Vice Chair - DA Belgium

  • Our Forests and Our Climate: an Earth Week Guided Discussion

    Wildfires in Australia. Wildfires in California. The Amazon burned to make way for cattle grazing.  Pledges to plant a billion trees. Carbon offsetting by protecting forests. The planet’s forests have become ground zero for climate impacts and climate action. 

    In honor of Earth Week 2021, The Climate Action Team and Democrats Abroad Spain are hosting “Our Forests and Our Climate: an Earth Week Guided Discussion” with Daniel James, newly elected chair of DA Spain. 

    Daniel has decades of expertise in forest management and environmental policy, working on the Hill, for the US Forest service, and most recently, as Acting Deputy Under Secretary and senior advisor for Natural Resources and Environment at USDA. 

    Date: April 21, 2021

    Time: 6:00 PM CET/12 PM EST

    This is a virtual event; RSVP for the link

    We hope you will attend to learn more about the connection between forests and climate change, and the importance of protecting and preserving forests to the planet. We want you to be inspired to take action!

    Here are some suggested watchings/readings to introduce you to the subject and spark some questions.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-nEYsyRlYo

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Q0xUXo2zEY&feature=youtu.be

    https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-00122-z

    https://www.iucn.org/resources/issues-briefs/forests-and-climate-change

    Submit your questions in advance to [email protected]! Please use the subject line “Climate and Forests”.


    Daniel James was recently elected chair for DA Spain. He served 34 years in public service and retired from USDA in 2019. His last role was Acting Deputy Under Secretary and senior advisor for Natural Resources and Environment. In that role Daniel led the NRE Mission area which included the US Forest Service, and for a period Natural Resource Conservation Service and Gulf Coast Restoration work. 

    He was appointed Associate Chief of the Forest Service in July 2016. Prior to this appointment, Daniel, served in many leadership positions, including:

    •  Regional Forester of the Rocky Mountain Region; 
    • Deputy Regional Forester in the Pacific Southwest Region; Forest Supervisor of the Santa Fe National Forest; 
    • District Ranger on the Salt Lake Ranger District of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest; 
    • District Ranger on the South Park Ranger District of the Pike and San Isabel National Forest, Comanche, and Cimarron National Grasslands; 
    • Director of Communications and Legislative Affairs of the Intermountain Region, National Press Officer in Washington, D.C.; 
    • and aide to the United States Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell of Colorado when he was in the US House of Representatives. 

    He represented USDA on the National Advisory Council for Historic Preservation, National Wildland Fire Leadership Council and also served on the Board for the Sierra Conservancy and the National Leadership Council for the National Forest Foundation. 

    Daniel earned a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University and a Master’s degree from Regis University of Denver. He and his partner Aaron live in Barcelona, Spain. 


    Don’t forget that The Climate Action Team has curated this list of virtual Earth Day events - there is something to fit every time zone and every age group.

     

    WHEN
    April 21, 2021 at 6pm
    WHERE
    This is a virtual event; RSVP for the link
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  • Opportunities for Environmental & Climate Justice in the Biden Era: A Panel Discussion

    Earth Week 2021 should be a time for celebration, but also a time to take stock of the challenges ahead.  By focusing on environmental justice, we hope to broaden the scope of interest and action, and in particular, garner timely support for the ambitious Democratic agenda on climate encapsulated in the infrastructure plan proposed by the Biden Administration.

    Co-hosted by the Progressive Caucus & the Global Black Caucus

    JOIN THE ZOOM MEETING
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81528029631?pwd=RmloeGFwMFZtcCswdFVxNGgrYUlqUT09

    Meeting ID: 815 2802 9631
    Passcode: 174537

    Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbWHdt6wvV

    THE PANEL 

    Michelle Deatrick, Founder and Chair of the first-ever DNC Environment and Climate Crisis Council, is a policy analyst, editor and internationally honored poet. She is a member of UAW Local 2320 and the National Writers Union, and serves as a delegate to her regional labor federation as well as being on the Climate Power’s National Advisory Board and the Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy’s Board of Directors. A recent county commissioner who flipped a rural three-term red seat to blue, and a former Peace Corps Volunteer, Michelle is the Chair of Women’s March Ann Arbor. She lives on her family’s 80 acre farm.

    Dr. Michael K. Dorsey is a limited partner in the Spanish solar concern IberSun, s.l. and a JV partner in the Indian based solar panel manufacturer Pahal Solar. Dr. Dorsey is also a “Full member” of the Club of Rome. As a recognized expert on global energy, environment, and sustainability matters, in 2013 the US National Journal named Dorsey one of 200 US “energy and environment expert insiders.”  He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Yale University, and the Johns Hopkins University. Dorsey sits on the board the Sunrise Movement Education Fund, the 501(c)3 arm of Sunrise, an entity he and two former students co-founded in 2017. In fall 2020, Dr. Dorsey was the inaugural Macmillan Scholar in Residence at the University of Vermont.

