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.


  • DA Taxation Task Force Volunteer Info Session (Asia/Europe Friendly Time)


    Are you passionate about American abroad tax issues and have the skills or time to help?
    The DA Taxation Task Force is hosting this volunteer information session to explain what's involved in being a volunteer and to answer any questions you might have about volunteering. Click here for an outline of volunteering opportunities for the TTF.

    The DA TTF is a group of dedicated volunteers working towards fixing the tax code for Americans living abroad. We are under new leadership for 2022 and in preparation, we are currently looking to restructure the team as well as inviting new volunteers to join us.

    We have a number of volunteer positions available, from people with no experience who want to help out with social media, to subject matter experts that can help us lobby Congress - everyone and anyone is welcome to contribute!

    Once you attend the info session, we encourage you to complete this application to the best of your ability. You will then be invited to a follow-up one-to-one 30 minute Zoom call to figure out which teams you fit into and to get you started.

    Note: Attending an info session is optional, you do not need to attend to express interest in volunteering. Feel free to go ahead and fill in the application form here.

    You can also express interest in volunteering by emailing [email protected] and including as much information as possible about your background and how you think you can help.

    Please feel free to forward this event page to friends or family that you think might be interested in getting involved!

     

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    December 13, 2022 at 11:00am
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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.