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  • Progress for Progressives Monthly Members Meeting

    Progressive Midterm Success and Party Reform Challenges!

    • Most New Progressive U.S. House Members Ever!
    • Policy Progress from Reproductive to Labor Rights, Social Infrastructure, Diversity, and More!
    • Lessons and Party Reform Needs

    Join us to celebrate our victories, analyze our losses, and discuss how we can build more progressive momentum in 2023 and beyond.

    Nominate your favorite motivational songs to open and close our meeting by email to [email protected].


    You can help increase the Dems Senate majority with a win in Georgia’s Dec 6th runoff. Your donation today supports DA volunteers around the world helping Georgia voters get their ballots in. Please donate whatever you can today. Thank you!


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  • rsvped for Progressive Power in the Midterms and Beyond 2022-11-28 06:26:16 -0500

    Progressive Power in the Midterms and Beyond

    Hear from Greg Casar (TX 35-elect), Abraham Aiyash (MI Majority Floor Leader-elect), Judith Whitmer (Nevada Democratic Party Chair), and Aaron Chappell (Our Revolution Political Director).
    Impressive progressive candidates and their policies succeeded coast to coast this November! Join special guest speakers to celebrate our victories, soberly consider the obstacles we faced, and recommit to achieving even more success.

    This is a proDA Monthly Mondays for Progressive Minds event.

    Thanks to our co-sponsors: Reparations Task Force, proDA Austria, proDA Germany

    RSVP below for the Zoom link!

    While there is no donation required to attend, the suggested donation for this event is $10. Click here to donate. Help Raphael Warnock win in Georgia December 6th!

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    November 28, 2022 at 12:00pm
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  • DA Taxation Task Force Volunteer Info Session (APAC/EMEA Friendly Time)


    Are you passionate about American abroad tax issues and have the skills or time to help?
    The DA Taxation Task Force is hosting this volunteer information session to explain what's involved in being a volunteer and to answer any questions you might have about volunteering. Click here for an outline of volunteering opportunities for the TTF.

    The DA TTF is a group of dedicated volunteers working towards fixing the tax code for Americans living abroad. We are under new leadership for 2022 and in preparation, we are currently looking to restructure the team as well as inviting new volunteers to join us.

    We have a number of volunteer positions available, from people with no experience who want to help out with social media, to subject matter experts that can help us lobby Congress - everyone and anyone is welcome to contribute!

    Once you attend the info session, we encourage you to complete this application to the best of your ability. You will then be invited to a follow-up one-to-one 30 minute Zoom call to figure out which teams you fit into and to get you started.

    Note: Attending an info session is optional, you do not need to attend to express interest in volunteering. Feel free to go ahead and fill in the application form here.

    You can also express interest in volunteering by emailing [email protected] and including as much information as possible about your background and how you think you can help.

    Please feel free to forward this event page to friends or family that you think might be interested in getting involved!

     

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    December 13, 2022 at 11:00am
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  • published Bridging the Distance for Democracy in News 2022-11-24 10:29:28 -0500

    Bridging the Distance for Democracy

    In our November 18 "Bridging the Distance for Democracy - Working Collaboratively with Seniors Voices" we discussed how the GSC works closely with US Senior Councils, and how to broaden this collaboration with other State Committees and Senior Councils in the future.
    Speakers include Steve Regenstreif, Chair, DNC Seniors Council, Jon “Bowzer” Bauman, Vice Chair DNC Seniors Council and lead singer of Sha Na Na, and Laurie Plotnick, President, Democratic Party Senior Caucus and President of the Florida Democratic Seniors Organizing Council.
    A full list of speakers can be found at: https://bit.ly/3WU7kyS.
    In case you missed seeing it live, you can now watch it on the GSC Facebook page, or on YouTube.

  • published GSC December 2022 Newsletter in News 2022-11-22 20:03:11 -0500

    GSC December 2022 Newsletter

    EDITION 10 December 2022

     

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  • rsvped for Political Forum 2022-11-17 12:42:46 -0500

    Political Forum

    Join Political Forum host Jean-Pierre LaRochelle and leaders of Democrats Abroad France in a free-wheeling discussion of current events and news of the month, and share your views with other attendees. Send your questions to [email protected]

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  • published GSC November 2022 Newsletter in Newsletters 2022-10-26 11:10:25 -0400

    GSC November 2022 Newsletter

    EDITION 9 NOVEMBER 2022

     

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    We are growing!

    We proudly announce that the Global Seniors Caucus is growing by leaps and bounds — we now have over 1,600 members. Thank you for being with us — and giving Seniors a voice!

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    GOTV - Final Push

    With only one week to go, we can still educate people about how to get their ballots home. Even if you have tapped out donating to your favorite candidates, you can still have a big impact. 

    Phone bankers are needed to call DEMOCRATS living abroad. You will receive training, and a script to use. This is a wonderful experience. Please get in touch with the GOTV team today. Thank you!!!

    Call to Action - Write/Call your Rep!

    We implore you to contact your representative to Sign the Discharge Petition which would allow a VOTE on HR.82. We have 22 signatures so far — we need 196 more. Read about it in the Medicare section below. Scripts are available on our website.

    Call to Action - Letters to Editors

    The National  Democratic Seniors Council has prepared a Fact Sheet on how the Republicans threaten both Social Security and Medicare. It contains 5 warnings of what will happen if the Republicans take control of the Congress.

    Included in this package are sample letters to the editor on Medicare and prescription drugs, as well as additional letters to the editor on the future of Social Security and Medicare. We urge you to send letters to the editor to your local newspapers as well as distributing the Fact Sheet widely in your social media and other communities.

    We hope you will actively participate in this project! 

    Who has plans for 8 November?

    Are you ready to pop the popcorn and wait for the election results to roll in? I will be on pins and needles as we are seeing polling numbers fluctuate in major swing state races. It is far too close for comfort. The big question is — will the Jan 6 Commission have the impact on this election that we are all hoping for? 

    Ballot Day Rally!

    In case you missed DA's star-studded event with Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick and other very special guests Nancy Pelosi and Politics Girl Podcaster Leigh McGowan, with Mandela Barnes, Alex Padilla, John Fetterman, and Kirsten Gillibrand, you can listen to it here.

    — Lauren Hakulinen, Editor


    VOTING NEWS

    Saudi oil prices continue to climb driving nervous investors to once again react to pollsters, and the stock market is doing what it usually does heading into an election — behaving erratically due to volatile speculation and trading. 

    They think they can take over our country! Let’s show them that we are made of something more substantial. 

    Democrats' leads are narrowing in a few states. Here is the latest polling data for Senate races from 270 to Win, and here is polling data from 538 for the House. 

