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  • Sunday, September 25, 2022 at 01:00 PM Time · 15 rsvps
    Zoom in Washington D.C., IA

    Who We Are & How We Vote - Connect The Dots!

    Who We Are & How We Vote - Connect The Dots!

    With the Midterm Elections on our doorsteps, it is crucial that we a) get people to register and b) get them to vote up and down the ballot, and c) of course Democrats. 

    Our conversations with a very diverse group of BIPOC voters revealed that a significant number of Black Voters living abroad feel concerned and let down because the Biden-Harris administration’s ambitious equity agenda has been watered down, and in some cases thwarted by a deeply divided Congress driven by an obstructionist opposition. In particular voting rights legislation.

    We believe that making Black lives matter means establishing, maintaining, and protecting a fair playing field rooted in economic and educational equity, and equal justice under the law. Achieving this requires motivating people to create a thriving, diverse electorate that is committed to bringing people together for the greater good.  One that unites and educates our fellow Americans about how the nation’s past and present history is directly tied to why we continually fail Black and Brown communities, and in turn, the wider community. Many voters are currently unequipped to connect the dots. Fears, whether real or imagined,  often obscure their view from the ties that bind us.

    Join our insightful and inspirational live Q&A on Sunday, September 25, 2022, at 1 PM EST / 7 PM CET with our guests of honor,  Michael Blake, Brencia Berry, and an insightful presentation from Twanna Hines (GBC Health Equity) connecting the dots on the Roe vs. Wade decision. 

    Please support us in getting Democrats elected up and down the ballot with a donation. Every contribution will help us get out the vote, and reach eligible voters abroad all around the world in 2022. Donate


    Michael Blake

    Michael Alexander Blake is a proud native of The Bronx, New York, and is the youngest son of Jamaican immigrants. His mother is a retired 40-year manufacturer and raised four boys, including a retired Sergeant First Class in the U.S. Army and his late Father was a 1199SEIU maintenance supervisor at St. Barnabas Hospital in The Bronx.

    Michael is the President of Next Level Sports and Entertainment - the only Black-owned national TV Sports network in our country's history. Viewed in 21 million U.S. households and more than 100 million global households and with programming ranging from HBCU-Know to the What'sNXT studio show, Blake is leading a team that is disrupting the Sports, Media, and Technology industries. 

    Michael Blake is the Founder & CEO of Atlas Strategy Group, Inc., which focuses on Economic Empowerment through increasing Access to Capital, Contracting, and Opportunities to Minorities, Women, and Small Businesses along with creating metrics-based programs for Social Justice and Civic Engagement for Communities of Color. Blake has worked with the Washington Football Team, Escalon, Operation Hope focusing on Financial Literacy for Individuals and Businesses, and Green For All as its National Policy Director.

    He served as a Founding Visiting Fellow at Monroe College's Institute of Social Justice, Government, and Civic Engagement teaching more than 140 students twice a week about Civics and public policy. Blake is also leading the My Brother's Keeper efforts for Monroe College.

    Michael served as a three-term Assembly Member in the New York State Assembly representing the 79th District in The Bronx, New York from 2014 to 2020.  Blake had his signature piece of legislation signed into law for Small, Minority, and Women-owned Business Enterprises with less than 300 employees who contract with New York state to get paid in 15 days instead of 30 and was the led Co-Sponsor on the five-year extension and expansion of the statewide M.W.B.E. program. Blake led the efforts to create the first and only statewide My Brother's Keeper education program in the country, now totaling more than $74 million in four years. Moreover, Blake helped led the charge to Raise The Age of criminal responsibility so that 16 and 17-year-olds are not tried as adults in criminal court, secured funding for lead remediation in New York City public housing, and continued to lead the effort in funding Diversity in Medicine medical scholarships for Students of Color. 

    He served as a Vice Chair at Large of the Democratic National Committee from 2017 to 2021, being the first Black man elected to DNC leadership since Ron Brown, helping lead efforts to mobilize millennials, communities of color, local elected candidates, and training. Blake has traveled to 31 states and Japan since the DNC election in February 2017 ranging from candidate training to creating Get Out The Vote strategies in base communities across the country.

    Michael served in the Obama-Biden administration as the White House Associate Director of Public Engagement and Deputy Associate Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs coordinating outreach to the African American, Minority, and Women Business Enterprises and state and county elected official communities. Michael created and executed the Urban Entrepreneurship Summit series, a seven-city tour coordinating Public, Private, and Not for Profit Partnerships across the country.  Moreover, Blake along with Bibi Hidalgo coordinated the Interagency Federal Procurement working group dedicated to increasing procurement spending to Minority and Women Business Enterprises, leading the highest percentage and dollars spent across agencies for MWBEs on record.

