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:

Daniel James Jiron
| Chair, DA Spain, DPCA Voting Rep
Kathryn Tullos
| Vice-Chair, DA Spain, DPCA Voting Rep
Christina Samson
| Treasurer, DA Spain
Chris Reilly
| Chair, Barcelona Chapter, DPCA Voting Rep
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  • News

    DA Women's Caucus Lands in Spain

    DA Spain Women's Caucus says Hola!

    Twenty people attended the preliminary organizational meeting of the Democrats Abroad Spain Women’s Caucus on March 18. 

    The meeting opened with participants’ introductions and a presentation by Ann Hesse, Chair of the DA Global Women’s Caucus (GWC). Ann provided a quick history of the GWC and laid out its three pillars: Education; Community Building; and Activism, particularly in the form of get-out-the-vote efforts. Approximately 10,000 women currently belong to the GWC. Over 300 of those members live in Spain.

    Next up, moderator Andrea Host-Barth led the discussion, turning the focus to goals and organizational steps for a DA Spain Women’s Caucus. The Caucus intends to focus initially on providing education on environmental issues, and building community with small, local events. Members were encouraged to support the call-to-action initiatives already available on the GWC website. 

    The Caucus hopes to play two other roles as well. First, the Caucus can interact with the GWC, helping members in Spain and members of the worldwide group to share ideas and coordinate activities. Second, the DA Spain Women’s Caucus can serve as a template for creating Women’s Caucuses in other countries. 

    DA Spain’s Women’s Caucus is moving forward in its organizational process. The Caucus welcomes people of all genders as leaders, members, and volunteers. 

    Not already a caucus member? Simply join the GWC caucus and you automatically are a Spain member. To get involved, fill out the Volunteer Information Form

    Interested in starting your country women’s caucus? Send email to [email protected]

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    Voting for new DA Spain excom now underway

    Democrats Abroad Spain (DAS) is holding Executive Committee (excom) elections for the 2021-2023 term and we need your vote! 

    Our organization depends on the participation of the members as we renew our group for the continuing struggle for a better USA and a better world through democratic political engagement. Please help select the new Democrats Abroad Spain leadership committee of Chairperson, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Counsel, and 4 Voting Representatives.

    This will be the first time we will organize our DAS chapter elections purely online. Ballot emails (actually an email with a link to an online voting site) were sent out on March 5, 2021. If you think that you did not receive this email, please follow the instructions below.

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    Upcoming Events

    Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 11:00 AM Madrid Time · 7 rsvps
    Barceloneta beach in Barcelona, Spain

    Beach cleanup and picnic + get to know the newly elected DAS chair

    In observance of Earth Day, we will meet at the Barceloneta beach to pick up trash and leave our beautiful seaside city a bit spiffier. Be sure to wear your DA or VFA sportswear, if you have any. After a couple of hours of cleanup, we will gather at a safe distance to enjoy a picnic lunch. Our special guest will be Daniel James, newly elected Chair of DA Spain and eco-warrier. 

    Bring your own gloves and a picnic lunch - we will supply the trash bags. Gathering point is on the Barceloneta beach in front of the Opium restaurant, on the beach side. 

    Given that restrictions on gatherings are in flux, please keep an eye on this page, where we will post any updates to the plan. 

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 06:00 PM Madrid Time · 24 rsvps
    This is a virtual event; RSVP for the link

    Our Forests and Our Climate: an Earth Week Guided Discussion

    Wildfires in Australia. Wildfires in California. The Amazon burned to make way for cattle grazing.  Pledges to plant a billion trees. Carbon offsetting by protecting forests. The planet’s forests have become ground zero for climate impacts and climate action. 

    In honor of Earth Week 2021, The Climate Action Team and Democrats Abroad Spain are hosting “Our Forests and Our Climate: an Earth Week Guided Discussion” with Daniel James, newly elected chair of DA Spain. 

    Daniel has decades of expertise in forest management and environmental policy, working on the Hill, for the US Forest service, and most recently, as Acting Deputy Under Secretary and senior advisor for Natural Resources and Environment at USDA. 

    Date: April 21, 2021

    Time: 6:00 PM CET/12 PM EST

    This is a virtual event; RSVP for the link

    We hope you will attend to learn more about the connection between forests and climate change, and the importance of protecting and preserving forests to the planet. We want you to be inspired to take action!

    Here are some suggested watchings/readings to introduce you to the subject and spark some questions.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-nEYsyRlYo

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Q0xUXo2zEY&feature=youtu.be

    https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-00122-z

    https://www.iucn.org/resources/issues-briefs/forests-and-climate-change

    Submit your questions in advance to [email protected]! Please use the subject line “Climate and Forests”.


    Daniel James was recently elected chair for DA Spain. He served 34 years in public service and retired from USDA in 2019. His last role was Acting Deputy Under Secretary and senior advisor for Natural Resources and Environment. In that role Daniel led the NRE Mission area which included the US Forest Service, and for a period Natural Resource Conservation Service and Gulf Coast Restoration work. 

    He was appointed Associate Chief of the Forest Service in July 2016. Prior to this appointment, Daniel, served in many leadership positions, including:

    •  Regional Forester of the Rocky Mountain Region; 
    • Deputy Regional Forester in the Pacific Southwest Region; Forest Supervisor of the Santa Fe National Forest; 
    • District Ranger on the Salt Lake Ranger District of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest; 
    • District Ranger on the South Park Ranger District of the Pike and San Isabel National Forest, Comanche, and Cimarron National Grasslands; 
    • Director of Communications and Legislative Affairs of the Intermountain Region, National Press Officer in Washington, D.C.; 
    • and aide to the United States Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell of Colorado when he was in the US House of Representatives. 

    He represented USDA on the National Advisory Council for Historic Preservation, National Wildland Fire Leadership Council and also served on the Board for the Sierra Conservancy and the National Leadership Council for the National Forest Foundation. 

    Daniel earned a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University and a Master’s degree from Regis University of Denver. He and his partner Aaron live in Barcelona, Spain. 


    Don’t forget that The Climate Action Team has curated this list of virtual Earth Day events - there is something to fit every time zone and every age group.