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  • Democrats Abroad Mexico Annual General Meeting 2017

     

    Subect:  Democrats Abroad Mexico - Annual General Meeting (AGM)

    This year's  AGM should be one of the best yet and where better to be than Mexico City from Fri Mar 31 - Sun  April 2!   Big vibrant city, incredible food, and hang out with energized Democrats.   Even meet with some of the team who presented the letter to Sec. State Tillerson at the US Embassy.

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    Keynote:  Jim Hightower, from Texas is perhaps America's #1 Populist, a national radio commentator, writer, public speaker and author of the book Swim Against the Current: Even a Dead Fish Can Go With the Flow .   A native of Austin, he will also join us at the Friday reception and again at a Texas BBQ on Saturday night.   Should be a real blast!

    See his latest article "What Should We Do About a Mentally Ill President?" at http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/mentally-ill-president-trump.    

     

    We  will meet at the Hotel Geneve in Zona Rosa for our Mexico Annual General Meeting  March 31-April 2.     This hotel is chock full of history including stories of Mexican presidents and pre-WWII intrigue.    Here is a brief rundown of the great weekend events you won't want to miss:


    Hotel Geneve lobby

     Tentative Schedule  

    Friday, Mar 31

    3:00-5:00pm:       Conference Registration 

    6:00-8:00pm:       Host Committee Reception in The Phone Bar and adjoining sala.   Meet fellow DA members and our guest Jim Hightower, American syndicated columnist  from TX

    8:00pm- whenever:    The Phone Bar:  Miguel y Sofia - enjoy balada acustica  
    Phone Bar

    Saturday, Apr 1

    8:00-9:00am:        Conference Registration

    9:00-10:30am:      Annual Meeting

                                     Reports

                                     Election of DA Mexico countrywide officers

    10:30-11:00am     Coffee, tea, soda, water

    11:00-12:00pm    Jim Hightower  -  America's #1 Populist    see https://hightowerlowdown.org/

    12:00-1:30pm      Lunch (Sanborn's Restaurant in hotel and many others nearby)

    1:30-2:15pm        IndivisibleGuide.com  (how to best engage your elected representatives.  Report from Rapid Action Team.   

    2:15-3:00pm        New DA Mexico Chair outlines plans for future; Americas Region Report

    3:00-3:30pm        Coffee, tea, soda, water

    3:30-5:00pm        Media Training (Facebook ads, Twitter, Video Reports, Talking to the media)

    6:30-8:30pm        Pinche Gringo Restaurant   Cumbres de Maltrata 360, Col.Narvarte Oriente  (enjoy TX BBQ with Austin's own Jim Hightower, live music:  transportation provided)    

    Sunday, Apr 2    (Details and signup available at check-in)

    Explore Mexico City with Democrats Abroad

    This will be an awesome weekend... you will not want to miss it!

    Some options include:

    Turibus-www.turibus.com.mx

    ·        $210pesos when you get on

    ·        9am-9pm, hop on/off at any point along the way

    ·        Nearest stop from Hotel Geneve is El Angel de Indpendencia on Reforma (2 blocks away)
    ·        4 main tours

             1.     Basilica

             2.     Polanco/Chapultepec/Hipodromo

             3.     Southside

             4.     Downtown

    Ballet Folklorico de Mexico

    ·        Sunday performances @ El Teatro de Bellas Artes (duration 3 hours)    9am and 8pm

    ·        cost per ticket $1080, $880  or possibly even $300 pesos in Galeria (Balcony, very affordable, good visibility)

    For those who haven't visited the museums, they are truly world class, including:

                       Museo Nacional de Antropologia

                       Museo Frida Kahlo

                       Museo Nacional de Historia

                       Museo Soumaya (Carlos Slim)

                       Museo Memoria y Tolerancia

                       ... and of course, the Floating Gardens of Xochimilco

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    HOW TO REGISTER for AGM and Cost

    Your support in the above events will help to offset the costs of bring down Jim Hightower with his "Low-Down" messages of  just plain old common sense that we all really need right now.  You are sure to find him both entertaining and thought provoking.

