BADASS Briefing – November 25, 2021

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While compiling today’s Thanksgiving BADASS Briefing, I couldn’t help but think about how grateful I am for the community we’ve built. Together we have shared great accomplishments and supported each other in times of defeat. But through it all we have grown in coalition. We are a community of doers and we know what it takes to make positive change. I wish you joyous times this holiday weekend. Then, it’s back to work!

This week’s BADASS Briefing covers a few upcoming events. One I want to single out is the Violation Vigil Project with its many actions. This is a full coalition artivism campaign with poignant, visual and aural representation of the over 350 violations caused by the MVP illustrating that NO “Reasonable Assurance” & NO Past “Compliance” leads to NO MVP.

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

Let’s work together now in a creative manner to reject MVP’s request for a new 401 Water Quality Certification from Virginia.
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.
Join and share the Facebook Event here.
Gather in Richmond on December 11, 1pm with fabulous speakers and musicians.Dogwood Dell Amphitheater – Byrd Park – 600 South Boulevard


  • Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II – the Poor People’s Campaign & Repairers of the Breach
  • Jason Campos-Keck – 7 Directions of Service
  • VA Delegate Sam Rasoul
  • David Sligh – Wild Virginia
  • Sonya Taylor – Sunrise VA
  • Emily Satterwhite – the POWHR Coalition
  • Russell Chisholm – the POWHR Coalition.


  • Yara Allen
  • No BS! Brass Band
  • Joe Troop
  • Members of the SUN SiNG Collective & of After Jack


  • 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


Help Fund $MoneyOutVA “People’s Poll”
$MoneyOutVA working with the Wason 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.

Call to Action – Contact Your Senators AgainVote 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.

Support the Student Advocacy Fellowship Program

Wednesday, December 1

6:30 PM Virtual House

Join Susan Dykstra, Jane Materna, and Susan Feit for a virtual house-party to support and celebrate the Student Advocacy Fellows. We will hear about past fellows’ experience in NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia’s “Rise Up for Repro” Student Advocacy Fellowship and highlight some of their capstone projects!

Register here.


Wednesday, December 1

7pm ET – Virtual

Join CCan for a discussion on the disproportionate impacts building of pipelines has on frontline communities and how you can help stop a pipeline.
Atlantic Coast Pipeline, The Mountain Valley Pipeline and Chickahominy Pipeline will be discussed. More important information and to register here.

Catholic Sisters Against Title 42

Friday, December 3

9:45 AM ET – Lafayette Square, Washington, D.C.

Catholic Sisters and justice-seekers are delivering a message to President Biden in front of the White House: End the Misuse of Title 42. Sisters and immigrant-led organizations will share stories and encounters from the border.Join in prayer and act for justice for our migrant siblings.

*Please wear a mask and practice social distancing*

Latkepalooza is back! 

Sunday, December 5th 3:30 – 5pm ET – Clare & Don’s Beach Shack

Get your tickets here!

Join Marcus and Rachel Simon for their annual event – the latkes and sufganiyot are calling!

Virginia Statewide Summit on Racial Equity

Tuesday, December 7

8:30 am – 12pm ET – Virtual

Sign up here.

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

Virginia Grassroots Coalition Meeting

Sunday, December 12, 4:00pm

RSVP here

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