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
DA Czech Republic was proud to participate in the January 21st Prague Solidarity Rally with the Women's March in Washington. Starting at noon, ralliers gathered at the Horse on Wenceslas Square to share their concerns along with other supporters of democracy and human rights all around the world.
It was wonderful to see so many Democrats Abroad members at the rally (and so many fantastic posters as well). Of course we could not be prouder of the Democrats Abroad members who helped with the amazing organization of the rally - Bonita Rhoads, Beth Russell, and Nancy Bishop, and who created puppets that became a worldwide hit - Leah Gaffen. The DACZ chair, Julia Bryan, was honored to be one of the speakers at the rally as well.
The rally was one of over 600 sister events of the Women’s March on Washington, taking place on President Donald J. Trump’s first day in office. Almost 5 million marchers marched across the globe.
The 2017 Democrats Abroad Czech Republic Annual General Meeting, which will include elections to the Executive Committee, will be held on Tuesday, March 28th at 7:00 PM. The location and further details will be announced at least one month prior to the meeting.
All positions (detailed here) are up for election at this AGM. As per our by-laws, no officer may serve more than two consecutive terms in the same position. All positions and their current office-holders are listed below with those that are term-limited indicated.
Chair Julia Bryan (Term Limited)
Vice Chair Taylor Smoot (Term Limited)
Secretary Marshall Johnson
Treasurer Kim Strozewski (Term Limited)
Counsel Geoff Klimko
At-large 1 Krysti Brice
At-large 2 Mark Grein
Creag Hayes, Sarah Everett, and Susan Goldberg have been appointed as the DACZ Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC) for our 2017 elections by the DA Czech Repubulic Executive Committee.
Nominations for an office shall be made in writing sent to the NEC. A member may nominate themselves. The NEC may also make nominations directly. Nominations should be sent to the NEC by notifying the Committee via email at firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than February 27, 2017.
A statement supporting the nomination may also be included. It should be no longer than one page. The NEC will issue the nominating report no later than February 28, 2017. The nominating report will include nominations, nominee statements (if any), and full proxy voting guidelines. Elections will be conducted by vote of those present at the AGM.
We encourage anyone interested in running for a position to read the position descriptions for each office. Please let us know if you have any questions about the positions and what the work and the time commitment entails.
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