Global IT Team; Global Caucus Coordinator; AAPI Caucus Steering Committee

  • published Sustaining Donors in Donate 2021-11-25 07:40:45 -0500

  • published ECCC Welcome in News 2021-11-09 06:39:42 -0500

    ECCC Welcome

    The Democrats Abroad Environment & Climate Crisis Council (ECCC) advocates for systemic climate and environmental policies and solutions within the global Democratic community.  

    The ECCC is Democrats Abroad’s newest advocacy group. Our activities include:  

    • Voter engagement  
    • Events  
    • Issues advocacy  
    • Intersectional collaboration  
    • Candidate support  

    Environmental justice is an organizing principle for the ECCC. We aspire to: 

    •  amplify the voices and expertise of those disproportionately harmed by environmental threats; 
    • advocate for policies and candidates that address historic injustices that exacerbate environmental injury.  

    Contact us at [email protected] and

    Follow us on:
    Facebook DA ECCC , Instagram @DemsAbroadECCC , and Twitter @demsabroadeccc 

    To contact the DA ECCC: [email protected]

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  • published Upcoming November Events! in News 2021-11-08 03:24:23 -0500

    Upcoming November Events!

    Don't miss our November Meetings:


    Nov. 13: Unfinished Business: Organizing with proDA in Asia Pacific

    Calling all in the Asia-Pacific region interested in engaging with the mission of the Global Progressive Caucus, as we assess the results of recent elections and consider next steps. Find out More and RSVP HERE!

    Nov. 29: proDA November Monthly Monday for Your Progressive Minds

    The Case For A Job Guarantee By Pavlina R. Tcherneva. "One of the most enduring ideas in economics is that unemployment is both unavoidable and necessary for the smooth functioning of the economy. This assumption has provided cover for the devastating social and economic costs of job insecurity. It is also false." Join us for the discussion - RSVP HERE!



  • published About Us in Leaders / Liderazgo 2021-10-29 17:40:16 -0400

  • published Volunteers Needed in Caucuses 2021-10-26 17:46:46 -0400

    Caucus Volunteers Needed

    AAPI Caucus: 

    • Social Media Team
    • Writers and Editors for Issues and current events!
    • Events Planning
    • Asia Pacific and Americas volunteers

    Black Caucus:

    • All hands on deck!!
    • Engagement, Press / Media Relations, Communications, Reparations, Fundraising, Networking and GOTV team members needed.

    Disability Caucus:

    • Steering Committee Members!
    • Team members for social media, communications, policy and so much more.

    Veterans and Military Families Caucus:

    • Social Media Team
    • Events Team
    • Membership Engagement
    • Regional Representatives (AP, Americas, Middle East / Africa)

    Hispanic Caucus


    • ¿Hablas Español? We are looking for bilingual phone-bankers for the special election in Florida!!

    LGBTQ+ Caucus:

    • Are you in Asia Pacific?  Get in touch and join our steering committee!
    • Social Media Team


  • published Swag Shop in Germany 2021-10-21 03:01:43 -0400

  • published Bill Tracker in Medicare Portability 2021-10-15 10:40:43 -0400

  • published About Us in Medicare Portability 2021-10-15 10:40:05 -0400

    Medicare Portability About Us

    Medicare Portability Task Force

    US Citizens who worked in the US, or for US companies, paid into the Medicare system throughout their careers.  Once they begin receiving the Social Security they earned throughout their work lives, their benefit is automatically reduced for the cost of their Medicare.  But US Citizens residing outside the country are unable to use the Medicare they paid for, and continue to pay for, without often-costly travel back to the United States.  Many choose that option.  Others never receive the benefits for which they paid.  This has implications for fairness and cost to the Medicare system.

    At its May 2021 global annual meeting, Democrats Abroad passed a resolution calling on the United States government to provide opportunity for American seniors living abroad to access Medicare services in their country of residence. 

    An estimated 9 Million American Citizens live abroad and likely up to one-third are senior citizens. Additionally, the costs of providing medical care to aging Americans is rapidly escalating in the US, both as a percentage of GDP and in absolute dollars. Our costs for health care services are the highest in the world. Many US seniors who retire abroad live in countries with significantly lower cost of living, and health care.  

    A mixed-bag current state

    Today, Medicare does not provide any option for health care coverage except limited reimbursement for emergencies for US resident seniors while traveling abroad.  Those who reside abroad for more than 90 days are denied coverage.

    Almost every US Citizen receiving Social Security has a Medicare deduction from their monthly benefit. And all who are eligible for Medicare and who worked in the US or for US-based employers paid into the Medicare system throughout their work lives. Yet depending on their country of residence, their opportunity for health insurance coverage abroad is vastly different across the population of expatriate seniors.

