Secretary, Barcelona Chapter

  • published 4th of July recap and other DA Barcelona news in News 2021-07-19 14:50:26 -0400

    4th of July recap and other DA Barcelona news

    Barcelona chapter members had a wonderful time celebrating the 4th of July at a park on the waterfront, catching up with old friends and welcoming some new faces. It was one of our first chapter-wide in-person events since March 2020, and the excitement at seeing fellow DA members and friends was palpable. Newly elected vice-chair Rachel Mantiñán spoke about the challenges that lie ahead as we work toward the November 2022 midterms, and treasurer Hunter Roberts spoke about the importance of donating to Democrats Abroad in order to help make the magic happen again. If you have questions about donations, where the money goes and how you get more bang for the buck when you donate to DA than to candidate campaigns, please reach out ([email protected]). We are happy to provide more information about how your donations can help elect Democrats and preserve American democracy.

    Our next gathering, still in the works, will be a movie viewing at an outdoor venue. Date and movie title will be announced soon, but plan loosely on a late September event. We will also be starting a postcard campaign this fall, and will be putting out a call for volunteers to print, color, address and stamp postcards to be mailed in early 2021, reminding DA members that they need to re-register every election year.

    Finally, if you are not already a member of the DA Barcelona Signal group, please take a moment to join so you can stay on top of all the latest news and conversations. Click here to join.


  • Barcelona chapter elects new leaders for the 2021-2023 term

    From the Nominations and Election Committee: 

    During the DA Barcelona annual general meeting, held May 15, 2021, the results of the Barcelona chapter election were announced. Elected leaders for the next two years (2021-2023) will be: 

    Chair: Chris Reilly

    Vice Chair: Rachel Mantiñán

    Secretary: Annie Graul
     
    Treasurer: W. Hunter Roberts
     
    Thanks once again to all who participated!

  • Run for something! DA Barcelona elections for the 2021-2023 term

    Elections for new 2021–2023 DA-Barcelona officers are coming up fast, as the current terms of office are drawing to a close. This is your chance to participate in your local chapter of Democrats Abroad! 

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  • published Voting for new DA Spain excom now underway in News 2021-03-10 16:09:57 -0500

    Voting for new DA Spain excom now underway

    Democrats Abroad Spain (DAS) is holding Executive Committee (excom) elections for the 2021-2023 term and we need your vote! 

    Our organization depends on the participation of the members as we renew our group for the continuing struggle for a better USA and a better world through democratic political engagement. Please help select the new Democrats Abroad Spain leadership committee of Chairperson, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Counsel, and 4 Voting Representatives.

    This will be the first time we will organize our DAS chapter elections purely online. Ballot emails (actually an email with a link to an online voting site) were sent out on March 5, 2021. If you think that you did not receive this email, please follow the instructions below.

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  • Make your inauguration cocktail and raise a toast with DA Barcelona!

    The Kamala Inauguration Kocktail is a perfect blend of carefully selected ingredients that will ease the transition into a new administration.

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  • Press release: Democrats Abroad Barcelona Election Night Virtual Party

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 1, 2020

    The press is welcome to enter the Zoom event at 11pm and will be conducted to a Press Break Out Room where their questions will be answered by Democrats Abroad Representatives. After the 20 minute Press Session, members of the press are invited to join us for the rest of the party program.

    The Zoom link for the event will be provided by Democrats Abroad to press members who RSVP via email to [email protected] identifying themselves clearly as Press, Name of journalist, and Name of Newspaper, Radio, etc. 

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  • Nota de prensa: Democrats Abroad. Evento virtual NOCHE DE ELECCIONES

    PARA DISTRIBUCIÓN INMEDIATA. 1 de noviembre de 2020

    Se invita a la Prensa a participar en este evento por ZOOM!  a las 23 horas.  Habrá un "Press Break Out Room" donde representantes de Democrats Abroad contestarán  las preguntas de la Prensa . Después de esa sesion de unos 20 minutos  los periodistas están invitados a unirse con nosotros al resto del programa. Hay que reservar identificándose como Miembro de la Prensa, Nombre, y Nombre de su Periódico, Radio, etc. por medio de un email a [email protected]
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  • 20+ Reasons to RSVP for DA BCN's Election Night Virtual Party

    WHEN: November 03, 2020 at 8:30 PM - 2:00 AM (CET)

    WHERE: Zoom links sent to those who RSVP here.

