DA Canada Leadership:
I am no fan of Donald Trump, but as a veteran his outrageous comments about and attitude toward the military have made me angrier than normal. How dare he denigrate our service whether in popular or unpopular wars?
I am not a loser or a sucker. I am a decorated Vietnam vet who is proud of his service, even in a bad war. I didn’t try to get out of military service with bone spurs. In 1968 I was drafted into a war I opposed, yet I served honourably in the 9th Signal Battalion, 9th Infantry Division in Dong Tam, Mekong Delta, becoming a Specialist Five and earning the Army Commendation Medal and Bronze Star.
Throughout my year in Vietnam I put up with a lot more than wet hair, which was Trump’s excuse for not visiting a war cemetery in France in 2018, the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Other world leaders went to the cemetery.
My unit was located right next to a hospital and we saw a daily parade of medevac Huey Slick helicopters bringing wounded and dead soldiers from the field. They were not losers or suckers either. Nor were the medical professionals who treated them, most of whom had likely volunteered for that duty. I am sure the president has no understanding of volunteering, especially at the risk of life or higher income.
Did you know every eligible American living abroad can vote in U.S. elections this year?
Do you have questions about how to vote? Click the chat bubble at the bottom of this screen and we'll help you find the answers.
Starting July 26th, join us any Sunday till November from midnight to midnight Eastern time to talk to a volunteer LIVE on Zoom about questions you have about voting from abroad.
More information: The easiest way to request your ballot is at VoteFromAbroad.org. It takes just a few minutes to complete and send in your form to the US state where you last lived. The website will guide you step by step. In most cases it’s pretty simple. But if you’re new to overseas voting, or if you haven’t done it in a while, you may have additional questions. That’s why we’ll be here every Sunday until election day to help.
If you can’t make it any Sunday, you can always email us at email@example.com or send in your question through our online help bubble, and a volunteer will get back to you.
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By Saturday, September 19, all Democrats Abroad members worldwide who have already requested their ballots by email will have them, and can start voting! Emailed and requested paper ballots are already arriving, but the week of September 20 is our peak opportunity to get the most ballots heading back to the USA as soon as possible.
WHAT IS IT?
For 72 hours, Canada’s most committed callers will be calling around the clock (at the times they each choose, and that are most convenient for them) and around the world. Join or support DA phonebankers worldwide as we phone our members to urge them to vote NOW and offer them voter assistance on how to return those ballots to be sure that each one counts! Canada is combining forces with Germany, Austria, Sweden, Israel, Costa Rica, Ireland and callers throughout Democrats Abroad to maximize calls during this critical week.
HOW DO WE DO THIS?
We already phonebank, so that part’s easy. NO FUNDRAISING IS REQUIRED by our members who make these calls. They can feel very good about the hours they call and the voters they help; their effort is the most valuable contribution they can make!
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CLICK HERE TO RSVP for your calls to count in Canada’s total for the Call-A-thon, and to receive your (optional) sponsors/donations kit. And join us in Dialing for Democracy!
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A conversation with Nicco Mele and Amb. Bruce Heyman: "Politics, Journalism, and the threats to both"
Amb. Bruce Heyman
Join Democrats Abroad Canada as we host a conversation with Nicco Mele and former U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman, on “Politics, Journalism, and the threat to both” Thurs., Sept. 24th at 8:30pm EDT.
Nicco Mele is managing director at the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation and on the faculty at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is the faculty co-chair of the Harvard Council on the Responsible Use of Artificial Intelligence.
From 2016 to 2019, Nicco was the Director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. He continues to teach classes on technology’s impact on media, politics, and public policy.
Nicco’s prior experience includes founding technology companies, working on political campaigns, and a stint as a media executive at the Los Angeles Times. He advises several startups, including Blueprint Robotics (on-demand manufacturing), Optimus Ride (autonomous vehicles), Plympton (publishing), and Cignify (data analytics). Nicco serves on the board of the National Conference on Citizenship as well as the board chair of Democracy.Works and MassPoetry.
He has published widely, including the international bestseller The End of Big: How The Digital Revolution Makes David The New Goliath published in 2013 by St. Martin’s Press. Longer bio available here.
We’re excited to have Nicco join us for this conversation!
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