Alicante

Founded in January 2020, Democrats Abroad Alicante represents an all-inclusive organization that supports the rights of all US citizens who live abroad. DA Global, DA Spain and the Alicante chapter strive to provide our members with up-to-date voting information, local and national Democrats Abroad events, and new or modified legislation that not only affects us as we live abroad but to our family and friends in the US!   We do this through our emails, Facebook Groups and soon to be Alicante chapter website.

Over the 2020 election cycle Democrats Abroad had over 18,000 volunteers from across the globe that were critical in the victory to win back the presidency, regain the Senate and retain the House majority.  DA Alicante played its role in that effort.

Our chapter members volunteered in many of the DA Global and DA Spain efforts that helped swing the election. To name a few…..

Ø  We had the largest Spain phone banking team that helped make 300,000+ calls to DA Global members

Ø  Developed “Why I Vote” stories that were part of a digital ad campaign targeted across the EU that increased voter registration, ballot request and returns

Ø  Participated in the GOTV military campaign in Roto Spain

Ø  Developed and continue to maintain the Our Voices, Our Future youth and issue based campaign through various social media platforms to energize and give a voice to those who live abroad

Ø  Developed and executed a banner ad media strategy that reached 25 major news networks across the world that yielded record breaking voter membership, voter registration, ballot request and returns.

Ø  Assisted in stateside races and donated to campaigns

Community Engagement

Due to Covid 19 there are still no in-person activities.  We are currently developing new online events that we hope will interest you.  In addition, we keep our members up to date on any DA Global or DA Spain (national) events. 

We are always looking for new and interesting ideas to engage our members!  If you have any ideas please don’t hesitate to let us know. 

We hope in the near future to start having some fun in-person events. We are looking forward to meeting all of our members at these events.

2022 Midterm Elections

The closer we get to these elections, the more we will be looking for volunteers. We hope you will help so that Democrats can maintain or increase their majorities in the House and Senate. 

Your DAA Executive Committee

Mary Elms, Chair

Daniel Garcia, Vice Chair

Brett Specter, Secretary

Robin Kaplan, Treasurer

Questions

Feel free to contact us anytime at: [email protected] 

If you haven’t done so, please join our Facebook group atwww.facebook.com/groups/DemocratsAbroadAlicante

Sincerely, your DAA Executive Committee

DA Alicante Leadership:

Daniel Garcia
| Chair, Alicante Chapter, Social Media Manager
Diane Longo
| Vice Chair, Alicante Chapter
Brett Specter
| Treasurer, Alicante Chapter Founding member 2020
Tammy Teschner
| Secretary, Alicante Chapter
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  • News

    Focus on Membership Growth

    Over the last year, the Alicante chapter was extremely busy getting out the vote. From global phone banking to our “Why I Vote” member-stories, we kept the candle burning at both ends. We assembled  Our Voices, Our Future media platforms, to reach out to younger generations. Both campaigns were used to create digital ads to bolster membership and get out the vote. Our members donated to Democrats Abroad and to campaigns across the US.

    On June 12, 2021 the Alicante chapter elected a new executive committee formed by Daniel Garcia (chair), Diane Longo (vice chair), Tammy Teschner (secretary), and Brett Spector (treasurer) [click to expand]. The new committee will partner with DA Global to implement our organization’s worldwide goals and objectives. The committee is excited to move forward and determined to increase membership. We plan to create and/or assist with future get-out-the-vote campaigns! The goal for next year’s midterm election is to improve our Democratic majority in the House and Senate, in order to pass meaningful legislation and support the Biden–Harris administration.

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    2021 DA ALICANTE CHAPTER ELECTION AND ANNUAL MEETING

    IT'S TIME FOR YOUR 2021 DA ALICANTE CHAPTER ELECTION AND

     ANNUAL MEETING

    It’s time to vote for your DA Alicante (DAA) 2021-2023 Executive Committee!  Voting for your leadership here is just as important as in the US.  Our chapter depends on the participation of our members and we need your vote

    The candidates running for office understand how important our chapter is for getting out the vote, keeping you informed and engaged!  They also know that every vote counts in the US and abroad!  Midterms are around the corner and we need to elect chapter officials that can adapt easily and hit the ground running.   As a chapter we need to help and support DA Spain, DA Global, the DNC and the Biden-Harris administration!   The Democratic party depends on political engagement of our members as we renew our group for the continuous fight for a better USA.

    To learn more about the candidates,Click Here to see their Bios.

    Check your email for your ballot. You have until June 12, 2021 at 11AM to vote. If you are having difficulty with your ballot or questions, please send an email to [email protected] Your Nomination and Election Committee will help you!

    The results of the election, a chapter update, a chance to meet your new DA Spain Chair and newly elected Executive Committee members will be held at 1 PM, June 12, 2021 at our Annual General Meeting.  We are required to have a minimum of 25 members to have a quorum.  Keep engaged and please join us!

    “RSVP Here" to attend the Annual General Meeting.  If you are unable to attend, please submit a proxy for another member to represent you. The proxy authorization is on your ballot.

