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  • published Poetry Corner in Arts And Media 2022-05-19 06:31:18 -0400

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  • WHAT’S ON THE BALLOT AND WHAT’S AT STAKE IN AZ?

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    WHAT’S ON THE BALLOT AND WHAT’S AT STAKE IN AZ ?

    Join us on Zoom to meet your fellow Arizona overseas voters!

    Invited:  DA members who vote in AZ, and friends and allies of our critical-2022-midterm state.

    Come meet other AZ voters abroad, compare Democratic primary candidates and discuss challenges facing our state.  Find out how you can help find or call AZ voters abroad or otherwise spread the voting word. Help turn our purple state blue!

    When: Tuesday May 24, 1 - 3pm ET  //  7 - 9pm CET
    Where:  Zoom

    For Dems to keep the US Senate, it is CRITICAL that we re-elect Mark Kelly! 

    Four Arizona US House seats are close:  (using the new congressional district #s):  AZ-04 Greg Stanton is slightly ahead, Ann Kirkpatrick’s AZ-06 is redistricted to be slightly tougher for us to keep, and Tom O'Halleran’s AZ-02 even tougher. In AZ-01 – where we got so close to beating Republican (ugh) David Schweikert in 2020 – it’s do-able this year! 


    Our overseas votes can be the deciders.
     

    We’ll share candidate profiles for these KEY federal races, as well as for Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, and a couple of state legislature races. (Republicans have only the slimmest of majorities in both houses = one seat!) 

    Which candidates do you prefer and which issues are most pressing?

    Hope to see & hear from you on Zoom May 24th!

    RSVP BELOW to get the meeting link!

    CALLS TO ACTION FOR AZ VOTERS ABROAD:

    • Request your Primary ballot, if you haven’t yet!  www.votefromabroad.org 
    • Make (free) calls to DA AZ members around the world  (May 19 - June 1)

    ​​https://www.democratsabroad.org/phonebanking_training

    • Vote in the Primary August 2th and in the General Election Nov 8th!
    • Spread the voting word to family and friends abroad and in AZ – make this OUR year!

     

    Contact:
    Democrats Abroad AZ State Team
    [email protected] 



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  • published Sample News Article in News 2022-05-12 10:35:55 -0400

    Tomoorrows future

    Embracing Change: Where ‘YOLO’ Economy Meets The New Hybrid Workplace
    Vu Hoang is the CEO and Founder of RocketLevel, a leading all-in-one marketing platform.

    As we all already know, there’s a huge shift happening in the workplace. Some of it’s been driven by Covid, but much has been powered by a deeply human need to explore talents in new ways—and maybe even in new places. 

    What does this mean from a company’s perspective? At my company, we had to ask some potentially uncomfortable questions. For instance, what do we need to do to embrace this change that’s happening versus responding to it as a threat? How can we repurpose our space now that we are mostly working remotely? Can we still work in an open office? We certainly don’t need a big office building in the ways that we did before the pandemic. 

    But it doesn’t stop there. It’s also about rethinking your team and how it works. At our company, which has a remote open office environment, we’re converting a lot of space into video studios because we know that if we’re mostly remote, we can repurpose the space. So, we’re recruiting and building a team across the country versus limiting ourselves to just local talent. 

    Finding Versus Fighting Talent

    I’m hearing that a lot of big companies are fighting this hybrid office environment instead of embracing it and working with it. Many companies are trying to force employees back into the physical office, but many respond with, “Nope, I’m quitting. I’m going to find something else.” And then the companies back down because ultimately they must stay in business.

    So, what’s working for companies who want to recruit and retain talent in the “YOLO (you only live once) economy” and “hybrid workplace?” Obviously, flexibility is king. But there’s one major keyword to include in most of your job postings: “remote.” With more employees than ever creating their own path forward based on their preferences and lifestyles, and a constantly revolving talent pool, it’s no wonder that remote jobs have risen dramatically in popularity since the pandemic. Why be chained to a desk when you can live and work from literally anywhere?

