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Meet Akilah Ensley

Akilah Ensley is a founder of the Invictus Stategy Group, a coalition of Black women political consultants. She served as the Finance Director of the Andrew Gillum campaign for governor of FL. She will be the guest of the Democrats Abroad Valencia chapter's webinar.  

Akilah has a long history in the Democratic Party serving as an at large member of the Democratic National Committee, and has served as co-chair of the DNC Youth Council and is an active member of the the DNC Womens's leadership forum. Over the last 12 years she has worked on numerous campaigns including most recently serving as the Finance Director of the Andrew Gillum for Governor race.

She will share her wisdom, insight and wit in an hour long on-line Zoom conversation with the Valencia chapter with the link available to all Democrats Abroad Spain members.

To participate in person in Valencia see Valencia Event Page.

To participate in person in Madrid join us at the Village Tap Room  c/Martin de los Heros,  28  at 7:30


To participate on-line from anywhere in Spain:

Democrats Abroad Valencia invites you to join us in a

Conversation with Akilah Ensley .

Topic: Akilah Ensley talks about the "Good Stuff" happening in the US

Time: Jan 14, 2020 08:00 PM Valencia

Join Zoom Meeting

Zoom Link:

https://zoom.us/j/531639850?pwd=UjVyZzd5Y1B1SzhiVXVwWUhHL2QrQT09

Meeting ID: 531 639 850

Password: 322366


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Update on Democrats Abroad Spain activities

There is so much going on at Democrats Abroad and DA Spain. Unfortunately most of it is not on the dashboard of our members. 

The past few months have been like a whirlwind at DAS. DA national and the chapters each conducted Annual General Meetings with biennial elections for leadership positions. Madrid and Barcelona have new chairs with Samuel Mattern and Chris Reilly heading up these chapters, both of which are celebrating 15 years of Democrats Abroad in their communities. Founding Valencia Chapter Chair Graham Tyner starts his second term with a new team powering our fastest growing chapter.

We welcome and thank all those who volunteer their skills and time to make the organization work. Volunteers are key to our efforts as we move into this critically important election year. I am happy to report that we have folks in positions for communications to get out our message and build awareness. Many folks have trained on sending out emails, creating events, updating news and managing our membership lists. Our presence on social media is successfully reaching new and existing members. Our national and chapter teams are all contributing with messages on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The messaging in the end has the overarching goal of finding US citizens and helping them to register to vote, if they aren't already, and to be sure they request their absentee ballot in the year of a federal election.

After two debates it is safe to say we are well into the primary season. Over the years DA members in our chapters have come to expect an opportunity to view and discuss the primary debates. These events tend to grow as we move closer to the Global Presidential Primary (more below) which coincides with Super Tuesday in the US.

We are interested in starting small groups in areas where we don't have chapters, but where folks want to meet and network with other Democrats. If you are interested please drop me a line at chair-es@democratsabroad.org We are also looking for volunteers to help us with phone banking. This low-key call is almost always welcomed by our members and has proven to be the most effective way to remind members to request their absentee ballots. A recent review of data from the National Election Commission found that overseas voter participation has increased in numbers never seen before. We think that it has everything to do with our well organized phone banking efforts in 2016 and 2018. We grew participation by 300% in midterm 2014 to 2018.

2020 is right around the corner and with the electoral college kind of stacked against us, we have to get out the Democratic vote. Looking back on 2016 we lost the electoral college in three swing states by less than 70,000 votes among the millions of ballots cast in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Nationwide the Democrats won the popular vote by over 2,800,000 votes. We will be making every effort to reach voters in those swing electoral college states and where we can flip a Republican senate seat. We can do this, but we need to get every vote out and make sure they are counted. Are you all in?

You will be asked in early January to request your absentee ballot for the 2020. It is important to do this early, so if your local election official has removed you from the voting rolls, you have time to get the problem rectified. In states where Republicans hold the reins of power, they sometimes hold on to them by purging folks who haven't voted in awhile. You might recall the problem that came to light in Georgia in the last election. You need to monitor your personal situation early and be sure you get to vote. If you're in doubt, reach out. We know how to help.

