BADASS Briefing, March 30, 2023

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Women have been shaking the table in Virginia for awhile. Remember when we flipped 15 seats, in 2017 and that 11 were women? Lesson learned that women make a huge difference!

Join this week’s Friday’s Power Lunch to meet some of the powerful Democratic women who fight for our values in Richmond. We’ll talk not only about how they gained power, but importantly, how we will expand our power in November and beyond

We need more candidates across the state and time is of the essence! If you are interested in helping recruit candidates, join Red2Blue and Rural GroundGame to learn how to best recruit, and join a volunteer team to identify prospective candidates. For more info and to take part in a brief training, email Debra Taylor:, ASAP

Let’s continue to elect more women in 2023 by encouraging all qualified candidates to apply for endorsement by the National Women’s Political Caucus, Virginia (NWPC-VA).

One of the most important ways you can help elect more women and other strong Democratic candidates is by attending the 7th Annual Women’s Summit, ALL IN to Win Virginia. EARLY BIRD ENDS AT MIDNIGHT. You will meet candidates and allies from all over the state.  The Summit is a priceless opportunity to make connections, learn from each other, and turn up the volume as we fight for victory on Election Night. BE IN THE ROOM WHERE IT HAPPENS ON JULY 22 AND 23!



PS: Watch the Virginia Grassroots Coalition Update with Luisa Boyarski – 3/24/23. Enjoy getting to know our 2023 candidates and so much more on the website:

Friday Power Lunch

Women Shaking the Table in Virginia Politics

March 31, 2023, Noon

For our big finish to Women’s History Month, we are celebrating the historic strides women are making in Virginia politics. Join us as we shake the table with conversations with some badass women we are lucky to have as our elected officials. 

We will start by talking to two history makers: Delegate Vivian Watts, the longest serving woman in the Virginia House of Delegate and Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn, the first woman and Jewish Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates.

Next, we will be joined by members of the historic class of 2017 when the grassroots helped flip 15 seats: Delegates Karrie Delaney, Elizabeth Guzman and Kathy Tran.

In 2019, Democrats took control of the Virginia State Government for the first time in 25 years. To help us remember that exciting and historic time we will be joined by Senator Ghazala Hashmi and Delegate Shelly Simonds who were both elected that year.

In 2021, two special elections brought two powerhouse women into the General Assembly: Delegates Candi King and Angelia Graves.

And in 2022, the millennials entered the House of Delegates in force. We will be joined by some of these newest rock stars: Delegates Elizabeth Bennett-Parker, Jackie Glass, Briana Sewell and Irene Shin 

Join us on Friday as we talk to women shaking the table in Virginia politics.


Thursday, March 30 – 7:00 to 9:00 pm SSPA Phonebank for a Progressive Wisconsin Supreme Court

Last call to make calls with Silver Spring Progressive Action 

Thursday, Mar 30, 7:30pm–8:30pm EDT Democracy Call: 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.  

Thursday, March 30, 7:30 pm ET Freedom from a Family Legacy: Jesse Helms’ Granddaughter Speaks Out

Join Ellen Gaddy, the granddaughter of Jesse Helms, and other women from politically conservative backgrounds who are fighting for reproductive freedom. We’ll talk about how they changed their minds, how it may have impacted their faith, and why they’re using their voices now, as well as what they’re doing now to protect reproductive freedom in their states and what you can do to help.


June 30 – July 2, 2023National NOW Annual Conference

Doubletree Hotel in Crystal City, VA


Saturday, April 29, 7pm

“Laugh Out The Vote” to Support Karl Frisch for School Board

Join an evening of stand-up comedy with one of America’s premier political comedians: JOHN FUGELSANG! 


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!

Be a BADASS, Check Your Power Map Status HERE 

*ALERT* Early Bird Summit Pricing Ends Tonight

Have you gotten your Early Bird Ticket? Midnight is the deadline!

Early Bird Discount rate of $139 for this year’s Women’s Summit: ALL IN to WIN Virginia – July 22-23, 2023 at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner.

Register here

Candidates only, register here (Reduced rate for new, rural, local and non-incumbent candidates.)

The Women’s Summit brings together grassroots activists, volunteers, community leaders, nonprofits, candidates, and elected officials of ALL GENDERS to elect Democrats and support progressive legislation.

At the Women’s Summit you will:

  • Hear inspirational speakers that will get you on your feet ready to win!
  • Attend on-topic workshops and panels.
  • Meet our 2023 candidates at the Saturday Night Power Jam.
  • Learn about organizations and issues at the Advocacy Fair.
  • Feel the electric energy at the Sunday BADASS Brunch.
  • Network, collaborate and get it done!

Be part of the winning energy that is a hallmark of the Women’s Summit and remember in 2023, we can’t just win, WE MUST WIN BIG. FULL DETAILS

ALL IN to Win for Freedom & Democracy,


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