    Professor N. Bruce Duthu is the Samson Occom Professor and Chair of Native American Studies at Dartmouth College. An internationally recognized scholar of Native American law and policy, Professor Duthu joined the faculty of Arts & Sciences at Dartmouth in 2008.  He served as Dartmouth’s Associate Dean of the Faculty for International Studies & Interdisciplinary Programs.  Duthu earned his BA degree in religion and Native American Studies from Dartmouth College and his JD degree from Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans. Prior to joining the Dartmouth faculty, Duthu was Professor of Law at Vermont Law School where he also served as inaugural director of the VLS-Sun Yat-sen University (Guangzhou, China) Partnership in Environmental Law. He is the author of Shadow Nations: Tribal Sovereignty and the Limits of Legal Pluralism (Oxford University Press 2013) and American Indians and the Law (Viking/Penguin Press 2008) and much more. He is an enrolled tribal member of the United Houma Nation of Louisiana.

    MODERATOR

    Alexander Lee, former DA China general counsel, taught Environmental Justice at Middlebury College in 1996, a year after he founded Project Laundry List, an organization that he led till 2010. He has worked for the NH PUC as Assistant to the Commissioners and was NARUC ERE Committee Staff Co-Chair during that time. He currently teaches Environmental Science and is the head of the social studies department at a school in Guangzhou.

    WHEN
    April 22, 2021 at 7:30pm
    WHERE
    Zoom Meeting
    Details in Event Body
    Guangzhou, Guangdong
    China
    Google map and directions
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  • Study Group Targeting Misinformation and Radicalization

     

     

     

    We are piloting a group to review literature on misinformation and radicalization to help change the way we communicate in crucial swing districts.  The project is designed for the mutual benefit of overseas and homeland voters. 

    For more information, please contact Jonathan Kooker [email protected]

     

    WHEN
    April 22, 2021 at 6pm
    WHERE
    Zoom
    Frankfurt, HE
    Germany
    Google map and directions
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  • rsvped for IT ADMIN TRAINING - April 13, 2021 2021-04-08 13:31:02 -0400

    IT ADMIN TRAINING - April 13, 2021

    Tuesday April 13 2021
    10:00AM:Vancouver, 1:00PM:Toronto, 2:00PM:Buenos Aires, 7:00PM:Rome

    Overview of Membership Management, Email Administration, and WebPosting for Admins, Data Privacy Explained, and more!

    All countries' admins - new, current and experienced -  are welcome!
    RSVP below to receive meeting details.

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    WHEN
    April 13, 2021 at 7pm
    WHERE
    WebEx -ONLINE
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  • New Leader Orientation 2021, Session 1 (AP/EMEA-friendly time)

    2021 New Leader Orientation (Session 1)

    (photo from the 2019 EMEA Regional Meeting in Athens)

    Saturday, 24 April 2021, 3:00-6:00 AM EDT (check your local time HERE)

    Newly-elected leaders are invited to attend a New Leader Orientation session, facilitated by the Asia Pacific and Europe, Middle East, and Africa regional teams.  Current leaders and volunteers are also welcome to join as a refresher, as are those who are candidates for local office where elections have not yet taken place.

    During this three-hour orientation, we will cover the following Democrats Abroad basics:

    • Our purpose, our organizational structure, and how we conduct business (45 minutes)
    • Our IT Team and key resources (30 minutes)
    • Our Comms Team and how we share our messages (20 minutes)
    • Our other teams and committees that support leaders and Country Committees (40 minutes)
    • Upcoming and regular regional and global meetings (20 minutes)

    There will also be a ten-minute break, along with Q&A opportunities.

    Please RSVP for the WebEx link.

    A second New Leader orientation session, covering the same topics, will also be held at an Americas/EMEA-friendly time on Saturday, 08 May between 12:00-3:00 PM EDT.  To register for that session, please visit this event page to RSVP.

    WHEN
    April 24, 2021 at 3am
    WHERE
    WebEx
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  • @OnelicaAndrade tweeted link to ERA Stories. 2021-03-22 06:06:24 -0400

    Why ERA is Important to Me

    2021 could be the year that women’s rights are secured in the U.S. Constitution – just 245 years after white men. The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is positioned to be the 28th amendment once either the Senate removes the deadline from the 1972 resolution OR the Department of Justice instructs the US Archivist to add it. The threshold of 38 states ratifying it happened in 2020 but it has been held up due to some technicalities. YOU can help promote awareness and action on the ERA. 

