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1. DO SOMETHING
2. RECENT HAPPENINGS
★ Global Women's Caucus All-member WebEx Meeting - Thanks to all of you who participated in our March 14th GWC General Meeting on WebEx. If you missed it, you can follow this link for a recording: GWC Video Resources
3. UPCOMING EVENTS
★ Democrats Abroad Book Club Meeting - Saturday, March 24 @ 1:30 PM: Join us at Starbucks (6 Jiangtai Lu, Lidu, Beijing) to discuss our latest book, The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin by Masha Gessen. Remote participation is available. To RSVP use the sign-up above. Please join our book club page on GoodReads.
★ Monthly Board Meeting - Tuesday, March 27 @ 7:30 PM - The Leadership Board for Democrats Abroad China is made up of 12 volunteers elected by members. All meetings are open to all DA members. If you wish to attend, use the sign-up above or email us for the WebEx info at: email@example.com Go to the DA China Wiki to learn more about the board members and read previous meeting minutes.
★ Monthly Regional Call - Wednesday, March 28 @ 7:00 PM - Democrats Abroad in the Asia-Pacific (AP) Region will meet via webex. Hosted by Kat Allikian (Regional Vice Chair and DA New ZEALAND). All meetings are open to all DA members. If you wish to attend, use the sign-up above or email us for the WebEx info at: firstname.lastname@example.org
★ BEYOND BLACK PANTHER - Saturday, March 31 @ 1:30pm - Meet our diverse panel of educators, authors, and movie industry professionals at WeWork Shanghai (Weihai Lu) as we explore the relevant themes and questions posed by the Black Panther movie. Volunteers will be ready to help U.S. citizens register to vote and request absentee ballots. #WakandaForever Click to view panelist bios and RSVP.★ DA China Annual General Meeting - Saturday, April 28 - All Democrats Abroad China members are encouraged to attend the AGM. We will have locations secured in Shanghai and Beijing, with remote access available where ever you are. If you want to host a sattelite meeting closer to you, we can help! Times and locations are still to be determined. Please save the date. If you wish to attend, use the sign-up above or email us at: email@example.com
★ May 25-27 - Democrats Abroad 2018 Annual Global Meeting in Japan: Attendance and participation is encouraged for all Democrats Abroad members. You can join the DA China delegation to the Global Meeting. Venue has been confirmed: TKP Shinagawa Conference Center, Takanawa, Minato-Ku, TOKYO (next door to Shinagawa Station). Learn More
4. Election Deadlines
★ Register to vote and request your absentee ballot! Make sure you are ready to cast your ballot from abroad. Each calendar year, voters abroad must notify their local board of elections about their intention to vote from overseas. One form does it all: Go to votefromabroad.org to learn about your state's deadlines and to complete the online FPCA (Federal Post Card Application). Follow the customized instructions provided for your submission. Depending on your state, you may be able to return your signed FPCA by email, instead of postal mail.
✔ ILLINOIS - Your ballot must be signed and postmarked by Tue Mar 20 for the Illinois State Primary Election (Tue Mar 20). You can receive your ballot online, but you must return your voted ballot by MAIL. Learn More.✔ OHIO - To participate in the Primary Election (Tue May 8), complete your FPCA by Mon Apr 9 if you need to register to vote or by May 5, 12:00 PM if you only need to request your absentee ballot. Learn More.
✔ WEST VIRGINIA - To participate in the Primary Election (Tue May 8), complete your FPCA by Tue Apr 17 if you need to register to vote or by Wed May 2 if you only need to request your absentee ballot. Learn More.✔ INDIANA - To participate in the Primary Election (Tue May 8), complete your FPCA by Tue Apr 30 if you need to register to vote or by Mon May 7 12:00 PM if you only need to request your absentee ballot and will vote by email/online. Learn More.
✔ NORTH CAROLINA - To participate in the Primary Election (Tue May 8), complete your FPCA by Mon May 7, 5:00 PM. Learn More.
5. Tiny Action
★ This week’s #TinyAction: Support voter registration wherever you are in the world! The biggest way you can make an impact in this year’s midterms is by making sure Americans abroad receive their ballots and VOTE.
6. What We're Reading
The Cambridge Analytica Files: 'I created Steve Bannon's psychological warfare tool' meet the data war whistleblower - If you’re curious as to how Cambridge Analytica came about, or how they operated, this is an excellent long read. (The Guardian)Leslie Gibson Drops Out of State House Races - Gibson came under fire for his Twitter remarks about two students who survived the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. He wrote that one of the Parkland students was a "skinhead lesbian," the other a "bald-faced liar." Gibson later apologized to one of the students. (Main Public)
Florida Legislators OK Plan to Dump Sewage Into Drinking-Water Aquifers (Miami New Times)
If Black Panther has inspired you, please join us to explore questions posed by the film:
- What if there was a powerful entity -- in the movie it was the fictional nation of Wakanda, but in reality it could be a coalition of the world's richest nations and individuals -- decided to pool resources and change the world? How would that work? What would it look like? Would there be "unintended consequences"?
- What role does pop culture play in opening the people's minds to what might be? Long before Obama became president, there were movies and TV shows that portrayed a black president of the US. Could the Black Panther movie (and hopefully its sequels) similarly open hearts and minds to a new era of thought?
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