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Protect the Right to Abortion - How You Can Help

Many of us are still reeling from this week's Supreme Court document previewing a June decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade, but we've moved forward quickly to take action. Democrats Abroad is rallying globally, with the gender inclusive Global Women’s Caucus and our International Chair Candice Kerestan leading the way. 

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced he will be calling for a new vote on the Women's Health Protection Act on Wednesday, May 11. We need to contact our Senators now to demand they vote YES and protect the right to an abortion!

We learned in 2016 that elections have far reaching consequences. Let's share that sense of urgency about the midterms.  Women of every age and throughout history have been impacted by the laws that restrict their participation in society and limit their bodily autonomy. This is the year to be bold and challenge those in charge from members of Congress to the Supreme Court. 

Engaging and enlisting the help of the 500,000 Americans living in Canada who can vote is key.  FVAP estimated that only 4.6% of U.S. voters in Canada returned their ballots in the 2018 midterms. This leaves a huge opportunity for U.S. voters in Canada to protect reproductive rights and all the other essential rights that will now be vulnerable. We must protect our democracy.

We Need Everyone's Help: 

  • Contact your Senator TODAY! We need to codify access to abortion into law. Contact your Senators TODAY and tell them we need to pass the Women's Health Protection Act when they vote on May 11. Click here for simple instructions to help you email your Senator.  
  • Join the Women’s Caucus! We aren’t stopping. We’ll keep fighting. Sign up for the Women’s Caucus to get more frequent updates on how you can help. Everyone of all genders welcome, click here to join us.
  • Request and Return your Midterms Ballot NOW! Go to Votefromabroad.org today to make sure you vote in the 2022 midterms.
  • Help a Friend Vote! Do you know other Americans living in Canada? Do they know how to vote? Send them to Votefromabroad.org to answer any questions and get them registered!
  • Share Resources on Social! Save or screenshot this tile with action steps everyone can take and help us get the word out to your network on social media!

In 2017, Mitch McConnell uttered his three only memorable words while trying to stop Elizabeth Warren from speaking: "Nevertheless She Persisted." They became a rallying cry for all of us! This week, she challenged us all again to keep fighting with her. "I am angry, upset, determined."  Oh, and she's not giving up: "Not Ever!"

In Sisterhood,

Democrats Abroad Canada - Women's Caucus Leadership


Call for DA Canada Board Candidates!

The Democrats Abroad Canada Board is looking for you! 

The DA Canada Nominations & Elections Committee (NEC) is seeking nominations for officers to serve for a 2022-2023 term:

  • Country Chair/DPCA Voting Representative
  • Executive Vice Chair/DPCA Voting Representative
  • Two (2) Vice Chairs/DPCA Voting Representatives
  • Programs and Events Manager/DPCA Voting Representative
  • Two (2) Alternate Voting Representatives 

Learn more about these positions at this link. Get the details of how to self-nominate or nominate someone else here. You can also get more information on March 10 by RSVPing for our info session at this link.

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Welcome to the New Democrats Abroad Toronto Board!

On March 9, 2021, Democrats Abroad Toronto held its Annual General Meeting and elected a new Board for 2021-2023. We are so excited to have these wonderful volunteers leading the chapter. Please join us in welcoming the following Board members:

Chair: Dianna English

Co-Vice Chair: Tim Ellis 

Co-Vice Chair: Danielle Stampley

Treasurer: Reg Charney

Secretary: Colleen Mahaffie 

Members at Large:

Peel Region - Matt Riggs

York Region - Brooke Scott  

Durham Region - Lucia Lloyd

Shannon Bassett 

Yael Glina 

Shannon Linehan

Karin Lippert

Janette McCabe

Thank you for your support throughout 2020. We are looking forward to keeping the momentum going.


DA Toronto Board Elections - 2021 Annual General Meeting Notice - Candidate Statements

Join us at 7 pm on March 9, 2021 for the Democrats Abroad Toronto AGM.  We will be announcing the result of our 2021 Board elections and taking nominations from the floor for open positions.  We will also be celebrating everything we achieved in 2020. Please see the candidate statements below for the various Board member positions we will be electing.

