DA Mexico Member-at-Large / Communications Chair / DPCA Voting Representative / DA San Miguel de Allende Chapter Chair

Hope Bradberry currently serves as the Chapter Chair of San Miguel de Allende, and Member-at-Large/Communications Chair for Democrats Abroad Mexico. She and her husband, John, have had a home in Mexico since 2012.  Prior to retiring, she served as the Executive Director of the Fayetteville Public Library Foundation, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She has extensive experience in the non-profit sector, not only professionally, but also as a volunteer.  She is a life-long Democrat and previously was a member of the Washington County Democratic Party.


  • is hosting Let's Have Coffee! 2022-05-18 20:18:13 -0400

    Let's Have Coffee!

    YOU’RE INVITED....

    ...to join us for our regular Democrats Abroad SMA’s outdoor, chat and coffee mixer. 

    We will be meeting at Geek & Coffee on July 21st at 10:00 a.m.

    We will also have volunteers that can help you get your ballot requested for the November Midterms.

    Geek & Coffee is located at the far end of Fabrica Aurora - free parking, great coffee and delicious nibbles, a huge outdoor space with their largest table reserved for us.

    Find out what Democrats Abroad SMA is all about while enjoying Geek & Coffee’s beautiful park-like setting. Bring a friend! 

    WHEN
    July 21, 2022 at 10:00am
    WHERE
    Geek & Coffee
    Calzado de La Aurora Local 3
    San Miguel de Allende, GTO 37700
    Mexico
    Google map and directions
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  • is hosting Let's Have Coffee! 2022-05-18 20:13:36 -0400

    Let's Have Coffee!

    YOU’RE INVITED....

    ...to join us for our regular Democrats Abroad SMA’s outdoor, chat and coffee mixer. We will have a special guest, Ben Zion Ptashnik, Former Vermont State Senator, and President of The National Election Defense Coalition.

    We will be meeting at Geek & Coffee on June 16th at 10:00 a.m.

    We will also have volunteers that can help you get your ballot requested for the November Midterms.

    Geek & Coffee is located at the far end of Fabrica Aurora - free parking, great coffee and delicious nibbles, a huge outdoor space with their largest table reserved for us.

    Find out what Democrats Abroad SMA is all about while enjoying Geek & Coffee’s beautiful park-like setting. Bring a friend! 

    WHEN
    June 16, 2022 at 10:00am
    WHERE
    Geek & Coffee
    Calzada de La Aurora Local 3
    San Miguel de Allende, GTO 37700
    Mexico
    Google map and directions
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  • is hosting Happy Hour @ Trina Cantina! 2022-05-18 19:58:28 -0400

    Happy Hour @ Trina Cantina!

    Your invited ....

    ... to join us for Happy Hour at Trina Cantina's cool outdoor patio.  Hang out with fellow Dems & enjoy some munchies with great drinks.

    June 14th @ 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 pm.

    Trina Cantina is located at Stirling Dickinson #28 - free parking is available along both sides of the restaurant, and on Stirling Dickinson. 

    Learn about ways you can volunteer here in SMA to help Get Out the Democratic Vote in November. These midterms are too important to sit out! Plus, you can enjoy the company of wonderful, like-minded people!

    See you there!

    Signature Cocktails! 
    Ginger Lemonade & Vodka $70 pesos
    Mango Mojito $70 (hmmmm good!)

    Happy hour beer & drinks
    Classic Margarita $60
    Classic Mojito $60
    XX Lager $30
    Tecate $30
    Tecate Light $30
    Victoria $30
    Corona $30

    Happy hour Wines Santo Tomas 5oz per glass
    Merlot $75
    Cabernet $75
    Chardonnay $70
    Colombard $70
    Grenage Rose $70

     

     

    WHEN
    June 14, 2022 at 4:00pm
    WHERE
    Trina Cantina Contemporánea
    Stirling Dickinson 28
    San Miguel de Allende, GTO 37700
    Mexico
    Google map and directions
    rsvp

  • published Donate MX 2022-03-09 09:37:54 -0500

  • Auction! Great Vacation Homes to Bid On!

    Auction Closed!

    What a great way to support Getting Out the Vote & experience an amazing vacation!

    To make a bid on an auction item email Glenda Bland at [email protected].            
    Please include your name & phone number.
    Current bids are posted.
    Payment for items can be made by bank transfer or PayPal. We cannot accept credit cards. * Please see below.
    Auction will close, March 13, 2022 at 11:00 a.m.

    Auction Item #1: San Miguel de Allende Luxury Home
    5 Nights in modern 2 bedroom home.
    Value: $50,000 MXN; Starting Bid: $37,000 MXN; Minimum Raise: $2,500 MXN;  Winning bid: $60,000

    Indulge yourself with 5 night in San Miguel de Allende, colorful colonial-style city full of charm. This luxurious private home is located on one of the most picturesque streets in San Miguel de Allende, between the central jardín where the famous La Parroquia is located, and Parque Juarez. Visit markets, shops, museums, and impressive gastronomic restaurants that San Miguel Allende offers. This charming home has a master suite with king-size bed and a guest room with a queen-size bed. Sweeping western views allows you take in the beautiful sunsets poolside or from around a fire pit located on an upper terrace. And as a bonus, enjoy a couple of games of pool on the 9’ regulation pool table! Amenities: purified water, air conditioning units in the bedrooms, full kitchen with dishwasher, maid 3 days per week. Available: Flexible – contact the owners to determine availability.

