Democrats Abroad Mexico Annual General Meeting 2017


Subect:  Democrats Abroad Mexico - Annual General Meeting (AGM)

This year's  AGM should be one of the best yet and where better to be than Mexico City from Fri Mar 31 - Sun  April 2!   Big vibrant city, incredible food, and hang out with energized Democrats.   Even meet with some of the team who presented the letter to Sec. State Tillerson at the US Embassy.


Keynote:  Jim Hightower, from Texas is perhaps America's #1 Populist, a national radio commentator, writer, public speaker and author of the book Swim Against the Current: Even a Dead Fish Can Go With the Flow .   A native of Austin, he will also join us at the Friday reception and again at a Texas BBQ on Saturday night.   Should be a real blast!

See his latest article "What Should We Do About a Mentally Ill President?" at    


We  will meet at the Hotel Geneve in Zona Rosa for our Mexico Annual General Meeting  March 31-April 2.     This hotel is chock full of history including stories of Mexican presidents and pre-WWII intrigue.    Here is a brief rundown of the great weekend events you won't want to miss:

Hotel Geneve lobby

 Tentative Schedule  

Friday, Mar 31

3:00-5:00pm:       Conference Registration 

6:00-8:00pm:       Host Committee Reception in The Phone Bar and adjoining sala.   Meet fellow DA members and our guest Jim Hightower, American syndicated columnist  from TX

8:00pm- whenever:    The Phone Bar:  Miguel y Sofia - enjoy balada acustica  
Phone Bar

Saturday, Apr 1

8:00-9:00am:        Conference Registration

9:00-10:30am:      Annual Meeting


                                 Election of DA Mexico countrywide officers

10:30-11:00am     Coffee, tea, soda, water

11:00-12:00pm    Jim Hightower  -  America's #1 Populist    see

12:00-1:30pm      Lunch (Sanborn's Restaurant in hotel and many others nearby)

1:30-2:15pm  (how to best engage your elected representatives.  Report from Rapid Action Team.   

2:15-3:00pm        New DA Mexico Chair outlines plans for future; Americas Region Report

3:00-3:30pm        Coffee, tea, soda, water

3:30-5:00pm        Media Training (Facebook ads, Twitter, Video Reports, Talking to the media)

6:30-8:30pm        Pinche Gringo Restaurant   Cumbres de Maltrata 360, Col.Narvarte Oriente  (enjoy TX BBQ with Austin's own Jim Hightower, live music:  transportation provided)    

Sunday, Apr 2    (Details and signup available at check-in)

Explore Mexico City with Democrats Abroad

This will be an awesome weekend... you will not want to miss it!

Some options include:

·        $210pesos when you get on

·        9am-9pm, hop on/off at any point along the way

·        Nearest stop from Hotel Geneve is El Angel de Indpendencia on Reforma (2 blocks away)
·        4 main tours

         1.     Basilica

         2.     Polanco/Chapultepec/Hipodromo

         3.     Southside

         4.     Downtown

Ballet Folklorico de Mexico

·        Sunday performances @ El Teatro de Bellas Artes (duration 3 hours)    9am and 8pm

·        cost per ticket $1080, $880  or possibly even $300 pesos in Galeria (Balcony, very affordable, good visibility)

For those who haven't visited the museums, they are truly world class, including:

                   Museo Nacional de Antropologia

                   Museo Frida Kahlo

                   Museo Nacional de Historia

                   Museo Soumaya (Carlos Slim)

                   Museo Memoria y Tolerancia

                   ... and of course, the Floating Gardens of Xochimilco

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Your support in the above events will help to offset the costs of bring down Jim Hightower with his "Low-Down" messages of  just plain old common sense that we all really need right now.  You are sure to find him both entertaining and thought provoking.


Mexico City Chapter is pleased to host the Friday night Chapter Reception at no charge to all attending members; meet Jim too.

·        Donation to attend the weekend event which includes opportunity  to meet and hear Jim Hightower's "Low-Down", 2 coffee breaks and of course great company from fellow Democrats: $1000 pesos

·        Saturday:  Pinche Gringo BBQ with Jim Hightower, including transportation from Hotel Geneve, choice of entre, 2 sides and beverage: $500 pesos   (chances sold to sit at Jim's table)

To Register:  Copy and fill in the following form and email it to:  Larry Pihl, Treasurer at [email protected] .   We will email a Paypal invoice to you.   All you need to do is add a credit card to make your payment (membership in Paypal not required).

          Names of persons attending: ______________________________

          ______________________________ _________________________

          Registration including keynote with Jim Hightower, coffee at $1000pesos /person: $___________

          Pinche Gringo BBQ at $500pesos/person: $_________________

          Your email address: ____________________________

          Comments: ______________________________ ______________________________ _____


Note: Have any questions,  email [email protected] or call  Larry Pihl, Treasurer   33 1704 6475 (cell)

For those who live outside of Mexico City, flights are low if you register soon.


Upon registration, all attendees will receive a special contact link for Hotel Geneve sales department. 

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Lodging:  Hotel Geneve, at $98 USD/night (normally $150 USD) Double;  $160USD/night for Junior Suite. Includes Buffet Breakfast, free Internet and 16% IVA.  (Caution: Some internet specials may appear lower cost but do not include breakfast and 16% IVA.   This special rate will be allowed for 4 days before and after our AGM for those who wish to visit CDMX longer)    


A recent quest wrote: " On a recent stay in Mexico City I had a wonderful experience at Hotel Geneve circa 1907 in the Zona Rosa district. The hotel is like a museum with artifacts everywhere from it's long past, lovely old furniture, along with many photos of past guests like Churchill, Lindbergh and The Beatles."  See en/  for more information.


Be a part of the change..... let's help the new DNC Chair, Tom Perez and Vice Chair, Rep. Keith Ellison(MN-5) define our direction and  lead our party from the ground up for victory in 2018.  DA Mexico can help provide grass roots efforts that can resonate around the world.    

"If a small minority in the Tea Party could stop President Obama, then we the majority can stop a petty tyrant named Trump"  The Indivisible Guide   

"They tried to bury us but they didn't know we were seeds"  Mexican Proverb

See you there,

Jody Quinnell,   Chair
Democrats Abroad Mexico