DAF National Chair

  • is hosting Juneteenth Commemoration & Celebration 2020-06-01 06:50:21 -0400

    Juneteenth Commemoration & Celebration

    Juneteenth Commemoration & Celebration
    June 19th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

    Juneteenth commemorates the unofficial end of slavery, which happened in Texas on June 19th 1865, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. This year's celebration of Juneteenth will take place online via Zoom and will highlight the talents of several of our members.

    Participants include: singer Ursuline Kairson, author Jake Lamar, and Pastor Victor Greene of the American Church in Paris.

    After our short program we will have time to converse and connect. This will be a great opportunity to commiserate on current events, catch up with old friends, meet new people and learn more about the Diversity Caucus. 

     

    WHEN
    June 19, 2020 at 6:30pm
    WHERE
    via Zoom - link will be sent upon RSVP
    Paris, Île-de-France
    France
    Google map and directions
    16 rsvps rsvp

  • rsvped for Black Lives Matter Vigil 2020-05-30 13:39:31 -0400

    Black Lives Matter Vigil

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    “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

    ― Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from the Birmingham Jail, 16 April 1963

    The time has come to stand up and testify against the institutionalized racism embedded in the power structures of the United States. The Democrats Abroad Global Black Caucus invites you to join us on a call.    

    During the vigil, our members and allies will be able to step up and raise their voices against the atrocities happening in the United States right now. Special guests include Nina Turner, Virgie Rollins, Michael Blake, Kelly Hall-Tompkins and Akilah Ensley.

    We have reached our webinar capacity but will be running the call on Facebook live as well! Please join us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DemsAbroad at 1pm Eastern Time today.

    If you cannot join the call, consider joining our virtual vigil.  Print this poster (or make your own sign), take a picture of yourself with it and email it to us at info@democratsabroad.org, then post it to your twitter, facebook or instagram page (tag us at @demsabroad and we'll reshare!). This is a rolling action and we'll keep adding pictures to our vigil page as we receive images through the week.

    For more graphics, visit our Black Lives Matter Vigil Shareable Graphics page

    You are not alone.

    Location Local Event Start Time
    Vancouver, Canada 10:00 PDT
    Washington DC, USA 13:00 EDT
    London, United Kingdom 18:00 BST
    Frankfurt, Germany 19:00 CEST
    Athens, Greece 20:00 EEST
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates 21:00 GST
    Beijing, China 01:00 CST*
    Fiji 06:00 FJST*



    Our webinar license allows for up to 1000 participants, so space is limited and first come first served.
    If zoom webinar is full, you can join via facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DemsAbroad/

    WHEN
    June 02, 2020 at 1pm
    2582 rsvps sold out

  • is hosting Phonebanking with the Youth Caucus! 2020-05-29 00:27:14 -0400

    Phonebanking with the Youth Caucus!

    Join Saturday Phonebanking with the Youth Caucus!

    This is a recurring event.

    Every Saturday the DA France Youth Caucus is hosting a virtual phonebank (via Zoom) calling thousands of US Democratic voters living in France to make sure they are registered and ready to vote in critical Presidential, Senate and House races this fall. We need your help. You must be a member of Democrats Abroad France to help make these calls, if you aren't already: join here

    Get Trained with DA France
    For the 90 minutes we will walk through phonebanking training using CallHub, including some new features specific to France. We can also answer questions you may have, and support each other as we call voters.

    If you have done the training, and are comfortable phone banking, then you know you can make calls from home any time, to US voters around the world — there is no reason to wait until Saturday or join our Zoom to make calls, but please feel free to come by, say hi and share your experiences calling others.

    1-2:30PM - Phonebanking Training
    2:30-5PM - Phonebanking, Q&A

    Before Saturday
    Sign up to become a call agent with CallHub: www.democratsabroad.org/phonebanking. It is also helpful to walk through the basic training materials available on this page
    And please fill out our Volunteer Intake form, here.

    Thanks! Happy calling!

