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Press release: Democrats Abroad Barcelona Election Night Virtual Party

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 1, 2020

The press is welcome to enter the Zoom event at 11pm and will be conducted to a Press Break Out Room where their questions will be answered by Democrats Abroad Representatives. After the 20 minute Press Session, members of the press are invited to join us for the rest of the party program.

The Zoom link for the event will be provided by Democrats Abroad to press members who RSVP via email to info-ES-barcelona@democratsabroad.org identifying themselves clearly as Press, Name of journalist, and Name of Newspaper, Radio, etc. 

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Nota de prensa: Democrats Abroad. Evento virtual NOCHE DE ELECCIONES

PARA DISTRIBUCIÓN INMEDIATA. 1 de noviembre de 2020

Se invita a la Prensa a participar en este evento por ZOOM!  a las 23 horas.  Habrá un "Press Break Out Room" donde representantes de Democrats Abroad contestarán  las preguntas de la Prensa . Después de esa sesion de unos 20 minutos  los periodistas están invitados a unirse con nosotros al resto del programa. Hay que reservar identificándose como Miembro de la Prensa, Nombre, y Nombre de su Periódico, Radio, etc. por medio de un email a info-ES-barcelona@democratsabroad.org
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Nota de premsa: Democrats Abroad. Festa virtual NIT D’ELECCIONS

PER DISTRIBUCIÓ IMMEDIATA: 1 novembre 2020

S'invita la premsa a entrar en aquest esdeveniment Zoom a les 23 hores, quan seran conduïts a un "Press Break Out Room" on representants de Democrats Abroad contestaran les seves preguntes. Després d'aquesta sessió d'uns 20 minuts els periodistes estan convidats a acompanyar-nos durant la resta del programa. L'enllaç de Zoom per la Festa serà enviat a totes les persones que s'hi hagin inscrit identificant-se clarament com a membre de la premsa, nom, nom del seu medi (diari, radio...), enviant-se un email a info-ES-barcelona@democratsabroad.org

 

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Democrats Abroad Spain Continues Vote Drive Through Election Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE [26 OCT. 2020]

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20+ Reasons to RSVP for DA BCN's Election Night Virtual Party

WHEN: November 03, 2020 at 8:30 PM - 2:00 AM (CET)

WHERE: Zoom links sent to those who RSVP here.

There are many ways to follow what transpires at the polls on the evening of November 3rd, but we think our virtual Election Night Party is one of the best. Over 20 whipsmart people - some local, some not - signed up to speak, sing, and lead sparkling conversations. Democrats Abroad Barcelona is incredibly grateful for their contributions and thrilled to share who they are, what they do, and what you can expect from them during the party.

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Volunteers needed! Do your part to help Democrats win in 2020!

Democrats Abroad will hold its Global Presidential Primary the first week of March, with two opportunities to vote in person in Barcelona on Tuesday, March 3rd, and Saturday, March 7th. These events will be held at ESERP business school (Tuesday, 4:00 to 9:30 p.m.) and Restaurante El Foro (Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.).

**We are in need of volunteers for the local primary events**

These are the kinds of tasks volunteers will be doing on the in-person voting days:

  • Helping set up, decorate and open the voting center

  • Greeting and directing voters to where they need to go based on their needs

  • Helping voters with same-day voter registration in their U.S. state if necessary

  • Helping voters to join Democrats Abroad to be eligible to vote in the primary if necessary

  • Verifying voter eligibility

  • Handing out ballots and recording who has voted

  • Assisting voters in filling out their ballots and providing any information they need

  • Selling merchandise to raise money to cover chapter expenses (for example, ballot printing, courier charges for sending ballots to DA Europe)

  • Watching children in the kids’ area while their parents are voting

  • Running errands (for example, going to the copy shop if we run out of printed ballots)

  • Counting and scanning ballots after voting is finished

  • Preparing ballot packages for sending to Prague

  • Closing the voting center

Voting hours on the two days will be divided into shifts of approximately three hours.

Tuesday, March 3: 3:00 - 6:30 / 6:00 - 9:30*
*after 9:30, ballot counting and scanning starts
We have around 10 shifts to cover

Saturday, March 7: 9:00 - 12:30 / 12:00 - 3:30 / 3:00 - 6:30 / 6:00 - 8:00*
*after 8:00 ballot counting and scanning starts
We have around 30 shifts to cover

If you want to help with this important work, send an email to info-es-barcelona@democratsabroad.org, indicating the days and hours you are available so that we can put you on the volunteer list and send you further information. Volunteers will receive training. As a bonus, it’s a great way to learn how elections work.

Non-citizens can also serve as volunteers for roles that do not involve contact with ballots or voter data.

Additionally, in the lead-up to this year’s elections, Democrats Abroad needs volunteers to do phonebanking, i.e. calling fellow DA SPain members and making sure they have the information they need to vote in this year’s elections. Phonebanking is something you can do at home on your computer when it is convenient for you. Your only expense is your volunteer time. You can sit down at your computer, sign in to the tool (Call Hub) and start making calls, using the script provided. If you are interested in helping out in this way, go to www.democratsabroad.org, sign in with your email address and password, then click on TAKE ACTION and choose the first option: Phonebank. Be sure to let us know you’re participating in this campaign so we can say “thank you!”

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Barcelona Dems on the move in 2020


At the risk of sounding cliche, the 2020 general election is indeed going to be the most consequential election of our lifetimes. Donald Trump, through his ignorance, narcissism, greed and corruption, – and governing the country in the style of a mafia Don – has done irreparable damage to the U.S. and the world in less than 4 years. We have just over 10 months to set things right again.

Here in Barcelona – permanent or semi-permanent home to an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 U.S. expats, and temporary home to a steady stream of interns and college students studying abroad – your local DA chapter is doing its part to unTrump the world. Since last summer, we have hosted a series of events to watch seven Democratic presidential primary debates together. The most recent was held January 15th at the Eroica Caffè and had the best attendance yet. We are not sure if that’s because the race is heating up, due to excitement and curiosity about the new venue, or because Trump has now been impeached, but in any case, about 35 people showed up to watch the debate. Many stayed afterward to hear from Iowa native Charles Friedman, who explained how the caucus system works in that state, as well as his thoughts about what might happen next summer if there is a brokered convention [if you are interested in receiving one of his handouts, send an email to info-es-barcelona@democratsabroad.org]. Several more debates will be held in the months ahead, so watch this space for announcements.

Debate watch at Eroica Caffè, January 15









Chapter members have also been busy this month visiting college study-abroad programs in Barcelona and registering students to vote while they are here. So far, we have spoken with students from Arcadia, Boston College and University of Chicago. There are dozens of these programs located in Barcelona and we need volunteers to help reach out to students. If you are available on a regular or sporadic basis, please let us know.


Coming up next, we will join Barcelona en Comú and Women’s March Barcelona in a panel discussion following a screening of the documentary film Knock Down the House, the inspirational story of four progressive young women (including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) who ran for Congress in 2018. Please join us for this exciting opportunity on Thursday, January 23 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

On February 18th, Democrats Abroad members will get an email invitation to participate in the Global Presidential Primary to choose Democrats Abroad delegates to the National Convention. This email will include all the information you need to vote online. However, if you live in or near Barcelona or are able to travel there, we will be holding two separate events for in-person voting on Tuesday, March 3 (Super Tuesday) and Saturday, March 9. Watch for further info in your email, this page, and on social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).

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