Costa Rica

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DACR is the official country committee for US Democrats living in Costa Rica.  We're an active group who get together to talk politics, learn about issues, register absentee voters and work to ensure more Democrats in state and Federal offices.  DACR usually holds a monthly meeting the last Saturday of the month plus other scheduled special events such as potluck parties, picnics, film showings and fundraisers.  Meetings include invited speakers on U.S. or Costa Rican topical issues.

Our mission is to help Americans living abroad to register to vote and to request their absentee ballots with www.VotefromAbroad.org, to elect Democrats, and to educate Americans living, working, serving, and/or studying abroad about issues and legislation that affects them.

 Democrats Abroad is the official arm of the Democratic Party for US citizens living outside the United States and its territories. The Democratic Party is the only major American political party that affords its members this opportunity. Democrats Abroad holds seats on the Democratic National Committee and sends a voting delegation to its national convention to nominate our candidate for President. Democrats Abroad Costa Rica (DACR) is one of more than 100 country committees of Democrats Abroad, the official affiliate of the Democratic Party for millions living outside of the U.S. 

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

Steve Johnson Chair 
Democrats Abroad – Costa Rica

[email protected]

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DA Costa Rica Leadership:

Steven Johnson
| DACR Chair
Angie Vachio
| DACR - Vice-chair
Maxine Torres
| Deputy Vice-Chair, Americas; DACR Membership Secretary
Raymond W Waldron
| DACR Recording Secretary, 2020-21
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  • News

    June 2021 DACR Meeting

    RSVP here: https://tinyurl.com/DACRJune2021

    FOCUS ON TEAM SAN RAMON

    San Ramón was one of our 10 voting centers during the 2020 Democrats Abroad Presidential Primary. Judy Fried led this effort and has been involved in getting out the San Ramón vote since 2016. Her enthusiastic efforts have created an important ripple effect all across Costa Rica. In our June 26 meeting, Judy will share her enthusiasm and experiences with the rest of us.

    WRITE YOUR OWN BOOK

    Millions of U.S. Citizens are doing it! In the good old days, getting a book published was possible only for the very talented or the well-connected. In our new electronic world, anyone with the desire and a laptop can self-publish an ebook or paperback. Here in Costa Rica, there are several writers’ groups where authors or potential authors meet periodically to read excerpts of their writings and to discuss the ins and outs of getting their works published. Typically, they write short stories, novels, children’s books, or memoirs. Several members of DACR have self-published their own books. One of the oldest and most successful groups here is called the Costa Rican Writers’ Group, moderated by the talented Bob Brashears. In our  meeting, Bob will talk about the group and explain how you can get started as a self-published author.

    DATE: Saturday, June 26

    TIME: 10 am

    LOCATION: via Zoom

    RSVP here: https://tinyurl.com/DACRJune2021

    You must RSVP to receive a Zoom link. The Zoom link will be emailed the morning of the event.

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    May 2021 DACR Meeting

    OUR GRECIA TEAM

    For our May meeting we will feature DACR’s TEAM GRECIA. They are super-organized, hold monthly meetings to discuss political/social issues, and have led the way in voter registration and the Global Presidential Primary.

    In January Grecia Team founder Angie Vachio was elected Vice-Chair of DACR. The new Grecia Team Chair is Lydia Barrow-Hankins, who got involved almost from the moment she and her husband Ron set foot in Costa Rica.


    UPDATE ON IMMIGRATION ISSUES RELATED TO THE NORTHERN TRIANGLE


    In light of Vice President Kamala Harris’s upcoming visit (June 7-8) to Mexico and Guatemala to address the causes of the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexican border, Grecia Team member Don Voelker will give us an update on U.S. aid to the Northern Triangle and its past successes and failures.


    DATE: Saturday, May 29
    TIME: 10 am
    LOCATION: on your computer via Zoom

    Please click here to RSVP

    NOTE: once you have sent us your RSVP, a Zoom link will be emailed to you on the
    morning of the event.

    Sincerely, 
    Steve Johnson
    DACR Chair

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    Upcoming Events

    Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 04:00 AM through May 23, 2022 Time
    WebEx in Washington, DC

    May 2022 Global Meeting

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    Democrats Abroad will hold our 2022 Global Meeting online. The meeting will be held across the weekend of May 21-22.

