November Member Meetups - After the amazing election results in Virginia and across the country on November 7, there was a lot to celebrate and our meetups were markedly more festive! For the first time, we had monthly meetups in THREE cities: Kunming, Shanghai and Beijing. In December, we hope to add a fourth meetup in the Pearl River Delta.
Led by Brian Kloosterman, Kunming members met up for the first time to get to know each other and think about ways to reach out to other Americans in the area.
The meetup in Shanghai was hosted by David Henry, with members gathering for a Sunday brunch. Board members Faith Gary and Sam Wong attended.
In Beijing, James Bernard hosted a group to discuss organizing voter registration plans for the Gulou area and other expat hubs in Wudaokou and Sanlitun. Board members Aaron Kruse and Elizabeth Jenkins also attended.
Thanksgiving in Shanghai: Democrats Abroad members in Shanghai gathered at Al's Diner for a Thanksgiving feast! We are so thankful you could join us.
November Leadership Meeting: Your elected leadership of Democrats Abroad China held their monthly call. Meeting minutes are available on the Democrats Abroad wiki. Email us for access: info-china [ a t ] democratsabroad [dot] org
Elizabeth Jenkins published Celebrating Foy's Victory in Our Sister District in News 2017-11-13 18:34:01 -0500
Congratulations to all the amazing, newly-elected candidates from across the country. There are so many reasons to celebrate the election results from November 7, including seeing a victory for Jennifer Carroll Foy (Virginia House of Delegates, 2nd District) who Democrats Abroad China supported through the Sister District Project. Foy also gave birth to premature twins, who only came home from the hospital days before the election - talk about a super woman!
"When you try to spread racism and xenophobia and sexism and misogyny, this is how we respond! We sent a huge message. Trump has heard us, and he has heard us loud and clear!"
- Jennifer Carroll Foy, Virginia House of Delegates member-elect for the 2nd District.
Democrats are also celebrating these victories:
- Virginia and New Jersey governor
- Virginia and New Jersey lieutenant governor
- Virginia attorney general
- Control of Washington state senate
- Expanded Medicaid coverage in Maine
- Virginia house seat for Danica Roem, the state's first openly trans legislator
- Minneapolis city council seat for Andrea Jenkins, the first openly trans woman of color to serve
- Virginia house seat for Chris Hurst, who ran on a platform of gun control following his girlfriend's on-air murder
- Philadelphia district attorney seat for Larry Krasner, a civil rights lawyer who sued the city's police department
- Georgia's 117th & 119th districts *FLIPPED*
- Mayor of Charlotte, NC, the first African-American female to serve
- Mayor of Manchester, New Hampshire, the first female to serve
- Mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey, the first Sikh American to serve
- Mayors in Boston and NYC *HELD*
- Untold city council, school board, parks board, etc. races across the entire country, inspired to stand up and do something by the 2016 election.
Thank you to all the Democrats Abroad China voters and volunteers who made this happen! We couldn't have done it without you!
Here's your roundup of Democrats Abroad events and happenings from October 2017 around China.
NEW THIS MONTH:
Democrats Abroad China Book Club - Emily Johnson is leading our book club for Democrats Abroad China members. While she is based in Beijing, virtual participation is encouraged. For our inaugural book, we voted to read What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton. DA China members are invited to join us on GoodReads.
WeChat Groups for Kunming and Pearl River Delta Members - Recently we have had new members join from Kunming and the Pearl River Delta. Yay, Spring City and PRD! They are anxious to connect with other members and start a regular meetup. If you want to join, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
OCTOBER HAPPENINGS AROUND CHINA:
House Party (October 5 in BEIJING) - DA China members in Beijing gathered for some political discussion. After a quick message to members on WeChat, James hosted this impromptu House Party to talk about recent events and to start planning for expat voter registration and ballot requests.
Member Meetup (October 7 in SHANGHAI) - Democrats Abroad members in Shanghai gathered to welcome new volunteers and brainstorm ideas for member registration and 2018 GOTV efforts. We had a full house and lots of great discussion about what DA members can do to make a real difference.
Voter Outreach Training: Saturday (October 21) - Participants gathered in Beijing and joined online to learn more about how to help mobilize Democratic voters at home, in China, and all over the world. As Democrats Abroad members, we have an awesome responsibility to help our fellow Americans abroad register to vote, including help with requesting and returning their ballots -- all within the deadlines and specifications of their voting state!
