Secretary of Democrats Abroad Thailand

In today's political climate, volunteering to promote social justice helps me sleep at night. Through DA I can encourage discourse on the ideas and issues  that an informed citizenry should be discussing while offering opportunities for activism. 

  • Walking with the Lizards in Bangkok to Expell the ones in Washington

    FUNDRAISER for Democrats Abroad Thailand.  Join us on guided walk with Michael Cota, one of Thailand's premiere Herpetologists and Monitor Lizard experts as he illuminates the world of Monitor Lizards.  While getting to know our neighborhood "monsters" we are helping to remove the real monsters over in our DC capital. Funds raised help Democrats Abroad run events and implement strategy to help Americans living abroad participate in elections to elect Democrats in 2020. 
    Cost is 500 bhat / adult and 200/ child. This money goes towards our Get Out the Vote effort for 2020.
    Juice/water break half-way through. 
    Space is limited to 20 so all attendees must RSVP in advance. If there is enough interest we may schedule a second Monitor Lizard walk.
    Participants are encouraged to bring cameras, water, hats and wear comfortable shoes that can get muddy.
    After the walk we will head over to a restaurant for lunch together.   Please let us know if you are interested in joining for lunch so we can make reservations.
    November 17, 2019 at 9am
    Lumphini Park, Rama VI Statue
    Google map and directions
    ฿500.00 THB · 3 rsvps rsvp

  • rsvped +2 for AP Workshop October 2019 2019-10-09 10:26:41 -0400

    Asia Pacific Regional Workshop: 26 October 2019

    AP region
    Please join us over WebEx for a half-day of trainings, presentations, and panel discussions to prepare us to usher in Democrats up and down the ballot in 2020.
    Our online workshop will be held on Saturday, 26 October, starting at 3:00 AM GMT/8:30 AM IST/16:00 NZDT.  Based on feedback from regional leaders, the topics that we will cover include:
    • The 2020 Global Presidential Primary
    • Volunteer recruitment and training
    • GOTV, CallHub, and VoteFromAbroad
    • Communications and social media
    • Overview of Democrats Abroad Caucuses
    • An update from Julia Bryan, International Chair
    The agenda (subject to adjustment) and local times for each session can be found HEREFeel free to attend all or part of the workshop as it suits your interests and schedule.

    Please RSVP for the WebEx link and connection information.

    All members of Democrats Abroad, whether in a leadership role or not and whether based in the Asia Pacific region or not, are welcome to attend any or all parts of this workshop.  Please share widely!

    As with all Democrats Abroad meetings and workshops, there is no required registration fee to participate.  However, there are costs to Democrats Abroad for operating and maintaining our resources, including WebEx, which is allowing us to connect across our vast region.  Please consider a $5 or $10 contribution to help cover the costs for this workshop by going to the DONATE page on the website and specifying "Regular Donation" from the drop-down menu and "AP workshop" as the dedication.  THANK YOU!!
    October 26, 2019 at 3am
    Online - WebEx
    Google map and directions
    13 rsvps rsvp

  • published SAWASDEE KHAP in News 2019-07-27 10:07:41 -0400


    Photo Credit: Sukit Vanichrudeee

    Democrats Abroad Thailand (DAT) is the official country committee for US Democrats living in Thailand.  We provide opportunities for Americans in Thailand to get involved in the Democratic party and issues that matter to them. These are trying times and it will take all of us to fight back.   US citizens around the world are organizing for a fairer and more just America that embraces diversity- let's raise our voices together and be heard all the way from Thailand.

    We support our great Democratic candidates and encourage discussion about the ideas and solutions they offer through debate watch parties, post-debate discussions, live chats with the candidates.   We host political pub nights to get your political banter on, Ladies Night, issue based call-congress parties,  film nights,

    If you are specifically interested in racial justice, gender equality and/ or  LGBTQ rights - join one or all of our Caucuses here on the website and then follow us on FB : Black Caucus and  Women's Caucus.

    We have three official chapters, in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and the North, and Pattaya and the Eastern Seaboard.  We are always looking to grow our chapter network so if you are interested in organizing for social justice- let me know!

    You can find us on Facebook at Democrats Abroad Thailand and Democrats Abroad Chiang Mai or on Twitter @DemsUSAThailand and @DemsAbroadThai

    I look forward to welcoming you at the next DAT event.

