2021 New Leader Orientation (Session 1)
(photo from the 2019 EMEA Regional Meeting in Athens)
Saturday, 24 April 2021, 3:00-6:00 AM EDT (check your local time HERE)
Newly-elected leaders are invited to attend a New Leader Orientation session, facilitated by the Asia Pacific and Europe, Middle East, and Africa regional teams. Current leaders and volunteers are also welcome to join as a refresher, as are those who are candidates for local office where elections have not yet taken place.
During this three-hour orientation, we will cover the following Democrats Abroad basics:
- Our purpose, our organizational structure, and how we conduct business (45 minutes)
- Our IT Team and key resources (30 minutes)
- Our Comms Team and how we share our messages (20 minutes)
- Our other teams and committees that support leaders and Country Committees (40 minutes)
- Upcoming and regular regional and global meetings (20 minutes)
There will also be a ten-minute break, along with Q&A opportunities.
Please RSVP for the WebEx link.
A second New Leader orientation session, covering the same topics, will also be held at an Americas/EMEA-friendly time on Saturday, 08 May between 12:00-3:00 PM EDT. To register for that session, please visit this event page to RSVP.WHENApril 24, 2021 at 3amWHEREWebEx
Vol. 1, No. 1
Letter from the Editor
This March, the Global VMF Caucus is pleased to share the launching of its first newsletter with the celebration of the personal stories embodied in two themes: Military and Veteran Heroines and Military Caregivers. We welcome you to this first edition and encourage you to join the conversation as we remember, learn about, and celebrate the Women’s History Month with famous females in the military and the history of famous women caregivers who provided care to military service members, personal stories from before the Civil War up to the present.
First, we celebrate with a passage about Florence Nightingale, who rebelled against her wealthy British parents, and instead of becoming a “proper” high society lady, travelled to Scutari in the Ottoman Empire with 38 volunteer nurses who she had trained to treat the wounded soldiers of the Crimean War. Her greatest contribution was combating disease and death. And although she was not an U.S. citizen, the vivid graphs she made to back her public health campaigns convinced the powerful that deaths due to filth and poor sanitation could be averted - saving countless lives of U.S. allies.
We also celebrate Mary Edwards Walker, the only woman to ever be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. She was best known as a feminist, abolitionist, and the first female doctor who during the Civil War quickly volunteered to provide medical care for the Union army. She frequently crossed battle lines to assist the wounded, and regularly treated civilians.
This newsletter is dedicated to serving you, and with this in mind, we ask you to use our Suggestion Box to provide us with ideas for future issues. Please let us know what issues you want us to write about as well as items you would like us to address in our twice-a-month VMF caucus meetings.
We hope you enjoy this first edition!
Bob Gould, Global VMF Caucus Co-Chair and EditorRead more
Bob Gould rsvped for Legislative Pulse: Using Billtrack50 to Follow Legislation 2021-03-17 12:02:53 -0400
On Sunday the 11th of April Karen Suhaka of the DAUK West Midlands Regional Group will share how to take action on the political issues you care about most.
Join us to hear directly from Karen, founder and catalyst of Billtrack50, who’s worked on American legislative state and federal data management for many years. She has been most generous in giving DA a free subscription to billtrack50.com to research our key policy areas and develop plans to reach legislators and make policy become a reality.
Karen will walk through the basic steps as a bill goes through to become law, talk about how bills are numbered to help you figure who to call, when states are in session so you know when you can call, provide resources to look up who your representatives and their staff are, and help you figure out what’s the best action to take.
This event is sponsored by the Hispanic, Asian American & Pacific Islander, Global Black, LGBTQ+, ProDA, Veterans & Military Families Caucuses, the Taxation Task Force, and the Texans Abroad Squad. All members of DA are invited to join our caucuses, taskforces, and teams and attend our events.
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Taxation Taskforce <[email protected]>
Texans Abroad Squad <[email protected]>WHENApril 11, 2021 at 3:30amWHEREWebEx
Bob Gould published This inequality makes me feel ashamed to be an American. in ERA Stories 2021-03-14 06:10:45 -0400
During the past 100 years American women have been trying to gain assurance that the Constitution assures them the same rights as men. The fear of American men to legalize equality for women has been blocking this amendment from being passed. The fact that this inequality still exists in the richest Democratic country in the world, and not in 88% of the countries, makes me feel ashamed to be an American. Women and men would gain significantly from passing the ERA. We all must dedicate ourselves to this fight until equality is enshrined in our Constitution. Bob Gould - UK resident, voting in CA
Bob Gould published Upcoming Biden-Harris Events for Veterans and Military Families in News 2020-10-29 06:32:10 -0400
Letter from Leo Cruz, Biden Campaign Veterans and Military Families Engagement Director
6 days to take our democracy back.
