Chair, DA Spain Voting Representative, DA

  • published Global Presidential Primary in Spain in News 2020-01-25 15:16:17 -0500

    Global Presidential Primary in Spain

    Democrats Abroad Spain will host 8 in-person Voting Centers in Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia.  The kick off for all these events will be on March 3 which is Super Tuesday in the U.S.

    If you don't live near any of our in-person Voting Centers we have you covered.  You will be able to vote by email or even snail mail.  Every member of Democrats Abroad Spain will receive an email on February 18th describing your voting options.  It will also have your member ID  shown in the email.  You'll need that to complete your ballot. 

    The Global Presidential Primary is a key component in the process of selecting delegates for the Democratic National Convention in July, which will be hosted in Milwaukee WI this year.   Democrats Abroad sends 21 delegates to the national convention.  They will be pledged to candidates  that have won at least 15% of the vote across the globe. 

    Here are the voting centers in Spain:

    BARCELONA

    Tuesday, March 3
    ESERP Business School Carrer de Girona 24 08010 Barcelona
    4:00 PM to 9:30 PM

    Saturday, March 7
    Restaurante El Foro Carrer de la Princessa, 53 08003 Barcelona
    10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

    MADRID

    Tuesday, March 3
    The Village Tap Room calle Martin de los Heros, 28 28008
    6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

    Saturday, March 7
    The Village Tap Room calle Martin de los Heros, 28 28008
    11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

    Sunday, March 8
    The Village Tap Room calle Martin de los Heros, 28 28008
    5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    VALENCIA

    Tuesday, March 3
    Les Roques Restaurant Bar c/ Vinatea, 22 46008
    12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

    Wednesday, March 4
    Universidad Politecnica Valencia Edificio 4P
    Centro de Lenguas, 1st Floor
    11:00 to 3:00 PM

    Saturday, March 7
    Les Roques Restaurant Bar c/ Vinatea, 22 46008
    4:00 PM to 8:00 PM


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  • is hosting Democrats Abroad Global Primary 2020-01-25 14:38:51 -0500

    Democrats Abroad Global Primary

    WHEN
    March 03, 2020 at 6pm
    WHERE
    The Village Tap Room
    c/ de Martin de Los Heros 28
    Madrid 28008
    Spain
    Google map and directions
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  • American Resistance of Sevilla hosts a Democrats Abroad Voter Registration Training

    It was a cool rainy Wednesday evening in Sevilla but about 25 folks turned up at a voter registration training program at The Merchant.  The American Resistance in Seville which like so many post-Trump groups around the world has continued the momentum for three plus years.  When we arrived they decorated the space with banners, posters and wall games. In this creative atmosphere over the course of 80 minutes we had the chance to review the principals of voter registration and answered a lot of questions along the way.  

    This tuned in group of folks are ready to help others get their absentee ballots.  Many thanks to Elizabeth Bond, Kathy Sherretts, and Karen McCann.  It was great to meet someone who reached out to say it's time for a chapter in Sevilla.  The day before this event, Daniel Beck Rose reached out and we were able to meet the very next evening.

    There is interest in a Voter Assistance Center the week of Super Tuesday.  Could be the beginning of getting something going in Andulucia.

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  • published Sitges wants in! in News 2020-01-24 13:50:51 -0500

    Sitges wants in!

    Sitges is so much more than one of the a loveliest beach towns in Spain.  It is also home to many expats, including many Americans.  

    Andrea Host-Barth and Karl Barth of Sitges don't want to sit on the sidelines in such an important election year.  These Sitges activists reached out to Chris Reilly chair of the Barcelona Chapter to see what they could get going.  

    They are planning to do a Voter Assistance Center in late February or early March.  The idea is to assist folks with voter registration or obtaining their absentee ballot.  This time period coincides with the Global Presidential Primary so they can help anyone who wants to participate remotely.   If you are interested in learning more please contact Chris at info-es-barcelona@democratsabroad.org

    Democrats Abroad Spain is interested in helping Americans in your town to get their Absentee Ballots.  The VotefromAbroad.org  online application is set up for overseas voters. 

     If you want further information please let us know at:   info-Spain@democratsabroad.org

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  • published Alicante Gets Ready to Vote in News 2020-01-24 13:04:09 -0500

    Alicante Gets Ready to Vote

    The Mediterranean coast is seeing a steady growth in new Democrats Abroad Spain members.  

    After forming a chapter in Valencia about three years ago, it has experienced a huge spike in growth as more expats in Valencia hear that it exists .  In the past year the dynamic Valencia Chapter was drawing up members from as far away as Altea routinely,  and participation at special events by  few others from the Alicante area.  Valencia Chapter chair Richard Meherer decided it was time to see what kind of interest could be developed.   With the help of Robin Kaplan (Altea) and Brett Specter (El Campello)  an invitation was sent out to people they thought might be interested.  15 Americans RSVP'd and turned up for a delicious lunch at Stixx in Playa San Juan in Alicante on Saturday January 18th.  