    Auction Item #2: Puerto Vallarta Grand Venetian Condo
    3-nights in a 2 bedroom condo that sleeps six.
    Value: $8,000 MXN; Starting Bid: $3,000 MXN; Minimum Raise; $100 MXN; Winning Bid: $5,100

    Escape with your family or friends for adventure filled days of water sports, marine life and fabulous restaurants. Amenities: 2 bedrooms (Master – king size bed, 2nd bedroom - 2 double beds), 3 baths, garden view with beach close by, air conditioning, WIFI, full kitchen and access to Olympic size pool, gym and fitness center, and the beach. Sleeps six. Available May – October 2022

    Search Airbnb: Condo Accesible Para Familias | Albercas, Playa

     

    Auction Item #3: Puerto Vallarta Grand Venetian
    3 Nights in a one bedroom condo that sleeps four.
    Value: $6,100 MXN; Starting Bid: $2,000 MXN; Minimum Raise $100 MXN; Winning Bid: $4,000 pesos

    Unwind while admiring Banderas Bay from your gorgeous condo in Puerto Vallarta - a fabulous resort town located on Mexico's Pacific coast. You’ll be just steps from the spectacular beach, Olympic size infinity pool and in-house spa. Amenities: 1 bedroom (king size bed), one bath, private jacuzzi on patio, full kitchen, air conditioning, WIFI, and access to pool, gym and the beach. Sofa bed in living room. Sleeps four. Available May – October 2022.

    Search Airbnb: Condo Ventilado Con Vista Al Mar | Albercas y Gym 

    * In compliance with U.S. Federal election law, I affirm that I am a U.S. citizen, who is at least 18 years old, and that my contribution is made with personal funds. I make this donation knowingly and voluntarily. This contribution is not made from the general treasure funds of a corporation, labor organization or national bank or from the treasury of a person or entity that is a federal contractor or not provided to me by another person or entity for the purpose of making this contribution.


  • published We are The Democracy Party! in News/Noticias 2022-02-03 23:39:54 -0500

    We are The Democracy Party!

    By Larry Barber, DA SMA Executive Board Member

    We’re Democrats, yes, but in this unprecedented time for our country, we are also, nearly alone, the party of democracy. That’s why it’s important to vote and help other overseas Democrats vote. We’re activists. We’re Democrats Abroad.

    Make no mistake: this mid-term is the first of two elections that will determine whether the United States of America is a country in which each citizen gets a vote or a country which has fallen into fascism and minority rule. Those are the stakes this November and in 2024. “A dagger at the throat of democracy,” said President Biden on the anniversary of the January 6 attempted coup. 

    Look at facts on the ground. Republicans in the US Senate just voted down the John Lewis Voting Rights bill. According to a Washington Post analysis, the GOP’s national push to enact hundreds of new election restrictions could constrain every available method of voting for tens of millions of Americans. This is potentially the most sweeping contraction of ballot access in the United States since the end of Reconstruction, when Southern states curtailed the voting rights of formerly enslaved Black men. In 43 states across the country, Republican lawmakers have proposed at least 250 laws that would limit mail, early in-person, and Election Day voting. The plan involves stricter ID requirements, limited voting hours, eliminating ballot drop-boxes, closing polling places in Democratic areas, or narrower eligibility to vote absentee. Republican state legislators, echoing Trump’s false claims that the election was stolen from him, are pushing hard to cheat their way to victory. Aside from the “former guy” not admitting his electoral defeat by President Biden, a number of GOP candidates around the country are also refusing to concede defeat in races where a winner has been declared or they’ll clearly lose. Again, as President Biden said on January 6, “You cannot love your country only when you win.”

    There is more: Republican limits to early or absentee voting are the most common measures among this year’s batch of proposed restrictions, with such bills on the table in 33 states. Nearly 85 million voters used one of those methods to cast their ballots in those states last year — more than half of all Americans who voted in the Nov. 3 election. 

    Hyper-gerrymandered district maps are more distorted in 2022, more disjointed, and more gerrymandered than any since the Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965. Both Florida and Georgia have proposed a special police agency to monitor elections (to protect against non-existent voter fraud). These troops will be used to intimidate and challenge Democratic voters.  

    The Republican party—at national, state, and local levels—is refusing to accept the fundamental agreements of representative government. There are fake electors—Republicans—who tried to bluff their way into a victory in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, and Wisconsin. In this crisis for voting rights, Republican-led state legislatures have rewritten their laws since the 2020 election to suppress Democratic votes and hand election counting over to partisan Republicans.

    And in a direct threat to Democrats Abroad, states like Texas are flagging mail-in ballots for rejection. Understand this: overseas votes can be the margin of victory in a close election. From 2016 to 2020 there was a 15% increase among all domestic US voters. For US citizens abroad, this increase was 40%. And overseas voters were the margin of victory for Biden in Arizona and Georgia.  

    As responsible citizens, we Dems Abroad must vote in every election. Remember that we each have to reregister every year. If you haven’t re-registered yet, do it right away. If you need help registering or voting, email us or stop by our office on the Ancha de San Antonio #10 on Saturdays between 11:00 am & 3:00 pm.  

