Vice Chair -- Media Relations and Policy

  • published Message from our new Chair, Dr. Elana Sztokman in News 2021-06-23 04:28:08 -0400

    Message from our new Chair, Dr. Elana Sztokman

    Dear Friend,

    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,

    Elana


  • Dems Abroad Israel unequivocally condemns the rise in anti-Semitism in America

    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.

     

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  • You're invited to a Special Election for DA Chair

    When we held the DA Israel elections last month we did not elect a chair.  Therefore, we need to hold a special election now to elect a chair. 
     
    There is one candidate running - Dr. Elana Sztokman.  You can see her candidate statement here
     
    We’re holding a Special Election to Elect our Chair on May 11, 2021 at 20:00.  The meeting will be on zoom. 
     
     
    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
     
    We need a quorum of at least 20 members at the special election meeting in order to hold the election.  Please make the effort to attend. 
     
    Thanks for making our organization outstanding!
     
    Democratically yours,
     
    LeeAnn Sandler & Shari Eshet
    NEC - Special Election 2021

    DA Israel
    http://www.democratsabroad.org/


  • Meet the International Legal Counsel Candidates

    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.

    The 2021 Global Meeting, at which the elections will be held, will take place the weekend of May 14-16 online. 

    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.

    April 27, 2021 at 12pm - 1pm Jerusalem Time 

    OR

    April 27, 2021 at 9pm - 10pm Jerusalem Time

    READ MORE ABOUT THE CANDIDATES HERE.

    REGISTER FOR THE GLOBAL MEETING HERE.

    Here are the recordings of the events:

    April 27, 2021 at 12pm - 1pm Jerusalem Time (Access Passcode: p4EY+^5Z)

    April 27, 2021 at 9pm - 10pm Jerusalem Time (Access Passcode: jVY9gv1!)

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  • published Reacting to Jan 6 in News 2021-01-13 12:52:02 -0500

  • published Are you a Georgia voter? Read on! in News 2020-11-22 03:46:01 -0500

    Are you a Georgia voter? Read on!

    Are you a Georgia voter?

    Dems Abroad is here to help you actualize your voting right in the upcoming Senate runoff race. Read on to find out more.

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  • published How to Support the Senate Runoff in Georgia in News 2020-11-22 03:43:18 -0500

    How to Support the Senate Runoff in Georgia

    We all know how important the Senate runoff race in Georgia is for the future Biden administration and for protecting American democracy. Below are some impactful ways for you to support these races. If you have more ideas, contact us at [email protected].

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  • GREAT NEWS FOR MAIL-IN BALLOT VOTERS: DHL is offering a special discount to voters in Israel!

    If you are from one of the 20 states that requires that you mail your ballot back - Democrats Abroad Israel has a swift and economic solution. This is especially important in light of the slowness of the post and diplomatic pouch, and the limits of the Coronavirus lockdown.

    DHL-Israel is offering us a 40% discount for sending in our ballots.

    To benefit from this deal, go to: https://mydhl.express.dhl/il/en/shipment.html#/#address-details (Use a computer or tablet, not a smartphone), and follow the instructions below.

    (1) Fill out the airway bill.

    • Fill in all the mandatory boxes.Skip the optional boxes.
    • Company name is your name on the sender side and the the local election official on the recipient side.
    • Look up your local election official’s information on www.votefromabroad.org/statesIf the address is a Post Office Box, call or email them and get a street address.  Tell them you are a UOCAVA Voter sending your ballot by courier and need a street address.
    • Choose the date and time window when you want your package picked up.
      If you do not have access to a printer, schedule the pick-up a day later to allow for finding a printing solution.
    • Choose your means of payment — credit card or PayPal.
      Before entering your payment details check the box to use the Promo Code USA40 for a 40% discount.

    (2) Print out your airway bill and receipt. 
    If you do not have a printer, try to access a printer elsewhere (via neighbors, friends, relatives, colleagues, or print shops). If those options are not available to you, you can contact us at [email protected] and we will help find a solution. However, if you have printing challenges, make sure that you schedule your pick-up for at least one day later in order to allow for the printing solution.

    (3) Wait for DHL to come fetch your ballot.

    If you need help, Democrats Abroad Israel volunteers will be happy to answer your questions.  Contact us at [email protected]


  • published How to send in your ballot by MAIL in News 2020-09-15 11:52:05 -0400

    How to send in your ballot by MAIL

    If your state requires you to mail in your ballot and you want to avoid the USPS, you have three choices for how to send in your ballot from Israel:

    Plan A: Hand-deliver your ballot to either the American Embassy in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv by October 2 from where it will be delivered to your LEO via diplomatic pouch (assuming you are able to get there subject to lockdown rules).

    Plan B: Send your ballot via local delivery service to the American Embassy in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv by October 2where it will then be delivered to your LEO via diplomatic pouch.

    * RECOMMENDED Plan C: Send your ballot directly to your Local Election Office (LEO) via international document delivery by October 2.

    Important announcement from the American Embassy for mail-in ballots

    “Where mail-in ballots are the only option, please consider using a courier service to send your ballot directly to your home state to be counted.  If you live far from Jerusalem or Tel Aviv, you may also mail ballots via Israel Post or private courier to the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem or the Embassy Branch Office in Tel Aviv.  Please consider this only as a last resort, as it will add steps to the process and slow it down.  We will then mail your ballots for you to the United States to be delivered to your district office via Diplomatic Pouch.  ​Please note that if you chose to mail your ballots via the U.S. Embassy or the Embassy Branch Office, we cannot guarantee that your ballot will reach your home state in time to be counted.

    Whichever plan you choose, we highly recommend sending in your ballot as soon as possible

    To send in your ballot by mail, follow the steps below.

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  • published How to fax in your ballot in News 2020-09-15 05:07:33 -0400

    How to fax in your ballot

    The states that require faxed-in ballots are: AK, CA, FL, LA, and OK, and WY (as one option)

    If you vote in one of the states that requires faxed-in ballots, here is what you have to do:

    FAX your ballot back to your Local Election Official (LEO).

    Not sure how to Fax? There’s an app for that. Fill out the attached fax transmission cover sheet: https://www.fvap.gov/uploads/FVAP/Forms/coversheet.pdf ; sign it, and scan it with the ballot materials to [email protected] and FVAP.gov will fax it in for you.  Do this at least 10 days before Election Day to allow time for FVAP.gov to fax your ballot to your LEO.


  • Please donate to Dems Abroad Israel! We cannot do this without your help!

    The 2020 election is a critical moment in American history, as the fate of democracy hangs in the balance. Democrats Abroad-Israel stands on the front-lines protecting Democracy in America and around the world.

    But we need your help!

     

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  • published Get Involved! Help Get Out the Vote in 2020 ! in News 2020-08-26 12:33:58 -0400

    Get Involved! Help Get Out the Vote in 2020 !

    Here are some ways you can help Get Out The Vote (GOTV) before November 3, 2020!


  • Getting out the Vote (GOTV) in Tel Aviv, Haifa, Modi'in, and Zichron

    Volunteer Paula Mills, Photo by Barbara FrondelVolunteers are busy getting out the vote every weekend in cities around the country. Read on for more details about where and when to find them.

    Would you like to set up a team in your city? Contact GOTV chair Bob Golub at [email protected].

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