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  • rsvped +1 for Jaime Harrison Call 2020-08-11 02:50:12 -0400

    Jaime Harrison Speaks to Democrats Abroad

    Jaime HarrisonJoin Jaime Harrison as he speaks to Democrats Abroad on Friday, August 14th at 1:00pm Eastern time about his US senate run against Lindsay Graham in South Carolina. Jaime will answer questions and share information about his stance on important policy issues and the state of the race.

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    About our speaker: Jaime Harrison was born in Orangeburg, South Carolina and raised by his mother and grandparents. He received a scholarship to Yale University, where he majored in political science. After graduating from Yale in 1998, Harrison worked as a teacher for a year at his former high school in SC before earning his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2004. 

    Harrison became involved in politics by working for US Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) as director of floor operations while Clyburn was the Majority Whip. He went on to serve as executive director of the House Democratic Caucus, and also served as Chair of the SC Democratic Party for four years, the first African American to serve in this role in SC. He is currently an associate chair and counselor of the Democratic National Committee.

    Ticket cost: While there is no donation requirement to attend, we hope you’ll consider a donation of $20.20 - or more - to help support outreach to thousands of potential voters!  Even if you can't join the call, you can show your support by clicking HERE to make a donation. Please help get out the vote around the world in this crucial election year. 

    When: Friday, August 14, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern time (Washington, DC time). 
    Where: Zoom Call (RSVP below to receive the link)

    WHEN
    August 14, 2020 at 1pm
    WHERE
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  • donated 2020-07-31 10:05:22 -0400

    Be the Margin of Victory!

     

    Turn Out Voters Around the World

     

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    "Democrats Abroad Digital Donor"

     

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    Overseas voters make the difference in close elections across the U.S., but in recent elections fewer than 10% of them vote.

     

    Democrats Abroad is developing  a targeted online media campaign to reach those voters and increase that percentage to 20% - which will help Democrats take back the White House and turn the Senate BLUE

     

    Make a donation NOW and you will see the impact in November.

     

    Donations are made to Democrats Abroad (Democratic Party Committee Abroad) and not to any candidate for Federal Office.

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  • donated via 2020-07-21 11:22:53 -0400

    Join Susan Rice and

    Support Democrats Abroad's Global Campaign to

    "Reach the World" 

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    Over 9 million Americans live outside of the United States. Democrats Abroad is working to ensure that as many as possible vote in November, and that Democrats win up and down the ballot. 


    We are phoning members, running social media ads, and mailing potential voters in order to win in November.


    And our Get Out the Vote campaigns work. In 2016, the number of Americans abroad who voted was 50% higher than in 2012 and in 2018, the number of voters tripled compared to 2014.


    We CAN make the difference, but we need YOUR help. Please make a donation today to fund our Global Get Out the Vote campaign.


    Donations are made to Democrats Abroad (Democratic Party Committee Abroad) and not to any candidate for Federal Office.

    Donations to Democrats Abroad are not tax-deductible.

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    GOAL: $2,020.00

    LGBTQ+ FUNdraiser Virtual Dance Party!!!

    Join our Global LGBTQ+ Virtual Dance Party and show your support for our Democrats Abroad Get Out the Vote Campaign in 2020!

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    Donations will be going to the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (Democrats Abroad) and not to any candidate for federal office.
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  • signed up on Hispanic Caucus Signup 2020-06-27 04:44:31 -0400

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    Global Black Caucus For The Win

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    Help Democrats Abroad Global Black Caucus fight for our democracy in 2020.

    Donations of any size will help us "Get Out the Vote" and vote out our current regime.

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    #BlackLivesMatter

    Donations are to Democrats Abroad (Democratic Party Committee Abroad) and not to any candidate for Federal Office.

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  • donated via 2020-06-13 16:40:34 -0400

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    Dialing for Democracy is a calling marathon
    and global Democrats Abroad fundraiser.

    Phonebankers will make as many calls as they can to DA members to ask them to request their absentee ballots. Calls will be made from 9:00am to 9:00pm CEST on Flag Day, June 14. Generous sponsors like yourself will push our callers to reach our calling goals and provide the critical funds to keep our voter outreach going strong through November 3! 

    DONORS: If you are sponsoring a specific caller, BEFORE you select an amount, write the caller's name in the box at left!

