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.
★ 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.
✔ 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.
✔ 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)
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?
November Member Meetups - After the amazing election results in Virginia and across the country on November 7, there was a lot to celebrate and our meetups were markedly more festive! For the first time, we had monthly meetups in THREE cities: Kunming, Shanghai and Beijing. In December, we hope to add a fourth meetup in the Pearl River Delta.
Led by Brian Kloosterman, Kunming members met up for the first time to get to know each other and think about ways to reach out to other Americans in the area.
The meetup in Shanghai was hosted by David Henry, with members gathering for a Sunday brunch. Board members Faith Gary and Sam Wong attended.
In Beijing, James Bernard hosted a group to discuss organizing voter registration plans for the Gulou area and other expat hubs in Wudaokou and Sanlitun. Board members Aaron Kruse and Elizabeth Jenkins also attended.
Thanksgiving in Shanghai: Democrats Abroad members in Shanghai gathered at Al's Diner for a Thanksgiving feast! We are so thankful you could join us.
November Leadership Meeting: Your elected leadership of Democrats Abroad China held their monthly call. Meeting minutes are available on the Democrats Abroad wiki. Email us for access: info-china [ a t ] democratsabroad [dot] org
Congratulations to all the amazing, newly-elected candidates from across the country. There are so many reasons to celebrate the election results from November 7, including seeing a victory for Jennifer Carroll Foy (Virginia House of Delegates, 2nd District) who Democrats Abroad China supported through the Sister District Project. Foy also gave birth to premature twins, who only came home from the hospital days before the election - talk about a super woman!
"When you try to spread racism and xenophobia and sexism and misogyny, this is how we respond! We sent a huge message. Trump has heard us, and he has heard us loud and clear!"
- Jennifer Carroll Foy, Virginia House of Delegates member-elect for the 2nd District.
Democrats are also celebrating these victories:
- Virginia and New Jersey governor
- Virginia and New Jersey lieutenant governor
- Virginia attorney general
- Control of Washington state senate
- Expanded Medicaid coverage in Maine
- Virginia house seat for Danica Roem, the state's first openly trans legislator
- Minneapolis city council seat for Andrea Jenkins, the first openly trans woman of color to serve
- Virginia house seat for Chris Hurst, who ran on a platform of gun control following his girlfriend's on-air murder
- Philadelphia district attorney seat for Larry Krasner, a civil rights lawyer who sued the city's police department
- Georgia's 117th & 119th districts *FLIPPED*
- Mayor of Charlotte, NC, the first African-American female to serve
- Mayor of Manchester, New Hampshire, the first female to serve
- Mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey, the first Sikh American to serve
- Mayors in Boston and NYC *HELD*
- Untold city council, school board, parks board, etc. races across the entire country, inspired to stand up and do something by the 2016 election.
Thank you to all the Democrats Abroad China voters and volunteers who made this happen! We couldn't have done it without you!
Here's your roundup of Democrats Abroad events and happenings from October 2017 around China.
NEW THIS MONTH:
Democrats Abroad China Book Club - Emily Johnson is leading our book club for Democrats Abroad China members. While she is based in Beijing, virtual participation is encouraged. For our inaugural book, we voted to read What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton. DA China members are invited to join us on GoodReads.
WeChat Groups for Kunming and Pearl River Delta Members - Recently we have had new members join from Kunming and the Pearl River Delta. Yay, Spring City and PRD! They are anxious to connect with other members and start a regular meetup. If you want to join, please contact us: email@example.com
OCTOBER HAPPENINGS AROUND CHINA:
House Party (October 5 in BEIJING) - DA China members in Beijing gathered for some political discussion. After a quick message to members on WeChat, James hosted this impromptu House Party to talk about recent events and to start planning for expat voter registration and ballot requests.
Member Meetup (October 7 in SHANGHAI) - Democrats Abroad members in Shanghai gathered to welcome new volunteers and brainstorm ideas for member registration and 2018 GOTV efforts. We had a full house and lots of great discussion about what DA members can do to make a real difference.
Voter Outreach Training: Saturday (October 21) - Participants gathered in Beijing and joined online to learn more about how to help mobilize Democratic voters at home, in China, and all over the world. As Democrats Abroad members, we have an awesome responsibility to help our fellow Americans abroad register to vote, including help with requesting and returning their ballots -- all within the deadlines and specifications of their voting state!
Here's your roundup of Democrats Abroad events and happenings from September 2017 across China.
