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  • rsvped for October 2021 Country Meeting 2021-10-27 07:27:12 -0400

    October 2021 Country Meeting

     

    DACN's October Country Meeting will be held on Wednesday, at 8:30PM.

    Join via Zoom or in person! DACN's Chair will be helping voters return ballots and broadcasting live from Shenzhen, beginning at 7PM! Meet members from across China and learn about how Democrats Abroad is working on issues that matter to you and are vital for a Blue 2022!

    Attendees can expect a report on Bylaws, Events, Finances, Special Elections 2021, and GOTV 2022.

    RSVP to receive Zoom details via e-mail.

    Brew: No. 3 Fuhua 1st Road, Futian District, Shenzhen - Bring a friend! All Americans welcome to attend!

    WHEN
    October 27, 2021 at 8:30pm
    WHERE
    Brew
    3 Fuhua 1st Rd
    Futian District
    Shenzhen, Guangdong 518023
    China
    Google map and directions
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  • La Lucha Continúa - Global fundraising coordinator Jeffrey Nadison

    We all get dozens of emails each week from organizations, candidates and groups asking for money - so how do you decide where to donate for greatest impact? Did you know that unlike $ given to other organizations, your donation to Democrats Abroad goes 100% to getting out the overseas vote? As a completely volunteer organization, DA has virtually no overhead or other operational expenses to cover, meaning you really do get more bang for your buck when you donate to your local chapter, country committee or Democrats Abroad global.

    Jeffrey Nadison, global coordinator of fundraising, will explain the importance of donations, where the money goes and how we can contribute to this important initiative. Bring your questions! 

    WHEN
    November 09, 2021 at 8:00pm
    WHERE
    Zoom
    Barcelona, CT
    Spain
    Google map and directions
    2 rsvps rsvp

  • published DA-Spain October Newsletter 2021 in News 2021-10-24 03:11:19 -0400

    DA-Spain October Newsletter 2021

    Message from DA Spain Chair and Vice-Chair 

    It’s October, and for Americans that means Halloween. I’m all about the candy, but the horror and fright parts, not so much. In fact the last scary movie I saw was “The Shining” in the summer of 1980. I went to the movie with my roommate, and she and I slept with the lights on for two weeks after that.

    So I know scary when I see it, and I see it in the news every day. My current nightmare is the polling numbers in the Virginia gubernatorial race. The Republican in this race is a Trump darling who refuses to state his positions on important issues such as women’s reproductive rights. He does think it’s a shame that Virginia expanded health coverage to more of its citizens, and that Virginia needs restrictions on voting despite little or no evidence of voting fraud in the state. Despite these derelictions, Youngkin and the Democratic candidate, former Governor Terry McAuliffe, are virtually in a dead heat at this point.

    Democrats Abroad is working hard to elect McAuliffe, supporting him with social media initiatives, direct mailings, and phone banking. Many of our members in Spain have joined in this effort, and today I’m asking you to do the same. If you’re available to help, please reach out to us at [email protected]. We need you!

    Thanks, Kathy and Carlos

        


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  • rsvped for Living in Spain - Spanish Taxes 2021-10-24 02:54:07 -0400

    Living in Spain - Spanish Taxes

     

    Conquering Spanish Taxes

    Do you find Spanish taxes complex, difficult, and overwhelming?

    Join Mr. Ignacio Pellicer, from the law firm Pellicer and Heredia in an online event on November 3, 2021 at 6 PM CET. Mr. Pellicer will answer your questions. To make the best use of everyone's time and ensure your questions get asked and answered, we're taking questions in advance. Please RSVP now and send your questions to the SWC by November 1st.

    WHEN
    November 03, 2021 at 6:00pm
    WHERE
    RSVP for Zoom link
    35 rsvps rsvp

  • rsvped for Call for Volunteers - Nov 15 2021-10-22 03:03:49 -0400

    Call for Volunteers - Nov 15

    Violence Against Women (VAW) Task Force: Call for Volunteers!
       
