Join Democrats Abroad as we talk with Amy Klobuchar about her Presidential campaign and hear from her about issues important to Americans abroad.
When: January 22nd, at 8:30am Eastern Time
Where: Zoom call (RSVP below for the link)
Note: this is an online call, so you will need an internet connection in order to attend.
Note from Democrats Abroad: We have invited every Democratic Presidential candidate to speak to our members in individual online calls. We are looking forward to discussing issues that matter to Americans abroad during these calls and hope you will join us as we get to know our candidates.
Campaign statement: Senator Amy Klobuchar has always been guided by the values she learned growing up in Minnesota. Her grandpa worked 1,500 feet underground in the iron ore mines of northern Minnesota. Her dad, Jim, was a newspaperman and her mom, Rose, was an elementary school teacher who taught second grade until she was 70.
Her daughter, Abigail, was sick when she was born. Even though Abigail was in intensive care, because of insurance rules, Senator Klobuchar was discharged from the hospital after just 24 hours. She took that experience and became the leading advocate for the successful passage of one of the first laws in the country guaranteeing 48-hour hospital stays for moms and their babies.
She served as the Hennepin County Attorney for eight years and in 2006 became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate in Minnesota’s history. In the Senate, she has worked hard to get things done, passing more than 100 bills that have made a difference in people's lives.
Senator Klobuchar is known for taking on big interests to bring down everyday costs for families and protect consumers. She is working to deliver economic justice to Americans -- focusing on housing, childcare, retirement security and education -- as well as fighting to protect voting rights. And as part of her campaign, she has already released a plan outlining more than 100 concrete steps she will take in her first 100 days as President to take on the biggest challenges we face, including health care, shared economic prosperity, climate change and restoring America's standing in the world.
She was the valedictorian of her Wayzata High School class. She graduated magna cum laude from Yale University and the University of Chicago Law School. She is married to John Bessler, a native of Mankato who attended Loyola High School and the University of Minnesota. They have one daughter, Abigail.WHENJanuary 22, 2020 at 8:30amWHEREZoom call
Chair, Barcelona Chapter
I am a US Citizen by choice. I’ve had an interest in politics my entire adult life. I am a Democrat – I believe deeply in fairness, social equality and economic opportunity for all.
My professional life has seen me based in Asia, USA and Europe. My career has encompassed business development and senior sales roles in several industries with the majority spent in new technology/media related companies. In 2009 career opportunity bought my wife, Ann, and I to Barcelona where we’ve happily lived since, staying connected to USA and voting regularly as Democrats living abroad.
I studied the U.S. political system for 3 years in school and was a resident green card holder as Bush v Gore unfolded in 2000. I wanted the right to vote in the U.S. where I was living, so I became a U.S. Citizen in 2001 in San Francisco. Later in New York, I worked on two presidential campaigns - for John Kerry and Barack Obama. I subscribe to an idea derived from Muhammad Ali’s poem “Me, We” – I see “Me” as representing how others see their position in the world and “We” as Democrats do.
As America goes, so goes the world. Today, issues I support are under direct assault by the current U.S. administration. These include Campaign Finance Reform, Environmental Protection and Climate Change, Universal Health (Obama)Care, Sensible Immigration Reform, Women’s equality and reproductive rights, Gun Control, LGBT Rights, Consumer Protections, Voting Rights and much else. At the same time, nationalist right-wing parties – all with similar divisive populist messages and policies - gain strength across Europe and the world.
Democrats Abroad is a global organization helping to ensure that 9 million ex-patriot Americans, U.S. taxpayers all, are heard via elections or lobbying efforts. Topics range from taxes (ie FATCA and HR7358) to social rights. There are many examples where absentee ballots by Democrats have determined the outcome of important US races. This must continue. While every election cycle is described as “the most important ever”, those words will never be truer than in 2020.
The Barcelona chapter of Democrats Abroad has existed for over 20 years, and has been very active in areas including Women's rights, Immigrant Rights and Welfare, and Climate Change. In this election cycle we will be asking all residents of Catalonia to encourage all resident qualified US Voters to both register and vote by reminding them that it is their duty as citizens to participate in the Democratic process.