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Important Update: 2021 DAA Elections

The email address provided for the 2021 Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC) was incorrect in the February Newsletter & Call for Nominations email. All correspondence to the NEC, including nominations, should be sent to the following email address:  [email protected]

We apologize for any inconvenience!

2021 Nominations and Elections Committee

 

 


Call For Nominations: 2021-2023 DA Austria Officers Election

Call for Nominations:  Democrats Abroad Austria Executive Committee Elections 2021

The 2021-23 Executive Committee will be elected at this year’s Annual General Meeting on March 21, 2021. Due to Covid-related restrictions, all voting will be conducted electronically or by mail.

The 2021 Nominating and Elections Committee (NEC) is seeking qualified candidates for the following positions:

  •  Chair
  •  Vice-Chair
  •  Treasurer
  •  Secretary
  •  Counsel
  •  DPCA Voting Representative
  •  Up to six Members-at-Large positions -- In the past, Member-at-Large responsibilities have included: Province Coordinators, Database Manager, Media Contact, Social Media and Communication, and Membership Engagement. 

A description of these offices’ responsibilities can be found in the DAA’s Bylaws on the Executive Committee here.

If you are interested in running for any of these positions or would like to nominate someone, please send your name or that of the nominee and a short bio/candidate statement to the NEC at [email protected] by March 4, 2021. All nominations must be seconded via email to the NEC by the March 4 deadline. Information about candidates and their platforms will be published in the March issue of the DAA Newsletter. In addition, candidates are encouraged to attend upcoming meeting/s of the Executive Committee to learn more about the work of the group. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

 

Key Dates

  • February 4: Call for nominations
  • March 4: Nominations close
  • NLT March 7:  Ballots will be sent electronically to all DAA members and will be available on the DAA website.
  • March 20:  Early voting ends at 23:59
  • March 21:  Elections are held at the Annual General Meeting.  Early votes and those cast during the AGM will be tallied, and the NEC will announce the results.

You can read the full DAA Bylaws (Article 8 covers Elections and Nominations) here, and the DAA 2021 Election Rules here.

Our victories in 2020 were a direct result of the actions of committed Democrats around the globe.  Please consider how you might contribute to the Party’s future success as part of the DAA leadership team. If you have any questions, please contact the NEC at [email protected].   

— Susan Ball (Chair), Nathan Fowler, Amanda Grossman, and Antje Lewis,

2021 Nominations and Elections Committee

 


February's Newsletter

 

In this Newsletter —

Events:

  • Black History Month Marathon
  • AAPI & Black Caucus: Film Screening & Discussion
  • ProDA: Biden-Harris Progress Report #1
  • Black Caucus: 3rd Annual Open Mic Night
  • Solidarity Sundays: GOP and the Armed Right
  • Annual General Meeting & Officer Elections

Issues & Actions:

  • AGM Announcement
  • Amendments to the Bylaws
  • Election Announcement & Deadlines

Reviews:

  • Inauguration Night Watch Party
  • Solidarity Sundays

 

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Our Executive Committee meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month. Our next meeting will be held online on: Wednesday, February 10, 2021, at 7 p.m. Members are welcome to join us at the meetings. Please contact Jennifer at [email protected] to join.

DAA is making a strong effort to include in our monthly newsletter all the information you need to stay up to date. By sending you fewer emails, we hope you will read those you receive. Thanks for reading!

 

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Events:

Black History Month Marathon

February 6, 9:00 AM (CET) – Online

American Revolutionary: Film Screening and Discussion

February 11, 7:00 PM (CET) - Online

Biden/Harris Progress Report #1

February 18, 7:00 PM (CET) - Online

3rd Annual GBC Open Mic Night

February 25, 7:00 PM (CET) - Online

GOP and the Armed Right

February 28, 4:00-6:00 PM (CET) - Online

Annual General Meeting & Elections

March 21, 3:00-5:00 PM (CET) - Online

 


Issues & Actions:

2021 Annual General Meeting and Officer Elections

DA Austria’s Annual General Meeting will be held online on Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 3 p.m. All DAA members are welcome to participate in the elections and join the meeting. We especially hope to see many of our members who live outside of Vienna and may not normally attend the AGM! Any American 18 or older by the next federal election and residing in Austria may also join the meeting and vote.

Come for business –

Special guest DA Global Chair Julia Bryan will give her expert insights into the fantastic work that was accomplished by Democrats Abroad members around the world in the 2020 and Georgia runoff elections. She’ll also talk to us about DA’s outreach with our representatives in DC in order to inform them on the issues that matter most to all Americans who live abroad.

At the meeting we'll present brief reports on 2020, discuss plans for the upcoming year, and conduct a vote on amendments to the DAA Bylaws (see changes below). There will also be an Elections Meeting to elect an Executive Committee for the 2021-2023 term (see article).

Join us for a wine-tasting –

DA Austria is required by our By-Laws to hold an Annual General Meeting prior to March 31 of each year. We also have a quorum requirement to make the meeting valid. Please help us meet these challenges by joining us in our online AGM!

As a thank you for your loyalty and help through this difficult period, AGM attendees will be able to attend a wine-tasting fundraiser with Seymann's Winery for free! We'll set the date just as soon as restrictions are lifted.

Your participation, activism, and donations have made Democrats Abroad Austria a strong and vital organization for more than eighteen years. In 2021, we’ll continue working to strengthen the voice and vote of all our members.

Please RSVP for the meeting on our events page at democratsabroad.org/at_events You will receive a confirmation email with the meeting link.

Thank you for your support,

– DA Austria Executive Committee



Amendments to the Bylaws

At the Annual General Meeting, the DA Austria Bylaws Committee will submit amendments to DA Austria’s Bylaws for a vote by the membership. Recent changes in the DPCA Charter, compliance with Austrian association statute requirements, and enhanced clarity motivated the committee’s proposed amendments.

The proposed amendments intend to accomplish the following:

  • Establish more effective notification deadlines for members affected by Removal of Membership provisions (See 3.9 and 9.1)
  • Clarify terms, including:
    • 4.1 Members of the Executive Committee
    • 4.3 Meetings of the Membership
  • Expand scope of membership review for DA-AT documents (see 4.5 and 4.6)
  • Specify provision for DPCA voting representative exemption from term limits (see 4.11)
  • Clarify and expand election procedures in view of increased remote participation (see 8.2) & gender balancing requirements
  • Introduce provision for membership confirmation of Executive Committee office-holder replacement in cases of resignation, etc. (see 9.4 and 9.5).

