#DAinDC Democrats Abroad International is holding its Global meeting in Washington DC: France is here in person: Joe Smalloover, Salli Swartz, Jonathon Holler, Connie Borde, Bob Vallier.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) came to address the audience. She drew on her experiences living as an American abroad in speaking to the group of international Democrats Abroad leaders gathered for day one of the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA) Global meeting in Washington, D.C.
Gillibrand brought a powerful message of empowerment, calling on members to work towards democratizing the democracy in an important time of social activism.
“This is a moment in time when regular people can raise their voices to be heard,” said Gillibrand.
Former DA-France member Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland came to speak to our leaders: "Yes, I'm a progessive, because what is the point of politics if not to make progress for the people?"
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton from Washington, DC, reminds us that the 2018 midterm elections will be true test of our current wave of activism. Questions from leaders for Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton underline our common ground at #DAinDC: taxation without representation, FATCA reform, residency based taxation, and voting rights for all!
A high-point of the weekend was the presence of labor union leader Larry Cohen who heads up the new Unity Commission within the Democratic Party (DNC). Larry stressed the importance of working together to win local elections, state elections and forming alliances with State Parties.
A new International Executive Committee was elected on Sunday May 14, 2017 at the International Global Democrats Abroad Meeting, held in Washington D.C. Here are the five newly-elected members of the Executive Committee:
(from left to right): Tom Schmid, (Japan) Counsel; Alex Montgomery (Hong Kong), Vice Chair; Julia Bryan (Austria), Chair; Jeffrey Cheng (Sweden), Secretary; Lissette Wright (Canada), Treasurer.
Join DA Toulouse for a viewing of "I Am Not Your Negro" (VOSTF) followed by discussion and a postcard-writing session to Congress #ResistanceSummer
Join us for a screening of "I Am Not Your Negro" at the American Cosmograph Cinema in central Toulouse on Friday, July 21, at 5:25 pm.
This 2017 American documentary directed by Raoul Peck is based on James Baldwin's unfinished manuscript. Narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson, the film explores the history of racism in the United States through Baldwin's reminiscences of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as his personal observations of American history. The film was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards.
A member of DA Toulouse will buy a block of tickets in advance (at the discounted rate of 5€/ticket) based on the number of RSVPs we receive. Please arrive at the cinema a few minutes before the show to get your discount ticket from us and reimburse us for the 5€. Be forewarned, the American Cosmograph has a strict policy of never seating latecomers!
Following the film, at approximately 7pm, we'll adjourn to a nearby location for drinks, discussion and writing postcards to members of Congress as part of Democrats Abroad's #ResistanceSummer campaign.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org/
This social event is open to all our members and guests. We welcome you all to come and interact with fellow Americans in the region and engage in American political discussions. We will give a brief presentation particularly where these issues stand in the Washington political discourse. Join us at our new location to formalize our viewpoint as Americans living abroad.
Parking: Palais de la Méditerranée or Palais Masséna
Public Transport: several bus stops in walking distance: Rivoli-Joffre, Rivoli, Gambetta-Promenade
More details to come later this year.
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