Democrats Abroad Italy – Annual General Meeting
Hotel Raffaello – Viale Certosa 108, Milan, Italy*
May 26-27, 2018
Democrats Abroad Italy is holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Gala Fundraiser Dinner to bring members face-to-face to organize, outreach and strategize ways to IMPACT pertinent issues and take tangible steps to get Americans in Italy to vote and participate in the Democratic agenda.
We live in cities throughout Italy and vote in almost every U.S. state. The AGM is a fantastic opportunity to meet old and new friends, while concentrating on making a difference from abroad.
Set aside apathy, get active!
gala fundraiser dinner with our guest of Honor, DNC Council Chair, Akilah Ensley who is attending our meeting as a DNC representative.
Sunday will consist of more strategy sessions and organizational planning and continue until lunchtime. We guarantee that you will go home with concrete ideas on how to contribute towards making a meaningful impact in the November mid-term elections on the path to Taking Back the House and beyond.
We have a Tax Seminar scheduled on Saturday, with Jim Spell, United States Tax Consultant.
You can find the preliminary agenda here.
Please register and send the recommended donation by Wednesday May 23. In the registration form, there are requested donation amounts which will help us cover the cost of the venue, coffee and refreshment breaks and equipment. You will receive an email with additional details on the event the Evening Gala Dinner and useful information for Milan.
NOTE: Any attendees who have special requirements or need wheelchair access are kindly invited to contact us before your arrival.
From apathy to activism:
- Do everything in your power to make a positive change for the future of America
- Enable every American living in Italy to vote from abroad
- Organize locally to maximize your power as a single voter from abroad
About our Speaker, Akilah Ensley
Akilah R. Ensley, is current Co-Chair of the Democratic National Committee's Youth Coordinating Council. As a political advocate and community organizer, she is instilled with a passion for service and a commitment to voter protection and engagement. She's a dedicated political strategist, community organizer, and fundraiser. She has experience in building coalitions, program development, fundraising, and community and political engagement. Most recently, she founded and manages Invictus Strategy Group, a general consulting group managing both political and non-profit fundraising, political engagement, and field strategy. Check out Akilah's full BIO here.
About The Venue
DA Italy has arranged for a special room rate valid from May 25-28 at the conference Hotel Raffaello where the AGM will be held. There is private garage parking available for 10€ per 24-hour period. The hotel is 4-star rated and a great balance of quality and value with a very accommodating and friendly staff. It's easily reachable by Tram Lines 14 and 1 which take you directly to the city center.
(Rates include VAT, service and Buffet Breakfast. City tax no included: 5.00€/person/night)
Single Room 57.00€ Double Single Use 64.00€ Double Room 67.00€ Triple Room 87.00€
Book your room by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, specifying that you are with Democrats Abroad. Alternatively, reservations can be made by phone at +39(0)2392431
We'll see you there!
By Tony Quattrone (DA Volunteer in the Naples Area)
Fellow Democrats Abroad in Naples are very determined in making their contribution to win back the Congress in November. Naples is the home of thousands of Americans who work for educational institutions, international organizations, US military bases, and for private enterprises or who have simply chosen to retire there.
A group of Democrats met at the International School of Naples on 19 April 2018 to discuss the way forward to ensure that fellow Americans can exercise their right to vote in the upcoming elections. During the course of the evening, participants had a chance to see how the Vote from Abroad online system works for registering to vote and for obtaining an absentee ballot. An interesting discussion took place on what volunteers can do to get people to vote. The group decided to hold a “register to vote” session on 10 May at the International School of Naples with the purpose of helping fellow Americans to complete and send registration forms to the voter registration offices in their respective states. The group also discussed other events to be organized in the upcoming weeks and months, to include social events in a venue in downtown Naples.
All American citizens interested in registering to vote for the 2018 elections are very welcome to participate in the get-out-the-vote event on 10 May. For more information about this event or getting involved in the Southern Italy region more generally, please email Info-IT-Rome@democratsabroad.org.
Join us for the First Screening in Italy of this Voter Suppression Documentary.
Democrats Abroad Florence will be hosting a private screening of Anne De Mare's, Capturing the Flag, documentary this June at the Sala Ferri* with special guest, Mr. Steven Miller, one of the volunteers depicted in the documentary.
There will also be a voter registration/ballot request drive held prior to the screening so come get your vote on!
About the Documentary:
"As the 2016 National Election unfolds around them, a diverse team of charismatic voter protection volunteers travel from New York City to Fayetteville, North Carolina, where they learn their skills at the polls - years in the making - are no match for the insidious game of modern-day voter suppression. How will they continue in the fight for democracy's most sacred promise to its citizens: the right to vote?"
MARK YOUR CALENDARS because you won't want to miss this compelling film!
Please RSVP if you plan to attend!
*A small donation will be much appreciated to help cover venue costs.
Let’s party like it’s 1776!
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Wednesday, July 4th, 2018
Via di Monte Testaccio 53/54
00153 Rome, Italy
Plenty of on-street parking nearby
Underground garage: via Galvani 57
Metro B: Piramide Station + 10-minute walk
Bus Stop Marmorata: 23, 30, 75, 280, 716, and many more
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Tickets €5 each, 3 for €10 (can be acquired during the event)
[We will also be holding a live auction including a weekend getaway in Umbria]
Our main message this Independence Day:
Voting is patriotic!
Our GOTV volunteers will be on hand to help you request your ballot for the Midterm Elections
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Adults (18+): €25 Minors: €15
*Includes entry, a hamburger or hotdog (or a vegan choice), side dishes, watermelon and two drinks (beer, wine or a nonalcoholic beverage)
Consider becoming a Blue Wave Donor
Host: €242 (years since the Declaration of Independence was signed)
You can pick up your tickets at the event, but we suggest booking in advance.
Please make your full donation to Adriano Romano, the Rome Chapter Treasurer, via PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/Communiquee
Please be sure to add the note “DA Rome July 4th BBQ” and provide the full names of all guests.
Please let us know if you will need a vegan meal.
IMPORTANT: Friends and family who are not US citizens can attend the party, but Democrats Abroad can only accept cash donations from US citizens or green card holders. In other words, US citizens can acquire tickets for non-citizens on the condition that there is no reimbursement for these donations. Moreover, contributions to Democrats Abroad are not tax deductible.
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