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    MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY NEWS

    We are in a historic position right now with unprecedented support for the repeal of the unfair WEP. We have never seen a WEP bill reach the House floor before. 

    As reported last month, the House Ways & Means Committee met for a mark-up session on Tuesday, September 20th to discuss bills regarding WEP. Among them were HR.82, the "Social Security Fairness Act" which would fully repeal the unfair Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP). You can watch that session on YouTube and read the transcript.

    Although HR.82 is stuck in Ways & Means, we learned late last month that HR.82 has taken an interesting turn. On Sept. 30, HR.82 author Rodney Davis (IL) filed a Discharge Petition to bring the bill to the House floor.

    This is an unusual legislative move which will allow the bill to come to the House floor for a vote without the approval of the Speaker of the House. 

    The Speaker and House Leadership have expressed no willingness to schedule HR.82 for a vote, which is the reason Representative Davis felt obliged to take this action. The petition must receive 218 signatures of House members in order to succeed.

    NEW Call to Action!

    Keep Writing — it’s working! We have a new campaign for ridding seniors of the unintended consequences of WEP.

    • Write and call your Members of Congress to ask them to allow a House VOTE on HR.82. 
    • We have 22 signatures so far, and have limited time to get the 218 signatures. The Discharge Petition can only be signed by Representatives in person on the House floor when the House is in session. The next sessions will be November 14 — 18, 28 & 29, and December 1 — 6. 

    We implore you to contact your representative to Sign the Discharge Petition today. You can get updates on WEP repeal efforts on this Facebook page. We will also continue keep an eye on this, and have more updates in our upcoming newsletters.

    Our New Medicare page

     Our new Medicare page

    We have revised our Medicare page to make it easier for you to find vital information related to your Medicare . Take a look and let us know if you feel anything else is needed.  

    Medicare Rights Center Helpline

    Are you or a loved one receiving all the benefits you’re entitled to? If you or someone you know is struggling, counseling expertise is available. Try the helpline now. 

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    STORIES FROM HOME AND ABROAD


    The Social Security COLA Increase Will Ease the Sting of Inflation

    About 70 million Americans collecting Social Security will receive an 8.7 percent bump in their benefits next year, the largest raise since 1981, the Social Security Administration said on Thursday. This will provide some measure of relief to retirees struggling with soaring prices on everyday necessities, from groceries to housing.

    Prices have remained stubbornly high over the past year, even as federal policymakers have taken aggressive measures to rein them in. Social Security is designed to keep pace with inflation through its cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, which is calculated annually. Starting in January, the increase will lift the typical monthly retiree benefit by $140 to $1,827. That follows a 5.9 percent increase for 2022, a four-decade high at the time.  Read more

    The Vast Majority of Americans have had Covid Vaccinations

    Nearly half of Oklahoma’s overall population has declined the COVID-19 vaccine. Yet more than 90 percent of seniors in the state have completed at least one round of inoculations, and almost two-thirds have received at least one booster. Both figures fall close to national averages.

    The same pattern plays out in other Republican-majority states. Public health data suggests red-state resistance to the COVID-19 vaccine is largely the province of the young. Seniors in the reddest states are inoculated and boosted at nearly the same rate as older Americans overall. The trend holds in Wyoming, West Virginia, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Idaho, all states where large majorities of voters cast ballots for former President Trump in 2020. Read more

    Do Disabilities Impact Older People’s Moves to other Locations

    Older adults aged 65 and older move to a different residence far less frequently than younger adults and when they do move, they’re more likely to stay close to their communities.

    Most move within their counties, either to downsize or because they need housing (e.g., one-story or assisted living facilities) to accommodate changes in their health and disability status.

    A new U.S. Census Bureau report uses data from the Census Bureau’s 2015-2019 American Community Survey (ACS) to show the number and characteristics of older U.S. adults who moved and how far they moved. The ACS collects data on where people currently live and where they lived in the prior year, and on their disability status. Read more

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    CHAIR'S CORNER

    Betsy_FB_oval-127.pngBy Betsy Ettorre

    We have been hoping that all our work in DA before the midterms will reap benefits for our party. Supporting State Teams, going to campaign events, asking questions of candidates, answering DA emails, helping with phone banking — all these actions by DA Seniors and DA members should help us to be successful in this race. What has caught my eye in all this work has been the sheer realization that this election is so important to democracy in the United States. All the lying, election denying, and just general rude and injurious behavior has had its toll on the American public. Now, democracy in the US needs the Democratic party. Let us keep working on this aim until election day and beyond.

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    EVENTS


    Friday, 28 October: Casual Social

    Everyone is very welcome to join the Seniors and Disability Caucus monthly chats via Zoom from 9am to 12 noon Eastern Time (US & Canada). RSVP to get your local time and add to your calendar.

    Friday, 18 November — Bridging the Distance for Democracy

    Join us as we speak with Seniors council members of various organizations to discuss how we can work more collaboratively to understand and advance issues such as Windfall Elimination Provision, Medicare Part B, Medicare Portability, tax reform and more.

    The guest speakers will be from the states and from Democrats Abroad, including Steve Regenstreif, Chair, DNC Seniors Council; Jon “Bowzer” Bauman, Vice Chair DNC Seniors Council, President of Social Security Works PAC, and a member of the band Sha Na Na; Laurie Plotnick, President, Democratic Party Senior Caucus and President of the Florida Democratic Seniors Organizing Council; Betsy Ettorre,  Karen Lee and Gina Schwarz from the Global Senior Caucus and Annie Graul, a DA member from Barcelona Spain, who pitched in recently to help with the Wisconsin Democratic Party Senior Council.

    RSVP to get your Zoom link, local time, and to add to your calendar.

    Meet the Candidate Events

    Our State Teams are putting together very interesting events this month right up to 8 November.  Check this Events page for one near you! 

    November 11 at 11am - Remembrance Day

    On the 11th Day of the 11th Month at the 11th Hour in 1918, after four years of brutal combat, the guns fell silent. Join our fellow Europeans as they celebrate the end of World War I. 

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    STATE TEAMS — ARE WORKING!

    Our State Teams are going from strength to strength as they continue to host the Candidate Events mentioned above with some of the most famous names in Washington DC as well as rising stars. Each event is unique and interesting, and brings are new awareness to the world of what Democrats Abroad can do!

    ➔ Join the State Team Slack group to get the meeting links, or email us
    ➔ Join your Voting State group on Facebook

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    IN SEARCH OF VOLUNTEERS...

    Volunteers are the backbone of our organization.

    The Global Senior Caucus is looking for aa "Tweeter" - someone who loves to post on Twitter. We are also in need of an Events Coordinator and two other Steering Committee members. Visit our website for details on our volunteer opportunities.

    The Global Black Caucus is searching to fill more positions. Get in touch here.

