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  • rsvped for Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Elections 2019-02-26 07:00:54 -0500

    DAB Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2019

    Come to the 2019 Annual General Meeting – on 26 March 2019 – and help to elect the Executive Committee, which will guide DAB through the 2020 Presidential and Congressional election. Or run for office yourself!

    It’s going to be a big two years; as you know, Voter Registration will start 1 January 2020 for the November 2020 election. Play your role in being part of this important election, whether by running for office or electing the new Executive Committee.

    Our Annual General Meeting will be held on 26 March at Le Cheval Marin (https://lechevalmarin.be/en, Quai aux Briques 90, Brussels, https://goo.gl/maps/L8RwBHgoJYR2), and the elections will take place there as well.

    Nominations are being accepted for the following positions:

    • Chair
    • Vice-Chair (Chair and Vice-Chair must be of opposite genders)
    • Treasurer
    • Counsel
    • Secretary
    • Member-at-Large 1
    • Member-at-Large 2

    Nominations are accepted through 9 March and are to be sent to elections-be@democratsabroad.org.  Descriptions of the positions can be found in the by-laws of DAB which can be opened here.

    If you have any questions about what any of these positions involve, please don’t hesitate to email – also to elections-be@democratsabroad.org and ask for more information. It’s going to be an important two years, and we need YOU to be engaged and involved.

    And if you haven’t been to a DAB meeting before (or if you’ve only been to a few), come along to the meeting on 26 March and meet other Dems in Belgium!

    We’ll also be watching the 30-minute documentary “Legalize Equality”, which discusses the importance of the Equal Rights Amendment – which is now just one state short of the adoption by the required two-thirds of the 50 states.

    In addition to the business of reports from the past year, and this year’s elections, we do have one other order of business (see agenda below).

    We need to approve a few amendments to our Bylaws, to bring us into conformity with the latest DPCA (Democratic Committee Party Abroad – or Democrats Abroad International, of which we are a part) rules. Namely, we need to add some language formally laying out our election procedures and we have to specify who will serve as our Voting Representatives in the DPCA, on a “one person, one vote” basis. The changes to the existing Bylaws are highlighted in yellow in the document that can be opened here.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    Annual General Meeting, Democrats Abroad Belgium: Agenda

    1. Welcome - Pauline Manos, Chair

    2. Outgoing Leadership Reports

    2.1. Treasurer’s Report - Sharon Bronzwaer

    2.2. Membership Report - Jeffrey Edison

    2.3. Chair’s Report - Pauline Manos

    3. Nominations, Statements & Elections – Annie Tanampai

    3.1. Determination of a Quorum

    3.2. Distribution of Ballots

    3.3. Elections

    (Parallel to counting of votes: screening of “Legalize Equality”)

    4. Vote to Amend By-Laws

    5. DAB - The Year Ahead - Chair & Membership Discussion

    6. Other Business - Chair & Membership Discussion

    7. Closing – Chair

    WHEN
    March 26, 2019 at 7pm
    WHERE
    Le Cheval Marin
    Quai aux Briques 90
    Brussels 1000
    Belgium
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  • published THE 2018 MIDTERMS IN BELGIUM in News 2018-11-08 06:16:09 -0500

    THE 2018 MIDTERMS IN BELGIUM

    Our heartfelt thanks to all of our volunteers this election season. Whether it was organizing a Pub Social, film night, panel discussion or protest march; posting articles, pictures, or commentary; phone-banking, visiting voters at home, answering last minute calls and emails…you did it all and it paid off! Your hard work helped us reach even more Americans this year, whose votes from abroad were critical in taking back the House, holding 6 of those 10 red state Senate seats, and flipping 7 governorships.

    A special shout out to the Leuven gang who helped register American exchange & graduate students at the university twice this year…they enjoyed a well-deserved drink on Election Night!

    In Brussels, we watched Fox, CNN, and MSNBC until 5am in the same warm setting where we saw many a presidential debate in 2016.