Yesterday, Vice President Biden visited Warm Springs, Georgia and delivered remarks focused on unity and healing with one week left before the general election. He later spoke at a second rally in Atlanta, where he urged Georgians to vote for Democrats up and down the ticket. You can watch his full remarks in Warm Springs and Atlanta.
Today, Joe Biden will receive a briefing from public health experts. After, Vice President Biden will deliver remarks on his plans to beat COVID-19, lower health care costs, and protect Americans with pre-existing conditions. You can watchHERE.
Also today, Kamala Harris will travel to Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona to urge Arizonans to make a plan to vote early. In the morning, Senator Harris will meet with a group of Latina business owners in Tucson. After, Senator Harris will participate in an early vote mobilization event. In the afternoon, Senator Harris will travel to Phoenix to meet with a group of Black leaders. Later, Senator Harris will participate in an early vote mobilization event with Grammy Award-winning singer and philanthropist Alicia Keys.
Yesterday, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris released a statement on the shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. In his statement Joe Biden stated that “Walter Wallace’s life, like too many others’, was a Black life that mattered — to his mother, to his family, to his community, to all of us.”
Get Involved -- Upcoming Biden Veterans and Military Families Events
Wednesday, October 28, 6:00 PM ET: NH Veterans & Military Families Caucus Get Out The Vote: Join the New Hampshire Veterans and Military Families Caucus for a virtual Get Out The Vote Rally! Featured Guest Speakers: The Hon. Ray Mabus, the 75th U.S. Secretary of the Navy, and former Ambassador to Saudi Arabia; the Hon. Patrick J. Murphy, the first Iraq War veteran elected to Congress and former U.S. Undersecretary of the Army; The Hon. Maura Sullivan, former Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and a Marine Corps Veteran; Tam Siekmann, Chair of the Londonderry Democrats, Blue Star Family Member & Marine Corps Spouse.
Wednesday, October 28, 6:30 PM ET: Michigan GOTV Roundtable on Civil Rights and Military Communities: Join us for a virtual discussion with General Lloyd Newton, USAF, Ret., Professor Gertrude Croom, Dr. Turnera Croom, and Damien Butler, USA and USAF, 2004 - 2018, and Ms. Tracy Pakulniewicz, former Director of Policy Integration, Department of Defense, focusing on the importance of electing Joe Biden for servicemembers and military families of color.
Wednesday, October 28, 6:00 PM CT: GOTV in The Quad Cities and Southeast Iowa with Admiral Michael Franken (Ret.): We’re so excited you’re interested in making calls to elect Joe Biden for President, Theresa Greenfield for Senate and Democrats up and down the ballot in Iowa this November. 🇺🇸 From the comfort of your home, you can help us Get Out the Vote to help elect Democrats all while staying socially distant.
Wednesday, October 28, 8:00 PM ET: Midwest Conservative Veterans for Biden Roundtable: Join former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Dr. Joseph Collins; Air Force veteran; Pennsylvania-residents and Ohio-natives RADM Janice Hamby (USN, Ret.) and her husband and U.S. Army veteran Dale Hamby; Illinois-native BG Steven Anderson (USA, Ret.); and Pennsylvania-native and Ohio-resident MG Dennis Laich, (USAR, Ret.) for a Midwest Conservative Veterans for Biden Roundtable moderated by former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force and Illinois-native Robert Goodwin on Wednesday, October 28th at 8:00PM ET.
Wednesday, October 28th, 8:00 pm ET GOTV with Oprah: Oprah Winfrey is hosting an event with voters from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Minnesota, and across the country.
Thursday, October 29, 7:00 PM ET: Michigan National Security GOTV Roundtable: Join us for a virtual discussion with General Lloyd Newton, USAF, Ret., The Honorable Duane Woerth, Brigadier General Don Schenk, USA, Ret., Brigadier General Mark Montjar, USA, Ret., and Ms. Tracy Pakulniewicz, former Director of Policy Integration, Department of Defense, via Zoom focusing on the national security imperative to elect Joe Biden.
