Secretary, Democrats Abroad Japan

  • published jp 2022 cHub in Japan 2022-05-18 07:20:27 -0400

    jp 2022 cHub

    Welcome to the Democrats Abroad 2022 Calling Campaign Landing Page

    In the last 15 months Democrats have been successful in passing Covid Relief and the Infrastructure Bill. We need to elect Democrats at the federal and state levels to ensure that Republicans do not undo every step of progress made in the last 50 years. 

    The GOP continues to infringe upon rights and roll back progress on the issues we Democrats care about most - voting, women’s rights, marriage equality, access to abortion, health care for all, quality education, gun violence, and the environment! You can help maintain control of the house and senate, and elect state officials who will guard the vote and the right to abortion.

    1. Please go to www.votefromabroad.org if you have not already done so this year, and request your ballot for 2022.  Overseas voters get special protections under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, but you have to request your ballot each year you vote.
    2. If you are able to help with our important work this year, please take the volunteer survey HERE:
    3. There is lots of material on our DAJ website
      1. Events HERE:
      2. News HERE:
      3. Calendar HERE:
        1. The link is on our main DAJ page, HERE:, just scroll down and click on the image of the calendar to find out the dates of our upcoming events. 

     

    Happy to have you aboard.

    contact [email protected] for more information. 

     

     


  • Democrats Abroad Japan 2022 Bylaws Election Results

    The 2022 DAJ Bylaws Committee reports the results of the Bylaws Amendments Election as follows:

    28 Total Votes
    Question #1 - Removal of extraneous "the" - 100.00% In The Affirmative
    28 Aye
    0 Nay

    Question #2 change to require chapter chairs to make all reasonable efforts to appoint or elect a full slate of officers - 78.26% In The Affirmative
    23 Aye
    5 Nay

    Question 3 - Addressing the conflict between the DAJ Bylaws which allowed appointment of ExCom vacancies, and the DA Charter which requires DPCA Representatives who vote in the international governing body to be elected, by requiring elections to fill vacancies - 92.04% In The Affirmative
    26 Aye
    2 Nay
    As a result all three measures passed.  Your National Secretary observed the counting, and then certified the results.  These results remain provisional for 30 days to allow for challenges. They will be incorporated into the Bylaws. 
    First a big thank you to the DAJ Bylaws Committee of 2022, Leslie Anne Rogers (chair), Raymond Terhune (vice chair), Max Sternberg (National Counsel), John Baumlin (DPCA Rep)., Regina Salathe(National Treasurer) 
    And a big thank you to all the members who voted in this election making it a success.  
     
    Dave Brauer
    Secretary, Democrats Abroad Japan
    Additional Message from John Baumlin, previous DAJ Chair and current DPCA Rep
    Ready for another round of voting? The experimental direct democracy ballot recommended by the Bylaws Committee is ready!
    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf5qbZYg_vRCJTJdRjjh_gDN4nKcEPPJe2U9ukCzX-_FL_05w/viewform
    This experiment in Direct Democracy was approved by the DAJ 2022 Bylaws Committee.

    As one of DA Japan's DPCA Members, I will be taking feedback and through the democratic process, amendments, and motioning process, attempt to follow the results provided in this form and an explanation of the results. The outcomes and challenges will be compiled for the next Annual General Meeting of Democrats Abroad Japan for consideration of the general membership. We're hoping 20 people submit their ballot for quorum and/or feedback to validate the experiment, so if you cast a Bylaws Ballot, cast a ballot for our State Party's future before the Global Meeting this week!
    John Baumlin,
    DAJ DPCA Representative
    Videos of the pre-meetings can be found here:
     

  • published DAJ Early May 2022 Newsletter in News 2022-05-08 02:40:16 -0400

    DAJ Early May 2022 Newsletter

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    2022 May 8 Newsletter contents:

    1. Message from your national officers
    2. Small action - DAJ Bylaws - May 10th Deadline
    3. Leadership Position Openings
    4. Upcoming DA Japan Events
    5. DA regional and Global Meeting for May

    🌟Message from your national officers

    Getting back rested from the Golden Week holiday, we reach out to you, our members, with three key issues that require our action: the Supreme Court draft opinion on Roe, Get Out the Vote and the DAJapan Bylaws Ballot.

    First, the FINAL call for Democrats Abroad Japan Bylaws Amendment Ballots! Ballots must be returned before midnight on May 10th. Please find your ballots HERE: at least 15 more ballots are needed to validate the election.

    When being questioned under oath during the confirmation hearings, the three most recently appointed Supreme Court Justices agreed Roe was the law of the land. However, the recently leaked Supreme Court draft opinion with its sweeping rejection of Roe and privacy rights should not come as any surprise to DA Japan members, who have been watching the erosion of rights under conservative leadership in the US.

    This must be a call to action NOW! Voting in the fall elections is not enough. We must raise our voices about the issues that matter to us throughout the year, at all levels of government. This draft opinion represents more than the right to women’s healthcare choices. It demonstrates the fragility of rights protections, and threat to privacy laws, which will impact your legal access to birth control, marriage equality rights, gender and sexual minorities rights, interracial marriage and more. This is not just about access to abortion. This must be our wake-up call. We welcome the new members who have signed up this past week. In response, your leadership is calling an action meeting online: Now what? Roe, privacy and the Midterms on May 10th 8~9:30pm RSVP HERE:

    GOTV: calling DA members voting in key battleground states will continue until early July. DA Japan will have our own phone banking campaign later in the month and we need ALL our member engaged! The reason we exist is to affect policy and change election outcomes. You can volunteer from anywhere in Japan to help get out the vote. There are many ways to get involved - let us know what you can do HERE:

    ❤️ From your DA Japan Executive Committee

    Sarajean (Chair), Matt (Vice Chair), Dave (Secretary), Regina (Treasurer)

    DA Japan - representing American Voters in Japan.

    Together, We Win!

    Know Your Rights, Register & Vote! https://www.votefromabroad.org

    Have you seen the NEW DA Japan DONATION PAGE?

    Help us reach new and more voters by sharing this newsletter with all your American friends!

    http://www.democratsabroad.org/jp_news

    🌟 One Action you can take today - turn in your DAJ Bylaws Ballot

    There are 3 amendments to the DAJ Charter on the ballot. Please help us decide how to manage the organization. Voting is open through May 10th. Please find your ballots HERE:

    🌟DA Japan leadership openings - At large positions

    We currently have at least two at-large positions open => representing Northeast Honshu and Hokkaido. The role of at-large members:

    1. work on getting out the vote in their regions,
    2. active involvement in monthly advisory board meetings - which includes the executive committee leadership and the leadership from the chapters as well as leadership from the main committees.
    3. You must reside in the region you represent

    The Chair is soliciting nominations for potential appointees through the end of May. If you’re interested or can introduce a member, please contact Sarajean ASAP.

    🌟Upcoming DA Japan Events

    1️⃣ SOS Meeting online: Now what? Roe, privacy and the midterms.

    Tuesday, May 10th, 8:00-9:00pm meeting online: An open conversation for DAJ members. This event will consist of three key parts: 1) facilitated discussion, 2) sharing ideas from the global women’s caucus, 3) next steps and action items we will take.

    RSVP HERE:

     

     

     

    2️⃣ Online Speakeasy Thurs May 12, 7:30~10 pm JST

    As always, bring your favorite beverage and hang out with friends old and new.

    RSVP HERE:

     

     

     

    3️⃣ DA Japan Advisory Board Meeting

    Sun. May 15th, 10am to 12noon Japan time

    See your leaders in action! Key discussion items 1) GOTV 2) calling campaign 3) chapters 4) new leaders 5) DAJ Day

    RSVP HERE:

    4️⃣ AP GOTV Phonebanking Action hour

    Sun. May 15th, 12noon Japan time

    Online phone banking party with people from throughout the Asia Pacific region. RSVP HERE:

     

     

     

     

    5️⃣ DA Japan Global Resolutions Discussion #2

    Tuesday, May 17th, 8pm

    DA Japan review of bylaws and charter amendments in preparation for the global meeting

    This is your chance to influence the DPCA and DNC stance on issues - feel free to join and share any issues that matter to you! RSVP HERE:

    🌟 REGIONAL AND GLOBAL MEETINGS OPEN TO THE MEMBERSHIP

    • Asia Pacific monthly regional meeting Sun. May 15th, 3pm
    • Asia Pacific DNC elections Sat. May 22nd, 2pm
    • DA Global Meeting May 22-23 JST Open to all DA members. Online via WebEx.

    DA Global Meeting Info HERE:

    DID YOU KNOW:

    For $5 a month - just 1 bowl of ramen - Can have a big impact for DA and DAJ!

    • Calling all DAJ members 2X per year => $3000 / 30 people @ $100 per year or 60 people @ $5 per month
    • THUS => If just 30 people gave $100 per year or if 60 people contributed $5 per month, we could call all our members 2X this year to get them to vote.

    Even if you don't have the time to call, you can help us by making a contribution right on the DA Japan DONATION PAGE HERE. No more need to make bank transfers!

    DA Japan - representing American Voters in Japan.

