NewsAmericans Abroad: Stories of Universal HealthcareAmerica stands on the brink of a new horizon in healthcare, taking a major step forward with the implementation of the landmark Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010. However, with President Trump and the Republicans prioritizing a ‘repeal and replace’ of the ACA, the future well-being of hard-working Americans is at stake - literally.And that simply cannot happen.In Europe and throughout the entire developed world, healthcare is considered to be a NON-partisan, universal human right.Why not in the United States?The clock must not be turned back on the progress Americans have made regarding their health. Now that millions have experienced the benefits of the ACA for themselves, they are speaking out like never before in favor of the fairness, affordability and inclusiveness that a healthcare system in every democratic, developed country should provide for its citizens.“The overwhelming majority of Americans, regardless of political persuasion, understand that we have to go forward on health care, not backwards.”– Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) –Following the January 15th and February 25th rallies organized around the country in support of the Affordable Care Act, more and more Americans are getting involved at the grassroots level and voicing their views on healthcare.As an American living outside of the U.S. (of temporary or indefinite status), you have likely found yourself in conversations with friends and family back home, discussing the benefits of ‘universal’ healthcare policies that you have experienced abroad. Chances are, you have had a quality, professional experience whether you were working, studying or simply vacationing at that given moment. And these are the defining moments that must be shared.We cannot afford to be silent – and there has never been a more important time than now. America has come too far to watch its long-awaited advances in healthcare be stolen away. We must not regress, but rather strive to improve, expand and make ever-more-inclusive this human right for all people, regardless of economic class, employment status, pre-existing condition, race, religion, gender, sexual preference, etc.Will you tell your ‘healthcare abroad’ story, in support of the ACA and the principle of universal healthcare as a human right for America?The U.S. State Department estimates that 7-8 million Americans live abroad. That means millions of healthcare stories.Please join your fellow Americans in this effort by sending your short story (written or video) to email@example.com, to be shared back home with our representatives at the local, state and federal levels.If you believe that healthcare is a human right and a moral imperative, let your voice be heard, loud and clear – share your story!+++++++++++++++++++++Americans Abroad: Stories of Universal HealthcareBecky (Oregon)+++++++++++++++++++++Andy (Michigan)We're eager to hear your story: firstname.lastname@example.org
In solidarity with those fighting for women’s rights and social justice around the world, join us to light a candle at Place de la Monnaie on January 20th at 5pm. EVERYONE is welcome to this gathering, invite your family, friends and colleagues and help spread the word! Kids and families are very welcome, too, as we will stand with the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, and with the Women’s March in Washington DC. Click on the link above to join the Facebook event for up-to-date information or keep an eye on the DAB site.
As per the DAB Bylaws, we will elect the Officers (Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and Counsel) and the two Members-at-Large. And while the current ExCom (respectively Pauline Manos, Jeffrey Edison, Simone Burger, Sharon Bronzwaer, Natalie McNelis; and Amanda Klekowski von Koppenfels and Meredith Tandy-Spangenberg) will be running for re-election, all members are eligible to run for office. If you're interested, complete the Nomination Form (or nominate someone else!) and send it to email@example.com by March 27th at 16:00. Also, if you can't make the meeting but would still like to vote in the elections, send in this Proxy Form, indicating who will represent you.
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