BADASS Briefing, August 4, 2022

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of NOVA LaborThursday, August 4, 2022

Dear Friends,

I had an informative call with Ginny Diamond, of NOVA Labor, yesterday.  I was particularly interested in how we could support Starbucks Workers United. Starbucks Workers United is requesting that you visit one or more of the 13 Virginia unionized STARBUCKS stores and let the workers know that you support them and have their backs. Identify yourself, order your drink with the name Union Strong, and leave a nice cash tip.  I’m going over to Gallows & Gatehouse this week and plan to get out to Sterling and Leesburg in the upcoming weeks.  Where can you visit? See the list of unionized Starbucks below

We have some making good trouble events in this next week as well as several to note on your September calendar.  Enjoy your read today, and get out there and make some good trouble.




Pledge to act in Solidarity with Starbucks Workers United

Support the following stores: 1. Cascades Marketplace – 21000 Southbank Street, Sterling2. Gallows & Gatehouse – 3046 Gatehouse Plaza, Falls Church3. Leesburg Plaza – 526 E Market St, Leesburg4. Carytown- 3555 W Cary St, Richmond5. Huguenot Village – 2059 Huguenot Road, Richmond6. Carmia Way – 11136 Midlothian Turnpike, N. Chesterfield7. Forest Hills & Cherokee – 6980 Forest Hill Ave, Richmond8. Westchester Commons – 15605 WC Commons Way, Midlothian9. Willow Lawn – 1601 Willow Lawn Drive, Richmond10. Arthur Ashe Blvd & Myers – 1017 N Boulevard, Richmond11. Oyster Point – 340 Oyster Point Rd, Newport News12. Farmville – 2003 S. Main St, Farmville13. The Bridges – 8 Old Whitmore Ave. Roanoke

Vote Run Lead is an organization dedicated to supporting the political campaigns of women and help ensure they win their races! They offer completely free 1:1 coaching to female candidates and their campaigns. You can sign up for a coaching session HERE.

Become an Election Official or Poll Observer TODAY/EVERYWHERE!Bannon is working to place far right election officials in election offices to help overturn elections so we must sign up to be election officials. Info on How to Become an Election Official.

Volunteer with Rideshare2Vote

Rideshare2Vote is again offering free rides to the polls for  Democrats in Virginia.  They try to service any voter from any area of the state, yet primary focus is in Northern Virginia on down to Fredericksburg, the Charlottesville area, Richmond and surrounding counties, and the Tidewater area. They had many more ride requests than drivers in these  critical areas in 2021 and want to be fully prepared to drive every voter in November 2022! Training is available to drivers on their smartphone app that connects drivers and voters and directs the drivers to the correct pickup and voting locations – trainings are held online throughout the summer. We will drive for at least 1 week of early voting plus election day, November 8.  Please help us make sure no Democratic voter gets left behind!  Register to volunteer as a driver, phone banker, or dispatch operator HERE. Contact: Tracy Scott – 713.922.0955.

Sign Hamkae Center’s petition to support learning about Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities in Virginia’s public K-12 schools! Sign here.

Thursday, August 4th

Time: 7:30 pm ET

Great Troublemaker Turnout Training

Ready to stand up against extremism in your community? Do you want to join with others where you live to stand together against right-wing culture wars? Join our Troublemaker Training to learn effective methods of organizing and what tactics you can use to impact issues in your community? Time make your voices heard!  SIGN UP NOW

Friday Power Lunch

GOING BLUER & BETTER – Democrats in Action

August 5, 2022, NOON ET

On this week’s Friday Power Lunch, we will be discussing how we need to go bluer, be better at explaining all that Democrats have accomplished, and be bolder and more vigilant in getting our message out to voters.

We will start the show with a conversation with Del. Marcus Simon (HD 53) who will tell us about the new voting rights legislation that was enacted.

Then we’ll hear from Matt Caffrey (Swing Left) who will tell us about Swing Left’s national midterm strategy and what they’re doing in Virginia. He’ll also tell us about their big August 9th event that will get you feeling that not only is the blue wave alive but growing bigger and stronger. This event will lift your heart knowing that the anti-MAGA majority is activated and getting out the vote.

We’ll end with a spotlight on Loudoun county’s upcoming effort to knock 40,000 doors in one weekend. This is a joint grassroots effort among groups large and small. To hear about the excitement and energy emanating from Loudoun, we’ll hear from Barbara Jones (Loudoun Grassroots Coalition), Lissa Savaglio (Loudoun County Democratic Committee), and Kristin Gorczyk (Together We Will Loudoun).

See you on Friday where we’re going bluer & better because Democrats are activated and mobilized!


Sunday, August 7, 2022 @ 2pm

REPRO Townhall!

Hosted by: REPRO Rising Virginia

Charles Houston Center- 901 Wythe St., Alexandria, VA

There will be a panel discussion featuring Virginia repro organizations focusing on what we’re all doing in the movement to ensure everyone seeking abortion care in Virgina can access abortion and what you can do to get involved. 

With the fall of Roe v. Wade, the Repro Movement is more energized than ever to help Virginians across the state access abortion care. With threats from the Governor Glenn Youngkin to attack abortion rights and limit access, we are gathering in Alexandria to have a discussion about how you can fight back against anti-abortion attacks and help people access abortion care in Virginia. 

