Chair, DA Spain

  • is hosting Democrats Abroad Madrid Primary Debate 2019-06-06 16:42:53 -0400

    Democrats Abroad Madrid Primary Debate

    We'll screen highlights featuring all the candidates on stage with their opening remarks.  This event will condense the two debates of up to ten candidates each night into one  2½- 3 hour session.  After opening remarks we will try to capture the best moments of the debate for each candidate.  Remembering there will be up to 20 candidates each getting just a few minutes to speak this will be some extreme editing.  There will be breaks for discussion and first impressions. 

    WHEN
    June 30, 2019 at 6pm
    WHERE
    The Village Tap Room
    c/ de Martin de los Heros 28
    Madrid 28008
    Spain
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  • Democrats Abroad Valencia marches in Valencia Orgullo 2019

    WHEN
    June 29, 2019 at 6:30pm
    WHERE
    Meeting Point to be announced shortly
    Valencia, Valencian Community
    Spain
    Google map and directions
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  • Democrats Abroad Spain Annual General Meeting

    Democrats Abroad Spain Annual General Meeting
    The Village Tap Room
    c/Martin de los Heros, 28 28008 Madrid

    Welcome Reception Friday evening March 29th 7:30 -10 PM Tapas provided, self pay bar.

    This is a chance for the locals to meet  DA members coming in from around Spain.  It's a chance to talk about the news of the day in the US and our field of presidential hopefuls.  At about 8.30PM we will hear from Representative Dina Titus  from Las Vegas NV.   We'll have an opportunity to ask questions and get a feel for the new congress.  Congresswoman Titus  has visited with DA Madrid on a few other occasions, she fancies herself as our congressperson.  We anticipate possibly another video link with Democratic Party activists in the US.   We will be joined at the welcome reception by the founding president of the Madrid chapter, Alana Moceri who will recall the activism that led to its formation 15 years ago.  Alana will then bring us up to date on the upcoming election in our adopted country. 

    Annual General Meeting Saturday morning March 30th 10AM to 2PM. Doors open at 9:30 for coffee,  pastries and conversation.

    The meeting will include an update on the activities of DA Spain and the plans leading up to the election.

    Julia Bryant chair of Democrats Abroad  global  has led our organization through the largest period of growth in a non-Presidential election  year.  Julia will join us through a video link for an update. Julia and her team have been the architects of an incredible social media outreach project.

    Steven Tolliver will join us by video link from Barcelona to talk about the ties that bind Democrats and the challenges going into the upcoming primaries and the general election.

    Nicole Pearson, events coordinator for the Madrid chapter will lead a panel and discussion we're calling Activating Activism.  From the day after the inauguration we've been on the streets marching, we've been resisting, and most importantly we've been getting folks to the ballot box. Some remarkable changes have taken place and it has not been good luck. This panel composed of local activists from 16-70  (Jessica Craig, Soraya Mustienes, Christina Samson and Jim Mercereau) will discuss their activism. Alana Moceri will augment this session with a review of some of the key organizing principles of that have been effective in change campaigns.  We will all leave the AGM with some ideas about what we can do as individuals and as members of DA to recapture the Senate, keep the House in our hands and elect a President worthy of leading our great country.

    The elections for DA Spain positions will take place for any position not voted on electronically. The results of the online voting will be announced. Lunch to follow. Every member of DA will soon be receiving an electronic ballot which allow folks coming to Madrid and those not coming to participate in the election. Choose the candidates of your choice and then hit submit and your ballot will be counted.

    We are trying to get a feel for how many are going to participate in the AGM. Please click here to complete the attached form, and yes there is a maybe. If you are coming from out of town and would like the DA Madrid team to locate a homestay please fill in that part of the form. 

    We'll end about two and enjoy a meal together. It will include a beverage, dessert and the coffee break with a cost €15 payable at registration.

    Margorie Kanter an early member of DA Madrid has offered her 'Story Walking' tour of her neighborhood, with a little history, a bit of legend and her own writings about places and events in the famous Barrio de las Lettras. The 90 minute+ tour will kick off from Plaza Santa Ana at 5PM and will include a visit to a classic bar to enjoy your favorite copa. You can learn more about Margorie and her walking tour here.

    Gil Carbajal, the former chair of DA and a founding member of DA Madrid is a long term resident who first arrived here as a Fulbright scholar. He is well versed in the history of Madrid. Gil has offered to do a walking tour of Medieval Madrid, including the Opera, Plaza Mayor and the San Isidro Museum. He plans to start around 10AM on Sunday morning. The walk will last about 90 minutes.

    We look forward to welcoming you to Madrid.


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  • published Democrats Abroad Spain Madrid Candidates in News 2019-03-18 14:32:43 -0400

    Democrats Abroad Spain Madrid Candidates

    Madrid Chapter Leadership Candidates

    The Nominations and Election Committee for Madrid solicited nominations at a meeting and with an email sent to all members in the Madrid region.  These are the candidates who have been nominated.


    Chair:   Samuel Mattern

    Vice Chair:  Laura Hale,  Khephra White

    Secretary:  Revé Fisher

    Treasurer:  Christina Samson


    Please find the bios received from the candidates to date.


    Chair

    Samuel Mattern

    We all know what’s at stake in the 2020 election. Now more than ever, voter turnout is essential. And I want to help.

    A Pacific Northwest native (Portland, OR), my feet are firmly planted on both sides of the pond after permanently settling in Spain in 2007. I joined Democrats Abroad in 2014 and became increasingly active in the run-up to the 2016 election, ultimately assuming my current position as spokesperson and press relations coordinator.

    I enthusiastically believe in DA’s mission and work. Its members are uniquely poised with an outside perspective that translates to transformative, positive and long-lasting action when we cast our ballots. This is proof positive that DA plays a vital role in the political landscape back home, which redounds to our advantage in our adopted country of residence. In this vein, those who know me are aware of my passion for social justice and how much I care about the well-being of others. I would be thrilled to kick my current involvement up a notch and bring this passion to DA.

    Running my own translation and communication business here in Madrid for the past decade has not only developed my strong command of the Spanish language; it has also honed my collaboration, organizational and coordination skills. My complete immersion in Spanish life and culture means that I can navigate the system and get things done on the ground, facilitating and streamlining the important tasks we have before us, especially as far as logistics and communication are concerned. Perseverant by nature, I’m committed to finishing the job.

    The opportunity to dedicate my excitement and skills to the DA Chair position would be a privilege, and your consideration to allow me to serve an honor.


