BADASS Briefing, April 21, 2022

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The time is NOW!  Starting in June we will gather throughout the Commonwealth to strengthen our bonds, learn from each other, and build capacity. Katherine White and I spent yesterday in Nelson County with Jennifer Kitchen (Rural GroundGame) preparing for our 6th Annual Women’s Summit which will have it’s second stop there, August 12-14.  It is gorgeous, full of fun, friendly people and breweries.  I am feeling optimistic.

We know to win we start with our strengths.  Join me this weekend to continue to build power through community and education and to celebrate Mother Earth and our strengths.

Let’s get it done, And you know what – WE WILL NOT LET HATE WIN!


PLAYING TO YOUR STRENGTHS: Confidence, Competency & Caring

Friday Power Lunch, April 22, 2022 noon ET

President Obama once said, “One voice can change a room, and if one voice can change a room, then it can change a city, and if it can change a city, it can change a state, and if it can change a state, it can change a nation, and if it can change a nation, it can change the world. Your voice can change the world.”

This week’s Friday Power Lunch (4/22/2022) will explore what can happen when we play to our strengths for the greater good. What does it take to find and use your voice? For each of us, it might be something different. Some people are natural communicators or use their people skills as their source of confidence. Others find their inner strength through acquiring skills and applying them competently. And still others have the gift of kindness and caring that emanates from their faith and inspires others.

When you have a background in television game shows, politics and zany antics naturally go together. Emmy Award-winning producer, writer, and humorist, Gary Carter Green will share his latest project, the video podcast “You Can’t Beat Blue” where he makes news about issues and candidates fun and full of laughs. Take it from us, talking to Gary is a wild ride you won’t want to miss.

We are excited to have Friday Power Lunch community member Delegate Vivian Watts (HD 39) join us to talk about her life as an activist working to break down barriers and shatter the glass ceiling for women in Virginia politics. Way ahead of her time, Vivian brought her experience as a fiscal analyst to governing by using her cool competency in finance and data to educate her peers and bring important progress to the Commonwealth. This is a woman who shows us how to bring our strengths to the table!

We will end the show with a conversation with Kim Bobo, Executive Director of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy. Kim will share stories and examples of what can happen when faith communities work together for a more just society.

See you on Friday for a conversation on Playing to Your Strengths: Confidence (people skills), Competency (financial literacy/leadership skills), and Caring (faith in action).


CALL TO ACTION: Urge Lawmakers to OVERRIDE Governor Youngkin’s Veto of HB1197 – One Click

Passed with overwhelming bipartisan support during the 2022 Legislative Session, HB1197 created a workgroup to study the transfer of the Department of Juvenile Justice to the Secretary of Health and Human Services.  Simply, it aimed to answer the question of whether the current organizational structure of the Department of Juvenile Justice is itself a hindrance to rehabilitating children.  In April of 2022, Governor Youngkin vetoed the bill, stifling a critical first step towards considering a public health approach to youth justice in the Commonwealth and evidence informed policy making.

Earth Day Every Day – An exchange of ideas in honor of Earth Day.

Thursday, April 21, 7pm

Join Lana and Kartar who are passionate about finding creative ways to use consumer power to slow down climate change and preserve our beautiful earth, the only home we have.

Please consider coming, and if you can’t but are interested, register and the video will be sent.


Troublemaker Training: Book Ban Edition

Thursday, April 21, 7pm

Join Lana and Kartar who are passionate about finding creative ways to use consumer power to slow down climate change and preserve our beautiful earth, the only home we have.

Please consider coming, and if you can’t but are interested, register and the video will be sent.


Has Critical Race Theory Impacted PWC Public Schools?

Apr 21, 2022 07:00 PM

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:

YWCA National Capital Area as we Stand Against Racism

April 23: 12pm-3pm

Freedom Plaza

1455 Pennsylvania Ave.

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 and the following speakers:

Melanie Campbell, CEO, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation
Alma Couverthie, National Organizing Director, League of Women Voters
Monica Gray, CEO, YWCA National Capital Area
Margaret Mitchell, CEO, YWCA USA
Elizabeth Schmelzel, Senior Attorney, CAIR Coalition
Zillah Wesley, DMV Mobilization Coordinator, The Poor People’s Campaign (DC)
Akosua Ali, President, NAACP DC
Nia 2X, President, National Action Network (NAN) DC
Rose Brunache, Board President, DC NOW (National Organization for Women)
Takina Wilson, Vice President of Health Programs, Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, DC
Jillian Burford, Communications Coordinator, Serve Your City/Ward 6 Mutual Aid
Kevin Cramer, Co-founder and Director of Community Engagement, The Palm Collective
The community fair will also feature representatives from the DC Board of Elections, The Washington Spirit & speakers’ organizations.

“Coffee with Karl” featuring Biden/Harris ad-maker Cliff Schecter

Saturday, April 23 at 3pm ET

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 Rep. Don Beyer and Victoria Virasingh, running for the Democratic nomination for the 8th Congressional District of Virginia in a forum 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.

This will be an excellent forum held at a beautiful lakeside location a burst with spring blossoms, with socializing, boat rides and fun.

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.

Groups/Orgs, please map yourselves here:

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