Global Seniors Caucus Chair; Member-at-Large - Finland Ex Comm; member of LGBTQ+ Caucus Steering Committee; Co-leader of ProDA Monthly Mondays for Our Progressive Minds; Member of Taxation Task Force and Medicare Portability Task Force

Leading the Senior Caucus is an honor for me.  I believe in responsible, progressive politics and find a political home with friends and colleagues in Democrats Abroad.


  • rsvped for DSP Town Hall 2023-03-21 05:53:58 -0400

    DSP Town Hall

     

     

    Town Hall on Democrats Abroad's Delegate Selection Plan!

     

    Join us on March 27 at 10:00 AM US Eastern

    (AMERICAS friendly time)

    Across the US and world, all 57 Democratic state parties are at work planning the 2024 presidential primary contest, specifically by developing a Delegate Selection Plan unique to their state party. In a nutshell, the DSP is a binding document that defines how each state party will run their 2024 presidential primary and select delegates to send to the 2024 Democratic National Convention.

    Each state party must submit a final delegate selection plan to the Democratic National Committee by May 3, 2023. Prior to that, there must be a 30-day public comment period, launched on March 6.

    Please join this Town Hall to give feedback, learn more, and ask questions about the 2024 Delegate Selection Plan.

    The final draft DSP must then be approved by Democrats Abroad's elected leaders (vote scheduled for April 22 DPCA Meeting) prior to submission on May 3, 2023.

    You can review a copy of our draft 2024 Delegate Selction Plan which was posted for public comment on our website on March 6, 2023. Public comments on the draft are to be submitted on the form here through April 5, 2023.

    (Please include the page and line number your feedback refers to in your email. Thank you!)

    Convert to local time here: https://www.worldtimebuddy.com/.

    WHEN
    March 27, 2023 at 10:00am
    WHERE
    WebEx
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  • Tackling Wealth Inequality from Cradle to Rocking Chair

    How can we tackle wealth inequality effectively in the United States? Providing opportunity and security from cradle to rocking chair is our progressive answer. Join our guest speakers to learn more about proposed legislation for Baby Bonds and Social Security Expansion.  Take action to make them reality.

    Confirmed speakers:

    • AYANNA PRESSLEY, U.S. Rep. Massachusetts CD-7 
    • ALEX LAWSON, Social Security Works Executive Director 

    Here are resources to prepare for the event:

    All are welcome to attend! Please RSVP to receive the Zoom link.

    Thanks to our co-sponsors: Global Seniors Caucus, proDA Austria, proDA Germany, Global Youth Caucus

    RSVP below for the Zoom link!

    While there is no donation required to attend, the suggested donation for this event is $10. Click here to donate. Help Democrats Abroad volunteers mobilize voters around the world. Help us fight for progressive policy changes in the new Congress!

    Vancouver, CA 9:00 - 10:30 am
    Washington DC 12.00 - 1:30 pm
    London, UK 5:00 - 6:30 pm
    Vienna, AT 6:00 - 7:30 pm
    Nairobi, Kenya 7:00 - 8:30 pm
    Mumbai, India 9:30 pm - 11:00 pm

     

    WHEN
    March 27, 2023 at 12:00pm
    WHERE
    Zoom - online, Washington DC
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  • WEP and Americans Abroad—How To Stop It Hurting Retirement Plans

    This webinar, “WEP and Americans Abroad”, focuses on an issue which impacts on many Americans living abroad. Democrats Abroad has been working on the elimination of WEP since the early 2000s. We know in the last Congress that HR 82 Social Security Fairness Act of 2022 which would have repealed WEP did not pass. In the current Congress, HR 82 Social Security Fairness Act of 2023 was introduced in the House on January 9th 2023 by Representative Gareth Graves (Republican, Louisiana District 6). Again, we have a bill that eliminates WEP.

    The DA Seniors Caucus is currently working on WEP elimination and this webinar stems from this activity. What is WEP? Will it affect me when I retire abroad? How do I prepare for it? What if as a retired person I receive a pension from abroad as well as Social Security – how will WEP affect me?  Please attend this webinar to have answers to these important questions.

    Our guest speaker is Nancy Altman from Social Security Works and she will speak to us about WEP and answer our questions about WEP.

    About our Speaker:

    Nancy J. Altman has a forty-five year background in the areas of Social Security and private pensions. She is president of Social Security Works and chair of the Strengthen Social Security coalition.
    Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi appointed Ms. Altman to a six-year term, starting October 1, 2017, on the Social Security Advisory Board. The seven-person Board is a bipartisan, independent federal government agency established in 1994 to advise the President, Congress, and the Commissioner of Social Security.
    Ms. Altman is the author of The Battle for Social Security: From FDR’s Vision to Bush’s Gamble (John Wiley & Sons, 2005) and The Truth About Social Security: The Founders’ Words Refute Revisionist History, Zombie Lies, and Common Misunderstandings (Strong Arm Press, 2018). She is also co-author of Social Security Works! Why Social Security Isn’t Going Broke and How Expanding It Will Help Us All (The New Press, 2015). She has shared her Social Security expertise on numerous television and radio shows, including PBS NewsHour, MSNBC, and FOX News. She has published op-eds in dozens of newspapers including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today.
    From 1983 to 1989, Ms. Altman was on the faculty of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and taught courses on private pensions and Social Security at the Harvard Law School. In 1982, she was Alan Greenspan’s assistant in his position as chairman of the bipartisan commission that developed the 1983 Social Security amendments.
    From 1977 to 1981, she was a legislative assistant to Senator John C. Danforth (R-Mo) and advised the Senator with respect to Social Security issues. From 1974 to 1977, she was a tax lawyer with Covington & Burling, where she handled a variety of private pension matters.
    Ms. Altman chairs the Board of Directors of the Pension Rights Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of beneficiary rights. She is a member of the Boards of Directors of the Alliance for Retired Americans Educational Fund, the Economic Opportunity Institute, Latinos for the Secure Retirement, and the Institute for America’s Future. In the mid-1980’s, she was on the organizing committee and the first board of directors of the National Academy of Social Insurance.

    WHEN
    April 01, 2023 at 10:30am
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  • rsvped for Monthly Friday Casual Social 2023-02-07 23:39:47 -0500

    Monthly Friday Casual Social

    Democrats Abroad Global Seniors and Disability Caucuses invite you to join us for our monthly Social -- a time for Seniors and members of the Disability Caucus to connect with one another and discuss topics of concern and information. We will reflect, discuss, plan, and strategize together from the comfort of our own homes and with no duties or assignments! This will be fun as we can discuss freely any topic we would like.

    RSVP BELOW TO JOIN US ON ZOOM!


    LOCATION LOCAL TIME
    Vancouver CA 6:00 AM
    Washington DC 9:00 AM
    London UK 2:00 PM
    Berlin DE 3:00 PM
    Nairobi KE 4:00 PM
    Beijing CN 9:00 PM
    Tokyo JP 10:00 PM
    WHEN
    April 28, 2023 at 9:00am
    WHERE
    Zoom
    Washington, DC
    United States
    Google map and directions
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  • rsvped for Monthly Friday Casual Social 2023-02-07 23:39:26 -0500

    Monthly Friday Casual Social

    Democrats Abroad Global Seniors and Disability Caucuses invite you to join us for our monthly Social -- a time for Seniors and members of the Disability Caucus to connect with one another and discuss topics of concern and information. We will reflect, discuss, plan, and strategize together from the comfort of our own homes and with no duties or assignments! This will be fun as we can discuss freely any topic we would like.

    RSVP BELOW TO JOIN US ON ZOOM!


    LOCATION LOCAL TIME
    Vancouver CA 6:00 AM
    Washington DC 9:00 AM
    London UK 2:00 PM
    Berlin DE 3:00 PM
    Nairobi KE 4:00 PM
    Beijing CN 9:00 PM
    Tokyo JP 10:00 PM
    WHEN
    March 31, 2023 at 9:00am
    WHERE
    Zoom
    Washington, DC
    United States
    Google map and directions
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  • From Steve Regenstreif, Chair of DNC Senior Council

    Steve Regenstreif, Chair of DNC Senior Council wanted to share this News, “AARP Poll of 63 Most Competitive Congressional Districts Shows Older Voters Were the Deciders in 2022” with our Caucus following our November 18th Event: “Bridging the distance for democracy - Working collaboratively with Seniors Voices”

    See: https://press.aarp.org/2022-11-17-AARP-Post-Election-Survey?campaign_id=56&emc=edit_cn_20221117&instance_id=77838&nl=onpolitics&regi_id=71450717&segment_id=113490&te=1&user_id=db533b450e94e182e48c7ace57cf642a


  • CONTACT YOUR CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE ABOUT THE REPEALING OF WEP

    Email OR Call Script to your legislative representative concerning repealing WEP.

    To contact your Members of Congress, follow these steps:

    1. Click here and enter the address where you last lived in the U.S.
    2. It will then display your two Senators and your House Representative.
    3. Check here for the House and here for the Senate if any of your Members of Congress have already co-sponsored the bill.
    4. If your Members of Congress have not yet co-sponsored the bill, write or call (better yet, do both!) and ask them to co-sponsor the bill and to vote to pass the bill when it comes up for a vote. Be sure to ask your House Representative to co-sponsor bill number H.R. 82 and your Senators to co-sponsor S. 1302.
    5. Email [email protected] and say "DONE" in the subject line to let us know that you contacted your Members of Congress.
    6. Optional: If they have already co-sponsored, write or call to thank them for their support!
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  • published Chair's Corner - February, 2022 in Opinions 2022-02-25 12:30:19 -0500

    Chair's Corner - February, 2022

    Let us remember that February is Black History Month, and for nearly fifty years we have marked Black History Month by recognizing and honoring the contributions and achievements of Black Americans. Black History Month is a time to celebrate and highlight the wide-ranging roles so many Black Americans have played in our country’s history. We reflect on the contributions of African Americans and how important it is for all of us to make our communities more equitable and just. 

