Valencia

Bienvenido Democrats Abroad - Valencia!

Welcome to DA-Valencia (DAV), the official arm of the Democratic Party for American Democrats living in the Valencian Region of Spain.

MISSION: To provide relevant information about candidates and issues that affect democratic-leaning expats. Chapter activities are designed to facilitate the meeting of new people of like-mind people in fun-filled social, political and community events that show a positive image of the US and US expats living in Valencia.

Together with DA country committees around the globe, we're advocating for overseas Americans on Capitol Hill and joining friends and family in the US and in Spain in important activism campaigns. With technology and social media, there are many ways for us to make our voices heard, even an ocean away.

VOTING: US Citizens living abroad need to register to vote EVERY YEAR. We can assist with your voter registration and with securing and filing your ballot(s). 

Voter Reg/Ballot Request

JOIN THE FUN: Members are notified of all the activities of the Valencian chapter and are kept informed about local and national US issues as well as those that expats face while living in Spain. To join this dynamic group, simply Click Here.  We will contact you after receiving your information.

We rely on volunteers to ensure members and friends are informed about local and national US issues as well as those that expats face while living in Spain.

Watch this space for upcoming announcements of meetings and events. We have events planned throughout the year and encourage anyone interested in participating and helping with Democrats Abroad Valencia to let us know of your interest.

Please share your questions, ideas, and enthusiasm with us!

We look forward to meeting you very soon!

Your DA Leadership Team,

Christopher Schwandt, Chair
Catherine CleaverVice Chair
Georgie Grossman, Secretary
(vacant)Treasurer

For more information email us at:
To contact DA Valencia just click here

Or:       
Dems Abroad Facebook page

 

DA Valencia Leadership:

Christopher Schwandt
| Chair, ES-Valencia
Catherine Cleaver
| Vice Chair, ES-Valencia
Georgie Grossman
| Secretary, ES-Valencia
Peter Smith
| Treasurer, ES-Valencia
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  • News

    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.

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    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!

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    Upcoming Events

    Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 04:00 AM through May 23, 2022 Time
    WebEx in Washington, DC

    May 2022 Global Meeting

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    Democrats Abroad will hold our 2022 Global Meeting online. The meeting will be held across the weekend of May 21-22.

    Connection details will be emailed to all Democrats Abroad member RSVP's closer to the meeting date.

     
    Democrats Abroad Global Meetings are possible thanks to participant donations. You will be redirected to the donation page after you RSVP.

     Day One Agenda  Day Two Agenda
    Democrats Abroad Resolutions Democrats Abroad Charter Amendments

    To RSVP, click HERE to navigate to the bottom of this page

    NOTICE: This meeting will be recorded, including audio, video, and any materials exchanged or viewed during the session.


    Agenda (Subject to Change)

    Saturday, May 21      

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    Time (US Eastern)

    Activity

    3:30am 

    WebEx Opens/Check-In

    4:00am

    Meeting Begins, Roll Call

    4:15am

    Opening Remarks

    4:25am

    Adoption of Meeting Rules

    4:40am

    Approval of Minutes from May and August 2021 Global Meetings 

    4:50am

    International Chair’s Report

    5:05am

    International Treasurer’s Report

    5:20am

    Confirmation of International Treasurer

    5:40am

    Confirmation of DA Caribbean Islands

    6:00am

    Break

    6:15am

    DA’s Task Forces: What They Are, What They’re Doing, and How You Can Help

    7:00am

    DA’s Caucuses: What They Are, What They’re Doing, and How You Can Help

    7:45am

    Break / Guest Speaker DNC Deputy Executive Director Roger Lau

    8:00am

    The Nuts & Bolts of Voting From Abroad

    8:30am

    Overview: Global GOTV Strategy and Resources for 2022

    8:45am

    Battleground State Teams

    9:15am

    Break / Guest Speaker DNC Chairman Jaime Harrison

    9:30am

    Panel on GOTV Best Practices

    10:00am

    Reaching and Helping Voters in 2022

    11:00am

    Break / Guest Speaker US Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ)

    11:15am

    Fundraising in 2022: The Pitch, Nuts and Bolts, and Best Practices 

    11:45am

    Closing Remarks for Day One

    12:00pm

    End of Day One

     
    Sunday, May 22

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    Time (US Eastern)

    Activity

    3:30am 

    WebEx Opens/Check-In

    4:00am

    Meeting Reconvenes, Roll Call

    4:15am

    Rebranding Overview: New DA Logo, DA Website Redesign, and VFA Website Redesign

    5:15am

    Membership Engagement: Volunteer Pathways in 2022 

    5:45am

    Break

    6:00am

    Resolutions followed by Charter Amendments

    ~ 7:30am (15 mins) Break 1 / Guest Speaker
    ~ 9:15am (15 mins) Break 2 / Guest Speaker

    10:45am

    Closing Remarks for Day Two

    11:00am

    End of Day Two, Meeting Adjourns

     

    Democrats Abroad Resolutions

    The DPCA will consider resolutions submitted by its members at the Global Meeting. Resolutions can pertain to matters of internal governance, DA's advocacy of policies, or memorializing leaders who have recently passed away. The texts of resolutions for this meeting are available as a PDF using this link. These texts are the result of a lengthy process of discussion and revisions, with all changes requiring the consent of the primary sponsors. During the meeting, a resolution may be passed, amended, rejected, or not considered due to parliamentary decisions.


    Any DA member is welcome to use a form to be recognized as a co-sponsor of an individual resolution. If you'd like to be listed publicly by name and country of residence as a co-sponsor of a particular resolution, please use the following link to complete the form: https://forms.gle/6nW1vz61RmKADVgT7  This form will close 24 hours before the meeting's start.


    Democrats Abroad Charter Amendments

    Proposed amendments to Democrats Abroad’s Charter can be found here.

     

    Click Here to donate in support of the Global Meeting and DA's GOTV activities.

    Click Here to donate to the Democrats Abroad Travel Fund.

     

    Saturday, May 28, 2022 at 03:00 AM through August 26, 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.