Dear all: some reflections from the campaign, the first battle in the fight for the soul of the Commonwealth and the country.1. It was all about the women. You ran and you won. You organized and you volunteered. And you voted. Of the fifteen House of Delegate seats we won outright, ten of the winners were women. All fifteen of the Republicans who lost were men. Mostly old, all white, and much too comfortable in their reactionary ways. Richmond will never be the same, and I thank God for that.And yes, many men came to their senses; almost half of us voted for Ralph Northam. We still have plenty of work to do, but it's a start.2. The new generation is ready. I would venture to say that all the new Democratic winners in the House of Delegates are younger than the Republicans they replace. This is an amazing turn of events. By challenging the dinosaurs in the House of Delegates, the Democrats shone a bright light on their damaging and obstructionist votes. This election was about more than Donald Trump. It unseated men who were Trumpian before the word was even invented. It talked about education, women's reproductive rights, the environment for future generations, tolerance and diversity.3. Who actually voted? Overall turnout increased by five percentage points, from 42.7% in the 2013 Governor's race to 47.6% in 2017. While this turnout is still a little disappointing, considering what was at stake, the details reveal some interesting facts. On the Democratic side, four demographic groups increased their turnout participation by more than 5 percentage points: College students (plus 8 points), Millennials (plus 8 points), Asian (plus 7 points), and Latino (plus 6 points). On the Republican side, only one group, high income voters in the Southwest part of the state, increased 6 percentage points. This bodes well for the future: we have many more potential votes out there!4. Arlington stands tall once again. Arlington increased its turnout from 42.4% in 2013 to an astounding 52,3% in 2017. We were fired up, and not even a cold rain all afternoon could dampen our spirits. We did our part in delivering a margin of more than 52,000 votes to the statewide margin of 232,000. The statewide margin was even bigger than the margin for Hillary in 2016, and with fewer votes cast, and McAuliffe in 2013. Arlington cast 80.1% of its votes for Ralph Northam and only 18.9% for Ed Gillespie.5. Thrifton and Cherrydale precincts did their part. Thrifton voters cast 70.85% of their votes for Ralph Northam, and 28,5% for Ed Gillespie. Cherrydale went 78.47% for Ralph Northam and 20.88% for Ed Gillespie. The totals do not include the absentee votes from these precincts, which are aggregated into one separate precinct. The overall absentee precinct voted 85.4 % for Ralph Northam. I am proud and happy that these two precincts added a combined margin of 1567 votes (888 from Cherrydale and 679 from Thrifton) to Ralph Northam's margin, plus a considerable number of absentee votes from our precincts.One can only hope that the results of this election can be repeated throughout the country in the future. That a huge new pool of talented (women!) candidates will emerge to challenge the old guard. That the college voters and the millennials will embrace the political process and use it to shape their futures. That the under-represented minorities will realize the power of the ballot box in furthering their interests and maximizing their contribution to the community. That sanity and honesty and integrity will return to the political discussion.I close by sincerely thanking each and every one of you who contributed to the victory. I know many of you canvassed, made phone calls, made donations, put signs in your yard, talked to friends, neighbors and relatives, handed out flyers, delivered papers, worked in the cold and rain on election day and did so many more things, both big and small. to make this possible.Best wishes to all,Jack HastingsThrifton Precinct Co-captain
Mary Reynolds published Americas Region Annual General Meeting: January 25-29 in News 2017-11-08 12:30:26 -0500
Americas Region Annual General Meeting
Costa Rica awaits you at the Americas Region Annual General Meeting. January is the perfect time to kick-start our "Get Out the Vote" campaign for the 2018 election, but, it is also one of the most desirable times to visit Costa Rica. Everything is still very green from the rainy season yet guaranteed warm and dry. Rooms are at a premium and hard to come by. We are grateful to our friends at the Hotel Bougainvillea for holding a block of rooms for us and offering them at a reduced rate. However, this offer expires November 30th. Time is running out.
Make your reservation today – January 25 – January 29th Americas AGM 2018.
Please find attached:
• Hotel Bougainvillea reservation form. Credit card is required to hold your room but not charged until you arrive. Please note that providing you stay at least two nights between January 25th & the 29th, then any days before or after will be at same favorable rate. Please return this form to us and we will turn them in all together to the Hotel Bougainvillea so that there will be no confusion or mix-ups.
• Registration form. Please fill this out so we have your contact information, your preferred housing choices, your arrival times and dates and any special requirements.
• Tour information form. Please note that the venue is in the center of the country in what is called a high tropical zone at 4000 feet. We are not near the beaches or the hot springs. Both worth a visit. Let us know if you want to take advantage while you’re here to see more of Costa Rica and we’ll gladly help you.
• Costs for CR Visit: Donation for meeting - contribution towards the meeting rooms rental, A/V equipment, printing and supplies. Activity charges are listed individually. Meeting donations and activity costs are payable to DACR by cash in person or via PayPal.
• Agenda -Copy of flyer
PLEASE PRINT OUT FORM(S), FILL THEM IN, SCAN OR TAKE A PICTURE OF THEM AND RETURN THEM, OR OPEN THEM IN MS WORD, ENABLE EDITING AND FILL IN YOUR INFORMATION. APOLOGIES, WE DID NOT HAVE TIME TO GENERATE SPECIAL FORMS.
•PLEASE CONTACT FOR ANY QUESTIONS
•USA number 212-222-7745
•CR number +506-2244-2247
Remember, we plan on having exciting speakers and meaningful workshops so that everyone can have a great time and take back a lot of useful information to their Country Committees and Chapters. Flyer is attached again to entice you. Whether you are a member or leader of a Country Committee, a member at large or a member of a new group in formation there is so much to see and learn at our upcoming meeting. We are urging to attend. We are so looking forward to seeing all of you.
Jody Quinnell, RVC Americas Region
Kathy Rothschild, Deputy RVC, Americas Region and Chair of DA Costa Rica
I thought you might find the following list of wins handy (and delightful too). Thank you for all the work you have done this year to help make this happen. Special thanks to our GOTV team, led by Heidi Burch and Eileen Weinburg, for all the time they have spent organizing phone banking, sending out detailed emails to special election voters, energizing volunteers and more. Many thanks to the phone bankers who have made these calls, and many thanks to the communications team who have helped get the message out as well You all are getting the job done and proving to the world that we are going to rock 2018!
