Beth Landry rsvped for Biden-Harris Progress Report #4: Four Crises, Four Plans, One Goal! via Jen Rakow-Stepper 2021-05-11 06:54:13 -0400
Four crises, four plans, one goal! On the heels of its success with the American Rescue Plan, the Biden-Harris Administration has proposed the American Jobs Plan, Made in America Tax Plan, and American Families Plan. The goal is to ensure a sustainable thriving economy with benefits for all. Join us to learn more about each, consider their strengths and weaknesses, and contemplate their chances of passage. proDA and DA Germany Climate Caucus members will offer information provocatively to stimulate our open discussion. It promises to be a memorable experience!
Please rsvp to receive the Zoom link.WHENMay 20, 2021 at 7pmWHEREOnline
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Beth Landry rsvped for Focus on Chapters - May Hispanic Caucus Meeting - EMEA/Americas Friendly time May 29, 2021 16:00 CET / 10:00 AM DC Time 2021-05-11 06:51:36 -0400Join us for the May meeting of the Hispanic Caucus at 16:00, an EMEA/Americas friendly time. This event will focus on networking and allyship between the Hispanic Caucus and Country Committees. We want to open the dialogue about how this can be a symbiotic relationship of mutual support and growth. We encourage everyone interested to join, everyone is welcome, regardless of ethnic heritage.This will also be our first run of, “Chisme Check-In” a segment where everyone is welcome to lay back and convivir with one another for the last 15 minutes of the event.We look forward to seeing you there!This event is hosted by the Global Hispanic Caucus, in partnership with DA Spain.Date: May 29, 2021 at 10:00am EST (4.00pm Berlin, 9:00am Mexico City, 11:00pm Seoul)RSVP to receive the zoom link to join the eventWHENMay 29, 2021 at 10am
Join Democrats Abroad LGTBQ+ Caucus for a day long Pride Celebration as we share our stories.
It is a day filled with discussion, videos , a bit of history, poetry, music, games, a raffle and more.
We will screen Edie and Thea: A Very Long Engagement, a film about Thea Spyer and her wife Edie Windsor that eventually led to the landmark Supreme Court decision in 2013 that recognised their marriage. A discussion with the director Susan Muska will follow.
The day will include a poetry reading contest, so get your poem or short piece ready. More details below!
An issue that has been of long relevance to our overseas community has been immigration and the ability of LGBTQ+ families to immigrate and reside legally in the US and pass US citizenship to their children. We will be joined by Shirley Tan and her spouse Jay Mercado for an intimate look back at their journey to keep their family together when Shirley faced deportation, and Shirley's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The LGTBQ+ Caucus in Canada has arranged two family oriented events for kids and those with a playful heart. The group Faye and Fluffy’s Story Time is hosted by drag queens with a message full of joy and laughter. The Toronto based Canvas Art Program will present a story with a message for young and old alike.
The political action that our community is working toward is the Equality Act. We are pulling together a panel of political activists on the state and federal level that are working hard to make this happen. We will have the opportunity to learn how we can best engage to reduce workplace, housing and other discriminatory activity currently experienced by far too many.
We will have a keynote speaker that will be announced in the near future. As we get closer to June 20th we will post a more detailed schedule so you can participate in the program of greatest interest to you.WHENJune 20, 2021 at 6amWHEREZoom
The next Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) Regional Meeting will be on Sunday, 16 May 2021 and is scheduled to start at 3:00 AM EDT during a recess of the 2021 DPCA Global Meeting. You can check your local time HERE.
We will have only one item of business on the agenda: the election of the EMEA Regional Vice Chair for the 2021-2023 term. A list of declared candidates and their statements can be found here.
All members are welcome to attend the EMEA Regional Meeting. Please note that only Country Committee Chairs and Vice Chairs are able to vote.
Chairs and Vice Chairs will be sent a separate registration form in late April to register their intent to attend; this list will be used as the basis for quorum. Please note an RSVP on this event page does not register Chairs and Vice Chairs for the purposes of quorum.