    We are also looking members who want to do Phone Banking. You can help other DAs re-register to receive their ballots and you can help them fill out the ballots when they arrive. You can help them return their ballots so their vote is counted. This year, and in 2024, it is absolutely crucial that each US citizen abroad make their voice heard. Our voices have to be extra loud because the Republican party is trying to smother us, and our democracy with us.

    “One of two major political parties in America has said that it is their policy to win elections by keeping American citizens from voting,” said Sen. Elizabeth Warren. I say one party is fascist and one party is for representative government. This is the future for the United States unless every Democrat, at home or abroad, votes their conscience, and gets that vote counted.  


  • published Midterm Mojo @ el Midtown! in News/Noticias 2021-11-30 16:46:12 -0500

    Midterm Mojo @ el Midtown!

    ¡Es hora de crear un mojo democrático en este 2022! Celebraremos en Guadalajara la primera conferencia en persona que hemos tenido desde 2019, del 11 al 13 de marzo, y todos los miembros de Democrats Abroad (Demócratas en el Extranjero) están invitados a asistir. Los eventos públicos y las ponencias serán conducidas en inglés, pero todos los ciudadanos estadounidenses cuya lengua principal es el español son muy bienvenidos; muchos de nuestros miembros hablan también el español!

    Es imperativo que en las elecciones intermedias de 2022 hagamos un esfuerzo conjunto para mantener una mayoría demócrata dentro del Congreso de los Estados Unidos. Lograrlo va a requerir que trabajemos juntos en todo el país como nunca antes, sin desviar la vista de nuestro  objetivo principal: lograr que todos y cada uno de los ciudadanos  estadounidenses residentes en México voten en las elecciones intermedias.

    Estamos encantados de tener como invitada especial a la presidenta de Democrats Abroad International, Candice Kerestan, quien reside en Alemania

    ¡Tenemos para ti una lista completa de ofertas y esperamos verte en Guadalajara!

    Regístrate para la Junta General Anual (Annual General Meeting)  AQUÍ! 

     

    Programa

    El viernes 11 de marzo daremos inicio al fin de semana en la Ciudad de las Rosas con un cóctel de bienvenida a partir de las 6:00 pm, en la terraza de la piscina. Conoce y conéctate con otros demócratas provenientes de todo México.

    El sábado 12 de marzo comenzará  con la Ceremonia de Apertura a las 9:30 am. Continuaremos con sesiones organizativas ofrecidas a lo largo del día y diversas oportunidades para conectarse con tus compañeros demócratas.

    El domingo 13 de marzo comenzará con la reunión de negocios de Democrats Abroad México a las 9:30 am, la cual cerrará con un orador de clausura.

     

    Costo*

    Precio regular $ 1,800 pesos -- al 10 de marzo.
    Precio el mismo día: $ 1,900 pesos.
    * La inscripción incluye una bebida de bienvenida y entremeses , y servicio de café y almuerzo el sábado.

    Como lo establecen las reglas de Democrats Abroad, la sesión de negocios que se llevará a cabo el domingo 13 de marzo a las 9:30 será gratis para todos los miembros, pero exhortamos a  los asistentes a hacer una donación para ayudar a cubrir los costos del lugar.

    Alojamiento



    Disfruta de la conferencia en la comodidad del fabuloso Hilton Guadalajara Midtown, un hotel de 5 estrellas situado en el corazón de la zona de restaurantes y tiendas de la Colonia Providencia. Reserva una habitación  con cama king size a partir de $ 2,390.85 por noche,incluyendo desayuno. Puedes cancelar hasta 48 horas antes de la conferencia sin cargo alguno. Las habitaciones son limitadas, por lo que te recomendamos que reserves tus habitaciones cuanto antes. La oferta es válida hasta el 4 de marzo de 2022.

    Este es un alojamiento de lujo con vistas fabulosas, servicio de botones y de limpieza, Wi-Fi estándar gratis con membresía de Hilton Honors (inscripción gratuita), gimnasio completo y acceso a la piscina al aire libre, servicio a la habitación las 24 horas y servicios de conserjería. Check-in es a las 3:00 pm, y el  Check-out es a las 12:00 pm.

    El hotel garantizará  este  mismo precio de promoción por hasta DOS noches antes y después de las fechas de la conferencia. ¡Ven y quédate más tiempo, y disfruta de todo lo que Guadalajara tiene para ofrecer! También acomodarán a una tercera o cuarta persona en una habitación doble por $40 dólares estadounidenses más 16% de IVA y 3% de impuesto de hospedaje por noche / por persona. Este precio incluye desayuno.

    Reserva tu hotel aquí ahora!

    Condición de asistencia a la conferencia es que, por ley,  el comprador de cualquier entrada a ella debe ser aun/una CIUDADANO/A de los Estados Unidos. Los miembros de Democrats Abroad y cualquier otro ciudadano/a de los Estados Unidos  interesado/a en conocer y unirse a Democrats Abroad México son bienvenidos a asistir.

     


  • Midterm Mojo @ the Midtown

    It’s time to create some Democratic Mojo in 2022!  We will be holding our first in-person conference since 2019 in Guadalajara from March 11th - 13th, and all members of Democrats Abroad are invited to attend. 