    His public and political service began in 2006 as one of the first ten participants in the "Yes We Can" training program led by Senator Barack Obama. After successfully managing three state houses in Michigan, in early 2007, Michael joined then Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign as the Iowa Deputy Political Director and Constituency Outreach Director. A 2007 Time Magazine article stated:

    "At just 25 years old, Michael Blake may have more to do with Barack Obama's chances of becoming President than anyone besides the candidate himself. That may sound like a stretch, but Blake has the all-important job of bringing in new Iowa voters to caucus for the Illinois Senator". 

    In his 20-month, eight-state campaign tenure throughout the 2008 Obama-Biden campaign, Blake concluded as the Michigan Deputy State Director and Political Director for the general election.  Blake departed the White House to serve as the national deputy director of Operation Vote for the Obama-Biden 2012 re-election and helped expand the diverse electorate that later re-elected President Obama and Vice President Biden, leading to historic turnout among constituencies nationwide.

    Blake is a Five Year Term Member fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations and an Aspen Institute Rodel Fellow.  Michael is on the board for iVOTE, served as a 2016 Resident fellow at the Harvard University Institute of Politics, becoming the first sitting elected official to serve in that capacity, and recently was an advisory board member for the My Brother's Keeper Alliance. Michael is a national Honorary Co-Chair of the New Leaders Council, which has trained more than 7,000 millennials in progressive policies and political organizing.

    Michael Blake is a proud alum of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and Brother of Alpha Phi  Alpha Fraternity, Inc., 100 Black Men, and Prince Hall Freemasonry. Blake is a licensed minister in the United Methodist Church and African Methodist Episcopal church. Michael absolutely loves the Yankees, College Football. Live Music and of course, Jamaican cuisine.


    Brencia Berry

    Brencia Berry is a political strategist and public policy expert who is the DNC Coalitions & Community Engagement Director.

    Prior to joining the DNC, she ran the national outreach program as Vice President of Equity and Political Strategy for PL+US (Paid Leave for the United States).

    In 2020, Brencia served as National Deputy Director of Public Engagement, overseeing policy and coalition outreach for Elizabeth Warren's presidential campaign. Before joining Senator Warren's team, Brencia was the first Black woman to serve as Chief of Staff for a Council Member in San Antonio. She has also worked in Intergovernmental relations and state legislative affairs.

    Additionally, Brencia is a Hillary for America national advance team veteran and has experience working in state and local government in Louisiana and Texas. She is a proud graduate of Louisiana State University and received her master's in public affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

    Berry is a proud Texas native, and her ultimate goal is to build power and equitable outcomes for marginalized communities.

     

  • Monday, September 26, 2022 at 09:30 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 40 rsvps
    Zoom in Washington, DC

    Meet Progressive Candidates Coast to Coast!

     

    Inspiring progressive candidates won their primaries nationwide! proDA presents some from the West, Midwest, and East who will build the Congressional Progressive Caucus when they are elected in November. Find out what these diverse leaders will bring to a Democratic House that will work with an expanded Blue Senate majority to tackle the unfinished business of building back better. And learn what we can do to help.

    Featuring live speeches and recorded messages from:

    • Jamie McLeod-Skinner (OR-05)
    • Greg Casar (TX-35)
    • Maxwell Frost (FL-10)
    • Summer Lee (PA-12)
    • Delia Ramirez (IL-03)
    • Special guest Ben Wikler (WI Dem Party Chair)

    This event is part of these series: Democrats Abroad Delivering Democracy and proDA Monthly Mondays for Your Progressive Mind.

    RSVP below for the Zoom link!

    While there is no donation required to attend, the suggested donation for this event is $10. Click here to donate.

    Time is running out to Deliver Democracy in November. Can you give $4, $40 or $400 for just over 40 days left until election day? With your gift, you help Americans around the world vote for the Party of Progressives fighting for a living wage, Medicare expansion, student debt relief, reparative justice, climate change action, voting rights, and so much more. Please donate today by clicking here. Thank you!

    Vancouver, CA 6:30 - 8:00 am
    Washington DC 9:30 - 11:00 am
    London, UK 2:30 - 4:00 pm
    Vienna, AT 3:30 - 5:00 pm
    Nairobi, Kenya 4:30 - 6:00 pm
    Beijing, China 9:30 - 11:00 pm

     

  • Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 72 rsvps

    Reproductive Freedom - Messaging and Comms with Celinda Lake

    Please join us for a special briefing on September 27th at 9:00 AM EDT on the most effective messaging and communication strategies around the abortion issue.