    The Global Communications Team is also looking for volunteers as they ramp up for the midterms! Do you have a communications background and are interested in helping? If so, please fill out the Global Communications Team Interest Form.

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    THIS MONTH IN U.S. HISTORY


    November 1, 1800

    President John Adams and his family move into the White House at1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC, becoming the first president to live there.

    November 18, 1872 

    Susan B. Anthony is arrested for leading a group of women to register and then vote at a Rochester, NY, polling site.

    You can read more interesting dates in history here for November.

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    Final Thoughts

    A museum has removed a likeness of Trump because people kept punching it.

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  • published GSC 2022 August Newsletter in Newsletters 2022-07-22 13:41:32 -0400

    GSC 2022 August Newsletter

    EDITION 6 August 2022

     

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    It’s Vacation Time!

    We are taking a break this summer so we can return in September at FULL STEAM. But before we go, we have some good news to share ….

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    MEDICARE

    Our WEP committee teamed up with a group in the U.S. which has been working to get HR.82 - Social Security Fairness Act of 2021 passed. The team called members of Congress, urging them to sign on as co-sponsors on HR.82 — and it worked! HR.82 now has 292 co-sponsors, and on July 15th, a motion to place the bill on the Consensus Calendar was filed. We will continue to update you on next steps.

    Announcing our new Medicare FAQs page!

    Special thanks go out to Diane Daniel and Toni Kamins for researching and writing our new FAQs page for our Seniors Caucus website, and to the WEP committee for their hard work on this issue. Take a look and let us know if you have any questions.


    COFFEE TIME!

    Our monthly coffee chats will continue through the summer via Zoom on the following dates: 29 July and 26 August

    from 9am - 12pm Eastern Time (US & Canada). RSVP to get your local time and add to your calendar.

     

     

     

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    VACATION MUSIC!

    Here are a few tunes to get you in the summertime vacation mood. Stay cool, and have a great summer!


    Joni Mitchell sings Summertime at Woodstock 1998 - with Brian Blade on drums, Greg Liesz on guitar, Larry Klein on bass, and Mark Isham on trumpet.
     
     
    Hear Maayan Smith, son of Seniors Caucus member
    Dan Smith playing sax on his own composition
    Flight Dream

     

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  • published GSC 2022 July Newsletter in Newsletters 2022-06-28 12:40:32 -0400

    GSC 2022 July Newsletter

    EDITION 5 JULY 2022

     

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    4th of JULY

    As we prepare our BBQs and salads for our 4th of July picnics, our thoughts are with New Yorkers as they head to the subway not knowing if other passengers intend to harm them now that state open carry laws intended to protect our citizens were wiped away.

    Our hearts are with the millions of women who will be adversely affected by the “Supreme” Court’s latest partisan fiasco, the demolition of Roe v. Wade. We will take to heart the statement by Democrat’s Abroad to “show up to the polls this November”!

    Our thoughts also turn to Founding Father and author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson.

    As much as he did to create a better union, controversy follows his legacy. Eric Jackson shares his thoughts about the man and statesman.

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  • Thomas Jefferson, the original Democrat, and Fourth of July

    Juneteenth is the anniversary of that June 19th, 1865 in Galveston, Texas, when – after an intentional delay to get one more cotton harvest in under slavery — the US Army assembled local black folks and told them that they were no longer slaves. It’s rightfully a liberation day to celebrate, but it also has an aspect of betrayal to it.

     

    History gets like that, with contradictions and "other sides,” and to this day it gives those with no education or sense of history and people with hostile intentions their opportunities to deny and denigrate people and laws that should be held. Perhaps no other day is more symbolic than the Fourth of July. Perhaps there are no greater angles of attack than the sad legacies of conquest and often enough genocide against North America’s original nations and the legacy of African slavery.

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  • published GSC 2022 May/June Newsletter in Newsletters 2022-05-27 11:22:27 -0400

    2022 May/June Newsletter

    EDITION 4 MAY/JUNE 2022

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    MOTHERS DAY

    is celebrated around the world, but on different days. The volume of flowers sent on Mother’s Day is only eclipsed by Christmas/Hanukkah. This year we can also remember our mothers by donating our time and money to food banks. In June we are also celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride Month and Father’s Day. Find the date your country of residence celebrates, and did you know — Father’s Day began in West Virginia. .

              

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    NEWS & INFO

    The shockwaves of the possibility of losing Roe v Wade outweighed the news of Ukraine this week. In case you missed reading Alito’s draft, you can find it here. We’ve included stories from women, men, nurses, and more in our Health section.

    Women Consistently Earn Less Than Men

    Women are over-represented in lower paying jobs and, as they age, the pay gap widens even more. The U.S. Census Bureau’s Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI) shows the pay and age dynamic of women and men. Here, we looked at workers ages 35-44.

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    TAX NEWS

    Americans living overseas have an automatic 60 day filing deadline for taxes, until 15 June. However, if you file a tax extension (use form 4868), that date moves to 15 October – a full 6 month extension. Questions? This page is a quick guide that will help you find many answers. Also, the IRS has a dedicated page for International Taxpayers.

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    VOTING NEWS

    Upcoming Democratic Primary Elections

    Results are rolling in on many Democratic primary elections, and more are quickly approaching. This is your chance to decide which Democrat will go up against the Republican in the November general election.

    May 24: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Texas (runoff)

    June 7: California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota

    June 14: Maine, Nevada,North Dakota, South Carolina

    June 21: Virginia, Washingtonians (DC)

    June 28: Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah

    Request your ballot early AND return it early!

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    HEALTH

    How aging affects focus

    Just as you may not run as fast or jump as high as you did as a teenager, your brain’s cognitive power—that is, your ability to learn, remember, and solve problems—slows down with age. You may find it harder to summon once familiar facts or divide your attention among two or more activities or sources of information. These changes affect your ability to focus, so you may find yourself getting more easily distracted than you were when you were younger. Hearing loss that often accompanies aging… Read more

    This month women and men are facing an unprecedented attack on our civil rights. We’ve gathered a few stories about women, men, children and families facing the end of Roe v Wade protections.

