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AMERICAS REGIONAL MEETING JANUARY 25 – 28, 2018 COSTA RICA



AMERICAS REGIONAL MEETING

January 25 – 28, 2018

Costa Rica

Great Learning and Sharing Opportunity

Workshops and Training

Get Out the Vote

Voter Registration Training

Country Committee Reports

Country Committee Leadership

Nation Builder Database Management

Nation Builder Email, News, and Events

Using Social Media Effectively

Regional Issues

CC Relationship to DPCA and DNC

RBT, FACTA, AND FBAR

Fundraising Ideas

The Fun and Special Events

Make New and Catch-up with Old Friends

Evening Reception with Live Music – Blues, Rock and Country

Pizza and Movie night with members of the Cast of “A Bold Peace”

Final Dinner and Party with Live Music – Former Broadway and Jazz Star

Welcome Greeting from Casa Presidencial

Keynote from Former Ambassador Fitz Haney

Surprise Appearances

Walk in Beautiful Tropical Gardens

Early Morning Birding

Great Pre-and-Post Tour Opportunities

The Venue

Hotel Bougainvillea

Set within lush tropical gardens just a 20-minute drive from San José Airport, Hotel Bougainvillea offers a large outdoor pool, tennis courts and a gym. Rooms have balconies overlooking the gardens or city.

The hotel’s beautiful gardens are home to a huge range of native Costa Rican trees and flowers. You can also spot wild hummingbirds and frogs.

Each room at Hotel Bougainvillea offers free Wi-Fi, flat-screen cable TV, a ceiling fan and a coffee maker. Rooms are decorated with unique furniture made from local hardwoods.

Costs

Very Reasonable for High Season

$360 per person based on double occupancy for:

Three nights hotel with breakfast included

Conference meals and coffee breaks

Conference donation

Costa Rica transportation

All activities including 2 dinners

Don’t miss this unique opportunity.

Inquire and Sign-up now

November 30 Deadline

Info-Costa-Rica@DemocratsAbroad.org

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"Immigrants for Sale" Don't miss this film! Oct 28th

October 28th, 2017 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Little Theatre Group in San Rafael de Escazú


The plight of Immigrants in the US

Documentary film - Immigrants for Sale
The detention of migrants has become a multi-billion-dollar industry in which immigrants are sold to the highest bidder and traded like mere products. Private corporations run over 200 facilities that offer over 150,000-bed spaces and rake in a total profit of close to five billion dollars per year. These detention centers get paid for the number of people that are in the center per night. There is no incentive to speed up the legal processes and let the detainees leave the facility

Q&A with Immigration Lawyer – Amy Novick – via Skype from Washington D.C.

Amy has been involved with immigration and nationality law and policy for more than 25 years. She served as Deputy Director of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) where she directed the Association’s extensive immigration education program. Start thinking about questions you can ask.



Costa Rican Dreamer to share his experiences.

R.S.V.P. to attend: http://whoozin.com/RXQ-CHW-9AGU


SUGGESTED DONATION
: ₡ 3,000
(Contribution goes towards coffee, iced tea, meeting space & the Get Out the Vote campaign)
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50-50 DRAWING: Bring extra money for the 50-50 drawing to win a chance at receiving 50% of what is raised from it.
TICKETS: ₡1,000 each
(money raised goes towards our Get Out The Vote efforts)
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FREE TRANSFER FROM SAN JOSE:

Those desiring a free ride to Escazú can meet at Teatro Nacional by 8:30 am promptly or earlier if all who reserved are present. We will provide a free ride back to San José at 12:15 pm. RIDE RSVP: Call Nelleke - 8614-2622 or Email Maxine - 8828-3052mtorresdacr@protonmail.ch you NEED to make a reservation for a ride.

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RSVP INFORMATION:

http://whoozin.com/RXQ-CHW-9AGU

If you are unable to use the link, then reply directly to this email.

You MUST reserve a seat for admission. This will be another sellout for sure.
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CONTACT:
If you have any questions, please call Kathy at 2244-2247 or email DemocratsAbroadCostaRica@gmail.com

NEWS:

Our former Ambassador Fitz Haney, an Obama appointee, is a contestant on Dancing with Stars Costa Rica. Winners are chosen by votes from the public. Please help him win. If he wins he has committed his prize money to cancer research in Costa Rica.

HOW TO VOTE: 1st you must register - http://app01.teletica.com/dwts

Once you've registered, just go to that link, sign in & VOTE!! You may vote 7 times every day.
(If you don't speak much Spanish - open it in Chrome & it should convert into English)

Vote for "FITZ & LUCIA" #FitzYLuci

Sundays at 7-9pm on Canal 7

He has a real shot with all our support. Let’s make it happen. Vote!