- Democrats Abroad China Book Club - Emily Johnson is leading our book club for Democrats Abroad China members. While she is based in Beijing, virtual participation is encouraged. For our inaugural book, we voted to read What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton. DA China members are invited to join us on GoodReads.
Here's your roundup of Democrats Abroad events and happenings from September 2017 across China.
New this Month:
- Sister District Project - We are excited to be working with Sister District Project to to help Jennifer Carroll Foy, Democratic candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates, take District 2 and flip it blue! This is one of the most competitive districts in Virginia and Jennifer's success will be critical to turning Virginia blue this November, when the entire Virginia House of Delegates will be up for election. This is our first day of calls to Virginia voters. You can participate from your home or join us in-person in Beijing. Learn More.
- DA China Book Club - Emily Johnson is leading our book club for Democrats Abroad China members. While she is based in Beijing, virtual participation is encouraged. You can join our book club on GoodReads, as well as on WeChat.
September Happenings around China:
Welcome to New Shanghai Expats (September 1, Shanghai): On Friday, September 1, a group of Democrats Abroad volunteers led by Wenfei Zhou spearheaded this event at NakedHub, a centrally located co-working space.
House Party for New Arrivals in Shunyi (September 2, Beijing): Angie Bergeson -- a Democrats Abroad member, teacher, and mother – opened her home last week to current Democrats Abroad members and Americans who recently moved to the area. Democrats Abroad China Chair, Aaron Kruse, also attended. We look forward to continuing to connect and grow with this community of educators and concerned voters.
Live Worldwide Video Call with Elizabeth Warren (September 17, Global): On Sunday, September 17, Elizabeth Warren spoke with members of Democrats Abroad all over the world. In China, members hosted watch parties in Shunyi and CBD Beijing.
How to Watch China: A Conversation with John Holden (September 20, Beijing): Co-hosted with Young China Watchers and presented at The Bookworm, Democrats Abroad members in Beijing welcomed reflections from John L Holden on his career in China and what the future might bring. Holden is a leading expert on China with over three decades experience in business, diplomacy, and education. He steps into his new role as CEO of the US-China Strong Foundation at the end of September.
Expat Connection Picnic (September 24, Beijing): DA China members in Beijing volunteered at a booth to connect with American expat families. While the equestrian club offered pony rides, our offerings for the kids were relatively humble: coloring pages featuring a loving demoCAT.
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Democrats Abroad - China is excited to be working with Sister District Project to to help Jennifer Carroll Foy, Democratic candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates, and flip District 2 blue! VA-02 is one of the most competitive districts in Virginia and Jennifer's success will be a momentum-building victory in the lead up to November, when the entire Virginia House of Delegates is up for election.
We'll be phonebanking, fundraising, and engaging in other opportunities to support Jennifer. Find out more about how you can help below.
About Jennifer and VA-02
As a former Magistrate and now public defender, Jennifer has dedicated her life to public and community service. Jennifer is passionate about protecting women's access to reproductive health care, fighting for equal pay for equal work, advancing criminal justice reform, expanding pre-k education, and supporting VA's teachers and first responders with better pay.
VA-02 comprises of Prince William and Stafford counties southwest of Washington D.C. and is one of the most competitive districts in Virginia this fall. It was last held by a Republican but Hillary Clinton carried it last year. The Republican incumbent is retiring and Jennifer’s initial opponent recently dropped out of the race, making this seat a prime target for us this year.
You can find out more information about the race here: https://www.sisterdistrict.com/vahod02
How to Get Involved
If you're interested in joining us to help elect Jennifer to the VA House of Delegates, please sign up here. Activities to support Jennifer will be organized through your DA-China leadership, in partnership with Sister District.
If you’re excited and eager to make an impact in other ways, you can also donate to Jennifer’s campaign here. Jennifer’s campaign is operating on a very tight budget in a low-spend district, so every dollar will make a huge difference in the race for this district.
(This is a DA China-specific link so we’d be grateful if you donate/spread the word using it so we can keep track of how much we are able to help raise: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/sdp-da-china?refcode=china
About Sister District and the Virginia Races
Sister District Project is a grassroots organization that channels the explosive people power of Democratic volunteers in blue areas towards strategic, winnable races in purple districts where such mobilization can make a significant impact. Phonebanking, fundraising, and other activities are just some of the ways we'll be supporting Jennifer Carroll Foy for VA House of Delegates.