    There are many ways to follow what transpires at the polls on the evening of November 3rd, but we think our virtual Election Night Party is one of the best. Over 20 whipsmart people - some local, some not - signed up to speak, sing, and lead sparkling conversations. Democrats Abroad Barcelona is incredibly grateful for their contributions and thrilled to share who they are, what they do, and what you can expect from them during the party.

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  • donated via 2020-05-29 09:56:07 -0400

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    Support Democrats Abroad's Campaign to

    "Call the World"

    Over 9 million Americans live outside of the United States, Democrats Abroad is working to ensure that as many as possible vote in November, and that Democrats win up and down the ballot. 

     

    DA members from across the globe will be calling voters to secure their ballots but they need your help: giving today guarantees that we have the resources we need to win at the state level, take back the Senate, and remove Donald Trump in 2020. Give today!

     

    Any questions about Democrats Abroad Call the World, please contact [email protected]

     

    Donations are to Democrats Abroad (Democratic Party Committee Abroad) and not to any candidate for Federal Office.

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  • Volunteers needed! Do your part to help Democrats win in 2020!

    Democrats Abroad will hold its Global Presidential Primary the first week of March, with two opportunities to vote in person in Barcelona on Tuesday, March 3rd, and Saturday, March 7th. These events will be held at ESERP business school (Tuesday, 4:00 to 9:30 p.m.) and Restaurante El Foro (Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.).

    **We are in need of volunteers for the local primary events**

    These are the kinds of tasks volunteers will be doing on the in-person voting days:

    • Helping set up, decorate and open the voting center

    • Greeting and directing voters to where they need to go based on their needs

    • Helping voters with same-day voter registration in their U.S. state if necessary

    • Helping voters to join Democrats Abroad to be eligible to vote in the primary if necessary

    • Verifying voter eligibility

    • Handing out ballots and recording who has voted

    • Assisting voters in filling out their ballots and providing any information they need

    • Selling merchandise to raise money to cover chapter expenses (for example, ballot printing, courier charges for sending ballots to DA Europe)

    • Watching children in the kids’ area while their parents are voting

    • Running errands (for example, going to the copy shop if we run out of printed ballots)

    • Counting and scanning ballots after voting is finished

    • Preparing ballot packages for sending to Prague

    • Closing the voting center

    Voting hours on the two days will be divided into shifts of approximately three hours.

    Tuesday, March 3: 3:00 - 6:30 / 6:00 - 9:30*
    *after 9:30, ballot counting and scanning starts
    We have around 10 shifts to cover

    Saturday, March 7: 9:00 - 12:30 / 12:00 - 3:30 / 3:00 - 6:30 / 6:00 - 8:00*
    *after 8:00 ballot counting and scanning starts
    We have around 30 shifts to cover

    If you want to help with this important work, send an email to [email protected]emocratsabroad.org, indicating the days and hours you are available so that we can put you on the volunteer list and send you further information. Volunteers will receive training. As a bonus, it’s a great way to learn how elections work.

    Non-citizens can also serve as volunteers for roles that do not involve contact with ballots or voter data.

    Additionally, in the lead-up to this year’s elections, Democrats Abroad needs volunteers to do phonebanking, i.e. calling fellow DA SPain members and making sure they have the information they need to vote in this year’s elections. Phonebanking is something you can do at home on your computer when it is convenient for you. Your only expense is your volunteer time. You can sit down at your computer, sign in to the tool (Call Hub) and start making calls, using the script provided. If you are interested in helping out in this way, go to www.democratsabroad.org, sign in with your email address and password, then click on TAKE ACTION and choose the first option: Phonebank. Be sure to let us know you’re participating in this campaign so we can say “thank you!”