A link to the online meeting will be sent to all who RSVP at least one week before the meeting.WHENMay 16, 2021 at 3amWHEREOnline
The 2021 Annual Democrats Abroad Global Meeting will be fully virtual this year. The meeting will be held across the weekend of May 14 to 16.
Day One - Global reports, By-laws, Resolutions
May 14 9:00PM EDT / May 15 3:00AM CET / May 15 10:00AM Tokyo / May 15 1:00AM UTC
May 14 9:30PM EDT / May 15 3:30AM CET / May 15 10:30AM Tokyo / May 15 1:30AM UTC
Day Two - Global elections, 2022 Meeting location
May 15 10:00PM EDT / May 16 4:00AM CET / May 16 11:00AM Tokyo / May 16 2:00AM UTC
May 15 10:30PM EDT / May 16 4:30AM CET / May 16 11:30AM Tokyo / May 16 2:30AM UTC
Democrats Abroad Global Meetings are possible thanks to participant donations. You will be redirected to the donation page after you RSVP.
** If you are not logged into your Nation Builder account, please make sure you enter your Nation Builder email for the RSVP.
Links to the meetings will be emailed to all RSVPers during the week of May 10th. The tentative agenda is here.
Click Here to donate in support of the Global Meeting and DA's 2021 activities.
Click Here to donate to the Travel Fund for the 2022 Global Meeting.WHENMay 14, 2021 at 9pm - May 16, 2021 at 9pm
$4,543.90 raisedGOAL: $5,306.00
Fundraiser for Legislative Advocacy
Help Reinstate New Jersey Law for Overseas Voters to Vote in State Elections
Attention New Jersey Voters
DONATE NOW to help us reach and mobilize New Jersey Democrats Abroad!
New Jersey currently does not allow all overseas voters to vote in state elections, even though overseas voters could vote in state elections before Chris Christie pushed through a change in the law in 2017.Assemblywoman Joann Downey has introduced a bill, NJ A5306, to change the law back--and with your donation you can help get it passed!
If you're from New Jersey, you can also directly help pass the bill for this campaign as a constituent. Contact Speaker Coughlin at 1-732-855-7441 and urge his staffers to put NJ A5306 on the schedule, which restores voting rights for NJ Overseas Voters. You can find a call script here!
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Your generosity makes sure we can keep working to make legislative change and help get out the vote for states that have elections this year!
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Beth Landry published An Urgent Intersectional and Safety Necessity in ERA Stories 2021-03-22 14:31:40 -0400
Passing the Equal Rights Amendment is long past due, but fortunately, we as a country have a pathway in front of us to renounce discrimination of equal rights on account of sex. I am proud my home state of Maryland is on the right side of history and passed this in 1972, as well as that Senator Cardin (D-MD) is the Lead Sponsor for Senate Joint Resolution 1 that would remove the ratification deadline.
Growing up in a state that had ratified the ERA prior to my birth meant that I had the law on my side regarding types of discrimination that impact residents of other states. For a period of time while working as an RN I lived in the state of Virginia -- prior to that state’s own historic passage of the ERA. While living there about seven years ago, I experienced domestic violence in a romantic relationship. I knew somewhat that the laws did not protect me as definitively, but I did not find out until later that Virginia had not ratified the Equal Rights Amendment. I ended up having to urgently pack and move my belongings out of the state in over a foot of snow for my own safety. I was extremely fortunate that friends helped me move, and that my proximity to my employer remained about the same. However, many do not have the ability and resources to leave their situations in this way, and ratifying the ERA means the consistent enforcement of restraining orders and equally important measures for victims of domestic violence.