Proposed changes to the document can be seen here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1N9QT0oBpMKD6hYT21KueiQNw3HNYrflB/view?usp=sharing

— Brett Carnito, Marcy Fowler, Bruce Murray, and Jennifer Rakow-Stepper, DAA ByLaws Committee

 


Call For Nominations: Democrats Abroad Austria Executive Committee Elections 2021

The 2021-23 Executive Committee will be elected at this year’s Annual General Meeting on March 21, 2021. Due to Covid-related restrictions, all voting will be conducted electronically or by mail.

The 2021 Nominating and Elections Committee (NEC) is seeking qualified candidates for the following positions:

  • Chair
  • Vice-Chair
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Counsel
  • DPCA Voting Representative
  • Up to six Members-at-Large positions -- In the past, Member-at-Large responsibilities have included: Province Coordinators, Database Manager, Media Contact, Social Media and Communication, and Membership Engagement.

A description of these offices’ responsibilities can be found in the DAA’s Bylaws on the Executive Committee here.

If you are interested in running for any of these positions or would like to nominate someone, please send your name or that of the nominee and a short bio/candidate statement to the NEC at [email protected] by March 4, 2021. All nominations must be seconded via email to the NEC by the March 4 deadline. Information about candidates and their platforms will be published in the March issue of the DAA Newsletter. In addition, candidates are encouraged to attend upcoming meeting/s of the Executive Committee to learn more about the work of the group. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Key Dates

  • February 4: Call for nominations
  • March 4: Nominations close
  • NLT March 7: Ballots will be sent electronically to all DAA members and will be available on the DAA website.
  • March 20: Early voting ends at 23:59
  • March 21: Elections are held at the Annual General Meeting. Early votes and those cast during the AGM will be tallied, and the NEC will announce the results.

You can read the full DAA Bylaws (Article 8 covers Elections and Nominations) here, and the DAA 2021 Election Rules here.

Our victories in 2020 were a direct result of the actions of committed Democrats around the globe. Please consider how you might contribute to the Party’s future success as part of the DAA leadership team. If you have any questions, please contact the NEC at [email protected].

— Susan Ball (Chair), Nathan Fowler, Amanda Grossman, and Antje Lewis, 2021 Nominations and Elections Committee

 


Reviews:

Inauguration Night Watch Party

DA Austria members and others from around the world gathered online on January 20, 2021 to witness the swearing in of our 46th President, Joe Biden, and the first female Vice President, Kamala Harris. Many thanks to Marcy and Nathan Fowler who moderated; Liberradio performers, Stefanie Don and Diego Heatherman; Liberal Libations mixologists, Kate McGrath and Keith Jacomine; and everyone who attended. Now the real work begins!

—Jennifer Rakow-Stepper, DA Austria Chair

 

Solidarity Sundays: Can We Talk?

Trump is out of office and off Twitter, but the Capitol attack reminded us how radicalized many fellow citizens have become. How can we talk with friends and family in the thrall of conspiracy theories and fake news?

Ingrid Brodnig, prize-winning Austrian journalist and author, told us there are evidence-based skills we can learn. Her latest book* shared methods to put facts in the foreground of your argument. Among her tips:

  • Don't argue facts — that entrenches their view. Focus on the logic behind their claims.
  • Repetition makes information stick, so don't repeat the lie. Do repeat facts — over and over. Repetition is a powerful rhetorical tool.
  • It's hard to change someone’s view. Better: leave them with a little bit of doubt.

Ingrid generously stayed on to answer many questions. Her clear-eyed message: there's no instant kumbaya, but with practice, we can correct misinformation and get people to open their closed thinking.

*Einspruch! Verschwörungsmythen und Fake News kontern — in der Familie, im Freundeskreis und online, Christian Brandstätter Verlag (Jan 2021)

Have a contact in publishing? We‘d love to help her book get printed in English so non-German readers can access it. Email: [email protected]

— Tanya Lolonis, Solidarity Sundays Co-Coordinator

 

Thank you for reading February’s newsletter!

 

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DAA Annual General Meeting

DA Austria’s Annual General Meeting will be held online on Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 3 p.m. All DAA members are welcome to participate in the elections and join the meeting. We especially hope to see many of our members who live outside of Vienna and may not normally attend the AGM! Any American 18 or older by the next federal election and residing in Austria may also join the meeting and vote.

 

Come for business –

Special guest DA Global Chair Julia Bryan will give her expert insights into the fantastic work that was accomplished by Democrats Abroad members around the world in the 2020 and Georgia runoff elections. She’ll also talk to us about DA’s outreach with our representatives in DC in order to inform them on the issues that matter most to all Americans who live abroad.

At the meeting we'll present brief reports on 2020, discuss plans for the upcoming year, and conduct a vote on amendments to the DAA Bylaws. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1N9QT0oBpMKD6hYT21KueiQNw3HNYrflB/view?usp=sharing. There will also be an Elections Meeting to elect an Executive Committee for the 2021-2023 term.

 

Join us for a free wine-tasting – 

DA Austria is required by our By-Laws to hold an Annual General Meeting prior to March 31 of each year. We also have a quorum requirement to make the meeting valid. Please help us meet these challenges by joining us in our online AGM!

As a thank you for your loyalty and help through this difficult period, AGM attendees will be able to attend a wine- tasting fundraiser with Seymann's Winery for free! We'll set the date just as soon as restrictions are lifted.

Your participation, activism, and donations have made Democrats Abroad Austria a strong and vital organization for more than seventeen years. In 2021, we’ll continue working to strengthen the voice and vote of all our members.

