BADASS Briefing, March 31, 2022

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April 1st is tomorrow, but don’t be fooled.  Sign up to watch the documentary Resisterhood before our Women’s History Month offer ends.

Hope to see you at the Virginia Grassroots Coalition meeting on Sunday.

Let’s get it done,

Stair

As part of our Women’s History Month celebration, the Friday Power Lunch is teaming up with filmmaker CJ Crim to offer month-long access to her award-winning documentary Resisterhood. This feature length film follows six diverse Americans as they fight for social justice on the streets and in the halls of power. All proceeds from this fundraiser will go to voter registration Resisterhood parties at colleges and universities.  Sign up today. last chance, and watch at your leisure.

Red Wine and Blue is excited to announce the release of the Parent Playbook – the go-to resource for all parents who want to organize and fight extremism at their local school boards. The Playbook, aimed at parents who might be organizing for the first time, has advice on:

  • How to organize a group within your community
  • Getting the message out on social media 
  • The best ways to speak out at school board meetings
  • How to run for school board 

And, of course, it isn’t Red Wine and Blue without a little fun – so along with advice, it has cute graphics and a bit of sass. Please share the Parent Playbook with your networks: 

Join the Spanish Texting Team with Movement Labs – Be part of a growing team dedicated to  Spanish-speaking folks If you are fluent in Spanish and want to join Movement Labs volunteers to help reach Spanish-speaking folks, please sign up.

Leaving No Voters Behind | Virginia is My District

Friday Power Lunch, April 1, 2022 noon ET 

At the 2018 Women’s Summit, Rebecca Colaw (retired Air Force officer, solo practice attorney in Suffolk, and candidate for Delegate in HD 64 in 2017) spoke eloquently on what was needed to win in rural Virginia. She ended with a statement that has become a rally cry for Network NOVA. Rebecca said that in order to turn rural Virginia blue we need to expand our thinking from focusing on just this Delegate race or that Congressional district, to running in every district in every election. As she pointed out, we can’t leave any voter behind in any part of the state. The theme of this week’s Friday Power Lunch (4/1/2022) is leave no voter behind as we recognize that what happens in one part of the state affects everyone in the state. To put it another way, the entire Commonwealth of Virginia is our district. We will start the show talking to Tom Bonier, CEO of Targetsmart, on what they are learning about the 2021 election from evaluating voter data. One of the big lessons he’ll discuss is how critical senior rural voters were in the election outcome. We will then continue our spotlight on local news with a conversation with Luanne Rife, Executive Director of Cardinal News in Roanoke, Virginia. Commonwealth’s Attorneys Buta Biberaj (Loudoun) and Steve Descano (Fairfax) will give us an update on their strides for criminal justice reform and the disturbing antics of the new Attorney General.

REGISTER HERE FOR THE FRIDAY POWER LUNCH

CALL TO ACTION – April Fools MVP is NO JOKE Twitter Storm!

April 1 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm

Please join Facebook event and share to your groups. This is a quickly developing story and updates as well as graphics to finally defeat the MVP will be uploaded to the Facebook event and the Cancel MVP digital toolkit.

Reparations 2022 April 1 – 2, 2022 

The 3rd annual conference, hosted as a collaboration between African American Redress Network (AARN), International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), and First Repair, will take place on April 1st, online from 11am to 4:30pm, and April 2nd, online from 10am to 5pm. 

Virginia Grassroots Coalition Meeting Sunday April 3, 4:00pm 

Join the monthly meeting and hear the latest efforts to get it done in Virginia.  This month our guest speakers will be Senator Favola to discuss legislation and the upcoming session and Commonwealth Attorney Dehghani-Tafti, who will discuss the Attorney General’s  *political theater and not public safety*.

Rural Ground Game 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!

CALL TO ACTION – Rural GroundGame Community Voices Collection

“As we work to improve electoral outcomes for Democrats in rural communities, we are inviting you to join us for a research project! We are working with Filter Labs to gather publicly available commentary on the issues. The purpose of this project is to identify local non profit or grassroots organizations, businesses, clubs, faith communities, local government and public institutions for the purpose of better understanding community sentiment on the issues we care about.

Our hope is to be part of building a database that can serve rural Democrats in Virginia through increased awareness of local opinion and the impact of our messaging over time.”

Please fill out this form

Virginia Redress Network Meeting April 6, 6:00pm

 “We will be discussing future goals for our coalition.”

Innovative Donor Organizing and Fundraising Showcase Event! Thursday, April 7th, 1:00 p.m. ET  

Join the Movement Fundraising Network, Action Together Networkand Keyframe Illumination This session will feature and celebrate recent creative donor organizing and fundraising work that has led to raising millions of dollars for progressive movement organizations over the past few years.

We Believe We Will Win: A Rally to Stop the Mountain Valley Pipeline

April 7 at 7:00 p.m – Virtual

Join this important and dynamic online rally bringing together community leaders from Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina to share how victories have been achieved, what it will take to stop this disastrous pipeline, and how you can help. Hear from:

  • Karenna Gore, Founder and Director of the Center for Earth Ethics
  • Anita Royston, Chair of the Pittsylvania County, VA Branch of the NAACP
  • Desiree Shelley, Climate Justice Organizer with Mothers Out Front

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