BADASS Briefings, December 15, 2022

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When Virginians explain to the outside world that we have elections every year, I add: we have elections at least every year!  Early 2023 will start with 2 special elections, see below and we also will have a Special Election for CD 4 on February 21 with a Democratic Firehouse Primary on Tuesday, December 20, to select our nominee. Because this primary election is party-run, we need all hands on deck to make sure that this process runs smoothly. Please sign up and share this volunteer link as widely as possible, especially if you live in or near Virginia’s 4th Congressional District. 

To add to the holiday busyness, many are preparing for our 2023 General Assembly Session which starts on January 11. Along with many of the special interest groups, the Virginia Grassroots Coalition has a list of Priority Bills that we will support as a coalition. In order to submit a bill for the coalition’s priority bills letter, you must meet the following criteria: 1) You accept responsibility for tracking the bill during the legislative session and will notify the coalition of opportunities for calls to action, 2) The bill you are recommending either has bipartisan support, can be used for messaging during the 2023 elections, and/or threatens existing legislation and needs to be opposed, 3) Submissions are due by January 5th at 8pm. Please email your submissions to, including the bill’s number and links to the bills in LIS.

If you have not already done so, please make sure to Power Map yourself. – We need to know where we have support across the state so that we can utilize our collective power during the Legislative Session.  Please let us know where you are here:

I’ll be taking a bit of a break from the Thursday BADASS Briefing, yet will promise Tuesday Tidbits throughout the holidays with regular Briefings starting back up on January 5. If you have additions to the Tidbits or Briefings, please email me directly at with the suggested format.

Thanks all – enjoy the holidays.



Special Elections – January 10, 2023

Support Candidate Aaron Rouse – SD7! 

Support Candidate Holly Seibold – HD35! 

Friday Power Lunch 

Holiday Lights and Legal Rights

Reproductive Freedom for All

12/16/2022, NOON ET


The end of Roe is having serious repercussions in Virginia. Governor Glenn Youngkin is shopping a 15-week ban on abortion. Even more horrifying, Delegate Marie March (R) recently pre-filed House Bill 1395, which would define life as beginning at fertilization, thereby banning abortion and potentially even jeopardizing access to emergency contraception. 

Senator Jennifer McClellan (SD9 and newly announced candidate for Congress in CD4), Tarina Keene, Executive Director, and Lexi White, Policy Director, for REPRO Rising Virginia, along with Delegate Charniele Herring (HD46) will help us understand why any and all abortion bans are harmful to women and what we must do to protect women’s health. Lexi White will lead the discussion on the proposed Constitutional Amendment to secure abortion rights in VA.

Gene Rossi (former assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia and popular legal commentator and trial analyst) will join us for a segment on “All Things Legal” to give us an update on Trump’s latest legal woes.

We’ll end the show spotlighting candidate Holly Seibold running in the January 10 special election for HD 35, the seat vacated by Mark Keam who is joining the Biden administration. We absolutely need to keep this seat BLUE as step number one toward regaining the majority in the House of Delegates in 2023. 


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Stop Manchin’s Dirty Deal – ASAP Manchin is now trying to amend must pass legislation with the “Building American Energy Security Act” that would gut environmental protections and push through harmful fossil fuel projects. Call your Senators at (888) 997-5380 – Call your House Member: (917) 791-2257 – Use this easy portal to send an email to your members of congress. Questions: Contact Freeda Cathcart, 

Keep Truth and Democracy in our Public Education! Demand that the Board of Education vote for “first review” of the original August version at their first meeting in 2023 to keep truth and democracy in Virginia’s education! Send an email here

Send an email to legislators urging them to uphold Virginia’s progress on climate and clean energy, particular clean car standards and electric vehicle transition. 

Tell your representatives – it’s time for affordable and clean energy. The 2023 legislative session is the time to pass common sense laws that will ensure a more affordable and equitable clean energy transition in Virginia.  

Send a letter to your state delegate and senator in support of Virginia Declaration of Solar Rights 

Thursday, December 15th, 4:00pm

Virtual Education Caucus with Delegate Kaye Kory

Delegate Kory has been hearing from many constituents with grave concerns about the current state-mandated assessments/tests for elementary and middle school students. Join her to share your thoughts.  Join Zoom Meeting at 4pm

December 17, 10am – 12pm

A Winter Brunch for Kathy Tran


Please join Delegate Kathy Tran and special host Anh Phan for a fundraiser to support Kathy Tran’s reelection campaign!