    Vice Chair (1)

    Laura Hale  

    Laura Hale has lived in Madrid since 2013, previously having lived in Bratislava, Tinian and Canberra. Originally from the Chicago suburbs and a family of life long Democrats, she has an BGS and MSEd in Instructional Technology from Northern Illinois University, and a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra. A data analyst and sports historian by training, in the past few years she has been active in disability activism through sports data related projects. She has been involved in further activist activities online and offline mostly centering around Wikipedia and related projects since 2011.


    Vice Chair (2)

    Khephra White

    I’ve lived through 7 presidents and seen a lot of change over the years. However, the Presidential election in 2020 may be one of the most important elections we will see in this lifetime. I joined D.A. Madrid in 2015 because I believed in their mission and wanted to get involved any way I could. After five years of working with DA Madrid fundraisers, events, and voter registration, I still feel like I can do more.

    A vote is a powerful thing. This is a belief my parents and grandparents, who grew up in the Jim Crow south, instilled in me from a child. I grew up learning about politics, and always found them fascinating, but what I cared about most was getting out the vote. On Election days, my grandmother always voted first thing in the morning. She would call me saying: “Don’t forget to vote today. They said you haven’t gone in yet.” When I made it to the polls, the workers would ask me: “Is your sister coming? She hasn’t been here yet.” Hey, my neighborhood in New Orleans was small. We were a community and everyone knew each other.

    With DA Madrid, I have that same sense of community, and I believe that should be shared with every member: past, current, and future. I also believe that DA Madrid’s work with local social justice groups is especially important to fostering a welcoming environment for immigrants of color. I feel it’s important for us to have a support system, where we are free to discuss issues that we may face here in Spain.

    Working with DA Madrid in any capacity is an honor. If elected I will dedicate every ounce of my passion to serve our community, increase voter registration, and show the world that the expat vote is a force to be reckoned with. Thank you for your consideration, and I’ll see you at the polls!"


    Secretary

    Revé Fisher

    As Americans overseas, we view the U.S. through an especially critical lens. When talking to citizens from other countries, we are often pushed into the role of impromptu ambassador and urged to give an opinion about the current administration. The actions taken by the U.S., which is unfortunately led by a reality TV show host with a Napoleon complex, affect the world...a cringe-worthy thought at times.

    Although we live far from home, we can still make an impact. Our opinions can be heard, and our votes can make a difference. 2020 does not need to experience the same disastrous results as 2016. Democrats Abroad will ensure that we overseas Americans have a visible role in the U.S. political fabric.

    As secretary of DA Madrid, I will help you to stay informed about DA events (and make sure that you feel welcome if you attend :)), write up the minutes (so you can be in-the-know if you don't attend), organize the Madrid chapter database, and provide voting information to everyone who wants to be heard in our nation's elections.

    My career as a writer, editor, and content marketer has given me with the skills to support DA's communication and outreach efforts. My role as a volunteer at SOS Racismo Madrid and back home in Chicago motivates me to help alleviate the issues that affect my local community. I'd love to have the opportunity to serve the American community in Madrid. We WILL make a difference in the 2020 election.

    Treasurer

    Tina Samson 

    She  is currently the Treasurer of Democrats Abroad Madrid and on the road for the United Nations..  







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  • published DAS Valencia CHAPTER ELECTIONS Candidates in News 2019-03-16 15:06:07 -0400

    DAS Valencia CHAPTER ELECTIONS Candidates

                        Valencia Chapter  Candidates

    The Nominations and Elections Committee has received the nominations of volunteers to fill the positions for our leadership team for the next two years. These are the volunteers that stepped up to run:

    CHAIR -- Graham Tyner

    VICE-CHAIR -- Melane Comstock, Madeleine Savit

    SECRETARY -- Richard Mehrer

    TREASURER -- Karen Magee-Koski

    Biographies provided by the candidates.


    Chair

    Graham Tyner

    Hi, I’m Graham Tyner and I would like to ask for your vote for Chair of Democrats Abroad Spain, Valencia chapter.  I am the incumbent and have served since March 2017 when we founded the Valencia Chapter shortly after the inauguration of Donald Trump.

    Originally from the small town of High Point North Carolina, I was brought up with a very “Red” conservative Southern Baptist family but maintained my status as the political black sheep by idolizing Jimmy Carter. I attended Virginia Commonwealth University to study Psychology and Education and spent 10 years teaching in museums and public schools in Virginia and Massachusetts before moving to Valencia in 2014. In Valencia I have started a relocation service company to help people move to our little piece of paradise.

    I am seeking the position of Chair for DA Valencia because I believe now is the time for progressive change within the Democratic Party. To me, this means supporting limits/bans on corporate funding and lobbyists within the DNC. I am a strong advocate of non-partisan efforts for widespread voting reform as well. My areas of personal interest are women's equity and equality, radical education reform, and LGBTQIA rights, protections, and equality.

    Locally, I have been an active part of Voter registration efforts and with this focus, pushing into 2020, I am excited to grow and mobilize the Valencia chapter membership to build relationships with the Madrid and Barcelona chapters and get every eligible voter registered and voting.


    Vice Chair  (1)

    Melanie Comstock

    I am currently the treasurer and a founding officer of Democrats Abroad Valencia as well as acting Vice Chair.  After the 2016 election, well after the initial shock and mourning period, I wanted to continue to be involved in US politics, even while abroad. In the past two years with Democrats Abroad we have had a presence in many different causes, such as gay pride, the women’s march and gun violence demonstrations, and we were very active in the get-out-the-vote push to aid the blue wave here as well. It was a very helpful experience in preparation for the extremely important 2020 presidential election.

    I grew up in Portland,Oregon with an extremely liberal and politically active single mother and my sister. My mother has been my inspiration and has been a tireless supporter and activist in numerous causes from the local district level to national campaigns her entire life. My sister was also an excellent role model, earning her Ph.D. in bio chemistry. I am fortunate to have been surrounded by strong intelligent women my entire life.

    I moved to the East Coast in 1994, living in New York City as the director of merchandising and inventory working in the garment industry for 15 years. Next, I moved to Baltimore, Maryland with my family. I traveled extensively throughout my life and my love for travel began in college when I spent a year abroad studying in Avignon, France. My life forever changed after that experience. I moved to Valencia January 1, 2016 with my daughter.

    There are so many important issues at stake right now, but the ones I feel most passionate about are women's rights, LGBTQIA issues, the environment, and universal healthcare. Being disabled (I have Multiple Sclerosis) I also have a keen and vested interest in disability rights. I am forever optimistic, even while faced with adversity and I hope to be an inspiration to others. I’m proud to say that my 14 year old daughter is keeping with our female family tradition of activism by participating in protest marches and even the model United Nations. Good examples are the best teachers.

    I appreciate your vote. Thank you.


