Events

  • Sunday, January 23, 2022 at 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 86 rsvps
    Zoom - Online in Frankfurt, Germany

    Look Up! ECCC Launch Event

    Democrats Abroad new Environment and Climate Crisis Council (ECCC) cordially invites you to our inaugural event on Sunday, January 23, 2022, at 9:00 AM US Eastern Time / 3:00 PM Central European Time.

    Climate change, environmental degradation, and diversity loss are currently existential problems facing the US and every nation on this fragile planet. The Democratic Party and Democrats Abroad are harnessing efforts to shape and advocate for policies and solutions to meet these challenges, with a focus on environmental justice. 

    We are honored to have the Chair and founder of the Democratic National Committee’s Environment and Climate Crisis Council, Michelle Delgado Deatrick, to speak at this first event and help shepherd us on our journey.

    Additionally, we will discuss the structure of the organization and how we are moving forward. Everyone will have the opportunity to go into breakout rooms for a discussion. The ECCC advocates for bold climate and environmental policies and solutions within the global Democratic community. We would like to engage each of you in volunteering to augment our collective power.

    RSVP today for the official launch of our council and the opportunity to learn more about what we do and how YOU can help!

    To submit questions in advance, please email: [email protected] 

    Please support our fledgling council and efforts to get out a green Democratic vote by donating.


    About Our Guest Speaker:

    Michelle Deatrick is a progressive activist, policy analyst, organizer, and writer, with a strong background in electoral campaigns, community organizing, coalition building, and volunteer recruitment and capacity building. She is an outspoken advocate for the environment and economic, racial, and gender justice--and their intersection. 

    Ms. Deatrick has taught at the middle through college levels and is an elected leader, who flipped a 3-term rural red seat to blue (Vice-Chair of the Washtenaw County Commission). She was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya and a delegate to the regional labor federation. While serving as County Commissioner, Deatrick led measures resulting in the County being the first in the Midwest to sign on to the County Climate Coalition. She also wrote and succeeded in passing a resolution founding the County's first environmental council, with the mission of achieving net carbon neutrality for the county. Michelle is also an internationally honored and published poet and fiction writer. She was Chair of the Ann Arbor Women's March and is a farmer.

     

     

  • Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at 01:00 PM Singapore Time · 2 rsvps
    Zoom

    Sonnet at the Edge of the Reef: A Conversation with Dr. Craig Santos Perez

    Join the Democrats Abroad AAPI Caucus and the Environment & Climate Crisis Council to hear Dr. Craig Santos Perez read selected works from his latest book of poetry Habitat Threshold. We will also have a discussion about the intersection of poetry, climate change and eco-politics.  

    Habitat Threshold was listed as one of ten key books on the 2020 Reading List for Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month by both the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLIMP) and Kundiman, a national organisation  dedicated to nurturing generations of writers and readers of Asian American literature.

    Joyce Harjo, the U.S. Poet Laureate, noted in a 2020 review in the N.Y. Times that Habitat Threshold “is a powerful sequence of poems addressing environmental destruction and how it is associated with racial and cultural hatred and injustice.” 

    The collection of poems begins with the birth of his daughter and his fears for her future. The poems consider the impact of environmental racism and injustice, global capitalism, toxic waste, water pollution, species extinction, war, refugees, climate change and love.

    Please share this event and make sure to RSVP to receive the Zoom information.

     

    About the Author

    Dr. Perez is an Indigenous CHamoru from the Pacific Island of Guahan (Guam). He is an award winning poet, scholar, essayist, artist and environmental activist. He is also a Professor in the English Department and an Affiliate Faculty with the Center for Pacific Islands Studies & The Indigenous Politics Program at the University of Hawai’i Manoa, where he teaches creative writing, eco-poetry and Pacific literature. He is the author of five books of poetry, including his most recent, Habitat Threshold. 

    Dr. Perez’ research focuses on intersectional cultural and literary analyses within the fields of CHamoru studies, Pacific Island Studies, Native American studies, and decolonial studies. In addition to his books of poetry, his most recent academic monograph Navigating CHamoru Poetry: Indigeneity, Aesthetics and Decolonisation explores how CHamoru poetry has been an inspiring and empowering act of protest, resistance, and testimony in the decolonization, demilitarization and environmental justice movements in Guam.

    Participants may order Dr. Perez’ book Habitat Threshold directly via Omnidawn ahead of the session.

     

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