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DA Chile Writes Letters For Resistance Winter*!

*Note that in Chile, we're in the Southern Hemisphere Winter rather than the Northern Hemisphere Summer!

Democrats Abroad Chile has been proud to have sponsored two letter-writing events these last few months where some 20 people wrote 40 letters to American Elected officials. On two chilly nights in Santiago, members and supporters joined together in writing letters to senators, congresspeople, governors, and local elected officials about the issues that matter to Democrats, Americans, and indeed all human beings. Some of the topics of our letters included health care, climate change, LGBT rights, immigration, education, and non-resident taxation. We used our unique perspective as Americans living in Chile to illuminate the issues and make recommendations as to how to move forward with policies and laws that would help solve the problems of our world.  

With an American presidency in shambles, a Congressional leadership without a moral or rational compass, and millions of people living in fear of the rhetoric, goals, and cruelty of many of the Republicans in power in the US, we think it important to stay engaged and help with our goals of the #resistance until our party can take hold the reigns of government and right its course.

Enjoy pictures of our successful event here:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/xVTvyS7mXWWx4OBg2

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Report on DA Chile Annual General Meeting

Democrats Abroad Chile also held its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, April 18, and it was clear that our members are fired up and ready to get to work to fight the Trump agenda and prepare for 2018! We listened to your suggestions - keep an eye out for our upcoming events. Meeting minutes are attached for those that couldn't make it. DA Chile is also happy to announce that the following members have been elected to our Executive Committee for the 2017-2019 term: Brittany Brown (Chair), Josh Tan (Vice Chair and IT Lead), Mary Laverty (Treasurer), Alli Engle (Secretary), Erin Becker (DA Patagonia Lead), Giselle Gibbons (Fundraising Lead), and Penelope Knuth (Community Outreach Lead).

https://www.scribd.com/document/347310418/DA-Chile-AGM-Meeting-Minutes-04182017


Announcing Creation of Democrats Abroad Patagonia

Democrats Abroad Chile is excited to announce its first regional group, Democrats Abroad Patagonia.

 

Members will meet to discuss politics and policy, host voter registration drives, volunteer for Democratic candidates, engage with other progressive groups in the community, and––of course––have a good time with like-minded Americans!

 

Initial meetings will be held in the Puerto Varas/Puerto Montt area. The group hopes to expand to more areas in the South of Chile, and even cross the border to foster relationships with Democrats in Argentina.

 

In an area so rich with natural beauty, Democrats Abroad Patagonia also plans to be a strong voice for environmental issues within the global Democrats Abroad community.

 

Get involved! If you live or spend time in the south of Chile, please send an email to the DA Patagonia lead, Erin Becker: becker.erin.e@gmail.com.

 

Additionally, if you know someone who lives in the south of Chile and may be interested, please share the news about this group.


Join DA Chile for the Global Presidential Primary on March 2

DA Chile is taking part in the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary in March and we invite all US citizens in Chile to cast their ballot and enjoy the company of like-minded expats! 

What is the Global Presidential Primary? 
The GPP allows you to vote one of the Democratic presidential primary candidates directly from Chile. Democrats Abroad International is allotted 22 delegates to send to the Democratic National Convention to nominate the next Democratic presidential candidate, meaning your vote most likely has greater weight in the GPP than in your home state's local primary! Remember that by voting in the GPP, you give Democratic expats - and our policy goals like repealing FATCA - a stronger voice within the DNC and on the domestic political stage. 

How do I vote in the GPP from Chile? 
There are three ways you can vote in the presidential primary from Chile: 
1. Join us on Wednesday, March 2, at Carlos Antunez 2150, Depto 905, Providencia (metro Pedro de Valdivia) from 7:00 - 10:00 pm to vote for your candidate in person, say hi, enjoy some light refreshments and receive your I voted sticker! Bike parking is available. 
2. If you can't make it to Providencia on March 2, download a remote ballot here and send it via snail mail to DA Chile Chair Brittany Brown at the above address by March 8.
3. If you'd prefer, you can also download a remote ballot here and send a scanned copy via email to PrimaryVoting@democratsabroad.org

Is it too late for my friend/child/coworker to vote with DA Chile? 
NO! Any American citizen living in Chile, who will be at least 18 years old on Election Day 2016, and who is a member of Democrats Abroad is eligible to participate, on the condition of not having voted (or intending to vote) for a presidential candidate in any other state primary in 2016. To become a member of Democrats Abroad Chile, just visit www.democratsabroad.org/join and choose Chile as your country. 