    Vice Chair  (2)

    Madeleine Savit

    As we’ve been hearing for a few years now, the US is at a pivot point. Under normal circumstances, I’d sign on to do the casual volunteering I’ve always done, but the very high stakes now and the exhilarating results of the 2016 cycle have compelled me to step up to a more formalcommitment.

    I first joined Democrats Abroad in about 2003 while living in Australia, which was under the inspiring stewardship of Carmelan Polce.  I volunteered with fundraising and the Vote from Abroad efforts. 

    I continued volunteering for the Democratic Party once I relocated to San Francisco, CA, where my main tasks were door-to-door canvassing in Hispanic communities in Nevada and phonebanking. When I moved to Valencia, about 1-1/2 years ago, I sought out Democrats Abroad Spain.  I volunteered with  Rock the Vote ahead of the 2018 election and assisted Jim Mercereau with the study abroad programs in Valencia.

    I cannot remember a time when I wasn’t informing myself about politics and engaged in progressive causes. Over time, particularly after the 2000 election, I grew alarmed at the erosion in the US’s stated values of civil society and rule of law.

    While in San Francisco, I was in the campaign 'kitchen cabinet' (advising) a candidate for SF's Board of Supervisors.

    While in San Francisco, I formed an organization, Folks for Polk, to give voice to the majority who supported the City in the face of aggressive opposition from a self-interested minority. The goal was to support the City in its intention to follow ‘Liveable Cities’ design principles for a particular street improvement project. I developed strong skills in attracting, motivating and managing volunteers; strategizing, social media, and publicity. These activist skills supplemented my professional experience as an architect, project manager, and planner, and helped rally like-minded people and raise ourprofile.

    Valencia is home to an increasing number of American expats. I’d welcome the chance to strengthen DA Spain’s Valencia Chapter, and help build its numbers of informed, engaged voter-participants towards 2020.

    Thank you for considering my candidacy for Vice-Chair   - Madeleine


    Secretary

    Richard L. Mehrer

    I am requesting your vote for the position of Secretary of the Valencia Chapter of Democrats Abroad.

    My interest in doing so is that as a US Citizen, lifelong Democrat and world citizen, I am concerned about the deterioration ofUS reputation and influence on the world stage.Equally, Iwant to be sure that the voices of US Expats are heard on issues affecting our interests, rights, andobligations.

    As a US Citizen, a resident of Valencia, Spain since April 2016, a member of Democrats Abroad and generally adhering to the guiding principles of theDemocraticParty, Imeet the qualifications for the position of Secretary.

    Since 1986, I have lived, worked and been involved in business within those countries. While living abroad I have been actively involved in the local communities and involved in political issues and activities that concern ExPats and myself, both professionally and personally.

    Professional: Electrical engineer and project manager working with submarine data cables and internet work data security. Additionally, my career has included international relations, education, healthcare, and renewable energy sectors.

    Education: Advanced degrees in psychology, theology, engineering, international banking and business relations in the US, UK, and UAE.

    Political activity:Voter registration in the Southeast US along with the FreedomTrain,congressional lobbying activity related to open internet access, campaign activity for local and statewide offices, health care for all, and educationrights.

    As Secretary of Democrats Abroad – Valencia. I commit to creating relevant and impactful content for frequent chapter meetings. Primary sources for content will be suggestions from our DA membership. Probable activities include:

    •  Bi-monthly newsletter with articles of interest
    • DA goals and activities in Spain and theEU
    • Democratic platform for 2020 and state-by-state issues (from Democrats Abroad member states)
    • Purpose and services provided by the US Consulate inValencia
    • Visa and immigration processes and requirements
    • US and Spanish tax issues, processes and procedures
    • Obama Foundation goals and activities by video link from a foundation spokesperson
    • Opportunities for participation in Valencian regional activities promoting theUS
    • Regional activities outside the city ofValencia
    • Video links with activities of the Madrid and Barcelonachapters

    · Social activities

    • July 4th picnic with the American Space(UPV)
    • Concerts
    • Graduation “blow-out” for the Berkelee School ofMusic
    • The Women’sMarch

    Group attendance at DA meetings in Spain, the EU and the world. 


    Treasurer

    Karen Magee-Koski

    Since our first protest with the Valencia Resistance in January of 2017 I have been an active member of the Democratic community in Valencia. I am one of the founding members of the Valencia chapter of Democrats Abroad and have seen how liked-minded individuals can come together to make a difference. Before the 2018 midterms I helped other DA officers with voter registration and want to continue this action to insure all U.S. voters living in Valencia can vote in the 2020 election.

    While living in Colorado I worked on many Democratic election campaigns from the local school board to national offices by canvassing, phone banks, rally support, and helping in any way I was needed. Every election is important, but to me 2020 is about taking back our country and resetting our course.

    I am asking for your vote for Treasurer of the Valencia chapter of Democrats Abroad where I will work to strengthen and grow the group while supporting the other officers and members.



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  • published DAS Valencia CHAPTER ELECTIONS in News 2019-03-16 14:56:48 -0400

    DAS Valencia CHAPTER ELECTIONS

    DEMOCRATS ABROAD SPAIN - VALENCIA
    CHAPTER ELECTIONS

    It is time for our bi-annual election of chapter officers. The Elections Committee is pleased to call for nominations for the following positions: Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer,and Secretary of the DAS Valencia Chapter.

    Present officers: Democrats Abroad – Valencia:

    Chair: Graham Tyner*

    Vice-Chair: Vacant (Melane Comstock, acting Vice-Chair)

    Secretary: Christen Bradbury*

    Treasurer: Melane Comstock*

    *Asterisks indicate officers who are in their first term and are eligible to run again.

    The requirements:

    Each officer is to serve a term of two years

    None may serve for more than two consecutive terms in the same office.

    The Chair and Vice Chair must be of different gender.

    As called for in the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA) Charter, the Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC) is required to forward to the Valencia Chapter Chair and other local officers, in writing, names of the qualifying individuals nominated by the Elections Committee. (Electronic submissions accepted).

    The newly elected officers assume their duties after the election

    Affirmation: Each nomination should contain an affirmation that the nominee is qualified to run for the office in question. That requires a confirmation of the following requirements:

    (1) the nominee must be a U.S. citizen (copy of passport will be required);

    (2) the nominee must be living abroad within the boundaries of the Valencia chapter;

    (3) the nominee must adhere to the principles of the Democratic Party of the United States;

    (4) the nominee must be a member of Democrats Abroad.

