SMA Chair in 2019-20

Hope Bradberry has had a home in San Miguel since 2012. Prior to purchasing her home in SMA, she lived in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She is a life-long Democrat, and has been a supporter in Arkansas of the Washington County Democratic Party.

She and her husband, John, have one son and granddaughter.


  • published New DA SMA Bylaws! Please Vote! in News 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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  • is hosting Super Tuesday Watch Party!!! 2020-01-31 15:39:17 -0500

    Super Tuesday Watch Party!!!

    It's Time for a Party! So let's all get together on Super Tuesday, March 3rd & have a good time watching the results come in! Heavy appetizers & a margarita or cerveza included with your reservation.

    If you would like to pay by US Credit Card, you may do so on-line with Eventbrite, but fees will be added to the $16 USD price, for a total of $18.20 US.

    If you would like to avoid paying the on-line fees, you may pay at our DA SMA Headquarters, Ancha de San Antonio #10, which will be open Saturdays in February from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

     

     

    WHEN
    March 03, 2020 at 7pm
    WHERE
    Arthur Murray & Restaurante Baile
    Salida a Celaya #59
    San Miguel de Allende, GTO 37700
    Mexico
    Google map and directions
    $300.00 MXN · rsvp

  • Vote in the 2020 Global Presidential Primary here in San Miguel de Allende!

    The Global Presidential Primary is when Democrats Abroad members can participate in our official party-run presidential primary. We’re holding more than 220 events in 45 countries around the world, and we hope you’ll be joining us. In San Miguel the polls will be open from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm on March 5th, 6th & 7th.

    Am I eligible?

    If you’re a Democrats Abroad member and you haven’t voted (or plan to vote) in any other 2020 state presidential primary/caucus, you’re eligible to vote in the Global Presidential Primary. 

    What if I can’t join a voting event in person?
    If you can’t join us at our events in San Miguel, you can vote remotely. Look for your primary ballot in your inbox on February 18, or download it from democratsabroad.org starting on Feb 18, as well.

    Do votes in the GPP count? Why should I participate in the GPP instead of voting in my state’s presidential primary?

    Yes, your vote counts! In fact, you could even say that votes in the GPP count even more. Tens of thousands of people will participate in the global primary, but millions will vote in your home state. That means that your vote in the Global Presidential Primary is more powerful than voting in the California primary. In fact, it’s 4 times more powerful!

    Can I vote in the Global Presidential Primary and in my state primary?

    You can only vote in a presidential primary once. If you vote in the global primary and want to vote in a state for the down-ballot primary races (like for your congressperson), you can just skip the presidential section on your state ballot.

    Where can I ask further questions?
    Please email gotv@democratsabroad.org for voting-related questions, 

    and info-mx-sma@democratsabroad.org  for other questions.

    See you at the Primary!

    WHEN
    March 05, 2020 at 10am - March 07, 2020 at 10am
    WHERE
    Hotel Posada de La Aldea
    Calle Ancha de San Antonio 15
    San Miguel de Allende , GTO 37700
    Mexico
    Google map and directions
    rsvp

  • is hosting DA SMA Annual General Membership Meeting 2020-01-31 11:44:59 -0500

    DA SMA Annual General Membership Meeting

    Please join Democrats Abroad SMA for our Annual Membership Meeting!

    We have a special program planned which includes the screening of the movie Suppressed: The Fight to Vote by Brave New Films. See the trailer HERE!

    The order of business will be the following:

    1:00 Call Meeting to Order; Welcome

    1:10 Movie Screening

    2:00 Business Meeting

    2:15 Program: Vote From Abroad Training & Vote Forward Presentations

    3:00 Adjourn

    We hope you will come and participate and learn more about how you can get involved with Democrats Abroad SMA in this election year! We need your help!

    WHEN
    March 13, 2020 at 1pm
    WHERE
    Teatro Santa Ana, en La Biblioteca
    Calle de Relox 50
    San Miguel de Allende, GTO 37700
    Mexico
    Google map and directions
    6 rsvps rsvp

  • is hosting #DemDebates - Round 10! 2020-01-31 10:11:28 -0500

    #DemDebates - Round 10!