     

    WHEN
    June 27, 2020 at 1pm
    WHERE
    Via Zoom - link in RSVP
    Paris, Île-de-France
    France
    Google map and directions
    rsvp

  • is hosting Phonebanking with the Youth Caucus! 2020-05-29 00:27:13 -0400

    Phonebanking with the Youth Caucus!

    Join Saturday Phonebanking with the Youth Caucus!

    This is a recurring event.

    Every Saturday the DA France Youth Caucus is hosting a virtual phonebank (via Zoom) calling thousands of US Democratic voters living in France to make sure they are registered and ready to vote in critical Presidential, Senate and House races this fall. We need your help. You must be a member of Democrats Abroad France to help make these calls, if you aren't already: join here

    Get Trained with DA France
    For the 90 minutes we will walk through phonebanking training using CallHub, including some new features specific to France. We can also answer questions you may have, and support each other as we call voters.

    If you have done the training, and are comfortable phone banking, then you know you can make calls from home any time, to US voters around the world — there is no reason to wait until Saturday or join our Zoom to make calls, but please feel free to come by, say hi and share your experiences calling others.

    1-2:30PM - Phonebanking Training
    2:30-5PM - Phonebanking, Q&A

    Before Saturday
    Sign up to become a call agent with CallHub: www.democratsabroad.org/phonebanking. It is also helpful to walk through the basic training materials available on this page
    And please fill out our Volunteer Intake form, here.

    Thanks! Happy calling!

     

    WHEN
    June 20, 2020 at 1pm
    WHERE
    Via Zoom - link in RSVP
    Paris, Île-de-France
    France
    Google map and directions
    rsvp

  • is hosting Phonebanking with the Youth Caucus! 2020-05-29 00:27:12 -0400

    Phonebanking with the Youth Caucus!

    Join Saturday Phonebanking with the Youth Caucus!

    This is a recurring event.

    Every Saturday the DA France Youth Caucus is hosting a virtual phonebank (via Zoom) calling thousands of US Democratic voters living in France to make sure they are registered and ready to vote in critical Presidential, Senate and House races this fall. We need your help. You must be a member of Democrats Abroad France to help make these calls, if you aren't already: join here

    Get Trained with DA France
    For the 90 minutes we will walk through phonebanking training using CallHub, including some new features specific to France. We can also answer questions you may have, and support each other as we call voters.

    If you have done the training, and are comfortable phone banking, then you know you can make calls from home any time, to US voters around the world — there is no reason to wait until Saturday or join our Zoom to make calls, but please feel free to come by, say hi and share your experiences calling others.

    1-2:30PM - Phonebanking Training
    2:30-5PM - Phonebanking, Q&A

    Before Saturday
    Sign up to become a call agent with CallHub: www.democratsabroad.org/phonebanking. It is also helpful to walk through the basic training materials available on this page
    And please fill out our Volunteer Intake form, here.

    Thanks! Happy calling!

     

    WHEN
    June 13, 2020 at 1pm
    WHERE
    Via Zoom - link in RSVP
    Paris, Île-de-France
    France
    Google map and directions
    rsvp

  • is hosting Phonebanking with the Youth Caucus! 2020-05-29 00:27:11 -0400

    Phonebanking with the Youth Caucus!

    Join Saturday Phonebanking with the Youth Caucus!

    This is a recurring event.

    Every Saturday the DA France Youth Caucus is hosting a virtual phonebank (via Zoom) calling thousands of US Democratic voters living in France to make sure they are registered and ready to vote in critical Presidential, Senate and House races this fall. We need your help. You must be a member of Democrats Abroad France to help make these calls, if you aren't already: join here

    Get Trained with DA France
    For the 90 minutes we will walk through phonebanking training using CallHub, including some new features specific to France. We can also answer questions you may have, and support each other as we call voters.

    If you have done the training, and are comfortable phone banking, then you know you can make calls from home any time, to US voters around the world — there is no reason to wait until Saturday or join our Zoom to make calls, but please feel free to come by, say hi and share your experiences calling others.

