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DA Greece: Annual General Meeting, March 30th

Democrats Abroad Greece 
Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Wednesday, March 30 
Online – 7 pm Greek time

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DAGR Kafeneion: Our Chat with Steven Tagle

The sixth in the “Kafeneion” series of online events, organized by Democrats Abroad Greece Thessaloniki Chapter on February 16, 2022, with speaker Steven Tagle was very well attended!

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Gouri-Gouri for You! Gouri-Gouri, for Me!

DAGR Pita Cutting and Voter Registration Kafeneion
Wednesday, January 26
7 pm EET (not to be confused with Greek time!)
On Zoom – RSVP for the link

In the much-anticipated Greek New Year’s tradition, DAGR will cut the pita next week!

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What We Do with the Money

The short story is, DAGR raises money to stay legal as a non-profit organization in Greece, so that we can Get Out The (Democratic) Vote for US elections.

The annual ‘budget’ for DAGR is about €3000 now. It covers ongoing and optional expenses, all of which are geared at our goal of getting Americans in Greece informed, engaged, registered and sending back those ballots. Of course, our hope is that they’ll also become members of DAGR and help spread the word further.

How we do that is the longer story. Read on if you have time.

Key reasons we raise money: 

  • DAGR Budget Overview
  • 2017 Field Plan, carried forward
  • How DAGR fits into the ‘big picture’
  • US Federal Election Commission law
  • The Democrats Abroad (global) Charter
  • DAGR and Greek Law
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Special Elections ExCom Vacancies November 5 – December 2

Voting will begin Friday to elect two members to the Executive Committee. They will fulfil the terms vacated by officers elected at the 2021 Annual General Meeting.

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DAGR Kafeneion – What is it anyway?

by Sarajane Kidd Leone, DAGR At-Large Representative
Kissos, Greece - Oct 27, 2021

Starting from a proposed virtual book discussion on DAGR Women’s Caucus FB page by Member-at-Large Sarajane Kidd Leone, the Kafeneion was born. With the support of fellow former Member-at-Large Rebecca Lieb, the single discussion cascaded into a regular series of events. These discussions were aimed at community development and exploration of policy issues facing US voters.

The DAGR Kafeneion now comes together regularly on a Wednesday every month, and reflects in name and spirit, the Greek time-honored tradition of coming together in a community space … but in a thoroughly modern way: online!

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Vacancies in DAGR Executive Committee

Special elections called

Nominations/Elections Committee appointed

At the September session of DAGR’s Executive Committee, two resignations from the board were accepted. Rebecca Lieb, Representative At Large submitted her resignation, as well as Richard Jackson, Athens Chapter Representative. Both individuals will be leaving Greece for professional commitments.

The Executive Committee approved the following members to serve on the Nominations/Elections Committee for the special election filling the vacancies: Nikki Fellouris, Chair; Daniel Roberts and Anna Haughton. The Nominations and Elections committee for this special election will be receiving electronic or telephone nominations from now through November 1. Electronic elections will run from November 5 to December 2. If you are interested in serving on the Executive committee, please contact these individuals.

By email: [email protected]

Nikki Fellouris:  6936 618 493, 210 722 9654

 

Below are the descriptions for each position.

Representative At Large

{Preferably lives outside Athens/Thessaloniki chapter areas}

  • Plans and organizes activities and events outside of Athens and Thessaloniki.
  • Membership development. Maintains outreach to non-Athens/Thessaloniki Chapter members.
  • Solicits a pool of volunteers to assist with events and activities.
  • Participates in GOTV activities/efforts outside of Athens/Thessaloniki.

Athens Chapter Representative

{Lives IN ATHENS}

  • Plans and organizes chapter-specific activities and events.
  • Maintains outreach to Athens Chapter members.
  • Coordinates with DAGR Secretary and Treasurer.
  • Solicits a pool of volunteers to assist with Athens Chapter events and activities.
  • Coordinates with DAGR Events Chair, Volunteer Chair. Assigned by Chapter Chair with focus on developing neighborhood groups around ‘precinct captains’

5 Reasons to Connect with Home States

Gerrymander map

When Jennifer von Estorff and Teresa Ritterhoff began looking at a Texas state team last spring, little did they know how crucial it would become. Now, with TX’s anti-choice law riddled with illegalities, a voter suppression law worst among more to come, TX is in the spotlight. And, the Dems Abroad ‘states teams’ idea has taken off.

As co-coordinators, Jen and Teresa are helping other state teams get up and running. Kick off events -- online for worldwide join-in – are filling in the fall calendar.

The idea of state-specific outreach isn’t new in DA. There have been state groups on Facebook, with varying levels of energy and activity, since 2012. They’re still there, a platform to share news and views. Just type in your state’s moniker with ‘abroad’ after it, e.g. Californians Abroad.

States teams, however, will focus on state-specific issues while building co-operation between activists in the home state and abroad.

2022 brings states to the forefront! Here’s why:

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DAGR Letter to US Ambassador Pyatt

Athens, June 30, 2021

Dear Ambassador Pyatt,

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PAUL HICKMAN: GBC Poet Laureate, Silent No More!

Paul Poet Laureate

by Robin Rafaelidys, Mytilini

In a marvelous turning of the tables, the former president's ill-fated rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in June   2020, woke a great many Americans up to historical events they had never heard of.  Originally slated for Juneteenth, (June 19) in an arena near the Greenwood District of Tulsa, it inspired an immediate out-pouring of dissent.

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