Please RSVP for the meeting here. You will receive a confirmation email with the meeting link

 

Thank you for your support,

– DA Austria Executive Committee

 

WHEN:
March 21, 2021 at 3pm - 5pm Austria
WHERE:
Online
Austria

January's Newsletter

 

In This Issue —

New Year’s Greeting

Events:

  • Americans Abroad and the $600 Economic Impact Payment
  • DA Global Black Caucus: MLK Film Night
  • DA Austria Biden/Harris Inauguration Watch Party
  • DA Global Women's Caucus: Inauguration Celebration
  • Solidarity Sundays: Americans Divided
  • DA Austria Annual General Meeting

Issues & Actions:

  • Looking Forward
  • Save the Date! Annual General Meeting & Elections
  • Open Volunteer Positions
  • Fixing Democracy Project by Solidarity Sundays

Reviews:

  • Punching for Democracy

 

Our Executive Committee meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month. Our next meeting will be held online on: Wednesday, January 13, 2020, at 7 p.m. Members are welcome to join us at the meetings. Please contact Jennifer at [email protected] to join.

DAA is making a strong effort to include in our monthly newsletter all the information you need to stay up to date in order to avoid the flood of emails that occurs in an election year. By sending you fewer emails, we hope you will read those you receive. Thanks for reading!

 

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New Year’s Greeting —

You did it!

Going into 2020, none of us could have imagined the pandemic that lay around the corner and just how challenging it would be to help people vote in 2020.

But, with the two Georgia Senate seats going blue on 5 November, we did it — together!

Whether online, on the phone, with postcards, at voter help tables, or ads in Metropole Magazine — thanks to you, your countless volunteer hours, your generous donations, and, most importantly, your vote, DA Austria pulled off record-breaking voter returns. Toi toi!

After last week’s seditious attack on the US Capitol building and an attempt to overturn a free and fair election, it is all too clear that the challenges that lay ahead have not diminished and will require all of our continued efforts. As Vice President-elect Kamala Harris said in her acceptance speech on November 7, “Now is when the real work begins. The hard work. The necessary work. The good work.” Four democracy-threatening years are just a few days from being behind us. Now, we’ll not only need to address the critical issues before us but also repair the gaping holes in our democracy and civil society.

This new year, I’m looking forward to brighter days when the Experienced Dems will once again meet for wine and the Progressive Dems for pizza; Solidarity Sundays will be working to fix our democracy, and we’ll all be able to celebrate Thanksgiving again—together. In the meantime, I hope you will join us online on Tuesday, January 20 as we watch the 46th President of the United States and a history making Vice President be sworn into office.

Until we can meet again in person and in the name of the entire Executive Committee, DA Austria wishes you health and happiness in 2021!

Democratically Yours,

Jennifer Rakow-Stepper, DA Austria Chair

 


Events:

Economic Impact Payment

January 13, 7:00 PM (CET) – Online

Black Caucus Film Night

January 17, 6:00 PM (CET) - Online

Biden/Harris Watch Party

January 20, 5:00-7:30 PM (CET) - Online

Global Women's Caucus Inauguration Celebration

January 23, 4:00-5:30 PM (CET) - Online

Americans Divided

January 31, 4:00-6:00 PM (CET) - Online

Annual General Meeting & Elections

March 21, 3:00-5:00 PM (CET) - Online

 

About the Inauguration Watch Party —

We’ll not only be watching and discussing the events in Washington, DC, but we’ll also feature a few special guests and other activities. If you missed the Election Night party, you’ll definitely want to tune into the LIberadio Show out of Vorarlberg. Stephanie and Diego are our hosts and will spin a few tunes as we try to answer their Inaugural quiz questions for DAA swag. We’ll also be joined again by former DAA Chair Keith and mixology partner Kate as they mix up some Liberal Libations for us to enjoy (see the ingredients below).

So grab your martini glass and patriotic paraphernalia as we celebrate a Democratic victory in the House, Senate and White House!

 

Liberal Libations:

Will be mixing The President and The Kamala Harris Victory Cup for us. We’ll be mixing our victory cocktails together.

Be sure to have on hand:

 

 

The President–

  • 2 oz light rum
  • 1 oz orange juice
  • 0.25 oz lemon juice
  • 0.25 oz grenadine
  • An orange slice
  • A martini glass

The Kamala–

  • 1 oz gin
  • 0.25 oz dry vermouth
  • 0.75 oz lemon cordial (like limoncello)
  • Slices of cucumber
  • 3 oz sparkling wine, prosecco or champagne
  • A few cucumber slices

 


Issues & Actions:

Looking Forward

The silver lining in moving online is that many of our members across Austria and Europe have been able to come to our events, and we’ve been able to join their’s. I hope many of you will take the opportunity to attend the Global Black Caucus for a film night and discussion on Martin Luther King holiday or the Global Women’s Caucus for an Inaugural Celebration and plan to keep volunteers engaged. And, for those of you hoping to get a stimulus check, Nathalie Goldstein from My Expat Taxes will be answering your questions on January 13.

For more information and to RSVP for all these events, click the links in Events above.

 

Save the Date!
Annual General Meeting & Executive Committee Elections

Fresh voices, energy, and ideas — save the date! On March 21, 2021 DA Austria members will meet online for our Annual General Meeting and to elect a new Executive Committee. More information about the meeting and how you can run will be posted in February’s newsletter, but we wanted to make sure you add this important date to your calendar!

 

Youth Caucus Coordinator Position Open

If you or someone you know is interested in building your resume and being a key component of DA Austria’s youth outreach, please contact me at: [email protected]

–Jennifer Rakow-Stepper, Chair DA Austria

 

Fixing Democracy Project

We’re turning Trump out of the White House, but that’s only the first step. America’s democracy has been hijacked, and we need to get it back. Throughout 2021, our Fixing Democracy Project looks at one democratic institution a month. We‘ll examine why it‘s not working and inspect solutions.

Our year-long series starts on January 31 at 4 p.m. with Solidarity Sundays 39: Americans Divided and a look at our troubling political divide: Who voted for Trump? Why? And how do we interact with them? Or not?

Many of us want to initiate conversations with Republicans to cultivate solidarity. We‘ll explore ideas, and share tips and resources for conducting difficult conversations on your own.

Check out the 2021 agenda for the Fixing Democracy Project — what do you want to work on? https://www.facebook.com/solsunvienna/guides/?view_public_for=2248595575364902&ref=page_internal

—Tanya Lolonis, Solidarity Sundays Vienna Co-Founder

 


Reviews:

ProDA “Progressive Punch”

On December 6th, a dozen progressive “punchers” convened via Zoom to discuss president-elect Biden’s developing cabinet and agenda for the presidency’s first 100 days and beyond. These were our central questions:

  • How might the Georgia run-off elections influence the developing team and its agenda?
  • How will the administration respond to the coronavirus health and economic crises?
  • What steps will it take to combat climate change quickly and effectively?
  • What can we do to influence the decisions?

