Democrats Abroad Climate Panel on EARTH DAY 2021 … Watch the replay! DA Germany and China are each in the process of forming country climate caucuses. DAGR, anyone?
In this Newsletter
Chair’s MessageRead more
Recent Events ICYMI
DAGR News and Views
On our RADAR - DA Priorities
- by Robin H. Rafaelidys, Mytilini
“Folks keep asking what we are going to do about the filibuster? I think they ought to ask my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, what are they going to do about voting rights? The question really is not where I stand on the filibuster. That's a Senate rule. The most fundamental question is where you stand on voting rights. We wouldn't have to have this debate about the filibuster at least on this issue if the folks on the other side would do the right thing and stand for voting rights.... I'm a member of the Senate. I respect its traditions. I'm honored to be there to represent the people of Georgia. But the issue of voting rights is about the democracy itself. It's much bigger than any Senate rule.” ~ Senator Raphael Warnock, D-GARead more
Book recommendations by Randall Warner, Thessaloniki Chapter Chair
Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement, by John Lewis with Michael D’Orso, Simon & Schuster Trade Paperback edition, 2012 ISBN 978-1-4767-9771-7
Later this year, the 117th Congress plans to reintroduce the bill referred to as H.R.4, named in honor of the late Georgia congressman. The John Lewis Voting Rights Act restores key provisions of President Lyndon Johnson’s 1965 Voting Rights Act which ensured that locations with a history of discrimination in voting must receive pre- clearance from the federal government before changing voting procedures. These provisions were gutted by the Supreme Court decision of Shelby v. Holder in 2013. The bill’s lead sponsor, Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL), said the House will hold hearings during 2021 to build the case defending the bill from the pandemic of court challenges it will inevitably face when enacted.
“Some battles are long and hard, and you have to have staying power. Firecrackers go off in a flash, then leave nothing but ashes. I prefer a pilot light. The flame is nothing flashy, but once it is lit, it doesn’t go out. It burns steadily, and it burns forever.” – John LewisRead more
Charity Moschopoulos published She” patriot who sacrificed everything for the liberation of Greece in News 2021-03-30 15:52:54 -0400
This post was picked up and published by Insider Magazine in its March 2021 issue.
By Stacey Harris-Papaioannou
At 25, she was the educated aristocrat who became a passionate rebel. In war she fought like a man, in love she was betrayed like a woman and even her country deserted her after she used her entire fortune to bankroll the revolution.Read more
In the political activism world, you lose some and you win some. In DAGR’s case, we’ve lost the services of one of our Communications volunteers, Barbara Euser, for the coming year. On the up side, Barbara and a friend, Kelly Gregory, are circumnavigating the world in her Bristol 34 sloop, “Islander.”Read more
The Pandemic’s Impact on Harassment and Violence Against Women
Democrats Abroad Greece Women’s Caucus will hold an online conversation on March 31 at 8 pm via Zoom, for the Women’s Web March: Sexual Harassment, Violence Against Women and the Pandemic
This event, now celebrating its 5th anniversary, gives each attendee the opportunity to take action on the most pertinent female issues through the expertise of three women hailing from different fields: law, politics and the arts.Read more
Charity Moschopoulos published SHEROES: Women of Note in Greek History in News 2021-03-10 10:30:28 -0500
Article is coming.....
by Robin Rafaelidys, DAGR volunteer
Mar 09, 2021
In autumn 2020, Robin Rafaelydis went back to the US to fight the good fight where needed most. She decided on Kentucky and the effort to pitch Mitch.
