Join Jaime Harrison as he speaks to Democrats Abroad on Friday, August 14th at 1:00pm Eastern time about his US senate run against Lindsay Graham in South Carolina. Jaime will answer questions and share information about his stance on important policy issues and the state of the race.
About our speaker: Jaime Harrison was born in Orangeburg, South Carolina and raised by his mother and grandparents. He received a scholarship to Yale University, where he majored in political science. After graduating from Yale in 1998, Harrison worked as a teacher for a year at his former high school in SC before earning his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2004.
Harrison became involved in politics by working for US Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) as director of floor operations while Clyburn was the Majority Whip. He went on to serve as executive director of the House Democratic Caucus, and also served as Chair of the SC Democratic Party for four years, the first African American to serve in this role in SC. He is currently an associate chair and counselor of the Democratic National Committee.
Ticket cost: While there is no donation requirement to attend, we hope you’ll consider a donation of $20.20 - or more - to help support outreach to thousands of potential voters! Even if you can't join the call, you can show your support by clicking HERE to make a donation. Please help get out the vote around the world in this crucial election year.
When: Friday, August 14, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern time (Washington, DC time).
Where: Zoom Call (RSVP below to receive the link)WHENAugust 14, 2020 at 1pmWHEREZoom - online call
Capturing The Flag is an urgent cautionary tale that documents what’s in store for the fast-approaching election of 2020, and a close-up look of American democracy at its most vulnerable point. Through the intimate experiences of the film’s citizen volunteers, we are inspired to vote, to help someone else to vote, and to get involved in the growing non-partisan efforts to protect our fragile democracy. The shocking voter suppression we see unfold in real-time in Capturing The Flag is proliferating across the country, as those who control local elections have been emboldened to rewrite access to the ballot box along partisan lines. With verité footage of Barack Obama and Reverend Dr. William Barber II, the film is also a powerful call to arms for what we all can and need to do in the ongoing battle for voting rights.
After the film, we will have a Q&A with the producers, DA GOTV, and Angela Fobbs, GBC Chair.
About the Producers
Laverne Berry and Steve Miller have worked as volunteer Voter Protection lawyers in each of the past three presidential elections (2008 and 2016 in North Carolina, 2102 in Virginia) and during the 2018 midterms in North Carolina. Most recently, they did this work during the re-do election in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District in September 2019, after the original results were thrown out for absentee ballot fraud. They have spoken about voter suppression and their experiences as voter protection poll observers at universities and community groups around the US, including at the Kennedy School at Harvard and at TEDx events.
- Laverne is an entertainment and media business affairs attorney representing independent film and television producers, directors, production companies, distribution companies, authors, and media companies. Drawing on eighteen years as a television producer and distribution executive before becoming a lawyer, Laverne understands both the business and legal sides of the media marketplace. She acted as Executive Producer for Perfectly Normal For The Silent Truth and Me. She was the Co-Executive Producer for Emmy-nominated Chely Wright: Wish Me Away, and The Lady in Question is Charles Busch. Laverne also has been involved in Alternative Dispute Resolution for 25 years. She is a member of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Dispute Panel, American Arbitration Association (AAA) Commercial Arbitration Panel, and Mediation Panel. Laverne has been named a New York Metro Area Super Lawyer for eight years by Thompson Reuters; and was included in the New York Metro Super Lawyers supplement to The New York Times newspaper, The Top Women Attorneys in New York, 2014- 2020.
- Steve is a consultant in international media and education, with over 25 years of experience developing and managing a broad range of media businesses and educational and social justice projects. Steve spent ten years at Sesame Workshop, the producer of Sesame Street, where he ran their international division. He then served as a member of the senior management team that ran the Walt Disney Company’s global publishing division for seven years, with responsibility for strategic planning and business development. Most recently he was Senior Vice President, Government and Corporate Relations and Business Development for the UK-based Study Group, an international education company. Currently, advises clients on a wide range of international projects and partnerships and is a special advisor to the renowned Cambodian film director Rithy Panh’s Bophana Audiovisual Center in Phnom Penh. Steve was a member of the Board of Cambodian Living Arts, an NGO in Cambodia, from 2012 through 2017. He was a founding Board member of BAFTA-New York (the New York chapter of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts) and is one of the voters for the annual BAFTA Film Awards. He has also served on the Boards of Lambda Legal Defense and The Hetrick-Martin Institute. He has been a member of DA – Italy for over a decade and is a member of the LGBTQ+ Caucus.
Ticket cost: While there is no donation required to attend, we hope you’ll consider a donation of $5 - or more - and help reach hundreds of potential voters! Even if you can't join the Webinar, you can show your support by clicking HERE and making a donation for this event.
Please RSVP for this event. The link to the online event will be sent a day before the event.WHENAugust 23, 2020 at 9amWHEREOnline
Annual General Meeting
DA-Hungary will hold our Annual General Meeting (AGM) Organizing and Planning meeting:WHAT: DA-Hungary AGM – All DA Members WelcomeWHEN: 7:00 PM, Thursday, 13 FebruaryWHERE: The Workshop (Pub & Restaurant)Paulay Ede utca 16, H-1061 BudapestRSVP to: DAevents@DemsAbroad.hu
Our AGM will include reports on our activities over the last year and our plans for this important Election Year. It will also involve preparation for our Budapest In-person GPP Voting Events. We need your help to volunteer and vote in the Global Primary.
