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DA Valencia wants to plan programs that fit our members

Democrats Abroad Valencia is interested in learning more about its members’ interests and backgrounds in order to plan future programming, activities, and engagement. Please respond to the short survey at this link, https://tinyurl.com/davalenciasurvey, by Monday, January 30.
Thanks for your time and we look forward to hearing from you!

Post-holiday Cocktail Party

 
The Valencia Chapter of Democrats Abroad Spain is hosting a Post-Holiday Cocktail Party for NEW Sustaining Members of DA Spain.  Saturday, January 21st @ 7:00 PM
Our goal is to raise $10,000 to increase our online visibility during the 2024 Presidential Election. What we're asking from our Valencia members is to pledge as little as $5 per month from now through 2024 to support DA Spain's efforts! (See link below).
If you've seen Jose Andres' new food show on HBOMax, an entire episode is focused on Valencian food. Food at the cocktail party will include a selection of "coques" sweet and savory pastries, including flatbread pizzas (minus cheese) that are alleged to be the genesis of pizza in Italy. Could be urban legend!!?? Our coques will be from the legendary Horno y Pastelería Alfonso Martínez, featured in the program, located in the heart of Valencia.
Please join us by becoming a sustaining member as little as $5 per month.
We are all excited by the progress that has taken place since 2020 and want to see it continue.
 
 

Updated Voter Support Information

Looking for a Voter Support Event near you?  Check out the updated information below.

September 8th           Saltimbocca, Placa de Vannes 7                           4:00-6:00 pm

September 17th.         Velluters, Carrer de l'Hospital 4.                          12:00-2:00 pm

September 22nd          Salad Planet, Carrer del Dr. Romagosa 3           1:00-3:00 pm

September 25th            Picnic, La Turia near Alameda Metro                  2:00-5:00 pm

September 28th             Portland Ale House, Carrer de Salamanca 10.  6:00-8:00pm

October 5th                     La Taula Libanesa, Passeig de l'Albereda 53.   6:00-8:00pm

October 12th                   Jardin Urbano, Carrer de Pere III el Gran 26     3:00-5:00 pm


This midterm election is important! Are you ready to Vote from Abroad?

Or maybe you're all set to vote and want to talk to other Americans about what's going on.

Come on out this Thursday, September 8th.  Members of DA Valencia will be at Saltimbocca, Placa de Vannes 7, from 4:00-6:00 pm to help you register and request ballots and answer questions about voting.  Remember, as Americans abroad we need to get our ballots marked and mailed early.  By law, UOCAVA, expats should receive their ballots 45 days before the election.  A quick turnaround will ensure your vote is received before your state's deadline.

Tell your friends and come on out!

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DA Valencia Helps You Vote

We are DA Valencia, and we are here for you! 

With midterms elections fast approaching we will be holding weekly Voter Support sessions around town from September 2nd through the second week of October. 


We are available to help you

  • Register to vote.

Be sure to check your registration – many states are purging their rolls.

  • Request your ballot.

You must request your ballot every year.

  • Return your ballot.

Many states require paper ballots be returned in very particular ways.  We can help.


Voter Support Opportunities – Check for your part of town

Where When
Outside of Consular Services, Salad Planet September 2nd, 10:30am-1:00pm    
Arrancapins Week of Sept. 5th
Avenida del Oeste Week of Sept. 12th
Outside of Consular Services, Salad Planet Week of Sept. 19th, 11:00am -2:00pm
The Turia @ Alameda Metro September 25th, 2:00-5:00pm
Canovas      Week of Sept. 26th
Arts & Sciences                           Week of Oct. 3rd
Russafa Week of Oct. 10th

Check back often. We will have more specific times and places once our volunteers have nailed down their venues and times. 


DA Valencia Members Out and About

Now that we are all free to meet and greet DA Valencia members are enjoying our monthly First Friday Coffees. We invite all Americans to join us at 10:30am the First Friday of each month at Salad Planet, Calle Doctor Romagosa, 3 - behind the Colon Corte Ingles, right by the American Counsular Services office.


Halloween Festival and Trick-or-Treat

On October 31, Democrats Abroad Valencia drew a crowd of more than 360 people to a spooky evening of family fun and trick-or-treating. The packed house was entertained by a magician, played in a slime lab, and bounced away their cares in a castillo hinchable. Professional face painters created masterpieces, while hairdressers sprayed funky colors onto the heads of excited children. Adults were treated to an artisan fair, with beautifully handcrafted products, and a fortune teller. 