Kentucky, to my surprise, boasts one hundred and twenty (120) counties. California, which is almost four (4) times as large and has eight (8) times the population, has fifty-eight (58). It's not the first thing one thinks about when contemplating the states UNLESS one is going to a chosen state one month before what one considers a life-and-death presidential election. Because for election purposes counties are king. And I wanted to depose a king, one self-proclaimed “Grim Reaper”.Read more
Charity Moschopoulos published There is something strange in Texas in News 2021-03-08 10:31:00 -0500
by Vasilis Frangiskos
Mar 08, 2021
Vasilis Frangiskos spent a few years in Texas. Now back in Greece, he details one of the ‘strange’ things he noted while there, a tendency to shoot one’s self in foot.Read more
Charity Moschopoulos published AMKA Effort Pays Off in Vaccine for All in News 2021-03-07 15:12:48 -0500
by Rebecca Lieb
7 March, 2021 - Tsangarada, GR
On March 5, the Greek parliament finally ratified legislation granting foreign residents ineligible for AMKA (a Greek social security number) the right to obtain a temporary number, enabling them to get in line for the COVID vaccine. This law rectifies a grave and dangerous oversight that affected tens - if not hundreds - of thousands of legal residents.Read more
Charity Moschopoulos published DAGR Executive Committee 2021 – 2023 in News 2021-03-04 10:02:52 -0500
When Democrats Abroad Greece (DAGR) elected its board for the next two years on Jan 20, the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Election Meeting, for the first time, due to ongoing lockdowns, were entirely ‘remote.’
The AGM preceded the Biden-Harris inauguration, which attendees were then able to watch together.
The DAGR officers, referred to informally as the ExCom, are listed at the right of the Greece home page, See All Leaders button. Standing committee and local caucus chairs are also there. There’s an email or other contact for each, and members are invited to be in touch!
For a closer look at the ExCom, the article just before this one has bios of everyone on the slate.
This year’s election was run by a three-member Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC), chaired again by Nikki Fellouris. Their work began in November 2020, with the call for nominations. It ended with conduct of the Election Meeting and counting of ballots.
The DAGR board currently comprises its Executive Committee, formally the Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and Counsel. The Chair and Representative of each Chapter are also voting members, as are the two At-Large Representatives for members living outside chapter areas. At present, the full DAGR board has 11 members, with a quorum of six to conduct business.Read more
Charity Moschopoulos published DAGR Executive Committee Candidates and their Statements in News 2020-12-30 06:39:14 -0500
In accordance with DAGR Bylaws, the Annual General Meeting (AGM) is held each year in the first quarter (by 31 March) but in an election year the deadline is January 31st. In the odd-numbered years, DAGR elects officers for the coming 2-year term.
This year’s AGM and Election is scheduled online through ZOOM on Wednesday, January 20th, 2021, 6pm. RSVP here
Elections will be conducted by google form from Friday, January 8, 2021, 9am until Wednesday, January 20th, 2021, 4pm. Members will receive ballots processing instructions on Friday, January 8th.
DEMOCRATS ABROAD GREECE – ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM) & ELECTIONS
6pm to 6:10pm Connect online via ZOOM platform
6:10pm to 6:45pm Short business meeting and Committee presentations
Minutes of 2020 AGM
Elections NEC announces and certifies results of election
6:45pm Live streaming of the 59th US Presidential Inauguration
THE NOMINATIONS AND VOTING PROCESS
The Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC) was appointed by the Chair and approved by Excom, on December 3, 2020. The NEC solicited nominations, collected candidate statements, will send out ballots, conduct the Election Meeting and tally the ballots.
Nominations are now closed; the deadline for candidacy submission was December 21, 2020. However, the ballot will allow for a write in candidate. The complete ballot will be sent out Friday, January 8th, 12 days before the AGM. Members will have until 4pm on Wednesday, January 20th to submit their ballot.
Full instructions for marking and returning ballots will accompany the ballot link on January 8th.
To vote, each person must be a member of Dems Abroad when their ballot is submitted. Democratic Party rules require all elections to be open to inspection by members so, for verification, ballots must be signed by the member/voter.
Detailed regulations can be found in the DAGR Bylaws and in the DPCA Country Committee Election Procedures. Both documents can be read on the Dems Abroad wiki at https://wiki.democratsabroad.orgdisplay/home/
The list of nominated candidates and their personal statements are below.
