TOKYO, Jan. 13 – Americans living in Japan will hold a series of events that are open to the public in connection with the U.S. presidential inauguration, including a march and a vigil near the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo to thank outgoing President Barack Obama for his service and to thank our civil servants for the work they do for Americans overseas.
These events, coordinated by Democrats Abroad Japan, will be held in conjunction with others taking place across the world as a part of Democrats Abroad’s Global Week of Action.
“As Americans overseas, we want to thank President Obama for his service not only as a leader at home, but also globally,” said Tom Schmid, chairman of Democrats Abroad Japan. “Many Americans and our friends from other nations are concerned that President Obama’s progressive policies will be reversed by the new administration and a Republican-controlled Congress. We welcome all people who have the same concerns to join us as we organize worldwide to help protect President Obama’s accomplishments in the areas of health care, the environment, civil rights, equality, diversity, peace and international cooperation.”
On Inauguration Day, Jan. 20, a vigil will take place outside the U.S. Embassy from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., followed by a march starting at Hibiya Park at 6:30 p.m. and ending at Mikawadai Park in Roppongi at approximately 8:00 p.m.
On Jan. 22, a teach-in featuring professor and author R. Taggart Murphy will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Wesley Center in Minami-Aoyama to analyze the 2016 election and to discuss how the Democratic Party can move forward towards the 2018 Mid-Term Election. Other speakers include Alex Gonzalez, Democrats Abroad delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention and former Democrats Abroad Japan Chair Mike Stensrud. All events are free and open to the public.
Further details on each event are available at:
Contacts (for press inquiries only):
Chairman, Democrats Abroad Japan
Leslie Anne Rogers
Vice Chair, Democrats Abroad Japan
For Japanese media:
Secretary, Democrats Abroad Japan
The 2016 General Election is less than 12 weeks away, and we urgently need your help to get out the overseas vote. Our global leadership has established an online calling platform that allows volunteers from all parts of the world to phone bank. Join the phone banking campaign at http://www.democratsabroad.org/voter_support_team
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Upcoming EventsDAJ will be holding a candlelight march to express our appreciation for progress made over the past eight years -- progress that we hope to see protected going forward. Join us as we march by candlelight from Hibiya Park in Chiyoda-ku to Mikawadai Park in Roppongi (about an hour.)
Our message will be: Protect ___X____ because of ____Y____.
(For example, Protect marriage equaility because everyone has the right to love. Protect the environment because future generations deserve clean water. )
Bring your own LED candles or get one at the park (for a small donation to cover the cost). Bring your own sign or come early and make one at the park.
DATE: January 20 (Fri)
LOCATION: Hibiya Park, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo (https://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/english/park/detail_02.html)
We will gather behind the Large Open-Air Concert Hall near the Nishi Saiwai Gate.
TIME: Assemble 5:30 - 6:30pm (Everyone leaving with the group must be present by 6:30pm.)
Depart 6:45pm from Nishi Saiwai Gate
End 7:30 - 8:00pm at Mikawadai Park (end time depends on traffic conditions)
Join us for drinks and conversation at the Hobgoblin in Roppongi afterwards.
Please RSVP so that we can give the traffic police an idea of our numbers.
Also, join our event page on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/373551566357471/
Anyone is welcome to take part, regardless of nationality or DAJ membership. However, we ask that all participants respect the message and the spirit of the march.
Map of the march route: https://goo.gl/maps/LSo7VQ2tfM42
We'll all need a few drinks after the inauguration of President Trump. Join fellow Democrats, progressives and liberals at this social event to talk politics over a pint and to plan our next steps to oppose the Trump administration. Tom Schmid, International Treasurer of the Democratic Party Committee Abroad and Chair of Democrats Abroad Japan, will attend this social event, and it will be an excellent opportunity to learn more about getting involved with politics as an activist or as a local, national or global leader of Democrats Abroad.
Please RSVP below and via our Tokai Democrats Abroad meetup page. Looking forward to seeing you on the 21st!
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