    • US Citizens who served in the military can access their retiree health care benefits wherever they reside through the Tricare Overseas Program.
    • Retirees from the federal government also have health care insurance that covers them wherever they choose to live. 

    For the remaining US seniors abroad, the situation is not at all similar.

    • Some countries allow or even require US seniors to opt into their national health care at a cost, paid through local taxes or direct payment. This is an additional cost on top of what they must pay for Medicare services they are unable to use. 
    • But many countries do not offer national health care to expatriates, forcing many seniors to buy additional local or international insurance coverage at significant cost in addition to what they continue to pay for Medicare coverage they are unable to use. Because of the high cost of the additional insurance, many are forced to take the risk that an accident or medical emergency in their country of residence will require them to pay hospital and other costs out of their savings when Medicare would cover most costs if the accident or emergency occurred within the borders of the US.
    • Many Medicare beneficiaries choose to return to the US for serious health care needs, and many for routine health care and regular check-ups and medical tests.  Those American seniors have significant out-of-pocket travel costs, and the Medicare trust pays for their health care at significantly more costly US rates. 


    Our goal is to end a serious inequity in how US Citizen seniors abroad are treated with regard to the Medicare benefit they paid for throughout their work lives, and continue to pay for through deductions from their Social Security benefit.  While different countries of residence present different situations for seniors, the cost of health care in nearly every one is significantly less than in the US, a potential savings that we believe will help the Medicare Trust Fund’s viability over time.

    What you can do

    • Complete the Medicare Portability Survey when you receive it, and encourage other DA members who are in the target population to do the same. The more data we have, the easier it will be to convince Congress to act.
    • Contact your Congressional Representatives to ensure they are aware of this inequity and how critical it is to providing fairness and producing potentially significant savings for the Medicare Trust Fund.  Remind them that Democrats voting from abroad provided the margin of victory in multiple races in 2020 and 2018.  
    • Educate other seniors and individuals approaching Medicare age about this issue and ask them to join DA and complete a survey, and become part of the drive to change this unfair and unequal treatment of seniors who retire abroad.

    Join DA’s Medicare Portability Task Force.  Send an email to [email protected]

  • published Resources in Medicare Portability 2021-10-15 10:23:35 -0400

    Medicare Portability Resources


    1. In 1945, President Harry S. Truman called for a national health insurance fund.
    2. In 1962, President Kennedy introduced a plan to create a healthcare program for older adults using their Social Security contributions, but it wasn't approved by Congress. 
    3. In 1964, former President Lyndon Johnson called on Congress to create the program that is now Medicare. 
    4. The program was signed into law in 1965.

    More information on the evolution of the Medicare Program:


    • There are four separate trust funds. Under Social Security, the Old-Age and Survivor Insurance (OASI) Trust Fund pays retirement and survivor benefits and the Disability Insurance (DI) trust Fund pays disability benefits. These two trust funds are jointly designated as (OASDI).
    • For Medicare, the Hospital Insurance (HI) Trust Fund pays for inpatient hospital and related care. The Supplemental Medical Insurance (SMI) Trust Fund is comprised of two separate accounts Part B, which pays for physician and outpatient services and Part D, which covers the prescription drug benefit that began in 2006.


    Payroll tax rates (in percent)






    Employer – since 2009






    Employee – 2011 only






    Combined Total






    Payroll taxes

    • Every American worker (155 million) pays on earnings up to $106,800 (in 2011), but not all pay income taxes. For 2011 only, President Obama signed into law payroll tax relief that reduces the employee’s OASI tax rate by 2% to 4.2%. Employers will continue to pay 6.2% for a combined rate of 10.4% for OASDI. This OASDI tax disappears on earning above $106,800. Social Security taxes are supposed to fund only OASDI benefits. Basically, it’s a forced pension tax.

    • The 1.45% Medicare HI tax is paid on all earnings. The self-employed are charged the equivalent of the combined employer and employee tax rates of 13.30% in 2011. In 2013, there will be an increase in the Medicare payroll tax by 0.9% on earned income in excess of $200,000 for individual taxpayers and $250,000 for married couples filing jointly. Employers do not have to match this amount.

    • Income tax is different in that money goes to fund all federal programs except Medicare and Social Security. About one-third of those who file federal income tax returns end up owing no federal income tax. In contrast, the top 1% of income earners – who receive 21% of the nation’s reported income pays 30% of the federal income tax. The top 5% pay 60% and the top 50%, pay 97% of federal income tax.

