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  • tagged Gregory Hogue's Gregory Hogue, Sanders Delegate Candidate (Global, Americas) with approved 2020-05-01 10:59:03 -0400

    Gregory Hogue, Sanders Delegate Candidate (Global, Americas)

    I, Gregory Hogue, am a 23-year-old Canadian-American dual-citizen born in Rockville, Maryland and raised in Burlington, Ontario. I am a graduating student at the University of Waterloo, majoring in computer science and statistics. I hold close family ties to the United States and have recently spent time working in California for software internships. Despite being a young expatriate, I have been politically active as a Democrat and Bernie supporter since turning 18 in 2015. I reflect the youngest demographic of Democratic voters who overwhelmingly support ideals such as universal healthcare (Medicare for All), urgent climate action (Green New Deal), cancelling student debt (College for All), and getting corporate money out of politics. As a National Convention Delegate for Democrats Abroad, I will commit to representing the interests of the majority of Democrats Abroad members and Democratic youth from around the world who voted for Senator Bernie Sanders.

  • tagged Anne-Isabelle Moritz's Anne-Isabelle Moritz, delegate candidate for Senator Bernie Sanders with approved 2020-05-01 10:57:58 -0400

    Anne-Isabelle Moritz, delegate candidate for Senator Bernie Sanders

    I’m a 19-year-old, French/American citizen currently studying International Strategy and Diplomacy in Paris at an international college. As a queer woman, I co-founded a feminist and LGBTQI association at my school in order to raise awareness and provide a safe space. My experience with being diagnosed with cancer at the age of 18 and the universal healthcare treatment I receive in Europe has made me realize that healthcare should be a human right and not a privilege. I am also dedicated to the fight for people to have the right to love who they want to love, marry who they want to marry, work where they want to work. I bring to my candidacy my enthusiasm, my love, and my hope for the USA. I am grateful for this opportunity and hope I have your support to become one of the delegates for Senator Bernie Sanders!

  • tagged Kari Dickson's Hi my name is Kari B Dickson and I am running for AP Regional delegate for Sanders. with approved 2020-05-01 10:55:42 -0400

    Hi my name is Kari B Dickson and I am running for AP Regional delegate for Sanders.

    I currently live in Jakarta Indonesia and I am originally from Arkansas. I am the President of the American Women’s Association in Jakarta and I have a education background. I have two Masters degrees in Education and a Bachelors in Business. I have lived overseas for the past 20 years in eight different counties mainly in Asia and that is one reason I believe I am qualified to be a delegate in the AP DNC. Another reason I believe I would make an excellent candidate is that I am dedicated to bringing Bernie’s message to the masses . I am not the typical demographic age of a Bernie supporter but I am a firm believer in what he stands for. Although Bernie is no longer a Presidential candidate, I stand by him and I will have the Democratic party’s best interest in mind in order to defeat

  • commented on Luis Eduardo Jimenez 2020-05-01 10:41:27 -0400
    But can this be edited to indicate which Candidate he’s behind?
  • tagged Ty Cofield's Tyler Cofield - Sanders Delegate Candidate with approved 2020-05-01 10:38:36 -0400

    Tyler Cofield - Sanders Delegate Candidate

    My name is Tyler and I'm running as a Sanders delegate candidate. As a young, Black, queer, progressive from Texas, I understand how vital it is to vote this Republican administration out of office. But we can't let ourselves settle in the process. We can unite the party, while also fighting to protect the rights of every American citizen - especially those most vulnerable. I am running for election in all 3 Regional Conventions, as well as the Global Convention. If elected, I would view my role as a delegate as threefold:

    1) Work tirelessly to give Senators Sanders agenda space in both the Biden Campaign and the Party platform.

    2) Represent DA, increase our profile, and spread our key message to increase voter turnout.

    3) Work to make sure the party is unified before November.

    I look forward to representing Senator Sanders, DA, and all that Progressives stand for.

  • commented on Kimberly Shannon DA Delegate for Joe Biden 2020-05-03 04:40:04 -0400
    Full name added to statement headline at the delegate candidate’s request
  • tagged Nicole Ratliff's Nicole Ratliff, DA Delegate Candidate for Biden with approved 2020-05-01 10:29:04 -0400

    Nicole Ratliff, DA Delegate Candidate for Biden

    I'm a disabled single mom (Spina Bifida) to 10-year-old twins with disabilities (Son: Autism & Daughter: ADHD). I'm currently getting my 2nd Masters in Scotland. I have an education background in Sociology, Women/Gender Studies, Peace & Conflict, and now Social Anthropology. My academic focus is on research to improve social programs for single moms. I served with AmeriCorps VISTA (2015), and I received a Presidential award for exceeding the required hours. In 2018 I quit my Federal Government Job after almost dying from overworking myself at work and home as a caregiver. I left the U.S. to get healthy and spend more time with my kids by traveling the world and educating them through worldschooling. My passion is fighting for single moms to have the resources they need to thrive, disability rights, and improving Special Education for children.

