DPCA Voting Rep, DAGR Comm Chair, GSC Member-at-Large, GSC Steering, Ohio Team Co-Lead

  • rsvped for DA RTF January 2023 Meeting 2023-01-28 15:53:50 -0500

    DA RTF January 2023 Meeting

    The Democrats Abroad Reparations Task Force is dedicated to tackling economic, racial, and political injustice head on. Join us as we fight to keep the Biden Administration accountable to its own promises to address racial disparities. We intend to use our global organizing to not only push for a federal reparations commission, but to support state and local efforts, too. 
    On January 31st at 1 p.m. Eastern US Time / 19:00 Central European Time, we will be discussing recent developments in the US reparations movement, ongoing successes in reparations activism/advocacy, and further opportunities to get involved.  
    WHEN
    January 31, 2023 at 7:00pm
    WHERE
    Zoom
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  • The National Welfare Rights Organization 1966 - 1975

     

    The National Welfare Rights Organization 1966 - 1975

    An outgrowth of the Civil Rights Movement: Women of Color Rising to lift themselves and their children out of poverty.

    Join the Global Black Caucus for an insightful webinar, during Black History Month 2023, and learn more about the significance of the National Welfare Rights Organization and its activism and legacy which still carries on today.  

    February 11, 2023, at 10:00 AM EST / 16:00 PM CET / 23:00 HKT 

    This webinar is facilitated by Miriam Victory Spiegel, Democrats Abroad Switzerland, born in 1945 in New York City, long-time activist, Community Organizer in New York 1968 – 1980, and Couples and Family Therapist, in Zürich, Switzerland since 1990.

    During this webinar, Miriam will begin her presentation by focussing on the events that she experienced as an activist and community organizer in New York City in 1968. She will describe the theoretical basis of the creation of the National Welfare Rights Organization and its inception within the framework of the Civil Rights Movement. To contextualize, she will share a rearview mirror with us, looking back and trying to understand why so many people of color were left behind in mid-sixties America and seemed doomed to a life of poverty, limited education, poor health, and unemployment. These reflections will take us on a historical journey beginning in 1619 and ending in 1968….

    This event is being co-sponsored by the Global Women's Caucus.

    Join us for an insightful webinar on February 11, 2023, at 10:00 AM EST / 16:00 PM CET / 23:00 HKT 

    As we are already gearing up for the next election cycle, please consider making a donation to help get out the vote in 2024. We can not win the Presidential Election without you!

    Donate today at: https://www.democratsabroad.org/bc-donations



    WHEN
    February 11, 2023 at 10:00am
    WHERE
    Zoom
    Washington, DC
    United States
    Google map and directions
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  • rsvped for Ohio Team Meeting April 16 2023-01-17 07:29:14 -0500

    Ohio Team Meeting April 16

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    Join us for our bi-weekly meeting as we plan for 2023 and 2024. Our meetings are on a rotating schedule so that we can include people from all regions.

    We need volunteers in these areas:

    • Intercom
    • Facebook group/social media
    • Graphics
    • Event planners
    • Newsletter team
    • More tech people
    • Phone bankers
    • Ohio Outreach
    • Database management/Clerical
    Location Meeting Start Time
    Vancouver, Canada           08:30 PST
    Central Time, CT            10:30 CST
    Washington DC, USA          11:30 EST
    London, United Kingdom      16:30 GMT
    Frankfurt, Germany          17:30 CET
    Athens, Greece              18:30 EET
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates 20:30 GST

     

    RSVP to receive the Zoom link to join the meeting.

    WHEN
    April 16, 2023 at 5:30pm
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  • rsvped for Ohio Team Meeting March 26 2023-01-17 07:28:55 -0500

    Ohio Team Meeting March 26

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    Join us for our bi-weekly meeting as we plan for 2023 and 2024. Our meetings are on a rotating schedule so that we can include people from all regions.

    We need volunteers in these areas:

    • Intercom
    • Facebook group/social media
    • Graphics
    • Event planners
    • Newsletter team
    • More tech people
    • Phone bankers
    • Ohio Outreach
    • Database management/Clerical

     

    Location Meeting Start Time
    London, United Kingdom      10:00 GMT
    Frankfurt, Germany          11:00 CET
    Athens, Greece              12:00 EET
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates 14:00 GST
    Beijing, China              18:00 CST
    Sydney, Australia           21:00 AEDT

     

    RSVP to receive the Zoom link to join the meeting.

