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Welcome to Democrats Abroad Toronto!

DA Toronto is a chapter of DA Canada, the official country committee for US Democrats living in Canada. Watch this space for upcoming announcements of meetings and events - we have events planned throughout the year, and encourage anyone interested in participating to get in touch.

If you have questions or would like to help with Democrats Abroad in Toronto, please contact us.

DA Toronto Leadership:

Ed Ungar
| Canada Vice Chair / Toronto Chapter Member-at-Large / DPCA Voting Rep
Danielle Stampley
| Canada Legal Counsel / Toronto Chapter Chair / DPCA Voting Rep
Virginia Smith
| Toronto Chapter Member-at-Large
Brooke Scott
| Canada Women's Caucus Leader / Toronto Chapter Member-at-Large / Toronto Women's Caucus Co-Leader
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  • News

    Dealing With Challenges to Choice

    The DA Toronto Women's Caucus brings members together on a key issue

    A group of about 20 Democrats Abroad Toronto members, all women except for one, gathered over a June 9 potluck dinner to discuss strategies for resistance to the anti-choice laws that have been recently enacted in Alabama and elsewhere.  The Alabama law, which is the most restrictive in the nation, would outlaw nearly all abortions and make performing an abortion a felony.  Legislators in a number of other states, including Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Ohio have also recently passed bills limiting women’s right to terminate a pregnancy.  It has become evident that the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision is not an adequate protection of American women’s ability to control their own bodies.

    The pro-choice potluck dinner was graciously hosted by Toronto Board Secretary Mari Rutka at her home.  The comfortable atmosphere enabled people to talk about their own lives.  Toronto Women’s Caucus Chair Karin Lippert noted that “bringing women together, especially at a potluck in someone’s home, just like a quilting bee or a consciousness-raising group, gives women an opportunity to talk about their personal experiences.  The story telling builds solidarity. It leads to unity, determination, and action.”

    Jennie Toby, one of the participants in the dinner and discussion, talked about her stance on women’s right to choose this way: “I believe it is incredibly important that women have the right to choose what is best for them.  The nuances and considerations that get factored in when making such an important decision, such as to continue or terminate a pregnancy, rest solely within the realm of the woman and her day to day life.  No one can possibly know what that woman’s life is like, what her situation is, or what she should do.  I do not and cannot support any laws that remove that choice from a woman.  To do so is to remove any faith and trust in a woman’s capacity to make an informed choice about her life and future.”

    Much of the discussion at the potluck focused on ways to make the case for women’s right to choose.  We know that we have made the case many times before, but laws related to choice never seem to get finally settled.  Therefore, it is vital to keep showing why protection of the freedom to choose is the only fair and just way to proceed.  We agreed that we might be able to change people’s minds about choice, not by making theoretical arguments, but by telling stories and asking questions.  We can ask: what would you do in this impossibly difficult situation?  We can tell stories about why women make the difficult decision to terminate a pregnancy.  We concluded our discussion by writing postcards to our Congressional representatives, urging them to uphold the right to choice.

    *Thanks to Toronto Board Member Virginia Smith for writing this post.

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    Congratulations to the new Toronto Board!

    At the 2019 AGM, the DA Toronto membership elected the following members to its 2019-2020 Board:

    • Danielle Stampley, Chair 
    •  Karin Lippert, Vice Chair 
    •  Reg Charney, Treasurer 
    •  Mari Rutka, Secretary 
    •  Janette McCabe, Member at Large 
    •  Brooke Scott, Member at Large
    • Kate Leuschen-Millar, Member at Large 
    • Sam Rowan, Member at Large 
    • Stephanie Perry, Member at Large
    • Ed Ungar, Member at Large
    • Arielle Loeb, Member at Large
    • Virginia Smith, Member at Large

    They all look forward to serving the chapter members as we approach the 2020 election. Ever forward!

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    Upcoming Events

    Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 08:00 PM · 12 rsvps
    The Banknote Bar in Toronto, ON, Canada

    DA Toronto - July Presidential Debate Watch: Part I

    Join Democrats Abroad Toronto at the Banknote Bar for the Democratic Presidential Debates, which will be split into two nights - July 30 and 31.  The Banknote is easily accessible from the King Street Car.  RSVP Below!

    Voice your opinion and click here to let the DNC know what questions you would like to see answered on the debate stage! The DNC will share your answers with our media partners.

    Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 08:00 PM · 7 rsvps
    The Banknote Bar in Toronto, ON, Canada

    DA Toronto - July Presidential Debate Watch: Part II

    Join Democrats Abroad Toronto at the Banknote Bar for the Democratic Presidential Debates, which will be split into two nights - July 30 and 31.  The Banknote is easily accessible from the King Street Car.  RSVP Below!

    Voice your opinion and click hereto let the DNC know what questions you would like to see answered on the debate stage! The DNC will share your answers with our media partners.