    Together, We Win!

    http://www.democratsabroad.org/


  • published DAJ Bylaws Ballot DEADLINE SOON in News 2022-05-05 06:47:34 -0400

    DAJ Bylaws Ballot DEADLINE SOON

    As a reminder, we must meet a basic quorum of votes in order to make revisions to
    our Bylaws, so please return your bylaws ballot as soon as possible so we can take care of these important issues!
    Voting closes on Tuesday, May 10th, at 23:59 JST. All ballots must be received by this time.
    If submitting by mail, it is recommended that you submit your ballot immediately in order to ensure it will be received and counted.
    As a reminder, to vote in this election, you must be an American citizen, 18 years of age or older, a member of Democrats Abroad Japan, and a resident of Japan.
    Ballots can be returned in one of three ways of your choice:
    1) Fill out the ballot electronically and attach it in an email to [email protected]
    2) Print the ballot, fill it out, scan or take a photo, and attach it in an email to
    3) Send in your ballot via postal mail. To ask for the mailing address, please email
    The Bylaws Committee Members are:
    Leslie Anne Rogers (Committee Chair)
    Raymond Terhune (Committee Vice Chair)
    Max Sternberg (National Counsel)
    John Baumlin
    Regina Salathe

  • published DAJ 2022 Bylaws Ballot Link in News 2022-04-18 09:19:40 -0400

    DAJ 2022 Bylaws Ballot Link

    Subject: DAJ Bylaw Amendments Ballot


    The 2022 Bylaws Committee was formed in response to recent vacancies in the National
    Executive Committee, as the circumstances under which our National Secretary and National
    Treasurer can be appointed are currently in conflict with the Global Democrats Abroad
    Charter (the “state” party that represents us in the Democratic Party). The Bylaws
    Committee has directly drafted and recommended specific proposals to remedy this and
    other common organizational issues. After discussion with members who participated in the
    AGM, we heard all concerns to make sure that we had consensus on the final language. The
    results are the attached ballot, and we hope for a high turnout.
    As a reminder, we must meet a quorum of votes in order to make even minor revisions to
    our Bylaws, so please return your bylaws ballots so we can take care of these important
    issues! What follows is a description of the proposed changes, our reasoning for each if
    necessary, and some thoughts for future officers and volunteers.

    Download your Ballot HERE:


  • published 2022 DAJ Special Election Results in News 2022-04-18 09:15:41 -0400

    2022 DAJ Special Election Results

    Subject: 2022 DAJ Special Election Results

     

    The 2022 Nominations and Election Committee (NEC) is pleased to announce the provisional results of the 2022 Special Election. Votes were counted on April 17th and recorded by the NEC as follows:

    Total ballots cast: 22

    Total legitimate ballots: 22 (Completed ballots and confirmed membership)

    National Vice Chair

    • Matthew Axvig – 22 votes; 100% total valid ballots (WINNER)

    Member-at-Large for Hokkaido

    • No votes – 100% total valid ballots (NO WINNER)

    Alternate DPCA Voting Representative

    • Kiyoko Ayukawa – 18 votes; 81.8% total valid ballots (WINNER)
    • (write-in candidate) Elliott Davis – 2 votes; 9.1% total valid ballots
    • (write-in candidate) Raymond Terhune – 1 vote; 4.5% total valid ballots
    • No votes – 1; 4.5% total valid ballots

    Thank you to everyone who ran as a candidate and who voted in this election!

    Sincerely,
    2022 Nominations and Election Committee
    Anna Costello, Linda Gould, Martin Spang, Larry Staples

     

     


  • published DAJ 2022 Special Election Ballot Announcement in News 2022-03-29 21:59:10 -0400

    DAJ 2022 Special Election Ballot Announcement

     

    Subject: The 2022 DAJ Special Election is Open for Voting!
     

    The Nomination and Election Committee (NEC) of Democrats Abroad Japan (DAJ) would like to open voting for the 2022 Special Election from now (March 29th) until April 16th at 11:59pm!

    [Note from DAJ National Secretary - My sincere apologies to the candidates, the NEC, and the membership. I am releasing this announcement on the morning of March 30th.]
     
    Please download the following document for everything you need in order to vote, including instructions for casting your ballot, the statements from the candidates, and your empty ballot: BALLOT:

    PLEASE NOTE: Only vote for the Member-at-Large for Hokkaido if you reside in Hokkaido.
     
    Voting Instructions
    Please fill out the attached ballot and vote your preference for each of the officer positions. Indicate your choice by marking the box before the name of your chosen candidate for office. Each candidate listed has confirmed their interest in each position. Voting for a write-in candidate is allowed, but that candidate must meet the eligibility requirements for that position and accept said position within 30 days of receiving a plurality of votes after the election. You must both print your name and sign the ballot. Unsigned ballots are considered to be invalid under the Democratic National Committee (DNC) bylaws.

    You can submit your ballot in one of three ways in this election:
    • Fill out the ballot electronically and attach it in an e-mail to [email protected].
    • Print the ballot, fill it out, scan or take a photo, and attach it in an e-mail to [email protected].
    • Send in your ballot via postal mail. To ask for the mailing address, please email [email protected].

    Voting closes on Saturday April 16th, 2022 at 11:59pm JST. All ballots must be received by this time. If submitting by mail, it is recommended you submit your ballot one week beforehand in order to ensure it will be received and counted. As a reminder, in order to vote in this election, you must be an American citizen, 18 years of age or older, a member of Democrats Abroad Japan, and a resident of Japan.

    Ballot Tallying
    After being received, the NEC will count the ballots and make a full report to the DAJ membership on or before April 20th, 2022. The ballots will be tallied by the NEC on Sunday April 17th, 2022 at 2pm JST online via WebEx. Anyone in our membership may attend as a neutral observer to the process.
    WebEx Link: HERE:
    Password: [The password is the one commonly used for DA online events.  Please contact [email protected] 
    for password, if needed]
    If you have any questions concerning the ballot process or procedures, please contact the NEC at [email protected].

    Sincerely,
    Anna Costello, Linda Gould, Larry Staples, and Martin Spang
    DAJ 2022 Nomination and Election Committee

     


  • published DAJ March 22 2nd Newsletter and Bylaws Proposals in News 2022-03-19 19:33:13 -0400

    DAJ March 22 2nd Newsletter and Bylaws Proposals

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    2022 March #2 Newsletter contents:

    1. Message from your national officers
    2. Upcoming DA Japan Events
      1. Learn to Phonebank, Sun March 20 5pm
      2. Kanto Hanami, Sun March 27th, 6pm
      3. PhoneBanking Practice, Sun March 27, 3pm​
      4. Gun Violence Prevention Event, Sat April 2nd, 11am
      5. Annual General Meeting and Meet the Candidates Event April 9th, 1:30pm
      6. Online Speakeasy Thurs April 14, 7:30 pm
    3. DAJ Proposed Bylaws Amendments

    Message from your national officers

    The proposals and recommendations from the Bylaws Committee need to be published today, March 19th, to be ready for discussion at our Annual General Meeting on April 9th. To spare you from a flood of emails we will include an abbreviated newsletter of event announcements as a preface.

    We hope to see you soon - or hear from you about the bylaws!

    From your DA Japan Executive Committee

    Sarajean (Chair), Dave (Secretary), Regina(Treasurer)

    Have you reregistered to vote/requested a ballot yet this year? Just go to www.votefromabroad.org Help us reach new and more voters by sharing this newsletter with all your American friends!

    🌟 Upcoming DA Japan Events

    1️⃣ LEARN TO PHONEBANK, Sun, March 20, 5pm

    Asia Pacific Phonebanking training and practice

    March 2022 Trainer: Layne Mostyn, DA Australia

    RSVP HERE:

    2️⃣ Kanto Online Hanami Party, Sun, March 27, 6pm

    Trivia games and other entertainment - come join the Kanto Team to celebrate the season.

    RSVP HERE:

    3️⃣ Phonebanking Practice session, Sun. March 27, 3pm

    A practice session where aspiring phone bankers from throughout the Asia Pacific build the skills and confidence to join phone banking campaigns right away!
    RSVP HERE:

    4️⃣ Gun Control event, Sat, April 2, 11am

    Gun Violence Prevention: what you can do even from overseas

    RSVP. HERE:

    5️⃣ Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Meet the Candidates, Sat, April 9, 1pm, online 2022 AGM Sat April 9 1:30-5:00

    • RSVP for the AGM HERE:
    • The minutes from the 2021 AGM can be found HERE:

    6️⃣ Online Speakeasy Thurs, April 14, 7:30pm~10pm JST

    As always, bring your favorite beverage and hang out with friends old and new.

    RSVP HERE:

     

    DID YOU KNOW:

    $5 a month - Just 1 bowl of ramen - Can have a big impact for DA and DAJ!

    • Calling all DAJ members 2X per year => $2500 + overhead for the calling platform = $3000 / 30 people @ $100 per year or 50 people @ $5 per month
    • THUS => If just 30 people gave $100 per year or if 50 people contributed $5 per month, we could call all our members 2X this year to get them to vote.

    Even if you don't have the time to call, you can help us by making a contribution.

    DONATE HERE:

    DA Japan

    http://www.democratsabroad.org/

     

    🌟 DAJ Bylaws Proposals and Recommendations

    The 2022 Bylaws Committee was formed in response to recent vacancies in the National Executive Committee, as the circumstances under which our National Secretary and National Treasurer can be appointed are currently in conflict with the Global Democrats Abroad Charter (the “state” party that represents us in the Democratic Party). The Bylaws Committee has directly drafted and recommended specific proposals to remedy this and other common organizational issues.

    The Bylaws Committee felt a responsibility to directly address this issue and serve the membership by opening acceptance of any and all proposals on the Bylaws. We have three suggested amendments for discussion at the Annual General Meeting, and three recommendations to the organization regarding interpretation of the Bylaws and related issues.

    We are circulating these for discussion amongst the membership and will make changes accordingly before we finalize them for voting at the Annual General Meeting on Saturday, April 9th, 2022.

    The Bylaws Committee Members are:

    Leslie Anne Rogers (Committee Chair)

    Raymond Terhune (Committee Vice Chair)

    Max Sternberg (National Counsel)
    John Baumlin

    Regina Salathe

    Routine Revisions

    Article IX Section 6

    Before

    They shall be subject to and operate solely in accordance with these Bylaws and Chapter Guidelines as well as the Bylaws of the Democrats Abroad and its Standing Resolutions.

     

    After

    They shall be subject to and operate solely in accordance with these Bylaws and Chapter Guidelines as well as the Bylaws of Democrats Abroad and its Standing Resolutions.

     

    Article IX Section 5

    Before

    Each Chapter shall be headed by a Chapter Chair elected from amongst the membership of the Chapter at a meeting of the Chapter held in accordance with Chapter Guidelines in the first half of odd numbered years. The Chapter Chair may appoint a Vice-Chair, Chapter Secretary, and a Chapter Treasurer from the Chapter membership. Chapter Chairs and Vice-Chairs must not be of the same sex. Chapter Elections should be in line with the Nominations and Elections procedures as outlined in Article XI of these Bylaws.

