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DAJ Late November 21 Newsletter

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  1. Message from your national officers
  2. Come Join our Thanksgiving Events
  3. National Treasurer Vacancy Status Update

🌟Message from your national officers


We will keep it short and sweet this time. First, all members who are able to join our Kansai, Tokai, and Kanto Thanksgiving events are encouraged to come out to our events.

Second, we need to update you on the status of finding and seating a replacement for our National Treasurer.

Finally, we have a link to the DA Taxation Task Force, which is promoting a bill in Congress to simplify US tax filing requirements for overseas filers.

❤️ From your DA Japan Executive Committee

Sarajean (Chair), Elliott (Vice Chair), Dave (Secretary)

 

🌟Upcoming DA Japan Events

1️⃣ JOIN US FOR THANKSGIVING!

Our ever-popular Thanksgiving Events are Back! All our major regions are planning events on Saturday, November 27th. The Kansai and Kanto Chapters are currently accepting reservations. Reserve your place, as seating will be limited. There will be an after-party after the Kanto brunch. Click RSVP link below for details.

It's the Gift-Matching Season!

ALL DONATIONS to Democrats Abroad Japan will be MATCHED up to a total of 1 MILLION YEN between now and the end of 2021.

The DAJ Executive Committee (ExCom) has pledged to match all contributions through the end of the year. Help us in funding the Get Out The Vote for the Midterm Elections. Hold The House and Senate!

The latest information and RSVPs for Thanksgiving can be found on the DAJ Events page HERE:

 

🌟 Update on the National Treasurer Vacancy

As explained in our Nov. 9th newsletter, Ruth McCreery resigned as DAJ Treasurer on Nov. 2nd. She remains committed to DAJ activities and purpose. Ruth and her husband John, like the rest of us, understand we must work together to win in 2022. Dave Brauer, current Secretary and former Treasurer is serving as the Interim Treasurer.

The Treasurer is an important role. The Executive Committee (ExCom) needs to fill this position by Jan 1st 2022. It’s important that we have a complete team so we can focus on our main aims: winning elections, by Getting Out the Vote after registering large numbers of voters.

Treasurer roles and responsibilities:

  • Maintain financial records
  • Prepare monthly financial reports
  • Review and make proposals for adjustments to the budget as needed
  • Work with or oversee the fundraising team.
  • Take part in regular Executive committee meetings (currently monthly but this may change when the election season heats up)
  • Take part in monthly Advisory Board meetings
  • The Treasurer's role has the lightest formal responsibility among the four ExCom members, meaning it is open to many possibilities
  • Past treasurers sponsored global DPCA resolutions, and engaged in global and regional activities. They have been active in GOTV, fundraising events, members outreach and/or promotional events based on their own skills, interests and time.

The Treasurer is also a Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA) Voting member. To meet the gender balance requirements, this person should be a woman or nonbinary, as we currently have 3 men (the Vice Chair, the Secretary and the directly elected DPCA representative) and 1 woman (the Chair) serving. The DPCA Voting Member roles and responsibilities:

  • Be active leading up to and during the hybrid (online & in person) global DPCA meetings in Costa Rica in May 2022 and any subsequent global DPCA meetings during the Treasurer’s term. (Usually one per year)
  • Vote at DPCA meetings on behalf of DA members in Japan on DPCA business, such as charter amendments, resolutions expressing support for or against policies, elections, etc.

The ExCom takes filling this role very seriously which is why we consulted our Japan Legal Counsel and the DA Office of International Counsel to clarify processes laid out in DA Japan’s Bylaws and DA Global Charter related to selecting a new DA Japan Treasurer, who is also a DPCA voting member.

The Executive Committee considered an array of options in order to find a person who might be able to fill the position. The Chair has been in talks with several persons to assess interests and options. However, the ExCom recognizes the democratic principle that the DPCA Voting Representatives should be elected by the membership. At our elections last June, we did elect an Alternate DPCA Voting Representative to be able to fill any vacancies.

  • Filling Executive Committee member vacancies can be done by appointment of the Executive Committee within 30-60 days (Article XII, section 2 DAJ Bylaws) => in this case Dec 2, 2021 - Jan 1, 2022.
  • The DA Japan Treasurer is also a DPCA voting member, meaning that the Treasurer can vote at DA Global meetings on behalf of DA members in Japan. (Article V, section 1d).

