BADASS Briefing, March 17, 2022

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Dear Friends,

Happy St Patrick’s Day for all who celebrate and hope to see you this evening at Gerry Connolly’s 28th Annual Fete.

Along with this week’s Friday Power Lunch (we have a great show planned that starts with a discussion on local media and moves to a discussion on the importance of documenting our role in contemporary history), we have much to bring our attention to in the next few days.

We have Fairfax County (foodie) Fundraiser for Jennifer Wexton; the bi-weekly meeting of the Virginia Redress Network; a report on Campaign Finance Reform; and the high school “Rise To” Summit in Loudoun.



There is still time to join Congressman Gerry Connolly’s 28th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Fete. Thursday, March 17, 7:00pm with guest speakers:

  • Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton
  • Congresswoman Elaine Luria
  • Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger
  • Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn
  • Delegate Briana Sewell
  • Prince William County Chair Ann Wheeler
  • Lynlee Thorne, Rural GroundGame
  • Kelly Price, Activist
  • Ray Smith, Activist
  • Paul Berry, Activist

More than Just Words

Friday Power Lunch, March 18, 2022 noon ET

Over the past 20 plus years, these local and trusted news sources have disappeared leaving the door open for misinformation, conspiracy theories and lies on social media. This lack of credible, fact-based reporting now threatens our Democracy. Meghan McCarthy (VP of Content at Courier Newsroom) will join us to talk about how Courier Newsroom is “building a network of mission-driven local newsrooms across the country to create a more informed, engaged, and representative America working to bring back local news.” Meghan will also discuss how their Virginia paper, Dogwood, seeks to partner with grassroots activists across the state for news and information.

The story of our work as activists over the past six years is the history of our time. For Women’s History Month we are celebrating our role in history as captured in the documentary Resisterhood. Filmmaker CJ Crim and three activists featured in the film–Mimi Hassanein (Egyptian grandmother who ran for office in Maryland), Margaret Morrison (Civil rights activist) and Luis Gutierrez (Former Congressman from Illinois) will join us for a roundtable conversation on the film, how and why they resisted, and the importance of documenting our history.


Evening in Support of Jennifer WextonSaturday March 19th, 5:00pm Come support Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton with the Virginia Grassroots at their favorite fundraiser venue, Nadja Golding’s canopy kitchen!

Celebrating Champions of Equality: The Time is NowTuesday, March 22, 7pm ET 100 years since introduction, 50 years since passage! There is no time limit on equality. The ERA Coalition and the Fund for Women’s Equality are working passionately to get the ERA published to the Constitution and create a more equal future for all.   Join to honor: Carol Jenkins, Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney, Representative Jackie Speier and the late Senator Birch Bayh.Featuring: Margaret Anadu, Gloria Steinem and Fran Zone. Please say ERA YES and join!

Roundtable Discussion on Good Governance BillsWednesday, March 23rd, 7 pm The VA Chapter of American Promise and VAOurWay will be joined by Elizabeth Melson and Brian Cannon of FairVote.The Virginia General Assembly has just ended. They will review the status of various good governance bills, in particular those related to campaign finance reform and ranked choice voting. After reviewing how various bills fared in the last G.A., lessons learned/best practices on building citizen advocacy on these issues will be explored.

Rural GroundGame Working Wednesdays7:00pm – Virtual Time for Action! Each week, we’ll cover a different topic for a brief 30 min meeting. We’ll focus on creative ideas to grow rural Democratic committees, increase community engagement, capture and improve data, candidate and campaign support, collaborative messaging and MORE!

Rise To” Summit 2022Saturday, March 26th9:30am – 3:00pm43460 Loudoun Reserve Dr, Ashburn Because knowledge is the first step in fighting for equality and justice for all. Join community organizers, leaders, activists, politicians, writers, and YOU! The Summit will consist of 

  • Keynote Address by author, Amy Reed.
  • Voting Panel with: Krysta Jones, Senator Boysko, and Jennifer Carroll Foy.
  • Breakout Sessions with: Network NOVAMoms Demand Action, Loudoun4All, Safe Space NOVA, Whole Woman’s HealthAlliance and others.
  • Lunch

Building Trust with the Working Class: Supporting Labor Unions

Tuesday, March 29, 2022, 7pm

Across rural communities, specifically, there are many emerging opportunities right now to help workers across Virginia, and our nation, presenting an incredible opportunity for Democrats to reach new voters by actively showing our support through creative outreach, positive, values-centered messaging and events.

2022 Kickoff with Rep. Elaine LuriaWednesday, March 30 7:30 PM – Virtual Please join Indivisible Waterfront as they kick off the 2022 election season with an update from Rep. Luria about her Jan 6th committee service and her thoughts on the war in Ukraine.

 Reparations 2022April 1 – 2, 2022 The 3rd annual conference,, hosted as a collaboration between AARN, ICTJ, and First Repair, will take place on April 1st, online from 11am to 4:30pm, and April 2nd, online from 10am to 5pm.

YWCA National Capital Area as we Stand Against RacismApril 29 This year, the Stand Against Racism Campaign centers around a new theme, We Can’t Wait: Equity and Justice Now! Join YWCA National Capital Area as we Stand Against Racism on April 23!Join YWCA National Capital Area as we Stand Against Racism on April 23!

Mass Poor People’s & Low-Wage Workers’ Assembly and Moral March on Washington and to the PollsJune 18, 2022 This march will be a generationally transformative and disruptive gathering of poor and low-wealth people, state leaders, faith communities, moral allies, unions and partnering organizations.

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