New this Month:
- Sister District Project - We are excited to be working with Sister District Project to to help Jennifer Carroll Foy, Democratic candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates, take District 2 and flip it blue! This is one of the most competitive districts in Virginia and Jennifer's success will be critical to turning Virginia blue this November, when the entire Virginia House of Delegates will be up for election. This is our first day of calls to Virginia voters. You can participate from your home or join us in-person in Beijing. Learn More.
- DA China Book Club - Emily Johnson is leading our book club for Democrats Abroad China members. While she is based in Beijing, virtual participation is encouraged. You can join our book club on GoodReads, as well as on WeChat.
September Happenings around China:
Welcome to New Shanghai Expats (September 1, Shanghai): On Friday, September 1, a group of Democrats Abroad volunteers led by Wenfei Zhou spearheaded this event at NakedHub, a centrally located co-working space.
House Party for New Arrivals in Shunyi (September 2, Beijing): Angie Bergeson -- a Democrats Abroad member, teacher, and mother – opened her home last week to current Democrats Abroad members and Americans who recently moved to the area. Democrats Abroad China Chair, Aaron Kruse, also attended. We look forward to continuing to connect and grow with this community of educators and concerned voters.
Live Worldwide Video Call with Elizabeth Warren (September 17, Global): On Sunday, September 17, Elizabeth Warren spoke with members of Democrats Abroad all over the world. In China, members hosted watch parties in Shunyi and CBD Beijing.
How to Watch China: A Conversation with John Holden (September 20, Beijing): Co-hosted with Young China Watchers and presented at The Bookworm, Democrats Abroad members in Beijing welcomed reflections from John L Holden on his career in China and what the future might bring. Holden is a leading expert on China with over three decades experience in business, diplomacy, and education. He steps into his new role as CEO of the US-China Strong Foundation at the end of September.
Expat Connection Picnic (September 24, Beijing): DA China members in Beijing volunteered at a booth to connect with American expat families. While the equestrian club offered pony rides, our offerings for the kids were relatively humble: coloring pages featuring a loving demoCAT.
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Democrats Abroad - China is excited to be working with Sister District Project to to help Jennifer Carroll Foy, Democratic candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates, and flip District 2 blue! VA-02 is one of the most competitive districts in Virginia and Jennifer's success will be a momentum-building victory in the lead up to November, when the entire Virginia House of Delegates is up for election.
We'll be phonebanking, fundraising, and engaging in other opportunities to support Jennifer. Find out more about how you can help below.
About Jennifer and VA-02
As a former Magistrate and now public defender, Jennifer has dedicated her life to public and community service. Jennifer is passionate about protecting women's access to reproductive health care, fighting for equal pay for equal work, advancing criminal justice reform, expanding pre-k education, and supporting VA's teachers and first responders with better pay.
VA-02 comprises of Prince William and Stafford counties southwest of Washington D.C. and is one of the most competitive districts in Virginia this fall. It was last held by a Republican but Hillary Clinton carried it last year. The Republican incumbent is retiring and Jennifer’s initial opponent recently dropped out of the race, making this seat a prime target for us this year.
You can find out more information about the race here: https://www.sisterdistrict.com/vahod02
How to Get Involved
If you're interested in joining us to help elect Jennifer to the VA House of Delegates, please sign up here. Activities to support Jennifer will be organized through your DA-China leadership, in partnership with Sister District.
If you’re excited and eager to make an impact in other ways, you can also donate to Jennifer’s campaign here. Jennifer’s campaign is operating on a very tight budget in a low-spend district, so every dollar will make a huge difference in the race for this district.
(This is a DA China-specific link so we’d be grateful if you donate/spread the word using it so we can keep track of how much we are able to help raise: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/sdp-da-china?refcode=china
About Sister District and the Virginia Races
Sister District Project is a grassroots organization that channels the explosive people power of Democratic volunteers in blue areas towards strategic, winnable races in purple districts where such mobilization can make a significant impact. Phonebanking, fundraising, and other activities are just some of the ways we'll be supporting Jennifer Carroll Foy for VA House of Delegates.
Sister District Project is proudly supporting 13 candidates running for the Virginia House of Delegates in 2017. Virginia is the quintessential purple battleground state, and its districts are among the most gerrymandered in the country. It is essential that we fight to flip Virginia blue so that its districts can be redrawn fairly ahead of the 2020 census. Also, our fight for the state legislature in Virginia will send a strong message to the rest of the nation that Democrats are ready to retake our government at all levels. Remember, what happens in these off-year elections in Virginia is often a sign of what will happen nationally in the next midterm election. After going blue in ’08 for the first presidential election in decades, Virginia's state legislature swung right in 2009, which foreshadowed the Dems huge losses in 2010. Let's get the pendulum swinging in our direction ahead of the incredibly important 2018 midterms next year!
