BADASS Briefing, April 14, 2022

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We’ve been shaking things up here in the great Commonwealth of Virginia for a while, and we’re just getting started!  We know where our power comes from – each other!  We teach each other, we inspire each other, we support each other and we make things happen!  Check out some of the upcoming opportunities to learn about ways to work together and make a tangible difference in the fight to save our democracy, the ongoing battle to save the planet, the need to speak the truth about race issues, the threat to women’s rights and so much more.

All in to win,


Shaking It Up
Empowerment Matters

Friday Power Lunch, April 15, 2022 noon ET

This week’s Friday Power Lunch will focus on people shaking things up in wonderful and different ways – leading by example, giving us insight and information and, finally, demonstrating the strength of activism in our younger allies. Get ready to be inspired to shake, rattle and roll!

Our first guest is everyone’s favorite unbossed and outspoken Virginia Senate’s President pro tempore Louise Lucas. Senator Lucas uses her unique brand of BS busting wit and wisdom on social media to call out Governor Youngkin’s harmful legislative actions. This session Lucas successfully led the Senate Blue Wall to stop the Republican party from trying to undo all the good work of the Democrats since 2019. We’re excited to talk to Lucas to hear how she’s empowering others to be a Blue wall for Democracy.

Then we are going to discuss a national epidemic that is found everywhere from the school playground, to the workplace, to the halls of government. Dr Sabrina Ricks (Author and Founder of SBR Workplace Leadership Services) is an expert on bullying and will help us understand what bullying is, why it’s on the rise, and what we can do about it.

No group is more important to be at the forefront of shaking things up politically than Generation Z. Today’s teens will have to live with the mistakes being made by today’s politicians and the voters who support them. We will end the show with a conversation with five teen activists who are shaking things up on issues from equality to environmental justice to LGBTQ rights: Abby Garber (Rural GroundGame), Aaryan Rawal (Pride Liberation Project – Working to uplift queer students through intersectional advocacy), Elizabeth Brubaker (Generation Ratify – The young people’s feminist movement), Felix Hedberg (Generation Ratify), and Giana Lathan (Generation Bloom – Grassroots POC-Led Youth Organization located in Hampton Roads, Virginia).

Discussing Getting Elected Officials to Act on Getting Money Out of Politics.

Thursday, April 14th, 7:30pm

Discussion with Congressman Jamie Raskin

Wednesday, April 20th, 8 pm

Take the American Promise Pledge and encourage your legislators and candidates! 

Saving our Planet, Starting in Our Community
Thursday, April 14 at 7pm via Zoom

In recognition of Earth Day 2022, please join Charlottesville NOW and the Piedmont Group of the Virginia Chapter of Sierra club to showcase local efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change. Panelists representing local governments and the University of Virginia will share their climate action plans, progress and future goals. Plus, the Charlottesville Tree Commission Chair will reveal their efforts to stop and reverse loss of tree canopy, which contributes to rising heat in urban areas, poorer health, higher utility bills, increased crime, and much more. Loss of trees is a social justice issue. 


  • Albemarle County, Gabe Dayley, Climate Protection Program Manager
  • City of Charlottesville, Susan Elliott, Climate Protection Program Manager
  • University of Virginia, Andrea Ruedy Trimble, Director of Sustainability
  • Charlottesville Tree Commission, Peggy Van Yahres, Chair

Listen to panelists have a “civil conversation” about this contentious topic. Two panelists will present what the influence of CRT has been, if any, and whether new initiatives since 2020 have positively affected the education provided by PWCPS; and two panelists will present how these initiatives were influenced by CRT and whether they have negatively affected education in PWCPS. Join:

  • Martha Cutsinger, Haymarket business owner
  • Dr. Arvinder Johri, teaches English at PWCPS Independence Nontraditional School
  • Paul Lott, founder of National Society for the Advancement of Black Americans
  • Loree Williams, Woodbridge School Board member and representative on the County’s Racial & Social Justice Commission

The discussion will be moderated by Kate Masters, Reporter for The Virginia Mercury, an online newspaper

All In To Win Virginia

It is critical that we work together to maximize impact on the upcoming ’22, ’23 and ’24 elections. Knowing what strengths we have in each district – both individuals and organizations – is essential.  The time is NOW to get organized.