    The Violence Against Women Project is urgently seeking volunteers to gather information that will help American women overseas who are victims of violent situations.

    We’re looking for a minimum 6 month commitment, a passion for this cause, and people who are team players.

    Either email us at [email protected], or sign up to join one of the upcoming Zoom calls and learn more. Sign up to volunteer by completing the VAW Volunteer Form. We look forward to meeting you!
    WHEN
    November 15, 2021 at 12:00pm
    WHERE
    RSVP to receive Zoom link
    1 rsvp rsvp

  • rsvped for Call for Volunteers - Dec 20 2021-10-22 02:58:52 -0400

    Call for Volunteers - Dec 20

    Violence Against Women (VAW) Task Force: Call for Volunteers!
       
    The Violence Against Women Project is urgently seeking volunteers to gather information that will help American women overseas who are victims of violent situations.

    We’re looking for a minimum 6 month commitment, a passion for this cause, and people who are team players.

    Either email us at [email protected], or sign up to join one of the upcoming Zoom calls and learn more. Sign up to volunteer by completing the VAW Volunteer Form. We look forward to meeting you!
    WHEN
    December 20, 2021 at 12:00pm
    WHERE
    RSVP to receive Zoom link
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  • published Keep VA Blue in News 2021-10-05 04:03:26 -0400

    Keep VA Blue

    Keep Virginia Blue! - VOTE November 2, 2021 Election!

    We’re counting on you to help keep Virginia blue this Fall! Virginia state elections for Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, and State House of Delegates take place on November 2, 2021. 

    Information for voting is available English version here and Spanish version here and includes details on how to:

    • Register to vote and request your ballot; including deadlines

      • Go to www.votefromabroad.org and follow the prompts to fill out the form to request your ballot using the Federal Post Card Application form (FPCA)

    • Eligibility to vote in the state election

    • Fill out the Ballot and return your ballot (you must return your ballot by mail!)

    • Confirm your Ballot was accepted

    Coming Up! October 6-12: We’ll be phonebanking Virginia voters. 

    Thank you in advance to the Phone Bankers making calls to VA members! Phone banking works. In the recent campaign for the California Recall, we connected with over 60% of the California members we called. And look at how that turned out.

    Interested in becoming a phone bank volunteer? Find information and training materials at  www.democratsabroad.org/phonebanking_training.

    If you're not a Virginia voter, please share this information with people you know who are Virginia voters, even if they reside back in the US.


  • published GWC October 2021 Newsletter in News 2021-10-01 05:22:34 -0400

    GWC October 2021 Newsletter

    Letter from the Editor

    Books, pages, stone walls, and now tablets have the ability to convey thought across minds, cultures, and oceans. Humans have always used the written word to fantasize, persuade, and pose questions about our environment and way of life. It is how we connect, and this month we are practicing prose in action. As we organize ourselves to protect our reproductive rights from right-wing politicians or unite in recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we will honor the female authors who shook the writing world with a month-long literary festival. So join us in exercising our own creative and persuasive prose.

    This October issue has important updates on the difficult work our action teams are doing in spite of unprecedented push-backs on reproductive rights. Don’t forget to check out our Artist’s Corner and take our September Newsletter quiz! Lastly, we love hearing from you and want your continued participation in our #MyStoryGWC campaign; this month we are asking you to share your October 2nd Reproductive Rights March stories, including from our #GWCMarch campaign.

    We hope you enjoy this edition, and we look forward to seeing you at our events!

    Stayce Camparo, Communications Co-director, Global Women’s Caucus

    Over 10,000 members and growing! Join us

          

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  • published DA’s new Global Disabilities Caucus in News 2021-09-30 04:24:57 -0400

    DA’s new Global Disabilities Caucus

    Mike Lindell’s highly criticized symposium in August failed to validate his belief that Biden did not win the election, but it did showcase attendees’ reluctance to engage with facts. One speaker began his remarks with, “…the CNNs of this world, you guys need to stop fact checking this and start reporting it.” Journalists and news organizations have a professional obligation to fact check and it is right that they do so, but facts alone don’t necessarily help to refute conspiracy theories and lies. Using facts as the main tool to convince someone that Covid vaccinations protect rather than harm, for example, can push conspiracists further into their own belief.  

