BADASS Briefing, June 1, 2023

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The month has just started, and this weekend is already full of activities. On Friday (6/2 at 7pm) , join the Network NOVA/Friday Power Lunch/Women’s Summit Crew at the WEAR ORANGE Rally in Old Town Alexandria and on Sunday (6/ 4 from 12-4) at Loudoun Pride & the Culpepper Pride Festival. Stop by for a chat.

Today, please attend one of the 4 regional rallies happening across Virginia, outside the offices of Sen. Mark Warner or give him a call. We will be encouraging him to support Sen. Kaine’s amendment to remove the MVP provision from the Fiscal Responsibility Act, and to support a CLEAN debt ceiling. If you are unable to attend, please call Mark Warner’s office, 202 224 2023 

It’s here! The full program for the Women’s Summit, ALL IN to Win Virginia 2023 has just been released. Get your ticket today!

See you on Zoom at noon for this week’s Friday Power Lunch (6/2) titled Making History Differently.



PS: Here’s a starting point from the May 19th Friday Power Lunch, ALL IN for Public Education with Anne Holton:

he full program for the Women’s Summit  ALL IN to Win Virginia can be viewed on our website: – Here’s a quick overview: 

The Summit kicks off with a bonus Friday Night (July 21) event Grassroots Rise Up to Win with Luisa Boyarski and Del. Sam Rasoul

Saturday (July 22) is the big day with a morning program, a full lunch program, 35 workshops, plenty of time to network and visit the exhibitors in the Advocacy Fair, special sessions for postcard writers, school board candidates and first time candidates, and the BIG Saturday night Candidate Power Jam and Celebration

Sunday (July 23) features our BADASS Brunch. This year we’ll be hearing from many young leaders as well as change makers from all walks of life. 

Here are just some of our speakers you’ll see on the big stage: 

  • Heather Booth (Organizer)
  • Virginia Diamond (AFL-CIO Northern Virginia)
  • Chris Diaz (Drag Out the Vote),
  • Angela Ferrell-Zabala (Moms Demand Action)
  • Anne Holton (Former VA Secretary of Education)
  • Tram Nguyen (New Virginia Majority)
  • Atif Qarni  (Former VA Secretary of Education)
  • Yasmin Radjy (Swing Left)
  • Simon Rosenberg (Hopium Chronicles)
  • Lynne Thorne (Rural GroundGame)
  • Senator Tim Kaine
  • Representatives Don Beyer, Gerry Connolly, Abigail Spanberger and Jennifer Wexton, State Senator Jennifer Boysko
  • Delegates Eileen Filler-Corn, Jackie Glass, Dan Helmer, Kathleen Murphy, Marcia Price, Sam Rasoul, Danica Roem, Briana Sewell, and Kathy Tran
  • Supervisor Phyllis Randall
  • Mayor Catherine Reed

Wow, need I say more. Sign up now to be the energy that helps us win big this year!

Friday Power Lunch



This week on the Friday Power Lunch, we will tell stories about change makers who have forged their own paths and made their marks in history.

You won’t want to miss our opening music video tribute to Tina Turner who passed away last week. Tina made her mark on rock and roll history by singing hard-hitting anthems accompanied by her signature dance moves.

First up, Rebecca Boggs Roberts writes history books about the work of strong women. Her latest book, Untold Power: The Fascinating Rise and Complex Legacy of First Lady Edith Wilson, spotlights a relatively unknown First Lady who wielded power in her husband’s administration. Rebecca’s other books have focused on suffragists, including Suffragists in Washington, DC: The 1913 Parade and the Fight for the Vote.  We will talk to Rebecca about the challenges of writing women’s history.

Lauren Burke, journalist, podcaster and founder of Black Virginia News, will join the conversation by sharing how contemporary women, like their sisters before them, have to work twice as hard as men to get their rightful place in history.

Our guests have something in common beyond writing about badass women. They are both connected to legendary journalist, Cokie Roberts. Rebecca is Cokie’s daughter and Lauren worked for Cokie. We look forward to hearing their stories about how Cokie Roberts left her mark on history.

June is Pride Month. To kick off our celebration of pride month, we are excited to talk to Chris Diaz, Executive Director of Drag Out the Vote, a national organization that works with drag performers to promote participation in democracy.

See you on Friday for a program on making history differently.


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Please attend one of the 4 regional rallies happening across Virginia, outside the offices of Sen. Mark Warner today! We will be encouraging him to support Sen. Kaine’s amendment to remove the MVP provision from the Fiscal Responsibility Act, and to support a CLEAN debt ceiling. If you are unable to attend, please call Mark Warner’s office, 202 224 2023  

Roanoke Floyd

1 pm – 2 pm

120 Luck Avenue SW

Featured Speaker: Del. Sam Rasoul, HD11


12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

8150 Leesburg Pike

Norfolk – 

12 pm -1 pm

World Trade Center

101 W. Main St, Ste. 7771

Virginia Candidates, Campaign Managers, Field and Finance Directors:

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Check out the newly released VA Good Governance Scorecard. This scorecard puts candidates on the record so, if elected, we can hold them accountable on governance issues of concern to voters, whether it be access to the ballot box, amplifying our voices over those of deep-pocketed donors, ensuring ethical guardrails to govern legislative behavior.  They need to hear from their future constituents.  With your help, we can make this year’s election about candidates’ commitment to good governance and a government which works for all voters.  Put in your address, find out who all the candidates are in your district and whether or not they have responded to the VA Good Governance Scorecard. This is an important issue, please check your candidate now!