    Celinda Lake, one of the Democratic Party’s leading political strategists, has generously agreed to guide us through a brief presentation on her team’s research to show us which communication methods work and which don’t. She will take your questions about how to reach out to our diverse audience around the globe.

    RSVP below for the link.

    Reproductive freedom is sure to be a major mobilizing factor in these last crucial weeks before the election. And we know that we can fight for abortion rights and win, even among Independents and Republicans. 

    We also know that the way we talk about the issue with audiences which span the political spectrum can make all the difference.

    For more information on Celinda Lake, visit: https://www.lakeresearch.com/

    AP Friendly Times!!

     

    Location Time
    Vancouver, CA 6:00 AM
    Washington DC 9:00 AM
    Berlin, Germany 3:00 PM
    Nairobi, Kenya 4:00 PM
    Beijing, China 6:00 PM
    Tokyo, JP 7:00 PM


    All RSVPS will be sent a link to the recording for future reference.

  • Friday, September 30, 2022 at 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 5 rsvps
    Zoom in Washington, DC

    Monthly Friday Casual Social

    Democrats Abroad Global Seniors and Disability Caucuses invite you to join us for our monthly Social -- a time for Seniors and members of the Disability Caucus to connect with one another and discuss topics of concern and information. We will reflect, discuss, plan, and strategize together from the comfort of our own homes and with no duties or assignments! This will be fun as we can discuss freely any topic we would like.  

    Where: on Zoom. 
    Vancouver CA 6:00 AM PDT
    Washington DC 9:00 AM EDT
    London UK 2:00 PM BST
    Paris FR 3:00 PM CET
    Hanoi VN 8:00 PM ICT
    Beijing CN 9:00 PM CST
  • Saturday, October 01, 2022 at 08:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 6 rsvps
    Online Zoom in Washington, DC

    Progress for Progressives Monthly Members Meeting

    Join our discussion of all that’s happened in September, including progressive wins in state primaries, the Student Debt Relief Plan, proDA’s ongoing support for DNC Modernization, and more. Fine-tune our course for the final push to the Midterms, filled with expectations for finishing the unfinished business of building back better in 2023 and beyond.

    Nominate your favorite motivational songs to open and close our meeting by email to [email protected].


    You can make a difference for election day in November. You can be the margin of victory by informing and mobilizing Americans around the world to vote for progress and Democratic wins in the midterms. Provide thousands of DA volunteers with the tools they need for our 2022 blue wave and help America build back better. Please donate whatever you can today. Thank you!


    Please RSVP below for the Zoom link.

    Location Local Event Time
    Washington DC 8-9am
    Vienna 2-3pm
    Beijing 8-9pm
  • Saturday, October 08, 2022 at 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 8 rsvps
    Zoom in Washington, DC

    Californians Abroad Meet the Candidates Series

    MEET CALIFORNIA SWING DISTRICT CANDIDATES!

    The road to victory in 2022 runs through CA thanks to these competitive but winnable districts!

    Special Guest - Representative Katie Porter!

    California needs your help!  

    Our mostly blue state still has many purple and red districts that we must flip. In 2020, we lost one district by 333 votes. We are not going to let that happen again! All roads to victory in the House of Representatives go through California, and we are determined to win them all! Your vote, as a Californian, has never been so important.

    The Golden State is leading the way in expanded abortion access, common sense gun laws, cleaner environment, combating wildfires, and much more. These big tent districts with diverse communities demonstrate that, together, we can make our dreams for California, and the United States, a reality.

    For Part 2 of our California Dreaming series, we are proud to feature:

    • Jay Chen - CA 45
    • Kermit Jones - CA 03
    • Rep. Katie Porter - CA 47
    • Will Rollins - CA 41

    Join the DA Californians Abroad State Team for our Congressional District Series:

    Date: Saturday, October 8th 

    Time: 8am PDT / 11am EDT/ 5pm CEST

    RSVP for the Zoom link!

    You can also join our CA team to help pave the way to the Midterms!

  • Wednesday, October 12, 2022 at 07:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 9 rsvps

    Building Trust to Empower our Communities with Kyle Van Fleet, APIAVote

    Understanding and Combating Voter Mis/Disinformation

    Harmful narratives, including mis- and disinformation, are one of the greatest challenges facing Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities in today’s world. They are making communities less safe and trust in the election systems weaker. It is even tearing some families apart. To make matters worse, the issue of harmful narratives is often overlooked as it pertains to AAPI spaces – leaving AAPI communities at greater risk. 