    WHEN
    March 26, 2023 at 11:00am
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  • rsvped for Ohio Team Meeting March 12 2023-01-17 07:28:24 -0500

    Ohio Team Meeting March 12

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    Join us for our bi-weekly meeting as we plan for 2023 and 2024. Our meetings are on a rotating schedule so that we can include people from all regions.

    We need volunteers in these areas:

    • Intercom
    • Facebook group/social media
    • Graphics
    • Event planners
    • Newsletter team
    • More tech people
    • Phone bankers
    • Ohio Outreach
    • Database management/Clerical
    Location Meeting Start Time
    Vancouver, Canada           09:30 PDT
    Central Time, CT            11:30 CDT
    Washington DC, USA          12:30 EDT
    London, United Kingdom      16:30 GMT
    Frankfurt, Germany          17:30 CET
    Athens, Greece              18:30 EET
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates 20:30 GST

    Please note the time has changed in North America.

     

    RSVP to receive the Zoom link to join the meeting.

    WHEN
    March 12, 2023 at 5:30pm
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  • rsvped for Ohio Team Meeting February 26 2023-01-17 07:28:06 -0500

    Ohio Team Meeting February 26

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    Join us for our bi-weekly meeting as we plan for 2023 and 2024. Our meetings are on a rotating schedule so that we can include people from all regions.

    We need volunteers in these areas:

    • Intercom
    • Facebook group/social media
    • Graphics
    • Event planners
    • Newsletter team
    • More tech people
    • Phone bankers
    • Ohio Outreach
    • Database management/Clerical

     

    Location Meeting Start Time
    London, United Kingdom      10:00 GMT
    Frankfurt, Germany          11:00 CET
    Athens, Greece              12:00 EET
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates 14:00 GST
    Beijing, China              18:00 CST
    Sydney, Australia           21:00 AEDT

     

    RSVP to receive the Zoom link to join the meeting.

    WHEN
    February 26, 2023 at 11:00am
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  • rsvped for Ohio Team Meeting February 12 2023-01-17 07:27:45 -0500

    Ohio Team Meeting February 12

    Ohio_Feb_26.pngJoin us for our bi-weekly meeting as we plan for 2023 and 2024. Our meetings are on a rotating schedule so that we can include people from all regions.

    We need volunteers in these areas:

    • Intercom
    • Facebook group/social media
    • Graphics
    • Event planners
    • Newsletter team
    • More tech people
    • Phone bankers
    • Ohio Outreach
    • Database management/Clerical
    Location Meeting Start Time
    Vancouver, Canada           08:30 PST
    Central Time, CT            10:30 CST
    Washington DC, USA          11:30 EST
    London, United Kingdom      16:30 GMT
    Frankfurt, Germany          17:30 CET
    Athens, Greece              18:30 EET
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates 20:30 GST

     

    RSVP to receive the Zoom link to join the meeting.

    WHEN
    February 12, 2023 at 5:30pm
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  • published DAGR Vols: Charity Moschopoulos, GOTV+ in News 2022-12-27 13:45:10 -0500

    DAGR Vols: Charity Moschopoulos, GOTV+

    There’s more to DAGR than may meet the eye. We’ll be featuring the members who keep things running, in the hopes more of us will want to help out. We’re starting with GOTV (Get Out The Vote … which in DAGR is also part of the Membership task.)

    “Play it where it lays” is bad grammar but a fitting phrase to dive into Charity Moschopoulos’ roles as a DAGR volunteer. Her trajectory of the last 15 years spans responsibilities, some easier, some harder. Charity’s Girl Scout mom experience led to “the red hat” for visibility when she led the Greeting/Guiding team for the 2009 Obama Inaugural at ACS. That was before she gave one to the DAGR chair for the 2015 July-4th picnic, and long before that grifter guy stole the idea and printed MAGA on a gazillion.

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  • published Annual General Meeting and Elections in News 2022-12-10 16:09:39 -0500

    Annual General Meeting and Elections

     

    Annual General Assembly and Elections
    Wednesday, January 18 at 7 pm
    Online via the ZOOM platform
    AND
    in-person at Athens Hard Rock Café

    In accordance with DAGR Bylaws, the Annual General Meeting (AGM) is held each year in the first quarter (by 31 March), but in an election year the deadline is January 31st.  In the odd-numbered years, DAGR elects officers for the coming 2-year term.

    This year’s AGM and Election is scheduled for Wednesday, January 18 at 7 pm (19:00) at Hard Rock Café Athens AND online through ZOOM

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  • 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

    Saturday-Jeff

    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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