BADASS Briefing, April 27, 2023

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Today, the U.S. Senate is expected to hold the first vote on the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) since March 1972 – 51 years. This is a vote on SJRes4, which affirms and validates the Equal Rights Amendment as the 28th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The vote will be live-streamed by the ERA Coalition on Facebook and YouTube. A press conference will likely follow the vote. Follow the @ERACoalition on Facebook and YouTube to get the latest news.

ALSO: announced Tuesday by Hunter College Grove Scholars is a nationwide petition drive to push for the ERA to become the 28th Constitutional Amendment. Sign on and widely share the sign on form among your family, friends, & networks:

This week on the Friday Power Lunch, we will spotlight three organizations doing their part to engage and support people in a variety of critically important ways. One of them is Sister District who is helping Virginia now with phone banking. Let’s get a head start on the phone banking as our campaigns get moving – see below.

For those of you in NoVA, I hope to see you at Meet the Fabulous Senator Barbara Favola, Monday evening, May 1, 7:00pm.



PS: Watch last week’s Power Chat with Katherine White and Finale Norton before they introduce last week’s organizations that are working in community for good.

7th Annual Women’s Summit Workshop/Panel Proposals are due Sunday, April 30.

We are looking for powerful and engaging workshops and panels that will educate, excite, and inform our audience of grassroots organizers, volunteers, community leaders, candidates, and elected officials. 

Have a topic you think should be addressed? Submit a proposal.  

Submission deadline is this Sunday, April 30, 2023

Friday Power Lunch

Coming Together for Good

April 28, 2023, Noon

In order for Democracy to be strong and withstand threats from outside and within, everyone needs to do their part. This week on the Friday Power Lunch we will spotlight three organizations doing their part to engage and support people in a variety of critically important ways.

  • Laura Brill will explain The Civics Center’s mission to register to vote every eligible high school student in America by providing free training and easy-to-use resources that enable students, educators, and partners to run voter registration drives in high schools.
  • Sister District’s Jarvis Houston and Susan Farrell will talk about their 2023 plans and the candidates they are endorsing.
  • 51st Collective Managing Director, Jennifer Kitchen, and board members, Bob Fasick & Antonia Fasick, will address how the organization provides an immediate safety network for people in crisis.


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Find out if your candidates have signed the Money Out Virginia pledge and either congratulate them or request that they sign.  Double check your new district here and candidates here.

Let’s start phone banking for Virginia with #SisterDistrict

Tuesdays 1pm EDT and Thursdays 4pm.  Please share this as broadly as you can (as well as participate.). These are the first phone banking efforts with Sister District which will cover many campaigns in Virginia.  Please make some or many calls.  It’s going to be an exciting season – let’s get started.

Freedom Virginia Communications/Digital Internship Summer 2023 

Freedom Virginia is seeking an intern for the Summer 2023 term. Interns with Freedom Virginia will gain experience with the functions of a state political advocacy organization. This is a unique opportunity to gain real-life experience in politics. This is a part-time paid internship. The position will be compensated on an hourly basis with a rate of $16/hr. This internship is a great opportunity for someone who is passionate about electing candidates who prioritize people over corporations. The internship will take place virtually, ideal candidates are based in Virginia. College credit will be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please share and sign up here.

Virginia Beach School Board Postcard Campaign 

Join this new, timely, and targeted postcard effort launched by local Black women in the Virginia Beach area to reach out to other Black women who might not be aware that MAGA Republican groups are masquerading as local concerned parents and bullying the Virginia Beach school board into eliminating the teaching of Black history.  The script for these cards asks people to attend a school board meeting, speak up about the issue, and tell a friend. Click here to view the instruction sheet for this postcard initiative.

Rebuild Democratic Strength in Rural Virginia

 Red2Blue and the Rural Ground Game are working to identify potential candidates for 2023 and need researchers.  Please sign up for more information and to help.

Pay for cable or satellite TV? You’re subsidizing Fox News whether you watch it or not. Sign up to un-Fox your cable box.

Thursday, April 27, 8:00-9:00pm EDT

The Union Happy Hour with The Lincoln Project’s Stuart StevensMeet your fellow Union members and learn how you can get involved directly in your community!  Whether you’re a long-time union member or a recruit, this event is the perfect opportunity to connect with others who are like-minded and eager to utilize their talent and skills to strengthen our pro-democracy coalition!

Sunday, April 30, 4:00pm  

Community Organizing Working Group Meeting

The mission of the group is to discuss and promote qualitative recruitment and outreach tactics to increase Recruitment & Retention. Current projects include networking and outreach to campaigns and party committees on the latest trends and resources for community organizing and building coalitions and teams. 

April 30, 6:00pm

Rally for Virginia – The Road to Richmond – Virtual

Join the National Women’s Political Caucus – Virginia (NWPC-VA) withSenator Louise Lucas, Former Delegate Lashrecse Aird, Delegate Sally Hudson, Delegate Danica Roem, Lily Franklin Kimberly Pope Adams and Adele McClure.  Join to support NWPC_VA’s endorsed candidates.

Tuesday, May 2nd, 7:00pm – 8:15pm 

NOPE Meeting with Senator Kaine 

Join NOPE as they turn our attention to the 2023 Virginia state legislature races and celebrate the role of our grassroots partners. Virginia is a bellwether state, so maintaining the current state Democratic Senate is critical. US Senator Tim Kaine will join us to explain the importance of these races for the nation and for his own race in 2024. Tram Nguyen, Co-Executive Director of New Virginia Majority.