  • tagged Maria Allgaier's Maria Allgaier - Biden delegate with approved 2020-05-01 10:23:47 -0400

    Maria Allgaier - Biden delegate

    I am half Chiricahua Apache, half German. I am currently located in the UK. I am excited to pledge myself for Biden. It is essential that we unite all democrats no matter who we support, so that we can finally defeat Donald Trump. I strongly believe Biden is the candidate who can do this. I first became involved in Democrats abroad 2 years ago. My role has been in youth engagement and registering Americans to vote. I have also worked and volutneered on a variety of senate and presidential campaigns. Lastly, I have been heavily involved in putting in place zero tolerance policies against sexual harassment in various different industries. On top of this, I have run some campaigns to raise awareness of troubling policies concerning Native American affairs such as public law 280 and TOLA. It would be an honour to be selected and to have the opportunity to represent Democrats Abroad.

  • tagged Melissa Manzone's Melissa Manzone, DA Delegate Candidate Joe Biden with approved 2020-05-01 10:22:48 -0400

    Melissa Manzone, DA Delegate Candidate Joe Biden

    Hi, everyone! First and foremost, I am running as a delegate candidate for Joe Biden to help the Democrats take back the White House. More than that, I am running because our voices matter. We've been living abroad and know that change can be a really good thing. And things at home need to change. Health care is the most important issue for me because it is a basic human right. Without good health, we cannot accomplish anything. I believe our friends and families back home deserve that much. I also believe in holding our leaders accountable for their actions, no matter what party they represent. Vote for me because your voice is powerful and I will do everything I can to honor it at the Convention.

  • published Help us help you! in News 2020-03-31 12:52:33 -0400

    Help us help you!

    Did you know:
    - Democrats Abroad is run by volunteers?
    - Our communications are funded  by donations?
    - We need your DONATIONS to get out the vote in the General elections in November
    - Small recurring monthly donations will  support DA Italy in its vital work. (* In many banks recurring bonifico fees do not exist.)

    Donations of 5 euro -10 euro or other amounts requested.


    IBAN: IT35K0521601616000000002227



    Note: We can only accept donations from US Citizens per FEC regulations.

    We want to reiterate again how vital your donation to Democrats Abroad Italy is. The bulk of the work of our Organization must be done NOW, ahead of the general election so we can ensure that all Americans abroad request their absentee ballot and vote. An investment in Democrats Abroad Italy today will boost voter turnout in November and protect our democracy.
    Help us win back the White House and the Senate! 


  • Global Presidential Primary and COVID-19 virus measures

    Here is the present situation about changes to the Voting Center and Ballot Assistance Events planned for March 3-10:


    THE FOLLOWING VOTING CENTER AND BALLOT ASSISTANCE EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED due to restrictions and local circumstances arising from CVID-19 measures:
    • Lombardia (Milan)
    • Veneto (Padova, Verona, Venice Lido)
    • Emilia Romana (Bologna)
    • Piemonte (Torino)
    • Rome - events on March 5, 6 and 9 at the UCEAP


    Read more

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  • donated via 2019-05-14 03:30:25 -0400

  • published DA Chile Nominations are closed in News 2019-05-11 17:34:30 -0400

    Election Information - Democrats Abroad Chile

    The nomination window has closed and today we begin the process of electing the officers of the Executive Committee for Democrats Abroad Chile.


    Candidate for Chairperson
    Dr. Bernardo Javalquinto-Lagos, PhD

    Candidate for Vice-Chairperson
    Mary Laverty

    Candidate for Secretary
    Christopher Meek

    Candidate for Treasurer
    rian Stout

    You can learn more about each candidate and read their statements here.

    Bylaws approval
    Please review the revisions to the bylaws here and be sure mark your ballot accordingly.

    Official Ballot
    The Official Ballot – 2019 AGM/Elections can be downloaded from here.

    Please print this ballot and bring it to the General Meeting on May 25, 2019 at 2:30 pm Holanda 129, Providencia (Metro Tobalaba - Luis Thayer Ojeda exit). Ballots also provided at the meeting.


    If you cannot attend the meeting on May 25th, please email this ballot, from your own email address (the email address you used to register with Democrats Abroad), to: no later than 2 pm (Chile Time) May 25, 2019. You must have been a registered DA member by May 11, 2019 to email ballot.  