    This is because human beings have a built-in confirmation bias; we tune out facts that don’t confirm our existing beliefs.  Even when we present a climate change denier with geological evidence that today’s climate change is driven by humans and not part of a natural cycle, it’s highly unlikely to change their minds. It’s not because deniers are too dumb to understand the science; rather, a fact that doesn’t confirm what someone already believes tends to be either disregarded or rationalized away. Often it is the more intelligent who are the best at rationalizing a fact to fit their belief. Our brains resist evidence that goes against an opinion we’ve already formed. 

    It’s not just our minds that resist belief-opposing-facts, our hearts do too. Peer pressure isn’t just powerful on the playground or behind the gym, it has a big influence as adults on which opinions matter to us, and the opinions that matter determine the facts that matter.  Political bodies have even used social media, enabled by bots (automated software) to successfully persuade voters in elections. The good news is that who we see as the “cool kids” can be influenced and can change

    Storytelling, centered around facts and truth, based on deep commonalities is a very effective way to help people want to hang out with the science nerds rather than the kid with the biggest car.  You can show your uncle the figures proving cats kill more birds than windmills, or you can concede that windmills do kill some birds. Good, truthfulf storytelling can affect who we feel close to, and in turn whose opinions and what facts matter to us. It can dampen the flames of conspiracy theories and help seeds of consensus sprout in fresh ground.


  • published DA-Spain September 2021 Newsletter in News 2021-09-29 08:25:43 -0400

    DA-Spain September 2021 Newsletter

    Message from DA Spain Vice-Chair 

    September has been an intense month, with a lot of work by our DA Spain members and other DA colleagues across the globe, who strove to reach every last California voter living abroad, but… hard work pays off, and we are excited that Governor Gavin Newsom received the overwhelming support of California voters in the recall election. California still shines blue! Special thanks to all the DA Spain members who worked tirelessly to achieve this goal. Next up: several important state elections in November in Virginia, New Jersey, Ohio and Florida. The work never ends, and we are always looking for help from within our DA Spain membership.

    I’d also like to highlight that this month (September 15-October 15), we are celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month. We are proud to honor the Latino culture and heritage that has been firmly woven into the fabric of our country’s DNA. To recall President Lyndon Johnson’s 1968 Proclamation 3869 which established National Hispanic Heritage Week: “It is with special pride that I call the attention of my fellow citizens to the great contribution to our national heritage made by our people of Hispanic descent—not only in the fields of culture, business, and science, but also through their valor in battle.” As Americans living in Spain, we cannot forget that we live in a country with a strong historical connection to the US, and this is a perfect month to honor, understand and learn about the Latino culture and heritage, and the great contribution and influence that Latinos and Hispanics have had on our country. We are very happy to welcome this Hispanic Heritage Month and to participate with our fellow members of the Global Hispanic Caucus in their special slate of activities.  

    Although Get Out the Vote campaigns remain DA Spain’s main mission, we also advocate for other important issues including climate change, tax reform for overseas Americans, immigration, human rights, gun control, expanding voting rights and other topics that affect all Americans abroad. If these issues matter to you as well, please join us and let’s advocate for change together! So if any or all of this sounds interesting to you, please contact us at [email protected] or [email protected]. We need your time and your talents! And thank you in advance for your participation.

    After all, “every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.”  - Pres. John Fitzgerald Kennedy 

    Democratically yours,
    Carlos Colao, DAS Vice-Chair

        


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  • signed up on GOTV signup 2021-09-27 12:17:43 -0400

    GOTV signup

    Click below to receive periodic updates from the GOTV and Voting Rights teams regarding our voting rights work.  We will message you when there are important updates and developments to report.