Voting will be taking place electronically, and the Nominations and Election Committee will circulate ballots in advance of the AGM. Keep an eye out in your email for your ballot.  RSVP Here for the AGM.

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Call for Board of Director Nominations: Democrats Abroad Toronto

Volunteer for a role that could help shape America. Deadline for nominations: January 22

Info Session on January 17th, 1:30 pm - info & RSVP here

Term: starting March 8, 2021 for two years, ending approximately March 2023. 

Eligibility: All currently registered members of  Democrats Abroad Canada who are members of the Toronto Chapter are eligible unless prohibited (i.e., term limits) per the Democrats Abroad Canada by laws.  Current members of Democrats Abroad Canada who live in one of the regions of Durham, Peel, and York are eligible for the regional position in which they live.  

Nomination Deadline:  January 22, 2021

Nomination Process: Self-nomination forms must be submitted with a candidate statement via the Nominations Google Form link: https://forms.gle/rjaUF1wgdK4m4z346   

Please contact the Nominations and Elections Committee if you require accommodation in submitting a nomination form, [email protected]

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VOTER ALERT: DROPPING OFF YOUR BALLOT AT THE U.S. CONSULATE IN TORONTO

Submitting your sealed ballot to the U.S. Consulate:  We'd be happy to accept your sealed voting ballot! Once it is received, we will send it to election officials via diplomatic pouch. Please note that it may be faster for you to mail your ballot directly to election officials using the appropriate postage and the fastest method of mailing available. 

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Democrats Abroad Global Black Caucus - June 2, 2020 Online Vigil

On June 2, 2020, DA Toronto members joined DA members from all over the world to hear from each other about the work we must do, especially as allies, to end systemic racism and police brutality in the United States. Special guests included Nina Turner, Virgie Rollins, Michael Blake, Kelly Hall-Tompkins and Akilah Ensley.

If you weren't able to join live, please consider watching the recording here.

Some words from our members:
 
Starla Goggins, volunteer and former Board Member, DA Toronto Chapter:  "I share in the outrage, anger, pain, and gratefulness of unity around the world.  In the midst of Covid-19, diverse community members have protested globally, shared in strength, and voiced support for justice.  It will take continued commitment in many ways towards a more just outcome." 
 
Paulette Kelly, former Board Member, DA Toronto Chapter:  "In the midst of this recent tragedy, I am comforted by the positive actions shown globally from a tapestry of people who are standing up for changes in policing and other types of unlawful behavior that put Black lives at risk. The world is responding to the injustices that many people experience and, there will be no resolve to this problem until laws are put in place to ensure that justice for all is achieved."   
 
We stand in solidarity with our Black members, allies, and community members around the world taking a stand against systemic racism and raising the call for justice.  Black Lives Matter.
 
 

DEMOCRATS ABROAD TORONTO - February 25, 2020 AGM - Minutes

Annual General Meeting - February 25, 2020

Board Meeting Minutes – Draft

Attendance: Danielle Stampley, Karin Lippert, Mari Rutka, Virginia Smith, Brooke Scott, Stephanie Perry, Steve Nardi, Liam Keating, Kaitlyn Min, Yusuf Nakhooda, Mandy Moore, Carey Singer, Joann Sochor, Paulette Kelly, Jeanette McCabe, Reg Charney, Diana English, Tim Ellis, Tomas Bribriesco, Liz Olin, Dawn Lambert

Meeting called to order by Danielle at 6:05 p.m. Danielle asks folks to review 2019 AGM minutes. Steve reminds us that only those at the previous meeting can vote to approve.

Approval of the Agenda: 

Danielle asks to add discussion of Global Convention under other business. Mari moves approval, Karin seconds. Approved.

Vote for Co-Vice Chair: 

On-line ballot and paper ballot process closed as of Feb. 25th. Some paper ballots passed out at meeting to those who didn't vote. Mari held the ballots until Reg could take them and tally them at the end of the meeting.

Minutes and Business Arising from the Minutes:

Approval of March 17, 2019 AGM Minutes

Danielle asks for additions or corrections. None suggested. Stephanie moves approval of the minutes, Virginia seconds. Approved.

Treasurer’s Report: tabled for later in the meeting (see below).

