Arizona. Georgia. Pennsylvania. Wisconsin. Each flipped from Trump to Biden in 2020. And Julie Alderman Boudreau knows how Democrats did it. She oversaw research for Planned Parenthood Votes’ electoral program – and helped deliver them for Democrats.
In 2022 these states host competitive races for U.S. Senate and Governor. Can Democrats do it again? Will the California Recall vote have an impact? Bring questions for Julie to our online meetup.WHENSeptember 26, 2021 at 4:00pmWHEREZoom
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Karen Frankenstein published Issues and Barriers in Global Disability Caucus 2021-09-19 11:02:12 -0400
Karen Frankenstein published Welcome to the Global Disability Caucus! in News 2021-09-19 07:45:06 -0400
- Provide a voice for individuals with disabilities across Democrats Abroad global membership.
- Ensure that the organization is fully ADA compliant.
- Advocate on proposed legislation addressing disability rights.
- Educate,empower and activate Democrats Abroad members and leaders about the issues impacting persons with disabilities.
- Facilitate GOTV efforts for Americans with disabilities living overseas.
Join Us! Sign up to get news and information or volunteer to join our team! Click the JOIN button above.
You can write to us at [email protected].
Karen Frankenstein published Georgians Abroad Planning Meeting (Americas/EMEA Friendly Time) in Events 2021-09-16 05:13:05 -0400Join the GA state team to continue to map out and plan our outreach for the crucial upcoming midterms!
We are planning an event for the fall and redacting an email blast to send to GA overseas voters around the globe, describing the changes that will affect them.
All hands on deck!!
Everyone is welcome!! We look forward to seeing you!
Meeting is at 10 am ET/4 pm CET
Please RSVP to receive the zoom link.WHENSeptember 24, 2021 at 4:00pmWHEREZOOM - Online Event
Karen Frankenstein published Fairness in Retirement Webinar in Caucus Events 2021-09-16 04:27:05 -0400
Sponsored by the Global Senior Caucus in formation
Come celebrate International Older Persons Day with Steven Regenstreif, Chair of the National Democratic Seniors Coordinating Council of the DNC, and Democrats Abroad.
In these turbulent times, Democrats Abroad needs a special caucus representing those in our organization who are retired or aged 65+. Some Seniors living abroad experience particular problems which are unfair. Our in-formation Seniors Caucus will provide a forum to better understand the issues and concerns affecting Seniors. This webinar will look at fairness in retirement, with the aim of undertanding how some, if not many, Seniors living abroad experience partial and unjust treatment or behaviour with favouritism or discrimination. With this in mind, we look particularly at the need for Medicare Portability and the injustice of the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), a provision in United States law that changes the way your U.S. Social Security benefits are calculated.
We have a panel of speakers, and will add more details on our other speakers as we get closer to the date, so stay tuned!WHENOctober 01, 2021 at 9:00am
Karen Frankenstein published Reparations Task Force in Global Black Caucus 2021-09-11 09:32:45 -0400
Democrats Abroad and the Democrats Abroad Global Black Caucus are now committed to meeting the rising challenges facing Black Americans through a collective push for the acknowledgement, redress, and closure for Black trauma in the U.S.
Do this we must, for time is short.
Heeding the call for real action in the face of structural racism, Democrats Abroad has powerfully thrown its weight behind the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act—known as H.R. 40. This bill would enact a commission to begin researching how Black Americans have suffered under racialized terror and political suppression and would then make recommendations for redress.
As a State Party Reparations Task Force (one of only two in the Democratic Party), our first goal is to create ties with, and provide support for, existing task forces and advocacy groups, share data, and work together to create greater awareness and demand for reparatory justice for Black Americans. As Americans abroad, we exist in a particularly advantageous niche as the only Reparations Task Force with a global purview on U.S. Reparations legislation. It’s time to leverage this invaluable perspective and context to the advantage of democracy, justice, and reparative legislation.
In support of such legislation, the RTF supports and seeks to advocate and educate for the measures called for in the 10-Point Reparations Plan of the National African-American Reparations Commission. Please see the 10-Point Plan here.
As a global-level task force, our ultimate goals are to:
- Coordinate interdependent relationships with all global and country-level DA caucuses to
- Engage with stateside local, state, and federal Reparations Task Forces and Initiatives through exchange of data and statistics;
- Utilize the unique and global reach of DA to produce data-driven papers examining political support and activism of Americans abroad for reparations;
- Submit research papers to stateside pro-Reparations congresspeople concerning political leanings and attitudes on reparations;
- Coordinate educational initiatives on topics of significance for Black cultural heritage and collective memory, voter mobilization, and activist campaigns behind municipal, state, and federal reparation policies, programs, and political candidates.
The RTF is looking for Democrats Abroad members who are driven and motivated to jump into the fight for full reparatory justice for Black Americans. We are looking for volunteers who wish to support H.R. 40 and all other American reparative legislation at the local, state, and national levels.
If you are interested in getting involved in this fight for justice, please send an email to [email protected] indicating your name, country committee, and what reparative justice means to you and why you are passionate about it.
My name is Antar Keith, a DPCA Voting Representative from Democrats Abroad Germany, and Chair of the Democrats Abroad Reparations Task Force (RTF). The RTF is looking for volunteers to join the fight for reparative justice in America for Black Americans. If you want to know more about this important task force, then please keep reading.
We live in an era of hyper-focused politics, where scores of local, state, midterm, and general elections are now decided by razor-thin margins. These margins are being increasingly reduced through a powerful, tech-savvy form of structural racism—reinforced by a national reluctance to address the legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, and modern white supremacy.
This system has grown to permeate many American institutions and policies—from statutes to law enforcement to the economy.
Although shocking, these devastating tactics are nothing new. They are the latest and most sophisticated iterations of a generations-old threat. Beginning with chattel slavery, racism has continued to adapt to the times, embedding itself into state legislatures in the post-Reconstruction Jim Crow era, creating the infamous racial wealth gap. This gap, in turn, has in so many ways both led to and enabled today’s triple inequality of predatory policing, mass incarceration, and Black voter suppression.
Republican-led efforts to defend and even increase legacy tactics for discrimination have, for the last 50 years, dramatically altered the playing field for Democrats and now threaten to undermine voting rights, Civil Rights, and American democracy itself.
The primary target of these threats have historically been Black Americans, resulting in today's racial disparities in educational, legal, civic, and healthcare experiences in America. As stated earlier, however, these threats are only the latest iterations of a long American legacy, lasting over hundreds of years and—if no policy action is taken—risks outlasting each one of us for hundreds of years more. Americans of all backgrounds working together, however, can begin the process of reversing each of these disparities one by one through legislative reparative policy action.
Join our Reparations Task Force Team!
Karen Frankenstein published Writing Drop-in #1 in Literary Festival Events 2021-08-31 04:41:43 -0400
Karen Frankenstein published We Cannot Wield Political Power without the Freedom to Vote in News 2021-08-01 06:16:16 -0400
The USA has taken a lot of steps recently to address AAPI issues. President Biden signed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act into law, Illinois has required public schools teach Asian American history, and California has set aside $156 million to community groups to tackle the root causes of Asian hate.
We need to wield political power to continue this trend, and this means we need to VOTE. We turned out in historic numbers to elect President Biden and the current House as well as many Senators. But state legislatures have created voting restrictions that disproportionately affect voters of color — limiting absentee voting, purging voter registration lists, closing polling sites, reducing voting hours, and even criminalizing handing out food and water to voters waiting in line.
These laws are creating obstacles to our voting process and limiting accessibility to the polls for those who need it most. They don't protect voters or our country’s electoral process. Instead, they create doubt and try to undermine confidence in the democratic process, reinforcing divisive political tactics that prioritize the voices of some citizens over others.
It is disappointing that as we approach the 56th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, we are still fighting for our freedom to vote. But we cannot give up, and we cannot stop now. The ability of every individual to have a say in our political process is the keystone of our democracy; it is the key tool for AAPIs to continue the progress we have made towards reaching equity for our communities and stopping Asian hate. If we cannot act now, we may not have another chance.
Join us and take action today.
Look up who is is your is Senator here.
Call them and use this script (feel free to adapt if there’s anything else you’d like to discuss):
Hi, my name is [Name]. I am a constituent from [City/State], [ZIP Code].
I am calling to urge Senator _____________ to please vote in support of the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Voter suppression is a shameful reality in our country. The ability for everyone to meaningfully participate in our democracy and the need for legislative action is urgent. Congress needs to pass H.R. 1 and H.R. 4 now. These bills are popular. In fact, 8 in 10 Americans are in favor of the provisions in these bills. Again, I urge the Senator to support these bills and do what it takes to protect our freedom to vote. Will Senator ___________ be voting in support of the For the People Act?
Thank you for your time.
**Text Adapted from the Asian & Pacific Islander Americans Vote newsletter, July 29, 2021
Welcome to the DA Germany LGBTQ+ Caucus blog. We have created this space to share news, events, and ideas within the community of our members in Germany.
The LGBTQ+ Caucus blog is currently still under construction
we apologize for the wait.
In the meantime, we invite you to join our Caucus! Please click here to join us!
if you're interested in getting in contact with the LGBTQ+ Caucus
please email the DAG Caucus Coordinator [email protected]
Welcome to the DA Germany Caucus page. We have created this space to share news, events, and ideas within the caucus communities of our members in Germany.
Whether you're a long-time DAG member or you're new to the club there is a place in one of our caucuses for you!
If you're interested in getting to know more about each caucus feel free to explore their blogs here. If you have any remaining questions please reach out to any of us by email
Caucus Coordination: Kaili Morris [email protected]
Karen Frankenstein published Responding to Hate Crimes on a State Level in News 2021-07-05 09:43:21 -0400
On 20 May 2021 President Biden signed into law a bill that was introduced by Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y., and Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, which aims “to make the reporting of hate crimes more accessible at the local and state levels by boosting public outreach and ensuring reporting resources are available online in multiple languages. It also directs the Department of Justice to designate a point person to expedite the review of hate crimes related to COVID-19 and authorizes grants to state and local governments to conduct crime-reduction programs to prevent and respond to hate crimes (NPR 20 May 2021).”
On 2 July 2021, the Stop AAPI Hate Coalition (#StopAAPIHate) released the results of their survey documenting the hundreds of resolutions and actions taken to combat anti-AAPI racism at the state level. The report noted that of the states that have passed resolutions, over 90% go on to be enacted. 17 states have yet to take any meaningful action to combat anti-AAPI racism: Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota,West Virginia and Wyoming.
If you vote in one of these states, we urge you to contact your state and local officials and urge them to take action against racism in your community.
Seen and Unseen is the first-ever exhibit focused on Nikkei (Japanese Americans) who were involved in intimate same-sex relationships or defied gender roles in the early 20th century. The exhibition is hosted by J-Sei, a multi-generational and multi-cultural organisation with its roots in Nikkei values and culture.
On June 24th we had a fascinating online discussion with the exhibit curators, Dr. Sueyoshi and Mr. Yogi, about the development of the exhibition and its role in addressing the past and present struggles of queer and gender non-conforming Japanese Americans. They explained not only the deeper history behind the exhibit images, but also the thought and planning behind the exhibit and shared the discoveries they made. Please don't miss the chance to watch this enlightening, heartwarming and delightful discussion of the queer Japanese story in America.
If you missed it, you can see the recording here:
The Exhibit will be online until June 30. View the exhibition here:
About the Curators
Amy Sueyoshi is Dean of the College of Ethnic Studies with a joint faculty appointment in Race and Resistance Studies and Sexuality Studies at San Francisco State University. She has received numerous awards for her scholarship in queer history and for her community engagement and advocacy.
Stan Yogi is an award winning author of several books and his essays have appeared in newspapers and academic journals. He has co-curated traveling exhibits on civil liberties. He is Co-Chair of Okaeri, a Nikkei LGBTIQ+ Community based in Los Angeles.
Karen Frankenstein published DA Germany Climate Caucus Launch & Signup in News 2021-06-09 11:09:49 -0400The DA Germany Climate Caucus welcomes any and all to join us as we branch out into a new DA effort to confront the climate crisis!
Join us and take steps to save the humanity's future. The key goals of the Climate Caucus are to:
- Educate about the climate crisis through thought-provoking events,
- Advocate for environmental protection and climate change mitigation measures and push lawmakers to pass necessary legislation to this end, and
- Collaborate with other caucuses and DA chapters to promote environmental awareness and preservation.
Click the Sign Up button above to become a member of the Climate Caucus and join the fight to save our climate today!
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