    Submissions: Please submit all nominations to the Elections Committee by Monday, March 11(11:59pm CET), using the following email address, info-es-valencia@democratsabroad.org

    Candidate profile: Each nominee will be asked to submit by Saturday, March 16, for circulation among the membership, a detailed candidate profile summarizing qualifications, experience and reasons for wanting to take on a leadership role. Candidate profiles will be circulated among the chapter members by Monday, March 18.

    For those unable to attend the meeting there will be an online voting opportunity, and a proxy form so someone attending can vote for you and to assist in achieving the necessary quorum.

    Nominations for office and seconds may also be made from the floor at the election meeting on

    Thursday, March 28 7-8:30PM Meeting Location:

    LIVERPOOL - RUSSAFA
    CARRER DE SUECA, 74, 46006 VALÈNCIA
    961 14 42 78
    HTTP://GOO.GL/MAPS/2IJQG7IXXWJ

    Please direct any questions to info-es-valencia@democratsabroad.org

    Respectfully submitted, on behalf of the Democrats Abroad – Valencia Nominations and Elections Committee (2019),

    Karen E. Eanes

    Larry M. Ellis

    Jeff Koski

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  • published Candidates in News 2019-03-15 11:15:35 -0400

    Candidates

    Democrats Abroad Spain Leadership Candidates 2019

    Chair

    Jim Mercereau

    A fascination for politics dates back to my first wearing a button “i Like Ike” back in the 50’s as a little kid on Staten Island NY. I was finishing up grammar school when I decided that I really liked that JFK guy and have been a Democrat ever since. My youthful activism took the form of taking to the streets in 1968 as the Vietnam War raged on. We lost Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy that year and I had friends coming home in coffins. My first Democratic National Convention in 1968 was on the streets while Daley’s cops were chasing us around the Park across from the convention center. During a long hiatus with a career in medical sales management my activism took the form of sending sending checks to favorite causes. I reengaged while living in NH during the primaries in the late 80’s. In the 90’s canvassing and driving folks to the polls in Manchester was my small part. My political engagement ramped up after the 2000 FL debacle and made a point of spending the last two to three weeks canvassing and poll watching in the deeply red south west coast of FL 2004 -2014. In 2008 at the suggestion of a DA leadership, a bunch of DA folks from across Europe joined by other Democrats from the Northeast we were able to drive up Democratic participation across the west coast of FL and the I-4 corridor a few points so the impact of the Republican voters was dampened, while our Democratic counterparts in Southeast FL brought home a massive vote to assure Obama’s victory. We did a repeat in 2012. Organization and the energy of retail activist’s make a huge difference. The disheartening loss in 2016 was an eye opener. The last few cycles I have had the pleasure of helping members of Democrats Abroad Spain tap their inner activism, and in 2018 we made a massive difference in participation by our membership. Over 78% of our members requested a ballot. 2020 is a must win in the Senate, the House and most importantly the White House. I’m asking for your vote and your activism in whatever form it takes over the next two years. We need a Trump free world. Thank you.

    Vice-Chair

    Jessica Craig
    I am a literary agent for multicultural writers based in Barcelona, but at times can be reached in London or even back Connecticut where I vote. A graduate of Columbia University with a focus on Islamic studies, I earned a BA in Comparative religion. After arriving in Barcelona I joined up with Democrats Abroad Barcelona later to become secretary.  I was part of the Barcelona Women's March from its inception.  When the horrors of the current administration’s policy toward immigrants from the southern border and the demagoguery of the President and his hench men it moved me to tears. It triggered an activism that was something new for me. It has proven to be quite satisfying and personally empowering. For close to two years I have been organizing demonstrations, workshops and an active WhatApp group with leaders in the US, Europe and Spain for a group now called Immigrant Justice Now. We have coordinated with our Barcelona chapter an emergency mobilization list of folks who turn up to respond the Trump’s crisis of the moment. The immigration crisis on the border has led to the death and incarceration of thousands of children and their families will only be stopped with a change in the White House. I hope you will vote for me as we prepare to mobilize our members and our fellow Americans to bring change in 2020 as we did in 2018. 

    Secretary

    Tim Lawler

    The basics:

    • Born in Cleveland, OH; lived in Chicago, New York, Honolulu, Miami and Racine, WI; Palmira, Colombia and Barcelona since 2016
    • First campaign I worked on and first vote I cast was for McGovern
    • Very happily retired psychologist/educator/administrator
    • Plenty of time to do things I want to do—like DA stuff
    • Lots of writing experience
    • I vote in Florida
    • I attended my first DA Barcelona meeting within a month or two of moving here. I’ve been active in the group and in our voter registration mission ever since.

    I’ve served as secretary of DAS for the past two years. In addition to organizing/scheduling the monthly ExCom calls and writing up the minutes, I assisted with the updating and cleaning of our membership files.   I attended the EMEA conference in Madrid and participate on the EMEA monthly calls. I WebEx’d in to the DA Global meeting (in DC) two years ago and have my airline and hotel reservations to attend this year’s meeting in DC in person. 

    Voting Representatives

    Madeleine Savit

    As we’ve been hearing for a few years now, the US is at a pivot point. Under

    normal circumstances, I’d sign on to do the casual volunteering I’ve always

    done, but the very high stakes now and the exhilarating results of the 2016

    cycle have compelled me to step up to a more formal commitment.

    Membership in DA Australia, under the inspiring stewardship of Carmelan

    Polce, was my introduction to working with the organization. I volunteered

    there and I continued volunteering for the Democratic Party once I relocated

    to San Francisco, CA, where my main tasks were door-to-door canvassing in

    Hispanic communities in Nevada and phonebanking. When I moved to

    Valencia, about 1-1/2 years ago, I sought out DA Spain and helped Jim

    Mercereau to Rock the Vote ahead of the 2018 election.

    I cannot remember a time when I wasn’t informing myself about politics and

    engaged in progressive causes. Over time, particularly after the 2000

    election, I grew alarmed at the erosion in the US’s stated values of civil

    society and rule of law.

    While in San Francisco, I formed an organization, Folks for Polk, to give

    voice to the majority who supported the City in the face of aggressive

    opposition from a self-interested minority. The goal was to support the City

    in its intention to follow ‘Liveable Cities’ design principles for a particular

    street improvement project. I developed strong skills in attracting,

    motivating and managing volunteers; strategizing, social media, and

    publicity. These activist skills supplemented my professional experience as

    an architect, project manager, and planner, and helped rally like-minded

    people and raise our profile.

    Valencia is home to an increasing number of American expats. I’d welcome

    the chance to strengthen DA Spain’s Valencia Chapter, and help build its

    numbers of informed, engaged voter-participants towards 2020.

    Thank you for your vote. 


