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  • is hosting DA Milan: Holiday Cookie/Candy Exchange! 2018-11-28 05:52:11 -0500

    DA Milan: Holiday Cookie/Candy Exchange!


    Join us for the first annual Milan Dems Abroad Holiday Cookie/Candy Exchange!

    WHEN: Sunday, December 16th, 4pm-6pm
    WHERE: A member's home, Zone: Isola MM3

    Suggested Donation: €10

    Join us for a Holiday Cookie/Candy Exchange! Bring your favorite homemade holiday cookies or candies and enjoy tasting everyone's special treats before we exchange our goods!

    You'll take home at least two dozen cookies and/or candy pieces for your own holiday celebration, or to give as gifts!

    Enjoy tea, prosecco and savory bocconcini with your Democratic friends while sharing your favorite holiday treats!

    The Rules (there are always rules!):

    Each guest should bring a minimum of 2 dozen homemade cookies or candy pieces to exchange + several extras for our tasting tray, as well as your own dish or platter to display your treats.

    Please RSVP by December 12th with the type of cookie you will bring and a copy of the recipe. A full list of recipes will be distributed via email after the event.

    NB: you may be asked to switch recipes to avoid duplicates - the idea is for everyone to come away with a variety of goodies!

    We suggest you bring several smaller containers and/or plastic bags to hold the different types of goodies you’ll take home – this will help you to avoid mixing flavors.

    We look forward to seeing you there!


    December 16, 2018 at 4pm
    Private home near Isola MM3 - RSVP for Address
    Milan 20124
    Google map and directions
    €10.00 EUR ·

  • From APATHY to ACTIVISM: DA Italy Annual General Meeting

    Democrats Abroad Italy – Annual General Meeting

    Registration Form

    Hotel Raffaello – Viale Certosa 108, Milan, Italy*

    May 26-27, 2018


    REGISTER NOW to attend the DA Italy AGM in MilanFill out the On-line Registration Form now!

    Democrats Abroad Italy is holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Gala Fundraiser Dinner to bring members face-to-face to organize, outreach and strategize ways to IMPACT pertinent issues and take tangible steps to get Americans in Italy to vote and participate in the Democratic agenda.

    We live in cities throughout Italy and vote in almost every U.S. state. The AGM is a fantastic opportunity to meet old and new friends, while concentrating on making a difference from abroad.

    Set aside apathy, get active!
    The full program, all in downtown Milan, will begin with strategy sessions and presentations including a special presentation by Tufts University Professor, Nicole Pearson on Black Women and Activism. Later we will have a Keynote address and Q&A by DNC Youth Council Chair, Akilah Ensley. This will all be followed by an evening reception and a gala fundraiser dinner with our guest of Honor, DNC Council Chair, Akilah Ensley who is attending our meeting as a DNC representative.

    Sunday will consist of more strategy sessions and organizational planning and continue until lunchtime. We guarantee that you will go home with concrete ideas on how to contribute towards making a meaningful impact in the November mid-term elections on the path to Taking Back the House and beyond.

    We have a Tax Seminar scheduled on Saturday, with Jim Spell, United States Tax Consultant.

    You can find the preliminary agenda here.

    Please register and send the recommended donation by Wednesday May 23. In the registration form, there are requested donation amounts which will help us cover the cost of the venue, coffee and refreshment breaks and equipment. You will receive an email with additional details on the event the Evening Gala Dinner and useful information for Milan.

    NOTE: Any attendees who have special requirements or need wheelchair access are kindly invited to contact us before your arrival. 

    From apathy to activism:

    • Do everything in your power to make a positive change for the future of America
    • Enable every American living in Italy to vote from abroad
    • Organize locally to maximize your power as a single voter from abroad

    About our Speaker, Akilah Ensley


    Akilah R. Ensley, is current Co-Chair of the Democratic National Committee's Youth Coordinating Council. As a political advocate and community organizer, she is instilled with a passion for service and a commitment to voter protection and engagement. She's a dedicated political strategist, community organizer, and fundraiser. She has experience in building coalitions, program development, fundraising, and community and political engagement. Most recently, she founded and manages Invictus Strategy Group, a general consulting group managing both political and non-profit fundraising, political engagement, and field strategy. Check out Akilah's full BIO here.




    About The Venue


    DA Italy has arranged for a special room rate valid from May 25-28 at the conference Hotel Raffaello where the AGM will be held. There is private garage parking available for 10€ per 24-hour period. The hotel is 4-star rated and a great balance of quality and value with a very accommodating and friendly staff. It's easily reachable by Tram Lines 14 and 1 which take you directly to the city center. 

    (Rates include VAT, service and Buffet Breakfast. City tax no included: 5.00€/person/night)

    Single Room  57.00€
    Double Single Use  64.00€
    Double Room  67.00€
    Triple Room  87.00€





    Book your room by sending an email to, specifying that you are with Democrats Abroad.  Alternatively, reservations can be made by phone at +39(0)2392431

    We'll see you there!

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  • published Welcome to DA Finland in News 2018-04-13 03:16:31 -0400

    Welcome to DA Finland

    Democrats Abroad members in Finland are in the process of formally creating a local committee.  We are excited to welcome members and friends and encourage you to get involved and help with our organization and planning.  You will find our upcoming events and news items listed here, as well as ways you can make a difference in the party and the country while living abroad. 

    Not yet a member? Register on this site today, and you'll hear from us soon.

    If you have questions or would like to help with Democrats Abroad in Finland please contact us.

