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DA Women's Caucus Lands in Spain

DA Spain Women's Caucus says Hola!

Twenty people attended the preliminary organizational meeting of the Democrats Abroad Spain Women’s Caucus on March 18. 

The meeting opened with participants’ introductions and a presentation by Ann Hesse, Chair of the DA Global Women’s Caucus (GWC). Ann provided a quick history of the GWC and laid out its three pillars: Education; Community Building; and Activism, particularly in the form of get-out-the-vote efforts. Approximately 10,000 women currently belong to the GWC. Over 300 of those members live in Spain.

Next up, moderator Andrea Host-Barth led the discussion, turning the focus to goals and organizational steps for a DA Spain Women’s Caucus. The Caucus intends to focus initially on providing education on environmental issues, and building community with small, local events. Members were encouraged to support the call-to-action initiatives already available on the GWC website. 

The Caucus hopes to play two other roles as well. First, the Caucus can interact with the GWC, helping members in Spain and members of the worldwide group to share ideas and coordinate activities. Second, the DA Spain Women’s Caucus can serve as a template for creating Women’s Caucuses in other countries. 

DA Spain’s Women’s Caucus is moving forward in its organizational process. The Caucus welcomes people of all genders as leaders, members, and volunteers. 

Not already a caucus member? Simply join the GWC caucus and you automatically are a Spain member. To get involved, fill out the Volunteer Information Form

Interested in starting your country women’s caucus? Send email to [email protected]


Voting for new DA Spain excom now underway

Democrats Abroad Spain (DAS) is holding Executive Committee (excom) elections for the 2021-2023 term and we need your vote! 

Our organization depends on the participation of the members as we renew our group for the continuing struggle for a better USA and a better world through democratic political engagement. Please help select the new Democrats Abroad Spain leadership committee of Chairperson, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Counsel, and 4 Voting Representatives.

This will be the first time we will organize our DAS chapter elections purely online. Ballot emails (actually an email with a link to an online voting site) were sent out on March 5, 2021. If you think that you did not receive this email, please follow the instructions below.

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International Women's Day

International Women's Day is a celebrated on March 8th around the world.  It is a special day on the calendar for much of Europe and in countries around the world, but is often unfamiliar to many Americans.  

A huge milestone was achieved for American Women on Inauguration Day when the first woman was sworn is as Vice-President of the United States.    

We will have an online celebration to toast Kamala in her new role.  America will finally have not one, but two women in highest positions of power in the United States.

 


Democrats Abroad Spain Leadership Elections March 20th Seeking Candidates

Dear DA Spain Members:

We won! Biden and Harris are in the White House and the Georgia election was a success—thanks in no small part to your votes and efforts.

Now it’s time to continue with Democrats Abroad Spain’s own election, to be held March 20th, 2021. The past four years have shown what we as a group are capable of doing when we all contribute and work together as a team, under enthusiastic and dedicated leadership.

Democrats Abroad is a 100% volunteer-run organization, and we need you to help keep the gears turning for the next two years as we build up to a crucial midterm election – which Democrats cannot afford to lose – in 2022.

We encourage you to consider running for office; it’s a great way to get involved in democracy, meet new people and, most importantly, contribute to the Biden-Harris administration’s success by building support among Americans in Spain.

Any DA Spain member can run for office! Multiple positions must be filled in this election.

The deadline for submission of your candidacy is midnight March 3rd EST.

Please click here to complete the candidacy application.  

Democrats Abroad welcomes diversity.  The Chair and Vice Chair must be of opposite genders.

The Voting Reps delegation is also required to be gender balanced.  

You are welcome to place your name in nomination for either chair or vice chair to help us achieve our diversity objectives. 

                                                                      

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Ballot Return by Courier

Thanks to the footwork of a Democrats Abroad Belgium member in the European Capitol we now have access to a special offer from FedEx for US voters.

You will need to open an account with a local credit card.

This is a 100% online procedure, like a purchase on Amazon.  Calling FedEX negates the online new account special price. 

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Ballot Return Envelopes for use in Correos or Diplomatic Pouch

Since 20 states still require ballots to be returned by mail, we are helping out by providing election mailing envelopes for use in Correos with postage, or the Diplomatic Pouch to U.S. Mail. 

Hundreds of postage-prepaid ballot return envelopes have been strategically placed around Barcelona and environs, so if you want to use one, swing by:

  • Benjamin Franklin International School, c/ Martorell i Peña, 9, Sant Gervasi (ask for Martha Correa)
  • American School of Barcelona, Carrer Jaume Balmes, 7, Esplugues de Llobregat (ask for Bronwyn)
  • Bakinge Bakery, c/ Ramis, 20 (Plaça John Lennon) Gràcia
  • Hibernian English Bookstore, c/ Montseny 17, Grácia
  • Taste of America, c/ Balmes, 322 or c/ Aragon, 231
  • Eroica Caffé, c/ Consell de Cent 350
  • Come In Book Store, c/ Balmes 129 bis (esquina Roselló)

 

Envelopes have been strategically placed around the Comunidad de Madrid:

The Roll Madrid Restaurant c/ Amaniel, 23.  28015

The Toast Café Malasaña c/ San Vicente Ferrer, 33.   28004

The Toast Café Chamberi  c/ de Fernando El Católico, 50.  28015

The Cookie Lab. c/ del Serrano, 23     28015

The Cookie Lab Malasaña  c/del Pez 16.    28004

Taste of America Serrano c/ del Serrano, 149      28015
Taste of America Chamberi Pso de San Francisco de Sales, 3     28003
Taste of America Rastro c/ del Casino, 26     28005
Taste of America Chueca c/ San Marcos, 20      28004

Taste of America Alcobendas Av. Olimpica, 22    28100
Taste of America Pozuelo Av. de Europa, 23      28224
Taste of America Majadahonda Av. de España, 20.   28220

 


2020 Ballot Return Strategies

The moment we've all been waiting for!  

