BADASS Briefing

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Dear Friends,

Today’s good mood is brought to you by the beachy BADASS Coffee, Virginia Beach. I’m finishing up this week’s Briefing after a couple of days of fun and frolic with friends at the beach.  Please excuse any typos, etc.

The Women’s Summit Crew is ready for you!  Tomorrow’s Power Lunch will be all about our journey to WIN –  Hampton Roads, and of course that is what we have been working toward these last 6 months.  Please remember this is about our win in 2022 AND our wins in 2023!  Please get on board now: Friday Power Lunch Sign Up – ALL IN to Win Virginia Sign Up.

ALL IN to Win!


– BADASS Headquarters, VA Beach

With all eyes on Hampton Roads this election, this week’s Friday Power Lunch is going to look at what is happening in this crucial region of the state. REGISTER

We will start with a conversation with three badass Hampton Roads activists. Susan Potter, Susan Kaufman, and Heidi Dragneff will share the grassroots perspective on the candidates, the issues, and what they are hearing from the voters.

Then we will talk to members of the Virginia Beach Democratic Committee – Maurice Hawkins (VP Precincts and Election), Michael Feggans (Vice Chair OF Operations and Candidate HD 97), and Susan Hippen (Secretary and Candidate, HD 96) – on what the local Democratic committees are doing to excite supporters and energize voters.

With everything from women’s reproductive rights to Democracy itself being on the ballot, this election is grounded in many fundamental issues. Friday Power Lunch Co-Host Finale Norton will start us off talking about the key issues in Hampton Roads by discussing voting rights and the importance of the black vote this election.

Finale will then be joined by Susan Loesberg (MOMs Demand Action) for a conversation on how gun violence prevention is on the ballot.

Delegate Kelly Convirs-Fowler will talk about the attacks on the LGBTQ Community.

And finally, we will discuss the #1 issue this election, women’s reproductive rights. With veterans being a key constituent in the Hampton Roads areas, veteran Heidi Dragneff will share with us how the gutting of Roe v Wade is impacting current and former military families.

We’ll end the show with a conversation with Del. Nadarius Clark (HD 79) who will share with us how what happens in Hampton Roads in 2022 will shape the 2023 stateside election in Virginia.

Join us for a look at what it will take to be ALL IN to WIN in Hampton Roads.

Monday September 19th 7:30amDAD Breakfast: Voting Access & Election Protection

Sunday, 9/18, 6-8 pmET

PHONE BANK COMMUNICATION TRAINING: Learn How to Have Meaningful Conversations with Potential Voters

n 2020, 34% of eligible voters didn’t vote. In this training, you’ll learn how to make “I don’t

vote” the beginning of the conversation, not the end. Dr. Jacqueline Tulsky and Elizabeth Chur

share success stories and give you tools inspired by 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. Take it from a recent attendee who raved: “Superb. I have been to a

lot of meetings and training in 53 years as an activist, but this might have been the most useful.”

Tue, Sep 20, 5:00pm–6:00pm EDT

Tue, Sep 27, 5:00pm–6:00pm EDT

Intro to the Power Building Team

Black Voters Matters’ mission is to increase civic engagement and power building in predominantly Black communities. We are looking for volunteers who want to join our power building team and make a real impact. If you believe in our mission, take the next steps by attending our volunteer orientation. Invite friends, family, and colleagues to join you.

Thursday, September 22, 6:30 PM

Attorneys For Abortion

Falls Church, VA 

Join for a special evening with Steve Descano, Commonwealth Attorney for Fairfax, to learn why some Virginia prosecutors have pledged to not prosecute anyone who seeks or provides abortions that would have been legal under Roe v. Wade. Mr. Descano will discuss the power of his office to help those seeking abortion care. 

In Virginia, several Commonwealth Attorneys, including three from Northern Virginia-–Steve Descano, Parisa Dehghani-Tafti, and Buta Biberaj–have openly declared they will refuse to enforce any law restricting women’s rights to reproductive health. Steve Descano will join us at this event to discuss his position and plan for supporting women during this extreme setback to our rights and freedoms.