    Sign up

  • published Keep NJ Blue in News 2021-09-22 06:36:26 -0400

    Keep NJ Blue!

    Keep New Jersey Blue - VOTE in the November 2, 2021 Election!

    We’re counting on you to help keep New Jersey blue this Fall! New Jersey state elections for Governor, Lt. Governor, State Senate, and State Assembly take place on November 2, 2021. 

    Information for voting is available English version here and Spanish version here and includes details on how to:

    • Register to vote and request your ballot; including deadlines 
      • Go to www.votefromabroad.org and follow the prompts to fill out the form to request your ballot using the Federal Post Card Application form (FPCA) 
      • Eligibility and possible tax liability to vote in the state election - Please support pending bill NJ S3761
    • Fill out the Ballot and returning your ballot (email recommended)
    • Confirm your Ballot was accepted

    GOTV phone banking starts September 22 and goes through October 2, 2021. This campaign focuses on the upcoming NJ State Elections. And asks  NJ voters to contact their state senators to cosponsor a pending bill, NJ S3761.

    Thank you in advance to the Phone Bankers making calls to NJ members! Phone banking works. In the recent campaign for the California Recall, 70% of the California members called, answered. And look at how that turned out.

    Interested becoming a phone bank volunteer? Find information and training materials at  www.democratsabroad.org/phonebanking_training.

    If you're not a NJ voter, please share this information with people you know who are NJ voters, even if they reside back in the US.




  • Oktoberfest Celebration: Online Beer Tasting

    Despite Oktoberfest being cancelled again this year, Democrats Abroad Germany has just the thing for you to celebrate: an online beer tasting!

    DA Germany will gather online on Saturday, October 30th at 7pm CEST for the 13th Annual Democrats Abroad Oktoberfest Extravaganza! Instead of meeting in our usually reserved gallery seats, we will meet online from the comforts of our home for an online beer tasting.

    Our online Oktoberfest ticket (€46) includes:

    • 5 beers 
    • 1 tasting glass
    • Professional moderation and guidance during the tasting in English from Vagabund Brauerei

    The tasting will last approximately 1-1.5 hours. The beer and glass will be sent to you prior to the event from the tasting company. These tasting packages can only be sent to addresses in Germany and EU member states. We encourage other country committees to join in on the fun, but please note that if your shipping address is outside of Germany, ticket costs are €51 (an additional €5 is added to the ticket price to account for shipping costs).

    To reserve your tickets, you must complete this registration form (click here to open the form). In order to receive the beer kits in time, you must RSVP by October 11, 2021. The tasting will be held on Zoom and we will send participants the meeting log-in information 48 hours before the event.

    **Please remember that Democrats Abroad may only accept donations from U.S. citizens.**

    An Oktoberfest Prize Draw will also take place throughout the two Oktoberfest events. Click here for more information.

     

    WHEN
    October 30, 2021 at 7:00pm
    WHERE
    Zoom - ONLINE
    35 rsvps rsvp

  • DAS September 2021 Newsletter - Special Edition

    Calls to Action

    Women’s rights are human rights, except in Texas

    US democracy is entering a frightening, dystopian new era. The US Supreme Court’s tacit, and 24 hours later, explicit, endorsement of a horrific new antiabortion law in Texas portends a new kind of governance at the state level – which is where all the anti-democratic (note the small “d”) action is happening these days – but that will almost inevitably have national implications.

    The loss of ability to make one’s own healthcare decisions is appalling, and yet this may not be the most horrifying aspect of the new law, known as SB8. The new Texas abortion ban includes a novel enforcement method, whereby ordinary citizens are essentially deputized to enforce the law and are financially compensated for doing so. As Justice Sonia Sotomayor explained in her dissenting opinion, Texas lawmakers “fashioned this scheme because federal constitutional challenges to state laws ordinarily are brought against state officers who are in charge of enforcing the law.” By extension, if no state officer can enforce the law, it is unclear whether anyone can be sued to block it. Under this evil design, and with the blessing of Mitch McConnell’s Supreme Court, SB8 will be enforced by vigilantes and bounty-hunters. And the slipperiest of all slopes: who’s to stop other states from copying and pasting this legislation and enacting it as well, or from using the same vigilante model to enforce other controversial laws going forward?