    Harry Edelman

    Harry was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Harry was a member of the wrestling

    team in high school. Upon graduating, he studied international relations and military affairs,

    minoring in German and East Asian studies while attending The Citadel, the Military College of

    South Carolina on a four-year Army ROTC Scholarship from 2009-2013. He would subsequently

    be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army as a logistics officer. Where he was

    stationed for four years in Germany. Harry moved to Spain shortly after leaving the army. After

    joining Democrats Abroad, he participated as the field director for Rock the Vote’s efforts to

    register young Americans living abroad during the 2018 midterm elections.

    He is currently a student with a Spanish language school, while at the same time completing a

    master’s in emergency and disaster management through Georgetown University. Harry

     is living with his girlfriend, Gabriela, and their two cats in Barcelona.


    Laura Hale

    Laura Hale has lived in Madrid since 2013, previously having lived in Bratislava, Tinian and Canberra. Originally from the Chicago suburbs and a family of life long Democrats, she has an BGS and MSEd in Instructional Technology from Northern Illinois University, and a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra. A data analyst and sports historian by training, in the past few years she has been active in disability activism through sports data related projects. Laura has been involved in further activist activities online and offline mostly centering around Wikipedia and related projects since 2011.

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  • Annual General Meeting Announcement 2019


    Democrats Abroad Spain Annual General Meeting
    The Village Tap Room
    c/Martin de los Heros, 28 28008 Madrid


    The iconic Plaza España is two blocks away from the location of this year's AGM.

    Democrats Abroad Spain was founded in late 2003 in Barcelona. The Madrid chapter celebrates its 15th Anniversary now.

    Welcome Reception Friday evening March 29th 7:30 -10 PM Tapas provided, self pay bar.

    We will be joined at the welcome reception by the founding president of the Madrid chapter, Alana Moceri who will recall the activism that led to its formation. Alana will reminisce a bit about our early days. During the evening we anticipate one or two video links with Democratic Party activists in the US. Alana will then bring us up to date on the upcoming election in our adopted country. Alana is a Professor at Universidad Europea and an analyst and commentator on the political scene in the US for many Spanish television stations and newspapers. Alana also appears on English speaking networks commenting on Spanish politics.

    Annual General Meeting Saturday morning March 30th 10AM to 2PM. Doors open at 9:30 for coffee and conversation.

    The meeting will include an update on the activities of DA Spain and the plans leading up to the election.

    Julia Bryant chair of DA Global who has led our organization to the largest period of growth in a non-Presidential election will join us through a video link for an update. Julia and her team have been the architects of an incredible social media outreach project.

    Steven Tolliver will join us by video link from Barcelona to talk about the ties that bind Democrats and the challenges going into the upcoming primaries and the general election.

    Nicole Pearson, events coordinator for the Madrid chapter will lead a panel and discussion we're calling Activating Activism. From the day after the inauguration we've been on the streets marching, we've been resisting, and most importantly we've been getting folks to the ballot box. Some remarkable changes have taken place and it has not been good luck. This panel composed of local activists (Jessica Craig, Tina Samson, and Jim Mercereau) should be a lively and informative discussion. Alana Moceri will augment this session with a review of some of the key organizing principles of that have been effective in change campaigns. Hopefully we will all leave the AGM with some ideas about what we can do as individuals and as members of DA to recapture the Senate and elect a President worthy of leading our great country.

    The elections for DA Spain positions will take place for any position not voted on electronically. The results of the online voting will be announced. Lunch to follow. Every member of DA will soon be receiving an electronic ballot which allow folks coming to Madrid and those not coming to participate in the election. Choose the candidates of your choice and then hit submit and your ballot will be counted.

    We are trying to get a feel for how many are going to participate in the AGM. Please click here to complete the attached form, and yes there is a maybe. If you are coming from out of town and would like the DA Madrid team to locate a homestay please fill in that part of the form. If you prefer a hotel or Air BnB, the areas of Madrid to search are: Centro, Plaza España, Opera, La Latina. We are well served with Metros, so where ever you end up you will still be pretty close.

    We'll break about two for lunch. The lunch with beverage, and the coffee break will cost €15 payable at registration.

    Margorie Kanter an early member of DA Madrid has offered her 'Story Walking' tour of her neighborhood, with a little history, a bit of legend and her own writings about places and events in the famous Barrio de las Lettras. The 90 minute+ tour will kick off from Plaza Santa Ana at 5PM and will include a visit to a classic bar to sample your favorite copa. You can learn more about Margie and her walking tour here.

    Gil Carbajal, the former chair of DA and a founding member of DA Madrid is a long term resident who first arrived here as a Fulbright scholar. He is well versed in the history of Madrid. He has offered to do a walking tour of Medieval Madrid, including the Opera, Plaza Mayor and the San Isidro Museum. He plans to start around 10AM on Sunday morning. It will last about 90 minutes.

    We look forward to welcoming you to Madrid.

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  • Democrats Abroad Spain Election Announcement

    Democrats Abroad Spain

    Elections 2019

    On March 30, 2019, Democrats Abroad Spain (DAS) will hold its bi-annual election of officers. The election will take place at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Village Tap Room (Calle de Martín de los Heros, 28) Madrid. We will be sending out information about the meeting promptly.

    We are now asking for nominations for candidates for each office. Below are the offices to be elected:

    • Chair
    • Vice-Chair
    • Treasurer
    • Secretary
    • Counsel
    • And four DAS Voting Representatives (represents DAS at DA Global and participates in DAS ExCom)


      Officer requirements:

    1. Each officers serves a term of two years.
    2. No officer may serve more than two consecutive terms in the same office.
    3. The Chair and Vice Chair must be of different sex, and preferably from different parts of Spain.
    4. The four Voting Representatives must also be of different sex: two women and two men.

    DAS ByLaws requires that we announce in writing, or by email, the name of each person nominated for an office at least 15 daysbefore the AGM or by March 15, 2019. Nominations may also be made from the floor at the AGM, but only for an office where no candidate has yet been nominated and announced.The newly elected officers assume their duties on the date of the AGM.

    Please submit nominations on the form at this link click here no later than midnight (CET) on March 12, 2019. You may fill out the form more than once in order to nominate people for various offices. The current officers are:

    Chair – Jim Mercereau*

    Vice-Chair – Anuradha Ghemawat*

    Secretary – Tim Lawler*

    Treasurer – Adrian Heredia*

    Counsel – Gil Carbajal*

    *Officers in their first term and eligible to run again.

    Below are the requirements to run. Each nomination must contain a statement confirming that the nominee is qualified to run. Finally, each nominee must provide a detailed candidate profile that will be available on the DA website.