We enjoyed our favorite holiday punch, heard talking-point reports from ProDA Austria members, discussed in small-group break-out rooms, then held a joint discussion of what we expect. Finally, we considered action options to ensure our expectations are met. Please look for an invitation to our January event soon!

– Bruce Murray, ProDA Leader


Thank you for reading January’s newsletter!


December's Newsletter

In this Issue:

Events:

  • Progressive Caucus
  • Solidarity Sundays — will be back in January 2021!

Issues & Actions:

  • DA Austria’s Super Volunteers
  • Georgia on Our Mind
  • Post-Election Round Up
  • DA’s Phonebanking Campaign
  • Youth Caucus Coordinator Position Open
  • Democratic Holiday Gifts

Reviews:

  • Solidarity Sundays

 

Our Executive Committee meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month. Our next meeting will be held online on: Wednesday, December 9, 2020, at 7 p.m. Members are welcome to join us at the meetings. Please contact Jennifer at [email protected] to join.

DAA is making a strong effort to include in our monthly newsletter all the information you need to stay up to date in order to avoid the flood of emails that occurs in an election year. By sending you fewer emails, we hope you will read those you receive. Thanks for reading!

 

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Events:

Progressive Punch Plus New Year's Resolutions

December 6, 4:00-6:00 PM (CET) – Online

Georgia Voter Help Desk

Until January 5, Noon - 6:00 PM (CET)

 


Issues & Actions:

DA Austria’s Super Volunteers

Every election cycle has a few super volunteers who go to extraordinary efforts to help get out the vote by calling members, registering new voters at schools and universities, and assisting people with their ballots. This last election was extraordinary in many ways, including the number of dedicated volunteers who, since January, have dedicated tens of hours and made thousands of calls and helped hundreds of people at in-person voter events. Because of them, 80% of DA Austria membership engaged with our VoteFromAbroad.org website and turned out to vote. Thank you to all our volunteers and especially the super volunteers!

Top callers: S. Ball, A. Beckman, R. Franks, D. Heatherman, R. Miller, B. Murray, Y. Richard, M. Rosenberg, W. Rosenzweig, J. Schechner, M. Wagner. Voter Help Tables: L. Davidson, S. Don, D. Englund, E. France, A. Grossman, M. Kollert, S. Kulnigg, T. Lolonis, R. Miller, P. Milstein, H. Monihan, R. Saul Ganev, L. Tuttle-Weidinger, M. Wagner. Get Out the Vote Video: S. Dahmen, F. Hall-Herbold, E. Stolyarov.

–Jen Rakow-Stepper, Chair DA Austria

 

Georgia On Our Mind

Georgia voters, your vote is powerful and will determine Biden's presidency!

Federal elections were held for both of Georgia’s US Senate seats on November 3, 2020. Both of these races are going to "runoff elections" as no candidate received at least 50% of the vote. Democrats need to win both of these seats to have a 50/50 Senate with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris able to cast the tie-breaking vote.

The two races are:

  • US Senate: Jon Ossoff (Democrat) versus David Perdue (Republican)
  • US Senate Special: Raphael Warnock (Democrat) versus Kelly Loeffler (Republican)

Help get out the word! Please go to DA Austria’s Facebook page and share our Georgia posts in your groups and networks.

The diplomatic pouch will be available. Please drop off you ballot at the US Consulate, Parkring 12A, 1010 Vienna by 4pm, December 7, 2020.

For detailed information on how to register and return your ballot go to: https://www.democratsabroad.org/jenniferrakowstepper/georgia_us_senate_election_jan_5_2021

Have questions? Need help? Go to one of the online forums for Georgia Voter Assistance: https://www.democratsabroad.org/at_events

–Jen Rakow-Stepper, Chair DA Austria



We did it!

Joe Biden will be the 46th President of the United States of America!! He has won the popular vote with 80.1 million votes and counting, the most votes ever received by any candidate in US history. Senator Kamala Harris will become the first woman and person of color to hold the Vice-President's office, "but won't be the last." The voter turnout in 2020 is projected to reach 158 million votes, or 66.8%, 20 million more than 2016. The 2020 election will go down in history as the highest voter turnout in over a century.

I want to take a moment to thank all of our members and volunteers who contributed to the Democrats Abroad election efforts this Presidential cycle. This colossal victory doesn't come without enormous effort from activities like each of you, who made calls in Austria and all around the globe, sent texts, wrote postcards, donated your euros, and spoke with your friends and family time and again about the importance of this election. Democrats Abroad was the margin of victory in flipping key electoral college states such as Georgia and Arizona and holding the blue wall in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.

Not every fight this year was a victory. Democrats lost seats in the House. The Senate is still up in the air—however, two significant Senate seats were flipped, with the election of Mark Kelly in Arizona and John Hickenlooper in Colorado. Trump continues to undermine democracy out of delusional spite. We didn't win everywhere, but where we did win—thanks are very much owed. Above all, I'm most thankful that we will have competence back in the White House.

There's plenty to do in Georgia, and we will continue the fight for the Senate and beyond. For now, let's take a moment to celebrate our victory.

– Juan Cerda, Vice-Chair of DAA



DA’s Phonebanking Campaign

Phone banking works and our call hub activities may have had a significant impact on the 2020 election results. The DA global phone banking team currently consists of 1,600 volunteers who have made over 600,000 calls to more than 200 countries. Our DA Austria team had done 11,904 calls by election day. To illustrate this: our DAA phone bankers were online on call hub for a period of 583 hours and talked to people for 308 hours. 34 people in Austria helped make calls during this election campaign and our top five phone bankers each had more than 1,000 conversations with voters. The biggest highlight of our phone banking activities was the call-a-thon on Trump’s birthday with almost 9,000 calls. What a gift for the president. A big thank you to all of our phone bankers!

– Michael Wagner, DA Austria Phone Bank Coordinator



Thank You Laura — DAA Youth Caucus Coordinator

DA Austria would like to extend a big thank you to Laura Farmwald who did great work organising the Young Dems Pub Nights for the Youth Caucus over the past year. Many of you know Laura from the Global Presidential Primary where she registered voters, or perhaps from the 2019 Pride Parade which she co-organised. Laura needs to step down from her role due to a busy work and academic life. We wish her great success completing her Masters degree!



