Hispanic Caucus News

Acuerdos Comerciales y Arancelarios de Trump: Desastroso para los Estadounidenses en el Extranjero, Impacto Local y Global

Por: Bernardo Javalquinto, Ph.D.

Prácticamente todas las naciones que comenzaron como una colonia y obtuvieron su independencia se han beneficiado al tener una economía abierta, en oposición a aquellas que optan por políticas comerciales cerradas y “proteccionistas.”  Existe una gran cantidad de evidencia que demuestra que las economías cerradas crean una serie de problemas que afectan negativamente a sus ciudadanos, y muchos desconocen que el daño no solo es aplicable a los ricos y poderosos, sino que se extiende a sus ciudadanos de la clase trabajadora a nivel local. En el caso de la Administración Trump, cada día que pasa nos acerca más a una economía cerrada, y los estadounidenses que viven en el extranjero están viendo de primera mano el daño global que está haciendo EE. UU. amenazando con nuevos aranceles y luchando por demandas comerciales unilaterales.

Seamos claros: una amplia gama de respetados economistas está de acuerdo en que los aranceles de Trump perjudicarán a la mayoría de los estadounidenses.  Estados Unidos era, y sigue siendo, interdependiente de la economía global. A pesar de la crisis financiera de la Era de la Depresión, esta nos dejó grandes enseñanzas sobre economía, mercados, comercio y aranceles. Estados Unidos tradicionalmente ha crecido al ser una de las naciones industrializadas más prósperas, pero ahora se arriesga a dejar de ser económicamente competitiva y nos recuerda las amenazas provocadas durante la Depresión.

Increíblemente, las políticas del Presidente revierten el largo y lento giro de Estados Unidos hacia una economía más abierta.  Los economistas, el Partido Demócrata y el pueblo estadounidense se dan cuenta plenamente de lo que está haciendo actualmente la Administración Trump en materia de comercio y aranceles.  El Sr. Trump cree saberlo todo sobre negocios, pero está claro que su experiencia en los negocios ha dado lugar a políticas que benefician al 1 por ciento con los más altos ingresos y a Wall Street, y no a los trabajadores y las familias de clase media.

Aun más, a medida que la Administración de Trump nos empuja  hacia una economía cerrada, sus políticas comerciales inevitablemente continuarán afectando otros asuntos como la migración.  La administración ya está elevando indirectamente el costo de los bienes y servicios a través de los aranceles pero la economía básica nos dice que cuando los precios comienzan a subir, la inflación sigue su ejemplo.  Esto es significativo porque el poder adquisitivo del pueblo estadounidense disminuye hoy en día debido al hecho de que los precios son más altos para los bienes y servicios importados.  Dado que economistas, académicos y otros que entienden lo que está sucediendo actualmente en la Administración de Trump nos han advertido de una desaceleración económica, es imperativo que actuemos ahora para evitar la tensión emocional de las familias de Estados Unidos que tienen que salir adelante ante peores acuerdos comerciales y arancelarios.  Las economías proteccionistas no permiten una competencia económica justa para mantener un equilibrio en los precios; esto solo crea una economía extremadamente nacionalista que no puede competir con otras economías de libre mercado para ser más eficiente, más innovadora y mantener un crecimiento sostenible a largo plazo..

No nos sorprende que esté ausente en el manual comercial de la administración un plan de ayuda para los estadounidenses de bajos ingresos al ser afectados por los agresivos nuevos aranceles que indudablemente desalentarán aún más la cooperación internacional. Mientras tanto la administración continúa negociando acuerdos comerciales a puerta cerrada a favor de las corporaciones estadounidenses, y a su vez, los lideres de los sindicatos de los trabajadores estadounidenses esperan pacientemente a ver la menor evidencia de que la administración planea seriamente en este siglo 21 incluir protección a los trabajadores.