    Merrill Oates 
    Immediate-past Regional Vice-Chair, EMEA

  • From APATHY to ACTIVISM: DA Italy Annual General Meeting

    So what are YOU doing about it?

    Get Out and Vote
    (Speech recorded in 1964 by Mario Savio, Leader of the Free Speech Movement at The University of California, Berkeley) 

    Come to the Democrats Abroad Italy Annual General Meeting

    May 26th-27th in Milan Italy


    • Have you done everything in your power to make a positive change for the future of America?
    • Have you told every American that you know or meet abroad that they can and should vote from abroad?
    • Have you organized locally to strategize on how you can maximize your power as a single voter from abroad?

    The point is that no matter how you answered the questions above, we want YOU to come to Democrats Abroad Italy’s Annual General Meeting. We need to ORGANIZE ORGANIZE ORGANIZE to get Democrats and Progressives elected in 2018 and there's no more effective way to do that than at an in-person meeting. 

    Why coming to the Democrats Abroad Italy Annual General Meeting (AGM) is the best thing that you can do this year:

    • The AGM will be the largest and most impactful gathering of American POLITICAL ACTIVISTS in Italy, PERIOD. You’ll meet other Americans who want to organize WITH YOU and make a meaningful impact in November through presentations, speeches and workshops
    • A leader within the Democratic National Committee in D.C. will attend and speak at our AGM, sharing insights on outreach and strategies to help Get Out the Vote (A Fundraising Gala for donors and sponsors will be held with our DNC guest for the Evening of May 26th as well).
    • Only 400,000 Americans abroad voted in 2016 out of nearly 6.9 million eligible Americans abroad. We can do better and YOU can be part of the solution. 
    • Voter Apathy is NOT about how you feel on the issues, it's about what you do to influence them and the AGM is the place to get tangible strategies you can implement immediately!

    The important stuff:

    Who: Democrats Abroad Italy
    What: Annual General Meeting
    When: May 26-27, 2018
    Where: 4-Star Conference Hotel in Downtown Milan, Italy (Specific Location TBA)
    Why: Because you’re not apathetic and you want to make a difference! 
    Cost: Requested donation amount TBD* 
    *while we legally cannot charge for attendance, we will suggest a recommended donation amount upon registration to help cover venue and organizational costs. Payment links will be setup to facilitate your much needed donations. 
    Members of Democrats Abroad from every region in Italy and EMEA are welcome to join us. Email to receive more information as it becomes available. Official Registration and program details will be available in the next few days but we encourage you to mark your calendar and make travel plans now. MORE DETAILS TO COME!
    IMPORTANT: If you'd like to volunteer to help organize the AGM, we need all hands on deck! We will need help with Event Greeters, Voter Registration, Event Setup, Merchandise, Social Media Support, Photography and Videography, Audio Visual Tech Support and a plethora of other things. Send an email to with the Subject Line: "AGM Volunteer".

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  • Democrats Abroad on Capitol Hill talking Expat Tax Reform. Again.

    Last week the Taxation Task Force led a hardy delegation of Democrats abroad through the halls of Congress to talk about expat tax reform.  Our Leave Behind Pack profiles our discussion agenda nicely.


    Leave Behind Pack Cover

    Click here to download the pdf file

  • published AGM Notes: Executive Committee Meeting in News 2018-03-05 06:20:05 -0500

    AGM Notes: Executive Committee Meeting

    DemsAbroadGermany_AGM-2018_5389_lo-res_1_.jpgThe AGM in Hamburg concluded with an ExComm meeting Sunday morning, which could have gone longer than the planned 6 hours. Best practices regarding the DA website, membership database and the DA Wiki were discussed, and members had the opportunity to share valuable information for the current election year. Katie Solon talked about phone banking, the single most effective way of getting Americans living outside of the US to vote.  (If you are interested in helping, you can find more information here:

    Also for GOTV this year, each chapter received a tablet and portable printer to make voter registration right at our stands and during other events possible. We were all very excited about getting started with these new tools. If you are interested in helping with our GOTV efforts or have ideas, please reach out to us at or

    Finally, the location of next year's AGM was voted on. It was a close race between Kaiserslautern and Heidelberg, with Heidelberg winning by only a couple votes. After the positive experience of this year's AGM, we in Hamburg are very much looking forward to it!



    Text by Marc Castagnera
    Photos by Eric Shambroom


  • published Don't let Congress forget the DACA Dreamers in News 2018-02-21 06:18:51 -0500

    Don't let Congress forget the DACA Dreamers

    In September, President Trump put an arbitrary expiration date on the DACA program, forcing thousands of young immigrants to worry about being deported to countries they no longer call home. He put their fate in the hands of Congress and last week, the Senate failed to pass a bill to provide a path to citizenship for the Dreamers. Despite widespread, bipartisan support for DACA, Senators packed their bags and headed to home for a week without finishing what they started.

    Call your Senators’ and Representative’s state offices today. Tell your representatives not to forget the Dreamers and to pass a bill that will grant them legal status before the March 5th deadline imposed by President Trump.

    Find your Senators here.

    Find your Representative here.

    Add your voice to those being raised back home. Encourage your friends to host a sit in or rally in your home state.

    Click here for a sample call script



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  • published Tell your Representatives NO to the Tax Cut Plan in News 2017-11-10 11:22:21 -0500

    Tell your Representatives NO to the Tax Cut Plan

    You can find your Representative's contact information here:

  • published DA Rome - Halloween Party Fundraiser & Blood Drive in News 2017-10-16 07:20:08 -0400

    DA Rome - Halloween Party Fundraiser & Blood Drive

    See further details and sign-up on our Events page