    1-2:30PM - Phonebanking Training
    2:30-5PM - Phonebanking, Q&A

    Before Saturday
    Sign up to become a call agent with CallHub: www.democratsabroad.org/phonebanking. It is also helpful to walk through the basic training materials available on this page
    And please fill out our Volunteer Intake form, here.

    Thanks! Happy calling!

     

    WHEN
    June 06, 2020 at 1pm
    WHERE
    Via Zoom - link in RSVP
    Paris, Île-de-France
    France
    Google map and directions
    1 rsvp rsvp

  • published Events in Montpellier 2019-03-28 10:38:21 -0400

  • published Leaders in Montpellier 2019-03-28 10:37:42 -0400

  • published News in Montpellier 2019-03-28 10:36:21 -0400

  • signed up on Youth Caucus 2018-02-10 04:31:21 -0500

    Youth Caucus Signup

    The Youth Caucus of Democrats Abroad is committed to generating awareness of the concerns of young Americans and the challenges they face for the purpose of informing party policy-making and improving party outreach and organizing. The Youth Caucus will provide a platform for young Democrats abroad - those who are and those who seek to become politically active - to engage in and lead on issues and campaigns important to them.

    STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

    The Youth Caucus will be “youth-led” but open to those of all ages who support these central aims.

    The Youth Caucus will/proposes to:

    • Build political engagement by young Americans Democrats abroad. Initiatives will make young Americans abroad aware of:  voter registration and voting from abroad; issue education, advocacy and activism, especially youth-led and youth-related;  candidates and campaigns, especially those of young Democrats;  US political and election organizing from abroad; and overseas and domestic youth networks, contacts and resources.
    • Sponsor issue-focused Working Groups: The Caucus will engage young Democrats abroad in issues advocacy by inviting them to join teams studying particular issues (eg Environmental Sustainability Working Group) and developing and coordinating youth-led advocacy activities and campaigns.
    • Establish web-based communication channels for on-going youth outreach: A Youth Caucus Blog on the Democrats Abroad Youth Caucus webpage will provide continuous access to the work of the Youth Caucus and facilitate participation by members globally.
    • Work online. Membership will not be constrained by physical location. All general meetings, campaigns, fundraisers etc. will be conducted online via Skype, Social Media, Email, and Online Markets.
    • Encourage caucus members to organize live local events and gatherings for political education and outreach, issues advocacy or socializing.
    • Be youth-led, with a leadership team made up of volunteers from around the world aged between 18 and 35.
    • Engage with US-based Young Democrats or College Democrats groups to share information, advice, intelligence and ideas, build networks and to cross-promote each other.
    Sign up

  • signed up on Progressive Caucus Signup 2018-02-10 04:30:19 -0500

  • signed up on LGBT Signup 2018-02-10 04:29:58 -0500

    LGBT Caucus Signup

    Democrats Abroad is committed to a world where all persons have access to the same rights and benefits, regardless of sexual identity or gender expression.

    STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

    The Democrats Abroad LGBT Caucus is the constituency group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex members and any Democrat abroad who supports them.

    The goals of the LGBT Caucus reflect the mission of Democrats Abroad to:

    • engage and empower LGBTI Americans living abroad to vote in US elections;
    • provide a platform for Democrats Abroad members, country committees and chapters to advance issues at the heart of the LGBTI community;
    • support Democrats Abroad’s members in issues they face living abroad as LGBTI Americans, such as access to government services and benefits for same-sex spouses and family members, the legacy resulting from past discrimination and Defense of Marriage Act.