    The nominee must:

    1. Be a U.S. citizen;
    2. Be living abroad;
    3. Adhere to the principles of the Democratic Party of the US; and
    4. Be a member of Democrats Abroad.

    Please email us with any comments or questions: vote-es@democratsabroad.org.

    Respectfully submitted,

    Abigail Simpson

    Mark Carr

    Ted Liu

    The 2019 DAS Nominations and Elections Committee

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  • 2018 Annual General Meeting Valencia June 16th 2018

    Democrats Abroad Spain’s Annual General Meeting will be held Saturday June 16th in Valencia, 9 AM to 2PM with a special local lunch on-site to follow. The meeting this year is hosted by our newest chapter, Democrats Abroad Valencia.

    This announcement will serve as the second notice for the meeting and the proposed by-law changes. An online ballot is included for all those unable to attend.

    The meeting will be held at: Playground Art Center; carrer de la Historiador Diago, 3 46007 Valencia

    Democrats Abroad Spain will have the honor of hosting the Chair of Democrats Abroad, Julia Bryan. She will provide an update on the relationship with the new DNC.   Julia will share DA's plans for driving home the overseas vote in the mid-term elections.

    We'll kick off with US Taxes 101 with a basic overview of the process and the added hassles that we encounter in keeping Uncle Sam happy. We will focus on what DA is doing to reduce this burden and a few easy steps that you could take that would help this effort.

    The theme of the meeting will be Activism. Nicole Pearson will share her program Black Women and Activism: Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round. We will build on this theme to include a discussion of the surge of Activism across the US in the past 18 months.

    We will have a wide ranging discussion on how we can all take practical steps here in Spain to our Get Out The Vote.

    There will be time for questions and discussion on the various topics presented.

    The meeting costs will be limited to lunch and the coffee breaks and is set at 20€. It includes the special Valencian feast. Any donations to offset the costs of the meeting site would be appreciated. We will have a grand assortment of buttons, T-shirts and other cool stuff available for sale.

    We will have a short business meeting for reports and to vote on the update to the By-laws

    By Laws Click here to view the by-laws

    The big change to the bylaws is the addition of a new position called Voting Representative. DA Voting Representatives (VR) would represent DAS at all international meetings, in addition to the chair and vice chair. The Excom recommended that VRs would become members of the DAS executive committee, so they are up to speed with the activities and concerns of DAS. The email of May 15 provided more insight into the changes.

    At next year’s AGM we will vote for all positions of DAS leadership. We will elect our first Voting Representatives if the changes are approved.

    One Form for Everything

    Please vote here and register for the meeting if you plan to attend. Housing info request can also be found on the form.

    The DA Valencia team is looking for home stays. They have located a beach house that accommodates 10 which would bring the room cost to 30€/ night. Please note on the Ballot/ AGM Registration form if you want info on a homestay or the beach house accommodation.

    Saturday evening is Orgull LGTB – Valencia Gay Pride 2018 starting at 19.30. DA will be represented and you are welcome to pick up your favorite sign and join in the excitement.

    Thank you and we look forward to seeing many of you in Valencia. Mixing politics and fun!

    Jim Mercereau, chair

    Democrats Abroad Spain

    jim.mercereau@gmail.com


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  • published Calling all DA-Madrid Members! in News 2017-02-24 15:01:39 -0500

    Calling all DA-Madrid Members!

    Chapter Elections Set for Sunday, March 26th, 2017 

    The bylaws of Democrats Abroad Spain, require that each chapter hold officer elections every two years. In compliance with this rule, DA-Madrid Chapter will hold our elections on Sunday, March 26th before our soon to be announced event Women's Healthcare and Reproductive Rights. 

    The positions of Chapter President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer will be elected for a two-year term, effective when the results are announced. At this time, some of the incumbents are seeking another term, but in any case, nominations for all positions are open until Thursday, March 9th. Nominations will not be taken at the time of the election, since a ballot will be sent out for voting for all positions by e-mail. The Madrid chapter adheres to the Equal Opportunity rule of the Democratic Party that the Chair and Vice Chair must be of the opposite gender.

    You are welcome to nominate yourself. You can also nominate someone else; the nomination needs a second by another member, either in the same email or a follow-up email from the seconding member. The Nominations and Elections Committee will confirm that the member wishes to run. Nominations can be made by email to DAMadridVotes2017@gmail.com  and must be submitted by Thursday, March 9th. The Nominations and Elections Committee may also seek out and nominate candidates.

    The main duties of each officer are as follows:

    President – The candidate should be a team player who works with the Executive Committee, preside over monthly meetings, and represent the Madrid Chapter on the DA Spain Ex Com. Events in the next term, include: monthly meetings, special events; and activities related to 2018 Midterm elections, including the coordination of the Get Out The Vote effort.

    Vice President – An activist who can support the president and the Executive Committee in the organization of chapter meetings and events; preside over monthly meetings; and attend DA Spain Ex Com meetings in the president's absence.

    Secretary – A highly organized individual with good writing and computer skills, who can maintain an up-to-date list of chapter members, take minutes at monthly meetings, post them on the website, and send out notices of meetings and special events.

    Treasurer – Responsible management of the Chapter's finances, keeping accounts of chapter monies collected and spent; storing reserve funds; assisting in fundraising and presenting a monthly report at chapter meetings.

    Contact the Nominations & Election Committee at: DAMadridVotes2017@gmail.com 

    Sarah Graves current president will not be running and has agreed to chair the nominating committee.  Carolyn Baurle will help coordinate the election. More information to follow when the nominating process is complete.


  • The Hit Musical "Hamilton" scores big at DA Madrid event

    BIG thank you to everyone who joined us Sunday May 22nd for our lyrical break down of Lin-Manuel Miranda's #‎HamiltonTheMusical! It was a great evening discussing Alexander #‎Hamilton's story and how he is one of our most influential founding fathers.

    Ryan Turner, Chapter President welcomed the group of about 35 people to this special event at Variospintos.  Ryan announced for those who hadn't been at a previous meeting that he and his family will be moving to Milan in June.  His wife has accepted an position with a large Italian insurance company with responsibilities for Spain, France and South America.  Ryan will soon be brushing up his Italian before finding himself a position, and the little guy gets to master his third language. Ryan said it would be his last meeting as President, and announced that the Vice President of DA Madrid, Sarah Graves will assume the chapter presidency. Ryan said he was sad to leave behind so many friends, but he made a point to say that it is not an "Adios." 

    Save the date for our Anniversary Party, Saturday June 11 where we will say "Hasta Luego" to the Turners.  We're looking for volunteers to help organize parts of the Party, food, entertainment, decoration and maybe a Silent Auction.  We're looking for talent as we repeat the very successful open mic once again. 

