BADASS Briefing – October 14, 2021

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ctober 14, 2021
Exciting Gatherings in Virginia, the Bellwether State:

  • Huge Statewide #KeepVABlue Rally TONIGHT
  • Friday Power Lunch with David Toscano
  • Elizabeth Guzman’s 4th Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration
  • Norfolk “Souls to the Polls” Rally with Stacey Abrams and Terry McAuliffe
  • And The Beat Goes On!

October 14, 20217 pm – 8 pm(Pre-show at 6:50pm)THE POWER OF WOMEN – Statewide Virtual Rally to #KeepVABlue
Registration link:
This event is hosted by Senator Jennifer McClellan with women leaders from across the Commonwealth joining to discuss what is at stake in our approaching Virginia election. Democratic Candidates for House of Delegates will be featured, as well as Powerhouse Women Leaders from Virginia:

  • Dorothy McAuliffe, former First Lady of Virginia
  • Lt. Gov. Candidate Hala Ayala
  • Congresswoman Elaine Luria
  • Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger
  • Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton
  • Andria McClellan, Norfolk City Council
  • Virginia Senator Ghazala Hashmi
  • Jennifer Carroll Foy, former Virginia Delegate
  • Gaylene Kanoyton, DPVA, 1st Vice Chair

This rally will be fun with prizes, special guests, an inspirational opening poem by Dorri C. Scott, toe tapping tunes from social justice singer songwriters Crys Matthews and BJ Lark and more.
Update: The Power of Women – Pre-Show! The Zoom room opens at 6:45 PM – Come be entertained by all the best of videos and memories since 2017! Then get ready to rock right at 7:00 pm sharp with first guest – Dorothy McAuliffe.
Here is the Rally registration link. Let’s Make it Happen, Fired Up and Ready to Go

The Beat Goes On In the Bellwether State

Friday, October 15, NOON REGISTER

Virginia is the bellwether state this year. What happens in Virginia on Nov 2nd will reverberate out across the nation foreshadowing what’s to come in 2022. The beat goes on … and the nation needs to hear it. Register here.

We’ll start the show by talking to David J. Toscano who served 14 years (2006-20) in the Virginia House of Delegates representing the 57th District, which includes all of Charlottesville and parts of Albemarle County. David is the author of Fighting Political Gridlock: How States Shape Our Nation and Our Lives  and his upcoming book Bellwether: Comments on Virginia’s Political Transformation, 2006-2020.
Handwritten GOTV postcards and letters are headed to voters throughout Virginia in the next coming weeks. In the second segment, Postcards4VA will make their big announcement of the number of postcards volunteers are mailing to support our candidates. Last year’s reveal was on the very first Friday Power Lunch. Then we will hear from Reid McCollum (Co-Founder of Postcards to Swing States) who will share the findings of their 2020 postcard studies (Spoiler alert, postcards work better than we thought!). Desiree “Des” Newman (CEO) and Mish Davis (COO) of Siren Vibes Records, a new record label out of Richmond bringing artists from Virginia, DC and Maryland to the big stage.
Manisha Singh (Political Director of Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia and Member of VA CD 11 Democratic Committee) will enlighten us about their upcoming Diwali festival and GOTV efforts.
Our candidate spotlight this week is on Candi King (HD2).REGISTER FOR THE FRIDAY POWER LUNCH

Be a BADASSSupport the Friday Power Lunch

Friday, Oct 156pmDelegate Elizabeth Guzman’s 4th Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration

Inca Social 2670 Avenir Place Vienna, VA 22180Register here

Saturday, October 16 12 to 2:30pm Virtual Freedom Fund Community

Tune into the event and help Fairfax NAACP raise funds to support the reforms the community needs and the 2021-22 youth scholarship program. Featuring community award presentations, Q and A with local leaders, special performances, games, prizes and more. Register here.

“Souls to the Polls” Rally with Stacey Abrams and Terry McAuliffe – Norfolk

Sunday, October 17th – 12:30pm

Join Stacey Abrams and Terry McAuliffe outside Norfolk City Hall. For the first time in Norfolk, you can vote on SUNDAY – so let’s get souls to the polls with Stacey Abrams and Terry McAuliffe! Open to the public. Food and refreshments will be available on site!! Sign up here and plan to vote!

“Souls to the Polls” Canvass with Rachel Anne Levy – Hanover

Sunday, October 17: 1 – 4pm

Come vote at Hanover “Souls to the Polls” and support other voters, and join Rachel to GOTV.
Sign up here to canvass

Candidate forums with the Fairfax League of Women Voters

Register here.

October 18, 2021 – District 44th with Delegate Paul Krizek (D) and Richard Hayden (R) with moderator Michael Pope.

Monday, October 186-7pm

Celebration of LGBTQ+ Virginians with Delegates Shelly Simonds & Danica Roem and the Human Rights Campaign

Please join Delegate Shelly Simonds (VA-HD-94) for a virtual fundraiser in support of LGBTQ+ people in Newport News sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign.
Delegate Simonds’s opponent has been running on a platform of bigotry, homophobia, and transphobia throughout his campaign. His beliefs simply have no place in Virginia politics. Delegate Simonds & Roem will discuss the progress the House of Delegates has made towards equality, and in anticipation of everything that these amazing women will continue to achieve in the House of Delegates next year. Donate/register for Zoom link here.

Wednesday, October 27, 20213-4:30pm ET

New Horizons: Elevating the Arts in American Life

In this celebration of arts, artists, and the work of the American Academy’s Commission on the Arts, Stephen Colbert will interview Cochairs John Lithgow, Deborah Rutter, and Natasha Trethewey. Join for poetry, music, and a discussion of recommendations developed by the Commission to elevate the arts, support artists, and promote arts education in America. The program will introduce Mixtape, an online collection of arts experiences featuring members of the Commission and the Academy. Register here.

President Barak Obama will be joining Terry McAuliffe in Richmond

October 23rd for a GOTV event.

Sign up to learn more here

Saturday-Sunday, October 30 and 31.

Alex Askew Canvass Extravaganza in Virginia Beach

Join Sharon Shutler, Luisa Boyarski, Eden Brown, and Rose Fabia canvassing in Virginia Beach to support Alex Askew –  a young, innovative, principled delegate elected in 2019. Alex’s voting record is superb and personally – he’s delightful. The Republicans, who view VA Beach as ripe for retaking, are running heavy media ads against Alex.  And, unlike NOVA, VA Beach does NOT have a canvassing tradition. Alex needs our help!

Sharon Shutler will provide hotel options.  And more importantly – as a native VA Beach local, Sharon will arrange for dining options and promises they will be good!  Please contact Sharon Shutler at to sign up.

Wednesday, December 1st, 6:30pm – Save the Date!

NARAL ProChoice Virginia Student Advocacy Fellows House Party Jane Materna and Susan Dykstra will co-host a house party in support of the NARAL Virginia Student Advocacy Fellows program. The SAF is a paid fellowship for Virginia college students to study and practice reproductive freedom advocacy. At this time we plan to host the party virtually to mitigate the pandemic. The good news about hosting it virtually is that more of our alumni fellows will be able to attend “in person” so you’ll get the chance to talk with them one-on-one! To sponsor one fellow, the house party or for questions about the fellowship program contact Jane Materna ( or 202-669-9370.

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