Hispanic Caucus News

Hispanic Caucus of Democrats Abroad Calls for the Immediate Impeachment and Removal of Donald J. Trump

On January 6th, 2021 a group of armed rioters stormed and occupied the US Capitol building in a deliberate attempt to disrupt Joe Biden’s certification as the 46th President.  As a result, people have died, including a Capitol Police officer. This attack on the Capitol while our elected Congress was in session is an act of domestic terrorism.

Actions have consequences, regardless of when they occur.

Those who have nothing to say as this unfolds are either too cowardly to speak up when they see something that they know is wrong, or as morally bankrupt as the armed criminals who broke the windows of the Capitol and planted pipe bombs. Confederate and Nazi flags were flown in the nation’s heart. The United States of America was built by immigrants; there is no place for white supremacy or the eugenicist beliefs of those two failed national experiments.

This is beyond the pale. The shamelessness of this event is amplified by its body count. The most recent casualty was Officer Brian Sicknick of the Capitol Police, whose death due to a clash with rioters brings the death toll up to five. If there are no consequences for this kind of reckless endangerment and abuse of power, this becomes the new normal. Members of Congress and the President cannot use elected office to incite violence in order to overthrow a lawful election; such behavior constitutes treason. Removing those who have done so is an action more about the future of our democracy than the immediate problems of the present. Measures must also be taken against the individuals who shamelessly desecrated the Capitol.

The Hispanic Caucus of Democrats Abroad calls on Congress to Impeach the president and for the resignation of the 147 members of the so called sedition caucus who voted to overturn the results of the 2020 Presidential Election.


Democrats Abroad Global Hispanic Caucus disappointed by the limited representation of Latino leaders at the Democratic National Convention

The main program of the National Democratic Convention has a small number of Latino leaders taking the floor. The Global Hispanic Caucus is disappointed by this decision. Amerika García-Grewal, chair of the Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus, explained that “This is a missed opportunity to inspire and mobilize Latinos whose votes are going to be crucial in these elections.”

Latinos are the country’s second largest racial or ethnic group, behind white non-Hispanics, reaching nearly 61 million in 2019. The 2020 election will mark the first time that Hispanics will be the largest minority group in the electorate, accounting for just over 13% of eligible voters – slightly more than the black community. According to research based on past elections and surveys conducted by research centers, in many States over half of Latinos are registered and unlikely to vote, or are not registered to vote. 

A powerful tool to inspire Latinos is seeing Latino political leaders speaking at major events; the Democratic Convention being one of them. It’s true that most Latinos are fairly set in their vote choice; few are traditional swing voters. But Democrats should be concerned that an ambivalent voter could swing to the couch, reducing turnout.

According to recent research by the Pew Centre, Latinas are key to winning back the White House in 2020. They are far more likely to go out and vote. Yet, politicians need to speak to the issues that matter most to them and earn their trust before earning their vote.  Latinas are key influencers in their communities and can make resounding arguments to get family and friends to the polls. If the Democratic Party wants Latinas to help mobilize their community, the party needs to create a self-fulfilling prophecy around their decisive impact on the process. Higher representation of Latina speakers at the Convention is one way to help do that.

Latinos are key to Democrats re-taking the White House and Congress, they should play a more prominent role in the upcoming Convention. 

Drop-in Sundays: Global LIVE voter registration assistance

Did you know every eligible American living abroad can vote in U.S. elections this year? 

Do you have questions about how to vote? Click the chat bubble at the bottom of this screen and we'll help you find the answers.  

Starting July 26th, join us any Sunday till November from midnight to midnight Eastern time to talk to a volunteer LIVE on Zoom about questions you have about voting from abroad.

More information: The easiest way to request your ballot is at VoteFromAbroad.org. It takes just a few minutes to complete your form and send it in to the US state where you last lived. If you've never voted from abroad, the website will guide you step by step. In most cases it’s pretty simple. But if you’re new to overseas voting, or if you haven’t done it in a while, you may have additional questions. That’s why we’ll be here every Sunday until election day to help.

If you can’t make it any Sunday, you can always email us at helpdesk@votefromabroad.org or send in your question through our online help bubble, and a volunteer will get back to you promptly.

