Canada Secretary / Progressive Caucus Global Co-Chair / DPCA Voting Member

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.


  • DA Canada Candidates' Forum--Your Opportunity to Question the Candidates

    Meet the Candidates

    DemsAbroad Canada is electing its leadership for the 2021-23 term. 

    Want to know more about a candidate and their hopes, ideas, and plans for DA Canada, DemsAbroad, and getting out the vote in 2022? Want to brainstorm and give your input directly to the candidates?

    The Nominations & Elections Committee is hosting two Candidates’ Forums. The sessions will take place via Zoom.

    Click here for the Candidate Statements

    Ballots will go out on Sunday, April 11th and must be returned by Saturday, May 1st at 2:00 PM ET.

    Thank you for your interest in DA Canada and the Democratic Party!

    Scroll down to RSVP for Wednesday, April 14th @ 8:00 PM ET / 5:00 PM PT

    CLICK HERE to RSVP for Sunday, April 11th @ 4:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM PT

    Best regards,

    DemsAbroad Canada Nominations & Elections Committee

    Larry Rousseau, Chair
    Heidi Burch
    Tim Ellis
    Devbani Raha
    Peter Tesche, Teller of Elections
    John Yee, Technical Advisor

    Zoom access details will be provided in the RSVP confirmation email.

    WHEN
    April 14, 2021 at 8pm
    WHERE
    Online via the Zoom platform
    110 Laurier Ave W
    Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
    Canada
    Google map and directions
    43 rsvps rsvp

  • New Leader Orientation 2021, Session 2 (Americas/EMEA-friendly time)

    2021 New Leader Orientation (Session 2)

    (photo from the 2019 EMEA Regional Meeting in Athens)

    Saturday, 08 May 2021, 12:00-3:00 PM EDT (check your local time HERE)

    Newly-elected leaders are invited to attend a New Leader Orientation session, facilitated by the Asia Pacific and Europe, Middle East, and Africa regional teams.  Current leaders and volunteers are also welcome to join as a refresher, as are those who are candidates for local office where elections have not yet taken place.

    During this three-hour orientation, we will cover the following Democrats Abroad basics:

    • Our purpose, our organizational structure, and how we conduct business (45 minutes)
    • Our IT Team and key resources (30 minutes)
    • Our Comms Team and how we share our messages (20 minutes)
    • Our other teams and committees that support leaders and Country Committees (40 minutes)
    • Upcoming and regular regional and global meetings (20 minutes)

    There will also be a ten-minute break, along with Q&A opportunities.

    Please RSVP for the WebEx link.

    A second New Leader orientation session, covering the same topics, will also be held at an AP/EMEA-friendly time on Saturday, 24 April between 3:00-6:00 AM EDT.  To register for that session, please visit this event page to RSVP.

    WHEN
    May 08, 2021 at 12pm
    WHERE
    WebEx
    59 rsvps rsvp

  • Climate Justice is Racial Justice, a Discussion with Jacqueline Patterson




    Join the DA-Denmark Black Caucus and Youth Caucus, on April 27th from 7-8:30pm for our virtual event, Climate Justice is Racial Justice, a Discussion with Jacqueline Patterson. The event will begin with a short presentation and lead into a discussion with Jacqueline Patterson about the intersection of race, climate change, and electoral politics. Jacqueline Patterson is the Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program.


    WHEN
    April 27, 2021 at 7pm
    WHERE
    online via ZOOM
    Zoom
    Zoom Zoom
    Denmark
    Google map and directions
    21 rsvps rsvp

  • rsvped for Solidarity Sundays: For The People 2021-04-02 15:33:48 -0400

    Solidarity Sundays: For The People

     

    HR 1 aims to take the burden off voters, and passed the House with unanimous Democratic support. It‘s a broadly popular bill but Republicans have decided that anything that makes it easier for all people to vote is a nonstarter for them. Solidarity Sundays is getting behind voter protection. We are discussing the FOR THE PEOPLE ACT in detail, and how we can help get it passed in the Senate. 👊

    Visit us on Facebook!

    WHEN
    April 25, 2021 at 4pm
    4 rsvps rsvp

  • Opportunities for Environmental & Climate Justice in the Biden Era: A Panel Discussion

    Earth Week 2021 should be a time for celebration, but also a time to take stock of the challenges ahead.  By focusing on environmental justice, we hope to broaden the scope of interest and action, and in particular, garner timely support for the ambitious Democratic agenda on climate encapsulated in the infrastructure plan proposed by the Biden Administration.

