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  • is hosting DACN DEC HOLIDAY MEETING! 2020-11-15 08:11:14 -0500

    DACN DEC HOLIDAY MEETING!

    Topic: DACN DEC HOLIDAY MEETING! 
    Time: Dec 13, 2020 08:00 PM Beijing, Shanghai

    Join Zoom Meeting
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    Meeting ID: 868 0835 6277
    Passcode: bluevoters

    WHEN
    December 13, 2020 at 8pm
    WHERE
    Zoom Meeting
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    Shanghai 200040
    China
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  • is hosting DACN DEC HOLIDAY MEETING! 2020-11-15 08:11:07 -0500

    DACN DEC HOLIDAY MEETING!

    Topic: DACN DEC HOLIDAY MEETING! 
    Time: Dec 13, 2020 08:00 PM Beijing, Shanghai

    Join Zoom Meeting
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    Meeting ID: 868 0835 6277
    Passcode: bluevoters

    WHEN
    December 13, 2020 at 8pm
    WHERE
    Zoom Meeting
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  • published Did you vote already? Print yourself a Sticker in News 2020-10-21 10:26:51 -0400

    Did you vote already? Print yourself a Sticker

    Because we ought to be proud of all the effort it took - especially from all the way in China!!

    Please join our campaign to show off your vote and encourage friends and family in the US by hashtagging #IVotedAbroad and tagging us on Facebook (DAinCHINA) or IG (@democratsabroadchina).

    You haven't voted yet?

    WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!

    This week is your last chance. Here's what to do as a straggler:


  • published DNC Discussion Events in the Pearl River Delta in News 2020-08-16 02:23:33 -0400

    DNC Discussion Events in the Pearl River Delta

    We have two events for you in this upcoming week for members in the Pearl River Delta area who'd like to connect with likeminded Americans to discuss the ongoing Democratic National Convention over food and drinks. Guangzhou will host a dinner discussing the keynotes so far on Tuesday, August 18. And near the end of the convention, Shenzhen will host a breakfast buffet for watching Biden's (presumed) acceptance speech.

    Scan the WeChat codes of the groups you'd like to join - they are all in-person for Americans in China only.

    Please bring a mask and follow all relevant local health guidelines.


  • published Meet a DACN Board Member: Jacob Aldaco in News 2020-07-13 09:20:32 -0400

    Meet a DACN Board Member: Jacob Aldaco

    Interview by Amber Li 

    Jacob grew up in sunny southern California, about 45 minutes outside of LA. He graduated with a degree in theology and, after realizing that he wanted to pursue more of a business career, began a Master’s degree in International Business at UC Irvine. This degree included a joint exchange program that first led him to China in 2007... and when the global recession hit a year later, he decided to stay.

    Jacob’s interest in politics really began to shape up in 2015. Prior to the 2016 election cycle, he had always voted Republican, and while he admitted he was at first a supporter of Donald Trump, “that support waned as soon as the then-campaigning Mr. Trump began talking more."

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  • DACN Speaker Learnings: Quentin Palfrey on 2020 Voting Challenges

    People crowded back-to-back into four-hour voting lines in Georgia during a pandemic. An ongoing attack on the postal service affecting mail-in ballots. Digital solutions that don’t work as well as everyone would hope… Americans are facing the hardest year to date for getting their vote counted in possibly the most important year to date for getting their vote counted. 

    Over the weekend, Democrats Abroad members from all over the world talked to Quentin Palfrey, co-director of the Voter Protection Corps, an experts-led initiative to protect voting rights from all angles. 

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  • DACN Speaker Learnings: June Shih on Activating AAPI

    Thank you everyone for attending the Speaker Series!

    Democrats Abroad China kicked off its speaker series this summer with locally-based political communications expert June Shih, who has worked as a speechwriter for both Clintons, was Senior Advisor to Global Women's Issues under Obama, and now heads University Communications for NYU Shanghai. With her unique background in politics and living as an expat abroad, she helped give perspective on political organizing, immigration and being a minority voice that's usually underrepresented in American government.