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  • published Barcelona Dems on the move in 2020 in News 2020-01-19 15:40:44 -0500

    Barcelona Dems on the move in 2020


    At the risk of sounding cliche, the 2020 general election is indeed going to be the most consequential election of our lifetimes. Donald Trump, through his ignorance, narcissism, greed and corruption, – and governing the country in the style of a mafia Don – has done irreparable damage to the U.S. and the world in less than 4 years. We have just over 10 months to set things right again.

    Here in Barcelona – permanent or semi-permanent home to an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 U.S. expats, and temporary home to a steady stream of interns and college students studying abroad – your local DA chapter is doing its part to unTrump the world. Since last summer, we have hosted a series of events to watch seven Democratic presidential primary debates together. The most recent was held January 15th at the Eroica Caffè and had the best attendance yet. We are not sure if that’s because the race is heating up, due to excitement and curiosity about the new venue, or because Trump has now been impeached, but in any case, about 35 people showed up to watch the debate. Many stayed afterward to hear from Iowa native Charles Friedman, who explained how the caucus system works in that state, as well as his thoughts about what might happen next summer if there is a brokered convention [if you are interested in receiving one of his handouts, send an email to [email protected]]. Several more debates will be held in the months ahead, so watch this space for announcements.

    Debate watch at Eroica Caffè, January 15









    Chapter members have also been busy this month visiting college study-abroad programs in Barcelona and registering students to vote while they are here. So far, we have spoken with students from Arcadia, Boston College and University of Chicago. There are dozens of these programs located in Barcelona and we need volunteers to help reach out to students. If you are available on a regular or sporadic basis, please let us know.


    Coming up next, we will join Barcelona en Comú and Women’s March Barcelona in a panel discussion following a screening of the documentary film Knock Down the House, the inspirational story of four progressive young women (including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) who ran for Congress in 2018. Please join us for this exciting opportunity on Thursday, January 23 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

    On February 18th, Democrats Abroad members will get an email invitation to participate in the Global Presidential Primary to choose Democrats Abroad delegates to the National Convention. This email will include all the information you need to vote online. However, if you live in or near Barcelona or are able to travel there, we will be holding two separate events for in-person voting on Tuesday, March 3 (Super Tuesday) and Saturday, March 9. Watch for further info in your email, this page, and on social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).

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  • published Insights into Ukraine in News 2019-12-14 14:32:09 -0500

    Insights into Ukraine

    In early December, the House Intelligence Committee released the dryly titled but undeniably captivating "Trump-Ukraine Impeachment Inquiry Report", setting off an impeachment process for just the 4th time in U.S. history. In the months leading up to this action, and in the news-packed weeks since, one word has been constant: Ukraine. 

    Harry Edelman, Head of Youth Engagement for DA BCN, participated as a part of three U.S. delegations to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) for election observation missions in Ukraine throughout 2019. He observed during the first round of the 2019 Ukrainian Presidential Election on 31 March in the city of Dnipro. Again, in the second round on 21 April in Kiev Oblast. And for a third time in Mykolaiv Oblast during the snap 2019 Parliamentary elections on 21 July.

    On December 12, Democrats Abroad Barcelona met at the charming Catalan restaurant El Disbarat, where Harry gave an informal but very informative presentation on Ukraine. He put current events into context with insights into the country's history and culture, its electoral process, and the surprise election of Volodymyr Zelensky. He also explained the procedures and the important role played by international election observers. 






    Many thanks to Harry for sharing his experiences, to Hunter for moderating, and to all the attendees who came prepared with excellent questions and comments! 



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  • Democratic candidate petitions now available; sign to show your support

    Have you signed the petition(s) for your candidate(s) of choice yet? Only candidates with at least 300 DA supporters will appear on the ballot for the Global Primary next spring. Click here for more information:  http://www.democratsabroad.org/candidate_petitions

    Note that you must be a member of Democrats Abroad to sign the petitions, so if you haven't done that yet, join today! Just click above where it says Join/Sign In. 


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American in Barcelona. Diehard Dem. Getting out the vote in 2020 is my #1 priority. 🌊🌊🌊