    Here are some good ways to attract (and retain) “YOLO economy” talent:

    • Offer remote work opportunitiesas a recruiting tool but acknowledge that not everyone wants to be a remote worker. Extroverts (such as sales teams) feed off each other and really need the creative energy of co-working.
    • Create an open desk/social working modelfor those who want to have drop-in opportunities to collaborate, mentor and socialize with their teams.
    • Design spaces around the office for specific purposes like problem-solving, creativity and brainstorming.
    • Recruit more people in more placesto keep your team fresh and energized.
    • Remain adaptable to changesas they occur and try to prepare for the unknown as much as you can.
    Read more

  • May 7- 14 Week of Action Schedule+ Social Media

    STOP the Supreme Court from Taking Away Abortion Rights!

    May 7- 14 Week of Action Schedule+ Social Media

    Suggested plans for action

    5/7

    Saturday May 7: PROTEST!

    Find Emergency protests wherever you are. Send people to our website, and spread our main slogan and demand:

    STOP THE SUPREME COURT FROM TAKING AWAY ABORTION RIGHTS!

    ABORTION ON DEMAND & WITHOUT APOLOGY!

    5/8

    Sunday May 8 (Mother’s Day): Actions Outside of Churches

    Host non – violent protests outside of prominent churches- the ones like where Amy Coney Barrett are a part of in their towns, these can look like a group of people holding signs wearing Handmaids Tale outfits, passing out flyers outside to church goers or doing a die-in. MORE INFO COMING SOON. 

    Atlanta: Sunday, May 8th, 10:00 AM: Mother’s Day Action: When Abortion is Illegal, Women Die! Die-in at Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA 30305. DM @RefuseFascismATL

    Bay Area: No Forced Motherhood Procession, 2 pm @ Allston & MLK at the book festival see post here

    Chicago: details tba 

    NYC: 2:00 pm RBG Municipal Building Brooklyn People’s Mother’s day March

    SEATTLE: 5:30 pm @ St. James Cathedral (E. Madison St. & Broadway) see post

    Sunday May 8 (Mother’s Day): Social Media Videos

    Mothers! Post videos around one or all of these themes and hashtag #MothersDay & #RiseUp4AbortionRights

    -Motherhood should be a choice, not forced by the church or the state.

    -Forced Motherhood is Female Enslavement!

    -Protect Motherhood- Support Abortion Rights!

    Monday May 9: Chalk Your Town!

    Grab some chalk (green if you have it!) and write messages all over your town! These could look like:

    Only you can protect abortion rights

    Abortion on Demand and Without Apology

    Stop the Supreme Court from Taking Away the Right to Abortion

    Protect the right to abortion – take to the streets May 14th!

    @Rise4AbortionRights

    #Green4Abortion #RiseUp4AbortionRights

    Don’t forget to tag @Rise4AbortionRights in your photos!

    Monday May 9: Get up Posters!

    Print posters off our website to spread the word about the week of action and specifically about the United Mass Protests on Saturday May 14. Materials coming soon. DM us on social media or send us an email to volunteer to help design!

    Tuesday May 10th: Green-Out, Art installations, or Murals

    Grab any pieces of green fabric you can find or head over to your local fabric store and get a large piece of green fabric and paint the town green! Cover the major statue or landmarks in your town with green and hang flyers with information about the movement around the area. Materials will soon be available on our materials page.

    Are you a painter or have painter/ muralist friends? Reach out, send them this website and ask them to contribute art in their city on this day! 

    One more idea is grafitti artists and stencils all over big cities, DM us with ideas, or just go for it! Tag us in your posts. 

    Wednesday May 11th: Mass Banner Drops

    Get some friends together, grab a piece of fabric (at least 5 feet x 5 feet)  write a slogan on it and drape it over a freeway overpass or in another busy part of your town! It’s that easy. You can make multiple to hang over several overpasses in town to make even more of an impact!