Please take time to put yourself on the Power Map this week. It does takes a little time to look up your new district numbers, write them down with the incumbent and announced candidates. yet it must be done as widely as possible now, as we fight for our democracy.

Use this handy form to map yourself here:, and please use as many of the social share options as possible.  Groups/Orgs, please map yourselves here:   For those who use ‘WHO IS MY LEGISLATOR please be aware they have not updated their database with the new boundaries.

April Breakfast – Public Education Challenges

Monday, April 18, 2022 7:30 AM:network/8:00 AM:breakfast and speaker

Amphora Diner

1151 Elden St., Herndon

Join for a breakfast panel focused on education issues with: Rachna Sizemore Heizer, Fairfax County School Board Atoosa Reaser, Loudoun County School Board, Pat Hynes, Stand and Deliver Holly Hazard, 4 Public Education

Webinar- Fighting the Rage
April 21, 2022, 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Join to learn about the dark forces fighting against public education, their long-term strategy and what to do to combat them and win! Bring your questions and get ready to engage. Free, presented by local leaders.

Looking Forward and Federal: Women’s Rights from Congress to Grassroots
Thursday, April 14, 8:00 PM

During a time when the safety and health of women across the country are under threat, the conversation about what actions need to be taken to protect women’s rights is more important than ever.

Join women’s rights champion and leader, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney for a discussion on what Congress is doing to protect women in the United States. Also joining will be Human Rights Lawyer and author Kate Kelly for a discussion on her new book, Ordinary Equality along with Liza Mickens, Co-founder of VoteEqualityUS and the great, great granddaughter of Maggie Walker.

YOUTH v GOV – Special Screening
Thursday, April 21st at 6:30 PM

YOUTH v GOV follows 21 young Americans suing the world’s most powerful government to protect their constitutional rights to a stable climate. If these young people are successful, they will not only make history, they will change the future. The film is the story of America’s youth taking on the world’s most powerful government and asserts that America has willfully acted over six decades to create the climate crisis, thus endangering the youth’s constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property. The film shows the need for investments in the future right now and why It’s Time to Act on Climate justice.

Before the screening, there will be a panel discussion with plaintiffs from Virginia on the importance of intergenerational justice and what is being done for climate justice right now with the Build Back Better Act!

“Coffee with Karl” featuring Biden/Harris ad-maker Cliff Schecter
Saturday, April 23 at 3pm ET – Zoom

Karl and Cliff will take 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!

Congressional District 8 Democratic Forum
April 24, 3pm-5pm – Lake Barcroft

Please join the Sunday 4/24 forum with Rep. Don Beyer and Victoria Virasingh, who are both running in the June primary to be the Democratic candidate for the 8th Congressional District of Virginia. The forum is co-sponsored by Progressive Democrats of America-Virginia, Virginia Grassroots Coalition, Network NOVA, Our Revolution Falls Church, Our Revolution Alexandria, and Our Revolution Arlington. Rep. Beyer and Ms. Virasingh will answer questions from the moderators as well as the audience.Our moderators will be Michael Pope, an author, journalist and podcaster who lives in the Eighth Congressional District. He has reported for NPR, the New York Daily News and the Alexandria Gazette Packet. He is the author of four books, and he is co-host of the Pod Virginia podcast.

Finale Norton, a former executive with Bank of America where she successfully led large teams across the country, Inspiring and engaging them with her creative and innovative thinking.  She lives on the Eastern Shore in Congressional District 2 where she ran for the house of delegates for District 100 in 2021.  Though unsuccessful she turned that energy into community work.  She is an activist with Virginia Grassroots Coalition’s messaging team, the Messenger on Network NOVA’s Friday Power Lunch and local efforts on the Eastern Shore.

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