        

    Mexico City Chapter is pleased to host the Friday night Chapter Reception at no charge to all attending members; meet Jim too.

    ·        Donation to attend the weekend event which includes opportunity  to meet and hear Jim Hightower's "Low-Down", 2 coffee breaks and of course great company from fellow Democrats: $1000 pesos

    ·        Saturday:  Pinche Gringo BBQ with Jim Hightower, including transportation from Hotel Geneve, choice of entre, 2 sides and beverage: $500 pesos   (chances sold to sit at Jim's table)

    To Register:  Copy and fill in the following form and email it to:  Larry Pihl, Treasurer at Info-MX-LakeChapala@democratsabroad.org .   We will email a Paypal invoice to you.   All you need to do is add a credit card to make your payment (membership in Paypal not required).

              
              Names of persons attending: ______________________________

              ______________________________ _________________________

              Registration including keynote with Jim Hightower, coffee at $1000pesos /person: $___________

              Pinche Gringo BBQ at $500pesos/person: $_________________

              Your email address: ____________________________

              Comments: ______________________________ ______________________________ _____

     

    Note: Have any questions,  email Info-MX-LakeChapala@democratsabroad.org or call  Larry Pihl, Treasurer   33 1704 6475 (cell)

    For those who live outside of Mexico City, flights are low if you register soon.

     

    Upon registration, all attendees will receive a special contact link for Hotel Geneve sales department. 

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    Lodging:  Hotel Geneve, at $98 USD/night (normally $150 USD) Double;  $160USD/night for Junior Suite. Includes Buffet Breakfast, free Internet and 16% IVA.  (Caution: Some internet specials may appear lower cost but do not include breakfast and 16% IVA.   This special rate will be allowed for 4 days before and after our AGM for those who wish to visit CDMX longer)    

      

    A recent quest wrote: " On a recent stay in Mexico City I had a wonderful experience at Hotel Geneve circa 1907 in the Zona Rosa district. The hotel is like a museum with artifacts everywhere from it's long past, lovely old furniture, along with many photos of past guests like Churchill, Lindbergh and The Beatles."  See http://www.hotelgeneve.com.mx/ en/  for more information.

     

    Be a part of the change..... let's help the new DNC Chair, Tom Perez and Vice Chair, Rep. Keith Ellison(MN-5) define our direction and  lead our party from the ground up for victory in 2018.  DA Mexico can help provide grass roots efforts that can resonate around the world.    

    "If a small minority in the Tea Party could stop President Obama, then we the majority can stop a petty tyrant named Trump"  The Indivisible Guide   

    "They tried to bury us but they didn't know we were seeds"  Mexican Proverb

    See you there,

    Jody Quinnell,   Chair
    Democrats Abroad Mexico


  • published "DONT DESPAIR, MOBILIZE" - A TOOLKIT in News 2017-03-04 14:13:08 -0500

    "DONT DESPAIR, MOBILIZE" - A TOOLKIT

    The attached toolkit was put together by two dedicated local Democrats Abroad SMA members to help all of us do the most we can, as easily and efficiently as we can, during these chaotic times.  We think you will find the attached information helpful and informative in providing a road map to taking some meaningful action.

     