Moving forward:

  • The chair would like to propose the alternate DPCA Rep Regina Salathé for the DA Japan Treasurer position at the next Executive Committee meeting on Saturday Dec 4 10-11:30am. This meeting will be open to observers. See link below.
  • Regina Clark Salathé graduated from the University of Virginia Law School and built her career as a finance lawyer at a large NY law firm. She later moved to Japan, where she has been engaged in raising a family and has served on the board of several schools and educational foundations. Regina has been active in Democratic causes and as a fundraiser for Biden, Harris, Obama and other Democratic candidates. She was elected Alternate DPCA Voting Representative for DAJ in June of 2021.
  • She is eager to contribute to DAJ by taking this role.
  • This fulfills the gender balance requirement for DPCA Voting Representatives, and also abides by the principle that Voting Representatives should be elected.
  • It means we will need to have an election for the Alternate DPCA Voting Rep - we plan to do this in the new year.

Want to know more? Have questions? Contact your ExCom at [email protected] abroad.org.

Together we make change happen!

Sarajean,

Chair, Democrats Abroad Japan

 

🌟 Please call or contact your US Representative and Senators to pass the Tax Simplification for Americans Abroad Act of 2021

Most Americans living overseas do not owe U.S. taxes, but must file complicated tax returns to prove it, and are liable for penalties if they don't, so many end up paying accountants to prepare their returns. If passed, this act would enable most overseas filers to file a very simple form, and would extend the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion to include foreign government social welfare, carer's leave, retirement benefits and education awards. Democrats Abroad has been working tirelessly to make your life easier. Now we need your help to get this bill over the finished line. More information HERE:

 

🌟 Upcoming DA Japan meetings

 

  • Thurs Dec 2 11am-12:30 Basic voter registration online training - RSVP HERE:
  • Sat Dec 4 10-11:30 Executive committee online meeting - RSVP HERE:
  • Thu Dec 9 7-10pm Speakeasy - RSVP HERE:
  • Sat Dec 11 9:30-11am Advisory board online meeting - RSVP HERE:
  • Sat Dec 11 11-12:30pm Basic phone banking online training RSVP HERE:

 

We ask you to support Democrats Abroad as we fight to protect and expand your right to vote from abroad.

 

 


DAJ Late October 21 Newsletter

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2021 10 Second  Newsletter contents: 

  1. Message from your national officers
    1. GoTV activities and plans for 2022
    2. Halloween and Thanksgiving
    3. Action Meeting - Climate
    4. DAJ Website renewal open
  2. A small action you can take today!
    1. Do something about the Climate Crisis
  3. Voter’s Alert - VA, OH, and NJ
  4. Upcoming DA Japan Events 
    1. Action Meeting: Take action on the Climate Crisis 
    2. Online Halloween Costume Party
    3. GOTV 2022 Election Strategy Meeting
    4. Monthly SPEAKEASY
  5. Event Calendar on DAJ Welcome Page
  6. Upcoming DA Global Events
    1. Caucus Events: 
      1. Taco Tuesday- Global Hispanic Caucus
      2. Global Disability Caucus - Connect the Dots
    2. Democrats Abroad State Team
      1. Wisconsinites, Texans, 
    3. Global Black Caucus
  7. Past Events
    1. Recording of the Getting all your Stimulus Payments Webinar 
  8. Community Interest
    1. REI Virtual Walk

🌟Message from your national officers

2021 10 Second  Newsletter contents: 

As fall sets in, we find ourselves focusing on holidays and 2021 elections. 

Are you a New Jersey and Virginia voter?  There’s still time for you to send your ballots - and while you are at it check in with your friends at home to make sure they are voting! - details below.

Enjoy Halloween? The Kanto Chapter will host an online Halloween Costume Party - see info below.  

Are you interested in the climate crisis? Join DA Japan’s Action meeting on Oct 28 at 8:00pm which features a guest speaker from the Climate Reality project - details below.  

