BADASS Briefing, April 7, 2022

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In honor of KBJ’s historic moment, the Friday Power Lunch will add a celebration of the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson.

Please take time to put yourself on the Power Map and join us for the 6th Annual Women’s Summit Planning Meeting. Hope to see you at some of the other events tonight and this weekend.

Let’s get it done,


Women’s Summit Interest and Planning Meeting, April 10, NOON on Zoom

Please join Network NOVA to discuss plans and offer ideas and help for the 6th Annual Women’s Summit now with events planned for June 24 & August 12 weekends!

Please fill out the Virginia Grassroots Power Map to help us identify activists in all the new districts. This will help grassroots leaders reach out to you when the need arrives in your new district. 

Use this handy form to look up your US Congressional District #, Virginia State Senate #, and Virginia House of Delegates #.  As you do so, be sure write them down with the incumbent and candidates for those seats. We must get empowered now with our new territories and candidates and encourage others to join our fight for democracy.  It is imperative that we do this as widely as possible for this year, 2022 and 2023 & 2024! 

Friday Power Lunch, April 8, 2022 noon ET

ALL ABOUT WOMEN | Listening, Messaging and Supporting

Celebrate Ketanji Brown Jackson as the next Supreme Court Justice

 Before we get to our celebration of Ketanji Brown Jackson’s historic moment, we will welcome  Jackie Payne, founder of Galvanize Action, an organization that “identifies, engages, and moves moderate women in rural, small town, and suburban America to reliably vote for progress.” Using data science, behavioral psychology, and neuroscience, Galvanize Action finds women who want progress but aren’t yet reliably voting that way. Through solid research, they identify the values that matter to these women and then formulate a messaging strategy around those values to impact voting behavior. Jackie will share their research that works when messaging to white suburban women.

We will then celebrate the historic Senate vote which confirmed Ketanji Brown Jackson as the next Supreme Court Justice with a conversation hosted by Finale Norton with

  • Dorri Scott (poet)
  • Margaret Morrison (lifelong civil rights advocate)
  • Hon Joshua Cole (former VA Delegate)
  • Latifa Lyles (Senior Fellow for Economic Justice, Futures Without Violence)


Those who have previously registered in 2022, there is no need to register.  The Zoom link is re-sent to each individual Friday morning. Save the Zoom link in your calendar.

We Believe We Will WinA 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

Book Ban Busters: The National Read-In Thursday, April 78 – 9pm EDT 

Tired of extremists banning books? Let’s do something about it. Join Stella Parton (who recently spoke out against attacks on her sister Dolly’s Imagination Library), authors of some of the most banned books in the country, and families fighting for the freedom to learn for a one-of-a-kind virtual event! It’s a Read-In! While you watch, post a photo of yourself with your favorite banned book using the hashtag #BannedBookChallenge (we might even show some of the best during the event!).

Come for Stella and the books — and stay for specific ways to take action and get involved. You don’t want to miss this! Featured authors include Brad Meltzer, author of I Am Rosa Parks and I Am Martin Luther King, Jr.; Leslea Newman, author of Heather Has Two Mommies; Megan Madison and Jessica Ralli, authors of Our Skin, I.W. Gregorio, author of None of the Above, and Nikki Grimes, author of Ordinary Hazards.

Virginia Young Democrats Convention – April 8th to 10th, 2022

Virginia Young Democrats Convention – April 8th to 10th, 2022 Business will be conducted at The Westin Alexandria Old Town and virtually for the purposes of including Young Democrats across our great Commonwealth. Sponsorships are available for those who are interested in supporting the Virginia Young Democrats.

Brunch with a Purpose, supporting Victoria Virasingh April 10, 9-11 am

Location: Bus Boys and Poets  

Jolicia Ward is hosting a Congressional Campaign Fundraiser for Victoria Virasingh who is running for Congress in VA-8th District. Donate and come, this will be fun!

Rural GroundGame Working Wednesdays 7:00pm – 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!

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