All the best,
International Chair, Democrats Abroad
Ralph Northam is the governor-elect, Justin Fairfax is lieutenant governor-elect, and Mark Herring was re-elected attorney general.
Democrats flipped at least 14* House of Delegate seats including:
· Jennifer Carroll Foy (HD-02)
· Wendy Goodits (HD-10)
· Chris Hurst (HD-12)
· Danica Roem (HD-13)
· Kelly Fowler (HD-21)
· Elizabeth Guzman (HD-31)
· David Reid (HD-32)
· Kathy Tran (HD-42)
· Lee Carter (HD-50)
· Hala Ayala (HD-51)
· Karrie Delaney (HD-67)
· Dawn Adams (HD-68)
· Schuyler VanValkenberg (HD-72)
· Deborah Rodman (HD-73)
* No party has picked up more than 7 seats in a single House of Delegates election since 2001.
Democrats flipped the governor’s seat from red to blue by electing Phil Murphy and Sheila Oliver. Vin Gopal flipped New Jersey’s 11th Senate District from red to blue. New Jersey became the 7th state in the US where Democrats control both legislative and executive branches.
Democrats flipped 2 mayoral seats by electing Vi Lyles in Charlotte and Mitch Colvin in Fayetteville. Vi Lyles is the first-ever African American woman to be elected mayor of Charlotte, while Mitch used his strong ties to the community to flip the Fayetteville mayoral seat from red to blue.
Democrats flipped the Manchester mayoral seat by electing Joyce Craig. Joyce is the first woman to ever serve as mayor of Manchester. Democrats flipped one seat in the New Hampshire House of Representatives by electing Erika Connors to the Hillsborough County District 15 and held the Sullivan County District 1 by electing Brian Sullivan. In total, Democrats have now flipped six seats in New Hampshire from red to blue in 2017
Democrats re-elected Mayor Rick Kriseman to be the mayor of St. Petersburg.
Democrats re-elected Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. New York Democrats re-elected New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Democrats flipped two House districts by electing Deborah Gonzalez (HD-117) and Jonathan Wallace (HD-119).
Democrats held Michigan’s 109th House District by electing Sara Cambensy.
Manka Dhingra's resounding victory in the Washington 45th state senate race successfully flipped control of the Washington State Senate to the Democrats.
Mary Reynolds published MOVIE NIGHT: Friday, November 17: Megan Leavey in News 2017-11-06 16:00:40 -0500
They're not even dogs anymore. They're warriors, and they come back with all the same issues we do.
Based on the true life story of a young Marine corporal whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq. When she is assigned to clean up the K9 unit after a disciplinary hearing, Leavey identifies with a particularly aggressive dog, Rex, and is given the chance to train him. Megan and Rex completed more than 100 missions until an IED explosion injures them, putting their fate in jeopardy.
2017, 1hr 56min, PG13
Q20 Suggested Donation
Bring Your Own Drinks / Some Drinks Will Be For Sale
Popcorn Available at Q5 per Bag
Friday, November 17, 2017
The movie starts promptly at 6:30pm
Casa Convento Concepción 4a Calle Oriente #41
Open to Members of DAGT and Guests
Discussion Group Following the Movie
BRING YOUR OWN TISSUES - THIS MOVIE WILL MAKE YOU CRY
Mary Reynolds published Get Ready for the 2018 Elections! Join Us for Phonebanking and Voter Registration Training in News 2017-11-06 09:05:54 -0500
Would you like to learn more about Phonebanking and Voter Registration to Get Out the Vote (GOTV) for the 2018 Elections?
We’ve set up an initial round of live Webex training sessions for DA volunteers interested in Phonebanking and helping with Voter Registration. These sessions are optional--sign up if you would like some more guidance for your GOTV efforts.
Phonebanking training is for anyone who wants additional support to set up a CallHub account and to get started with phonebanking. Voter Registration training will discuss best practices for setting up Voter Registration events and how to help overseas voters register to vote and request their ballots.
If you would like to sign up for Phonebanking and/or Voter Registration Training, please fill out this form: GOTV TRAINING - LIVE WEBEX SESSIONS
We have scheduled several sessions to allow DA volunteers in different parts of the world to access the training. Pick the one that is most convenient for you!
Scheduled dates and times are: [All times are Eastern Time (Washington, DC); Please convert to your time zone] :
•Phonebanking: Friday November 10 at 7pm ET
•Phonebanking: Saturday, November 11 at 9am ET
•Phonebanking: Thursday November 16 at 2pm ET
•Voter Registration: Thursday, November 9 at 1pm ET
•Voter Registration: Tuesday, November 14 at 3am ET
•Voter Registration: Wednesday, November 15 at 9am ET
If you have any questions, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Heidi Burch and Eileen Weinberg, Co-Chairs Democrats Abroad GOTV Team
DA Voter Information Team http://www.democratsabroad.org/
Dear DNC Member,
It was wonderful to be with so many of you in Las Vegas for our fall DNC meeting. I left the meeting inspired and energized and am looking forward to working with all of you to strengthen our party as we work to achieve victories up and down the ballot in 2017, 2018, and beyond.
As I have started doing after all of our DNC meetings, we’ll be sharing a report of what happened so you as a member can know and can share it with your constituents. It was an action-packed week, where we came together for two General Sessions, an Executive Committee Meeting, four Standing Committee meetings, and a cumulative 18 Caucus and Council meetings!
Here are some updates about things that happened during the meeting:
During Thursday’s General Session for DNC members, Chair Tom Perez and CEO Jess O’Connell walked through the new DNC, highlighting our renewed focus on modernizing, organizing, rebuilding, and winning. Members heard from new senior leadership, including Political & Organizing Director Amanda Brown Liermann, CTO Raffi Krikorian and CMO Caitlin Mitchell. Chair Perez and team walked through a presentation detailing the new DNC. You can find a version of it here.
In addition, during Thursday’s session, a town hall was held that allowed members to ask questions of the Chair and the other officers. Topics ranged from organizing priorities, to how we are engaging millennials, to what investments are being made today in state parties. It was an informative discussion.
