As the mid-terms approach, a recently arrived donkey is refreshing our determination to change Congress.
by Ed Ungar
From mid-April 2016 forward, when some members of DA heard about an outdoor art installation at the upcoming convention in Philadelphia, the destiny of one soon-to-be-born Equus asinus (donkey) was clear. The party’s convention coordinating committee, along with Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program and a non-profit local arts organization, would place 57 plexiglass donkeys around town from July to September. Each convention delegation (the 50 states, the five territories, the District of Columbia, and most important to us, Democrats Abroad) was to have its dedicated donkey. After September, each delegation would get its donkey as a gift!
Delegations were told that all they had to do was arrange and pay for the shipping. Since DA Canada is the DA location closest to Philadelphia, it made sense that the ultimate home of the DA asinus would be Southern Ontario. After all, the beast’s left flank depicts Niagara Falls (Mt. Fuji and the Eiffel Tower appear elsewhere on the donkey’s body). The trip to Canada was only 11 hours in a rented van. Surely others in Democrats Abroad would see this clear logic, we thought.
Alas, that was not the case. Instead, at the DA international meetings in Washington this spring, the donkey was used as a cash cow and was put up for auction among the delegates. Thankfully, like a superhero, Ken Sherman, our former chair and Hamilton, Ontario, chapter leader, swept in to save the day with the winning bid.
A week later, Marnelle Dragila of our London, Ontario, chapter saved our asinus by driving a rented van to pick up our co-vice chair and Philadelphia native, Ed Ungar, along with the donkey, at a suburban Philadelphia warehouse. From there, Marnelle barreled up the highways to the Buffalo - Fort Erie Canada border crossing. At that point, a bemused customs officer encountered her first ever plexiglass donkey and waved the van through. The donkey statue was home, where it can fulfill its destiny of attracting Americans to DA street fair booths and helping them to become voters.
Our donkey had its public debut in front of the Kimmel Arts Centre, home of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Its Canadian debut occurred this summer at Toronto’s PRIDE events. If you happen to be in Southern Ontario, Quebec, or, who knows, maybe other places in Canada, look out for the DA donkey at a street fair or other venue near you.
*The DA donkey is available to make appearances at DA Canada events. If you are interested, please contact: Ken Sherman, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Greetings members -
It's not too late to join us for Friday's DA Speaker Series with Tom Hicks of the Election Assistance Commission. Tom will be speaking with us about voter suppression tactics in the US today, how the EAC's work affects overseas voters, and what we can do to stop this assault on voting rights and get out the vote from abroad! Register for the access link here: http://www.democratsabroad.org/voting_rights_webinar_da_speaker_series?utm_campaign=ta_august&utm_medium=FB
Additional details can be found on the Dems Abroad Facebook event page here:
Come join us for some food and discussion about current political issues in the U.S., the future of the Democratic Party, and the role we as Democrats living abroad can play in retaking state houses, the House, Senate, and eventually the White House.
Join us August 20th for DA Montreal’s 1st Pride Parade!
This year, Democrats Abroad is more than proud to launch our first appearance at Montreal’s Pride! Topping off a week of Canadian pride and celebrating Montreal's 375th anniversary, this Pride Parade is going to be a day to remember: so come celebrate in your fiercest Democrat blue (the best dressed in blue will be given an award)! Bring your banners, posters, flags, #LoveIsLove buttons, your family and friends—and if you need some help with the swag, feel free to browse through several links below for cool printable graphics. We also finally have an official 8 ft. DA MONTREAL BANNER!!!
Remember that ANYONE can participate with us, not just Americans, so join us!
But, as we know, this Parade is also more than a party; after eight months of a government bent on eradicating LGBTQ rights and dignities, we want to make a statement for our Democratic values, and show that LGBTQ issues are EVERYONE’S issues, and that all issues are also LGBTQ issues. So feel more than free to bust out your #BlackQueerLivesMatter and #BlackTransLivesMatter swag, and your new Philadelphia Pride flags (which has a black and brown stripe on top); because Democrats Abroad Montreal celebrates, in the spirit of our city, the diversity that lives in the LGBTQ community and that must be protected, respected, and celebrated.
RSVP also here on our Facebook page.
WHEN: August 20th, 11am (leave pub at 11:30 am, parade starts at 12pm)
PARADE MAP: click here
Hope to see you there! DO VOLUNTEER FOR PRIDE!
Emma Flavian, Pride Parade Lead
Sarah Dow-Jodoin, Chair
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