Chair, DA Spain, DPCA Voting Rep

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  • published Stone Soup in News 2022-02-16 10:40:39 -0500

    Stone Soup

    Message from DA Spain Chair

    It’s February, and I’m writing to you from my home state of Texas. Remarkably, it’s actually been cold here; we had an entire week of at- or below-freezing temperatures at night. (The electrical grid didn’t even threaten to collapse, which it actually did last winter, but Texans with cold weather PTSD have been quite twitchy for a few days.) Anyway, the cold inspired me to make a couple of batches of soup.

    As I stood in our kitchen stirring a fragrant batch of bean soup, I recalled one of my favorite childhood books. Stone Soup told a story that resonates with what we are doing at Democrats Abroad Spain. In the book, three travelers enter a small village. The trio is hungry, but the villagers don’t have a lot of food to spare and are disinclined to offer a meal to them. The travelers say that is fine with them, as they can make their own delicious soup with a long spoon, a large stockpot, a nice fire, and three smooth stones. Curious, the villagers supply the pot, the water, and the fire. One of the travelers takes three stones from his pocket and pitches them into the water.

    The water boils and the travelers stir the water and sniff the air. “Ah, this stone soup will be delicious!” cries one of the cooks. “Divine! Of course it would be better if we had some potatoes! But it will be fine just as it is.” A couple of villagers scratch their heads and think of a few spare potatoes they have squirreled away in their cottages. Deciding to take a chance, they run home, bring back the potatoes, and throw them into the pot.

    “Even better!” exclaims the cook. And he’s right – the soup has a definite aroma now, and it’s pleasing to the nose. “This will be perfect! Alas, it would be more perfect if we had some carrots, but never mind!” Of course a couple of other villagers rush off to supply a couple of carrots, and ….You get the idea. Cue the tomatoes, beans, peas, meat, and seasonings. Everyone pitches in a little, and everyone happily feasts on the “stone soup” at the end.

    Here at DA Spain, we make a lot of our own sort of soup together. Of course, our dishes aren’t liquid, and you can’t eat them, but they are important all the same. Members make a few phone banking calls – potatoes. Members staff tables at voter registration drives – carrots. Members use their social media platforms to talk up DA and tell others about how US citizens can vote from abroad – tomatoes. Members contribute small amounts to DA to help us pay for phone banks, mailouts, banners for our voter registration tables, and the myriad other items that enable us to connect with Americans abroad – beans. Again, you get the idea.

    I’m grateful to every one of you who helps us fill the pot. And I hope each of you will consider adding to DA’s soup. We’re not the tricksters that our travelers were, so all we can do is assure you that whatever you choose to add, matters. Your efforts promote and safeguard democracy. And that’s a delicacy beyond compare.

    So if you’re interested in volunteering or contributing, please take a few minutes to fill out the Volunteer Interest Form.

    Thank you, and buen provecho!

    Kathy Tullos (Chair) 


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  • published DA Spain Leadership Change in News 2021-08-03 12:29:58 -0400

    SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Change in leadership and call for new Vice-Chair

    Democrats Abroad Spain is undergoing a change in leadership. After dedicating substantial time, energy and leadership to our organization, Daniel James has reluctantly made the difficult decision of resigning as Country Committee Chair in order to focus on urgent family health issues. DA Spain thanks Daniel for his extraordinary dedication and immense contributions to our democratic mission. Under our bylaws, former Vice-Chair Kathryn Tullos has succeeded Daniel James as Chair. She is fortunate to be serving alongside an incredibly talented and dedicated Executive Committee.

    The search is now on for a new Vice-Chair. Under our bylaws, in order to maintain gender parity, the new Vice-Chair must identify as male, nonbinary, intersex, or some other non-female designation because our Chair identifies as female. Candidates for the position must be members of DA Spain. The Chair appoints the new Vice-Chair, with the advice and consent of the Country Committee, at the upcoming Executive Committee meeting to be held on August 12. The newly-appointed Vice-Chair will serve out the remainder of this term (through early 2023). If you have an interest in this position or would like to nominate a candidate, please email [email protected].

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  • published DA Women's Caucus Lands in Spain in News 2021-04-03 05:16:27 -0400

    DA Women's Caucus Lands in Spain

    DA Spain Women's Caucus says Hola!

    Twenty people attended the preliminary organizational meeting of the Democrats Abroad Spain Women’s Caucus on March 18. 

    The meeting opened with participants’ introductions and a presentation by Ann Hesse, Chair of the DA Global Women’s Caucus (GWC). Ann provided a quick history of the GWC and laid out its three pillars: Education; Community Building; and Activism, particularly in the form of get-out-the-vote efforts. Approximately 10,000 women currently belong to the GWC. Over 300 of those members live in Spain.

    Next up, moderator Andrea Host-Barth led the discussion, turning the focus to goals and organizational steps for a DA Spain Women’s Caucus. The Caucus intends to focus initially on providing education on environmental issues, and building community with small, local events. Members were encouraged to support the call-to-action initiatives already available on the GWC website. 

    The Caucus hopes to play two other roles as well. First, the Caucus can interact with the GWC, helping members in Spain and members of the worldwide group to share ideas and coordinate activities. Second, the DA Spain Women’s Caucus can serve as a template for creating Women’s Caucuses in other countries. 

    DA Spain’s Women’s Caucus is moving forward in its organizational process. The Caucus welcomes people of all genders as leaders, members, and volunteers. 

    Not already a caucus member? Simply join the GWC caucus and you automatically are a Spain member. To get involved, fill out the Volunteer Information Form

    Interested in starting your country women’s caucus? Send email to [email protected]

  • published The History of Women's History Month in News 2021-03-04 05:25:36 -0500

    The History of Women's History Month

    Women’s History Month has its Own History
    By: Kathy Tullos

    The Month has its origins in Santa Rosa, California, where a County Task Force designated the week beginning March 8, 1978 as Women’s History Week. The Task Force selected the date because March 8 is International Women’s Day. Other communities quickly followed suit.

    By 1980 a consortium of women’s groups and historians formed the National Women’s History Project. The Project, which is now known as the National Women’s History Alliance, began to lobby at the federal level for designation of a national Women’s History Week. President Jimmy Carter responded by proclaiming March 2-8, 1980 as National Women’s History Week.

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