During Saturday’s General Session, we heard remarks from Senator Catherine Cortez Masto who talked about how they won in Nevada in 2016. She talked about how we cannot rely on anger and needing to focus on working families. We also were joined by former Senator Harry Reid. Our keynote speaker was former Attorney General Eric Holder who highlighted the fight against gerrymandering and next steps.
In addition to hearing from these speakers, we watched several inspiring videos. One was created by our Digital shop that talks about the new DNC. The other was a video highlighting Doug Jones in Alabama. We also were joined by video from Phil Murphy, candidate for governor in New Jersey, as well as via Skype by Tim Kaine and Justin Fairfax talking about the races in Virginia.
During the Saturday general session, the members approved the Chair’s slate of 75 at-large members, as well as standing committee appointments, by acclamation. The DNC considered several reports from our Standing Committees.
Those reports included:
Resolutions Committee Report The Resolutions Committee considered a number of resolutions submitted by members, which were a combination of messaging and commemorative resolutions. Among the Resolutions adopted by the DNC were resolutions highlighting the DNC’s commitment to hurricane relief for Texas, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands and fire relief for California wildfires, opposing the Trump Muslim Ban, and outlining the DNC’s new mission. Commemorative resolutions recognized committed Democrats who had recently passed away, including former DNC LGBT Caucus Chair Rick Stafford and Bob Farmer.
In addition, the Executive Committee considered and adopted three timely and urgent resolutions, one on the Las Vegas massacre and the other two being commemorative.
A packet of the final resolutions, as approved by the DNC, is available by clicking this link.
Credentials Committee Report
The DNC Credentials Committee met on Friday afternoon to hear updates on two challenges presently before the Committee.
Rules & Bylaws Committee Report
Rules & Bylaws Committee Chair Jim Roosevelt reported out on the meeting of the RBC held on Thursday morning. The RBC adopted a revised charter amendment that deals with the gender balance of DNC officers. It was put forward to the body for a vote and adopted.
It was also shared that Chair Perez introduced a charter amendment adding the DNC Secretary and the President of the ASDC as automatic members of the Rules & Bylalws Committee.
In addition, Chair Perez provided a brief report on the exciting work of the Unity Reform Commission. The Commission has held four meetings since being appointed and have had informative and productive discussions on the various topics covered in the mandate. The Commission is required to issue its report and recommendations to the Rules and Bylaws Committee by January 1, 2018. Please find an update from Chair and Vice Chair Jen O'Malley Dillon and Larry Cohen here.
Transition Advisory Committee Report
Reverend Leah Daughtry, one of the co-chairs for the DNC’s Transition Advisory Committee, shared updates on the Committee’s work and highlighted the focus areas that were discussed.
Caucus and Council Chair Elections
Throughout the DNC meeting, each of our regional caucuses, as well as our constituency caucuses and councils, held elections for leadership positions. We are excited to have such a diverse slate of individuals who ran and were elected.
Those Chairs that were elected were:
Black Caucus: Virgie Rollins
AAPI Caucus: Bel Leong-Hong
Women's Caucus: Lottie Shackelford
LGBT Caucus: Earl Fowlkes
Hispanic Caucus: Iris Martinez
Midwestern Caucus: Ron Harris
Eastern Caucus: Nancy DiNardo
Southern Caucus: Alan Clendenin
Western Caucus: Jesse Durfee
Youth Council: Akilah Ensley
Rural Council: Betty Richie
Disability Council: Tony Coelho
Native American Council: Rion Ramirez
Small Business Council: Andrew Lachman
Seniors Council: Steve Regenstreif
Vets & Military Families Council: Thomas McDermott & Christine Pelosi
Labor Council: Maria Elena Durazo
I was inspired by our Fall Meeting and am looking forward to working and communicating with each and every one of you in the weeks, months, and years ahead, as we work to rebuild, modernize, organize and win.
Have a wonderful week, and I look forward to speaking with you soon.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.
Democratic National Committee
Just a quick note regarding the ongoing Mueller investigation, today’s news on Paul Manafort, and communications.
DNC Chair Tom Perez has issued the following statement:
“The Chairman of Donald Trump’s campaign and his deputy have been charged with conspiracy against the United States, money laundering, and making false statements – all related to their work to promote a pro-Putin regime. Paul Manafort and Rick Gates ran Trump’s campaign and continued to be a part of his inner circle after Election Day. This underscores the seriousness of the investigation into Donald Trump’s ties to Russia. It’s time for Republicans to commit to protecting this investigation and preserving the rule of law.”
We agree. We also know that many unknowns remain. We do not want to promote unconfirmed rumors that may be circulating on social media or even in the more questionable “news” sources. We do not need to promote speculations and hypotheticals, but instead reinforce that the purpose of having a special investigator is to find the facts. We, as well as every other US citizen, deserve to know who did what, who knew what when, and who specifically was involved and complicit within the Trump campaign related to any illegal activities. That’s exactly what Mueller’s team is doing, and we’re starting to see the first of those ramifications today.
Of course, we’re very much against anyone getting in the way of the investigation. If Trump, Sessions or others start to take swift dramatic action in response to Mueller, then so will we. Now is just a good a time as ever to review your action plan to ensure your CC is prepared to quickly mobilize members if the time comes. Here's a guidance document for putting together a march or a rally.
In the meantime, we need Dem governors in NJ, Virginia; we need to do everything we can to win the other special elections this year; and we need to use this homestretch of 2017 elections to prep our volunteers so they’re ready to get out the largest Americans abroad turnout in a midterm, ever, in 2018.
We all believe this is an incredibly serious issue and we stand poised to act. Thank you for your attention to the subject, and also to your tremendous efforts on the crucial (and in many ways more difficult) work of getting out the vote. As always, I welcome your feedback and am happy to discuss further.
Hello from Nevada!
The DNC fall meeting is just over and we are already working on what comes next. But first a recap:
If you’re wondering about the state of the DNC let me tell you – the new DNC is up and running and in full motion forward. New is the byword in all conversation, and work across all zip codes (even abroad) is too. National has studied the game video, taken notes and are rolling out their game strategy with no holds barred to get out the vote and win.