    Co-hosted by the Progressive Caucus & the Global Black Caucus

    JOIN THE ZOOM MEETING
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81528029631?pwd=RmloeGFwMFZtcCswdFVxNGgrYUlqUT09

    Meeting ID: 815 2802 9631
    Passcode: 174537

    Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbWHdt6wvV

    THE PANEL 

    Michelle Deatrick, Founder and Chair of the first-ever DNC Environment and Climate Crisis Council, is a policy analyst, editor and internationally honored poet. She is a member of UAW Local 2320 and the National Writers Union, and serves as a delegate to her regional labor federation as well as being on the Climate Power’s National Advisory Board and the Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy’s Board of Directors. A recent county commissioner who flipped a rural three-term red seat to blue, and a former Peace Corps Volunteer, Michelle is the Chair of Women’s March Ann Arbor. She lives on her family’s 80 acre farm.

    Dr. Michael K. Dorsey is a limited partner in the Spanish solar concern IberSun, s.l. and a JV partner in the Indian based solar panel manufacturer Pahal Solar. Dr. Dorsey is also a “Full member” of the Club of Rome. As a recognized expert on global energy, environment, and sustainability matters, in 2013 the US National Journal named Dorsey one of 200 US “energy and environment expert insiders.”  He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Yale University, and the Johns Hopkins University. Dorsey sits on the board the Sunrise Movement Education Fund, the 501(c)3 arm of Sunrise, an entity he and two former students co-founded in 2017. In fall 2020, Dr. Dorsey was the inaugural Macmillan Scholar in Residence at the University of Vermont.

    Professor N. Bruce Duthu is the Samson Occom Professor and Chair of Native American Studies at Dartmouth College. An internationally recognized scholar of Native American law and policy, Professor Duthu joined the faculty of Arts & Sciences at Dartmouth in 2008.  He served as Dartmouth’s Associate Dean of the Faculty for International Studies & Interdisciplinary Programs.  Duthu earned his BA degree in religion and Native American Studies from Dartmouth College and his JD degree from Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans. Prior to joining the Dartmouth faculty, Duthu was Professor of Law at Vermont Law School where he also served as inaugural director of the VLS-Sun Yat-sen University (Guangzhou, China) Partnership in Environmental Law. He is the author of Shadow Nations: Tribal Sovereignty and the Limits of Legal Pluralism (Oxford University Press 2013) and American Indians and the Law (Viking/Penguin Press 2008) and much more. He is an enrolled tribal member of the United Houma Nation of Louisiana.

    MODERATOR

    Alexander Lee, former DA China general counsel, taught Environmental Justice at Middlebury College in 1996, a year after he founded Project Laundry List, an organization that he led till 2010. He has worked for the NH PUC as Assistant to the Commissioners and was NARUC ERE Committee Staff Co-Chair during that time. He currently teaches Environmental Science and is the head of the social studies department at a school in Guangzhou.

    WHEN
    April 22, 2021 at 7:30pm
    WHERE
    Zoom Meeting
    Details in Event Body
    Guangzhou, Guangdong
    China
    Google map and directions
    18 rsvps rsvp

  • Our Forests and Our Climate: an Earth Week Guided Discussion

    Wildfires in Australia. Wildfires in California. The Amazon burned to make way for cattle grazing.  Pledges to plant a billion trees. Carbon offsetting by protecting forests. The planet’s forests have become ground zero for climate impacts and climate action. 

    In honor of Earth Week 2021, The Climate Action Team and Democrats Abroad Spain are hosting “Our Forests and Our Climate: an Earth Week Guided Discussion” with Daniel James, newly elected chair of DA Spain. 

    Daniel has decades of expertise in forest management and environmental policy, working on the Hill, for the US Forest service, and most recently, as Acting Deputy Under Secretary and senior advisor for Natural Resources and Environment at USDA. 

    Date: April 21, 2021

    Time: 6:00 PM CET/12 PM EST

    This is a virtual event; RSVP for the link

    We hope you will attend to learn more about the connection between forests and climate change, and the importance of protecting and preserving forests to the planet. We want you to be inspired to take action!

    Here are some suggested watchings/readings to introduce you to the subject and spark some questions.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-nEYsyRlYo

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Q0xUXo2zEY&feature=youtu.be

    https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-00122-z

    https://www.iucn.org/resources/issues-briefs/forests-and-climate-change

    Submit your questions in advance to [email protected]! Please use the subject line “Climate and Forests”.


    Daniel James was recently elected chair for DA Spain. He served 34 years in public service and retired from USDA in 2019. His last role was Acting Deputy Under Secretary and senior advisor for Natural Resources and Environment. In that role Daniel led the NRE Mission area which included the US Forest Service, and for a period Natural Resource Conservation Service and Gulf Coast Restoration work. 

