Merrill Oates published From Grandma's Pay Discrimination to A Protest Marcher Today – We need the ERA! in ERA Stories 2021-03-24 15:21:11 -0400
I remember well when my grandmother, a university lecturer at BYU, (with whom I was living with at the time) informed the family that she had been refused an expected pay raise, to match the raises all the men in her department had received, with the explanation that “the men had families to support.” My grandmother was, in fact, the “bread-winner” supporting our household and the one solely caring for her extended family. It puzzled me then, as a young boy, and it remains confounding to me now, how differences in hiring and compensation could be justified on the basis of sex, rather than appropriately based on competence and qualifications for one’s job.
While we, as a country, have no doubt made some progress since my grandmother was denied fair compensation based solely on her sex, there is still a prevailing premise of differences between men and women that has not yet been corrected in America and that leads to continued discrimination – both intentional and unintentional.
At a protest march a few years back, my photo was captured by a journalist and featured in Cosmopolitan Online magazine with the caption “woman holds protest poster”. I am not bothered in the least by any potential gender confusion here, but rather, I am proud to stand with all my fellow citizens in stating that we need to formally ratify and adopt the ERA to end any further forms of discrimination on the basis of sex. —Merrill Oates, Utah voter in Hungary.
Annual General Meeting & Elections - Online
DA-Hungary will hold our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Officer Elections meeting:WHAT: DA-Hungary AGM – All DA Members Welcome – Online via WebExWHEN: Tue, 23 Mar 2021 17:30 – Central European TimeWHERE: Online via WebExMeeting URL: https://democratsabroad.webex.com/democratsabroad/e.php?MTID=ma8a4e30bc5caa4e6c3d86baf5091d5c3RSVP to: [email protected]
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 Officer ElectionsOur local officers are elected every 2-years as part of our AGM in odd-numbered years. Our Officer positions are:Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Counsel, and two Members At-Large. As required by the DPCA Charter, the Chair and Vice-Chair must be of different sex. Any current member of DA-Hungary is eligible to submit a nomination (including self-nomination) to run for any office.The Nomination and Election dates and deadlines are:
Nominations can be submitted to the NEC at the following e-mail address:
- Nominations Deadline for candidates – 7 March
- Distribution of ballots via e-mail – 9 March
- Absentee Ballot return – 22 March 17:29
- AGM WebEx on-line meeting – 23 March 17:30
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
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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: [email protected]If 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