December 18, 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Campaign Kick-Off for Delegate Luke Torian & Delegate Briana Sewell

Woodbridge, VA

Celebrate with local, state, and federal elected officials as we begin the race to win back the majority in the House of Delegates

To RSVP, please email

Thursday, December 15, 6:30 PMPPAV Holiday House Party

Arlington, Virginia Join Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia (PPAV) for their holiday house party fundraiser at the home of Matt and Brooke de Ferranti. Enjoy holiday cheer, food and drink, and great company, including special guests Congressman Don Beyer, Delegate Hope, & Delegate Lopez to help support PPAV’s organizing efforts in the Commonwealth.

Friday December 16th 6-8 pm

Stella and Rachna’s Banned Books Holiday Bash

Please join Maggie Godbold for a merry and bright banned books holiday bash in support of Stella Pekarsky and Rachna Sizemore Heizer.

Saturday, December 17, 11am

Weekend Canvass: Knock Doors with Holly Seibold for Delegate! 

Join Holly Seibold’s campaign team every weekend to knock doors and make sure folks get out to vote in the special election on January 10th!!

Saturday, December 17, 4-6 pm

Canvass & Cookies with Representative Gerry Connolly

Vienna, VA Please join after canvassing for a fundraiser in support of Holly Seibold for Delegate, Democratic Candidate, House of Delegates, 35th District

Jan 5, 2023 06:00 PM

Legislative Briefing: Protecting Abortion Rights during the 2023 Virginia Legislative Session

Join Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia (PPAV) to learn about Gov. Youngkin’s and Virginia Republicans’ plans to attack abortion rights during the 2023 Legislative Session and how you can help us fight back and defeat these unpopular and dangerous proposals.

Wednesday, December 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

Saturday – Sunday January 7th and 8th

Canvassing Weekend – Aaron Rouse for Virginia Senate – Special Election

Join Virginia Grassroots Coalition volunteers heading down to Virginia Beach on January 7-8, 2023 to flip a critical Virginia Senate seat in a January 10 special election which is highly winnable. This will be ultra-high-impact canvassing on the weekend right before the election in an under-the-radar race where few voters will show up! We will canvass out of the Virginia Beach Democratic Headquarters. This could well make the difference on whether we retain or lose women’s right to choose in Virginia in the upcoming legislative session!  Aaron Rouse is a fantastic candidate! He has experience, having been on the Virginia Beach City Council for many years.  Aaron has the name and the popularity as he is a former NFL football star;  he has local community support big time – and he would bring more diversity to the Virginia Senate which still needs it!   Senate District 7 includes a small section of Norfolk and the Western part of Virginia Beach, approx. 3.5-hour drive from DC.  Free volunteer housing is available, as well as carpools.  For more information, contact Chris LeMenestrel at and/or fill out this form.

Sunday, January 8, 6:00pm

Virginia Grassroots Coalition Meeting

Virtual Virginia Grassroots Coalition Meeting 

Join 50+ grassroots groups as we review our legislative priorities and get ready for session.

Contact Luisa Boyarski for Zoom link:

Monday, January 9th, 7:30pm

Culture Wars and Weaponization of Critical Race Theory

Former VA Secretary of Education Atif Qarni will explain the origins and historical context of Critical Race Theory (CRT), how the CRT discourse was shaped over the last 2 years, and how the CRT debate influences education. Sponsored by 4 Public Education, NAACP Fairfax, and the Hamkae Center.
Please register to get the zoom link. 

Also please consider addressing this call to action:

Friday, January 13, 9:00 AM

Moms Demand Action VA-Statewide-Advocacy Day 2023

Join volunteers from across the state for our annual Advocacy Day at the Capitol in Richmond! State Sen. Jennifer McClellan will be the keynote speaker at the morning kickoff meeting. Volunteers will have an opportunity to meet their lawmakers, engage with them about our legislative priorities, and network with volunteers at caucus meetings.

Monday, Jan 16 – 2-5 PM 

Honor MLK Vigil and Lobby Day

Please plan to join the Virginia Center for Public Safety, its partners, and the Virginia Community as we honor the memory and teachings of a great civil rights leader who was killed by gunfire. We will also honor the lives of all Virginians killed by gun violence and we invite you to commit to reducing gun violence by raising your voice for responsible gun laws. More details including information on buses from Roanoke, Hampton Roads, and NoVA, are coming.

Tuesday, January 24, 8:00am-4:00pm

2023 Virginia Democracy Day

Please join for a day of activities in support of good governance policy!  If you are interested in a room block at the Berkeley Hotel (2/10ths of a mile from the Capitol) for $149/night, please connect with

Thursday, January 26, 2023, 9am – 1pm

Day of Action for Affordable Energy

Richmond, VA

Join the Energy Burden Coalition for a Day of Action for Affordable Energy

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