    He was appointed Associate Chief of the Forest Service in July 2016. Prior to this appointment, Daniel, served in many leadership positions, including:

    •  Regional Forester of the Rocky Mountain Region; 
    • Deputy Regional Forester in the Pacific Southwest Region; Forest Supervisor of the Santa Fe National Forest; 
    • District Ranger on the Salt Lake Ranger District of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest; 
    • District Ranger on the South Park Ranger District of the Pike and San Isabel National Forest, Comanche, and Cimarron National Grasslands; 
    • Director of Communications and Legislative Affairs of the Intermountain Region, National Press Officer in Washington, D.C.; 
    • and aide to the United States Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell of Colorado when he was in the US House of Representatives. 

    He represented USDA on the National Advisory Council for Historic Preservation, National Wildland Fire Leadership Council and also served on the Board for the Sierra Conservancy and the National Leadership Council for the National Forest Foundation. 

    Daniel earned a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University and a Master’s degree from Regis University of Denver. He and his partner Aaron live in Barcelona, Spain. 


    Don’t forget that The Climate Action Team has curated this list of virtual Earth Day events - there is something to fit every time zone and every age group.

     

    WHEN
    April 21, 2021 at 6pm
    WHERE
    This is a virtual event; RSVP for the link
    21 rsvps rsvp

  • rsvped for Biden-Harris Progress Report after 100 Days 2021-04-02 15:11:46 -0400

    Biden-Harris Progress Report after 100 Days

    Earth Day 2021 is a perfect day to review the first 100 days of the Biden Harris Administration. Join us to discuss its accomplishments, shortcomings, and plans for more progress. proDA members will offer bullet points on select topics with a special focus on infrastructure and climate change policy. Then we will discuss. If you can hear that old climate clock tick, tock, tickin', its time to sign up and see what we can do to ensure a future we can really believe in! 

    The start time is 1:00 EDT for those who will be joining from other time zones. 

    Visit us on Facebook!

    WHEN
    April 22, 2021 at 7pm
    30 rsvps rsvp

  • rsvped for Progressive Caucus Book Club April 26 2021-03-20 20:59:05 -0400

    How to Be an Anti-Capitalist - Progressive Caucus Book Club

    All are welcome to attend. Join us.

    “Capitalism has transformed the world and increased our productivity, but at the cost of enormous human suffering. Our shared values—equality and fairness, democracy and freedom, community and solidarity—can provide both the basis for a critique of capitalism and help to guide us toward a socialist and democratic society. Erik Olin Wright has distilled decades of work into this concise and tightly argued manifesto: analyzing the varieties of anticapitalism, assessing different strategic approaches, and laying the foundations for a society dedicated to human flourishing. How to Be an Anticapitalist in the Twenty-First Century is an urgent and powerful argument for socialism, and an unparalleled guide to help us get there. Another world is possible. Included is an afterword by the author’s close friend and collaborator Michael Burawoy.”

    The Global Progressive Caucus Book Club discusses How to be anti-capitalist in the 21 st Century by Erik Olin Wright.

    Participants need to know that if there are access, affordability, etc. problems for a book/books, they should contact co-leaders, John Esteban Rodriguez and Betsy Ettorre ([email protected]) who will help them with the listed books. Learn more about the proDA Book Club.

    Vancouver, Canada 9:00-10:30 PST
    Toronto, Canada 12:00-13:30 EST
    Sao Paolo, Brazil 13:00-14:30 GMT-3
    London, United Kingdom 17:00-18:50 BST
    Stockholm, Sweden 19:30-21:00 CET
    Athens, Greece 19:00-20:30 EEST
    Nairobi, Kenya 19:00-20:30 EAT
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates 20:00-21:30 GST
    Mumbai, India 21:30-23:00 IST

     

    WHEN
    April 26, 2021 at 12pm
    WHERE
    Zoom
    17 rsvps rsvp

  • DA DNC Member Elections Information

    Dems Abroad DNC Members and How They’re Elected

    Here is basic information about the Democrats Abroad members of the Democratic National Committee and how they are elected.

    How many DNC members do we have?  Dems Abroad has eight members of the DNC out of the total of 447 DNC members.  Six of our eight are elected specifically to be our DNC members.  The other two are the Dems Abroad global chair and vice chair, who are automatically DNC members. 

    How our DNC members are elected.  Of Dems Abroad’s six elected DNC members, three are elected by the three Dems Abroad regions.  Each region elects one DNC member.  The regions are Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA), Asia/Pacific (AP) and the Americas.  Each region holds its own convention to elect its DNC member.  This year, the regional elections will be held online on May 16 and 17.  (Each region also elects delegates to the Democratic National Convention, which is different from being a DNC member.)