    If you have any questions about this ballot or the election, please contact us at:

    Mark Your Calendar!

    The 2019 Annual Meeting of Democrats Abroad Chile

    When: May 25, 2019 at 2:30 PM

    Location:  Holanda 129, Providencia

    (Google Maps Link:


    Thank you,

    David Galvin
    Nominations & Elections Committee
    Democrats Abroad Chile

  • published DA Montpellier Intro in News 2019-03-28 10:35:24 -0400


    Welcome to Democrats Abroad Montpellier!

    We are the new Montpellier Chapter within Democrats Abroad France. We serve Americans living in the Herault (34). Please join us for any one of our scheduled events year round, whether you live in the area or are a visiting fellow Democrat.

  • published News in Americas 2019-03-16 16:55:36 -0400

  • published Join us at our Annual General Meeting! in News 2019-03-06 08:32:43 -0500

    Join us at our Annual General Meeting!

    We are looking forward to meeting you in Florence on Saturday, March 30.

    2019 DA Italy Annual General Meeting:
    Venue:  Villa Rossa, Piazza Savonarola 15, Florence 50132
    Google map and directions

    Saturday, March 30 Morning session 10:00 - 13:00
    1) 10:00(ish)-11:30: Florence Chapter meeting and chapter elections (more information to come)
    2) 11:30-13:00: DA Italy and Chapters: Strategy planning for 2019, 2020
    lunch 13:00-14:30

    Saturday, March 30 Afternoon session for the general public: 14:30-17:30
    1) reports from Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Chapters
    2) elections of new DA Italy leadership
    3) bylaws: update on proposed amendments to cover precincts  

    Saturday evening Dinner  (venue to be announced) - feel free to join us for dinner if you can't make it during the day, email us at to reserve and receive venue information)

    To help us plan for the right number of attendees, please RSVP here

    Suggested contribution to organizing costs: €10
    * = * = * = *
    Elections of DA Italy Officers 2019-2021

    The period for nominations to run for the Executive Committee is now closed.* Thank you to those who accepted or submitted their nominations.

    Next step is to vote!

    The following people have been nominated for:

    Chair:          Nancy Fina (Milan). Read about Nancy here.
    Vice Chair:  Bob Vallier (Florence). Read about Bob here.
    Secretary:   Emily Salm (Lazio). Read about Emily here.
    Counsel:      Michael Stiefel (Rome). Read about Michael here.
    Treasurer:   Lynn Chasson (Milan). Read about Lynn here.

    You will be able to vote in person at our Annual General Meeting in Florence or online (the online ballot and instructions will be sent later). 

    This is just a quick reminder that if you are not yet a member and wish to vote in our elections you must join DA by tomorrow, March 15. If you're receiving this email, this means that you're already a member, so all set.
    * Because we will also hold electronic voting, our bylaws stipulate that candidates must declare themselves by March 14, for announcement by March 15. Candidatures can only be made at the meeting for offices with no declared candidate.

    Let us know if you have the slightest question!

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  • DNC Update: Presidential Debate Format – 2 Nights of Fun!

    Hi Friends,

    While President Trump declared a national emergency and then went golfing this weekend, the Democratic Party was hard at work building the necessary infrastructure to win in 2020. Huge strides were made this week on both the first two Democratic debates as well as the Democratic data ecosystem.

    Here’s what you need to know:


    The DNC announced NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo will host the first of our presidential primary debates, which will be in June. We also announced that CNN will host the second debate in July.

    The Stage:

    • Because of the historic size of the field, both the first and second debates will have the option of being held over two consecutive nights. This is unprecedented and the result of a strong negotiation by the DNC.
    • The candidates will be assigned a night by random selection, so there is no “kids table” debate.
    • We’ve committed to doing the first two debates in primetime on weekday nights - these are not weekend debates.  
    • The first debate will be on NBC, so it will be broadcast and available on antenna TV, as well as through cable on MSNBC. The first two debates will also be streamed online for free, so folks without cable will have a lot of options.

    Candidate Thresholds:

    • In the past, primary candidates have qualified for the debate stage by meeting a polling requirement. For the first two debates, we’re introducing a new metric - grassroots fundraising - to accompany a traditional polling requirement.
    • To meet our polling threshold, a candidate must reach at least 1% support in at least three reputable polls.
      • The DNC has provided a list of a wide array of reputable and established polls that it will use to qualify candidates, and that list includes both national and early state surveys.
    • To meet the grassroots fundraising threshold, a candidate must receive donations from 65,000 unique donors, with at least 200 unique donors per state in a minimum of 20 states.
      • The DNC reached this criteria after consultation with the digital community, including ActBlue, on historical trends in small donor fundraising and expectations for this cycle.
      • This grassroots fundraising requirement measures a candidate’s strength with small-dollar donors. Setting this benchmark for campaigns encourages and rewards them for engaging in work that the DNC believes they absolutely must do in order to beat Donald Trump.