    The LGBT Caucus: 

    • supports Democrats Abroad’s country committees and local chapters in organizing activities of interest to the LGBTI community, such as participation in pride events and voter outreach; 
    • disseminates information to Democrats Abroad members and promotes action on issues that affect LGBTI Americans and their families;
    • ensures that the LGBTI perspective is effectively incorporated in all the work of Democrats Abroad, including issues advocacy, communication and GOTV strategy, planning and execution; ensures that issues and policies that impact LGBTI Americans are included in the Democrats Abroad and Democratic Party platforms;
    • takes leadership in Democrats Abroad’s issues advocacy initiatives, including “door knock” visits to elected officials in Washington DC, to ensure that issues that impact LGBTI Americans living abroad and their families are included and addressed by elected representatives;
    • encourages LGBTI members to run for elected leadership roles within Democrats Abroad and fulfill Democrats Abroad’s diversity and affirmative action goals;
    • supports community building among Democrats Abroad’s LGBTI members and allies;
    • promotes Democratic Party candidates who demonstrate commitment to policies that positively impact the lives of LGBTI Americans;
    • supports and engages with Democratic Party LGBTI caucuses build capacity and achieve common goals.
    Sign up

  • signed up on GOTV signup 2018-01-26 18:36:56 -0500

    GOTV signup

    Click below to receive periodic updates from the GOTV and Voting Rights teams regarding our voting rights work.  We will message you when there are important updates and developments to report.

    Sign up

  • signed up on Tiny Actions Signup 2017-09-14 06:44:46 -0400

  • published DA China Bylaws Draft in News 2017-04-28 06:42:12 -0400

    DA China Bylaws Draft

    VERSIONS
    As of April 6, 2017: http://bit.ly/dacnbylawsdraftapril6
    As of April 28, 2017: http://bit.ly/dacnbylawsdraftapril28

    Comments period is now open and closes May 4th, 2017.
    Please email Bylaws comments or questions to democratsabroadinchina@gmail.com.


  • published Announcement in News 2017-04-24 22:50:22 -0400

    Announcement

    DEMOCRATS ABROAD CHINA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

    Last updated Wed May 3, 2017.

    UPDATE:
    Day and Date Registration will be accepted for the AGM. Please join DA China before coming to register and bring your DA member/account number with you.
    Optional Early Voting E-Ballot link can be used by new members who missed the email that went out earlier this week. Their new DA China Member/Account ID is required. Vote before the end of day, May 4th. (details below). DA CHINA EARLY VOTE E-BALLOT: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/dachinaearlyvote

    UPDATE: With Location and RSVP Details 
    UPDATE: Nominations closed on April 19, 2017. We have 18 Candidates for Leadership Board! Check them out here!

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    RSVP TO ATTEND THE AGM IN PERSON, click here to email us: democratsabroadinchina@gmail.com
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    RSVP TO ATTEND THE AGM BY WEBEX or phone, click here to email us: democratsabroadinchina@gmail.com
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    DA CHINA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM)
    All US citizens who are registered members of Democrats Abroad, residing in China, and of voting age by the next general federal election (Nov 6, 2018) are eligible to participate in the DA China Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday May 6th, in person in Beijing and Shanghai, or via remote videoconference (WebEx).

    As announced April 6th, we will pass Bylaws and Elect Leadership at the AGM, necessary steps towards making China an official country committee of Democrats Abroad. Our country committee application will then be ratified at the Democrats Abroad Global Meeting in Washington DC, May 12-15.

    DA CHINA BYLAWS: To view the current Bylaws Draft, click here: Bylaws.
    The comment period is now open and will close May 4th.
    To send questions or comments on the Bylaws draft, please click here: democratsabroadinchina@gmail.com

    ELECTIONS: LEADERSHIP BOARD & EXCOM OFFICERS
    We will elect the DA China Leadership Board and then ExCom Officers in two rounds.

    Round One: Leadership Board Elections. 18 Candidates are running for 11 positions on the Leadership Board. To read Candidate statements, please click here.  For this part of the elections only, there will be an early e-voting option for those who cannot attend the meeting. See details below.

    Round Two: Executive Committee Officer Elections. Once we have elected a Leadership Board, out of their number we will then elect six Officers who comprise the Executive Committee (ExCom); they shall be the Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Legal Officer and Director of Communications and IT. The Chair and Vice Chair must be of opposite genders. To read about ExCom Positions, scroll down. 

    Note that only those who have been successfully elected to the Board in Round One can be then nominated and run for Officer positions in Round Two. When voting, please also take into consideration regional balance and other factors to ensure we have a diverse and dynamic leadership team representative of DA China as a whole.

