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.


  • rsvped for Swing States: Ways to Win from Abroad! 2020-09-24 19:59:23 -0400

    Swing States: Ways to Win from Abroad!

    Progressive Caucus members share their experiences volunteering with specific efforts to win swing states as well as close races with progressive candidates. Learn about curated volunteer opportunities you can participate in from anywhere in the world with just your device and an internet connection. Our guides will share what they are doing right now to win, and how you can join one or more of these efforts, including DA volunteer opportunities. There will be time for questions and sharing what you are doing, whether phoning, texting, postcards, behind-the-scenes, etc. #NovemberIsNOW It’s NOWvember!

    This is an online event, so please RSVP to receive the Zoom link!

    **Note that this is the first date of the Swing State events. The second is on Saturday, Oct. 3. The agenda is the same for both.**

    WHEN
    October 02, 2020 at 11am
    WHERE
    Online
    Zoom
    United States
    Google map and directions
    10 rsvps rsvp

  • rsvped for Swing States: Ways to Win from Abroad! via 2020-09-24 19:58:53 -0400

    Swing States: Ways to Win from Abroad!

    Progressive Caucus members share their experiences volunteering with specific efforts to win swing states as well as close races with progressive candidates. Learn about curated volunteer opportunities you can participate in from anywhere in the world with just your device and an internet connection. Our guides will share what they are doing right now to win, and how you can join one or more of these efforts, including DA volunteer opportunities. There will be time for questions and sharing what you are doing, whether phoning, texting, postcards, behind-the-scenes, etc. #NovemberIsNOW It’s NOWvember!

    This is an online event, so please RSVP to receive the Zoom link!

    **Note that this is the second date of the Swing State events. The first is on Friday, Oct. 2. The agenda is the same for both.**

    WHEN
    October 03, 2020 at 11am
    WHERE
    Online
    Zoom
    United States
    Google map and directions
    6 rsvps rsvp

  • proDA Book Club: The Force of NonViolence: An ethico-political bind By Judith Butler

    populist-cover.jpgDate:Monday, February 22, 2021
    Time: 12pm - 1:30pm ET (Washington DC time)
    Book: The Force of NonViolence: An ethico-political bind by Judith Butler, 2020

    Book Discussion

    All are welcome to attend the January proDA Book Club meeting on February 22, 2021, 12-1:30pm Washington DC (ET) time.  Join us! 

    As one of the world’s leading feminist philosophers, Butler in The Force of NonViolence: An ethico-political bind shows how an ethic of nonviolence must be connected to a broader political struggle for social equality. Furthermore, she argues that nonviolence is often misunderstood as a passive practice that emanates from a calm region of the soul, or as an individualist ethical relation to existing forms of power. But, in fact, nonviolence is an ethical position found in the midst of the political field – a new twist on a progressive understanding of non-violence! 

    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 (prodabookclub@democratsabroad.org) who will help them with the listed books.

    Learn more about the proDA Book Club.

    WHEN
    February 22, 2021 at 12pm
    WHERE
    Zoom - ONLINE
    1 rsvp rsvp

  • proDA Book Club: The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People's Economy by Stephanie Kelton

    populist-cover.jpgDate:Monday, January 25, 2021
    Time: 12pm - 1:30pm ET (Washington DC time)
    Book:  The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People's Economy by Stephanie Kelton, 2020

    Book Discussion

    All are welcome to attend the January proDA Book Club meeting on January 25, 2021, 12-1:30pm Washington DC (ET) time.  Join us! 

    As an advocate of modern monetary theory, Kelton in The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People's Economy offers a radically different, bold, new understanding for how to build a just and prosperous society. This promises to be a lively meeting as the author shifts the terrain from narrow budgetary questions to one of broader economic and social issues and benefits.

    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 (prodabookclub@democratsabroad.org) who will help them with the listed books.

    Learn more about the proDA Book Club.

    WHEN
    January 25, 2021 at 12pm
    WHERE
    Zoom - ONLINE
    3 rsvps rsvp

  • proDA Book Club: America Compromised by Lawrence Lessig

    populist-cover.jpgDate: Monday, December 28, 2020
    Time: 12pm - 1:30pm ET (Washington DC time)
    Book: America Compromised by Lawrence Lessig, 2018

    Book Discussion

    All are welcome to attend the December proDA Book Club meeting on December 28, 2020, 12-1:30pm Washington DC (ET) time.

    Join us! We have lively meetings and this one should continue to be, as the author, Harvard Professor, Lawrence Lessing, describes in America Compromised how some of our key institutions have become corrupted and why Americans are driven to vote for anti-establishment candidates.

    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 (prodabookclub@democratsabroad.org) who will help them with the listed books.

    Learn more about the proDA Book Club.

    WHEN
    December 28, 2020 at 12pm
    WHERE
    Zoom - ONLINE
    1 rsvp rsvp

  • proDA Book Club: The Populist's Guide to 2020 by Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti

    populist-cover.jpgDate: Monday, November 30, 2020
    Time: 12pm - 1:30pm ET (Washington DC time)
    Book: The Populist's Guide to 2020 by Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti, 2020

    Book Discussion

    All are welcome to attend the November proDA Book Club meeting on November 30, 2020, 12-1:30pm Washington DC (ET) time.

    Join us! We have lively meetings and two authors put populism into a progressive framework in The Populist's Guide to 2020.

    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 (prodabookclub@democratsabroad.org) who will help them with the listed books.

    Learn more about the proDA Book Club.

    WHEN
    November 30, 2020 at 12pm
    WHERE
    Zoom - ONLINE
    3 rsvps rsvp

  • proDA Book Club: On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal by Naomi Klein

    Date: Monday, October 26, 2020
    Time: 12pm - 1:30pm ET (Washington DC time)
    Book: On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal by Naomi Klein, 2019

     

    Book Discussion

    All are welcome to attend the October proDA Book Club meeting on October 26, 2020, 12 - 1:30pm Washington DC (ET) time.

    Join us! We have lively meetings and Klein’s book, On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal, is an excellent expose of how the environmental movement is crucial for progressive, social change. It cuts through the myths about climate change in today’s world.

    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 (prodabookclub@democratsabroad.org) who will help them with the listed books.

    Learn more about the proDA Book Club.

    WHEN
    October 26, 2020 at 12pm
    WHERE
    Zoom - ONLINE
    9 rsvps rsvp

  • proDA Book Club: Women, Race and Class by Angela Y. Davis

    Date: Monday, September 28, 2020
    Time: 12pm - 1:30pm ET (Washington DC time)
    Book: Women, Race and Class by Angela Y. Davis. Vintage, 2011

    Book Discussion

    All are welcome to attend the September proDA Book Club meeting on September 28, 2020, 12 - 1:30pm Washington DC (ET) time.

    Join us! We have lively meetings and look forward to continuing with this “progressive” enthusiasm. We will be discussing Women, Race and Class, by Angela Y. Davis, a great classic which helps to set the important context for the current #Black Lives Matter movement. 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 (prodabookclub@democratsabroad.org) who will help them with the listed books.

    Learn more about the proDA Book Club.

    WHEN
    September 28, 2020 at 12pm
    WHERE
    Zoom - ONLINE
    27 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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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.