BADASS Briefing, September 23, 2022

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Dear Friends,

Wow, what a fabulous weekend we had in Virginia Beach with the 3rd stop of the Women’s Summit.  Thank you to Lauren Burke of Black Virginia News for an excellent and comprehensive article.  Read here.

Early voting has started; time to put out your vote early signs. Please help us spread the word by posting one of the following Vote Early graphics on social media: Graphic 1Graphic 2, and/or use this social media toolkit designed by Heidi Dragneff. Please check (click on small arrows under map for additional options). If you find information that needs to be corrected, please fill out this form

In honor of Hispanic Heritage month, I have included a few “Calls” for Spanish Speakers, as well as information about Elizabeth Guzman’s 5th Annual Gala.  Please share.

 Rally for the ERA on the 28th and contact Senator Chuck Schumer and your Senators to bring the ERA to the floor. Take action here. Let’s get loud and get it done!



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Tue, Sep 27, 5:00pm–6:00pm EDT

Intro to the Power Building Team

Black Voters Matter’s 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.

September 28, 2022, 9AM
U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit333 Constitution Ave NWWashington, D.C. 20001 

Join us, along with Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, to rally to publish the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in the U.S. Constitution. The ERA saves abortion and other repro rights! So, now we need to take our respective state fights to the national level. Help us defend Virginia’s 38th State Status! On September 28th, oral arguments will be held at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit where the Office of the Illinois (37th State to ratify) Attorney General will argue on behalf of Americans to mandate that the U.S. National Archivist publish the ERA in the Constitution since all requirements have been met per Article V of our nation’s founding document. This is a ministerial/secretarial obligation laid out in statute which requires the Archivist to publish a duly ratified amendment in the Federal Register. RSVP on FB.

**Calls To Action**

Please pause to take action & share!

TAKE ACTION: Contact your Senators and Senator Schumer to Bring the ERA to the Floor for a Vote BEFORE the Midterms

Call Your Senators NOW: 888-436-6478. Tell them you want fair elections and that they need to pass the DISCLOSE Act! 

When you call, here’s what you might say:  “Hello, my name is [YOUR NAME] from [YOUR TOWN]. Over a billion dollars in undisclosed money was spent in the last presidential election. To have fair elections, we must know the identity of political donors. It’s time to require super PACs and secret money groups to make their donors public. Passing the DISCLOSE Act will rein in corporate spending, stop Super PACs from subverting the will of the American electorate, and close secret money loopholes. Will the senator support this important legislation?”


Let the VDOE and Governor Youngkin know that we want Virginia History and Social Studies to include a true and complete accounting of our Commonwealth’s history in our History and Social Studies curricula, and want retained in the revised SOL the content that was approved in 2020 by the BOE and that was retained after the official public comment period in 2021. Public comment on the proposed 2022 History & Social Studies Standards of Learning closes September 25th. TAKE ACTION: While individual specific comments may carry more weight, you may also simply write: “I strongly support the SOL for history and social studies, with  the revised content that was approved by the DOE in 2020 and reject any attempt to perpetuate the mythology that the history of enslaved and formerly enslaved Virginians is either divisive or lacking in historical significance.” SUPPORT BILLBOARDS FOR ELAINE LURIA with the Silver Panthers. The Silver Panthers are supporting Rural GroundGame in financing Barn Signs and Bill Boards for Elaine.  Please support their efforts here

Thursday, 9/29, 4-6 pm
Spanish for Activists 

Do you speak Spanish AND want to reclaim our democracy? This two-hour workshop for canvassers and phone bankers will teach you strategies for engaging in meaningful conversations with voters who are most comfortable speaking Spanish. We’ll include strategies to help you navigate the critical first 30 seconds of a conversation, including phrases that communicate respect and help you earn voters’ trust. This interactive, intermediate-level class will be conducted mostly in Spanish, and will be co-taught by Mayela Galindo, a native Spanish-speaking language instructor, and Elizabeth Chur, an experienced canvasser and phone banker. Some experience with canvassing or phone banking preferred but not required. Enrollment is limited.

Friday, September 30, 2022, 7:00pm-11:00pm
Delegate Elizabeth Guzman’s Annual Hispanic Heritage Gala 2022

Red Rose Banquet CenterManassas, VA

Thu, Sep 29, 2022, 1:00 PM EDT

Combating Voter Misinformation: Tools for Election Officials and Advocates

Learn about evidence-based and behaviorally-informed strategies for effective messaging to inoculate voters against misinformation.  Election officials and civic organizations can use these tools to combat misinformation, helping to ensure voters get to the polls on election day and to restore confidence in our democracy.

2022 Election Update Webinars – September 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:

Tuesday, September 27 – 1 p.m. ET

Tuesday, October 4 – 1 p.m. ET

Wed, Sep 28, 2022 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

Teach Truth FCPS Teach-In (Taller: Enseña la Verdad FCPS)

Free and Antiracist Minds (FAM) is a group of parents, teachers, and students connected to Fairfax County Public Schools. The goals of this event are to inform people about our campaign, share what we’ve learned about recent FCPS policies and practices surrounding antiracist education, and discuss how people can get involved if they are interested. This event will include Spanish interpretation. Este evento contará con interpretación al español. ¡Obtenga más información sobre la campaña Enseñar la Verdad FCPS de FAM, y aprende a apoyar un curriculo antirracista en FCPS!

Freedom Fund Luncheon

Power in Our Community

Sat, October 1, 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Fairfax Marriott at Fair Oaks

11787 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway

Fairfax, VA 22033

Join the Fairfax NAACP for their Annual Freedom Fund Luncheon to celebrate their 2022 community advocates and partners. The keynote speaker this year is Marvin Powell, Business Champion, Advocate, and Executive Coach. The emcee for the day is Nerissa Trindadea, transformational speaker and two-time international bestselling author.  Enjoy a terrific lunch menu, music by DJ Zay, a silent auction and of course their community awardees.

Saturday, October 01, 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Celebrating the “Prevent A Gun Tragedy – Speak Up! Campaign

7821 Frances Drive

Alexandria VA 22306

Sunday, October 2, 2:45 PM to 5:30 PM

World Premiere of Musical “Gabriel”

Firehouse Theatre

1609 West Broad Street

Richmond, VA 23220

Join for the world premiere of musical “Gabriel” at Firehouse Theatre! Set in the summer of 1800, “Gabriel” tells the story of the biggest planned slave revolution in Virginia history! Based on the true and little known Richmond story, portrays the state-wide insurrection led by Gabriel, a literate enslaved blacksmith.

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