Ballots are starting to arrive in our email mailboxes from counties across the America.  

Time Saver: After review of this section find your state in the boxes below and follow the instructions for ballot return. 

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Global Presidential Primary in Spain

Don’t miss your chance to vote in person this presidential year! Join Americans around the world and participate in this year’s Global Presidential Primary through Democrats Abroad. Voting in the Primary gives you the chance to help determine the presidential candidates our delegates will vote for in the Democratic National Convention. Details below.

Democrats Abroad has just a few requirements for voting in the primary:

  • Be abroad and be a U.S. citizen
  • Be a member of Democrats Abroad
  • Be 18 as of November 3, 2020
  • Not have voted, or plan to vote, in any other 2020 state presidential primary

Democrats Abroad Spain will host 8 in-person Voting Centers in Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia.  The kick off for all these events will be on March 3 which is Super Tuesday in the U.S.

If you don't live near any of our in-person Voting Centers we have you covered.  You will be able to vote by email or even snail mail.  Every member of Democrats Abroad Spain will receive an email on February 18th describing your voting options.  It will also have your member ID  shown in the email.  You'll need that to complete your ballot. 

The Global Presidential Primary is a key component in the process of selecting delegates for the Democratic National Convention in July, which will be hosted in Milwaukee WI this year.   Democrats Abroad sends 21 delegates to the national convention.  They will be pledged to candidates  that have won at least 15% of the vote across the globe. 

Here's where you can cast your ballot at voting centers in Spain:

BARCELONA 

Tuesday, March 3
ESERP Business School  Carrer de Girona, 24  08010 
4PM  to 9:30 PM

Saturday, March 7
Restaurante El Foro Carrer de la Princessa, 53 08003 
10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

MADRID

Tuesday, March 3
The Village Tap Room  calle Martin de los Heros, 28 28008
6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Saturday, March 7
The Village Tap Room  calle Martin de los Heros, 28 28008
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Sunday, March 8
The Village Tap Room  calle Martin de los Heros, 28 28008
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

VALENCIA

Tuesday, March 3
Les Roques Restaurant Bar c/ Vinatea, 22 46008
12:00 PM to 4:00 PM    5:00 PM -8:00PM

Wednesday, March 4
Universidad Politecnica Valencia Edificio 4P
Centro de Lenguas, 1st Floor
11:00 to 3:00 PM

Saturday, March 7
Les Roques Restaurant Bar c/ Vinatea, 22 46008
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Ballot Assistance Events

These events are to assist members of Democrats Abroad to participate in the Global Primary or to join Democrats Abroad.  A ballot is provided to the member who is then responsible for completing the ballot and returning it for tabulation.  We can assist in showing the member how it can be returned by email as an attachment, or returned by mail to the voting warden in Spain or the Tabulation Center in Prague. 

Ballot Assistance Centers will be able to provide assistance is requesting an absentee ballot using VoteFromAbroad.org

PALMA de MALLORCA

Saturday, March 7
Nidus 39   Calle Bisbe Maura, 37   07005

11:00 PM to 14:00PM

SEVILLA

Thursday, March 5
The Merchants Pub Calle Canalejas, 12   41001
7:00 PM to 10:00PM

SITGES

Thursday, March 5
Big Al's -Sitges   carrer de Francesc Gumà, 21  08870
8:00 PM to 10:00PM

Saturday, March 7
Big Al's -Sitges carrer de Francesc Gumà, 21  08870
1:30 PM to 4:00PM

ALICANTE

Tuesday, March 10
Sip and Wonder Coffee House   Carrer Poeta Campos Vasallo 8-10   03004 

2:00PM to 6:00PM





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American Resistance of Sevilla hosts a Democrats Abroad Voter Registration Training

It was a cool rainy Wednesday evening in Sevilla but about 25 folks turned up at a voter registration training program at The Merchant.  The American Resistance in Seville which like so many post-Trump groups around the world has continued the momentum for three plus years.  When we arrived they decorated the space with banners, posters and wall games. In this creative atmosphere over the course of 80 minutes we had the chance to review the principals of voter registration and answered a lot of questions along the way.  

This tuned in group of folks are ready to help others get their absentee ballots.  Many thanks to Elizabeth Bond, Kathy Sherretts, and Karen McCann.  It was great to meet someone who reached out to say it's time for a chapter in Sevilla.  The day before this event, another member had reached out and we were able to meet the very next evening.

There is interest in a Voter Assistance Center the week of Super Tuesday.  Could be the beginning of getting something going in Andulucia.

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Sitges wants in!

Sitges is so much more than one of the a loveliest beach towns in Spain.  It is also home to many expats, including many Americans.  

Andrea Host-Barth and Karl Barth of Sitges don't want to sit on the sidelines in such an important election year.  These Sitges activists reached out to Chris Reilly chair of the Barcelona Chapter to see what they could get going.  

They are planning to do a Voter Assistance Center in late February or early March.  The idea is to assist folks with voter registration or obtaining their absentee ballot.  This time period coincides with the Global Presidential Primary so they can help anyone who wants to participate remotely.   If you are interested in learning more please contact Chris at [email protected]

Democrats Abroad Spain is interested in helping Americans in your town to get their Absentee Ballots.  The VotefromAbroad.org  online application is set up for overseas voters. 

 If you want further information please let us know at:   [email protected]

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