     

    Slogans:

    Only you can protect abortion rights

    Abortion on Demand and Without Apology

    Stop the Supreme Court from Taking Away the Right to Abortion

    Protect the right to abortion – take to the streets May 14th!

    www.RiseUp4AbortionRights.org

    #Green4Abortion

    #RiseUp4AbortionRights

    Thursday May 12th: National Student Walk-Out

    Our student groups have been organizing their peers to walk out of class in support of abrtion rights! Whether you are in high school or college, you and your class mates can choose an agreed upon time to collectively leave class. Be sure to mention why you are doing so when you leave. For an added bonus, meet up together in the quad and hold an impromptu rally or discussion surrounding the abortion rights emergency and what can be done about it. More info on the student week of action coming soon. 

    5/13

    Friday May 13th: Nationwide Die-Ins

    This form of street theater dramatizes the grim realities of what happens when abortion is not easily accessible or legal – women die. Pick a populated place where you are, make an announcement of what you are doing, and have people lay on the ground while one person while one person explains the symbolism. It can look like this:

    “ The Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe vs Wade! Only the people can stop this!” *People fall to the ground* “ Abortion bans do not end abortions, they only end safe abortions! When abortion is not made easily available, people are forced to take matters into their own hands, and out of desperation take drastic steps like drinking rat poison, throwing themselves down the stairs or using a coathanger to induce their own abortions. We cannot allow this! We MUST defend this right! Join us in the streets May 14th!” For an example of what this looks like, click here.

    5/14

    Saturday May 14th: Nationwide Mass Protests

    Wherever you are, however many you can assemble – GET OUT INTO THE STREETS! Join a march near you that is put on by Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights or join another organizations march on this day- many groups will have them going on!

     

    NYC Flagship Protest: 2 pm Union Sq. (14th St.)

    Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights Protests Currently Called for 29 Cities 

    Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Biloxi, MS; Boston, MA; Chattanooga, TN; Cheyenne, WY; Chicago, IL; Columbus, OH; Cleveland, OH; Detroit, MI; Flint, MI; Frankfurt, KY; Hartford, CT; Honolulu, HI; Las Cruces, NM; Nashville, TN; Newark, DE; New York, NY; Palm Desert, CA; Oklahoma City, OK;  Orlando, FL; Portland, OR; Orono, ME; Salt Lake City, UT; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; Spokane, WA; Venice, CA; Worcester,

     


  • published Donations in Maine State Team 2022-05-08 12:09:57 -0400

  • published ME News in Maine State Team 2022-05-08 12:08:14 -0400

  • published ME Events in Maine State Team 2022-05-08 12:05:55 -0400

  • published North Carolina State Team in State Teams 2022-05-08 12:01:51 -0400

    North Carolinians Abroad

    Welcome to the North Carolinians Abroad State Team of Democrats Abroad! 

    We’re so glad you’re here! Get in touch at [email protected].

    Our votes from abroad can be the margin of victory in local, statewide and Federal elections. After the many challenges voters faced in 2021, the 2022 Midterm Elections are set to be the most crucial of our lifetimes. Read on to find out how you can make your vote count!

    Get Involved

    ​​​There are many opportunities to have an impact! Even if you don’t have a lot of time to spare - every little bit helps. From voter outreach and assistance to event planning and support, it’s all hands on deck to ensure that every overseas voter can cast all the ballots for which they are eligible this midterm year.    

    We’ll be organizing “Meet the Candidates” events, Action Hours, and phone banking throughout the 2022 election season. In addition, we are following developments in voting legislation and redistricting back home. As a team, we’ll be sharing our experiences, our knowledge of the process of voting from abroad, and other state-specific election information that has a real impact in the 2022 election. 

    Please reach out to us today if you would like to get involved! Check our Events for upcoming planning meetings.
    Here are some quick ways to stay up-to-date on the new developments and stay in contact with us:


  • published Maryland State Team in State Teams 2022-05-08 12:01:39 -0400

    Marylanders Abroad

    Welcome to the Marylanders Abroad State Team of Democrats Abroad! 

    We’re so glad you’re here! Get in touch at [email protected].

    Our votes from abroad can be the margin of victory in local, statewide and Federal elections. After the many challenges voters faced in 2021, the 2022 Midterm Elections are set to be the most crucial of our lifetimes. Read on to find out how you can make your vote count!

    Get Involved

    ​​​There are many opportunities to have an impact! Even if you don’t have a lot of time to spare - every little bit helps. From voter outreach and assistance to event planning and support, it’s all hands on deck to ensure that every overseas voter can cast all the ballots for which they are eligible this midterm year.    

    We’ll be organizing “Meet the Candidates” events, Action Hours, and phone banking throughout the 2022 election season. In addition, we are following developments in voting legislation and redistricting back home. As a team, we’ll be sharing our experiences, our knowledge of the process of voting from abroad, and other state-specific election information that has a real impact in the 2022 election. 

    Please reach out to us today if you would like to get involved! Check our Events for upcoming planning meetings.
    Here are some quick ways to stay up-to-date on the new developments and stay in contact with us:


  • published Georgia State Team in State Teams 2022-05-08 12:01:26 -0400

    Georgians Abroad

    Welcome to the Georgians Abroad State Team of Democrats Abroad! 

    We’re so glad you’re here! Get in touch at [email protected].

    Our votes from abroad can be the margin of victory in local, statewide and Federal elections. After the many challenges voters faced in 2021, the 2022 Midterm Elections are set to be the most crucial of our lifetimes. Read on to find out how you can make your vote count!

    Get Involved

    ​​​There are many opportunities to have an impact! Even if you don’t have a lot of time to spare - every little bit helps. From voter outreach and assistance to event planning and support, it’s all hands on deck to ensure that every overseas voter can cast all the ballots for which they are eligible this midterm year.    

    We’ll be organizing “Meet the Candidates” events, Action Hours, and phone banking throughout the 2022 election season. In addition, we are following developments in voting legislation and redistricting back home. As a team, we’ll be sharing our experiences, our knowledge of the process of voting from abroad, and other state-specific election information that has a real impact in the 2022 election. 

    Please reach out to us today if you would like to get involved! Check our Events for upcoming planning meetings.
    Here are some quick ways to stay up-to-date on the new developments and stay in contact with us:


  • Secretary Norman Mineta - a groundbreaking AAPI Leader

    Please RSVP at https://apia.vote/Mineta2022
    At the end of the short program, we will provide an opportunity for you to stay on and access break out rooms so you can be  in community together for an informal gathering.

    Secretary Norman Y. Mineta. He was a political giant not only for many Americans but especially in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, motivating and mentoring generations of AAPIs to get involved and make a difference. Many Americans will remember Secretary Mineta for his calm, competent and unprecedented response to 9/11, his leadership in the creation of the Transportation Security Administration (“TSA”), and his stewardship of the legislation that helped victims of the Japanese American internment camps receive reparations. For many of us he will also be remembered as a founding father of the ecosystem that created many AAPI advocacy organizations that exist today – including APIAVote.

    - Christine Chen, Executive Director of APIA Vote


  • published Grace Meng speaks with Democrats Abroad in News 2022-05-03 03:37:38 -0400

    Grace Meng speaks with Democrats Abroad

    Grace Meng spoke eloquently with us on May 1, 2022 at our AAPI Heritage Month Kickoff.

    Asians now make up 7% of the U.S. population and are the fastest-growing ethnic group in the U.S. By 2060, the U.S. Asian population is projected to reach 46 million. AAPI voters were also proven to be a key voting bloc in 2020, especially in Georgia and Arizona. In 2020, almost 60% of eligible AAPI voters participated in the November election. Almost 50% of those that voted did not vote in the 2016 election.  

    if you missed her and were thinking "hey, this isn't such an important election", please watch and share Congresswoman Meng's important and insightful remarks.

     


  • published AAPI Heritage Month in News 2022-05-02 10:39:41 -0400

  • published Events in 30th Anniversary 2022-05-02 06:10:01 -0400

  • published Postcasts & Social Media in Arts And Media 2022-04-29 13:17:51 -0400


  • published Password Safety in Tech Corner 2022-04-29 11:34:10 -0400

    Password Safety

    Memorizing multiple passwords can be a pain, but it's downright dangerous to use the same one for everything, and online privacy is not the place you want to be cutting corners. With many employees still working remotely, it's never been more essential to make sure that your online presence is secure and safe from prying eyes.  

    Some apps are free, but the safest and easiest to use are named in the link below. Some apps can also help you create unique passwords for you instead of having to dream them up, or use the same ones over and over (not recommended).

    As promised, here is the latest on the best apps to keep your passwords safe. 


  • published April 2022 in At Home and Abroad 2022-04-29 10:56:02 -0400

    April 2022

    The Loneliness, Loss and Regret: what getting old really feels like – new study (UK, September 2021)

    Paula had not been living in her retirement apartment for very long when I arrived for our interview. She welcomed me into a modern, comfortable home. We sat in the living room, taking in the impressive view from her balcony and our conversation unfolded.

    Paula, 72, told me how four years ago she’d lost her husband. She had been his carer for over ten years, as he slowly declined from a degenerative condition. Read more

    This health care practice robs many seniors of vitality and life in their twilight years

    “Doctor, what did they do to him? Dad just doesn’t look the same. Please help him!”

    Of all the overnight admissions to the hospital, he looks the worst and the daughter’s cry pierces our heart.

    A year ago, a prolonged surgery and trips back to theatre to battle the complications affected his memory …  Read more 

    Why so many elderly in China are unvaccinated

    For weeks the authorities in Shanghai tried to stem an outbreak of covid-19 with a whack-a-mole approach. Individual buildings were locked down, only for the virus to spread elsewhere. Finally, on March 28th, officials decided to lock down all of the city’s 25m residents in two phases, beginning with the east side of town, home to the main financial centre.  Read more 


  • published Chair's Corner - May, 2022 in Opinions 2022-04-29 10:51:27 -0400

    Chair's Corner - May, 2022

    In April, we saw the escalation of the war in Ukraine, and I understood from some DA colleagues that many American Seniors abroad are quite worried about this state of affairs. Yes, we need to be hopeful and indeed supportive of our government’s policies with regards this war. As I said in March’s Chair’s Corner many, if not all of us, “remember the trauma of World War II and many of us, had fathers and relatives who participated in that war. War always brings suffering and trauma.” Let us hope that this war does not drag on and that we can celebrate a peaceful solution to this conflict.

    I am happy to report that our WEP Committee had its first meeting on April 6th and a smaller group met on April 9th. We are working hard to come together to eliminate WEP. I would like to thank Rebecca Lammers, Chair of the Taxation Task Force for her help and leadership in our formation of this WEP committee. Also, the Medicare Part B/ Medicare Portability Committee had our first meeting on April 14th. We are liaising with the Medicare Portability Task Force (MPTF), chaired by Heather Stone and thank her for her help. In our new Seniors Medicare Part B Committee, chaired by Toni Kamins (who is also a member of the MPTF) we are hoping to have a clear understanding of Medicare Part B for those of us living abroad as well as to make Medicare Portable. Thank you to all those members of the Seniors Caucus who volunteered for these committees. We need many hands on deck.

    Finally, I would like to celebrate with you the confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson as an Associate Justice for the Supreme Court. It was a difficult confirmation. I felt horrified and sometimes physically sick by how this dear judge was treated by some Senators in the Judiciary Committee. It felt to me as if their words were shaped by racism and misogyny. Nevertheless, this well-qualified and intelligent woman was confirmed. I am currently reading the biography of Constance Baker Motley, another judge who was an inspiration for Justice Jackson. Both are inspirational women and patriotic Americans.


  • published Tech Corner Intro in Tech Corner 2022-04-29 10:23:48 -0400

    Some tips and tricks for you and yours to make things easier and to keep you in the loop!