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  • donated 2020-05-17 00:00:11 -0400

    LET'S WIN THE SENATE

    MAKE A DONATION TODAY

    Make a donation using the form on the left or join our sustaining donors Margin of Victory Club.

    Are you interested in joining the Democrats Abroad Margin of Victory Club and making a monthly donation? Would you like to use Paypal to make a donation? Contribute to Democrats Abroad through ActBlue

    Every dollar you give supports our work to elect Democrats who will fight - AND FIGHT BACK - to make a better life for ALL Americans.   Join us by making a donation today.

    Julia Bryan, Chair - Democrats Abroad

    We need Democrats like you to commit to Democrats Abroad - your Democratic Party for overseas Americans. Contribute to Democrats Abroad today and help us fight back against the Trump agenda, register Americans all over the world for the crucial 2020 elections, reach out on issues that concern you and build a brighter future for our country and the world. With your help, we can make the difference. We did it all over the country in 2018! And we MADE the difference in 2020! But there are two Senate races to go - in Georgia. So make a donation TODAY.

    If you are unable to contribute online, send us a US Dollar check with this form to the following address.

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  • published The DACN Speaker Series: Get Inspired! in News 2020-05-14 04:57:13 -0400

    The DACN Speaker Series: Get Inspired!

    As we continue through a delayed primary season, Democrats Abroad China has invited several prominent figures in academia, media and politics to provide food for thought and inspiration in the lead up to the Democratic National Convention.

    We are excited to introduce you to our speakers:
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  • Meet a DA China Member: Jasmine Cochran, Global Black Caucus Poet Laureate, in Guangzhou

    The DA China Annual General Meeting is coming up this weekend (RSVP if you haven't already!) and we are excited to welcome Global Black Caucus Poet Laureate Jasmine Cochran to unveil a new poem she's written for the occasion. We caught up to her to talk about her thoughts about politics, her love for poetry, and what she hopes people will work towards in 2020.

    Jasmine Cochran grew up in Mississippi. Her first real face-to-face with the American political system happened in high school, when her AP government teacher had the class read the platforms of George W. Bush and Al Gore.

    "At that time, Bush and Gore didn't have websites... it was a difficult and long text, and we had to read it as an assignment. It forced me to do research and was one of the most valuable lessons I ever learned. Most people don't learn the facts, which is why politicians can spend millions of dollars on campaign ads, and people just follow along." Later, that teacher took her class to nearby New Orleans to listen to Al Gore campaign, an experience she remembered as "really exciting to see people get riled up. I just remember the electricity in the air."

    In the years since, she's remained cognizant of those lessons, "I had a lot of years wading through the waters of trying to figure out what everything meant, and who would keep their word, and how what they did would affect Mississippi and who even cares about what would happen in Mississippi.

    "I've grown and changed a lot, but my political leanings have been pretty much the same. I've just become firmer and more educated in what I'm involved in. People need to know what they're voting for and all that it entails." 

    We are voting for so much more than the presidential seat. 

    "We are voting for who will be appointed to the Supreme Court, what bills will be debated and passed on the Floor, who will put together or dismantle committees that will actually work to solve our problems. But if you don't know that, you don't consider the implications of your vote. Especially of local votes too, because local legislators make such a difference between one State and the next. I know what it looks like for a State that's got it together. And I know what it's like to be in a State that's not."

    Though she didn't end up going into politics in the United States, she admitted, "I have always been very vocal... I got in trouble for my political views. It seems like people just want you to be quiet and not disagree, and living in the South, I disagreed with most people."

    Cochran and her family moved to China four years ago. "My husband and I had talked about moving abroad since before we got married, but we hadn't done it yet. Instead, we moved from Mississippi to Texas. After some time there, I asked him if this was it - if we were never going to [go abroad] and were we just talking the entire time? He said no, he wanted to leave. Within a month, we had an offer to come to China."