    While this update may have flown under the radar, a strong data ecosystem is one of the most critical assets out eventual Democratic nominee needs to win in 2020. This week, we announced a historic agreement that will give the nominee and our candidates more and better data.  

    About the Plan:

    • Whether you’re working for a campaign or an outside group, whenever you talk to a voter, the entire progressive community can benefit from the outreach.
    • Candidates across the country will be the beneficiaries of millions of dollars of investments in cutting-edge voter-contact strategies.
    • We’ve made overhauling Democratic technology and data a cornerstone of the DNC's work, which benefits Democrats and progressives everywhere. This allows all of us to run smarter, more efficient and effective campaigns.

    As always, we’re more than happy to talk through what these changes might mean for you and how you can get involved. Thank you for your partnership and onward to 2020!

    In Solidarity,


    Allison Zelman
    Director of States 


  • published Plans for 2019 in News 2019-01-22 09:31:21 -0500

    Plans for 2019

    Photo by Democrats Abroad (DA) Philippines (DAPh) member Joan Corpuz shows (left to right) DAPh Vice-Chair and Database and Social Media Manager Angelo Goode, DAPh member Tricia Jimenez, DAPh former Chair John Boyd, DA Lion City (Singapore) former Vice-Chair and DAPh former Treasurer Bill Gelman, DAPh Events Committee Bing Gelman, and DAPh Secretary and Events Committee Chair Jeremy Slagle at the Elks Club in Makati City.

    Events Committee

    DAPh Secretary Jeremy chairs the Events Committee, composed of DAPh member Bing, DAPh Communications Manager Morrie Kayanan, and DAPh member Don Goertzen.

    Database Clean-Up and By-Law Changes

    DAPh Chair Lisa Pagkalinawan is presently point person for Database Clean-Up and By-Law Changes, but is happy for other members to contribute to these two important initiatives.

    Memorial Day and Fourth of July Events 2019 

    DAPh Chair Lisa is also point person for our Memorial Day and Fourth of July 2019 events.

    Phone Calls to Voters Worldwide

    DAPh member Dean Shuey continues as point person for phone calls to voters worldwide.

    Veterans Day at Clark and Thanksgiving Day Events 2019

    And DAPh former Chair John B. continues as point person for Veterans Day at Clark and Thanksgiving Day 2019 events.

    Dates of Next Meetings

    Saturday February 2, 2019 at 2pm in Makati: Progressive Drinking Party

    We will have a Progressive Drinking Party to clean up the database on Saturday February 2, 2019 at 2pm at Launch Lab Test Kitchen, Unit 201, 2nd Floor, Renaissance Building, 215 Salcedo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City. Thanks returning DAPh member Bing for the recommendation and DAPh Secretary Jeremy for providing the space for us, which can seat some 12 people comfortably.

    Saturday April 6, 2019 at 3:30pm in Makati: General Meeting Q2 2019 

    And because we decided to hold four general meetings for 2019 quarterly (Q), the next general meeting Q2 2019 is on Saturday April 6, 2019 at 3:30pm at the Elks Club, 7th Floor Corinthian Plaza, Paseo de Roxas corner Legaspi Street, Makati City.

    Please RSVP by email at or call 0917.892.2989.

    Announcements and further details of our next meetings and activities will follow, so members please check your email. If you are not yet a member of Democrats Abroad, you can become one by signing up at Visit Democrats Abroad Philippines website, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.


  • published Chair’s Report on 2018 Activities in News 2019-01-22 09:07:38 -0500

    Chair’s Report on 2018 Activities

    Democrats Abroad (DA) Philippines (DAPh) Chair Lisa Pagkalinawan reports on activities held in 2018. Photo by DAPh member Joan Corpuz.

    2018 Events

    On September 8, 2018, we held a voter registration open house in which we helped four people register to vote.

    On October 4, 2018, DAPh members were invited to a lunch-time talk and dinner featuring former Democratic senator from Virginia Jim Webb. A Vietnam War veteran, Webb was Navy secretary in the Reagan administration, and he ran and won his Senate seat in 2008 as a moderate Democrat. He was Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, Counsel for the US House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and a Marine Corps officer. In the private sector, he has been an Emmy Award winning journalist, a filmmaker and the author of ten books. In addition, he taught literature at the US Naval Academy and was a Fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics. The lunch talk was held during the Rotary Club of Manila’s monthly meeting at the New World Hotel and the dinner was a casual event at the Elks Club. During the lunch event, DAPh member Elian Habayeb asked a question during the open forum. And during the dinner, DAPh Chair Lisa talked with Jim about three issues DA is advocating:

    1. Residency-based taxation
    2. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) reform
    3. Medicare portability.

