BADASS Briefing, March 9, 2023

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Dear Friends,

On this week’s Friday Power Lunch we will continue with our theme of Celebrating Women, by talking with those who are stepping up and speaking out for justice through music, art, and traditional political channels.

One of our most serious threats to public education is the attack on not only books, but curricula that tells a true story of American History. Please be sure to take the Call to Action this week.



PS: Speaking of bold actions, listen to Lydia Moland on last week’s Power Lunch.

Friday Power Lunch

Fighting injustice can take many forms–helping us to understand issues in different ways and at different levels. Today we will hear from people who are stepping up and speaking out for justice through music, art, and traditional political channels.

Lynne Revo-Cohen (Songwriter and owner of  “I Will Productions”) will share her inspiration for writing songs and producing music videos on key issues of our time. Lynne’s goal is to write and produce music ’til the lights go out!

During the dark days of the pandemic, visual artist and creative soul Sassa Wilkes decided to paint portraits and learn about 100 badass women in 100 days. His project not only produced an incredible body of stunning paintings, but the process had a profound impact on his life. We look forward to sharing Sassa’s art and hearing stories of how badass women never stop being a source of inspiration  

Get ready to shake the table with a candid conversation with Virginia Senate members about the brick wall that stopped the cruel and hateful bills proposed by their Republican colleagues this session. Join Senators Jennifer Boysko, Barbara Favola, Ghazala Hashmi, and Mamie Locke as they share stories of the bold actions they took on issues of women’s rights, trans rights, and more.



Sign the Petition – Teach Truth in Virginia’s Public Schools – to be presented to the Board of Education on March 14th

Join a Public Hearing on Youngkin’s Proposed History Curriculum: Let’s Stop the Whitewashing of History! 


Thursday, Mar 9, 7:00pm–8:00pm

ESTWeekly Democracy Calls: Freedom to Vote Act Re-introduction w. Rep Sarbanes and the Kings

 Join the Freedom to Vote Act Movement Call to learn more about the Freedom to Vote Act and how we can take action together to show our elected officials that passing national standards to strengthen our democracy continues to be a top priority. Joining will be: U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes, Martin Luther King III,  Arndrea Waters King, Svante Myrick, President of People For the American Way and movement leaders from across the country to lay out our mission in passing this sweeping democracy reform.

Thursday, March 9, 7:00 PM

Community Conversation: A Discussion on the state of Fairfax County’s Police Practices

The NAACP Fairfax County Branch hosts a discussion to discuss the actions of Fairfax County’s police force.

Monday, March 13th, 8:00pm

“Blue Victory 2023” War Room

Join Virginia “Blue Victory” Outreach Crew for a briefing on Democratic events, actions and resources.  

Tuesday, March 14 (and weekly) at 6 pm 

MoneyOut Weekly Meeting

Tuesday, March 14, 7:30-9:00 pm

The Rise of a Pro-Democracy Coalition

A conversation between Bill Kristi & Simon Rosenberg, moderated by Robert Hubbell

Wednesday, March 15, 7:30 pm

Banned Book Club – The Bluest Eye

Join Red, Wine and Blue for the March Meeting of Banned Book Book Club – where we will be discussing Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye with Dr. Derek Adams, Professor of English Literature at Ithaca College.

Thursday March 16, 11 am-9 pmET

Register Democrats Summit 2023

Join a movement-wide coalition focused on registering Democrats across the country. The summit brings together the best and brightest minds, from elected officials to tech leaders to grassroots organizers and so much more. Confirmed speakers include: Katie Porter (CA-47); Abigail Spanberger (VA-07); Brian Tyler Cohen, progressive superpodcaster; Simon Rosenberg, Founder, New Democrat Network; Santiago Mayer, Founder, Voters of Tomorrow, Ben Wikler, Chair of the Wisconsin Democratic Party; Joe Vogel, MD State Rep; Lavanna Martinez, NJ political consultant, formerly w/Run for Something; Tonya James, VA Dem Party Exec Committee Member; and Mischa Smith, former CO State House candidate.


Friday, March 17th! 7-9:30PM
Congressman Gerry Connolly’s 29th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Fête!


March 25th, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Rise To Summit, Ordinary Equality

Rock Ridge High School

Join Human Rights Attorney, Podcast Host, Author, ERA Advocate, Kate Kelly, as the keynote speaker and panel discussions of: The State of the ERA, Voices from the Next Generation, and Candidate Spotlights. Why: because “…there is nothing complicated about ordinary equality.”


Sunday, March 26, 4-6 pm

Pick Your Pony Straw Poll!

Mustang Sally’s Brewing

Join the Fairfax County Democratic Committee vote for all your favorite candidates as they kick off the 2023 Fairfax County Democratic Primary Season!!! This event will be held 4-6pm at . There will be lots of candidates, fun snacks, drinks, and lots and lots of voting!


Monday, March 20, 2023,7:30 AM

DAD Monthly Breakfas

Amphora Diner, Herndon

Join Dulles Area Dems for breakfast featuring Fairfax County School Board Candidates: Robyn Lady, Dranesville District, Melanie Meren, Hunter Mill District and Paul Thomas, Hunter Mill District.


Saturday, March 11, 10am

International Women’s Day March

The Harrisonburg International Women’s Day Committee’s mission is to “Uplift the value of all women who come from diverse backgrounds and identities.  We celebrate the voices of women through recognizing achievements and supporting collective pursuits for justice in our communities.” Join us!  Contact:

Sunday, March 26, noon – 2 pm, Lake Barcroft

Meet Ben Litchfield for Senate – Securing the Senate for Working Families

Join Boyd Walker, Kathie Hoekstra and Duncan Barron for lunch at Stair & Mike Calhoun’s to support Ben Litchfield’s campaign for Senate District 27. Control of the Virginia Senate is on the line in 2023 and the majority runs through Fredericksburg. Let’s get together and help Flip It Blue!


Thursday, March 30, 2023 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Loudoun House Party with PPAV Join Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia to meet other activists in the area, discuss the attacks on our reproductive rights, and learn why Loudoun is a key player in the fight for keeping reproductive health and abortion accessible in Virginia!


Saturday, March 11, 2-4 pm

Fundraiser for Steve Descano, Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney

Join Nadja Golding and Amy Bergner to help re-elect Steve Descano, Fairfax County’s effective and progressive prosecutor. Steve’s vision for Fairfax is based on the knowledge that safety and justice go hand in hand. His smart, data-driven reforms have made Fairfax’s justice system more fair and equal. Fairfax County is also the safest county of its size in the US, and Steve has created diversion programs and restructured the office to a victim-centric model. Steve has a primary opponent, Ed Nuttall, who has represented more than 20 police officers in police-involved shootings. RSVP and Donate here

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