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

Thursday, September 156 – 7pm EDT

Write letters to voters with members of the Hamilton cast + special guests 

Join members of the cast of Hamilton, special guests, and volunteers from across the country for a Big Send letter writing party!   At this virtual event, you’ll learn about how Vote Forward letters have been proven to increase voter turnout, get tips and training on refining your message to voters, and have your letter writing questions answered by the Vote Forward team! All while hearing from the past and present cast of Hamilton, and some very special guests.

2022 Election Update Webinars – September 15, 27, and October 4 at 1:00pm ET

Join Jackie Payne, founder of Galvanize Action and the One For All Committee for one (or more!) webinars to hear their latest analysis and how Galvanize Action and the One For All Committee, are poised to meet every moment.

You’ll see the newest ads from One For All—which are moving voters up to 30pp to support Senate candidates who will fight for progress in key states. Learn why they work, and hear how Galvanize Action and One For All are making a difference in this critical election year.

These webinars are open, and we hope you’ll take a moment to think of two friends who might be interested in our unique approach and the work both Galvanize Action and One For All are doing to win the battle for the Senate.

Sign up with the links below:

Thursday, September 15 – 1 p.m. ET

Tuesday, September 27 – 1 p.m. ET

Tuesday, October 4 – 1 p.m. ET

Thursday, September 15th, 12PM PT/3PM ET 

Movement Labs’ 2022 Election Program Briefing

Movement Labs’ September briefing will cover their election programs – which they estimate will generate 100,000 net Democratic votes. You’ll hear from the Analyst Institute about the research collaboration. You’ll also hear from state leaders about the Contest Every Race program recruiting candidates to run for over 5,000 deep red local offices – with a win rate of 48% – and Rural Power Labs program to reinvigorate rural Democrats by supporting the activists doing the work in the field right now. 

Featured speakers include: Vicki Hiatt, Chair, Kansas Democratic Party, and Senator Raquel Terán, Chair of the Arizona Democratic Party. RSVP here

September 20, 8 – 9 pm ET

Messaging to the BIPOC Community

Concerned about the slow drift of Latinos to the Republican party? Dr. Gabriela Lemus will answer some important questions for us. Find out why it is happening and what we can do about it.

Join us for a lively discussion with Dr. Gabrieal Lemus.

Dr. Lemus’ trajectory has been one of ‘Primeras’ or Firsts. She was the first woman Executive Director at the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) from 2007-2009 äóñ an AFL-CIO constituency group and first woman and Labor leader to chair the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) from 2008-2009. At LCLAA, she co-founded the National Latino Coalition on Climate Change (NLCCC) in 2006, which later evolved into GreenLatinos and was a founding Commissioner for the Commission to Engage African-Americans on Climate Change (CEAAC).

Learn from Gabriela as she discusses the slow drift of Latinos to the Republican party. She will answer important questions: Does using the term LatinX make some people feel Xed out? How does one safely discuss women’s reproductive rights? The BIPOC community is not homogeneous, what messaging approach works best with the community at large?

Please join Congressman Gerry Connolly and Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger, and friends at an outdoor evening in Vienna on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 6:30pm-8:00pm to benefit their re-election campaigns. Address will be provided upon RSVP.

Please join Elaine Luria, Abigail Spanberger and Jennifer Wexton at Belmont Country Club

Wednesday, September 21, 5:30pm, virtual Please join Virginia Redress Network’s monthly meeting to learn what  progress Virginians are making on restitution and the many issues relating to racial and social justice. REGISTER HERE 

Thursday, September 227 – 9pm EDTA Republic, If You Can Keep It: A National Affairs Forum Join the Fairfax County Democratic National Affairs Committee with featured speakers to include Dr. Drew WestenJohn Flannery II, and David Pepper. They will explore the increasing threats to our democracy at the federal and state levels and what Democrats can do to fight back. More details and to 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.

Friday, September 30, 2022, 7:00pm-11:00pm

Delegate Elizabeth Guzman’s Annual Hispanic Heritage Gala 2022

Red Rose Banquet Center

Manassas, VA

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