     

    After

    Section 5: Each Chapter shall be headed by a Chapter Chair elected from amongst the membership of the Chapter at a meeting of the Chapter held in accordance with Chapter Guidelines in the first half of odd numbered years. The Chapter Chair shall use all reasonable efforts to appoint or form an election committee to fill the vacancy for Vice-Chair, Chapter Secretary and Chapter Treasurer from the Chapter membership. Chapter Chairs and Vice-Chairs must not be of the same sex. Chapter Elections should be in line with the Nominations and Elections procedures as outlined in Article XI of these Bylaws.

    Suggested Amendment for Vacancy

    DPCA Members/Vacancies

    Article XII Section 2


    Before
    Any vacancy, except for the position of Chair as described above, shall be filled by appointment by the Chair with approval from the Executive Committee, no less than thirty (30) days and no more than sixty (60) days from the date of the vacancy. Until such vacancy is filled, the National Chair may appoint at the Chair’s discretion a member to fill the vacancy on a temporary basis. Any member appointed to replace a vacancy shall serve only until the next regularly scheduled election pursuant to Article XI. A person elected to serve out the balance of a term for a period of less than 365 days shall not be deemed to have served a full term.

     

    After

    The election to fill a vacancy for the National Vice Chair, National Secretary, or National Treasurer shall be no earlier than two months and no later than four months following the date that the vacancy first arises.

    After a vacancy arises, the National Executive Committee may appoint a DPCA Representative on a purely interim basis until an election can be held as described above; provided, however, that the nominated individual so appointed must have previously been elected by the entire membership of Democrats Abroad Japan.

    Reasoning

    Currently, National Vice Chair, National Secretary, and National Treasurer can be appointed in the event of a vacancy under the DAJ Bylaws. Currently, these members also serve as DPCA voting representatives ex officio, which must be elected, where the conflict occurs. The DAJ bylaws state that DPCA reps in the event of a vacancy can be appointed, however the DA Charter states that they must be elected. We recommend that the following language be added to the bylaws to ensure that DPCA representatives are all directly elected by the membership.

    Recommendations

    Recommendation

    Define designated geographic areas

    Article V Section 3, b

    Current areas are designated as Eastern/Northern Honshu, Western/Southern Honshu, Hokkaido, and Shikoku, and Kyushu/Okinawa and each are awarded a Member-at-Large, elected by those regions. The National Secretary has currently designated specific geographical locations. It is worth noting that the classification of these regions by each Nominations and Elections Committee ("NEC") has been a discussion topic in the meeting minutes of several previous NECs, so it was raised if we should clearly define borders for geographic regions. We determined that we should not pursue language on this because it can be determined by the NEC.

    We recommend that the future NECs specifically add a prefecture section to each ballot and determine which regions are eligible for each position to make it easy for the National Secretary to identify in our database where each voter is voting from. Deciding on a prefectural basis is simple, referenceable, and responsible.

    Recommendation

    Ranked Choice Ballots for the Chair and Vice Chair

    What happens if there is a close election? Does the chair take precedent? Should we go with Ranked Choice Voting?

    Such questions have been asked in recent years by DAJ Members. Ranked Choice Ballot Initiatives have shown to increase the outcome of voter preference in a democracy - the voter is able to make more choices and “rank” their prospective candidates and thus, their platforms, which can alter the outcome to more closely align with a constituency.

    However, the current level of participation in our elections is lower to the point where it is uncommon for more than two candidates to run for any given position. Currently, as an off-year committee, we have many special elections and vacancies open across the membership. While the bylaws committee generally supports Ranked Choice Voting as an ideal, as a purely logistical issue given the conditions of our elections at this time, we did not see it as an item to take up at this time and instead to be pursued in future bylaws committees. With more pressing urgent issues facing the committee given the reality of vacancies, we did not choose to make a specific recommendation now, but if this wants to be pursued, we recommend those who want to undertake this volunteer for future Nominations and Elections Committee and administer an election in this fashion, clearly record the results and challenges, and then bring it forward to the membership. This is an item for an NEC to experiment with, as we recognize they have the authority to undertake this and we should try it for one cycle to see the results before mandating the change in our bylaws.

    Recommendation

    In the difficulty of deciding the DPCA vote distribution to ExCom members, one idea raised within the Bylaws committee was the potential for moving Japan’s votes to a purely direct democracy setup for Japan’s DPCA votes. We would be the first country committee to do this and there is no precedent for it.

    It was decided that this is not something that can be taken up at this time for mandate, but rather, requires direct testing. As such, for this upcoming DPCA Global meeting, as your DPCA representative from Japan, John has volunteered to put his DPCA vote up to public ballot for the entire membership in the upcoming meeting. He will send and circulate the Global Resolutions and Global Bylaws when he receives the first drafts for input, and he will publicize the votes, results, how he voted, and the challenges therein. It would be great if we could get a quorum of our membership (20 people, same as this meeting) to participate to validate the effort.

    We ask everyone to make this a successful test and support the distribution of materials, that the next bylaws committee review his findings at the next AGM, time allowing.

    Please send DA Japan National Bylaw Proposal Comments to this e-mail address:

    HERE:

    For reference, the current DA Japan National Bylaws can be found HERE:

    Please keep in mind the following dates:

    All submissions and proposals regarding the National Bylaws were accepted until:
    Saturday, March 12th, 2022

    Proposed bylaws amendment, drafts, and recommendations are being sent to members on:
    Saturday, March 19th, 2022

    Final discussion and amendments will take place at the next annual meeting of the general membership, which we currently anticipate will be held on:
    Saturday, April 9th, 2022

    Voting will then begin the following day and be open for approximately one month until:
    Sunday, May 8th, 2022

    We look forward to reading any and all membership feedback throughout this process.

    Best Regards,
    Bylaws Committee Members
    Democrats Abroad Japan


  • published Donate JP in Japan 2022-03-13 07:42:46 -0400

  • published DAJ March 2022 1st Newsletter in News 2022-03-11 22:01:20 -0500

    DAJ March 2022 1st Newsletter

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    2022 March #1 Newsletter contents:

    1. Message from your national officers
    2. Annual General Meeting and Meet the Candidates Event April 9th, 1:30pm
    3. Upcoming DA Japan Events
      1. Online Speakeasy Thurs March 10, 7pm
      2. GoTV Training Sat March 12 11am
      3. AP GOTV Team Leaders Meeting, Sun March 13 5pm
      4. Webinar for US Overseas Taxpayers, Sat March 19 6pm
      5. Learn to Phonebank, Sun March 20 5pm
    4. Gun Control event Sat April 2 - looking for PR volunteers
    5. Make a video for the Global Women's Caucus Reproductive Justice Team project

    🌟Message from your national officers

    Today, March 8, is International Women's Day (IWD) 2022 - a time to celebrate women's achievements, and how far we have come with gender equality.
    HOWEVER, it is hard to celebrate with the current challenges to women's rights and with war raging in the world.
     
    DA Japan is here to help ensure your voice is heard!
    How do we do that? By making sure eligible voters register and vote.
    Besides electing officials, there are a wide array of measures on state ballots - For example:
    - abortion - 6 states
    - firearms - 10 bills
    - raising the minimum wage - 5 states
    - education initiatives - 21 states
    - taxation - more than 40 bills
     
    Every vote matters.
     
    Our events - see below - aim to do more than share information but to ensure all Americans register and vote in every election!
    Besides these workshops, by joining the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on April 9, you can also find out how YOU can impact the 2022 midterms.
    That is why we are here - to bring our voices together so our roar is heard.

    ❤️ From your DA Japan Executive Committee

    Sarajean (Chair), Dave (Secretary), Regina(Treasurer)

    Have you reregistered to vote/requested a ballot yet this year? Just go to www.votefromabroad.org Help us reach new and more voters by sharing this newsletter with all your American friends!

    🌟 Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Meet the Candidates on Sat April 9, 1pm, online

    2022 AGM Sat April 9 1:30-5:00pm

    Democrats Abroad Japan will be hosting its Annual General Meeting on April 9, 2022.

    Virtual doors open 1:10pm for mingling and socializing

    What will happen

    • The Executive Committee reports to the membership on progress and finances
    • Get out the vote campaign: updates and training
    • Find out how to volunteer
    • Special elections: Meet the candidates
    • Learn about the new logo, and communications & fundraising plans
    • DAJ Bylaws review
    • Time to mingle, make new friends and see familiar faces

    Have an item you think should be on the agenda? Have a prize for our raffle? Please let us know by March 15. Contact [email protected]

    Note: You must be a member of Democrats Abroad Japan to participate.

    • Should pandemic conditions ease, we may follow the AGM with small local social events for continuing the discussion. if you can host 1 of these in your area - please contact [email protected]
    • RSVP for the AGM HERE:
    • The minutes from the 2021 AGM can be found HERE:
    • A more detailed mailing and materials will be shared next week!

    Nominations for Vice Chair (Liaison to chapters), Member-at-Large Hokkaido (Hokkaido member representative), and Alternate Democratic Party Committee Abroad Voting Representative close on March 14th - More Info HERE:

    DA Japan Bylaws proposals accepted through March 12th. More Info HERE:

    🌟Upcoming DA Japan Events

    1️⃣ Online Speakeasy Thursday, March 10, 7pm~10pm JST

    As always, bring your favorite beverage and hang out with friends old and new. RSVP HERE:

     

     

    2️⃣ GoTV Training - Saturday, March 12 11am

    Rebecca - DA Japan GOTV chair - will lead an interactive introductory workshop on how to help US voters get registered, vote, and make sure their ballots are counted. Learn, step-by-step, how to use VFA for voter education as well as registration. Find out how you can make a difference in the midterms. RSVP HERE:

     

    3️⃣ AP GOTV Team Leaders Meeting, Sunday, March 13, 5pm

    The monthly meeting of Asia Pacific GOTV point persons - find out more about plans to make a difference in the 2022 midterms.

