Folks gathered on July 4th and 11th at the charming Aldgate Pub in Shibuya for two Speakeasy events.
Things that were done include:
Making signs for the Lights for Liberty vigil
Getting to know new people
Generally enjoying the camaraderie of the resistance!
Banter that was had ranged from:
North Korea policy
“What brings you to Japan?”
“What do you do here?”
Hopes and plans for DAJ
...to a reportedly friendly competition of ‘how long has everyone has been in Japan.’
To my knowledge, the combination of the Independence Day spirit with the old-timey pub atmosphere did NOT result in anybody running out shouting “The British are coming, the British are coming!”
If any of that sounds even remotely like your thing, come join in next time!
The more people that join, the more people we’ll attract! At least if Katamari Damacy taught us anything, that is.
Hope to see you at the next one!
DAJ Kanto Secretary
To prepare for an event on September 11th, I interviewed Keio University Law Professor David Litt. Here is part 1 of our conversation where he discusses his work as a clerk for Judge Goodwin on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.
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Registering voters and helping them get their overseas ballots is the most direct way we can bring about change, and on July 21st, we had some new faces at our Get Out The Vote (GOTV) Training session. The focus was on registering voters and phone banking, but there were also a lot of new ideas about where to host GOTV events and how to reach out to people. The hands-on training helped members understand what to expect with voter registration and phone banking, and, as the photo below shows, the participants got to do a little activism by tweeting #saveSCOTUS to their Senators.
Want to join the fun? Contact email@example.com for information about the next training session. Or better yet, join us for one of our monthly activities. The DAJ Speakeasy is held every month at the Aldgate Pub in Shibuya. Participants write letters to their congresspeople, and of course, have fun, too. See the DAJ calendar of events for information.
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Three panelists and about 12 guests had an interesting discussion about the diverse political views within the Democratic Party and Independents who often vote for Democratic candidates. We touched on health care, identity politics, future elections, and the briefly, on the role of the media. Thanks to the panelists who got the ball rolling, and the audience who so eagerly and respectfully shared their opinions. Let's do it again!
Dinner at Soul Food House and a visit to Kamakura for the unusual temple light up festival. This was only the 2nd year that Kamakura did this light up, so we were so lucky not to have to deal with crowds of people. It was just the right number of DAJ participants and general public participants to make a magical evening.
We will be posting pictures here soon!
Please join us this fall for one of our upcoming events.
Welcome to Democrats Abroad Kanto!
DA Kanto is a chapter of DA Japan, the official country committee for US Democrats living in Japan. Watch this space for upcoming announcements of meetings and events - we have events planned throughout the year, and encourage anyone interested in participating to get in touch.
If you have questions or would like to help with Democrats Abroad in Kanto, please contact us.