    Hear from Kyle Van Fleet, Strategic Communications Associate at Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote). Kyle monitors mis- and disinformation as it pertains to AAPI communities and elections, democracy, anti-Asian hate, and other related topics. At this event, he'll speak on how the problem of harmful narratives looks in and impacts AAPI communities, what is being done to confront this issue, and best practices to combat harmful narratives in your own feeds.

    About the speaker:

    Kyle Van Fleet (he/him/his) is the Strategic Communications Associate at APIAVote, where he leads the organization's efforts to monitor mis- and disinformation regarding democracy, elections, and harmful narratives impacting or originating from AAPI communities. Kyle also manages APIAVote's social media strategy and supports the organization's overall work on narrative change among other duties. Prior to joining APIAVote, Kyle worked as a Digital Research Associate monitoring mis- and disinformation at GQR during the 2020 election cycle. Kyle is a graduate of James Madison University and is an accomplished professional photographer.

    Washington, D.C. 7:00am
    London, UK 12:00pm
    Berlin, Germany 1:00pm
    Perth, Australia 7:00pm
    Seoul, South Korea 8:00pm
  • Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 2 rsvps
    Zoom in Washington, DC

    Meet the North Carolina Congressional Candidates

    Every single vote matters in North Carolina because we are the battleground for the most competitive Senate and Congressional races in the nation. It's critical that every eligible NC Democrat votes in this midterm election. From reproductive rights to education, our freedoms are on the ballot this November and we need to get out the vote. 

    We are excited to hear from:

    • State Senator Don Davis - NC 1
    • Rep. Kathy Manning - NC 6
    • State Senator Wiley Nickel - NC 13

    Each of these races will be incredibly competitive and votes from abroad can be the MARGIN of VICTORY! Be sure to request your ballot TODAY!

    BALLOT REQUEST

    If you've already requested your ballot, check to see if it's ready to be downloaded and get it returned ASAP!

     

    Join us on October 8 at 1pm EDT / 7pm CEST 

    RSVP for the Zoom link!

  • Friday, October 28, 2022 at 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada)
    Zoom in Washington, DC

    Monthly Friday Casual Social

    Democrats Abroad Global Seniors and Disability Caucuses invite you to join us for our monthly Social -- a time for Seniors and members of the Disability Caucus to connect with one another and discuss topics of concern and information. We will reflect, discuss, plan, and strategize together from the comfort of our own homes and with no duties or assignments! This will be fun as we can discuss freely any topic we would like.  

    Where: on Zoom. 
    Vancouver CA 6:00 AM PDT
    Washington DC 9:00 AM EDT
    London UK 2:00 PM BST
    Paris FR 3:00 PM CET
    Hanoi VN 8:00 PM ICT
    Beijing CN 9:00 PM CST
  • Friday, November 25, 2022 at 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada)
    Zoom in Washington, DC

    Monthly Friday Casual Social

    Democrats Abroad Global Seniors and Disability Caucuses invite you to join us for our monthly Social -- a time for Seniors and members of the Disability Caucus to connect with one another and discuss topics of concern and information. We will reflect, discuss, plan, and strategize together from the comfort of our own homes and with no duties or assignments! This will be fun as we can discuss freely any topic we would like.  

    Where: on Zoom. 
    Vancouver CA 6:00 AM PDT
    Washington DC 9:00 AM EDT
    London UK 2:00 PM BST
    Paris FR 3:00 PM CET
    Hanoi VN 8:00 PM ICT
    Beijing CN 9:00 PM CST
  • Friday, December 30, 2022 at 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada)
    Zoom in Washington, DC

    Monthly Friday Casual Social

    Democrats Abroad Global Seniors and Disability Caucuses invite you to join us for our monthly Social -- a time for Seniors and members of the Disability Caucus to connect with one another and discuss topics of concern and information. We will reflect, discuss, plan, and strategize together from the comfort of our own homes and with no duties or assignments! This will be fun as we can discuss freely any topic we would like.  

    Where: on Zoom. 
    Vancouver CA 6:00 AM PDT
    Washington DC 9:00 AM EDT
    London UK 2:00 PM BST
    Paris FR 3:00 PM CET
    Hanoi VN 8:00 PM ICT
    Beijing CN 9:00 PM CST