    Come and join Democrats Abroad SMA for the 10th round of Democratic Debates. The debate will be broadcast from Charleston, South Carolina and hosted by CBS.

    As an added bonus, Los Milagros is offering 2 for 1 margaritas that evening for us!

    So come out, grab a drink and enjoy the debate!

     

    WHEN
    February 25, 2020 at 7pm
    WHERE
    Los Milagros
    Calle del Relox 17
    San Miguel de Allende, GTO 37700
    Mexico
    Google map and directions
    6 rsvps rsvp

  • rsvped +2 for #DemDebates - Ninth Round! 2020-02-12 19:12:57 -0500

    #DemDebates - Ninth Round!

    Come and join Democrats Abroad SMA for the 9th round of Democratic Debates, as the field continues to narrow. The debate will be broadcast from Las Vegas, Nevada and hosted by NBC News, MSNBC and The Nevada Independent.

    The five candidates that have qualified for this debate (as of Feb. 12th) are Vice-President Joe Biden, Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Amy Klobuchar, and Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

    To score an invite, candidates have to meet one of two polling requirements:

    two polls at 12 percent or more in Nevada and/or South Carolina; or

    four polls at 10 percent or more in those states or in national surveys.

    Only polls released between Jan. 15 and Feb. 18 will count.

    Candidates can also qualify by earning at least one delegate in the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 3 or in the New Hampshire primary on Feb. 11.

    As an added bonus, Los Milagros is offering 2 for 1 margaritas that evening!

    So come out, grab a drink and enjoy the debate!

     

    WHEN
    February 19, 2020 at 8pm
    WHERE
    Los Milagros
    Calle del Relox 17
    San Miguel de Allende, GTO 37700
    Mexico
    Google map and directions
    37 rsvps rsvp

  • published Primary Season! Here We Go! in News 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.


  • is hosting 2020 DA Mexico Annual General Meeting 2019-10-27 15:37:03 -0400

    2020 DA Mexico Annual General Meeting

    ¡Be the Margin of Victory!

    2020 is going to be a pivotal year for the future of American democracy. At Democrats Abroad Mexico, we remain committed to mobilizing the over 200,000 United States Voters in Mexico to restore respect, dignity, and integrity to our nation’s highest offices.

    Getting Republicans out and Democrats in next year, however, is going to be a collective effort. 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 would thus like to cordially invite you to join us in our efforts by attending the

    2020 Annual General Meeting of Democrats Abroad Mexico focused on “Being the Margin of Victory” from

    Friday, March 27 to Sunday, March 29, 2020 at the Hilton Guadalajara Midtown.


                                                                                                      
                                            

    Democrats Abroad Mexico is pleased to announce that Ben LaBolt, one of the foremost political advisors and communications strategists in competitive US elections, will be the keynote speaker at their Annual General Meeting.

    Ben LaBolt most notably served as the National Press Secretary for President Obama’s reelection campaign. He was also the leading strategist on a number of highly competitive races, including press secretary for then-Congressman Sherrod Brown’s first campaign for U.S. Senate, communications director for Rahm Emanuel’s first campaign for Mayor and White House spokesman for the efforts to confirm Justices Sotomayor and Kagan to the Supreme Court. 

    In his afternoon keynote, LaBolt will explore what’s at stake in the 2020 elections, the role Democrats Abroad can play, and lessons learned from the Obama campaign. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from this leading and thought-provoking observer of the political scene.

    REGISTER HERE

    A great series of events are planned to help us – Democrats across Mexico – connect and discuss our voter outreach efforts in 2020. These events are outlined in our tentative schedule, please check back for updates. Note: When using a US credit card, and presented the scroll down menu for issuer, choose Visa for Visa and Master for Master Card, when given a list of Mexican bank options.

    SCHEDULE 

    • On Friday, March 27th, we’ll kick off the weekend with a Welcome Cocktail Reception in the City of Roses on the pool terrace of the Hilton overlooking Guadalajara where we can connect with each other over drinks 6:00 PM.
    • On Saturday, March 28th, the workshops scheduled focusing on “Being the Margin of Victory will be held TBD. Following the workshops, hear from our keynote speaker who is passionate about getting out the vote in 2020 
    • On Sunday, March 29th, we will conduct our country business meeting at TBD and enjoy inspirational closing comments.

