DACR Treasurer, Hispanic Caucus Vice Chair, Youth Caucus Steering Committee - CR

  • The First Presidential Debate - Roundtable Discussion

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    Democrats Abroad Costa Rica will host a virtual roundtable discussion on Zoom

    Join us on Saturday, October 3rd at 10 am Costa Rica time.

    Among the topics that will be discussed are the Presidential Debate, the state of the race, and more!

    Please invite your family and friends!

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  • published Fifth 2020 Primary Debate in News 2019-11-16 00:10:19 -0500

    Fifth 2020 Primary Debate

    The DNC announced that the Fifth Democratic Primary Debate will be held on November 20th starting at 8pm Costa Rica time. It will be hosted by an all-woman panel: Rachel Maddow, Andrea Mitchell, Kristen Welker, and Ashley Parker.

    The debate will be streamed on the YouTube Live Channel as well as MSNBC’s website. To access the YouTube Live Channel, click the following link: (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4R8DWoMoI7CAwX8_LjQHig). The debate will be featured under Live Now – News.

    Democrats Abroad Costa Rica has its very own Facebook Group. Members can comment on the debate and the primary process in general. You are invited to join here:

    On Saturday, November 23rd at 10 am, we will hold an in-person roundtable. The Tin Jo Asian Restaurant in downtown San Jose will host the meeting. Please click the RSVP button below and join us:


  • Hispanic Caucus Podcast Episodes For July 2019

    What an amazing month the Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus Podcast has had! The folks who joined us really had some terrific and enlightening things to say during our discussions, including a college engineering student in California, a Democratic candidate running for local office in Pennsylvania, a Puebla-based Democrats Abroad Mexico member, and a union activist in Indiana – all wonderful guests who are making significant differences in their communities. Check out the names below in bold font to see who we spoke to in July.

    As a reminder, all of our podcast episodes can be accessed here (or seen with episode summaries here).


    Bianca Vasquez And Her Mission To Promote Latinas In Space Exploration

    In a galaxy far, far away, there likely awaits a NASA rocket, probe, satellite or rover with Bianca Vasquez's name to be written on it. With her steadfast determination, there's no question that this Latina is dedicated to fulfilling successful missions of scientific research and human exploration in realms far from Earth. This week, this motivated college student from California and - gasp! - "engineering propulsion intern" joined the Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus podcast and educated us on her terrific organization - the Society of Women in Space Exploration (SWISE.org) - and how college and university chapters are popping up all over in support of its worthwhile pro-science and pro-women in diversity initiatives. 

    Ms. Vasquez also spoke on why having Latinas involved in S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) contributes to a diverse workforce preparing to tackle major issues like climate change and how to best harness the power of green energy. At only 22 years old, Ms. Vasquez is an inspiration to all of us. She's clearly shooting for the stars -- quite possibly in a rocket designed, tested, and built by her own hands! Have a listen to our podcast discussion with this young lady and we're sure you'll be just as impressed about the future of American science and innovation as we are. ¡Sube el volumen! 

    "Necesitamos elegir representantes que creen en la importancia de la sciencia para un futuro mejor para nosotros y para nuestros hijos." - Bianca Vasquez (Twitter: @PinkRocketship) 

    Sus comentarios en español comienzan a las 20:32 en la conversación. (Ms. Vasquez’s Spanish-language remarks begin at 20:32 into the conversation.) 

    Hispanic Caucus participants in this episode: Alison Maciejewski (DA Czech Republic) and Amerika García-Grewal (DA Fiji). Podcast music provided by Carlos Colao (DA Spain).


    Under The Electoral Microscope: A Discussion With Sam Stone On Latinx Candidates We Should All Be Aware Of

    The Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus’ Dee Dee Camhi (she/her/ella) and Michael Ramos (he/him/él) held a terrific discussion about Latinx candidates and upcoming races with one of our all-around knowledgeable caucus colleagues, Dr. Samuel Stone, Esq. When Sam’s not doing bilingual media interviews or teaching university students, he’s doing the tough work of researching candidates and issues. In today’s discussion, Sam took some time to inform us of some Latinx candidates that are likely to grab our attention in preparation for the upcoming 2019 and 2020 elections. In addition to Hispanic Caucus members being aware of Latinx incumbents and Latinx political newcomers, Sam gave his perspective on why all Americans abroad should request their ballot and cast their votes. Good stuff! Before you go celebrate Independence Day, have a listen to this interesting episode to get Sam’s insightful thoughts on Latinx candidates running in current electoral cycles.

    “Things are changing. For example, in Philadelphia, there are a number of Latinos running for office… But now, they’re doing more inclusive things such as adding the ‘ñ’ on ballots for candidates’ names because there are so many Hispanic candidates running… and as a country and our Party, we’re seeing great improvements to accommodate Latino candidates.” - Sam Stone

    Hispanic Caucus participants in this podcast episode: Dee Dee Camhi (DA Mexico), Nelleke Bruyn (DA Costa Rica), and Michael Ramos (DA Australia). Podcast music provided by Carlos Colao (DA Spain).


