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 email@example.com, 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!”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org]. Several more debates will be held in the months ahead, so watch this space for announcements.
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).
Following our successful first online discussion event, in which we discussed Bobby Kennedy for President, the Barcelona DA movie club is gearing up for a second meeting on July 5th.
The votes have been counted and this month we will be watching & discussing The Great Hack.
Data has surpassed oil as the world’s most valuable asset. It’s being weaponized to wage cultural and political warfare. People everywhere are in a battle for control of our most intimate personal details. From award-winning filmmakers Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim, The Great Hack uncovers the dark world of data exploitation with astounding access to the personal journeys of key players on different sides of the explosive Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data scandal. You must have a Netflix account to watch this.
Be sure to RSVP in order to receive the Zoom invitation.
As important as the individual right to vote is in a functioning democracy, the sad fact is that a significant number of Americans don’t vote. According to Yahoo News, nearly 137 million people voted in the 2016 election — roughly 56% of the U.S. voting-age population. However, nearly 100 million people living in the U.S. who had the right to vote didn’t. Among overseas Americans, these statistics are even more depressing: in the 2016 election, less than 10% of qualified U.S. voters living overseas bothered to vote. This general election year, we must do better. Our votes, which are sent back to all 50 states, can and will make a critical difference in getting more Democrats elected to local, state and national offices.
Democrats Abroad Barcelona is launching a massive new effort to identify and register as many as possible of the estimated 10,000-20,000 Americans living in Catalonia, so that they will be able to cast a vote this November.
Please join us for a one-hour introductory session where we will brainstorm tried-and-true as well as outside-the-box strategies to enable a more effective GOTV effort in the coming months. RSVP to the event in order to receive the Zoom connection details.
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