“State Outreach Teams” represent a new and exciting addition to DAG’s GOTV efforts. Join us and help build a global community of activists working to get out, protect and defend the vote!
No matter what shade of purple your voting state is, there are plenty of ways to get involved.
On Saturday, May 29 at 4pm, we will be following up with newly established state-specific groups and sharing tips, strategies and information on all three of our State Outreach pillars:
-Legislation: coordinate with Global efforts to track bills being introduced to state legislatures; mobilize voters at home and abroad around relevant issues.
-Ballot Protection: develop and deepen overseas voting expertise in conjunction with Vote From Abroad; build relationships with election officials and state legislatures.
-Voter Mobilization: educate and mobilize overseas voters; hold informational and community-building events; build coalitions with affinity groups on the ground.
This is the second of two State Outreach meetings. Missed the first one? You’re still welcome to attend! A recording of the previous event and supporting materials will be made available.
Please RSVP for the Zoom link below. Bring your friends, spread the word, and don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions!
Teresa Ritterhoff, DAG GOTV Coordinator [email protected]
Jennifer von Estorff, Texans Abroad EMEA Captain /DAG Secretary/ Vice-Chair Göttingen-Hannover [email protected]
For May's book club meeting, we will be discussing Griftopia: A Story of Bankers, Politicians, and the Most Audacious Power Grab in American History by Matt Taibbi.
"The financial crisis that exploded in 2008 isn’t past but prologue. The grifter class—made up of the largest players in the financial industry and the politicians who do their bidding—has been growing in power, and the crisis was only one terrifying manifestation of how they’ve hijacked America’s political and economic life.
Matt Taibbi has combined deep sources, trailblazing reportage, and provocative analysis to create the most lucid, emotionally galvanizing account yet written of this ongoing American crisis. He offers fresh reporting on the backroom deals of the bailout; tells the story of Goldman Sachs, the “vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity”; and uncovers the hidden commodities bubble that transferred billions of dollars to Wall Street while creating food shortages around the world.
This is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the labyrinthine inner workings of this country, and the profound consequences for us all." – description from Goodreads.com
All are welcome – even if you don't get a chance to read the book!
Please RSVP to receive the Zoom link.
Join us for coffee, cake, and a discussion of what elections are happening in this 'off' year and what we can do to help! We'll be meeting on Zoom here:
Meeting ID: 920 2059 7710
The best thing about Biden‘s infrastructure plan? That he has an infrastructure plan. Now begins the work of turning the blueprint into legislation. A volatile dynamic underlies the process: the White House wants a bipartisan deal, but Democrats are preparing to move ahead alone. Solidarity Sundays takes a deep dive into the forces shaping the legislation and what disbursing $2 trillion will look like on the ground.
Please RSVP below to receive the meeting link.
The DA Barcelona book club has selected Stacey Abrams' Lead from the Outside for our next reading.
From the publisher:
"National leader Stacey Abrams has written the guide to harnessing the strengths of being an outsider and succeeding anyway.
Leadership is hard. Convincing others—and yourself—that you are capable of taking charge and achieving more requires insight and courage. Lead from the Outside is the handbook for outsiders, written with an eye toward the challenges that hinder women, people of color, the working class, members of the LGBTQ community, and millennials ready to make change. Stacey uses her hard-won insights to break down how ambition, fear, money, and failure function in leadership, and she includes practical exercises to help you realize your own ambition and hone your skills. Lead from the Outside discusses candidly what Stacey has learned over the course of her impressive career in politics, business and the nonprofit world: that differences in race, gender, and class provide vital strength, which we can employ to rise to the top and create real and lasting change."
Join us for a lively discussion of what we can apply to grow and increase the impact of our chapter, our organization, and the progressive movement in our home country. Zoom link will be sent shortly before the meeting to all who RSVP.
All are welcome to attend. Join us.
“In this penetrating new study, Harvard University's Theda Skocpol and Vanessa Williamson go beyond images of protesters in Colonial costumesto provide a nuanced portrait of the Tea Party. What they find is sometimes surprising. Drawing on grassroots interviews and visits to local meetings in several regions, they find that older, middle-class Tea Partiers mostly approve of Social Security, Medicare, and generous benefits for military veterans. Their opposition to "big government" entails reluctance to pay taxes to help people viewed as undeserving "freeloaders" - including immigrants, lower income earners, and the young. At the national level, Tea Party elites and funders leverage grassroots energy to further longstanding goals such as tax cuts for the wealthy, deregulation of business, and privatization of the very same Social Security and Medicare programs on which many grassroots Tea Partiers depend. Elites and grassroots are nevertheless united in hatred of Barack Obama and determination to push the Republican Party sharply to the right. The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism combines fine-grained portraits of local Tea Party members and chapters with an overarching analysis of the movement's rise, impact, and likely fate.”
Participants need to know that if there are access, affordability, etc. problems for a book/books, they can contact co-leaders, John Esteban Rodriguez and Betsy Ettorre ([email protected]) who will help them with the listed books. Learn more about the proDA Book Club.
For June, we will be reading The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee. From Amazon:
One of today’s most insightful and influential thinkers offers a powerful exploration of inequality and the lesson that generations of Americans have failed to learn: Racism has a cost for everyone—not just for people of color.
Please join us even if you haven't read the book!
Additional information about this (and future) event(s) can be found here.
The June meeting will be held via Zoom. If you are not already on the Geneva Book Club mailing list, please send Sam an email letting him know you would like to be included.
Join Political Forum host Jean-Pierre LaRochelle and leaders of Democrats Abroad France in a free-wheeling discussion of current events and news of the week, and share your views with other attendees. Send your questions to [email protected]
Politics is not a spectator sport! Join us every Wednesday every month as we join together to take political action -- to engage our elected officials and policy makers on the issues that matter!
We will start the first few minutes of every meeting with calls to our elected officials in House and Senate -- you can call Congress for Free from France at 07 555 3 6446 (or 07 555 DOGGO) -- this connects callers automatically to the US Capitol Switchboard, where you follow the prompts to be connected to your House Rep or Senators.
Never made constituent calls before? Don't worry, we will walk you through what to do including a call script. Every meeting we will also have new actions to take on the issues, together -- postcarding, phonebanking, textbanking, and more.
Have an action to suggest? Contact Max Dunitz [email protected]
This social event is open to D.A. members only due to limited seating. We welcome you all to come and interact with fellow Americans in the region and engage in American political discussions. So join us for a Zoom Political Wine! Pour yourself a glass of rosé, and let’s chat.
We have updated how we manage our Zoom meetings, please RSVP quickly! The link to the Zoom meeting and password will be included in your RSVP confirmation - please do not delete it. If you have any problems, contact us at [email protected] so that someone can assist you.