    Ryan introduced our summer interns, Andrea Parra and Stephen Read who will help us get ready for the coming election with a focus on building our social media outreach, phone bank coordination and coordinating events in June and July.  They have completed the Federal Voting Assistance training program and are Certified Voting Assistance Officers.  

    The idea of using the Broadway play, Hamilton as the focus of an event was the brainchild of of our Events Chair Nicole Pearson.  She's been wanting to get tickets for the play for months only to find out that it is sold out for two years.  We soon learned why as we enjoyed some of the rap lyrics as they told the story of the life of Hamilton and the founding fathers.  The dynamics of politics that we know today have solid roots. This format for telling history was amazing.  While we got only a taste of the staging we were able to enjoy some of the play that they performed at the White House.

    Nicole was joined by Michael Beeson who had an excellent grasp of the historical fact, providing great background to the story that we enjoyed.  As the story progressed and the first election was held following the two terms of President George Washington, we had the opportunity to enjoy another episode of Mikey's Corner.  

    Mike Presiado stepped up and provided the color of the messy process of electing the second president of the US.

    This was another in a series of wonderful events that DA Madrid has offered. Hope you have the opportunity to enjoy the next one soon to be announced in June. 

    To volunteer for the party please contact Jim Mercereau   jim.mercereau@gmail.com 

    And another big thank you to our host, Variopintos. Thank you for providing us with such a welcoming space and delicious food & drink!

     


  • published Some Thoughts on Immigration in News 2016-04-27 06:57:42 -0400

    Some Thoughts on Immigration

    By Leselle Hatcher

    A Democrats Abroad Spain member living Madrid.

    Born in the DMV [DC, MD, VA metropolitian] and bred in NYC, Leselle is a writer, musician and current ex-pat living in Madrid. You can follow her on twitter @LeselleM or on Instagram @lhatcher88

    I am an American. I was born on American soil. I grew up in the nation’s capital. English is my first language. Growing up, I watched TGIF, Sister, Sister, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I ate Lunchables and Little Debbie snacks (much to the protest of my mother), and recited the pledge of allegiance with as much disinterest as the next kid. I listened to N*SYNC and Sublime. I fell in love with Art Blakey and Sonny Rollins. I was leveled by Phife and De La Soul.

    Soy estadounidense. I am also the child of a Honduran immigrant. I spent summers in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. I ate arroz con garbanzos and plátanos maduros. I spoke Spanish with my grandmother and my extended family. I watched Sábado Gigante and sang along to Selena; and every night, before I went to sleep, I’d pray with my grandmother in Spanish: “En el nombre del Padre y del Hijo y del Espíritu Santo…” And every morning before I left for school I would turn to her and and say: “Te quiero, Tita.” “Yo tambien te quiero, mi amor,” she’d reply, “mucho mucho te quiero.” That was my life. It was all I knew.

    A few days ago, at the Spain Democrats Abroad Annual General Meeting, I had the great pleasure of listening to Nevada Representative to Congress Dina Titus speak on the topic of immigration. As I listened to her share her perspective on one of the most consequential issues of our time—a perspective she shared with great eloquence and wit—I began to reminisce about my own upbringing and the profound impact immigration has had and continues to have on my life (even here in Spain, as I live out a different kind of immigrant experience). I thought back to all those mornings I had woken up to the music of Carlos Gardel as my mother began the protracted process of preparing Sunday dinner. I thought back to the afternoons I spent helping my grandmother press tortillas (with our hands of course), and the evenings I spent helping her clean frijoles for her black bean soup. I thought about the old black and white photos that hung on our walls: photos filled with people I had never met, people I would never know, from a time and place wholly foreign to me save for the memories and mementoes my mother and grandmother had brought with them to the United States.

    As I stood there listening to Congresswoman Titus speak, I found myself in awe of the myriad ways in which Honduras was in me despite the fact that I was not, nor had ever been, in it.

    That’s what it is to be the product of immigration. It is to be the product of intersections, cultural collisions and accretions. It is to be made of pieces, fragments and threads which, when pulled, tug at other nations. It is to be, in many ways, of somewhere other than here all while feeling yourself firmly anchored in a sense of home. I have been shaped by my Honduran immigrant upbringing as much as I have been shaped by my blackness, my gender and my education. Were it not for immigration, which is to say, were it not for the long-standing motif of human movement across the globe and the cultural, economic and social changes which inevitably result, I would not be who I am in the way that I am today—nor would the United States. To say that the Immigrant narrative is a crucial part of the broader American story, is to state the obvious, and quite reservedly at that. "We Need To Talk About Immigration" wrote Ryan Turner, a sentiment with which I wholeheartedly agree; because, as Randolph Bourne once wrote,“America shall be what the immigrant will have a hand in making it.”

     


  • published ¡WELCOME TO DEMOCRATS ABROAD SPAIN! in News 2016-04-19 12:14:21 -0400

    ¡WELCOME TO DEMOCRATS ABROAD SPAIN!

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    photo courtesy of DA Madrid member, Robert Royal

    Democrats Abroad is a community of Americans living abroad, united by our support of the progressive ideals that make up the foundation of the Democratic Party and our love of getting expats registered to vote. As Democrats Abroad Spain, our main goal is to find Americans who are residents in Spain and to help them register to vote in order to elect Democratic candidates to Congress and the Presidency of the United States.  Absentee ballots from Americans living abroad can often swing close elections and we want to help you cast those votes!

    Beyond just getting out the vote every two years, we have a lot in common and have a lot of events filled with debate, laughter and often a bit of vino. Those of us in the Barcelona and Madrid chapters bring our families and friends as we meet regularly to share insights and concerns about issues ranging from climate change to race relations. (And we'd love to hold events in other parts of Spain too!) We gather to watch Democratic debates (and soon to cheer on our Democratic candidate in the general presidential debates), and then have some of our own. And we keep you up-to-date on matters of particular interest to Americans like us residing outside of the U.S., including taxes and citizenship.

    We would love to have members in other parts of Spain organize small teams to help anyone living abroad to register to vote and then to get out the vote in the upcoming election, while working to build a long-term Democrat community. We are an important voting bloc that deserves a strong voice stateside!

    All members receive email updates on events and issues of interest to Democrats around the world as well news of projects and activities in Spain, and members of the Madrid and Barcelona chapters are kept in the loop for activities taking place locally.

    Just by joining Democrats Abroad, you are helping us achieve our goal, but, if you want to do more, volunteer to share your talents, enthusiasm and expertise by helping to:

    • Attend events (and bring your friends!)
    • Organize events
    • Organize fundraisers
    • Plan debate-watch parties and thoughtful policy talks
    • Get your friends living abroad to register to vote and then to vote by mail
    • Spread the word on social media and phone banking
    • Anything else you can think of!