    I’m an abortion Nurse. These Stories Might Shock You, But They’re All Too Real

    I am witness to my patients’ stories. “She was a princess,” she whispers as she wakens from her medicated sleep. A foreign prince is the father and he refuses to marry her. So she chooses her life over the princess’s because, in her culture, having a baby out of wedlock is punishable by death. She is an engineer and was given 24 hours off work. With the new abortion law in her state, nearby clinics rejected her. So, she drives…. Read more

    My 11-Year-Old Patient Was Pregnant. Here's What I Want You To Know About Being ‘Pro-Life'

    Our medical assistant came to me, panicked, and handed me a positive test. ... 'Run it again,' I sputtered — to buy some time and gather my wits and hope by some miracle it would produce a different result. Read more

    My Great-Grandpa Killed My Great-Grandma Giving Her An Abortion On Their Kitchen Table

    "Come say goodbye to your mother," he told my grandmother as he brought her and her siblings into the kitchen, where their mother lay dying. Read more

    Ruth Barnett, Portland’s foremost abortionist before Roe v. Wade, endured arrests, lived high life

    Ruth Barnett was in her mid-70s and dying from cancer when she landed in prison. And none of her powerful friends were willing to speak up on her behalf. “Where are those thousands of people you helped over the years?” her lawyer asked her, in frustration, as her sentencing loomed. “Where are all the people with influence and money and position?” Barnett’s response: “I haven’t been able to find them.” Read more

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    MEDICARE & AGING

    New senior-focused ads from Democrats hit Scott’s plans for Medicare, Social Security

    Democrats are launching an ad campaign targeting seniors to highlight Republican Sen. Rick Scott's push to have Congress to reauthorize legislation every five years. The proposal in the 11-point plan from Scott, a Florida Republican and chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, is the focus of… Read more

    Joe Biden is Quietly Pursuing the Creeping Privatization of Medicare

    Last November 30, a collection of physicians and activists were in Washington, DC, its federal buildings still largely closed for business thanks to the pandemic and fear of another Trumpist uprising. They were there to protest what they warned was an attempt to end Medicare as we know it. Read more

    Discussion Paper on Aging & Disability

    This Discussion Paper has been prepared as a contribution to a joint initiative on aging and disability undertaken by the National Council on Ageing and Older People and the National Disability Authority.  Read more

    Attitudes about Aging: A Global Perspective

    In a Rapidly Graying World, Japanese Are Worried, Americans Aren’t. At a time when the global population of people ages 65 and older is expected to triple to 1.5 billion by mid-century, public opinion on whether the growing number of older people is a problem varies dramatically around the world, according to a Pew Research Center survey. Read more

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    NEWS AND STORIES FROM HOME AND ABROAD

    Elderly Widower Finds A Fishing Partner After Posting A Tearjerking Classified Ad

    Life is not easy when you get old. In fact, many older adults face so much pain and loss as they outlive their loved ones, one by one. Then there are the many health ailments that accompany old age. One widower already faced his share of troubles after losing his wife and fishing partner, but he refused to give in to the gloom and loneliness. Instead, he turned to the internet to find a new fishing partner. Read more

    Woman Follows Little Boy Who Takes Leftovers from Her Restaurant Every Day

    One night while at her restaurant until near closing time, a little boy came in to speak with the chef. From the start of the conversation, it was obvious that the boy and chef already knew each other. As soon as the chef saw the boy, he immediately knew what he was in the restaurant for. Read more

    Scientists Discover Children’s Cells Living in Mothers’ Brains

    The link between a mother and child is profound, and new research suggests a physical connection even deeper than anyone thought. The profound psychological and physical bonds shared by the mother and her child begin during gestation when the mother is everything for the developing fetus, supplying warmth and sustenance, while her heartbeat provides a soothing constant rhythm. Read more

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    THIS MONTH IN U.S. HISTORY

    23 May 1810: Journalist Margaret Fuller was born in Cambridgeport, Massachusetts. She became the first American woman to serve as a foreign correspondent, reporting for the New York Tribune.

    23 May 1846: The first American female attorney Arabella Mansfield was born near Burlington, Iowa. She was instrumental in the founding of the Iowa Suffrage Society in 1870.

    28 May 1961: Amnesty International was formed.

    3 June 1972: Sally Jan Priesand was ordained a rabbi thus becoming the first woman rabbi in the U.S.

    5 June: An economic anomaly - both Adam Smith (1723) and Maynard Keynes (1883) were born on this day.

    6 June 1872: Susan B. Anthony was fined for voting in a Presidential election

    Many more historical events are listed here for May and here for June. 

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    UPCOMING EVENTS

    From book clubs and cocktail hour trivia nights, to what’s coming up in the primaries in 2022, there is something for everyone at Democrats Abroad.

    27 May: Coffee Time!: The Seniors Global Caucus (that’s us!) is inviting you to coffee! We plan to meet each month to discuss whatever is on our minds. Please join us - RSVP here.

    29 May: GOTV Voter Assistance training. See local times online and RSVP here.

    28 June Heavyweight speakers will be answering our questions about Washington DC online. RVSP for Demystifying the DNC.

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    CHAIR’S CORNER

    In May and June, we celebrate two holidays – Mother’s Day in May and Father Day in June. Sadly, the war in Ukraine is continuing and we cannot celebrate world peace. This is an appropriate segue into the origins of Mother’s Day from Heather Cox Richardson, the well-known American historian. She tells us “As the reality of women’s lives is being erased” (i.e., by the potential elimination of Roe vs Wade) “in favour of an image of women as mothers”, she wanted to point out why Mother’s Day began in 1908.

    At that time, Anna Jarvis decided to honor her mother. Richardson tells us “Mothers’ Day” actually “started in the 1870s, when the sheer enormity of the death caused by the Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War convinced American women that women must take control of politics from the men who had permitted such carnage. Mothers’ Day was not designed to encourage people to be nice to their mothers. It was part of women’s effort to gain power to change modern society.” She noted, “Men were trampled into blood-soaked mud, piled like cordwood in ditches, or transformed into emaciated corpses after dysentery drained their lives away…. The women who had watched their men march off to war were haunted by its results. They lost fathers, husbands, sons. The men who did come home were scarred in body and mind.”

    When First Lady Jill Biden celebrated Mother’s Day with an unannounced visit to western Ukraine, she was continuing this noble pursuit of gaining power though peace. She visited Ukrainian first lady Olena Zelenska at a school currently being used to house internally displaced Ukrainians. On her Facebook page, Biden posted: “On this Mother’s Day, my heart is with you, First Lady Olena Zelenska, and all of the brave and resilient mothers of Ukraine.”

    Father's Day was inaugurated in the early 20th century to complement Mother's Day. Again, war was a feature of this day. Father’s Day was founded in Spokane, Washington at the YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd. Her father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised his six children there. After hearing a sermon about Jarvis's Mother's Day she told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honoring them.

    So, when we think of these days, let’s remember also that in today’s world we have all sorts of mothers and fathers. These mothers and fathers are not only in heterosexual relationships but also represent lesbian, gay and transgender families. They may also be part of immigrant, minority and oppressed groups. Let’s celebrate this diversity as we also remember our own parents.