Para resumir, esta administración está creando políticas en Twitter a las 3 a.m. y no teniendo una discusión seria con el pueblo estadounidense para explicar las razones de los aranceles agresivos que perjudicarán a los estadounidenses tanto en el país como en el extranjero.  Esta administración sigue sin ser transparente al presentar sus planes comerciales a pesar de que el Sr. Trump afirma tener habilidades de negociación “sin precedents”.  Y mientras que la retórica de esta administración afirma promover la protección de los trabajadores estadounidenses, la evidencia demuestra que los únicos que interesan al presidente son los donantes de su campaña.

Por estas razones, invito a todos los ciudadanos de EE. UU. a reflexionar sobre el daño que nuestro país está experimentando con las políticas comerciales y arancelarias de Donald Trump, a menos que, por supuesto, los ciudadanos de Estados Unidos deseen experimentar otra desaceleración económica.

 

El Dr. Bernardo Javalquinto es economista, miembro del Comité de Dirección del Caucus Hispano de Demócratas en el Extranjero y Presidente de Demócratas en el Extranjero de Chile.


Trump’s Trade and Tariffs Deals: Disastrous for Americans Abroad, Local and Global Impact

By: Bernardo Javalquinto, Ph.D.

Virtually every nation which began as a colony and gained independence has benefitted from having an open economy, as opposed to those opting for closed, “protectionist” trade policies. There is a mountain of evidence demonstrating that closed economies carry a number of problems which negatively affect their citizens, and many are unaware that the damage is not only applicable to the wealthy and powerful but rather extends to its working-class citizenry on a local level. In the case of the Trump Administration, every day that passes takes us one step closer to a closed economy, and Americans living abroad are seeing first-hand the global damage being done by the U.S. threatening new tariffs and striving for unilateral trade demands.

Let’s be clear: a wide range of respected economists agree that Trump’s tariffs will hurt most Americans. The United States was – and still is – interdependent with the global economy. Despite the financial crisis of the Depression era, it taught us many lessons about economics, markets, trade, and tariffs. The United States has traditionally thrived in being one of the most prosperous industrialized nations but now risks remaining economically competitive and reminds us of the threats brought on by the Depression era.

Incredibly, the President’s policies reverse America’s long, slow shift towards a more open economy. Economists, the Democratic Party, and the American people fully realize what the Trump Administration is currently doing on trade and tariffs. Mr. Trump believes he is all-knowledgeable on business deals, but it is clear his business experience has led to policies which are beneficial to the top 1 percent of income earners and Wall Street, and not the workers and families of Main Street.

Furthermore, as the Trump Administration pushes us further toward a closed economy, its trade policies will inevitably continue to affect other issues such as migration. The administration is already indirectly raising the cost of goods and services through tariffs, but basic economics tells us that when prices start to rise, inflation follows suit. This is significant because the purchasing power of the American people is decreased nowadays due to the fact that prices are higher for imported goods and services. As economists, academics, and others who understand what is currently happening by the Trump Administration have warned us of an economic slowdown, it is imperative that we act now to avoid the emotional strain of America’s families having to somehow get by on worse trade deals and tariffs. Protectionist economies do not allow for fair economic competition to maintain a balance in prices; it only creates an extremely nationalist economy that is not able to compete with other free-market economies to become more efficient, more innovative, and maintain sustainable growth over time.

Not surprisingly, absent from the administration’s trade playbook is how it intends on helping the lowest-earning Americans from being affected by teasing new tariffs which would undoubtedly further discourage international cooperation. Meanwhile, the administration continues to negotiate trade deals behind closed doors on behalf of corporate America while America’s labor leaders are patiently waiting to see any shred of evidence where the administration is serious about including 21st-century worker protections.

To summarize, this administration is creating 3:00 A.M. policies on Twitter and not having a serious discussion with the American people in explaining the rationale for aggressive tariffs which will hurt Americans both domestically and abroad. This administration continues to not be transparent in detailing trade plans despite Mr. Trump claiming to have “unprecedented” negotiating skills. And while this administration’s rhetoric is about promoting the protection of American workers, evidence shows that the only stakeholders who have the president’s ear are his campaign donors.