    Register today for this exciting weekend with passionate and inspiring Democrats from across Mexico! Online registration will close on March 20th, 2020. Early registration is encouraged to help us plan and to avoid "at door" registration fees.

    COST

    To attend the conference the cost is $1,500 pesos, this is an early bird offer - extended 2 weeks to January 29th.. Beginning January 30th, the cost for the main conference will increase to $1,800 through March 20th. Ticket price on the day of the conference is $1,900. Included in this cost is the opening welcome reception, workshops, keynote speaker and coffee breaks. Other costs for the event are:

    • Optional Saturday Lunch: $300. (limited seating for 50 attendees)
    • Optional Saturday Cocktail and/or Gala Dinner Fundraiser: $TBD

    Under the rules of the Democratic Party and Democrats Abroad, a fee for attending the Sunday morning business meeting is not allowed. However, we kindly ask for a donation to cover use of the conference facility, technical equipment, copies, and supplies. We ask that you donate this amount to cover the expenses of hosting the meeting and avoid drawing down the DA Mexico treasury, which is devoted to getting out the vote. Participants do have to pay for meals and coffee breaks.

    ACCOMMODATION

    Hotel 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. The hotel is gracious to allow conference attendees to book (per night) for $1,800 + IVA for a single or $2,000 + IVA for a double. These prices include a full gourmet breakfast buffet. 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. Though these rates are good until March 15th, they are subject to the availability of rooms.

    Included in your stay is a luxury accommodation with fabulous views, bellhop and maid service tips included, free standard Wi-Fi, full fitness center and open-air pool access, 24-hour room service, concierge services, and complimentary executive shuttle transportation to two zones – Sao Paolo restaurant zone and Andares Mall. Check-in 3:00 pm, Check-out 12:00 noon.

    Parking is additional at $70 pesos per day. (this price still TBD)

    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 per night/per person plus IVA (sales tax), and this price includes breakfast. Please register with the hotel through the link below, but if you have any questions, please call Claudia Mendoza at 33-4160-0144.

    RESERVE HOTEL HERE

    Homestays will be available thanks to DA Mexico members in the Guadalajara area. If you are interested in having a homestay, please let us know by writing to Lily Walker at englishinternationalgdl@gmail.com

    We hope that you will join us for this weekend geared at bringing Democrats together and energizing us for the momentous 2020 election season. On behalf of the entire volunteer team already at work planning the meeting, join us in "Being the Margin of Victory" in 2020!

    WHEN
    March 27, 2020 at 6pm - March 29, 2020 at 6pm
    WHERE
    Hilton Guadalajara Midtown
    Av Adolfo Lopez Mateos
    2405 300 Col, Italia Providencia
    Guadalajara, Jalisco 44648
    Mexico
    Google map and directions
    rsvp

  • Outraged by Gun Violence in the United States? Steps to Take

    By Barbara Erickson

    In the wake of 2 mass shootings in less than 24 hours resulting in the death of at least 31 individuals, many Americans are demanding Majority Leader McConnell recall the Senate for a special session to consider House-passed legislation to require universal background checks. How can you find a voice in this conversation and convert your personal outrage to action? There are concrete steps to take that will make a difference, even though you are in San Miguel.

    First step, what works? I reached out to Julia Pomeroy, long time Chief of Staff for Oregon Congressperson Earl Blumenauer, to find out what I could do that might actually have an impact in Washington. According to Julia, making contact directly with your Member of Congress (MOC) is an effective tool. She relates: “we do track all individual phone calls and emails and give detailed reports to Earl on what people are calling/writing about so that he and the staff can be super responsive to constituents. What we don’t track are online petitions – we get them in the office and since they are random names without addresses or emails, we throw them out.”

    That leads to the next question – how do I identify my MOC? The following sites find them for you and even provide scripts for you to use in case you want them. Alert – the following two sites promote liberal messages: https://5calls.org/issue/expand-background-checks-gun-purchases  and  https://www.callmycongress.com/ Here is one to send a free fax with no agenda: https://faxzero.com/fax_congress.php

    If you want to contact your MOC by email it is simple to google their name to find their congressional site and there you will find a “CONTACT” button to click and write what you want to say. It is important to note that you need to identify yourself as a constituent on all of these platforms to be taken seriously and that you write or call with respect. I personally ask that they respond to my emails as I get satisfaction in knowing they have read my comments.

