In This Newsletter —
- Monthly Executive Committee Meeting
- Debate Club
- Be it Resolved
- Annual Global Meeting
- July 4 Save the Date
- Experienced Dems
Message from the Chair
Inside DA Austria:
- Open Caucus and Committee Positions
Issues & Actions:
- The Commission on Americans Living Abroad Bill
- 2023 State Voting Information
- New Jersey Voting Rights Update
Annual Global Meeting & Elections:
- DA Global Annual General Meeting and Elections
- EMEA Regional Annual General Meeting and Elections
Our Executive Committee meetings are now held on the first Tuesday of the month. Our next meeting will be held online on: Tuesday, June 6, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. Members are welcome to join us at the meetings. Please contact Richard at [email protected] for the location information.
DAA is making a strong effort to include in our monthly newsletter all the information you need to stay up to date. By sending you fewer emails, we hope you will read those you receive. Thanks for reading!
Monthly Executive Committee Meeting
When: Tuesday, June 6, 2023
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Where: Online. Contact Richard ([email protected]) for the link.
Debate Club hosted by the Global Youth Caucus
When: Monday, May 22, 2023
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Be it Resolved hosted by the Global Progressive Caucus
When: Monday, May 29, 2023
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Annual Global Meeting
When: Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11, 2023
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Online and in-person in Washington DC
Save the Date!
4th of July Picnic & Softball
Saturday, July 1, 2023
Experienced Dems will be back in September!
Go to the DA Event Page for other events hosted online! https://www.democratsabroad.org/at_events
Message from the Chair
DA Austria goes to Washington! The four voting representatives of DA Austria are heading to Washington D.C. for the June 9 - 11 global meeting of Democrats Abroad (no perks here, we all pay our own way). This is the first in-person meeting since before the pandemic and I am particularly looking forward to meeting fellow DA leaders around the globe whom I have only interacted with virtually. I imagine we’ll get to hear from some Democratic Party leaders about how they are gearing up for 2024. (Read more below about what will take place at the meeting). Most of all, I believe it will be an inspiring experience where we can learn from other members and forge relationships that will help us work more effectively, especially as we prepare for 2024.
— Richard Miller, DA Austria Chair
Inside DA Austria:
Pride Parade - call for support!
Every year, DA Austria has shown its pride by marching in the Vienna Pride Parade, this year being held on Saturday, June 17. We are looking for someone to step in to organize a watch party along the parade route!
If interested, please send an email to [email protected].
Open Caucus and Committee Positions
We are searching for people to lead some of our caucuses, namely the Youth Caucus, AAPI Caucus, Hispanic Caucus, and LGBTQ+ Caucus. If you have questions about leading a caucus, please reach out. You can also read about all our volunteer positions here.
— Richard Miller, DA Austria Chair
Issues and Actions
2 Quick Steps to Ask Your House Rep to Co-Sponsor The Commission on Americans Living Abroad Bill!
Ask Your House Representative To Co-Sponsor H.R. 2729 The Commission on Americans Living Abroad Bill in two quick and easy steps!
Click on this link to follow two quick and easy steps to participate. The legislation would establish a bipartisan commission to examine the concerns of the 9 million U.S. citizens living and working abroad.
Click here to help build support for this bill https://www.democratsabroad.org/ask_your_house_representative_to_co-sign_americans_abroad_commission_bill
2023 State Voting Information
New Jersey Voting Rights Update
New Jersey voters have a high stake in the November 7, 2023 State and Local Elections. Thanks to volunteers at Democrats Abroad, our voting rights bill A3929/S2899 was signed into law. This allows overseas voters whose return to New Jersey is uncertain to vote in state elections (citizens who mark 'My return is uncertain' on the Federal Post Card Application).
Are you interested in finding out what your State Team is up to? See the full list of teams here.
Annual Global Meeting and Elections
DA Global Holds Annual Meeting in Washington, DC
Democrats Abroad holds it Annual Global Meeting in Washington, D.C. in June. Members start to gather beforehand on Thursday, June 7, to meet with members of Congress to raise awareness of issues that are important to US citizens living abroad. The official DA meeting is Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11, with the highlights being electing new leadership, both on the international and regional level. We will hear international and regional committee leaders present reports, vote on various resolutions, as well as hear from panelists on ways to maximize our fundraising efforts. This will be our second global meeting of the year, with the first taking place online on April 22. There, we approved the DPCA Delegate Selection Plan which governs the process of how Democrats Abroad will select delegates for next year’s Democratic Convention.
2023 Global & Regional Meetings Information
Join your Democrats abroad elected representatives online or in Washington D.C. for DA's Annual Global Meeting on June 10 and 11. If you'll be in D.C., please join us as we make "doorknock" visits to congressional offices to discuss issues that affect Americans living overseas—especially The Commission on Americans Living Abroad Bill. Or join us for a gala evening with a special guest speaker at the historic Whittemore House on Saturday evening. All members and friends of Democrats Abroad are warmly welcome to attend!
The 2023 Annual Global Meeting and EMEA Regional Meeting will take place online and in person on the weekend of June 9–11 in Washington D.C. All DA members may attend the meetings or join the Gala dinner on Saturday, June 10.
- General information and schedule of events is here.
- RSVP to join the DPCA Annual General Meeting online on Saturday, June 10 here.
- RSVP to join the DPCA Annual General Meeting online on Sunday, June 11 here.
The election of the International Executive Committee will take place on Sunday, June 11. Please read more about the candidates and elections:
- General information about the officer elections is here.
- The list of candidates for DPCA (DA) Executive Committee and candidate statements can be found here.
- Meet the Candidates events can be found here.
The EMEA Regional Meeting will take place from 9-10:00 a.m. (3-4:00 p.m. in Vienna) on Sunday, June 11. The only order of business is for the election of the 2023–2025 EMEA Regional Vice Chair. A candidate forum will be held at 5pm (Vienna) on May 31, 2023 online.
- The list of candidates for EMEA RVC and candidate statements can be found here.
- RSVP to join the EMEA Regional Election Meeting on June 11 in person or online.
During the global meeting, DPCA (Democratic Party Committee Abroad) voting representatives elected at the county committee level (four from Austria) will elect the International Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and Legal Counsel. These individuals will lead Democrats Abroad for the next two years, guiding and supporting all of our leaders, volunteers, and members around the world. Chairs, Vice Chairs, and DPCA Voting representatives of compliant country committees of Democrats Abroad may vote.
The agenda, candidate list, proposed resolutions, and link to RSVP for the meetings will be included in the May newsletter.
— Jen Rakow-Stepper, DPCA Voting Representative