    Paul Risley
    Chair, Democrats Abroad Thailand

  • signed up on LGBT Signup 2019-07-12 20:03:29 -0400

    LGBT Caucus Signup

    Democrats Abroad is committed to a world where all persons have access to the same rights and benefits, regardless of sexual identity or gender expression.


    The Democrats Abroad LGBT Caucus is the constituency group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex members and any Democrat abroad who supports them.

    The goals of the LGBT Caucus reflect the mission of Democrats Abroad to:

    • engage and empower LGBTI Americans living abroad to vote in US elections;
    • provide a platform for Democrats Abroad members, country committees and chapters to advance issues at the heart of the LGBTI community;
    • support Democrats Abroad’s members in issues they face living abroad as LGBTI Americans, such as access to government services and benefits for same-sex spouses and family members, the legacy resulting from past discrimination and Defense of Marriage Act.

    The LGBT Caucus: 

    • supports Democrats Abroad’s country committees and local chapters in organizing activities of interest to the LGBTI community, such as participation in pride events and voter outreach; 
    • disseminates information to Democrats Abroad members and promotes action on issues that affect LGBTI Americans and their families;
    • ensures that the LGBTI perspective is effectively incorporated in all the work of Democrats Abroad, including issues advocacy, communication and GOTV strategy, planning and execution; ensures that issues and policies that impact LGBTI Americans are included in the Democrats Abroad and Democratic Party platforms;
    • takes leadership in Democrats Abroad’s issues advocacy initiatives, including “door knock” visits to elected officials in Washington DC, to ensure that issues that impact LGBTI Americans living abroad and their families are included and addressed by elected representatives;
    • encourages LGBTI members to run for elected leadership roles within Democrats Abroad and fulfill Democrats Abroad’s diversity and affirmative action goals;
    • supports community building among Democrats Abroad’s LGBTI members and allies;
    • promotes Democratic Party candidates who demonstrate commitment to policies that positively impact the lives of LGBTI Americans;
    • supports and engages with Democratic Party LGBTI caucuses build capacity and achieve common goals.
    Sign up

  • published New Leaders Elected at Annual General Meeting in News 2019-06-27 02:32:44 -0400

    New Leaders Elected at Annual General Meeting

    This June, members and leadership from around the country gathered in Bangkok for the Annual General Meeting (AGM) to elect the Executive Committee for Democrats Abroad Thailand. The AGM is always a great opportunity for active members from around the country to meet face to face to discuss strategy and re-energize for the year. Heartfelt farewells and thank yous went out to Phil Robertson, the outgoing Chair for a job well done, and those present welcomed Paul Risley into the position. Paul is a long time member of DAT and has served in various roles in the organization over the years. He will be supported by 3 Vice Chairs: Gary Suwannarat, Rick Graves and Russel Berman.

    Newly elected executive committee members for 2019/ 2020:

    Paul Risley, Meghan Driscoll and Rosalia Gitau

    Read more

  • Democrats in Bangkok Get Out the Vote at the Annual Independance Day Picnic


    Democrats Abroad volunteers were out in force at the annual American Chamber of Commerce Independence Day picnic.  

    A highly anticipated event within the American expat community in Bangkok, this year's attendance was as big as ever with over 2,000  showing up for music, games and good food.    The computers were humming at the DA table with Americans requesting absentee ballots.  Printers were available so that everyone could print and sign their requests, place it in an addressed envelope and send it to the Embassy for mailing.   Old friends joined the effort and many new faces came by to see how they could get involved in making the blue wave happen here in Thailand. 

  • signed up on bc_signup 2017-11-19 10:09:28 -0500

  • published Political Pub Nights in Munich in News 2017-03-13 17:24:30 -0400

    Political Pub Nights in Munich

    The Keg, March 21,  7:30pm, Trautenwolfstraße 1

    We are re-instituting Young Democrats political pub night! The 3rd Tuesday of each month at one of Munich's hot spots: The Keg! Come to meet other liberal minded people and make sense of the madness as it is unfolding.

  • published Maß and Mingle! in News 2016-05-22 14:30:41 -0400

    Maß and Mingle!

    Please join us for another night of Young Democrats Politik and Bier!

    Last month we had a great time and met lots of new faces.  

    Tap-House Munich  (Munich's best craft beer bar)

    Rosenheimer Str 108 81669 Munich

  • donated 2016-04-25 06:30:25 -0400

    2016 Convention Checkout

    You are almost to Berlin! Please input your payment info and the names of any additional registrants you are paying for. If you have any questions please email International Treasurer, Art Schankler .