    EARLY VOTING (OPTIONAL) BY E-BALLOT APRIL 29 TO MAY 4 - LEADERSHIP BOARD ELECTIONS ONLY
    If you are not able to attend the AGM, as a DA Member in China you will have the option to Early Vote by e-ballot for Round One: Leadership Board Elections. DA Members in China received an email from the Nominations and Elections Committee of DA China on April 30, 2017 containing the link and instructions for Early Voting. (Subject line: IMPORTANT - DA China Early Vote E-Ballot - Vote Now) NOTE that if you elect to Early Vote, you may not vote again or change your vote at the Leadership Board elections at the AGM -- attempting to vote more than once will disqualify you. (There is no early vote option for ExCom Officer elections, you must participate in the AGM on May 6th either in person or via WebEx to vote that round.) If you need assistance, please email democratsabroadinchina@gmail.com.

    DA CHINA EARLY VOTE E-BALLOT - PLEASE CLICK HERE:
    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/dachinaearlyvote


    * * For those eligible and interested who have not yet joined DA in China, they can join now at http://www.democratsabroad.org.
    Day and date new member registrations will be accepted to participate and vote at the AGM. Bring your new DA China member/account number after joining. See below to RSVP.

    * * *  MAY 6th AGM MEETING LOCATIONS: Beijing and Shanghai

    DATE: Sat. May 6th, 2017
    REGISTRATION: 12PM. Free Pizza for early registrants. Come meet our Leadership Candidates.
    MEETING: BEGINS PROMPTLY FROM 1P
    Snacks and light refreshment will be available.

    RSVP TO ATTEND THE AGM IN PERSON, click here to contact us: democratsabroadinchina@gmail.com

    In Beijing: Beijing United Family Hospital
    Building 2, Fifth Floor, 2 Jiangtai Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
    北京和睦家医院2号楼5层会议室 北京朝阳区将台路2号
    Map: http://beijing.ufh.com.cn/locations/main-campus
    Many thanks to Roberta L., Carolyn W., Josh K., and Alan K. and the BJUFH IT team for their support.

    In Shanghai: The Market
    280 Ao'men Road, Near Changhua Road. Upstairs, first office right hand side.
    THE MARKET上海普陀区澳门路280号, 近昌化路
    Map: http://www.smartshanghai.com/venue/13458/the_market
    Many thanks to Brent B., Chris C. and The Market IT team for their support. 


    * * * MAY 6th AGM PARTICIPATION VIA ONLINE VIDEO CONFERENCE OR BY PHONE
    DATE: Sat. May 6th, 2017
    REGISTRATION: Please RSVP to register, and we suggest setting up 10 minutes beforehand.
    MEETING: BEGINS PROMPTLY FROM 1P

    RSVP TO ATTEND THE AGM BY WEBEX or phone, click here to contact us: democratsabroadinchina@gmail.com

    Open to all DA China members who are not able to attend in Beijing and Shanghai in person. We will be using WebEx, an online video conference service that you use with your computer and a web interface. (http://www.WebEx.com)

    A local call-in number will also be provided if you wish to participate instead by phone (voice only). 


    DA CHINA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OFFICER POSITIONS

    CHAIR
    The Chair shall be the chief executive officer of the organization, shall call and preside at all meetings of members and of the Executive Committee, and shall have responsibility for all activities approved by the organization. The Chair shall sit ex-officio on all committees of the organization including Standing Committees, with full voting privileges.

    VICE CHAIR
    In the absence of the Chair, the Vice Chair shall call and preside at meetings of members and of the Executive Committee. The Vice Chair shall have such other duties as the Chair shall define. The Vice Chair shall be the opposite gender of the Chair.

    SECRETARY
    The Secretary shall maintain a current list of verified members of the organization; individual members may review and revise their own member record, otherwise the secretary shall be responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of membership list names and contact details. The secretary shall also maintain minutes of all meetings, and all files and administrative records of the organization and make them reasonably available for membership review.