    For more news about reproductive rights, follow the DA Reproductive Justice page https://www.democratsabroad.org/wc_reproductive_justice_action_team.

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  • published CA Recall in News 2021-09-06 05:19:51 -0400

    CA Recall

    Democrats must turn out to vote AGAINST the recall of current California Governor Gavin Newsom (D)! If this recall succeeds, Republicans will remove Newsom, who won in 2018 with nearly 62% of the vote, and replace him with a Republican.

    Democrats can't afford to be complacent in this election! Democrats Abroad is here to assist with voting and returning your ballot.

    RETURN YOUR BALLOT TO YOUR LOCAL ELECTION OFFICE IN CALIFORNIA--DON'T WAIT, DO IT NOW!

    Deadline to return you ballot is September 14, 8:00 PM (California time)

    Need information about

    • What to do if you didn't get a ballot
    • How to return your ballot
    • Confirm that your ballot was accepted

    Get information here...

    NEED HELP? EMAIL US AT [email protected]

     

     

     


  • published California Recall Information in News 2021-09-04 05:37:52 -0400

    California Recall Information

    Democrats must turn out to vote AGAINST the recall of current California Governor Gavin Newsom (D)! If this recall succeeds, Republicans will remove Newsom, who won in 2018 with nearly 62% of the vote, and replace him with a Republican.

    Democrats can't afford to be complacent in this election! Democrats Abroad is here to assist with voting and returning your ballot.

    RETURN YOUR BALLOT TO YOUR LOCAL ELECTION OFFICE IN CALIFORNIA--DON'T WAIT, DO IT NOW!

    Deadline to return you ballot is September 14, 8:00 PM (California time)

    Need information about

    • What to do if you didn't get a ballot
    • How to return your ballot
    • Confirm that your ballot was accepted

    Get information here...

    NEED HELP? EMAIL US AT [email protected]

     

     

     


  • Missed Period? There is a pill for that.

    "Plan C and Progress Texas went on a road trip to share information. We went on an abortion road trip to let people know that you don’t need to go on a road trip anymore to get an abortion,” Plan C codirector Elisa Wells told Ms. “You can get an abortion by mail basically anywhere in the United States, including in Texas." Read to full article in Ms. Educating Texans on How to Get Abortion Pills Online: “Your Nearest Provider Is In Your Pocket”


  • published Feminist Literary Festival in Global Women's Caucus 2021-09-01 08:40:47 -0400

    Feminist Literary Festival

    What better way to celebrate the written word than joining the Feminist Literature Book Club of the Global Women's Caucus for a month-long literary festival!

    Literature has always been the hallmark of how people communicate across cultures, beliefs, and generations. In fact, many social movements were initiated by pen and paper, and passed along in meeting halls, carried over oceans, and grown in academic soils. We invite you to celebrate with us: read a book, write a story, and bring your friends and family to join our month-long fest that is sure to inspire and inform! 

    RSVP Below.


  • published GWC September 2021 Newsletter in News 2021-08-27 12:21:08 -0400

    GWC September 2021 Newsletter

    Letter from the Editor

    After a short summer holiday, the Global Women’s Caucus is back, and ready to continue the hard and necessary work to ensure a safe and equitable future for generations to come. In some ways, the current situation feels as though many of our hard won battles are once again rearing their ugly heads. Many States are making it nearly impossible for women to choose when and how they can have a family, and the use of the Filibuster is hindering any fair voting law. We are also all watching with keen attention to what’s unfolding in Afghanistan in respect to the fate of women and girls. We hope your batteries have been charged as well, and that you are ready to join us at this crucial moment as we resume raising awareness on the issues that affect women and girls, and begin to focus on the midterm elections.

