Southern Italy

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Welcome to Democrats Abroad Southern Italy!

DA Southern Italy is a chapter of DA Italy, the official country committee for US Democrats living in Italy. 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 Southern Italy, please contact us.

Rebecca Spitzmiller, Chapter Chair
Democrats Abroad - Southern Italy
[email protected]

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DA Southern Italy Leadership:

Rebecca Spitzmiller
| Chair - Southern Italy Chapter
Helenka Kinnan
| DA Italy Secretary, Vice Chair - Southern Italy Chapter, DPCA Voting Rep
Daniela Salvioni
| Secretary - Southern Italy Chapter
Angel Hudgins
| Treasurer - Southern Italy Chapter
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  • News

    World Cleanup Day 2021 in Rome: Retake Roma rallies a legion of volunteers along the Tiber: TERRA ROMA

    DAI Southern Chapter Chair Rebecca Spitzmiller helped organize a successful World Cleanup Day 2021 here in Rome along the Tiber River. Hundreds of volunteers participated in Terra Roma. Here is the article that was published in the Veneto Views:

    WORLD CLEANUP DAY is one of the biggest civic movements of our time, uniting volunteers across the world for a cleaner planet. This year’s World Cleanup Day was held on Saturday, September 18, and brought together over 25 million people across 190 countries for the cause.

    In Italy, Retake Roma and its sister affiliations in cities across Italy rose to the occasion. In Rome alone, the grassroots organization unleashed about 1000 of it volunteers – known as Retakers – to carry out its multiple-site event featuring five separate cleanup sites along the Tiber River.  Dubbed “TERRA ROMA,” the event gained massive support from the community: 45 different organizations pitched in, – including NGOs, universities, embassies and business enterprises – uniting Romans and the international community along the shores of the Tiber River as it crisscrosses the Capital.

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    Mercoledì Meet the Southern Chapter Leaders! Angel Hudgins, Treasurer Southern Italy Chapter

    Angel has been living in Italy since July 2016. They currently live in Rome and work as an English teacher. In addition to teaching, Angel is also currently studying computer science online through an American university.

    This is their first year working with Democrats Abroad, though they have a few years of prior experience on the board of a nonprofit organization (associazione culturale) here in Italy.

    Angel is passionate about democracy and human rights and is excited to work on the DA Italy team.

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    Upcoming Events

    Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 06:30 PM Rome Time · 5 rsvps
    Zoom Call - Online in Terracina, Italy

    DAI Southern Chapter: October Chapter Meeting

    This is an online meeting via Zoom. Ignore the posted address (which allows the event to show up on the map).

    DAI Southern Chapter October Meeting 
    Online (via Zoom) 

    Find out what we're planning:
    ~ Phonebanking, Voter Registration, and other training sessions
    ~ January 15, 2022, is Voter Registration Day for US Voters Overseas (we need volunteers all through Southern Chapter!) 
    ~ We’re looking for GOTV coordinators in each of the regions.
    ~ We're looking for a Study Abroad Coordinator.
    ~ Have a project you want to propose?

    RSVP and we will send you the Zoom link a few days before the meeting with the agenda

    Tuesday, November 02, 2021 at 07:00 PM Rome Time

    DAI Fundraising Extravaganza Event 6

    Join us for our next four Fundraising Extravaganza Events of 2021!

    We are pleased to announce the program of our remaining fundraising events for 2021.  We thank all of the generous donors who have supported our first four events this year.  To achieve our annual fundraising goal, we still need your continued support to prepare for the 2022 mid-term elections through voter registration and outreach.

    Your contribution will help us get out the vote in Italy and ensure that we maintain and expand our Democratic majorities in the House and Senate.

    After the success of our first hybrid virtual/in-person event in July from Florence, we will continue to organize events in different venues to build community for each local chapter or precinct.

    Our fundraising events showcase the best of Italy: art, culture, wine and la dolce vita!

    Season ticket holders are welcome to attend each event either online or in-person.  If you have not yet purchased a season ticket, we have a special offer: 30 EUR donation for the next four events instead of 75 EUR!

    Donations for individual events are still 25 EUR for each in-person event (this includes a drink & snacks) or 15 EUR for each online event.

    Please provide your email address so we can send a Zoom link the day before the event.

    For in-person event donors: we will send you the address of the venue as soon as we receive your donation.

    For season ticket holders: please email us if you wish to attend the in-person events [email protected]


    DA Italy Fundraising Committee

    Event 6: Tuesday, November 2 at 7:00 PM CET

    A lecture by Eli Gottlieb on the parallax view: American exile in Italy, seen from North and South

    Live venue:  Rome, location to be announced


    Eli Gottlieb is a novelist, essayist and journalist.  His novels have won him the Rome Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the McKitterick Prize of the British Society of Authors and have been published in 14 languages.  A former Senior Editor of Elle Magazine, he has written for the New York Times, the New Republic, The Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal, among others.   He was a University Lecturer in Padova, Italy, and now teaches fiction writing and literature at Columbia University.  He lives in upstate New York.