    On October 6, 2018, we held a voters’ open house in Ortigas where we helped two people with registering and answering questions about voting. By phone and email, we received inquiries and assisted some five people.

    On November 7, 2018, we had an election watch event at Union Jack Tavern in the morning and an evening reception at Farfalla Ristorante Italiano.

    On Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2018, we visited American detainees at the Bicutan Immigration Detention Facility in Bicutan and brought them food, reading materials and other necessities. We did not participate in Memorial Day or Veterans Day events in 2018. But we have continued to provide support for a few incarcerated Americans, with DAPh former Chair John Boyd and DAPh member Dave Kuchenbecker making regular visits with logistical support from DAPh Chair Lisa. DAPh member Dave has made efforts to compile a list of detainees and offer assistance.

    DAPh member and entertainment event planning company owner Tyrone Norwood and DAPh Chair Lisa want to put together a fundraiser mixer to give expats a chance to have some hometown fun.

    2018 Phone Banking and Text Blasts

    DAPh member Dean Shuey continued his exceptional efforts in Getting Out the Vote (GOTV) by calling Americans worldwide to encourage them to vote in important elections. Well done DAPh member Dean for being DA's number two GOTV caller!

    DA sent out two text blasts to DAPh members before the election to offer support with registering and submitting their ballots. DAPh Chair Lisa received only two replies to the first text and some 20 replies to the second. She assisted several of the some 20 people by phone and email to request and return their ballots.

    2018 Membership

    At the end of 2018, we had 930 members. However, only 596 or 62% are considered valid. To be considered "valid," members must meet the following conditions:

    1. Be approved as a member
    2. Have a local street address and/or local phone number
    3. Be verified as still living in the Philippines within the past four years.

    2018 Social Media

    On October 7, 2018, DAPh Vice-Chair Angelo Goode posted a short article with instructions on how to vote from abroad in the Philippines on DAPh's Facebook  and Twitter accounts and his LinkedIn. The posts directed readers to and as DAPh member Dean recommended in order to increase traffic to the DA websites and give Americans the option of becoming DA members.

    Like DA France, DA Canada and others, DAPh participated in the social media campaign to encourage overseas Americans to vote by re-posting announcements with overseas voting information per state such as registration, vote and return ballot deadlines, as well as reminders to follow up and confirm overseas votes were received and counted.

    DAPh Vice-Chair Angelo also re-posted:

    1. News articles highlighting reasons why Americans should vote Democrat from CNN, The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Time, USA Today, BBC, Guardian, Reuters and Associated Press for instance
    2. Graphics on: ratify the Equal Rights Amendment; racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia; health care; immigration; LGBT* rights; voter turnout; climate change; women's rights; Republican policies that caused the 2018 deficit such as Trump and Bush tax cuts, wars and base defense increases; the importance of Secretaries of State elections; and voter suppression; among others
    3. Videos explaining how easy it is to vote and why Americans should vote, and on the issue of guns
    4. The DA I Voted from Abroad meme in support of the meme going viral, and a couple of DA surveys on voting experience and GOTV Phone Banking.

    DAPh former Treasurer Irene Sobrevinas posted on Facebook news articles, graphics, videos and other information on diversity, why I am a Democrat, anti-Trump sentiments, cooperative economics and US-Philippine relations and affairs for example.

    DAPh member Joan updated the DAPh address on our Facebook page.

    On Facebook, at the end of 2018, 255 people liked our page, of which 51% are women and 48% are men. And our Facebook  followers come from 27 countries.

    DAPh also gained a new member through Facebook, DAPh member Nancy Longatan. And on Facebook, DAPh former Treasurer Irene and DAPh Vice-Chair Angelo clarified DAPh's role toward the voting process for someone who had questions.

    On Twitter, DAPh Twitter Account #1 @DemsAbroadPhils (unofficial DAPh Twitter account) has 143 Twitter followers and DAPh Twitter Account #2 @DemsAbroadPH (official DAPh Twitter account) has 20 Twitter followers. And on DAPh's official Twitter account (Account #2), DAPh Vice-Chair Angelo recommended to an Oregon voter that Oregonians in the Philippines get a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to fully access their state website voting functions.

    Become a member at, visit Democrats Abroad Philippines website, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.