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Las Vidas Negras Importan / Black Lives Matter

Las Vidas Negras Importan 

Nosotros, el Comité Directivo del Caucus Hispano de los Demócratas en el Extranjero, reconocemos la tristeza y la desesperación de nuestras queridas comunidades y aliados negros como resultado del racismo institucionalizado, las acciones horribles y opresivas infligidas por un sistema de justicia injusto, la represión generalizada de votantes en toda nuestra república y un desalmado Presidente de los Estados Unidos. Es suficiente. No podemos permanecer en silencio mientras esta administración continúa avivando las llamas del racismo con llamados a la violencia letal contra nuestras comunidades. Condenamos la violencia sin sentido contra afroamericanos y defendemos la solidaridad y la paz por el derecho a protestar por los derechos humanos y la dignidad básica. ¡La deshumanización de nuestros hermanos y hermanas negros debe DETENERSE! 

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Nuestras condolencias a la Senadora Elizabeth Warren y su familia - Our condolences to Senator Elizabeth Warren and her family

Nuestras condolencias a la Senadora Elizabeth Warren y su familia.  

El Caucus Hispano de Demócratas en el Extranjero envía nuestras condolencias a la Senadora Elizabeth Warren y su familia. Esta semana su hermano, Don Reed Herring, murió de coronavirus. Pedimos que se les dé fuerza y consuelo durante su tiempo de pérdida y enviamos nuestra gratitud por el servicio de su familia a nuestra nación. En la memoria de Don Reed Herring y la memoria de los miles de personas que murieron innecesariamente debido a la pandemia, el Caucus Hispano de los Demócratas en el Extranjero continuará abogando por un cambio legislativo para proteger a los más vulnerables entre nosotros y redoblar nuestros esfuerzos a través de los Demócratas en el Extranjero para elegir Demócratas en los Estados Unidos.

Our condolences to Senator Elizabeth Warren and her family

The Hispanic Caucus of Democrats Abroad sends our condolences to Senator Elizabeth Warren and her family. This week her brother, Don Reed Herring, died from coronavirus. We ask that they be given strength and comfort during their time of loss and we send our gratitude for their family’s service to our nation. In Don Reed Herring’s memory and the memory of the thousands of others who needlessly died due to the pandemic, the Hispanic Caucus of Democrats Abroad will continue to advocate for legislative change to protect the most vulnerable among us and to redouble our efforts through Democrats Abroad to elect Democrats across the US.

Statement on 2019 Election Results/Declaración Sobre los Resultados de las Elecciones de 2019

Hispanic Caucus Chair and Vice Chair Joint Statement on the 2019 Election Results

Responding from Fiji to the 2019 Election Day results in the United States, Amerika García-Grewal, chair of the Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus, offered her thoughts on the results:

"Yesterday was a victory for the American people. At every level Democrats and Latinx candidates won important races and added to the diversity of America's leadership. Regardless of party, in every election in which the candidates listen to the voices of everyone in their constituency, America takes a step forward. For the next few years we can be sure these newly elected difference-makers will take action on important issues like the climate crisis, job creation, and reaffirming access to quality public education. The increase in voter engagement and voter turnout coupled with the efforts of Democrats to address voter suppression indicates that in 2020 we’ll have a more representative government. We’re proud to see Democratic Latina candidates marking historic firsts, including Regina Romero becoming the first Latina to serve as Tucson's mayor and Milinda Ysasi’s election to the City Commission of Grand Rapids, MI.”

In addition, José Miguel Madrigal, the caucus vice chair residing in Costa Rica, opined:

"I'm pleased to see that the candidates we've endorsed were elected. The voters chose anti-racism and environmental justice over politicians who sympathize with the 'Trump Effect.' With last night's election and the results from November 2018, I look forward to the Blue Wave continuing all the way through November 2020."

All Americans living outside the US should request their absentee ballot every election year. Americans can go to PledgetoReg.org to pledge to register to vote and request their ballot, notice will be sent automatically to remind them to request their ballots in January for both the Democratic primary happening in their home state, and for the November 2020 General Election.