    TREASURER
    The Treasurer shall manage the finances of the organization, maintain its financial reports to members, and make and maintain such financial reports as may be required by US law, particularly but not limited to those related to election campaign finance. All such records shall be open for inspection by members.

    LEGAL COUNSEL OR COUNSEL
    The Legal Officer shall advise the Committee or its officers on legal and procedural questions relating to DACN.

    DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT)
    The Director of Communications and IT (“Communications Director”) shall direct and coordinate the efforts of the Committee to communicate with the membership, coordinate relations with the Press, and advise the Committee on appropriate and effective channels of communication, in particular use of social media and digital meeting platforms.

    FIVE AT-LARGE LEADERSHIP BOARD POSITIONS: The roles and responsibilities of non-ExCom At-Large Board Members shall be defined by the Board as a whole.

    Questions? Please email us democratsabroadinchina@gmail.com

    Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC)

    Ada Shen
    Rich Welch
    Radha Chaddah

     


  • published Leadership Board Candidate Joshua Lally in News 2017-04-24 21:46:20 -0400

    Leadership Board Candidate Joshua Lally

    Interested in
    ExCom Positions: Chair; Vice Chair
    At-Large Board Member: At-Large Member
    Based in: Beijing

    My name is Joshua Lally, I'm a lifelong Democrat (dyed in the wool) who votes in Nevada's 1st Congressional District. I've been in Beijing, China now for over 12 years and I'm the Director of Food and Beverage for multiple popular restaurant brands in Beijing that have not only thrived, but have expanded to multiple locations around the city. I can also read and write Chinese, which can be a big asset here in China.

    I mention my time in Beijing and experience in F&B because it relates to an understanding of how to create systems and structures that last the test of time, as well as how to navigate the unique challenges in this country that we call our adopted (or even temporary) home. I've studied and worked with really fantastic management and strategy methods and would love to apply that background to growing DA China. My passion in running for Chair or Vice Chair lies in helping the country committee to create a lasting structure that will focus on three essential goals: to build the membership for Democrats Abroad China, to sustain the enthusiasm of our members through various events and engagement, and through that engaged membership, activate them in times of need to assist the greater goals of the Democratic Party. To that end, I have also participated on the DA China Steering Committee in considering the organizational growth and direction of our new country committee.

    It's as simple as that for me. I'm passionate about getting people involved to support the Democratic Party and push to take back all three branches of government. I want to get as many Democrat voters registered and involved with DA China as possible and see an engaged electorate working for change back home. We've seen such an amazing turnout and revitalized interest in American politics from this election and I want to help to build the organization that will serve these newly engaged minds in meaningful activities and involvement, hopefully putting them and the greater Democratic Party on a brighter and more successful path for the future. EMAIL

     


  • published Leadership Board Candidate Kira Leinonen in News 2017-04-24 21:41:38 -0400

    Leadership Board Candidate Kira Leinonen

    Interested in
    ExCom Position: Vice Chair, Secretary, Legal, Director of Communications and Information Technology
    At-Large Board Member: Women's Caucus Lead; Progressive Caucus Lead; Issues Advocacy; Rapid Response Team
    Based in: Beijing


    My name is Kira Leinonen, registered Maine voter. I would like you to support me for a role as an At-Large Board Member, working on Issues Advocacy.

    I am an independent film and documentary producer living and working in China since 2008. I believe that Americans living outside of the US need more effective engagement in US politics to be better represented, and to be better heard. I believe that as Americans overseas we offer an invaluable perspective on some the most pressing issues facing our nation and our planet, and the future for all. As a Board Member, I feel that my experience in communications and media would help DA China mobilize around issues that matter to large cross-sections of Americans abroad, such as climate change and specific US foreign policies, and communicate them effectively to our representatives in Washington. I hope to offer my experience as a communications and creative professional managing complex teams in in identifying, articulating and moving toward specific goals can be of service to the incoming Leadership Board, in better engaging voters and connecting with the issues relevant to our political system back home on both local and national levels.

