Bad-Ass Women Speaker Series

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4th Annual March 

Event Speakers


Founder, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Shannon Watts is the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America—the nation’s largest grassroots gun violence prevention group, with chapters in all 50 states and a powerful network of volunteers and survivors that has successfully effected change at the local, state and national level. As part of Everytown for Gun Safety, Moms Demand Action boasts nearly 6 million supporters and a 90 percent track record of beating NRA priority legislation in statehouses. Watts is an active board member of Emerge America, one of the nation’s leading organizations for recruiting and training women to run for office. Her book, Fight Like a Mother: How a Grassroots Movement Took on the Gun Lobby and Why Women Will Change the World, was released in May of 2019.



Assemblymember, 16th Assembly District

Rebecca Bauer-Kahan was elected to the State Assembly in 2018 to represent the 16th Assembly District. She immediately made her mark on the legislature when she was selected by her colleagues to serve in the Assembly leadership as Assistant Speaker pro Tempore and Chair of the Select Committee on Women's Reproductive Health – the first committee of its kind in the nation.​ In the Assembly, Rebecca has focused on issues that reflect our community's values and delivering resources that our region desperately needs. In just a few months of service, she authored bipartisan legislation to strengthen gun safety, protect victims of sexual exploitation, provide better access to health care, improve the environment and more. She also secured millions for local projects.


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Congressman, 11th Congressional District

For the last four years, Mark DeSaulnier (DE-SOWN-YAY) has represented California’s 11th Congressional District. He is a leader in Congress on the issues that matter most to California families, like guaranteeing a livable wage, affordable and accessible education, and ensuring government is accountable to the public.
Mark is one of only a few Members of Congress who serves on four House committees. During his tenure, he has spearheaded an initiative called the Future of Work, Wages, and Labor to anticipate and address the issues facing our workforce. Mark is working to improve aviation safety and develop innovative solutions to our transportation challenges. He sits on the Oversight and Reform Committee and is part of investigating actions taken by the Trump Administration, and he was selected to serve on the Rules Committee where he has the opportunity to weigh in on major pieces of legislation before they are voted on by the House. Mark also was appointed to the Congressional Progressive Caucus Executive Board.


Public Affairs Director, Planned Parenthood Northern California Action Fund

Lauren Babb is a Contra Costa community leader and has spent the last nine years on a series of federal, state and local campaigns. As Public Affairs Director for Planned Parenthood Northern California Action Fund, Lauren works to protect and ensure reproductive justice for all.  She is a fierce advocate for women’s equality and has worked to defend the rights of several labor groups across the country. In 2016 she led AFL-CIO labor-run campaigns in support of Hillary Clinton in Iowa, Florida, and Nevada. Lauren is a graduate of American University, the George Washington University School of Political Management and the 2019 Class of Emerge California. She is an appointed commissioner of the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, the Economic Opportunity Council and Contra Costa 2020 Census Complete Count Committee. Lauren is a 2019-2020 fellow on the Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice team with the Women’s Policy Institute, a project of the Women’s Foundation of California. She is also a board member for Girls Leadership, Contra Costa Young Dems, Contra Costa NOW, and Ensuring Opportunity.

Booths & Sponsorships

Participating Organizations

  • 350.Org Climate Change

  • American Association of University Women

  • Black Women Organized for Political Action Richmond/Contra Costa Chapter

  • Census 2020

  • Citizen's for Climate Lobby CCC

  • CoCo NOW

  • Commit to Flip Blue

  • Contra Costa Democrats

  • Democrats of Rossmoor

  • Diablo Valley Democratic Club

  • DVC Democratic Club

  • East Bay /Contra Costa for Pete Butigieg

  • Friends of Scott and Taun Hall

  • Health Care for All

  • Interfaith Council & Interfaith Climate Action Council

  • Lamorinda Democratic Club

  • League of Women Voters Diablo Valley

  • Marsh Creek Democratic Club

  • Meals on Wheels/CalFresh

  • Mom's Demand Action

  • Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center

  • Neto Community Network

  • Our Revolution

  • Parents for a Safer Environment & East Bay Neighbors for Responsible Technology

  • Planned Parenthood Northern California Action Fund

  • San Ramon Valley Democratic Club

  • Stand Together Contra Costa

  • Swing Left

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