    DON’T DESPAIR; MOBILIZE
    Donald Trump is now president of the United States of America and is trying to enact his agenda. In response, unprecedented numbers of Americans are mobilizing to oppose him.  
    This toolkit of resources has been put together two Democrats Abroad SMA members, Mark Bilker and Gunnar Erickson, to help make those efforts more effective.
    A STRATEGY FOR ACTION
    CONTACT RESOURCES
    ADVICE ON EFFECTIVE ACTION
    LINKS TO OTHER GROUPS
    RESOURCES FOR FACTS ON ISSUES
    IMPORTANT ISSUES FOR EXPATS
    A STRATEGY FOR ACTION-- We suggest that everyone at a minimum do three things:
    • get the contact information on your two senators and member of the House,
    • pick three or four core issues that you feel are important and
    • contact your representatives about them at least once a month, until things change.
    You certainly can do much more.  Many groups are forming; there will be marches and mobilizations you can participate in, but this is likely to be a long struggle and steady pressure on Congress will be key.
    CONTACT RESOURCES--There are several websites and smartphone apps that are essentially “one-stop shops” for directing you to your respective representatives via phone, email and snail mail.  The apps also let you track bills, hearings, how your members of Congress (MOC's) voted on issues of interest to you, and much, much more. The apps are free.
    Smart Phone Apps:  “CONGRESS”, “COUNTABLE”, “CONTACT CONGRESS”, “CALL CONGRESS” - - These offer complete contact information on all MOC's including their email, phone, address, website, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Most allow you to contact them directly from the app.
    Web Sites: “DEMOCRACY.io” is another way to easily reach your MOC's. Run by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, it allows you to write one message and it is automatically sent to your two senators and representative.
    “https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials” is a resource for getting contact information for federal AND state and local officials down to the county level. Also The State Legislative Websites Directory (http://www.ncsl.org/aboutus/n cslservice/state-legislative-w ebsites-directory.aspxwill take you to the National Conference of State Legislators, a comprehensive and easy to reference directory of the nation's legislators.
    White House- If you would like to contact the White House directly, this is the link: www.whitehouse.gov/conta ct#page  
    ADVICE ON EFFECTIVE ACTION-
    MAXIMIZING CONGRESSIONAL CONTACT IMPACT
    The Chief of Staff to a West Coast Democratic Congressman, a close friend of a long time Dems Abroad SMA activist, has offered us some incredible, and sometimes surprising, insights into the way constituent contacts with Congressional offices are handled.
    Of great importance are several cautionary notes concerning on-line petitions and emails: “Occasionally we get them (on-line petitions) in the office and they are a lot of random names, no address, no email (address).  We note that we received them and then throw them out.”  Also noteMost members only accept emails from their constituents. We respond to everything that comes in from the state of Oregon”
    On the positive side of the contact ledger: We track all individual phone calls and emails. We have certainly seen an uptick of people communicating with our office and we use the system that we have developed over time, only just bumped it up.
    “Every call, whether it's to our D.C. Office or (local) office is tallied. Often times, we ask people for their zip code and email address and ask if they want to receive (his) enews.” 
    Individual calls achieve maximum results:  “Personally, I think the 'individual' calls are better than those that are done as part of a group. You start to tune out if every caller is using the exact same script. We tally it but it's less impactful than if someone makes it personal ie; ‘I am a school teacher and I am really concerned about xyz...’"
    Calls to this particular congressional office in a single recent day involved issues ranging from investigation of the reputed White House/ Russian ties (21%), to if/when the Congressman planned to hold a Town Hall (23%), to ACA support to opposition to Scott Pruitt’s nomination to general expressions of thanks for the Congressman’s efforts in general.
    “With groups like Indivisible and other organizations, we have seen a huge increase in written correspondence. The vast majority of them are postcards. Many people don't include their address which I think is foolish. If you are going to write anything to a member of congress, include your address so they can respond. Hard mail that comes into the office with addresses is entered into our system and people get a response.”
    How do I contact my legislators?
    You have many options! You can contact them by
    1. Telephone
    2. E-mail
    3. Snail mail (currently, incoming letters are undergoing extensive scrutiny, so it might take up to six weeks to reach your legislator. Postcards get through faster.)
    4. Social Media - Facebook and Twitter in particular.
    5. Set up an in-person meeting with your legislators and/or their staff
    What do I say in a letter or an e-mail?
    1. Introduce yourself. Immediately say that you are a constituent, give your name and where you’re from and, if you are calling on behalf of a particular organization, the name of the organization.
    2. Tell your legislator what you want - be specific! Include the bill number, bill name (if applicable), a one or two sentence summary, a few statistics for good measure, and discuss why the bill or issue is important to you.  
    3. Make it personal! Do you have any stories about the issue at hand, or do you know people who do? Share those stories!
    4. Be sure to be concise. The reader will have limited time. As noted above, most contacts will simply be tallied as Opposed or In Favor.
    5. Thank your legislator for his/her time.
    How do I call an office?
    1. Call the DC or District office, give the receptionist your name and ask to speak to the aide in charge of your issue.
    2. Provide the staffer with the information you would include in a letter:
    3.         Be brief. These folks are as busy as you are!
    4.         If the staffer is not available, leave a message . . . and call back the next day, just for good measure! (S)he might be busy when you call, so suggest setting up a phone meeting at a mutually convenient time.
    How do I set up an in-person meeting with a staff person?
    1. Your congress people have several offices, both in DC and in your state. Staff in the state offices are more constituent-oriented; staff in DC are more focused on the legislator’s legislative agenda.
    2        Staff people in both offices are good points of contact. Staff in state offices are more likely to have time to meet with you and are, as mentioned above, more constituent-oriented (plus, you do not have to travel!), but the DC staffer is the person managing the legislator’s legislative portfolio.
    3.       Call either the most convenient state office or the DC office, introduce yourself, and ask to schedule a visit. Be sure to specify that you are calling about a specific policy so the receptionist puts you in contact with the appropriate legislative aide if applicable!
    4.       Bring others with you to the meeting if possible. You need to show the staff person that this issue is important to many people, just not you.
    5.       Bring fact sheets and other written materials to leave with the staff member.
    6.       Thank the staff member for his/her time!
    7.        Send a follow-up letter or e-mail to thank him/her for her/his time a second time and ask if you can be of any assistance.
    Other Actions You Can Take.
    1.  Letters to the editor are great.
    2.  Comments on websites.  Most media outlets encourage readers to comment and the comments are appended at the bottom of the story.  While sometimes those exchanges can get rude, it is a public space for discussion.
    3. Viral social media.  Gaffs and outrages can spread throughout the world in minutes through Facebook and Twitter.  For example, a Dairy Queen owner lost his franchise after a live recording of him insulting a black family went viral.  
    4. Bumper stickers, buttons and tee shirts.  Wear them and advertise your views.
    5. Public protests and demonstrations.  Old school but still powerful.
    Spam Control- Once you start the contact process, it will be immediately obvious to you that virtually all the contact channels want to harvest as much of your information as they can; name, email address, phone and sometimes more.   Whether you supply the information to your senator or representative, sign an online petition or join an organization, you are virtually certain to go on their mailing list. Some of the sites may appeal to your political leanings but are operated for profit and rent or sell the email addresses they harvest.  As a result many people choose to create a specific email account for their political activism.  All of the popular email services will work.  There are also ones like ProtonMail.com that-- unlike Google-- do not scan and read all of your emails and provide encryption. 
    AN ENCOURAGING ASIDE -
    For those wondering whether their constant calls to Republican legislators are being heard or noted, here's an FaceBook update from Ben Wideman, a Mennonite pastor in Pennsylvania about a visit to his Republican senator's office:

    "Just got back from a visit to Senator Pat Toomey's Johnstown office with 15 other Borough of State College & Penn State area people to talk about the immigration ban. Here are my takeaways:
    1. Everyone we spoke with was rattled. They have never experienced this much constant feedback. The phones haven't stopped since the Inauguration and they admitted they can't check voicemail because there is no pause to do so.
    2. Letters are the only thing getting through at this point [Note: I've heard that postcards are better because they can impound letters for five weeks to check for contaminants]. Regional offices are a much better mail destination because the compile, sort, and send everything. DC mail is so backed up right now it takes twice as long to send things there.
    3. Toomey's staff seem frustrated with Trump. They said his barrage of Executive Orders are not how government is supposed to work, and was what they hated during moments of the Obama era. One of them said, "we have a democratic system and process. Trump needs to stop behaving like a Monarch."
    4. Our representatives are listening because people are raising their voices. This feels like no other political moment in recent time for them.
    5. Toomey's staffers are far more empathetic than I assumed. Also far more technology illiterate (one asked me how to use twitter, and how we already knew about Toomey's published statement). They resonate that the immigration ban feels immoral and unAmerican.
    6. Regional offices are not designed to handle this volume of unrest.
    7. Personal stories matter. Tell the stories of people being impacted by arbitrary religious and ethnic legislation. Staffers want to know.
    8. Don't stop. Do whatever small part you can do to keep raising your voice to your representatives. Not just this issue, but every way marginalized people are being (or will be) exploited under this President."
     