Youth Caucus Coordinator Position Open

If you or someone you know is interested in building your resume and being a key component of DA Austria’s youth outreach, please contact me at: [email protected]

–Jen Rakow-Stepper, Chair DA Austria



Democratic Holiday Gifts that Win for Georgia

The impact of the work of Democrats Abroad has never been more apparent: 19,000 overseas ballots were the “margin of victory” for Biden’s 12,000-vote lead in Georgia. Our votes from abroad helped turn Georgia blue for the first time since 1992!

Two U.S. Senate seats will be decided in a January 5 run-off election that will oust Mitch McConnell and his plan to cause further gridlock. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris need and deserve a Congress that will work with them and for the American people.

Help Democrats Abroad realize our extensive outreach plan for reaching Georgians abroad – from social media and phonebanking campaigns to postal mailings and newspaper ads.

Consider supporting Georgia outreach efforts by making a donation in return for Democrats Abroad swag, including a limited-edition Georgia peach tote bag.

 

If you are already stocked with plenty of Democrats Abroad gear, you can still help by donating directly: democratsabroad.org/donate.

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Reviews:

Solidarity Sundays 38: Democracy — Let's Fix It!

New Dealers in the '30s tried to save the economy, and ended up saving democracy. The nightmare of Watergate was followed by an era of reforms in federal and state governments. What might an era of economic and political reform look like after Trump?

Let’s be honest — America’s democracy is broken. The minority party routinely elects Presidents, controls state legislatures, and appoints federal judges — locking the majority out of governing. The hard-won Biden-Harris victory is critical to saving our system, but not enough to fix it.

Solidarity Sundays emerged as part of the civic movement inspired by Trump’s election. Our grassroots group was founded on the principle that democratic renewal takes more than one or two elections. At the last meet-up of the year, sixteen activists focused on rebuilding work that we can start in 2021.

Building starts with the foundation. Juan Cerda surveyed who voted in November, and why. Democrats embody America’s diverse majority, but the election revealed cracks in our coalition. These need attention if we are to expand on this year’s achievement, reassert majority power, and enact a fully progressive agenda.

Attendees then turned to the question on everyone‘s mind — where do we start? This was discussion at its finest. The team explored threats to our fraying democracy, and debated reforms small and big. Talk was lively, critiques incisive, ideas inventive. Juan and Tanya will do their best to shape the ideas into Solidarity Sundays' 2021 agenda. Check out the Solidarity Sundays Vienna Facebook page for how to drop in on the stimulating conversation, and add your ideas and muscle to the work of our generation.

—Tanya Lolonis, Solidarity Sundays Vienna Co-Founder

 

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Georgia U.S. Senate Runoff Election on Jan 5, 2021!

Georgia voters, your vote is powerful and will determine Biden's presidency!

Federal elections were held for both of Georgia’s US Senate seats on November 3, 2020. Both of these races are going to "runoff elections", to be held on January 5, 2021, as no candidate received at least 50% of the vote. Democrats need to win both of these seats to have a 50/50 Senate with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris able to cast the tie-breaking vote.

The two races are:

  • US Senate: Jon Ossoff (Democrat) versus David Perdue (Republican)

  • US Senate Special: Raphael Warnock (Democrat) versus Kelly Loeffler (Republican)

Both US Senate races in Georgia are going to a runoff election on January 5th, 2021. Ballots are available since November 21. 

💙 DA Global needs to raise funds for ads to support the GA Senate runoffs. We must turn out as many GA voters abroad as possible. Due to FEC rules, country committees cannot pay for the ads; only DA Global can. If you can give any amount to support this effort, that would be great! As proven, overseas voters are the margin of victory. Donate here: democratsabroad.org/georgia_runoff

Georgia voters, here's what you need to do today!

#1 Register to Vote by December 7 
🗳️ If you didn't vote in the November election, you can still vote in the runoff! Go to votefromabroad.org and request an absentee ballot or register to vote. Ask for your ballot to be sent to you by email. First time voters who will be 18 years old by January 5, 2021 can also vote!

#2 Check your ballot status
🏴 If you voted in November, check your absentee ballot status at mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do

 
 
 

#3 Ballots must be returned by post or courier service
If your absentee ballot application has not been received, you will need to request a ballot at votefromabroad.org by Jan 5, 2021. Please don't wait—request and return your ballot immediately!

Ballot return to Georgia is by postal mail only, so hurry. Because of the mail disruptions from COVID and Christmas, voters should mail back their ballots ASAP. Regular mail may work in November, but by December it will be too late and you should definitely use a courier. Ballots must arrive in Georgia by January 8, 2021. The US Consulate in Vienna will accept ballots for the Diplomatic Pouch until 4pm Monday, December 7.

#4 Receive your ballot by email on November 21 and return it asap!
✍️ If you don't receive your official ballot, fill out and mail back a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) at https://www.votefromabroad.org/fwab/. Because the FWAB isn't set up for two Senate races, here's an example FWAB showing how to fill it out:

 
FWAB Example:
 
 
#5 Check it was received
☑️ Verify your ballot was accepted, and fix if needed. georgia.ballottrax.net/voter
 
Questions?
👉 We're here to help!
 
You want to help get out the Georgia vote?
Reach out to Georgia voters in your networks and make sure they are ready to vote. 
  • See more ways to help in these slides Help with the Georgia runoff election!
  • Phonebank in Georgia for both the Ossoff and Warnock campaigns. Find more information at info mobilize.us/ These PhoneBanking campaigns currently require a US-based mobile phone number—or similar VoIP service like Google Voice, Skype In, or Line2—to be able to signup for calling. We are working to locate other calling opportunities as well.

 

PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH YOUR FRIENDS WHO VOTE IN GEORGIA.


