Progressive Caucus Global Co-Chair /DPCA Voting Member/Canada Member-at-Large / Toronto Member-at-Large Peel Region

I believe our most important work is getting out the vote for Democratic candidates and reforming electoral politics to safeguard voting right and get big money out of politics (including reforms in the Democratic Party).

I believe strengthening democracy in America is critical to achieving full economic, environmental, and social justice.  This includes universal healthcare (Medicare4All), lower/free college tuition, the Green New Deal, and increased banking regulation. 

As a professional fundraiser, I have experience in communications, media relations, direct marketing, volunteer management, gift solicitation, strategic planning, organizational development, and events. I am comfortable on TV and radio.

With training in diversity, inclusion, conflict resolution, management, anti-racism and anti-oppression, I was a strategist, spokesperson and canvasser in a highly contentious local community advocacy effort for an underserved and socio-economically diverse neighborhood.

I vote in Connecticut, along with 2 (soon to be 3) of my young adult daughters.  A resident of Oakville, Ontario, I grew up in rural Massachusetts.  My family lives simply and enjoys camping, visiting family, playing music, debating current issues, reading, watching movies, and attending protests.  I also do improv and and serve on the board of my local neighborhood residents association.

  • rsvped for BHM Webinar - Southern Poverty Law Center 2019-02-25 11:06:34 -0500

    Webinar - Southern Poverty Law Center


    Tafeni English, Director of The Civil Rights Memorial Center at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), will join us. She’ll talk about the rise of hate crimes and anti-Semitism in America providing valuable insight to anyone who is fighting for social justice.  RSVP today.

    Participant Location

    Webinar Start Time

    Kuwait City, Kuwait 21:00 AST
    Frankfurt, Germany 19:00 CET
    London, United Kingdom 18:00GMT
    Washington DC, USA 14:00 EST
    Birmingham, USA 13:00 CST
    Vancouver, Canada 11:00 PST


    About the Speaker:


    Tafeni L. English is the Outreach Director at the Southern Poverty Law Center, where she travels across the U.S. to counter hate and extremism. In her capacity, she also oversees the Civil Rights Memorial Center, an interpretive center designed to provide visitors to the Civil Rights Memorial Center with a deeper understanding of the civil rights movement.

    The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.

    Tafeni has 20 years of experience advocating for social justice issues. She began her career in 1997 when she joined Southern Poverty Law Center as a research analyst in the Intelligence Project, combating hate and extremism. Later she would transfer to the Teaching Tolerance department as the first director of Mix It Up. From 2004-2008, she served as our community outreach coordinator. In addition to her work with Southern Poverty Law Center, Tafeni has devoted over ten years combating housing discrimination and is heavily involved in community activism and organizing. 

    She has presented nationally for colleges & universities and K-12 schools, community groups, human rights organizations, colleges & universities, law enforcement, juvenile probation officers and military installations.

    She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and a master’s degree in Counseling & Psychology from Troy State University, Troy Alabama. Tafeni was born and raised in Lincoln, Alabama. For over 20 years, she has called Montgomery Alabama home.


    March 21, 2019 at 2pm
    Online Webinar

  • Democrats Abroad Canada-Hamilton/Burlington/Niagara Chapter AGM, Elections and Luncheon

    DA Canada-Hamilton/Burlington/Niagara Chapter Annual General Meeting and Luncheon

    Saturday, March 23, 2019  |  11:00 AM AGM & Elections  |  12:15 PM Luncheon  |  Visit  for menu and pricing.

    Panel Discussion on 2018 Get Out the Vote (GOTV) Activities:
    Steve Nardi, Chair of Democrats Abroad Canada, DA Canada Phonebanking Office and Congressional District NY 27 
    David Mivasair, DA Canada Communications Officer/Hamilton Community Outreach, Congressional District NY 22
    Susan Alksnis, Global Co-Chair Progressive Caucus, Medicare for All

    Chapter Officer Elections

    We will be electing officers of the Chapter at the Annual General Meeting on March 23rd. Click here for candidate statements. All positions are uncontested, so we are not sending digital ballots. All voting will be in-person.

    There is unprecedented momentum and energy in Democrats Abroad Canada.  The next 18 months will be critical to securing election wins for Democrats. Join the resistance!

    Kenneth Sherman
    DAC Hamilton-Burlington Chair
    Member, Democratic National Committee
    (289) 396-4987

    March 23, 2019 at 11am
    The George Hamilton Restaurant & Bar
    152 King St W
    Hamilton, ON L8P 1A6
    Google map and directions
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  • published Send your Healthcare Photo in Medicare4All 2019-01-20 02:40:25 -0500

    Send your Healthcare Photo to Members of Congress

    Add your photo to the DA healthcare stories booklet that will be shared with Members of Congress after the new year.

    Act quickly to be added to the booklet before printing.

    Photos could be of yourself, family or health-related, like a health receipt, medical equipment or prescription.  You can even use the "I Heart Universal Healthcare" sign in a selfie picture at this link

    Even better, write a short description of why you love healthcare where you live and take a photo of you with your story, or maybe just your story if you like.  

    Your story of affordable, quality, accessible healthcare overseas will help Members of Congress understand what is possible in other countries – and what is possible for all Americans.

    Send your photo by email to Kent.


  • published Medicare 4 All Introduction in Medicare4All 2019-01-20 02:19:34 -0500

    See below how you can participate in our campaign to support the improved Medicare4All bill in the House of Representatives.


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  • signed up on Women's Caucus 2017-03-27 20:22:04 -0400

I am founding global co-chair of the new Progressive Caucus, have attended several DNC meetings on behalf of the Caucus ("ProDA"), and serve on the boards of both Toronto and Canada.