We recommend: www.votefromabroad.org to generate the Federal Post Card Application which every state is required to recognize and process under the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act. (UOCAVA) Use this form rather than a state issued form because it assures your ability to vote in all federal elections (president, senators, and congresspersons) during the year the request is submitted. Often state issued absentee ballot requests are only for a single election. UOCAVA ballots must be sent out 45 days prior the election, by law when using a FPCA.

Democrats Abroad is getting to be known as the "margin of victory" around the DNC. Overseas votes are counted after those cast in person and make the difference between winning or losing a congressional or senate seat in close elections. I remind you we won back 40 seats in the House, many were by 1% or less. Our votes are the margin of victory.

Many thanks and lets do all we can to flip the Senate and take back the Presidency in 2020.

Jim Mercereau 

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Special Elections coming up!

Upcoming 2019 Special Elections

If you are from one of the states listed below please click the link to learn if you need to vote. If you are getting Democrats Abroad emails you probably already received this information directly from the Global Democrats Abroad Get Out The Vote team.

North Carolina is conducting 2 Special Elections: NC-3 and NC-9 the elections are Sept 10 If you are from NC please click the link below.

These states will have General Elections on Nov 5th: Kentucky, Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia.

If you have not heard from your local election official, now is the time to request your absentee ballot at: www.votefromabroad.org These state and local races are very important. With the upcoming 2020 Census there will be a realignment of voting districts. The party that controls the state legislature and governorship also has the opportunity to gerrymander at will. When we vote for Democrats we can control the outcomes in states like Virginia and New Jersey. Kentucky and Mississippi are special situations but it is still imperative to vote.

Latest Voting Info: https://www.democratsabroad.org/voting_news on how to get your ballot.

WARNING As you are aware this administration has an aversion to international agreements. One such agreement is the Universal Postal Union which was founded in 1874 and is the framework of how mail moves around the world. After giving notice last year we're probably out of the UPU on October 17th this year. That means other postal services will not accept mail to or from the USA routed through the USPS.

It is not clear what effect this will have on mail sent through the embassy of the consular services as they also move mail through postal systems in special diplomatic pouches. If you are mailing back a ballot for elections this year take notice and act quickly, or plan on returning your ballot by a courier service. More to come as the situation is finalized. We should be thankful it is happening now and not last year or next year.

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Democrats Abroad Spain Annual General Meeting

Democrats Abroad Spain Annual General Meeting
The Village Tap Room
c/Martin de los Heros, 28 28008 Madrid

Welcome Reception Friday evening March 29th 7:30 -10 PM Tapas provided, self pay bar.

This is a chance for the locals to meet  DA members coming in from around Spain.  It's a chance to talk about the news of the day in the US and our field of presidential hopefuls.  At about 8.30PM we will hear from Representative Dina Titus  from Las Vegas NV.   We'll have an opportunity to ask questions and get a feel for the new congress.  Congresswoman Titus  has visited with DA Madrid on a few other occasions, she fancies herself as our congressperson.  We anticipate possibly another video link with Democratic Party activists in the US.   We will be joined at the welcome reception by the founding president of the Madrid chapter, Alana Moceri who will recall the activism that led to its formation 15 years ago.  Alana will then bring us up to date on the upcoming election in our adopted country. 

Annual General Meeting Saturday morning March 30th 10AM to 2PM. Doors open at 9:30 for coffee,  pastries and conversation.

The meeting will include an update on the activities of DA Spain and the plans leading up to the election.

Julia Bryant chair of Democrats Abroad  global  has led our organization through the largest period of growth in a non-Presidential election  year.  Julia will join us through a video link for an update. Julia and her team have been the architects of an incredible social media outreach project.

