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  • Karen Frankenstein, AAPI Caucus Steering Committee Member

    Karen Frankenstein

    I joined Democrats Abroad as an active volunteer in 2016. Having lived abroad in Europe and Asia for much of my life, feeling like an American abroad wasn’t really a motivating factor for joining DA - but the shocking election of our 45th President was. And I never really thought much about being Asian American - there weren’t many half-Asian kids running around when I was a child, so my brothers and I called ourselves “hapa”, the Hawaiian word for someone of mixed ancestry - and left it at that. I’m half Chinese and half German-Irish-English-Jewish-Unitarian Chicago Democrat, as we jokingly say.

    My family has always been involved in trying to make a difference - in the State Department, Unicef, and as cultural ambassadors, among others. This colored my world view significantly. When the AAPI Caucus started formation work, I wasn’t sure that I would get deeply involved, but I was curious about the idea of an Asian American group, and I thought I might be able to help get it going. Much to my surprise, the issues and commonalities of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders resonated deeply with me. I’m thrilled to be a member of the Steering Committee and I’m looking forward to making a difference!


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  • Annual General Meeting (AGM) April 15, 2021

    Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) is just two weeks away! On Thurs. April 15, 2021 at 6:00 pm where all Democrats Abroad Colombia volunteers are invited to join virtually to become informed on the latest Democrats Abroad Colombia highlights over the past year and look to the future of our chapter here in Colombia. We have a lot to be proud of and all credit goes to all of our members like you! Please click HERE to sign up for the AGM and receive the link to the meeting.

     During our meeting, we will also be holding our Executive Committee elections for 2021-2023! Below we present to you the four open positions and the corresponding nominees for this next cycle. Take a moment to read their brief bios and purpose statements for running for office. Please support your candidates and Democrats Abroad Colombia as we select new leadership by filling out the electronic ballot through this link.

     You may vote for all positions. Your electronic signature will be your name and contact information as indicated, so please fill out the form completely and SUBMIT.

     It takes all of a minute to send in your vote and you have until Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 12:00 pm (CST) to send it in, so make sure to get your vote in! We will announce the votes at the Annual General Meeting.

     Thanks to all our wonderful and talented nominees who are equally excited and committed to bringing out the best for Democrats Abroad Colombia.

     Sincerely,

    Monica Gonzalez
    Andrew Fischer
    Nominations and Elections Committee

    Nominees

    Chair Nominee
    Quyen Nguyen

    I am an Iowa voter and I have lived in Colombia for four years with my Colombian partner who is a Bogotá city councilor. I have a consulting business in which I guide undergraduate and graduate students through the admissions process. I also teach courses on inclusive leadership to undergraduate business students at el CESA.

    I have been honored to serve as your chair since 2019, and hope I can continue to lead DA Colombia in this capacity. Since I have been in this role, we have achieved many great things. Here are just a few:

    • Built a team of over 2 dozen volunteers who helped us get Biden and other Democrats into office
    • Hit the highest membership growth rate of any country committee in the Americas
    • Hit nearly 70% engagement with our members for the 2020 elections
    • Had the highest percentage of compliance (over 99%) in the Americas for database management

     

    I am very proud that DA Colombia has become a globally recognized country chapter, and I hope we can spend the next two years continuing to build on and carry out this work together.

     

    Vice Chair Nominee
    Jimmy Colon

    My name is Jimmy Colon. I was born in Newark, New Jersey but was raised in Puerto Rico.

    I graduated from high school at Florida Ari Academy. I earned my Bachelor of Arts - Accounting Magna Cum Laude Honors (Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, USA)  and got my Master of Arts. International Studies-Economics at  Ohio University, Ohio. USA.

    I am 100% bilingual with more than 20  years of experience working at multinational companies, holding positions from Financial Manager / Controller and General Manager.

    I best describe myself as a positive, well-organized and highly result-oriented individual who can work under pressure with an outgoing personality.

    I command good communication skills at multiple organizational levels and have Managed work in a dynamic environment with the ability to handle conflicts (Internal / external) and create win/win situations.

    I view myself as an analytically minded person with strong negotiation skills, openness to change and the ability to overcome obstacles thinking out of the box.

     My motivation to run as Vice-Chair- Democrats Abroad,  Colombia Chapter, is to contribute my knowledge and experience by proactively engaging the membership base via open debate and activities as well as achieving a 15% increase in the membership base.

     

    Secretary Nominee
    Sydney Slotkin

    I would be honored to be your new Secretary of Democrats Abroad Colombia. Originally joining as a member in 2018, I became an active volunteer in 2020 and co-led DA Colombia’s first GOTV and phone banking campaigns to meet our goal in registering and supporting voters. In 2021 I also joined the Global Youth Caucus Steering Committee where I hope to encourage young voters to become more involved with the organization.  

    I grew up in New York where I vote today and studied at American University in Washington, DC. I originally moved to Medellin in 2012 to teach English and achieve Spanish fluency. I extended my time here to work with the Colombian Ministry of Education’s Colombia Bilingue project where I worked in Valledupar and Medellin. I currently live in Bogota with my partner where I work remotely as a Global Operations Manager leading my team in the Americas.

    After increasing membership last year, I see the next 2 years as a time to define our goals as a young chapter and support members between election cycles. In addition to being hardworking and passionate, my experience streamlining and implementing processes and programs will help DA Colombia’s goals become a reality.

    I hope to gain your support and to meet you all in person or virtually soon!

     

    Treasurer Nominee
    Carolina Carter

    I am a US citizen that has lived in Colombia on and off for many years and am interested in and follows political developments in both the United States and Colombia. I am particularly passionate about protection of women's sexual and reproductive rights, gender diversity and identity rights, and migrants’ rights. I have a degree in Political Science from Universidad Rafael Landivar in Guatemala and a master’s degree in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. After returning to Colombia in 2010, I worked in monitoring and evaluation for the operator of the USAID human rights program and for the past eight years have been working at an international NGO dedicated to transitional justice.

     I served as Vice Chair and Chair of Democrats Abroad Colombia in 2010-11 and have been treasurer for the past two years. The Executive Committee and our magnificent group of volunteers did an incredible job last year in increasing membership and conducting a successful Get Out the Vote campaign. I would like to continue to be a part of this team and contribute to the work of Democrats Abroad globally and in Colombia. I ask for your vote to re-elect me as treasurer so that we can carry on this work together!


  • Annual General Meeting (AGM) April 15, 2021

    All Democrats Abroad Colombia volunteers are invited to join our AGM virtually to become informed on the latest Democrats Abroad Colombia highlights over the past year and look to the future of our chapter here in Colombia. We have a lot to be proud of and all credit goes to all of our members like you! 

    During our meeting, we will also be holding our Executive Committee elections for 2021-2023! Please click HERE to get to know our candidates!

    You may vote for all positions. Your electronic signature will be your name and contact information as indicated, so please fill out the form completely and SUBMIT.

     It takes all of a minute to send in your vote and you have until Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 12:00 pm (CST) to send it in, so make sure to get your vote in! We will announce the votes at the Annual General Meeting.

    Click the RSVP button below to get the link to the AGM meeting!

    WHEN
    April 15, 2021 at 6pm
    WHERE
    ONLINE - Google Meet
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  • published Shareable Graphics in AAPI Vigil Against Hate 2021-03-31 08:04:27 -0400

    Shareable Graphics - Stop AAPI Hate

    Please download and share these graphics on social media.

    Use these posters (or your own sign), take a picture of yourself, email it to us at [email protected], and post it to your Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram page. This is a rolling action and we'll keep adding pictures to our vigil page as we receive images. 

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    Stop AAPI Hate Vigil - Shareable Graphics

    Please download and share these graphics on social media.

    Use these posters (or your own sign), take a picture of yourself, email it to us at [email protected], and post it to your Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram page. This is a rolling action and we'll keep adding pictures to our vigil page as we receive images. 

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  • published Equality Stories in Global LGBTQ+ Caucus 2021-03-18 06:12:00 -0400

    LGBTQ+ Equality

    What does equality for LGBTQI+ people mean to you? 

    Federal law does not yet explicitly protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. While many states have anti-discrimination laws on the books, many do not — and protections vary from state to state. This patchwork of state laws means you can face discrimination just by crossing a state border.
     The remedy is the Equality Act, first introduced in 1974. The Equality Act would protect LGBTQI+ people from discrimination in housing, public services, education and lending. 
    We are asking DA members to share their stories about why LGBTQI+ equality matters to them.

    To share your story with Congress: Take a selfie, then add your picture and story in the textbox. If you like, you can make a video and send us the url (add the link in the textbox). Your story can be up to 500 words.   If you need more words, just add another post. 

    Please include your Country of Residence, and Voting State at the end of your story.  Including your Name is optional.

    We'll share these stories with Congressional allies to help them build the support to pass the Equality Act.


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    Why ERA is Important to Me

    2021 could be the year that women’s rights are secured in the U.S. Constitution – just 245 years after white men. The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is positioned to be the 28th amendment once either the Senate removes the deadline from the 1972 resolution OR the Department of Justice instructs the US Archivist to add it. The threshold of 38 states ratifying it happened in 2020 but it has been held up due to some technicalities. YOU can help promote awareness and action on the ERA. 

    Would you like to tell Congress why the ERA is important to you? Here's how: Take a selfie, then add your picture and story in the textbox. You can also make a video and send in the url (just add the link in the textbox).   Your story can be up to 500 words.   If you need more words, just continue with additional posts.

     

    Please include your Country of Residence, and Voting State at the end of your story.  Including your Name is optional.

    We'll share these stories with Congressional allies to help them in their fight to finally add the ERA to the US Constitution. 
    Please note that the stories below are all user submitted and reflect individual opinions. By sharing your story here you are consenting to sharing your story publicly both on this site and with Congress. 

    Click here to read the first set of over 100 stories sent on March 25 to the Senate.


  • March News: AAPI Networking in Asia Pacific and EMEA

    February flew by and we hope that you could join one of our events this past month. We hosted two film screenings of the Grace Lee Boggs documentary “American Revolutionary”, a book club event with author and fellow Democrats Abroad member Karen Kao, and two “Connect the Dots” Leadership Workshops with the Hispanic Caucus. We still have one more workshop this coming Sunday, March 7th at 3:30pm EST - all are welcome to join! Thank you to everyone that was able to join and make these events a success.

    We will be continuing our Teatime series this month with one on Wednesday, March 3rd at an Asia-Pacific-friendly time and on Wednesday, March 24th at a Europe-friendly time. The first event, which you can read about here, was a great success and a wonderful way to meet other members of the caucus. 

    At the end of the month, we will be hosting a film discussion about Parasite with the Progressive Caucus. We'll watch some short clips from the movie and discuss them. We do recommend that you watch the entire movie prior to the event.

    As we’re sure many of you have seen, there have been a number of attacks against members of the AAPI community in the United States. For resources on dealing with racism specifically related to the coronavirus, you can check out the Asian Americans Advancing Justice. We hope that everyone continues to remain safe, wherever you are, and that all of your family and friends in the U.S. are also safe. Please stay tuned for an event discussing this rise in attacks and what we can do to fight AAPI racism.

    We look forward to meeting you at one of our events this month!

    Best wishes,

    Cory J. Lemke and Emily Lines

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  • published 2022 Celebration in Events 2021-02-22 06:08:53 -0500

    2022 Celebration

    WHEN
    February 23, 2022 at 6pm
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  • published Leadership Training - Connect the Dots in News 2021-02-20 09:38:54 -0500

    Leadership Training - Connect the Dots

    A speed networking and leadership development workshop

    Always wanted to get involved politically but not sure where to start? Democrats Abroad is a global organization with groups all around the world representing and organizing Americans. Learn how you can have an impact!

    The Asian American & Pacific Islander Caucus and the Hispanic Caucus invite you to a speed networking and leadership development workshop. 

    The workshop will:

     

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  • Leadership Training - Connect the Dots

    A speed networking and leadership development workshop

    Always wanted to get involved politically but not sure where to start? Democrats Abroad is a global organization with groups all around the world representing and organizing Americans. Learn how you can have an impact!

    The Asian American & Pacific Islander Caucus and the Hispanic Caucus invite you to a speed networking and leadership development workshop. 

    The workshop will:

    • Introduce you to the Democrats Abroad organization at its different levels and corresponding leaders,
    • Review the wide variety of volunteer roles available and their commitments in terms of time and responsibility,
    • Clarify and demystify how any member can run for office within Democrats Abroad.

    There will be three online sessions, each 1.5 hours, held at a time that is convenient for each region:

    Each session will showcase four different Democrats Abroad Leaders, one for each of the Global, Regional, and Country levels, and one from a country without a Country Chapter from the region, interspersed with breakout rooms where you can engage in speed networking and discussions.

    AP Speakers:

    • Non-Affiliated leader: Carmelan Polce, Chair Taxation Task Force
    • Regional leader: Samantha Wong, Asia Pacific Deputy Regional Vice-Chair
    • Global leader: John Eastwood, former DNC member

    EMEA Speakers:

    • Country-Committee leader: Adrienne Johnson, Chair, UK Black Caucus and former member of the UK Executive Committee
    • Non-Affiliated leader: Elisabeth Myers, Democracy Lead for DA-Morocco
    • Regional leader: Merrill Oates, former Regional Vice-Chair
    • Global leader: Martha McDevitt-Pugh, DNC member, Global LGBT Caucus Co-Chair & Aaron Fishbone, Director Global Communications

    Americas Speakers: 

    • Country-Committee leader:Quyen Nguyen, Chair, DA Colombia
    • Non-Affiliated leader: Asha Subas, Chair, Global Election Committee
    • Regional leader: Roz Reymers, Non-Country Committee Coordinator, Americas Region
    • Global leader: Julia Bryan, Global DA Chair

    Please RSVP by clicking on one of the links above.





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