    They moved first to Weihai, in the Northeast of Shandong Province, but have since relocated to Guangzhou. "Weihai was gorgeous, but just too cold! After a couple years of snow, I was like alright, let's find some heat."

    Last year, she answered the Global Black Caucus' call for a 2020 Poet Laureate to create a poetry series that would explore societal issues and the 2020 elections. She is now a part of the GBC's Poet Laureate Circle.

    She recalls her first moments with poetry with her great grandmother. "I would go to spend weekends with her and one day, she gave me two books - one of which was a gold poetry book called "Apples of Gold." It was so great! I don't know how many times I re-read it. I have been writing [poetry] forever - my mom has a big box of all these journals with poetry I wrote through years and years. Now I am getting to the point where I'm happy with what I'm writing and how people are liking it, and that always encourages you to do more."

    Her poems don't sugarcoat the problems of America and its current political system, but also illuminate a way forward - something she hopes will be reflected by Democrats working towards the 2020 electoral outcome.

    "My parents have always been very honest about our history. My dad grew up in Jim Crow Mississippi. It's hard there. You still see slave shacks and plantations and the reality of the United States all over there, and Alabama, and Georgia, and Louisiana. There's that James Baldwin quote - to be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time. Being a black woman, there are so many things I can say. There are so many things in our system that need to be changed."

    "But there are a lot of us out here who want things to get better and we've got two powers: numbers and knowledge.

    "I understand how hard it is to rally for something you didn't really want. I know what it feels like for your guy to not be IT. But I also understand what it's going to look like for the next four years if we don't vote, and especially if we don't vote locally. There are too many of us who will lose a lot. But there's power in our numbers - we've got to put those numbers together. Whether you vote with a smile in your face or tears in your eyes, you go vote!"

    "Plus, we CAN HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE. We shouldn't be living off just rhetoric. We are not powerless. A lot of time, we give our power away, but we aren't actually powerless against any of this. We can say - okay, we voted you in and these are our expectations. We will hold you to that. That needs to become our battlecry. My hope, wish, dream, is for people to unite with numbers and knowledge. If we don't get involved, there are never going to be checks and balances."

    Jasmine Cochran will be presenting a brand new poem at the Annual General Meeting on Sunday, May 3rd. Please RSVP to attend!


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  • WHAT WE ARE DOING POST-GPP IN DEMOCRATS ABROAD CHINA


    DA China Members,

    The month of March has felt like an absolute eternity, and many of us are scattered around the world and worried about family, friends, and the future of our country. With all that’s been going on, it is hard to believe that Democrats Abroad held its Global Presidential Primary just a few weeks ago!

    Across the globe, thousands of Americans voted in 180 countries cast their votes. In total, 39,984 ballots were cast, representing a 15% increase in turnout compared to 2016. Senator Sanders won 9 delegates, while Vice President Biden won 4 delegates - full results are available on the Democrats Abroad website.

    Despite the challenges of Covid-19, including having to cancel our in-person voting centers in China, more than 400 DA China members cast their ballots in the Global Presidential Primary this year. 

    Membership-wise, in the last three months we have welcomed over 400 new members to DA China! Thank you to all the members who have informed friends and family of our organization.

    We were greatly aided on both efforts by a small team of phone banking volunteers that made hundreds of calls to DA members to help them cast their ballots, and by voting assistance volunteers that helped to answer questions. As we ramp up to the November election, more than ever we will need help from our volunteers to call constituents and help them get their absentee ballots in. Please consider joining our volunteer efforts by adding DA China on WeChat and letting us know you're interested:

    Search WeChat ID: DemocratsAbroad

    DA China’s Leadership Board is staying busy with organizing efforts, and we will be holding our Annual General Meeting in early May this year. Our hope is to have in-person events around the country, where like-minded Americans can meet and share ideas on how to repair the damage that has been done to our nation, and how we should lead once we take back the Presidency in 2020.

    I hope all of you will stay safe, stay healthy, and stay focused on November.