    LINKS TO OTHER GROUPS-
    There are many groups that you can join.  Here are a few we like.
    Indivisible.  A group of former Congressional staffers produced a guide to best practices for resisting the Trump agenda and making Congress listen. It has become the de facto bible for activists and is worth a read and probably a sign up.  The link is www.indivisibleguide.com.  Many local groups have been created under the Indivisible banner.  If you go to the site and click "act locally," it will identify groups in your area.
    Swing Left-    In their words: "control of the House in 2018 will be decided by a handful of Swing Districts, places where the last election was decided by a thin margin. Find your closest Swing District and join its team to learn about actionable opportunities to support progressives-- and defeat Republicans-- in that district, no matter where you live."   www.swingleft.org 
    Facebook: You might consider joining the group "Contact Congress www.facebook .com/groups/1798753267060899/.   It is up-to-the-second with posts on progressive issues and suggested actions.
    Another Facebook resource you might like: www.facebook.com/POPVOXn ation
    DCCC- is the Democratic Congressional Campaign website. It is the official campaign arm of the House Democrats with a principal mission to support Democratic House candidates.   Their action center contains online petitions to sign and you can register to get email updates, but the emphasis is on raising money to funnel to Democratic House candidates.  You also can donate specifically to their Latino Council.   The website is at http://dccc.org/
    RESOURCES FOR FACTS ON ISSUES-
    Washington Post Newsletters- Go to their site and you can sign up for a variety of daily newsletters.  WAPO has done the best and most hard-hitting journalism on Trump and it ain’t fake news.
    Reclaim the American Dream (http://reclaimtheamericandrea m.org/) is a resource website set up by Hedrick Smith, a long time NY Times reporter and editor who among other things won a Pulitzer prize for his work on the Pentagon Papers story.  Its focus is on structural reforms of the US political system that will make it less partisan and more representative of the views of the majority of Americans.  Fighting gerrymandering and changing the primary system are two of his issues. Student debt, amending the Constitution and inclusive capitalism are other areas of focus.  The emphasis is on working at the state level.  This is a different approach, more long-term, but an extremely important one.  We urge you to look at the site and incorporate some of its causes into your activism.  
    Common Dreamshttp://www.commondreams.org   bills itself as offering breaking news and views for the progressive community.  Robert Reich is a regular contributor.
    Politifact.com- Available both as website and as a free app called SettleIt, this is a solid reference source for the facts behind the spin.  Similar to the Washington Post Pinocchio's, it digs up the real facts behind political claims such as the size of the inauguration crowd. It punctures fake news.
    Google Alerts- One way to follow Internet news on an issue or a person is to create a Google Alert.  For example if you want to follow "Trump Mexico Wall", you go to this site--  https://www.google.com/alerts  -- type that in and it will create a daily email that lists new Internet stories that are spotted with that search inquiry.  The email is sent to your Google account. 
    Views from the other side. Lest you spend too much time inside your own political bubble, you might occasionally take a look at what the other side is saying and thinking. Weekly Standard is conservative but reasonably thoughtful.  Breitbart News is hard core alt-right.
    IMPORTANT ISSUES FOR EXPATS - 
    We know that our membership has “pet” issues that they will make known to their representatives, but we would like to single out several “hot button” issues that are of particular consequence to those of us living in Mexico.
    Most obvious of course are the related issues of the Trump Wall, tariff threats, which threaten the very fabric of today's Mexico economy, and the deportation of long-time law abiding Mexican nationals who are in the US without proper papers. Trump has set out to insult and humiliate Mexicans and damage its economy.   In two years Mexico will elect a new president and the emerging candidates are already challenging each other on who can be the most macho in responding to Trump.  That puts the almost one million US citizens living in Mexico in a very vulnerable position.  No one has publicly said that they will go tit for tat, if the US deports a Mexican, Mexico will deport an American, but it could deteriorate to that point.   Your MOC needs to know that you live in Mexico, feel vulnerable and vote in the US.
    THE BRIGHT SIDE-
    From a friend:
    I can't believe I'm saying this, but it looks like Trump is actually making America great again. Just look at the progress made since the election:
    1. Unprecedented levels of ongoing civic engagement.
    2. Millions of Americans now know who their state and federal representatives are without having to google.
    3. Millions of Americans are exercising more. They're holding signs and marching every week.
    4. Alec Baldwin is great again. Everyone's forgotten he's kind of a jerk.
    5. The Postal Service is enjoying the cash influx due to stamps purchased by millions of people for letter and postcard campaigns.
    6. Likewise, the pharmaceutical industry is enjoying record growth in sales of antidepressants.
    7. Millions of Americans now know how to call their elected officials and know exactly what to say to be effective.
    8. Footage of town hall meetings is now entertaining.
    9. Tens of millions of people are now correctly spelling words like emoluments, narcissist, fascist, misogynist, holocaust and cognitive dissonance.
    10. Everyone knows more about the rise of Hitler than they did last year.
    11. Everyone knows more about legislation, branches of power and how checks and balances work.
    12. Marginalized groups are experiencing a surge in white allies.
    13. White people in record numbers have just learned that racism is not dead. (See #6)
    14. White people in record numbers also finally understand that Obamacare IS the Affordable Care Act.
    15. Stephen Colbert's "Late Night" finally gained the elusive #1 spot in late night talk shows, and Seth Meyers is finding his footing as today's Jon Stewart.
    16. "Mike Pence" has donated millions of dollars to Planned Parenthood since Nov. 9th.
    17. Trump has succeeded where thousands of history teachers failed - now everybody knows who Frederick Douglass was.
    18. Melissa FREAKING McCarthy.
    19. Travel ban protesters put $24 million into ACLU coffers in just 48 hours, enabling them to hire 200 more attorneys. Lawyers are now heroes.
    20. As people seek veracity in their news sources, respected news outlets are happily reporting a substantial increase in subscriptions, a boon to a struggling industry vital to our democracy.
    21. Live streaming court cases and congressional sessions are now as popular as the Kardashians.
    22. Massive cleanup of facebook friend lists.
    23. People are reading classic literature again. Sales of George Orwell's "1984" increased by 10,000% after the inauguration. (Yes, that is true. 10,000%. 9th grade Lit teachers all over the country are now rock stars.)
    24. More than ever before, Americans are aware that education is important. Like, super important.
    25. Now, more than anytime in history, everyone believes that anyone can be President. Seriously, anyone.
     

