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ANOTHER DEMS AND DRINKS

TAKE A LOOK AT THE UPCOMING EVENTS SECTION BELOW TO SEE THE DETAILS ON OUR NEXT DEMS AND DRINKS.

Our last Dems and Drinks was a lot of fun. We had a combination of new and “old” members in attendance and everyone seemed to have a good time getting to know each other and talking politics. The DA Montreal executive talked about doing another debate watch, but we decided that it might be more effective to have another DEMS AND DRINKS event which will give us the opportunity to talk WITH each other about the debate issues instead of straining to see and hear what is happening on a distant TV screen. We can also discuss the Climate Change town hall recently broadcast on CNN. So many issues to talk about.

The details of the next Dems and Drinks are below in the EVENTS section. I would encourage all members to try and clear their schedules to join us for what I know will be an interesting evening. We can talk AND drink – doesn’t get much better than that!

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MEET AND GREET IN SAINTE-ADELE AUGUST 7 @ 6:30 PM

As part of my initiative to go to where our members live, I am headed out to Sainte Adele to visit with DA members living in the Laurentians.  If you know of DA members who live near that area that might be interested, please pass this information along.  For those DA members living north, south, east or west of the downtown core who would like to consider helping me set up a meet and greet in your area, please contact me to let me know.  

I have had meetings in the Sainte Anne de Bellevue area,Pointe Claire and Laval I know members in those areas are interested in getting involved.  Please reach out to me with your ideas for creating events in your community so that other DA members who are close by can get together.  You can always check the website for new items and event listings to see what is happening in Montreal.

As we cross the threshold into 2020, we are going to need to ramp up our efforts to inform all Democrats in Montreal that they need to request their absentee ballot for 2020 and then remind them to send them in closer to election time.  DA Canada is also involved in many activities to promote Democratic candidates all over the US and can use our help to do phone banking.

Get involved.  Make a difference.  The time for watching from the sidelines is long gone.  Trump is ruining the country many of us used to call home and a lot of us still do.  Let make sure that America shows him the door in November 2020  - au revoir Donald.



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DEMS AND DRINKS . TUESDAY AUGUST 13, 7PM

We have had pretty good attendance at our debate watch events and members have been very interested in talking with each other at these events (actually talking more to each other than listening to the debates!).  So we have scheduled a DEMS & DRINKS event August 13at                                                                L’Amère à Boire, 2049 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2X 3K8

I know that many members don’t live in the downtown area, but if you are even a little bit close by, maybe talk with other Democrats about carpooling in and join us for a fun evening of drinks and politics.


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THE FOURTH OF JULY ON MOUNT ROYAL

Democrats Abroad Montreal Chapter members met for a 4th of July picnic at the Mount Royal Chalet. We were a small, but a  hardy group who braved the intense heat to meet up to celebrate this very American holiday (without tanks and airplanes, thank you Mr. Trump). Here’s a picture of one of the members who attended.

Americans are happy in their lives in Canada and their Montreal communities, but their ties to the US remain strong and as Democrats, they are very concerned about the path the US is taking. All American citizens who reside in Montreal should go to votefromabroad.org, a non-partisan site which will help them register to vote and request their absentee ballot. If anyone wishes to get more information on the DA organization, they can visit the website at www.democratsabroad.org/ca_montreal

Randi Weitzner, Chair, DA Montreal

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Debate Watch in Montreal June 26, 2019




Just behind that American flag is a table of McGill students gathered in Bar des Pins to watch the first night of the Democratic debates. We had a great turn out, well over 40 people, with a mix of McGill DA club members and DA Montreal members. There was a lot of animated discussion about the candidates on the stage with applause for some when they “hit the sweet spot”.

I just want to share with everyone something which came up many times in the course of the evening as I walked through the crowd to introduce myself. There are a lot of Americans here in Montreal and a lot of them want to connect with other expats. I have made no secret of my primary aim to get as many American Democrats as possible to send in their absentee ballots in 2020. That is what keeps me up late at night. But, what I learned at this event is that it is just as important for this chapter to provide ways for Americans here in Montreal to connect and you have my word that our executive team will work diligently to find ways to make this happen. As always, I would appreciate members’ input on this subject to help us plan future activities.

It was great to see everyone at this event. I look forward to seeing more of you on Mount Royal for July 4th and then again at the Pride Parade August 18. Don’t forget, we are printing DA Montreal tee shirts, $20 each. I think we CAN find other Americans when we wear our DA tee shirts and let other Americans know we are here. I hope to place an order by July 5, so don’t delay in ordering.