    Best,

    Aaron Kruse 
    Chair, DA China


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  • IMPORTANT INFO: THE GLOBAL PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY IN CHINA

    CANCELLED: Beijing/Shanghai In-Person GPP Voting on March 7

    Sadly, with coronavirus worries still causing quarantines and clampdowns all over China, we’ve decided to cancel the in-person voting events we were to hold on March 7, 2020.

    BUT the Global Presidential Primary is still the easiest Democratic Primary for overseas voters to participate in thanks to:

    EMAIL & MAIL IN VOTING

    E-Mail Your Ballot: The Easiest Primary Voting Process Ever

    Registered Democrats Abroad members should have received a ballot for DA’s global primary in their email inbox earlier today (Feb 18 2020). Be sure to check the email information on your account at DemocratsAbroad.org and that Democrats Abroad emails are not set to go to spam!

    If you didn’t see it in your inbox, you can also download the ballot here on the Democrats Abroad website.

    I Prefer Snail Mail Please

    Packages leaving China are at risk of getting stopped right now, so we don’t recommend this route. However, if you still prefer sending a physical paper ballot, please:

    • Print out the ballot [linked again] & fill it in
    • Message us directly by adding our WeChat QR code at the bottom of this message!

    Deadline: March 10, 2020

    While coronavirus is exceptionally frustrating, don’t let this pathogen disenfranchise you! Democrats Abroad represents 9 million Americans living abroad and has as much weight as any US state party in the Democratic Primary. Your vote for your favorite Democratic candidate can have potentially 4x more impact than back home!

    CAUTION: You CAN NOT vote for a Presidential Candidate in both your home state primary and the GPP.

    So we hope you choose to use your vote for the GPP!

    It’s impactful.
    It’s easy.
    It’s right now!


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  • First China Kitchen Table Talk with the Women's Caucus

    China held its first Kitchen Table Talk, run by the Women's Caucus in Beijing, on Sunday December 8th, where they focused on the topic of Equal Rights - including the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and the recent transgender ban in the military.

    Kitchen Table Talks are small group events held by Democrats Abroad members to discuss policy issues that matter to Americans abroad. The feedback from these talks can help shape the Democrats Abroad 2020 Platform and ensure that DA represents the issues that matter the most to its global constituents.

    In China's case, the group found that they largely agreed with Democrats Abroad Global's memorandum on Equal Rights but felt that some issues weren't being covered. 

    For instance, the topic of childcare and parental leave is one that Americans overseas often have much better experiences with than Americans inside America. China felt we could contribute deeper to this conversation in the same way we could for International versus American healthcare.

    Additionally, they felt violence against women, racism and voter disenfranchisement in America needed more attention on the 2020 agenda.

    Sound interesting? Here's how you can hold your own Kitchen Table Talk:

    All you need are some friends to gather anywhere and discuss one or multiple topics you can find through the following link:

    https://www.democratsabroad.org/2019_kitchen_table_talks

    We hope to see you at our next event!

    Upcoming: An All Caucus Christmas Dinner in Shanghai. RSVP here.

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  • published Meet a DA China Volunteer: Zak Marcone in Beijing in News 2019-11-15 02:08:01 -0500

    Meet a DA China Volunteer: Zak Marcone in Beijing

    Zak Marcone has traveled a lot - he has spent significant periods of time in China, Uganda, Japan and Mexico, as well as having lived in four US States: New York, Rhode Island, Missouri and North Carolina. He is currently registered to vote in his hometown of Northport on Long Island, NY.

    Zak has been interested in politics and history for as long as he can remember. “I owe a lot to my parents who took me to museums almost every weekend as well as to my wonderful teachers over the years.” 

    In the past he’s done work for the Democratic Party in a number of capacities. In college, he interned for the Democratic Coalition assisting with Democratic campaigns nationwide. He was most intimately involved with the 2017 special election in Alabama where they were able to get the first Alabama Democrat in decades, Doug Jones, elected to the senate. 