Miss the DAJ Annual Thanksgiving Events? With Covid numbers going down and Thanksgiving around the corner, DAJ chapters are considering how to hold holiday events online and  in person.  See info below if you would like to get involved in thanksgiving event planning. See details below.

Want to overseas voters to have an impact in 2022? DA Japan is looking for volunteers to join the Get Out The Vote (GOTV) and communications  teams now. Please scroll down to find out more!

Love a good party or Demo? there are several ideas in the works for January and we are looking for members who love a good party and those who would like to ensure we have another successful Women’s March in January.   Please scroll down to find out more!

Our DAJ Welcome Page has been renewed with a link to our calendar of events.

You are Democrats Abroad Japan. DAJapan is the US Democratic Party  here in Japan. We make every US citizen’s voice heard through electing democrats, influencing policy, and connecting with each other.  We are as powerful as our members are active   make your voices heard by joining our events and teams. 

Join us!

❤️ From your DA Japan Executive Committee

Sarajean (Chair), Elliott (Vice Chair), Dave (Secretary), Ruth (Treasurer)

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DAJ Early October 21 Newsletter

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2021 Early October Newsletter contents:

  1. Message from your national officers
    1. New Jersey Voting Rights Expansion
    2. Stimulus Payments Webinar
  2. A small action you can take today!
    1. ERA
  3. Voters Alert!
    1. VA, NJ
  4. Upcoming DA Japan Events
    1. Monthly SPEAKEASY
    2. Tokai Regional Meeting
    3. Action Meeting - Climate Action
  5. Upcoming DA Global Events
    1. Stimulus Webinar
    2. New Jersey Voting Rights Rally
    3. Feminist Literary Festival
  6. Past DA Japan Events
    1. Sept 25 Phone banking training
    2. Sept 30 Action meeting
    3. Oct 2 Reproductive health workshop
  7. Community Interest
    1. Yokohama tour

🌟Message from your national officers

Democrats Abroad and Democrats Abroad Japan are focusing on issues critical to our members at all levels of our political system. 2021 is important as our engagement now is a preview to what we can or cannot accomplish in 2022! We are as powerful as our members are active - make your voices heard by joining our events and teams.

Want to get more overseas votes counted in state elections? Our last DAJ chair, John Baumlin, has been the central driving force pushing for the expansion of voting rights for overseas New Jerseyans. Join our online rally on Tuesday Oct 12th at 9:30pm - details below.

Did you get all 3 of your stimulus payments?

Join the webinar on Monday, Oct 11th, at 4pm to find out more - details below.

 

 

Are you in Central Japan? The Tokai Chapter will have an online gathering on Oct 26 at 6:30pm - details below.

Are you interested in environmental policy? Join Da Japan’s Action meeting on Oct 28 at 8:00pm which features a guest speaker from the Climate Reality project - details below.

Want to make a difference in 2022? DA Japan is looking for volunteers to join the Get Out The Vote (GOTV) and communications teams now. Please scroll down to find out more!

You are Democrats Abroad Japan. DAJapan is the US Democratic Party here in Japan. We make every US citizen’s voice heard through electing democrats, influencing policy, and connect

ing with each other. We are as powerful as our members are active - make your voices heard!

❤️ From your DA Japan Executive Committee

Sarajean (Chair), Elliott (Vice Chair), Dave (Secretary), Ruth (Treasurer)

🌟 A small action you can take today!

1️⃣ Sign Petition to your US senators to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

Enough states have ratified the ERA to amend the U.S. Constitution, but the U.S. Senate must pass SJ Res. 1 to extend the time limit.

It is very easy once you sign up to use Resist.bot. You can text for free using Telegram.

 

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Text "SIGN PUKLOC" (without the quotes) to Resist.bot (addressee)on your smartphone using Telegram. You can also use Messenger on Facebook to sign the petition.

 

Instructions on how to set up Telegram and Resist.bot on your smartphone and PC: Presentation HERE: video walk-through HERE:

🌟 Voters Alert

1️⃣ Virginia and New Jersey VOTERS:

Hey, Virginia and New Jersey Voters, if you have been putting off registering, October 12th is the deadline!