That’s the summary for anyone with thirty seconds. Now for the details!
We kicked off the week with state chairs and executive director workshop meetings on Wednesday. The meetings were invaluable for getting to know state leaders, hearing their approaches and sharing our own. I attended the workshop for state chairs and vice chairs while Adrianne George and Ken Sherman helped make sure DA was represented in the executive director meeting.
The Unity Reform Commission also met Wednesday - Connie Borde, Martha McDevitt Pugh, Adrianne George, and Katie Solon represented us and will be sharing their notes later this week.
In the Association of State Chairs general meeting that evening, Democrats Abroad was honored to get a shout out of thanks for our work on Resistance Summer by DNC deputy Chair Keith Ellison.
Thursday I attended the state chairs’ IT committee meeting and shared some of our best practices and major tech asks with the group. It’s a privilege to be a member of that committee and I’m delighted that DA has been added to it!
Thanks to the advocacy of Liz Jaff I was able to meet with DNC CTO Raffi Krikorian, who is very interested in our data project and has pledged to help us meet our goal of gathering all fifty States absentee presidential voter data and matching it with more robust contact information.
During the week I met with DNC CEO Jess O’Connell and Advisor to the Chair Will Hailer to discuss our strategy for 2018 and the funding opportunities needed to fulfill that strategy. We will be able to submit a formal grant request on November 1 and we have already sent in a draft of the grant to their team for consideration.
States are organized by four regions within the DNC, and our DNC team is, uniquely, a part of each region. During Thursday’s regional caucus meetings we were each able to let our region know about our efforts this summer and next year through our state report.
Friday morning we all attended the resolutions committee meeting in support of our resolution. The committee tabled it for further consideration at the next meeting in the early spring.
The day was packed with caucus meetings and the team split up to attend as many meetings as possible. By the end of the day, Martha McDevitt-Pugh had won a seat on the board of the Women’s Caucus and Orlando Vidal on the board of the Hispanic Caucus.
We are happy to announce that we found generous support for our efforts to make sure the Veterans hot line works abroad. South Carolina DNC member Clay Middleton has already approached Rep Jim Clyburn about the issue, and the Mississippi state vice chair has vowed to work with the VA on the problem too. As well, Adrianne George and John Eastwood’s advocacy led the Veterans Council to pass a motion regarding the issue.
Anyone who got to meet Liz Jaff during her visit with us this fall will not be surprised to hear that her pitch-a-thons were tremendous successes. State parties are excited and eager to learn about new technologies - a fantastic development for our party.
During our time in Vegas we were able to speak with every member of the DNC executive committee. They are very eager to work closely with us and visit as well. Tom Perez was particularly interested in our Alabama work and asked me to make sure we push as hard as we can on getting out the vote there.
The entire DA team also had the opportunity to meet with Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto and let her know about our efforts.
I’m excited to note that our first visitor post meeting will be Larry Cohen, chair of Our Revolution, who kindly agreed to meet with DAG France next week at an event hosted by Connie Borde.
The general meeting on Saturday was inspiring as we heard Attorney General Eric Holder, Senator Harry Reid and Senator Catherine Cortez Masto give rousing speeches. Sen. Tim Caine and Ralph Northam, the Democratic nominee for Governor of Virginia, joined remotely. Tom Perez capped off the meeting with a fantastic call to action for this fall’s elections (particularly the Alabama senate race) and a last take away focused on the goals and direction of the new DNC.
Saturday was also Ken Sherman’s birthday and we were delighted to wish him many happy returns before we parted to begin making the long trip home.
Tremendous thanks to the team for the time spent together and the work that everyone did making sure the hundreds of DNC members knew Democrats Abroad, our value and what we can do to help them in their election efforts.
Any questions, let me know! I’ll be back online on Tuesday (just boarding to fly home now :-).
International Chair Democrats Abroad
Mary Reynolds published ExCom Meeting Minutes: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 in News 2017-10-22 11:53:18 -0400
Minutes of the Executive Committee of Democrats Abroad Guatemala
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 5:30 pm
Letty Manne’s house/Via Skype
Attendance: John Chudy, Chair; Mary Lou Ridinger, Vice Chair; Lyn Totino, Secretary; Tom Totino, Treasurer; Kee Kalwara, Events/Membership/Fundraising Coordinator; Annie Vanderboom, Member at Large; Dave Evans, Member at Large; Letty Manne, Consul; and via Skype: Rachael Shenyo, Occidente MeetUp Group Deputy Chair.
Call to Order - 5:35 pm
The agenda and minutes of the previous EXCOM meeting September 6th were approved unanimously.
Our Net Worth stands at Q710.40 of which Q310 is a credit at the Revue. So far this year, we generated revenue of Q2,798 from showing seven movies. After paying for space rental and the popcorn lady we’ve netted Q2,023 well on our way to covering the Q3,800 cost of the projector. Now that we have more than Q500 in cash the Treasurer proposed reimbursing John Chudy the remaining Q100 owed to him for purchase of food and fireworks for the July 4th sundowner. The ExCom agreed and John was paid. The report was accepted unanimously.
Events for 2017:
Fog of War was shown on August 25. It was reasonably well attended and we made money selling wine and popcorn.
Before the Flood was shown on September 22. Attendance was 15.
We netted Q255 after paying Q50 for rental for CCC and Q50 to Azucena for making popcorn.
Argo was shown on October 13. Eight attended. Our net was Q185.
Megan Leavey, a true story about a young marine and her bond with her military combat dog, will be shown at CCC on November 17 at 6:30pm.
Christmas Vacation will be shown at CCC on December 15 at 6:30pm.
Beginning January 20 DAGT will begin our Anti Inaugural Anniversary fund raising drive. John will be working on the wording of the email that will be sent out. Members can donate through PayPal or perhaps another like Stripe.com. John and Kee will discuss the best option. We will offer prizes for donations of over $25: a women’s caucus 2018 calendar or a cap embroidered with Lo siento por el imbécil. In the Skype chat box, Rachael wrote that she can obtain hats with the language embroidered for Q240 per dozen, or stamped for Q180. John will purchase the calendars and donate them to DAGT, provided they arrive in time. The donation drive will last until February 20. The funds we bring in are absolutely necessary to pay for our Get Out the Vote efforts for the 2018 midterm elections.
