June 2012 Highlights: Independence Day Picnic Volunteers and Tickets, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney in London, LGBT in DAUK
Letter from the Chair: The Donald Weighs In
Events in this Newsletter
June 6: Speakeasies in Cambridge and Oxford
June 16: Representative Carolyn Maloney in London
June 21: YPN Meet Up
June 26: Independence Day Picnic Volunteer Meeting
July 1: Independence Day Picnic, London
July 14: Democrats Abroad Bus Tour 2012—Stop in London
Future Events: Mark your calendar!
Sep. 3-6: Democratic National Convention, Charlotte, NC
Nov. 6: Election Day!
Calls to Action…
- LGBT in DAUK
- Voter Registration
Letter From the Chair: The Donald Weighs In
On May 29, Mitt Romney clinched the Republican nomination and promptly got down to some serious work by palling around with Donald Trump. Trump indicated that he would consider a Cabinet post if offered. Since Romney disagrees with many of Trump's views, why is he entertaining The Donald's delusions? Romney said, " I need to get 50.1 percent or more, and I'm appreciative to have the help of a lot of good people." Naked ambition and expediency go together like peanut butter and jelly.
Meanwhile, in the real world, Congressional Republicans won't act to create jobs or help the unemployed. President Obama and Democrats have repeatedly offered jobs bills that Republicans have blocked. And the Republican budget—filled with massive cuts to essential programs for middle-class Americans—remains on the table.
Clearly, we have an important battle in front of us this November, one for the survival of middle-class America as we know it. And we need your help to do it.
Let's tell this Republican Congress: you're fired!
How you can help now:
--Register to vote and request your ballot for the general election. Go to: www.votefromabroad.org
--Help register other Americans, or hold a voter registration event. See details below of voter registration training, or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
--Come out to some DAUK events and meet your fellow Democrats Abroad
--LGBT? Please read about our new DAUK LGBT Constituency Coordinator, Bob Ravelli, in the news below
--Help organize a DAUK event. Contact me at: email@example.com
We hope to see you soon!
Chair, Democrats Abroad UK
June 6: Speakeasies
Our regularly scheduled speakeasies take place early evening on the first Wednesday of the month in Cambridge London and Oxford. This is a chance to meet like-minded Americans, have a drink, talk politics, or just make new friends.
Speakeasy details are available here:
June 16: DAUK Welcomes US Representative Carolyn Maloney
DAUK members are invited to attend this very important discussion with Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney as she covers significant issues which affect expatriates, including voting, banking access, and taxation. Tickets for this DAUK event are priced for maximum participation (£15.00; £7.50 concession). We expect a strong response to this, so get your tickets soon.
Time and place: Saturday June 16, 6.00pm, London
Event details are available here:
Ready to buy your ticket? It's available at EventBrite here:
A second opportunity to meet Representative Maloney . . .
Friends of Congresswoman Maloney are holding a cocktail party fundraiser and dinner fundraiser in London after this event for the benefit of her campaign. For more information about these separate fundraising events please contact Cindy Darrison at: firstname.lastname@example.org
June 21: Young Professionals Network Meet-up
The Young Professionals Network (YPN) hosts a lively get-together every third Thursday of the month. Join us to meet fellow Americans, enjoy a drink or two, and find out how you can help elect Democrats and get involved with DAUK.
When and Where: June 21 at 7.00pm, The Marylebone, 93 Marylebone High Street, London W1U 4RE
Event details available here:
June 26: Volunteer for the American Independence Day Picnic
Come and meet your fellow volunteers, find out how the day is going to run, and sign up to help us decorate the park, greet guests, and make the biggest fundraising event of the year a success. If you have a car, we need help getting supplies to and from on the day.
When: 7 p.m. on Tuesday June 26th
Location: The Blue Posts (upstairs room), 6 Bennet Street, St James, London SW1A 1RP
July 1: Celebrate American Independence Day in the heart of London
Get into the Fourth of July spirit at this annual Sunday DAUK picnic event. There will be incredible music all day in a variety of styles, along with mouth-watering American and international food and drink on sale from a range of vendors.
Complete details are available here:
Tickets are available to purchase now at:
July 14: The Democrats Abroad Road Trip arrives in London
The Democrats Abroad Road Trip is a project to travel across Europe in June and July registering Americans living abroad to vote by absentee ballot in the November 2012 US elections. The Road Trip will conclude in London on July 14.
Details are here:
Calls to Action . . .
LGBT in DAUK
Bob Ravelli has been appointed to be the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Constituency Coordinator for DAUK. A former advisor to Mayor Ed Rendell in Philadelphia and active in LGBT politics there, he will be putting together an interest group within DAUK to raise awareness about issues that affect the community and provide a forum for discussion, activism, and community building amongst our LGBT UK members.
If you would like to be a member of this new group and get notices of events, please indicate your interest by sending your details to LGBT@democratsabroad.org.uk . We are planning a kick- off event around World Pride in July as well as events later in the year and welcome your suggestions.
In light of President Obama's statement supporting same sex marriage and his fight to repeal DOMA, but also the very disappointing setback with the passage of an anti-equality constitutional amendment in North Carolina, we realize that gay rights issues have never been more vital especially in this re-election campaign.
DAUK Voter Registration
There are nearly 300,000 US Voters living in the UK. We think a majority of them will vote Democratic this fall but only if they are registered. Join our team of organizers who are reaching out to the Expat community here in the UK ensuring that they request their absentee ballots and vote for President Obama and other Democrats this fall.
We go to universities, DAUK events, sporting events and social clubs to register US Voters. To find out more and to sign up for a training in June please fill out this form.
The Voter Registration team, Democrats Abroad, and the President, need your help this year to secure an essential second term.
Watch and share this short video which shows how important the overseas vote is.
ThursdayApril 26 was an historic date for Yorkshire-Humber DAUK group. It was the day of our re-launch (complete with new name), Rob Carolina visiting, and enough rain to keep Leeds in tap water until election day.
The inaugural event included a discussion at the University of Leeds, in a room kindly set aside by Christine Harlen of Massachusetts, and a Lecturer in U.S. Politics. She provided insight into the Romney campaign and posed the terrifying question ofCould He Win? The answer was a resounding"no"from all of us. Rob Carolina also provided insight into Democratic local and national strategies.
We plan further events over the course of the summer and early fall. Ideas are welcome. A tentative date for a picnic is July 22 somewhere near Leeds. Please save the date and further information will follow.