In November: Election Day and Beyond

In this Issue –

Events:

  • DA Austria Election Night Party
  • Global Programming for Nov 3 & 4
  • "First Vote" Documentary Viewing
  • Solidarity Sundays #38

Issues & Actions:

  • Getting Out the Vote in Vorarlberg
  • DA Austria in the News
  • Gearing up for 2020
    • Voter Protection Survey
    • Democrats Abroad's 2020 Impact

Reviews:

  • Innsbruck Meet-up
  • Solidarity Sundays #37

Member's Corner:

  • Art & Music Fridays
  • Lockdown: Vienna Nights in the time of Corona

 

Our Executive Committee meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month. Our next meeting will be held online on: Wednesday, November 11, 2020, at 7 p.m. Members are welcome to join us at the meetings. Please contact Jennifer at [email protected] to join

DAA is making a strong effort to include in our monthly newsletter all the information you need to stay up to date in order to avoid the flood of emails that occurs in an election year. By sending you fewer emails, we hope you will read those you receive. Thanks for reading!

 

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EVENTS:


Election Night Party with a Twist!

November 3, 9:30 PM – Online

Global Programming: 24 Hours

November 3, 8:00 PM (CST)

View the Documentary "First Vote"

Until November 10 

 

Solidarity Sundays 38: Democracy - Let‘s Fix It!

November 29, 4:00 PM 

 


ISSUES & ACTIONS:

Getting Out the Vote in Vorarlberg

Democrats Abroad in Vorarlberg, Austria made themselves not only heard last week (through phone-banking and calling out from mountain tops) but also seen, with a 90 foot abroad banner exhorting compatriots in all lands to vote and vote right for Biden-Harris with Vengence! Have a look. 

 

Election Night with a Twist! Schedule

We’ll watch the news and so much more! Join us online for the DA Austria election night party. We’ve got a lot planned to keep us entertained and informed throughout the night. Here’s the full schedule–

 

Gearing up for 2020

This is the spot where we answer your frequently asked questions and make sure you, your family, friends, and colleagues have the voter information you need to be an enfranchised voter and make your vote count. Please share!

Democrats Abroad Impact in 2020

2020 has been a record breaking year for Democrats Abroad, as we have nearly tripled our outreach to Americans abroad and are on track to double the vote from abroad. The unique challenges presented by the global COVID pandemic and international mail disruption make these achievements particularly significant.

Our nonpartisan voter support tool - VoteFromAbroad.org - has seen more than 766,680 unique visitors visit the site more than 1 million times - nearly 3x 2016 traffic.

 We estimate that in 2020 approximately 1.8 million eligible American Voters living abroad have received ballots (compared to 930,156 ballots received in 2016).

 50% of ballots from American Voters Abroad will be returned to battleground states in this year’s election!

We are on target to DOUBLE 2016 voter turnout abroadThat means an additional 500,000 votes—and possibly 1 million!—sent from abroad. 

This success was made possible through the 18,000 volunteers who generously provide their support, as well as the donations of over 4000 donors, who donated over $650k this year to Democrats Abroad (an all volunteer run organization with no external funding). 

— Aaron Fishbone, DA Global Communications Director

Voter Protection Survey

Tell us about your voting experience so we can help make voting better for every American abroad. Let us know in this short survey. Your feedback and stories are vital for pushing election reform in Congress and in state legislatures.

This election cycle Individual leaders and volunteers testified in two Federal cases on behalf of voters abroad this fall. The first case was resolved with a successful judgement against Postmaster DeJoy. DA currently runs a voter protection division that includes a director, 9 lawyer volunteers, and voter protection volunteers tasked with organizing and managing the escalation of cases from our country committees and voter help communications.

 

DA Austria in the News  

DA Austria has been in the news a lot recently in the run up to the election on Tuesday. Be sure to watch or tune in! Young DA Austria members will be asked about their feelings about the election on Ö3. Other spokespeople will appear early in the morning on Wednesday on Servus TV and Puls 4 and later in the afternoon on ORF 2 Vorabend, Ö1 Radio Journal Panorama, Puls 4 Pro & Contra will take place at 8:30pm and finally Runder Tisch at 10:25pm on ORF. 

 


REVIEWS:

Innsbruck Meet-up 

A group of DA members living in Innsbruck get together at Glorious Bastards restaurant on Friday, October 9. Tyler reported, "It was a great success! Everyone had turned in their ballots already and we'll meet up again in December."

 

Solidarity Sundays #37: Can We Trust the Polls?

The 2016 election shocked most of us. How could Trump win the presidency when he was behind in the polls? On the eve of the most important election in our lifetime, this Solidarity Sundays webinar explored what went wrong in 2016 and asked — was the same thing happening again?

Tanya Lolonis ran through how polls are made. Building them is partly art — figuring out what the electorate will look like, then selecting a sample of respondents who look like that. The other part — calculating the sampling error, the ± 3 or so attached to a poll’s results — is the science.

In 2016, national polls got it right, correctly predicting Clinton’s popular vote win. Battleground state polls, though, were way off. Why? The samples they selected (the art part) were wrong. State polls underrepresented white non-college educated voters — a fatal error. That year, education was the best predictor of white voter preferences — those with college degrees went for Clinton, those without degrees preferred Trump. Pollsters build models based on how the electorate looked in the past. It’s why they miss tectonic shifts, like blue collar voters moving from Democrat to Republican under Reagan. In 2016, they missed the educational achievement shift.

By the time you read this, we’ll know if pollsters got it right in 2020. We have great confidence they won’t make the same mistake twice. Still, a “pandemic election“ won’t make predictions easier. We are on the edge of our seat to learn what new error they make.

What to do when polls menace your sleep? Two things help. First, don‘t trust individual polls. Be guided by a good meta-pollster, like Nate Silver’s fivethirtyeight.com. They average polls to flatten the error fluctuations, and weight the most reliable polls so you don’t have to.

Second, do something within your control. Michael Wagner, DA Austria’s Phonebanking Coordinator, shared the impact volunteers have had in turning out the expat vote. In October alone, 18 phonebankers made 4,800 calls out of Austria to the world. Two weeks before election day, nearly 60,000 members globally told 700 phonebankers they had voted.

Forecasting the future is difficult; helping to shape it is potent.

 


MEMBER'S CORNER

 

Art & Music Fridays

An exhibit and concert series by DA Austria member Kathleen Amos Eichorn in Sulz im Wienerwald. Individual, hour-long seatings available from 7-10pm following Covid regulations. Please email [email protected] to confirm upcoming dates and make a reservation.