Steven Tolliver will join us by video link from Barcelona to talk about the ties that bind Democrats and the challenges going into the upcoming primaries and the general election.

Nicole Pearson, events coordinator for the Madrid chapter will lead a panel and discussion we're calling Activating Activism.  From the day after the inauguration we've been on the streets marching, we've been resisting, and most importantly we've been getting folks to the ballot box. Some remarkable changes have taken place and it has not been good luck. This panel composed of local activists from 16-70  (Jessica Craig, Soraya Mustienes, Christina Samson and Jim Mercereau) will discuss their activism. Alana Moceri will augment this session with a review of some of the key organizing principles of that have been effective in change campaigns.  We will all leave the AGM with some ideas about what we can do as individuals and as members of DA to recapture the Senate, keep the House in our hands and elect a President worthy of leading our great country.

The elections for DA Spain positions will take place for any position not voted on electronically. The results of the online voting will be announced. Lunch to follow. Every member of DA will soon be receiving an electronic ballot which allow folks coming to Madrid and those not coming to participate in the election. Choose the candidates of your choice and then hit submit and your ballot will be counted.

We are trying to get a feel for how many are going to participate in the AGM. Please click here to complete the attached form, and yes there is a maybe. If you are coming from out of town and would like the DA Madrid team to locate a homestay please fill in that part of the form. 

We'll end about two and enjoy a meal together. It will include a beverage, dessert and the coffee break with a cost €15 payable at registration.

Margorie Kanter an early member of DA Madrid has offered her 'Story Walking' tour of her neighborhood, with a little history, a bit of legend and her own writings about places and events in the famous Barrio de las Lettras. The 90 minute+ tour will kick off from Plaza Santa Ana at 5PM and will include a visit to a classic bar to enjoy your favorite copa. You can learn more about Margorie and her walking tour here.

Gil Carbajal, the former chair of DA and a founding member of DA Madrid is a long term resident who first arrived here as a Fulbright scholar. He is well versed in the history of Madrid. Gil has offered to do a walking tour of Medieval Madrid, including the Opera, Plaza Mayor and the San Isidro Museum. He plans to start around 10AM on Sunday morning. The walk will last about 90 minutes.

We look forward to welcoming you to Madrid.


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Annual General Meeting Announcement 2019


Democrats Abroad Spain Annual General Meeting
The Village Tap Room
c/Martin de los Heros, 28 28008 Madrid


The iconic Plaza España is two blocks away from the location of this year's AGM.

Democrats Abroad Spain was founded in late 2003 in Barcelona. The Madrid chapter celebrates its 15th Anniversary now.

Welcome Reception Friday evening March 29th 7:30 -10 PM Tapas provided, self pay bar.

We will be joined at the welcome reception by the founding president of the Madrid chapter, Alana Moceri who will recall the activism that led to its formation. Alana will reminisce a bit about our early days. During the evening we anticipate one or two video links with Democratic Party activists in the US. Alana will then bring us up to date on the upcoming election in our adopted country. Alana is a Professor at Universidad Europea and an analyst and commentator on the political scene in the US for many Spanish television stations and newspapers. Alana also appears on English speaking networks commenting on Spanish politics.

Annual General Meeting Saturday morning March 30th 10AM to 2PM. Doors open at 9:30 for coffee and conversation.

The meeting will include an update on the activities of DA Spain and the plans leading up to the election.

Julia Bryant chair of DA Global who has led our organization to the largest period of growth in a non-Presidential election will join us through a video link for an update. Julia and her team have been the architects of an incredible social media outreach project.

Steven Tolliver will join us by video link from Barcelona to talk about the ties that bind Democrats and the challenges going into the upcoming primaries and the general election.

