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. The new executive board has been very busy doing outreach to our members and we are blown away by the overwhelming response from our members. We don’t know where you have been hibernating the last few years, but it’s great to see you and hear from you!
We have a few important goals set for our chapter:
· Find as many US Democrats as we can to register to vote in November 2020.
· Provide as much information and support as possible to all Democrats in the Greater Montreal area. This can include tax seminars, emails, social meetings.
· Communicate with members about the larger DA organization – DA Canada and DA Global and offer members the opportunity to make a difference in the Democratic Party on a larger scale.
· And lastly, but not the least important, to offer a social network to all the Democrats living in Montreal. A chance to connect with like-minded US citizens.
As chairperson of the Montreal Chapter, I have been emailing and calling members in an effort to reach out to those who might live a distance from the downtown core and may not always be able to join in for those events scheduled in town. If you are located a distance from the city, please do contact me at the email below and I will work with you to schedule events closer to where you live. The “meet and greets” I have had so far confirm my belief that in-person meetings with members are the best way for me to communicate my enthusiasm for the GET OUT THE VOTE initiative. All US Dems in Montreal should be registered to vote by fall 2020 and have filled in and returned their absentee ballots by their state’s deadline.
The Montreal Chapter executive is working hard to support all of our members. Let us know what would be helpful to YOU and we will try our best to support you. We look forward to hearing from you.
This has become an annual event for DA Montreal and we invite all members to gather at the parade site to show our support. We will be marching as a group of individuals, not as DA reps, but we still need to register individually. Please go to their website and complete your individual registration.
Deadline is July 6: http://fiertemtl.com/en/take-part/registration/WHENAugust 18, 2019 at 2:15pmWHEREGAY PRIDE PARADE
DORCHESTER SQUARE (Rene Levesque and Metcalfe)
Montreal, QC H3B 4J5
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