This week’s Tiny Action asks members to call their senators and demand they adopt common sense gun reform. Members are contacting us at a tremendous rate, asking about events planned around the topic, so please let us know if you're planning a March for Our Lives event, and we'll help pass the news along.
As part of our efforts to multiply our get out the vote impact this year, I have just submitted a draft proposal to the DNC, requesting funding to support our goals for the year.
I am also in the process of putting together a State Outreach team, and am looking for volunteers interested in acting as liaisons to several states. If you are interested in working on this outreach, please get in touch.
I'm excited to announce that DNC Chair Tom Perez will join DA for a reception in London in April. Many thanks to Giulia Marchiori Ceresa (UK) for helping make this happen and to Inge Kjemtrup (UK) for her support as well. More details soon, but save the date - April 26th.
The LGBT Caucus is hosting a call with Earl Fowlkes, Chair of the DNC LGBT Caucus, on February 28th. RSVP today and hear about the various issues facing the LGBTQIA community under the current Administration, and how the Democratic Party is addressing these issues.
The Comms Team has launched weekly “office hours”. Stop by the Webex call (password dems) between 8 and 9am EST with your comms related questions.
In other announcements, AP regional leadership has had a reshuffle. Long time leader Kat Allikian (NZ) is now the RVC of AP, while Shaun Barnes (HK), has stepped back and will become a deputy RVC. Samantha Wong (CN) is also joining the team as a deputy RVC, while Kari Hiepko-Odermann (IN) stays on in that role. Many thanks to these leaders for all the work they are doing in the region and particular thanks to Shaun for his past work on the DPCA Excom.
Thank you to all the country committees who met the DPCA compliance deadline and sent in all your documentation this week. Jeffrey Chen, our International Secretary, worked mightily hard to make sure no one missed the deadline - thank you Jeffrey!
Our next ExCom meeting is today at 8am DC time. Our Excom meetings are on Thursdays at 8am DC time unless otherwise noted. As always we'd be delighted to have you join as a guest. If you're interested, get in touch with Jeffrey at email@example.com
and he'll send you the link to the meeting.
Thank you for all that you do!
International Chair, Democrats Abroad
Mark your calendars
Black History Month – February 1-28
Earl Fowlkes webinar – February 28th, 2pm DC time
Tom Perez reception – April 26 (London)
Annual General Meeting – May 25 - 27th (Tokyo)
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Democrats Abroad has long been in support of gun safety reform. We have called for legislative reform in the past, have addressed this issue in our platform, but Congress has offered little more than thoughts and prayers. This is not enough.
The resilience of the students in Florida have inspired the March for Our Lives movement that is rapidly spreading across the country. We stand with them today (our statement here) and we will stand with them to help take the March 24 national day of action, and the March 14 national school walk out day, into a global call for change.
This week’s #TinyAction: Demand that Senate pass common sense gun legislation and start making your plans for March 24.
1. Can you volunteer to help your local Dems Abroad organize a “March for our Lives" on or around March 24?
We’ll be organizing an online action to support the events in the US (stay tuned!), but there are also many people who would like to join an event in person. This requires organizing. If you live in an area where this might be possible, and if you’d be able to help organize, reach out to your local Dems Abroad team to let them know.
Not sure who to contact? Visit https://www.democratsabroad.
org/ and find your Country Committee under “Countries.”
2. Call on your Senators to take immediate, urgent action.
“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [VOTING STATE/ZIP]. I’m calling today to ask Senator [NAME] to take action to reduce the epidemic of gun violence in the United States.
This is not a states rights or second amendment issue. This is a safety issue that has plagued our nation for far too long and must be addressed urgently. Specifically, I ask that the Senator move to
- Close the loophole that lets people buy guns at shows and through private sellers without background checks
- Institute universal background checks for ammo and gun buyers
- Vote in favor of S.2095, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2017
- Remove the Dickey Rider from the federal budget and finally allow the CDC to research gun violence prevention
I’m also incredibly disturbed that H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act passed the House, and it’s essential that the Senate stop it from becoming law. I’d like to see the Senator commit immediately to opposing this legislation. It’s as important as ever not to weaken gun safety standards, and prevent firearms from falling into dangerous hands. This is why every major law enforcement agency has opposed this bill.
As an American voter living abroad, I know that it doesn’t have to be this way. The US must be a positive example to the world, not the opposite. We cannot afford to wait any longer to protect innocent lives from gun massacres. Thank you.”
As always, our aim is to turn tiny actions into big results, so we hope we can continue to count on your help! Please send suggestions for our next tiny action to info at democratsabroad dot org.
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