Chair: Stacey Harris-Papaioannou (incumbent)
Vice Chair: Theodore Milonas
Secretary: Karen Lee
Treasurer: Nick Loisos (incumbent)
Counsel: John Brady Kiesling
At-Large: Sarajane Kidd Leone
At-Large: Rebecca Lieb
ONLY ATHENS VOTERS
Athens Chapter Chair: Marion A. Kavallieros
Athens Chapter Representative: Richard L. Jackson
ONLY THESSALONIKI VOTERS
Thessaloniki Chapter Chair: Randall Warner
Thessaloniki Chapter Representative: Peter Baiter
Questions or concerns should be addressed to the Nominations Chair, Nikki Fellouris at [email protected]/ 693 661 8493
The Nominations and Elections Committee:
Nikki Fellouris, Chair
2021 DAGR Executive Committee Nominated Candidates
Chair: Stacey Harris-Papaioannou (incumbent)
I have been a resident of Greece for 37 years. I was raised in suburban Chicago but now am a Florida voter, as my second home was always the sunshine state. A registered Democrat and regular absentee voter, I became more passionate in 2000 thanks to a pivotal loss and the beginning of my hateful relationship for the Electoral College. Since then, I relentlessly communicate with expats, particularly in Greece but around the globe about how to get registered, to exercise their rights as US voters. I began writing articles for DAGR’s now defunct monthly newsletter and have followed up since by assisting with communications. I served as one of the administrators on DAGR’s social media as well as preparing articles and serving as Media Liaison for DAGR. I regularly attended EXCOM web meetings for the last several years, in order to promote events and assist the EXCOM team wherever I can be useful. I have served as Country Chair since November 2019. In the past 14 months, I have accrued experience and a skills set to expand DAGR’s reach with other overseas Americans in Greece, focused on finances by insisting on a fiscally able organization and offering outreach with programming to our members during the pandemic that has been both safe and engaging. And although I am based in Mykonos, when we could travel freely, I found myself in Athens almost every fortnight. With the onset of the pandemic we have learned, thanks to online forums and tools, that our physical proximity is neither a barrier nor a border, in participating actively in an organization.
After 4 years of watching rule of law and democracy come under attack, by the very people who swore an oath to protect and uphold it, my priority is preserving liberty and justice in the US, so it permeates across the globe. As Democrats it is our responsibility to be engaged influencers by being informed voters.
Vice Chair: Theodore Milonas
My name is Theodore Milonas and my voting state is Massachusetts. During the last term, I served in the position of Athens Chapter Chair, DAGR. Through these turbulent times, great effort was placed to ensure Greek Americans living in Greece do vote in the 2020 elections, making a difference. We are celebrating a great win! I am now candidating for the position of Vice Chair, DAGR, aiming to work collaboratively with the Chair of DAGR, the ExCom and our volunteers in strengthening our local community, as only through united and collaborative action we can have a positive impact on both USA political developments and our community here in Greece.
Regarding my professional background, I am an economist who returned to Greece in 2018 after five year of working and studying abroad (in Switzerland, UK and Hong Kong). For each step of the way, you can check my LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/theodoremilonas/.
Regarding my early DAGR steps, I joined DA Greece in 2013, right after my involvement in the Obama 2012 re-election campaign, when I moved to Lynchburg to help in winning the Presidential and Senate race for the State of Virginia. My role as a Deputy Field Organizer was to recruit, train and lead a team of circa 30 volunteers in a door-to-door and phone calling campaign, primarily in African American neighborhoods, to ensure that all Democrat voters are a) informed about the upcoming elections and b) that they do actually go and vote. The critical drive for me in actively supporting the campaign was to help all citizens in the USA to have access to proper healthcare irrespective of their work and insurance status.Read more
The Electoral College is a body of electors established by Article II of the United States Constitution and refined by the 12th Amendment. Although ‘electors’ are mentioned in both the Article and the Amendment, the term ‘electoral college’ is not used in either. However, because the process is in the original Constitution, it can only be removed or changed by amendment.Read more
Charity Moschopoulos published Electoral College in the Crosshairs in News 2020-11-24 12:25:11 -0500
Electoral College “Graduation Celebration”
Dec 15, 8 p.m.
RSVP for Zoom Link
The Electoral College votes on Dec 14, putting the official stamp to the election of the President and Vice President of the USA. Having won the popular vote across the country, and among Americans abroad, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris still had to pass a long, drawn-out campaign of opposition lies and lawsuits to certify the vote in “key states” so elevated by the archaic Electoral College mechanism.Read more
Most of us abroad have voted, and deadlines are closing in for the rest. Calling campaigns are winding down and plans for a global Election Watch party are about to be announced.