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Film Showing "A Bold Peace" Costa Rica's Path of Demiltarization

Scared about the threat of war – the movie to see. A Bold Peace - Costa Rica’s Path of Demilitarization Offical selection and winner in several international film festivals worldwide. 2016 & 2017 Almost 70 years ago Costa Rica abolished its army and committed itself to fostering a peaceful society. It has been reaping the benefits ever since. See the trailer – click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Re2eMRix4 "This is a story that every American with a political pulse should know." Veterans for Peace, Spokane, Washington "One of the most enlightening films of our times." Leon Stuparich, Huffington Post September 30th, 2017 9:30 am – 12:00 pm @ LTG in Escazu DACR Meeting – Business, Movie, and Discussion afterward with activists who appear in the film. Doors open at 9:00 am. The program starts at 9:30 prompt Limited seating – RSVP is a must – click here: http://whoozin.com/JG3-U4X-3DP6 ≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈ SUGGESTED DONATION: 3,000-colones (Contribution goes towards coffee, iced tea, snacks, meeting space & the Get Out the Vote campaign) ≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈ 50-50 DRAWING: Bring extra money for the 50-50 drawing to win a chance at receiving 50% of what is raised from it. TICKETS: ₡1,000 each (Money raised goes towards our Get Out the Vote efforts.) ≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈ FREE TRANSFER FROM SAN JOSE: Those desiring a free ride to Escazú can meet at Teatro Nacional by 8:30 am promptly or earlier if all who reserved are present. We will provide a free ride back to San José at 12:15 pm. RIDE RSVP: Call Nelleke - 8614-2622 or Email Maxine - mtorresdacr@protonmail.ch You NEED to make a reservation for a ride. ≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈ UPCOMING EVENTS TO NOTE: Sunday, September 10 at 7:00 PM Our friend Ambassador Haney (Fitz) is a contestant on the upcoming Dancing with the Stars Costa Rica premiering Sunday, September 10at 7 PM. Please Let’s all show our show your support and vote for “FITZ”. Click here to go to his FaceBook for instructions on how to vote: https://www.facebook.com/realFitzHaney/ Sunday, September 17 at 7:30 AM Elizabeth Warren will be speaking with Democrats Abroad on September 17th at 7:30 AM. RSVP today If you have any questions, please call Kathy at 2244-2247 or email DemocratsAbroadCostaRica@gmail.com

Acclaimed Journalist and Writer John Nichols at Tin Jo

A Morning Talk with Acclaimed Journalist and Writer John Nichols

Followed by a lively discussion

A rare opportunity, not to be missed!

John Nichols, a pioneering political blogger, writes about politics for The Nation as its national-affairs correspondent. His posts have been circulated internationally, quoted in numerous books, and mentioned in debates on the floor of Congress. Nichols is a frequent guest on radio and television programs as a commentator on politics and media issues. He is the author of several critically acclaimed books. Nichols's latest book “Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse: A Field Guide to the Most Dangerous People in America” will be released August 29th.

August 12th, 2017 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Restaurante Tin Jo - Bamboo Room

SUGGESTED DONATION: ₡ 3,000

Contribution goes towards refreshments & the Get Out the Vote campaign

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RAFFLE DRAWING: Bring extra money for the drawing

TICKETS: ₡1,000 each

Money raised goes towards our Get Out the Vote efforts

Full bio: thenation.com/authors/john-nichols

YouTube Video: youtube.com/watch?-s

Pre-order latest book: amazon.com/Horsemen-Trumpocalypse-Dangerous-People-America-ebook/dp/B071RK98BJ/?&&-1&+nichols+trumpocalypse

Bring your friends and family

All are welcome!

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DACR at Pride Parade

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On June 25th, Movimiento Diversidad organized a massive Pride Parade in downtown San José. Costa Rican government officials, corporations, and a handful of embassies joined in support of the LGBT community through Avenida Segunda and Paseo Colón. A record-breaking 80,000 people marched last Sunday.

Democrats Abroad Costa Rica was present at the event. DACR proudly displayed a rainbow colored Classic VW Bus. Hundreds of people took pictures of the bus and were given Resistance Summer postcards.

If you are interested in seeing pictures of the parade, please visit the following link: https://www.facebook.com/pg/DemocratsAbroadCR/photos/?tab=album&album_id=839899462831565

We plan to participate next year. Stay tuned!


Democrats Abroad @ Marcha de la Diversidad

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JUNE 25TH Democrats Abroad will be joining forces with Movimiento Diversidad (Pride Costa Rica). It is Democrats Abroad Costa Rica’s first action of Summer Resistance. We will be having a float in the Pride March this Sunday, June 25th in San José. Please join us in showing our support for the LGBTQ community in Costa Rica.

A Classic VW bus will be painted in rainbow colors, and we will march alongside with banners.

We will meet at noon at Parque Benemeritos de la Patria (Avenida Segunda, Calle 38).

If it is possible, please make a sign to carry.

If by any circumstance you cannot find Democrats Abroad at Parque Benemeritos de la Patria, go to Paseo Colón and look for Steve’s bright red VW bus (our float). If you still can’t find the VW bus, please contact Kathy 8572-2984. 