    Connection details will be emailed to all Democrats Abroad member RSVP's closer to the meeting date.

     
    Democrats Abroad Global Meetings are possible thanks to participant donations. You will be redirected to the donation page after you RSVP.

     Day One Agenda  Day Two Agenda
    Democrats Abroad Resolutions Democrats Abroad Charter Amendments

    To RSVP, click HERE to navigate to the bottom of this page

    NOTICE: This meeting will be recorded, including audio, video, and any materials exchanged or viewed during the session.


    Agenda (Subject to Change)

    Saturday, May 21      

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    Time (US Eastern)

    Activity

    3:30am 

    WebEx Opens/Check-In

    4:00am

    Meeting Begins, Roll Call

    4:15am

    Opening Remarks

    4:25am

    Adoption of Meeting Rules

    4:40am

    Approval of Minutes from May and August 2021 Global Meetings 

    4:50am

    International Chair’s Report

    5:05am

    International Treasurer’s Report

    5:20am

    Confirmation of International Treasurer

    5:40am

    Confirmation of DA Caribbean Islands

    6:00am

    Break

    6:15am

    DA’s Task Forces: What They Are, What They’re Doing, and How You Can Help

    7:00am

    DA’s Caucuses: What They Are, What They’re Doing, and How You Can Help

    7:45am

    Break / Guest Speaker DNC Deputy Executive Director Roger Lau

    8:00am

    The Nuts & Bolts of Voting From Abroad

    8:30am

    Overview: Global GOTV Strategy and Resources for 2022

    8:45am

    Battleground State Teams

    9:15am

    Break / Guest Speaker DNC Chairman Jaime Harrison

    9:30am

    Panel on GOTV Best Practices

    10:00am

    Reaching and Helping Voters in 2022

    11:00am

    Break / Guest Speaker US Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ)

    11:15am

    Fundraising in 2022: The Pitch, Nuts and Bolts, and Best Practices 

    11:45am

    Closing Remarks for Day One

    12:00pm

    End of Day One

     
    Sunday, May 22

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    Time (US Eastern)

    Activity

    3:30am 

    WebEx Opens/Check-In

    4:00am

    Meeting Reconvenes, Roll Call

    4:15am

    Rebranding Overview: New DA Logo, DA Website Redesign, and VFA Website Redesign

    5:15am

    Membership Engagement: Volunteer Pathways in 2022 

    5:45am

    Break

    6:00am

    Resolutions

    7:30am

    Break 

    7:45am

    Charter Amendments

    9:15am

    Break / Guest Speakers Former Congressman Tony Coehlo and DNC Disability Caucus Chair Kerri Evelyne Harris 

    9:30am

    Charter Amendments (cont.)

    10:45am

    Closing Remarks for Day Two

    11:00am

    End of Day Two, Meeting Adjourns

     

    Democrats Abroad Resolutions

    The DPCA will consider resolutions submitted by its members at the Global Meeting. Resolutions can pertain to matters of internal governance, DA's advocacy of policies, or memorializing leaders who have recently passed away. The texts of resolutions for this meeting are available as a PDF using this link. These texts are the result of a lengthy process of discussion and revisions, with all changes requiring the consent of the primary sponsors. During the meeting, a resolution may be passed, amended, rejected, or not considered due to parliamentary decisions.


    Any DA member is welcome to use a form to be recognized as a co-sponsor of an individual resolution. If you'd like to be listed publicly by name and country of residence as a co-sponsor of a particular resolution, please use the following link to complete the form: https://forms.gle/6nW1vz61RmKADVgT7  This form will close 24 hours before the meeting's start.


    Democrats Abroad Charter Amendments

    Proposed amendments to Democrats Abroad’s Charter can be found here.

     

    Click Here to donate in support of the Global Meeting and DA's GOTV activities.

    Click Here to donate to the Democrats Abroad Travel Fund.

     

    Friday, May 27, 2022 at 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 15 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.  

    When: Friday May 27, 2022 at 9.00 am Eastern time

    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