Merrill Oates rsvped for Democrats Abroad Speaks with Mayor Pete Buttigieg 2019-09-17 15:33:44 -0400
Join Democrats Abroad as we talk with Mayor Pete Buttigieg about his Presidential campaign and hear from him about issues important to Americans abroad.
When: September 19, 2019 at 11:15am Eastern Time
Where: Zoom call (RSVP below for the link)
Note: this is an online call, so you will need an internet connection in order to attend.
Note from Democrats Abroad: We have invited every Democratic Presidential candidate to speak to our members in individual online calls. We are looking forward to discussing issues that matter to Americans abroad during these calls and hope you will join us as we get to know our candidates.
Campaign statement: Pete is running for president because our country is running out of time.
Currently in his eighth and final year as Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete was first elected mayor in 2011 at only 29 years old and re-elected in 2015 with 80 percent of the vote. Under his leadership, South Bend has reimagined its role in the global economy, spurring job growth and major investment in advanced industries such as data and technology. At the same time, Pete emphasized building a South Bend community where every resident—regardless of race, religion, gender, or orientation—could feel safe and included. Pete served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve and took an unpaid seven-month leave during his mayoral term to deploy to Afghanistan. For his counterterrorism work, he earned the Joint Service Commendation Medal.
Pete belongs to the generation that came of age with school shootings, the generation that provided the majority of the troops in the conflicts after 9/11, the generation that is on the business end of climate change, and the generation that—unless we take action—stands to be the first to be worse off economically than their parents. By 2030, the average house in this country will cost half a million dollars, and a woman's right to choose may not even exist. We are not going to be able to meet this moment by recycling the same arguments, policies, and politicians that have dominated Washington for Pete’s entire lifetime.
Pete is laying out a vision, values, and policies to ensure that America’s future is better than its past. We need to secure a future in which every American has the freedom to live a life of their choosing; where our republic grows more and not less democratic; where racial justice is a reality and not a dream; where we’ve put an end to endless war; where we’ve summoned the national will to meet the challenge of climate change; where everyone has the health care they need; and where everyone has the chance to find purpose and belonging in our economy and our country. Our country needs a fresh start, and Pete stands for the better America that we know we can be. It’s time for a new generation of American leadership.
A Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and a graduate of Harvard University, Pete lives with his husband Chasten in the same South Bend neighborhood where he grew up, with their two rescue dogs, Truman and Buddy.WHENSeptember 19, 2019 at 11:15amWHEREZoom call
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.
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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: 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