    This issue has important updates on the research our caucus is doing as well as articles and commentaries on current events. Don’t forget to check out our Artist’s Corner and take our July Newsletter quiz! Lastly, we love hearing from you and want your continued participation in our #MyStoryGWC campaign, where you can connect with other members through shared stories to highlight the issues most important to us.

    We hope you enjoy this edition, and we look forward to seeing you at our events!

    Stayce Camparo, Communications Co-director, Global Women’s Caucus

    Over 10,000 members and growing! Join us

          


     

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  • published DA-Spain August 2021 Newsletter in News 2021-08-23 03:31:26 -0400

    DA-Spain August 2021 Newsletter

    Message from DA Spain Chair 

    The Greek historian Heraclitus is quoted as saying “The only constant in life is change.” That’s as true for Democrats Abroad Spain as it is for anyone else. This last month we reluctantly accepted the resignation of DA Spain Chair Daniel James. Sadly, while we’ll be deprived of his proven and impressive leadership, family health concerns understandably forced him to leave his post and turn his full attention to his loved ones. I know you’ll join the Executive Committee in thanking Daniel for his contributions. We wish him and the James family the very best.

    This resignation means that I’ve become Country Committee Chair (heaven help all of us!) and that we needed a new Vice-Chair. The talent in our organization evidenced itself once again by producing a great crop of candidates. I’m happy to announce that Carlos Colao of Madrid has been appointed Vice-Chair, and that the Executive Committee ratified this appointment at its August 12 meeting.

    Carlos brings a wealth of talent and experience to our team. He’s a lawyer working for the Spanish equivalent of the US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. He’s also active in DA Global, particularly on tax issues affecting Americans abroad. Carlos is married and has four children. Given all of this, I did inquire about whether he ever sleeps. He assures me that he occasionally does. 

    Since we’re back up to full staffing, it’s time to start focusing on our priorities for the near term:

    • Gather information on the number of Americans in Spain and identity where in the country this population is concentrated;
    • Reach out to areas where we currently do not have chapters (FYI, the current chapters are in Alicante, Barcelona, Madrid, and Valencia); 
    • Reach out to American military personnel stationed in Spain and their adult family members; and
    • Create more detailed descriptions for DA Spain officer positions and update country committee/chapter bylaws. 

    DA Spain could really use your help on the first three of these items! The upcoming midterm elections promise to be both crucial and hard-fought. It’s going to be an “all hands on deck” effort to preserve our democracy, and we really could use many more hands.

    DA Spain is also gathering information on how to obtain Spain’s digital COVID-19 certificates for vaccinations obtained outside the EU (see more on this below). This affects so many of us, who’ve gotten our vaccinations in the US while visiting family and friends. Please keep an eye on our social media platforms, like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for up-to-date information on this topic.

    So if any or all of this sounds interesting to you, please contact us at [email protected] or [email protected]. We need your time and your talents! And thank you in advance for your participation.

    Democratically yours,

    Kathryn Tullos

        


    Calls to Action

    California Recall

    If you’re from California—or even if you’re not—you might have heard that a special election is being held on September 14, 2021, in a GOP-led attempt to recall Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom. 

    If you’re unclear as to why this election is taking place, grab a chair. In 1911, California enacted a law that would allow the state’s voters to pass and repeal laws, as well as recall elected officials, by placing them on the ballot. The idea was to give ordinary Californians more voice and control over their government. This year, enough petition signatures were collected to proceed with a recall election of Gov. Newsom. This year’s recall petition was driven by the state’s conservative contingent, who claimed that the Governor had mishandled the pandemic in addition to preexisting gripes: the ongoing homelessness crisis, high taxes and cost of living, immigration, and rationing of water and energy use. It is important to remember that Gov. Newsom won his 2018 gubernatorial run in a landslide, and that he is up for reelection in 2022. This is a statewide election with nationwide implications - take it from the guys at Pod Save America! If you are a California voter, do not sit this one out! Registration deadline is August 30. Read more...