    Finally, I would like to celebrate with you the confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson as an Associate Justice for the Supreme Court. It was a difficult confirmation. I felt horrified and sometimes physically sick by how this dear judge was treated by some Senators in the Judiciary Committee. It felt to me as if their words were shaped by racism and misogyny. Nevertheless, this well-qualified and intelligent woman was confirmed. I am currently reading the biography of Constance Baker Motley, another judge who was an inspiration for Justice Jackson. Both are inspirational women and patriotic Americans.

    TOP


    FRAUD CORNER

    Former FBI & CIA Director William Webster warns about Elder Fraud

    WHAT? She promised him a good time with a Nigerian princess, and nobody would ever know? Or something? USUALLY scam artists are craftier than that. The smarter ones do some homework and have an idea of the emotional or identity buttons they might push. See more

    Charities and non-profit organizations

    As we look forward to outcomes from the myriad of lawsuits against the former President, in this article we look back over the past 4 years to remind us of some of the lawsuits concerning Donald Trump, now settled, against charities and non-profit organizations.

    At IOP Disinformation Conference, Obama Warns of “Anger, Resentment, Conflict, Division” Monetized Online

    Some countries put up with being used as platforms for international online swindles, so long as they are not aimed at their own citizens. The journalist who covers such stuff in those countries, when looking up the fraud artists online, finds a plethora of bogus promotional stuff, made to look like it's from other sources. Search engines are gamed so that disinformation about the scam is the first several pages of anything that comes up. This criminal modus operandi was common enough before being introduced into politics. Now it has a life in the political discourse of the United States and a number of other countries.

    Former President Barack Obama joined Nobel and Pulitzer laureates and other top journalists at a University of Chicago conference last month on Disinformation and the Erosion of Democracy. The discussion needs to continue far and wide, and get deeper. Those of us who were taught how the Nazis adapted the late 19th century Wall Street "big lie" ad campaigns — typically about patent medicines at the time — and applied them to German racist politics in 1930s media should update our knowledge about how this sort of thing is done today. With the former president, Filipina Nobel laureate journalist Maria Ressa and Pulitzer prize winner Anne Applebaum we get the lay of the cyber-landscape on which we must fight this year's campaign.

    Thanks to Eric Jackson for these contributions.

    TOP


    TECH CORNER

    Have a library card? You can read, listen and stream movies online at Hoopla.

    TOP


    STATE TEAMS NEWS

    State Teams were launched in September 2021. This initiative is designed to enhance DA’s voter assistance, voter mobilization and advocacy by

    ➔ Building partnerships with State and County Democratic Parties as well as grassroots advocacy groups

    ➔ Providing connection and a sense of purpose in staying engaged with domestic politics (“skin in the game”)

    ➔ Engaging and educating new members

    ➔ Enhancing internal communication with newsletters and voter/election alerts

    Join the State Team Slack group to get the meeting links, or email us

    Join your Voting State group on Facebook

    TOP


    DA IS GETTING A NEW WEBSITE!

    Further to our appeal in our April newsletter, we have now raised 2/3’s of the funds needed. The work is nearly done, but we still need more funding to complete and implement the new site. If you can, Please chip in today!

    TOP


    IN SEARCH OF VOLUNTEERS...

    We are still looking for volunteers for the Global Senior Caucus Steering Committee. What does a member of the Steering Committee involve?

    • Good communication skills in meetings and enjoying the company of others.
    • Steering Committee Meetings are via WebEx once a month (the 1st Wednesday of the month) for 60-90 minutes at 8 am Eastern Time.
    • Taking on a specific role on the Steering Committee and helping the Caucus to organize around your role.

    Please click here to find out more and to contact us.

    The Global Communications Team is also looking for volunteers as they ramp up for the midterms! Do you have a communications background and are interested in helping? If so, please fill out the Global Communications Team Interest Form. Thanks!

    TOP


    QUOTES

    If it was about babies, we’d have free lactation consultants, free diapers, free formula.

    If it was about babies, we’d have free and excellent childcare from newborns on, paid maternity AND paternity leave.

    If it was about babies, we’d have universal preschool and pre-k and guaranteed after school placements.

    If it was about babies, IVF and adoption wouldn’t just be for folks with thousands and thousands of dollars to spend on expanding their families.

    Leila Cohan on Twitter


    If the environment were a bank, it would have been saved by now. — Bernie Sanders


    Catherine O’Hara on Aging in Hollywood: “We Should Embrace and Respect Age”

    "I don’t want to get surgery and I don’t want to get needles, other than acupuncture needles," the 'Schitt's Creek' star said about whether she'd have any work done.


    Merritt Heaton, Illinois Oldest Farmer Steals the Show on Johnny Carson

    **click on the picture to open the video

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  • published Chair's Corner in Opinions 2022-05-23 12:02:40 -0400

    Chair's Corner

    In May and June, we celebrate two holidays – Mother’s Day in May and Father Day in June. Sadly, the war in Ukraine is continuing and we cannot celebrate world peace. This is an appropriate segue into the origins of Mother’s Day from Heather Cox Richardson, the well-known American historian. She tells us “As the reality of women’s lives is being erased” (i.e., by the potential elimination of Roe vs Wade) “in favour of an image of women as mothers”, she wanted to point out why Mother’s Day began in 1908. 

    At that time, Anna Jarvis decided to honor her mother. Richardson tells us “Mothers’ Day” actually “started in the 1870s, when the sheer enormity of the death caused by the Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War convinced American women that women must take control of politics from the men who had permitted such carnage. Mothers’ Day was not designed to encourage people to be nice to their mothers. It was part of women’s effort to gain power to change modern society.” She noted, “Men were trampled into blood-soaked mud, piled like cordwood in ditches, or transformed into emaciated corpses after dysentery drained their lives away…. The women who had watched their men march off to war were haunted by its results. They lost fathers, husbands, sons. The men who did come home were scarred in body and mind.”

    When First Lady Jill Biden celebrated Mother’s Day with an unannounced visit to western Ukraine, she was continuing this noble pursuit of gaining power though peace. She visited Ukrainian first lady Olena Zelenska at a school currently being used to house internally displaced Ukrainians. On her Facebook page, Biden posted: “On this Mother’s Day, my heart is with you, First Lady Olena Zelenska, and all of the brave and resilient mothers of Ukraine.” 

    Father's Day was inaugurated in the early 20th century to complement Mother's Day. Again, war was a feature of this day. Father’s Day was founded in Spokane, Washington at the YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd. Her father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised his six children there. After hearing a sermon about Jarvis's Mother's Day she told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honoring them. 

    So, when we think of these days, let’s remember also that in today’s world we have all sorts of mothers and fathers. These mothers and fathers are not only in heterosexual relationships but also represent lesbian, gay and transgender families. They may also be part of immigrant, minority and oppressed groups. Let’s celebrate this diversity as we also remember our own parents.