The calendars and the caps will also be sold at all of our events.
DAGT Policy Retreat:
To kick off our fundraising month we will be having a one day retreat in Antigua. This will take place on January 20th. Kee will be looking for the perfect venue which will be announced. The event will be organized around 4 or 5 issues that frustrate and concern Democrats. We will have a presenter for each. Each presentation of about 15 to 20 minutes will be followed by discussion for about 45 minutes. The issues thus far are: Achieving Universal Health Care, The Democratic Party leftist economic romanticism and Identity Politics, Immigration, Russia and US Elections, Key 2018 House and Senate Races. We need volunteers to select and present one of these topics or another of interest. John sent out a separate email providing more details and volunteered to lead the discussion on Universal Health Care and the Democratic Party.
The next meeting will take place at 5:30 pm on November 29. The venue has not been decided. This meeting, like all of our meetings, is open to all members.
Lyn and Tom will be gone from December 16 to January 6. John will be gone from October 31 to November 22 and from December 6 to 30. Dave will be gone from November 22 to December 24. Letty will be gone from November 28 to December 14. Annie will be gone from December 20 to January 7.
Adjourned: 6:48 pm.
Mary Reynolds published FVAP Releases Improved Absentee Voting Forms in News 2017-10-18 10:57:20 -0400
In preparation for the 2018 election cycle, the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) updated the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) and Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Service members, their eligible family members, and overseas citizens may use the FPCA to register to vote, request absentee ballots, and update contact information. If they do not receive their requested absentee ballot from their State, they can vote using the FWAB as a backup ballot.
The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) requires FVAP to prescribe both standard forms, which are accepted by all States and territories in elections for federal office. Both forms require review and public comment every three years. The forms are available at FVAP.gov, and through an online assistant for completing them. While voters also have the option of using other types of absentee ballot request forms, these forms may not grant the same protections that UOCAVA ensures, such as the option to receive their blank ballot electronically and the requirement for election offices to send ballots to voters at least 45 days before elections for federal office.
To develop the new forms, FVAP leveraged an iterative process of expert design input, information gathering and testing with election officials, voters, and other stakeholders. Thanks to these efforts and the feedback received during public comment periods through the Federal Register, the forms have been improved with easier-to-understand instructions and visual cues, including larger text and color, to simplify form completion and clarify the submission process.
“This was by no means a solitary effort - the improved forms are products of stakeholder collaboration, usability testing, and valuable input from the public. I thank everyone who took the time to provide insight, and I hope you can see your efforts reflected in the updated forms,” FVAP Director David Beirne said. “These forms represent the latest example of FVAP’s dedication to continuous process improvement and applied research to increase the opportunity for our military, their families, and overseas citizens to successfully cast an absentee ballot.”
FVAP recommends voters submit a new FPCA in January of every year and each time they move, and to use the FWAB if they haven’t received their ballot from their State in time to return it by the election deadline.
•The FPCA and FWAB can be completed using an online assistant (fvap.gov/military-voter/registration-ballots)
•Download the fillable FPCA (fvap.gov/uploads/FVAP/Forms/fpca.pdf)
•Download the fillable FWAB (fvap.gov/uploads/FVAP/Forms/fwab.pdf)
Summary of Changes
•Updated section headings that reflect intuitive descriptions to help the voter complete the forms (i.e., “classification” changed to “Who are you?”; “voting residence address” changed to “What is your address in the State or territory where you are registering to vote or requesting a ballot?”).
•Removed Witness Signature box. On the FPCA, no State requires a witness; on the FWAB, the “additional information” section is used for the four States requiring witness signature(s).
•Added list of States that require additional information. This change was based on usability findings that showed voters do not look up State-specific information unless directed to do so.
•Removed the request for Race, as it is not a UOCAVA requirement.
•Simplified the choice for blank ballot receipt transmission by changing the rank-order preference to checkboxes; test groups found the ranking option confusing.
•Implemented visual cues, including larger text and color, to simplify form completion and clarify the submission process.
•Redesigned the printed FWAB structure to eliminate the Security Envelope. The ballot portion folds in half and seals using self-adhesive strips.
Important Information for Voting Assistance Officers
Voting Assistance Officers should send voters to FVAP.gov whenever possible to use the online assistant or access the fillable-PDF forms. Hardcopy forms will NOT be available until later this year. Please wait until you receive additional guidance to order the hardcopy forms through your proper Service channels.
Please update your communications and materials with links to the new forms (as applicable).
Do not distribute old versions of the forms to voters; however, if a voter has obtained an older form, he or she may still use it, based on current State requirements and contact information.
Overseas citizen groups should encourage voters to use the online assistant, but can contact FVAP directly to acquire hardcopy forms later this year.
Important Information for Election Officials
Election officials should begin accepting the new forms while continuing to accept previous editions of the forms. While the forms include the statement, “Previous editions are obsolete,” it is in reference to Federal printing requirements through the General Services Administration (GSA) only and not related to voter use, or election official processing, of the forms.
Please update your communications and materials with links to the new forms (as applicable).
Federal Voting Assistance Program
The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) is a Department of Defense (DoD) organization that works to ensure Service members, their eligible family members, and overseas citizens are aware of their right to vote and have the tools and resources to successfully do so — from anywhere in the world.
FVAP assists voters through partnerships with the Military Services, Department of State, Department of Justice, and election officials from 50 States, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia. State and local governments administer U.S. elections, including those for federal offices. FVAP supports State and local election officials by providing absentee voting information, materials, training and guidance.
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Mary Reynolds published 2017 DNC Fall Meeting, October 19th - 21st, 2017 at Bally's Las Vegas, in Las Vegas, NV in News 2017-10-16 14:09:59 -0400
Dear DNC Member,
Pursuant to our rules, this email serves as your 7-day notice for our upcoming 2017 DNC Fall Meeting, October 19th - 21st, 2017 at Bally's Las Vegas, in Las Vegas, NV. Please find below key information on our meeting.
You will find an updated overall schedule for the meeting here.
You will find the agendas for the various meetings throughout our 3 days in Las Vegas, which are subject to change, here.