Sister District Project is proudly supporting 13 candidates running for the Virginia House of Delegates in 2017. Virginia is the quintessential purple battleground state, and its districts are among the most gerrymandered in the country. It is essential that we fight to flip Virginia blue so that its districts can be redrawn fairly ahead of the 2020 census. Also, our fight for the state legislature in Virginia will send a strong message to the rest of the nation that Democrats are ready to retake our government at all levels. Remember, what happens in these off-year elections in Virginia is often a sign of what will happen nationally in the next midterm election. After going blue in ’08 for the first presidential election in decades, Virginia's state legislature swung right in 2009, which foreshadowed the Dems huge losses in 2010. Let's get the pendulum swinging in our direction ahead of the incredibly important 2018 midterms next year!
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Elizabeth Jenkins published DA China Celebrates First Elected Leadership Team in News 2017-07-17 03:51:48 -0400
On June 11, 2017, Democrats Abroad (DA) members in China gathered to celebrate the first elected leadership team and pay tribute to the contributions of members saying farewell to China, including Ada Shen, Rich Welch, Erin Campeau, Christine Pernin, Radha Chaddah, and Avery Ince.
This celebration included DA members - new and old - and was held in Beijing. Some members even traveled in from other cities in China to participate in this inaugural event. Also in attendance from Hong Kong was Shaun Barnes, DA Asia-Pacific Regional Vice-Chair.
The occasion was marked by farewell speeches from our friends Ada Shen and Rich Welch, both of whom have plans to leave China. They spoke to the gathered members about their hopes for the future of DA China and offered their continued support especially to the incoming leadership. DA Asia-Pacific Regional Vice-Chair Shaun Barnes and DA China Chair Aaron Kruse also shared remarks expressing their enthusiasm and optimism for the start of the new China country committee.
Both Ada and Rich helped usher the membership through the process of establishing a country committee for China within the global Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA) structure. They laid the groundwork for the incoming leadership team -- communicating with the DPCA about requirements, proposing bylaws, notifying members, and so much more. They organized the election for DA China leadership on May 6, 2017 with gatherings in Beijing and Shanghai, and connected by WebEx to allow members in other locations to participate remotely. Finally, Ada and Rich, along with DA China leaders Aaron Kruse (Chair), Samantha Wong (Vice-Chair), and Randi Miller (Legal) traveled to Washington, DC to attend the Annual DPCA Global Meeting, witnessing the official vote to admit DA China on May 15, 2017.
Original Event: Celebrate with Democrats Abroad China, 6/11/2017
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Democrats Abroad is committed to a world where all persons have access to the same rights and benefits, regardless of sexual identity or gender expression.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
The Democrats Abroad LGBT Caucus is the constituency group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex members and any Democrat abroad who supports them.
The goals of the LGBT Caucus reflect the mission of Democrats Abroad to:
- engage and empower LGBTI Americans living abroad to vote in US elections;
- provide a platform for Democrats Abroad members, country committees and chapters to advance issues at the heart of the LGBTI community;
- support Democrats Abroad’s members in issues they face living abroad as LGBTI Americans, such as access to government services and benefits for same-sex spouses and family members, the legacy resulting from past discrimination and Defense of Marriage Act.
The LGBT Caucus:
- supports Democrats Abroad’s country committees and local chapters in organizing activities of interest to the LGBTI community, such as participation in pride events and voter outreach;
- disseminates information to Democrats Abroad members and promotes action on issues that affect LGBTI Americans and their families;
- ensures that the LGBTI perspective is effectively incorporated in all the work of Democrats Abroad, including issues advocacy, communication and GOTV strategy, planning and execution; ensures that issues and policies that impact LGBTI Americans are included in the Democrats Abroad and Democratic Party platforms;
- takes leadership in Democrats Abroad’s issues advocacy initiatives, including “door knock” visits to elected officials in Washington DC, to ensure that issues that impact LGBTI Americans living abroad and their families are included and addressed by elected representatives;
- encourages LGBTI members to run for elected leadership roles within Democrats Abroad and fulfill Democrats Abroad’s diversity and affirmative action goals;
- supports community building among Democrats Abroad’s LGBTI members and allies;
- promotes Democratic Party candidates who demonstrate commitment to policies that positively impact the lives of LGBTI Americans;
- supports and engages with Democratic Party LGBTI caucuses build capacity and achieve common goals.
Elizabeth Jenkins donated 2017-05-11 03:51:53 -0400