For these reasons, I would invite every U.S. citizen to think about the damage that our country is experiencing with Donald Trump’s trade and tariff policies, unless, of course, America’s citizens are yearning to experience another economic slowdown.

 

Dr. Bernardo Javalquinto is an economist, a member of the Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus Steering Committee, and the Chair of Democrats Abroad Chile.


Declaración del Caucus Hispano sobre la aprobación en la Casa de Representantes de H.R. 6

A principios de esta semana, los Demócratas de la Cámara mantuvieron su promesa hecha desde el comienzo del 116 ° Congreso y aprobaron una solución legislativa para proteger a los Dreamers (Soñadores): niños traídos ilegalmente a Estados Unidos sin culpa propia. La legislación también prevé la protección del estatus migratorio a personas con estado de protección temporal (TPS) y salida forzada diferida (DED) que huyeron de la violencia o desastres naturales en su país de origen. Y dado que estos grupos de  inmigrantes han tenido sus vidas en el caos debido al completo e inmoral cambio de opinión de Donald Trump para terminar con estos programas, H.R. 6 proporcionaría un camino para obtener la ciudadanía estadounidense a estos inmigrantes que trabajan, que pagan impuestos y que sirven en el Ejército y que llaman a los Estados Unidos su hogar.

La propuesta American Dream and Promise Act (Sueño y Promesa de Estados Unidos) está pendiente de consideración por parte del Senado de Estados Unidos. El Caucus Hispano de Demócratas en el Extranjero insta a todos los estadounidenses en el extranjero a: 1) comunicarse con sus dos senadores para apoyar H.R. 6 y para exigir una votación sobre esta legislación atrasada, y, 2) si representado por uno de los 230 demócratas o 7 republicanos que votaron para aprobar el H.R. 6, a contactarlos con un mensaje de agradecimiento por estar en el lado correcto de la historia estadounidense.

Después de la votación de la Cámara, cientos de asistentes en la galería de la Casa irrumpieron en un estruendoso aplauso. Julia Bryan, Presidenta Internacional de Demócratas en el Extranjero, declaró: “Estoy encantada de que la Cámara haya aprobado esta importante ley, apoyando a un grupo de jóvenes adultos a los que debemos sentirnos orgullosos de dar la bienvenida a Estados Unidos como ciudadanos. Insto al Senado a llegar a trabajar y a hacer lo mismo. Los Demócratas en el Extranjero apoyamos a los Dreamers, y continuaremos luchando por una reforma migratoria sensata que acoja a los inmigrantes de la forma en que muchos de nosotros hemos sido acogidos en los países en los que vivimos en todo el mundo.”

Ya hemos visto a esta desvergonzada administración separar familias, enviando inmigrantes indocumentados a países donde a menudo no tienen familiares ni apoyo, no están familiarizados con el idioma local, y se enfrentan a intentos para suprimir libertades tales como la libertad de expresión. Después de años de los Congresos Republicanos que no hacer nada, nuestros legisladores Demócratas electos tomaron medidas decisivas para proteger a los Dreamers y a otros grupos inmigrantes vulnerables que han sido constantemente amenazados con la deportación a países en los que simplemente tienen una conexión limitada o nula.

H.R. 6 no se trata solo de los Dreamers ni de una persona en particular; esto es sobre cuál es la posición de nuestro país para acoger y proteger a los inmigrantes vulnerables que han abrazado nuestra cultura y que han llegado a amar a los Estados Unidos. Con el voto de esta semana sobre H.R. 6, los Demócratas de la Cámara han demostrado su apoyo a los valores simbolizados por la Estatua de la Libertad, que desde hace años ha acogido a grupos de inmigrantes que huyen de países donde atrocidades inhumanas han ocurrido.

El Senado de mayoría Republicana ahora deberá escuchar a la gran mayoría de los estadounidenses que piden la protección inmediata de los miembros de servicio de los Estados Unidos, maestros, médicos y otros inmigrantes en nuestras comunidades, y llevar la propuesta American Dream and Promise Act a votación.


