Spain

 

Democrats Abroad Spain is a part of the larger community of hundreds of thousands of Democrats living abroad. 

At Democrats Abroad Spain, our main goal is to find Americans who are resident and help them register to vote, or in most cases simply request an absentee ballot.  We are particularly engaged in even numbered years to elect Democratic candidates to Congress and the Presidency.  In odd numbered years if you live in a state or locality where there is special election, or where there are seats in state legislatures that we need to win, our Get Out The Vote team will reach out to you with a quick phone call, email or text with a reminder.

Absentee ballots from Americans living abroad can often swing close elections and we want to help you cast those votes!

Democrats Abroad Spain has played a part in the worldwide resistance to the insanity of the current administration.  Many of us have been moved to participate with the Women’s March, Climate Change, Immigrant Justice, Humans Rights, and Gun Control activists on the streets and squares of our cities. Our resistance also takes the form of calls, letters and emails back to our congressional representatives. 

Beyond getting out the vote every two years, we have a lot in common.  We try to have monthly events filled with debate, laughter and fun. Those of us in the Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia chapters bring our families and friends as we meet regularly to share insights and concerns about issues ranging from climate change to race relations. We are endeavoring to make similar opportunities available in other part of Spain.

 We gather to watch Democratic debates and then have some of our own. And we keep you up-to-date on matters of particular interest to Americans residing outside of the U.S., on various topics including taxes and citizenship issues.

All members receive email updates on events and issues of interest to Democrats around the world as well news of projects and activities in Spain. 

Democrats Abroad Spain is entirely a volunteer organization.  We rely on the enthusiasm and talents of our membership. As we move into the election cycle we need your energy to help us get out the vote.  Don’t be shy, we can help you turn your anger at what’s happening in the U.S. into something positive as you convince other Americans to take the steps to get their absentee ballot.

Thanks for being part of Democrats Abroad Spain in whatever form it takes.  In the end what we’re all about is helping you to exercise your right to vote.

 

    

DA Spain Leadership:

James Mercereau
| Chair, DA Spain Voting Representative, DA
Jessica Craig
| Vice Chair, DA Spain Voting Representative, DA
Adrian Heredia
| Treasurer, DA Spain
Tim Lawler
| Secretary, DA Spain , Voting Representative, DA
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    Global Presidential Primary in Spain

    Don’t miss your chance to vote in person this presidential year! Join Americans around the world and participate in this year’s Global Presidential Primary through Democrats Abroad. Voting in the Primary gives you the chance to help determine the presidential candidates our delegates will vote for in the Democratic National Convention. Details below.

    Democrats Abroad has just a few requirements for voting in the primary:

    • Be abroad and be a U.S. citizen
    • Be a member of Democrats Abroad
    • Be 18 as of November 3, 2020
    • Not have voted, or plan to vote, in any other 2020 state presidential primary

    Democrats Abroad Spain will host 8 in-person Voting Centers in Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia.  The kick off for all these events will be on March 3 which is Super Tuesday in the U.S.

    If you don't live near any of our in-person Voting Centers we have you covered.  You will be able to vote by email or even snail mail.  Every member of Democrats Abroad Spain will receive an email on February 18th describing your voting options.  It will also have your member ID  shown in the email.  You'll need that to complete your ballot. 

    The Global Presidential Primary is a key component in the process of selecting delegates for the Democratic National Convention in July, which will be hosted in Milwaukee WI this year.   Democrats Abroad sends 21 delegates to the national convention.  They will be pledged to candidates  that have won at least 15% of the vote across the globe. 

    Here's where you can cast your ballot at voting centers in Spain:

    BARCELONA 

    Tuesday, March 3
    ESERP Business School  Carrer de Girona, 24  08010 
    4PM  to 9:30 PM

    Saturday, March 7
    Restaurante El Foro Carrer de la Princessa, 53 08003 
    10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

    MADRID

    Tuesday, March 3
    The Village Tap Room  calle Martin de los Heros, 28 28008
    6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

    Saturday, March 7
    The Village Tap Room  calle Martin de los Heros, 28 28008
    11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

    Sunday, March 8
    The Village Tap Room  calle Martin de los Heros, 28 28008
    5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    VALENCIA

    Tuesday, March 3
    Les Roques Restaurant Bar c/ Vinatea, 22 46008
    12:00 PM to 4:00 PM    5:00 PM -8:00PM

    Wednesday, March 4
    Universidad Politecnica Valencia Edificio 4P
    Centro de Lenguas, 1st Floor
    11:00 to 3:00 PM

    Saturday, March 7
    Les Roques Restaurant Bar c/ Vinatea, 22 46008
    4:00 PM to 8:00 PM


    Ballot Assistance Events

    These events are to assist members of Democrats Abroad to participate in the Global Primary or to join Democrats Abroad.  A ballot is provided to the member who is then responsible for completing the ballot and returning it for tabulation.  We can assist in showing the member how it can be returned by email as an attachment, or returned by mail to the voting warden in Spain or the Tabulation Center in Prague. 