    Zak is most focused on healthcare, immigration, rooting out corruption, and ensuring that America plays a positive role as a leader on the world stage.

    During the 2016 election Zak called out then House Speaker Paul Ryan on a CNN Town Hall.

    The video “Paul Ryan: Not voting for Trump is a vote for Clinton” went viral and can be viewed at this link: https://youtu.be/9quPn38agjI

    Currently a master’s student in Economics and China Studies at the Yenching Academy of Peking University, he graduated with a BA in Economics and History from Columbia University last year and is interested in a career in public policy or economic development. 

    He got involved with Democrats Abroad after hearing about the organization from a fellow American at Peking University’s campus.

    He told Democrats Abroad China, “If I were to become president I would focus on implementing structural reforms that ensure the president and her/his cabinet is not above the law. Specifically, I would advocate for a constitutional amendment that explicitly states that a president cannot pardon her/himself or reverse a Justice Department policy that forbids any indictments against a sitting president. I would also give up my party membership in a symbolic move to overcome political partisanship. I do not hear these types of actions advocated very often and I feel they are of the utmost importance for the durability of the republic.”

    Zak is young, educated, and plugged in. He knows that the biggest challenge facing the Democratic Party is the immense amount of disinformation spreading online and in the media. 

    Republicans and Democrats exist in two separate perceptions of reality and there is no longer an objective truth that everyone can agree upon. This makes it nearly impossible to identify wrongdoing on behalf of the president. “Most Democrats do not recognize this and have trouble connecting with people outside of cities and blue states,” he warns.


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  • published Meet a DACN Board Member: Justin Fischer in News 2019-11-12 07:02:23 -0500

    Meet a DACN Board Member: Justin Fischer

    Justin Fischer is an At-Large member of the board for Democrats Abroad China and is currently living in Shanghai. He is registered to vote in Missouri.

    He has lived in six states in the past - Michigan, Alabama, Missouri, Florida, Arizona, and Georgia - but China is the only foreign country he has lived in.

    Justin became earnestly interested in politics when George W. Bush became president after the 5-4 vote of the Supreme Court in Bush v Gore

    He voted third party back then, which he now thinks was a mistake. The long-term consequences of that election made him realize how important it is to vote, and be engaged with a major political party.

    Wealth disparity, curbing excessive corporate power, banking reform are important issues to him. 

    He believes in building a humane policy toward immigrants and refugees. To that end, he has done volunteer work for the International Rescue Committee (IRC). 

    The IRC responds to some of the world's worst crises, delivering aid that saves lives while paving the way for long-term recovery. Justin is currently a regular donor to that organization as well as to No Mas Muertes, which advocates for humane treatment of desperate immigrants crossing the southern border of the United States.

    Justin works for a public relations agency in Shanghai that helps foreign companies get recognized in China and the APAC region.

    If he were President for a day, he would "clean the ketchup stains and Diet Coke can rings off the Resolute Desk.”

    Fighting the apathy and cynicism that seems to infect so much of the electorate is job number one for Justin. 

    “As activists, we are surrounded by like-minded people with the same level of passion. But there are a lot of people out there who think the blame for our problems falls equally on both sides and have just thrown up their hands in frustration.”



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  • Tribute to Rep. Elijah Cummings from DACN Board Member Devika Koppikar

    To escape construction noise typical of high-rise living in China, I left my apartment on Thursday evening, October 17, when my WeChat lit up. A fellow DA-China member had written, “(U.S. Congressman) Elijah Cummings has died.”

    Wait, what? DIED?

    I had once worked as his speechwriter and kept in touch with him regularly. I knew he had been ill, but had the end really come? I believed it after reading a news article. Still, I needed more confirmation. So, I called his longtime legal counsel and to my surprise, I was the one who informed him of the tragic news. “How did you find out (before staff)?” he asked. “DA-China,” I replied.

    Because the Congressman had taken his last breath overnight, Americans in China had been privy to the (awful) news even before his best friend of 50 years heard it.