 

Lockdown: Vienna Nights in the Time of Corona

Dear all, I'm producing a coffee table book of the photographs I took in Vienna at night during LOCKDOWN, and I am hosting a crowdfunding site with REWARDS for contributions. You can view the site at  wemakeit.com and search Danny LoCascio. 

Or click this link LOCKDOWN: Vienna Nights in the time of Corona  

– Danny LoCasio

 



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In October —

In this Issue –

Events:

  • Young Dems Pub Night
  • Presidential Progressive Pizza
  • Vice Presidential Debate Watch Party
  • Innsbruck Afterwork Meet-Up
  • Last Call! Voter Help Table
  • Presidential Debate Watch Party (TBD)
  • Presidential Debate Watch Party (TBD)
  • Solidarity Sundays #37

Issues & Actions:

  • Gearing up for 2020: Voting & Returning Your Ballot — FAQ's
    • Get In-Person Voting Help
    • Get Online Voting Help
    • Should I Submit a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot?
    • How Should I Return My Ballot?
    • Help! Am I Being Disenfranchised?

Reviews:

  • Candlelight Vigil for Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • Solidarity Sundays #36:  Dismantling Structural Racism Workshop

Member's Corner:

  • Step Up for Democracy
  • Lockdown: Vienna Nights in the time of Corona
  • Opinion: Setting the Stage to Steal the 2020 Elections.

 

Our Executive Committee meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month. Our next meeting will be held online on: Wednesday, October 14, 2020, at 7 p.m. Members are welcome to join us at the meetings. Please contact Jennifer at [email protected] to join

DAA is making a strong effort to include in our monthly newsletter all the information you need to stay up to date in order to avoid the flood of emails that occurs in an election year. By sending you fewer emails, we hope you will read those you receive. Thanks for reading!

 

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EVENTS:

Presidential Progressive Pizza — Let's Save the Planet!

October 6, 7:00 PM – Online

Young Dems Pub Night

October 6, 7:30 PM — In person

Last Call! Voter Registration & Ballot Help

October 12, 5:00 PM — In person

 

Vice Presidential Debate Watch Party

October 8, 7:00 PM — Online

Innsbruck Afterwork Meet Up

October 9, 6:00 PM — In person

Presidential Debate Watch Party

October 16, 7:00 PM — Online

 

 

Presidential Debate Watch Party

October 23, 7:00 PM — Online

 

Solidarity Sundays #37: Can We Trust the Polls?

October 25, 4:00 PM — Online

 


ISSUES & ACTIONS:

Gearing up for 2020

This is the spot where we answer your frequently asked questions and make sure you, your family, friends, and colleagues have the voter information you need to be an enfranchised voter and make your vote count. Please share!

 

Americans living overseas must request their ballot in every calendar year they want to vote — yes, even if it’s normally sent to you automatically. Go to Vote From Abroad and request your ballot to be sent to you by email! Don’t procrastinate — you should have received your ballot by email on September 19. The time to request is now! 

When you receive your ballot be sure to immediately vote it and return it by the fastest method your state allows — help election officials at home by getting your ballot in early and flattening the curve. 

 

 

Where can I get in-person help?

Come to our LAST Voter Help Table in Vienna! 

We’ve been helping Americans to register to vote, request their ballot, fax their ballot back, and fill out their Federal Absentee Write-in Ballot at farmers markets and other venues during the summer and fall. OUR LAST IN-PERSON VOTER HELP TABLE IS OCTOBER 12!  Please be sure to stop by and say hello to our fantastic volunteers and make sure you are ready for November’s election. Bring a friend! 

 

Where can I get online help?

Most days of the week, volunteers at the Global Voter Help Desk are ready to answer your questions in a one-on-one session. Just go to democratsabroad.org/global_voter_assistance.

 

Should I submit a Federal Absentee Write-in Ballot (FWAB)?

If you haven't received your ballot yet, you should send a back-up emergency ballot (FWAB) immediately! You must return you're ballot the same way you would your official ballot. 

This year, like no other, the fate of your ballot depends on which state you vote in. Currently* AR, CT, GA, ID, IL, KY, MD, MI, MN, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT**, WI, will only allow voters to return their ballot by postal mail/courier. All US Citizens who vote in one of these states should immediately fill out and return a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB). It’s not the year to put your ballot in jeopardy! 

Even if you sent in a FWAB you can still send the regular ballot if and when you receive it. “If they both arrive before the deadline — which for most states is Election Day — the election office will count only the official ballot, so there’s no need to worry your vote will be double-counted or disqualified.” (Are You an American Voting From Abroad? Here’s How to Do It, NYT August 28, 2020). After you send in your ballot, you can check if it was received by your election office.

Get more information on how to submit your Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot.

* Please check the State Voting Guide at votefromabroad.org for up to date information for your state.

** Voters in Vermont need to check with their local election official.

 

Where’s my ballot?   

You should have received your ballot in your inbox on or before September 19 (check your spam folder).

If you didn’t request to receive your ballot by email, you can still do so. Just resubmit your FPCA form or go online to your state’s voter status website — google “Am I registered” and your state. Some states ask for an ID or a driver’s license with the online form. In this case contact your local election official directly. You can find yours under “Find your election office” at votefromabroad.org.

 

How should I return my ballot?

You should return your ballot as soon as you receive it in the fastest way which your state allows. 

If you can return your ballot by email, online, or by fax, use this method! 

  • States that accept email and online ballot returns are: AL, AZ, CO, DC, DE, HI, IA, IN, KS, MA, ME, MS, MT, MO, NC, ND, NE, NM, NV, RI, OR, SC, UT, *VT, WA, WV
  • States that accept ballot returns by FAX are: AK, CA, FL, LA, OK. Most Austrian post offices have a Fax machine. Or, read the instructions on how to do it without a fax machine. With both methods, make sure the pages you are sending are reduced 94% in order to fit the shorter US paper size.