    RSVP HERE:

    4️⃣ Webinar for US Overseas Taxpayers, Saturday, March 19 6pm

    DA South Korea will be sponsoring a US Taxpayer Webinar with Nathalie Goldstein from myexpattaxes. Get answers to your Tax questions. RSVP HERE:

    You might also be interested in this video: Why U.S. Taxes Aren't a Barrier to Voting in U.S. Elections A talk by Rebecca Lammers, DA Global Tax Task Force Chair, Democrats Abroad

    5️⃣ LEARN TO PHONEBANK, Sunday, March 20, 5pm

    Asia Pacific Phonebanking training and practice

    March 2022 Trainer: Layne Mostyn, DA Australia

    Phonebanking is one of the easiest and most effective ways for us to turn out the DA vote in Asia Pacific, and around the globe!

    The first hour will be an introduction and the second hour we will practice calling, so you can build your confidence and jump right into phone banking!

    RSVP HERE:

     

    🌟Gun Control event, Saturday, April 2, 12 noon - looking for volunteers

    We have some speakers lined up for a gun control event on Saturday, April 2, but need your help with PR and organizing the event. Contact [email protected] to find out more.

    🌟Make a video for the Global Women's Caucus Reproductive Justice Team project.

    Make a 1-minute video explaining why the right to abortion is absolutely necessary. Mention VotefromAbroad.org for overseas voter registration in the video. We hope to motivate people to vote once the videos go up on Youtube. Link with information about the project and how to participate: HERE:

     

     

    DID YOU KNOW:

    $5 a month - Just 1 bowl of ramen - Can have a big impact for DA and DAJ!

    • Calling all DAJ members 2X per year => $2500 + overhead for the calling platform = $3000 / 30 people @ $100 per year or 60 people @ $5 per month
    • THUS => If just 30 people gave $100 per year or if 60 people contributed $5 per month, we could call all our members 2X this year to get them to vote.

    Even if you don't have the time to call, you can help us by making a contribution.

    DONATE HERE:


  • 2022 DAJ Bylaws Committee Formation & Accepting Proposals

    Date: Saturday, March 5th, 2022.
    Subject: Bylaws Committee Formation & Accepting Proposals

    Dear Membership of Democrats Abroad Japan,

    This letter is to notify you that as of February 1st, 2022, the Executive Committee of Democrats Abroad Japan has convened the Bylaws Committee to review the existing Bylaws of Democrats Abroad Japan.

    The Bylaws Committee Members are:
    Leslie Anne Rogers (Committee Chair)
    Raymond Terhune (Committee Vice Chair)
    John Baumlin
    Regina Salathe
    Max Sternberg

    The committee was formed in response to recent vacancies in the National Executive Committee, as the circumstances under which our National Secretary and National Treasurer can be appointed are currently in conflict with the Global Democrats Abroad Charter (the “state” party that represents us in the Democratic Party). The Bylaws Committee intends to directly draft and recommend specific proposals to remedy the issue of vacancies throughout the organization, and other routine edits to the Bylaws.

    Keeping the intended scope in mind, we would like to open and accept any and all proposals to the Bylaws for review from the membership, as we feel a responsibility to serve you during this time. The earlier these are submitted, the more the Bylaws committee may lend scholarly support to your amendment or proposal beforehand if desired.

    Please send DA Japan National Bylaw Proposals to this e-mail address:

    HERE:

    For reference, the the DA Japan National Bylaws can be found HERE:


    Please keep in mind the following dates:

    All submissions and proposals regarding the National Bylaws will be accepted until:
    Saturday, March 12th, 2022

    Proposed bylaws amendment, drafts, and recommendations will be sent to members by:
    Saturday, March 19th, 2022

    Final discussion and amendments will take place at the next annual meeting of the general membership, which we currently anticipate will be held on:
    Saturday, April 9th, 2022

    Voting will then begin the following day and be open for approximately one month until:
    Sunday, May 8th, 2022

    We look forward to reading any and all membership feedback throughout this process.

    Best Regards,
    Bylaws Committee Members
    Democrats Abroad Japan



  • Call for Nominations for 2022 DAJ Special Election

     

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    Special Election!

     

    2022 Democrats Abroad Japan (DAJ)

    The Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC) of Democrats Abroad Japan (DAJ) is calling for nominations of candidates for the following positions:

     

    • National Vice-Chair
      • liaisons between Chapters and Officers to make sure all voices are heard
    • Members-at-Large for Hokkaido
      • represents the membership to Hokkaido
    • One (1) Alternate Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA) Voting Representative
      • serves as an alternate to participate and vote in certain conventions and meetings

     

    Term for all positions: Until June 2023

     

    Why should you run for one of these offices?

     

    This is your chance:

    ⭐️ to be part of Democratic leadership

    ⭐️ to have voting rights on the Democratic Party agenda (VP and DPCA Rep)

    ⭐️ to help Americans in your region and across Japan vote in this crucial mid-term election

    ⭐️ to fight for equality for every American

    ⭐️ help Democrats retain control of Congress in November.

     

    The NEC would like to see many candidates run for all offices. We encourage all members to take a chance to step up and take an active part in US Elections by becoming an organization leader!

     

    Timeline with Important dates:

     

    3/1

    Nominations open

    3/14

    Nominations close at 11:59 p.m. Submit nominations via email before 11:59 pm JST to [email protected]

    3/21

    Candidate statements (500 words) must be received by 11:59 p.m. at [email protected]

    3/29

    Voting opens; signed ballots are to be returned by postal mail (by request) or email to [email protected]

    4/9 or 4/10

    Meet the candidates! Details forthcoming (exact time and location: TBA).

    4/16

    Voting closes as ballots must be received (email or postal mail) by 11:59pm

    4/17

    Election Meeting, ballots counted. 2pm online via WebEx

    4/20

    Membership is notified of election results by this day

     

     

    The Nomination Process: Members may nominate themselves or others by e-mail.

    • If you nominate yourself, your email to the Committee will be considered your consent to run for office.
    • If you nominate someone else, you must inform the person you have nominated, and your nomination email to the Committee must contain the nominee’s contact information (address, if known, as well as working phone number(s) and working email address) so that the Committee may contact them in a timely manner to confirm their consent to serve.
    • If nominated by another member, the nominee will be contacted after nominations close to confirm the nomination.

     

    How to Nominate: Send an email to [email protected] by 11:59 pm JST on March 14th. All nomination e-mails are required to include the following information:

    • Complete name
    • Contact information including: phone, address and email
    • Confirmation of the position you would like to run for or are nominating another person to run for.

     

    Candidate Qualifications:

    • Member in good standing (member of Democrats Abroad who is a resident of Japan and, for members-at-large, who is a resident of the area of Japan they would represent).
    • Term limits: no one who is completing a second consecutive term in the office in question is eligible to run for that office.
    • Gender-diversity qualification: Pursuant to Article V, Section 1, “The Chair and Vice-Chair shall not be of the same sex.”

     

    For more information and updates:

    • Visit the DAJ site https://www.democratsabroad.org/jp
    • Visit the DAJ Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/DemocratsAbroadJapan/ for regular updates
    • Contact [email protected] if you have any questions.

     

    We look forward to receiving your nominations!

     

    Sincerely yours,

    The DAJ 2022 Nominations and Election Committee

    Anna Costello, Chair

    Linda Gould

    Larry Staples

    Martin Spang



  • published DAJ 2nd Feb Newsletter 2022 in News 2022-02-28 23:20:09 -0500

    DAJ 2nd Feb Newsletter 2022

    DA Japan Wide Logo--

    2022 Feb #2 Newsletter contents:

    1. Message from your national officers
      1. Spring is primary season
    2. Annual General Meeting and Meet the Candidates Event April 9th, 1pm
      1. Preliminary election announcement for Vice Chair, Alternate DPCA Rep, and Member at Large for Hokkaido
    3. Upcoming DA Japan Events
      1. Online Speakeasy March 10th, 7pm
      2. GoTV Training - March 12th 11am
      3. Webinar for US Overseas Taxpayers, March 19th 6pm
    4. Gun Control event - looking for volunteers
    5. Make a video for the Global Women's Caucus Reproductive Justice Team project

    🌟Message from your national officers

    Together we make change happen!

    With spring comes Primaries, and since January Democrats across the globe have been calling Texas primary voters - the first primary on March 1! Talking directly with our members is the best way to ensure that they not only know how to get their ballot, but that they send it in. In March, we will be contacting voters in N Carolina, Georgia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. We need more people to join the DA Japan team, to do both in person and online outreach. So why not attend an online interactive training? We welcome DA members from all over Asia-Pacific - these trainings offer the chance to meet people doing good work throughout the region.

    DAJ will host an online GOTV workshop on Sat March 12, 11am.

    Phone banking training will be offered March 20th, but you can also do the training on your own time => HERE: Each call, each effort to get out the vote counts!

    Our DAJ Welcome Page has been renewed with a link to our calendar of events. Key events are listed below - we hope you will join

    Join us!

    ❤️ From your DA Japan Executive Committee

    Sarajean (Chair), Dave (Secretary), Regina(Treasurer)

    Have you reregistered to vote/requested a ballot yet this year? Just go to www.votefromabroad.org Help us reach new and more voters by sharing this newsletter with all your American friends!

    🌟 Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Meet the Candidates on Sat April 9th, 1pm, online

    SAVE THE DATE! Our DAJ Annual General Meeting is an opportunity to hear from your officers and committees, get involved in the 2022 midterms Get Out the Vote efforts! Join us for an action packed afternoon on April 9th.

    We will be holding a special election for National Vice Chair, Alternate DPCA Representative, and Member-at-large for Hokkaido. Details will be going out to the membership shortly. At the AGM you will also Meet the Candidates and have time to vote! It's your chance to be heard!

    🌟Upcoming DA Japan Events

    1️⃣ Online Speakeasy March 10th, 2022 7pm~10pm JST

    As always, bring your favorite beverage and hang out with friends old and new. RSVP HERE:

     

     

    2️⃣ GoTV Training - March 12th 11am

    Rebecca Thompkins, DA Japan GOTV Coordinator extradinaire, will lead a workshop so we can all help U.S. voters get registered, vote, and make sure their ballots are counted, to help with the midterms. RSVP HERE:

     

     

     

    3️⃣ Webinar for US Overseas Taxpayers, March 19th 6pm

    DA South Korea will be sponsoring a US Taxpayer Webinar with Nathalie Goldstein from myexpattaxes. Get answers to your Tax questions RSVP HERE:

    You might also be interested in this video: Why U.S. Taxes Aren't a Barrier to Voting in U.S. Elections A talk by Rebecca Lammers, DA Global Tax Task Force Chair, Democrats Abroad

    🌟Gun Control event - looking for volunteers

    5 states have firearms on the ballot this years. DA Japan is hosting a gun control event in late March and we need your help with PR and organizing. Be part of the change you want to see in the US! Contact [email protected] to get involved.

