GSC Member-at-Large, Secretary, Communications Chair

  • published Rigged Elections: ‘45’ Snatched This One, Too! in News 2022-10-28 09:41:53 -0400

    Rigged Elections: ‘45’ Snatched This One, Too!

    Voters wait to feed their ballots into an optical scanning machine

    1984 or so, Fisherman’s Wharf in Columbus, Greek Nite. Joining us every month or so was the executive team from Borden’s: Al, Peter, and Tash. Peter, who had been on the team that developed Elmer’s glue, had Cefalonian roots. Tash had a penchant for club singing and was actually quite good at the mic. And then there was the old sage, Al. Some current panic over nuclear war or enviro disaster was in the air, and Al said, wisely, peppering it with examples from the Dark Ages and before, that mankind had always confronted plagues and disasters that were sure to wipe out the human race. And yet, we’d always overcome them when science and logic kicked in. I look back on his assurance with hope. ~KL

    If democracy succeeds on mutual trust, then planting seeds of doubt is the first step at brushing that pesky people’s choice aside. And, there are a lot of seeds being planted this year. It bears a closer look.

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  • published You Can Vote From Greece! in News 2022-08-09 09:42:33 -0400

    You Can Vote From Greece!


    Here's how ...

    If you're a U.S. citizen or dual-national in Greece, you have the right to vote from abroad in the 2022 midterm elections and every election. If you are or will be 18 on Nov 8, 2022, you can vote in the upcoming elections.

    Εάν είστε πολίτης των ΗΠΑ ή διπλή υπήκοος στην Ελλάδα, έχετε το δικαίωμα να ψηφίσετε από το εξωτερικό στις ενδιάμεσες εκλογές του 2022 και σε κάθε εκλογή. Εάν είστε ή θα είστε 18 ετών στις 8 Νοεμβρίου 2022, μπορείτε να ψηφίσετε στις επερχόμενες εκλογές.

    As a U.S. citizen, you can register to vote from abroad while living, working, or traveling overseas by submitting one form, the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). It doesn't matter if you were registered to vote before you left the U.S. or how long you have lived outside the U.S. (including if you've never resided there).

    Ως πολίτης των ΗΠΑ, μπορείτε να εγγραφείτε για να ψηφίσετε από το εξωτερικό ενώ ζείτε, εργάζεστε ή ταξιδεύετε στο εξωτερικό υποβάλλοντας ένα έντυπο, την Αίτηση Ομοσπονδιακής Ταχυδρομικής Κάρτας (FPCA). Δεν έχει σημασία αν είχατε εγγραφεί για να ψηφίσετε πριν φύγετε από τις Η.Π.Α. ή πόσο καιρό έχετε ζήσει εκτός των Η.Π.Α. (συμπεριλαμβανομένου του αν δεν έχετε διαμείνει ποτέ εκεί).
    ΔΕΝ ΓΙΝΕΤΑΙ ΠΡΟΣΩΠΙΚΗ ΨΗΦΟΦΟΡΙΑ στην Ελλάδα στην Πρεσβεία ή στο Προξενείο για τις εκλογές του Νοεμβρίου 2022! Κάντε κύλιση προς τα κάτω για να βρείτε τις οδηγίες στην Eλληνική γλώσσα.

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  • published Countdown to Election: Manual Labor in News 2022-08-02 17:08:54 -0400

    Countdown to Election: Manual Labor


    Into the Deep Muddy: The making of a Facebook daily-change graphic

    It was a hot, humid night in July, 2018. The midterms were looming and DA global was looking for ways to excite the abroad members. The regional EMEA meeting murmured that a countdown graphic of some sort would help build the buzz.

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  • published The Other Side of the Pundits in News 2022-07-21 13:19:11 -0400

    The Other Side of the Pundits

    by Janet Karvouniaris
    July 21, 2002

    Ed. Note: It was a brief exchange with Janet that set Karen Lee off on the ‘What Are the Pundits On About’ op-ed. They agree, as Janet notes, that 2022 is way too early to be speculating about 2024. It distracts from the very steep task at hand this year. But Janet also sees the other side, the voter ennui and where it may be coming from. There’s a lot of that in the US, and it dampens our enthusiasm abroad when we read the news feeds. Here’s a first salvo at identifying root causes.

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  • published What are the Pundits On About? in News 2022-07-12 16:54:07 -0400

    What are the Pundits On About?


    No Real News, Just a Biden to Punch

    So, the top question on our minds is ‘Who should we run in 2024?’
    But shouldn’t we be asking, instead, ‘What should we do in 2022 to make sure our votes are counted in 2024?’

    How we feel about the politics of the day, and the Dem party in particular, depends a lot on the ‘trusted sources’ we read. While much is being said about the negative influence of social media – veering away from real discussion, favoring short tweets, inviting nastiness and trolling, spreading disinformation – less has been noted about our mainstream press.

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  • published Steve Medeiros: Dem of Many Colors in News 2022-06-06 17:34:05 -0400

    Steve Medeiros: Dem of Many Colors

    A Retrospective and Discovery

    by Gina Billy

    Author’s Note: Most members knew Steve Medeiros, long-time DAGR volunteer and board member, vice chair 2015-18 and country chair 2019. I did not. I never met – or even had heard of – Steve during his physical lifetime. So, in order to weave together this portrait of Steve in a way that I hope conveys some of the great richness and beauty of his life, I depended on written records of Steve’s life journey and, most importantly, first-hand accounts from people who had had the joy of experiencing Steve “Live.” ~ Gina Billy

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  • published Interview with Giannis Boutaris in News 2022-06-01 08:44:26 -0400

    Interview with Giannis Boutaris

    Giannis Boutaris, 2018, courtesy PappasPost

    by Kevin Berkowitz

    Spend some time talking to people in Thessaloniki, especially cab drivers and the like, and you will hear any number of insults against Giannis Boutaris, the mayor of Thessaloniki from 2011 to 2019. He made a name for himself as a progressive leader in a conservative city. 

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  • published A Brief Book Banning History Lesson in News 2022-05-29 16:31:59 -0400

    A Brief Book Banning History Lesson

    By Jeffrey Siger 
    As published May 21, 2022 12:00 am on the murderiseverywhere blogspot


    Last Wednesday, I had the great honor of participating on a ZOOM panel sponsored by Democrats Abroad Greece (DAGR) addressing the current surge in book banning. Moderated by former US diplomat and author John Brady Kiesling, the panelists included a MacArthur Award-winning poet (Alicia Stallings), the Poet Laureate of Missouri (Aliki Barnstone), a former DJ with a doctorate from Oxford and a reputation for gifted presentations (Abby Hafer), and a kid from Pittsburgh.

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  • published Thessaloniki FBk Page to Close May 15 in News 2022-05-08 17:20:10 -0400

    Thessaloniki FBk Page to Close May 15

    From May 16th and for the foreseeable future, we’ll cease posting to the Thessaloniki Chapter  page and direct readers to check the DAGR main Facebook page and/or join one of our two closed groups, set for DAGR member exchanges of thoughts and comments.

    We’d love to hear your thoughts on this, so we can plan “human-cost-effective” outreach into the future. 

    Why are we doing this? Well ...

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  • published DA Greeece: Annual General Meeting, March 30th in News 2022-03-05 17:47:02 -0500

    DA Greece: Annual General Meeting, March 30th

    Democrats Abroad Greece 
    Annual General Meeting (AGM)
    Wednesday, March 30 
    Online – 7 pm Greek time

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  • published DAGR Kafeneion: Our Chat with Steven Tagle in News 2022-02-18 11:14:38 -0500

    DAGR Kafeneion: Our Chat with Steven Tagle

    The sixth in the “Kafeneion” series of online events, organized by Democrats Abroad Greece Thessaloniki Chapter on February 16, 2022, with speaker Steven Tagle was very well attended!

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  • published Gouri-Gouri for You! Gouri-Gouri, for Me! in News 2022-01-21 13:13:17 -0500

    Gouri-Gouri for You! Gouri-Gouri, for Me!

    DAGR Pita Cutting and Voter Registration Kafeneion
    Wednesday, January 26
    7 pm EET (not to be confused with Greek time!)
    On Zoom – RSVP for the link

    In the much-anticipated Greek New Year’s tradition, DAGR will cut the pita next week!

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  • published What We Do with the Money in News 2021-11-23 13:52:46 -0500

    What We Do with the Money

    The short story is, DAGR raises money to stay legal as a non-profit organization in Greece, so that we can Get Out The (Democratic) Vote for US elections.

    The annual ‘budget’ for DAGR is about €3000 now. It covers ongoing and optional expenses, all of which are geared at our goal of getting Americans in Greece informed, engaged, registered and sending back those ballots. Of course, our hope is that they’ll also become members of DAGR and help spread the word further.

    How we do that is the longer story. Read on if you have time.

    Key reasons we raise money: 

    • DAGR Budget Overview
    • 2017 Field Plan, carried forward
    • How DAGR fits into the ‘big picture’
    • US Federal Election Commission law
    • The Democrats Abroad (global) Charter
    • DAGR and Greek Law
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  • Special Elections ExCom Vacancies November 5 – December 2

    Voting will begin Friday to elect two members to the Executive Committee. They will fulfil the terms vacated by officers elected at the 2021 Annual General Meeting.

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  • published DAGR Kafeneion – What is it anyway? in News 2021-10-27 11:52:17 -0400

    DAGR Kafeneion – What is it anyway?

    by Sarajane Kidd Leone, DAGR At-Large Representative
    Kissos, Greece - Oct 27, 2021

    Starting from a proposed virtual book discussion on DAGR Women’s Caucus FB page by Member-at-Large Sarajane Kidd Leone, the Kafeneion was born. With the support of fellow former Member-at-Large Rebecca Lieb, the single discussion cascaded into a regular series of events. These discussions were aimed at community development and exploration of policy issues facing US voters.

    The DAGR Kafeneion now comes together regularly on a Wednesday every month, and reflects in name and spirit, the Greek time-honored tradition of coming together in a community space … but in a thoroughly modern way: online!

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  • published Vacancies in DAGR Executive Committee in News 2021-09-15 15:02:19 -0400

    Vacancies in DAGR Executive Committee

    Special elections called

    Nominations/Elections Committee appointed

    At the September session of DAGR’s Executive Committee, two resignations from the board were accepted. Rebecca Lieb, Representative At Large submitted her resignation, as well as Richard Jackson, Athens Chapter Representative. Both individuals will be leaving Greece for professional commitments.

    The Executive Committee approved the following members to serve on the Nominations/Elections Committee for the special election filling the vacancies: Nikki Fellouris, Chair; Daniel Roberts and Anna Haughton. The Nominations and Elections committee for this special election will be receiving electronic or telephone nominations from now through November 1. Electronic elections will run from November 5 to December 2. If you are interested in serving on the Executive committee, please contact these individuals.

    By email: [email protected]

    Nikki Fellouris:  6936 618 493, 210 722 9654


    Below are the descriptions for each position.

    Representative At Large

    {Preferably lives outside Athens/Thessaloniki chapter areas}

    • Plans and organizes activities and events outside of Athens and Thessaloniki.
    • Membership development. Maintains outreach to non-Athens/Thessaloniki Chapter members.
    • Solicits a pool of volunteers to assist with events and activities.
    • Participates in GOTV activities/efforts outside of Athens/Thessaloniki.

    Athens Chapter Representative

    {Lives IN ATHENS}

    • Plans and organizes chapter-specific activities and events.
    • Maintains outreach to Athens Chapter members.
    • Coordinates with DAGR Secretary and Treasurer.
    • Solicits a pool of volunteers to assist with Athens Chapter events and activities.
    • Coordinates with DAGR Events Chair, Volunteer Chair. Assigned by Chapter Chair with focus on developing neighborhood groups around ‘precinct captains’

  • published 5 Reasons to Connect with Home States in News 2021-09-15 14:49:08 -0400

    5 Reasons to Connect with Home States

    Gerrymander map

    When Jennifer von Estorff and Teresa Ritterhoff began looking at a Texas state team last spring, little did they know how crucial it would become. Now, with TX’s anti-choice law riddled with illegalities, a voter suppression law worst among more to come, TX is in the spotlight. And, the Dems Abroad ‘states teams’ idea has taken off.

    As co-coordinators, Jen and Teresa are helping other state teams get up and running. Kick off events -- online for worldwide join-in – are filling in the fall calendar.

    The idea of state-specific outreach isn’t new in DA. There have been state groups on Facebook, with varying levels of energy and activity, since 2012. They’re still there, a platform to share news and views. Just type in your state’s moniker with ‘abroad’ after it, e.g. Californians Abroad.

    States teams, however, will focus on state-specific issues while building co-operation between activists in the home state and abroad.

    2022 brings states to the forefront! Here’s why:

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  • published DAGR Letter to US Ambassador Pyatt in News 2021-06-30 09:23:57 -0400

    DAGR Letter to US Ambassador Pyatt

    Athens, June 30, 2021

    Dear Ambassador Pyatt,

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  • published PAUL HICKMAN: GBC Poet Laureate, Silent No More! in News 2021-05-31 18:09:25 -0400

    PAUL HICKMAN: GBC Poet Laureate, Silent No More!

    Paul Poet Laureate

    by Robin Rafaelidys, Mytilini

    In a marvelous turning of the tables, the former president's ill-fated rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in June   2020, woke a great many Americans up to historical events they had never heard of.  Originally slated for Juneteenth, (June 19) in an arena near the Greenwood District of Tulsa, it inspired an immediate out-pouring of dissent.

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  • published DAGR VIEW: DA’s Global Meeting May 15, 16 in News 2021-05-31 17:53:36 -0400

    DAGR VIEW: DA’s Global Meeting May 15, 16

    by DAGR Chair Stacey Harris-Papaioannou
    Country Chair and Vice-Chair of DA Greece spent May 15th and 16th attending 10 hour sessions of the 2021 Annual General Meeting of Democrats Abroad. On a schedule friendly to the Asia-Pacific Region this year, the virtual sessions started in the wee hours, Greek time.

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