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.
Saturday May 21 - see local AP times below
Phonebanking is the most effective way to turn out the DA vote - let’s do it together!
After reviewing the campaign script, WE WILL MAKE CALLS. Join this session with phone bankers from throughout the Asia Pacific - after a few calls you can see just how easy it can be.
Hosted by the Asia-Pacific GOTV team – but any Democrats Abroad members can join!
Help us broaden our reach and deepen our impact by introducing another phone banker from your country committee to this event.
Sat May 21 => Asia Pacific Local Times
- Auckland: 3PM
- Sydney: 1PM
- Tokyo/Seoul: 12noon
- Bali/Perth/Hong Kong/Beijing/Taipei/Singapore: 11AM
- Hanoi/Bangkok: 10AM
- New Delhi: 9:30AM
- Kazakhstan 8AM
Facilitated by Anne O’Connell, DA Kazhakstan
RSVP to get the Webex link
The purpose of this Regional Meeting will be for Democrats Abroad's Country Chairs, Country Vice Chairs, and DA’s Voting Representatives (collectively “DPCA Voters”) in the Asia-Pacific Region to elect a new member from the Asia-Pacific Region to represent the organization on the Democratic National Committee. Aaron Kruse (Singapore) previously held this seat from May 2020 until his resignation in March 2022. The winner of the election will serve the remainder of Aaron’s term, which lasts until 2024.
The DNC member will be elected by members of the Democratic Party Committee Abroad based in Asia-Pacific—in other words, the Chairs, Vice-Chairs and Voting Representatives from Asia-Pacific Country Committees.
DA’s DNC members need to attend two meetings of the DNC in the United States each year to build bridges between DA and the Democratic Party. Travel and lodging costs are typically at one’s own expense. Our DNC members join issue caucuses, attend committee meetings, and help make the needs of Democrats Abroad known within the DNC. They will also communicate what happens at the DNC level to DA leaders and members through regular town halls.
Candidates for the Asia-Pacific DA DNC seat will be nominated from the floor and elected by DPCA Voters in attendance. However, prospective candidates do not need to be DPCA Voters to stand for election.
DA’s DNC delegation must be gender balanced. Due to the self-proclaimed gender identity of the currently-serving DNC representatives, only DA members in the Asia-Pacific Region who do not identify as female, i.e. male and nonbinary, are eligible to be elected.
As nominations will be made from the floor, interested candidates do not need to share their interest before May 21.
Further details on election rules, including exactly how someone will be nominated from the floor, the amount of time given to candidates for introductions and questions, and how the voting process will be carried out, will be shared in advance of the meeting on May 21.
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
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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
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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
Break / Guest Speakers Former Congressman Tony Coehlo and DNC Disability Caucus Chair Kerri Evelyne Harris
Charter Amendments (cont.)
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
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Join us for a lovely, leisurely walk through the Geneva Botanical Gardens and along the lakeshore. One year after the 're-birth' of DACH in-person gatherings, we are delighted to come together again this May 21st. Walk, talk, catch up on our GOTV plans. Meet us at the main entrance (Place Albert Thomas) of the Botanical Garden at 12 noon.
Meet us at the main entrance (Place Albert Thomas, just opposite WTO gate) of the Geneva Botanical Gardens.
Your RSVP isn't required, but we do recommend that you join the regional WhatsApp group for easy coordination.
This month, we will be reading 'Klara and the Sun' by Kazuo Ishiguro."In Klara and the Sun, his first novel since winning the Nobel Prize in Literature, Kazuo Ishiguro looks at our rapidly-changing modern world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator to explore a fundamental question: what does it mean to love?"All readers are welcome. RSVP to receive the meeting information - depending on the current COVID situation, we will either meet on Zoom or in person.
Join us in Avignon this Sunday, May 22, 2022 at 12:00 for an all-you-can-eat luncheon/bruch in the beautiful Bronzini garden and fish pond.
The restaurant is famous for its superb buffet of patisseries (included). The prix fixe for the brunch is 35€.
Thanks for reserving. See you there!
Join the North and Central Bavaria chapter for a Coffee Social Hour in Erlangen at Der Beck near the Franconian International School, and let's get ready for midterm elections in 2022!
Join us for our weekly meeting to learn more and get involved in this and future events to help mobilize Ohio voters abroad for critical races this fall and make sure our officials back home understand the challenges facing Ohio voters abroad.
The 2022 Midterms are quickly approaching, and we want to make sure we send back every possible overseas vote that we can! Join Ohioans Abroad to discuss our path to the November Elections.
We'll be looking at several different areas, including:
- Spreading the word about the fantastic nominees for Congressional, Statewide, and Local offices!
- Providing state-specific voter assistance
- Mobilizing the voters at home and abroad
- Event planning
- Website - posting news updates
- Social Media voter mobilization
It's all hand on deck to turn Ohio BLUE! Write to [email protected] with any questions.
RSVP today and join us!
The Florida State Team's next planning meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 23rd at 6pm GMT/7pm CET.
We'll give updates on everything that is going on and take stock of where we are in organizing events and preparing for the upcoming phonebanking campaign to call our Florida voters. Please join us to plan our activism right up to the August State Primary and the November Midterm elections.
Please RSVP for the Zoom link.
Date: Monday, May 23rd
Time: 1pm Eastern / 6pm GMT / 7pm CEST