Hispanic Caucus Statement on House Passage of H.R. 6

Earlier this week, House Democrats kept their promise from the beginning of the 116th Congress and passed a legislative solution to protect “Dreamers” – children illegally brought to the United States through no fault of their own. The legislation also provides immigration status protection to individuals with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) who fled violence or natural disasters in their country of origin. And because these immigrant groups have had their lives thrown into chaos due to Donald Trump’s complete and immoral flip flop to end these programs, H.R. 6 would provide a pathway to U.S. citizenship for these hard-working, tax-paying, military-serving immigrants who call the United States home.

The American Dream and Promise Act is now pending consideration by the U.S. Senate. The Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus urges all Americans abroad to: 1) contact their two senators to support H.R. 6 and to demand a vote on this long-overdue legislation, and, 2) if represented by one of the 230 Democrats or 7 Republicans who voted to pass H.R. 6, to contact them with a thank-you message for being on the right side of American history.

After the House vote took place, hundreds of attendees in the House gallery erupted into thunderous applause. Julia Bryan, International Chair of Democrats Abroad, stated, “I’m delighted that the House has passed this important piece of legislation, supporting a group of young adults we should be proud to welcome into the U.S. as citizens. I urge the Senate to get to work and do the same.  Democrats Abroad stands with Dreamers, and we will continue to fight for sensible immigration reform that embraces immigrants the way so many of us have been embraced in the countries we live in around the world.”

We have already seen this shameless administration rip families apart, sending undocumented immigrants to countries where they often have no family members or support, no familiarity with the local language, and face efforts to suppress liberties such as freedom of speech. After years of do-nothing Republican Congresses, our elected Democratic lawmakers took decisive action on protecting Dreamers and other vulnerable immigrant groups who have been constantly threatened with deportation to countries in which they simply have limited or no connection.

H.R. 6 is not only about Dreamers nor is it about any particular individual person; this is about where our country stands in welcoming and protecting vulnerable immigrants who have embraced our culture and have come to love the United States. With this week’s vote on H.R. 6, House Democrats are on record as siding with the values symbolized with the Statue of Liberty, which for years has taken in groups of immigrants fleeing countries where inhumane atrocities have occurred.

The Republican-majority Senate must now listen to the vast majority of Americans calling for the immediate protection of U.S. service-members, teachers, doctors, and other immigrants in our home communities, and bring the American Dream and Promise Act up for a vote.


Hispanic Caucus Podcast Episodes For May 2019

It’s that time, again: time to kick back and have a listen to the Hispanic Caucus’ most recent podcast episodes from May. We’ve been having terrific discussions with several notable guests, including: a UNICEF advocate who specializes in communicating with Congress, one of the nation’s most visible union bosses fighting for public schools and their workers, a Latina congressional candidate in the Peach State, and a former F-16 jet pilot now fighting for Hispanic representation in the military’s most senior ranks. All of these guests provided us with great reasons for us to vote from abroad, and after listening to them, we’re sure you’ll agree!

All of our podcast episodes can be found here: https://www.democratsabroad.org/hc_podcasts

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May 24, 2019

One of the lesser-talked about issues of our time is the serious lack of Hispanic representation in the upper-most ranks of the United States Armed Forces, such as generals and admirals. Among those fighting to raise awareness of this issue is Edward Cabrera, president of the Hispanic Veterans Leadership Alliance (https://www.casabagroup.net/). "Eddie" is a former U.S. Air Force aviator who's now trying to educate both the public and federal lawmakers on this important issue. With an April 17th letter to the Defense Department backed by a May 7th letter from Congress, Eddie and his Alliance have been busy in 2019 in not only pointing out the problems with Hispanics being absent from senior officer positions, but he's also been proposing strategies to key officials to increase Hispanic representation in these role-model and mission-critical positions.

As someone who previously flew F-16 fighter jets and other combat-ready aircraft in addition to continuing to serve our country by working as a NASA programs manager, members of the DA Hispanic Caucus and the DA Military and Veteran Family Caucus were grateful that Eddie joined our podcast to spread his important messaging. As Eddie mentions on the podcast, Americans living abroad can help the cause in doing a take-action item by contacting your members of Congress - ¡Escúchalo ya!

