BADASS Briefing

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I’m here in Richmond watching the Virginia Grassroots bills move through the legislature.  You can easily keep an eye on them here. You can also see the work that still needs to be done here in the constantly updated Virgina Grassroots Calls to Action (CTAs).  The newest CTAs will always be at the top of the list. It only took me 10 minutes to go through the entire list. 

Remember, we need to get louder! Please take action with us NOW and throughout the legislative session. 

Let’s keep up our energies by joining in community for some of the many gatherings below. Join us for some Candidate Courage Rising on Friday’s Power Lunch. If you want to show your support by donating, considers helping the Virginia Young Democrats raise money to be able to attend the national Young Democrats convention in Las Vegas in June.



Virginia Grassroots Calls to Action

Get loud, take 10 and let your legislators hear from you!

The January 27, 2023 Friday Power Lunch, Courage Rising will spotlight courageous women who have stepped up in the face of unimaginable challenges. From MAGA Republican intimidation tactics, including death threats, to political and emotional consequences of running with little or no outside help, we are featuring stories of courage rising. REGISTER

We will begin our show on courageous women with Jessica Piper, mother to five and grandmother to three who ran for office in 2022 in a farming community on the Missouri/Iowa border. The MAGA Republicans in her district tried everything to scare her off, but she stood her ground. Jess used her voice on TikTok (@jesspipermo) to let the world know what it was like running in her rural, red district. She didn’t win her race, but she became a social media influencer for rural voices. Today she is the Executive Director of Blue Missouri and hosts the weekly podcast, Dirt Road Democrat.

We will then talk to two bold, brave, and badass Virginia women running for office:

Jessica Anderson, former candidate in CD1 and now running in the new HD 71, found her voice on TikTok and has become a social media influencer (@crazymotherrunner) in the TikTok Mom Community. Jessica will share her journey running in a red district and how social media helped her find community and the confidence to put her voice out there.

Alexsis Rogers, Chair of CD4 and Organizing Director at the National Domestic Workers Alliance & Care in Action, is running in the special election for Virginia Senate 9 to build on Jennifer McClellan’s legacy of service to central Virginia. As a queer, black woman living and running for office in the capital of the confederacy, Alexsis knows a thing or two about courage. We will hear how her organizing skills help her meet the moment.

For our final segment we will talk to Every District‘s Nicole Hobbs, co-founder and Executive Director. Every District is a grassroots organization that provides state legislative candidates with early data and fundraising support. They have been helping Virginia candidates since 2017. 

Join us on Friday when we’ll hear women with conviction and a whole lot of chutzpah talk about how they overcome obstacles and persevere to make change.   REGISTER


 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.

Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30pm EST

Phone voters for Wisconsin Supreme Court Election

Sign up here for WI Supreme Court phone banking every Tuesday evening

Wed, Feb 1, 7:00pm–8:30pm EST

Wed, Feb 15, 7:00pm–8:30pm EST

Better Democratic Framing & Messaging

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

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.

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.


The Virginia Grassroots Priority Legislation

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

Wednesday, February 8

Justice Reform Lobby Day – 

Join Justice Forward Virginia, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers to advocate for preserving evidence-informed criminal reforms that eliminated presumptions against bail, reformed our probation system, and limited pretextual policing, among other priorities. 



Friday, February 10 · 7:30 – 10pm EST

YOU ME & POETRY, Featuring Tammarrah Addison

Come alone or with a date to enjoy Poetry in Candlelight complimented by the melodic sounds of the Saxophone. Refreshment will be available.


Sunday, February 19, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story – Meet Nikole Hannah-Jones

McLean Community Center/The Alden

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.


Saturday, January 28, 2:30-4:30 PM

Albert for Springfield District Supervisor Launch Party

Anita’s in Burke: 9278 Old Keene Mill Road, Burke, VA 22015

$25 contribution includes food and a drink ticket at the event.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2023, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Campaign Kickoff: Karl Frisch for Fairfax County School Board 


SPECIAL GUESTS: Congressman Gerry Connolly, Chairman Jeff McKay, Supervisor Dalia Palchik, Delegate Marcus Simon, Delegate Holly Seibold …and more!


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.


Friday, February 17,7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST

Artists4ERA: Virginia Edition

Virginia Museum of History and Culture, 

428 N Arthur Ashe Boulevard, Richmond

Join Equality US to celebrate Artists4ERA and the Equal Rights Amendment.

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