BADASS Briefing, January 12, 2023

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We certainly have some celebrating going on!  With the wins of Aaron Rouse for Senate and Holly Seibold for Delegate and an impressive win that has emboldened Jade to run for Senate.  Congratulation to our newly electeds and to Jade and the Rural GroundGame.

There’s quite a lot of excitement in Richmond; Planned Parenthood (PPAV) is doing updates on instagram. There’s optimism and determination coming from our Democratic legislators. And there is the exciting press conference with personality hosted by the Virginia Grassroots Coalition on Friday at 12noonET!

I’ve included quite a few more opportunities for all of us to join our communities and work together.  Please do scroll.



Virginia Grassroots Coalition Press Conference

Virginia Grassroots Coalition Press Conference

January 13, 2023, 12noon ET


Join to learn about the Virginia Grassroots Coalition’s priority legislation for the 2023 General Assembly.

You’ll hear about the bills we need to support and the legislation we need to oppose presented by Virginia Grassroots Coalition working group members:

  • Clean Energy and Climate (presented by Amy Bergner, VGC Clean Energy and Climate Working Group)
  • Public Education (presented by Marianne Burke, 4Public Education)
  • Criminal Justice Reform (presented by Rob Poggenklass, Justice Forward Virginia)
  • Campaign Finance Reform (presented by Nancy Morgan, Money Out Virginia)
  • Gender Equity (presented by Marie Ann Leyko, Defend Democracy NoVA)

Luisa Boyarski (Coalition leader) will be joined by Senator Jennifer McClellan, Delegate Sam Rasoul and other sponsors of our priority bills on what to expect this session and how we can help our members hold the line for democracy.

We’ll also carve out time for Questions & Answers during the show.

Think of this as a press conference with personality!

See you on Friday as we put a spotlight on our priority bills for the 2023 legislative session.



Ban hate speech in Loudoun County School Board Meetings! Please demand policy in the School Board that requires them to cut off a person speaking if hate speech is spoken.

Keep Truth and Democracy in our Public Education! Demand that the Board of Education 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.

Sign the petition. Help stop emboldened anti-abortion legislators in their tracks! 

Tell your representatives – it’s time for affordable and equitable clean energy. 

Signup to volunteer with PPAV to help Lashrecse Aird win her primary in SD-13.

Virtual Events

Thursday, January 12, 7:30 –  8:30 PM ET

Troublemaker Training: How To Be A Media Rockstar!

Become a media rockstar! Learn to build relationships with reporters, successfully navigate interviews and bring attention to your efforts. Join us to learn what you need to know about interacting with the media.

Thursday, January 12, 8 pm ET

Virginia Congressional Special Election Briefing

Join the Center for Common Ground for our first webinar of the year to learn about Virginia’s Special Election for Congress, February 21 and learn how you can get involved!

Saturday, January 14, 2023 2pm ET


Join and learn about the new PLAN C Community

Tuesday, January 17, 6pm

Big Money Out Weekly Meeting ZOOM Link

Join and learn about the campaign finance bills that have been filed and get ready for Democracy Day, January 24.

Every Wednesday from 6 to 8 pm ET

National Guided Phone Banks for VA CD#4

Join the Center for Common Ground as we call Black voters in Virginia’s 4th Congressional District for a Special Election on February 21st.

Wednesday, January 18th, 7pmET

BigMoneyOutVA  Advocacy Training 

Heidi Drauschak will provide an overview of the General Assembly, how it works, key dates to follow, as well as best practices when engaging with legislators (in-person and virtually).

Thursday, January 19, 7pmET

BigMoneyOutVA  Advocacy Training 

Nancy Morgan will discuss key campaign finance legislations introduced this year, the key legislative players and committees involved, and an overview of the LIS portal (used to monitor the status of bills.)

Wed, Jan 18, 7:00pm–8:30pm EST

Wed, Feb 1, 7:00pm–8:30pm EST

Wed, Feb 15, 7:00pm–8:30pm EST

Better Democratic Framing & Messaging

Three Zoom workshops aimed at the practice of framing better Democratic messages.

Wednesday, January 18, 7:00 PM ET 

Unpacking NETWORK’s 2022 Voting Record

NETWORK’s 2022 Voting Record will be released Wednesday, January 18. Learn about last year’s progress, and the setbacks

Wednesday, January 18, 8 – 9pm EST

Connecting with Community: Relational Organizing Wins and Lessons

Join the Progressive Turnout Project for a celebratory recap of the Turnout Grants program and a chance to hear the greatest take-aways from the relational organizers.

Thursday, January 19, 6:30 PM

Write letters for affordable energy!

Put this on your schedule for postcarding advocacy with Appalachian Voices!

Monday, January 19, 8:30 pm ET.