  • published Hoopla!! in Tech Corner 2022-05-23 09:45:51 -0400

    Hoopla!!

    Have a library card? You can read, listen and stream movies online at Hoopla.

     


  • At IOP Disinformation Conference, Obama Warns of “Anger, Resentment, Conflict, Division”

    Some countries put up with being used as platforms for international online swindles, so long as they are not aimed at their own citizens. The journalist who covers such stuff in those countries, when looking up the fraud artists online, finds a plethora of bogus promotional stuff, made to look like it's from other sources. Search engines are gamed so that disinformation about the scam is the first several pages of anything that comes up. This criminal modus operandi was common enough before being introduced into politics. Now it has a life in the political discourse of the United States and a number of other countries.
    Former President Barack Obama joined Nobel and Pulitzer laureates and other top journalists at a University of Chicago conference last month on Disinformation and the Erosion of Democracy. The discussion needs to continue far and wide, and get deeper. Those of us who were taught how the Nazis adapted the late 19th century Wall Street "big lie" ad campaigns — typically about patent medicines at the time — and applied them to German racist politics in 1930s media should update our knowledge about how this sort of thing is done today. With the former president, Filipina Nobel laureate journalist Maria Ressa and Pulitzer prize winner Anne Applebaum we get the lay of the cyber-landscape on which we must fight this year's campaign.

    Thanks to Eric Jackson for these contributions.


  • Charities and non-profit organizations

    As we look forward to outcomes from the myriad of lawsuits against the former President, in this article we look back over the past 4 years to remind us of some of the lawsuits concerning Donald Trump, now settled, against charities and non-profit organizations.


  • Former FBI & CIA Director William Webster warns about Elder Fraud

    WHAT? She promised him a good time with a Nigerian princess, and nobody would ever know? Or something? USUALLY scam artists are craftier than that. The smarter ones do some homework and have an idea of the emotional or identity buttons they might push. See more … 


  • Heather Cox Richardson, from Letters from an American, May 7, 2022

    I told this story here two years ago, but I want to repeat it tonight, as the reality of women’s lives is being erased in favor of an image of women as mothers…. 

    If you google the history of Mother’s Day, the internet will tell you that Mother’s Day began in 1908 when Anna Jarvis decided to honor her mother. But “Mothers’ Day”—with the apostrophe not in the singular spot, but in the plural—actually started in the 1870s, when the sheer enormity of the death caused by the Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War convinced American women that women must take control of politics from the men who had permitted such carnage. Mother's Day was not designed to encourage people to be nice to their mothers. It was part of women’s effort to gain power to change modern society.

    The Civil War years taught naïve Americans what mass death meant in the modern era. Soldiers who had marched off to war with fantasies of heroism discovered that long-range weapons turned death into tortured anonymity. Men were trampled into blood-soaked mud, piled like cordwood in ditches, or transformed into emaciated corpses after dysentery drained their lives away.

    The women who had watched their men march off to war were haunted by its results. They lost fathers, husbands, sons. The men who did come home were scarred in body and mind.

    Modern war, it seemed, was not a game.

    But out of the war also came a new sense of empowerment. Women had bought bonds, paid taxes, raised money for the war effort, managed farms, harvested fields, worked in war industries, reared children, and nursed soldiers. When the war ended, they had every intention of continuing to participate in national affairs. But the Fourteenth Amendment, which established that African American men were citizens, did not mention women. In 1869, women organized the National Woman Suffrage Association and the American Woman Suffrage Association to promote women’s right to have a say in American government.

    From her home in Boston, Julia Ward Howe was a key figure in the American Woman Suffrage Association. She was an enormously talented writer, who had penned The Battle Hymn of the Republic in the early years of the Civil War, a hymn whose lyrics made it a point to note that Christ was “born of woman.” 

    Howe was drawn to women’s rights because the laws of her time meant that her children belonged to her abusive husband. If she broke free of him, she would lose any right to see her children, a fact he threw at her whenever she threatened to leave him. She was not at first a radical in the mold of reformer Elizabeth Cady Stanton, believing that women had a human right to equality with men. Rather, she believed strongly that women, as mothers, had a special role to perform in the world.

    For Howe, the Civil War had been traumatic, but that it led to emancipation might justify its terrible bloodshed. The outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War in 1870 was another story. She remembered:

    "I was visited by a sudden feeling of the cruel and unnecessary character of the contest. It seemed to me a return to barbarism, the issue having been one which might easily have been settled without bloodshed. The question forced itself upon me, “Why do not the mothers of mankind interfere in these matters, to prevent the waste of that human life of which they alone know and bear the cost?”

    Howe had a new vision, she said, of “the august dignity of motherhood and its terrible responsibilities.” She sat down immediately and wrote an “Appeal to Womanhood Throughout the World.” Men always had and always would decide questions by resorting to “mutual murder.” But women did not have to accept this state of affairs, she wrote. Mothers could command their sons to stop the madness.

    "Arise, women!” Howe commanded. “Say firmly: ‘We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies. Our husbands shall not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience. We, women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country, to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.’”

    Howe had her document translated into French, Spanish, Italian, German, and Swedish and distributed it as widely as her extensive contacts made possible. She believed that her Women’s Peace Movement would be the next great development in human history, ending war just as the antislavery movement had ended human bondage. She called for a “festival which should be observed as mothers’ day, and which should be devoted to the advocacy of peace doctrines” to be held around the world on June 2 of every year, a date that would permit open-air meetings.

    Howe organized international peace conferences, and American states developed their own Mothers’ Day festivals. But Howe quickly gave up on her project. She realized that there was much to be done before women could come together on such a momentous scale. She turned her attention to women’s clubs “to constitute a working and united womanhood.”

    As she worked to unite women, she threw herself into the struggle for women’s suffrage, understanding that in order to create a more just and peaceful society, women must take up their rightful place as equal participants in American politics.

    Perhaps Anna Jarvis remembered seeing her mother participate in an original American Mothers’ Day when she decided to honor her own mother in the early twentieth century. And while we celebrate modern Mother’s Day, in this momentous year of 2022 it’s worth remembering the original Mothers’ Day and Julia Ward Howe’s conviction that women must make their voices heard.


  • published May Newsletter in Newsletters 2022-04-30 10:34:05 -0400

    May Newsletter

    EARTH DAY was Friday, 22 APRIL

    Across the planet people are joining communities, contacting officials, signing petitions, planting trees, picking up plastic and more.

    Earth Hour invites us all to join together, all over the world to take action!    What did you do? 

              

     


    WE HAVE A NEW JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT!

    The Democrats you helped elect in 2020 are making many “firsts” in history to the benefit of Americans both at home and abroad. On Thursday, 7 April, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson was confirmed as the first Black woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court! We’re celebrating this moment and excited by the lived experiences Justice Jackson will bring to the Court. She is a brilliant legal mind who will undoubtedly shape our nation’s future for the better for generations to come. Read DA’s full statement here.