    Richard introduced Democrats Abroad to the group and the upcoming activities planned in Valencia,  including the Global Presidential Primary.  Jim Mercereau chair of Democrats Abroad Spain reviewed the process of getting an absentee ballot through VoteFromAbroad.org  and previewed the Global Presidential Primary.  

    It was clear that there was a hunger for good information and an interest in sharing time together as Democrats.  If your area is interested in getting active with Democrats Abroad please let us know at info-Spain@democratsabroad.org

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  • published Special Elections coming up! in News 2020-01-17 07:26:45 -0500

    Special Elections coming up!

    Upcoming 2019 Special Elections

    If you are from one of the states listed below please click the link to learn if you need to vote. If you are getting Democrats Abroad emails you probably already received this information directly from the Global Democrats Abroad Get Out The Vote team.

    North Carolina is conducting 2 Special Elections: NC-3 and NC-9 the elections are Sept 10 If you are from NC please click the link below.

    These states will have General Elections on Nov 5th: Kentucky, Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia.

    If you have not heard from your local election official, now is the time to request your absentee ballot at: www.votefromabroad.org These state and local races are very important. With the upcoming 2020 Census there will be a realignment of voting districts. The party that controls the state legislature and governorship also has the opportunity to gerrymander at will. When we vote for Democrats we can control the outcomes in states like Virginia and New Jersey. Kentucky and Mississippi are special situations but it is still imperative to vote.

    Latest Voting Info: https://www.democratsabroad.org/voting_news on how to get your ballot.

    WARNING As you are aware this administration has an aversion to international agreements. One such agreement is the Universal Postal Union which was founded in 1874 and is the framework of how mail moves around the world. After giving notice last year we're probably out of the UPU on October 17th this year. That means other postal services will not accept mail to or from the USA routed through the USPS.

    It is not clear what effect this will have on mail sent through the embassy of the consular services as they also move mail through postal systems in special diplomatic pouches. If you are mailing back a ballot for elections this year take notice and act quickly, or plan on returning your ballot by a courier service. More to come as the situation is finalized. We should be thankful it is happening now and not last year or next year.

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  • published Update on Democrats Abroad Spain activities in News 2020-01-17 07:20:16 -0500

    Update on Democrats Abroad Spain activities

    There is so much going on at Democrats Abroad and DA Spain. Unfortunately most of it is not on the dashboard of our members. 

    The past few months have been like a whirlwind at DAS. DA national and the chapters each conducted Annual General Meetings with biennial elections for leadership positions. Madrid and Barcelona have new chairs with Samuel Mattern and Chris Reilly heading up these chapters, both of which are celebrating 15 years of Democrats Abroad in their communities. Founding Valencia Chapter Chair Graham Tyner starts his second term with a new team powering our fastest growing chapter.

    We welcome and thank all those who volunteer their skills and time to make the organization work. Volunteers are key to our efforts as we move into this critically important election year. I am happy to report that we have folks in positions for communications to get out our message and build awareness. Many folks have trained on sending out emails, creating events, updating news and managing our membership lists. Our presence on social media is successfully reaching new and existing members. Our national and chapter teams are all contributing with messages on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

    The messaging in the end has the overarching goal of finding US citizens and helping them to register to vote, if they aren't already, and to be sure they request their absentee ballot in the year of a federal election.

    After two debates it is safe to say we are well into the primary season. Over the years DA members in our chapters have come to expect an opportunity to view and discuss the primary debates. These events tend to grow as we move closer to the Global Presidential Primary (more below) which coincides with Super Tuesday in the US.

    We are interested in starting small groups in areas where we don't have chapters, but where folks want to meet and network with other Democrats. If you are interested please drop me a line at chair-es@democratsabroad.org We are also looking for volunteers to help us with phone banking. This low-key call is almost always welcomed by our members and has proven to be the most effective way to remind members to request their absentee ballots. A recent review of data from the National Election Commission found that overseas voter participation has increased in numbers never seen before. We think that it has everything to do with our well organized phone banking efforts in 2016 and 2018. We grew participation by 300% in midterm 2014 to 2018.

    2020 is right around the corner and with the electoral college kind of stacked against us, we have to get out the Democratic vote. Looking back on 2016 we lost the electoral college in three swing states by less than 70,000 votes among the millions of ballots cast in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Nationwide the Democrats won the popular vote by over 2,800,000 votes. We will be making every effort to reach voters in those swing electoral college states and where we can flip a Republican senate seat. We can do this, but we need to get every vote out and make sure they are counted. Are you all in?

    You will be asked in early January to request your absentee ballot for the 2020. It is important to do this early, so if your local election official has removed you from the voting rolls, you have time to get the problem rectified. In states where Republicans hold the reins of power, they sometimes hold on to them by purging folks who haven't voted in awhile. You might recall the problem that came to light in Georgia in the last election. You need to monitor your personal situation early and be sure you get to vote. If you're in doubt, reach out. We know how to help.

    We recommend: www.votefromabroad.org to generate the Federal Post Card Application which every state is required to recognize and process under the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act. (UOCAVA) Use this form rather than a state issued form because it assures your ability to vote in all federal elections (president, senators, and congresspersons) during the year the request is submitted. Often state issued absentee ballot requests are only for a single election. UOCAVA ballots must be sent out 45 days prior the election, by law when using a FPCA.

