The results of the election for the officers of Democrats Abroad Spain for the 2017-2018 term which was held during the Annual General Meeting in Barcelona on April 22 are as follows:
Chair: Jim Mercereau
Vice Chair: Anuradha Ghemawat
Secretary: Tim Lawler
Treasurer: Adrian Heredia
Counsel: Gil Carbajal
Thank you to all of the candidates who ran, especially those who stood for office for the first time! Thank you also to all of our members who took part in the election whether in person, by proxy ballot or by sending in an absentee ballot. It is the participation of all of us that brings life to Democrats Abroad Spain and to the party as a whole.
The following is the general agenda schedule for the AGM.
9:00-9:30 — Check in / Registration
9:30-10:00 Welcoming remarks by Tammy Beaulieu Vice Chair DA SPAIN and acting Chair for the AGM: "Trying to keep up with Late Night Comedy Shows”
Remarks by Steven Tolliver, Chair DA Barcelona Chapter, hosting chapter of the AGM
10:00 - 11:30 Panel Discussion "Resistance to Persistance” moderated by Martha McDevitt Pugh (DA Netherlands and DNC Member), Stephanie Lovelace, Barbara Garrity (WMBCN) and others.
10-30-1045 Coffee break
1130-1200 DA Spain Business meeting
12:45 Remarks by Jim Mercereau DA Spain: Whats in the pipeline and how can we move forward?
13:30 Close of meeting. Moving to Hawker 45 for lunch (Note we will have a set menu with three options to choose from. Please pick up and return your menu form by the time of the coffee break).
On January 21st, 2017, millions of people joined marches worldwide in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington. Here in Barcelona a handful of organizers joined together and, with just six days of preparation, over 2000 people converged on the city center to show support for the values of the Women’s March. The Barcelona march ended with music and dancing, and it is this energizing spirit of joyful resistance and spontaneous solidarity that we want to recreate in Barcelona on January 21st, 2018.
We invite you to join us in Plaça de la Virreina (Gràcia) on Sunday, January 21st from 16:00– 20:00. We will showcase local, mostly female or female-led musicians and bands, dancers, activists, and DJs. We will laugh and dance, create new friendships, and re-energize the Women’s March for a new year of working together on important causes that affect the local and global community. We are committed to working to end all forms of violence against women and against marginalized communities such as LGBTQIA, migrants, refugees and the disabled. The movement is called the Women’s March because this movement was started and is led by women, but we stand together with all members of the community — women, men, transgender, everyone is welcome. So what IS the Women’s March group, exactly? The 2017 marchers were protesting the election of Donald Trump as the President of the United States, and were simultaneously marching in support of a number of interconnected causes: The rights of women, immigrants, minorities, the disabled, and other marginalized populations. We also believe climate change is a reality, and that our land and natural resources cannot continue to be exploited at the risk of public safety and health. We call on everyone to stand up and speak out for equality, for civil rights, and to be active, well-informed and responsible members of our collective communities.
Celebrating the anniversary of the massive, world-wide Women's March that took place the day after the Inauguration of the current president. It kicked off a year of Resistance in the USA. The women's March has led to a new and growing awareness of the power of women and led to the #metoo movement. This event will be a bilingual event including particpants from Democrats Abroad, Madrid Resistance and many local Women's groups. It will be followed by the monthly DA Madrid meeting, with an event entitled, Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me 'Round: Black Women and Activism at the Cafe Madrid 19.00
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