    It’s imperative that we provide a combined effort in order to maintain a Democrat majority in the midterms. It’s going to require us to work together nationwide like never before, keeping our eyes set on one main goal: getting each and every US voter in Mexico to vote.

    We are thrilled to have a special guest, Democrats Abroad International Chair, Candice Kerestan from Germany speaking. We have a full slate of offerings and look forward to seeing you in Guadalajara!

    Register For the AGM HERE! 

     

    Check entire schedule here!

    On Friday, March 11th, we will kick off the weekend with a Welcome Cocktail reception starting at 6:00 pm in the City of Roses on the pool terrace. Connect with fellow Dems from all over Mexico. 

    On Saturday, March 12th, the day will begin at 9:30 am with the Opening Ceremony, followed by organizational sessions offered throughout the day and opportunities to connect with your peers.

    On Sunday, March 13th, the day will begin with the DA Mexico business meeting at 9:30 am, followed by a closing speaker. 

     

    Cost*
    Regular Price $1,800 pesos to March 10th
    Day of Price: $1,900 pesos

    *Registration includes a welcome reception drink and hors d'oeuvres; coffee service and lunch on Saturday.

    Under the rules of Democrats Abroad, the business meeting being held on Sunday, March 13th at 9:30 is free to all members, but we hope attendees will make a donation to help cover the costs of the venue.

    Accommodation 

    Enjoy the conference in the comfort of the fabulous Hilton Guadalajara Midtown, a 5-star hotel in the heart of restaurants and shopping in Colonia Providencia. Starting at $2,390.85 for a king per night, this price includes breakfast. You can cancel up to 48 hours before the conference at no charge. Rooms are limited, so we encourage you to reserve your rooms now or early on. The offer is good until March 4, 2022

    A luxury accommodation with fabulous views, bellhop and maid service tips, free standard Wi-Fi with Hilton Honors membership - free to join, full fitness center and open-air pool access, 24-hour room service, and concierge services. Check-in 3:00 pm, Check-0ut 12:00 noon.

    The hotel will honor the same price for up to TWO nights both before and after the conference dates. Come and stay longer and enjoy all that Guadalajara has to offer! They will also accommodate a third or fourth person in a double room at $40 USD plus 16% VAT & 3% lodging tax per night/per person. This price includes breakfast. 

    Book your hotel here now!

    Conference Price rules:  The purchaser of any conference tickets must by law be a U.S. CITIZEN. Democrats Abroad members and anyone interested in learning more about and joining Democrats Abroad Mexico are welcome to attend.




  • published Oaxaca in Chapters/Sección 2021-11-21 14:32:50 -0500

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  • published Replaceable as a Light Bulb in News/Noticias 2021-11-06 14:53:39 -0400

    Replaceable as a Light Bulb

    By Larry Barber, DA SMA Executive Board Member

    Picture in your mind 22,000 striking workers. Remember strikes and picket lines, food kitchens and fund raisers? Around the United States there is now bubbling and boiling what used to be called “labor unrest.” Low pay and pauper raises, backbreaking work schedules, stolen overtime wages, pensions in jeopardy (if they exist at all), health care cuts, no time for a private life with friends and family. Some companies are now trying to loosen child labor laws; agriculture is still exempt from these laws and kids currently work in the fields, exposed to toxic chemicals. So, yeah—labor unrest.

    “They don’t care about our home life,” said a striking worker on the John Deere picket line. “They care about our work life. We’re as replaceable as a light bulb.”

    Twenty-two thousand U.S. union members are currently out on strike. Ten thousand at John Deere in Iowa, three thousand at Columbia University, two thousand at Buffalo’s Mercy Hospital, 1.4 thousand at Kellogg’s, 1.1 thousand Alabama miners for 8 months now, 1 thousand West Virginia hospital workers, 800 Pennsylvania educators, 700 Massachusetts nurses, 700 Kaiser engineers (with the strike threat of 37,000 Kaiser health care workers in Oregon, California, and Hawaii), 500 Ohio steelworkers, 450 West Virginia steelworkers, 300 New York machinists. 

    The list grows: Amazon workers battling Bezos for a union, New York cab drivers on a hunger strike, a one-day walk-off of two thousand telecommunications workers in California, 200 bus drivers strike in Nevada, 400 whiskey makers in Kentucky, two thousand carpenters in Washington, 600 Frito-Lay workers in Kansas, one thousand Nabisco workers at five plants around the country (they often work 30 days in a row on 12-hour shifts). In my own (former) industry, because more than 60,000 film and television workers voted to strike, their threatened work stoppage helped them negotiate a favorable contract. 

    Younger folks are quitting their jobs at an unprecedented rate. In April the number of workers who left in a single month broke an all-time U.S. record. In May, even more people quit. In June, even more. In August, again even more. 

    Many front line workers who risked their lives during the pandemic feel they deserve fair raises. “Essential workers” deserve essential pay. 

    Workers are taking back their power as agents of change by bringing the fight to employers. For Democrats Abroad, this is an encouraging time. The Democratic Party is once again the Party of the working woman and man. It lost its way in the late-20th century, but under President Biden the Democrats have once again taken up the banner of Labor. Biden has put unions at the center of his policy. He sees them as a way to rebuild middle-class jobs and families and to combat climate change, and racial and gender inequity. 

