Castle in Budapest

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Welcome to Democrats Abroad Hungary!

DA-HU is the official country committee for US Democrats living in Hungary. Watch this space for upcoming announcements of meetings and events - we have events planned throughout the year, and encourage anyone interested in participating to get in touch.

If you have questions or would like to help with Democrats Abroad in Hungary please contact us.

Merrill Oates, Chair
Democrats Abroad - Hungary
[email protected]

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DA Hungary Leadership:

Merrill Oates
| Chair Hungary, Deputy-Chair Global IT Team
Marylin Ball Brown
| Vice-Chair Hungary
Keve Pigniczky
| Treasurer Hungary
Manuela Schmoll
| Secretary Hungary
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    2021 AGM and Officer Elections

    Annual General Meeting & Elections - Online

    DA-Hungary will hold our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Officer Elections meeting:

    WHAT: DA-Hungary AGM – All DA Members Welcome – Online via WebEx
    WHEN: Tue, 23 Mar 2021 17:30 – Central European Time
    WHERE: Online via WebEx

    Our AGM will include reports on our activities over the last year and our plans for this important Election Year.   It will also involve preparation for our Budapest In-person GPP Voting Events. We need your help to volunteer and vote in the Global Primary.

    DA-Hungary Officer Elections 

    Our local officers are elected every 2-years as part of our AGM in odd-numbered years.  Our Officer positions are:
    Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Counsel, and two Members At-Large.  As required by the DPCA Charter, the Chair and Vice-Chair must be of different sex.  Any current member of DA-Hungary is eligible to submit a nomination (including self-nomination) to run for any office.
    The Nomination and Election dates and deadlines are:
    • Nominations Deadline for candidates – 7 March
    • Distribution of ballots via e-mail – 9 March
    • Absentee Ballot return – 22 March 17:29
    • AGM WebEx on-line meeting – 23 March 17:30
    Nominations can be submitted to the NEC at the following e-mail address:
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    Grab a Candle and Share your Light – Farewell Obama, 20 Jan 2017

    Farewell and Thank You Obama Vigil
    20 January 2017, Szabadság tér, Budapest, Hungary
    HU Obama Farewell -Jan 2017
    8 years ago on the day of President Obama’s first Inauguration, Democrats Abroad and other Americans gathered to celebrate with candlelight and song in Budapest’s Szabadság tér (Liberty Square) next to the US Embassy to celebrate a new era of hope for America and it’s place in the world.  

    Our gathering in 2008 was documented by local media and joined by other groups also seeking political reform.  Here is a short clip of the event from a Hungarian news portal: 

    During the last hour of President Obama’s administration, on 20 January 2017, we returned again to the same square to close out this chapter in American history.  Around 50 members of Democrats Abroad came together to sing American anthems and to share with each other some of the Obama accomplishments that we found most significant.  Participants spoke out expressing the importance of: America regaining respect in the world, the Affordable Care Act, Dignity, Net Neutrality, Marriage Equality, Economic Recovery, improving the rights of women in the workplace, and having a president with the ability to speak in complete grammatical sentences. 

    Our DA-Hungary Chair, Marylin Ball-Brown, led the group in singing This Land is Your Land, America the Beautiful, and We Shall Overcome.  As a trained opera singer, she then closed out the event by singing Amazing Grace.  Many in the crowd had eyes filled with tears as we bid farewell to the Obama Presidency.

    Budapest Obama Farewell Vigil -Jan 2017
    Several from the group gathered after the event at the nearby Cafe Liberté to warm up and to share thoughts on how we can work to sustain the Obama legacy of achievement in the challenging years to come.  Our thanks to DA-HU member Amy Modly for her extensive work in helping to coordinate the event with the local police office.
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