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.
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!
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.
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
To check your local time, please use this Time Zone Converter here.
Time (US Eastern)
Meeting Begins, Roll Call
Adoption of Meeting Rules
Approval of Minutes from May and August 2021 Global Meetings
International Chair’s Report
International Treasurer’s Report
Confirmation of International Treasurer
Confirmation of DA Caribbean Islands
DA’s Task Forces: What They Are, What They’re Doing, and How You Can Help
DA’s Caucuses: What They Are, What They’re Doing, and How You Can Help
Break / Guest Speaker DNC Deputy Executive Director Roger Lau
The Nuts & Bolts of Voting From Abroad
Overview: Global GOTV Strategy and Resources for 2022
Battleground State Teams
Break / Guest Speaker DNC Chairman Jaime Harrison
Panel on GOTV Best Practices
Reaching and Helping Voters in 2022
Break / Guest Speaker US Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Fundraising in 2022: The Pitch, Nuts and Bolts, and Best Practices
Closing Remarks for Day One
Sunday, May 22
To check your local time, please use this Time Zone Converter here.
Time (US Eastern)
Meeting Reconvenes, Roll Call
Rebranding Overview: New DA Logo, DA Website Redesign, and VFA Website Redesign
Membership Engagement: Volunteer Pathways in 2022
Resolutions followed by Charter Amendments
~ 7:30am (15 mins) Break 1 / Guest Speaker
~ 9:15am (15 mins) Break 2 / Guest Speaker
Closing Remarks for Day Two
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
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.
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:
For more information, visit our blog space here:
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.
Do you like this page?