    Who elects our three regional DNC members?  At the regional conventions, the electors who vote for that region’s DNC member are from recognized country committees in that region.  They are (1) anyone elected to a country committee office or elected by Dems Abroad members to be a voting representative to the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA), which is the governing body of Dems Abroad comparable to a state party’s central committee, (2) elected chapter chairs and (3) the regional vice chair for that region.  Dems Abroad members who live in countries without a recognized country committee do not have representation at the regional conventions.

    Who elects our three at-large global DNC members?  The other three of the six elected members are elected at-large at a global convention, which will be held this year online June 6 and 7.  The electors at the global convention are the nine regionally elected delegates to the Democratic National Convention, the eight incumbent Dems Abroad DNC members, the three newly elected DNC members from the three regions, all elected members of the DPCA and any “distinguished party leaders designated by the Secretary of the DNC”.  So, the electors for the global convention include most of the electors at the regional conventions but not all of them.  For example, elected chapter chairs who are not also elected as DPCA voting representatives are electors in the regional conventions but not in the global convention.  Dems Abroad members in countries that don’t have a recognized country committee are not represented at the global convention, just as they are not represented at the regional conventions.

    Diversity among DNC members.  The eight DNC members representing Dems Abroad must be evenly distributed regarding their gender identification.  The global chair and vice chair always need to be of different genders.  The six elected DNC members need to total three women and three men. Nonbinary candidates are also welcome and there are provisions for gender balance considering nonbinary members as well. In addition, Democrats Abroad aims for inclusion in our delegation of members of specific groups historically under-represented in Democratic Party affairs such as African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders as well as members of the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities and youth.  Because the three regional DNC members are elected first and the three global at-large members are elected later, the at-large members can be elected to balance the gender representation and to meet the guidelines for the representation of historically under-represented groups.  So, for example, if by chance all three regions happen to elect men as their DNC members, all three at-large DNC members would have to be women and only women candidates could run.

    DNC members’ terms.  All Dems Abroad DNC members serve for a four year term.  The members we elect this year will begin their term at the close of the Democratic National Convention in August. They will serve as automatic delegates to the 2024 Democratic National Convention.

    All these details about the Dems Abroad election of DNC members are stipulated by the official 2020 Delegate Selection Plan which is available here, section III, parts C and D.

    Dems Abroad DNC members have only ½ vote each.  Each Dems Abroad DNC member has one-half vote in the DNC, so we have a total of four votes even though we have eight members.  Other DNC members have a full vote.  The half-vote arrangement was adopted to enable DA to have enough members to serve on various DNC committees and in various roles within the DNC while giving DA the same number of full votes as 24 smaller-population states and all the territories.

    Where do all the other DNC members come from? To put these numbers in perspective, of the total of 447 DNC members, 214 are elected at the state level, which includes the 50 states plus six territories and Dems Abroad.  An additional 114 DNC members are the chairs and vice chairs of all 50 state parties plus six territories and Dems Abroad.  So, 328 members of the total 447 represent states, territories and Dems Abroad.  Of the remaining 119, 75 are called “at-large” members.  They are appointed by the Chair of the DNC and voted on as a block by the rest of the DNC, typically or always without debate.  The other members are appointed by fifteen specific groups within the Democratic Party such as the Democratic Governors Association, Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, College Democrats of America, National Conference of Democratic Mayors and others.

     

     


  • published Questions We Asked DNC Candidates in News 2020-05-09 09:58:49 -0400

    Questions for DNC Candidates

    Questions for DA DNC Candidates from the DA Progressive Caucus


    The Progressive Caucus is conducting a survey of candidates for DNC membership. We invited all candidates to complete our survey by May 8th 2020. Responses will be made available to all electors simultaneously on May 10th.


    Survey Questions:

    1. DA DNC Member Qualifications

      What qualities and skills qualify you to be an effective DA DNC member? Why should members of the Progressive Caucus of Democrats Abroad support your candidacy?

    2. Communication with Democrats Abroad Membership

      What role do you think DA DNC members must play as intermediaries between the DNC and DA membership? Are you satisfied with the current status? If not, what specific improvements would you recommend?

    3. Reforms in the Democratic Party and DNC

      In 2018, the DNC adopted several Unity Reform Commission proposals for this year’s convention to make the Party more democratic, transparent, and accountable. Which of these changes should become permanent? What, if any, additional reforms are necessary?

    4. Policy Goals

    (a)  DA overwhelmingly passed resolutions in support of Medicare for All and the Green New Deal at its 2019 Annual General Meeting. What would you do as our DNC member to promote them?

    (b)  What other specific policies do you promote for inclusion in the Democratic Party platform?

    (c)  What can DA DNC members do to make the platform a more effective instrument?


  • 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

     

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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.