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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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:  [email protected] 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