BADASS Briefing – October 28, 2021

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We are here! Only days from November 2, 2021 – the day Virginia, as the bellwether state, will speak to the nation.


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Senator Tim Kaine Joins Friday Power Lunch

Senator Tim Kaine will join the all star line up on this week’s FINAL COUNTDOWN on the Friday Power Lunch, register here.

Here is the updated list of the elected officials who will get us fired up and ready to WIN:  

  • Senator Tim Kaine
  • Congressman Gerry Connolly
  • Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn
  • Delegate Sam Rasoul
  • Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chair Phyllis Randall.

We’ll also hear from grassroots activists and discuss one of the key issues on the ballot this election, paid family leave.

There will be games, music and lots of candidates to celebrate with our theme song, I Believe We Will Win!

Please forward this email to those who want to #KeepVABlue. 

Register here.

There’s been a lot of talk about this being the most important election of our lives. It is. We must #KeepVABlue and this is it!
Stoke some fires and get on board for the Final Countdown: Fired Up & Ready to Win, Friday Power Lunch. Register here.

Canvass, Canvass, Canvass – see specifics below.

All boots on the ground, all ears on the horn and all eyes on texting and social media. Find opportunities at the Virginia Grassroots Coalition website.

  • Please share our Don’t Texas Virginia/Grow VA Bluer Fundraiser with friends and family far and wide. Remind them that Virginia is the bellwether state and we have an opportunity to show the nation that the radical right has no place in our schools, boardrooms or courts.
  • Amplify candidate Tweets and GOTV posts
  • #MomsforMcAuliffe tell it like it is in this tweetI’m a Virginia Parent.
  • We can’t fall for old tricks like intimidation & distraction.

We are fired up and ready to #KeepVABlue

Friday October 29th Rally to Save Our Schools Location: your local high school

Google your local high school football teams to see where their game will be this Friday. Show up at a high traffic place near the high school football game with your Dem candidate signs and signs with the following suggestions: 

  • Save Our Schools
  • Vote for our Children
  • Support Teachers
  • Moms for McAuliffe
  • More ideas here

Friday October 29 REGISTER

This Friday we’re having a party with a big scoop of inspiration. Hear from tireless elected officials and unstoppable activists. We’ll be cheering on our candidates as we get ready for the final push to Tuesday, November 2nd.

To get the party started, we’ll remember what it felt like to win BIG in 2017 and to TAKE BACK POWER in 2019. Then Delegate Sam Rasoul will bring his truth, love, and grit perspective to these final days of campaigning.

Congressman Gerry Connolly will give us an update from Capitol Hill and will share how the nation is watching what is happening in Virginia. 

Show favorite and troubadour of truth Crys Matthews will perform her new song “Sister’s Keeper.”

There is no better source of inspiration than hearing from the heart and soul of Democracy, our grassroots activists. Freeda CathcartRose Fabia, and Bob Fasick will share why they are fired up and ready to win!

The issue of paid family leave is front and center this election. Kristina Hagen from the Virginia Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy will share stories from our candidates on how this has impacted their lives.

This show is all about inspiration. We will be going into high gear with Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn and Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chair Phyllis Randall.

We’ll close by celebrating our candidates with a big virtual hug.

See you for our FINAL COUNTDOWN Friday Power Lunch party.

Amplify our tweet herePost on your public Facebook page from hereLike and comment on instagram here.
Be a BADASSSupport the Friday Power Lunch


Canvass in ArlingtonIf you would like to canvass during the week in Arlington, contact AJ,, or 469-412-4605. You can also swing by the office to grab a turf map: 2499 N Harrison St, Arlington. For weekend canvassing, RSVP here.

October 30th and 31st (option to stay for Nov 1st and/or 2nd)GOTV Road Trip: Virginia Beach Canvassing with WofA, NOPE, 31st Street, aJoin the overnight road trip that 20+ canvassers from local progressive groups will take to Virginia Beach to knock doors for Alex Askew beginning Saturday, Oct 30. Experience the excitement of GOTV canvassing with camaraderie and support!  Virginia Beach hosts four of the closest House races this cycle, and they may decide who holds the House of Delegates in 2022. We need all hands on deck to help us turn out every last voter in Virginia Beach – these races may come down to only a handful of votes! Location: 5600 Virginia Beach Blvd, Unit 105 Virginia Beach, VA 23462 Sign up here

October 30th and/or 31st Canvassing for Debra Gardner with VADF in Richmond Join VADFers who are trekking to Richmond! Go for the day – we have one team going for the day on Saturday or go for the weekend (volunteer accommodation is available). Canvas for Debra Gardner in Chesterfield County This district was lost by less than 200 votes both in 2017 and 2019! Amazing Richmond restaurants. options selected by local activist !RSVP/Contact: Chris LeMenestrel –

October 30th – Nov 2ndCanvass for Mike Mullin (HD93) in Newport News/Hampton Roads This is one of the closest races in Virginia, and it will help determine whether Democrats continue to hold their majority in the House of Delegates – it’s critical that we turn out every voter and get them to the polls. Location: 2350 McMenamin St E133, Hampton, VA 23666 (this is 6 miles south of the City of Newport News) Sign up here

October 30th and/or 31st at 10am, 1pm or 4pmCanvass for Helmer, Filler-Corn, Bulova and Tran Location: home of Kelly Price at 6442 Lake Meadow Drive. RSVP with Kelly at KellyPrice@ailurophile

Saturday, October 30th, 12:00pmCanvass with Commonwealth Forward for Katie Sponsler in Chesterfield More Info and RSVP

Saturday, October 30th, 12:00pmCanvass with Commonwealth Forward for Lashrecse Aird in Petersburg More Info and RSVP

Saturday, October 30th, 12:00pmCanvass with Beyond Arlington, Blue Families and Indivisible Waterfront for Paul Siker in Loudoun County Fill out this form to help us coordinate our group and for carpooling purposes.

Social Media Amplification

Reaching out to your friends and family is an important way to help win the November 2 elections in Virginia.

One other way that you can help is by posting on social media. Many people get important information and news from social media. In fact, the average internet user spends nearly 2.5 hours per day on social media! Helping to get our message out on Facebook and Instagram will be an important part of rallying Democrats to vote and winning this election.
Join Progressive Turnout “social media mobilizers” that allows you to receive social media content each day and simply click and share it to your page. It’s simple, it’s fast, and it helps spread the word to vote and #KeepVABlue. Sign up.

Thursday, October 28th 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. 

ivic Genius will be interviewing David Toscano — a veteran public servant who was a city councilor, the mayor of Charlottesville, and then Democratic leader of the Virginia House of Delegates — about his new book, Fighting Political Gridlock: How States Shape Our Nation and Our Lives.

In his book, Toscano writes that while Americans fixate on the seemingly intractable political gridlock in Washington, the real action is in the states. While few people understand what’s happening in their state capitals, state-level policymakers are responsible for many of the decisions that affect our lives most closely — and this dynamic is profoundly shaping our society.
Watch a snippet of David at the Friday Power Lunch Please register here

Unpack Sessions –

We love traditions at Network NOVA, and like we do every post-election we will be holding unpack sessions around the state. Let us know if you want to help organize or attend.

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

NARAL ProChoice Virginia Student Advocacy Fellows House PartyJane 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.

Virginia Statewide Summit on Racial Equity

A virtual Virginia Statewide Summit on Racial Equity will be held on Tuesday, December 7 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Join stakeholders from across the state to hear stories that illustrate racial equity programming at work.

Stakeholders wishing to present their racial equity programming at the summit may submit an application by Monday, November 8, 2021.

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