Keep spreading the word about Democrats Abroad. We want a policy of “no American left behind”. If you are an American- and you are a Democrat- and you live in Montreal- then you NEED to be a part of this organization. We need to stick together and be there for each other AND for our country! Montreal Democrats CAN make a difference in the 2020 US presidential election. Remember, your vote is part of an aggregate of absentee votes being sent in from all over the world. Those individual votes add up and they add up quickly. And I believe that this current administration’s attitude toward the people it is meant to serve will act as a catalyst for a lot more people to vote with the Democrats in 2020.

Randi Weitzner

Chair, DA Montreal

randiwdamontreal@gmail.com

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DA MONTREAL HAS A LOT GOING ON

Please be sure to check this web page often for upcoming events and information. If you click the events tab now, you will see we have three upcoming events in the next three months

Debate viewing – Wednesday June 26 @ 9pm

July 4th Picnic on Mount Royal – July 4 @ 6:30pm

Gay Pride Parade – Sunday August 18 @ 2:15 pm

Please join us for any or all of these events.

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THE MONTREAL CHAPTER OF DA IS IN IT TO WIN IT!

DA Montreal is a chapter of DA Canada, the official country committee for US Democrats living in Canada.  As detailed in the mission statement:

Democrats Abroad is the official Democratic Party arm for the millions of Americans living outside the United States. We strive to provide Americans abroad a Democratic voice in our government and elect Democratic candidates by mobilizing the overseas vote.

We:

  • Help Americans abroad vote in U.S. elections.
  • Protect the right to vote for Americans abroad.
  • Work with US government officials and elected representatives to advocate for issues that concern Americans abroad
  • Work with the broader Democratic Party to achieve our goals.
  • Build communities of like-minded Americans around the world.
  • Help elect Democrats in every congressional district in the U.S.

There are so many ways to participate locally in DA.  We have organized debate watches, regularly scheduled DEMS and DRINKS events where we gather in local bars to talk (and drink).  Upcoming planned events include a tax seminar and phone banking for local US elections.  On a larger scale, DA CANADA and DA GLOBAL have a long list of big and small ways for members to get involved and support the mission of DA.

As I am sure everyone knows, our eyes are on the prize - the US presidency.  And while we still have many months to go before the November 2020 vote, we can take this time to get organized and get geared up for what will literally be a fight to save the US from the chaos unleashed by the Trump presidency. 

  • We need all of our members to reach out to the executive and confirm their participation
  • We need all of our members to go out and find other American Democrats who can vote in November 2020
  • We need all of our members to step up and be a part of the solution

I have had many conversations with members here in Montreal and I can tell you that Democrats here are committed to making a difference in the November 2020 election.  Every vote counts.  No matter where you came from in the states -blue, red or purple state- YOUR VOTE COUNTS.

 

Randi Weitzner
Chair, Democrats Abroad Montréal
chair-montreal@democratsabroad.ca
http://www.facebook.com/democratsabroadmontreal/


NOTICE OF AGM AND OFFICER ELECTIONS

The Annual General Meeting of Democrats Abroad Montreal will take place Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 6:00PM EST
688 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Room 361, Montreal, QC H3A 0B2

Below are the candidate statements for each office. Electronic ballots plus the RSVP link to attend the AGM will be distributed to registered members of the Chapter on March 11th and must be voted by midnight EST March 25, 2019.

Chair

Brent Jamsa

Hello, I am Brent Jamsa, and I would be honored to serve as the DA Montreal Chair. I recognize that the Chair is responsible for the general administration and well being of the chapter. This means we must work together to ensure the prosperity of our chapter for years to come. If elected, I pledge to work more closely with Democrats Abroad at McGill with coordinating events and discussion meetings. As well, I support the work being done to expand our DA university network.

In terms of relevant experience, I have served as a Project Manager for Democrats Abroad at McGill since June. In this role, I was responsible for implementing and coordinating our phone banking operations to swing districts back home. Together, we made over 4,000 calls and a lasting impact. As well, I have previously served as a Page in the 438th General Assembly of Maryland and served four years in various portfolios in my countywide student council. One particular stint included a two year mandate as Legislative Affairs Director, which required that I be in constant communication with Maryland legislators regarding legislation that were of interest to public school students. Under my mandate, our keynote legislation finally passed the legislature and became law after multiple attempts under other Directors. Moreover, I served as Parliamentarian in my senior year, which demonstrates my interest in parliamentary procedure as it relates to running organized meetings with Roberts Rules of Order. With this, I humbly ask for your support. Thank you.

