Several hundred members convened Sunday 19 March to elect a new slate of officers to lead DAUK. Those standing for the four officer positions addressed the group, followed by a vote via a show of hands. The Executive Committee and Voting Representatives to the Democratic Party Committee Abroad were elected via ballot. Others were elected to the Council by acclimation.
Susan Schoenfeld Harrington
Voting Representatives to the Democratic Party Committee Abroad
Joshua Van der Ploeg
We may be an ocean away from the U.S.A, but there are still many ways we can get involved and make a political difference. DAUK invites you to join our new state committees project, which will focus on voter outreach and engagement on a state-by-state basis.
Space for our March 9 meeting for the first states, Virginia and New Jersey, is now full, but additional state committees will follow.
State committees will conduct research, manage voter outreach, plan events, and develop social media and communications plans. We are looking for leaders who want to make a difference and play a part in shaping the future of our nation. State committees are going to play a crucial role in getting out the vote in the midterm elections in 2018. Now is the time to get organized! If you would like to get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We've seen a welcome bipartisan effort to fight gerrymandering as more lawmakers filed briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court ahead of its October hearing of Gill v. Whitford, which could see the end of partisan redistricting.
But this a small development against the tsunami of measures unleashed in Republican-controlled states that have suppressed Democratic voters since 2010, including passing rigid voter ID laws, eliminating of early voting, and reducing polling places. What is the best way to improve access to voting in 2018 and how can overseas voters help?
Join us to discuss these questions with David Daley, author of the best-selling Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America’s Democracy (Liveright) in London on Thursday, September 21. His book gives an explosive account of how Republican legislators and political operatives fundamentally rigged our American democracy through redistricting.
Tickets are available now: https://david-daley-gerrymandering.eventbrite.co.uk
From the book
"With Barack Obama’s historic election in 2008, pundits proclaimed the Republicans as dead as the Whigs of yesteryear. Yet even as Democrats swooned, a small cadre of Republican operatives, including Karl Rove, Ed Gillespie, and Chris Jankowski began plotting their comeback with a simple yet ingenious plan. These men had devised a way to take a tradition of dirty tricks—known to political insiders as ‘ratf**king’—to a whole new, unprecedented level."
About the author
David Daley is the former editor in chief of Salon, and his work has appeared in the Washington Post, The Atlantic, the Boston Globe, New York magazine and is forthcoming in The New Yorker. He is a digital media fellow at the University of Georgia's Grady School of Journalism, and has appeared as a guest on CNN and NPR's "Fresh Air".
To find out more about Democrat Abroad UK’s Policy Network groups, including voting rights, email email@example.com. To join the Voter Registration team, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The book has not yet been chosen. Watch this spce! You are welcome to arrive at 6:00pm for dinner, a drink and a discussion of current events, followed by the book discussion from 7-8:30pm. The Book Club is open to anyone interested in discussing our book-----you don't need to have the book read in order to attend. All you need is your open engaging attitude. A second Book Club is in the early planning stages; tentatively set to meet every third Saturday morning (9:30-noon) starting in late October. For more information, write email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org Our meetings happen at The King's Head, nearest station is Green Park, 3 Stafford St., W1S-4RX, in the basement.
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