    Does it make a difference? Emily Ellsworth, a former congressional staffer offers this: "The adage, 'If you're not at the table, you're on the menu' applies to getting in contact with your lawmakers," says Ellsworth. She believes the reason that most people don't contact their representatives is because they think either that their voice doesn't matter or that their representative already knows how constituents feel about an issue. "Neither of these are true," she says. She adds "Calling your representatives means their staff needs to give an answer right away."

    What else works? Donate to effective gun control advocacy organizations such as the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence: https://www.csgv.org.  Ask your friend group to contact their members of congress too, spread the effectiveness. Vote. You can register now at https://vr.votefromabroad.org/  a nonpartisan site.   

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  • published Hot Topic! Protecting the 2020 US Elections! in News 2019-08-03 12:27:14 -0400

    Hot Topic! Protecting the 2020 US Elections!

    There are 3 million eligible US voters living overseas, according to the Federal Voting Assistance Program. Recent testimony by Special Counsel Robert Mueller has highlighted the security situation of the US election system. The San Miguel Chapter of Democrats Abroad is sponsoring a talk on August 12th at the Teatro Santa Ana by Ben Ptashnik, co-founder and Director of the National Election Defense Coalition (NEDC). He will speak about the work his coalition has done to safeguard the 2020 elections and what his organization is doing to organize legislative actions in Congress and in the states.

    During the opening remarks of Robert Mueller’s testimony before Congress, he stated “Over the course of my career, I’ve seen a number of challenges to our democracy. The Russian government’s effort to interfere in our election is among the most serious...this deserves the attention of every American.” The NEDC is dedicated to reforming US elections by replacing all insecure electronic voting machines with paper ballots before the 2020 elections, promoting paper ballots and audits to protect the integrity of U.S. elections in 2020 and beyond. NEDC is working to build an effective bipartisan movement to secure election reform that ensures integrity, transparency and protects the voting rights of all US Citizens.

    Throughout the history of Democrats Abroad, the organization has worked to gain passage of legislation to ensure the rights of overseas voters including The Overseas Citizens Voting Rights Act of 1975, and more recently to remove obstacles to overseas voting. Democrats Abroad also works on major non-partisan voter registration drives. “The right to vote is useless if our votes are not properly counted or lost, stolen, hacked or manipulated,” according to Ptashnik.​ ​Despite increased focus on security, American elections are a soft target. Leading computer security experts have studied a range of electronic voting infrastructure, including touch screen machines, optical scanners, and registration database systems and found serious vulnerabilities that threaten election integrity.

    Ptashnik, a former Democratic Vermont State Senator, has been a social justice activist, environmentalist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist for five decades. He currently lives with his partner Victoria at the Tikkun Eco Center just north of San Miguel. As a Senator, Ptashnik spearheaded and passed his state’s key campaign financing reforms, led in the fight to pass Vermont’s landmark Civil Union Act for LGBT couples, and helped make the State of Vermont an environmental leader in the US. His current project, NEDC, leads a coalition of 15 diversified NGOs and hundreds of computer scientists and cyber experts ranging from far left to far right dedicated to preserving the security of US democratic elections. For more information see www.electiondefense.org and www.USBASE.net.

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  • The Debates Continue! Revving it Up in the Motor City!

    Democrats Abroad SMA again invites members of the community to come together to watch the second televised Democratic debate at the San Miguel Playhouse, to be held over 2 nights on July 30th and 31st.  “We had such a great time at the Playhouse in June. And are thrilled to be able to come together again to provide an evening where the audience feels as though they are really at the debate.” according to Hope Bradberry, Democrats Abroad Chapter Chair.

    The second scheduled debate will be hosted by CNN in Detroit  and qualifications for the debate are the same as the first.  Polling: A candidate could qualify by hitting just 1 percent in three separate polls released between January and a cutoff point before the second debate. Grassroots fundraising: Separately, a candidate could also qualify by raising money from at least 65,000 unique donors. And to ensure at least some geographic spread of support, they’d have to have at least 200 donors each in 20 states. What will be different in July is which candidates will match up onstage.