    VOTING NEWS

    Upcoming Democratic Primary Elections

    Democratic primary elections are quickly approaching in many states. This is your chance to decide which Democrat will go up against the Republican in the November general election.

    May 3:    Indiana, Ohio

    May 10: Nebraska, West Virginia

    May 17: Kentucky, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania

    May 19: Idaho

    May 24: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Texas (runoff)

    Request your ballot early AND return it early!

    VOTING ALERT!


    Here is what happened in Texas in January, and it could happen in other states too. 


    Voting by Mail in Texas - 
    by Alice Embree Jan. 13, 2022

    “Texas Alliance for Retired Americans (TARA) has challenged the legality of new Texas voter suppression laws. We also discuss the issue of nonpartisan redistricting. Listen to this blog by a longtime Austin writer and activist, Alice Embree, guests Jan Lance, retired Austin ISD teacher and president of the Texas Alliance for Retired Americans (TARA), and Julie Fleming, a TARA activist.  TARA “seeks to enroll, educate and mobilize retired union, senior and community activists into a statewide grassroots movement advocating on behalf of Texas retirees and seniors.” Read more

    Even Willie Nelson and wife Annie D’Angela-Nelson had trouble voting in the Texas primary - Friday, March 25, 2022 by April Slese

    “It seems that no Texan is immune from the difficulties of trying to cast a ballot and adhere to the state’s stringent new voting laws. According to the Austin American-Statesman, it took Willie Nelson and his wife, Annie D’Angelo-Nelson, two attempts before they were able to vote absentee in the recent primary. D’Angelo-Nelson told the newspaper that it was ‘ridiculously difficult’ to try and cast a ballot. The two had trouble with SB 1’s identification requirement that states a voter must use the same ID to cast a ballot as the one they used when they first registered to vote.” Read more


    STATE TEAM NEWS

    State Teams were launched in September 2021. This initiative is designed to enhance DA’s voter assistance, voter mobilization and advocacy by 

    Building partnerships with State and County Democratic Parties as well as grassroots advocacy groups

    Providing connection and a sense of purpose in staying engaged with domestic politics (“skin in the game”)

    Engaging and educating new members

    Enhancing internal communication with newsletters and voter/election alerts

    Join the State Team Slack to get the meeting links or email us

    Join your Voting State group on Facebook


    HEALTH & MEDICARE

    With the passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act last month, President Biden also authorized the very first Medicare Portability pilot program so that Americans like you and I may one day soon be able to draw our hard-earned benefits from abroad.
    Our voices from abroad matter, and they are being heard by this administration!

    Medicare must negotiate drug prices to stop more massive premium increases

    Alex Lawson, 10 January 2022

    (Washington, DC) — The following is a statement from Alex Lawson, Executive Director of Social Security Works, on the announcement that Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra will order Medicare to reconsider plans to increase premiums:

    “Today’s announcement from Secretary Becerra is good news for seniors. Older Americans should not have to pay $22 more for Medicare every month to cover the outrageous prices of prescription drugs. 

    Medicare will likely avoid such a large increase for one reason: Public pressure recently forced the pharmaceutical company Biogen to cut the price of Aduhelm, a controversial new Alzheimer’s drug, in half. But we can never rely on pharmaceutical corporations to do the right thing….” Read more

    Tell Congress to Require Medicare to Negotiate Drug Prices

    Americans already pay the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs and pharmaceutical corporations continue to raise prices. Meanwhile, retirees and their families can’t afford the medicines their doctors prescribe.

    The Alliance for Retired Americans has posted this petition to tell Congress to take action on this vital issue. Take action — Sign today!

    The Political Folly of Siding with Pharma

    With the narrowest of majorities, a complex set of policy issues, and huge differences between moderates and progressives, the path to the biggest, boldest piece of progressive legislation in recent memory was always going to be bumpy. Disagreements and disappointment were inevitable. But I have rarely seen a more selfish and self-defeating act than what three House Democrats did yesterday. As the Wall Street Journal reported:

    “Democratic Reps. Scott Peters of California, Kurt Schrader of Oregon, and Kathleen Rice of New York voted against a measure enabling Medicare to negotiate for lower prescription drug costs in a House Energy and Commerce Committee vote Wednesday, preventing it from advancing when the panel deadlocked in a 29-29 tie.” Read more…

    12 Mindless Habits that are Exhausting You

    Feeling tired no matter how much rest you get? These behaviors you probably do every day could be to blame.

    #1 Watching emotionally charged television shows!

    One of the ways binge-watching emotionally charged TV shows can lead to mental exhaustion is through trait identification, which refers to the process of temporarily imagining yourself experiencing the same feelings and events of a specific character. Read more


    Correction to March Newsletter by Toni Kamins, Co-Chair, Medicare Part B committee, Medicare Portability committee

    Ms. Foss is right when she says that Medicare is unclear and difficult to navigate. As such, it’s understandable that we all have difficulty assessing our benefits, understanding our rights, and understanding Medicare.

    To clear up a few things, Medicare Part B is part of the federal-government-run health-insurance program for those over 65, and it's not-for-profit. Medicare Advantage, which is offered as a comprehensive substitute for Medicare Parts A, B, D, and Medigap, is private, for-profit insurance. And yes, she is correct, that their agenda is about profits. Big profits. 

    The insurance offered under the ACA (Obama care) is also private insurance provided by for-profit insurance companies that agreed to deliver specific sets of benefits via the federal and state ACA web portals. The doctors in those insurance-company networks are private clinicians and not employees of the federal government, unlike the US Public Health Service.

    Finally, Physicians for Single Payer Healthcare is a national organization, and not limited to Kentucky.


    image7.pngTAX NEWS

     If you owe tax to the IRS, it must be paid by 15 April. However, as Americans abroad we do not have to file our tax returns until 15 June, and if you file a tax extension (use form 4868), that date moves to 15 October – a full 6 month extension. 

    The Democrats Abroad 2022 tax survey of Americans abroad ends today! 
    Click here to take the survey. (Thank you for participating!)

     


    NEWS AND STORIES FROM HOME AND ABROAD


    The Loneliness, Loss and Regret: what getting old really feels like – new study (UK, September 2021)

    Paula, 72, told me how four years ago she’d lost her husband. She had been his carer for over ten years, as he slowly declined from a degenerative condition. Read more

    This health care practice robs many seniors of vitality and life in their twilight years

    A year ago, a prolonged surgery and trips back to theatre to battle the complications affected his memory …  Read more 

    Why so many elderly in China are unvaccinated

    For weeks the authorities in Shanghai tried to stem an outbreak of covid-19 with a whack-a-mole approach. Individual buildings were locked down...Read more 


    THIS MONTH IN U.S. HISTORY

    April 4, 1949 - Twelve nations signed the treaty creating NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The nations united for common military defense against the threat of expansion by Soviet Russia into Western Europe.