Virginia election information can be found HERE: and New Jersey information HERE:

Upcoming Elections Sept 21

🌟Upcoming DA Japan Events

1️⃣ October SPEAKEASY on the 14th at 7pm. Young People Toasting with Beer
Join friends new and old to discuss
the matters of the day, or whatever interests you. Bring your favorite beverage and join us on webex. RSVP HERE

 

 

2️⃣ Democrats Abroad Japan Tokai Chapter Online Get-Together


Welcome all Tokai members and supporters. We will meet on Google Meets When:
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2021 AT 6:30 PM

Follow the link HERE: to RSVP.

 

3️⃣ Action Meeting Thursday, October 28th, 8 to 9:30PM

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7:45-8:00 sign in

8:00-9:30 Open discussion

Speaker:

Chris Kozak, Climate Reality Leader

Moderator: Sarajean

Join Chris and Sarajean for an informative and energizing discussion about climate action! We will talk about living a more sustainable lifestyle, the Green New Deal, the Citizens Climate Lobby and actions we can take right now at the local, community, and federal levels.

Actions will include

1) simple things you can do every day

2) using your consumer power to support greener businesses and

3) contacting govt officials on a specific bill and

4) voting.

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*If you are interested in being a green leader for the future this is for you!

NOTE: We will share a pre-event email just before the event to get you prepared for the talk!

RSVP HERE:

 

🌟 Volunteer Opportunities :

1️⃣ Call for GoTV committee members!

VFA opening page GOTV: Did you know that only 8% of the 92,000 eligible U.S. voters in Japan voted in 2020??? Would you like to help increase that number in 2022 so we can control congress? Then join us in Getting Out the Vote of the other 92%!

We need active volunteers to join the GOTV Committee! What we will do: plan voter outreach events, research and gather info on upcoming elections, create and support online and (in the future) in-person voter registration and information events.

If you're interested in volunteering for the GOTV Committee, please send an email to [email protected]

 

2️⃣ Call for Communications committee members!

We need to spread the word about DAJ to more people throughout Japan. What we will do: collaborative outreach, contact other organizations about DA Japan, contact the media, create short videos, and spread the word about events using traditional and social media. If you're interested, please send an email to [email protected]

🌟 Save the Date! Upcoming DA Global Events

1️⃣ Calling all New Jerseyans and voting rights allies!

October 12, 2021 9:30pm JST

New Jersey Voting Rights Rally

What we will do:

  • Meet the legislators sponsoring inclusive legislation for voters abroad
  • Learn how you can help bring the bill across the finish line
  • Participate in a virtual group door knock
  • Getting voting assistance for the November 2 election

RSVP HERE:


The November 2nd state election in New Jersey will set the tone heading into 2022, and
Democrats need to pull out all the stops in this election! New Jersey voters abroad who intend to return to New Jersey at some point should request their ballot today at www.votefromabroad.org and return it ASAP!

Some states - like New Jersey - deny state and local voting rights to those who indicate that their "return is uncertain" on their ballot request. So, Democrats Abroad is strategizing to expand and protect voting rights one state at a time, starting with New Jersey. NJ Assembly and Senate bills: NJ A5306/S3761, would change the law back and enfranchise all overseas voters once again. The bill passed the NJ Assembly! Now we need your help to pass S3761 in the NJ Senate and elect officials to protect overseas voting rights, so such an injustice never happens again.

Here's a link to more information about A5306/S3761. To support Democrats Abroad's important work to restore NJ voting rights, please DONATE HERE.


2️⃣ HOW TO GET ALL YOUR STIMULUS PAYMENTS THIS YEAR WEBINAR


Join Democrats Abroad as tax expert Nathalie Goldstein MsC, EA and CEO of
MyExpatTaxes discusses how to receive your Economic Impact Payments as an American living abroad, plus discusses 101 tax basics.

 

RECORDING HERE:

 

 

 

3️⃣ Friday, October 01, 2021 at 12:01 AM through October 25, 2021 at 12:01am Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Feminist Literature Festival October 2021

RSVP for Zoom link HERE:

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What better way to celebrate the written word than joining the Feminist Literature Book Club of the Global Women's Caucus for a month-long literary festival!

