Greece

                                                                                                             Autumn at Ancient Corinth - Athens Centre

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.

Karen Lee, Chair 
Democrats Abroad - Greece 
chair-GR@democratsabroad.org

Join Dems Abroad | Follow us on Facebook

+

DA Greece Leadership:

| Greece Chair; Global Black Caucus Steering Team
| Greece Vice Chair
| Treasurer & IT Support
| Greece Secretary
See all Leaders


  • News

    Thanksgiving Luncheon in Athens

                                                                                                                                        Democrats Abroad Greece

                                                                                                                                                   Athens Chapter
                                                                                                   will be celebrating Thanksgiving on Sunday November 26th

    It’s FALL, y’all! And that means it’s time to
    enjoy indoor time with friends over great food
    and maybe even “talk a little turkey!”

    Guest Speaker: Sophia Kouvelaki
    Executive Director, The Home Project, Athens
    Providing housing and services
    for unaccompanied minors who are refugees

    Holiday Recipe Contest Winner TBA – Have you sent yours in yet?

    Turkey-of-the-Year pick is preparing for plucking

    Friends and family are welcome to this holiday that celebrates immigration so beautifully with thanks and appreciation for bridging cultures. Bring Yiayia and Papou, the kids and your Greek friends as well. No time like the present to be inclusive by example.

    The menu is full of delightful dishes and the program will tickle your turkey bone!

    Served Family Style the menu includes: homemade breads, green salad with pomegranate walnuts, turkey with pine nut dressing, (vegetarian option—Spanakopita), sweet potato puree, scalloped corn and cranberry sauce, red or white wine in a carafe for 4, soft drinks, and pumpkin pie with raisins.

    €25 per person, including VAT
    Tips will be collected separately.

    15 Pandrosou and 7 Mnisikleous
    MONASTIRAKI
    Map Link

    PLEASE RSVP by Wednesday, November 22nd 9 pm

    RSVP HERE!

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf6cmiuT6NJyuJZ5uxGiggTZY-YpDTvlmNWkIu7PvDj6uk6pw/viewform?usp=sf_link

    Just complete the RSVP form and hit the Submit button at the bottom.

    Payment for your party will need to be made in cash, at the door by any member of your group with a US passport. AthChap has worked out a speedo sign-in to minimize delays!

    Holiday Recipe Contest – Deadline Friday!

    Well-known cookbook author Diana Farr Louis is standing by to help choose the winners. The recipe contest deadline is coming up soon—November 17th. Submissions are being accepted, in these categories: soup, salad/appetizer, entrée, side dish, dessert. Send to Marion Kavallieros or Ted Theo at the emails below. marionkavallieros@yahoo.com, tedtheo1@gmail.com.

    Make a Day of It!

    There are Holiday Happenings all over Athens on the 26th—the AWOG Bazaar is on from 11 am until 7pm at the War Museum as well as the Anglican Bazaar at Zappeion. The DAGR Thanksgiving Luncheon will make for a delicious break between bazaars!

    +
    read more

    Points for Resistance Summer Postcards - 2017

    Resistance Summer

    This summer has been slated for resistance activities in the US and around the world that are both serious and fun to put on and do.

    The DNC is helping Dems Abroad global to help our country committees print and distribute postcards for our members to send to Senators and Representatives.

    These are distributed free of charge, though from 4th July and on, you’ll have to buy your own stamp. A donation toward future efforts will not be refused. :)

    Find addresses

    Senators at https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/

    Representatives at http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

    NAMELY …
    Search further for regional offices that may be less busy and more effective.

    Size your stamp first! Then, address your card

    Post card ‘uncovered’ to US costs €.80. Some stamps, e.g. Theodorakis, are huge.
    Post card in an envelope to US costs €.90 and may be impounded to search for ‘contaminents.

    Write your message

    Be brief. They won’t read your ‘prose’ very carefully. But do make your point, e.g.:

    • · Hands off Obamacare!
    • · Medicare for ALL!
    • · Protect our National Monuments!
    • · NO tax cuts for the wealthy!

    Keep an eye out for breaking legislation. Send a card. You’ll feel better for it!

    THIS WEEK: Healthcare is still very much ON THE TABLE!

    It is likely the GOP will try to push through the vote in the Senate that was delayed before the holiday break. Any delay in passing the atrocious AHCA legislation means that their equally bad “fund the rich” tax package will also be delayed. In the best of possible worlds, AHCA will die entirely and we can look at healthcare proposals that actually help American families live a productive life, free of pain and the worry of not being able to care for loved ones. Here’s the main picture.

    For all men, women and families.

    • · The Congressional Budget Office estimates that 14 million more people would be uninsured in 2018 under the new plan than under current law.
    • · By 2026 the number of uninsured would reach 51 million Americans. While the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) has made strides to cover more Americans, it is estimated that 28 million would still not have health insurance in 2026. Either way, we have a long way to go.
    • · Many believe that it is time to explore other options for how we provide healthcare in the United States. National Nurses United and The Sanders Institute have published a paper that speaks to the current state of healthcare in the US and explores the option of a Medicare-for-all single payer system. We may not all agree, but it is an option to consider.

    From DA Women’s Caucus, the main issues re women’s health.