The ERA is an important milestone, but certainly not the termination of the pursuit of equal rights under the law for all Americans. We as a nation must do everything we can to support and reinforce the narrative that any legislation that is complicit with or outright justifies discrimination of any person will be removed from the books entirely. If we can take down statues that embody inequality, we must be compelled to similarly dismantle and rectify codified institutional sexism, misogyny, oppression, and objectification.
The time is NOW to pass the ERA, and I am proud to be able to advocate for equal rights alongside my Democrats Abroad peers.
Maryland Voter, Sweden Resident
Beth Landry wants to volunteer 2021-02-06 05:27:43 -0500
Have you ever made a successful change in your life? Perhaps you wanted to exercise more, eat less, or change jobs? Think about the time and attention you dedicated to the process. A lot, right? Change is hard. Creating effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of power, privilege, supremacy, and leadership is like any lifestyle change. Setting our intentions and adjusting what we spend our time doing is essential. It’s all about building new habits. Sometimes the hardest part is just getting started. The good news is, there’s an abundance of resources just waiting to empower you to be a more effective player in the quest for equity and justice.
About the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge
- For 21 days, do one action to further your understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity
- This plan includes suggestions for readings, podcasts, videos, observations, and ways to form and deepen community connections. Suggestions are in the following categories:
- Choose one activity per day to further your understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity.
- Diversify your habits by doing some of each.
- Use the tracking chart provided here to stay on course. You can download the editable spreadsheet or a PDF for printing.
- We think understanding white privilege and white supremacy is a powerful lens into the complexities of doing social justice work, so we’ve focused our resources on that specific issue.
- Check-in with us on Saturday, February 20th, and Sunday, February 28th! We'll email you with the precise times and meeting information.
Beth Landry published Important 2020 Voting Information for US Voters in Sweden in News 2020-09-15 06:24:19 -0400
Please read this whole message carefully, since it contains important information to help U.S. voters in Sweden vote this year.
Do you know when you'll be getting your ballot and how to return it? The 2020 presidential election is less than 50 days away. Don't delay!
Voting from abroad has in fact already begun. Some states have sent ballots to overseas voters already and all states will have done so by September 19.Read more
A lot of important updates since the Democrats Abroad 2020 Global Presidential Primary are here:
📌 Coronavirus Crisis
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Sweden Executive Committee has decided to extend the period during which we will not be having in-person events until April 15th. We continue to assess the situation on an ongoing basis, and will let members know when we will be resuming in-person events.
We are preparing a number of online/remote events, including for voter registration assistance, and are shifting our focus to outreach via social media and phone banking.
📌 Voter Registration for 2020
Have you gone to votefromabroad.org yet to request your 2020 absentee ballot?
Don't wait - fill out your Federal Post Card Application form today!
📌 Democrats Abroad Delegates to the 2020 DNC - Applications Now Accepted!
During the week of August 17th, the Democrats Abroad delegation will join the other state party delegations at the Democratic National Convention to formally choose our nominee for President of the United States.
Any DA member is eligible to run, and the Affirmative Action Committee strongly emphasizes the importance of DA members from historically-underrepresented backgrounds to run as delegate candidates in showing the world the diversity of our Party and our members around the world.
Forms to declare delegates’ candidacy are now available online. Please fill it out as soon as possible and return it no later than April 17th.
Workshops with Democrats Abroad about becoming a 2020 DNC Delegate are happening on these dates next week:
📌 Earth Day 50th Anniversary Panel Discussion
On April 21st, the eve of the 50th Anniversary celebration of Earth Day, the Democrats Abroad Global Women's Caucus will present a virtual panel discussion on "Women and the Environment". Sign up to attend here.
📌 FAQs on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Safety (CARES) Act from the Democrats Abroad Taxation Tax Force
Democrats Abroad has received many hundreds of emails from members interested in understanding the provisions of the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, their eligibility for support and how and when they might receive it.
In order to prevent delays in our responses, the Democrats Abroad Taxation Tax Force has developed from member emails a FAQs document that aims to address the key concerns we have been hearing. The Taxation Task Force will continue to add to it as needed.