After the panel discussion, there will be a tabling event with community allies and reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations that you can connect with and learn more about Northern Virginia’s repro movement. REGISTER HERE

Sunday, August 7th, 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Virginia Grassroots Coalition Meeting

RSVP here

Tuesday, August 9, 8pm ET

ALL HANDS: Post-Roe we can stop MAGA & WIN

The blue wave, with democracy at it’s back will continue! Hear it straight from Simon Rosenburg whose analysis is inspiring voters, emboldening our democracy & lifting our hearts to the truth and an ultimate win in November.

Wednesday, August 10, 2022 – 5:30pm – Virtual

Redress in Virginia – Actions Moving Forward 

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. REGISTER HERE

Every Wednesday 2 pm EDT

Basic Twitter Skills for Social Storming with Field Team 6

Topics: What IS Social Storming?, Social Storming steps, Setting up your Twitter account to attract followers, Understanding Twitter limits, and more. RSVP HERE

Every Wednesday at 6 pm EDT

Advanced Twitter Skills for Social Storming with Field Team 6

Topics: Social Storming steps, Finding more followers, Using comments & quote tweets effectively, Managing multiple accounts, Using TweetDeck, and more. RSVP HERE

Wed, Aug 10, 5:00pm–6:00pm EDT

Superwomen Wednesday x Women Are Voting 

Superwomen Wednesday is a place for the Supermajority community to come together to learn and take action. It is an entry point for anyone new to volunteering and also a place for seasoned volunteers to take meaningful action on a consistent basis.

This year, Superwomen Wednesdays will include text banks, phone banks, and teach-ins focused on making the Majority Rules a reality for everyone.

Thursday, August 11

7 – 9pm EDT 

Training: You and the 34%: How to Connect with High-Potential Voters

In 2020, 34% of eligible voters didn’t vote. In this training, you will learn how to make “I don’t vote” the beginning of the conversation, not the end. Dr. Jacqueline Tulsky and Elizabeth Chur share stories of success, and give you tools drawn from Motivational Interviewing to help you draw out “high-potential voters,” elicit their desires for change, and turn them into voters. Whether you’re new to canvassing and phone-banking or have been doing it for years, this interactive training is designed for you.

Led by: Jacqueline Tulsky, MD, an HIV primary care and addiction medicine specialist and Motivational Interviewing trainer. Elizabeth Chur, an experienced phone banker and canvasser who trained hundreds of volunteers in 2020 through Swing Left San Francisco. Her workshops have included Phone Bank Training for Introverts and Spanish for Phone Banking.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 12, 2022 AT 9 AM – 10:30 AM

Together in Faith Symposium

Register by August 10 HERE

On the 5th anniversary of the attacks in Charlottesville, VICPP invites you to join us for a community symposium to culminate our “Together in Faith” project in partnership with the Prince William County Police Department. We’ll hear from federal, state, and local agencies working on hate crime prevention and prosecution, local and state elected officials, and a wonderful spectrum of faith leaders in Prince William County. 

There will be a special message from U.S. Senator Mark Warner and keynote remarks by Delegate Michelle Maldonado. We will be joined by Prince William County Board of Supervisors’ Margaret Franklin, who represents the Woodbridge district where hate crime incidents have occurred within the past five years. Representatives from the U.S. Attorney’s Office covering Virginia, the FBI Virginia field office, and the Prince William County Police Department will also join the program to provide insight on the work of protecting houses of worship against hate crimes and investigating and prosecuting cases that occur.

Saturday, August 13th12-1:30 PM ET

Building a Coalition: Multiracial and Interfaith Allyship for African American Reparations

The African American Redress Network (AARN) will be hosting a virtual conference to explore how multiracial and interfaith solidarity can present valuable opportunities for advancing the movement for racial redress in the U.S. We believe this convening will inspire and inform other grassroots organizers on ways to build support of the African American reparations movement.

Thursday, August 25, 2022 02:00 PM Webinar

This orientation is designed to give a basic overview of While the focus of the session will be searching legislation and the Congressional member information attached to the legislation, the new features of will be highlighted. RSVP HERE

Thursday, September 8

7 – 8pm EDT

NOPE Meeting

Nope’s September meeting will be a deep dive into Pennsylvania with two dynamic speakers. John Fetterman is Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governorr and Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate. Fetterman is running against the Trump-endorsed Dr. Oz. Fetterman could become the Democratic senator who saves our majority or even tips the balance to overcome the votes of Manchin and Sinema.

Jamie Perrapato is executive director of Turn PA Blue, a champion for voting rights dedicated to getting progressive candidates elected at every level of government. Jamie will help us understand the challenges in the races up and down the ballot. Plan to join us Thursday, September 8. Sign up here.

Saturday September 24, 9am-3pm

Raise Your Hand 4 Education: A Leadership Symposium for Virginia

Get inspired, learn and network with experts and advocates from around the Commonwealth! We aim to ensure our public schools stay public as we strive for equity and an exceptional education for every child. Sign up here.

Be a BADASS, Sign Up for the Rural Summit

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