Meeting up with like-minded Americans to take action for democracy is empowering and fun. If there's a nearby Democrats Abroad group, get in touch about attending or helping to organize an event. If there isn't an active group near you, consider creating your own meet up!
Here's a brief "how to" for creating your own letter writing get together.
1. Find a location
Look for a restaurant, cafe or other public space that isn't too noisy or too distracting. Contact the space owners and arrange reservations for the number you expect. Check to see if it is possible to expand your reservation in case your event grows larger than expected.
2. Prepare your materials
- Bring enough paper and envelopes or postcards to provide for two letters or cards a person
- Bring stamps to sell
- Consider bringing pens too
- If your location doesn't have wifi, print out a few copies of this list of Senate addresses
- Consider printing our "Tips for Writing Congress"
- Consider printing a few sample letters, we keep these updated each week.
Ask a friend or two to help out. They can help:
- Answer questions
- Hand out materials
- Look up addresses online or on your address sheet
4. Advertise your event
- Invite your friends, ask them to invite theirs
- Set up an event page on Facebook
- Make posters or leaflets to leave at cafes or schools.
- Get in touch with us about inviting local Dems Abroad members
If you're planning a Letters to the Editor party, read over these guidelines to ensure better chances of your letters being published!
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
Julia Bryan published SOLIDARITY RALLY WITH THE WOMEN'S MARCH IN WASHINGTON in News 2017-01-28 09:13:27 -0500
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.
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John Lewis honored Democrats Abroad by creating this wonderful video for us during the 2014 midterms. Open the article to see the video in full.
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Many thanks to the DACZ volunteers who came out and phone banked with us - calling members to let them know about the upcoming Global Presidential Primary Tuesday March 1 & March 8th at The Globe, Pstrossova 6, from 3pm to 7pm. For anyone not in town those days, remember that you can also participate by downloading your ballot here.
Thanks to all who came out last night to CET to watch the 6th Democratic Debate. Despite the snow and fre-e-e-ezing temperatures, we had a good crowd and everyone enjoyed the conversation and the opportunity to meet new members.
Don't forget the upcoming phonebank and pizza party on February 10th! RSVP for details please.