BADASS Briefing, September 30, 2022

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Dear Friends,

Last Friday, Postcards4VA mailed over 100,000 “Early Vote” postcards for our Congressional candidates. Now they will move into Get Out the Vote (GOTV) season and want to do more! Visit to sign up to download addresses and check out the postcard options for purchase at the fabulous Postcards4VA Pro Store. Join their Zoom celebration, October 9.

Our upcoming Friday Power Lunch is, as usual, timely and important. I hope that you will join us. Our premiere guest is Steve Phillips of Democracy in Color. More about the show below.

Please note and take action on the Calls To Action below. We particularly want to continue making calls to our senators and to Chuck Schumer to bring the ERA to the floor. Take action here and below. Also, see Women’s Wave Rallies happening October 8

Please put up your vote early signs* and share

Take your time, scroll to the end to find the Canvass for Democracy, October 15 for Representative Abigail Spanberger. Check the confirmed actions and guests.



*PS: Remind your friends and family in Virginia, if they need to Vote by Mail, they should do it as soon as possible. Use this link to apply for a ballot online: 

CHALLENGE! Donate to buy a billboard for Elaine Luria’s rural voters

“We Silver Panthers have raised $1500 and counting. Bet you can’t out-donate us! Our hair is silver, our money goes blue. And we oldsters are good as gold (see my hat). — feeling amazing.

CHALLENGE! Canvass for Elaine Luria Oct 8-9

Please join Dems To Go, NOPE, WofA, and VADF to help Elaine Luria (CD-2) retain her seat in Congress.  Details here.

Order Vote Early Signs from the Solidarity Store

**Calls To Action**

Please pause to take action & share! 

Tell the Democrats and Majority Leader Senator Schumer that you want the Senate to vote on the ERA before the midterm elections!

Help celebrate Joe Manchin removing his bill from the government spending bill and help us prepare to finally defeat the Mountain Valley Pipeline!


Thank Tim Kaine for standing up strongly in opposition to Manchin’s bill. Retweet this and make sure you tag @timkaine so he sees it. Or contact his office by calling (202) 224-4024 or go to this website to submit your comment and leave a simple thank you (Thank you for protecting our air and water from Manchin’s deregulation bill. We appreciate your Pipeline Fairness, Transparency, and Responsible Development Act that needs to be passed this Congress to protect frontline communities).


Amplify this Letter that was published in the Washington Post that investors don’t want Manchin’s bill. Share it on Facebook and Easy Retweet.

CALL TO ACTION from the Virginia Grassroots Coalition Education Working Group in response to Gov. Youngkin’s proposed Privacy, Dignity, and Respect policies, which are rooted in transphobia and only seek to further harm trans and non-binary kids and explicitly contradict the Virginia Values Act and thus are illegal. Make your comments HERE.

Call Your Senators NOW: 888-436-6478. Tell them that 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?”

Volunteer with Rideshare2Vote – Rideshare2Vote is offering free rides to the polls for Democrats in Virginia.  Training is available to drivers, phone banker, or dispatch operators.  Please help make sure no Democratic voter gets left behind!  Register to volunteer HERE. Contact: Tracy Scott – 713.922.0955.

ACTIVISTAS BILINGÜES–¡ATENCIÓN!Alzando Nuestra Voz (Raising Our Voice)Spanish-English phone banksDo you speak Spanish fluently or know someone who does? Help get out the Latinx vote for Democratic candidates.  Thursday, 9/29, 4-6 pm Spanish for Activists Do you speak Spanish AND want to reclaim our democracy? This two-hour workshop forcanvassers and phone bankers will teach you strategies for engaging in meaningful conversations with voters who are most comfortable speaking Spanish.

