DAY 2:

Saturday was a full day at the DPCA Global Meeting.

The day was kicked off by an informative meeting with Special Guest speaker DNC Vice Chair Jason Rae - who flew in from Milwaukee to address Democrats Abroad and thank us for our work. A key theme of Jason’s presentation was developing grassroots efforts (the DNC is on the ground NOW), an open delegate selection process, involving corps of youth volunteers to get out the vote and transparency from the DNC to all Democrats.

Resolutions:

After much discussion, Democrats Abroad passed a resolution endorsing Medicare For All.  

Committees and Caucuses:

Presentations from many of the DA committees and caucuses -   including the Global Women’s Caucus, the Global Black, the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) committee (“do it for Ruth”), and the LGBTQ+ Caucus, Progressive Caucus - spoke about their activities and thanked the dedication of the volunteers who work hard to make everything happen.  

Would you like to know more about these Caucuses and Committees?  We have uploaded their presentations from the meeting so that you can take a look!  For information regarding these and other DA global caucuses and to join, go to our website.

Two highlights to finish off the day:

Election of the 2019/2020 Democrats Abroad Global Leadership Team:

  • International Chair - Julia Bryan -- Czech Republic
  • International Vice Chair - Alex Montgomery -- Hong Kong
  • International Treasurer - Lissette Wright -- Canada
  • International Secretary - Jeffrey Cheng -- Sweden
  • International Legal Counsel - Joe Smallhoover -- France

A detailed overview of the planning for 2019 and 2020 was given by Global Communications Director, Amanda Mohar, including the Global Delegate Selection Plan, Global Primary Process, and the roll-out of our Get Out The Vote (GOTV) and Communications programs.  Lots to do in the 18 months between now and November 2020!  We will all be working hard to make the Blue Wave 2020 happen!

This is the full delegation of DA France members attending the DA Global Meeting in Washington D.C. this weekend. Ada Shen, seated is the Chair of DAF. Joe Smallhoover was elected as International Counsel of DA. Connie Borde is a DA DNC member. Meaghan Lopez is Vice Chair of the new Paris Chapter. Salli Swartz is stepping down as Counsel to DAF. Alex Rehbinder is a newly-elected Voting Representative. Meredith Wheeler is the newly elected Vice Chair.