📌 Volunteer with Democrats Abroad Sweden
Did you know that Democrats Abroad is an entirely volunteer-run organization? That means everything we do to reach out to voters abroad is because of the dedication and commitment of our amazing volunteers.
Can you help take action with us?
- Sign up to phonebank from home for 2020 voter registration - phone calls are one of our most effective ways of reaching out to voters 📲
- Making calls costs money! Please consider making a donation today, and pick the "Give to Support Phonebanking" option in the drop-down menu
- Fill out our DA Sweden Volunteer Survey to let us know other ways you can help
No commitment is too small, and working together has collective power!
Beth Landry [They/Them]
Vice Chair, Democrats Abroad Sweden
Welcome to Democrats Abroad EMEA!
There is a good chance you're seeing this page because you are a member of Democrats Abroad in the Europe, Middle East, & Africa region, but the country where you live does not (yet?) have a Country Committee. There are currently 26 countries in the EMEA region with Country Committees.
These Country Committees keep Americans abroad informed of their rights and help them participate in the U.S. political process. Our members -- people just like you -- live in more than 190 countries around the globe and vote in every state and Congressional district in the U.S.
Are you interested in how to get more involved where you live?
Get in touch with us today!
Regional Vice-Chair for EMEA
Quaide Williams, Michelle Taube, Brooke Burns & Beth Landry
Deputy Regional Vice-Chairs for EMEA
Beth Landry published 2020 Global Presidential Primary Voting Centers in Sweden in News 2020-01-24 06:34:09 -0500
Don’t miss your chance to vote in-person in Sweden this presidential year!
The Global Presidential Primary (GPP) is a week-long voting period -- kicking off on March 3, Super Tuesday! -- for Democrats Abroad members to participate in our official party-run presidential primary. We’re holding more than 240 events in 45 countries around the world. We hope you’ll be joining us!
To vote using a remote ballot via email or post, follow the instructions here: https://www.democratsabroad.org/primary. Please also scroll to the bottom of this page for information about our DA Sweden Ballot Assistance Events, as well as some of our Frequently Asked Questions about voting in the GPP.
We’re thrilled to announce event details for 9 Democrats Abroad Sweden Voting Centers.
Click on the dates below to go to the event pages for each Voting Center:
We will also have 3 Ballot Assistance Events here in Sweden. Ballot Assistance Events are available for voters to receive help registering to vote, signing up to join Democrats Abroad, as well as ensuring their remotely-voted ballots have all the required information. There won't be a Ballot Box, but our volunteers will be ready to help you navigate the 2020 Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary in almost any other way!
Click below to go to the event pages for each Ballot Assistance Event:
Frequently Asked Questions you may have about the GPP:
"Am I eligible?"
If you’re a Democrats Abroad member and you haven’t voted (or plan to vote) in any other 2020 state presidential primary/caucus, you’re eligible to vote in the Global Presidential Primary.
"What if I can’t join a voting event in person?"
If you can’t join us at our events in Sweden, you can vote remotely. Look for your primary ballot in your inbox on February 18, or download it from democratsabroad.org starting on Feb 18, as well.
"Do votes in the GPP count? Why should I participate in the GPP instead of voting in my state’s presidential primary?"
Yes your vote counts! In fact, you could even say that votes in the GPP count even more. Tens of thousands of people will participate in the global primary, but millions will vote in your home state. That means that your vote in the Global Presidential Primary is more powerful than voting in the California primary. In fact, it’s 4 times more powerful!
"I vote in California. Can I vote in the Global Presidential Primary and the California primary?"
You can only vote in a presidential primary once. If you vote in the global primary and want to vote in California for the down-ballot primary races (like for your congressperson), you can! Just skip the presidential section on your California ballot.
P.S. Help us spread the word! Consider liking and sharing our social media posts about the GPP!
Vice Chair, Democrats Abroad Sweden