    April 8, 1913 - The 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified requiring direct popular election of U.S. senators. Previously, they had been chosen by state legislatures.

    Many more historical events are listed here. 


    UPCOMING EVENTS

    April showers bring May flowers, and our Events are blooming too! 

    Sunday, 10 April: The Seniors Caucus had its 2nd WEP meeting. We will update you in our next newsletter, so stay tuned for that.

    Tuesday, 3 May: The DA Taxation Task Force is holding a session to recruit volunteers. 

    Wednesday, 4 May the Women’s Caucus is launching a project to promote voter registration under the theme Reproductive Rights for ALL.

    17 May: World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 

    The ITU has chosen this year’s theme as: “Digital technologies for older person and healthy aging” to raise awareness about the important role of telecommunications/ICTs in supporting people to stay healthy, connected and independent, physically, emotionally and financially – to a life of healthy ageing - and as critical for the sustainability of economic and health systems.

    From book clubs and cocktail hour trivia nights to heavyweight speakers answering our questions about Washington DC, Demystifying the DNC, and what’s coming up in the primaries in 2022, there is something for everyone at Democrats Abroad.


    CHAIR’S CORNER

    In April, we saw the escalation of the war in Ukraine, and I understood from some DA colleagues that many American Seniors abroad are quite worried about this state of affairs. Yes, we need to be hopeful and indeed supportive of our government’s policies with regards to this war. As I said in March’s Chair’s Corner many, if not all of us, “remember the trauma of World War II and many of us, had fathers and relatives who participated in that war. War always brings suffering and trauma.” Let us hope that this war does not drag on and that we can celebrate a peaceful solution to this conflict.

    I am happy to report that our WEP Committee had its first meeting on April 6th and a smaller group met on April 9th. We are working hard to come together to eliminate WEP. I would like to thank Rebecca Lammers, Chair of the Taxation Task Force for her help and leadership in our formation of this WEP committee. Also, the Medicare Part B/ Medicare Portability Committee had our first meeting on April 14th. We are liaising with the Medicare Portability Task Force (MPTF), chaired by Heather Stone and thank her for her help. In our new Seniors Medicare Part B Committee, chaired by Toni Kamins (who is also a member of the MPTF) we are hoping to have a clear understanding of Medicare Part B for those of us living abroad as well as to make Medicare Portable. Thank you to all those members of the Seniors Caucus who volunteered for these committees. We need many hands on deck.

    Finally, I would like to celebrate with you the confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson as an Associate Justice for the Supreme Court. It was a difficult confirmation. I felt horrified and sometimes physically sick by how this dear judge was treated by some Senators in the Judiciary Committee. It felt to me as if their words were shaped by racism and misogyny. Nevertheless, this well-qualified and intelligent woman was confirmed. I am currently reading the biography of Constance Baker Motley, another judge who was an inspiration for Justice Jackson. Both are inspirational women and patriotic Americans. 


    FRAUD CORNER

    Thanks to Steering Committee member Tilly Gaillard for bringing this to our attention — fraud police in France that help elderly people with issues relating to fraud, online security and more. 

    We also found that the UK has a similar program. If you know of one in your country, please write us an email to let us know so we can share that information with our members. Thanks!

    Top 10 Scams Targeting Seniors

    By Robert Scott

    Seniors are being targeted with financial scams more and more each year. According to a consumer report from Georgia, financial scams are now considered “the crime of the 21st century.” In this first report we will identify the Top 10 Scams Targeting Seniors and we will examine other aspects of these scams in subsequent articles. Read more…

    Why Fraud is so Wide Spread? A bit of history…

    We missed this anniversary in last month’s newsletter, but the next time you get angry at some breach of your privacy via social media, thank Jeff Flake, the Republican Party, and their corporate “constituents”. THIS is Republican governance. Read more


    TECH CORNER

    Memorizing multiple passwords can be a pain, but it's downright dangerous to use the same one for everything, and online privacy is not the place you want to be cutting corners. With many employees still working remotely, it's never been more essential to make sure that your online presence is secure and safe from prying eyes.  Please click here to find out more on how to keep your passwords safe! As promised, here is the latest on the best apps to keep your passwords safe. 


    IN SEARCH OF VOLUNTEERS...

    We are still looking for volunteers for the Global Senior Caucus Steering Committee. What does a member of the Steering Committee involve?

    • Good communication skills in meetings and enjoying the company of others.
    • Steering Committee Meetings are via WebEx once a month (the 1st Wednesday of the month) for 60-90 minutes at 8 am Eastern Time.
    • Taking on a specific role on the Steering Committee and helping the Caucus to organize around your role. 

    Please click here to find out more and to contact us.

    The Global Communications Team is also looking for volunteers as they ramp up for the midterms! Do you have a communications background and are interested in helping? If so, please fill out the Global Communications Team Interest Form. Thanks!


    DA IS GETTING A NEW WEBSITE!

    From time to time, websites need to be updated, with new technology and a fresh look. It’s more important than ever in this election year to have a strong digital presence. 

    We’ve been working on the new design, and are working to put it into place, but we need your help – more funding. If you can, please help with this vital upgrade that will help us reach more Americans like you, living abroad, to VOTE this year.   Please chip in today!


    image9.jpgGRATITUDE: THE SHORT FILM BY LOUIE SCHWARTZBERG

     “The one day that’s given to you – right now. The only appropriate response is ... gratefulness.” 

    The invitation: Open up your heart and feel grateful for this day, the beauty of this planet, the people we meet.

    Watch now as we celebrate the 52nd EARTH DAY on 22 April.


     MEMBERS OF THE STEERING COMMITTEE

    Chair Betsy Ettorre (Finland)
    Vice Chair Jim Dobson (Finland)
    Secretary Lois Floyd (Panama)
    IT Will Prescott (Mexico)
    GOTV (Get Out The Vote) Jim Mercereau (Spain)
    Legislation and WEP Antonio Nichols (Austria)
    Medicare Portability Marnie Delaney (France)
    Communications, Social Media, Newsletter Lauren Hakulinen (France)
    Eric Jackson (Panama)
    Member/Volunteers Recruitment Tilly Gaillard (France)
    Dan Smith (Israel)
    Member-at-Large
    Karen Lee (Greece)
    Melanie Gardner (Canada)
    Robert Scott (Germany)
    Member (ex-officio)
    Candice Kerestan Chair, Democrats Abroad 
    Katie Solon, DNC, DA Member (Germany)

     


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