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Democrats Abroad Japan 2022 Bylaws Election Results

The 2022 DAJ Bylaws Committee reports the results of the Bylaws Amendments Election as follows:

28 Total Votes
Question #1 - Removal of extraneous "the" - 100.00% In The Affirmative
28 Aye
0 Nay

Question #2 change to require chapter chairs to make all reasonable efforts to appoint or elect a full slate of officers - 78.26% In The Affirmative
23 Aye
5 Nay

Question 3 - Addressing the conflict between the DAJ Bylaws which allowed appointment of ExCom vacancies, and the DA Charter which requires DPCA Representatives who vote in the international governing body to be elected, by requiring elections to fill vacancies - 92.04% In The Affirmative
26 Aye
2 Nay
As a result all three measures passed.  Your National Secretary observed the counting, and then certified the results.  These results remain provisional for 30 days to allow for challenges. They will be incorporated into the Bylaws. 
First a big thank you to the DAJ Bylaws Committee of 2022, Leslie Anne Rogers (chair), Raymond Terhune (vice chair), Max Sternberg (National Counsel), John Baumlin (DPCA Rep)., Regina Salathe(National Treasurer) 
And a big thank you to all the members who voted in this election making it a success.  
 
Dave Brauer
Secretary, Democrats Abroad Japan
Additional Message from John Baumlin, previous DAJ Chair and current DPCA Rep
Ready for another round of voting? The experimental direct democracy ballot recommended by the Bylaws Committee is ready!
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf5qbZYg_vRCJTJdRjjh_gDN4nKcEPPJe2U9ukCzX-_FL_05w/viewform
This experiment in Direct Democracy was approved by the DAJ 2022 Bylaws Committee.

As one of DA Japan's DPCA Members, I will be taking feedback and through the democratic process, amendments, and motioning process, attempt to follow the results provided in this form and an explanation of the results. The outcomes and challenges will be compiled for the next Annual General Meeting of Democrats Abroad Japan for consideration of the general membership. We're hoping 20 people submit their ballot for quorum and/or feedback to validate the experiment, so if you cast a Bylaws Ballot, cast a ballot for our State Party's future before the Global Meeting this week!
John Baumlin,
DAJ DPCA Representative
Videos of the pre-meetings can be found here:
 

DAJ Early May 2022 Newsletter

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2022 May 8 Newsletter contents:

  1. Message from your national officers
  2. Small action - DAJ Bylaws - May 10th Deadline
  3. Leadership Position Openings
  4. Upcoming DA Japan Events
  5. DA regional and Global Meeting for May

🌟Message from your national officers

Getting back rested from the Golden Week holiday, we reach out to you, our members, with three key issues that require our action: the Supreme Court draft opinion on Roe, Get Out the Vote and the DAJapan Bylaws Ballot.

First, the FINAL call for Democrats Abroad Japan Bylaws Amendment Ballots! Ballots must be returned before midnight on May 10th. Please find your ballots HERE: at least 15 more ballots are needed to validate the election.

When being questioned under oath during the confirmation hearings, the three most recently appointed Supreme Court Justices agreed Roe was the law of the land. However, the recently leaked Supreme Court draft opinion with its sweeping rejection of Roe and privacy rights should not come as any surprise to DA Japan members, who have been watching the erosion of rights under conservative leadership in the US.

This must be a call to action NOW! Voting in the fall elections is not enough. We must raise our voices about the issues that matter to us throughout the year, at all levels of government. This draft opinion represents more than the right to women’s healthcare choices. It demonstrates the fragility of rights protections, and threat to privacy laws, which will impact your legal access to birth control, marriage equality rights, gender and sexual minorities rights, interracial marriage and more. This is not just about access to abortion. This must be our wake-up call. We welcome the new members who have signed up this past week. In response, your leadership is calling an action meeting online: Now what? Roe, privacy and the Midterms on May 10th 8~9:30pm RSVP HERE:

GOTV: calling DA members voting in key battleground states will continue until early July. DA Japan will have our own phone banking campaign later in the month and we need ALL our member engaged! The reason we exist is to affect policy and change election outcomes. You can volunteer from anywhere in Japan to help get out the vote. There are many ways to get involved - let us know what you can do HERE:

❤️ From your DA Japan Executive Committee

Sarajean (Chair), Matt (Vice Chair), Dave (Secretary), Regina (Treasurer)

DA Japan - representing American Voters in Japan.

Together, We Win!

Know Your Rights, Register & Vote! https://www.votefromabroad.org

Have you seen the NEW DA Japan DONATION PAGE?

Help us reach new and more voters by sharing this newsletter with all your American friends!

http://www.democratsabroad.org/jp_news

🌟 One Action you can take today - turn in your DAJ Bylaws Ballot

There are 3 amendments to the DAJ Charter on the ballot. Please help us decide how to manage the organization. Voting is open through May 10th. Please find your ballots HERE:

🌟DA Japan leadership openings - At large positions

We currently have at least two at-large positions open => representing Northeast Honshu and Hokkaido. The role of at-large members:

  1. work on getting out the vote in their regions,
  2. active involvement in monthly advisory board meetings - which includes the executive committee leadership and the leadership from the chapters as well as leadership from the main committees.
  3. You must reside in the region you represent

The Chair is soliciting nominations for potential appointees through the end of May. If you’re interested or can introduce a member, please contact Sarajean ASAP.

🌟Upcoming DA Japan Events

1️⃣ SOS Meeting online: Now what? Roe, privacy and the midterms.

Tuesday, May 10th, 8:00-9:00pm meeting online: An open conversation for DAJ members. This event will consist of three key parts: 1) facilitated discussion, 2) sharing ideas from the global women’s caucus, 3) next steps and action items we will take.

RSVP HERE:

 

 

 

2️⃣ Online Speakeasy Thurs May 12, 7:30~10 pm JST

As always, bring your favorite beverage and hang out with friends old and new.

RSVP HERE:

 

 

 

3️⃣ DA Japan Advisory Board Meeting

Sun. May 15th, 10am to 12noon Japan time

See your leaders in action! Key discussion items 1) GOTV 2) calling campaign 3) chapters 4) new leaders 5) DAJ Day

RSVP HERE:

4️⃣ AP GOTV Phonebanking Action hour

Sun. May 15th, 12noon Japan time

Online phone banking party with people from throughout the Asia Pacific region. RSVP HERE:

 

 

 

 

5️⃣ DA Japan Global Resolutions Discussion #2

Tuesday, May 17th, 8pm

DA Japan review of bylaws and charter amendments in preparation for the global meeting

This is your chance to influence the DPCA and DNC stance on issues - feel free to join and share any issues that matter to you! RSVP HERE:

🌟 REGIONAL AND GLOBAL MEETINGS OPEN TO THE MEMBERSHIP

  • Asia Pacific monthly regional meeting Sun. May 15th, 3pm
  • Asia Pacific DNC elections Sat. May 22nd, 2pm
  • DA Global Meeting May 22-23 JST Open to all DA members. Online via WebEx.

DA Global Meeting Info HERE:

DID YOU KNOW:

For $5 a month - just 1 bowl of ramen - Can have a big impact for DA and DAJ!

  • Calling all DAJ members 2X per year => $3000 / 30 people @ $100 per year or 60 people @ $5 per month
  • THUS => If just 30 people gave $100 per year or if 60 people contributed $5 per month, we could call all our members 2X this year to get them to vote.

Even if you don't have the time to call, you can help us by making a contribution right on the DA Japan DONATION PAGE HERE. No more need to make bank transfers!

DA Japan - representing American Voters in Japan.

Together, We Win!

http://www.democratsabroad.org/


DAJ Bylaws Ballot DEADLINE SOON

As a reminder, we must meet a basic quorum of votes in order to make revisions to
our Bylaws, so please return your bylaws ballot as soon as possible so we can take care of these important issues!
Voting closes on Tuesday, May 10th, at 23:59 JST. All ballots must be received by this time.
If submitting by mail, it is recommended that you submit your ballot immediately in order to ensure it will be received and counted.
As a reminder, to vote in this election, you must be an American citizen, 18 years of age or older, a member of Democrats Abroad Japan, and a resident of Japan.
Ballots can be returned in one of three ways of your choice:
1) Fill out the ballot electronically and attach it in an email to [email protected]
2) Print the ballot, fill it out, scan or take a photo, and attach it in an email to
3) Send in your ballot via postal mail. To ask for the mailing address, please email
The Bylaws Committee Members are:
Leslie Anne Rogers (Committee Chair)
Raymond Terhune (Committee Vice Chair)
Max Sternberg (National Counsel)
John Baumlin
Regina Salathe

DAJ 2022 Bylaws Ballot Link

Subject: DAJ Bylaw Amendments Ballot


The 2022 Bylaws Committee was formed in response to recent vacancies in the National
Executive Committee, as the circumstances under which our National Secretary and National
Treasurer can be appointed are currently in conflict with the Global Democrats Abroad
Charter (the “state” party that represents us in the Democratic Party). The Bylaws
Committee has directly drafted and recommended specific proposals to remedy this and
other common organizational issues. After discussion with members who participated in the
AGM, we heard all concerns to make sure that we had consensus on the final language. The
results are the attached ballot, and we hope for a high turnout.
As a reminder, we must meet a quorum of votes in order to make even minor revisions to
our Bylaws, so please return your bylaws ballots so we can take care of these important
issues! What follows is a description of the proposed changes, our reasoning for each if
necessary, and some thoughts for future officers and volunteers.

Download your Ballot HERE:


2022 DAJ Special Election Results

Subject: 2022 DAJ Special Election Results

 

The 2022 Nominations and Election Committee (NEC) is pleased to announce the provisional results of the 2022 Special Election. Votes were counted on April 17th and recorded by the NEC as follows:

Total ballots cast: 22

Total legitimate ballots: 22 (Completed ballots and confirmed membership)

National Vice Chair

  • Matthew Axvig – 22 votes; 100% total valid ballots (WINNER)

Member-at-Large for Hokkaido

  • No votes – 100% total valid ballots (NO WINNER)

Alternate DPCA Voting Representative

  • Kiyoko Ayukawa – 18 votes; 81.8% total valid ballots (WINNER)
  • (write-in candidate) Elliott Davis – 2 votes; 9.1% total valid ballots
  • (write-in candidate) Raymond Terhune – 1 vote; 4.5% total valid ballots
  • No votes – 1; 4.5% total valid ballots

Thank you to everyone who ran as a candidate and who voted in this election!

Sincerely,
2022 Nominations and Election Committee
Anna Costello, Linda Gould, Martin Spang, Larry Staples

 

 


DAJ 2022 Special Election Ballot Announcement

 

Subject: The 2022 DAJ Special Election is Open for Voting!
 

The Nomination and Election Committee (NEC) of Democrats Abroad Japan (DAJ) would like to open voting for the 2022 Special Election from now (March 29th) until April 16th at 11:59pm!

[Note from DAJ National Secretary - My sincere apologies to the candidates, the NEC, and the membership. I am releasing this announcement on the morning of March 30th.]
 
Please download the following document for everything you need in order to vote, including instructions for casting your ballot, the statements from the candidates, and your empty ballot: BALLOT:

PLEASE NOTE: Only vote for the Member-at-Large for Hokkaido if you reside in Hokkaido.
 
Voting Instructions
Please fill out the attached ballot and vote your preference for each of the officer positions. Indicate your choice by marking the box before the name of your chosen candidate for office. Each candidate listed has confirmed their interest in each position. Voting for a write-in candidate is allowed, but that candidate must meet the eligibility requirements for that position and accept said position within 30 days of receiving a plurality of votes after the election. You must both print your name and sign the ballot. Unsigned ballots are considered to be invalid under the Democratic National Committee (DNC) bylaws.

You can submit your ballot in one of three ways in this election:
• Fill out the ballot electronically and attach it in an e-mail to [email protected].
• Print the ballot, fill it out, scan or take a photo, and attach it in an e-mail to [email protected].
• Send in your ballot via postal mail. To ask for the mailing address, please email [email protected].

Voting closes on Saturday April 16th, 2022 at 11:59pm JST. All ballots must be received by this time. If submitting by mail, it is recommended you submit your ballot one week beforehand in order to ensure it will be received and counted. As a reminder, in order to vote in this election, you must be an American citizen, 18 years of age or older, a member of Democrats Abroad Japan, and a resident of Japan.

Ballot Tallying
After being received, the NEC will count the ballots and make a full report to the DAJ membership on or before April 20th, 2022. The ballots will be tallied by the NEC on Sunday April 17th, 2022 at 2pm JST online via WebEx. Anyone in our membership may attend as a neutral observer to the process.
WebEx Link: HERE:
Password: [The password is the one commonly used for DA online events.  Please contact [email protected] 
for password, if needed]
If you have any questions concerning the ballot process or procedures, please contact the NEC at [email protected].

Sincerely,
Anna Costello, Linda Gould, Larry Staples, and Martin Spang
DAJ 2022 Nomination and Election Committee

 


DAJ March 22 2nd Newsletter and Bylaws Proposals

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2022 March #2 Newsletter contents:

  1. Message from your national officers
  2. Upcoming DA Japan Events
    1. Learn to Phonebank, Sun March 20 5pm
    2. Kanto Hanami, Sun March 27th, 6pm
    3. PhoneBanking Practice, Sun March 27, 3pm​
    4. Gun Violence Prevention Event, Sat April 2nd, 11am
    5. Annual General Meeting and Meet the Candidates Event April 9th, 1:30pm
    6. Online Speakeasy Thurs April 14, 7:30 pm
  3. DAJ Proposed Bylaws Amendments

Message from your national officers

The proposals and recommendations from the Bylaws Committee need to be published today, March 19th, to be ready for discussion at our Annual General Meeting on April 9th. To spare you from a flood of emails we will include an abbreviated newsletter of event announcements as a preface.

We hope to see you soon - or hear from you about the bylaws!

From your DA Japan Executive Committee

Sarajean (Chair), Dave (Secretary), Regina(Treasurer)

Have you reregistered to vote/requested a ballot yet this year? Just go to www.votefromabroad.org Help us reach new and more voters by sharing this newsletter with all your American friends!

🌟 Upcoming DA Japan Events

1️⃣ LEARN TO PHONEBANK, Sun, March 20, 5pm

Asia Pacific Phonebanking training and practice

March 2022 Trainer: Layne Mostyn, DA Australia

RSVP HERE:

2️⃣ Kanto Online Hanami Party, Sun, March 27, 6pm

Trivia games and other entertainment - come join the Kanto Team to celebrate the season.

RSVP HERE:

3️⃣ Phonebanking Practice session, Sun. March 27, 3pm

A practice session where aspiring phone bankers from throughout the Asia Pacific build the skills and confidence to join phone banking campaigns right away!
RSVP HERE:

4️⃣ Gun Control event, Sat, April 2, 11am

Gun Violence Prevention: what you can do even from overseas

RSVP. HERE:

5️⃣ Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Meet the Candidates, Sat, April 9, 1pm, online 2022 AGM Sat April 9 1:30-5:00

  • RSVP for the AGM HERE:
  • The minutes from the 2021 AGM can be found HERE:

6️⃣ Online Speakeasy Thurs, April 14, 7:30pm~10pm JST

As always, bring your favorite beverage and hang out with friends old and new.

RSVP HERE:

 

DID YOU KNOW:

$5 a month - Just 1 bowl of ramen - Can have a big impact for DA and DAJ!

  • Calling all DAJ members 2X per year => $2500 + overhead for the calling platform = $3000 / 30 people @ $100 per year or 50 people @ $5 per month
  • THUS => If just 30 people gave $100 per year or if 50 people contributed $5 per month, we could call all our members 2X this year to get them to vote.

Even if you don't have the time to call, you can help us by making a contribution.

DONATE HERE:

DA Japan

http://www.democratsabroad.org/

 

🌟 DAJ Bylaws Proposals and Recommendations

The 2022 Bylaws Committee was formed in response to recent vacancies in the National Executive Committee, as the circumstances under which our National Secretary and National Treasurer can be appointed are currently in conflict with the Global Democrats Abroad Charter (the “state” party that represents us in the Democratic Party). The Bylaws Committee has directly drafted and recommended specific proposals to remedy this and other common organizational issues.

The Bylaws Committee felt a responsibility to directly address this issue and serve the membership by opening acceptance of any and all proposals on the Bylaws. We have three suggested amendments for discussion at the Annual General Meeting, and three recommendations to the organization regarding interpretation of the Bylaws and related issues.

We are circulating these for discussion amongst the membership and will make changes accordingly before we finalize them for voting at the Annual General Meeting on Saturday, April 9th, 2022.

The Bylaws Committee Members are:

Leslie Anne Rogers (Committee Chair)

Raymond Terhune (Committee Vice Chair)

Max Sternberg (National Counsel)
John Baumlin

Regina Salathe

Routine Revisions

Article IX Section 6

Before

They shall be subject to and operate solely in accordance with these Bylaws and Chapter Guidelines as well as the Bylaws of the Democrats Abroad and its Standing Resolutions.

 

After

They shall be subject to and operate solely in accordance with these Bylaws and Chapter Guidelines as well as the Bylaws of Democrats Abroad and its Standing Resolutions.

 

Article IX Section 5

Before

Each Chapter shall be headed by a Chapter Chair elected from amongst the membership of the Chapter at a meeting of the Chapter held in accordance with Chapter Guidelines in the first half of odd numbered years. The Chapter Chair may appoint a Vice-Chair, Chapter Secretary, and a Chapter Treasurer from the Chapter membership. Chapter Chairs and Vice-Chairs must not be of the same sex. Chapter Elections should be in line with the Nominations and Elections procedures as outlined in Article XI of these Bylaws.

 

After

Section 5: Each Chapter shall be headed by a Chapter Chair elected from amongst the membership of the Chapter at a meeting of the Chapter held in accordance with Chapter Guidelines in the first half of odd numbered years. The Chapter Chair shall use all reasonable efforts to appoint or form an election committee to fill the vacancy for Vice-Chair, Chapter Secretary and Chapter Treasurer from the Chapter membership. Chapter Chairs and Vice-Chairs must not be of the same sex. Chapter Elections should be in line with the Nominations and Elections procedures as outlined in Article XI of these Bylaws.

Suggested Amendment for Vacancy

DPCA Members/Vacancies

Article XII Section 2


Before
Any vacancy, except for the position of Chair as described above, shall be filled by appointment by the Chair with approval from the Executive Committee, no less than thirty (30) days and no more than sixty (60) days from the date of the vacancy. Until such vacancy is filled, the National Chair may appoint at the Chair’s discretion a member to fill the vacancy on a temporary basis. Any member appointed to replace a vacancy shall serve only until the next regularly scheduled election pursuant to Article XI. A person elected to serve out the balance of a term for a period of less than 365 days shall not be deemed to have served a full term.

 

After

The election to fill a vacancy for the National Vice Chair, National Secretary, or National Treasurer shall be no earlier than two months and no later than four months following the date that the vacancy first arises.

After a vacancy arises, the National Executive Committee may appoint a DPCA Representative on a purely interim basis until an election can be held as described above; provided, however, that the nominated individual so appointed must have previously been elected by the entire membership of Democrats Abroad Japan.

Reasoning

Currently, National Vice Chair, National Secretary, and National Treasurer can be appointed in the event of a vacancy under the DAJ Bylaws. Currently, these members also serve as DPCA voting representatives ex officio, which must be elected, where the conflict occurs. The DAJ bylaws state that DPCA reps in the event of a vacancy can be appointed, however the DA Charter states that they must be elected. We recommend that the following language be added to the bylaws to ensure that DPCA representatives are all directly elected by the membership.

Recommendations

Recommendation

Define designated geographic areas

Article V Section 3, b

Current areas are designated as Eastern/Northern Honshu, Western/Southern Honshu, Hokkaido, and Shikoku, and Kyushu/Okinawa and each are awarded a Member-at-Large, elected by those regions. The National Secretary has currently designated specific geographical locations. It is worth noting that the classification of these regions by each Nominations and Elections Committee ("NEC") has been a discussion topic in the meeting minutes of several previous NECs, so it was raised if we should clearly define borders for geographic regions. We determined that we should not pursue language on this because it can be determined by the NEC.

We recommend that the future NECs specifically add a prefecture section to each ballot and determine which regions are eligible for each position to make it easy for the National Secretary to identify in our database where each voter is voting from. Deciding on a prefectural basis is simple, referenceable, and responsible.

Recommendation

Ranked Choice Ballots for the Chair and Vice Chair

What happens if there is a close election? Does the chair take precedent? Should we go with Ranked Choice Voting?

Such questions have been asked in recent years by DAJ Members. Ranked Choice Ballot Initiatives have shown to increase the outcome of voter preference in a democracy - the voter is able to make more choices and “rank” their prospective candidates and thus, their platforms, which can alter the outcome to more closely align with a constituency.

However, the current level of participation in our elections is lower to the point where it is uncommon for more than two candidates to run for any given position. Currently, as an off-year committee, we have many special elections and vacancies open across the membership. While the bylaws committee generally supports Ranked Choice Voting as an ideal, as a purely logistical issue given the conditions of our elections at this time, we did not see it as an item to take up at this time and instead to be pursued in future bylaws committees. With more pressing urgent issues facing the committee given the reality of vacancies, we did not choose to make a specific recommendation now, but if this wants to be pursued, we recommend those who want to undertake this volunteer for future Nominations and Elections Committee and administer an election in this fashion, clearly record the results and challenges, and then bring it forward to the membership. This is an item for an NEC to experiment with, as we recognize they have the authority to undertake this and we should try it for one cycle to see the results before mandating the change in our bylaws.

Recommendation

In the difficulty of deciding the DPCA vote distribution to ExCom members, one idea raised within the Bylaws committee was the potential for moving Japan’s votes to a purely direct democracy setup for Japan’s DPCA votes. We would be the first country committee to do this and there is no precedent for it.

It was decided that this is not something that can be taken up at this time for mandate, but rather, requires direct testing. As such, for this upcoming DPCA Global meeting, as your DPCA representative from Japan, John has volunteered to put his DPCA vote up to public ballot for the entire membership in the upcoming meeting. He will send and circulate the Global Resolutions and Global Bylaws when he receives the first drafts for input, and he will publicize the votes, results, how he voted, and the challenges therein. It would be great if we could get a quorum of our membership (20 people, same as this meeting) to participate to validate the effort.

We ask everyone to make this a successful test and support the distribution of materials, that the next bylaws committee review his findings at the next AGM, time allowing.

Please send DA Japan National Bylaw Proposal Comments to this e-mail address:

HERE:

For reference, the current DA Japan National Bylaws can be found HERE:

Please keep in mind the following dates:

All submissions and proposals regarding the National Bylaws were accepted until:
Saturday, March 12th, 2022

Proposed bylaws amendment, drafts, and recommendations are being sent to members on:
Saturday, March 19th, 2022

Final discussion and amendments will take place at the next annual meeting of the general membership, which we currently anticipate will be held on:
Saturday, April 9th, 2022

Voting will then begin the following day and be open for approximately one month until:
Sunday, May 8th, 2022

We look forward to reading any and all membership feedback throughout this process.

Best Regards,
Bylaws Committee Members
Democrats Abroad Japan


DAJ March 2022 1st Newsletter

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2022 March #1 Newsletter contents:

  1. Message from your national officers
  2. Annual General Meeting and Meet the Candidates Event April 9th, 1:30pm
  3. Upcoming DA Japan Events
    1. Online Speakeasy Thurs March 10, 7pm
    2. GoTV Training Sat March 12 11am
    3. AP GOTV Team Leaders Meeting, Sun March 13 5pm
    4. Webinar for US Overseas Taxpayers, Sat March 19 6pm
    5. Learn to Phonebank, Sun March 20 5pm
  4. Gun Control event Sat April 2 - looking for PR volunteers
  5. Make a video for the Global Women's Caucus Reproductive Justice Team project

🌟Message from your national officers

Today, March 8, is International Women's Day (IWD) 2022 - a time to celebrate women's achievements, and how far we have come with gender equality.
HOWEVER, it is hard to celebrate with the current challenges to women's rights and with war raging in the world.
 
DA Japan is here to help ensure your voice is heard!
How do we do that? By making sure eligible voters register and vote.
Besides electing officials, there are a wide array of measures on state ballots - For example:
- abortion - 6 states
- firearms - 10 bills
- raising the minimum wage - 5 states
- education initiatives - 21 states
- taxation - more than 40 bills
 
Every vote matters.
 
Our events - see below - aim to do more than share information but to ensure all Americans register and vote in every election!
Besides these workshops, by joining the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on April 9, you can also find out how YOU can impact the 2022 midterms.
That is why we are here - to bring our voices together so our roar is heard.

❤️ From your DA Japan Executive Committee

Sarajean (Chair), Dave (Secretary), Regina(Treasurer)

Have you reregistered to vote/requested a ballot yet this year? Just go to www.votefromabroad.org Help us reach new and more voters by sharing this newsletter with all your American friends!

🌟 Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Meet the Candidates on Sat April 9, 1pm, online

2022 AGM Sat April 9 1:30-5:00pm

Democrats Abroad Japan will be hosting its Annual General Meeting on April 9, 2022.

Virtual doors open 1:10pm for mingling and socializing

What will happen

  • The Executive Committee reports to the membership on progress and finances
  • Get out the vote campaign: updates and training
  • Find out how to volunteer
  • Special elections: Meet the candidates
  • Learn about the new logo, and communications & fundraising plans
  • DAJ Bylaws review
  • Time to mingle, make new friends and see familiar faces

Have an item you think should be on the agenda? Have a prize for our raffle? Please let us know by March 15. Contact [email protected]

Note: You must be a member of Democrats Abroad Japan to participate.

  • Should pandemic conditions ease, we may follow the AGM with small local social events for continuing the discussion. if you can host 1 of these in your area - please contact [email protected]
  • RSVP for the AGM HERE:
  • The minutes from the 2021 AGM can be found HERE:
  • A more detailed mailing and materials will be shared next week!

Nominations for Vice Chair (Liaison to chapters), Member-at-Large Hokkaido (Hokkaido member representative), and Alternate Democratic Party Committee Abroad Voting Representative close on March 14th - More Info HERE:

DA Japan Bylaws proposals accepted through March 12th. More Info HERE:

🌟Upcoming DA Japan Events

1️⃣ Online Speakeasy Thursday, March 10, 7pm~10pm JST

As always, bring your favorite beverage and hang out with friends old and new. RSVP HERE:

 

 

2️⃣ GoTV Training - Saturday, March 12 11am

Rebecca - DA Japan GOTV chair - will lead an interactive introductory workshop on how to help US voters get registered, vote, and make sure their ballots are counted. Learn, step-by-step, how to use VFA for voter education as well as registration. Find out how you can make a difference in the midterms. RSVP HERE:

 

3️⃣ AP GOTV Team Leaders Meeting, Sunday, March 13, 5pm

The monthly meeting of Asia Pacific GOTV point persons - find out more about plans to make a difference in the 2022 midterms.

RSVP HERE:

4️⃣ Webinar for US Overseas Taxpayers, Saturday, March 19 6pm

DA South Korea will be sponsoring a US Taxpayer Webinar with Nathalie Goldstein from myexpattaxes. Get answers to your Tax questions. RSVP HERE:

You might also be interested in this video: Why U.S. Taxes Aren't a Barrier to Voting in U.S. Elections A talk by Rebecca Lammers, DA Global Tax Task Force Chair, Democrats Abroad

5️⃣ LEARN TO PHONEBANK, Sunday, March 20, 5pm

Asia Pacific Phonebanking training and practice

March 2022 Trainer: Layne Mostyn, DA Australia

Phonebanking is one of the easiest and most effective ways for us to turn out the DA vote in Asia Pacific, and around the globe!

The first hour will be an introduction and the second hour we will practice calling, so you can build your confidence and jump right into phone banking!

RSVP HERE:

 

🌟Gun Control event, Saturday, April 2, 12 noon - looking for volunteers

We have some speakers lined up for a gun control event on Saturday, April 2, but need your help with PR and organizing the event. Contact [email protected] to find out more.

🌟Make a video for the Global Women's Caucus Reproductive Justice Team project.

Make a 1-minute video explaining why the right to abortion is absolutely necessary. Mention VotefromAbroad.org for overseas voter registration in the video. We hope to motivate people to vote once the videos go up on Youtube. Link with information about the project and how to participate: HERE:

 

 

DID YOU KNOW:

$5 a month - Just 1 bowl of ramen - Can have a big impact for DA and DAJ!

  • Calling all DAJ members 2X per year => $2500 + overhead for the calling platform = $3000 / 30 people @ $100 per year or 60 people @ $5 per month
  • THUS => If just 30 people gave $100 per year or if 60 people contributed $5 per month, we could call all our members 2X this year to get them to vote.

Even if you don't have the time to call, you can help us by making a contribution.

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2022 DAJ Bylaws Committee Formation & Accepting Proposals

Date: Saturday, March 5th, 2022.
Subject: Bylaws Committee Formation & Accepting Proposals

Dear Membership of Democrats Abroad Japan,

This letter is to notify you that as of February 1st, 2022, the Executive Committee of Democrats Abroad Japan has convened the Bylaws Committee to review the existing Bylaws of Democrats Abroad Japan.

The Bylaws Committee Members are:
Leslie Anne Rogers (Committee Chair)
Raymond Terhune (Committee Vice Chair)
John Baumlin
Regina Salathe
Max Sternberg

The committee was formed in response to recent vacancies in the National Executive Committee, as the circumstances under which our National Secretary and National Treasurer can be appointed are currently in conflict with the Global Democrats Abroad Charter (the “state” party that represents us in the Democratic Party). The Bylaws Committee intends to directly draft and recommend specific proposals to remedy the issue of vacancies throughout the organization, and other routine edits to the Bylaws.