    Admission to the event is free. There will be a cash bar available and snacks for purchase. We do kindly request that people please RSVP HERE!

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  • Wow! It was great to get together to Kick Off 2020 at the Playhouse!


    Democrats Abroad members and friends gathered on July 26th & 27th at the San Miguel Playhouse to watch the first democratic debate. It was a great get together and we got feedback on the issues from some members of the audience, that we would like to share with you.

    BEFORE the Debate:

    Top 2 issues to our audience: Climate Change & Health Care (SS & Medicare), followed closely by Immigration and Income Inequality.

    Top 3 characteristics necessary to win the nominations: (lots of answers here):

    Wednesday night: Energy, charisma - likability, ability to think on your feet, positive, unwavering presence, middle of the road, middle age, restoration of justice, not being extreme, integrity – honesty, integration with the whole country, clear thinking - articulate -lucid speaking, ability to connect with people, good at raising money, have good plans to move forward – direction, strength, win-ability, strong listener, consensus builder, fresh face!

    Thursday night: Level headed, charismatic, knowledgeable / intelligent, connects with the young, direct challenge to Trump, clear policies, emotional intelligence, not being provoked by Trump, liberal agenda, integrity, star power, brings in the black vote, calm, rational, is nice, relates to all Americans, passion & courage, record of commitment to causes.

    AFTER the Debate:

    Most surprising thing you heard?

    “All important issues were discussed, liking how strong so many candidates are.”

    “Wasn’t surprised.” “How vigorous the debate was.” “Yes, many were strong!” “Yes, saw them all in a different light.”

    Please know that your local Democrats Abroad leadership is committed to remaining neutral through this primary. We are all excited about the quality of candidates and level of debate!

    We want to thank the following people who helped make this event such a success: Jim & Judy Newell, the Playhouse board, master technician, Gerardo Charreton, photographers, Gary Belkin and Ali Zerriffi, GOTV Chair, Nancy Young, and her husband, Craig, social media guru, Ale Gomez, and a huge thank you to all our volunteers and committee members. We can never thank you enough!

    And finally, we will again be gathering at the Playhouse for the next round of debates on July 30th & 31st! See you there! RSVP Here!

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  • Kick Off to 2020! Join us to watch the first debates!

    Democrats Abroad SMA invites members of the community to come together to watch the first televised Democratic debate at the San Miguel Playhouse, to be held over 2 nights on June 26th & 27th. “We are so excited that the San Miguel Playhouse has partnered with us to provide an evening that we hope will make the audience feel as though they are really at the debate.” according to Hope Bradberry, Democrats Abroad Chapter Chair. 

    The candidates will be chosen by a recently released rule developed by the DNC and NBC News to prevent the appearance of an undercard debate. The rule states:

    "The final list of debate participants (after any tie-breaking procedure is executed, if necessary) will be divided into two groups: candidates with a polling average of 2% or above, and those with a polling average below 2%," according to a rule. "Both groups will be randomly divided between Wednesday night and Thursday night, thus ensuring that both groups are represented fairly on each night."

    Admission to the event is free. There will be a cash bar available and snacks for purchase. We do kindly request that people please RSVP below.

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  • published Democrats Abroad Mexico says... Thank You! in News 2019-04-21 20:38:40 -0400

    Democrats Abroad Mexico says... Thank You!

    Democrats Abroad SMA hosted the Annual General Meeting for Democrats Abroad Mexico the weekend of March 30th at the Hotel Posada de La Aldea. A highlight was having Robert Reich speak to the group. It was streamed live on Facebook and can be watched here. Or watch a pre-talk interview with Lauren Carlsen of the CIP Americas Program for The Real News here. We were also pleased to have Genaro Lozano from Mexico City speak to the group on Sunday, offering a perspective from Mexico media in the relationship of our two countries.

    We were so lucky to have both speakers, and thank many of you for coming out to support the conference. New leadership was elected for the country, and it was a great opportunity for people to meet, network and share ideas on how we will be moving forward. A major goal of Democrats Abroad Mexico will be growing our membership base. 

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Hope Bradberry has had a home in San Miguel since 2012. Prior to purchasing her home in SMA, she lived in Fayetteville, Arkansas.. She is a life-long Democrat, and has been