May 17, 2019

From immigrating to the U.S. as a young child to finishing law school to being elected as the first Latina in the state legislature, Brenda López Romero now aspires to be the next congresswoman representing the 7th Congressional District of Georgia. The Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus had a great discussion with Rep. López Romero in learning more about why she's running and what her platform issues are.

As a fully-bilingual lawmaker, we definitely appreciated López Romero speaking directly to GA-7 voters living abroad and to our Spanish-speaking caucus members. Please feel free to share this podcast episode with any and all Americans who vote in Georgia's 7th district! "No podemos mejorar como estado, no podemos mejorar como país, sin tener buenos trabajos y desarrollo económico." - Brenda López Romero Sus comentarios en español comienzan a las 27:20 en la conversación. (Rep. López Romero’s Spanish-language remarks begin at 27:20 into the conversation.)

May 11, 2019

Sadly, even in twenty-first century America, the horrible and illegal practice of human trafficking exists. Joining us on this episode brought to you by the Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus was special guest Alejandra Colmenero (https://www.cllaro.org/staff/), a Denver-based expert in communicating this issue and other critically-important issues affecting children to the nation's top policymakers: members of Congress.

Alejandra's experience as a leader on UNICEF's Congressional Action Team has led her to use her passion for activism to train dozens of others in how to approach lawmakers to support policies that make the world a far better place, especially for children. She also touched on why all Americans abroad should cast their votes from wherever they are in the world, because, as Alejandra rightly mentions, American citizens have a democratic voice and they should exercise their right to vote. Have a listen to this highly educated, passionate, and bilingual #StrongLatina to hear what she has to say on combating human trafficking and improving communications with lawmakers through effective citizen activism.

May 10, 2019

How is the United States currently doing as far as public education goes? How much is the current administration supporting teachers? Is there any connection to voting from abroad and supporting education policies to improve America's schools? And is anyone paying attention to schools in Puerto Rico? To answer these questions and more, we turn to an expert.

Among the titans of those advocating for sound education policy and representing workers in the education industry is none other than Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers. It's no secret Randi is widely admired by America's teachers, those (and allies of those) who push for sensible education reforms, the LGBT community, people of color, Democratic elected officials, parents, and so many more. The Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus was very fortunate to have Randi speak with us on the current direction of U.S. education under the Trump Administration.


Political Donation History of Meeting Venues - El historial político de los lugares de reunión

DPCA Voting Body Adopts Hispanic Caucus Language Calling for Closer Scrutiny of Political Donation History of Potential Meeting Venues

Washington, D.C.—On May 17, 2019, the international body of voting representatives within the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA) passed a Hispanic Caucus-authored resolution which encourages a check of the political donation history of potential meeting venues. The resolution was considered on the first day of the 2019 Democrats Abroad (DA) Global Meeting.

The resolution was amended after an April 2019 meeting held by the Resolutions Committee in which some members raised points on the original draft. The chair of the caucus, Michael Ramos (DA Australia), responded to those who commented and engaged the steering committee with edits to accommodate the concerns made by the Resolutions Committee. “Our caucus is active in not only electing candidates and holding elected officials accountable, but also in looking for ways to improve our Party. This weekend was no different. We were happy to discuss the resolution, make edits, include new ideas, and take into consideration others members’ concerns before re-drafting. The end result? Another successful global meeting, another Hispanic Caucus resolution passed,” he stated.

Will Prescott (DA Mexico), a leader on the Hispanic Caucus and principal sponsor of the resolution, stated, “I’m pleased that members voted in favor of this common-sense measure to make sure that our money isn’t going to political candidates and parties that don’t align with our core beliefs. While we always strive to improve our Platform and processes, I know that when our caucus members have a seat at the table, great ideas are put forward.”

Also at the Global Meeting, Hispanic Caucus member Lissette Wright (DA Canada) was unanimously re-elected as DA International Treasurer. The Hispanic Caucus is extremely proud to have a Latina and one of its members continue as a leader on the International Executive Committee.