     


  • REMINDER - HAVE YOU REGISTERED FOR YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT YET IN SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE?

    REMINDER - HAVE YOU REGISTERED FOR YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT YET IN SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE?

    There's still time in this most important of election years. Stop by and see us at our voter registration tables at the Biblioteca and Saturday Organic Market.  Schedule attached.  

    We've provide help and information to over 200 people so far, including two FIRST TIME dual-citizen voters in a US election and two home-bound people who had the forms delivered and completed at their homes.

    For more information contact info-mx-sma@democratsabroad.org

     

     

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    11:00 – 2:00

    Biblioteca Courtyard

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    9:00 – 3:00

    Saturday Organic Market

     

     

     

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    11:00 – 2:00

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  • published Help Draft the Democrats Abroad Platform in News 2016-04-25 11:21:55 -0400

    Help Draft the Democrats Abroad Platform

    The Dems Abroad Platform is online and open for comments. Add your thoughts on taxation, citizenship transmission for our kids, refugee issues, voting rights and more! These comments will help direct our platform for the next 4 years, so take 5 minutes now and let us know what issues matter to you! #‎DemocracyIsDA http://www.democratsabroad.org/2016_draft_platform


  • published Help Draft the Democrats Abroad Platform in News 2016-04-25 11:21:24 -0400

    Help Draft the Democrats Abroad Platform

    The Dems Abroad Platform is online and open for comments. Add your thoughts on taxation, citizenship transmission for our kids, refugee issues, voting rights and more! These comments will help direct our platform for the next 4 years, so take 5 minutes now and let us know what issues matter to you! #‎DemocracyIsDA http://www.democratsabroad.org/2016_draft_platform