For more information and to RSVP HERE:

🌟Past DA Japan Events

Thanks to Tokai chair, Eric Gondree, for organizing the Sept 25 phone banking training for DAJ members! We will plan another this winter to gear up for the 2022 elections.

The Sept 30 Action meeting: Why Vote in Local Elections? Brought in people from all over DA to talk about the issues that matter locally and globally.

Before the panel discussion, DAJ GOTV Chair, Rebecca Thompkins, held a voter registration clinic to answer voter questions and remind us of the upcoming deadlines.

Electing people locally to influence issues that matter to us all such as voting rights, healthcare, housing, abortion, and gun control, is of the utmost importance! Our panelists shared ideas and experiences working at the local and state levels. We also shared information on the women’s health protection act and how to influence your own state’s voting laws. Thanks to both John’s for their time and efforts!

Sept 21 Action Meeting

The Oct 2 Let’s talk about Sex Reproductive rights workshop brought together members from DA Japan and DA Korea with students from Sophia University. Main discussion topics included the need to dispel myths about sex, and talk more openly about consent and GBV. We also shared information on the ERA and the need to elect the right leaders.

Thanks to all who joined!

🌟 COMMUNITY INTEREST

Yokohama Historical Walking Tour

w/ Temple University Japan professor Dr. Kyle Cleveland

October 23 at 1:00-6:00pm

Information HERE:

 

 


Mid-September 21 DAJ Newsletter

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2021 mid-Sept Newsletter contents: 

  1. Message from your national officers 
  2. A small action you can take today!
    1. Women's Health Protection Act
  3. Voters Alert!
  4. Upcoming DA Japan Events 
    1. Monthly SPEAKEASY
    2. Action Meeting
  5. Volunteer Opportunities
    1. Phonebanking
    2. GoTV - Get Out the Vote
  6. Upcoming DA Global Events

🌟Message from your national officers

With the decisions made in Texas on sexual and reproductive rights, 18 states enacting 30 laws limiting voting rights, and new limits on gun control, it has become increasingly clear that we need to make our voices heard in elections every year.  Many of the issues dear to Democrats, environmental policy, reforming and restructuring policing, equitable fair access to a fair justice system, racial justice, gender and sexual equity, housing policy and quality healthcare for all are impacted by decisions made at the state and local levels. We cannot  wait until the next presidential election to vote.

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Vote activities and we need your support! While limited to online activities due to COVID-19, DA members globally have already called and texted more than 9000 people in California and are now contacting voters in Virginia and New Jersey by phone, email, social media and text.

Da Japan is looking for volunteers to join the Get Out The Vote (GOTV) and communications  teams now. Please scroll down to find out more about how you can join us!

You are Democrats Abroad Japan. DAJapan is the US Democratic Party  here in Japan. We make every US citizen’s voice heard through electing democrats, influencing policy, and connecting with each other. We are as powerful as our members are active  - make your voices heard!

❤️ From your DA Japan Executive Committee

Sarajean (Chair), Elliott (Vice Chair), Dave (Secretary), Ruth (Treasurer)

🌟 A small action you can take today!

1️⃣ Tell your Representative to Vote YES on the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA)!

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Representatives before 9/23. WHPA is federal legislation that will protect the right to access abortion care throughout the United States. Equal access to abortion care—everywhere—is essential for social and economic equality, reproductive autonomy, and the right to determine our own lives. WHPA is federal legislation that works toward a future where all of us are free to make the personal decisions that shape our lives, our futures, and our families, without political interference.

Vote "Yes" to Women's Health Protection Act (WHPA).

Send this petition to your representatives in Congress by doing the following:

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Text "SIGN PLQGZD" (without the quotes) to Resist.bot (addressee)on your smartphone using Telegram. You can also use Messenger on Facebook to sign the petition. Just follow the same instructions.

🌟 Voters Alert

1️⃣ Virginia and New Jersey VOTERS:  Register Today!

Keep VA and NJ Blue 

Virginia election information can be found HERE: and New Jersey information HERE:

Upcoming Elections Sept 21

🌟Upcoming DA Japan Events

1️⃣ Action Meeting

September and October will feature guest speakers from outside Democrats Abroad Japan and we hope you can join us on Sept 30 and Oct 28 

Note: The September action meeting will be on September 30 because September 23 is a national holiday.