Should you not be able to attend any portion of the Fall Meeting, you can fill out a proxy form here. We will need you to fill out a proxy form for each individual meeting that you cannot attend.
On Wednesday, October 18th registration will be open from 6am-9pm at the hotel. Feel free to stop by as you arrive to the hotel.
Please find below the Election Fact Sheets for the various caucuses and councils.
Regional Caucuses (for specific information please refer to the Regional Caucus Fact Sheet):
Constituency Caucuses (for specific information please refer to the Constituency Caucus Fact Sheet):
Councils (for specific information please refer to the Council Fact Sheet):
•Seniors Coordinating Council
•Native American Council
•Small Business Council
•Veterans & Military Families Council
If you are interested in running for an officer position within a caucus, you can find the nominating form here. To note, the form is fillable, so you can send it to members of your caucus to gather the required signatures. In order to ensure there are no technical issues accessing these forms, we recommend using internet browsers other than Internet Explorer.
As we conduct our general party business in Las Vegas we will also have a number of actions that members can take throughout the week. Please find them below:
•October 19th from 12pm-4pm & October 20th from 12pm-6pm the DNC Action Center will be open where members will be able to phone bank into key targeted races
•October 19th from 11am-12:30pm & October 20th from 3pm-4:30pmthe DNC Pitch-a-thon will be happening where tech companies will be able to pitch their services and for state party members and EDs to provide feedback.
•Friday, October 20th from 12pm-6pm the DNC Exhibit Hall will be open where members can connect and build relationships with allied groups
•Friday, October 20th in the Evening - DNC members are invited to take part in the Las Vegas Pride Parade with the Nevada State Democratic Party. More information will be shared as we solidify logistics Chair's Appointments In a separate email Chairman Perez will send you his nominations for the 75 at-large DNC Members and appointments to the DNC Standing Committees. Arriving in Las Vegas Here are some friendly travel tips that might help you prepare.
•Cab ride from McCarran International Airport: $25-$30
•Check-In at Bally's is at 4PM and checkout is 11AM. To note, if you check-in prior to 4PM you will incur a $20 charge
•There is a cost for parking at Bally’s. The parking fee is $10 a day for self-parking, or $18 per day for valet parking
As always, if you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me or my staff.
Secretary Democratic National Committee
Mary Reynolds published U.S. Embassy: Message for US Citizens Notice Regarding Social Security Services in News 2017-10-08 18:53:52 -0400
U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala
Message for US Citizens
Notice Regarding Social Security Services
September 29, 2017
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has consolidated its overseas operations into several regional offices that provide a full range of SSA services for U.S. citizens residing outside of the United States. Effective October 1, 2017, individuals residing in Guatemala who require social security services or have questions about SSA benefits must contact the SSA Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) located in Costa Rica, rather than Guatemala.
Please, be advised that as of October 1, the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala can no longer accept telephone calls, emails, or walk-in consultations regarding Social Security issues.
For more information or any questions about the services provided at the FBU in Costa Rica and how to contact them, please visit their webpage at: https://cr.usembassy.gov/u-s- citizen-services/social- security/. You can also reach them at 506-2519-2228, or FBU.SJRegion@ssa.gov.
For comprehensive information on SSA’s services abroad, please visit SSA’s webpage, “Service Around the World”.
If you are already receiving SSA benefits payments, there will be no change in the method of distribution of those payments.
For further information on traveling or residing in Guatemala:
- See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Guatemala Specific Information.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Contact the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala located at Avenida Reforma 7-01, Zona 10, Guatemala City, Guatemala from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +502-2331-2354.
- Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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Embajada de Estados Unidos en la Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala
Mensaje para ciudadanos estadounidenses
Anuncio sobre Servicios de Seguro Social
29 de septiembre de 2017
La Administración de Seguro Social (SSA por sus siglas en inglés) ha consolidado, sus operaciones en el exterior, en varias oficinas regionales que proporcionan un amplio rango de servicios de seguro social para los ciudadanos estadounidenses que residen fuera de Estados Unidos. A partir del 1 de octubre de 2017, las personas quienes residan en Guatemala y quienes requieran servicios de seguro social o tengan consultas sobre beneficios de seguro social, deben comunicarse con la Unidad de Seguro Social y Beneficios Federales (FBU) ubicada en Costa Rica, no en Guatemala.
Por favor tome nota de que a partir del 1 de octubre, la Embajada de Estados Unidos en Guatemala ya no podrá recibir llamadas telefónicas, correos electrónicos ni consultas personales relacionadas a trámites de Seguro Social.
Para mayor información o cualquier consulta sobre los servicios proporcionados a través de la Oficina de Beneficios Federales y Seguro Social en Costa Rica y para comunicarse con ellos, puede visitar la página de internet: https://cr.usembassy.gov/u-s- citizen-services/social- security/. También puede comunicarse con ellos al teléfono 506-2519-2228, ó al correo electrónico FBU.SJRegion@ssa.gov.
Para obtener información completa sobre servicios de seguro social en el extranjero, por favor visite la página “Servicios alrededor del mundo”.
Si usted ya se encuentra recibiendo pagos de beneficios de seguro social, no habrá ningún cambio en el método de distribución para dichos pagos.
Para mayor información sobre viajes o residencia en Guatemala:
- Visite la Página de Internet del Departamento de Estado para Precauciones a Nivel Mundial, Advertencias de Viaje, Alertas de Viaje y la información específica para Guatemala.
- Regístrese a través del Programa STEP (Por sus siglas en inglés, Smart Traveler Enrollment Program) para recibir mensajes de seguridad y así poder localizarle con facilidad en una emergencia.
- Comuníquese con la Embajada de Estados Unidos en Guatemala, ubicada en la Avenida Reforma 7-01, Zona 10, Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala. De 7:30 a.m. a 11:30 a.m. y de 1:00 p.m. a 3:00 p.m. de lunes a jueves y de 7:30 a.m. a 10:00 a.m. los viernes. El número telefónico de emergencias para ciudadanos estadounidenses, para horario fuera de oficina es el (502)2331-2354.
- Puede llamar sin costo alguno al número 1-888-407-4747 desde los Estados Unidos y Canada ó al 1-202-501-4444 desde otros países, de 8:00 a.m. a 8:00 p.m. en horario normal del este, de lunes a viernes, (excepto los asuetos federales de Estados Unidos).