  • published Help Draft the Democrats Abroad Platform in News 2016-04-25 11:20:56 -0400

    Help Draft the Democrats Abroad Platform

    The Dems Abroad Platform is online and open for comments. Add your thoughts on taxation, citizenship transmission for our kids, refugee issues, voting rights and more! These comments will help direct our platform for the next 4 years, so take 5 minutes now and let us know what issues matter to you! #‎DemocracyIsDA http://www.democratsabroad.org/2016_draft_platform


  • published Help Draft the Democrats Abroad Platform in News 2016-04-25 11:19:44 -0400

    Help Draft the Democrats Abroad Platform

    The Dems Abroad Platform is online and open for comments. Add your thoughts on taxation, citizenship transmission for our kids, refugee issues, voting rights and more! These comments will help direct our platform for the next 4 years, so take 5 minutes now and let us know what issues matter to you! #‎DemocracyIsDA http://www.democratsabroad.org/2016_draft_platform


  • published Help Draft the Democrats Abroad Platform in News 2016-04-25 10:23:39 -0400

    Help Draft the Democrats Abroad Platform

    The Dems Abroad Platform is online and open for comments. Add your thoughts on taxation, citizenship transmission for our kids, refugee issues, voting rights and more! These comments will help direct our platform for the next 4 years, so take 5 minutes now and let us know what issues matter to you! #‎DemocracyIsDA http://www.democratsabroad.org/2016_draft_platform


  • published Help Draft the Democrats Abroad Platform in News 2016-04-25 10:22:29 -0400

    Help Draft the Democrats Abroad Platform

    The Dems Abroad Platform is online and open for comments. Add your thoughts on taxation, citizenship transmission for our kids, refugee issues, voting rights and more! These comments will help direct our platform for the next 4 years, so take 5 minutes now and let us know what issues matter to you! #‎DemocracyIsDA

    http://www.democratsabroad.org/2016_draft_platform


  • published Extraordinary Global Event Not To Be Missed! in News 2016-02-19 13:02:58 -0500

    Extraordinary Global Event Not To Be Missed!

    Extraordinary Global Event Not To Be Missed!

    THE CAMPAIGNS TO SPEAK DIRECTLY TO DEMOCRATS ABROAD!

     

    Democrats around the world will participate in a Global Town Hall this Sunday, February 21, at Noon eastern time (that's 6pm in Europe).  The Clinton and Sanders campaigns will be speaking directly to us via a webex video connection, and responding to our questions.  This will be a historic event--the first time ever that DA has been addressed directly by presidential campaigns during a primary--and you will not want to miss it.  Joining us to answer our questions will be Jake Sullivan, Hillary Clinton's top Foreign Policy Advisor, and Senator Bernie Sanders, candidate.

    YOU CAN JOIN THE TOWN HALL IN THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME!  

    Joining us from the Clinton campaign is Jake Sullivan, Hillary Clinton's top Foreign Policy Advisor.  Mr. Sullivan served as Secretary Clinton’s Director of Policy Planning at the State Department. He also served as Vice President Joe Biden’s National Security Advisor and was a principal architect of the Iranian nuclear talks.   He could be the National Security Advisor in a future Clinton Administration. 

    The person joining us from the Sanders campaign needs no introduction: Senator Bernie Sanders himself!  No, you didn't read that wrong - the Senator informed us on Thursday night that he would connect to the call.  So this is truly a historic event for Democrats Abroad.

    YOU WILL NOT WANT TO MISS OUT ON THIS EXCEPTIONAL EVENT.   RSVP NOW!  

    You can connect to the event with your computer. Instructions to connect will be provided when you RSVP, and we ask that contribute 25 euros to participate in this landmark event.  And even though it is on a closed network, the number of connections are limited, so you'll want to ACT NOW.   

    It's short notice to be sure, and there's just not enough time for most DA chapters to organize any "official" event for this.  But YOU can!  Why not invite some friends over and have a House Party?  EMAIL US, and we'll provide you with information to get set up.  