And a few of us have missed their deadline, missed the 2020 Good Ship Biden! But there’s still a lot ALL of us can do!
Stateside, the beat goes on, right up to November 3 and after. So, if you’re feeling anxious about the results, check some of these opportunities.Read more
Charity Moschopoulos published A Ballot for Biden is Best for Greece and Best for the US in News 2020-10-06 04:16:44 -0400
RSVP to leave your questions and receive Zoom link Thursday afternoon.
Prospects for sustainable peace in the region under a Biden presidency will be the focus when foreign policy veterans and experts from the Biden campaign meet in an online webinar.
Thursday, October 8th
9 to 10:30 pm
The public is invited along with members and friends of Democrats Abroad Greece.
Speakers include John McCarthy, Deputy Political Director for Joe Biden 2020, retired U.S. Ambassador Thomas Miller and retired Greek Ambassador Dimitrios Tsikouris. They will be joined by Bonnie Miller and DA Regional Vice Chair for EMEA region, Will Bakker. The discussion, with a question and answer session following, will focus on how Vice President Biden’s diplomacy can best serve US-Greek relations and lighten regional tensions.
The webinar is organized by Biden supporters in Greece with organizational support from Democrats Abroad Greece, Greek Women for Biden and Greek Americans for Biden/Harris It is further endorsed by Greek Americans for Biden and the Ethnic Caucus for the DC Democratic State Committee.
RSVP for “A Ballot for Biden is Best for Greece and Best for the US” to present your questions and receive a link to connect to the webinar. The Zoom link will be sent to attendees by email on Thursday, October 8th after 5 pm.Read more
Biden/Trump duke it out!
Wednesday - September 30 - 8 pm
We may not be able to come together in person, in order to remain safe and healthy, thanks to Covid, but we can certainly gather online!
Please join us on September 30th, beginning at 8 pm via a ZOOM Meeting, to watch the first presidential debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump.
It will air live in the US at 3 am Greek time (that’s Tuesday night, wee hours). We will stream it on Wednesday evening, during our ZOOM meeting, beginning at 8 pm. Once completed, we’ll follow up with dialogue about the issues addressed.
You can also submit general questions or concerns about absentee voting. We will address those items following the Debate watch.
Please fill in the RSVP for the DAGR First Presidential Debate-Dialogue via Zoom a
You will receive a link by email on Wednesday afternoon, to join the DAGR Debate Watch and Dialogue.
Charity Moschopoulos published What Is Being Done To Our Postal Service? in News 2020-09-19 07:20:28 -0400
My daughter was married last summer. If I'd been in The States in April she would have let me address the invitations. I am not an artist or a calligrapher. I am a sixty-something year old woman who has enormous respect for an envelope. Addressing a letter that communicates love, grief, hope, thanks, aspirations – all the panoply of human conditions – is an act of intention and importance.
Possibly, I came to this understanding because I had difficulties in school in my early years. I was a terrible speller and most of my papers were marked down for “Sloppy” due to erasures. But that was in the 1960's and I was expected to write “Thank You” cards for birthday and Christmas presents. When I misspelled Mineappolis I had to tear up the envelope and do it again. It was a bit nerve-racking and left tragically envelope-less cards. But, then I'd get the reward of climbing in the station wagon with my dad and driving to the downtown post office to catch the late night pick-up.
And, there was the elation of actually receiving mail. I had one, girl cousin my age and we wrote to each other. We also had pen pals at school. And there were the special days when the mail brought the “Weekly Reader” or books that we bought for 65 cents from the Scholastic Book Club.Read more
Charity Moschopoulos published POISED TO VOTE: Got Your Crayolas and Paste? in News 2020-09-18 06:44:59 -0400
POISED TO VOTE: Got Your Crayolas and Paste?
It’s Friday, folks! Shops are open tonight. And tomorrow morning. But you may have other plans. So, now is the time to make sure you’ve got everything you need for your first day at school to vote and mail your ballot back to the US!Read more