Report on 2019 Events:

Karin speaks to events done last year, which included:

  • Toronto Women's March in January, 2019
  • Women's Caucus Movie Night
  • US Tax Seminars
  • Panel with Donna Brazile and Leah Daughtry
  • Rally to Release the Mueller Report
  • Women's Caucus Potluck at Mari Rutka's Home
  • Women's Caucus at Second City Toronto 
  • Global Climate Strike Rally at Queen's Park
  • Lights for Liberty Rally to Keep Families Together
  • Meet & Greet with Julia Bryan
  • "No One is Above the Law" Rally
  • Thanksgiving Dinner
  • Debate Watches

Karin reminds us to check our e-mails for upcoming events. Copy of list to be attached to minutes.

Future Scheduled Events:

GPP Voting Center, March 3, 7 & 8

Danielle speaks to the excitement of coming events. We have a debate watch after the AGM. She explains about the global presidential primary voting centers. Can vote on-line, but can also come to a voting center. There will be 4 centers. On March 3rd, one at East of Brunswick pub, one at Square One. She asks everyone to volunteer, especially in Mississauga. One on 7th at East of Brunswick and one in Mississauga on the 8th. Democrats Abroad get 21 delegates to the Democratic National Convention.  They are allocated according to percentage of votes for those candidates getting over 15% of votes.  Have gotten many new members over the past few months.

Global Convention for Democrats Abroad, May 15-17

In May, there will be up to 300 people from chapters all around the world in Toronto for the Global Convention.  This is where delegates will be elected. The more voters in the Canada in the GPP, the more delegates Canada could send.  There will be training as well on get out the vote activities at the convention. Toronto was chosen because of proximity to the US. Some folks may come up from the DNC and possibly even candidates.  Details on how to become a delegate are online.  

Liam says he gets questions he can’t answer. Steve points him to [email protected]

We will be using Zoom for remote access to the convention. Steve says we’re all welcome to attend. A call-out went out for volunteers and home stays. There are dorm rooms at Univ. of Toronto and rooms at the Chelsea. Contact Danielle if you want more information on this.

Pride, June 26-28 

This is one of the largest community outreach opportunities. There are a lot of Americans that attend. We have a booth on Church Street. Hoping to march in the parade this year. Would like to get 100 people to march. Danielle gives examples of elections in Florida and Kentucky where the number of Democrats Abroad can make a difference in election outcomes.

There will also be other events to help get out the vote. Intend to set up on campuses. Would like to set up in Guelph because there are lots of Americans at the school because of their veterinary program. Liam says he’s met someone at Guelph who is interested. Steve says we need to connect them to local chapter. Danielle says please speak to her if you are interested in helping organize get out the vote events.

Danielle explains that most Democrats Abroad Toronto meetings are the second Tuesday of each month and everyone is welcome to come and help out.

Announcement of Election Results:

Reg says there were 76 votes for chapter co-vice chair.

Tim Ellis wins with 39 votes.

Carey Singer 28

David Green 9

No spoiled ballots.

Danielle thanks all who participated.

Treasurer’s Report (held from earlier):

Reg reports to the fiscal year end which is Dec. 31, 2019.

Reg submits details, which will be attached to the minutes for the AGM.

Motion to approve the report by Dianna, seconded by Danielle. Approved.

Next Meeting: 

Future scheduled Board meetings:

  • March 10, 2020
  • April 14, 2020
  • May 12, 2020
  • June 9, 2020
  • July 7, 2020

Adjournment moved by Mari at 6:46 pm.

Minutes respectfully submitted by Mari Rutka

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DA Toronto Co-Vice Chair Candidate Nomination Statements - 2020 AGM

 

The DA Toronto 2020 Annual General Meeting ("AGM") is February 25th at 6 pm. We will be circulating ballots for the Co-Vice Chair elections on February 11, 2020 by email to members. Alternatively, members can vote in person at the meeting. The candidate who is elected will serve until the 2021 AGM.

Electronic ballots must be submitted by 12:00 am EST on February 25, 2020.

CANDIDATE STATEMENTS

CAREY SINGER

I have just recently re-joined Democrats Abroad Canada. I was the treasurer several years ago. I am a CPA from Chicago. I have been practicing US Taxation for Americans in Canada for 30 years. I have Board Experience from DemCan in the past. I also was on the Board of the Reelworld Film Festival. I would be glad to provide more information and provide references at your request.

