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Selfies y Sangria for Warren

On Friday, February 28th, there will be a Selfies y Sangria for Warren event from 6p-9p at La Valentina, Calle Pelayo, 26 (Metro: Chueca).

Supporters of Elizabeth Warren in Madrid are organizing a selfie and sangria party to connect over the senator's many plans and build awareness about the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary. Dream big, fight hard, and eat some tapas!

And, yes, there will be a selfie line! Voters in early states get the real deal, but we will have our own fantastic version of the senator. Nevertheless, we have persisted to get you your selfie.

Tapas are first come, first serve. Buy your own sangria, caña, or wine, and get in line for that selfie!

RSVP on Facebook or via email: espanaconwarren@gmail.com

Democrats Abroad is pleased to make announcements for all presidential campaigns on an equal basis. Please send announcements with images that you wish to be posted, or we can share from your existing FB page. Send your instructions to info-spain@democratsabroad.org

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Volunteering with DA Madrid

Democrats Abroad (DA) chapters all over the world are preparing for the Global Presidential Primary (GPP). If the 2016 election cycle is any indication, hundreds of people are estimated to participate in Madrid alone.

As such, over two dozen DA members and supporters spent their Sunday afternoon with us to learn about opportunities to volunteer at our events.

At our informational session, we explained the importance of the GPP, the delegate selection process, and what our specific GPP events are going to look like. While voting for the presidential candidates is the main focus, our Super Tuesday event will also include food, activities, and entertainment!

Volunteering opportunities are not just open to U.S. citizens. Nationals of other countries are also free to get involved. 

Although only U.S. citizens can handle voter data, there are plenty of ways that non-U.S. supporters can help. 

If you're interested in possibly volunteering with DA Madrid, send us a message at Info-ES-Madrid@democratsabroad.org

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Getting ready for 2020!

For the past several months, DA members and supporters have come together for drinks, debates, and discussion at The Village Tap Room. 

Whether you're a long-time Madrid resident, living here temporarily, or just passing through town, feel free to stop by and join us! Although only U.S. citizens can become members of Democrats Abroad, nationals from other countries are always welcome at these events. 

At the January debate, four newcomers decided to become a member of Democrats Abroad. Out of the 30 attendees, over a dozen had already requested an absentee ballot. 

As overseas voters, we can request a ballot through VoteFromAbroad.org and vote in the General Presidential Primary (GPP). If you're not already a member of Democrats Abroad, you can join when you request your ballot.

In Madrid, we'll be holding GPP in-person voting events on three days:

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 
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Sunday, March 8
The Village Tap Room 
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Hundreds of overseas Americans joined us for the GPP in 2016. We hope you'll be among them this year!

In February, we will get an invite to choose delegates for Democrats Abroad for the Democratic National Convention. Out of all the chapters worldwide, delegates from the Madrid chapter have been chosen to attend multiple times over the past few years. If you'd be interested in applying, let us know!

Stay tuned for more updates about events, voting, and other information! We'll keep you updated here and through our social media channels.

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Events with Madrid for Bernie

Madrid for Bernie and Spain4Bernie have two GREAT events this week! 

This Friday and Sunday come meet fellow Bernie supporters. There's always a way to get involved so don't be shy! See you there!


Birras for Bernie

Friday, December 13th, at 8 PM. La Morada, Calle Fernando Poo, 4, 28045, Madrid


Curious about Bernie Sanders? American Politics? Medicare for All and the Green New Deal? Come down to La Morada this Friday at 20:00. Have a beer or snack, meet the Madrid4Bernie team, and join the Political Revolution!


European Phone Bank for Bernie

Sunday, December 15th, at 6 PM. Plaza de las Penuelas, 3, Madrid


Join the political revolution! All across Europe, Bernie supporters are phone banking at this time to help elect Bernie and transform our country. Making these calls or texts is the MOST IMPORTANT thing we can do to elect Bernie Sanders in 2020. All you need is a laptop and headphones/microphone. You'll be reaching out to prospective voters in US states and asking them about their support for Bernie. 

English and Spanish speakers of all nationalities welcome!


Democrats Abroad is pleased to make announcements for all presidential campaigns on an equal basis. Please send announcements with images that you wish to be posted, or we can share from your existing FB page. Send your instructions to info-spain@democratsabroad.org


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Meet and Greet Events with Tom Steyer, Michael Bloomberg, and Spain for Pete Buttigieg

We are pleased to announce three upcoming events for presidential hopefuls in the Democratic Primary election. With the advent of COP25, both Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg are in town. They want to meet you!

Furthermore, Pete Buttigieg’s delegation is on the ground, hosting an event to advocate for their candidate and provide information to voters like you.


Democrats Abroad is pleased to make announcements for all presidential campaigns on an equal basis. Please send announcements with images that you wish to be posted, or we can share from your existing FB page. Send your instructions to info-spain@democratsabroad.org


TOM STEYER

9 December, 8 PM. Lounge & Bar NH Collection Madrid Eurobuilding. (Calle de Padre Damián, 23, 28036 Madrid)

Come learn about the Tom Steyer presidential campaign over a drink on December 9th at 8pm at the Lounge & Bar at the NH Collection Madrid Eurobuilding. Tom’s campaign has surged into fourth place in the early states in a recent poll, and we want to gather supporters in Madrid for a drink to talk about Tom’s main policies of eradicating corporate influence in our democracy and urgently addressing climate change, and anything else! 

The event will be hosted by Vien Truong and Aaron Burgess, who lead climate policy for the Tom 2020 campaign. 

Please RSVP to the event by sending an email to evi.steyer@tomsteyer.com. 

To help Tom appear on the Democrats Abroad primary ballot, you can sign his petition here. Facebook event here.


MICHAEL BLOOMBERG

10 December, 6-7PM. The Village Tap Room (Calle Martín de los Heros 28, 28008 Madrid )

Former Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg recently threw his hat into the Democratic Presidential Primary. He is excited to take the opportunity to personally meet fellow Dems here in Madrid while attending COP25.

Please join his campaign for a meet-up on Tuesday evening 6-7PM at The Village Tap Room.


PETE BUTTIGIEG

10 December, 8:30 PM. Casa Pueblo (Calle León 3, 28014 Madrid )

It's a Pete Up in Madrid!

If you are a Pete Buttigieg supporter or you are Pete-curious, please join us at Casa Pueblo on Tuesday, Dec 10th at 8:30pm for some tapas, cañas, or a copa de vino.

It's a great opportunity to meet new people, discuss all things Pete, and learn how you can support Pete's campaign and voter registration activities. 

Please help us get the word out! @pete2020abroad @petebuttigieg

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Democrats Abroad Spain Madrid Candidates

Madrid Chapter Leadership Candidates

The Nominations and Election Committee for Madrid solicited nominations at a meeting and with an email sent to all members in the Madrid region.  These are the candidates who have been nominated.


Chair:   Samuel Mattern

Vice Chair:  Laura Hale,  Khephra White

Secretary:  Revé Fisher

Treasurer:  Christina Samson


Please find the bios received from the candidates to date.


Chair

Samuel Mattern

We all know what’s at stake in the 2020 election. Now more than ever, voter turnout is essential. And I want to help.

A Pacific Northwest native (Portland, OR), my feet are firmly planted on both sides of the pond after permanently settling in Spain in 2007. I joined Democrats Abroad in 2014 and became increasingly active in the run-up to the 2016 election, ultimately assuming my current position as spokesperson and press relations coordinator.

I enthusiastically believe in DA’s mission and work. Its members are uniquely poised with an outside perspective that translates to transformative, positive and long-lasting action when we cast our ballots. This is proof positive that DA plays a vital role in the political landscape back home, which redounds to our advantage in our adopted country of residence. In this vein, those who know me are aware of my passion for social justice and how much I care about the well-being of others. I would be thrilled to kick my current involvement up a notch and bring this passion to DA.

Running my own translation and communication business here in Madrid for the past decade has not only developed my strong command of the Spanish language; it has also honed my collaboration, organizational and coordination skills. My complete immersion in Spanish life and culture means that I can navigate the system and get things done on the ground, facilitating and streamlining the important tasks we have before us, especially as far as logistics and communication are concerned. Perseverant by nature, I’m committed to finishing the job.

The opportunity to dedicate my excitement and skills to the DA Chair position would be a privilege, and your consideration to allow me to serve an honor.


Vice Chair (1)

Laura Hale  

Laura Hale has lived in Madrid since 2013, previously having lived in Bratislava, Tinian and Canberra. Originally from the Chicago suburbs and a family of life long Democrats, she has an BGS and MSEd in Instructional Technology from Northern Illinois University, and a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra. A data analyst and sports historian by training, in the past few years she has been active in disability activism through sports data related projects. She has been involved in further activist activities online and offline mostly centering around Wikipedia and related projects since 2011.


Vice Chair (2)

Khephra White

I’ve lived through 7 presidents and seen a lot of change over the years. However, the Presidential election in 2020 may be one of the most important elections we will see in this lifetime. I joined D.A. Madrid in 2015 because I believed in their mission and wanted to get involved any way I could. After five years of working with DA Madrid fundraisers, events, and voter registration, I still feel like I can do more.

A vote is a powerful thing. This is a belief my parents and grandparents, who grew up in the Jim Crow south, instilled in me from a child. I grew up learning about politics, and always found them fascinating, but what I cared about most was getting out the vote. On Election days, my grandmother always voted first thing in the morning. She would call me saying: “Don’t forget to vote today. They said you haven’t gone in yet.” When I made it to the polls, the workers would ask me: “Is your sister coming? She hasn’t been here yet.” Hey, my neighborhood in New Orleans was small. We were a community and everyone knew each other.

With DA Madrid, I have that same sense of community, and I believe that should be shared with every member: past, current, and future. I also believe that DA Madrid’s work with local social justice groups is especially important to fostering a welcoming environment for immigrants of color. I feel it’s important for us to have a support system, where we are free to discuss issues that we may face here in Spain.

Working with DA Madrid in any capacity is an honor. If elected I will dedicate every ounce of my passion to serve our community, increase voter registration, and show the world that the expat vote is a force to be reckoned with. Thank you for your consideration, and I’ll see you at the polls!"


Secretary

Revé Fisher

As Americans overseas, we view the U.S. through an especially critical lens. When talking to citizens from other countries, we are often pushed into the role of impromptu ambassador and urged to give an opinion about the current administration. The actions taken by the U.S., which is unfortunately led by a reality TV show host with a Napoleon complex, affect the world...a cringe-worthy thought at times.

Although we live far from home, we can still make an impact. Our opinions can be heard, and our votes can make a difference. 2020 does not need to experience the same disastrous results as 2016. Democrats Abroad will ensure that we overseas Americans have a visible role in the U.S. political fabric.

As secretary of DA Madrid, I will help you to stay informed about DA events (and make sure that you feel welcome if you attend :)), write up the minutes (so you can be in-the-know if you don't attend), organize the Madrid chapter database, and provide voting information to everyone who wants to be heard in our nation's elections.

My career as a writer, editor, and content marketer has given me with the skills to support DA's communication and outreach efforts. My role as a volunteer at SOS Racismo Madrid and back home in Chicago motivates me to help alleviate the issues that affect my local community. I'd love to have the opportunity to serve the American community in Madrid. We WILL make a difference in the 2020 election.

Treasurer

Tina Samson 

She  is currently the Treasurer of Democrats Abroad Madrid and on the road for the United Nations..  







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Calling all DA-Madrid Members!

Chapter Elections Set for Sunday, March 26th, 2017 

The bylaws of Democrats Abroad Spain, require that each chapter hold officer elections every two years. In compliance with this rule, DA-Madrid Chapter will hold our elections on Sunday, March 26th before our soon to be announced event Women's Healthcare and Reproductive Rights. 

The positions of Chapter President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer will be elected for a two-year term, effective when the results are announced. At this time, some of the incumbents are seeking another term, but in any case, nominations for all positions are open until Thursday, March 9th. Nominations will not be taken at the time of the election, since a ballot will be sent out for voting for all positions by e-mail. The Madrid chapter adheres to the Equal Opportunity rule of the Democratic Party that the Chair and Vice Chair must be of the opposite gender.

You are welcome to nominate yourself. You can also nominate someone else; the nomination needs a second by another member, either in the same email or a follow-up email from the seconding member. The Nominations and Elections Committee will confirm that the member wishes to run. Nominations can be made by email to DAMadridVotes2017@gmail.com  and must be submitted by Thursday, March 9th. The Nominations and Elections Committee may also seek out and nominate candidates.

The main duties of each officer are as follows:

President – The candidate should be a team player who works with the Executive Committee, preside over monthly meetings, and represent the Madrid Chapter on the DA Spain Ex Com. Events in the next term, include: monthly meetings, special events; and activities related to 2018 Midterm elections, including the coordination of the Get Out The Vote effort.

Vice President – An activist who can support the president and the Executive Committee in the organization of chapter meetings and events; preside over monthly meetings; and attend DA Spain Ex Com meetings in the president's absence.

Secretary – A highly organized individual with good writing and computer skills, who can maintain an up-to-date list of chapter members, take minutes at monthly meetings, post them on the website, and send out notices of meetings and special events.

Treasurer – Responsible management of the Chapter's finances, keeping accounts of chapter monies collected and spent; storing reserve funds; assisting in fundraising and presenting a monthly report at chapter meetings.

Contact the Nominations & Election Committee at: DAMadridVotes2017@gmail.com 

Sarah Graves current president will not be running and has agreed to chair the nominating committee.  Carolyn Baurle will help coordinate the election. More information to follow when the nominating process is complete.


Hasta Luego from the Interns!

Andrea and I are coming to the end of our time here in Madrid, and we want to express our appreciation for all of the enthusiasm and support you have all shown us over the past ten weeks.

I think I speak for both of us when I say that this internship took our Madrid experience from good to great. We were welcomed into a diverse community of friendly, funny, interesting Americans living in this beautiful city. We shared laughs, exchanged stories, and enjoyed food and drinks together — from Variopintos and the Kahlo Center to Retiro Park and Jim's apartment on the 4th of July. These were some of the highlights of our time here in Madrid, and they are memories that we'll never forget.

We'd like to give an extra-special thank you to Jim, who took us under his wing during the second half of our internship. Jim has been more than a supervisor to us — he's been a mentor and a friend. For that, we are truly grateful.

We'll never forget how warm and welcoming this wonderful group of people has been to us. Madrid Democrats, cheers to you!

Stephen & Andrea,

Madrid Chapter Interns

 

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Orgullo & Independence- What a weekend!

This past weekend we had the opportunity to celebrate two wonderful events: Madrid Orgullo and our annual Independence Day Picnic. The first was celebrated with 1.5 million people who rejoiced the streets of Madrid with joy and PRIDE. Democrats Abroad Madrid chapter rallied near the Reina Sofia with our colorful shirts and fun signs displaying a variety of messages such as “Grandmas for Equality” and “Straight but NOT Narrow”. This is the third year that Democrats Abroad Madrid chapter has been given the opportunity to march in the parade. An opportunity like that is just too good to pass up. With our posters in hand, we took to the streets and joined the crowd as we celebrated love and equality. Dancing our way down from Atocha to Plaza de Colon, we had a fantastic time getting to know others along the way. We shared laughs, smiles, and our free spirits!



Additionally, we were able to enjoy each other’s company once more as we met up on Sunday afternoon in Retiro Park. We met at our normal spot near the Paseo de Uruguay and laid out our blankets under some big, shady trees. Everyone brought their appetite; but even better, they shared their favorite American dish! Picture this: perfectly seasoned chicken legs, fresh bean salad on lettuce boats, a crockpot full of savory chili, refreshing fruit salad, and the list goes on! Your mouth is probably watering right about now, but for good reason! Ours was too. The food was amazing, but everyone’s company was even better. It was the perfect homestyle picnic we all love and miss. If you didn’t have the opportunity to make it out to this one, we hope to see you next year. But hopefully even sooner at our upcoming events!

As always, stay up to date with all the fun stuff going on with Madrid chapter through our Facebook , Twitter, and our emails. And I’m sure you’ve heard Stephen and say it a thousand times, but another time won’t hurt: If you’re not already registered to vote, you can do so by visiting votefromabroad.org to fill out a quick Federal Post-Card Application (FPCA). And of course, should you ever have any questions or need any help, feel free to contact Stephen or myself.

Until next time, Madrid Dems.

-Andrea
Madrid chapter Intern


So Long, and Thanks for All the... Gumbo?

Mouth-watering gumbo. Savory corn bread. Crisp wine from Valencia. Oh, and a bunch of fun Madrid Democrats! All that and more came together this past weekend, in celebration of the Madrid Chapter's 12th Anniversary, and to say hasta luego to Ryan Turner.

The past 12 years have been huge. Not only has our chapter helped register hundreds of Democrats living in Spain, we've also grown into an incredible, tight-knit, diverse community that knows how to have a good time. For the past several years, chapter president Ryan Turner has been the driving force behind that development. Not to mention, Ryan helped make Madrid the first Democrats Abroad chapter in the entire organization to work with passionate young interns -- he's the reason Andrea and I have the opportunity to write this post. Needless to say, he will be missed -- but his leadership is certainly worthy of Saturday night's celebration.

Our night started off with a variety of foods made by our members with some truly remarkable culinary abilities. Between the gumbo, the BBQ drumsticks, the black bean salad, the sesame pasta salad, the cheese and jalapeno corn bread, and so much more, there was plenty of good food to go around. This spread was complemented perfectly by a selection of tasty wines from Valencia, and some ice-cold brewskis perfect for Saturday's warm weather. All in all, it was quite a feast. 

Following dinner, we held a great Open Mic event for everyone's entertainment. From the Vagina Monologue, to the wonderful poetry and singing, to Leandro's wild rendition of a Vargas scene, there was no shortage of applause-worthy performances. Again, we'd like to give a huge thank you to everyone who participated. 

In addition to the anniversary celebration, we also gave Ryan a loving send-off, as he and his family will soon be moving to Milan. As we mentioned, Ryan has been the driving force behind the Madrid chapter for several years, and we are sad to see him go -- but excited about what the future holds for him and his family. Many members shared heartfelt words of thanks and good-wishes for Ryan, as he and his family step forward into this new phase of their life together. Nicole Pearson shared a beautiful song with us, and then led us all, loud and proud, in Bill Withers' "Lean on Me." We finished with an unveiling of a fantastic caricature of Ryan in full Real Madrid garb -- much to his delight. 

The silent auction was also a huge success. Thanks to many generous members and the support of several local restaurants and bars, we had a ton of treasures to auction off. We hope everyone who placed a bid was able to get their hands on something great. A huge thank you to all of you who donated items -- this wouldn't have been possible without your generosity. 

Thanks to our wonderful guests, top-quality entertainment, and delicious food, our party turned out to truly be one for the ages. We thank all members and friends who were able to attend, and we hope you enjoyed your Saturday evening as much as we did.

We can’t wait to see you all at again our future events, so stay tuned on our Facebook and Twitter pages for more information!

Muchos saludos y abrazos!

Stephen & Andrea

Summer Interns

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