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Samantha Wong published Terry Watkins in Nominated Candidates to the DACN Leadership Board 2021-05-12 01:35:24 -0400
Hey everyone. Here’s a little about me. I arrived in Beijing in August 2017 to work as a Drama Teacher, although starting in the Fall of 2019 I became a graduate student at Tsinghua University pursuing a Dual Masters degree for Public Policy in Sustainable Development Goals at a partnership program between University of Geneva in Switzerland. In my time working and studying in China I have become acquainted with DA China and have become increasingly active in their functions. I’m enthusiastic about the DA's goal to assist in helping expat American’s vote as well as the Democratic Party’s platform in general.
As far as experience goes I have been in and out of volunteer canvassing for local politicians in my home city of St louis, Missouri. Over the years I canvassed for Democratic candidates for several campaign cycles: going door to door, making calls, or preparing mailing material. Currently I am interning at the European Branch of Reos Partners, a systemic change consultancy that helps multinational stakeholders develop methods for problem solving. That said, I am returning to Beijing in the Fall semester to complete my studies and work within China, and seek to remain there for the duration of my term if elected.
If elected my goals would be to:
Advocate for Democratic Policy and promote its message of inclusion, equity, diversity, and general welfare
Assist in recruitment through the facilitation of dialogue, where new and old DA members alike are encouraged to share and express ideas
Assist in planning and coordinating activities necessary for DA China’s function
Samantha Wong published Alexandra Smith in Nominated Candidates to the DACN Leadership Board 2021-05-11 19:43:45 -0400
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,” Declaration of Independence.
While I have never served on a board I do have a Bachelor Degree in Political Science and was Class President and President of my society while I was in undergrad. I understand that importance of keeping people as informed as possible while balancing having to answer to people above me. It is my belief that the purpose of a board is fulfil the mission of the party, and to keep the people abroad informed of what is happening in America. That we can be prepared and mobilize when necessary. If I am elected to the board, I want to be a voice of reason. I want to keep people informed while maintaining the mission of the Democratic Party. But I also want to do my best to explain why decisions are made. While 100% transparency can never be guaranteed. The best way to keep people aware is to explain why issues can impact them personally. At the end of the day We are all American, even if we have different ideas on how change needs to happen, change needs to happen. Governing bodies are formed to secure and protect the rights of the people. And I hope to be a part of that process.
Thank you for your time,
Co Poet Laureate Global Black Caucus
Samantha Wong published Cory Stroik in Nominated Candidates to the DACN Leadership Board 2021-05-11 19:42:45 -0400
Hi everyone, my name is Cory Stroik and I hope to be your next secretary.
The past few months for DACN have been very chaotic, I believe this is because there is inadequate communication between the board and the members. If all members had easy, direct communication with the board we would have more stability within the organization. If we put more value on transparency, we could be a more effective organization. This is what has motivated me to run for this position. As secretary my goal is to make sure minutes, files and other resources are available to all members, easily and quickly.
I am a registered Michigan voter. I grew up in a union family in a small town north of Detroit. Before moving to Asia, I was heavily involved in local charity work through several fraternal organizations along with activism in support of various labor unions. My personal politics are strongly defined by these experiences. I prioritize direct, local action and a focus on workers’ rights. I believe that our organization should, like an ideal union, function with the leadership answering directly and openly to the members.
In 2011 I graduated from Saginaw Valley State University and left Michigan for South Korea. In 2018 I moved to Zhengzhou, Henan, China where I work as a history teacher at Zhengzhou Foreign Language High School. Before the 2020 election I noticed that DACN was very active in the larger Chinese cities. Shanghai, for example, is well represented. I also noticed that this was not true for the provinces further west. I was apparently the first person to express interest in organizing a local Henan group for Democrats Abroad. I understand why the organization is focused on the larger cities but I think we can do better than this. I think it would be a useful use of our resources to try and grow the organization to be more active throughout all of China. For the past 15 years I have been involved in the open-source software community. This is a community that is spread wide and thin, yet it works and members are engaged and active. If we use technology the right way to expand our reach, if the board members work together and work with the membership, we can do this too. I hope, as a board member, to be able to help our organization accomplish the same thing.
1) I see my name on the candidate list, how can I confirm or withdraw my nomination? We emailed everyone that was nominated and you can respond to that email saying yes I accept or no I decline. Please respond to ALL to ensure we all receive it.
2) Is there anything else candidates need to do prior to the election? Candidates can email a statement if they would like to, but it is not required.