    Shaking Up A Local Race: Speaking with Democratic Primary Winner and Latinx City Council Candidate Nicarol Soto

    In the eastern part of the Keystone State, there’s a city which historically has had a thriving coal industry, then years later became known as an unwelcoming place for immigrants, and nowadays, ironically, is the home to an increasingly-large Hispanic community -- welcome to the City of Hazleton. With the city currently in debt, minority-owned small businesses seeking to expand economic opportunities, and children limited in participating in youth programs, Nicarol Soto, a Democratic Latina candidate for city council, is ready to roll up her sleeves and move Hazleton forward.

    Nicarol joined the Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus Podcast in a bilingual discussion to explain what she’s fighting for and why she’s running for public office. In this day and age of media attention largely showering candidates for federal public office, the Hispanic Caucus recognizes the need for overseas voters to devote time to learning more about state and local races before our members request their ballots. Nicarol Soto is one such candidate whom all Hazleton voters living abroad should know: she’s bilingual, she’s a mother, she works hard in a job outside of politics, she has a vision for where the city could potentially be, and she’s an inspiration for all young Latinas who want to make a difference in improving our nation through public service.

    You know what to do… grab a beverage of your choice, kick back, and crank up the volume!

    Hispanic Caucus participants in this episode: Carlos Colao (DA Spain), Thorin Engeseth (DA Germany), Dee Dee Camhi (DA Mexico), and Michael Ramos (DA Australia). Podcast music provided by Carlos Colao.


    ​Local Labor Leader Stuart Mora ​W​ith Thoughts ​On Immigration, Organizing ​And Voting

    The Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus recently had a chance to speak with UNITE HERE's Stuart Mora, of Local 23 in Indianapolis, and heard his thoughts on the U.S. House of Representatives' passage of the American Dream and Promise Act, how union workers ​and the Marion County Dems ​are preparing for upcoming elections, and why overseas Americans exercising their right to vote will be critical in beating back the misguided ​​agenda of Republicans. As a​ vocal and highly-active​ ​organizer in the Rust Belt ​working directly with ​women, immigrants and ​the service industry, in addition to having previously lived abroad, Stuart's well-rounded experience in ​analyzing today's political ​climate gives an honest assessment of what's needed ​to move our country forward ​and what a collective voice can achieve. Have a listen to this interesting conversation and be sure to share with all Hoosiers living abroad!

    "​Like me, when I was living abroad, you know other Americans abroad where you live. We've got to make sure they're registered to vote, and voting." - Stuart Mora

    Hispanic Caucus participants in this episode: Alison Maciejewski (DA Czech Republic) and Carlos Colao (DA Spain). Podcast music provided by Carlos Colao.

  • signed up on Hispanic Caucus Signup 2019-03-30 03:32:31 -0400



    January 25 – 28, 2018

    Costa Rica

    Great Learning and Sharing Opportunity

    Workshops and Training

    Get Out the Vote

    Voter Registration Training

    Country Committee Reports

    Country Committee Leadership

    Nation Builder Database Management

    Nation Builder Email, News, and Events

    Using Social Media Effectively

    Regional Issues

    CC Relationship to DPCA and DNC


    Fundraising Ideas

    The Fun and Special Events

    Make New and Catch-up with Old Friends

    Evening Reception with Live Music – Blues, Rock and Country

    Pizza and Movie night with members of the Cast of “A Bold Peace”

    Final Dinner and Party with Live Music – Former Broadway and Jazz Star

    Welcome Greeting from Casa Presidencial

    Keynote from Former Ambassador Fitz Haney

    Surprise Appearances

    Walk in Beautiful Tropical Gardens

    Early Morning Birding

    Great Pre-and-Post Tour Opportunities

    The Venue

    Hotel Bougainvillea

    Set within lush tropical gardens just a 20-minute drive from San José Airport, Hotel Bougainvillea offers a large outdoor pool, tennis courts and a gym. Rooms have balconies overlooking the gardens or city.

    The hotel’s beautiful gardens are home to a huge range of native Costa Rican trees and flowers. You can also spot wild hummingbirds and frogs.

    Each room at Hotel Bougainvillea offers free Wi-Fi, flat-screen cable TV, a ceiling fan and a coffee maker. Rooms are decorated with unique furniture made from local hardwoods.


    Very Reasonable for High Season

    $360 per person based on double occupancy for:

    Three nights hotel with breakfast included

    Conference meals and coffee breaks

    Conference donation

    Costa Rica transportation

    All activities including 2 dinners

    Don’t miss this unique opportunity.