The Long Game in Color, 9/30/22 – NOON

Steve Phillips, National Political Expert, New York Times bestseller author of Brown Is the New White and the soon to be released How We Win the Civil War: Securing a Multiracial Democracy and Ending White Supremacy for Good, founder of Democracy in Color, a political media organization dedicated to race, and politics, and host of the podcast Democracy in Color with Steve Phillips, will explain his New Majority Index that uses two key data points missing from most political analysis—racial diversity and voter turnout rates of racial groups—to show that racial identity is one of the most salient and predictive data points indicating political behavior and its importance now. Read his recent article, What’s Missing From Voting Data? Race; listen to his interview with Jonathan Capehart: Steve Phillips on American democracy and midterm elections.

Jay Jones, former Delegate and founder of Meet Our Moment will also be joining our conversation to talk about his program which recruits and trains minority Democratic candidates to run for and win state and local offices across Virginia and how we can recruit candidates to run in every district.

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

Delegate Elizabeth Guzman’s Annual Hispanic Heritage Gala 2022

Red Rose Banquet Center

Manassas, VA

Freedom Fund LuncheonPower in Our Community
Sat, October 1, 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Fairfax Marriott at Fair Oaks 11787 Lee Jackson Memorial HighwayFairfax, 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

2022 Election Update Webinars – 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: Tuesday, October 4 – 1 p.m. ET

Saturday, October 8, 10am-3pm

Right to Vote Rally

Charles Houston Recreation Center

901 Wythe Street, Alexandria

Voting is a Right. Know Yours. Help Others Know Their Rights. Share!

Saturday, October 8th, 12-3pm

March for Martha!

Our late friend and dynamo MARTHA COUSINS would never have taken this affront against women’s lying down. In her memory, neither will we! Join us at the Lynchburg Community Market  for a rally and march downtown. to send the message: Women demand our rights.

Saturday, October 8th, 3-5pm

Williamsburg Women’s Wave

Williamsburg James City Courthouse, 5201 Monticello Avenue, Williamsburg 

Unite with women for a National Day of Action to help us send the message: Women demand our rights. Women all around the country are uniting for a fall of reckoning. We will not sit back and accept the attacks on our families, future, and our freedom. RSVP for Williamsburg. Check other events here

Sun. Oct 9 @ 4-5pm ETZoom GOTV Postcard Writing Party

Join the Postcards4VA crew in celebrating the activism of Postcarders. Prizes, postcard writing themed music playlist, time for show and tell of your own postcard creations, and share writing scripts that inspire and motivate

Wednesday, October 12, 7 – 8 PM

Senator Janet Howell and Delegate Vivian Watts Explain the General Assembly Budget Process

Senator Janet Howell and Delegate Vivian Watts will explain how the Virginia Budgetary Process Works and how can we best influence it.  Get your questions answered with Senator Janet Howell and Delegate Vivian Watts.

October 13 8:00 – 9:30 AM

DemBiz Breakfast with Emily Cain, Executive Director of EMILY’S LIST

Refraction in Valo Park (7950 Jones Branch Rd, McLean)

EMILY’S LIST is the pre-eminent organization seeking to put pro-choice Democratic women into local, state and national offices to make significant contributions to education, health care, voting rights, and economic equality. Join for an engaging and timely conversation!

October 15, 10am

Rally and Canvass for Democracy in Prince William County with Congresswoman Spanberger 

October 15, 12pm

Foreign Policy for America Spanbergerfest Canvass Launch – Boston, VA

October 15, 3:30pm

Foreign Policy for America Action Network’s Annual BBQ

Saturday, October 15, 2022

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT

Lady Liberty’s Birthday Party

Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim – Fairfax, VA 22030

Support immigrants and refugees at Lady Liberty’s Birthday Party! 

Please join Just Neighbors for a night of music, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, silent auctions and more! We’re celebrating Lady Liberty’s Birthday to support legal services for low-income immigrants and refugees.

A “torchbearer” award will be presented to someone from the community who has made significant contributions to the work of Just Neighbors in support of immigrants and refugees.

Sunday, October 16, 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Virginia Grassroots Coalition Meeting

Save the date – contact Luisa to learn more.

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