    Donate $50 and you’re sponsoring 200 calls! 
    $10—40 calls   $25—100 calls   $100—400 calls 
    $250—1000 calls   $500—2000 calls   $1000—4000 calls

    Democrats Abroad will be making 100,000s of calls this year, and your contribution will help make this outreach possible.

    Thank you! We appreciate your support!

    Don’t forget to check in on how the calls are going on Facebook Live from 7:30pm to 9:30pm on June 14 on the DA Germany Facebook page.  

    For a full overview of the call-a-thon, click here.

     

     

    Donations will be going to the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (Democrats Abroad) and not to any candidate for federal office.
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  • donated via 2020-06-13 15:45:53 -0400

    Drag Bingo FUN(draiser)!

    Pride events around the world have been canceled, but Pride remains. Join a global virtual Drag Queen Bingo evening and help support DA’s phone banking efforts! Your $10 donation will help us call 50 voters!!!

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    Donations will be going to the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (Democrats Abroad) and not to any candidate for federal office.

     

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  • donated via 2020-06-10 04:49:49 -0400

    Join Howard Dean and

    Support Democrats Abroad's Global Campaign to

    "Get Out the Vote"

    Over 9 million Americans live outside of the United States. Democrats Abroad is working to ensure that as many as possible vote in November, and that Democrats win up and down the ballot. 
    We are phoning members, running social media ads, and mailing potential voters in order to win in November.
    And our Get Out the Vote campaigns work. In 2016, the number of Americans abroad who voted was 50% higher than in 2012 and in 2018, the number of voters tripled compared to 2014.
    We CAN make the difference, but we need YOUR help. Please make a donation today to fund our Global Get Out the Vote campaign.

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    Donations are to Democrats Abroad (Democratic Party Committee Abroad) and not to any candidate for Federal Office.
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    Cleve Jones "This is Not My First Pandemic"

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    Cleve Jones will speak about "This is not my first pandemic" to Democrats Abroad in a webinar hosted by Solidarity Sundays Austria and the Democrats Abroad Global LGBTI Caucus.  

    Cleve will discuss and draw the parallels between the AIDS and COVID-19 government then and now. Both pandemics began with a Republican president in the White House who did not perceive the gravity of the situation and failed to lead the country. Please make a donation today and make a difference with Democrats Abroad!

    Donations will be going to the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (Democrats Abroad) and not to any candidate for federal office.

     

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

    Global Presidential Primary in Spain

    Don’t miss your chance to vote in person this presidential year! Join Americans around the world and participate in this year’s Global Presidential Primary through Democrats Abroad. Voting in the Primary gives you the chance to help determine the presidential candidates our delegates will vote for in the Democratic National Convention. Details below.

    Democrats Abroad has just a few requirements for voting in the primary:

    • Be abroad and be a U.S. citizen
    • Be a member of Democrats Abroad
    • Be 18 as of November 3, 2020
    • Not have voted, or plan to vote, in any other 2020 state presidential primary

    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's where you can cast your ballot at voting centers in Spain:

    BARCELONA 

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

    Saturday, March 7
    Restaurante El Foro Carrer de la Princessa, 53 08003 
    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    5:00 PM -8:00PM

    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


    Ballot Assistance Events

    These events are to assist members of Democrats Abroad to participate in the Global Primary or to join Democrats Abroad.  A ballot is provided to the member who is then responsible for completing the ballot and returning it for tabulation.  We can assist in showing the member how it can be returned by email as an attachment, or returned by mail to the voting warden in Spain or the Tabulation Center in Prague. 

    Ballot Assistance Centers will be able to provide assistance is requesting an absentee ballot using VoteFromAbroad.org

    PALMA de MALLORCA

    Saturday, March 7
    Nidus 39   Calle Bisbe Maura, 37   07005

    11:00 PM to 14:00PM

    SEVILLA

    Thursday, March 5
    The Merchants Pub Calle Canalejas, 12   41001
    7:00 PM to 10:00PM

    SITGES

    Thursday, March 5
    Big Al's -Sitges   carrer de Francesc Gumà, 21  08870
    8:00 PM to 10:00PM

    Saturday, March 7
    Big Al's -Sitges carrer de Francesc Gumà, 21  08870
    1:30 PM to 4:00PM

    ALICANTE

    Tuesday, March 10
    Sip and Wonder Coffee House   Carrer Poeta Campos Vasallo 8-10   03004 

    2:00PM to 6:00PM





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