    Democrats Abroad is getting to be known as the "margin of victory" around the DNC. Overseas votes are counted after those cast in person and make the difference between winning or losing a congressional or senate seat in close elections. I remind you we won back 40 seats in the House, many were by 1% or less. Our votes are the margin of victory.

    Many thanks and lets do all we can to flip the Senate and take back the Presidency in 2020.

    Jim Mercereau 

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  • published Meet Akilah Ensley in News 2020-01-14 07:07:50 -0500

    Meet Akilah Ensley

    Akilah Ensley is a founder of the Invictus Stategy Group, a coalition of Black women political consultants. She served as the Finance Director of the Andrew Gillum campaign for governor of FL. She will be the guest of the Democrats Abroad Valencia chapter's webinar.  

    Akilah has a long history in the Democratic Party serving as an at large member of the Democratic National Committee, and has served as co-chair of the DNC Youth Council and is an active member of the the DNC Womens's leadership forum. Over the last 12 years she has worked on numerous campaigns including most recently serving as the Finance Director of the Andrew Gillum for Governor race.

    She will share her wisdom, insight and wit in an hour long on-line Zoom conversation with the Valencia chapter with the link available to all Democrats Abroad Spain members.

    To participate in person in Valencia see Valencia Event Page.

    To participate in person in Madrid join us at the Village Tap Room  c/Martin de los Heros,  28  at 7:30


    To participate on-line from anywhere in Spain:

    Democrats Abroad Valencia invites you to join us in a

    Conversation with Akilah Ensley .

    Topic: Akilah Ensley talks about the "Good Stuff" happening in the US

    Time: Jan 14, 2020 08:00 PM Valencia

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Zoom Link:

    https://zoom.us/j/531639850?pwd=UjVyZzd5Y1B1SzhiVXVwWUhHL2QrQT09

    Meeting ID: 531 639 850

    Password: 322366


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  • published Barcelona Chapter marches with Pride BCN 2019 in News 2019-07-03 11:20:24 -0400

    Barcelona Chapter marches with Pride BCN 2019

    Building on the success and great fun of last year's Barcelona Pride we marched again under our Democrats Abroad Barcelona Chapter banner on Saturday June 29th.  We met at the Jardins de les Tres Xemeneies like we did last year.   We flew the US and pride flags and had plenty of signs. We picked up a bunch of marchers along the way, including two guys from Colorado who mentioned that they had a gay governor.  We said,  "We know we got our members from Colorado to request their absentee ballots to vote for him ."  We mentioned that we had Crisanta Duran as a guest speaker at one of our meetings two years ago and some of us are supporting her in her campaign to unseat the current Republican congressman. Needless to say they were surprised. While the turnout was a limited we made our mark and handed out cards to folks we met along the way.


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  • published Democrats Abroad Spain Annual General Meeting in News 2019-03-26 14:06:54 -0400

    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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  • 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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  • published Democrats Abroad Spain Election Announcement in News 2019-03-06 15:05:27 -0500

    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!

     

    Democrats Abroad Spain is a part of the larger community of hundreds of thousands of Democrats living abroad. 

    At Democrats Abroad Spain, our main goal is to find Americans who are resident and help them register to vote, or in most cases simply request an absentee ballot.  We are particularly engaged in even numbered years to elect Democratic candidates to Congress and the Presidency.  In odd numbered years if you live in a state or locality where there is special election, or where there are seats in state legislatures that we need to win, our Get Out The Vote team will reach out to you with a quick phone call, email or text with a reminder.

    Absentee ballots from Americans living abroad can often swing close elections and we want to help you cast those votes!

    Democrats Abroad Spain has played a part in the worldwide resistance to the insanity of the current administration.  Many of us have been moved to participate with the Women’s March, Climate Change, Immigrant Justice, Humans Rights, and Gun Control activists on the streets and squares of our cities. Our resistance also takes the form of calls, letters and emails back to our congressional representatives. 

    Beyond getting out the vote every two years, we have a lot in common.  We try to have monthly events filled with debate, laughter and fun. Those of us in the Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia chapters bring our families and friends as we meet regularly to share insights and concerns about issues ranging from climate change to race relations. We are endeavoring to make similar opportunities available in other part of Spain.

     We gather to watch Democratic debates and then have some of our own. And we keep you up-to-date on matters of particular interest to Americans residing outside of the U.S., on various topics including taxes and citizenship issues.

    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. 

    Democrats Abroad Spain is entirely a volunteer organization.  We rely on the enthusiasm and talents of our membership. As we move into the election cycle we need your energy to help us get out the vote.  Don’t be shy, we can help you turn your anger at what’s happening in the U.S. into something positive as you convince other Americans to take the steps to get their absentee ballot.

    Thanks for being part of Democrats Abroad Spain in whatever form it takes.  In the end what we’re all about is helping you to exercise your right to vote.

     

        


Are you registered to vote? Register and request your absentee ballot at: www.votefromabroad.org