Distinguished guest speaker - Not to be missed! April 29th

 

ABOUT MONICA ARAYA

  • Mónica Araya was born and raised in Costa Rica. She started working on sustainability when she was 19 and has worked on this non-stop for more than 20 years. 
  •  She studied economics in Costa Rica. She earned a Ph.D. in environmental management at Yale University.
  • In 2014, she founded Nivela, a thought-leadership group devoted to clean development and Costa Rica Limpia.
  • She is a Senior Associate at E3G in London and at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

More about Mónica Araya

  • She has given interviews to journalists from TIME Magazine, Financial Times, National Geographic, Huffington Post Live, BBC Radio, BBC World Service, The Guardian, VICE news, Climate Home, Le Monde, and ClimateWire.
  • She publishes articles regularly in Project Syndicate, The Guardian, El País, Les Echos, ClimateHome and newspapers in Costa Rica, Colombia and Chile.
  • In 2014, The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs named her “Personality of the Future”.
  • She was a member of the world's largest all-female expedition to Antarctica.
  • In 2016, Mónica Araya was invited to give a TED talk on fossil fuels
  • Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JI-HzvXk5bk

 

April 29th, 2017 9:30 am – 12:00 pm 

Little Theatre Group in San Rafael de Escazú

SUGGESTED DONATION: ₡ 3,000
(Contribution goes towards coffee, iced tea, meeting space & the Get Out the Vote campaign)
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50-50 DRAWING: Bring extra money for the 50-50 drawing to win a chance at receiving 50% of what is raised from it. 
TICKETS: ₡1,000 each
(money raised goes towards our Get Out the Vote efforts) 
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FREE TRANSFER FROM SAN JOSE
Those desiring a free ride to Escazú can meet at Teatro Nacional by 8:30 am promptly or earlier if all who reserved are present. We will provide a free ride back to San José at 12:15 pm.
Call or email Maxine - 8828-3052 mtorresdacr@protonmail.ch 
You NEED to make a reservation for a ride.

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RSVP INFORMATION:

We are honored to have such a distinguished guest as Mónica Araya.

We expect a high turnout, and we urge you to RSVP early using this link: http://whoozin.com/PDP-3TP-FMMF

If you are unable to use the link, then reply directly to this email.

You MUST reserve a seat for admission. This will be a sellout for sure. 
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CONTACT
If you have any questions, please call Kathy at 2244-2247 or email DemocratsAbroadCostaRica@gmail.com 

 


March Monthly Meeting - Presentation Report Back From Honduras

March 25th, 2017

STORIES FROM HONDURAS

Carol Marujo and Martha Rollins will present a program about Honduras. A coup d'etat in June 2009 removed the democratically-elected president Mel Zelaya from office. Seven years later a human rights delegation visited Honduras to learn about the situation in the country today. Carol and Martha were part of that delegation that traveled to many parts of the country, met with many civil society leaders; the family of the murdered indigenous/environmental rights leader, Berta Cáceres; and the US ambassador to Honduras. This will be a very compelling presentation, don't miss it.

 

March 25th, 2017 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

DACR Meeting – Business and Discussion

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SUGGESTED DONATION: 3,000-colones

(Contribution goes towards coffee, iced tea, meeting space & the Get Out the Vote campaign)

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50-50 DRAWING: Bring extra money for the 50-50 drawing to win a chance at receiving 50% of what is raised from it.

TICKETS: 1 for 1,000-c

(money raised goes towards our Get Out the Vote efforts)

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FREE TRANSFER FROM SAN JOSE:

SAN JOSE - Those desiring a free ride to Escazu can meet at Teatro Nacional by-9:00 am promptly or earlier if all who RSVP’d are present. We will provide a free ride back to SJ at 12:15 pm.

RIDE RSVP: Call Nelleke - 8614-2622 must RSVP

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CONTACT:

If you have any questions, please call Kathy at 2244-2247or email DemocratsAbroadCostaRica@gmail.com

 

To RSVP click here:

http://whoozin.com/RCT-9AR-G7MN


Global Town Hall with Keith Ellison- March 17th - 7:00 AM - in Costa Rica

Representative Keith Ellison, our new Deputy Chair for the Democratic Party, will be joining Democrats Abroad for a Global Town Hall call on Friday, March 17th at 9 am EDT (7:00 AM here). 
RSVP today for a great opportunity to hear from Congressman Ellison as he speaks directly to Democrats Abroad around the world and answers our questions about the future of the Democratic Party.
Please mark your calendars for this exciting event. If you RSVP, we'll send you login and connection details soon - as well as a form to submit questions. To participate, RSVP today
Rep. Ellison has represented Minnesota's 5th Congressional District since 2007 and was the first Muslim-American elected to the U.S. Congress. We are excited to have this opportunity to speak with Ellison about the work that he and the newly elected DNC Chair Tom Perez are doing to help the Democratic Party fight back against the Trump agenda and fight to win in elections across the United States. 

International Women's Day March 8th

10:30 am in the Central Park, downtown San José.  

Let's all join our friends from CAP, WILPF, LIMPAL, SOA Watch-CR and Codepink-CR and Democrats Abroad to promote our values of human rights, justice, environmental responsibility and non-violent resistance to oppression. Put your love and creativity into signs and banners.