What information is required on my GPP ballot? 
Your full legal name, date of birth, your country of residence (Chile), address of residence in Chile, voting address in the US (or at the very least, the state in which you vote), and if you are returning it by email, your email address. You must also sign and date your ballot for it to be valid. 

What about the other primaries in my home state? 

The GPP is a PRESIDENTIAL primary. If you vote for a presidential candidate in our Global Primary, then you cannot vote for a presidential candidate in your home state primary. However, you may vote for Senator, Congressional Representative, Governor, etc. in your home state primary. You will first need to contact your home state Democratic Party for the regulations for voter eligibility, remote participation, and the use of absentee ballots, and then request an absentee ballot from your home state. Each state is different, and each state party has their own set of rules governing their primary election. 

We look forward to seeing you on March 2


Join DA Chile for the Global Presidential Primary on March 2

DA Chile is taking part in the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary in March and we invite all US citizens in Chile to cast their ballot and enjoy the company of like-minded expats! 

What is the Global Presidential Primary? 
The GPP allows you to vote one of the Democratic presidential primary candidates directly from Chile. Democrats Abroad International is allotted 22 delegates to send to the Democratic National Convention to nominate the next Democratic presidential candidate, meaning your vote most likely has greater weight in the GPP than in your home state's local primary! Remember that by voting in the GPP, you give Democratic expats - and our policy goals like repealing FATCA - a stronger voice within the DNC and on the domestic political stage. 

How do I vote in the GPP from Chile? 
There are three ways you can vote in the presidential primary from Chile: 
1. Join us on Wednesday, March 2, at Carlos Antunez 2150, Depto 905, Providencia (metro Pedro de Valdivia) from 7:00 - 10:00 pm to vote for your candidate in person, say hi, enjoy some light refreshments and receive your I voted sticker! Bike parking is available. 
2. If you can't make it to Providencia on March 2, download a remote ballot here and send it via snail mail to DA Chile Chair Brittany Brown at the above address. 
3. If you'd prefer, you can also download a remote ballot here and send a scanned copy via email to PrimaryVoting@democratsabroad.org

Is it too late for my friend/child/coworker to vote with DA Chile? 
NO! Any American citizen living in Chile, who will be at least 18 years old on Election Day 2016, and who is a member of Democrats Abroad is eligible to participate, on the condition of not having voted (or intending to vote) for a presidential candidate in any other state primary in 2016. To become a member of Democrats Abroad Chile, just visit www.democratsabroad.org/join and choose Chile as your country. 

What information is required on my GPP ballot? 
Your full legal name, date of birth, your country of residence (Chile), address of residence in Chile, voting address in the US (or at the very least, the state in which you vote), and if you are returning it by email, your email address. You must also sign and date your ballot for it to be valid. 

What about the other primaries in my home state? 

The GPP is a PRESIDENTIAL primary. If you vote for a presidential candidate in our Global Primary, then you cannot vote for a presidential candidate in your home state primary. However, you may vote for Senator, Congressional Representative, Governor, etc. in your home state primary. You will first need to contact your home state Democratic Party for the regulations for voter eligibility, remote participation, and the use of absentee ballots, and then request an absentee ballot from your home state. Each state is different, and each state party has their own set of rules governing their primary election. 

We look forward to seeing you on March 2


DA Chile Intro

Photo by Jon Mould

Welcome to Democrats Abroad Chile!

DACL is the official country committee for US Democrats living in the Chile. Watch this space for upcoming announcements of meetings and events - we have events planned throughout the year, and encourage anyone interested in participating to get in touch.

If you have questions or would like to help with Democrats Abroad in Chile please contact us.

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