    🌟Make a video for the Global Women's Caucus Reproductive Justice Team project.

    Make a 1-minute video explaining why the right to abortion is absolutely necessary. Mention in the video VotefromAbroad.org for overseas voter registration. We hope to motivate people to vote once the videos go up on Youtube. Link with information about the project and how to participate: HERE:

     

     

    DID YOU KNOW:

    $5 a month - Just 2 coffees or 1 frap a month - Can have a big impact for DA and DAJ!

    • Calling all DAJ members 2X per year => $2500 + overhead for the calling platform = $3000 / 30 people @ $100 per year or 50 people @ $5 per month
    • THUS => If just 30 people gave $100 per year or if 50 people contributed $5 per month, we could call all our members 2X this year to get them to vote.

    Even if you don't have the time to call, you can help us by making a contribution.

    DONATE HERE:


  • published February 2022 DAJ Newsletter in News 2022-02-09 23:33:17 -0500

    February 2022 DAJ Newsletter

    DA Japan Wide Logo--

    2022 Feb #1 Newsletter contents:

    1. Message from your national officers
    2. A small action you can take today!
      1. Your help needed at DAJ
      2. Register to Vote for 2022
    3. Vice Chair steps down
    4. A Big Thank You to the Membership Certification Team
    5. Upcoming DA Japan Events
      1. Feb 8 phone banking
      2. Feb 10 Speakeasy
    6. Key election deadlines / dates
    7. Upcoming DAJ Asia Pacific
    8. Upcoming Global Events
      1. State teams
    9. Past Events
      1. Jan 29 DAJ Day: RESOLVE TO GET INVOLVED

    🌟Message from your national officers

    Thank you to everyone who joined us on Sat Jan 29 for DAj day. It was great to meet some new members, and learn from our get out the vote leaders. See the short report below - the recording will be made available soon!

    Farewell but not goodbye

    We regretfully inform our membership that as of Sunday Feb 6, our DA Japan Vice Chair, Elliott Davis, has resigned. As you can see from his message below, although at this time he cannot commit time to DAJ, Elliott remains a supportive member of our community. I hope when you see him online or in person you will greet him with open arms and show your support.

    Register every year to ensure you can vote

    Have you reregistered to vote/requested a ballot yet this year? Just go to www.votefromabroad.org Help us reach new and more voters By sharing this information with all your American friends!

    DA Japan needs you to help us reach more potential voters. by sharing the information in this email with 3 American friends you can help us enhance our reach. You are Democrats Abroad Japan. We are as powerful as our members are active. Scroll down for opportunities. There are opportunities to make our voices heard by getting involved - no matter where you are in Japan.

    Together we make change happen!

    Our DAJ Welcome Page has been renewed with a link to our calendar of events. Key events are also listed below - we hope you will

    Join us!

    ❤️ From your DA Japan Executive Committee

    Sarajean (Chair), Dave (Secretary), Regina(Treasurer)

    Our DAJ Welcome Page has been renewed with a link to our calendar of events, HERE:.

    🌟A small action you can take today!

    1️⃣ DA Japan needs you.

    • Special Elections Committee members: be part of local democracy! We are looking for 1 more person to join the committee:
      • open offices include :
        • National Vice Chair, Alternate DPCA Representative, Member At Large - Hokkaido
        • Kansai Chapter Secretary, Treasurer
    • Membership/Fundraising team members needed: help us do some creative fundraising so we can call and write our members and out the vote.
      • Do you have a large social network including American citizens?
        • Check our lists of potential members to find people you know.
      • Phone banking not your thing? Enjoy online research?
        • We also need volunteers to help search public databases for potential members.
    • Communications team: help us spread the word about DAJapan by writing short articles and cross posting information. Help us with the newsletter or events PR.
    • Find out more about way you can help by contacting [email protected]

    2️⃣ Register to vote in 2022

    UOCAVA (The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act) guarantees that overseas voters can vote in Federal Elections if they reregister to vote/request a ballot each calendar year. Go to www.votefromabroad.org and just do it today.

     

     

     

     

    🌟Resignation Message

    Dear Members of Democrats Abroad Japan,

    Thank you for placing your trust in me to serve as your Vice - Chair at our annual meeting in June 2021. I was and still am committed to Democrats Abroad and to working to improve our government. However, due to some unexpected personal developments I unfortunately feel the need to resign from my leadership position so I can focus on some high priority items in my life. It’s not an easy decision for me to make. I look forward to sometime in the future when I can return to a more active role within Democrats Abroad.

    In Gratitude,

    Elliott I. Davis

    P.S. With the 2022 midterm elections coming up, there are plenty of ways to make a difference, large and small. I hope another member of our community will step forward to run for Japan’s Vice Chair position at this year’s upcoming DAJ elections.

    🌟A Big Thank You to our Member Certification Team

    Every January 31st DAJ has to certify its membership by trying to reach all members who have not been in contact for 4 years or more. This year your Secretary and a team of 16 volunteers contacted 589 members by phone, email, and postcard, and were able to confirm that 48 were still in Japan and wished to remain active members. This growth in percentage terms puts us ahead of almost all of the other Country Committees our size and above, which strengthens your voice and representation in DA International, and gives us greater claim on resources. A Big Thank You to all of the members who confirmed their status, and to all our intrepid volunteers.

     

    🌟Upcoming DA Japan Events

    1️⃣ Feb 8 7pm online phone banking training

    Learn how to phone bank, meet other cool people from Japan and around the world, and have an impact on the 2022 midterms. Online so you can join from wherever you are.

    Eric will show how you can have an impact from the convenience of your own home - even while in your warm pajamas!

    RSVP HERE:

    2️⃣ Online Speakeasy Feb 10th, 2022 7pm~10pm JST

    As always, bring your favorite beverage and hang out with friends old and new. RSVP HERE:

    🌟Upcoming DAJ Asia Pacific Events

    Online program done in collaboration with Other Asia Pacific Country Committees aimed at raising awareness and motivating more members to vote

    • FEB THEME: Black History month,(HOST: DA Korea)

    Interested in organizing events? Want to do something about gun control, taxation or the climate? Let us know! We would love to have events on these issues but need more people to help out! contact [email protected] to find out more!

    🌟Upcoming Key election deadlines / dates

    March 1 Texas Primary Election: Update

    Primary Registration deadlines are quickly approaching!

    Feb. 9th to register for a FULL ballot

    Feb. 18th to register for a Federal ballot

    • Primary ballots should be postal mailed back ASAP!

    🌟Upcoming DA Global Events

    STATE team EVENTS

    For those of you interested in creating change in your state, DA has State TEAMs working on most of the key state and local races.

    • Texas State Team: Sat, Feb. 12th 1pm Eastern 3am JST
    • Florida State Team: Mon, Feb 14th at 1pm Eastern / 3am JST
    • Arizona State Team: Mon, Feb 14th at 1pm Eastern / 3am JST
    • Ohio Buckeye Book Club: Sat, Feb 19st at 9am Eastern / 11pm JST
    • Wisconsin State Team: Sun Feb. 20th 9am Eastern 11pm JST
    • Georgia State Team: Mon, Feb 21st at 1pm Eastern / 3am JST

    Join the State Team Slack to get the meeting links or write to [email protected]

     

    🌟 PAST EVENTS

    1️⃣DAJ DAY

    26 DAJ members attended our DAJ DAY event starting with an excellent GoTV training by our GoTV Committee Chair, Rebecca Tompkins, followed by our Town Hall event. We introduced DAJ and all our activities, and then broke up into separate online rooms to dive deeper on GoTV/Phone banking, Communications, and Membership/Fundraising. At the end we took a photo of how each of us planned to be more engaged.

    DID YOU KNOW:

    $5 a month - Just 2 coffees or 1 frap a month - Can have a big impact for DA and DAJ!

    if we raise $ 3000 we can call all our members 2X this year to get them to vote

    • that's just 30 people @ $100 per year or 60 people @ $5 per month

    Click HERE: to donate to Democrats Abroad. We especially need sustaining (monthly) donors.


  • published January 2022 DAJ Newsletter in News 2022-01-16 23:44:19 -0500

    January 2022 DAJ Newsletter

    DA Japan Wide Logo--

    2022 Jan Newsletter contents:

    1. Message from your national officers
    2. A note of Thanks
    3. A small action you can take today!
      1. Request your ballots for 2022 now
      2. Calling for 2022 Team Members
      3. Support Elections Outreach
    4. Upcoming DA Japan Events
      1. Speakeasy
      2. Get Out the Vote Training
      3. 5th Annual Women’s March - online
      4. Jan 29 DAJ Day: RESOLVE TO GET INVOLVED
    5. Upcoming DA Global Events
      1. Texas Voter Online Assistance Helpdesk
    6. Past Events
      1. Voting Rights, Swing States & Justice Inequality, joint event DA Global Black Caucus, BLM Tokyo
    7. Community Interest

    🌟Message from your national officers

    Happy New Year!

    2022 is here. Let us start with bold aspirations and plans of action. After the success of last year's thanksgiving parties, we will cautiously move towards limited in-person and hybrid events, while continuing online events to involve people throughout Japan and the region.

    Let us all start with 1 simple action - review your voter registration at www.votefromabroad.org

     

    • We have a busy year ahead of us so be part of the fun!
    • We’d love to have you on our Get Out the Vote, fundraising or events and outreach team!
    • Event details posted below

    We have several exciting events coming up but want to make sure everyone takes the time to participate on Sat Jan 29 where we will bring people throughout Japan together for a town hall which will be preceded by a GOTV training and followed by local Shinnenkai (New Years Party) on Jan 29 hybrid, various locations.