Randi Weitzner

My name is Randi Weitzner and I am running to be the next Chairperson of the Montreal Chapter of Democrats Abroad.

No one in the Democratic Party, regardless of which of the many announced candidates one supports, can ignore the urgency of doing everything possible to stop another four years of Trump. I would have to say my number one priority for my work with DA right now is to reach out to each and every US citizen residing in and around Montreal and making sure that they are registered to vote in their home state and have requested an absentee ballot. The 2018 midterms showed the power of the youth vote and the absentee ballot vote and it is my mission through November 2020 to create our own Blue Wave in the “Great White North”.

I would like to see the Montreal Chapter take on a more active role in a number of different areas: social activities, “educational” activities, political discussion groups. As a trained social worker, former employee of the New York City Department of Personnel and volunteer on various local government committees, I believe I possess the necessary interpersonal skills and government experience to make these things happen.

On the advice of the McGill chapter of DA Canada (and with their valued assistance), I have created a Facebook page to outline my priorities and concerns for the DA Montreal Chapter in more detail. I would encourage all DA Montreal members to take a look and post comments/ask questions. Here is the link. http://www.facebook.com/Randi-Weitzner-2371597459735351/

Montreal is a diverse and vibrant city and I would like to see our chapter be that as well. This is an important time for Democrats. This is our chance to set things right and get our country back on track to serve ALL Americans, including those of us who have chosen to live and/or work in Canada. Let’s do this together. I urge you to get involved, take up the challenge and work with me to make our chapter a difference maker. I believe my leadership will get us there.

Please cast your vote for me as Chairperson of the Montreal Chapter of Democrats Abroad.

Vice Chair*

*Both candidates for Chair have also expressed a desire to run for Vice Chair

Brent Jamsa

Hello, I am Brent Jamsa, and I would be honored to serve as the DA Montreal Chair. I recognize that the Chair is responsible for the general administration and well being of the chapter. This means we must work together to ensure the prosperity of our chapter for years to come. If elected, I pledge to work more closely with Democrats Abroad at McGill with coordinating events and discussion meetings. As well, I support the work being done to expand our DA university network.

In terms of relevant experience, I have served as a Project Manager for Democrats Abroad at McGill since June. In this role, I was responsible for implementing and coordinating our phone banking operations to swing districts back home. Together, we made over 4,000 calls and a lasting impact. As well, I have previously served as a Page in the 438th General Assembly of Maryland and served four years in various portfolios in my countywide student council. One particular stint included a two year mandate as Legislative Affairs Director, which required that I be in constant communication with Maryland legislators regarding legislation that were of interest to public school students. Under my mandate, our keynote legislation finally passed the legislature and became law after multiple attempts under other Directors. Moreover, I served as Parliamentarian in my senior year, which demonstrates my interest in parliamentary procedure as it relates to running organized meetings with Roberts Rules of Order. With this, I humbly ask for your support. Thank you.

Gilbert (Gib) Primeau

Hello, my name is Gib Primeau and I am a candidate for the Vice Chair position. I’m a lifelong Dem from Indiana, from a family that has voted blue going back to FDR at least. I have been living in Montreal since 2015 and work as a research assistant/collaborative coordinator at McGill. Prior to that, I was a social worker at a skilled nursing facility in western Washington state. In my career so far, I have made it a priority to be detail-oriented, conscientious, and to hold myself to a high standard, whether I’m writing something, organizing meetings or events, or advocating for clients. I always strive to be friendly and respectful to people, and to seek consensus. I feel a little guilty getting to live in Canada while such terrible things are going on back in the States, and I would like to make more of a contribution to the Democratic Party if I can.

Randi Weitzner

My name is Randi Weitzner and I am running to be the next Chairperson of the Montreal Chapter of Democrats Abroad.

No one in the Democratic Party, regardless of which of the many announced candidates one supports, can ignore the urgency of doing everything possible to stop another four years of Trump. I would have to say my number one priority for my work with DA right now is to reach out to each and every US citizen residing in and around Montreal and making sure that they are registered to vote in their home state and have requested an absentee ballot. The 2018 midterms showed the power of the youth vote and the absentee ballot vote and it is my mission through November 2020 to create our own Blue Wave in the “Great White North”.

I would like to see the Montreal Chapter take on a more active role in a number of different areas: social activities, “educational” activities, political discussion groups. As a trained social worker, former employee of the New York City Department of Personnel and volunteer on various local government committees, I believe I possess the necessary interpersonal skills and government experience to make these things happen.