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Mary Reynolds published Mass Shooting in Las Vegas: From Tom Perez in News 2017-10-03 09:39:20 -0400
MOVIE NIGHTArgo2 hrs 10 min, R, 2012Q20 Suggested DonationBring Your Own Drinks / Some Drinks Will Be For SalePopcorn Available at Q5 per BagFriday, October 13, 2017The movie starts promptly at 6:30pmCasa Convento Concepción4a Calle Oriente #41Open to Members of DAGT and GuestsDiscussion Group Following the Movie
Week 28: Donate to Hurricane Relief
Dear DNC Member,
The past few days have been devastating for our friends in Puerto Rico and all those in the path of the hurricane Maria. Please consider donating to the Red Cross to help those affected if you can.
Democrats have been united against the latest GOP health care repeal effort. And Senator John McCain’s dramatic announcement today that he will not vote for Graham-Cassidy has carried the bill one step closer to defeat. But the fight isn’t over yet. We need to make sure Trumpcare ends up in the dustbin of history where it belongs once and for all. While Senate Democrats held countless hearings, accepted more than 180 Republican amendments, and debated the Affordable Care Act for over 160 hours on the floor, Republicans will vote on a bill with little if any debate and without a CBO score or basic knowledge of how many millions of Americans will be hurt.
If doctors made health care decisions for patients without knowing the consequences, they would be sued. But that’s exactly what Republicans are doing right now. This is not regular order – it’s malpractice. And any member of Congress who supports this sham deserves to be voted out of office. Millions of Americans would be at risk, so we need as many voices as possible to defeat this life-threatening bill.
One of the most troubling aspects of this bill is its lack of funding for opioid addiction treatment. Opioid addiction is taking lives and tearing apart families. Instead of fighting to address the problem, Republicans in Congress want to ram through this partisan bill to take away people’s health care and slash billions in funding for addiction treatment. More than six weeks after calling the opioid epidemic a national emergency, President Trump has done nothing to help those affected. Now he’s leading the Republican charge to strip protections and resources from the working families who need them most.
This issue knows no party. From New Hampshire to Nevada, the opioid crisis has ravaged communities across the country. We cannot sit idly by while Republicans choose cruelty over compassion and destroy the lives of millions. We must elect more Democrats to fight this urgent crisis with the urgent action it demands.
We’ll have the chance soon with Election Day 2017 is less than 50 days away. Things are heating up in Virginia, where our candidate for governor, Ralph Northam, had a tremendous debate performance against his opponent on Tuesday night. Northam has spent his life as a public servant, while Republican nominee Ed Gillespie has made a career serving big corporations, special interests, and himself. Hard-working Virginians need a candidate that will support them and their families. Ralph Northam is that candidate.
But the Virginia governor’s race is just one election where voters are flocking to Democrats. Our CEO Jess O’Connell and DLCC Executive Director Jessica Post published a piece on TIME.com about the recent string of Democratic victories in special elections across the country, including in some deep-red districts where Trump won handily in November. From New Hampshire to Oklahoma, the American people are sending a loud and clear message: Democratic values are American values.
So much is at stake in these elections. Working families deserve a better deal from their representatives. They deserve a better deal on health care and housing, on wages and workers’ rights, on education and retirement security. And as our incredible National Political and Organizing Director and new mother, Amanda Brown Lierman, wrote in a Medium post this week, working families deserve a better deal on child care. Democrats are offering that better deal, and the American people are responding at the ballot box.
This week also marked the start of the Jewish New Year as communities in America, Israel, and around the world began to observe the Jewish High Holy Days. From the beginning of Rosh Hashanah to the final sealing on Yom Kippur, the Days of Awe are a time for reflection, repentance, and renewal.
Over the past year, we’ve seen how fear and hatred can divide our country. But while each new year brings new challenges, the DNC will always be a steadfast partner to Jewish communities as we combat anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, and as we continue the work of tikkun olam.
Democratic National Committee
Mary Reynolds published Democrats Abroad Endorses “Medicare-for-All” Bill in News 2017-09-21 13:33:28 -0400
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Democrats Abroad Endorses “Medicare-for-All” Bill
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 20, 2017 – Democrats Abroad endorses the “Medicare-for-All" bill introduced in the U.S. Senate on September 13th by Bernie Sanders and co-sponsors including Sens Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker and Kamala Harris.
"The ‘Medicare-for-All’ bill is currently the best route to attaining the goal of universal health care and as such we endorse it." stated Julia Bryan, International Chair of Democrats Abroad, on behalf of the International Executive Committee of Democrats Abroad. "We invite those who favor other routes to put forward ideas that are as practical and thorough in attaining coverage for all.”
As Sanders explained in The New York Times Wednesday, the bill would mean that “every family in America would receive comprehensive coverage, and middle-class families would save thousands of dollars a year by eliminating their private insurance costs as we move to a publicly funded program.”
The endorsement from Democrats Abroad is the most recent push in support for universal health care from the organization, which has consistently maintained a stance that health care is a right, not a privilege. Americans around the world have advocated for an affordable healthcare solution for residents in the United States similar to what many have experienced first-hand overseas.
The organization is currently asking Americans abroad to share their perspective through http://democratsabroad.org/healthcare_stories.
“We consistently hear stories in support of universal health care, including many about 'health care refugees' - Americans abroad who can't return to the States because their health care would be cost prohibitive back home," added Bryan. "Health care should be a given, not a question mark, and it's time for U.S. policies to reflect that."
***Addendum: As an issue that impacts Americans across all demographics, additional quotes on this issue are provided below.
Ana Blackstad, Chair, Hispanic Caucus of Democrats Abroad: “Latinos face the highest uninsured rates of any racial or ethnic group within the United States. ‘Medicare-for-All’ would help Latino families access preventative care for illnesses that disproportionately affect the Latino community, such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes and asthma.”
Ann Hesse, Co-Chair, Women’s Caucus of Democrats Abroad: “Health care is absolutely key to a woman's well-being and economic stability, and we know that women are particularly discriminated against in the patchwork of health care plans currently available in the US. We believe that this bill provides the very best chance yet for our mothers and sisters back home to have the same access to high-quality care that we enjoy abroad.”