    • GOTV training 2-3:00 pm (hybrid) Find out how rewarding it is to reach American voters
    • Town Hall 3:30- 5:30 (hybrid)
    • Shinnenkai (location specific, in-person)
    • Details below

    Get out the vote (GOTV) training is a must to build a bigger team throughout Japan! Want to have an impact in the midterms - join a training, meet other cool people and be part of our team. where ever you, you are need

    • Get out the vote training Jan 15 12noon online for all Japan
    • Get out the vote phone banking training online - Tue Feb 8 7pm - for all Japan
    • Details below

    DA Japan is taking the lead with a new online program done in collaboration with DA Korea, DA China and supported by other Asia Pacific DA leaders.

    • JAN THEME: The 5th Annual Women’s March Jan 20th 8pm - online (HOST: DA Japan)
    • FEB THEME: Black History month, details forthcoming (HOST: DA Korea)

    We look forward to seeing you all at one of these events - Together we make change happen!

    ❤️ From your DA Japan Executive Committee

    Sarajean (Chair), Elliott (Vice Chair), Dave (Secretary), Regina(Treasurer)

    Our DAJ Welcome Page has been renewed with a link to our calendar of events, HERE:.

    Read more

  • published December 2021 DAJ newsletter in News 2022-01-16 23:35:08 -0500

    December 2021 DAJ newsletter

    DA Japan Wide Logo

    1. Message from your national officers
      1. Thank you for 2021 and looking forward to 2022
    2. News from the Executive Committee
    3. Small Actions You can take Today
      1. Get Ready to Register to vote in 2022
      2. sign up to be a 2022 team member
      3. Donate for the 2022 elections outreach
    4. A Big Thanks
    5. Upcoming DA Japan Events
      1. Speakeasy
      2. Get Out the Vote Training - in person
      3. 5th Annual Women's March
      4. Town Hall
      5. Get Out the Vote Training- online
    6. Upcoming DA Global Events

     

    🌟Message from your national officers

    Thank you for your support in 2021. Over the past several months we have been preparing for 2022, when we will be very busy with primaries and midterms. Volunteers and committee members have been busy calling and mailing members getting things in order for 2022.

    Did you know … only 8% of eligible American voters in Japan voted in 2020? Make your voices heard by getting involved no matter where you are in Japan. Please scroll down to find out more!

    More than ever Democrats Abroad matters. The party has been busy focusing on passing the American Rescue Plan and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, getting a total of more than 190 million Americans fully vaccinated, and delivering much-needed relief for working families, and we have an Overseas Citizens Tax Relief Bill (see below). But Our work is far from complete as we face an uphill battle in 2022. We need to push our party from the inside and our members of congress - Democrat or Republican - no matter where we are from, to bring about social change. Want to have an impact in 2022? Get involved by contacting us at [email protected]. Or fill in the Get involved with DA Japan 2022! Form HERE:

    We look forward to seeing you all

    • Get out the vote training Jan 15 in person - Tokyo
    • The 5th annual women’s march Jan 20th - online in collaboration with DA Korea, China and more
    • The Townhall and Shinenkai (New Years Party) on Jan 29 - hybrid various locations
    • Get out the vote training Jan 31 - online - all Japan

    but before that be sure to relax over the holidays - expect an action-packed 2022!

    Let the old year end and the New Year begin with bold aspirations.

    • Unified Action!
    • In the face of a closely divided congress, and an opposition happy to cause chaos, death, suffering, and flirt with financial collapse in order to win, we have not yet achieved many of our cherished objectives. The answer is not to give up, but fight the long fight.
    • 2022 is a blank upon which we can write our own DAJ story. Let our word for 2022 be UNITY and let come together to win in 2022

    Happy New Year!

    Together we make change happen!

    Our DAJ Welcome Page has been renewed with a link to our calendar of events. Key events are also listed below - we hope you will

    Join us!

    ❤️ From your DA Japan Executive Committee

    Sarajean (Chair), Elliott (Vice Chair), Dave (Secretary), Regina(Treasurer)

    🌟 In Person Events Starting Soon

    DAJ will be making the slow move back to having in-person events from Jan 2022 starting with our Jan 29 town hall, an in person and online hybrid event that will be followed by local shinenka (New Year Party)i. From Feb we hope to also move towards in-person speakeasy-socializing events. But we are still looking for venues. Do you have a space - like a meeting room, café or bar - that can be available to host events such as these? Know of one? If so, contact us at [email protected]

    🌟A small action you can take today!

    1️⃣ Get Ready to Register to vote in 2022

    We will contact you again in the New Year, but the UOCAVA (The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act) guarantees that overseas voters can vote in Federal Elections if they reregister to vote/request a ballot each calendar year in which they vote. Democrats Abroad has a very easy to use web site to do this, including being able to upload a photo of your signature, for states that allow it. After January 1st, go to votefromabroad.org

     

    Read more

  • published DAJ Late November 21 Newsletter in News 2021-11-20 23:50:03 -0500

    DAJ Late November 21 Newsletter

    DA Japan Wide Logo

    1. Message from your national officers
    2. Come Join our Thanksgiving Events
    3. National Treasurer Vacancy Status Update

    🌟Message from your national officers


    We will keep it short and sweet this time. First, all members who are able to join our Kansai, Tokai, and Kanto Thanksgiving events are encouraged to come out to our events.

    Second, we need to update you on the status of finding and seating a replacement for our National Treasurer.

    Finally, we have a link to the DA Taxation Task Force, which is promoting a bill in Congress to simplify US tax filing requirements for overseas filers.

    ❤️ From your DA Japan Executive Committee

    Sarajean (Chair), Elliott (Vice Chair), Dave (Secretary)

     

    🌟Upcoming DA Japan Events

    1️⃣ JOIN US FOR THANKSGIVING!

    Our ever-popular Thanksgiving Events are Back! All our major regions are planning events on Saturday, November 27th. The Kansai and Kanto Chapters are currently accepting reservations. Reserve your place, as seating will be limited. There will be an after-party after the Kanto brunch. Click RSVP link below for details.

    It's the Gift-Matching Season!

    ALL DONATIONS to Democrats Abroad Japan will be MATCHED up to a total of 1 MILLION YEN between now and the end of 2021.

    The DAJ Executive Committee (ExCom) has pledged to match all contributions through the end of the year. Help us in funding the Get Out The Vote for the Midterm Elections. Hold The House and Senate!

    The latest information and RSVPs for Thanksgiving can be found on the DAJ Events page HERE:

     

    🌟 Update on the National Treasurer Vacancy

    As explained in our Nov. 9th newsletter, Ruth McCreery resigned as DAJ Treasurer on Nov. 2nd. She remains committed to DAJ activities and purpose. Ruth and her husband John, like the rest of us, understand we must work together to win in 2022. Dave Brauer, current Secretary and former Treasurer is serving as the Interim Treasurer.

    The Treasurer is an important role. The Executive Committee (ExCom) needs to fill this position by Jan 1st 2022. It’s important that we have a complete team so we can focus on our main aims: winning elections, by Getting Out the Vote after registering large numbers of voters.

    Treasurer roles and responsibilities:

    • Maintain financial records
    • Prepare monthly financial reports
    • Review and make proposals for adjustments to the budget as needed
    • Work with or oversee the fundraising team.
    • Take part in regular Executive committee meetings (currently monthly but this may change when the election season heats up)
    • Take part in monthly Advisory Board meetings
    • The Treasurer's role has the lightest formal responsibility among the four ExCom members, meaning it is open to many possibilities
    • Past treasurers sponsored global DPCA resolutions, and engaged in global and regional activities. They have been active in GOTV, fundraising events, members outreach and/or promotional events based on their own skills, interests and time.

    The Treasurer is also a Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA) Voting member. To meet the gender balance requirements, this person should be a woman or nonbinary, as we currently have 3 men (the Vice Chair, the Secretary and the directly elected DPCA representative) and 1 woman (the Chair) serving. The DPCA Voting Member roles and responsibilities:

    • Be active leading up to and during the hybrid (online & in person) global DPCA meetings in Costa Rica in May 2022 and any subsequent global DPCA meetings during the Treasurer’s term. (Usually one per year)
    • Vote at DPCA meetings on behalf of DA members in Japan on DPCA business, such as charter amendments, resolutions expressing support for or against policies, elections, etc.

    The ExCom takes filling this role very seriously which is why we consulted our Japan Legal Counsel and the DA Office of International Counsel to clarify processes laid out in DA Japan’s Bylaws and DA Global Charter related to selecting a new DA Japan Treasurer, who is also a DPCA voting member.

    The Executive Committee considered an array of options in order to find a person who might be able to fill the position. The Chair has been in talks with several persons to assess interests and options. However, the ExCom recognizes the democratic principle that the DPCA Voting Representatives should be elected by the membership. At our elections last June, we did elect an Alternate DPCA Voting Representative to be able to fill any vacancies.

    • Filling Executive Committee member vacancies can be done by appointment of the Executive Committee within 30-60 days (Article XII, section 2 DAJ Bylaws) => in this case Dec 2, 2021 - Jan 1, 2022.
    • The DA Japan Treasurer is also a DPCA voting member, meaning that the Treasurer can vote at DA Global meetings on behalf of DA members in Japan. (Article V, section 1d).

    Moving forward:

    • The chair would like to propose the alternate DPCA Rep Regina Salathé for the DA Japan Treasurer position at the next Executive Committee meeting on Saturday Dec 4 10-11:30am. This meeting will be open to observers. See link below.
    • Regina Clark Salathé graduated from the University of Virginia Law School and built her career as a finance lawyer at a large NY law firm. She later moved to Japan, where she has been engaged in raising a family and has served on the board of several schools and educational foundations. Regina has been active in Democratic causes and as a fundraiser for Biden, Harris, Obama and other Democratic candidates. She was elected Alternate DPCA Voting Representative for DAJ in June of 2021.
    • She is eager to contribute to DAJ by taking this role.
    • This fulfills the gender balance requirement for DPCA Voting Representatives, and also abides by the principle that Voting Representatives should be elected.
    • It means we will need to have an election for the Alternate DPCA Voting Rep - we plan to do this in the new year.

    Want to know more? Have questions? Contact your ExCom at [email protected] abroad.org.