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On June 11, 2017, Democrats Abroad (DA) members in China gathered to celebrate the first elected leadership team and pay tribute to the contributions of members saying farewell to China, including Ada Shen, Rich Welch, Erin Campeau, Christine Pernin, Radha Chaddah, and Avery Ince.
This celebration included DA members - new and old - and was held in Beijing. Some members even traveled in from other cities in China to participate in this inaugural event. Also in attendance from Hong Kong was Shaun Barnes, DA Asia-Pacific Regional Vice-Chair.
The occasion was marked by farewell speeches from our friends Ada Shen and Rich Welch, both of whom have plans to leave China. They spoke to the gathered members about their hopes for the future of DA China and offered their continued support especially to the incoming leadership. DA Asia-Pacific Regional Vice-Chair Shaun Barnes and DA China Chair Aaron Kruse also shared remarks expressing their enthusiasm and optimism for the start of the new China country committee.
Both Ada and Rich helped usher the membership through the process of establishing a country committee for China within the global Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA) structure. They laid the groundwork for the incoming leadership team -- communicating with the DPCA about requirements, proposing bylaws, notifying members, and so much more. They organized the election for DA China leadership on May 6, 2017 with gatherings in Beijing and Shanghai, and connected by WebEx to allow members in other locations to participate remotely. Finally, Ada and Rich, along with DA China leaders Aaron Kruse (Chair), Samantha Wong (Vice-Chair), and Randi Miller (Legal) traveled to Washington, DC to attend the Annual DPCA Global Meeting, witnessing the official vote to admit DA China on May 15, 2017.
Original Event: Celebrate with Democrats Abroad China, 6/11/2017
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For immediate release
Jun 14, 2017
Democrats Abroad China Elects an Executive Committee, Gets Confirmed as an Official Country Committee at 2017 AGM
China - Democrats Abroad China elected its first-ever Executive Committee at their Annual General Meeting on May 6. The following week, from May 12-15, five representatives of DA China attended the DA Global AGM in Washington DC, where DA China was unanimously accepted into Democrats Abroad as an official country committee.
The incoming DA China leadership is responsible for upholding and supporting the work of the Democratic Party Committee Abroad among American expatriates in China. DA China announces the following newly elected leaders:
Chair – Aaron Kruse
Vice Chair – Samantha Wong
Secretary – Elizabeth Jenkins
Treasurer – Jim Spear
Legal Counsel – Randi Miller
Communications/IT – Chris Zombik
Members-At-Large – Kira Leinonen, Phong Quan, James Flanagan, Faith Gary, Joshua Lally
The creation of an official country committee for China is notable as the result of more than 10 years of informal organizing by dedicated Democrats in China. An official presence for DA in China is more important than ever now that American politics has come to the forefront of global concern under the Trump administration. DA China aims to be the point of contact for Americans living in China to more actively connect with government and civic engagement back home.
“We are thrilled to finally have an official country committee for DA China,” says Aaron Kruse, DA China’s newly-elected Chair. “This milestone coincides with our reaching a critical new level of engagement and interest from Americans living in China. We are incredibly excited to grow this organization and help our members get involved politically with what is happening back in the U.S.”
The leadership elections were just the first step in an upcoming program of activities planned by DA China. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.democratsabroad.org/cn.
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About Democrats Abroad
Democrats Abroad is the official Democratic Party arm for the millions of Americans living outside the United State. Democrats Abroad strives to provide citizens living abroad with a voice in government and elect democratic candidates by mobilizing the overseas vote. Democrats Abroad currently has 41 country committees throughout Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. These country committees keep Americans abroad informed of their rights and help them participate in the U.S. political process. Members live in more than 190 countries around the globe and vote in every state and Congressional district in the U.S. Democrats Abroad is recognized as a "state" Party by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and is represented on the DNC by eight voting members, as well as at the quadrennial Democratic National Convention.
The Democrats Abroad online voter registration tool - votefromabroad.org - makes it easy to request a ballot and vote absentee from any place on the planet.
Democrats Abroad China (DACN or DA China for short) is the country committee serving U.S. Democrats living in China. We help Americans abroad participate in U.S. domestic politics by providing voter registration support, voting resources, and activism opportunities. Member activities include conversations with leading activists and elected officials, social events and parties, and more.