    The Nomination and Election Committee would like to thank you for your participation!  We look forward to electing an Executive Committee that will bring new leadership and ideas to the DA Alicante chapter.

    Best regards, 

    DA Alicante Nomination and Election Committee,

    Winnie Birkeland Harris
    Robin Kaplan
    Mary Elms

     

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    Upcoming Events

    Friday, August 05, 2022 at 06:00 PM through August 08, 2022 Time · $20.00 USD
    Amsterdam Canals in Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Amsterdam Canal Pride

     

    CanalPride Poster

     

    Now more than ever, with states passing "Don't Say Gay" laws, criminalizing parents for helping their trans children, and attacking the rights and lives of the members of our community--not to mention the destruction of the right to privacy via the Supreme Court's attack on Roe v Wade, which will have implications for our community (potential consequences include the decriminalization of homosexuality and the elimination of marriage equality, both predicated on the right to privacy established in Griswold and Roe)--it is time for us to come together, show our pride and our strength as a community, and stand up for our rights.  We need to get out the vote of every American--gay and straight, cis and trans, black, brown, white and every color of the rainbow in-between.  

    That's why DA-Netherlands and the DA Global LGBTQ+ Caucus is inviting you to join us in Amsterdam for CanalPride the weekend of August 5-7.

     

    We have put together an absolutely killer FUN'raiser for the entire weekend !  

     

    We have a BOAT IN THE PARADE !!  

    We have Cocktail Receptions !!

     We have Special Guests !!  

    We have Special Tours, on foot, bike and boat !!

     

    For a richer and more robust description of what to expect and of all the events, please visit THIS SITE.

     

    And most of all, we have the opportunity to show our support in front of a half-million people gathered along the canals of Amsterdam on this amazing day. Surely some of them are going to be American, and they need to know how important it is to vote. And the world press will be there too.  

     

    This is an important political manifestation for us, but let's face it, it's also going to be a lot of fun.

    There are many ways you can help support us, even if you cannot be there.  Take advantage of the Early Bird Special Prices described below.  All donations will support Democrats Abroad's efforts to Get Out The Vote and win the elections in November.

    Book your tickets NOW!

    This is going to sell out, and It's gonna be awesome !

     

     

     

    Amsterdam Image by Sentavio Credit Attribution

    Sunday, August 14, 2022 at 03:00 AM through November 12, 2022 Eastern Time (US & Canada)
    Video launch via YouTube

    American Women Need Your Help Now!

     

    The GWC Reproductive Justice Team is launching a project to promote voter registration under the theme Reproductive Justice for ALL.

    As you certainly know, the rights of all women to choose when and if to start a family are being taken away with over 26 States prohibiting or restricting the right to abortion during the first trimester of pregnancy even in the cases of rape, incest and the mother’s and/or the  fetus’ health. Texas has empowered vigilantes to sue everyone and anyone aiding and abetting abortion once the fetal heartbeat can be heard (eg at approximately 6 weeks and before most women know they are pregnant).

    We cannot allow this to continue particularly with Roe v Wade in peril and the Women’s Health Protection Act stuck in the Senate.

    Our project is a video launch via YouTube. We are asking all DA members to make a short (60 sec) video explaining why the right to abortion is absolutely necessary. If you come from a State where it is practically impossible to obtain an abortion, you can speak about the discrimination against minority and poor women whose lives are in jeopardy and who cannot travel. If you come from “good States” such as MA, CA, NY for example, you can speak to the injustice of access depending upon where you live. Make sure you mention in the video VotefromAbroad.org for expat voter registration and vote.gov for non expat voter registration.

    We believe that many of our voters will be motivated to register when we roll out the videos.

    Here are a few subjects that you could choose for your video:

    • If you live/vote in a country that has “good” reproductive freedom laws, you could refer to the country and the liberal law(s) and how lucky you are to be in that country and how unfair it is for American women LIVING IN THE US who can’t benefit from such laws
    • If you live/vote in a US State that has good reproductive freedom laws, see above. And you can say that living in a “bad” State is  discriminatory since women in “good “US States have rights that you are denied.
    • You can share a personal experience. You don’t have to use your name or even mention where you live. The videos will be anonymous unless you do give details.
    • You can make a statement about women should have the right to control their bodies. Period. There is no justification for the government to decide when, how  or even if women should have children.

    If you can’t think of anything to say but still want to make a video, feel free to contact Salli at [email protected]. She will set up a call and walk you through some ideas and we can help you make the video.

    Here is a link on how to make a video:

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1O7wGPrZmmXocOuMI5zZutc1w62nHlQWZOat8Srq_bFQ/edit?usp=sharing

    For more information, visit our blog space here:

    https://www.democratsabroad.org/wc_reproductive_justice_action_team

    All videos should be sent to Salli Swartz at [email protected]

    THANKS FOR ALL YOUR EFFORTS TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN


    Disclaimer: By submitting your video, you grant to Democrats Abroad a nonexclusive rights to use your video and your image only for the 2022 GWC Reproductive Justice Get Out the Vote video project. 

    You therefore hereby waive all rights to any claims arising out of or in connection with Democrats Abroad GWC’s use of your video  and image in connection with the 2022 Reproductive Justice video project.