DA-Hungary GPP Voting EventsDA-Hungary will be hosting 3 GPP Voting Events in Budapest. These events are an opportunity for Americans living abroad to cast a vote for your preferred Democratic Presidential Candidate. This is an official Primary, just like all the other State Primaries.
Voting is open to all members of Democrats Abroad – You can join on the spot.
Thursday, March 5American Corner Budapest (Corvinus University)Fovam ter 13-15 (red and yellow brick building)H-1093 Budapest2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Friday, March 6Mozsar CafeNagymező utca 21H-1065 Budapest12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Saturday, March 7American Corner Budapest (Corvinus University)Fovam ter 13-15 (red and yellow brick building)H-1093 Budapest12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Merrill Oates donated 2017-05-05 15:56:46 -0400
Merrill Oates published DA-Russia AGM and Officer Elections – 2017 in News 2017-04-24 07:58:43 -0400
The Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC) of Democrats Abroad Russia (DA Russia) wishes to remind members of the upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) and opportunity to vote for DA Russia officer candidates.
Annual General Meeting
The AGM will be held on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 19:30 in the evening, at the Moscow office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, 7 Petrovka Street, to meet the candidates to the Executive Council of DA Russia, amend by-laws, and discuss current events.
Nominees to Executive Committee
The following persons have been nominated and seconded for the following positions:
Chairperson: Josh Tulgan
Vice-chairperson: Carolyn S. Wieland
Treasurer: Hitoshi Hirano
Secretary: Marian Dent
Counsel: Amy Kouznetsova
Amendment to By-laws
We will also be voting on the following proposed by-laws amendment:
11.1 The Executive Committee is composed of the Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and Counsel and may, in addition, include two Members-at-Large elected from among the eligible Members of the Organization. The chairpersons of any Standing Committees will be ex officio members of the Executive Committee without voting privileges.
Rather than voting with paper ballots, we invite everyone to vote via Survey Monkey. You will be able to vote using the link below for a period of 14 days.
Here is the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DRGMTSY
Results of voting
We will send out the results by email shortly after the expiration of the 14-day voting period.
We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday evening!
Members of the Nominations and Elections Committee of DA Russia:
Merrill Oates published Grab a Candle and Share your Light – Farewell Obama, 20 Jan 2017 in News 2017-01-22 10:44:09 -0500Farewell and Thank You Obama Vigil20 January 2017, Szabadság tér, Budapest, Hungary8 years ago on the day of President Obama’s first Inauguration, Democrats Abroad and other Americans gathered to celebrate with candlelight and song in Budapest’s Szabadság tér (Liberty Square) next to the US Embassy to celebrate a new era of hope for America and it’s place in the world.
Our gathering in 2008 was documented by local media and joined by other groups also seeking political reform. Here is a short clip of the event from a Hungarian news portal:
During the last hour of President Obama’s administration, on 20 January 2017, we returned again to the same square to close out this chapter in American history. Around 50 members of Democrats Abroad came together to sing American anthems and to share with each other some of the Obama accomplishments that we found most significant. Participants spoke out expressing the importance of: America regaining respect in the world, the Affordable Care Act, Dignity, Net Neutrality, Marriage Equality, Economic Recovery, improving the rights of women in the workplace, and having a president with the ability to speak in complete grammatical sentences.
Our DA-Hungary Chair, Marylin Ball-Brown, led the group in singing This Land is Your Land, America the Beautiful, and We Shall Overcome. As a trained opera singer, she then closed out the event by singing Amazing Grace. Many in the crowd had eyes filled with tears as we bid farewell to the Obama Presidency.Several from the group gathered after the event at the nearby Cafe Liberté to warm up and to share thoughts on how we can work to sustain the Obama legacy of achievement in the challenging years to come. Our thanks to DA-HU member Amy Modly for her extensive work in helping to coordinate the event with the local police office.
Merrill Oates donated 2016-10-07 10:58:35 -0400
Make a supporting donation to Democrats Abroad and join us for a live video conference call and Q&A session with top Clinton Campaign staff to get the latest insight into the status of the race, and learn where the last pushes are needed to win.
Donating: $15, $25, $45, or $500 will enable you to join this update briefing callDonate
Merrill Oates published Global Presidential Primary Voting in Budapest: 3rd, 4th, 5th March 8:00 to 20:00 in News 2016-02-27 13:47:06 -0500
Not in the US for the week of Super Tuesday?
You can vote for your choice of Democratic presidential candidate in-person at the American Corner in Budapest, on the 3rd, 4th, and 5th of March.The Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary will hold an official in-person voting center in Budapest at the American Corner (Corvinus University). Votes in the Democrats Abroad primary determine the presidential preference for delegates to the Democratic convention in Philadelphia. You must be a member of Democrats Abroad to vote, but you can join on the spot.When: 3, 4, and 5 March (Thurs, Fri, Sat.) 8:00 AM to 20:00Where: American Corner Budapest (Corvinus University)Fovam ter 13-15, Salt House BuildingH-1093 Budapest
Contact and RSVP to: DAevents@DemsAbroad.huIf you can’t make it to our Voting Center at the American Corner, you can vote via e-mail, fax or postal mail with a Remote Ballot.Further information on in-person or e-mail voting is at: http://www.democratsabroad.org/gpp
Merrill Oates donated 2015-12-13 15:08:26 -0500
Chair Hungary, Deputy-Chair Global IT Team
Chair DA-Hungary, Deputy-Chair Global IT Team, former Regional Vice-Chair EMEA at Democrats Abroad