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    Gearing Up for General and Special Congressional Elections in NJ, VA and OH!

    A few other states have elections coming up later this year: Virginia, New Jersey, and two congressional districts in Ohio. Rally-type online events, with a voter assistance component, are currently being planned with candidates and party leaders for the CA, NJ, VA, and OH congressional races.

    Tentative dates are:

    CA -- August 29
    VA -- September 12
    OH-11 / OH-15 -- September 19
    NJ -- September 26 

    Event pages will be posted and distributed soon, so if you vote in these states, keep an eye out. Live voter assistance will be provided via Zoom on select Thursdays and Sundays in September and October. Dates and details will be forthcoming.

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    CallHub Training

    Are you a phone-banker? Are you interested in learning how to become one? 

    In 2020, DA callers made more than 600,000 phone calls to overseas Americans, encouraging them to vote, helping them to register and following up to make sure that every ballot was returned on time. And it made a huge difference! This outreach helped Democrats win the House, the Senate, the Georgia Runoffs, and the Presidency. As we gear up for the 2022 elections, training sessions for this important GOTV activity are scheduled for August 30 & 31 and September 1. See https://www.democratsabroad.org/phonebanking_training for more information and to register. These sessions, which will be recorded for those who can’t attend live, are intended for both new and experienced phonebanking volunteers.

    New training features include:

    • optional PRACTICE CALLS available 24/7 to friendly practice volunteers, helping trainees feel more comfortable before attempting a first call
    • demonstration VIDEOS are now incorporated into the training presentation, showing a call, revising data, adding a new mobile number, etc.
    • expanded explanation of the CONFIDENTIALITY agreement you signed
    • an open-book QUIZ on the calling essentials, to better prepare new callers
    • expanded resources for caller SUPPORT, caller groups, and engagement

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    CallHub Events

    • September 6-19 -- Phonebank Virginia (message: request your ballot)
    • Call-a-thon and rally-type event scheduled for September 11-12; details forthcoming
    • September 20-30 -- Phonebank New Jersey (message: request your ballot)
    • Call-a-thon and rally-type event scheduled for September 25-26; details forthcoming
    • October 6-12 -- Phonebank Virginia (message: return your ballot)
    • October 16-26 -- Phonebank New Jersey (message: return your ballot)

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    Infrastructure August

    The two infrastructure bills currently progressing through the US Congress—the bipartisan “roads and bridges” bill and the much more ambitious budget reconciliation bill—are enormously important priorities for President Biden and Democratic members of Congress this year. The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report released just this month has made shockingly clear the need for ambitious climate-centric infrastructure improvements. Overseas voters have proven to be instrumental in past elections, and it is crucially important that we take the time now to contact our Representatives and Senators to tell them why they should vote in support of both pieces of infrastructure legislation. 

    If you don’t know what to tell your legislators or whom to contact, see https://www.democratsabroad.org/congressional_call_storm for ideas. 


    News

    COVID Vaccine Certificates

    As overseas Americans, some of us have received COVID-19 vaccines while visiting friends and family stateside. Recently, the EU launched a Digital COVID Certificate program, both for cross-border travel between EU member states and -- as in the case of France and increasingly elsewhere -- for entry into public spaces like theaters, restaurants, and shops. Certificates come in differing types, depending on whether a person (1) has received an approved vaccine,  (2) has proof of recovery from contracting COVID-19, or (3) has a recent negative PCR test result.

    In Spain, public access to these certificates is managed by each autonomous community and many have no protocol in place for verifying the administration of vaccines obtained outside of Spain. In parts of the country, only those vaccinated in Spain have succeeded in soliciting digital certificates, while US-vaccinated folks are left in the lurch. Similarly, Spanish citizens who study or work outside the EU, where they were vaccinated, are facing this difficulty upon returning home. Read more...


    Chapter and Verse

     

    Barcelona 

    The Barcelona chapter of Democrats Abroad has mostly been in vacation mode during the month of August, but we are very aware of the importance of the upcoming special elections, and we are here to provide assistance to members who will be casting absentee ballots in the coming months (Hola, California?).