    Whether working on regional and global campaigns, or feature films and commercials, my production work has reinforced the importance of clear communication within and between teams, and the importance of understanding audience and the appropriate tones and channels through which to reach them. As the video producer at Greenpeace East Asia for several years, I collaborated with mixed teams of local and international activists, journalists, and media professionals. As an editor of a documentary series about China's environment, in collaboration with state media, I had the responsibility of distinguishing key elements of sensitive grassroots activism in order to shape their stories for broad domestic and international audiences. I believe the ability to gather, understand, and distill diverse issues and the opinions surrounding them into coherent narratives would be an asset to DA China in the effort of relaying our concerns and priorities to our representatives and allies in the US. As a delegate of Global Power Shift, the international movement that laid the groundwork for events such as the 2014 and upcoming 2016 People's Climate March, and through volunteer work for US unions and civil rights organizations, I have been able to apply my communications and advocacy skills to translating international concerns into US-based movements. I would like to continue building this momentum with DA China to impact US politics from abroad.

    I am delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to this country committee leadership effort, and I thank you for your consideration. If you have any questions please contact me. EMAIL


  • published Leadership Board Candidate Chris Zombik in News 2017-04-24 21:35:43 -0400

    Leadership Board Candidate Chris Zombik

    Interested in
    ExCom Positions: Director of Communications and Information Technology
    At-Large Board Member: At-Large Member
    Based in: Shanghai


    My name is Chris Zombik. I live in Shanghai and vote in Massachusetts. I am running for DA China leadership because I want this committee to be the best it can possibly be when it comes to connecting American expats in China and getting them involved in our democracy. I was also one of the main organizers for the DA China Global Presidential Primary in Shanghai.

    I am running for Director of Communications and IT, with the general goal of fostering and strengthening the DA identity in China and around the world. I hope to achieve this through two main areas of effort.

    First, I am well-prepared to handle the basic Comms/IT responsibilities: managing DA China's digital presence through social media and email activities, interfacing with press and other outside entities on behalf of the Executive Committee, and making sure that our communications systems are the best they can be for our needs as a geographically spread-out membership group.

    Second, I will work hard to use the Comms/IT position as a creative, high-impact platform for new forms of outreach and engagement. I will explore the potential of digital platforms such as blogs, newsletters, and podcasts for telling stories about DA's amazing work, not just in China but around the world. I believe that by hearing about the struggles and successes of our counterparts here and in other countries, we will build a leaner, meaner, more engaged and effective membership. Storytelling is key: by getting the word out about what DA members worldwide are up to, Comms/IT can inspire unexpected connections and grassroots initiative. Importantly, these stories can easily be shared with other country committees to help them build engagement, too.

    My background is well-suited to this role. My day job is helping Chinese kids apply for American colleges, so I am basically a communications and storytelling coach. In my free time, I'm an aspiring novelist and internet junkie. Running for Communications Director seems like the ideal way to combine my skills and interests in order to bolster expat political involvement in China and beyond. EMAIL


  • published Leadership Board Candidate Faith Gary in News 2017-04-24 21:27:04 -0400

    Leadership Board Candidate Faith Gary

    Interested in
    ExCom Positions: Director of IT and Communications
    At-Large Board Member: At-Large Member
    Based in: Shanghai

    I earned my degree in Public Relations and Communication, and I am currently an ICT teacher at an IB World School. I am a passionate Democrat who (thanks to my two daughters) is fully immersed in and familiar with various social media platforms and ways people have adapted with the changing of technology to spread awareness and knowledge about subjects. Having lived overseas for years, I've also experimented with different digital platforms for finding the easiest, most successful way to hold conversations across city and country lines. 

    During this Trump Era, I've realized spreading knowledge and awareness, coordinating with our fellow Democrats, and making a stand, will be the key to regaining the America I used to know. I was born during the Civil Rights Movement, and I have witnessed and experienced the different struggles over the decades in order for all Americans to be seen and heard by those in power. We cannot return back to those times. EMAIL