    “It’s not labor—it’s union,” Biden said last month during an event at a Ford factory in Michigan. “Because what you allow people to do is hold their heads up, make a decent living, and have pride in what they do — pride in what you build, pride in what you give this nation.” 

    For Democrats Abroad in Mexico, we can take pride in this pro-labor, pro-family stance from our President. That’s why it’s increasingly important for us to do whatever we can to help elect Democrats in the states where we vote and around the country. The Get-Out-The-Vote drive for the 2022 elections will be coming up and we all can contribute in one form or another. Please consider becoming a phone banker, joining one of our caucuses, or contacting your local chapter chair to become a Get Out the Vote volunteer. There is always work to do!

     

     

     

     


  • Phoning for Democrats Abroad is like Talking to Friends

    by Larry Barber, DA SMA Executive Committee Member

    I’ve worked phone banks for fifty years: calling on behalf of elected representatives on state and federal levels, and for Cesar Chavez and the UFW, lots of efforts in support of democracy in Central and South America, for voting and immigrant rights, against the San Onofre nuclear plant in Southern California, against the George Bush-Dick Cheney-Donald Rumsfeld war in Iraq, for a woman’s right to choose, and most recently for the Biden-Harris presidential election. That was my first time phoning for Democrats Abroad in Mexico.

    I’ve phoned registered Democrats and also the dreaded “general voter” lists, sometimes speaking with Republicans who were not interested and sometimes not polite. I’ve phoned Democrats who were not interested or polite, too. I was a television writer/producer and can sit for long periods of time, focused on a project. But I admit, there have been times—looking at the phone list printout, names and numbers swimming before my eyes—when I had to psych myself up to dial the next seven digits and wait to hear what kind of reception I’d get when someone answered. The way you do it is just plow ahead. 

    But never, not ever, have I found such an easy and happy task as calling my fellow Democrats Abroad. It is, to coin a phrase, a piece of cake. I like cake, especially chocolate cake.

    The distinguishing feature of making phone calls for Dems Abroad is that we are unique. We live outside the United States, which links us by an attitude that is, it seems to me, more open to meeting new people, more available to new ideas. We share the experience of being ex-pats. So when I call a member of Dems Abroad it is most often like talking to a friendly person at a party. We already have a lot in common. And we’re a self-selected group of Democrats who want to be engaged.

    So here’s how I do it, understanding that I’ll always (well… almost always) get a friendly response. When someone answers, I say, “Hi, I’m Larry Barber with Democrats Abroad. How are you?” I know supplied texts often then dictate: “Is this so-and-so?” I don’t do that. I just wait for the person to pause a beat, then say, “Democrats Abroad? Well, hi!” Remember, as Dems Abroad, we’re in this together, this out-of-the-country thing. So I don’t bother asking right off the bat if the person who answers is the name on my list. I just identify myself, say Dems Abroad, and wait for a friendly response. It always (well.. almost always) comes. Then I ask, “Is this ___?” 

    That, for me, has been the simplest and most effective way to engage people. Everyone you call is a member of Democrats Abroad so we’re all in the same club. And it works like a charm. Instant rapport. Immediate eye-to-eye (phone-wise) agreement. It is easy, it has led to wonderful conversations, and I’ve helped lots and lots of motivated Democrats request their absentee ballots, fill them out, and return them to their county and state registrar. Also, these days for Dems Abroad there are no printed phone lists. You don’t have to travel to a campaign office; you phone from home. This isn’t the Dark Ages! Phone bankers for Dems Abroad use a simple computer program that dials for you, and lets you record the response. I would phone for an hour a day, but you can set your own schedule. Easy-peasy.

    Absentee ballots remain an important part of efforts to win state and federal elections. In the all-important 2020 election, absentee ballots made the difference in several states. In Georgia: we estimate 20,000 ballots from overseas were counted—Biden won Georgia by 11,779 votes. In Arizona: we estimate between 17,200 to 19,500 voters abroad cast ballots—Biden won Arizona by 10,457 votes. In Wisconsin: we don’t have solid numbers yet but Democrats Abroad make up roughly 1% of vote totals—Biden won Wisconsin by less than 1% (20,682). Partly as a result of our group’s work, civilian overseas votes in 2020 increased by 62% from 2016. 

    Voting from outside the United States can be tricky and I’ve found many folks want and need our help. We can be a welcome source of information and a relief from nagging, perplexing, and frustrating issues for folks who want to vote but can’t figure out how to do it. 

    So sign up for Democrats Abroad phone banking—you’ll enjoy it and you will make a difference in the all-important mid-term election coming up in 2022.  

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


  • Learn how to take the stress out of getting your vote in on time...

     

    In the recent presidential elections, so important to Democrats worldwide, many voters were surprised and dismayed to find that ballots that they had requested from their local US election officials sometimes months beforehand did not arrive in time for them to post them back to the US for the election.

    Under UOCAVA (Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act) you the voter are PROTECTED!  According to this act, your ballot MUST be sent out to you (and this is often by e-mail) at least FORTY-FIVE days before the election date, giving you ample time to cast your vote and return it in time, even if your state is one that allows submission only by mail. 

