DAUK March 2013 Newsletter

Highlights: DAUK Elections in London and Oxford, Film Night: We're Not Broke, YPN and LGBT events

Letter from the Chair

  • Mar. 6:          Speakeasies in Cambridge, London and Oxford (also Oxford Chapter Elections)
  • Mar. 17:        DAUK Election Meeting
  • Mar. 20:        Young Professionals Pub Night
  • Mar. 22:        DAUK Film Night: We're Not Broke
  • TBC:              DAUK LGBT March Social

Mark your calendar!

  • April 5: Yorkshire and the Humber Quiz Night
  • April 18-21: Democratic Party Committee Abroad Conference in London

Other DAUK updates


Dear Fellow Democrat,

March is turning out to be a busy month for DAUK. Besides our usual speakeasies and the YPN pub night, we will be hosting a Film Night with a panel of speakers and holding our Biennial General Meeting with elections.

In April, DAUK will have the honor of hosting the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA) Conference in London. The three-day conference brings together leaders and members of our Democratic family from around the world. This is our chance to be ambassadors to the DPCA and show them the best that we have to offer.   

We would like to provide our DPCA guests with a warm welcome and friendly assistance ahead of and throughout the Conference. If you would like to volunteer for the Conference, please send an email to volunteers2013@democratsabroad.org.uk.

Please mark your calendars and join us – your participation makes all the difference.

Rob Carolina

Chair, Democrats Abroad UK


March 17: DAUK Biennial General Meeting and Elections

We hope you can join us for the DAUK Biennial General Meeting on March 17, when we will elect officers for the 2013-15 term.

Time:   2:30 p.m.

Place:  Lecture Theatre B34, Basement floor, Birkbeck College Main Building, Malet Street, WC1E 7HX
NB: The entrance to the Main Building is NOT on Malet Street but via Torrington Square, a courtyard behind Malet Street and between Birkbeck and the School for Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Please walk around the end of the building on Malet Street to get to the glass-plated new entrance of Birkbeck's Main Building on Torrington Square. See this map for more detail: www.bbk.ac.uk/downloads/centrallondon.pdf (Main Building is marked 1)

RSVP via Eventbrite: http://dauk2013bgm.eventbrite.co.uk

March 22: DAUK Film Night: We're Not Broke

Join us for the film screening and discussion of the documentary We're Not Broke.
We may have averted the January fiscal cliff, but we now face a March fiscal showdown over sequestration – the automatic implementation of federal spending cuts.  Debate continues, often rages, about the roles and relative mix of revenue (taxation) and spending cuts in deficit reduction. As the Capitol Hill blame game continues, American families are faced with stark choices.

This film's title, We're Not Broke (http://werenotbrokemovie.com), indicates its analysis. The filmmakers focus on corporate tax avoidance, a recent high profile topic in both the U.K. and U.S. media. The film sheds light on issues surrounding legal tax avoidance by corporate multinationals, how it negatively impacts ordinary taxpayers and the U.S. campaigns challenging this.

We have some great people leading the discussion: Tax Justice Network Director John Christensen and DAUK and Economics Policy Action Network member Carol Moore whose career has included work in the legal, financial and voluntary sectors.

Place:   London School of Economics, Aldwych
            Room CLM.2.02, 2nd floor, Clement House
            (Building CLM in lower right corner of map)

LSE map: www2.lse.ac.uk/mapsAndDirections/campusMap.pdf

Clement House map: www2.lse.ac.uk/mapsanddirections/howtogettolse.aspx


  • 6:30 p.m.: Doors open
  • 7:00 p.m.: Introduction
  • 7:10 p.m.: We're Not Broke (81 minutes)
  • 8:35 p.m.: Discussion (55 minutes), ending at 9:30 p.m., led by John Christensen and Carol Moore

Then join us afterwards at the Old Bank of England Pub, 194 Fleet Street, EC4A 2LT.
Buy your tickets now via EventBrite £6 (£4 concession) at:


Wednesday, March 6

Cambridge Speakeasy

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Place: Cambridge Union Society, 9a Bridge Street, Cambridge CB3 0AJ

Contact: camchair@democratsabroad.org.uk


Wednesday, March 6

London Speakeasy

Time: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Place: The Harrow, 22 Whitefriars Street, London, EC4Y 8JJ.

Contact: vice-chair@democratsabroad.org.uk


Wednesday, March 6

Oxford Speakeasy and Chapter Elections

Time: From 7:00 p.m.

Place: Royal Oak, 42-44 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HT

Contact: oxford@democratsabroad.org.uk


Wednesday, March 20

Young Professionals Pub Night

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Place: Union Bar, 88-90 George Street, London W1U 8PA 
(between Baker Street and Gloucester Place.
Look for American flags and Vote From Abroad table decorations)

Contact: youngdems@democratsabroad.org.uk


Date and time TBC

LGBT February Social

Place: Ku Bar, 30 Lisle Street, WC2H 7BA 
(Upstairs in the Champagne Bar, which we have for our exclusive use)

Contact lgbt@democratsabroad.org.uk to be added to our mailing list.  


April 18-21: DPCA Conference in London

Organizing is in full swing for the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA) Conference in London, an annual meeting of leaders and members of Democrats Abroad from around the world. This is our chance to show off London and help provide an essential element for the Conference's success: fun!  Volunteer to get involved in this unique, exciting event.
Email to get involved: volunteers2013@democratsabroad.org.uk

April 5: Yorkshire & the Humber Quiz Night  

Following the success of our Presidents Day 2013 event, the Yorkshire and the Humber Democrats have planned a further gathering in Leeds city center also at Behind the Town Hall from 6 p.m. on Friday April 5.

This will be in the form of a quiz night with prizes and categories yet to be determined. American and German beer and delicious wines will be available, as will music. The topics will include American politics, entertainment, sports and geography.

Place: Behind the Town Hall,
St. George House, 40 Great George Street, Leeds LS1 3DL
(An easy walk from the station)
Please RSVP for the purpose of setting up teams by March 28 by contacting Judith Sullivan yorkshirehumber@democratsabroad.org.uk



DAUK Policy Action Network

Please check out DAUK Policy Action Network's monthly updates on energy and environmental issues from our Washington Correspondent, Elaine Emling, at www.daukpan.org.uk/EES_Monthup. For those passionate about environmental issues, last month's article highlighting important victories in the Senate and House races and key Committees to watch will prove a valuable read; a new one is in the pipeline. Our Washington Correspondent would love feedback: short comments indicating whether this is information you want and what additional resources you would like. Write to pancoordinator@daukpan.org.uk and all messages will be forwarded to Elaine Emling.

We are looking for people to contribute to the website – writing, updating, posting events – and also for people interested in planning events around policy, whether small or large, formal or informal. Many of our key people have now moved abroad, so now is a good time to get involved to refocus and redirect our work. Please contact Elaine Capizzi at pancoordinator@daukpan.org.uk to pitch ideas or volunteer.

DAUK Media Contact adds new role

Congratulations to Sharon Manitta, the DAUK Media Contact, who has been appointed as Communications Director for Press for our worldwide body, the DPCA. Sharon has been carrying out the responsibilities of this position since the convention but now has been given this title.

Her responsibilities include overseeing our coverage in TV, radio, print and viral outlets around the world; training Surrogate Speakers and Media Contacts; training new leadership in press procedures and handling press for start-up committees. This is the second time Sharon has held this position.

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