Wednesday, May 3, 12:00pm ET

Protect our Freedoms Briefing 

Join the Research Collaborative and ASO Communications for the latest research and messaging guidance on characterizing MAGA Republican efforts – from state legislatures to the courts to the House of Representatives – to take away our freedoms. The focus will be on making sure that the slate of devastating Supreme Court rulings anticipated in May and June are of a piece with the attacks on our freedoms everywhere, including in state legislatures, and all have a common origin. They are all part of the same fight with the same enemy. We are delighted to have Stasha Rhodes join us as host. And, of course, Mike and Anat promise to bring their trademark wit and wisdom. 

Thursday, May 4, 5:00pm EDT

Conversation with Bill McKibben and Third Act Creatives

Calling On All Creative Artists! Please join Bill McKibben and leaders of Third Act Creatives in a conversation about our role as artists in the movement to heal our planet and protect democracy.

May 4, 06:00 PM

Phonebank from Anywhere for Lashrecse Aird

Join Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia in making calls for PPAV-endorsed candidate Lashrecse Aird! Lashrecse is a community leader who fought to protect reproductive rights as Delegate, and will continue that fight for all Virginians in the state senate. Join us in helping to defeat the only anti-abortion Democrat in the state legislature and elect a true champion for abortion and reproductive rights. 

Saturday, May 6, 1:00 – 4:00pm EDT

Fairfax County School Board Forum

Hear from some of the at-large school board candidates who are seeking the 2023 endorsement of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee (FCDC). This forum is hosted by the State & Local Committee and the Education Committee of FCDC.

Wednesday, May 10, 6:30 PM

Volunteer Tabling Training with PPAV

Join Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia (PPAV) for training to gain the skills and knowledge to become an effective tabler and help PPAV with spring and summer tabling opportunities where we spread the word about the services available at Planned Parenthood health centers, share resources with the community, and identify new supporters and volunteers to continue to grow our advocacy program!

Monday, May 15, 8:00pm 

Suburban Women Problem Podcast

Join Red, Wine and Blue as they mark the 100th episode of their popular podcast. To commemorate the occasion, they will feature rockstar historian Heather Cox Richardson, who was their very first guest two years ago. Sign up now; this will fill.

Annandale Monday, May 1st, 7:00pm – 8:30pm District Supervisor Candidates Forum

Mason Government Center, 6507 Columbia Pike
Mason Democrats are sponsoring a Candidates Forum for Mason Supervisor. Questions need to be emailed to or written on cards at the Forum.

Arlington Monday May 1, 7:00 pm Come Meet Senator Barbara Favola

Let’s have some fun and celebrate with our fabulous Senator Barbara Favola, staunch defender of women’s reproductive health, the environment, public education and access to health care! Meet our master strategist in the Senate where Barbara has been a tireless and highly effective advocate. 

Saturday, May 20 3:00-6:00pm We of Action (WofA) Paint Virginia Blue Social & Membership Meeting! 

We miss you all and want to spend our May monthly membership meeting

reconnecting in person. We will provide drinks, appetizers and paint supplies – you just provide your creative spirit! RSVP here:

June 30 – July 2, 2023 National NOW Annual Conference

Doubletree Hotel in Crystal City, VA

Falls Church Wednesday, May 3, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM PPAV and PPADMV meet and greet

Clare and Dons, 130 N Washington St, Falls Church

Join both Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia (PPAV) and Planned parenthood Advocates of the DMV region) PPADMV for a meet and greet with your local organizers. Rhea and Madison are both passionate organizers, who are excited about getting Northern Virginia more involved in Reproductive health care and sharing the importance of Planned Parenthood in the region. This is a great way not only to meet them but also to learn more about Planned Parenthood and to meet other activists in your area. 

Fairfax 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!

Loudoun Sunday, April 30th, 2:00pm – 4:00pm Loudoun County Candidate Forum (in person and virtual)

Hear from the people who’ll appear on the ballot throughout Loudoun County as well as in the Leesburg and Ashburn districts. We will feature candidates for Constitutional Offices, General Assembly, Board of Supervisors, and School Board so you can make an informed decision before the primary and find out how to help our candidates win in November.

Location: Ashburn Library Meeting Room, 43316 Hay Rd, Ashburn VA

If you cannot attend in person, here’s the Zoom link for the forum.

Sunday, May 7th, 3:00-6:00p Fundraiser for Atoosa Reaser for Delegate (VA HD-27)

Sterling, Virginia

Please join Wendy Lipshultz & Sarah Kimberly with Special Guests Senator Jennifer Boysko, Delegate Mark Sickles, Supervisor Juli Briskman, and Former Secretary of Education Atif Qarni in supporting Atoosa Reaser’s campaign for Virginia’s House of Delegates! 

May 17, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM Mingle at the Manor

Belmont Country Club Manor House

Join Network NOVA, Equality Loudoun, Loudoun for All and others for a free and fun night at the Manor! Elected officials, political candidates, and other local leaders will be around to casually chat with attendees. There will be raffles with items from incredible local businesses and organizations. Enjoy music from the Loudoun Symphony Youth Orchestra, giant games, billiards, food, and drinks. What you won’t get is a bunch of long-winded speeches. So enjoy yourself while you get to know our Loudoun leaders.

Reston Sunday, May 7 from 4:30pm-6:30pm Fundraiser in Honor of Mary Bartelson for Virginia!

Join friends and supporters of Mary for Virginia, HD 7. Special guests to be announced.

Springfield Saturday, April 29, 12:00 – 3:00 PM Franconia Democrats’ OPENING DAY

Private residence

Baseball is back! Let’s kick into gear with a great afternoon of ballpark fare and a great opportunity to meet Democratic candidates and elected officials up and down the ballot. Support your favorite candidates on our straw poll. This event will be outdoors with family-friendly activities, and halal and vegan food options. Bring a friend and/or help us spread the word. 

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