Hispanic Caucus News

March 2021 Newsletter

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MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR

hc2.jpgHappy 2021, the Year of the Ox. As we welcome in the Lunar New Year and our second year of dealing with a pandemic-changed world, there is so much to share with you. The Hispanic Caucus of Democrats Abroad is larger than ever, with nearly 1,500 members at the start of this month. We have members in 82 countries from Argentina to Zambia coming from all 50 states, Guam, Puerto Rico, and Washington DC, with the most members voting absentee in the states of California, Texas, Florida, and New York.

We have an exciting series of events to kick off the year. In the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, Onélica Andrade and Carlos Colao have been reviewing our Terms of Reference and updating it with new goals as we prepare for the 2022 midterms. In the Americas region, Edgar Lopez has been hard at work with Onélica Andrade and myself preparing for the joint caucus Leadership Development Regional Workshops.

Each online session showcases four different Democrats Abroad Leaders, one for each of the Global, Regional, and Country levels, and one from a country without a Country Chapter from within the region, interspersed with breakout rooms for networking and deeper discussions.

We’re also working on our legislative priorities. The following were raised by members in our regional meetings as among our caucus’ highest  priorities:

1) Enacting Comprehensive Immigration Reform
2) Increasing Access to healthcare, in particular, when it comes to COVID-19 care and access to vaccines
3) Expanding Voting rights
4) Tax Reform for Americans abroad 
5) Halting deportations of U.S. veterans
6) Statehood for Puerto Rico

As well as Education, specifically increased opportunities for our Latinx community in public education, and Climate Change.

What are you most concerned about?

Reaching out to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus

We are happy to announce that the DAHC recently wrote to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to introduce ourselves to the new Chair, Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-CA-36), and to reaffirm our commitment to working with our Latinx Democratic allies to pass meaningful reforms. We want to use this year to forge strong ties to Congress and with other potential allies back in the U.S.

 As a reminder, our Mission Statement clearly supports and defends the U.S. Constitution and the goals and ideals of the Democratic Party and Democrats Abroad. In particular:

  • To advocate on issues of concern to the U.S. Hispanic community
  • To be a pro-Hispanic voice for U.S. citizens living abroad
  • To support campaigns of Democratic Hispanic nominees running for elected office in the U.S.

Likewise, DAHC encourages all Democratic Hispanic members of Congress to join this caucus for the purpose of a unified voice in Congress in advocating for policies to improve the lives and well-being of Hispanic-Americans. We are proud to report that every Democratic Hispanic member of the 117th Congress is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus snapshot

“The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) was founded in December 1976 as a legislative service organization of the United States House of Representatives. Today, the CHC is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed by the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The CHC addresses national and international issues and crafts policies that impact the Hispanic community. The function of the Caucus is to serve as a forum for the Hispanic Members of Congress to coalesce around a collective legislative agenda. The Caucus is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands” (https://chc.house.gov/about)

DACA: Thank you, Mr. President!

Preserving and Fortifying Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

The Hispanic Caucus of Democrats Abroad (DAHC) has thanked President Biden for keeping the campaign promise and acting swiftly in issuing an executive order to reinstate and fortify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

This is a major relief for the thousands of “Dreamers” and their families who live in constant uncertainty and fear of deportation.  And while this may give undocumented immigrants a respite, we hope that Congress will soon pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation.

Addressing this issue is a top legislative priority for us and we stand fully committed to work with our members and our Democratic colleagues in finally moving forward on a strong, compassionate, and fair immigration system. As the primary voice for the U.S. Hispanic Community living abroad, we advocate for and encourage reforms like the bipartisan Dream Act, S. 264, to finally allow Dreamers and temporary protected status (TPS) individuals to not fear coming out of the shadows and being fully welcomed into society as Americans.

One of our incredible volunteers, a former DACA individual now living in Germany, stated:

I want to thank President Biden for providing my fellow Childhood Arrivals with the security we have so badly needed the past four years. I want to encourage the new Administration to keep our well-being and that of other minorities at heart, and to make the much needed changes to give security to the Childhood Arrivals that remain trapped in for-profit detention centers as well as TPS recipients currently in limbo.

It is essential that we recognize each other´s humanity - immigrant, asylum seeker refugee, and U.S. citizen alike - and bolster the voices of those of us who have lived in the shadows. The path to equality is filled with difficult challenges that I know President Biden is willing to confront. I thank you for this important step, and promise to urge for American voices to fight alongside those who have yet to be heard.”

Connecting our roots to our Global Community

Edgar López-Vallejo
DA Mexico, Media Team Leader, Hispanic Caucus Steering Committee Member

Do you like the idea of forming international communities that take their strength from the roots they share in Latin America and the US? We in the Dems Abroad Hispanic Caucus are working with the Latinx diaspora to get in touch with each other, to revel in our shared identity, to retrace our provenance from communities across the US, and to build a strong nexus from our networks spanning the globe to all of those communities that nurtured our families back in their ancestral homeland. 

Affirming our identity as a global community and rebuilding our collective links to the towns and neighborhoods that nurtured us and our families would make us feel more complete as people and, we believe, would anchor to our belonging. 

It would also allow us to better support, throughout our voting rights and contact with the Latinx communities in the US, the acceptance of their members as full-fledged citizens at every level in the country, the respect of their rights, and the acknowledgment of the voices that emanate from them.