Arts-and-crafts tables were well-attended by children, who created fall décor under the supervision of adult volunteers. There was delicious Indian food, and drinks of all kinds were on tap. Democrats Abroad manned a table selling coveted American goodies such as Stove-Top Stuffing, Kraft mac’n’cheese, Rice Krispy Treats, and Goldfish crackers. 

Topping off the fun was an old-fashioned spooking of the streets, as costumed children trick-or-treated. With maps in hand, parents guided their children to businesses that had joined in the festivities and to DA volunteers who stood in the streets of Ruzafa with bags of goodies. 

Parents shared their heartfelt thanks for the opportunity to share this American childhood celebration with their children. Everyone looks forward to next year’s Halloween Festival. 

DA Spain Chair Kathy Tullos and her husband Mark drove to Valencia to help us make this event a success. Thank you, Kathy!

DAV would also like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the 60+ volunteers who helped to make an unforgettable evening for Americans in Valencia.

DA Valencia followed this month’s in-person chapter meeting with an expanded public town hall, where volunteers were invited to discuss the most pressing organizational needs, and signed up to assist with events aligning with their personal interests. The event drew 26 attendees to Plaza de La Virgen, where we enjoyed breakfast and chatted about politics, Thanksgiving, New Year’s Eve, our monthly Coffee Mornings, and the neighborhood Voter Registration Drives which will begin in January. DA Valencia officers took turns explaining upcoming events for which they had taken the lead, followed by coordinated break-out sessions where attendees could sign up for specific volunteer tasks. We thank everyone who attended and volunteered to donate time to DAV. 


Thanksgiving Leftovers Picnic

Feeling nostalgic for those awkward Thanksgiving dinners with the in-laws? Don't despair! Consider us a sympathetic stand-in for Uncle Ralph and Cousin Francis. After you've had a satisfying feast at your own house, please bring your family and your leftover turkey sandwiches to the “río”! We'll catch up on all the gossip, and even exchange a few unpleasantries about bossy Aunt Dorothy.

Where: Turia Park, next to the soccer fields by Alameda Metro Station

When: November 27, 13:00-15:00h.  No need to RSVP. See you there!

Bring your own food and drinks! If you don't have Thanksgiving leftovers, bring whatever you can find in your fridge! Finally, if you're bringing children, consider bringing toys that all the kids can share (i.e., Frisbees, balls, jump ropes, sand toys, etc.).

 

Coffee with Democrats Abroad

DAV will be hosting a coffee social on the first Friday of every month, starting on December 3rd.

Please join us for a relaxing morning of coffee and conversation. You'll make new friends and meet old acquaintances. These events will not be moderated by DA and are simply designed to facilitate social interactions.

See you soon!


Ximo Puig welcomes DA Valencia

We'd like to thank Ximo Puig, President of the Valencia Community, for inviting us to discuss the U.S. presidential election.  He congratulated the Democratic Party on Joe Biden's victory and wished the American people the best during this new transition.


Valencia Chapter Provides Voter Support

Between now and November 3rd DA Valencia Excom members and volunteers will be available to help ALL American voters practice their right to vote. Should you have questions about registering, requesting your ballot or returning your ballot we are here to help.

We will provide in-person opportunities for support. 

Check locations and times below.

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You CAN Make a Difference

Tired of what’s happening in Washington?

Ready for a leader in the White House again?

You CAN make a difference in Washington from right here in Valencia.

Here are two opportunities for DA Valencia members

 

                                1. Member Support and Get Out The Vote

                                  Every week in September DA Valencia will provide voting support for all expat Americans.

                                  Volunteer 1 day or all 7 and help Americans register and request their ballots.

                                  Membership coordinator, Graham Tyner, will be training volunteers. 

                                  Contact him at [email protected]

 

                                2. Phone Banking

                                    Use the DA data base and a conversation outline to help DA Spain contact all of its members

                                   - urge them to vote and provide help with the voting process.

                                     DA Spain will train phone bankers via online instruction.

                                     Send us a message and we will see that Madrid contacts you.

                                     Contact us at [email protected]

 

Whether it’s in person or online YOU can make a difference!

Join us as we Get Out The Vote

 

 

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