

Wed, 10/6 – Cozzy’s Comedy Club – Newport News supporting 3 campaigns:

Thu, 10/7 – TBD – Chesterfield County supporting Debra Gardner in District 27

Fri, 10/8 – Eavesdrop Brewery – Manassas supporting Dan Helmer in District 40:

Monday, October 4 – Sunday, October 10

Several time slots, register here.

Join the Virginia Voter Turnout Project for a Voter Registration Blitz event in Fairfax to make sure George Mason University is ready to vote. Meet at the Northern Neck Starbucks for a quick training before moving to the center of campus!

Tuesday, October 5 7-8pm ET

Conservation Cocktails

Delegate Shelly Simonds invites you to join her for a Zoom fundraiser focusing on the environmental issues facing Virginians. Shelly is a life-long environmental advocate. In her first term, she sponsored legislation to curb emissions, protect the Chesapeake Bay, and begin the shift towards renewable and sustainable energy sources in Virginia. Shelly will be joined by representatives from the Sierra Club and fellow environmental advocates from around the Commonwealth to discuss the most pressing conservation issues. Please join the conversation!

RSVP here.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Sophie at

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