    Facts and Figures

    Quick Facts about Medicare Plans & Protecting Your Personal Information

    Contact the US Federal Benefits Unit serving the country where you reside for advice. They have experience with the problems specific to people residing outside the US, and often are familiar with the specific circumstances of the country where people reside.  In addition, they have direct access to the Social Security files.  You can find the Federal Benefits Unit serving your location here: 

  • published Issues in Medicare Portability 2021-10-15 10:21:02 -0400

  • published About Us in Leaders 2021-10-11 04:40:24 -0400

    About Us

    Adrianne James Starla Jazz Antar Adrianne Kenton
    Christian Evelyn Tracie Cedric Derek Tameca Joy
    Laura Michele        


    JazzLeedonal (Jazz) Moore (they/them)

    Democrats Abroad Global Black Caucus Chair
    DPCA Voting Rep. DACH
    Texas voter
    Unity through diverse & inclusive Leadership!

    My name is Leedonal Moore and I also go by the name Jazzmin Dian Moore and although I’m from Mississippi, I'm a Texas State Voter.

    I started early on in investing my time and passion in strengthening marginalized communities, especially the African-American and LGBTIQ+ Community.

    For my engagements I’ve received various national and international awards such as the Miss Drag Queen Switzerland 2008 title, European TOLERANTIA Award 2016 and an honorary medal for my outstanding work & activism representing Americans living abroad 2016.

    Democrats Abroad is the community where I feel at home, where I can be who I am and where I can help others register to vote and help execute publishing different deadlines for each state so that people can properly exercise their fundamental voting rights, while empowering the strengths that come with utilizing the strength which lies in intersectionality.

    My grandmother once taught me: Always hear others out, the day you think you know everything, is the the day you have the most yet to learn.

    How can I help?

    Love & Light
    Leedonal (Jazzmin Dian) Moore

    JamesJames Batie Lockett Jr

    Democrats Abroad Global Black Caucus Vice-Chair
    DA Hong Kong Black Caucus Lead
    Texas Voter

    James joined Democrats Abroad on May 16, 2020, due to many issues/problems affecting minorities under Trump’s administration. Therefore, James became involved in DA and wanted to be part of the solution and not the problem, and was very active in the local chapter and GOTV in 2020. In July 2021, a bid in the local chapter Treasure was unsuccessful, losing by two votes, but continued to remain active in local activities.


    As the newly appointed Vice-Chair for the GBC James shares the same vision as the Global Chair. In addition, James brings a lot of passion and vibrant energy to the role.   

    James will help the Asia Pacific region to increase GBC membership and chapter formations.  Also, collaboration with other organizations (e.g., Black Lives Matter) that have the same goals as the GBC, to educate Americans abroad on voting rights, social and economic inequality, police reform, and human rights/anti-racism. 

    StarStar (Starla) Goggins

    Democrats Abroad Global Black Caucus Secretary
    Michigan voter

    I came to Canada in 1967 from the state of Michigan and moved to Toronto.  Around the 1990’s, I visited the DA Toronto Pride Booth, received information on Democrats Abroad and signed up immediately.

    Being very committed to get out the vote (GOTV) activities and bringing diversity representation to DA, Toronto, and the National Chapter, I served on the Toronto Chapter Executive, chaired a National Election Committee (NEC), served on the Democrats Abroad Affirmative Action Committee, Managed a Voting Centre for the 2016 Presidential Primary, organized volunteer teams, and hosted events. 

    Recently, I joined the Global Black Caucus Steering Committee and serve as Secretary.  One of my key goals is to work towards building DA Black Caucus representation in Canada and Globally. 

    Our voice, and our votes count.

    AdrienneAdrianne George

    Global Black Caucus DNC - Black Caucus Representative
    DA Sweden Black Caucus Lead
    DNC Member
    Washington D.C. voter

    I am super proud to be on my second term as a Democratic National Committee (DNC) Member for Democrats Abroad. I have the distinct honor of representing us as a member of the DNC Black Caucus.

    I am equally proud to be a founding member of the Global Black Caucus. My position as a DNC Member allows me to share all the important work our Caucus is doing with other State parties, as well as secure DNC and Democratic Party surrogates as speakers and panelists for our events. I ensure we are included in the Black Caucus newsletter distributed to each Democratic Party State Chair, as well as collaborate on ways to reach overseas voters. I happily contribute event ideas and materials to our steering committee, lead the Black Caucus in Sweden, and support the Global Black Caucus Chair as necessary.

    AntarAntar Keith

    Global Black Caucus Reparations
    Reparations Task Force Chair
    DPCA Voting Rep. Germany
    Saxony Chapter Vice Chair

    Born to a working-class family in the Bronx, NY, I gained firsthand knowledge of American political disenfranchisement. This consciousness was molded by my father, William “Bill” Keith—poet, teacher, Civil-Rights activist, ally of Malcolm X, and Black Arts Movement avant-garde artist. He was also a two-time victim of predatory policing and mass incarceration. His story inspires a keen understanding that those in closest proximity to pain should be closest to power.

    As GBC Reparations lead, my passion is advocacy for local, state, and federal reparations legislation. Central to this advocacy is the fight for H.R. 40, which would enact a commission to provide the social, political, and economic analysis of trauma inflicted on Black America—and how to repair said damage. Not isolated to slavery or Jim Crow, these traumas cycle into modern legal, educational, medical, socioeconomic, and political discrimination.

    I believe that street-level activism must work hand-in-hand with solid educational and legislative action to undue racial damage. Working in a multi-racial coalition, our ultimate goal is to educate, agitate, and organize for transformative and restorative justice in America through the act of reparations. Come join the team!

    DerekDerek Bembry

    Global Black Caucus Fundraising

    Derek Bembry, a lifelong democrat, was born in 1957 in rural south Georgia to a single mother and largely raised by his grandmother. He remembers segregated schools and neighborhoods with dirt roads that became small rivers when the afternoon rains came. Life was simple and uncomplicated. He moved to rural South jersey at age 11 and life remained simple but there was a tremendous shift in his local surroundings which was filled with immigrants mainly from Italy, Puerto Rico and New York . Learning to assimilate and get along with others was a key survival instinct and Derek learned it well. The two distinctly different environments of GA and NJ were key ingredients in shaping the person he is today, a grandfather to five, father to four in a multi-cultural family that has Mexican, German, Ukrainian and Irish roots.

    It's very hard to have a myopic view of the world at our dinner table, says Bembry with a smile. We all see the same thing with a different set of eyes and experiences. His "open-mindedness" has helped him to craft a 40 year career in several countries for some of the largest Fortune 500 companies in the world including, Raytheon, Exxon, HP, Dell, Amazon and currently Johnson Controls where he hopes to finish his career.

    Life has been good to me!!!

    TamecaTameca Wilkerson

    Global Black Caucus Fundraising Deputy

    In my role as Volunteer to the Fundraising Committee, I hope to help devise and implement strategies of income-generating activities. In my efforts, I hope to celebrate the uniqueness of the Global Black Caucus by bringing together modern, cultural and exciting events with a purpose. 

    Prior to this, I have worked with my local union in MD(USA) on their fundraising committee volunteering to provide events that targeted people from all walks of life. I brought my creative thinking and knowledge to this organization with great success. 

    I am a Special Education Teacher currently working in the United Arab Emirates. This experience has surrounded me with many cultures and nationalities. I work amongst other educators from the United States, and I know they would love to attend any event that is planned for them. I am excited to be a part of this committee and I am looking forward to a great year of successful events.

    TraciTraci Möller

    Global Black Caucus Press / Media Relations

    Democrats Abroad Switzerland Secretary

    I was born and raised in Connecticut, the nutmeg state, but I’m from New York (Harlem’s historic and beautiful Striver’s Row) and proudly vote blue.

    My roots are in New York City where I worked for Vibe magazine before pivoting into a successful career in beauty and luxury PR for brands like CoverGirl, (Schick) Wilkinson-Sword and Rémy Martin.  My communications strategies and mandates often targeted Black Americans and the urban market. Representation matters. I moved to Switzerland in the wake of the 2009 recession for love and stayed for the opportunity to work and raise my son in a dynamic international environment.

    Having been on the front lines of communications during the dot-com downturn and September 11; the Covid-19 pandemic, social justice, the fight for voting rights and January 6th feels eerily familiar.

    Our country is at a crossroads and I am so proud to serve as the Global Black Caucus Press/ Media Relations Lead and deliver clear messaging that define the issues for Black Americans that impact our elections at home … from abroad.

    And when I’m not copywriting or supporting Democrats Abroad Switzerland of which I am Executive Committee Secretary, I love sneakers and stilettos, eating great food even if I have to make it myself taking road trips in my electric car and fashion styling my very trendy 10-year old son.

    The Global Black Caucus is on a mission, I hope you will join us!

    CedricCedric Armand Sumo Tiepmo

    Global Black Caucus Press / Media Relations – Deputy
    DACH Member At Large

    I’m an American from Virginia who’s been living in Lausanne since 2014. I’ve been a proud member of Democrats Abroad Switzerland since 2016 and I’ve participated in many voter registration campaigns since then.

    The reason I decided to become a member of the executive committee of DA is because my intention is to help register as many citizens to vote in their local, state and federal elections while living abroad. I plan on convincing them to vote democrat.

    Moreover, having Thurgood Marshall, Martin Luther King Jr and Elijah Cummings as some of my personal and professional inspirations, it only feels right for me to join the global black caucus in a leadership role.