    We are a 100 percent volunteer organization and we need your help! Fun is fundamental as we go about the task of getting as many Americans in Spain to make their voices heard in the American elections. If you're not a member yet, now is the time to join!

    Find us on Facebook:  Democrats Abroad Spain

     

    Jim Mercereau

    Chair, Democrats Abroad Spain

     

     


  • DA Spain 2016 Annual General Meeting and Celebration in Madrid

    We are really excited to welcome all progressively minded folks to join us This Weekend to celebrate the success of the Global Presidential Primary and to look toward the future of Democrats Abroad Spain and the entire Democratic Party, talking about topics important to our cause and about how to Get Out The Vote this November at our Annual General Meeting!

    This year we're focusing on a HOT topic on the campaign trail and in world news as we all share in the humanitarian crisis of refugees. It's also a theme that speaks to the history of our great nation, and one that's special to each of us living abroad: Immigration as a Source of American Strength.

    Madrid Chapter President Ryan Turner dives into the need for this topic with his critical piece: “We need to have a talk about immigration...”  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-q5CVj4CEefaKxcI_NcYf5ye_8R-7EuHmMD5w3gW3Dg/edit?usp=sharing 

    Scroll down to see the play-by-play, but here are the highlights

    Friday April 8, 7:30pm: Democrats Abroad Potluck, with guest Stanley Grossman, a Democrats Abroad  DNC Member

    Saturday April 9, 10:00am: Democrats Abroad Spain Annual General Meeting, with a morning filled with discussions on the future of Democrats Abroad in Spain,  voter registration activities, and rich discussions lead by our Dems Abroad leaders on our immigration heritage and the legacy we’ll leave.

    Saturday April 9, 7:00pm: Meeting Wrap-up Party, featuring Nevada Congresswoman Dina Titus and some tapas!

    RSVP to spain@democratsabroad.org and spread the word by inviting your friends on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DemocratsAbroadSpain/events

     

    Friday April 8, 2016, 7:30pm to 10:00pm: Democrats Abroad Potluck

    To kick off the weekend of our Annual General Meeting (AGM) for Spain's Democrats Abroad, we're going to have a good old-fashioned "guateque" or Potluck! With this year’s immigration theme in mind, we welcome you to bring dishes that reflect your immigrant history, but anything delicious (and drinks) will due just fine! 

    We will meet, greet, and eat and then settle to share immigrant heritage stories and hear how Democrats Abroad has been working to lighten the impact of FATCA on Americans living abroad with our guest of honor Stanley Grossman, a representative to the DNC. 

    SPACE IS LIMITED so sign up soon! RSVP to spain@democratsabroad.org and tell us what yummy thing you're bringing! Then we'll reply with location details. 

     

    Democrats Abroad Spain Annual General Meeting

    Saturday April 9, 10:00am to 4:00pm: Casa Soria, Calle San Jerónimo, 5, 1º 

    10:00am: Doors open. Networking

    10:15am: Opening Remarks: "What Democrats Abroad is About"  Spain Chair Gil Carbajal

    10:20am: "The Candidates on Immigration Policy"    including: Donald Trump’s Solution: A Wall vs. John Oliver’s Acid Analysis 

    10:30am: "How Democrats Abroad Works Within the Democratic Party"

    DemsAbroad Representatives to DNC: John Eastwood (via teleconference from Taiwan), Stanley Grossman

    11:00am: “Getting into the U.S. legally: U.S Immigration Law”    Barcelona Vice Chair Babak Movahedi

    11:15am: “Mexican Americans as Part of the American Mosaic of Immigrant Communities”   Madrid Secretary Mike Presiado 

    11:45am-12:00pm: Coffee Break

    12:00pm: "Immigration in the Movies"   Clips from: 'Westside Story', 'America, America', 'El Norte', 'Namesake' and 'The Visitor'.

    12:10pm: Panel Discussion: “Immigrant Heritage Stories”   Gil Carbajal as Moderator

    Barcelona Chair Anuradha Ghemawat, Babak Movahedi, Mike Presiado, Gloria Gonzalez share their experience

    13:00pm: “How U.S. Hispanic Communities will enable the Democratic Party to Win the Elections in November”  Stanley Grossman

    13:40pm: Business Meeting

    President’s Report, Gil Carbajal; Treasurer’s Report, Matt Sankary; Madrid Chapter Report, Ryan Turner; Barcelona Chapter Report, Anuradha Ghemawat; Voter Registration and GOTV (get out the vote) strategies, Jim Mercereau 

    14:15pm: Lunch 

     

    Please RSVP spain@democratsabroad.org so we know how many for lunch. Casa de Soria is kind enough to let us use their premises so we encourage everyone who can to stay to enjoy the food at the Variopintos Restaurant (http://variopintos.com/) There will be various menu options including vegetarian, plus two drinks, for 15€.

     

    Saturday April 9, 7:00pm to 9:00pm: Meeting Wrap-up Party

    To finish off the fantastic weekend of our Democrats Abroad Spain Annual General Meeting, we have the honor of hosting Congresswoman Dina Titus (https://titus.house.gov/).  We're excited to have a celebration of Democrats everywhere with Representative Titus, some yummy tapas and cash bar!     Our host is DA member, Ryan Day of the Slow Mex Restaurante calle San Vincente Ferrer, 33 Madrid.  It is in  the neighborhood of Malasaña, Metro Tribunal.   

    Please email us at:  spain@democratsabroad.org to RSVP.

    All Democrats Abroad events are open to anyone interested in supporting the progressive values of the Democratic Party — that means you’re free to bring friends and family, just RSVP for them too!

    We can’t wait to see you there!

    The team at Democrats Abroad Spain

    http://www.democratsabroad.org/es


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  • published DA Madrid 2016 Global Climate March in News 2015-12-14 17:42:25 -0500

    DA Madrid 2016 Global Climate March

    An enthusiastic DA Madrid contingent joins the Madrid Global Climate March

    On the eve of the UN Global Climate Conference held in Paris scores of groups marched together in Madrid on November 29.  The march was organized to push world leaders to confront the issue of global warming and to agree to reduce carbon emissions across the globe.

    Democrats Abroad with a group of more than 35 participants marched from Cibelles to Plaza de Sol.  Ryan Turner, chapter president, carried the American flag which attracted American onlookers to join us. Four of the participants later joined DA and we met a number members that we haven't seen in awhile. The DA marchers carried signs with messages in English and Spanish with every sign clearly identifying Democrats Abroad.

    President Obama's comments following the agreement can be seen below.

     


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