Field Team 6 Midterm Report & Strategy Brainstorm

Wednesday, January 25, 6:00 pm

An Evening with the Leaders of the Virginia House Democratic Caucus

Join Markers for Democracy and Leader Don Scott, Vice Chair Dan Helmer, & Whip Karrie Delaney

Thursday, January 26, 6pm

New Virginia Majority January Volunteer Meeting: Legislative Session

NVM will deliver a rough overview of how the legislative session works and discuss their legislative priorities.

Sunday, January 29, 2023, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

The Janes Repro Rights Program, featuring Heather Booth

Discuss The Janes with Heather Booth and Rabbi Hannah Goldstein.  The Janes details first-hand accounts from the women who helped 11,000 women obtain abortions prior to Roe v. Wade.

Monday, January 30, 2023, 6 pmET

Florida Solar 101

Learn about solar energy and its benefits for your home or small business. We’ll take you through the technology, economics, financing, and more.

Wednesday, February 15, 5:30pm

Virginia Redress Network’s Monthly Meeting

Learn what progress Virginians are making on restitution and the many issues relating to racial and social justice.

Sunday, February 12, 5 pm

The Origins and Importance of Individual Rights

 Individualism is the basis of human and civil rights. The individual is the primary social unit in Liberal thought. In this era of tribalism, recognizing individual rights may be exactly what we need.

Advocacy in Richmond

Check out the Bills the Virginia Grassroots is Tracking

Thursday Jan 12 – Virginia Nurses Association, 8am

Friday, January 13, 9:00 AM

Moms Demand Action VA-Statewide-Advocacy Day 2023

Join volunteers from across the state for MOMS annual Advocacy Day at the Capitol in Richmond!  Senator Jennifer McClellan will be the keynote speaker at the morning kickoff meeting. 

Monday, Jan 16 – 2-5 PM 

Honor MLK Vigil and Lobby Day 

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. 

Wednesday, January 18, 7:30 am

Day for All People

Join Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy at the General Assembly to advocate social justice.  Breakfast, program, advocacy, lunch and workshops.  Buses available.

Monday, January 23, 2023

VREA Advocacy Day 2023

Virginia Reproductive Equity Alliance (VREA) is calling on all abortion and reproductive justice advocates, supporters, and allies to join for a day filled of action and advocacy at the Virginia Capitol.

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 contact Nancy Morgan:

Tuesday, January 24, 10am-11am

Virginia Law Audit Project/ VA NOW (10am – 11am)

House Briefing Room: 1000 Bank Street Richmond, VA 23219

Join the Virginia NOW State Law Audit Project’s (VLAP) press conference. The Project’s mission is to review state statutes and administrative code to identify all forms of discrimination. 

Wednesday, January 25, 8:30am-11:30am

League Day 2023!

Join the Virginia League of Women Voters to learn about and advocate for the right to vote amendment, protecting reproductive rights, protecting RGGI, campaign finance reform and gun violence prevention. A buffet breakfast will be provided.

Thursday, January 26, 2023, 8am – 1pm

Day of Action for Affordable Energy

Energy Burden Coalition will start the day with legislative champions, followed by advocacy for affordable and clean energy in VA. 

Tuesday, January 31st • 8 AM – 1 PM

Conservation Lobby Day with Virginia Conservation Network


Sunday, January 21, 2023 11am

Join TJ Alumni & Friends in support of Makya Little for Virginia House of Delegates 

Clifton Forge

Monday, Feb 6, 2023, 7:00 PM ET

Cardinal News Speaker Series: Working Through The Opioid Epidemic

“Raising Lazarus” and “Dopesick” author Beth Macy will lead a panel discussion on the impact of opioids on a community’s economy.


Friday, January 20, 2023 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EST

Chairman McKay’s New Year Reception 2023 – Featuring the Woodson HS Orchestra

Celebrate the New Year while enjoying friends, food and a great evening. Donations will be taken for Fairfax County Animal Shelter. Bring items listed here:

Saturday, January 21 – THREE SHIFTS BETWEEN 6:45am UNTIL 3:00pm. 

Monday, January 30 – TWO SHIFTS BETWEEN 7:45am and 1:15pm

2023 New Citizen Ceremony Voter Registration with the Fairfax League of Women Voters

Join the Fairfax LWV to register new citizens immediately after they complete their swearing in ceremony. Please connect with, if you are new. 


January 28, 2023

Gamble for Your Rights Casino Night with Special Guest Robin Cantor

Please join REPRO Rising for a fun-filled evening of casino games, cocktails, dancing, and conversation about how you can help fight all attempts to restrict abortion access in Virginia.


January 21, 2023, 3-4:30pm

Bigger Than Roe

On the 50th anniversary of Roe V Wade, Williamsburg Indivisible will host a rally and march to mourn the loss of nearly 50 years of constitutional protections and send a clear message that the midterms were just the beginning. We are not going gently. We are taking our fight to every state house and every state legislator in this country. We are putting all politicians at every level of government on notice: If you come for our families, our freedoms, or our future, we are coming for your seat. Our movement is strong. Our movement is growing.

Please join!

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