Updates and Things to Know

Call to 2019 DPCA Global Meeting

45 Day Announcement -- April 2, 2019:

Democrats Abroad will hold our 2019 DPCA Global Meeting on May 17-19, 2019 at the 20 F Conference Center, 20 F St NW, in Washington D.C. (across the street from Union Station). Find out more information about the meeting at the registration page here.

Schedule:

The DPCA Global Meeting will be called to order at 9am Friday morning, May 17th and will end at 5pm on Sunday May 19th, Eastern time. A draft agenda will be available soon.

  • The AP Regional Meeting will be held on Friday, May 17th, at 8am Eastern 
  • The Americas Regional Meeting will be held on Saturday, May 18th, at 8am Eastern
  • The EMEA Regional Meeting will be held on Saturday, May 18th, at 8am Eastern.


Resolutions:
The deadline for submitting resolutions to be considered at the Global Meeting is 30 days out, or the end of the day (Eastern time) on April 17.  If you have questions or would like to submit a resolution, please write to the Resolutions Committee Chair Susan Vaillant or Resolutions Secretary Will Bakker at resolutions@democratsabroad.org.

Good news from the Steering Committee of the Veterans and Military Family Caucus

Good news!  This week the US House of Representatives passed Bill 124 about transgenders serving in the military  https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-resolution/124/all-info.  This bill had been introduced in February by Joseph Kennedy III in opposition to banning service in the Armed Forces by openly transgender individuals.

You can see how your Representative voted here: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2019/roll135.xml.

Now the Senate needs to pass their bill https://www.congress.gov/116/bills/s373/BILLS-116s373is.pdf.  

 

 

What about the ERA? – Call to Action!

The campaigns for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment are still in progress and we need your help.   You can find all the details on https://www.democratsabroad.org/era_senatedemocratsabroad.org/era.

Here’s a quick update on the status for 2019:

State Level – For 2019, the deadline to ratify has passed for AR, GA, MS, OK, UT, VA.    The state legislature cutoff date for the other states are AL (Jun 18), AZ (Apr 22), FL (May 3), LA (Jun 6), MO (May 17), NC (Jun 30), SC (May 9).  If you vote in one of those states, please contact your state legislature representatives to support the ERA – details on www.democratsabroad.org/era.

National Level – There are bills in both the U.S. Senate (S.J.Res. 6) and U.S. House (H.J.Res. 38) to remove the deadline for the ERA amendment.  Both are assigned to the respective Judiciary Committee.

HELP REQUEST – less than 10 minutes

1 - Please write your 2 U.S. Senators and ask them to co-sponsor S.J.Res.6 – or thank them if they have.   Here’s a link to find their email link along with sample text to include - https://www.democratsabroad.org/era_senate.   So far, there are 4 co-sponsors – 1 Dem, 2 Rep, and 1 Ind.   We probably need to get at least 4 more Republican co-sponsors for it to pass.

2 – Please write your U.S. Representative and ask them to co-sponsor H.J.Res.38 – or thank them if they have.  Here’s a link to find details on what to do – www.democratsabroad.org/era_house.   So far, there are 180 co-sponsors – 179 Dem and 1 Rep.  This should pass without a problem so if you only have 5 minutes, just write your 2 Senators.