BADASS Briefing, May 19, 2022

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Dear DemCast,

We won’t let violence and hatred discourage us. In fact, it’s just the opposite. It just makes us more determined. Mid-terms are in full-swing here in Virginia and across the country. The November elections are fast coming our way. And, you know what, WE ARE TOUGH AND WE ARE WORKING TOGETHER!  

We have a lot to accomplish in a few months.  Read below for opportunities to meet and support great women running for office, dig into issues, and hone your skills or learn new ones.

You can start with this week’s important Friday Power Lunch about RESPECT – respect for all people, because that is what we Democrats believe in and will continue to fight for. 

The 2022 Women’s Summit, ALL IN TO WIN VIRGINIA, will gather us in three parts of the state this summer.  We are going to be supercharged as we enter the fall election season. Rural, suburban and urban women and all our allies are going to paint Virginia blue! Register below today.

Let’s do it!


Activism Training – Instagram for You and Your Group – Thurs, May 19, 5:00 PM

Massachusetts Grassroots Information Center (MAGIC) is partnering with Swing Left to get you and your group started on Instagram – where you can attract a more diverse audience. In this beginners’ session:

  • Check out a local group that is using Instagram effectively
  • Introduce (or re-introduce) yourself or your group to Instagram the right way
  • Learn how to post effectively at a rally or other event

Friday Power Lunch, May 20, 2022, 12pm



Our hearts are broken over the senseless and brutal murders in Buffalo. This racially motivated hate crime is an act of domestic terrorism. We will start this week’s show coming together as a community to discuss how hatred can never win and how we must speak up and never give up.

The theme of this week’s Friday Power Lunch is respect, something that is critically in short supply. We will discuss respecting women, respecting access to abortion, respecting women candidates, respecting our teachers and public education, and respecting local Democratic committees.

Our first segment will highlight three of our amazing 2021 candidates who will discuss their experiences running, winning and legislating: Briana Sewell (HD51), Michelle Maldonado (HD50), and Jackie Glass (HD89). We will hear their unique stories about what motivated them to run in 2021 and their experiences on the campaign trail. They will then have a group conversation on how their friendship has helped them succeed in their first General Assembly session.

What a tumultuous time it is for reproductive rights in Virginia and across the nation. Han Jones (they/them), Political Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia will provide us with information, data, and insight into the fight to access sexual and reproductive health care, especially abortion care.

We will then focus our attention on the attack on public education in Loudoun County with Senator Jennifer Boysko and Loudoun County School Board member Atoosa Reaser who will give us an update on what’s going on and what we can do.

We will end the show with an example of how one local Democratic committee is working to bring about positive change to the state Democratic party. Nancy Morgan from the Alexandria Democratic Committee (ADC) will discuss the resolution that ADC passed unanimously on 5-2-2022 calling for a “reimagining” of the state party.

See you on Friday where we’ll be discussing R-E-S-P-E-C-T.  REGISTER

Henrico Spring Fling to support the work of Rural GroundGame.

May 20, 2022, 6-8pm

Home of Alsuin Creighton-Preis

7719 Rock Creek Rd.

Henrico, VA 23229

Host Senator Jennifer McClellan will share with everyone about how important it is to support races in every part of the Commonwealth. Delegates Sally Hudson and David Reid are looking forward to speaking with everyone in attendance about the need for diverse representation to ensure the work of the people is prioritized and accomplished.

There will be drinks, light hors d’oeuvres, and a whole lot of fun. You won’t want to miss this event!

Can’t attend this event? That’s ok! You can still donate to support rural Democrats

On June 18, 2022 the Mass Poor People’s & Low-Wage Workers’ Assembly and Moral March on Washington and to the Polls will be a generationally transformative and disruptive gathering of poor and low wealth people, state leaders, faith communities, moral allies, unions and partnering organizations. We are building power for an agenda that lifts all people by challenging the interlocking injustices of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, the war economy and the false moral narrative of religious nationalism!

Join those organizing in Virginia for this important event:

You can find a bus here:

Free bus seat code for all who need it: PPC100VA

Reception to Support Jennifer Carroll Foy for Virginia Senate – Sun, May 22 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Early money is like yeast.” Let’s get Jennifer’s campaign off to a strong start, so she can concentrate on reaching out to voters and earning their votes!

Nadja and Stephanie are preparing special home-made treats to entice you – drawing inspiration from Southern cuisine classics! 

Jennifer Carroll Foy is worth the effort. She is a natural politician, a tenacious campaigner, and a strong progressive. These qualities make her a strong candidate to take on the Republicans in the 33rd District next year – when keeping and building on our Senate majority will be of paramount importance.

Please join for a delectable spread, supporting an amazing candidate, Jennifer Carroll Foy.

Energy Democracy: Building an Energy System That Works for Everyone

Wednesday, May 25 at 6:30 p.m. EDT

As part of Appalachian Voices’ 25th anniversary celebration, their energy democracy team is hosting a panel discussion with organizers from three Appalachian states who will provide first-hand accounts of communities fighting against fossil-fuel pollution and working for a just transition to renewable energy.

Dems To Go Strategic Roundtable

Wednesday, May 25, 7:30pm

Democrats To Go will help you understand exactly what’s going on — and what we can expect when we volunteer — in the Second and Seventh to help these two great congressional representatives HOLD THEIR SEATS in November. Don’t miss out — this will be an important and informative evening.


Every year, we do something new, different, and unexpected at the Women’s Summit. This year we recognize the urgency of investing in deepening the blue foundation for organizing and sustaining the grassroots work across Virginia. For the 6th Annual Women’s Summit it’s a festival of celebration and determination! Join the festivities in-person and/or virtually through the new ALL IN to Win Virginia online community.

The All IN to Win festivals will energize, activate, and get us ready to win this November and beyond! You can view the overview of all the events, activities, and online opportunities included in this year’s Women’s Summit hereThose interested in the Advocacy Fairs, please drop me a line here:


Each of the 3 in-person events begin on Friday evening with a community mixer. Saturday is the Festival with a Main Stage Program, inspirational speakers, entertainment, learning, sharing, alliance building, and an Advocacy Fair. The programming for each location will highlight the beauty and uniqueness of the region through speakers and their approach to the issues we share.

  • Northern Virginia (Annandale & Herndon): June 24-25
  • Shenandoah Valley (Waynesboro & Nellysford): August 12-13
  • Tidewater/757 (Virginia Beach): September 16-18

NOVA  June 24-25:


On Friday, June 24, 6:30pm we will be at Rowan Tree located in Herndon, VA. Rowan Tree is a beautiful, productive in-person workspace founded by partners of the Women’s Summit, Kate Viggiano Janich and Amy Dagliano. Join us to get social, meet new friends, connect with old friends and hear from community leaders on issues impacting our basic freedoms from free speech to protecting women’s rights. School Board members from Loudoun County will be present. We will have music, lite appetizers, wine & sparkling water.


On Saturday, June 25, 9 am – 2pm we will be at the Ernst Community Cultural Center located at NOVA’s Community College in Annandale. Our ALL IN TO WIN FESTIVAL will include an Advocacy Fair, Networking NOSH with Lunch, Take Action Areas, and the ALL IN Stage. The ALL IN Stage will be an engaging, uplifting, inspiring program that will include Congressional candidates, various speakers on the issues. A highlight of our ALL IN Stage will be our favorites singer songwriters Crys Matthews & Heather Mae performing and keeping the vibe alive!

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