BADASS Briefing, July 6, 2023

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The primaries are over and we are now focused on setting up Power Packs. What’s a Power Pack? These are campaigns that overlap and have key races that we need to win in order to hold our majority in the Senate and win the House this November. 

You can see the Power Packs in action at the upcoming Women’s Summit (July 21-23) in Tysons Corner, VA. Register before it sells out.

I’d like to give out a shout to our friend Qasim Rashid who is now running for Congress in Illinois. Read more.  Show support from Virginia.  

Join us in giving a shout out to our congressional delegation for their support of the legal challenge to the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), read about it here. 

Additionally, please take the CTA to contact all Senators to call for a Senate Finance Committee hearing to investigate MVP’s partners: Equitrans Midstream, NextEra Energy, Con Edison, Alta Gas and RGC Resources.  We want to put some heat under these bad players!

No matter what is thrown at us, we are packing a punch and working hard to win BIG in November. Tomorrow’s Friday Power Lunch is a conversation on how we inspire ourselves and others with strength, joy, and humor. Join us this week!



PS: Watch last week’s Friday Power Lunch, PRIMARY 2023 WINNERS: We’re All IN This Together

Friday Power Lunch


Gloves on – Fired up – Ready to go

July 7, NOON

Andrea Miller, President of the National Women’s Political Caucus of Virginia, will talk about the power of electing women.

Senator Louise Lucas will tell us how she built and continues to expand the Senate’s blue brick wall. Her re-election is packing a punch if anyone tries to stand in the way of protecting women’s rights.

Equality Loudoun President, Cris Candice Tuck (she/him) and Inclusion Director, Leigh Guarinello (she/her), will discuss how we stay strong and united to protect and support the assault on the LGBTQ+ community.

Cordelia Gaffar, known as the “ultimate joy goddess,” will share how we can take care of ourselves and find joy while fighting to save Democracy.

Manisha Singh, Chair, Virginia’s 11th Congressional District Democrats, is coordinating the big “Rhythm of Democracy Celebration” Saturday night at the Women’s Summit. She will give us a preview of what we can expect in terms of music, poetry performances, and more.


Sunday, July 9th, 6:00pm

Virginia Grassroots Coalition Meeting Join the meeting and get excited about winning in November with our Power Packs.

Monday, July 10, 3:30 PM ET

Eldering Series #4: A Cross-Generation Chat on Money, Culture, and Affection
In intergenerational movement building, it is important to understand that everyone has a role. And one of the best ways to understand the role of people over 60 in this feat to safeguard democracy and help stop climate change is to examine our approach to working with youth activists and how we show up as elders. Join our fourth intergenerational conversation.

Monday, July 10, 2023 7:30 PM –  8:30 PM ET

Red Wine & Blue is officially in Virginia y’all Together we will build a community of troublemakers across the state and defeat extremism in our communities. Ready to be part of it? Then join the official RWB kickoff (it’s virtual!) to meet the RWB team, connect with other suburban women and talk about plans for 2023 and beyond. 

Monday, July 10th, 8:00pm

Campaign Finance: The Basics and Opportunities for Reform
Do you want to learn more about campaign finance laws? Join this discussion on the evolution of campaign finance legislation, both federally and in individual states. Organized by BigMoneyOutVA, David Kolker, Senior Counsel for the Campaign Legal Center, will draw on his 20 years at the Federal Elections Commission and review the history of campaign finance laws and current challenges. Nancy Morgan, coordinator of BigMoneyOutVA, a non-partisan group advocacy group focused on campaign finance reform, will review the status of Virginia and identify opportunities for reform and entry points for action.

Tuesday July 11, 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.

Wednesday, July 12, 6:30 pm ET  – Truth Brigade BIG TRUTHS: Fight disinformation with Special Guests

Disinformation poisons minds and prevents our society from moving forward to protect the people and the planet. Lies are spread to obtain unearned power — it’s as simple as that. Lies around voting and elections provide the path to that unearned power. Join us the second Wednesday of each month to learn where we are most vulnerable, and how we can and must disrupt disinformation. Leave the call inspired, clear-headed and focused on taking meaningful action.

Wednesday, July 12, 2023 07:00 PM

From the Front Porch to the State House
Join the RuralGround Game with Chloe Maxmin, Maine State Senator, and her campaign manager and co-author of “Dirt Road Revival,” Canyon Woodward as they share their experience from flipping a previously Republican district. 
Chloe and Canyon are also developing resources and collaborative trainings through their new organization Dirt Road Organizing, focused making political and electoral change in rural communities.

Wednesday, July 12, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm EDT

Spotlight Speaker: David Pepper, Saving Democracy
A warm welcome to David Pepper, who is returning under the Tent. Join us as we speak to him about his new best-selling book, Saving Democracy: The User’s Manual For Every American. The book provides a framework for all pro-democracy activists (us!) to better understand the steps to save our democracy.  As Pepper notes, “we are seeing ever-growing awareness about the threat to democracy, as well as emerging and successful best practices of how to fight back.” This book provides us the path to a more secure and vibrant democracy.  

Wednesday, July 26, 12:00pm ET 

Freedom Over Fascism Strategy & Messaging Briefing
Join The Research Collaborative Movement Briefing

Use the Freedom Over Fascism messaging toolkit

Be a BADASS, Share Your Power and Forward this Opportunity to a Friend!

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