DeVos Confirmation - Why We Fight

"The Trump administration and the Republican Senators who voted to confirm Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education today have betrayed our children and our future," says Art Schankler, Democrats Abroad Vice Chair.

"DeVos is unqualified and ethically deficient. Her views on education will make education in America worse, not better."  

DeVos' appointment is on par with other nominees: an EPA administrator who doesn't believe in protecting the environment, an Energy Secretary who knows dangerously little about the Department he is about to lead, a Treasury Secretary who made a fortune from foreclosing on working Americans, the list goes on.

Katie Solon, Democrats Abroad International Chair, issued the following statement: "We'll continue to fight for free quality primary and secondary education, as well as affordable quality higher education, and will rally behind Democrats who rightfully voted against her. We will also work hard to vote the Republican senators who supported DeVos out of office. 2018 is right around the corner and we are ready to roll."

If you haven't already, join Democrats Abroad, and we will fight together. 


Announcement: Joseph G. Green (1934 - 2017)

From the family:

It is with heavy hearts our family announces that on Friday, February 3, at Kensington Hospice, Joseph Green passed away after a year of fighting renal and bladder cancer.

Joe is survived by his wife of 60 years, Rhoda Green, and his sons, Michael Neil and Marc Steven.  Joe also leaves behind his daughter-in-law Arlene Hazzan Green, and three grandchildren, Stephanie Rachel Green, Renee Jordan Green, and Doran Sergei Hazzan Green; his sister- and brother-in-law, Bonnie and Paul Friedman; brother Harry Green; nieces Debbie, Leslie and nephew Don Green, and nephews Steven and David Friedman.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Joe received his Ph.D in Dramatic Theory and Rhetoric from Indiana University in 1964 and his BA in Theatre from Temple University, Philadelphia, in 1956.  Joe taught at The University of Louisville, Indiana University South Bend, and Hunter College, before coming to Toronto’s York University in 1968. Subsequently, he became a proud Canadian citizen.  He served as Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts, from 1973 until 1980, working to establish the departments of Visual Art, Dance, Film, Music and Theatre, as well as The York Winds Ensemble and the York Theatre Review.

Joe brought onto the Faculty numerous Canadian icons, including Mavor Moore (“Mr. Theatre”), while also establishing the York Performance Artists Series at Burton Auditorium, showcasing artists Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Alan Ginsberg, Tom Wolfe and Henry Moore, to name but a few. Many of Joe’s former students and faculty appointments have gone on to fill important positions in Toronto, across Canada and beyond.

Green helped found, and served as Director of, York's MBA Program in Arts Administration and later served as Chair of the Board of Directors of CulTech Collaborative Research Centre. He has served as a consultant for the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council, New York State Council on the Arts, the American Theatre Association and the National Association of Schools of Theatre. Joe also developed the initial proposals for the York Master of Fine Arts degrees.

When he took early retirement in 1994, Joe held the rank of full Professor in the Faculties of Fine Arts (Theatre), Arts (Humanities) and Administrative Studies (Policy and Strategy). In addition to his academic career, Joe was producer of many stage and TV productions. Notably, he developed, along with Gordon Hinch, the mini-series Glory Enough for All, which won a record-setting nine Gemini awards.

As Chair of Democrats Abroad (Canada), and international Voter Registration Chair, Joe worked to bring in the democratic vote to Americans across the globe. For his local community, he served on the boards of the Toronto Garden District Residents’ Association, and the Canadian Senior Artists’ Resource Network.

Joseph’s last legacy was the CBC interview: Joe Green Speaks of Life, Death andLove (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tX4UuIvT4DI ).

Joe inspired many people with the grace, acceptance and openness he displayed while facing life’s final stages. He passed peacefully, with his family at his side.

We will be eternally grateful for the extraordinary care and compassion of doctors, nurses, staff, and volunteers at Kensington Hospice, which allowed Joe to live in comfort for many more months than expected.  

Funeral service:

Sunday February 5th, 2017, 11:00 am, at

Benjamin’s Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Ave. West, Toronto.

 

Graveside service will follow at

The Toronto Necropolis, 200 Winchester Street in Riverdale, Toronto.

 

Shiva will take place, at the residence of Rhoda Green

130 Carleton Sreet., suite 509 (please check in with security), on

Sunday (4pm to 8pm), Monday and Tuesday (2 – 4 and 7 – 9pm), and

Wednesday (7 – 9pm)

 

Details can be found, Saturday evening, on Benjamin’s Joseph Green memorial page: http://bit.ly/2jL7dXB

 

Joseph and Rhoda would appreciate donations be made, in lieu of flowers, in Joe’s memory to:

 

Kensington Hospice

38 Major Street, 

Toronto, ON M5S 2L1 

416-963-9640 ext. 1400

(www.kensingtonhealth.org)

 


Democrats Abroad stands with airport detainees and protesters

Democrats Abroad stands with the people being detained at international airports in Atlanta, Houston, Detroit, JFK, and Dulles, and with protesters at airports around the the US.