3) How will the election speeches be handled at the AGM - how much time do candidates have and who will get to speak first? We will call on candidates in alphabetical order. Each candidate will receive 2 mins.
4) Do we want to do a special Zoom the night before for candidates to give their speeches or during the meeting? No
5) Is there early voting? N0 (there will be no early voting, as we will be taking nominations from the floor. Anyone who wishes to vote MUST be present at the meeting).
6) How will voting on the election day be handled? All DACN members will be emailed their democrats abroad ID 10 days before the election with a short explanation on how it will be used to vote on the day of the election.
7) Will there be any live events in any of our constituent cities? No.
8) Will members nominated from the floor be given a prescribed and limited amount of time to make a statement? Yes, each nominee will receive 2 mins.
9) Will there be an opportunity at the meeting for members to ask questions of any and all candidates or will that all happen at prior scheduled forums only with candidates who filed? We will allow 2 mins for speeches and 2 mins for questions on the actual day of the election.
10) What's required for candidate statements? No more than 300 words.
11) How long do people have to accept/decline the nomination? Up until the actual election date.
12) Where are these candidate statements supposed to be uploaded to? We will upload them to the main Democrats Abroad China page on democratsabroad.org.
13) Am I allowed to campaign in official Democrats Abroad China WeChat groups? No, candidates cannot campaign inside official DACN WeChat groups.
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The 2021 Annual Democrats Abroad Global Meeting will be fully virtual this year. The meeting will be held across the weekend of May 14 to 16.
Day One - Global reports, By-laws, Resolutions
May 14 9:00PM EDT / May 15 3:00AM CET / May 15 10:00AM Tokyo / May 15 1:00AM UTC
May 14 9:30PM EDT / May 15 3:30AM CET / May 15 10:30AM Tokyo / May 15 1:30AM UTC
Day Two - Global elections, 2022 Meeting location
May 15 10:00PM EDT / May 16 4:00AM CET / May 16 11:00AM Tokyo / May 16 2:00AM UTC
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The 2021 Asia Pacific Regional Meeting will be on Sunday, 16 May 2021 and is scheduled to start at 3:00 AM EDT during a recess of the 2021 DPCA Global Meeting. Corresponding times across the region are: 12:30 PM IST; 2:00 PM ICT; 3:00 PM CST/HKT/PHT/SGT; 4:00 PM JST/KST; 5:00 PM AEST; 7:00 PM NZST. You can check/confirm your local time HERE.
We will have only one item of business on the agenda: the election of the Asia Pacific Regional Vice Chair for the 2021-2023 term. A list of declared candidates and their statements can be found here.
ALL members are welcome to attend the AP Regional Meeting. Please note that only Country Committee Chair and Vice Chair are able to vote.
Chairs and Vice Chair will be sent a separate registration form on 26 April to register their intent to attend; this list will be used as the basis for quorum determination. Please note the RSVPing on this event page does not register Chairs and Vice Chairs for the purposes of quorum.
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Samantha Wong published Sam Wong, Former Global AAPI Caucus Steering Committee Member in Meet the Team 2021-03-10 17:03:32 -0500
Last year, a small group of amazing, uplifting, and dedicated individuals came together to form the Democrats Abroad Asian American and Pacific Islander Global Caucus. In the beginning our virtual meetings were filled with conversations about each other, what has it meant to us personally to be a member of the AAPI community, our personal journeys, growth, and reflections.
Our journey also coincided with the outbreak of COVID-19, the beginning of a time of uncertainty and hardship for so many. I too found myself in an unusual situation being trapped outside my country of residence. In the span of 10 months, I had to relocate to 8 different cities, but our meetings were a constant and gave me something to look forward to. It was a place I felt heard, respected, and supported. We all cared about one another’s wellbeing, which carried even more weight in a time when many of us felt isolated and alone. One morning after relocating to San Francisco, I woke up to a text from one of my fellow AAPI steering committee members saying they were sending me a loaf of delicious artisanal sour dough bread. What a way to start my morning!
The AAPI caucus has been like a family to me. I have been offered help and support without asking for it, and it seems fitting that with my next relocation voyage just around the corner, it has been my AAPI family that has recommended information on apartments to rent and advice on what neighborhoods to live in. For any member of Democrats Abroad looking for a caucus that will open them with open arms, support, and empower them, the AAPI caucus is the family you have been looking for.
I will miss you all!
Lots of <3
Asia-Pacific Deputy Regional Vice Chair
(Former AAPI Caucus Steering Committee Member)
Soon to be Democrats Abroad alum
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