Nicole Pearson, events coordinator for the Madrid chapter will lead a panel and discussion we're calling Activating Activism. From the day after the inauguration we've been on the streets marching, we've been resisting, and most importantly we've been getting folks to the ballot box. Some remarkable changes have taken place and it has not been good luck. This panel composed of local activists (Jessica Craig, Tina Samson, and Jim Mercereau) should be a lively and informative discussion. Alana Moceri will augment this session with a review of some of the key organizing principles of that have been effective in change campaigns. Hopefully we will all leave the AGM with some ideas about what we can do as individuals and as members of DA to recapture the Senate and elect a President worthy of leading our great country.

The elections for DA Spain positions will take place for any position not voted on electronically. The results of the online voting will be announced. Lunch to follow. Every member of DA will soon be receiving an electronic ballot which allow folks coming to Madrid and those not coming to participate in the election. Choose the candidates of your choice and then hit submit and your ballot will be counted.

We are trying to get a feel for how many are going to participate in the AGM. Please click here to complete the attached form, and yes there is a maybe. If you are coming from out of town and would like the DA Madrid team to locate a homestay please fill in that part of the form. If you prefer a hotel or Air BnB, the areas of Madrid to search are: Centro, Plaza España, Opera, La Latina. We are well served with Metros, so where ever you end up you will still be pretty close.

We'll break about two for lunch. The lunch with beverage, and the coffee break will cost €15 payable at registration.

Margorie Kanter an early member of DA Madrid has offered her 'Story Walking' tour of her neighborhood, with a little history, a bit of legend and her own writings about places and events in the famous Barrio de las Lettras. The 90 minute+ tour will kick off from Plaza Santa Ana at 5PM and will include a visit to a classic bar to sample your favorite copa. You can learn more about Margie and her walking tour here.

Gil Carbajal, the former chair of DA and a founding member of DA Madrid is a long term resident who first arrived here as a Fulbright scholar. He is well versed in the history of Madrid. He has offered to do a walking tour of Medieval Madrid, including the Opera, Plaza Mayor and the San Isidro Museum. He plans to start around 10AM on Sunday morning. It will last about 90 minutes.

We look forward to welcoming you to Madrid.

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Democrats Abroad Spain Election Announcement

Democrats Abroad Spain

Elections 2019

On March 30, 2019, Democrats Abroad Spain (DAS) will hold its bi-annual election of officers. The election will take place at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Village Tap Room (Calle de Martín de los Heros, 28) Madrid. We will be sending out information about the meeting promptly.

We are now asking for nominations for candidates for each office. Below are the offices to be elected:

  • Chair
  • Vice-Chair
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Counsel
  • And four DAS Voting Representatives (represents DAS at DA Global and participates in DAS ExCom)


    Officer requirements:

  1. Each officers serves a term of two years.
  2. No officer may serve more than two consecutive terms in the same office.
  3. The Chair and Vice Chair must be of different sex, and preferably from different parts of Spain.
  4. The four Voting Representatives must also be of different sex: two women and two men.

DAS ByLaws requires that we announce in writing, or by email, the name of each person nominated for an office at least 15 daysbefore the AGM or by March 15, 2019. Nominations may also be made from the floor at the AGM, but only for an office where no candidate has yet been nominated and announced.The newly elected officers assume their duties on the date of the AGM.

Please submit nominations on the form at this link click here no later than midnight (CET) on March 12, 2019. You may fill out the form more than once in order to nominate people for various offices. The current officers are:

Chair – Jim Mercereau*

Vice-Chair – Anuradha Ghemawat*

Secretary – Tim Lawler*

Treasurer – Adrian Heredia*

Counsel – Gil Carbajal*

*Officers in their first term and eligible to run again.

Below are the requirements to run. Each nomination must contain a statement confirming that the nominee is qualified to run. Finally, each nominee must provide a detailed candidate profile that will be available on the DA website.

The nominee must:

  1. Be a U.S. citizen;
  2. Be living abroad;
  3. Adhere to the principles of the Democratic Party of the US; and
  4. Be a member of Democrats Abroad.

Please email us with any comments or questions: vote-es@democratsabroad.org.

