Global Seniors Caucus



  • The Democrats Abroad Global Senior Caucus is made up of DA members of all ages from around the world who are willing and able to advocate on issues important to Senior Americans (i.e. retired and +65 persons) within the United States of America and those living abroad. All DA members are eligible to join the GSC and we encourage members of all ages to join.

    In 1997, the National Democratic Seniors Coordinating Council (NDSCC) was created as an official body of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). The main purpose of the NDSCC was “to give older Democrats a voice within the DNC, to make use of their experience and expertise on issues such as Social Security and Medicare, to acknowledge their life-long dedication to Democratic Party ideas, and to mobilize older Democratic voters in election campaigns.” The NDSCC is made up of older Democrats from around the United States who want to be active in the national DNC and in their state parties. These Senior activists come from a variety of backgrounds and participate in many organizations at the national and local levels, including labor unions, senior citizen organizations and community groups.

    The DA Global Seniors Caucus (GSC) mirrors the NDSCC’s commitment to all DA members to better understand the issues and concerns affecting all Seniors living and home and abroad. Our purpose is to provide a forum for all DA members not only to better understand the issues and concerns affecting Seniors but also and most importantly, to empower and encourage Seniors living abroad to exercise their voting franchise. The Seniors Caucus supports the goals and ideals of the Democratic Party and Democrats Abroad and encourages all members of Democrats Abroad and other US voters at home and abroad to support the well-being of Senior citizens and monitor the actions of other relevant organizations that support issues or legislation affecting Senior citizens. We advocate for laws, policies, and programs that improve the lives of Senior Americans and educate all people on the experiences of Seniors.

    The mission of the GSC is:

    • To support the goals and ideals of the Democratic Party and Democrats Abroad;
    • To maximize the participation of Seniors living abroad in US elections;
    • To advocate on issues of concern to Seniors, especially Seniors living abroad;
    • To be a voice for US citizens living abroad;
    • To support campaigns of Democratic candidates aligned with the interests of Seniors;
    • To work with other teams, task forces and Caucuses within DA to further our joint goals.

    DA Global Seniors Caucus Leadership:

    James Dobson
    | Global Seniors Caucus Vice Chair
    Betsy Ettorre
    | Global Seniors Caucus Chair; Member-at-Large - Finland Ex Comm; member of LGBTQ+ Caucus Steering Committee; Co-leader of ProDA Monthly Mondays for Our Progressive Minds; Member of Taxation Task Force
    marnie delaney
    | Chair - Global Disability Caucus and Violence Against Women Task Force -----Global Women's Caucus Steering Committee-- Medicare Portability Task Force
    Eloise Floyd
    | Global Seniors Caucus Secretary
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    News

    CONTACT YOUR CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE ABOUT THE REPEALING OF WEP

    Email OR Call Script to your legislative representative concerning repealing WEP.

    To contact your Members of Congress, follow these steps:

    1. Click here and enter the address where you last lived in the U.S.
    2. It will then display your two Senators and your House Representative.
    3. Check here for the House and here for the Senate if any of your Members of Congress have already co-sponsored the bill.
    4. If your Members of Congress have not yet co-sponsored the bill, write or call (better yet, do both!) and ask them to co-sponsor the bill and to vote to pass the bill when it comes up for a vote. Be sure to ask your House Representative to co-sponsor bill number H.R. 82 and your Senators to co-sponsor S. 1302.
    5. Email [email protected] and say "DONE" in the subject line to let us know that you contacted your Members of Congress.
    6. Optional: If they have already co-sponsored, write or call to thank them for their support!
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    GSC 2022 August Newsletter

    EDITION 6 August 2022

     

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    It’s Vacation Time!

    We are taking a break this summer so we can return in September at FULL STEAM. But before we go, we have some good news to share ….

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    MEDICARE

    Our WEP committee teamed up with a group in the U.S. which has been working to get HR.82 - Social Security Fairness Act of 2021 passed. The team called members of Congress, urging them to sign on as co-sponsors on HR.82 — and it worked! HR.82 now has 292 co-sponsors, and on July 15th, a motion to place the bill on the Consensus Calendar was filed. We will continue to update you on next steps.

    Announcing our new Medicare FAQs page!

    Special thanks go out to Diane Daniel and Toni Kamins for researching and writing our new FAQs page for our Seniors Caucus website, and to the WEP committee for their hard work on this issue. Take a look and let us know if you have any questions.


    COFFEE TIME!

    Our monthly coffee chats will continue through the summer via Zoom on the following dates: 29 July and 26 August

    from 9am - 12pm Eastern Time (US & Canada). RSVP to get your local time and add to your calendar.

     

     

     

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    VACATION MUSIC!

    Here are a few tunes to get you in the summertime vacation mood. Stay cool, and have a great summer!


    Joni Mitchell sings Summertime at Woodstock 1998 - with Brian Blade on drums, Greg Liesz on guitar, Larry Klein on bass, and Mark Isham on trumpet.
     
     
    Hear Maayan Smith, son of Seniors Caucus member
    Dan Smith playing sax on his own composition
    Flight Dream

     

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    Upcoming Events

    Friday, August 26, 2022 at 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 7 rsvps
    Zoom in Washington, DC

    Monthly Friday Casual Social

    Democrats Abroad Global Seniors and Disability Caucuses invite you to join us for our monthly Social -- a time for Seniors and members of the Disability Caucus to connect with one another and discuss topics of concern and information. We will reflect, discuss, plan, and strategize together from the comfort of our own homes and with no duties or assignments! This will be fun as we can discuss freely any topic we would like.  

     

    Where: on Zoom. 
    Vancouver CA 6:00 AM PDT
    Washington DC 9:00 AM EDT
    London UK 2:00 PM BST
    Paris FR 3:00 PM CET
    Hanoi VN 8:00 PM ICT
    Beijing CN 9:00 PM CST
    Friday, September 30, 2022 at 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada)
    Zoom in Washington, DC

    Monthly Friday Casual Social

    Democrats Abroad Global Seniors and Disability Caucuses invite you to join us for our monthly Social -- a time for Seniors and members of the Disability Caucus to connect with one another and discuss topics of concern and information. We will reflect, discuss, plan, and strategize together from the comfort of our own homes and with no duties or assignments! This will be fun as we can discuss freely any topic we would like.  

    Where: on Zoom. 
    Vancouver CA 6:00 AM PDT
    Washington DC 9:00 AM EDT
    London UK 2:00 PM BST
    Paris FR 3:00 PM CET
    Hanoi VN 8:00 PM ICT
    Beijing CN 9:00 PM CST