January 17, 2024

December 19, 2023 DA Japan Newsletter

Happy Holidays!
Many thanks to all of our members, volunteers, and supporters for helping Democrats and all voters and citizens living in Japan become better informed about the Democrat Party, voting, and what it takes to improve our democracy. Read on for January GOTV events, membership, speakeasies, and more. Enjoy the holidays and let’s hit the ground running in January 2024! Sign up to volunteer here, donate to DAJ here.

DAJ News and Events
Annual DAJ Membership Verification

Make Sure You’re Still an Active Member!
Accurate member information allows us to better help you vote in US elections and is particularly important as we head into 2024. Please take a few moments to review the information we have on file for you —mailing address, phone numbers, email address and preferences, etc.— by either completing this brief form or logging into the Democrats Abroad Japan website, then selecting Account Settings.

December Kansai Speakeasy
Thurs, Dec 21, 7:00pm 
At the Sound Garden, Namba: Ripple Soemoncho, 2F, 2-3-13 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo Ward, Osaka, 542-0085. Join us every 4th Thursday of the month! Come with friends or make new ones! ¥1,000 happy hour until 9pm. RSVP here

Jan 4th First Phonebank Campaign of 2024
Special Election Calling to Voters in Santos’ NY District
Hit the GOTV ground running by calling DA members all over the world who vote in House District NY-03, the home of George Santos, who was just expelled from Congress. The election is scheduled for Feb 13 but we need to start calling right away – sign up here. New to phonebanking? Get trained and certified here. Are you a NY-03 voter? Register by Feb 3, request your ballot by Feb 6, and remember to vote! Details here.

Volunteer for our Jan 2024 DAJ Phonebanking Campaign
Just a few more weeks until our 2024 GOTV activities start in earnest with the first calls to DAJ voters in key states and districts. And we need your help! We’re building team of phonebankers now so we can have everything in place to begin calling next month. Join our team by emailing [email protected].

Our Issues Survey is Still Open – What Do You Care About?
We want to know the issues and topics our members care about. That way, we can better tailor events and information to drives your need to make your voice heard. Complete the survey here

DAJ 2024 Global Presidential Primary
Do your Part to Increase Voter Turnout
Sign Candidate Petitions by Jan 3, 2024
Our in-person presidential primary is scheduled for Sunday, March 10, 2024. Our page on the DAJ website is here and we’ll be updating with more info as the day approaches. In the meantime, please sign ALL 3 petitions here to get the 3 declared candidates on the Democrats Abroad primary ballot. You may already have a candidate, but studies show the more candidates on the ballot, the greater voter turnout!

Kanto Chapter 2024 GOTV Kickoff Event
Save the Date: Sun, Jan 14, 2024
Join the Kanto Team as we launch election year with a crucial information session and training workshops. Get prepared to contribute to four more years of Democratic leadership. Get empowered, knowing that you can make a difference in the number of votes cast from Japan. This is a must-attend for anyone eager to support DAJ and ensure successful turnout in 2024. Details to follow!

Save the Date! 8th Annual Global Women's March Online
Jan 21, 6-7pm JST
Mark your calendars for next year’s virtual Global Women’s March! As befits an election year, the event’s theme is: “Voting matters: gender equality on the line in 2024”. There will be speakers on key issues on ballots, followed by discussion and action items. Stay tuned for RSVP and speaker information, coming in early 2024.

Know any Potential Speakers for 2024 Events?
As we plan out 2024 events—including GOTV events—we’d love to get speakers well versed on key issues. If you have any connections to members of congress, the embassy, ambassador, or other potential speakers, please let us know! Email [email protected] or [email protected]

DA Global News and Upcoming Events
Catch up on Important Tax/Investing Events You Missed in 2023
Some of DA’s Taxation Task Force events are, unfortunately, not at times helpful to those of us living in Japan. But recordings of many of these events will be made available on December 31st. RSVP for recordings on retirement, tax filing, investing, and expat taxes.

Dec, Jan Phonebank Training Sessions
Dec 22, Jan 9 (Japan-friendly time), Jan 10 (Japan-friendly time)
One more training session of 2023, plus two in early January 2024!  Once you’re officially trained and certified, you can find a campaign and start making calls. RSVP and more details here: https://www.democratsabroad.org/phonebanking_training.

January 2024 Voter Assistance Trainings
Jan 7, Jan 9, Jan 11
We’ll need helpers to support voters throughout 2024 as they navigate how to vote from Japan. Whether you want to assist at in-person events, the Intercom Voter Help Desk, or Voter Assistance Zoom Rooms, RSVP here: https://www.democratsabroad.org/voter_assistance_training

Ways to Get Involved and Stay Up to Date
Volunteer with DAJ https://www.democratsabroad.org/volunteer_in_japan
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