Respectfully submitted,

Abigail Simpson

Mark Carr

Ted Liu

The 2019 DAS Nominations and Elections Committee

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2018 Annual General Meeting Valencia June 16th 2018

Democrats Abroad Spain’s Annual General Meeting will be held Saturday June 16th in Valencia, 9 AM to 2PM with a special local lunch on-site to follow. The meeting this year is hosted by our newest chapter, Democrats Abroad Valencia.

This announcement will serve as the second notice for the meeting and the proposed by-law changes. An online ballot is included for all those unable to attend.

The meeting will be held at: Playground Art Center; carrer de la Historiador Diago, 3 46007 Valencia

Democrats Abroad Spain will have the honor of hosting the Chair of Democrats Abroad, Julia Bryan. She will provide an update on the relationship with the new DNC.   Julia will share DA's plans for driving home the overseas vote in the mid-term elections.

We'll kick off with US Taxes 101 with a basic overview of the process and the added hassles that we encounter in keeping Uncle Sam happy. We will focus on what DA is doing to reduce this burden and a few easy steps that you could take that would help this effort.

The theme of the meeting will be Activism. Nicole Pearson will share her program Black Women and Activism: Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round. We will build on this theme to include a discussion of the surge of Activism across the US in the past 18 months.

We will have a wide ranging discussion on how we can all take practical steps here in Spain to our Get Out The Vote.

There will be time for questions and discussion on the various topics presented.

The meeting costs will be limited to lunch and the coffee breaks and is set at 20€. It includes the special Valencian feast. Any donations to offset the costs of the meeting site would be appreciated. We will have a grand assortment of buttons, T-shirts and other cool stuff available for sale.

We will have a short business meeting for reports and to vote on the update to the By-laws

By Laws Click here to view the by-laws

The big change to the bylaws is the addition of a new position called Voting Representative. DA Voting Representatives (VR) would represent DAS at all international meetings, in addition to the chair and vice chair. The Excom recommended that VRs would become members of the DAS executive committee, so they are up to speed with the activities and concerns of DAS. The email of May 15 provided more insight into the changes.

At next year’s AGM we will vote for all positions of DAS leadership. We will elect our first Voting Representatives if the changes are approved.

One Form for Everything

Please vote here and register for the meeting if you plan to attend. Housing info request can also be found on the form.

The DA Valencia team is looking for home stays. They have located a beach house that accommodates 10 which would bring the room cost to 30€/ night. Please note on the Ballot/ AGM Registration form if you want info on a homestay or the beach house accommodation.

Saturday evening is Orgull LGTB – Valencia Gay Pride 2018 starting at 19.30. DA will be represented and you are welcome to pick up your favorite sign and join in the excitement.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing many of you in Valencia. Mixing politics and fun!

Jim Mercereau, chair

Democrats Abroad Spain

jim.mercereau@gmail.com


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Democrats Abroad Spain Election Results for the 2017-2018 Term

The results of the election for the officers of Democrats Abroad Spain for the 2017-2018 term which was held during the Annual General Meeting in Barcelona on April 22 are as follows:

Chair: Jim Mercereau

Vice Chair: Anuradha Ghemawat

Secretary: Tim Lawler

Treasurer: Adrian Heredia

Counsel: Gil Carbajal

Thank you to all of the candidates who ran, especially those who stood for office for the first time! Thank you also to all of our members who took part in the election whether in person, by proxy ballot or by sending in an absentee ballot. It is the participation of all of us that brings life to Democrats Abroad Spain and to the party as a whole.


Agenda for the Annual General Meeting in Barcelona April 22, 2017

The following is the general agenda schedule for the AGM.

 

9:00-9:30 — Check in /  Registration

9:30-10:00  Welcoming remarks by Tammy Beaulieu Vice Chair DA SPAIN and acting Chair for the AGM: "Trying to keep up with Late Night Comedy Shows”

Remarks by Steven Tolliver, Chair DA Barcelona Chapter, hosting chapter of the AGM

10:00 - 11:30  Panel Discussion "Resistance to Persistance” moderated by Martha McDevitt Pugh (DA Netherlands and DNC Member), Stephanie Lovelace, Barbara Garrity (WMBCN) and others. 

