Member-at-Large - Finland, member LGBTQ+ Global Caucus and Newsletter co-editor, co-leader of monthly ProDA Book Club

  • rsvped for Fairness in Retirement Webinar 2021-09-16 04:34:09 -0400

    Fairness in Retirement Webinar

    Sponsored by the Global Senior Caucus in formation

    Come celebrate International Older Persons Day with Steven Regenstreif, Chair of the National Democratic Seniors Coordinating Council of the DNC, and Democrats Abroad.

    In these turbulent times, Democrats Abroad needs a special caucus representing those in our organization who are retired or aged 65+. Some Seniors living abroad experience particular problems which are unfair. Our in-formation Seniors Caucus will provide a forum to better understand the issues and concerns affecting Seniors. This webinar will look at fairness in retirement, with the aim of undertanding how some, if not many, Seniors living abroad experience partial and unjust treatment or behaviour with favouritism or discrimination. With this in mind, we look particularly at the need for Medicare Portability and the injustice of the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), a provision in United States law that changes the way your U.S. Social Security benefits are calculated.

    We have a panel of speakers, and will add more details on our other speakers as we get closer to the date, so stay tuned!


    October 01, 2021 at 9:00am
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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.