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This is your time! Committee slots open!

The newly elected Executive Committee for 2019-2021 would like to thank you for entrusting us to the enormity of the tasks that lie ahead in the upcoming term. Your newly elected Executive Committee consists of the following members:

    National Chair: John Baumlin

    National Vice Chair: Kiyoko Ayukawa

    National Secretary: Anna Costello

    National Treasurer: Dave Brauer

As the Executive Committee of DAJ, we represent the voice and ambitions of all Democrats living abroad in Japan. All English teachers and all salaried workers. All spouses and children. All refugees and students abroad for the first time. And we want you to join us in our endeavors.

The goals of our organization are to provide you the tools and means by which you can make yourself heard, even halfway across the world from America. This is how we plan to serve you this term:

  • Increase membership in DAJ to facilitate stronger representation in the Democratic Party.

  • Increase membership participation to raise awareness of Democratic Platform issues and to give members the means to take action.

  • Keep open communication and transparency between leadership and general membership.

  • Host meetings for membership for members to give feedback and input to leadership to promote said open communications.

  • Fundraise to reach more voters, host workshops, and run community events.

  • Engage in voter outreach to ensure Americans everywhere know they have voting rights and how to act upon them.

  • Run our primaries to inform voters about the goals of each candidate running for President.

  • Work to elect new leadership in 2020!

We would also like to note some recent changes to our bylaws as of our last general meeting on June 9, 2019. We encourage you to read the updated bylaws here. It is the constitution that guides us overseas.

With that, we would like to open a call on our membership to sign up and volunteer. We have several different committees with open positions and we would love your support on any of them. The committee openings are as follows:

  • Communications Committee – Drafting announcements, working on messaging, promoting our causes on social media sites (FB, Twitter, etc.) and helping to write articles on the DAJ website.

  • Events Committee – Helping to organize and plan nation-wide events.

  • Fundraising Committee – Helping to raise the funds needed to reach more voters and get the results you want.

  • Outreach Committee – Expand the DAJ membership into new areas and interface with our international committee!

  • Get Out The Vote – Directly Help Americans abroad get registered to vote and request their absentee ballots. Votes are what count the most.

If anyone is interested in volunteering, please contact dajsecretary@gmail.com and join us on Slack - our dedicated organization hub.

We look forward to serving as your Executive Committee! Let’s work together and restore the meaning of liberty for all in this challenging era of politics. 

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#CloseTheCamps

In solidarity with Lights for Liberty campaign

We invite all Americans in Japan to join us in raising our voices and uniting with people around the world opposing the disgraceful treatment of immigrants by and the cruel immigration policy of the current US administration. It's more important than ever to use your voice to push back against inhumane border policies.

TAKE ACTION:

  • July 4-13, Online campaign and calling our Members of Congress
  • July 13 4 pm, In-person action at the Statue of Liberty in Odaiba, Tokyo
  • More information and updates on the Facebook Event page 


What we know

Our families immigrated to the United States. We made the United States home to people from every nation, religion, culture, ethnicity and economic class. We may live far away from the United States, but still believe in the American ideals of tolerance, freedom, equality, and opportunity.

Immigration has always been complicated and mired in political controversy. Today, we have a president whose main concern appears to be stopping families - just like our own - from fleeing poverty and strife and seeking a better life by making the Unites States their home.

Caging people, mistreating them while in our custody, separating children from their parents, turning away from the sexual abuse at these facilities, and allowing people to die while in our custody are totally unacceptable. More than that – these action fly in the face of American ideals of justice, freedom and due process.

We may be far away from the United States, but we will join with millions of people all over the globe protesting the inhumane treatment of immigrants held in US custody.

Make your voice be heard. Together, we can. Together, we must. #CloseTheCamps #DontLookAway

If you want to hold an action in your area, and want some ideas, please contact us.


