BADASS Briefing, January 27, 2022

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Dear Friends, 

The General Assembly is into their second week, please take time to make the Calls To Action (CTAs) and join us at the Friday Power Lunch to hear the Virginia Grassroots Report and more. Onward warriors! 


GIMME SHELTER: Homelessness & Affordable Housing in the Time of COVID

January 28, 2022, NoonET

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The pandemic has exposed and exasperated many of the social crises that have long existed in our communities. This week on the Friday Power Lunch we are going to address the rise of homelessness and the issues surrounding affordable housing from the local, state and national levels. We will discuss the root causes of this crisis and examine what is and can be done.

From the simple idea of a contact free donation drive at the start of COVID, Reston Strong has grown into a vibrant grassroots community effort to feed and advocate for the homeless. As their motto says: We Change the World One Neighbor at a Time. Sarah Selvaraj-D’souza (Co-Founder, Reston Strong) will help us understand and put a face on homelessness in Reston.

One of the organizations that Reston Strong works with in responding to the needs of the homeless is Cornerstones. Kerrie Wilson (CEO, Cornerstones) will explain their short-term emergency assistance and lasting long-term programs for those in need of food, shelter, affordable housing, quality childcare, and other human services.

Michelle Krocker (Director, Northern VA Affordable Housing Alliance) will join the conversation and explain the need to look at this crisis through a broad societal impact lens. Northern VA Affordable Housing Alliance’s vision statement is a master class on the many societal ills feeding the housing crisis. Here is the full statement: We envision a future in which Northern Virginia provides housing opportunities for all regardless of income, race, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship or disability status; in which no household is forced to forgo food, health care, or other essential services to pay their housing expenses; in which budget priorities and policy tools are leveraged to promote affordable housing development; and in which housing policies are crafted and implemented using an equity framework and an anti-racist lens.

We will round up our discussion on housing and homelessness by moving to the national level and discussing the role public policy can play. Joey Lindstrom (Director for Field Organizing, National Low Income Housing Coalition) will explain how racially and socially equitable public policy is needed if we, as a nation, are going to ensure all people have an accessible and affordable place to live in their community.

This week our organization spotlight will shine on Freedom VirginiaMaddie Beecher (Executive Director) and Rachel Bostic (Grassroots Mobilization Director) will tell us about Freedom Virginia’s work to advance common-sense solutions for all Virginia for access to good-paying jobs, quality and affordable healthcare, and excellent educational opportunities.

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The Human Rights Watch is asking organizations to sign on to their Why We Can’t Wait statement urging House leadership to act on H.R. 40, the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans Act. Almost 16 months later, House leadership has not done so even though the bill has far more support and co-sponsors than ever before in its 32-year history, enough to pass the bill if leadership got behind it.  Please sign-on here by COB January 31. Human Rights Watch hopes to release this letter on Feb 1st, the first day of Black history month. This letter is open to national, state, international, and local organizations. Please share with your networks as you see fit. Thank you for your continued commitment to racial justice. Please help move H.R. 40 across the finish line!

Visit the Virginia Grassroots’ Spreadsheet tracker of our priority legislation and sign up for the Advocacy Power Mapping here

  • Stop Dominion Overcharges. Support HB1288 Ratepayer Protection Act – One click action
  • Stop Campaign Contributions from Dominion. Support SB45 & SB568 – One click action
  • Stop Coal Waste Bill – One click action
  • Reform the recall process [Vote YES on SB495] – One click action
  • Ask Senators to support solar-ready roofs [Vote YES on SB290] – One click action
  • Ask Delegates to support solar-ready roofs [Vote YES on HB571] – One click action
  • Stop toxic coal waste [Vote NO on SB120] – – One click action
  • Tell Dem Senators to oppose SB601 would worsen the pandemic – One click action
  • Restore the right to vote [Vote YES on SJ1] – One click action
  • Pass the BBB Plan #LetJoeKnow – Sign the Petition
  • Tell your Virginia legislators to co-patron HB 1220 “Right to Unionize” – One click action
  • Ask Delegates to Protect Landmark Legislation – [Vote NO on HB 79, HB 122, and HB 759] –One click action
  • Campaign Finance Reform – 2 Actions on 22 bills!Now is the time for taking #moneyout action. 22 bills are being heard both on the Senate floor and in the House.ACTION 1: We need citizens to contact their VA legislators and raise your voice so they know you care about the issue of big money dominating our elections! Don’t know what to say? Click here to find some messages which you can send to your VA legislator (as well as a link to find out who they are!) More details on all the bills can be found here.ACTION 2: Sign a petition, click here which will be delivered to the Governor and Committee Chairs. Questions: Contact


Thursday, February 3 at 8pm ET – Virtual

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Karl’s first special guest of the year will be JOE TRIPPI, the bestselling author, podcast host, and famed Democratic political strategist. Bring your questions about the state of the 2022 midterm elections, Trump’s lingering impact on our politics, the Biden/Harris agenda, and more. You won’t want to miss this discussion!

What the Heck is the VA Democratic Party’s Reorganization Anyways? A View from the Grassroots UP!

Feb. 5, 2022: 9 am – 11 am

Virtual Workshop

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Join Facilitators: Josh Stanfield: Historic Triangle Democrats, CD 2 Committee, State Central Committee and Rebecca Daly: Member of Congressional District 5 Committee and State Central Committee to learn about the structure of the VA Democratic Party, the upcoming “Reorg”, and how to get more involved to bolster the party. Sign up here.

NOPE 2022 Kick Off Meeting

with Senator Reverend Warnock

Monday, February 7th, 7:00pm – 8:00pm

RSVP here

Senator Reverend Warnock will speak with us about his reelection race and share his views on how we can protect our democracy in what will undoubtedly be a year where the foundations of our country are challenged. NOPE will be supporting Senator Reverend Warnock’s campaign as well as Georgia grassroots groups that are crucial to fighting voter suppression and getting out the vote in the state.

Virtual Valentine’s “Zoomraiser” for Stella and Rachna with Special Guest Congressman Connolly

February 12, 2022, 12 – 1:30pm ET

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Please join special guest Congressman Gerry Connolly for a special Valentine’s virtual brunch to show your love for FCPS school board Chair Stella Pekarsky and Vice Chair Rachna Sizemore Heizer.

As you know, public education has become a battleground. School board members, teachers, and administrators have been on the front lines of this battle while trying to educate students, keep them safe, and ensure a welcoming atmosphere for all students.

Please help Stella and Rachna fight for a strong public education system, the bedrock of our democracy. Register here.

Register Democrats.

Save the World

Wednesdays, 2-3pmET

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Join Field Team 6’s Voter Registration efforts as well as #Voterizer and #RegisterDemocrats…all from the comfort of your social media accounts! To learn more about social storming, please click here.

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