Sunday, June 4, 6:00 pm

Virginia Grassroots Coalition Meeting In this critical strategy session, we will be discussing our support of the Power Pack concept – a group of overlapping state and local races where a few of them are key to holding the Senate and flipping the House blue.  Some overlapping races to consider are located in Prince William County (SD 30), Loudoun County (SD 31), Fredericksburg (SD 27), Richmond (SD 16), Hampton Roads (SD 22, SD 24), and Southside Virginia (SD 17). Additionally we will be looking at candidates in a stretch race that may get little support from others. (Jessica Anderson in HD 71 is a great example!) Email Luisa for the Zoom link:  

Tuesday, June 6th, 6:30pm

Meet & Greet w/ Heidi Drauschak and Fmr. Sec. of Ed. Atif Qarni

Join friends and neighbors for a discussion with Heidi Drauschak, democratic candidate for Virginia’s 35th State Senate district, and Atif Qarni, former Virginia Secretary of Education. RSVP here

Tuesday June 6, 6:00 PM and every Tuesday

Texting Tuesdays with Black Voters Matters

Whether you texted with Black Voters Matter before or are new to texting, this event is for you! Texting Tuesdays is an opportunity to learn about our latest text campaigns while taking action by texting residents across the US about the power that they have to make a change in their community.

Alexandria Friday, June 2, 2023 7:00-9:00 PM WEAR ORANGE Rally

Market Square, 301 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314Join Moms Demand Action for a Wear Orange Rally to remember lives lost to gun violence and raise awareness about this public health crisis. All are welcome to our family friendly rally where we will join community partners and hear from survivors and special guests. Remember to Wear Orange! 

Sunday, June 4, 2:00 PM

Senator Adam Ebbin’s 2023 Campaign Kickoff

Home of David Lord and Hon. Greg Parks

1005 Russell Rd, Alexandria, VA 22301

Friday, June 16th, 5:00pm – 7:00pm

One Stop Shop to Flip the VA House and Improve Our Margin in the Senate! 

Please join U.S. Senator Mark Warner and the Alexandria Democrats as we support four exceptional candidates running for VA House and Senate seats in Prince William County. Michelle Madonaldo (HD-21), Josh Thomas (HD-22), and Travis Nembhard (HD- 23) are all running in winnable districts that overlap with (SD-38), home of our groundbreaking friend, Danica Roem. Your contribution will help ensure that the Dems reclaim the VA House and bring an incredibly effective new voice to the VA Senate. Click here to sign up for this important (and fun!) happy hour. Bring a few friends and stay for dinner in Old Town or Del Ray


Friday, June 2nd, 6:30-8:00 pm

Greens for Jimmy!  Reception in Support of Jimmy Bierman for Supervisor – Co-hosted by a coalition of environmental group leaders!

Climate and the environment need to be addressed at all levels, from local to state, nation and planet-wide – and Jimmy Bierman is by far the best candidate to take action on these issues in Fairfax County.  There are other environment-focused candidates who are running in other districts – with them and Jimmy on the Board of Supervisors, this would be a game-changer for smart growth, trees, water, low carbon and clean energy in Fairfax county. Please join us for this fun and purposeful evening!  We hope you’ll help out for this cause to show your support for strong environmental and climate action in Fairfax.


Saturday, June 3rd, 9:30am

Saturday, June 3, 1:00pm

Russet Perry for State Senate Weekend of Action

Purcellville/Hamilton Launch

Join Team Perry June 3rd for a Weekend of Action Community Launch in Hamilton! Canvassing is the most fun when you do it with friends. Senate District-31 is the top seat to flip this election, and Russet is ready to face the fight head on in November. With everything that’s at stake this election, we need a candidate who understands the challenges faced by the people of this district, someone who’s ready to start working to meet their needs and address their concerns on day one. Russet is that candidate. We need to emerge strong out of this primary, and that starts with getting out the vote! We’ll be launching with Russet at 9:30am in Hamilton at the park and we’ll meet back for lunch (bring a sandwich) and then launch for a second canvass at 1:00pm/1:30pm. There will be coffee available as well as a water jug – please bring your own reusable water bottle so we can avoid single use plastics! RSVP here.


Saturday, June 3rd, 10am and 2pm

Canvass w/ Heidi Drauschak for SD35 – 

Join Team Heidi for a community canvass! We’ll be at Richard Byrd Library in Springfield at 10am. Join us to knock doors, talk to voters, and build progressive power in SD35!

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