    I’ll do my part to increase awareness, bring justice and improve understanding of our plights as people of African descent.

    ChristianChristian Walker

    Global Black Caucus Communication

    My name is Christian Walker, and I was born and raised in Los Angeles County. I say Los Angeles County because my family is from Los Angeles, CA. I lived in San Pedro, CA; I went to school in Harbor City, Lomita, and Torrance, CA. Finally, I went to California State University Long Beach. In 2019, I moved to London with my partner, and in 2021 we moved to Gibraltar.

    I’ve worked in the entertainment industry for several years, and now I am in the fintech sector. In November 2021, I will receive my MBA with an emphasis in Public Administration from Southern New Hampshire University.

    While living in the States, I volunteered for the California Young Democrats Black Caucus, Black Los Angeles Young Democrats, and the Young Democrats of America LGBTQIA+ Caucus. I believe there is power in numbers. I think that collaboration will achieve all our goals.

    EvelynEvelyn Riera

    Global Black Caucus Engagement
    Global Black Caucus Communication Deputy

    I live in Germany and vote in GA. A third-culture kid with Cuban-American and German roots, I moved from Costa Rica to Germany in 1980 to learn German, my mother's native language, and complete my studies in political economy, and management/vocational education.

    I don't remember exactly when I discovered Democrats Abroad. Sometime after 2008, I decided to focus on using Facebook as a tool to meet and educate overseas voters, and help them vote. Since then, I have been asked to join the admin teams of different groups and pages on Facebook, as well as to be a part of the DA Global Black Caucus Communications Team.

    My deepest desire: To contribute to saving the planet, saving democracy, the best form of government available, and transforming the world in ways that will make it safer, more equitable, and kinder. 

    AdrienneAdrienne Johnson

    Global Black Caucus Advisory Liaison
    DPCA Voting Rep. DAUK , DAUK Black Caucus Chair 
    DAUK - Social Media Team, DAUK - Film Committee

    As a native of the Washington D.C. area, now living in London, I am a product of and value having grown up in a community of Black Americans who excelled in spite of societal attitudes and systemic hindrances.

    I have always been aware that the well-being of Black Americans is inextricably tied to ensuring a prosperous and thriving future for my community and for all Americans. We are still faced with the question of how to fulfill America's promise. Democrats Abroad can help turn the tide. I am pleased to continue as a Global Black Caucus Steering Committee member in order to drive our work forward through dialogue, education, and political advocacy. Training and building a pipeline for emerging leaders remains a priority for me. Effective community organizing requires commitment, grit, truth, context, and vision.

    My Dems Abroad journey started with GOTV canvassing. That led to volunteering for other DAUK committees and event-specific projects such as our annual Independence Day Picnic and Global Presidential Primaries, serving on our Executive Committee, forming and chairing our Black Caucus, and serving as a DPCA Voting Representative. There are so many ways to contribute. The voices and contributions of Black Americans who live overseas are needed now more than ever. I look forward to amplifying our voices and collaborating with all who are aligned with our goal to create an equitable and representative society.

    KentonKenton Barnes

    Global Black Caucus Networking
    Democrats Abroad Germany Chair

    Kenton E. Barnes, born in Toledo, Ohio  graduated from Rogers High School there, and subsequently the University of Cincinnati where he earned a degree in Communications. Kenton moved to E. Lansing, Michigan to work in Public Relations.

    However, after a few years, he enrolled in Michigan State University to pursue BA degrees in Music and German. He went on to do an MA in Choral Conducting and went to Germany as an exchange student  to work on a 2nd MA in German. After finishing his degree, he was hired at the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena to teach English.  In 2010, he moved to Braunschweig to take a similar position at the Technische Universität, where he received his Ph.D.

    In 2017, Kenton became a member of Democrats Abroad Germany. Since joining he has served the organization as precinct captain, national LGBTQ+ Caucus Coordinator, National Vice Chair, and National Chair.

    JoyJoy Notoma (she/her)

    Global Black Caucus Engagement Deputy

    Joy is a fiction writer and journalist, based in Toulouse, France. Her reporting, essays, and fiction have appeared in CNN, Al Jazeera, Quartz Africa, Longreads, Epiphany Zine, and Zora Mag, among other digital outlets. Before becoming a writer, Joy was an actor in New York City where she performed in theater and film. In addition to her work in the arts, she also has experience in office management, social media strategy, and literacy and theater education. For Democrats Abroad, she serves as the team lead of Books Abroad, the Global Women's Caucus Feminist Literature Group.

    LauraLaura L. Allen (she/her)

    Secretary - Deputy

    Laura is a New York State voter who currently lives and works in Toronto, Ontario. Laura was born and raised in Niagara Falls, NY, but her education journey has allowed her to find home in several locations across the United States, including Atlanta, GA, East Lansing, MI, and Columbus, OH. Wherever she finds herself, Laura is committed to service in Communities of Color and is particularly interested in the safety and wellbeing of Black communities.


    Laura is a committed teacher at heart and by profession. She currently works as a professor and teaches university courses in professional writing, advocacy, and digital media. She is passionate about social justice issues and helping to amplify the voices of those historically marginalized by race, class, and gender. She joined the Democrats Abroad Global Black Caucus to pursue these passions and help encourage and empower Americans in Canada and abroad to vote and remain politically active and politically responsible to both our local and global communities. 

    Michele O'Brien

    Legal Counsel
    New York voter

    Originally from the Boston area, I was raised by a diverse family united by their shared pursuit of justice and truths — and in putting oneself on the line for these things. Demanding fairness, listening to and identifying what is true and then speaking it: these things are sometimes hard to do, but experience has shown that without justice for everyone, none of us will experience true peaceNo justice, no peace.

    I have lived in France for 19 years and am a longtime member of Democrats Abroad. I am a lawyer with experience in anti-corruption, litigation/international arbitration, human rights and non-profit governance. 

    I strongly support the mission of the Global Black Caucus and am honored to serve the GBC in its work to advocate for laws, policies, and programs that improve the lives of Black Americans and educate all people on the humanity of Black people.

    Renee Rousseau

    Oregon Voter 

    I have been a member of Democrats Abroad since 2008. I was the first Chapter Chair of DACH Zürich/German Region from September 2011-March 2014 and again from April 2015-May 2017. I was also the Media/PR contact in the German Region from September 2008-May 2017.

    I learned about the power of political engagement from my mom, who was a community organizer in my hometown of Portland Oregon. I grew up with the children of my local and State political leadership which afforded me an inside look at how they move when they think no one is looking. During my high school years I became heavily involved in local politics, activist groups such as the NAACP Youth Committee and the Urban League. I was also co-president for the Student Advisory Committee for my high school. Some of our duties included reaching out to my at risk fellow students and finding ways to improve the quality of life in struggling and economically disadvantaged people and areas of my city. 

    I received a full scholarship to study Musical Theater at United States University in San Diego California (USIU). It was there that I met then Senator Joe Biden during his initial run for president.

    After completing my studies I moved to Switzerland in 1989 and have since raised two amazing sons. I am fluent in high and Swiss German.

    While here in Switzerland I have worked as a lead/background singer, songwriter and vocal coach for such top acts like Prince, Phil Collins, Ace Of Base, RedOne, Marc Sway, Emel, Celine Dion and Jonathan Butler to name a few. I have also performed numerous times at Jazz Festival Montreux. 

    In 2004 my interest in politics were reawakened by a then unknown senatorial candidate from Illinois, Barack Obama. After hearing his speech at the DNC convention I told my father that he would be the first African American president ! When he announced his candidacy for president, I contacted his campaign headquarters to ask how could I be a part of his historic run. I went on to found Switzerland For Obama with a fellow dual citizen expat René Malle. At one point we had over 2000 members. I will always cherish the blood, sweat, tears, money and time I invested. It was worth it all and then some. 

    After the stunning and extremely disappointing outcome of the 2016 election, I went dark and lost all hope and felt as if everything I had been doing for the past decade was all for Nougat.  Due to conflicting interests with the leadership of DACH, I resigned from my position as chair and became a U.S. political analyst for numerous Swiss media outlets, a function which I continue to perform to this day. 

    After the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, I felt the urge once again to become active in the political process. Leedonal (Jazz) Moore, whom I had met at various social and political events over the years reached out to ask if I would be interested in working with the GBC. I enthusically answered with a resounding YES! I am once again looking forward to working towards the change I want to see at home and abroad. 





  • published Global Disability Caucus in Caucuses 2021-10-07 10:49:44 -0400

  • published Issues and Barriers in Global Disability Caucus 2021-09-19 11:02:12 -0400

  • published Legislation in Global Disability Caucus 2021-09-19 11:00:45 -0400


    Major Legislation on Disability Issues


    Americans with Disabilities Act

    Telecommunications Act

    Fair Housing Act

    Air Carrier Access Act

    Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act

    National Voter Registration Act

    Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act

    Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

    Rehabilitation Act

    Architectural Barriers Act

    General Sources of Disability Rights Information

    Statute Citations

  • published About Us in Global Disability Caucus 2021-09-19 10:58:53 -0400

    About Us

    Welcome to the Global Disability Caucus (GDC)!

    Founded in 2021, the GDC hopes to speak to and for Amercans with disabilities living abroad. We welcome and encourage the involvement of supporters of our members and our issues. We hope to form an inclusive, diverse, active and effective community which provides fulfilling experiences for all.

    The caucus regularly organizes events about the Americans with disabilities community's history, culture, and issues, so check back often and join the caucus to receive updates via our upcoming email newsletter!

    Meet the Team

    Get to know the members of the Steering Committee - our stories and our goals as Americans with Disabilities and Allies from all around the world. We'll be adding more every month!

    For more information, feel free to refer to our Terms of Reference below.


    Accessibility is when the needs of people with disabilities are specifically   considered, and products, services, and facilities are built or modified so that they can be used by people of all abilities. 

    From Merriam-Webster:


    noun [ U ]

    UK  /əkˌses.əˈbɪl.ə.ti/ US  /əkˌses.əˈbɪl.ə.t̬i/

    the fact of being able to be reached or obtained easilyTwo new roads are being built to increase accessibility to the town centre.

     the quality of being easy to understand: The accessibility of her plays means that she is able to reach a wide audience.

    The quality and accessibility of materials have to be high if there are to be no barriers to learning.

     More examples

    Much of the play's charm lies in its accessibility and simplicity.The theater offers full wheelchair accessibility.

    Terms of Reference for the Global Disability Cacucus (GDC)

    The mission of Democrats Abroad’s Global Disability Caucus is to provide a voice for individuals with disabilities across its global membership. As defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), an individual with a disability is a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Democrats Abroad’s Global Disability Caucus will organize a disability rights agenda; work with allies within the Democratic Party and disability rights groups to ensure that all activities and venues are accessible; advocate on proposed legislation addressing disability rights; and educate and empower Democrats Abroad members and leaders about the issues impacting persons with disabilities.

    Disability is a public health issue, with over 1 billion people (or 15%) in the world  living with some form of disability. This number is increasing, in part due to aging populations and an increase in awareness and better diagnosis of chronic health issues. Disability is extremely diverse -- from physical and psychiatric disabilities to learning disabilities, blindness, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorders and brain injuries. However, all people with a disability have the same general healthcare needs as everyone else and need access to mainstream healthcare services. The reality, though, is that few countries, including the United States, provide adequate quality services for those with a disability. Prohibitive costs, limited availability of services, physical barriers and inadequate skills/knowledge on the part of health workers are among the barriers faced.

    Democrats Abroad (DA) prioritizes issues that affect U.S. citizens living overseas. These issues begin with the most fundamental democratic right - voting - and extend to taxation, health care, equal rights and more.

    In compliance with requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Government facilities abroad, including DA meeting venues, should be accessible and barrier-free for persons with disabilities. Government policies must reflect the interests of persons with disabilities and special needs. This caucus will work within Democrats Abroad to achieve this endeavor. It will be important that the organization continues to enable full participation in activities remotely, as this answers the challenges to those unable to be physically present.

    We share and adhere to the principles and demands expressed in the platforms of both the Democratic Party and DA regarding persons with disabilities and their families abroad.

    We recognize and appreciate that all of the various groups, ethnicities, persuasions, identities, and beliefs that make up American society are present; we share issues and concerns in common with the other DA caucuses. Discrimination has no place in Democrats Abroad and its ancillary organizations (e.g. country committees, chapters, interest groups, caucuses, etc.), nor the Global Disability Caucus.



    • Reach out to members with disabilities and special needs, as well as their dependents living abroad, to encourage them to register to vote and to engage them in advocacy for our policy positions;


    • Draft and add a plank to the DA Platform addressing the needs of Americans with disabilities living abroad; 


    • Provide a forum for DA members to understand better the issues and concerns affecting persons with disabilities inside and outside of the United States;


    • Introduce and encourage American Sign Language (ASL) and Professional Live Captioning (CART) at DA global meetings, town halls, webinars, as well as regional, country and chapter meetings;


    • Introduce and ensure DA social media platforms follow digital accessibility guidelines for persons with disabilities by using alternative text for DA images and DA GIFs, caption, audio descriptions and transcripts of DA videos;


    • Introduce and ensure, Drop-in-Voter-Assistance and Voter-Outreach efforts follow digital accessibility guidelines and are better suited for Americans with disabilities living abroad;




    • Facilitate get-out-the-vote (GOTV) efforts for U.S. Citizens with disabilities; and also develop sensible and sensitive GOTV strategies for encouraging persons with disabilities living overseas;


    • Advocate for expansion of accessibility laws for voters with disabilities and hospitalized voters across the United States;


    • Exchange information and concerns with other DA caucuses and interest groups regarding relevant issues and shared concerns to ensure that, as they impact members with disabilities and their families, they are communicated among the broader DA community for a successful joint response;


    • Ensure that all meeting venues for Democrats Abroad and Vote From Abroad are accessible and barrier-free in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements (e.g. wheelchair accessible with use of ramps, elevators, etc.).


    • Organize participation in International Day of Persons with Disabilities, International Ataxia Awareness Day, Autism Awareness Month, Mental Health Month and other landmark days of historical significance for persons with disabilities in the U.S. and host countries of U.S. Citizens living abroad;


    • Establish and maintain contact with other American political organizations to find areas of joint concern regarding persons with disabilities;


    • Always strive to improve the DA Platform and organize advocacy efforts towards U.S. law and policymakers for issues pertinent to persons with disabilities, and their families living abroad;


    • Work with DNC Disability Council, Municipal, County and State Democratic Parties to ensure that there is a platform that represents Americans with disabilities;




    • Work within the DA structure and its rules;


    • Report to the DA International Chair and/or the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA) Executive Committee at regular intervals; seek and follow guidance from the International Chair and the International Chair's designees prior to making public comments, posting statements on a website or social media, or engaging in projects such as GOTV, guest speakers, or events coordinated with local groups of Democrats Abroad;


    • Coordinate with other DA caucuses and councils;


    • Undertake leadership development of GDC members and encourage our members, especially those who are persons with disabilities, to run for DA leadership positions including, but not limited to, delegates to the Democratic National Convention and country committee leadership roles;


    • Help country committees and local chapters interested in creating a GDC and support for their caucus activities;


    • Communicate with members and conduct meetings on a regular basis (at least quarterly) and publish a GDC Newsletter;


    • Work with the DA IT team to create and maintain a dedicated GDC webpage on the DA website in accordance with digital accessibility guidelines;


    • Utilize social media in accordance with digital accessibility guidelines; 


    • Urge GDC membership and all U.S. citizens abroad to vote in all U.S.-based elections and primaries when eligible to do so; and


    • From time to time, review and update the GDC’s Terms of Reference for submission to the DPCA Executive Committee for approval;




    Confirmed membership in the Global Disability Caucus shall be restricted to members of Democrats Abroad. 


    GDC members will be encouraged to participate in DA fundraising activities.


    The Global Disability Caucus shall operate under the supervision of a Chair who, in turn, should:


    • be appointed by the International Chair, as defined by the DPCA charter, with the approval of the DPCA Executive Committee;
    • generally serve a two year appointment, which terminates at the end of each DPCA Executive Committee cycle; however, caucus chairs may be removed earlier if the Executive Committee of the DPCA deems this removal to be necessary;
    • appoint a Vice-Chair, who is not of the same gender identity and resides in a different country from the Chair, and a Secretary.
    • form a Steering Committee consisting of a Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, a representative from each of the three regions representatives; and possibly three members-at-large representing a diverse population of members.
    • Any member of the steering committee may resign at any time by written notice to the Chairperson.
    • Any member of the steering committee who has either (1) missed two scheduled meetings without notice to the Chairperson or (2) missed three scheduled meetings within any six month period, may be removed by a ⅔ vote of the steering committee based on quorum.The vote will be held at a regularly called meeting where the subject of such removal is on the agenda sent out in advance and, at which, the member is given reasonable opportunity to explain the reasons for their absences.


    • form Working Groups, led or co-led by a member of the Steering Committee:
    • The Standing Working Groups of the Global Disability Caucus are: Communications, Country Committee Liaison, Legislative Tracking, Events, Awareness & Education, Research & Resources and IT.  Other ad-hoc Working Groups may be initiated by the Chairperson.
    • Heads of the Working Groups will be appointed by the Chair with a simple majority vote approval of the steering committee, based on quorum.
    • Working Groups may be dissolved at any time by the Chair, with approval by a simple majority vote, of the Steering Committee, based on quorum.
    • A quorum of the steering committee shall require the Chair or Vice-Chair and 
    • a simple majority of the remaining members of the steering committee.
    • participate in monthly caucus leaders’ meetings and provide updates on caucus activities; and in the event the Chair or Vice-Chair are unable to attend, efforts will be made to ensure that a designated member of the caucus is present;
    • ensure the GDC follows the rules of the DPCA charter, and is considered wholly a subcommittee under the DPCA and the ExCom;
    • ensure activities are aligned with the GDC’s terms of reference;
    • consult with the Democrats Abroad International Chair/ExCom as necessary;
    • (the Chair) along with the Vice-Chair and Secretary, have GDPR certification to help ensure that Global Disability Caucus member records are protected and treated in accordance with Democrats Abroad’s Privacy policies;

        send at least one representative of the Caucus to each DA Annual General Meeting, either in person or online, and  provide the membership with caucus updates.

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