        

    If for some reason your ballot DOESN’T arrive, you have an added protection:  you may use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot, sometimes available only to those who have signed up previously under the special protections of UOCAVA. Local Election Officials are trained to sort out FWABs…If both the FWAB and the regular ballot are received, they count the regular ballot and throw away the FWAB.  

    With the new postal cutbacks and restrictions, many voters from abroad learned that the FWAB was an excellent back-up plan, and sent in their write-in ballots MONTHS before the election, just in case….

     

    Here at Democrats Abroad Yucatan many of us have undergone a training course and are certified as Voting Assistance Officers with the Federal Voter Assistance Program…we have materials that explain the rights and obligations in each state, your local election official information, envelopes….everything you need to get your vote in on time.


  • published Protecting the Right to Vote! in News/Noticias 2021-07-02 19:58:09 -0400

    Protecting the Right to Vote!

    by Larry Barber

    News media will not use the word proto-fascist to describe the current Republican Party but the label fits like a fist in a glove. Did any of us imagine in our lifetimes we would see bold and successful efforts to deny voting rights to people in the United States? Did we anticipate actions to subvert the legitimacy of the entire U.S. election system? Did we envision hundreds of members of Congress categorically refusing to participate in our democracy? 

    And yet… January 6, 2021. Trump’s Big Lie convinced a large majority of Republicans that President Biden stole the election from The Former Guy. Voter suppression laws of variety and cunning are already in place, with more coming. Republican state legislatures are planning to delegitimize any election that doesn’t give them the win. In Florida, Republicans now require a survey of political views of students and faculty in state colleges and universities. One-quarter of Republicans are reported to believe “the government, media, and financial institutions are controlled by a group of Satan-worshipping pedophiles who run a global child sex-trafficking operation.” And Trump himself said it: Republicans cannot win a fair election. 

    They are willing to destroy our democracy in order to take power. In Spanish we call them Fachos. In English it’s Fascist. 

    The life of our republic is at stake and we have only a few tools with which to defend it. When the Senate returns on July 20th, we must continue to put pressure on passage of some form of the For the People Act. We must let them know we still care deeply about this issue and expect action. Call them! And if you are in the United States, consider joining the “March On for Voting Rights” set for August 28th.

    Historically the party in power loses seats in Congress in mid-term elections. Our margins in both  chambers are equally thin and we cannot afford to lose that small edge. Votes from overseas voters were the margin of victory in many tight races in 2020, including in Georgia; they can be again in 2022. United States democracy depends on our efforts to fairly elect men and women who represent our ideals and desires for a better country. The most successful rebuke of the current Republican Party will be for us to double down on our efforts to Get Out the Vote, and increase voter turnout to elect those men and women. We hope you will join our effort to do so by joining Democrats Abroad to continue this good work and protect our country from afar. 

     

     

     


  • published DAMX Meeting Schedule for 2021 in News/Noticias 2021-04-17 18:46:39 -0400

    DAMX Meeting Schedule for 2021

    Here is the schedule for Board of Directors Meetings for 2021. Please contact the Secretary for Administrative Records at [email protected] if you would like to attend. All meetings are held on Cisco WebEx.

    April 21, 2021 - 6:00 pm Mexico City Time - Board of Directors Meeting

    July 21, 2021 - 6:00 pm Mexico City Time - Board of Directors Meeting

    October 20, 2021 - 6:00 pm Mexico City Time - Board of Directors Meeting

    Date to be determined - December 2021 - 6:00 pm Mexico City Time - Executive Committee Meeting

    January 19, 2021 - 6:00 pm Mexico City Time - Board of Directors Meeting

    March 11-13, 2021 - Annual General Meeting - Guadalajara

     

     


  • published Meeting Schedule in News/Noticias 2020-09-14 22:12:19 -0400

    Meeting Schedule

    In order to comply with Articles 14.1 and 14.4 of the Democrats Abroad Mexico Bylaws, the following schedule is shared in order to ensure that members are given notice of and an opportunity to participate in meetings of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors.

     

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  • published Be Prepared For Your Ballot! in News/Noticias 2020-09-02 13:33:53 -0400

    Be Prepared For Your Ballot!

    Time to make a plan! Do not delay!

    Hundreds of U.S. Citizens in San Miguel should be receiving their ballots for the general election in their email in-boxes. If you haven’t yet requested your ballot, please go to https://www.votefromabroad.org to do so. 

    Every Sunday, Democrats Abroad volunteers are available for personalized help on Zoom. CLICK HERE for more information.

    VERIFY! VERIFY! VERIFY! Contact your local election official today to be sure they have processed your FPCA form and are planning to email you your ballot. Look up the contact info. at this website: https://www.votefromabroad.org/states

    Voters need to have a plan this year to return their ballots.

    When you receive your ballot by email, you will need to download it, print it, vote it and follow the instructions carefully to return it. For all states, you will need to have a plan to print your ballot. If you do not have a printer, reach out to your friends and/or neighbors to see if they can print your ballot for you or use a nearby papelaria where they can print it for you from your device or a flash drive. 

    States that require ballots to be mailed - most urgent:

    As of Aug. 29th, these states require ballots to be returned by postal mail:AR, CT, GA, ID, IL*, KY, MD, MI, MN, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, and WI.  