Declaración Conjunta de la Presidenta y el Vicepresidente del Caucus Hispano Sobre los Resultados de las Elecciones de 2019

En respuesta desde Fiji a los resultados del Día de las Elecciones de 2019 en los Estados Unidos, Amerika García-Grewal, Presidenta del Caucus Hispano de Demócratas en el Extranjero, expresó sus opiniones sobre los resultados:

 "Ayer fue una victoria para el pueblo estadounidense. En todos los niveles, los candidatos Demócratas y latinos ganaron importantes retos y se sumaron a la diversidad del liderazgo de Estados Unidos. Independientemente del partido, en cada elección en la que los candidatos escuchan las voces de todos en su circunscripción,  Estados Unidos da un paso adelante. Durante los próximos años, podemos estar seguros de que estos creadores de diferencias recientemente elegidos tomarán medidas sobre temas importantes como la crisis climática, la creación de empleos y la reafirmación del acceso a una educación pública de calidad.  El aumento del compromiso y participación de los votantes, junto con los esfuerzos de los Demócratas para abordar la supresión de votantes, indica que en 2020 tendremos un gobierno más representativo. Nos enorgullece ver que las candidatas Demócratas latinas marcan un hito histórico, incluida Regina Romero convirtiéndose en la primera latina en servir como Alcalde de Tucson y la eleccion de Milinda Ysasi para la Comisión de la Ciudad de Grand Rapids, MI ".

Además, José Miguel Madrigal, Vicepresidente del Caucus quien reside en Costa Rica, opinó:

"Me complace ver que los candidatos que hemos respaldado fueron elegidos. Los votantes eligieron el antirracismo y la justicia ambiental sobre los políticos que simpatizan con el 'efecto Trump'.  Con las elecciones de anoche y los resultados de noviembre de 2018, espero que la Ola Azul continúe hasta noviembre de 2020 ".

Todos los estadounidenses que viven fuera de Estados Unidos deben solicitar su boleta de voto en ausencia cada año electoral.  Los estadounidenses pueden ir a PledgetoReg.org con la promesa de registrarse para votar y solicitar su boleta, se les enviará un aviso automáticamente para recordarles que soliciten sus boletas en enero tanto para las elecciones primarias Demócratas en su estado de origen como para las Elecciones Generales de noviembre de 2020.

Hispanic Caucus Podcast Episodes For October 2019

* Attention Texas voters living abroad! *

The Lone Star State is no longer a safe electoral sanctuary for Republican politicians. Democrats all over the state are running for offices up and down the 2020 ballot, determined to do the People’s business. However, before next year’s election in November, the Texas Democratic primary is scheduled to occur on March 3rd, and voters will need to decide on which Democrats they want to be their preference in the General Election.

On our podcast all throughout October, we held discussions with many Texas candidates who are running for federal office, including someone challenging the incumbent representative for the TX-28 congressional seat, and seven Democratic candidates out of the ten who are currently running for U.S. Senate. See below to hear the conversations we had with the several candidates – and feel free to pass along this information to any Texas voters living abroad you may know!

As a reminder, all of our podcast episodes can be accessed here (or seen with episode summaries here). We’re also on Apple Podcasts/iTunes! Click here to check us out.

*Note: As the Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus is part of the Democratic Party, it does not formally endorse a candidate before a Democratic primary has occurred when there is more than one Democratic candidate running for the same seat.

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Mes de la Herencia Hispana: Sylvia Rivera y la Lucha Por la Igualdad LGBT

El Caucus Hispano de los Demócratas en el Extranjero cierra el Mes de la Herencia Hispana reconociendo con orgullo a Sylvia Rivera, una activista transgénero de herencia puertorriqueña y venezolana que valientemente se enfrentó a la injusticia y ayudó a sentar las bases para futuros activistas que luchan por la igualdad LGBT y los derechos humanos.


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Hispanic Heritage Month: Sylvia Rivera and the Fight for LGBT Equality

The Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus closes Hispanic Heritage Month by proudly recognizing Sylvia Rivera, a transgender activist of Puerto Rican and Venezuelan heritage who bravely stood up to injustice and helped lay the footwork for future activists fighting for LGBT equality and human rights.


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ICYMI: Gricha Raether’s Spanish-Language Interview On Mexican Television

The Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus is pleased to share this video of a colleague who recently spoke on a Mexican TV program. Gricha Raether, Chair of the Democrats Abroad Mexico City chapter, engaged in a Spanish-language discussion touching on Donald Trump and Democratic leaders’ impeachment inquiry, the administration’s misaligned immigration policies, and how U.S. citizens in Mexico are eligible and highly encouraged to vote absentee in the 2020 U.S. elections. Raether’s television appearance can be seen here.

As a reminder, Democratic leaders have been paying close attention to the topic of the U.S. House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry, and are closely monitoring Trump’s actions in addition to collecting evidence of improper behavior.

Statement by Democrats Abroad’s International Chair Julia Bryan

Statement (in English y en español) by Tom Perez, Chair of the Democratic National Committee