"This executive order signed by President Trump discriminates against people based on religion and ethnic background and violates America's fundamental values and principles enshrined in the Constitution," states Katie Solon, Democrats Abroad International Chair.

"We resist this un-American and counterproductive action and stand together for freedom, tolerance, and an immigration policy that reflects American interest and values."

"We are proud of our members who have been offering their homes around the world to stranded travelers who are not being allowed to enter the US following the President's announcement."

"Democrats Abroad members joined millions of people around the world the past week to march against such disturbing policies and stand up for democracy and human rights. We will continue to fight and encourage Americans around the world to join with us with continued actions."

Follow our Twitter feed and help mobilize support for people unable to travel to the US due to the ban. #porteouverte


Democrats Abroad Participate in Global Marches and Vigils

Over the weekend of January 20 - 21, 2017, Democrats Abroad members joined numerous groups in marches, vigils, and rallies in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington and events to Thank President Obama for his time in office. 

We are thrilled by how many people came out to participate. Thousands of marchers around the world came out to stand for democracy from the tip of the Southern Hemisphere to the most northern climes.

Many Democrats Abroad members and alumni also joined the Women's March on Washington this weekend. 

Below is a list of the Democrats Abroad events and events with group participation of our members sorted by date and country. Click through our images above to see a gallery of photos from our members all around the world. 

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NC Governor Elected with Help from the Overseas Vote

Incumbent GOP governor Pat McCrory conceded to Roy Cooper this week, almost a month after the November 8 election. Cooper's win, made possible by Democrats abroad votes, is an important victory for the Democratic Party

“There is no doubt that overseas votes helped put Cooper over the top,” said Katie Solon, International Chair of Democrats Abroad. “He won by roughly 10,000 votes, fewer than the 11,000 civilian votes we helped send back to North Carolina.”

Democrats Abroad conducted effective outreach to all of its Tar Heel members, informing them of the deadlines and processes necessary to cast their ballots from overseas. Social media advertising delivered our GOTV message to North Carolinians around the world, so that they could make their voice count in what was a close and divisive gubernatorial race. 

North Carolina has attracted national attention in recent years for its conservative legislation. This includes its House Bill 2, which limits LGBT rights and denies transgender people access to bathrooms, and a 2013 voter identification law that was struck down this year by a federal appeals court for its “discriminatory intent.” 

Cooper’s victory is a positive indication for needed political change in North Carolina. It also demonstrates the importance of the overseas vote in effecting the balance of power. 

 


Thank You! And Now to Work

Early this morning, while we reflected on the disheartening results of the US Presidential  election, we took heart in also reflecting on the hundreds of thousands of lights of goodwill that are our members, our leaders, our donors and our volunteers.

Thank you to our country committee and global leaders across the world who donated their time and commitment to Democrats Abroad efforts this year.

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Letter from Washington - October 2016

The following article by Tom Fina, Executive Director Emeritus for Democrats Abroad, reminds us all of the necessity of continuing our get out the vote efforts to ensure a Democratic House and Senate.

Letter from Washington
Tom Fina
Executive Director Emeritus

The print and electronic media are brimming with campaign news. Election day is less than two weeks away. The near consensus prediction is that Hillary Clinton will win. On that assumption, what happens the morning, the weeks and the months after?

The morning after, will Donald go quietly into the night? Fat chance. Will he continue his campaign to de-legitimize Clinton’s election as he tried to discredit Obama with his birther campaign? Probably.

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Global Town Hall with George Takei

George Takei, LGBT activist, director and actor, met with Democrats Abroad today to give his view point on the election and answer questions from members all over the world. We also heard from our very own Martha McDevitt-Pugh, who leads the DA LGBT Caucus, Rep. Jared Polis (CO 2), Rep. Seth Moulton (MA 6), and Dominic Lowell, head of LGBT outreach for the Clinton campaign.

Ada Shen (China) introduced George Takei; Alex Montgomery (Hong Kong) interviewed him and also introduced and interviewed the remaining speakers. The event was the fourth and last Global Town Hall of this election year, and was well attended by members from around the world. 


Catching the Third Debate!

More than 30 countries have held debate watch parties this week, and we are enjoying seeing the pictures roll in! 


Debate Watches Continued

Debate watches have continued all around the world, as Americans come out in droves to rehash the debates, ask voter registration questions and sign up to volunteer. We're loving all the pictures country committees are posting on Facebook - keep them coming in and we'll keep adding them to the site!!