    It is now time to send your ballot back by private courier! DA Mexico has a special 30% coupon to use with DHL. Please email [email protected] to get your coupon certificate.

    * Please check your instructions and local election official to see if you can return by fax or electronically!

    States that allow electronic submission of ballots:

    All voters that can return their ballot electronically should do so. These states have electronic options:  AL, AZ, CO, DE, DC, HI, IA, IN, KS, ME, MA, MO, MS, MT, NE (requires permission from local election official), NV, NJ (also send by mail), NM, NC, ND, OR (with special forms) RI, SC, UT, WA, WV, and WY.Please reach out to [email protected] for support and further explanation. 

    States that allow faxing of ballots:

    The above states and the following allow ballot return by fax: AK (if requested ballot to be emailed), CA, FL, LA, NM, and OK. We have partnered with Smart Space Hub, Salida a Celaya #34. All faxing and scanning of your ballot will be underwritten by SmartSpace. If this is an option for your state, you are strongly advised to utilize it. There is also a website, https://faxzero.com where you can fax these documents for free, or for a small fee on larger ballots.

    Our headquarters at Ancha de San Antonio #19 is now only open by appointment for ballot assistance. We will be available on October 14th & 15th by appointment.  Please email [email protected]. We have a printer available, and Federal Post Card Application forms for states that require they be mailed. All safety protocols are followed.

    Voters should act with the utmost urgency when they receive their ballots. Do not delay. If you do not receive your ballot contact your local election official and be prepared to utilize the Federal Emergency Write-in Ballot, contact [email protected] for assistance.  Be alert to news features from our local sites, Civil List, SMA FAQ, Discover SMA and Facebook for other options. 

    Please, please reach out to us if you need any assistance! We are here to help you!


  • published Join Our Call Banking Campaign! in News/Noticias 2020-07-11 21:58:34 -0400

    Join Our Call Banking Campaign!

    Become a Call Hub volunteer. You can do this from the comfort of your home, and all you need is a laptop or computer. We need to reach out to our members in Mexico to be sure they are ready to vote. This is a way for you to make a big difference!

     

     


     

  • published New DA SMA Bylaws! Please Vote! in News/Noticias 2020-02-13 20:25:58 -0500

    New DA SMA Bylaws! Please Vote!

    On February 10, 2020, the Executive Committee of Democrats Abroad San Miguel de Allende approved a motion to adopt a set of significant reforms to its bylaws. This was done in order to conform to the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (“DPCA”) and the Bylaws of Democrats Abroad Mexico (“DAMX”), and to innovate in a manner that will make us a more effective and efficient organization in furthering Democratic goals and getting Democrats elected. Consequently, the Bylaws are now submitted to the general membership of San Miguel de Allende for final approval at the Annual General Meeting to be held on March 13, 2020.

    You can see the proposed set of new Bylaws HERE.

    We invite you to study the Bylaws and let us know if you have any questions, and either vote at our annual meeting on March 13th or vote electronically (due by March 12,2020) by completing and submitting the ballot linked HERE.

    What’s new? What’s different?

    There are some boring technical minutiae, but there are also some large structural and operational changes. Notable changes include:

    1. Article 3 goes into great detail on the protection of membership data that had not been previously addressed.

    2. Greater articulation of the duties and responsibilities of the Officers and Members-at-Large, and articulation of the duties of the Standing Committees.

    3. Articulation of Chapter responsibilities.

    4. Extensive language on the nominations and elections of officers from procedures established by the DPCA.

    Please also find for your consideration, the candidates proposed to fill the respective vacancies left in the Executive Committee for the term 2019 - 2020.

    Candidates:

    Gary Belkin, Treasurer, replacing Barbara Erickson, who resigned the position.

    Barbara Erickson, Member-at-Large, Barbara Erickson assumed the position of Chair of the Get Out the Vote (“GOTV”) committee upon resignation of Nancy Young.

    Rebecca Langrall, Member-at-Large, assumed the position upon the resignation of Mike Lambert.

    At our Annual General Meeting on March 13th we will hold a vote to ratify the Bylaws and the Executive Committee appointments below. All candidates’ nominations have been approved by the Executive Committee, and the nominees are currently serving in an acting capacity on the board. If approved, the candidates will assume their new charges immediately and the Bylaws will take effect immediately also.

    You may find details for attending our Annual Meeting HERE, and help us spread the word among other interested attendees. However, only US citizens who are registered at democratsabroad.org/join can vote.

    We look forward to seeing you!

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  • published Primary Season! Here We Go! in News/Noticias 2020-01-01 16:41:48 -0500

    Primary Season! Here We Go!

    by Gunnar Erickson

    The US Presidential Election takes place on November 3, 2020.  Without question and regardless of where you stand on the political divide, it is the most important presidential election since Lincoln ran against McClellan in 1862.  Here is the timeline.

    Donald Trump has no serious challenger on the Republican side so he will be renominated and the Republican Convention in Charlotte NC on Aug 24 -27 will be an artfully scripted P.R. event. The Republican presidential primaries will be a steady, heavily promoted triumphant march to the convention.