Keeping the intended scope in mind, we would like to open and accept any and all proposals to the Bylaws for review from the membership, as we feel a responsibility to serve you during this time. The earlier these are submitted, the more the Bylaws committee may lend scholarly support to your amendment or proposal beforehand if desired.

Please send DA Japan National Bylaw Proposals to this e-mail address:

HERE:

For reference, the the DA Japan National Bylaws can be found HERE:


Please keep in mind the following dates:

All submissions and proposals regarding the National Bylaws will be accepted until:
Saturday, March 12th, 2022

Proposed bylaws amendment, drafts, and recommendations will be sent to members by:
Saturday, March 19th, 2022

Final discussion and amendments will take place at the next annual meeting of the general membership, which we currently anticipate will be held on:
Saturday, April 9th, 2022

Voting will then begin the following day and be open for approximately one month until:
Sunday, May 8th, 2022

We look forward to reading any and all membership feedback throughout this process.

Best Regards,
Bylaws Committee Members
Democrats Abroad Japan



Call for Nominations for 2022 DAJ Special Election

 

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Special Election!

 

2022 Democrats Abroad Japan (DAJ)

The Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC) of Democrats Abroad Japan (DAJ) is calling for nominations of candidates for the following positions:

 

  • National Vice-Chair
    • liaisons between Chapters and Officers to make sure all voices are heard
  • Members-at-Large for Hokkaido
    • represents the membership to Hokkaido
  • One (1) Alternate Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA) Voting Representative
    • serves as an alternate to participate and vote in certain conventions and meetings

 

Term for all positions: Until June 2023

 

Why should you run for one of these offices?

 

This is your chance:

⭐️ to be part of Democratic leadership

⭐️ to have voting rights on the Democratic Party agenda (VP and DPCA Rep)

⭐️ to help Americans in your region and across Japan vote in this crucial mid-term election

⭐️ to fight for equality for every American

⭐️ help Democrats retain control of Congress in November.

 

The NEC would like to see many candidates run for all offices. We encourage all members to take a chance to step up and take an active part in US Elections by becoming an organization leader!

 

Timeline with Important dates:

 

3/1

Nominations open

3/14

Nominations close at 11:59 p.m. Submit nominations via email before 11:59 pm JST to [email protected]

3/21

Candidate statements (500 words) must be received by 11:59 p.m. at [email protected]

3/29

Voting opens; signed ballots are to be returned by postal mail (by request) or email to [email protected]

4/9 or 4/10

Meet the candidates! Details forthcoming (exact time and location: TBA).

4/16

Voting closes as ballots must be received (email or postal mail) by 11:59pm

4/17

Election Meeting, ballots counted. 2pm online via WebEx

4/20

Membership is notified of election results by this day

 

 

The Nomination Process: Members may nominate themselves or others by e-mail.

  • If you nominate yourself, your email to the Committee will be considered your consent to run for office.
  • If you nominate someone else, you must inform the person you have nominated, and your nomination email to the Committee must contain the nominee’s contact information (address, if known, as well as working phone number(s) and working email address) so that the Committee may contact them in a timely manner to confirm their consent to serve.
  • If nominated by another member, the nominee will be contacted after nominations close to confirm the nomination.

 

How to Nominate: Send an email to [email protected] by 11:59 pm JST on March 14th. All nomination e-mails are required to include the following information:

  • Complete name
  • Contact information including: phone, address and email
  • Confirmation of the position you would like to run for or are nominating another person to run for.

 

Candidate Qualifications:

  • Member in good standing (member of Democrats Abroad who is a resident of Japan and, for members-at-large, who is a resident of the area of Japan they would represent).
  • Term limits: no one who is completing a second consecutive term in the office in question is eligible to run for that office.
  • Gender-diversity qualification: Pursuant to Article V, Section 1, “The Chair and Vice-Chair shall not be of the same sex.”

 

For more information and updates:

  • Visit the DAJ site https://www.democratsabroad.org/jp
  • Visit the DAJ Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/DemocratsAbroadJapan/ for regular updates
  • Contact [email protected] if you have any questions.

 

We look forward to receiving your nominations!

 

Sincerely yours,

The DAJ 2022 Nominations and Election Committee

Anna Costello, Chair

Linda Gould

Larry Staples

Martin Spang