    Would you like to tell Congress why the ERA is important to you? Here's how: Take a selfie, then add your picture and story in the textbox. You can also make a video and send in the url (just add the link in the textbox).   Your story can be up to 500 words.   If you need more words, just continue with additional posts.

     

    Please include your Country of Residence, and Voting State at the end of your story.  Including your Name is optional.

    We'll share these stories with Congressional allies to help them in their fight to finally add the ERA to the US Constitution. 
    Please note that the stories below are all user submitted and reflect individual opinions. By sharing your story here you are consenting to sharing your story publicly both on this site and with Congress. 

    Click here to read the first set of over 100 stories sent on March 25 to the Senate.


  • published It is about time! We need ERA now! in ERA Stories 2021-03-22 06:05:48 -0400

    It is about time! We need ERA now!

    I went to all girls college for my Master’s degree in 2012. I did not understand why there were still all girls colleges! But my time in the college taught me the value of having such institutions, where women are at the center, surrounded by women and constantly inspired and encouraged by other women. I left the college empowered and with the conviction that I could achieve anything! But reality at the work place made me very aware that I was not equal to my male co-workers and achieving my goals was going to be harder. Much has changed in the past decades and there has been progress in guaranteeing women’s rights, but it is not enough. We are still paid less, we hold fewer high and managerial positions than men in the public and private sectors , pregnancy leave is seen as a privilege instead of a right, and the list goes on. We continue to be discriminated against! We need equality engrained in our Constitutions. ERA won’t be the end of the road, but it will provide a permanent protection against laws that discriminate on the basis of gender. ERA will be a powerful tool to set a consistent approach to addressing the many ways gender is covered by state and federal laws. Onélica, CA voter living in Belgium


  • published Thank you Mr. President! in News / Noticias 2021-03-03 14:34:52 -0500

    Thank you Mr. President!

    The Hispanic Caucus of Democrats Abroad (DAHC) has thanked President Biden for keeping his campaign promise and acting swiftly in issuing an executive order to reinstate and fortify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. 

    President Joseph Biden

    The White House
    1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
    Washington, DC 20500

    Re: Appreciation and gratitude

    February  25, 2021

    Dear Mr.  President,

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  • Interview with DACA recipients Ernesto Hernandez and Jimena Castro

    Author:  Monsy Hernandez

    Monsy Hernandez spoke with two DACA recipients, Ernesto Hernandez and Jimena Castro, about how the DREAM Act impacted them and what they think everyone should know about immigrants in the United States.

    DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a policy that provides the right to a renewable work permit for eligible immigrants who were brought into the United States as children without documentation. The DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) is the name for a process that would grant conditional residency, and potentially permanent residency, to eligible minors with an immigrant background. Many youths and students, mostly undocumented, who are covered by the protections it offers are called DREAMers.

    How has DACA impacted you?

    Ernesto: DACA has definitely impacted me in a positive way, I mean, previous to DACA, you know, like many other immigrants in this country we were hiding in the shadows for lack of better words, we were undocumented, we couldn’t find jobs or go to school, so when DACA came out it gave us a chance to come out of the shadows, participate in school programs. It helped me seek better paying jobs, and it's definitely helped me out over the last six years of being DACA-mented.

    Jimena: DACA impacted me because it allowed me to get a driver’s license. We’re only allowed to have it yearly. From my understanding, United States citizens are allowed to have their driver’s licenses for over ten years. We’re only allowed to have it while our DACA is valid for two years, then we have to go through a renewal. It also allowed me to get a job legally. It gave me a social security number, a right-to-work permit, and it also allowed me to go to school. But every state has different provisions as to what they allow. SC puts a lot of restrictions on the people that go to school, which is why I go to school in Delaware. SC charges out-of-country tuition for DACA, so it’s very unaffordable. No FAFSA, no federal loans, so we’re basically on our own with that. It limits you in what you can be. They don’t allow people with DACA to become lawyers, and anything that requires you to get licensing exams that they would allow any United States citizen to take. I’m going to school to be a nurse, but I can’t take the exam that allows me to get licensed in South Carolina. DACA does allow you to go to school, you just have to find your way.

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    Cleve Jones "This is Not My First Pandemic"

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    Cleve Jones will speak about "This is not my first pandemic" to Democrats Abroad in a webinar hosted by Solidarity Sundays Austria and the Democrats Abroad Global LGBTI Caucus.  

    Cleve will discuss and draw the parallels between the AIDS and COVID-19 government then and now. Both pandemics began with a Republican president in the White House who did not perceive the gravity of the situation and failed to lead the country. Please make a donation today and make a difference with Democrats Abroad!

    Donations will be going to the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (Democrats Abroad) and not to any candidate for federal office.

     

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