September Action Meeting Sept 30, 8 to 10 PM

Theme: Why Vote in Local Elections? 

8 to 845 GOTV Voter clinic - have your 2021 election questions answered

Fall 2021 Elections are upon us! Bring your questions to Rebecca, DA Japan GOTV Team leader, who will review some of the basics for upcoming elections as well as important deadlines. Especially important for NJ, VA and Ohio voters!

845-9:00 Open discussion time

9:00-10:00 Panel discussion: Why Vote in Local Elections? 

Speakers 

John Choe, Queens-based Community Activist and former New York City Council Candidate 21106607_10101305610917080_45068179422020888_n.jpg

John Baumlin, past-chair DAJ, and current DPCA Representative.  1517544954062.jpeg

Moderator: Sarajean Sarajean-Rossitto.jpg

Join us for an interactive discussion on the importance of DA members' participation in State and Local Elections. Our panelists will share specific examples of how decisions made at the local and state government level impact people’s lives in communities and even those of us living overseas.  We will conclude the evening with a few specific actions you can take! 

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The DAJ Action Meeting is held every 4th Thursday, but bec 23rd is a holiday, it will be on Sept. 30th. Doors open at 7:45pm.  RSVP HERE:

 

2️⃣ October SPEAKEASY on the 14th at 7pmYoung People Toasting with Beer
Join friends new and old to discuss the matters of the day, or whatever interests you.  Bring your favorite beverage and join us on webex.   RSVP HERE

 

 

 

3️⃣ Women’s March Online: Defend our Reproductive Rights: Oct 2

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sexual health and reproductive rights. Two panels featuring young women and Democrats Abroad Japan members will present key issues facing our daily lives and actions you can take.

More details available later in September.

 

🌟 Volunteer Opportunities :

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DAJ Phone Banking training!

9/25 11-1pm online!!

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Even before the 2022 elections, there are plenty of phonebankiing opportunities starting now: Democrats Abroad is making a push into state races! Volunteer to do phonebanking a flexible and very effective outreach that you can do from home, at whatever times are best for you! If you care about winning elections, DA's phonebankiing campaigns are a great chance to make a contribution which really makes a difference.

DA Global is organizing phone banking campaigns throughout September and early Oct but you need to learn how to use the app!  RSVP HERE:

2️⃣ Call for GoTV committee members!

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with DAJ's Get Out the Vote efforts? We need active members to volunteer to join the GOTV Committee! Duties include: helping to plan voter outreach strategy and events, researching information about upcoming elections, helping out with online and (in the future) in-person voter registration and information events.

If you're interested in volunteering for the GOTV Committee, please send an email to

[email protected]

🌟Save the Date! Upcoming DA Global Events

1️⃣ Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 03:00 PM Singapore Time 

Virtual - Please RSVP for Zoom info HERE: 

DALCC Youth Caucus presents INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION IN THE DIGITAL LANDSCAPE

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As the world grapples with a pandemic, intercultural communication is all the more pressing. Why is cross-cultural dialogue so important? How can we ensure that our communication is held to the highest standard? Our global panel of youth hopes to give insight into this topic.



2️⃣Sunday, September 26, 2021 at 04:00 PM JST

Texans Abroad Planning Meeting – AP Friendly time

Info and RSVP HERE:

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Join us to map out our outreach for 2021 heading into the 2022 Midterms and crucial State and Local elections. Everyone is welcome! It's all hands on deck as we gear up for the coming months.

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3️⃣ Friday, October 01, 2021 at 12:01 AM through October 25, 2021 at 12:01am Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Feminist Literature Festival October 2021

RSVP for Zoom link HERE:

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What better way to celebrate the written word than joining the Feminist Literature Book Club of the Global Women's Caucus for a month-long literary festival!

Literature has always been the hallmark of how people communicate across cultures, beliefs, and generations. In fact, many social movements were initiated by pen and paper, and passed along in meeting halls, carried over oceans, and grown in academic soils. We invite you to celebrate with us: read a book, write a story, and bring your friends and family to join our month-long fest that is sure to inspire and inform! 