    On the RSVP page, scroll down and click on the RSVP button, and you'll be taken to the donation page.  Information to connect to the event will be sent to you later, as will a form by which you can submit your questions for consideration.  Rest assured, both candidates are going to be asked about FATCA, CBT, and taxation!

    THIS WILL BE AN EXTRAORDINARY TOWN HALL THAT EVERY AMERICAN ABROAD WILL WANT TO ATTEND!


  • GLOBAL PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY IN SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE

    San Miguel de Allende Chapter

    Bibiloteca                                          March 1, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Insurgentes #25

    San Miguel de Allende, Gto


  • published GLOBAL PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY IN MAZATLAN in News 2016-02-15 09:28:42 -0500

    GLOBAL PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY IN MAZATLAN

    Mazatlan Chapter

    Margaritas Bar and Grill                  March 1, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    Av. Playa Gaviotas #403 Golden Zone

    Mazatlan, Mexico


  • published GLOBAL PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY IN LAKE CHAPALA in News 2016-02-15 09:28:00 -0500

    GLOBAL PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY IN LAKE CHAPALA

    Lake Chapala Chapter

    La Bodega Restaurant                    March 7, 12 noon – 4:00 pm

    16 de Septiembre #124

    Ajijic, Jalisco


  • published GLOBAL PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY IN PUERTO VALLARTA in News 2016-02-15 09:27:10 -0500

    GLOBAL PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY IN PUERTO VALLARTA

    Costa Banderas Chapter

    International Friendship Club        March 1, 12 noon – 5:00 pm

    Libertad 105                                      March 3, 12 noon – 5:00 pm

    Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco


  • published GLOBAL PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY IN MEXICO CITY in News 2016-02-14 11:53:55 -0500

    GLOBAL PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY IN MEXICO CITY

    MEXICO

    We encourage members to use our convenient on-line capability to cast your vote in the Global Presidential Primary.

    First, If you have not yet joined Democrats Abroad, you can join easily at http://www.democratsabroad.org/join. Ifyou are already a member and have not yet logged into our new website using your email address or are not sure whether you are a member, try activating your online account at http://www.DemocratsAbroad.org/login.

    Once sure that you are a member of Democrats Abroad, a requirement for eligibility to vote in the Global Presidential Primary, go to http://www.democratsabroad.org/global_presidential_primary and download DA Global Primary ballot by clicking on Ballot for voting by mail, fax, or email, with detailed instructions  print it out, and either fax or scan/email per the instructions attached to the ballot.  

    Note:  Emailed or faxed ballots must be received by Democrats Abroad no later than 24:00 CET on March 8, 2016. Mailed

    ballots must be dated no later than March 8, 2016 and must be received no later than 6:00PM local time on March 13, 2016.

    For actual polling stations with paper ballots, you may also visit the following locations on the dates and times indicated.   Non-members may visit the center but be sure to bring an ID and proof of domicile (utility bill, etc)

     

    Mexico City Chapter

    Please use on-line as described above.


  • published GLOBAL PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY IN MAZATLAN in News 2016-02-14 11:52:23 -0500

    GLOBAL PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY IN MAZATLAN

    Mazatlan Chapter

    Margaritas Bar and Grill                  March 1, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    Av. Playa Gaviotas #403 Golden Zone

    Mazatlan, Mexico


  • published GLOBAL PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY IN LAKE CHAPALA in News 2016-02-14 11:51:30 -0500

    GLOBAL PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY IN LAKE CHAPALA

    Lake Chapala Chapter

    La Bodega Restaurant                    March 7, 12 noon – 4:00 pm

    16 de Septiembre #124

    Ajijic, Jalisco


  • published GLOBAL PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY IN PUERTO VALLARTA in News 2016-02-14 11:48:46 -0500

    GLOBAL PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY IN PUERTO VALLARTA

    LOCATION

    Costa Banderas Chapter

    International Friendship Club        March 1, 12 noon – 5:00 pm

    Libertad 105                                      March 3, 12 noon – 5:00 pm

    Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco