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Bienvenido Democrats Abroad - Valencia!

Welcome to DA-Valencia (DAV), the official arm of the Democratic Party for American Democrats living in the Valencian Region of Spain.

MISSION: To provide relevant information about candidates and issues that affect democratic leaning expats. Chapter activities and community involvement are designed to meet new people of like mind in fun-filled social, political and community activities that show a positive image of the US and ourselves as US expats living in Valencia.

Together with DA country committees around the globe, we're making specific issues faced by overseas Americans known on Capitol Hill and joining important activism events with friends and family in the US and in Spain. With technology and social media, there are many ways for us to make our voices heard, even an ocean away.

VOTING: US Citizens living abroad need to register to vote EVERY YEAR. We can assist with your voter registration and in securing and filing your ballot(s).  If you will be eligible to vote on Election Day in November 2020, complete your registration and ballot request.

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We rely on volunteers to ensure members and friends are informed about local and national US issues as well as those that expats face while living in Spain.

Watch this space for upcoming announcements of meetings and events. We have events planned throughout the year and encourage anyone interested in participating and helping with Democrats Abroad Valencia to let us know of your interest.

Please share your questions, ideas, and enthusiasm with us!

We look forward to meeting you very soon!

Your DA Leadership Team,

Georgie Grossman, Chair
Phillip BrownVice Chair
John Poirier, Secretary
Julie TurnerTreasurer

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Passion, commitment, conviction and challenge in the eye of the storm

Today I am as proud of my USA birthplace and the “…republic for which it stands…” that the founders of the Republic envisioned and created as I have been for a very long time and have a new appreciation for the democratic ideals we enjoy - so far.

To really understand what is at stake in 2020 I strongly encourage you to listen carefully to the last 14+ minutes of Adam Schiff’s 2:20 hour address to the opening of the impeachment trial.

http://bit.ly/Schiff-Argument 

Why - because it is a reminder and a challenge to congress of course BUT also to me and you and there is no way I can say it as clearly as Congressman Schiff does. 

This new pride does not erase my personal responsibility for the apathy and lack of attention that I have paid in the past to the threats that have been developing over the past several decades. In a very real way, I am responsible too.

Riding the wave of prosperity, opportunity, education, travel, and abundance I lured myself into accepting the notion that since all was great for me, it must be for all great for others as well.  I did not accept that anything could go wrong - then 2016 . . . . .

I did not look. I did not see. I intentionally blinded myself to the reality that slowly but surely the wheels were falling off the wagon. I was wowed by the intellect and governing of people like Obama and a congress that seemed to be keeping everything in check and balance.

I said, "there is nothing for me to do." Sure I bitched and moaned about this tax or that, the steadily increasing gap in income equality, deterioration of education, forever wars that did not involve me in any way.

Does this sound familiar - no, I mean really - does this ring any bells for you? “We” must now recommit ourselves to fight for who we are due to the democratic freedom we enjoy.

Now - I / we must act to safeguard the constitution and restore confidence in our government that is so severely eroded.  

Act now - please, we cannot again be part of the 30% of eligible voters who did not vote due to our apathy. 

It is not guaranteed.
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SPEAK OUT NOW - DEMOCRACY DEMANDS PARTICIPATION

We are at a historic turning point in our country today. 

The President of the United States is being tried by the Senate on whether or not to abolish the Impeachment Clause of the Constitution. If a president can categorically deny Congress all witnesses and all documents whenever he feels like it, there is no Impeachment Clause anymore. One of the first steps to ending a democracy and erecting an autocracy is making it legally impossible to remove the head-of-state. 

A vote to acquit on Contempt of Congress pushes us toward autocracy. By the same token, a vote to acquit on this particular Abuse of Power allegation is a vote in favor of foreign governments getting a say in our elections. So if the Senate GOP votes to acquit on Abuse of Power, your vote just lost 75% of its power. Please understand that.

Why are we supporting impeachment? And why do many of you? Because we want to live in a “democracy”. We want our votes to matter. And when a president acts like an autocrat, upends rule of law and destroys our electoral process, that president doesn't get to stay in office.

As Members of Democrats Abroad, we are asking each of you receiving this letter to please

IF YOU HAVEN'T MADE A CALL TO YOUR SENATOR OR ANY SENATOR YET 

TODAY WOULD BE A PERFECT DAY TO START.

Every day "45" remains in office he poses a threat to national and global security.

The Senate switchboard number is 202 224 3121. Please find below scripts you can follow if you call. ALSO: Resistbot.com is a great way to send a message. You can use Twitter, look up Resistbot and type Resist and you will be ready to send your message. Type Done when you are finished and your message will be sent.

Talking points courtesy of Seth Abramson, Sandra Odem Dowd, and Indivisible:

SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR SENATORS: My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], State [zip code]. I am calling because I want to thank the Senator for supporting the impeachment process and speaking out for a fair Senate Impeachment trial. But I’m worried about a cover-up with the Senate trial. I ask that he/she please push for:

1. Reject the Senate resolution as it’s currently written.

2. Support witnesses, depositions, and the public release of testimony.

3. Reject McConnell’s attempt to have this play out in the middle of the night, as it prevents the American people from watching the trial.

Make sure to tell them that to go forward with the proposed rules is to be complicit in a cover-up more appalling than Watergate, not to mention a violation of the oath they took to protect our democracy and the constitution.

A SECOND SAMPLE SCRIPT:

• A fair and just Senate impeachment trial that is held during the light of day, with witnesses and documents.

• the press to have full access to report on the Senate impeachment trial.

• If you want a DEMOCRACY, and if you want FREE & FAIR ELECTIONS, your vote on impeachment must be to convict.

• If you want AUTOCRACY and FOREIGN-RUN ELECTIONS, vote to acquit.

• The president & enablers extorted a foreign nation for the president's personal gain

• The president withheld crucial, congressionally mandated military aid from a vulnerable burgeoning democracy as a bargaining chip - demanding that nation publicly spread conspiracy theories and manufacture false claims against a competitor in an upcoming US election

• Please take a principled stand, put yourself on the right side of history and speak out against the crimes committed by this President.

If you are inclined, here are the numbers to call McConnell, in Kentucky. The message is to demand he allow TV cameras to cover the impeachment trial, and reporters are allowed in the Senate. Remind him he is supposed to represent all Americans, as this is an issue of national importance. If he can "coordinate" with 45, then he should recuse himself. If we all call, all of these numbers, it may move the needle toward transparency. He has no right to prevent us from seeing what will go in in this trial. We The People demand our representatives represent us, not their own self-interest, or the interests of a possible dictator.

502-582-6304

859-224-8286

859-578-0188

606-864-2026

270-781-1673

270-442-4554

202-224-2499

Note. He NEVER answers his DC number.

Here's the list of moderates, etc....

SPREAD WIDELY! DEMOCRACY REQUIRES PARTICIPATION. LET’S SPEAK OUT WHILE WE STILL CAN!

Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee

https://www.alexander.senate.gov/public/

https://twitter.com/SenAlexander

Phone: (202) 224-4944

Fax: (202) 228-3398

Chattanooga Office

Joel E. Soloman Federal Building

900 Georgia Avenue, #260

Chattanooga, TN 37402

Phone: (423) 752-5337

Fax: (423) 752-5342

Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri

https://www.blunt.senate.gov/

https://twitter.com/RoyBlunt

Phone: (202) 224-5721

Springfield Office

2740 B East Sunshine

Springfield, MO 65804

P: (417) 877-7814

Sen. Susan Collins of Maine

https://www.collins.senate.gov/

https://twitter.com/senatorcollins

Main: (202)224-2523

Fax: (202)224-2693

Augusta Office

68 Sewall Street, Room 507

Augusta, ME 04330

Main: (207) 622-8414

Sen. Mike Lee of Utah

https://www.lee.senate.gov/public/

https://twitter.com/SenMikeLee

Phone: 202-224-5444

Fax: 801-524-5730

Salt Lake City

Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building

125 South State, Suite 4225

Salt Lake City, UT 84138

Phone: 801-524-5933

Fax: 801-524-5730

Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas

https://www.moran.senate.gov/public/

https://twitter.com/jerrymoran

Phone: (202) 224-6521

Fax: (202) 228-6966

Wichita Office

100 North Broadway

Suite 210

Wichita, KS 67202

Phone: (316) 269-9257

Fax: (316) 269-9259

Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska

https://www.murkowski.senate.gov/

https://twitter.com/lisamurkowski

Phone: (202)-224-6665

Fax: (202)-224-5301

Anchorage Office

510 L Street

Suite 600

Anchorage, AK 99501

Phone: (907) 271-3735

Fax: (877) 857-0322

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky

https://www.paul.senate.gov/

https://twitter.com/RandPaul

Phone: 202-224-4343

Bowling Green

Main State Office

1029 State Street

Bowling Green, KY 42101

Phone: 270-782-8303

Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio

https://www.portman.senate.gov/

https://twitter.com/senrobportman

Phone: 202-224-3353

Columbus Office

37 West Broad Street , Room 300

Columbus, OH 43215

Phone: 614-469-6774

Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah

https://www.romney.senate.gov/

https://twitter.com/SenatorRomney

Phone: (202) 224-5251

Fax: (202) 228-0836

Salt Lake City Office

125 S. State Stree Suite 8402

Salt Lake City, UT 84138

Phone: (801) 524-4380

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida

https://www.rubio.senate.gov/public/

https://twitter.com/SenRubioPress

Phone: 202-224-3041

Fax: 305-596-4345

Orlando Office

201 South Orange Avenue

Suite 350

Orlando, FL 32801

Phone: (407) 254-2573 or toll free in Florida 1-866-630-7106

Sen. Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania

https://www.toomey.senate.gov/

https://twitter.com/SenToomey

Phone: (202) 224-4254

Fax: (202) 228-0284

Erie Office

United States Federal Building

17 South Park Row

Suite B-120

Erie, PA 16501

Phone: (814) 453-3010

Fax: (814) 455-9925

Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi

https://www.wicker.senate.gov/public/

https://twitter.com/SenatorWicker

Phone: (202) 224-6253

Gulfport Office

2909 13th Street

3rd Floor, Suite 303

Gulfport, MS 39501

Main: (228) 871-701

U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry

Mac Thornberry Press (@MacTXPress) | Twitter

Mac Thornberry Press (@MacTXPress) | Twitter

The latest Tweets from Mac Thornberry Press (@MacTXPress). Tweets from the press shop of US Rep. Mac Thornberry. Mac serves the 13th District of TX, which spans from Amarillo to Wichita Falls & is larger than 13 states. United States Capitol

Phone: (202) 225-3706

Fax: (202) 225-3486

Amarillo Office

620 South Taylor Street

Suite 200

Amarillo, Texas 79101

T: (806) 371-8844

F: (806) 371-7044

Senator Ben Sasse

Senator Ben Sasse (@SenSasse) | Twitter

Senator Ben Sasse (@SenSasse) | Twitter

The latest Tweets from Senator Ben Sasse (@SenSasse). The press office account of U.S. Sen. Sasse. His (less political/hopefully more interesting) personal account is @ BenSasse

Phone: 202-224-4224

Lincoln Office

1128 Lincoln Mall, Suite 305

Lincoln, NE 68508

Phone: 402-476-1400

Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado

Home | U.S. Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado

Home | U.S. Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado

The Official U.S. Senate website of Senator Cory Gardner Of Colorado

Cory Gardner (@SenCory Gardner (@SenCoryGardner) | Twitter

The latest Tweets from Cory Gardner (@SenCoryGardner). Proudly serving the state of Colorado in the United States Senate. This is my official Senate Twitter account. ColoradoCoryGardner) | Twitter

Phone: (202) 224-5941

Fax: (202) 224-6524

Denver Office

1961 Stout St., Ste. 12-300

Denver, CO 80294

Phone: (303) 391-5777

From FiveThirtyEight Article: https://fivethirtyeight.com/…/if-republicans-ever-turn-on-…/

Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana

Home | U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana

Home | U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana

The Official U.S. Senate website of Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (@SenBillCassidy) | Twitter

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (@SenBillCassidy) | Twitter

The latest Tweets from U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (@SenBillCassidy). Treated uninsured patients as a doctor in Louisiana’s charity hospital system, now serving the people of my state in the US Senate. Proud LSU grad! #GeauxTigers. Baton Rouge, LA

Phone: (202) 224-5824

Baton Rouge Office

5555 Hilton Ave.

Suite 100

Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Phone: (225) 929-7711

Fax: (225) 929-7688

Sen. Lamar Alexander (@SenAlexander) | Twitter

Sen. Lamar Alexander (@SenAlexander) | Twitter

Los Tweets más recientes de Sen. Lamar Alexander (@SenAlexander). 7th generation Tennessean born and raised in Maryville #LowerHealthCareCosts #MakingCollegeWorthIt #OpioidCrisisResponse #RestoreOurParks #TitanUp. Maryville, TN

Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma

Home | U.S. Senator for Oklahoma

Inhofe Press Office (@InhofePress) | Twitter

Inhofe Press Office (@InhofePress) | Twitter

The latest Tweets from Inhofe Press Office (@InhofePress).

Press Office of U.S. Senator @JimInhofe (R-Okla. Washington, D.C.

Phone: (202) 224-4721

Fax: (202) 228-0380

Oklahoma City Office

3817 NW Expressway #780

Oklahoma City, OK 73112

Phone: (405) 208-8841

Fax: (405) 604-0917

https://Home | U.S. Senator for Oklahoma

Phone: (202) 224-4721

Fax: (202) 228-0380

Rep. Daniel Webster of Florida

Congressman Daniel Webster

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YOUR VOTE CANNOT COUNT IF YOU ARE NOT REGISTERED.

HERE ARE REGISTRATION DATES SORTED BY REGISTRATION DEADLINES FOR YOUR STATE.  

FOR DETAILED  STATE INFORMATION SEE: Vote From Abroad

To download a PDF copy of this table, please click HERE.

By State   By Date
STATE PERSON ONLINE MAIL   STATE PERSON ONLINE MAIL
AK 5-Mar 6-Mar 7-Mar   MP 14-Jan N/A 14-Jan 
AL 17-Feb 17-Feb 17-Feb   SC 26-Jan 26-Jan 26-Jan
AR 2-Feb   4-Feb   NV 1-Feb 3-Feb 29-Jan
AS 2-Feb   4-Feb   TX 2-Feb N/A 2-Feb
AZ 18-Feb 18-Feb 18-Feb   AR 2-Feb   4-Feb
CA 17-Feb 17-Feb 17-Feb   AS 2-Feb   4-Feb
CO DAY OF 24-Feb 10-Feb   OK 7-Feb N/A 7-Feb
CT 27-Apr 23-Apr 23-Apr   PR 8-Feb N/A 8-Feb
DC DAY OF 12-May 12-May   VA 8-Feb 8-Feb 8-Feb
DE 4-Apr 4-Apr 4-Apr   MS 9-Feb N/A 9-Feb
FL 18-Feb 18-Feb 18-Feb   MA 12-Feb 12-Feb 12-Feb
GA 25-Feb 25-Feb 25-Feb   MO 12-Feb 12-Feb 12-Feb
GU 22-Apr   22-Apr   OH 16-Feb 16-Feb 16-Feb
HI 5-Mar 5-Mar 5-Mar   AL 17-Feb 17-Feb 17-Feb
IA DAY OF 24-Jan 19-Jan   CA 17-Feb 17-Feb 17-Feb
ID DAY OF 12-Feb 12-Feb   AZ 18-Feb 18-Feb 18-Feb
IL DAY OF 1-Mar 19-Feb   FL 18-Feb 18-Feb 18-Feb
IN 6-Apr 6-Apr 6-Apr   GA 25-Feb 25-Feb 25-Feb
KY 20-Apr 20-Apr 20-Apr   HI 5-Mar 5-Mar 5-Mar
LA 5-Mar 5-Mar 5-Mar   LA 5-Mar 5-Mar 5-Mar
MA 12-Feb 12-Feb 12-Feb   AK 5-Mar 6-Mar 7-Mar
MD 23-Apr 7-Apr 7-Apr   PA 29-Mar 29-Mar 29-Mar
ME DAY OF N/A 11-Feb   RI 29-Mar 29-Mar 29-Mar
MI DAY OF N/A 24-Feb   NY 3-Apr 3-Apr 3-Apr
MN DAY OF 11-Feb 11-Feb   DE 4-Apr 4-Apr 4-Apr
MO 12-Feb 12-Feb 12-Feb   IN 6-Apr 6-Apr 6-Apr
MP 14-Jan N/A 14JAN   KY 20-Apr 20-Apr 20-Apr
MS 9-Feb N/A 9-Feb   WV 21-Apr 21-Apr 21-Apr
MT DAY OF N/A 3-May   GU 22-Apr   22-Apr
NC EARLY N/A 7-Feb   MD 23-Apr 7-Apr 7-Apr
ND DAY OF  N/A N/A   NE 24-Apr 17-Apr 17-Apr
NE 24-Apr 17-Apr 17-Apr   CT 27-Apr 23-Apr 23-Apr
NH DAY OF  N/A 29-Jan   OR 28-Apr 28-Apr 28-Apr
NJ 12-May 12-May 12-May   NM 5-May 5-May 5-May
NM 5-May 5-May 5-May   VI 7-May N/A 7-May
NV 1-Feb 3-Feb 29-Jan   NJ 12-May 12-May 12-May
NY 3-Apr 3-Apr 3-Apr   SD 18-May N/A 18-May
OH 16-Feb 16-Feb 16-Feb   NH DAY OF  N/A 29-Jan
OK 7-Feb N/A 7-Feb   CO DAY OF 24-Feb 10-Feb
OR 28-Apr 28-Apr 28-Apr   ME DAY OF N/A 11-Feb
PA 29-Mar 29-Mar 29-Mar   MN DAY OF 11-Feb 11-Feb
PR 8-Feb N/A 8-Feb   IA DAY OF 24-Jan 19-Jan
RI 29-Mar 29-Mar 29-Mar   ID DAY OF 12-Feb 12-Feb
SC 26-Jan 26-Jan 26-Jan   IL DAY OF 1-Mar 19-Feb
SD 18-May N/A 18-May   MI DAY OF N/A 24-Feb
TX 2-Feb N/A 2-Feb   UT DAY OF 25-Feb 25-Feb
UT DAY OF 25-Feb 25-Feb   WA DAY OF 2-Mar 2-Mar
VA 8-Feb 8-Feb 8-Feb   WI DAY OF 18-Mar 18-Mar
VI 7-May N/A 7-May   WY DAY OF N/A 21-Mar
VT DAY OF DAY OF DAY OF   MT DAY OF N/A 3-May
WA DAY OF 2-Mar 2-Mar   DC DAY OF 12-May 12-May
WI DAY OF 18-Mar 18-Mar   VT DAY OF DAY OF DAY OF
WV 21-Apr 21-Apr 21-Apr   ND DAY OF  N/A N/A
WY DAY OF N/A 21-Mar   NC EARLY N/A 7-Feb

 

 


WILL YOUR VOTE BE COUNTED ?

                                                    WILL YOUR VOTE BE COUNTED?

          Three documented Russian hacking methods and a warning from Politico.com

                                                 (http://bit.ly/DA_VLC_Vote_Hacking)

  1. Russia launched a massive social media campaign to sow discord

              A new version of the old “Divide & Conquer” plan. BE SKEPTICAL AND ASK QUESTIONS.

  1. Hackers went after the Democrats.

                500,000 Voter database records were altered in one state alone.

                Paper and absentee ballots are more likely to be counted. DA ballots really count?

                Request a new registration or ballot to confirm your personal information is correct.

                VERIFY your personal information of record

  1. They breached state and county agencies, too

               Government systems are interlinked – changes in one data base affects others.

              VERIFY your personal information of record– Utilities, Taxing authorities, Licenses

  1. Warning: Moscow is still trying

              We are low hanging fruit. We are NOT SAFE from cyber attacks.

  1. WHAT CAN / SHOULD YOU DO?

             Join Democrats Abroad for the latest information: (http://bit.ly/2GQ8Yw6)

            Always Remember – Moscow, and others, want your VOTE RIGHT NOW.

            Know the risks

            Know all you can do to protect your vote – AND your identity.

            Spread the word to your family, friends and those you meet.

            Get new information from Democrats Abroad Valencia’s website:

            http://bit.ly/2GQ8Yw6  OR  votefromabroad.org/request/your-information/

  1. FOR MORE INFORMATION:

              Political.com                                  ( http://bit.ly/DA_VLC_Vote_Hacking )

              Full Article Summary               ( http://bit.ly/Vote_Hacking_Political_Full )

             Democrats Abroad                     ( https://www.democratsabroad.org/es_news )

             Facebook                                          bit.ly/2YhjmSx ) 

            Website                                              bit.ly/DAValenciaInfo )

            Email                                                    ( http://bit.ly/Info_DA_ES_Valencia )

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Nonvoters handed Trump the presidency

Politics (NOTE: Bold, Underlined and Red text added for emphasis)

New data makes it clear:

Nonvoters handed Trump the presidency

By Philip Bump, Washington Post

August 9, 2018

For the full text of the article click this link: https://pewrsr.ch/2MbsTL0

Those who didn’t vote are as responsible for the outcome of the election as those who did.

On Thursday 18 July 2019, though, Pew Research Center released an unusually robust survey (https://pewrsr.ch/2MbsTL0) of the 2016 electorate. In addition to having asked people how they voted, Pew’s team verified that they did, giving us a picture not only of the electorate but also of those who didn’t vote.

This is a summary of the Pew findings:

Factoids worthy of note: (Lessons and call to actions)

30% of eligible voters did not vote.

50% of non-voters were non-white.

56% of non-voters earned less than $30k/yr.

>66% of non-voters were over age 50.

Republicans made up more of the voter pool than the nonvoter pool and, unsurprisingly, broadly supported Trump.

Looking at race and ethnicity, we see how the heavier turnout of white voters affected the contest. Black and Hispanic voters voted much more heavily Democratic than white votes backed Trump, but they turned out less.

Half of the nonvoters were white, 74 percent of voters were white.

12.5% eligible voters under age 30 voted.

<20% of nonwhites without a college education voted.

Groups that preferred Trump were three times as likely to be a bigger part of the voter pool than nonvoters

Groups that preferred Clinton, were about 50 percent more likely to be a bigger part of the nonvoting community

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