    I begin my tribute this way because I want to highlight the critical link that DA provides to Americans in China. We don’t necessarily get news before our fellow Americans, as I did. But through DA-China, we can stay informed of various political happenings as if were on U.S. soil.

    Currently, I’m still grieving the loss of my former boss, mentor, hero and role model, who died at the age of 68. Months before his death, he had reached a pinnacle in Congress: Committee Chair of the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee (a key player in the impeachment inquiry).

    Mr. Cummings (D-Maryland) had risen from humble beginnings. A son of sharecroppers, he was mistakenly marked as a “special ed” student in school and told that he’d never graduate. He not only defied this prediction, but went on to college, law school and spent more than 35 years in politics. Yet, he never forgot where he came from and gave a voice to the voiceless, whether it was to advocate for better schools, quality healthcare, voting rights or increased economic opportunities for all. My most vivid memories of him involve how he would spring into action the minute he heard about an injustice.

    After learning of his passing, I broke down at the realization that he would never be able to see through the crusades he had undertaken. Then, suddenly, his poignant words echoed in my mind.

    “A 100 years ago, none of us were here; 100 years from now, none of us will be here. So, we must ask ourselves, what do we do while we are here?” he often said.

    Mr. Cummings is no longer with us. He won’t be able to vote in the primaries or the general election. He won’t be able to speak up for patients who struggle to afford lifesaving prescription drugs or children locked in cages. There is however, someone who can: us.

    We won’t be here 100 years from now. But right here, right now, we can seize this moment by voting, participating in our democracy and advocating for the issues that concern us.

    Devika Koppikar is an At-Large Board Member of DA-China. She works as an AP teacher in Wuxi, Jiangsu province. Previously, she worked as a speechwriter to U.S. Congressman Elijah E. Cummings from 2002 to 2007. She left that job to seek more of a work-life balance, but is still active in politics.


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  • published Meet a DA China Volunteer: Grace Gary in Shanghai in News 2019-10-17 09:02:33 -0400

    Meet a DA China Volunteer: Grace Gary in Shanghai

    Grace Gary has lived in Georgia and New York before coming to China. She is currently registered to vote in Gwinnett County, Georgia (named for Signer of the Declaration of Independence, Button Gwinnett, who died from wounds received in a duel with Lachlan McIntosh, a Continental general, whose brother Gwinnett had arrested.

     

     

    Her interest in politics began while she was living in New York in 2015. “You see a lot of injustice and anger living there, and the Trump campaign didn’t help. I got involved with DA in 2016, when I wanted to vote in my first presidential election.”

    She is most interested in spreading accurate information through awareness posts, and providing voters what they need to get their ballots and check on its status.

    Grace is an English tutor and college student working towards her forensic psychology degree.

    “If you were President for a day, what would you do on Day One?” I asked.

    “Not even sure if all of this is legal, but… I’d remove the Andrew Jackson portrait from the Oval Office, then issue executive orders to ending our inhumane and disease-ridden immigration detention camps. Some heads would roll for the dead/missing Latinx children. I would stop NASA from trying to desecrate a sacred place in Hawaii; get Flint clean water; and seek justice for however many people were responsible for the water crisis.”

     

     

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  • published Meet a DACN Board Member: Kim Wong in News 2019-10-15 08:09:20 -0400

    Meet a DACN Board Member: Kim Wong

    DA China takes a moment each month to highlight members of our community and board.

    Kimberly “Kim” Wong has lived in New Jersey and New York, Japan and China. She is registered to vote in New Jersey. 

    While she had never been heavily involved with politics in the US, she cared about large-scale positive systemic change, and being an active contributing member of society. 

    “I like to get it DONE,” she says.

    She got involved with DA as a volunteer around the time of the Women’s March when she hosted Democrats Abroad at Sproutworks, a restaurant where she was involved. She also tapped her friend Elaine Chow (our current Comms Director) to get a video from Krista Suh (creator of the Pussyhat) to help promote voter registration. 