Connect With Your Fellow Americans
During this time of social distancing, the most impactful thing you can do is reach out to your fellow Americans and ensure they have a plan to vote as soon as possible. Please join a weekly phone bank in critical states across the nation:MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdaySaturdayAgain, here’s what you can do to help us restore the soul of America:Thank you,Leo CruzVeterans and Military Families Engagement Director
Bob Gould published Congressional candidates who we have endorsed: in News 2020-10-23 09:31:23 -0400
State and District # Endorsed Candidate AL-1 James Averhart (Marine) AL-4 Rick Neighbors (Army) AR-4 William Hanson (Army) AZ-7 Ruben Gallego (Marine) CA Gil Cisneros CA-5 Mike Thompson (Army) CA-20 Jimmy Panetta (Navy Reserves) CA-23 Kim Mangone (Air Force) CA-24 Salud Caebajal (Marine) CA-33 Ted W. Lieu (Air Force; JAG) CA Mark Takano, Chairman Veterans Affairs CO Jason Crow, veteran CO-4 Isaac McCorkle (Marine) FL-1 Phil Ehr (Navy) FL-8 Jim Kennedy (Navy) FL-12 Kimberly Walker (Army) FL-18 Pam Keith (Navy) GA-1 Joyce Marie Griggs (Army) GA-2 Sanford Bishop Jr. (Army) GA-3 Val Almonord (Army) GA-9 Devin Pandy (Army) HI Tulsi Gabbard (National Guard) HI-2 Kaiali'i Kahele (Air National Guard) ID-1 Rudy Soto (Army) IL-1 Bobby L. Rush (Army) IL Gregorio K.C. Sablan IN-3 Chip Coldiron (Army) KY-1 James Rhodes (Army) KY-6 Josh Hicks (Marine) MA-4 Jake Auchincloss (Marine) MA-6 Seth Moulton (Marine) MD-1 Mia Mason (Army) MD-4 Anthony Brown (Army reserve, Colonel) ME Jared Golden (Marine) MN-1 Dan Feehan (Army) MN-7 Collin Peterson (Army) NC-1 G. K. Butterfield (Army) NC-11 Morris Davis (Air Force) (JAG) NC-13 Scott Huffman (Navy) NJ-9 Bill Pascrell Jr. (Army) NJ Mikie Sherrill (Navy) NY-2 Jackie Gordon (Air Reserves) NY-11 Max Rose (Army) NY José E. Serrano OH-14 Hillary O'Connor Mueri (Navy) OK-2 Danyell Lanier (Navy) OR Peter DeFazio PA-7 Chrissy Houlahan (Air Force) PA-14 Bill Marx (Marine) PA-17 Conor Lamb (Marine) SC-7 Melissa Watson (Army) TN-1 Blair Walsingham (Air Force) TX-19 Tom Watson (Army) TX-23 Gina Ortiz Jones (Air Force) VA-2 Elaine Luria (Navy) VA-3 Robert Scott (Army Reserves) WI-5 Tom Palzewicz (Navy)
Bob Gould published Remembering the prisoners of wars and the missing in action: a representative wreath laid at the Suresnes American Military Cemetery in France in News 2020-09-30 10:59:44 -0400
Remembering the prisoners of wars and the missing in action: a representative wreath laid at the Suresnes American Military Cemetery in FranceTo commemorate National POW/MIA Recognition Day, September 18, four representatives of the DAF Veterans and Military Families Caucus laid a wreath on the alter in the chapel at the Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial at Mont Valerien, near Paris. It is a most captivating chapel, where the names of the 974 Missing in Action, men buried or lost at sea during WWI, are shown on four plaques.Anna Marie Mattson, (Interim Chair of the DAF Veterans and Military Families Caucus), Beth Herwood, Tilly Gaillard and Claire Baker were escorted on an instructive, moving guided tour of the cemetery by Sandrine Debote, Assistant Director, Guide and Associate of the cemetery.World War I soldiers, seamen, and members of the Air Force, all comrades in arms from across the United States lie at rest in this cemetery where tombs are marked with Latin crosses (1542) and Stars of David (22). The tombstones show the name, home state, branch of the military, date of death. The cemetery is beautifully tended to respect the right to peace and tranquility of the fallen. There are 24 unknown soldiers from WWII; correction 23 ‘unknown’ since now 1 ‘known’ soldier thanks to a recent DNA test. The family had the choice to either bring their loved one home or leave him with the other soldiers. Their decision was to leave him in France.The American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) was established by Congress in 1921 to honor the U.S. Armed Forces who fought abroad so that “Time will not dim the glory of their deeds” (General John Pershing). The cemeteries are open to the public. The land is made available to the United States in perpetuity but remains the property of the Republic of France.Check out the pictures here.Tilly Gaillard
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