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)!

We ask all DAJ members to contact their GWClogo.png
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:

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? 


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! 

Actions will include 1) contacting govt officials on a specific bill 2) enhancing our voice by bringing in new people and 3) votingBullhorn "Action Meeting"



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 :


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: 


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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:


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.





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:




Feminist Literary Fest Calendar