Every week it’s Activist’s Happy Hour! Did you know that our Women’s Caucus publishes a weekly calling script on the TAKE ACTION page of their website?
And every other week a new episode of the podcast series, Women to the Front, goes live!
This week both the calling script and the podcast support Senator Gillibrand's FAMILY Act. As Americans abroad, we have a unique perspective as to the importance of parental leave and family-friendly policies - and many stories as to how legislation have benefitted our lives around the world.
Listen to the podcast, then use the calling script to call your American representatives to urge them to co-sponsor the FAMILY Act - we have an essential role to play in making America a more family-friendly workplace and advocating for this essential aspect of gender equality.
New officers: L to R: Treasurer: Joshua Van der Ploeg, Secretary: Tasia Campbell, Chair: Inge Kjemtrup, Vice Chair: Travis Mooney
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.
The Democrats Abroad UK leadership elections will be held on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 1:30 PM at Lecture Theatre B34, Basement floor, Birkbeck College Main Building, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HX.
The list of candidates can be viewed at: https://www.dropbox.com/s/8h9m8yt12lkb7kp/CL17.pdf?dl=0
Candidates’ personal statements can be viewed at: https://www.dropbox.com/s/shkjp6p3xptlz26/PS17.pdf?dl=0
It is very important that those who plan to attend RSVP at: https://dauk2017bgm.eventbrite.co.uk
To be eligible for election or to vote in the leadership elections, you must have joined Democrats Abroad UK on or before January 31, 2017 and remain a member on all dates up to and including March 19, 2017.
The Elections Committee has contacted those candidates whose details we did not find on the membership list from the close of January 31, 2017. Following these queries, one person withdrew their nomination form. We are still awaiting a response from one candidate and hope to resolve the issue of their eligibility before the elections.
Democrats Abroad UK (DAUK) will hold it Annual General Meeting, Biennial General Meeting and leadership elections on at 1.30pm on Sunday March 19th 2017. If you want to be a candidate, then you should complete and submit this online form by February 19th 2017 so that your candidacy and statement may be circulated to the membership in advance of the meeting.
The meeting will be at Lecture Theatre B34, Basement floor, Birkbeck College Main Building, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HX.
If you have any questions email: email@example.com
To be eligible to vote in the Democrats Abroad UK (DAUK) leadership election in March-- you must be a member of Democrats Abroad UK as of January 31st of this year. The deadline is approaching so don’t hesitate—it’s a quick on-line process.
Democrats Abroad UK (DAUK) will hold a general meeting with its biennial leadership elections at 1.30pm on Sunday March 19th 2017 at Lecture Theatre B34, Basement floor, Birkbeck College Main Building, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HX. At this meeting we will elect new officers for each of the 4 Officer positions set out in the Bylaws (Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer), as well as Voting Representatives to the Democratic Committee Abroad, the Executive Committee, and the Council.
Those who wish to be candidates are asked to complete and submit this online form by February 19th 2017.
All members will receive emails with more details in the run-up to the election- but take that first step. Make sure you’re a member!
If you have any questions email: firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: LONDON ELECTION WATCH IS SOLD OUT. TICKETS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR AND WAITING LIST IS FULL.
Events are planned across the UK for election night: In Cambridge, meet up with fellow Democrats at Cambridge Union Society, 9A Bridge St, Cambridge CB2 1BU (Contact: CamChair@democratsabroad.org.uk for more details). In Edinburgh it's The Three Sisters, 139 Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. (license pending). Go to http://www.facebook.com/events/153991025065101 for more details. For Oxford check in at email@example.com for more details. And if you're in the London area: join fellow Democrats at the Marylebone Sports Bar and Grill (part of Marylebone Station), Melcombe Pl, London NW1 6JJ. This is a popular event so book now at http://dauk-2016-election-watch.eventbrite.co.uk
Want to help? Let us know when you have a few hours to spare: firstname.lastname@example.org
Highlights: Comedy Night, Presidential Debate Screening, Gen. Wesley Clark in Oxford, DAUK Film Night.
There’s plenty to chose from in September and October: from comedy to film to theater. Meet the author Thomas Frank, best known for his book What’s the matter with Kansas: How Conservatives won the heart of America, Come join your fellow Democrats at the European premiere of The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, the latest play by Tony Kushner. Check the events tab for more details and links to buy tickets.
Last but not least: DAUK plans a get-out-the-vote initiative complete with campaign office (phone banking, registration drives, event check-in, technology, organizing events – how can you help and what kind of time do you have? Send an email to email@example.com )
So, get involved! We look forward to seeing you this fall!
Come to Democrats Abroad UK’s Annual American Independence Day Celebration on July 3! In the gorgeous leafy setting of Portman Square Garden in London, join fellow Americans for a day of music, entertainment, American and international food stalls, and American-themed activities for all ages. It's a great day out! See you there.
DAUK American Independence Day Picnic 2016
Sunday, July 3, 2016, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Portman Square Garden, W1H 2BH, London
Entrance: South gate on the south side of Portman Square between Gloucester Place and Baker Street
Buy your tickets today at http://dauk-picnic-2016.eventbrite.co.uk