The 2017 DACZ Annual meeting is coming up on March 28, 2017. Please find below statements from the candidates running for the DACZ Executive Committee.
And here's a link to the DACZ bylaws, with marked changes. We will be considering these changes during the meeting.
On the evening of Thursday, February 2, Democrats Abroad Czech Republic held a “Send Congress a Message” event in Beckett’s Irish Pub, in downtown Prague.
Despite the icy weather, what began as a gathering in a cozy side room turned into a group of about 50 people that had to branch out into the main bar. DACZ provided paper, envelopes, a list of tips on writing a letter to Congress, and three sample letters as food for thought: one opposing the appointment of Steve Bannon to the National Security Council, one concerning the Supreme Court nomination of Neil Gorsuch, and the last against the seven country ban.
Letter writers were free to write Congress and other governing bodies about issues of concern, and participants helped each other look up local representatives. Other topics such as the DAPL, opposition to Betsy DeVos’ Education Secretary nomination, the ACA repeal, LGBTQAI civil rights and safety, and concerns about White nationalism bounced around the room and made it onto paper as Beckett’s outstanding servers brought food and drinks at lightning speed. The event was more than putting pens to paper; it was a time for everyone to voice concerns and find comfort in each other.
Part of what made this gathering so special was the presence of people from outside the Czech capitol. To help bring people together in the spirit of support networks and activism, DACZ plans to expand these events on a national level by making sample letters easily accessible so people throughout the Czech Republic can hold their own events. Information on these events will soon be available on DACZ's events page and Czech out DACZ’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/DemocratsAbroadCzechRepublic/.
by R. Samson
It's time to welcome the winter and meet friends old and new to catch up on what's been going on this last year. It's no coincidence that this dinner falls on the same date that we met last year and watched incredulously as Hillary lost her historic bid for the White House. So if you want to wear black, we'll definitely understand. And if you want to make your favorite comfort food from your state, we'll also understand.
To those of you new to the 50-states-dinner concept, it's quite simple. Come to the dinner with a dish to share with everyone else, something that you feel best represents your state. Or just your favorite meal from your state. If you're not in a cooking mood, but want to join for the comradery and to sample some of the best food this side of the Atlantic, we'll be taking donations at the door of 300 Kc per person (kids under 12 are 100 Kc). Of course adult beverages are always welcome as well, and they don't have to be from your home state!
We'll be sending out the address of the event to those who've said they're attending closer to the date, but it's between Namesti Miru and Jiriho z Podrebrad to give you an idea of location. There's a tram that stops less than 100 meters from the front door, and there is an elevator in the building. Significant other (American or not) and kids are welcome, pets not so much as there's a dog already living there who isn't always a fan of other pups.
Also closer to the date we'll send an email asking whether you're cooking or just planning on enjoying the buffet, and if you're cooking, what you're planning to bring and how many people have said they're attending.
Thanks, hope to see you there!
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