    Ballot Assistance Centers will be able to provide assistance is requesting an absentee ballot using VoteFromAbroad.org

    PALMA de MALLORCA

    Saturday, March 7
    Nidus 39   Calle Bisbe Maura, 37   07005

    11:00 PM to 14:00PM

    SEVILLA

    Thursday, March 5
    The Merchants Pub Calle Canalejas, 12   41001
    7:00 PM to 10:00PM

    SITGES

    Thursday, March 5
    Big Al's -Sitges   carrer de Francesc Gumà, 21  08870
    8:00 PM to 10:00PM

    Saturday, March 7
    Big Al's -Sitges carrer de Francesc Gumà, 21  08870
    1:30 PM to 4:00PM

    ALICANTE

    Tuesday, March 10
    Sip and Wonder Coffee House   Carrer Poeta Campos Vasallo 8-10   03004 

    2:00PM to 6:00PM





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    American Resistance of Sevilla hosts a Democrats Abroad Voter Registration Training

    It was a cool rainy Wednesday evening in Sevilla but about 25 folks turned up at a voter registration training program at The Merchant.  The American Resistance in Seville which like so many post-Trump groups around the world has continued the momentum for three plus years.  When we arrived they decorated the space with banners, posters and wall games. In this creative atmosphere over the course of 80 minutes we had the chance to review the principals of voter registration and answered a lot of questions along the way.  

    This tuned in group of folks are ready to help others get their absentee ballots.  Many thanks to Elizabeth Bond, Kathy Sherretts, and Karen McCann.  It was great to meet someone who reached out to say it's time for a chapter in Sevilla.  The day before this event, Daniel Beck Rose reached out and we were able to meet the very next evening.

    There is interest in a Voter Assistance Center the week of Super Tuesday.  Could be the beginning of getting something going in Andulucia.

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    Upcoming Events

    Friday, May 29, 2020 at 08:00 PM · 1 rsvp
    Zoom in Barcelona, Spain

    Quarantini with environmental activist Tracy Brown

    Join us for the weekly quarantini happy hour, where we will unwind after week 1 of phase 1 of de-confinement and share our thoughts, inspirations and concerns with fellow Dems in Barcelona and beyond.

    This week's special visitor will be Tracy Brown of Save the Sound.

    Tracy has been working in the environmental field as an advocate for clean water for 13 years. She currently serves as Chief of Strategic Projects and Partnerships at Save the Sound, a 40-year-old organization that leads environmental action in the Long Island Sound region of New York and Connecticut.  Tracy leads the New York office, where her team monitor water quality and put that data to use identifying and eliminating pollution sources. They deploy a variety of nature-based technologies to address flooding, habitat loss and the impacts of sea level rise. She was an architect of New York State's Sewage Pollution Right to Know law and continues to work for greater transparency on water pollution and wastewater infrastructure issues.

    RSVP to this event and we will send details to connect. 

     

    Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 07:00 PM · 12 rsvps
    Zoom in Barcelona, Spain

    Book club discussion of Fascism: A Warning, by Madeleine Albright

    Madeleine Albright, who served as the first female U.S. Secretary of State (1997-2001), has an ominous message for Americans and the world regarding a trend sweeping the globe at this time. Part history lesson, part memoir, Albright's prescient book (written in the wake of Trump's election and published in 2018) serves as a stark warning and call to action if we are to preserve democratic norms. Her premise is that the fascism of a century ago was not atypical, and that it could happen again. 

    Interview with the author: www.vox.com/world/2019/2/14/18221913/fascism-warning-madeleine-albright-book-trump

    New Yorker book review: www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/madeleine-albright-warns-of-a-new-fascism-and-trump

    Join us for a lively discussion of the book, the author and your own thoughts about her message.