Founded in 2017, the Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus represents more than 500 members living in all parts of the globe.


Propuesta del Comité Hispano que examina el historial político de los posibles lugares de reunión ha sido adoptada por el DPCA

Washington, D.C.—El 17 de mayo de 2019, el cuerpo internacional de representantes con derecho a voto dentro del Comité del Partido Demócrata en el Extranjero (DPCA, por sus siglas en inglés) aprobó una resolución propuesta por el Comité Hispano (Hispanic Caucus, en inglés) que busca realizar una verificación mucho más a fondo sobre el historial de donaciones políticas de los posibles lugares de reunión, como hoteles y centros de convenciones. La resolución fue considerada durante el primer día de la Reunión Global de Demócratas en el Extranjero (DA) del 2019.

La resolución se enmendó después de una reunión de abril del 2019 celebrada por el Comité de Resoluciones en la que algunos miembros plantearon puntos de contención sobre el borrador original. El presidente del Comité Hispano, Michael Ramos (DA Australia), respondió a quienes comentaron y comprometió al comité directivo a realizar los cambios para satisfacer las inquietudes del Comité de Resoluciones. “Nuestro comité está activo no solo para elegir candidatos y responsabilizar a los funcionarios electos, sino también para buscar formas de mejorar nuestro Partido. Este fin de semana no fue diferente. Nos complació discutir la resolución, hacer modificaciones, incluir nuestras ideas y tomar en cuenta las preocupaciones de los miembros antes de volver a redactarlas. ¿El resultado final? Otra Reunión Global exitosa y otra resolución del Comité Hispano aprobada,” declaró Ramos.

Will Prescott (DA México), un líder del Comité Hispano y principal patrocinador de la resolución, declaró: “Me complace que los miembros votaran a favor de esta medida de sentido común para asegurarnos de que nuestro dinero no vaya a partidos políticos y candidatos que no se alinean con nuestras creencias. Si bien, siempre nos esforzamos por mejorar nuestra Plataforma y nuestros procesos, sé que cuando los miembros de nuestro comité tiene un lugar en la mesa, se presentan grandes ideas.”

También en la Reunión Global, miembro del Comité Hispano, Lissette Wright (DA Canadá) fue reelecta unánimemente como Tesorera Internacional de DA. El Comité Hispano está sumamente orgulloso de tener una latina y a uno de sus miembros continuando como líder en el Comité Ejecutivo Internacional.

Fundado en 2017, el Comité Hispano de Demócratas en el Extranjero representa a más de 500 miembros en todo el mundo.


2019 Hispanic Caucus Presentation To DPCA Voting Representatives

Please see below to view the Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus slideshow report as presented at the May 2019 Global Meeting. Thank you for your attention and please direct any questions to HispanicCaucus@democratsabroad.org.

DA Hispanic Caucus


Anuncio del Presidente: Se Solicitan Miembros Hispano-Americanos para Delegados de DA

Cada cuatro años, Democrats Abroad (DA -- Demócratas en el Extranjero) envía una delegación a la Convención Nacional Demócrata para elegir formalmente al candidato presidencial de nuestro partido. Para el ciclo presidencial del 2020, es una meta de gran importancia el reunir a un grupo diverso de delegados electos que reflejen a la membresía de nuestro partido, incluyendo a lo miembros de DA de herencia hispana. Cualquier miembro de DA que esté dispuesto y sea capaz de viajar a Milwaukee, Wisconsin a mediados de julio de 2020 es elegible para contender como candidato para ser delegado.

Todos los miembros hispano-americanos de DA, y especialmente los miembros del Caucus hispano-americano, sin importar en qué lugar del mundo vivan, están invitados a contender para una posición como Delegado de DA en la Convención Nacional Demócrata. El tener la oportunidad de emitir un voto en la nominación del candidato Demócrata para Presidente de Estados Unidos es un gran honor y una oportunidad en la que los hispanos dentro de los Demócratas Abroad deben estar presentes. La cobertura mediática será masiva en Milwaukee y el evento será televisado en varios países debido al gran interés político por conocer quién se enfrentará a Donald Trump en la Elección General.