States that only accept postal mail ballot returns (be sure to also immediately send an FWAB) are: AR, CT, GA, ID, IL, KY, MD, MI, MN, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SD, TN, TX, VA, *VT, WI

If you can only return your ballot by postal mail you have a couple of different options:

  1. Courier Service: The "mail only" ballot return states have confirmed to Democrats Abroad, in writing, that they will accept overseas ballots that are sent in by courier (Fedex, DHL, etc). All of the states indicated that a date stamp isn't needed if the Ballot/FWAB arrives by close of polls on Election Day, November 3.  A date stamp is only necessary in those states that have a "postmarked by election day" deadline and accept ballots that are received in a specific period after Election Day. If a ballot for one of those states is received after Election Day, then there must be something to prove it was placed in the mail by Election Day. The states that require a date stamp for ballots that arrive after Election Day are: GA, IL, KY, MD, NJ, NY, PA, TX, and VA.
  2. Diplomatic Pouch: You may drop off your ballot in person at U.S. Consulate Vienna at Parkring 12A (Marriott Hotel building), weekdays from 08:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Ballots sent by Diplomatic Pouch must be placed in a postage-paid envelope for them to be delivered to the proper local election authorities once received by the U.S. sorting facility. It can take up to three weeks for mail sent by Diplomatic Pouch to reach your local election office. Therefore, U.S. Consulate Vienna will accept ballots until October 7.
  3. Priority mail with the Austrian Post: The Austrian post office updates its International postal service on a daily basis which means it could currently be unreliable. You can check the current status here. Use the envelope template provided with your ballot, but be sure to add postage where it says “no postage required.” Expect up to a 4 week delivery time. NOTE: In order that the envelope is not returned to you by the Austrian post, put an X in ballpoint pen across the return address in such a way that it is still legible to the local election official in the US.

 

Help! Am I being disenfranchised?

If you have not received your ballot and have perhaps been stonewalled by your local election office, it's a good idea to go to the voter protection expert group in Democrats Abroad. Please contact them at [email protected] with an explanation of the issue and supporting documentation and communications you've had with your LEO. Please contact me at [email protected]democratsabraod.at if you're unsure. 

 

 


REVIEWS:

 

Candlelight Vigil for Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Hours after Austria awoke to the news of the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, sixty Americans gathered before the U.S. Embassy in Vienna. A fierce wind made it hard to keep candles alight, and mask-wearing mourners observed social distance. Mourners for the liberal Supreme Court Justice and feminist lodestar greeted one another with expressions of grief.

The devastation was amplified because America is in the middle of an election. Early voting is underway in some places – it began the day Ginsburg passed – making November 3 the end of the election. As the vigil started, President Trump announced he would nominate a conservative to succeed her. His rush to fill the seat will have profound consequences. The Supreme Court has operated as a 5-4 conservative majority for over a decade; now the bare majority will be a super majority.

Democrats Abroad Austria Chair, Jennifer Stepper-Rakow, spoke of Ginsburg’s career and what the Justice meant to Democrats. She did not get far before people cut in — can I still register to vote? How do I send my ballot home if the post service isn’t reliable? Does the consulate take ballots? I haven’t gotten my ballot, when can I expect it? In an instant, the vigil for the equal rights champion became a political organizing event.

DA Austria’s Chair, Juan Cerda, gave an impassioned speech asking mourners to “text five friends — now — be sure they’re voting and know how.“ We’re in the middle of a pandemic, a presidential election and a supreme court fight, he reminded the gathering. “Everything is on the line”.

And then a clear voice broke through. Raina Saul-Ganev began “Amazing Grace.” The crowd slowly joined in, and the organizing rally became a vigil once again. As the last note hung in the air, a nearby church rang its bells. 

 

Solidarity Sundays #36:  Dismantling Structural Racism Workshop

“I can‘t tell you what your work is in this movement, but I … know that determining our roles and opportunities is something that needs to happen in conversation and community with others.“

Sherri Spelic, Vienna-based author and educator, introduced Solidarity Sundays to a method of approaching systemic racism and how we live it:  intimate and reflective conversation.  

Discussing emotional issues is never easy. Discussing racism is particularly tricky. Speaking honestly makes us apprehensive, uncomfortable, and anxious. Let‘s face it, no one wants to be wrong. Ms. Spelic made talking easier by posing questions, then stepping back. In small break-out groups, people jumped into animated, personal, and meaningful conversations on racism.

The news is filled with information to process:  police brutality and Covid’s disproportionate impact on communities of Colour among the most important. With so much to fix, where to begin? Ms. Spelic‘s observation:  admitting our own feelings on racism is a potent starting point. Working from self-knowledge, she offered, creates openings to think, to listen and to be a part of anti-racist solutions.

Solidarity Sundays recognizes that in order to foster an equitable and inclusive community, it is necessary to have uncomfortable conversations on topics like race. We are grateful for Sherri Spelic‘s help in facilitating these valuable discussions.

Sherri Spelic shared this powerful poem by Clint Smith III. We think you might want to hear him tell it:  [“How to raise a black son in America”] (https://youtu.be/boGt69rR7X8)

 


MEMBER'S CORNER

Step Up for Democracy

Our DA Austria Communications Chair Sophie just released an app that allows you to fundraise and exercise in one! Using the new app Step Up for Democracy you can raise money for democratic causes each time you hit your daily step goal! Available for iOS on the Apple App Store.

– Sophie Spiegelberger 

 

Lockdown: Vienna Nights in the Time of Corona

Dear all, I'm producing a coffee table book of the photographs I took in Vienna at night during LOCKDOWN, and I am hosting a crowdfunding site with REWARDS for contributions. You can view the site at  wemakeit.com and search Danny LoCascio. 

Or click this link LOCKDOWN: Vienna Nights in the time of Corona  

– Danny LoCasio

 

Opinion

Voters beware – Trump and the Republican Party have been setting the stage to steal the 2020 elections.

If you are hard pressed to believe that the 2020 elections cannot be stolen, keep in mind that Trump wants to stay in power to avoid criminal charges for many of his transgressions for which there is ample public evidence. For that purpose, I would like to invite you to think about the following:

Since the impeachment, Trump and the Republicans have been working to find all kinds of ways to swing the population’s feelings to get behind Trump, painting him as a ‘victim of false accusations’ by the Democrats and the media. Trump himself has constantly used the term ‘witch hunt’ when evidence of his multidimensional violation of laws, ethics, facts, etc. surface and it is made public.  The Republican Senate violated every element of honesty, decency, and their elected responsibilities by their actions when the articles of impeachment reached them widely demonstrated by Republican House and Senate elected officials. Trump knows he has to stay in office for another 4 years to avoid criminal charges.

— Patricia Godoy-Kain

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