10-30-1045  Coffee break 

1130-1200   DA Spain Business meeting

12:45 Remarks by Jim Mercereau DA Spain:  Whats in the pipeline and how can we move forward?

13:30 Close of meeting. Moving to Hawker 45 for  lunch (Note we will have a set menu with three options to choose from. Please pick up and return your menu form by the time of the coffee break).


Proxy and Absentee Voting Instructions for the 2017 DA Spain Executive Committee Elections

All currently registered members of Democrats Abroad Spain who are unable to attend the Annual General Meeting in Barcelona on April 22 are encouraged to participate in the election of the DA Spain Executive Committee by either delegating their vote via a Proxy to another member who will attend the AGM or by submitting an Absentee Ballot.

 

Instructions for submitting a Proxy Vote:

1. Please download a blank Proxy Vote for the April 22 election via this link.

2. Print the proxy ballot.

3. Complete parts 1 (your full name), 2 (the city or town in Spain where you now live), 3 (the name of the DA member to whom you are delegating your vote), 4 (your DA membership number; FYI this can be located by logging on to the democratsabroad.org website and clicking on “settings” from the drop-down menu that appears beneath your name on the far right hand side of the upper menu), 6 (your signature), and 7 (the date you have completed the proxy vote form).

4. Optional part 5: If you wish to indicate your vote for individual candidates, please do so in part 4. If part 4 is left blank, the person to whom you have delegated your proxy will be free to cast the proxy vote how ever they see fit.

5. Deliver the proxy to the person designated in Part 3 (this can be done by hand or by mail or the ballot may be scanned and sent to the designated person by electronically. In the latter case, the designated person will need to then print the ballot).

The person designated in Part 3 must present the printed and signed Proxy Vote to the Elections Committee at the AGM on April 22.

Please note that one single member can deliver no more than two (2) Proxy votes.

 

Instructions for casting an Absentee Vote:

1. Please download a blank Absentee ballot form for the April 22 election via this link.

2. Print the absentee ballot.

3. Complete parts 1 (your full name), 2 (the city or town in Spain where you now live), 3 (the name of the State in the US in which you are a voter), and 4 (your DA membership number; FYI: this can be located by logging on to the democratsabroad.org website and clicking on “settings” from the drop-down menu that appears beneath your name on the far right hand side of the upper menu).

4. Complete part 5 by indicating your vote for the candidates of your choice (please indicate only one candidate per position) or your abstention, if you so decide.

5. Complete part 6 (your signature) and part 6 (the date you have completed the absentee vote form).

6. Deliver the completed and signed absentee ballot:

 A. By hand to a member of the National Election Committee (bcndems@gmail.com),

B. By postal mail (please contact bcndems@gmail.com for the address,

C. By making a digital scan or photograph of the completed and signed ballot and sending it as an e-mail attachment to bcndems@gmail.com, or lastly,

ALTERNATIVE ABSENTEE VOTING METHOD: Instead of printing, completing and signing the Absentee Ballot, members may vote absentee by coping the ballot text from the downloaded ballot form into an e-mail, completing all the necessary information (your printed name will serve as a signature), and sending the e-mail to bcndems@gmail.com.

Please note that if you submit your absentee vote by e-mail, the e-mail address used must be the address listed in our database as being yours (i.e., the address to which this present e-mail was sent).

All absentee ballots must be received the day before the AGM, that is say Friday April 21. Any absentee votes arriving on April 22 will not be considered valid.

Should you have any questions regarding the proxy or absentee voting procedures, please contact the NEC at bcndems@gmail.com.


Thank you,

Steven Tolliver,
Mark Carr,
Ellen Bergeron,
National Elections Committee