For these reasons, we are starting a program to identify and retrace those links, to find the communities that bridge our shared history, language, and idiosyncrasy, and build political and cultural networks that may allow us and other Latinx abroad to nurture ourselves from the strength of those communities, and to give back, from what we have become, to those communities across the Americas. We will be stronger and more complete for it, and our land will benefit from what we can give back.

If the idea interests you, let us  know: get in touch and contribute your point of view, and work with us to build this program and rebuild our contact with the Americas.

Please feel free to reach me at here.

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Thank you Mr. President!

The Hispanic Caucus of Democrats Abroad (DAHC) has thanked President Biden for keeping his campaign promise and acting swiftly in issuing an executive order to reinstate and fortify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. 

President Joseph Biden

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20500

Re: Appreciation and gratitude

February  25, 2021

Dear Mr.  President,

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Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus reaches out to the new Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus

We are happy to announce that the DAHC wrote to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to introduce ourselves to the new Chair, Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-CA-36), and to reaffirm our commitment to working with our Latinx Democratic allies to pass meaningful reforms. We want to use this year to forge strong ties to Congress and with other potential allies back in the  U.S.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC)

Attn. Mr. Raúl Ruiz, Chairman

2241 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

January 26th, 2021

Dear Mr. Chairman,

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Leadership Training - Connect the Dots

A speed networking and leadership development workshop

Always wanted to get involved politically but not sure where to start? Democrats Abroad is a global organization with groups all around the world representing and organizing Americans. Learn how you can have an impact!

The Asian American & Pacific Islander Caucus and the Hispanic Caucus invite you to a speed networking and leadership development workshop. 

The workshop will:

  • Introduce you to the Democrats Abroad organization at its different levels and corresponding leaders,
  • Review the wide variety of volunteer roles available and their commitments in terms of time and responsibility,
  • Clarify and demystify how any member can run for office within Democrats Abroad.

There will be three online sessions, each 1.5 hours, held at a time that is convenient for each region:

Each session will showcase four different Democrats Abroad Leaders, one for each of the Global, Regional, and Country levels, and one from a country without a Country Chapter from the region, interspersed with breakout rooms where you can engage in speed networking and discussions.

AP Speakers:

  • Non-Affiliated leader: Carmelan Polce, Chair Taxation Task Force
  • Regional leader: Samantha Wong, Asia Pacific Deputy Regional Vice-Chair
  • Global leader: John Eastwood, former DNC member

EMEA Speakers:

  • Country-Committee leader: Adrienne Johnson, Chair, UK Black Caucus and former member of the UK Executive Committee
  • Non-Affiliated leader: Elisabeth Myers, Democracy Lead for DA-Morocco
  • Regional leader: Merrill Oates, former Regional Vice-Chair
  • Global leader: Martha McDevitt-Pugh, DNC member, Global LGBT Caucus Co-Chair & Aaron Fishbone, Director Global Communications

Americas Speakers: 

  • Country-Committee leader:Quyen Nguyen, Chair, DA Colombia
  • Non-Affiliated leader: Asha Subas, Chair, Global Election Committee
  • Regional leader: Roz Reymers, Non-Country Committee Coordinator, Americas Region
  • Global leader: Julia Bryan, Global DA Chair

Please RSVP by clicking on one of the links above.


21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge

Have you ever made a successful change in your life? Perhaps you wanted to exercise more, eat less, or change jobs? Think about the time and attention you dedicated to the process. A lot, right? Change is hard. Creating effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of power, privilege, supremacy, and leadership is like any lifestyle change. Setting our intentions and adjusting what we spend our time doing is essential. It’s all about building new habits. Sometimes the hardest part is just getting started. The good news is, there’s an abundance of resources just waiting to empower you to be a more effective player in the quest for equity and justice.

Join the Hispanic Caucus and the Global Black Caucus
and take the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge!

About the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge 

  • For 21 days, do one action to further your understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity 
  • This plan includes suggestions for readings, podcasts, videos, observations, and ways to form and deepen community connections. Click here to join the Challenge!

January 2021 - Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Truly, a new day has begun.

Launched in 2017, it feels so good to see all of the efforts that were put into the Global Hispanic Caucus since then paying off with a Happy Blue Year 2021. Let the world know you’re a caucus members with a profile frame www.facebook.com/profilepicframes/?selected_overlay_id=458094495350528  

We’re at an inflection point now. Our membership is larger than it’s ever been, we’ve turned Congress and the White House blue, but we came so close to losing our country entirely. What do you think we need to do in the days ahead to ensure we never again come so close? Please tell us in this planning and scheduling survey at http://bit.ly/21ghcsurvey

2021 will see a lot more regional programming. Our first HC-AP meeting will be on Saturday the 23rd at 4AM EST https://www.democratsabroad.org/hc_events, Dates and times for Americas and EMEA caucus meetings are coming soon. 

Unity is a central theme of the Biden-Harris administration, and we intend to collaborate with other caucus and entities as often as possible. In conjunction with other caucuses we are presenting a series of events in 2021 to help demystify the structure of Democrats Abroad and identify leadership opportunities for our caucus members.

We love to talk to our members. Please connect with us or contact us at:

 


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 [email protected] or send in your question through our online help bubble, and a volunteer will get back to you promptly.

Click on a date to get specific details.

August 2ndAugust 9th,  August 16th 


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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