    The Democrats meanwhile are in total flux.  They chose to have an open and inclusive nomination contest that has lead to a circus of debates with no candidate emerging so far as a consensus candidate.  The next Democratic Presidential debate is on January 14.  There will be others on Feb 7, on February 19 (before the Nevada vote on Feb 19), and on February 25 (before South Carolina vote on Feb 29).  The debates will provide the candidates more exposure albeit in a cramped format and the media will report the losers and winners. 

    But the only thing that counts is selecting voting delegates to the Democratic National Convention on July 13-16 in Milwaukee, and that begins with the Iowa Caucuses on Feb 3.  The Iowa caucuses are not an open vote of all the Democrats in Iowa.  Instead, it is a count of the people who show up at their local designated spot and vote for their preferred candidate. Generally that is a very motivated activist subset of the Iowa Democrats who may or may not represent the general constituency.  Historically a lower percentage of Iowa Democratic voters attend the caucuses than Democrats who vote in other state primaries, but much depends on how hotly contested the contest is.  But because Iowa is the first actual vote, it gets a lot of press attention (which is why the Iowa Democrats fight to vote first).  In 2008 the winner was Barack Obama with 37.6% followed by John Edwards at 29.7 and Hillary Clinton at 29.4. In 2012 the winner was Bernie Sanders with 49.84%, followed by Hillary Clinton at 49.59%.

    The next real vote for delegates takes place in New Hampshire on Feb 11.  It is an actual election.  People go to the polls and cast ballots.  Of the approximately 3979 delegates at the Democratic National Convention, Iowa includes 41 and New Hampshire 24.   But the results of Iowa and New Hampshire historically have created the momentum for Democratic presidential candidates.   

    In 2020,  the Democrats have turned Super Tuesday -  which takes place on March 3 - into a truly super and important event.  California, which has 416 delegates, has moved its primary from after-the-fact June to Super Tuesday.  In addition to California, voters from Alabama (52 delegates), Arizona (67), Colorado (67), Minnesota (75), Massachusetts (91), North Carolina (110), Oklahoma (37), Tennessee (64), Texas (228), Utah (29), Vermont (16), and Virginia (99) will go to the polls. In all, 34% of the Democratic Presidential delegates will be selected.

    March 5th through 7th Democrats Abroad will be holding a worldwide presidential primary.  Democrats Abroad awards 21 delegates to the convention, holding 17 votes, of which 13 are pledged delegates allocated on the basis of the results of the process.    The San Miguel Democrats Abroad chapter will be running that primary here with voting on March 3 and since Mexico has one of the largest group of Democrat voters in Democrats Abroad and since San Miguel has the largest number of members of Democrats Abroad in the county, those votes will matter.

    By the close of Super Tuesday, about 40% of the total votes for the national convention will have been decided.  Other states will have their primaries on a regular basis ending with Washington DC in June.  The biggest of those are March 10 with Idaho (25 delegates), Minnesota (91), Mississippi (41), Missouri (78), Washington (107) and North Dakota (18); March 17 with Arizona (78), Florida (219), Illinois (184), and Ohio (153);  and March 24 with Georgia (120). 

    The US Constitution does not specify the procedure for selection of a party's presidential candidates so it is largely up to the parties of each state.  The Democrats generally use proportional allocation so candidates who receive a minimum percentage of votes, often 15%, divide the pledged delegates in proportion to the percentage of votes they received.  Under a winner-take-all system, sometimes used by Republicans, it is more likely that one candidate can build an overwhelming majority of delegates with primary wins in some big states like California.  Under the Democratic model, it is much more likely that no candidate will have a majority and the delegates will be split.

    If no candidate has an absolute majority of delegates by the time the convention starts on July 13, things will get interesting.  In prior years, the Democrats had a large number of super delegates, which meant that elected members of Congress and other members of the Democratic establishment received votes at the convention outside of the primary system.  The idea apparently was to tamper down the risk of  wild card candidate sweeping the primaries.  That has been changed.  Under the current rules, there are 771 super delegates in addition to the 3979 elected delegates. The super delegates cannot participate in first-ballot voting unless one candidate has cinched it. In that case, they can jump in and make the vote overwhelming. If there is no majority winner after the first ballot, the convention is "contested" and delegates are released to vote for whomever they want. 

    So the Democrats might- or might not-  go into the convention with no candidate having a clear majority.  Assuming there is no early deal where a candidate withdraws and directs her or his delegates to vote for someone else to create a majority candidate, the procedure will be for there to be a first round of voting with all the pledged delegates voting in accordance with their states' primary results.  If there is no outright winner, all bets are off. Just because a state delegate was elected based on a particular candidate's vote, delegates are not forever bound to support that candidate.  If there is no outright winner after the first ballot, the convention is "contested" and delegates are released to vote for whoever they want. Some speculate that the late entries of Deval Patrick and Michael Bloomberg as candidates reflect their belief that there will be a contested convention where either could emerge as the compromise nominee.

    This is the scenario that TV pundits dream of.  Backroom deals, rumors and intrigue come into play under the spotlight.  Amidst whatever wheeling and dealing occurs, the Democrats will continue the voting until eventually a consensus candidate emerges with a majority of the delegate votes.

    The last presidential convention that began with a serious question about who would get the nomination was the 1976 Republican convention that pitted Gerald Ford against Ronald Reagan.  The last multi-ballot Democratic Convention was in 1952 where Adlai Stevenson won on the third ballot.

    It should be an interesting year.