Randi Weitzner published THANKSGIVING THEMED DEBATE WATCH ON WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 20, 2019 in News 2019-11-18 13:38:16 -0500
I am including the text of a recent email to members below in an effort to drum up enthusiasm among "the troops" to get more involved and more active in DA Montreal's efforts to get out the vote in 2020. We have slowly been building interest in our efforts over the last few months, but look for that to ramp up in 2020. We have the DA Presidential Global Primary in March, a DA event in Toronto in May, and of course the actual election in November.
In order for our chapter to be successful (and that means Democratic wins in 2020) there is no doubt in my mind that I need more of you, ALL of you, to help me. Help in any way you can - volunteer your professional talents - graphics, marketing, entertainment, etc. Volunteer your time at DA events (this is important for our Global Primary event). Come to our events and talk with us about our plans for the future of our chapter.
DA MONTREAL WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE IF OUR MEMBERS PARTICIPATE!
Thank you in advance,
I really want to meet more of you and get our chapter moving in the right direction. It’s all about building relationships and building momentum as we head into 2020. I know it’s cold and getting downtown can be a pain, but I have been learning that face to face contact with members is a very important way to motivate members. So, please come and join us on Wednesday.
I can imagine most of you have been watching the impeachment hearings either in full or in bits and pieces. And yet, when I talk to people who might have a more “studied” view of these proceedings (an MSNBC contributor and a professor of political science) I hear them say things like “don’t be surprised if Trump is able to get re-elected in 2020”. Really?? Personally, I am shocked to hear this, but it also hardens my resolve to make sure we reach out to each and every American Democrat living in Montreal and ensure that they vote from abroad. That may be all we can do to effect a change and so as DA members we all have to work together to make sure we do the most effective outreach we can.
All that said, please come to Hurley’s on Wednesday. We are having some “US Thanksgiving” treats. If you have any Thanksgiving decorations, bring them along. I so enjoy talking to members and have gotten some great ideas and help from so many of you after to talking with you at past events.
TAKE A LOOK AT THE UPCOMING EVENTS SECTION BELOW TO SEE THE DETAILS ON OUR NEXT DEMS AND DRINKS.
Our last Dems and Drinks was a lot of fun. We had a combination of new and “old” members in attendance and everyone seemed to have a good time getting to know each other and talking politics. The DA Montreal executive talked about doing another debate watch, but we decided that it might be more effective to have another DEMS AND DRINKS event which will give us the opportunity to talk WITH each other about the debate issues instead of straining to see and hear what is happening on a distant TV screen. We can also discuss the Climate Change town hall recently broadcast on CNN. So many issues to talk about.
The details of the next Dems and Drinks are below in the EVENTS section. I would encourage all members to try and clear their schedules to join us for what I know will be an interesting evening. We can talk AND drink – doesn’t get much better than that!
Randi Weitzner published MEET AND GREET IN SAINTE-ADELE AUGUST 7 @ 6:30 PM in News 2019-08-02 20:49:46 -0400
As part of my initiative to go to where our members live, I am headed out to Sainte Adele to visit with DA members living in the Laurentians. If you know of DA members who live near that area that might be interested, please pass this information along. For those DA members living north, south, east or west of the downtown core who would like to consider helping me set up a meet and greet in your area, please contact me to let me know.
I have had meetings in the Sainte Anne de Bellevue area,Pointe Claire and Laval I know members in those areas are interested in getting involved. Please reach out to me with your ideas for creating events in your community so that other DA members who are close by can get together. You can always check the website for new items and event listings to see what is happening in Montreal.
As we cross the threshold into 2020, we are going to need to ramp up our efforts to inform all Democrats in Montreal that they need to request their absentee ballot for 2020 and then remind them to send them in closer to election time. DA Canada is also involved in many activities to promote Democratic candidates all over the US and can use our help to do phone banking.
Get involved. Make a difference. The time for watching from the sidelines is long gone. Trump is ruining the country many of us used to call home and a lot of us still do. Let make sure that America shows him the door in November 2020 - au revoir Donald.
We have had pretty good attendance at our debate watch events and members have been very interested in talking with each other at these events (actually talking more to each other than listening to the debates!). So we have scheduled a DEMS & DRINKS event August 13 @ at L’Amère à Boire, 2049 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2X 3K8
I know that many members don’t live in the downtown area, but if you are even a little bit close by, maybe talk with other Democrats about carpooling in and join us for a fun evening of drinks and politics.