    “We got 100 registrants that day and I knew I could probably do more!”

    “I care about electing Democrats, and want to do as much preparation as possible leading up to 2020,” she told me. She also cares deeply about Health and Education and has done extensive work for Food Heroes, a non-profit that aims to teach children about healthy eating.

    Kim just launched her first clothing line under her brand cukimber. It’s colorful fresh and fun. She taught herself how to make compositions from paintings, and then create them into products — not just clothing, but accessories and home-ware. She designs for other brands, too.

    If Kim were President for a day, what would she do? She said, with a smile, “Reunite kids with the parents. Welcome people into the country! Reduce emissions, gun control, pass ERA…all of it. A girl can dream, right?”

    Anything that stops Democrats from voting is in Kim’s way.

    Look out! Each state has different rules and it’s a little complicated, but she has become one of our old hands at registering people to vote and going the next step: making sure they secure and return their secret absentee ballot. 

    "Thank goodness that we are going to have tons of Get Out The Vote volunteers!” she said and reminded me that we need to re-register to vote from abroad every year: “You better know what you’re going to be doing on January 1, 2020! The earlier the better.”

    It’s hard to know what to do with all the news and crises everyday and it gets truly frustrating to see headline after headline that induces panic and fear. Being part of DA gives Kim and many others some peace of mind, to know that we can contribute proactively to get people onto the Blue Wave, and actually surf towards better solutions.

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  • published Join us for #DAvegtober in News 2019-10-01 03:35:13 -0400

    Join us for #DAvegtober

    Recently on our @democratsabroadchina Instagram, we've been posting tiny actions you can take to stave off our climate apocalypse (#doom). One of them was our initiative to help us all eat a little less meat: #DAVegtober

    #DAVegtober is a pledge to eat more vegetarian than you normally do, whether that's just one day a week, one meal a day or committing to fully vegetarian/vegan! It's up to you, but we would love to see you publicly commit to it (hashtag and all) and hopefully raise awareness of Democrats Abroad in your communities.

    But, as we were careful to stress, the most EFFECTIVE action is to follow up individual action with collective action: voter registration for the 2020 elections begins on Jan 1. 

    We are now beginning fundraising efforts to help us reach out to more of the Americans in China community with phonebanking events, media pushes and swag! If you have some spare change to donate to our pledge to register the votes that make all the difference, please find out how to do it by scanning the QR code in WeChat below:


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  • published DA China's First-Ever Leadership Retreat in News 2019-09-15 08:49:10 -0400

    DA China's First-Ever Leadership Retreat

    A Message from Aaron Kruse, Democrats Abroad China Chair

    After three debates it is clear that the eventual Democratic Party nominee will have their hands full cleaning up the mess that President Trump has created. From healthcare to student loans, gun control to foreign policy, our party has a lot of work to do.

    As the primaries draw nearer and the Democratic Party chooses a candidate to take on Trump in 2020 it can feel like we’re very far away from the action, but the reality is that our Leadership Board is working hard to build a post-Trump world.

    Recently, all 11 members of DA China’s elected Leadership Board met in Shanghai to strategize how we can contribute and how we can organize to make sure that the White House has a new occupant come 2021.

    Among the work that we did during the retreat was to discuss issues that should be part of the Democratic Party platform. The world looks different for Americans living abroad, and part of the mission of Democrats Abroad is to make sure that our issues are addressed. For example, President Trump’s trade policy will make it harder for millions of Americans living overseas to vote – directly jeopardizing our voting rights.

    In order to ensure that the Democratic Party hears our voices on the issues, DA’s global team has launched the 2020 Platform Committee. And, to ensure that DA’s global team hears the voices of its members, the committee is rolling out an initiative to allow members to share their voices through “Kitchen Table” conversations.

    Over the next few months we will be encouraging our members to take part in these conversations and share feedback with the Platform Committee. Interested members can get involved by first reviewing the 2016 Democrats Abroad Platform and then getting in touch with any of our 11 elected DA China leaders. 

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