    Also, let us remember that there are currently more than 4 million African Americans over the age of 65… with a projected growth of about 12 million by 2060. Like the general population of Seniors, African American Seniors are living longer. However, unlike their White counterparts, “African American Seniors experience significant health disparities, including lower life expectancies and an increased risk of chronic health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, dementia, stroke, and cancer. In recent years, there has been a surge of interest in the impact of racism on the quality of life of African Americans, sparked in part by the Black Lives Matter movement. Research indicates that African Americans—young and old—experience subtle and overt forms of racism. African American Seniors, however, have also experienced cumulative race related stressors that negatively impact their physical and mental health.” 1

    For African American Seniors, exposure to cumulative experiences of racism has resulted in limited access to resources such as education, employment, health care, housing, and political participation, contributing to health disparities and increased rates of mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, and dementia.” 2

    We need to be sensitive to our African American Senior brothers and sisters and offer them understanding and empathy. For African Americans, the effects of racism are felt daily. Racism also intersects with other forms of discrimination, including ageism, classism, sexism, ableism, and heterosexism. All Seniors should aim to understand the lens through which individuals view their experiences.

    Recently, in pondering Black History Month, Bernice King, the daughter of Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King, said: “The Transatlantic Slave Trade and Jim Crow aren’t “Black History” but European, American and World History. Our history is about a people with roots and hope, who suffered and challenged these evils as multi-faceted, dynamic, diverse beings. + Black History includes Black Joy.” Let’s remember this Black Joy as we celebrate Black History Month for people of all ages and races.

    1. See: The Cochran Firm, Race, Sex & Age Discrimination
    2. Adomakoy, Frances (2018) African-American Older Adults and Race-Related Stress: How Aging and Health Care Providers Can Help, American Psychological Association, Office of Ageing

    See also — For Black workers, age discrimination strikes twice


  • published Newsletter in Newsletters 2022-02-22 03:44:54 -0500

    Inaugural Newsletter

    Welcome to the Democrats Abroad Seniors Caucus! Click here to download the pdf!

    This Caucus has been a long time coming, and resulted from the work of many DA members. We were delighted to be established as a bona fide Democrats Abroad Global Caucus on January 22, and we welcome you all as new members.

    In 1997, the National Democratic Seniors Coordinating Council was created as an official body of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Its main purpose was “to give older Democrats a voice within the DNC, to make use of their experience and expertise on issues such as Social Security and Medicare, to acknowledge their life-long dedication to Democratic Party ideas, and to mobilize older Democratic voters in election campaigns.” 

    The DA GSC mirrors that purpose and provides a forum for all DA members to better understand the issues and concerns affecting Seniors and more specifically, Seniors living abroad. We are focused especially on empowering Seniors living abroad, inter alia to exercise their right to vote and participate in getting out the vote (GOTV) and to mobilize older Democratic voters in election campaigns. We welcome your participation in our new caucus. Please get involved, we need your help and support.

    Warm wishes,

    Betsy Ettorre
    Chair, Global Senior Caucus
              
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  • signed up on Global Disability Caucus - Signup 2022-02-18 00:12:09 -0500

    Global Disability Caucus Signup Page

     

    Join the team working on our newest caucus, the new Global Disability Caucus!

    We would like to build the broadest possible membership in this new and important team within Democrats Abroad. 

    The mission of the Democrats Abroad Global Disability Caucus is to provide a voice for individuals with disabilities across its global membership. In addition to participating in voter and electoral support work the team will collaborate with allies within the Democratic Party and disability rights groups to ensure that all activities and venues are accessible; advocate on proposed legislation addressing disability rights; and educate and empower Democrats Abroad members and leaders about the issues impacting individuals with disabilities.

    In addition to Democrats Abroad members with disabilities, we welcome and encourage the involvement of supporters of our members and our issues.  We hope to form an inclusive, diverse, active and effective community which provides fulfilling experiences for all.

    **Please note that if you sign up to volunteer with us, you may be contacted directly via email by Chair, Marnie Delaney.

     

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  • published Pushing to pass the Equality Act in News 2021-06-14 17:03:44 -0400

    Pushing to pass the Equality Act

    At the 2021 Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA) Annual Global Meeting (May 14-16), the Resolution To Condemn Recent Anti-Transgender Legislation and to Support Passage of the Equality Act, proposed by Austin Allaire (DA UK) and Brian Westley (DA UK), was adopted. It states:

    • Whereas 16 anti-LGBTQ laws have been enacted since the beginning of 2021; and
    • Whereas recent legislation passed in the state of Arkansas serves as a case study of the perils of such laws; and
    • Whereas, on April 2, 2021, Republicans in the Arkansas General Assembly voted to override Governor Asa Hutchinson’s veto to enact the Save Adolescents From Experimentation (SAFE) Act; and
    • Whereas this law bans gender-confirming surgery for anyone under 18 and prohibits doctors from providing transgender youth with puberty blockers or hormone therapy; and
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I am an Emerita Sociology Professor who studied and lived in the UK for many years. I was born in Connecticut and now live in Finland with my female partner. I enjoy politics, skiing, running and good food.