January 16, 2022

December 2021 DAJ newsletter

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  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


2️⃣ Sign up to be a 2022 team member:

You are Democrats Abroad Japan. Join us to raise the voices of Americans in Japan on the issues that concern us and help people vote. Whatever your passion or skill, we need you! Why not help with

  • Organizing social events
  • Reaching out to other organizations
  • Running a Get out the Vote (GOTV) table at a public event
  • Call other American voters
  • Giving a talk on voters’ rights
  • Hosting a DAJ event in your venue
  • Designing materials
  • Writing short articles or press releases
  • Making social media posts
  • creating FUN-d-Raising parties

We are as powerful as our members are active. Find out more! Contact your ExCom to join the team [email protected]g Or fill in the Get involved with DA Japan 2022 Form HERE:

3️⃣ Donate for the 2022 elections outreach and have your gift doubled

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

Did you know that 1 postcard mailing to all our members costs 275,000yen? And this is why we limit our regular mail to only when needed. And for many DAJ members we lack email addresses and phone numbers so in 2022 snail mail may be the only way to reach US voters!

The DAJ Executive Committee (ExCom) has pledged to personally match all contributions through the end of the year. Since November we have collected 182,000 yen in donations from DAJ members. The ExCom has matched that amount, raising our DAJ bank balance from 95,807 yen to 459,807 yen.

What do we need money for? In 2022 we will be doing phone banking, mailings, and events to garner support, and get people registered to vote in the midterms. Help us in funding the Get Out The Vote for the Midterm Elections. Hold The House and Senate!

DA-Japan National Donation Form HERE:

For more info or other options please contact: [email protected]

🌟 A Big Thanks to our past event participants.

Everyone who attended a DAJ event in 2021, from the Action Meetings and Speakeasys, July 4th, Halloween, all online, and finally to our Thanksgiving events in person.

🌟Upcoming DA Japan Events

1️⃣ Jan 13 7pm SPEAKEASY

Bring your favorite beverage and join friends, new and old, at the DAJ Speakeasy. Online on Webex. RSVP for link HERE:


2️⃣ Get out the vote training Jan 15 in person - Tokyo

Find out about voter outreach and what you can do starting today!


3️⃣ Jan 20 8-10pm 5th annual Women’s March,

A Democrats Abroad Abroad Asia Pacific online event with DA members from Japan, Korea and China

Don’t turn back the clock: #AbortionIsHealthcare

Speakers will address how healthcare is a right, Abortion rights are women’s rights, and womens rights are human rights. We will also share 3 things you can do today to make a difference! Details forthcoming

Looking for 3 people to help with contents, outreach day of support. Plus we need 1 more speaker in Japan. If interested contact us at [email protected]

4️⃣ Jan 29 4-6pm Town Hall,

Hybrid online and in person in various locations, followed by local in person Shinenkai(New Years Party) in a few locations (details forthcoming in January!)


  • 4pm Introducing the DAJ 2022 action plan
  • 4:15 Share your concerns and interests
  • 5:15 find out what you can do to make a difference
  • 5:45 reflection and action steps
  • 6:00 wrap up
  • 7:00 local in person Shinenkai - location specific

5️⃣ Get out the vote training Jan 31 - online - all Japan

Find out how rewarding it is to reach American voters


🌟Save the Date! Upcoming DA Global Events

1️⃣ Volunteer recruitment training - with Democrats Abroad from all over the Asia Pacific TBA

2️⃣ Michigan State Team Planning Meeting Saturday, January 8th, 2022

Time: 12pm Eastern https://www.democratsabroad.org/291236/michigan_state_team_planning_meeting

3️⃣ The Fight for Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great by Harvey Kaye -- Monthly Mondays for Your Progressive Minds (formerly proDA Book Club)

Monday, December 27, 2021, at 12 noon Eastern

All are welcome to attend. Join us!

RSVP and information HERE:

4️⃣ Progressive Book Club - Cursed Bunny Thursday, December 30, 2021, at 9pm Seoul.

RSVP and information HERE: