Secretary, Communications Chair & Global Black Caucus Steering Team

  • is hosting On the Road to Glasgow 2021-10-27 13:01:15 -0400

    On the Road to Glasgow

    DAGR Kafeneion
    Wednesday November 10th

    On the Road to Glasgow

    • COP 26 - What is it and what is at stake?
    • Who is the IPCC? What does the science really say?
    • How to get ahead of the curve of climate change in Greece?

    Join Gaetano Leone, former Deputy Director of the IPCC and recently retired Coordinator of the Barcelona Convention along with Christina Baritaki, former Secretary General of Environment and Energy for Greece discuss the current “state of knowledge” on climate change globally and what is happening on the ground here in Greece.

    More about our speakers:


    Gaetano Leone graduated in Political Sciences in Italy and specialized in International Relations. He has long and diverse experience of political and inter-organizational affairs, inter-governmental processes, leadership, management, and partnerships, especially in the field of sustainable development. After three years in the private sector, in 1988 he joined the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Uganda and has since covered UN assignments of increasing responsibility across African, Europe and North America. 

    Gaetano has moved across 9 duty stations, has worked for 4 UN agencies (UNDP, Unicef, UN-Habitat and UN Environment) and at the World Bank and WMO. He was Deputy Secretary of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) during the process leading to the approval of the Fifth Assessment Report: Climate Change 2014. During his tenure as Coordinator of the United Nations Mediterranean Action Plan-Barcelona Convention Secretariat, he was also appointed as Acting Director, Europe Office of the UN Environment Programme. Gaetano retired from the UN in May 2021.

    Christina Baritaki is a graduate from the School of Agriculture, (Thessaloniki) and she holds a Master of Science Degree in "Management of Marine and Terrestrial Biological Resources" (Biology Department / University of Crete). She has also graduated from the National School of Public Administration, a body for specialized officials of the Public Administration with comprehensive professional training.

    She joined the Ministry of Environment and Energy in 2004, in the Directorate for Environmental Planning, with main issues of responsibility in Biodiversity and Protected Areas and worked in international environmental issues. She had the responsibility to deal with important issues as the National Focal Point of Greece on the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, participating as National Representative in relevant international meetings of the European Union and the United Nations system.

    She was appointed Secretary General for the Environment of the Ministry of Environment and Energy and served in that position from May 2015 to July 2019.

    From July 2019 onwards she is the Head of the Athens’ office of the European Parliament member from the European Left (GUE / NGL) Mr Papadimoulis Dimitrios, vice President of the European Parliament.

    November 10, 2021 at 7:00pm
    120 Venizelou Eleftheriou St
    Athens, Attiki 10431
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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?

    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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  • published J. A. Lawrence: Looking at Life from the Other Side in News 2021-05-31 17:48:38 -0400

    J. A. Lawrence: Looking at Life from the Other Side


    Editor’s Note: It has come to our attention that the DA Greece membership roster holds a wealth of skills, life experiences, and viewpoints. Our hope is to introduce as many as we can to inspire the rest of us. We started with Athens/Tulsa poet Paul Hickman, and here we capsulize the long, amazing, life and works of Athens member, Judy Blish. Your suggestions of someone to interview are welcome.

    Our DAGR member and long-time activist, Judy Blish, has just published her collected short stories. Most went to print under her nom de plume, J. A. Lawrence. Sci fi fans recognize both names. And that’s just the surface of The Other Side of the Surface. Robin Rafaelifys' very-compressed interview with Judy follows, as well as the video chat with Judy and her step-daughter, Beth Genly. Beth is an activist and author in her own right, and incidentally, the daughter of the late sci fi name, James Blish.

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  • published Juneteenth: When Did You First Learn About It? in News 2021-05-31 13:17:57 -0400

    Juneteenth: When Did You First Learn About It?

    Juneteenth in Austin 2020
    Juneteenth parade in Austin, 2020 courtesy TheBlackDetour

    - by Robin H. Rafaelidys, Mytilini

    I learned about Juneteenth in 1989, the year we bought our first house. I was a teaching assistant at the school my son attended, Garfield Avenue; a magnet school back before George W Bush tore into the Department of Education with a bulldozer. Garfield, a K-5, which earned a National School of Excellence in 1987, was one block west of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Drive – 3rd Street renamed by the Milwaukee Common Council in 1984. Our house was three blocks to the east.

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  • published KAFENEION 1: Age is Valuable; Ageism Not! in News 2021-05-31 11:54:08 -0400

    KAFENEION 1: Age is Valuable; Ageism Not!

    DAGR’s first Kafeneion, a new initiative of community development spearheaded by Members-at-Large Sarajane Kidd Leone and Rebecca Lieb, was a great success! Our first conversation, ageism through the lens of the feminist book In Our Prime by Susan J. Douglas, also featured guest speaker Dr. Liz Mestheneos, founding member of 50+ Hellas. 

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  • published UPDATE: Vaccines for Residents Inelibible for AMKA in News 2021-05-21 11:15:44 -0400

    UPDATE: Vaccines for Residents Ineligible for AMKA

    AMKA Update 3


    It's by now well-known that many foreign residents of Greece have undergone delays and difficulty obtaining the COVID vaccine due to the Greek government's requirement of an AMKA (Greek social security) number in order to secure an appointment.

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  • donated 2020-06-22 13:54:59 -0400


    Dialing for Democracy is a calling marathon
    and global Democrats Abroad fundraiser.

    Phonebankers will make as many calls as they can to DA members to ask them to request their absentee ballots. Calls will be made from 9:00am to 9:00pm CEST on Flag Day, June 14. Generous sponsors like yourself will push our callers to reach our calling goals and provide the critical funds to keep our voter outreach going strong through November 3! 

    DONORS: If you are sponsoring a specific caller, BEFORE you select an amount, write the caller's name in the box at left!

    Donate $50 and you’re sponsoring 200 calls! 
    $10—40 calls   $25—100 calls   $100—400 calls 
    $250—1000 calls   $500—2000 calls   $1000—4000 calls

    Democrats Abroad will be making 100,000s of calls this year, and your contribution will help make this outreach possible.

    Thank you! We appreciate your support!

    Don’t forget to check in on how the calls are going on Facebook Live from 7:30pm to 9:30pm on June 14 on the DA Germany Facebook page.  

    For a full overview of the call-a-thon, click here.



    Donations will be going to the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (Democrats Abroad) and not to any candidate for federal office.

  • donated 2020-06-08 14:13:50 -0400

    Join Howard Dean and

    Support Democrats Abroad's Global Campaign to

    "Get Out the Vote"

    Over 9 million Americans live outside of the United States. Democrats Abroad is working to ensure that as many as possible vote in November, and that Democrats win up and down the ballot. 
    We are phoning members, running social media ads, and mailing potential voters in order to win in November.
    And our Get Out the Vote campaigns work. In 2016, the number of Americans abroad who voted was 50% higher than in 2012 and in 2018, the number of voters tripled compared to 2014.
    We CAN make the difference, but we need YOUR help. Please make a donation today to fund our Global Get Out the Vote campaign.

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    Donations are to Democrats Abroad (Democratic Party Committee Abroad) and not to any candidate for Federal Office.

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    Donations for the 2019 EMEA Regional Meeting in Athens auction. 


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