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    November 30 Deadline



  • Film Showing "A Bold Peace" Costa Rica's Path of Demiltarization

    Scared about the threat of war – the movie to see. A Bold Peace - Costa Rica’s Path of Demilitarization Offical selection and winner in several international film festivals worldwide. 2016 & 2017 Almost 70 years ago Costa Rica abolished its army and committed itself to fostering a peaceful society. It has been reaping the benefits ever since. See the trailer – click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Re2eMRix4 "This is a story that every American with a political pulse should know." Veterans for Peace, Spokane, Washington "One of the most enlightening films of our times." Leon Stuparich, Huffington Post September 30th, 2017 9:30 am – 12:00 pm @ LTG in Escazu DACR Meeting – Business, Movie, and Discussion afterward with activists who appear in the film. Doors open at 9:00 am. The program starts at 9:30 prompt Limited seating – RSVP is a must – click here: http://whoozin.com/JG3-U4X-3DP6 ≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈ SUGGESTED DONATION: 3,000-colones (Contribution goes towards coffee, iced tea, snacks, meeting space & the Get Out the Vote campaign) ≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈ 50-50 DRAWING: Bring extra money for the 50-50 drawing to win a chance at receiving 50% of what is raised from it. TICKETS: ₡1,000 each (Money raised goes towards our Get Out the Vote efforts.) ≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈ FREE TRANSFER FROM SAN JOSE: Those desiring a free ride to Escazú can meet at Teatro Nacional by 8:30 am promptly or earlier if all who reserved are present. We will provide a free ride back to San José at 12:15 pm. RIDE RSVP: Call Nelleke - 8614-2622 or Email Maxine - mtorresdacr@protonmail.ch You NEED to make a reservation for a ride. ≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈ UPCOMING EVENTS TO NOTE: Sunday, September 10 at 7:00 PM Our friend Ambassador Haney (Fitz) is a contestant on the upcoming Dancing with the Stars Costa Rica premiering Sunday, September 10at 7 PM. Please Let’s all show our show your support and vote for “FITZ”. Click here to go to his FaceBook for instructions on how to vote: https://www.facebook.com/realFitzHaney/ Sunday, September 17 at 7:30 AM Elizabeth Warren will be speaking with Democrats Abroad on September 17th at 7:30 AM. RSVP today If you have any questions, please call Kathy at 2244-2247 or email DemocratsAbroadCostaRica@gmail.com

  • Acclaimed Journalist and Writer John Nichols at Tin Jo

    A Morning Talk with Acclaimed Journalist and Writer John Nichols

    Followed by a lively discussion

    A rare opportunity, not to be missed!

    John Nichols, a pioneering political blogger, writes about politics for The Nation as its national-affairs correspondent. His posts have been circulated internationally, quoted in numerous books, and mentioned in debates on the floor of Congress. Nichols is a frequent guest on radio and television programs as a commentator on politics and media issues. He is the author of several critically acclaimed books. Nichols's latest book “Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse: A Field Guide to the Most Dangerous People in America” will be released August 29th.

    August 12th, 2017 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

    Restaurante Tin Jo - Bamboo Room


    Contribution goes towards refreshments & the Get Out the Vote campaign


    RAFFLE DRAWING: Bring extra money for the drawing

    TICKETS: ₡1,000 each

    Money raised goes towards our Get Out the Vote efforts

    Full bio: thenation.com/authors/john-nichols

    YouTube Video: youtube.com/watch?-s

    Pre-order latest book: amazon.com/Horsemen-Trumpocalypse-Dangerous-People-America-ebook/dp/B071RK98BJ/?&&-1&+nichols+trumpocalypse

    Bring your friends and family

    All are welcome!


  • published DACR at Pride Parade in News 2017-06-30 12:33:23 -0400

    DACR at Pride Parade


    On June 25th, Movimiento Diversidad organized a massive Pride Parade in downtown San José. Costa Rican government officials, corporations, and a handful of embassies joined in support of the LGBT community through Avenida Segunda and Paseo Colón. A record-breaking 80,000 people marched last Sunday.

    Democrats Abroad Costa Rica was present at the event. DACR proudly displayed a rainbow colored Classic VW Bus. Hundreds of people took pictures of the bus and were given Resistance Summer postcards.

    If you are interested in seeing pictures of the parade, please visit the following link: https://www.facebook.com/pg/DemocratsAbroadCR/photos/?tab=album&album_id=839899462831565

    We plan to participate next year. Stay tuned!

  • published Democrats Abroad @ Marcha de la Diversidad in News 2017-06-23 21:17:22 -0400

    Democrats Abroad @ Marcha de la Diversidad


    JUNE 25TH Democrats Abroad will be joining forces with Movimiento Diversidad (Pride Costa Rica). It is Democrats Abroad Costa Rica’s first action of Summer Resistance. We will be having a float in the Pride March this Sunday, June 25th in San José. Please join us in showing our support for the LGBTQ community in Costa Rica.

    A Classic VW bus will be painted in rainbow colors, and we will march alongside with banners.

    We will meet at noon at Parque Benemeritos de la Patria (Avenida Segunda, Calle 38).

    If it is possible, please make a sign to carry.

    If by any circumstance you cannot find Democrats Abroad at Parque Benemeritos de la Patria, go to Paseo Colón and look for Steve’s bright red VW bus (our float). If you still can’t find the VW bus, please contact Kathy 8572-2984.