On the advice of the McGill chapter of DA Canada (and with their valued assistance), I have created a Facebook page to outline my priorities and concerns for the DA Montreal Chapter in more detail. I would encourage all DA Montreal members to take a look and post comments/ask questions. Here is the link. http://www.facebook.com/Randi-Weitzner-2371597459735351/

Montreal is a diverse and vibrant city and I would like to see our chapter be that as well. This is an important time for Democrats. This is our chance to set things right and get our country back on track to serve ALL Americans, including those of us who have chosen to live and/or work in Canada. Let’s do this together. I urge you to get involved, take up the challenge and work with me to make our chapter a difference maker. I believe my leadership will get us there.

Please cast your vote for me as Chairperson of the Montreal Chapter of Democrats Abroad.

Secretary

Debra Lazar

I am originally from Massachusetts and have been in Canada 34 years (in Montreal for 28). I’ve been an active member of DA Montreal for about ten or eleven years and was Vice Chair of our chapter for approximately two years during a time when we had a rather small active membership. Because of this, the boundaries between the Executive roles were very fluid with everyone chipping in to do what needed to be done. During this period, I was also a volunteer teacher at RECLAIM Literacy Centre while also serving on their board for five years, with three of those in a secretarial capacity. While I have opted to take a back seat for the past few years (two weddings to plan and health issues of various family members), I am eager now to seek a more active role once again. These are challenging times and I am excited to make my contribution, as small or as large as it may be. I look forward to meeting all of you and to carry on with the work of moving our chapter and the Democratic Party forward. Thank you!!

Treasurer

No nominations received. Nominations for Treasurer will be accepted from the floor during the AGM.

Democratically yours,

DemsAbroad Montreal Nominations & Elections Committee

Charlie Baranski, Chair
Andrew Figueirido
Claire Rawson-Dannenbaum, Teller of Elections

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Call for Montreal Chapter Nominations

Bonjour Members of DemsAbroad Montreal!!

The midterms and all run-off elections are over (not to mention the holidays!) and WOW, did y'all vote! Our stats tell us that Democrats Abroad voted as much as we have in presidential elections! Who makes that effort in a Mid-Term? YOU DO!

Now that our GOTV efforts have subsided, we’ve turned inward to our own leadership and by-law amendments. Get ready—there will be a series of emails over the next few weeks as DA Montreal, DA Canada, and global Democrats Abroad host elections.

I'm writing you now about the Montreal Chapter elections. We need YOU to consider to part of the organizing committee to WIN in 2020. Will you volunteer to join the Board of the Montreal Chapter?

Click this link to access the nomination form. In the form, click on the positions to see the position descriptions. If you want to see change, now is the time to act. Let’s do more than vote.

The deadline for submitting a nomination is 11:59PM EST February 12, 2019.

The Annual General Meeting of DemsAbroad Montreal will take place Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 6:30PM EST / Location: 688 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Room 361, Montreal, QC H3A 0B2. Watch your email for details.

Democratically yours,

Charlie Baranski, Chair
Andrew Figueirido
Claire Rawson-Dannenbaum, Teller of Elections

NO such thing as an alternative fact - Clinton à Montréal"

Hillary Clinton was in fine form Monday night (despite a fractured foot) as she addressed over 3500 admirers at Palais des Congres. She was feisty at times and used self-deprecating humor at strategic points to deliver four lessons describing the 2016 campaign and election from her new book:

      1. It is vital to get back up after being knocked down.

Hillary believed that it was important that she serve as an example of this by not allowing herself to wallow in self-pity. One of the ways she has accomplished this has been to establish the “Onward Together” organization which supports grassroots efforts around the country.

       2. Get more women involved in politics.

Secretary Clinton expressed her concern about the double standard that still exists towards women in this area. She believes that women are liked and respected when serving others but not respected when advocating for themselves. The presence of more female voices would go a long way towards shattering this double standard.

      3. There is no such thing as an alternative fact.

Hillary is worried about the powerful interests that are working to make it harder to distinguish facts and falsehoods. She believes that we can not underestimate the Russian interference in our political system and stressed that this is a clear and present danger unless steps are taken to protect ourselves from this threat. She acknowledged that this is a new kind of cold war.

      4. Refuse to be silent.

Along the lines of “silence gives consent”, Secretary Clinton believes that the most effective way of striking down intimidation is by speaking up and speaking loudly.

Clinton remains optimistic and is encouraged by the positive, proactive energy that has come out of the disappointment over the election result. “People like us [that are] willing to stand up for timeless principles and values fill me with hope. We are on the right side of history."

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