Democrats Abroad Montreal Chapter members met for a 4th of July picnic at the Mount Royal Chalet. We were a small, but a hardy group who braved the intense heat to meet up to celebrate this very American holiday (without tanks and airplanes, thank you Mr. Trump). Here’s a picture of one of the members who attended.
Americans are happy in their lives in Canada and their Montreal communities, but their ties to the US remain strong and as Democrats, they are very concerned about the path the US is taking. All American citizens who reside in Montreal should go to votefromabroad.org, a non-partisan site which will help them register to vote and request their absentee ballot. If anyone wishes to get more information on the DA organization, they can visit the website at www.democratsabroad.org/ca_montreal
Randi Weitzner, Chair, DA Montreal
Just behind that American flag is a table of McGill students gathered in Bar des Pins to watch the first night of the Democratic debates. We had a great turn out, well over 40 people, with a mix of McGill DA club members and DA Montreal members. There was a lot of animated discussion about the candidates on the stage with applause for some when they “hit the sweet spot”.
I just want to share with everyone something which came up many times in the course of the evening as I walked through the crowd to introduce myself. There are a lot of Americans here in Montreal and a lot of them want to connect with other expats. I have made no secret of my primary aim to get as many American Democrats as possible to send in their absentee ballots in 2020. That is what keeps me up late at night. But, what I learned at this event is that it is just as important for this chapter to provide ways for Americans here in Montreal to connect and you have my word that our executive team will work diligently to find ways to make this happen. As always, I would appreciate members’ input on this subject to help us plan future activities.
It was great to see everyone at this event. I look forward to seeing more of you on Mount Royal for July 4th and then again at the Pride Parade August 18. Don’t forget, we are printing DA Montreal tee shirts, $20 each. I think we CAN find other Americans when we wear our DA tee shirts and let other Americans know we are here. I hope to place an order by July 5, so don’t delay in ordering.
Keep spreading the word about Democrats Abroad. We want a policy of “no American left behind”. If you are an American- and you are a Democrat- and you live in Montreal- then you NEED to be a part of this organization. We need to stick together and be there for each other AND for our country! Montreal Democrats CAN make a difference in the 2020 US presidential election. Remember, your vote is part of an aggregate of absentee votes being sent in from all over the world. Those individual votes add up and they add up quickly. And I believe that this current administration’s attitude toward the people it is meant to serve will act as a catalyst for a lot more people to vote with the Democrats in 2020.
Chair, DA Montreal
Please be sure to check this web page often for upcoming events and information. If you click the events tab now, you will see we have three upcoming events in the next three months
Debate viewing – Wednesday June 26 @ 9pm
July 4th Picnic on Mount Royal – July 4 @ 6:30pm
Gay Pride Parade – Sunday August 18 @ 2:15 pm
Please join us for any or all of these events.
DA Montreal is a chapter of DA Canada, the official country committee for US Democrats living in Canada. As detailed in the mission statement:
Democrats Abroad is the official Democratic Party arm for the millions of Americans living outside the United States. We strive to provide Americans abroad a Democratic voice in our government and elect Democratic candidates by mobilizing the overseas vote.
- Help Americans abroad vote in U.S. elections.
- Protect the right to vote for Americans abroad.
- Work with US government officials and elected representatives to advocate for issues that concern Americans abroad
- Work with the broader Democratic Party to achieve our goals.
- Build communities of like-minded Americans around the world.
- Help elect Democrats in every congressional district in the U.S.
There are so many ways to participate locally in DA. We have organized debate watches, regularly scheduled DEMS and DRINKS events where we gather in local bars to talk (and drink). Upcoming planned events include a tax seminar and phone banking for local US elections. On a larger scale, DA CANADA and DA GLOBAL have a long list of big and small ways for members to get involved and support the mission of DA.
As I am sure everyone knows, our eyes are on the prize - the US presidency. And while we still have many months to go before the November 2020 vote, we can take this time to get organized and get geared up for what will literally be a fight to save the US from the chaos unleashed by the Trump presidency.
- We need all of our members to reach out to the executive and confirm their participation
- We need all of our members to go out and find other American Democrats who can vote in November 2020
- We need all of our members to step up and be a part of the solution
I have had many conversations with members here in Montreal and I can tell you that Democrats here are committed to making a difference in the November 2020 election. Every vote counts. No matter where you came from in the states -blue, red or purple state- YOUR VOTE COUNTS.