BADASS Briefing, July 15, 2023

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Dear Friends, 

This is our final week before the Women’s Summit. Our program is ready, and candidates from across the Commonwealth are joining us. Many School Board Candidates will attend, including a strong representation from Chesterfield County, as we aim to flip Chesterfield blue this year!  If you haven’t secured your ticket yet and have questions, please reach out. You definitely don’t want to miss this opportunity to get ALL IN to Win Virginia and reclaim the majority. Find out more about our strategy at this week’s Friday Power Lunch. Introducing the new COVA Coalition! Carrie Short and Heidi Dragneff have launched a grassroots organization for Coastal Virginia, affiliated with Network NOVA. COVA aims to connect and collaborate statewide, mobilizing and empowering women and minorities. Their key priorities include education, reproductive freedom, and tackling gun violence. Check out their website at for more information. Support gender equality in the Constitution by signing the petition created by Grove fellowship students at Hunter College, NYC, advocating for the ERA. Find more information about the significance of signing the petition in the Ms. Magazine article.


PS: Take a moment and watch Mary Rarick get serious about the importance of the Women’s Summit.


  • Writing2Win Strategic Communications Support for Campaigns: Contact Writing2Win if a PowerPack or candidate you are supporting needs help with their messaging and strategic communications. Kristin Battista-Frazee,, Julie Galdo,
  • Carpool Tool for Canvassing: Carpool tool guide: Questions? Email
  • Letter Writing for Campaigns with Vote Forward and Swing Left: Create an account:, Host a letter writing party: Partner with Vote Forward, Learn more about the impact of letter writing:
  • August 19th Team Up training in Richmond: Join Swing Left for an in-person training about how to start a local group and organize to elect Democrats in your community! We will also match you with 2-4 co-leaders during the training so that you can work as a team. This is a great opportunity to share with folks you know in the Richmond area who are new to grassroots organizing. Learn more and apply
  • Experiences with supporting campaigns: 1) Canvassing in SD-30 for Danica Roem & HD-22 for Travis Nembhard has been going great! They have a coordinated field office in Manassas and joint literature! 2) Did lots of phone banking during primary but found only about 5% of the folks answer their phone.  Not sure the ROI is there going forward. 3) Festivals are excellent places to meet voters, and lots of them, especially in more rural areas.
  • Virginia Candidates, Campaign Managers, Field and Finance Directors:Rideshare2Vote will be working in Virginia primaries and general election.  Read about their work here: Contact: Sarah Kovich, Founder, Rideshare2Vote Organizations, &– Ask all candidates running in your district to commit to Good Governance: VA Good Governance Scorecard is now active and we’re had more than 35 candidates fill it in, including 2 Republicans.  We encourage members to check it out by 1) clicking on the link;, 2) check if their candidates have filled in the scorecard, if not 3) click on contact and ask them via twitter/email to fill it in (sample text in twitter/email).  We also hope that grassroots groups share the Scorecard with their members.  Questions:– Local Majority, who has been helping Virginia since 2017, is continuing to write papers for VA state legislators. If you know of a candidate or a subject that you know needs to be researched and written about, please contact: JoAnn Loulan, Local Majority has written about 50 papers for VA over the years- check it out:


Monday, July 17th, 7:00pm
Virtual Letter Writing for Ohio Special Election and Virginia General Election with DTMG
We’ll gather in Zoom to write letters to encourage voters in Ohio to vote NO on a voter suppression ballot initiative in a special election on August 8th. We’ll also write letters encouraging infrequent voters to vote in the November 7th General Election in Virginia. Attendees will need a Vote Forward account to adopt voters, download PDF files with the letters, and print out the letters. Volunteers without a Vote Forward account are encouraged to request one right away at — full instructions will be sent to you after you sign up.
Tuesday, July 18th, 6:00pm

Virtual Phone Bank for Feggans
Team Feggans needs all of the help we can get reaching out to our voters! Join us every Tuesday night for Volunteer Recruitment and Direct Voter Contact calls! Full script and training will be provided on Zoom. Wednesday, July 19th, 5:30pm

Elections Working Group Meeting
Email Luisa to attend: luisaboyarski@gmail.comThursday, July 20th, 6:00pm

Phonebank for Travis Nembhard
Call your neighbors to get the word out about HD-22’s next Delegate Travis Nembhard! 
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

Tuesday August 8, 6:00 PM and every Tuesday in August
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.


Saturday, July 15th, 10:00amPost-Primary Joint Canvass Launch – Team Joshua Cole
Join Team Joshua Cole and Team Joel Griffin for our first post-primary canvass launch! We’re excited to knock on doors and let voters know about the important November election. Training is provided. Bring a friend, comfortable shoes, and some water! Location is TBD but will be in Fredericksburg.

Saturday, July 15th, 10:00amMonthly canvassing in Leesburg, VA for State Senate 31, with SwingLeftHoCoMD
The primary is over and the democratic candidate for State Senate 31 is Russet Perry. It’s essential for us to flip this seat to keep Democratic control in the State Senate. Since redistricting this seat is now competitive and the incumbent is not running. Our meet up location is Russet Perry headquarters (currently in Marquee Law Group office) at 20 W Market St, Leesburg, VA. There is parking across the street. And a gazebo in the back where we will gather. 

Saturday, July 15th, 11:30amCanvassing for Clara James Scott and Rachel Levy
Join us for the Clara James Scott Official Campaign Kickoff for the South Anna Hanover Board of Supervisors. And please set aside time to canvass for Clara and Rachel afterwards. Saturday July 15th 14278 Bethany Church Road, Montpelier, VA 23192 Kickoff starts 10 am, Canvassing starts at 11:30am. Questions or special requests like paper sheets or a partner? Contact

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