    If you’d like to help out in 2019, do get in touch - we’re still on the lookout for those 11,000 Americans registered in Brussels and we could use all the help we can get!
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    Make a donation here or sponsor one of our projects through our Give to Win program.

    Every dollar you give supports our work to elect Democrats who will fight - AND FIGHT BACK - to make a better life for ALL Americans.   Join us by making a donation today.

    Julia Bryan, Chair - Democrats Abroad

    We need Democrats like you to commit to Democrats Abroad - your Democratic Party for overseas Americans. Contribute to Democrats Abroad today and help us fight back against the Trump agenda, register Americans all over the world for upcoming elections, reach out on issues that concern you and build a brighter future for our country and the world. With your help, we can make the difference. We did it all over the country in 2018! And we are already working on 2020!

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  • Our Art Nouveau Walking Tour & Pub Social, 10 June 2017

    Thank you, Paula Romanchak Cagli, for a great intro to Brussels' Art Nouveau treasures...a welcome reprieve from an intense political week!!!

    This St-Gilles walking tour was guided by long-time DAB member, Paula Cagli, who holds a BA and an MA in Art History. After the tour, we moved on to a local pub for drinks and eats.


  • published Our Health Care Event Follow-Up: 16 May 2017 in News 2017-05-18 08:55:07 -0400

    Our Health Care Event Follow-Up: 16 May 2017

    Thank you so much for having come (and also thanks to those of you who forewarned us that you wouldn’t be able to make it after all!).  I’m sorry our speaker couldn’t stay longer but we had a good start on a conversation that is sure to continue.

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    Some of the more interesting facts of which Mark reminded us:
    • Half of all Americans are insured by the government via Medicare (for the elderly) or Medicaid (for the poor) - that was a surprise for many of us.

    • Nearly a third of Americans are covered by employer-based health plans, which the ACA mandated for companies of 50+ employees and which need to cover ten Essential Benefits.

    • 20MM Americans gained access to insurance via the ACA; it is virtually the only way for an individual to purchase affordable insurance in the US's group-oriented/profit-driven market.

    • The AHCA (current House version) allows states to waive Essential Benefits, eliminates low-income subsidies for premiums, and cuts the taxes that were funding those subsidies and other parts of the plan.

    • The AHCA tax cuts are estimated to transfer $274 BILLION to the top 2% of US taxpayers…a reverse Robin Hood plan that shifts from the poor to the rich.

    • If we want to hold on to the more critical parts of the ACA, we’ll simply need a Democratic Congress….so stay registered to vote from abroad and make sure your American friends and family do the same ;-)

    We are attaching the Universal Health Care Stories that Becky referred to in her opening.   We encourage US citizens to tailor the cover letter and print the full package to send to their representatives.  
    Cover letter: http://www.scribd.com/document/348733180/Cover-Letter-Healthcare-Project
    Healthcare stories: http://www.scribd.com/document/348733139/Healthcare-Stories-Final
    Start the conversation with your family and friends, too, and encourage them to tell their stories, as well.
    Democratic lawmakers are looking for ammunition to defend affordable health care and Becky is ready to help you give it to them!

  • Update from our Annual General Meeting and Executive Committee Election results

    Thanks to all who attended Tuesday’s Annual General Meeting.  It was great to see many new faces together with our “Old Faithfuls”!  You’ll find a link here to the presentation (DAB_2017_AGM.pdf) - check out slides 16 & 18 in particular, let us know if you can help anywhere, and we’ll put you in touch with the appropriate people. Feel free, too, to share any new ideas you might have and we’ll be happy to consider them in our next ExCom meeting.  Now, if you're wondering who "we" is, here are the members of the newly elected 2017-2018 DAB Executive Committee:

    We hope to see you on April 22nd at the Science March Brussels or at our May 16th US Health Care Discussion (details to follow but pencil in the date).  And, given the time of year, you may also want to take a look at the  DA Fatca Update that was recently posted on the global website.