BADASS Briefing, April 28, 2022

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Dear Friends,

April is coming to a close yet things are heating up in Virginia as we all continue to step up and make change.

Let’s get it done,


STEPPING UP: Making Change

Friday Power Lunch (4/29/2022)


This week we will talk to people who are shaking off obstacles, stepping up, and making change. If there were ever a time we need to inspire and support each other, this is that time!  Right now!  Right here in Virginia!  Our weekly Power Lunches help us to inspire each other, build connections, and gain deeper insight into issues — and all of that HELPS EACH ONE OF US TO STEP OUT STRONGER.

In college, Ali Karim and a group of friends founded an organization to aid orphaned children in third world nations. Now 17 years later, Global Shout is an international aid organization staffed by doctors and nurses with Dr. Ali Karim as its Executive Direction. Their recent projects include building a school in the northeast Nigerian village of Chibok for formerly kidnapped schoolgirls. Prior to that, they helped equip and assist a local hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan and completed water and sanitation projects in West Africa. Women’s rights activist, psychologist, and 2021 Afghan evacuee Wida Saber, works in Virginia through Global Shout and will tell us about her work with women educators from an all-girls school in Kabul to provide food assistance to families in need.

Last year members of Virginia’s General Assembly formed an Asian American and Pacific Islander Caucus (AAPI) to work for legislation and law enforcement policy to protect and support the state’s AAPI communities. We will be joined by three members of the caucus: Delegates Suhas Subramanyam (HD87 Loudoun), Kathy Tran (HD42 Fairfax), and Irene Shin (HD 86 Loudoun/Fairfax).

We will end the show with a conversation with Diana Williams (Communications Manager) and Laura Gonzalez (Energy Policy) from Clean Virginia who will talk to us about their work for the equitable transfer to clean energy in Virginia. This topic has tremendous implications not only for the future of our climate and environment, but also for our very democracy.

REGISTER for the Friday Power Lunch

The Democratic Business Council of Northern Virginia (DemBiz) welcomes Special Guest Alexander Vindman – Friday, April 29th 9:00am – 11:00am, Refraction, Valo Park, McLean, In-person only

Alexander Vindman, a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel, was most recently the director for Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Russia on the White House’s National Security Council. Previously, he served as the Political-Military Affairs Officer for Russia for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and as an attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. While on the Joint Staff, he co-authored the National Military Strategy Russia Annex and was a co-author for the Global Campaign Plan for Russia. He is currently a doctoral student and senior fellow of the Foreign Policy Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Pritzker Military Fellow at the Lawfare Institute, board member for the Renew Democracy Initiative, senior advisor for VoteVets, and the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, Here, Right Matters. Follow him on Twitter @AVindman.

Brunch with a Purpose – May 1, 2022, 9 AM -11 AM (ET)BusBoys and Poets, ArlingtonJoin Jolicia Ward to honor Congressional Candidate Victoria Virasingh who is running for VA-8th District! They are partnering with Bridges to Independence Local Shelter Home and will be collecting their TOP TEN essential items requested! Please bring an item for donation! These items include; hand towels, towels, bottled water, lysol wipes, healthy kid snacks, tissues, hand sanitizer, body wash, toothpaste, and toothbrushes! 

ALL IN To Win Virginia Power Map

Have you Power Mapped yourself?  Please step up and get that done, and encourage others to do so as well. 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.  Please step up and make the effort 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, as we fight for our democracy. The time is NOW to get organized.

Rural Radio Workshop

May 3, 2022 07:00 PM

 We know that conservative voices have been monopolizing rural radio for a long time. No more.

Join for an event to participate in the creation of radio ads from start to finish. This is  accessible and available to grassroots. You’ll be shown how to record on your phone, in your car or in the comfort of home!

Understanding the audience for these ads is step #1. RRG will share demographics and profiles of the people we are trying to influence, as well as examples of the types of stations they would run on.

Content is king, they say. And ‘they’ are right – the message is everything.  You will be given insight into priority topics and sources for ideas and direction.

Learn how to create a script for 30 and 60 second ads with best practices for recording. Learn how Rural GroundGame can support fundraising and distribution efforts.

Fun fact! Once you have created a radio ad script, you’ve got excellent source content to create mail/postcards, yard signs, targeted digital ads, Facebook posts, TikToks, and more.

Here’s an example of an ad that Rural GroundGame ran:

Let’s ensure that rural Democrats have a voice that can’t be missed. Please join and bring your ideas to share. REGISTER

Redress in Virginia – Actions Moving Forward

Wednesday, May 4, 2022 – 5:30pm – Virtual

Please join Virginia Redress Network’s bi-weekly meeting to learn what  progress Virginians are making on restitution and the many issues relating to racial and social justice.

Something in the Water. June 17-19 – National Mall

Something in the Water music festival is traveling up I-95 from Virginia Beach and to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. for the three-day Juneteenth weekend.  Pharrell Williams, the rapper and recording artist who organized the first festival in 2019 in Virginia Beach is bringing the Something in the Water music festival to D.C. 

Virginia residents will have special access to a “Virginia Locals Only” presale taking place Friday, April 29 from 10:00am ET through 5:00pm ET.

Mass Poor People’s & Low-Wage Workers’ Assembly and Moral March on Washington and to the Polls

June 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.

Juneteenth Celebration: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training by The League of Women Voters of VirginiaMon, June 20, 2022, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDTHonor Juneteenth 2022 with in-depth training on the next steps of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with Da’Quan Love, former Executive Director of the Virginia NAACP and owner of Reflex Strategy Group. 

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