    Together we make change happen!

    Sarajean,

    Chair, Democrats Abroad Japan

     

    🌟 Please call or contact your US Representative and Senators to pass the Tax Simplification for Americans Abroad Act of 2021

    Most Americans living overseas do not owe U.S. taxes, but must file complicated tax returns to prove it, and are liable for penalties if they don't, so many end up paying accountants to prepare their returns. If passed, this act would enable most overseas filers to file a very simple form, and would extend the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion to include foreign government social welfare, carer's leave, retirement benefits and education awards. Democrats Abroad has been working tirelessly to make your life easier. Now we need your help to get this bill over the finished line. More information HERE:

     

    🌟 Upcoming DA Japan meetings

     

    • Thurs Dec 2 11am-12:30 Basic voter registration online training - RSVP HERE:
    • Sat Dec 4 10-11:30 Executive committee online meeting - RSVP HERE:
    • Thu Dec 9 7-10pm Speakeasy - RSVP HERE:
    • Sat Dec 11 9:30-11am Advisory board online meeting - RSVP HERE:
    • Sat Dec 11 11-12:30pm Basic phone banking online training RSVP HERE:

     

    We ask you to support Democrats Abroad as we fight to protect and expand your right to vote from abroad.

     

     


  • published DAJ Late October 21 Newsletter in News 2021-10-25 10:08:00 -0400

    DAJ Late October 21 Newsletter

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    2021 10 Second  Newsletter contents: 

    1. Message from your national officers
      1. GoTV activities and plans for 2022
      2. Halloween and Thanksgiving
      3. Action Meeting - Climate
      4. DAJ Website renewal open
    2. A small action you can take today!
      1. Do something about the Climate Crisis
    3. Voter’s Alert - VA, OH, and NJ
    4. Upcoming DA Japan Events 
      1. Action Meeting: Take action on the Climate Crisis 
      2. Online Halloween Costume Party
      3. GOTV 2022 Election Strategy Meeting
      4. Monthly SPEAKEASY
    5. Event Calendar on DAJ Welcome Page
    6. Upcoming DA Global Events
      1. Caucus Events: 
        1. Taco Tuesday- Global Hispanic Caucus
        2. Global Disability Caucus - Connect the Dots
      2. Democrats Abroad State Team
        1. Wisconsinites, Texans, 
      3. Global Black Caucus
    7. Past Events
      1. Recording of the Getting all your Stimulus Payments Webinar 
    8. Community Interest
      1. REI Virtual Walk

    🌟Message from your national officers

    2021 10 Second  Newsletter contents: 

    As fall sets in, we find ourselves focusing on holidays and 2021 elections. 

    Are you a New Jersey and Virginia voter?  There’s still time for you to send your ballots - and while you are at it check in with your friends at home to make sure they are voting! - details below.

    Enjoy Halloween? The Kanto Chapter will host an online Halloween Costume Party - see info below.  

    Are you interested in the climate crisis? Join DA Japan’s Action meeting on Oct 28 at 8:00pm which features a guest speaker from the Climate Reality project - details below.  

    Miss the DAJ Annual Thanksgiving Events? With Covid numbers going down and Thanksgiving around the corner, DAJ chapters are considering how to hold holiday events online and  in person.  See info below if you would like to get involved in thanksgiving event planning. See details below.

    Want to overseas voters to have an impact in 2022? DA Japan is looking for volunteers to join the Get Out The Vote (GOTV) and communications  teams now. Please scroll down to find out more!

    Love a good party or Demo? there are several ideas in the works for January and we are looking for members who love a good party and those who would like to ensure we have another successful Women’s March in January.   Please scroll down to find out more!

    Our DAJ Welcome Page has been renewed with a link to our calendar of events.

    You are Democrats Abroad Japan. DAJapan is the US Democratic Party  here in Japan. We make every US citizen’s voice heard through electing democrats, influencing policy, and connecting with each other.  We are as powerful as our members are active   make your voices heard by joining our events and teams. 

    Join us!

    ❤️ From your DA Japan Executive Committee

    Sarajean (Chair), Elliott (Vice Chair), Dave (Secretary), Ruth (Treasurer)

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  • published DAJ Early October 21 Newsletter in News 2021-10-10 04:27:34 -0400

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    2021 Early October Newsletter contents:

    1. Message from your national officers
      1. New Jersey Voting Rights Expansion
      2. Stimulus Payments Webinar
    2. A small action you can take today!
      1. ERA
    3. Voters Alert!
      1. VA, NJ
    4. Upcoming DA Japan Events
      1. Monthly SPEAKEASY
      2. Tokai Regional Meeting
      3. Action Meeting - Climate Action
    5. Upcoming DA Global Events
      1. Stimulus Webinar
      2. New Jersey Voting Rights Rally
      3. Feminist Literary Festival
    6. Past DA Japan Events
      1. Sept 25 Phone banking training
      2. Sept 30 Action meeting
      3. Oct 2 Reproductive health workshop
    7. Community Interest
      1. Yokohama tour

    🌟Message from your national officers

    Democrats Abroad and Democrats Abroad Japan are focusing on issues critical to our members at all levels of our political system. 2021 is important as our engagement now is a preview to what we can or cannot accomplish in 2022! We are as powerful as our members are active - make your voices heard by joining our events and teams.

    Want to get more overseas votes counted in state elections? Our last DAJ chair, John Baumlin, has been the central driving force pushing for the expansion of voting rights for overseas New Jerseyans. Join our online rally on Tuesday Oct 12th at 9:30pm - details below.

    Did you get all 3 of your stimulus payments?

    Join the webinar on Monday, Oct 11th, at 4pm to find out more - details below.

     

     

    Are you in Central Japan? The Tokai Chapter will have an online gathering on Oct 26 at 6:30pm - details below.

    Are you interested in environmental policy? Join Da Japan’s Action meeting on Oct 28 at 8:00pm which features a guest speaker from the Climate Reality project - details below.

    Want to make a difference in 2022? DA Japan is looking for volunteers to join the Get Out The Vote (GOTV) and communications teams now. Please scroll down to find out more!

    You are Democrats Abroad Japan. DAJapan is the US Democratic Party here in Japan. We make every US citizen’s voice heard through electing democrats, influencing policy, and connect

    ing with each other. We are as powerful as our members are active - make your voices heard!

    ❤️ From your DA Japan Executive Committee

    Sarajean (Chair), Elliott (Vice Chair), Dave (Secretary), Ruth (Treasurer)

    🌟 A small action you can take today!

    1️⃣ Sign Petition to your US senators to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

    Enough states have ratified the ERA to amend the U.S. Constitution, but the U.S. Senate must pass SJ Res. 1 to extend the time limit.

    It is very easy once you sign up to use Resist.bot. You can text for free using Telegram.

     

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    Text "SIGN PUKLOC" (without the quotes) to Resist.bot (addressee)on your smartphone using Telegram. You can also use Messenger on Facebook to sign the petition.

     

    Instructions on how to set up Telegram and Resist.bot on your smartphone and PC: Presentation HERE: video walk-through HERE:

    🌟 Voters Alert

    1️⃣ Virginia and New Jersey VOTERS:

    Hey, Virginia and New Jersey Voters, if you have been putting off registering, October 12th is the deadline!

    Virginia election information can be found HERE: and New Jersey information HERE:

    Upcoming Elections Sept 21

    🌟Upcoming DA Japan Events

    1️⃣ October SPEAKEASY on the 14th at 7pm. Young People Toasting with Beer
    Join friends new and old to discuss
    the matters of the day, or whatever interests you. Bring your favorite beverage and join us on webex. RSVP HERE

     

     

    2️⃣ Democrats Abroad Japan Tokai Chapter Online Get-Together


    Welcome all Tokai members and supporters. We will meet on Google Meets When:
    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2021 AT 6:30 PM

    Follow the link HERE: to RSVP.

     

    3️⃣ Action Meeting Thursday, October 28th, 8 to 9:30PM

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    7:45-8:00 sign in

    8:00-9:30 Open discussion

    Speaker:

    Chris Kozak, Climate Reality Leader

    Moderator: Sarajean

    Join Chris and Sarajean for an informative and energizing discussion about climate action! We will talk about living a more sustainable lifestyle, the Green New Deal, the Citizens Climate Lobby and actions we can take right now at the local, community, and federal levels.

    Actions will include

    1) simple things you can do every day

    2) using your consumer power to support greener businesses and

    3) contacting govt officials on a specific bill and

    4) voting.

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    *If you are interested in being a green leader for the future this is for you!

    NOTE: We will share a pre-event email just before the event to get you prepared for the talk!

    RSVP HERE:

     

    🌟 Volunteer Opportunities :

    1️⃣ Call for GoTV committee members!

    VFA opening page GOTV: Did you know that only 8% of the 92,000 eligible U.S. voters in Japan voted in 2020??? Would you like to help increase that number in 2022 so we can control congress? Then join us in Getting Out the Vote of the other 92%!

    We need active volunteers to join the GOTV Committee! What we will do: plan voter outreach events, research and gather info on upcoming elections, create and support online and (in the future) in-person voter registration and information events.

    If you're interested in volunteering for the GOTV Committee, please send an email to [email protected]

     

    2️⃣ Call for Communications committee members!

    We need to spread the word about DAJ to more people throughout Japan. What we will do: collaborative outreach, contact other organizations about DA Japan, contact the media, create short videos, and spread the word about events using traditional and social media. If you're interested, please send an email to [email protected]

    🌟 Save the Date! Upcoming DA Global Events

    1️⃣ Calling all New Jerseyans and voting rights allies!

    October 12, 2021 9:30pm JST

    New Jersey Voting Rights Rally

    What we will do:

    • Meet the legislators sponsoring inclusive legislation for voters abroad
    • Learn how you can help bring the bill across the finish line
    • Participate in a virtual group door knock
    • Getting voting assistance for the November 2 election

    RSVP HERE:


    The November 2nd state election in New Jersey will set the tone heading into 2022, and
    Democrats need to pull out all the stops in this election! New Jersey voters abroad who intend to return to New Jersey at some point should request their ballot today at www.votefromabroad.org and return it ASAP!

