On Tuesday evening, March 15th at 19:30 we will hold the Annual General Meeting of Democrats Abroad Israel and the Palestinian Territories, via Zoom. We are delighted to have 2 prominent journalists as our special guest speakers - Alison Kaplan Sommer and Bradley Burston.
Allison Kaplan Sommer is a senior writer and columnist for Haaretz. She co-hosts the Promised Podcast and the Haaretz Weekend Podcast. She made aliyah from Rhode Island, the bluest state in the U.S.
Bradley Burston, Haaretz columnist has lived in Israel since 1976, and helped to found Kibbutz Gezer. He has worked as a correspondent for the Jerusalem Post, Reuters and Haaretz, covering Gaza, the 1991 Gulf War, the Israel-Arab peace talks in the mid 1990s, and more. In 2006, he received the Eliav-Sartawi Award for Mideast Journalism at the UN.
We will also report on the work of DA Israel this past year, and the work ahead of us in the 2022 midterm elections.
Please join us at this annual event. It is also an opportunity to be informed and meet up with fellow DA members.
Enter via this Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85123646699
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2021 Newsletter from our Chair, Ethan Kushner
This is the first newsletter we’ve sent out in a while, and we hope that we find you all well and geared up (believe it or not) for yet another election season.
We are still recovering from the victory celebrations of 2020 & the election of Joe Biden as the 46th President of our United States. Democrats Abroad voters globally played a pivotal role in delivering the win, especially in the battleground states of Pennsylvania, Arizona and Georgia. For the first time in a long time, the Democratic Party realized the untapped voter potential that exists with Americans overseas across the globe. We here in Israel were also able to play a pivotal role; and for this we thank each of you who took the time to complete a ballot and send it back to your home districts.
Energized by an incredible desire to end the Trump presidency, Democrats Abroad Israel doubled its’ membership in the period leading up to the November 2020 elections, and that effort was evident in the number of absentee ballots sent by American/Israeli voters to their home districts. Though we know that the energy around the last elections brought many of you out of the woodwork, we know there are many more Americans living in Israel who support the Democratic Party but have yet to “be counted.” Registering voters is something that we need to continue to do, and this remains a primary focus for us in 2022.
If we thought that the road was now going to be easy, after regaining control of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., the House of Representatives and the Senate , if we thought that these victories signaled the ability to bring about major legislative changes “For the People,” a far call from the confused and chaotic former administration, and that America was reclaiming its rightful place as a global leader -- well, reality has set in, sooner than we expected.
A taste of what the future may bring was delivered this month in the off-year Gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia. Though Democrats kept control of the Governor mansion in New Jersey, the final tally does not bode well for an incumbent Governor, and in Virginia the Democratic candidate lost a race in a State which Joe Biden won by ten points in 2020.
While these two races ought to concern Democrats, they do not necessarily signal a trend. Nonetheless, we must remain vigilant. For us in Israel, this means that we need to gear up our voter registration efforts, we need to help all voters get their ballots and ensure that they are sent back in time to the US to be counted in the Primary and General elections.
All is not doom and gloom. In less than a year in office, the Biden-Harris Administration has accomplished a lot “For the People”. Corona stimulus checks, Child Tax Credits, 4.6% unemployment, Bipartisan Infrastructure Package, 80+% corona vaccination rates in adults, roll-out of corona vaccination for 5-11 year olds (turning the tide on the pandemic) and the list goes on.
In the coming months, you will be hearing a lot from us. We will be contacting you through phone drives, asking you to join us in various “Get Out the Vote” events, mailers and other activities. We hope to see most if not all of you, and hope that you will join us in our efforts to keep control of the House and Senate.
Ethan Kushner Heather Stone
Chair Vice Chair
It is a great privilege to be writing to you from this new position, leading our important organization during this crucial time in history. Thank you for entrusting me as your Chair.
As Americans and Israelis, we have a distinct role in preserving democratic institutions in our world, during a period in which our cherished democracy is facing threats on multiple fronts. We have vital work ahead of us.
Our vision must be clear and steadfast: We want to see a world in which democracy and humanity thrive. We believe in a civic society based on the unequivocal values of compassion, inclusion, diversity, protection of equality and human rights. These are the ideals that our work is built on.
Our mission is equally pressing: To grow a community of Americans in Israel who are committed to these values and beliefs.
Our work is urgent: To encourage Americans in Israel to participate in the democratic process in America in order to protect democracy today and for future generations.
As we emerge from the shadows of the pandemic, as well as from the cultural and political darkness that fell upon us all in 2016, it is time to rebuild our communities and bring back the light to our shared humanity.
There are many ways for you to do this, by taking part in growing the Dems Abroad community.
* Attend an in-person event – such as the July 4 picnic or Tel Aviv Pride this coming Friday.
* Bring a friend and invite them to join our community – especially one who may not be a member of Dems Abroad yet.
* Volunteer for one of our committees, like Social Media or Get out the Vote, both of which need your help.
