Saturday, January 19
11:30 am at Jing A - Xingfucun Brewpub in Beijing
Free to all genders and nationalities!
Come see how much you know about notable current and past women, historic events advancing gender equality, and more! Teams can be up to six people, and winners will receive a prize! Don’t have a team? Don’t worry, we can help match you up!
Those who RSVP using the QR code below at least 24 hours before the event can get a free drink with the purchase of brunch. Hope to see you there!
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Free workshop on absentee voting for Americans.
2:30-3:00pm on Saturdays at the Bookworm
Aug 25 � Sept 1 � Sept 8 � Sept 15 � Sept 22 � Sept 29 � Oct 6 � Oct 13
Extended hours for voter assistance: 3-5pm.
- Complete the required application to request your absentee ballot for the November 6 midterms.
- Learn about your state's deadlines and requirements for submissions.
- Find out what to expect in the voting process and how you can protect yourself from being disenfranchised.
Sessions are 30-minutes and limited to 10 participants per session. Drop-ins are welcome during the extended hours for voter assistance 3-5pm.
Questions? Contact DA China Secretary, Elizabeth Jenkins - call/text/wechat: 186-1236-5524.
Red White & VOTE BLUE! Democrats Abroad China invites you to join our Labor Day Weekend Meetup at the Beijing Bookworm (Saturday, September 1st - 2:00-4:00pm). The afternoon will feature updates from the Women's and Progressive Caucuses, as well as our Get Out The Vote (GOTV) team. You can make sure you're registered and ready to vote by absentee ballot for the November 6th midterm election. We will also have opportunities for you to take action and mobilize other U.S. voters in China. This event is open to new and existing Democrats Abroad members! Voter support will be available to all Americans regardless of party affiliation. Free to attend. RSVP requested but not required: https://www.democratsabroad.org/elizaj/red_white_vote_blue
U.S. citizens living in Shanghai should plan to go to Boxing Cat Brewery (3rd floor) on Yongfu Lu and Fuxing Lu to register and request your absentee ballot. Every weekend from August 25, there will be a voter help desk staffed by volunteers on Saturdays and Sundays 12:00pm-5:00pm.
In Beijing, we will have a voter help desk on Saturdays 12:00 - 5:00 PM from August 25 - October 13 at the Beijing Bookworm in Sanlitun.
Also, in Wudaokou we will have volunteers available at Lush and/or Pyro to help with voter questions on Saturdays 12:00 - 5:00 PM.
Kunming, Chengdu, Shenzhen and maybe more! Please stay tuned.
Want to work a voter help desk? See a good venue or special event where we should be? Call/text/wechat Elizabeth 186 1236 5524
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com
★ 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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!