    Healthcare is key to women’s well-being and economic stability.

    • · Repealing the Affordable Care Act will disproportionally impact women, particularly low to moderate income women and women of color.
    • · The repeal bill would eliminate critical protections in the Affordable Care Act that prohibit discrimination against women in the provision of health care.
    • · Insurers would no longer be required to provide women coverage for services such as maternity care and they would be allowed to charge women more that coverage if they do offer it.
    • · And it will erode women’s access to reproductive healthcare by dismantling no-copay birth control and defunding the organizations that provide this care.

    DAGR is distributing Resistance Summer Post Cards to key volunteers around the country. If you’d like to get a few (20) to write or share with any Americans you know, just ask your Chapter officers or send a note to the Secretary.


    +
    read more
    See all posts

    Upcoming Events

    Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 04:00 PM
    Syntagma Square in Athens, Greece

    Women's March 2018

    A simple march that snowballed into a movement
    Μια πορεία που έγινε κοινωνικό κίνημα

    ATHENS, January 21, 2018 -- On Sunday, January 21, the one-year anniversary of the Women’s March on Washington, people will again come together across seven continents – and in Greece – to take a stand for a world that is equitable, tolerant, just and safe for all.

    In Athens, the 2018 Women’s March will begin at 4 p.m. in Syntagma Square. The Athens demonstration is being co-organized by Women’s March Athens and the Women’s Caucus of Democrats Abroad Greece (DAGR). A wide range of women’s and other organizations have been invited to join in. Other efforts are expected around the country.

    Last year, in the largest joint demonstration in history, women and men, of all backgrounds, ages, and races, came together, 5 million strong. The Women’s March on Washington became an organic groundswell the day after the 2016 election, when a grandmother in Hawaii proposed to 40 of her friends to go march in Washington, D.C. The issues they raised, however, were not limited to the US, and the idea quickly grew into a movement with “sister marches” across the US and around the world. 

    The broad 2018 theme is ‘Look Back, March Ahead,’ focusing on human rights. Marches in the US have adopted an election-based slogan: ‘Power to the Polls’ (Eξουσία στις κάλπες) to highlight this year’s US Congressional, state and local elections. Globally, Democrats Abroad echo that with ‘March to the Ballot Box’ and efforts to encourage Americans outside the US to register and vote.

    Athens organizers decided on “Together We Rise” to emphasize the common interest Greeks and foreigners, women and men, have in a world in which the human rights and the dignity of each person are protected and our planet is safe from destruction.

    Maria Kostaki, of Women’s March Athens, said of the local slogan, “‘Together we Rise,’ reminds everyone that it is up to us to do our part….and make our voices heard as one.”

    Karen Lee, Chairperson of DAGR, co-organizers of the march, said, “Blatant misogyny sent American women into the streets last year. This year, it’s determination that drives us. I think women everywhere have seen how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go. But we’re awake now, we’re talking, engaging, informing ourselves. When women have full parity, others get it, too. So, today, we march in solidarity for human rights for all; tomorrow, we vote. And then we do it again the next year. We’re not going back.”

    Kostaki added, “Last year, shocked by what the election of Donald Trump meant for the world, I scrambled to organize the sister march of the Women’s March on Washington here in Athens. This year, I continue to participate because one single protest does not make a movement, it does not create change. The effort is ongoing, constant, even when we are not gathering in protest to voice our demands as humans. My aim is to get more of the Greeks to join us this year, as this is not about the United States, it’s about women’s rights, human rights, all over the world.”

    You can find more information about the Women’s March at:https://www.womensmarch.com/power-to-the-polls

    For more information on joining the march in Athens on Sunday January 21st checkout:
    https://www.democratsabroad.org/gr_news
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/566539853531218/ 
    https://www.facebook.com/DemsAbroadGR/.

    A proactive international movement to defend women's rights and those of others in response to the rising rhetoric of far-right populism around the world committed to equality, diversity, and inclusion (https://www.womensmarch.com/mission/). It was based on the priorities of H.E.R.S.: Health, Economic Security, Representation, and Safety:

    Health
    Healthcare is the foundation of women’s well-being and economic stability. Women’s March Global advocates for access to affordable and inclusive women’s healthcare regardless of nationality, age, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or disability. 

    Economic Security 
    Women are powerful drivers of economic growth, and their economic empowerment benefits all nations. Women’s March Global supports the dismantling of economic barriers that obstruct women’s full and equal access to local, national, and global economic systems. 

    Representation 
    Women are under-represented globally, adversely affecting our collective health, safety, and economic security. Women’s March Global seeks fair and just representation of women locally, nationally, and internationally. 

    Safety 
    Every woman has the need and right to feel physically secure, and security for women should be assured through sound legal practices. Women’s March Global stands behind the principle that women are not to be held accountable for actions that are outside their control — particularly regarding all forms of assault — and that fair legal action must be applied to prevent these crimes.

    Everyone is welcome to join DAGR and the Athens Women’s March in a peaceful demonstration to march in protest, again, louder and stronger than before. See you Sunday, January 21st in Syntagma at 4 p.m.

    For more information contact march organizers at maria@mariakostaki.com, Info-Greece@democratsabroad.org
    or Jaisalv@live.com