Feel free to be in touch with me any time at [email protected]. I’m eager to hear from you.
To new beginnings, together,
Jerusalem, May 28 – Democrats Abroad-Israel unequivocally condemns the increasing wave of antisemitism – an increase of 60% over the past few weeks, according to the ADL – and calls on community leaders and legislators to take all necessary steps to stem the worrying tide. The condemnation follows the statements of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Vice President Kamala Harris, and the Democratic Party leadership including, Senate Majority Leader Schumer, House Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Hoyer, and others who have admirably taken firm stands on the issue.
“The disturbing increase in physical, verbal and online antisemitic attacks in the United States and around the world must be addressed through a combination of enforcement, awareness, and education campaigns and interventions,” says DA-Israel Chair Dr. Elana Sztokman. “In addition, we call on the Republican party to take responsibility for stoking hatred and enabling radical and violent extremists in their midst, as we saw on January 6 and as we hear from people like Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene whose vile conspiracy theories and Holocaust denial have been supported by 199 House Republicans. The failure to act in the face of antisemitism poses a threat not only to Jews but to all endangered minorities and to democracy itself.”
DA Israel applauds the Democratic leadership for taking a stand on this issue.
Meet the International Legal Counsel Candidates
The Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA) will soon be electing new leadership. The Global Executive Committee (ExCom) will lead Democrats Abroad for the next two years, giving guidance and support to the leaders and volunteers around the world. DPCA voting representatives elected from each country committee -- including four representatives from Israel -- will be electing the Global Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and Legal Counsel.
In advance of this meeting, it is important for us to become familiar with the legal counsel candidates in order to make informed votes. We want our members to have the opportunity to hear from these candidates, and we also welcome DPCA voting representatives from other country committees to attend and ask questions.
As such, you are invited to an online event to meet the candidates.
Here are the recordings of the events:
April 27, 2021 at 9pm - 10pm Jerusalem Time (Access Passcode: jVY9gv1!)Read more
I’m writing to you from Tel Aviv after several days of not sleeping at all or not sleeping well. The Events of Jan 6, 2021 are still playing on an endless loop in my mind. I hope that you are comforted that the Congress returned after the Capitol was cleared and resumed its business of declaring Joe Biden and Kamala Harris the next President and Vice President of the United States.
These last four years in general and the last seven weeks specifically – culminating in the horrid events of Jan 6 – have taught us that democracy is not a spectator sport. Rather, we each must be engaged and take our part to nurture and tend to our democracy and its bodies.
To this end, Democrats Abroad-Israel will be holding its Annual General Meeting in March in order to select a new board.
All the positions are up for re-election, including my position as Chair, which is term-limited.
The AGM will take place on March 16 at 19:30 via zoom.
Below is important information from the Nomination and Elections Committee about the process. Please read it carefully and consider running for office. We need an active and vibrant party to protect our democracy.
Heather Stone, Chair, Democrats Abroad-Israel
Information about the AGM and DA-Israel Elections
On March 16th we will be holding our Democrats Abroad Israel and the Palestinian Territories Annual General Meeting at 19:30 via Zoom.
During the AGM, we will discuss the efforts made by DA in the last election and the effect of DA votes in the November 2020 election.
- Annual Report. We will hear the report from the Chair for the preceding year, as well as the report of the Chair for the Amuta that was established in 2020 in order to enable DAI to fundraise.
- Fundraising and volunteering. We will discuss fundraising and volunteer opportunities;
Bylaws. We will hold a vote for amending the bylaws. The proposed changes include:
- Including a permanent position for the Chair of the Amuta;
- Establishing regional chapters which will be subject to the discretion Executive Committee;
- Adding two positions to the Executive Committee, Fundraising Representative and At-Large members;
- DCPA reps. Method of electing and choosing the Democratic Party Committee Abroad Voting Representatives, Alternative DPCA Representatives and Non-Voting DPCA Representatives.
Board elections. We will hold general elections for the Executive Committee including the new positions subject to the bylaws being amended as proposed.
- Executive Vice Chair
- Vice Chair for GOTV
- Vice Chair for Membership
- Vice Chair for Social media
- Vice Chair Media and Public Policy
- Vice Chair for finance (Treasurer)
- Vice Chair for Legal counsel
- Vice Chair for Fundraising;
- At large Members.
- DPCA Representatives (if elected to an executive position on the board , you may also stand for election as a DPCA Voting Representative or Alternate DPCA Voting Representative, subject to Gender Balance as deemed necessary by DA - International bylaws).
- Audit committee. We will also hold elections for the Audit Committee of the newly established Amuta.
Any member of DA-Israel is eligible to submit their candidacy for any of the open positions of the Executive Committee and the Audit Committee. For a description of the position’s responsibilities please refer to the attached bylaws.
To submit your candidacy, please fill out the attached nomination form and return by email to [email protected] by February 14th, 2021. If you choose to nominate someone else for candidacy, please notify the nominating committee by email to [email protected] no later than Feb.1,2021 so that we can contact that person directly for approval.