Salli Swartz, Co-Chair, Women’s Caucus of Democrats Abroad: “The Democrats Abroad Global Women's Caucus strongly supports the ‘Medicare-for-All’ bill introduced this week before Congress by Bernie Sanders. This Bill if enacted will protect women's' right to health care which is essential to protecting our rights to maternal care to pregnant women and children and reproductive health benefits."
Martha McDevitt-Pugh, Chair, LGBT Caucus of Democrats Abroad: “A health crisis can hit any community, and LGBT Americans know only too well the devastating consequences discrimination can have on the health of individuals and communities. The ‘Medicare-for-All’ bill would ensure access to care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex and transgender people and provide a foundation of integrity for American society and our families.”
Democrats Abroad is the official organization of the Democratic Party for United States citizens living permanently or temporarily abroad. The organization is given state-level recognition by the Democratic National Committee, with eight positions on the Democratic National Committee, and sends a voting delegation to the Democratic National Convention to select our presidential candidate.
For more information, visit http://www.democratsabroad.org.
Have you had a good experience with universal healthcare? Let Congress know by sharing your story at firstname.lastname@example.org or through our story page. We’ll send your stories in to Senate Dems in Washington.
Mary Reynolds published From Tom: Week 26: Donate to Hurricane Relief in News 2017-09-12 16:39:44 -0400Week 26: Donate to Hurricane Relief Dear DNC Member, Team DNC is working tirelessly to rebuild, organize, modernize and win. As part of that effort, we were thrilled to announce today that President Obama will hold his first fundraising event for a Democratic committee since leaving office to support the DNC later this month. We couldn’t be prouder to have President Obama on our team as we grow the Democratic Party and get back to the business of winning elections from the school board to the Senate. While millions of Americans continue to brave two vicious storms, Donald Trump secured his legacy as a champion for cruelty on Tuesday when he rescinded DACA. This is just the latest tactic in the Republican playbook to promote hate and discrimination. Because of the Republican Party, DREAMers will lose their ability to go to work and contribute to their communities. Deportations will tear families apart and drive immigrants back into the shadows. And our economy will face a devastating blow, costing our country billions in GDP over a decade. I was proud to join grassroots activists outside of the White House to protest this disgraceful decision and show our party’s support for the 800,000 DREAMers who contribute to our nation every day. DREAMers share our values and strengthen our nation. Their courage is American to its core, and they deserve far better from the president of the only country they’ve ever called home. Democrats believe that compassion and diversity are our nation’s greatest strengths. We believe in fixing our immigration system, not uprooting lives and shattering families. That’s why we’ve been working with our partners to protect DREAMers, share their stories, and put pressure on Republicans in Congress to make sure they can stay in the country they call home. This past Labor Day weekend, the Democratic National Committee and state parties across the country celebrated the close of Resistance Summer with a final Weekend of Action for working families. As Congress returns to work and Donald Trump doubles-down on an extreme agenda that puts the wealthiest Americans first, organizers across the country participated in more than 120 events in three dozen states. Democrats came together and showed they were ready to Rise and Organize by knocking doors, making phone calls, and registering people to vote, all in order to elect Democrats up and down the ticket. Over the summer, we held a nationwide training with over 40 states participating; placed Resistance Summer organizers on the ground in states that saw special election wins, like Oklahoma and New Hampshire; facilitated more than 9,000 volunteer shifts across the country; implemented four nationwide days of actions with 555 events in all 50 states; and launched Knock 10, an app that allows people to go through their neighborhoods and knock on 10 doors at a time. This week, we also announced an new investment in the Washington Democratic Party to support their efforts in electing Democrats up and down the ballot. The investment includes funding for staff to aid the state party in organizing and technology efforts. Washington has a critical special election coming up this November in Manka Dhingra’s bid for the Washington State Senate’s 45th Legislative District and other competitive races in the 2018 election cycle. On Democrats Live this week, we sat down with AFSCME President Lee Saunders to celebrate Labor Day and the profound contributions of the American labor movement to our shared prosperity. While Republicans chip away at protections for American workers, Democrats are focused every day on creating better opportunities for the middle class and building an economy that works for everyone. Tune in to Democrats live on Facebook or at Live.Democrats.org. Finally, if you’re in the path of Hurricane Irma, please be careful, take care of your neighbors and stay safe. Yours, Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez
Democrats Abroad is committed to a world where all persons have access to the same rights and benefits, regardless of sexual identity or gender expression.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
The Democrats Abroad LGBT Caucus is the constituency group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex members and any Democrat abroad who supports them.
The goals of the LGBT Caucus reflect the mission of Democrats Abroad to:
- engage and empower LGBTI Americans living abroad to vote in US elections;
- provide a platform for Democrats Abroad members, country committees and chapters to advance issues at the heart of the LGBTI community;
- support Democrats Abroad’s members in issues they face living abroad as LGBTI Americans, such as access to government services and benefits for same-sex spouses and family members, the legacy resulting from past discrimination and Defense of Marriage Act.
The LGBT Caucus:
- supports Democrats Abroad’s country committees and local chapters in organizing activities of interest to the LGBTI community, such as participation in pride events and voter outreach;
- disseminates information to Democrats Abroad members and promotes action on issues that affect LGBTI Americans and their families;
- ensures that the LGBTI perspective is effectively incorporated in all the work of Democrats Abroad, including issues advocacy, communication and GOTV strategy, planning and execution; ensures that issues and policies that impact LGBTI Americans are included in the Democrats Abroad and Democratic Party platforms;
- takes leadership in Democrats Abroad’s issues advocacy initiatives, including “door knock” visits to elected officials in Washington DC, to ensure that issues that impact LGBTI Americans living abroad and their families are included and addressed by elected representatives;
- encourages LGBTI members to run for elected leadership roles within Democrats Abroad and fulfill Democrats Abroad’s diversity and affirmative action goals;
- supports community building among Democrats Abroad’s LGBTI members and allies;
- promotes Democratic Party candidates who demonstrate commitment to policies that positively impact the lives of LGBTI Americans;
- supports and engages with Democratic Party LGBTI caucuses build capacity and achieve common goals.