    Some states - like New Jersey - deny state and local voting rights to those who indicate that their "return is uncertain" on their ballot request. So, Democrats Abroad is strategizing to expand and protect voting rights one state at a time, starting with New Jersey. NJ Assembly and Senate bills: NJ A5306/S3761, would change the law back and enfranchise all overseas voters once again. The bill passed the NJ Assembly! Now we need your help to pass S3761 in the NJ Senate and elect officials to protect overseas voting rights, so such an injustice never happens again.

    Here's a link to more information about A5306/S3761. To support Democrats Abroad's important work to restore NJ voting rights, please DONATE HERE.


    2️⃣ HOW TO GET ALL YOUR STIMULUS PAYMENTS THIS YEAR WEBINAR


    Join Democrats Abroad as tax expert Nathalie Goldstein MsC, EA and CEO of
    MyExpatTaxes discusses how to receive your Economic Impact Payments as an American living abroad, plus discusses 101 tax basics.

     

    RECORDING HERE:

     

     

     

    3️⃣ Friday, October 01, 2021 at 12:01 AM through October 25, 2021 at 12:01am Eastern Time (US & Canada)

    Feminist Literature Festival October 2021

    RSVP for Zoom link HERE:

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    What better way to celebrate the written word than joining the Feminist Literature Book Club of the Global Women's Caucus for a month-long literary festival!

    For more information and to RSVP HERE:

    🌟Past DA Japan Events

    Thanks to Tokai chair, Eric Gondree, for organizing the Sept 25 phone banking training for DAJ members! We will plan another this winter to gear up for the 2022 elections.

    The Sept 30 Action meeting: Why Vote in Local Elections? Brought in people from all over DA to talk about the issues that matter locally and globally.

    Before the panel discussion, DAJ GOTV Chair, Rebecca Thompkins, held a voter registration clinic to answer voter questions and remind us of the upcoming deadlines.

    Electing people locally to influence issues that matter to us all such as voting rights, healthcare, housing, abortion, and gun control, is of the utmost importance! Our panelists shared ideas and experiences working at the local and state levels. We also shared information on the women’s health protection act and how to influence your own state’s voting laws. Thanks to both John’s for their time and efforts!

    Sept 21 Action Meeting

    The Oct 2 Let’s talk about Sex Reproductive rights workshop brought together members from DA Japan and DA Korea with students from Sophia University. Main discussion topics included the need to dispel myths about sex, and talk more openly about consent and GBV. We also shared information on the ERA and the need to elect the right leaders.

    Thanks to all who joined!

    🌟 COMMUNITY INTEREST

    Yokohama Historical Walking Tour

    w/ Temple University Japan professor Dr. Kyle Cleveland

    October 23 at 1:00-6:00pm

    Information HERE:

     

     


  • published Mid-September 21 DAJ Newsletter in News 2021-09-21 06:10:02 -0400

    Mid-September 21 DAJ Newsletter

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    2021 mid-Sept Newsletter contents: 

    1. Message from your national officers 
    2. A small action you can take today!
      1. Women's Health Protection Act
    3. Voters Alert!
    4. Upcoming DA Japan Events 
      1. Monthly SPEAKEASY
      2. Action Meeting
    5. Volunteer Opportunities
      1. Phonebanking
      2. GoTV - Get Out the Vote
    6. Upcoming DA Global Events

    🌟Message from your national officers

    With the decisions made in Texas on sexual and reproductive rights, 18 states enacting 30 laws limiting voting rights, and new limits on gun control, it has become increasingly clear that we need to make our voices heard in elections every year.  Many of the issues dear to Democrats, environmental policy, reforming and restructuring policing, equitable fair access to a fair justice system, racial justice, gender and sexual equity, housing policy and quality healthcare for all are impacted by decisions made at the state and local levels. We cannot  wait until the next presidential election to vote.

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    Vote activities and we need your support! While limited to online activities due to COVID-19, DA members globally have already called and texted more than 9000 people in California and are now contacting voters in Virginia and New Jersey by phone, email, social media and text.

    Da Japan is looking for volunteers to join the Get Out The Vote (GOTV) and communications  teams now. Please scroll down to find out more about how you can join us!

    You are Democrats Abroad Japan. DAJapan is the US Democratic Party  here in Japan. We make every US citizen’s voice heard through electing democrats, influencing policy, and connecting with each other. We are as powerful as our members are active  - make your voices heard!

    ❤️ From your DA Japan Executive Committee

    Sarajean (Chair), Elliott (Vice Chair), Dave (Secretary), Ruth (Treasurer)

    🌟 A small action you can take today!

    1️⃣ Tell your Representative to Vote YES on the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA)!

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    Representatives before 9/23. WHPA is federal legislation that will protect the right to access abortion care throughout the United States. Equal access to abortion care—everywhere—is essential for social and economic equality, reproductive autonomy, and the right to determine our own lives. WHPA is federal legislation that works toward a future where all of us are free to make the personal decisions that shape our lives, our futures, and our families, without political interference.

    Vote "Yes" to Women's Health Protection Act (WHPA).

    Send this petition to your representatives in Congress by doing the following:

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    Text "SIGN PLQGZD" (without the quotes) to Resist.bot (addressee)on your smartphone using Telegram. You can also use Messenger on Facebook to sign the petition. Just follow the same instructions.

    🌟 Voters Alert

    1️⃣ Virginia and New Jersey VOTERS:  Register Today!

    Keep VA and NJ Blue 

    Virginia election information can be found HERE: and New Jersey information HERE:

    Upcoming Elections Sept 21

    🌟Upcoming DA Japan Events

    1️⃣ Action Meeting

    September and October will feature guest speakers from outside Democrats Abroad Japan and we hope you can join us on Sept 30 and Oct 28 

    Note: The September action meeting will be on September 30 because September 23 is a national holiday.

    September Action Meeting Sept 30, 8 to 10 PM

    Theme: Why Vote in Local Elections? 

    8 to 845 GOTV Voter clinic - have your 2021 election questions answered

    Fall 2021 Elections are upon us! Bring your questions to Rebecca, DA Japan GOTV Team leader, who will review some of the basics for upcoming elections as well as important deadlines. Especially important for NJ, VA and Ohio voters!

    845-9:00 Open discussion time

    9:00-10:00 Panel discussion: Why Vote in Local Elections? 

    Speakers 

    John Choe, Queens-based Community Activist and former New York City Council Candidate 21106607_10101305610917080_45068179422020888_n.jpg

    John Baumlin, past-chair DAJ, and current DPCA Representative.  1517544954062.jpeg

    Moderator: Sarajean Sarajean-Rossitto.jpg

    Join us for an interactive discussion on the importance of DA members' participation in State and Local Elections. Our panelists will share specific examples of how decisions made at the local and state government level impact people’s lives in communities and even those of us living overseas.  We will conclude the evening with a few specific actions you can take! 

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    The DAJ Action Meeting is held every 4th Thursday, but bec 23rd is a holiday, it will be on Sept. 30th. Doors open at 7:45pm.  RSVP HERE:

     

    2️⃣ October SPEAKEASY on the 14th at 7pmYoung People Toasting with Beer
    Join friends new and old to discuss the matters of the day, or whatever interests you.  Bring your favorite beverage and join us on webex.   RSVP HERE

     

     

     

    3️⃣ Women’s March Online: Defend our Reproductive Rights: Oct 2

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    sexual health and reproductive rights. Two panels featuring young women and Democrats Abroad Japan members will present key issues facing our daily lives and actions you can take.

    More details available later in September.

     

    🌟 Volunteer Opportunities :

    1️⃣

    DAJ Phone Banking training!

    9/25 11-1pm online!!

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    Even before the 2022 elections, there are plenty of phonebankiing opportunities starting now: Democrats Abroad is making a push into state races! Volunteer to do phonebanking a flexible and very effective outreach that you can do from home, at whatever times are best for you! If you care about winning elections, DA's phonebankiing campaigns are a great chance to make a contribution which really makes a difference.

    DA Global is organizing phone banking campaigns throughout September and early Oct but you need to learn how to use the app!  RSVP HERE:

    2️⃣ Call for GoTV committee members!

    GOTV: Are you interested in getting more involvedVFA opening page
    with DAJ's Get Out the Vote efforts? We need active members to volunteer to join the GOTV Committee! Duties include: helping to plan voter outreach strategy and events, researching information about upcoming elections, helping out with online and (in the future) in-person voter registration and information events.

    If you're interested in volunteering for the GOTV Committee, please send an email to

    [email protected]

    🌟Save the Date! Upcoming DA Global Events

    1️⃣ Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 03:00 PM Singapore Time 

    Virtual - Please RSVP for Zoom info HERE: 

    DALCC Youth Caucus presents INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION IN THE DIGITAL LANDSCAPE

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    As the world grapples with a pandemic, intercultural communication is all the more pressing. Why is cross-cultural dialogue so important? How can we ensure that our communication is held to the highest standard? Our global panel of youth hopes to give insight into this topic.



    2️⃣Sunday, September 26, 2021 at 04:00 PM JST

    Texans Abroad Planning Meeting – AP Friendly time

    Info and RSVP HERE:

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    Join us to map out our outreach for 2021 heading into the 2022 Midterms and crucial State and Local elections. Everyone is welcome! It's all hands on deck as we gear up for the coming months.

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    3️⃣ Friday, October 01, 2021 at 12:01 AM through October 25, 2021 at 12:01am Eastern Time (US & Canada)

    Feminist Literature Festival October 2021

    RSVP for Zoom link HERE:

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    What better way to celebrate the written word than joining the Feminist Literature Book Club of the Global Women's Caucus for a month-long literary festival!

    Literature has always been the hallmark of how people communicate across cultures, beliefs, and generations. In fact, many social movements were initiated by pen and paper, and passed along in meeting halls, carried over oceans, and grown in academic soils. We invite you to celebrate with us: read a book, write a story, and bring your friends and family to join our month-long fest that is sure to inspire and inform! 

    For more information and to RSVP HERE:

     

     

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Votes in Washington State. Live in Japan since mid-80s, co-founded Japanese electronics trading company, DAJ national treasurer 2019~2021, DAJ national secretary 2021~23