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

  • Mukbang Meet & Greet - Celebrating the Lunar New Year

    Join the Democrats Abroad AAPI Caucus for an online celebration of Lunar New Year, the Year of the Tiger. Bring your own Lunar New Year food - leftovers, delivery, or make something new - and drinks to our informal online gathering to talk about ways you celebrate Lunar New Year and your AAPI heritage. Friends, families and those interested in learning more about the various ways of celebrating the Lunar New Year are welcome to come along.

    Like our previous Teatime events, we will meet on Zoom and everyone will have the chance to discuss and share about their experiences as AAPI wherever you are in the world. A Mukbang is a Korean eating show, where the host is eating a variety of foods and interacting with the audience. We’ll all gather to eat, drink, and chat. All are welcome to attend.

    We are asking participants to consider donating a Good Fortune Red Envelope to Democrats Abroad on behalf of the AAPI Caucus to help support our efforts in 2022 to get out the vote. Any amount is appreciated, and we are thankful for your “lucky donation”.

    Year of the Tiger is characterized by strength, generosity and growth.

    Please share this event and make sure to RSVP to receive the Zoom information.

    Washington, D.C. 6:00am
    Berlin 12:00pm
    Singapore 7:00pm
    Seoul 8:00pm
    Sydney 10:00pm

     

    WHEN
    February 03, 2022 at 7:00pm
    WHERE
    Zoom
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  • published Reparations in Our Priorities 2022-01-14 07:10:50 -0500

    Reparations Task Force

    REPARATIONS TASK FORCE MISSION & VISION

    Democrats Abroad is now committed to meeting the rising challenges facing Black Americans through a collective push for acknowledgement and redress for systemic Black trauma in the United States and, ultimately, closure for our nation.

    Since July 10th 2021, the Democrats Abroad Reparations Task Force has been working with local, state, and federal U.S. reparative justice advocates on the ground stateside and around the world. Our mission is to build a multi-ethnic, multi-generational, interfaith coalition that knows reparative justice means moral, racial, and social justice for all. As Americans abroad, we exist as the only Reparations Task Force with a global purview on U.S. Reparations legislation. It’s time to leverage this strength to finally end structural racism and the trauma it has wrought.

    Do this we must, for our time is short.

    Modern anti-Black trauma currently exists in the form of racial disparities. These disparities are the result of historic slavery, Jim Crow policies, and their continued impacts on the lived realities of Black Americans in the realms of education, employment, finance, law, healthcare, cultural memory, property ownership, civic engagement, and voting rights. Far from existing in a vacuum, these disparities draw a direct continuum to past federal, state, and local governmental policies. Americans of all backgrounds working together, however, can begin reversing these disparities through reparative justice and legislation. We can and must join this fight, as freedom can no longer wait. Black lives can no longer wait. Our democracy can no longer wait.

    BLACK VOTER DISENFRANCHISEMENT THREATENS DEMOCRACY 

    We live in an era of hyper-focused politics, where scores of local, state, midterm, and national elections are now decided by razor-thin margins. These narrow margins are reduced further by a powerful, tech-savvy structural racism—reinforced by a reluctance to address legacies of slavery, Jim Crow, and modern white supremacy.

    Structural racism has persisted in such an environment and adapted to the times, creating a modern racial wealth gap. This gap, in turn, has both led to and enabled today’s triple inequality of predatory policing, mass incarceration, and Black voter suppression.

    Heeding the call for real action, the Democrats Abroad Reparations Task Force supports 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 racial terror and political suppression and would then make recommendations for redress.

    OUR GOALS

    As a State Party Reparations Task Force, 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 legislation for Black Americans. In support of such legislation, the RTF 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:

    1. Coordinate interdependent relationships with all global and country-level DA caucuses;
    2. Engage with stateside local, state, and federal Reparations Task Forces and Initiatives through exchange of data and statistics;
    3. Utilize the unique and global reach of DA to produce data-driven papers examining political support and activism of Americans abroad for reparations;
    4. Submit research papers to stateside pro-Reparations congresspeople concerning the political leanings and attitudes of Americans abroad on reparations;
    5. 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 motivated to jump into the fight for full reparative 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.


  • published Reparations in Global Black Caucus 2022-01-14 07:08:35 -0500

  • published Reparations Task Force Signup in Reparations 2022-01-14 03:01:32 -0500

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  • published reparations intro in News 2022-01-14 02:03:21 -0500

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    WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW

    Join the Reparations Task Force Team!

    If you are interested in getting involved in this fight for justice, please send an email to [email protected].

    Also contact your representatives and make sure they support the federal bill H.R. 40 and any state or local reparations initiatives in your voting state.

     


  • published What do you need to know for Texas voting? in News 2022-01-11 08:39:50 -0500

  • published Happy New Year in News 2022-01-11 08:38:22 -0500

  • published Framing Political Discourse in Events 2021-12-27 10:47:23 -0500

    Political Framing: Building Bridges in Divided Communities

    Join us to hear Dr. Dustie Spencer guide us through how to use the tool of “framing” to bridge Democratic messaging to a larger and often sceptical constituency of voters.  Dr. Spencer has pointed out that “Republican framing is very efficient, but framing an issue doesn’t need to be a lie.”   It can be highlighting a less important aspect of an issue, as Republicans do with citing “national security” as threatened by a more humane policy that offers a path to citizenship for undocumented workers.    

     Dr. Spencer teaches Global Studies as a visiting Assistant Professor at Pusan National University, South Korea.  She earned her PhD from the University of Edinburgh where her studies focused on transnational activism and social movements framing. 

     During her talk, Dr. Spencer will offer an overview of how frames work to impact our opinions and thus voting habits.  She will suggest ways that Democrats can effectively listen to the narratives of those around us and structure an effective response.  Dr. Spencer notes that listening to the grievances of our friends and families can help us identify which frames they are using.  Once their frames of reference are clear, we can use them to connect on their key issues so Democratic policies can resonate with them. Spencer cites human rights as an issue where campaigns in this field have become excellent at stressing the universal human rights of all humans as an important and critical frame to the success of global social movements today. 

     After Dr. Spencer’s presentation, there will be time for questions, so do email you questions in advance to [email protected]

    WHEN
    January 22, 2022 at 11:00am
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  • published Quarterly Global Meeting in Events 2021-12-21 14:03:11 -0500

    Quarterly Global Meeting

    During these meetings we CONNECT, LISTEN, SUPPORT & EMPOWER each other, exchange thoughts and ideas, plan possible co-sponsored events and ultimately strengthen our community. The Global Black Caucus is hosting an open roundtable discussion once every three months for DA leaders and volunteers, and you are invited to be a vital part of the collective advocating on issues of African-Americans not just in the U.S. but all around the world.

    The meetings will be of duration of 90 mins and be held on Zoom.

    Please RSVP here to get the Zoom link and to let us know you are interested! 

    The second Global Black Caucus Quarterly Global Meeting will take place on January 30th, 3AM EST / 9 AM CET  Zoom (next meeting dates: Mar. 31st, May 31st…)
    Check the Global Black Caucus Wiki-Page or the Global Universal Calendar to find further dates for these meetings.

    We are looking forward to having great conversations with you all.

    Consider making a donation to help get out the vote in 2022. Donate today at: https://www.democratsabroad.org/bc-donations


    If you have any questions, please feel free to drop me a message: [email protected]

    Love and Light
    Leedonal (Jazz) Moore
    WHEN
    January 30, 2022 at 3:00am
    WHERE
    Zoom - Online
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  • published Progressive Caucus in Reparations 2021-12-19 08:05:23 -0500

  • published Black Caucus in Reparations 2021-12-19 08:04:25 -0500

  • published Events in Reparations 2021-12-19 07:55:58 -0500

  • published News in Reparations 2021-12-19 06:55:19 -0500

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  • published Medicare Portability in Our Priorities 2021-12-13 06:12:07 -0500

    Medicare Portability

    Trying to Understand Medicare?  

    If you visit the Social Security Administration website to see how Medicare works you’ll find a lot of information, charts, graphs and processes for recipients to follow in order to enroll and use Medicare.  What you won’t find -  us.

    Normally deductions for Medicare are taken from most paychecks throughout a worker’s career and before they turn 65 they are able to enroll and subsequently to collect the benefits as they are needed for health care costs.

    BUT……….. What Happens When You Live Abroad? 

    • Military?.....US Citizens who served in military combat can access their retiree health care benefits wherever they reside through the Tricare Overseas Program.
    • Government employees?..... Retirees from the federal government also have healthcare insurance that covers them wherever they choose to live 
    • Most everyone else?........You paid in but you can’t collect benefits.

    What Options Are You Left With?

    1. Join host countries health plan (if they offer, you qualify and you can afford) - 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. 
    2. Private Insurance from U.S. or host country ($$$$$$) - 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. 
    3. Travel back to the United States for covered care (if you’ve continued to pay  for  Medicare) - 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. 
    4. Pay out of Pocket - “self-insure”  (Costs vary by country but tend to be less than what you would pay in the US).

    ALTERNATIVE SOLUTIONS FOR EXPLORATION

    Democrats Abroad is collaborating with other organizations to conduct a feasibility study to establish potential expansion of  Medicare coverage.   

    Medicare International (pilot program)

    Possible Scenarios

    • Rebate (money deducted plus interest)
    • Expand the system to include those abroad who continue to pay
    • Adopt & expand governmental employee system
    • Adopt and expand military system
    • Offset cost of private insurance or country coverage by negotiated agreement
    • Build relationships between governments for funding/providing services
    • Construct a specific health plan for overseas Americans

  • published About Us in Leaders 2021-12-12 14:20:07 -0500

    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

    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.

     

     

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  • published Leaders in GBC2 2021-12-12 14:18:01 -0500

  • published News in Medicare Portability 2021-12-12 10:07:48 -0500

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  • published Intro in News 2021-12-12 09:56:45 -0500

    Intro

    Our Goal: To ensure U.S. citizens have  access abroad to their earned Medicare benefits. 

    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.

    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

    • 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 Leaders in Medicare Portability 2021-12-12 09:25:49 -0500