    Plans are also underway for an exciting slate of events in the fall and through the end of the year. We hope to hold various in-person events (movie nights, postcard campaigns, etc.), as well as renewing our popular Tuesday evening La Lucha Continúa series on Zoom. Be sure to join our Signal group now, so that you don’t miss any updates when the pace picks up in September, and let us know if you are available to help with organizing upcoming events ([email protected]).


    Madrid

    In between vacations, work, and trips to the pool, the DA Madrid ExCom got together to start planning for the next few months. We have a lot of great ideas for events, volunteer opportunities, and other ways for you to get involved with Democrats Abroad! 

    To help us plan for events and other initiatives, we've prepared the following member survey. While we plan on sending this out again once everyone's back from vacation, feel free to fill it out now if you have the time.

    As we all know, COVID-19 is an ongoing issue, with restrictions, regulations, and measures that change from region to region. If you were vaccinated in the US or are still in need of your first vaccine, here is some information from the Comunidad de Madrid: Getting a digital COVID certificate with overseas vaccinations and Walk-in vaccinations at the Isabel Zendal Hospital and Wizink Center.

    Barring any future changes, our next event will be on Thursday, September 16th. Unless otherwise noted, we plan on holding events on the 3rd Thursday of the month. We're still researching possible indoor venues, so if you have any suggestions, send us an email at [email protected] or fill out the above survey.

    We're looking forward to seeing you soon! Hope you're having a great summer. 


    Valencia 

    In sunny Valencia, we’ve taken the month of August off, but are preparing for exciting Fall events and get-togethers. In the meantime, our main priorities are (1) making sure that Democrats win upcoming state and special elections, (2) providing voter support and guidance to overseas Americans, and (3) advocating for the improved standing of overseas Americans under US law. We’ve been working behind the scenes to make sure your interests are represented stateside and abroad. 

    Check back to this exact spot in the September issue of this newsletter for September events. We look forward to visiting with old friends and making new ones in the months ahead. If you’d like us to focus on specific political issues that are near and dear to your heart, please drop us a line at [email protected]. We’re eager to give voice to your concerns and advocate on your behalf.

    To volunteer your time with DA Valencia, please complete this volunteer form.


    Alicante

    Hello to our DA Alicante chapter members from Denia to Torrevieja along the Costa Blanca! We all love summer. Spending more time with friends, soaking up the sun on the beach, and enjoying the good food, drink, and entertainment all around our communities. 

    Our Alicante team is taking some time off this summer to travel and visit family, but on behalf of the team we welcome your thoughts, opinions, and passions with our members through our DEMOCRATS ABROAD ALICANTE Facebook group. And be sure to check out the Facebook pages for DA Spain and DA Valencia for different points of view and local activities in their regions.

    Our goal is to reach more Americans living in our chapter’s Costa Blanca region and we ask you to share any ideas you may have to broaden our community and help to provide valuable voting information to our members. Your diverse set of abilities and experiences will allow us to continue to be an effective organization engaging and representing US citizens abroad. We look forward to hearing from you. 

    Enjoy yourselves, and stay safe!

     


    Spain Fun Fact

    El Teide

    Spain is, after Switzerland, the most mountainous country in Europe. Almost a quarter of the country is above a thousand meters and the average altitude is 660 meters above sea level (source). Other sources debate this ranking, but all agree that Spain is near the top of any list (see https://www.quora.com/Which-European-country-is-the-most-mountainous).

    The country’s highest mountain is El Teide on Tenerife (Canary Islands), with a height of 3,715 m. El Teide is the world’s fourth tallest volcano and remains active, having erupted most recently in 1909. El Teide was a sacred mountain for the aboriginal Guanches, who believed it held up the sky (source: Wikipedia).


     


    In Closing

    We hope you are having a relaxing summer, enjoying the beaches, bars and festivals while staying safe from COVID-19. Thanks for reading, and pass it along.