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Welcome to Democrats Abroad Greece!

DAGR is the official country committee for US Democrats living in Greece. From the Lefka Ori to Rodopi, from Argostoli to Alexandroupoli, our members are engaged, informed and active both in community life here and in American politics.

Find out about our chapters in Athens or Thessaloniki or get in touch with an At-Large representative if you live outside a chapter area.

Watch this space for upcoming announcements of meetings and events - we have events planned throughout the year and encourage anyone interested to take part or pitch in.

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

Anastasia Harris-Papaioannou, Chair 
Democrats Abroad - Greece 
chair-GR@democratsabroad.org

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DA Greece Leadership:

Anastasia Harris-Papaioannou
| Greece Chair, Media Contact & Communications Chair
John Kiesling
| Greece Vice-Chair
Judith Gerardos
| Secretary
Nicholas Loisos
| Treasurer & IT Support
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    Brady Kiesling Elected Vice Chair in Special Election

    In a special election, completed on January 8, Brady Kiesling became Democrats Abroad Greece (DAGR) Vice Chair with 80 percent of the ballots.  Following the death of country Chair Steve Medeiros, on November 7th, as per the DAGR Constitution, the Vice Chair, Stacey Harris-Papaioannou, succeeded Medeiros as Chair.  A Special Election was run from December 18th through to January 7th.  Brady Kiesling and George Malamo were the candidates. Electronic ballots and mail-in ballots could be cast.  The Election committee -- comprising Nikki Fellouris, chair, and committee members Anna Haughton and Sarajane Kidd Leone -- announced the results at an online Webex meeting on Wednesday, January 8th.

    (R-L) - Brady with Julia Bryan, Democrats Abroad Global Chair, Will Bakker, Regional Vice Chair - EMEA
    and Stacey Papaioannou, Chair DAGR

    Brady was a featured speaker at the EMEA Regional Democrats Abroad conference held in Athens this past October. He has been active in mobilizing the American community in Athens in support of Democratic candidates since 2004. During the 2008 elections, he maintained the DA membership database. From 2010 to 2013, he served DAGR as Secretary.  He has volunteered for a variety of DA programs and events including phone banking, Study Abroad outreach, data base upkeep and nominations-elections committee.

    Brady first came to Greece in 1979 when he studied at the American School of Classical studies. He is currently working on a free app,Topos Text, that accesses Greek classics and archaeology.  Kiesling is a writer and researcher based in Athens.

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    Women's March 2020 in Athens

    The “march that became a movement” showing support for women’s equal rights across the globe converged on Syntagma Square Saturday afternoon January 18th.
    The temperature was a balmy 10 c and the main square and surrounding streets had been closed off by police 30 minutes before the program was to be presented (no thanks to a VIP making an exit from the Grande Bretagne!). But nothing could deter the Women’s March Athens 2020 and their hundred or so supporters to be there!
    In 2017 THE MARCH began as an outcry against one single misogynist but the issues that women confront around the world are comparable. Participants hope to bring true equality to our societies by raising awareness and activism-which is what THE MARCH is all about.

    Members of the Women's Caucus of Democrats Abroad Greece (DAGR) invited all individuals and women's groups to peacefully participate in this year's march in Athens on January 18. Equality is on the table in 2020, advocating for a society of equals across all geographic and economic borders. The voices were loud and messages strong that we will no longer tolerate or defer to a community that does not treat each of its members with equality. Hillary Clinton made the point more than 2 decades ago. Today, women struggle across the globe for autonomy over their bodies, financial equality in the work force and ultimately THEIR HUMAN RIGHTS.

         

    In its 4th year, the program on Saturday included presentations from:

    Georgia Kallis, DAGR Women’s March 2020 Chair
    Brady Kiesling, DAGR Vice Chair - A message from Democrats Abroad Greece
    Karen Lee, DAGR Fundraising Chair - A message from Margarita Papandreou
    Dr. Maria Alvanou, Criminologist, Defense Attorney
    Zefi Diamanda, Journalist, Adjunct Professor at Panteon University of Athens
    Apostolos H. Pontas, Politician-President of EDEM Union of Democratic National Reform
    Alicia Stallings - Poet presenting “Atalanta”
    Maria Misenidou
    Jai Salvador
    Las Tesis (ENGLISH) “The Rapist is You” - Las Tesis “The Rapist is You” (Greek)
    Zandile Ngubane - Mandela Gals - “Still I Rise” Maya Angelou
    Mandela Gals - Dance Performance

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