Other Background: Married with 2 children. My wife is Canadian. My kids, ages 18 and 21, are dual citizens. I am passionate about the cause. I believe that my past experience with Boards, as well as my business experience would help make me very qualified for the position. Thank you for your consideration.

DAVID GREEN

I am Visiting Professor of History at Cornell University, where I have taught a Summer Session course in American political communication four times since 1991 and will be teaching it again this summer. The course is entitled "Words as Weapons: Political Vocabulary, Mass Media, and the Evolution of Political Consciousness." I taught the same course at York University here in Toronto during the summer of 2006. The course is an outgrowth of my book, The Language of Politics in America: Shaping Political Consciousness From McKinley to Reagan, published by Cornell University Press in 1991.

Since 2012, I have also been a contributor to The American Interest, a bi-monthly political journal based in Washington, D.C. My most recent article, entitled "Is the Mainstream Left, Right, or Center?", was published on June 19, 2019, and can be found at www.the-American-interest.com. If you go to their website and search my name, it will bring up five articles which I have published since 2012, beginning with "A Call to Linguistic Disobedience," which appeared on June 10, 2012. Alternatively, just email me and I can provide pdf copies of all five articles. 

My educational background is as follows: B.A. Cornell 1962; M.A. Stanford 1963; Ph.D. Cornell 1967. I was also an American Council of Learned Societies Post-doctoral Fellow in 1971-1972 at the Stanford Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. In addition to Cornell and York, I have taught at Ohio State and given guest lectures at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C. and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

In the real world, since 1998 I have been President & CEO of Berenson Green Financial Services, Inc., an independent financial consulting firm. I am married to Arlene Gehring, Cornell 1964, and we have four children and six grandchildren (so far). Finally, I am a lifelong registered Democrat and vote by absentee ballot in Ithaca, N.Y., where Cornell is located.

TIMOTHY ELLIS

I'm proud to nominate Timothy Ellis for Co-Vice Chair of the DA Toronto Chapter. He has been active with our chapter attending events, actions and bringing in new members for several years. He is an organizer with a long list of experience, including at Leadnow.ca as a community organizer.

Also he's been a campaign manager and worked for candidates (ex. Bernie Sanders), worked as a union community organizer and event coordinator. His political knowledge and people skills - bringing people out and getting them energized - will invaluable during this election year. I can't think of any other young adult with more experience, intelligence, enthusiasm and talent that we could elect.

He was a speaker - along with Danielle Stampley, Chair of the chapter and others - at our recent IMPEACH/REMOVE rally in Toronto. He got everyone's attention with his enthusiasm, positivity and confidence about what we can accomplish TOGETHER! He is from Eden, New York and attended Jr. and High School there.

-- nominated by Karin Lippert, Co-Vice Chair Toronto Board, Co-Lead Women's Caucus Toronto Chapter


Call for Candidates for DA Toronto Co-Vice Chair for 2020!

Due to a resignation in 2019, we are looking for male/male-identifying/non-binary candidates to volunteer to serve as Co-Vice Chair of the Democrats Abroad Toronto Board for the 2020-2021 term. (Our DA Charter and the DA Canada Bylaws require Chapters to have a Vice-Chair of a different sex from the Chapter Chair (currently female), which is why this position has a restriction on who can run.)

Serving on the Board is a great way to take action and make a difference in 2020. We will be organizing debate watches, running a polling place for the Democrats Abroad Presidential Primary, and most importantly Getting Out the Vote for 2020!

The Co-Vice Chair performs the following role:

In the absence of the Chapter Chair, either of the Co-Vice Chairs shall call and preside at meetings of members and of the Executive Committee. The Co-Vice Chairs shall have such other duties as chairing one or more committees. The Co-Vice Chairs shall work with the Chair to ensure all responsibilities approved by and on behalf of the organization are supervised and executed appropriately.

Submit you nomination here by January 12, 2020.

The voting will take place online during February and at the DA Toronto Annual General Meeting on February 25, 2020. Further details of the AGM will be sent in January 2020 according to our Bylaws.

If you have any questions about what's involved and whether this is a good fit for you, email us at [email protected]democratsabroad.org.

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