BADASS Briefing – November 18, 2021

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Dear Friends,

We know we have work to do in Virginia. I draw your attention to Action Calls on Campaign Finance Reform and the Violation Vigil Project. These are issues many have worked on for years in Virginia; let’s show up and get it done!
Happy Autumn Days,



Help Fund $MoneyOutVA “People’s Poll”
$MoneyOutVA working with the Watson Center at Christopher Newport University, is asking folks to help fund public polling being conducted in November which will allow insights into the need for legislative reform to get big money out of politics. 

By aiming to get more than 200 individuals to fund this survey which has a total cost of $5,000, it becomes a “People’s Poll”. A $25 donation makes you a poll owner and your name will be included in the press release which will be released in early December.

A $25 donation also makes you part of history. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO MAKE A DONATION.

Thursday, November 185:30 – 6:30pm EST Virtual Get Money Out Of Virginia Politics Register

After going through the most expensive election in Virginia’s history, join to discuss how we, as citizens of our Commonwealth, can get campaign finance reform legislation passed in our General Assembly.
90 percent of Americans, irrespective of party, feel that money is corrupting our elections. Meanwhile, Virginia has the laxest campaign finance laws in the country. Let’s raise our voices and let our state legislators know that “enough is enough”.

Organized by the VA Chapter of American PromiseVAOurWay and End Citizen’s United//Let America Vote Action Fund, the meeting will:

  • Examine how money in politics affects the issues which we care about.
  • Explore the role of the VA General Assembly and the process for moving legislation into law.
  • Review current legislation, both nationally and in Virginia, which if passed would enhance transparency, accountability and good governance in our political system.
  • Identify key entry points for action.

Learn how you can make a difference through raising your voice on the need for good governance legislation in Virginia, starting with getting big money out of politics. Register here.

Call to Action: Stop the Violence caused by the Mountain Valley PipelineJoin the Violation Vigil Project

Reject MVP’s request for a new 401 Water Quality Certification from Virginia and stop this pipeline in its tracks by joining the Violation Vigil Project now.  What is the Violation Vigil Project?  The Violation Vigil Project is a full coalition artivism campaign to give poignant, visual and aural representation to the hundreds of water violations caused by the MVP illustrating that NO “Reasonable Assurance” & NO Past “Compliance” leads to NO MVP.

  • Register for the Violation Vigil Project to receive your Violation Poster with a unique violation # .
  • Bring awareness to this violation, one of 350+
  • Plan to come together at Violation Vigil convergence in Richmond, December 11, 1pm

Register for the Violation Vigil Project here.

After registering, you will be assigned one of the 350+ violations that Mountain Valley Pipeline has committed in Virginia against our water ways. The visual interpretation of the violation, a large poster, will be provided to you. These images will be part of the visuals for an in-person rally on December 11, 2021 in Richmond, VA. You will bring your sign with you to Richmond that day for the event – which lasts from 1-4pm. You will receive more details and updates will be available after registration.

The Violation Project FB shareable event is here: Guidance, further resources, news and to make a public comment on MVP 401 Permits, click here. Collaborators include: The Violation Vigil Project is a collaboration between 7 Directions of Service, Appalachian Voices, ARTivism Virginia, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Earthfolk Collective, Food & Water Watch, Friends of Buckingham, Green New Deal VA, POWHR Coalition, Richmond Interfaith Climate Justice League, S.A.V.E., Sierra Club Virginia, Virginia Interfaith Power & Light, Virginia Organizing, & Wild Virginia.

Friday, November 19​, 20217:00 pm EST – Virtual Event – $10 The Race to Save the World

The Peace Pentagon is screening this NEW award-winning documentary.  The film follows climate activists – ages 15 to 72 – who are determined to leave a regenerative planet to future generations, regardless of the personal cost. 

Buy a $10 ticket and watch the movie anytime or with them on Friday, November 19 @ 7:00 pm EST. After the movie, they will have a panel discussion with director Joe Gantz, two of the activists featured in the film, and Dr. Glen Martin, whose new book – The Earth Constitution Solution – contains concrete solutions to the climate crisis.

Sign up here.

Grocery Workers Can Use A Helping Hand

On Saturday, November 20, 2021, the VA Paid Sick Days Coalition and the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy are sponsoring short actions outside Food Lion Stores to highlight the need for grocery store workers to have paid sick days.

VICPP has created a sample program for the event and handouts to share with shoppers. Click HERE for resources and a schedule of events.

Call to Action – Contact Your Senators Again Vote to Build Back Better!

We want a Family Friendly Economy where there are more 21st century jobs, family and medical leave, expanded medicare, lower prescription drug prices and out of pocket health care expenses, make quality child care more affordable, and improve public schools. 

This is what the Build Back Better Act can do for America and our working families. Please write to your US Senators today and try this easy tool to write a letter to your local paper.

ATTENTION:HS Senior Girls Pursuing STEAM-H

“Each year, the Virginia Council on Women hosts an Annual STEAM-H Essay Contest, which awards high school senior girls pursuing STEAM-H majors and careers with scholarships to aid with their tuition at institutions of higher education, to include but not limited to four-year colleges and universities, community colleges, and career and technical schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia and throughout the United States.”

Since the establishment of this Contest, the Council has awarded more than $150,000 in scholarships. Register here.

If you are interested in learning more about the Virginia Council on Women, please connect with Suzanne Holland:

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 (

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.

Sunday, December 12, 4:00pmVirginia Grassroots Coalition Meeting

RSVP here

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