El proceso de solicitud para nominarse a la elección de los delegados comienza el 24 de marzo de 2020. Si usted está interesado en ser candidato a delegado esté pendiente de la información respectiva en los próximos meses. En caso de tener cualquier duda sobre el tema no dude en enviarnos un mensaje a HispanicCaucus@democratsabroad.org.

 

Michael Ramos (DA Australia)
Presidente
Global Hispanic Caucus


Statement from the Chair: Hispanic-American Members Needed for DA Delegates

Every four years, Democrats Abroad (DA) sends a delegation to the Democratic National Convention to formally choose our Party’s nominee for president. For the 2020 presidential cycle, it is a major goal of DA to elect a diverse group of elected delegates which reflects our Party’s membership – this includes DA members of Hispanic heritage. Any DA member who is willing and able to travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in mid-July of 2020 is eligible to run as a delegate.

All Hispanic-American DA members, and especially all Hispanic-American caucus members, regardless of where you are living in the world, are strongly encouraged to consider running for a position among DA’s delegation to the Democratic National Convention. To cast a vote for the Democratic nominee for President of the United States is indeed a great honor and one in which Hispanics within Democrats Abroad should be present. There will be mass media coverage in Milwaukee and several countries will be broadcasting the event due to the heightened political interest in seeing who will face Donald Trump in the General Election.

The application process to begin the delegate process begins March 24, 2020. If you are interested in running as a delegate, be on the lookout for more information in the coming months. Please do not hesitate to send a message to HispanicCaucus@democratsabroad.org should you have further questions on this matter.

 

Michael Ramos (DA Australia)
Chair
Global Hispanic Caucus

 

 


Hispanic Caucus Podcast Episodes For April 2019

The Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus has been busy lately in discussing issues and speaking to special guests on our podcast. Please take a moment to hear our most recent episodes: a New York-based university professor with expertise on Latinos and the U.S. labor movement, the chair of the Virginia Democrats' Latino Caucus, and a former Democrats Abroad member-turned-gun control activist in California.

All of our podcast episodes can be found here: https://www.democratsabroad.org/hc_podcasts

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April 28, 2019

In this week's episode, Alison Maciejewski, Steering Committee Member of the Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus, led a thoughtful discussion with our special guest based in New York, Stony Brook University's Lori Flores, Ph.D. Crank up the volume and hear Dr. Flores' thoughts on how Latinx agricultural workers have continued to endure unfair worker conditions, and how our classrooms' history books have been slow to include historical information about the significant contributions of Hispanic Americans during the organized labor movements over the years, such as proud Boricua Luisa Capetillo. Dr. Flores also highlighted why Americans abroad should vote for politicians who value worker protections and who will fight for safe working conditions in the agriculture industry.

April 24, 2019

From Hampton Roads to Alexandria to the capital of Richmond, there's much to be optimistic about for the future of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Joining the Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus podcast this week was special guest Monique Alcalá, the current chair of the Virginia Democratic Party's Latino Caucus. Monique's valuable experience in working within the party and various candidates over the years makes her a true expert in Virginia politics, and we were lucky to learn straight from her about an amazing Latino candidate for state delegate, an effective peer-to-peer support program, and an interesting description of her role as Latino Caucus chair in creating opportunities for Virginians to engage with the party, Democratic candidates, and each other as a way of motivating activism. Get the latest scoop with what's happening on the ground in the Old Dominion State by checking out Chairwoman Alcalá's insightful commentary.

April 4, 2019

Will Prescott and Michael Ramos of the Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus caught up with San Francisco-based, pro-gun safety activist Alex Navarro with Moms Demand Action (https://momsdemandaction.org/). As a former member of Democrats Abroad Netherlands, Alex has significant experience living abroad and has since advocated tirelessly for common-sense gun reforms to her California lawmakers. Have a listen to learn more about what Alex has been doing since returning back to the U.S. and why she is a clear leader in the ongoing fight again the gun lobby.