Best

Jenise

Linda

Sarajean, sarajean.daj@gmail.com

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2019 Kanto Chapter Election Results

The 2019 Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC) is pleased to announce to results of the 2019 Kanto Chapter elections. Votes in the 2019 Kanto Chapter officers election were counted on 6/16 and recorded by the NEC as follows:

Total ballots cast: 35

Total ballots: 34 (Completed ballots & confirmed membership)

Chair:

  • John Helwig - 34 votes, 100% of total valid votes (WINNER)

Vice-Chair:

  • Gwen Catley - 34 votes、100% of total valid votes (WINNER)

Secretary:

  • David Odell - 34 votes, 100% of total valid votes (WINNER)

Treasurer: (write-in candidates)

  • Matthew Moore - 22 votes, 64.7% of total valid votes (WINNER)
  • David Littleboy 1 vote, 2.94% of total valid votes
  • John Baumlin 1 vote, 2.94% of total valid votes
  • No votes 10, 29.4% of total valid votes

A warm thank you to everyone who ran as a candidate and voted in this election. The DAJ Kanto Chapter depends on the participation of members like you. Thank you again for your participation. Now on to the heart of what we do -- registering voters and getting out the vote for the 2020 elections!

Sincerely yours,

The DAJ 2019 Nominations and Elections Committee

  • Sarajean Rossitto
  • Leslie Anne Rogers
  • Steven Breyak
  • Jenise Treuting
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2019 National Elections Results

The 2019 Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC) is pleased to announce to results of the 2019 national elections. Votes in the 2019 National Officers Election were counted on 6/16 and recorded by the NEC as follows:

Total ballots cast: 50

Total legitimate ballots: 49 (Completed ballots & confirmed membership)

Chair:

  • John Baumlin - 49 votes, 100% total valid votes (WINNER)

Vice-Chair: (write-in candidates)

  • Kiyoko Ayukawa 36 votes, 73.5% of total valid votes (WINNER)
  • Denise Treuting 1 vote, 2% of total valid votes
  • Gordon Gaul 1 vote, 2% of total valid votes
  • No one: 11, 22.5% of total valid votes

Secretary:

  • Anna Costello - 49 votes, 100% total valid votes (WINNER)

Treasurer: (write-in candidates)

  • Dave Brauer – 34 votes, 69.4% of total valid votes (WINNER)
  • Write-in candidate – Timothy Trahan 1 vote, 2% of total valid votes
  • Write-in candidate – Jenise Treuting 1 vote, 2% of total valid votes
  • No one:13 votes, 26.6% of total valid votes

Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA) Voting Representative:

  • Gordon Gaul - 42 votes, 85.7% of total valid votes (WINNER)
  • Kiyoko Ayukawa – 4 votes, 8.2% of total valid votes
  • No one: 3 votes, 6.1% of total valid votes

Member-at-Large for Eastern/Northern Honshu:

  • Elena Morlock - 32 votes, 100% of total valid votes (WINNER)

Member-at-Large for Western/Southern Honshu:

  • Raymond Kunikane Terhune - 5 votes, 100% of total valid votes (WINNER)

Member-at-Large for Shikoku/Kyushu/Okinawa:

  • Votes for Rose Turck - 2 votes, 100% of total valid votes (WINNER)

Member-at-Large for Hokkaido: (write-in candidates only)

  • No Votes

We would like to thank everyone who ran as a candidate and voted in this election. Democrats Abroad Japan is only able to accomplish its goals with the participation of members like you. Now on to the heart of what we do -- registering voters and getting out the vote for the 2020 elections!

Sincerely yours,

The DAJ 2019 Nominations and Elections Committee

  • Sarajean Rossitto, Chair
  • Leslie Anne Rogers
  • Steven Breyak
  • Jenise Treuting
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Vote on Bylaws Changes

     The three-week membership review period for the proposed changes to the DAJ Bylaws was over on 26 May. An e-mail was sent on 26 May to the DAJ membership announcing the ballot. You can download and mail or fax your ballot at the following link: 
  • http://docs.google.com/document/d/12p3tJYXOLZfc6my946XOYaRviXcOWHFzOzvZtXTrgHw/edit?usp=sharing

     Alternatively, the Executive Committee encourages everyone to attend the General Meeting. This year it will be held on June 9, 2019, at the Wesley Center, from 2-4 pm. The address to the Wesley Center is 6-10-11 Aoyama, Minato, Tokyo, 107-0062.

     Please contact Patrick Shumaker at pashumaker@gmail.com with questions and comments.

     The documents attached are the draft changes in the Bylaws, a document explaining the rationale for the changes, and the current Democrats Abroad Country Committee Election Procedures (DA-CCEP March 2019). They can be viewed at the links below.

  • Final Version of Bylaws Amendments: http://drive.google.com/open?id=14j4CQjpxE8G49vfBC5silhr8-qLHD8Ek
  • Discussion of the Bylaws Changes: http://drive.google.com/open?id=1GrlixAzzcAApTd_tpxlv2YlIGcY2boZk
  • Election procedures: http://drive.google.com/open?id=13R6gdnqHd5HNI15qi3H6XImYrFLGBS44
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2019 Kanto Chapter Ballots!

Voting for Democrats Abroad Japan 2019 Elections for National positions opened on Sunday, May 19.

You may download the ballot and instructions at the link below anytime during the voting period May 19 - June 14. However, ballots must be complete and received on time in order to be counted.

Get your Kanto Chapter Ballot: http://drive.google.com/open?id=1taIT-CxPpRvGPY9ELsKTyKoG1FalSMee

  • Ballots may only be sent to the NEC by regular mail or fax (address and fax number are on the ballot)
  • Faxed ballots must be received by 11:59 p.m. on June 14, 2019
  • Ballots sent by regular mail must be received by the afternoon postal mail delivery on June 14, 2019
  • Ballots must include complete voter name, signature, and date sent
  • Read the Candidate Statements: http://drive.google.com/open?id=1sWUN23kZAg3abqVfomHG1c8EDbeEzuQj

If you have any questions concerning the ballot or procedures, please contact the DAJ 2019 NEC at DAJ2019elections@gmail.com. We look forward to receiving your ballots.

The 2019 DAJ Nominations and Elections Committee

  • Sarajean Rossitto, Chair
  • Jenise Treuting
  • Steven Breyak
  • Leslie Anne Rogers
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2019 DAJ National Elections Notice and Ballot

Voting for Democrats Abroad Japan 2019 Elections for National positions opened on Sunday, May 19.

You may download the ballot and instructions at the link below anytime during the voting period May 19 - June 14. However, ballots must be complete and received on time in order to be counted.

Get your ballot here: http://docs.google.com/document/d/1yBooIdA1aUgEjYj9rv1-_3YaRn8X4caFBvw8v1IZeF8/edit?usp=sharing

  • Ballots may only be sent to the NEC by regular mail or fax
  • Faxed ballots must be received by 11:59 p.m. on June 14, 2019
  • Ballots sent by regular mail must be received by the afternoon postal mail delivery on June 14, 2019, to the address listed on the ballot
  • Ballots must include complete voter name, signature, and date sent
  • Candidates statements can be found http://www.democratsabroad.org/247449/2019_daj_national_officer_candidate_statements

If you have any questions concerning the ballot or procedures, please contact the DAJ 2019 NEC at DAJ2019elections@gmail.com. We look forward to receiving your ballots.

The 2019 DAJ Nominations and Elections Committee

  • Sarajean Rossitto, Chair
  • Jenise Treuting
  • Steven Breyak
  • Leslie Anne Rogers
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National Elections Ballot


2019 DAJ National Elections Begin May 19th!

On Sunday, May 19, from 2-4 pm, Democrats Abroad Japan (DAJ) will hold Meet the Candidates events from in Osaka, Nagoya, Tokyo, and Yokohama. These events are in support of DAJ 2019 National Elections for officer positions, Members-at-Large, and DPCA Voting Representative. Events will include time to hear from the candidates, ask questions and hold local DAJ Chapter discussions. They provide a great opportunity to meet fellow Democrats and find out about the people who will guide us to victory in 2020!

Meet the Candidates Events

  • Tokyo
    • Location: Akasaka Community Plaza - Akasaka Kumin Center
    • http://www.facebook.com/events/274970940051279/
  • Yokohama
    • Location: the McCreery’s home, near Yokohama station
    • Facebook event page coming soon!
  • Kansai (Osaka)
    • Location: Lingua Cafe
    • See further details and RSVP on the Facebook event page
  • Tokai (Nagoya)
    • Location: Eric Gondree's apartment, near Irinaka Station in Nagoya
    • RSVP on the Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/427669664457652/

Candidate Statements

  • National Election candidate statements are available as downloadable PDF files on the DAJ website: http://www.democratsabroad.org/247449/2019_daj_national_officer_candidate_statements

Ballots and Voting

  • Ballots will be available from May 19 and must be turned in by June 14. Ballots can be downloaded from the DAJ website and faxed or mailed. Some paper ballots and envelopes will be available at the Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya venues.
  • Submit Your Questions in advance to a candidate before Thursday, May 16 using this form: http://forms.gle/o3HWKNAHf3ZCNde18

Please contact the DAJ 2019 Nominations and Elections Committee directly at daj2019elections@gmail.com

  • If you have any trouble with the links above, or
  • If you don't use Facebook, or
  • If you want to learn how to join online via Zoom!, or
  • If you need details about an event near you, or
  • If you want to hold a Meet the Candidates Event in your area, or
  • If you have questions about events or elections!

Thank you very much, everyone, for support. We look forward to an engaging discussion with the candidates on May 19!

Sincerely,

The Nominations and Elections Committee

Sarajean Rossitto, Steven Breyak, Jenise Treuting, Leslie Anne Rogers

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2019 Kanto Chapter Officer Candidate Statements

The 2019 Democrats Abroad Japan (DAJ) Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC) would like to share the Candidate Statements submitted by those running for DAJ Kanto Chapter officer positions. They are available as a downloadable PDF file below and on the Facebook DAJ community page (http://www.facebook.com/DemocratsAbroadJapan/). Other written and video Candidate Statements may be posted in mid-May.

Candidate Statements: http://www.scribd.com/document/408283603/Kanto-Chapter-Candidate-Statements

Voting for National Election positions will commence on May 19 and conclude on June 14.

Ballots will be made available to all DAJ members on May 19.

All members are invited to take part in the Sunday, May 19 Meet the Candidates events being held throughout Japan. The NEC will post details about these events on a DAJ MeetUp! event page (forthcoming) and the DAJ Facebook Meet The Candidates Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/274970940051279/

We encourage all DAJ Kanto members to join us on May 19 so that you may take an active role in the Kanto Chapter elections, as well as the national elections taking place at the same time. It will be a great opportunity to meet other like-minded people and to find out more about the people who will guide us to victory in the 2020 elections.

Events will be held in Tokyo and possibly other areas in Kanto. Information will be provided on the DAJ Facebook event page above. However, even if you are not able to join in person, you may participate online. 

If you would like to hold a Meet the Candidates event in your area, please contact the 2019 NEC before May 12 so we will help you get everything organized. Contact the 2019 NEC with any questions at daj2019elections@gmail.com

We look forward to an engaging discussion with the candidates on May 19!

Submitted, on behalf of the DAJ 2019 Nominations and Elections Committee

Sarajean Rossitto, Chair

Jenise Treuting, Kanto election adjudicator

Steven Breyak

Leslie Anne Rogers

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