For more information and to RSVP HERE:

 

 

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2021 DAJ Tokai Chapter Election Provisional Results

The 2021 Tokai Nomination and Election Committee (NEC) is pleased to announce the provisional results of the 2021 Tokai Chapter Election. Votes were counted on June 27th, and recorded by the NEC as follows:

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New DAJ Executive Committee Welcome and Upcoming Events

Table of contents: 

  1. Online Town hall event on June 24th at 8pm
  2. Online Action Meeting - MONTHLY ON 4TH THURSDAY 8:00-9:30
  3. Online Speakeasy - MONTHLY ON 2nd THURSDAY 7:00~9:30
  4. Call for volunteers to join DA Japan’s slack
  5. Vision for DAJ & Greetings from Chair Sarajean Rossitto

 

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Farewell Address - The Tools of Democracy

Fellow citizens and friends of democracy,

Thank you so much for your hard work in maintaining American democracy these last two years. As we know in Asia Pacific, this is not something to be taken for granted.

Moving forward, I ask you to do something I feel very passionately about, but did not spend nearly enough time articulating during my term - and that is to support the tools of democracy. I encourage you to explore decentralized solutions for communication. I encourage you to embrace encryption and your civil liberties wherever possible. The success of democracy is not a particular platform or data point, the success of democracy is when we can have conversations and listen to each other in ways that have not been manipulated by other actors seeking money or power.

In our increasingly digital world, we must always be conscious of where and how we choose to organize. Is the platform we're organizing on harvesting data? Is it sorting our conversations? Is it open source? Where is its funding coming from? How does it manipulate our messaging? These are all important questions we must always consider and our Executive Committee considered often. I encourage all future political volunteers of any sort to do the same. Words are strong, but where, how, and when you say them will all have a great impact on their meaning.

Most importantly, never forget to cultivate the most important tool you have - your political imagination. Without the ability to dream and imagine a future we want to live in, we will never be able to articulate the societal goals and what good government can be to our constituents, fellow citizens, family, and friends. Without the ability to colorfully present that future, we will always fail to draw the interest of any particular person or group. Few will be motivated to save the world from Climate Change. Almost everyone will be motivated to breathe cleaner air every morning.  

For our lives to improve, we must keep our minds open to what is possible. Today, the words of any single person can be more influential than a news network, and money is being minted and valued by people. Let us look towards expanding the power we have as people. Let us let go of pragmatic assumptions, and cultivate groups around messages of change that we want to see.

I truly thank you all for your support and friendship. Please continue to support democracy, support democratic movements, and the tools of democracy that make those happen. I look forward to seeing what we, the people, can all create together.

Democracy Lives in Transparency,
John Andrew Baumlin Jr.
National Chair & Asia Pacific 2020 Delegate for Bernie Sanders
Democrats Abroad Japan


2021 DAJ Tokai Chapter Election is Open for Voting!

Voting for the 2021 DAJ Tokai Chapter Election is now open! Send in your ballot by June 26th!

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: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1X1GM92E2EnA5zReClXbS10FQ6Rh2BUQq/view?usp=sharing

Information will also be listed below:

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 bottom of the ballot. Unsigned ballots are considered to be invalid under the Democratic National Committee (DNC) bylaws.

You can submit your ballot in one of two 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]

Voting closes on June 26th at 11:59pm JST. All ballots must be received by this time. 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 the Tokai region (Aichi, Gifu, and Mie Prefectures) of Japan.

Ballot Tallying

After being received, the NEC will count the ballots and make a full report to the DAJ Tokai membership by June 30th, 2021. The ballots will be tallied by the NEC on Sunday June 27th at 3pm JST online via WebEx. Anyone in our membership may attend as a neutral observer to the process.

WebEx Link: https://democratsabroad.webex.com/webappng/sites/democratsabroad/meeting/info/cdd2a927472108181f47b00fea3c76d2
Password: dems

If you have any questions concerning the ballot process or procedures, please contact the NEC at [email protected]

Sincerely,
Paul Smith, Jason Morgan, and Anna Costello
DAJ 2021 Tokai Nomination and Election Committee


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