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FOCUS ON TEAM SAN RAMON
San Ramón was one of our 10 voting centers during the 2020 Democrats Abroad Presidential Primary. Judy Fried led this effort and has been involved in getting out the San Ramón vote since 2016. Her enthusiastic efforts have created an important ripple effect all across Costa Rica. In our June 26 meeting, Judy will share her enthusiasm and experiences with the rest of us.
WRITE YOUR OWN BOOK
Millions of U.S. Citizens are doing it! In the good old days, getting a book published was possible only for the very talented or the well-connected. In our new electronic world, anyone with the desire and a laptop can self-publish an ebook or paperback. Here in Costa Rica, there are several writers’ groups where authors or potential authors meet periodically to read excerpts of their writings and to discuss the ins and outs of getting their works published. Typically, they write short stories, novels, children’s books, or memoirs. Several members of DACR have self-published their own books. One of the oldest and most successful groups here is called the Costa Rican Writers’ Group, moderated by the talented Bob Brashears. In our meeting, Bob will talk about the group and explain how you can get started as a self-published author.
DATE: Saturday, June 26
TIME: 10 am
LOCATION: via Zoom
RSVP here: https://tinyurl.com/DACRJune2021
You must RSVP to receive a Zoom link. The Zoom link will be emailed the morning of the event.
OUR GRECIA TEAM
For our May meeting we will feature DACR’s TEAM GRECIA. They are super-organized, hold monthly meetings to discuss political/social issues, and have led the way in voter registration and the Global Presidential Primary.
In January Grecia Team founder Angie Vachio was elected Vice-Chair of DACR. The new Grecia Team Chair is Lydia Barrow-Hankins, who got involved almost from the moment she and her husband Ron set foot in Costa Rica.
UPDATE ON IMMIGRATION ISSUES RELATED TO THE NORTHERN TRIANGLE
In light of Vice President Kamala Harris’s upcoming visit (June 7-8) to Mexico and Guatemala to address the causes of the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexican border, Grecia Team member Don Voelker will give us an update on U.S. aid to the Northern Triangle and its past successes and failures.
DATE: Saturday, May 29
TIME: 10 am
LOCATION: on your computer via Zoom
Please click here to RSVP
NOTE: once you have sent us your RSVP, a Zoom link will be emailed to you on the
morning of the event.
Miguel Madrigal published Central American Immigration 2021 under the Biden Administration in News 2021-05-14 05:50:19 -0400
Thurs, May 27th 5PM MDT / 7PM EDT
Join us for a Lively and Engaging Discussion with Q&A!
Your Zoom link will be sent a day prior to the event.
We're excited to host this timely event, bringing back our former Ambassador and friend, Mari Carmen Aponte. Ambassador Aponte participated in DA's Ambassadors for Biden and joined us for our 2020 elections event. And we look forward to welcoming award-winning journalist, Maria Emilia Martin, contributor to NPR and other news media, and based in Guatemala.
Our speaker event is centered around the DA Resolution:Central American Immigration 2021, which focuses on the Northern Triangle Countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, authored by John Chudy, Vice Chair of Democrats Abroad Guatemala. We're fortunate to have his collaboration and for having him join us personally. John will be presenting the resolution, which provides much food for thought - and discussion!
We'll get to hear from our guest speakers and will then follow up with a Q & A discussion session.
U.S. immigration policies have profound consequences for our Central American neighbors, and affect the lives of United States Citizens as well. We have always been, and will continue to be, a nation of immigrants. So please join us from wherever you are.
We look forward to seeing you there,
Alexia Chamorro, Chair; and Hudak Hendrix, Vice Chair
DA El Salvador Formation Committee
Note: We will begin the formal establishment of DA El Salvador this fall, and seek members interested in joining us on our leadership team - or volunteering in other ways. Or simply sign up to be on our Contact List for news and events announcements. Let us know how you'd like to be involved here:
Miguel Madrigal published Congratulations Steve Nardi! New Regional Vice Chair in News 2021-05-13 01:32:33 -0400
On Tuesday May 11th, the Americas Region held its Annual General Meeting on WebEx. Outgoing Regional Vice Chair (RVC) Kathy Rothschild gave a report of the year that was (2020), and the year to come (2021), followed by a presentation by each one of our country committees, and three formation committees - including the first multi country committee, the Caribbean Islands group! Aftewards, the Americas Nominations and Elections Committee announced the winner of the RVC race: Steve Nardi!
We congratulate Mr. Nardi on his election as RVC. We expect great things under his leadership!
We also want to thank outgoing RVC, Kathy Rothschild, for her amazing term in this position.
Miguel Madrigal published Call for Nominations for Americas Regional Vice Chair in News 2021-04-21 01:48:21 -0400
AMERICAS REGIONAL VICE CHAIR ELECTION
I’m Steve Nardi, and I live outside Toronto, Canada, with Kevin, my husband of 17 years. I’ve been here 27 years and vote out of MI-07. While a DA member 20+ years, I only actively engaged when I ran for a delegate spot in 2012. Subsequently, I’ve served as Chair of Canada’s Toronto chapter, larger than most DA country committees, and am completing my second term as Chair of DA Canada. The third motivation and focus in my life is hospice. I’ve been a Hospice Toronto volunteer for nearly 25 years, including as Board Chair through two different rotations. I’ve also had a successful career in operations leadership positions with groups across the US and Canada.
It’s been a privilege to lead outstanding teams these four years as country chair. Our collective efforts resulted in 14 active chapters, covering 5.5 time zones, 40% growth in membership, and phenomenal GOTV outcomes. I’m not afraid to lean in when I believe we’re capable of more and was honored our chapters trusted me in 2020 at three critical points, collaborating with resources or finances to enable the whole to communicate with more members than if they’d acted independently.
With 14 country committees in our region (soon 15, 16, ??), in addition to each having its own unique needs, objectives, and abilities, opportunities exist for us to collaborate to grow individually and collectively for a more vital region of engaged members.
I’m not asking to be your RVC based on what Canada’s accomplished; but because of how we did it - together. The combination of DA leadership experience and proven operations skills, guided with the compassion gained through my hospice work, will make me a strong leader for our region these next two years.
I would be grateful and humbled to have your support.Read more
Miguel Madrigal published Call for Nominations for Americas Regional Vice Chair in News 2021-03-30 15:56:44 -0400
AMERICAS REGIONAL VICE CHAIR ELECTION
My name is Krystal Grullon, I am an American citizen born in New York City. I am also a citizen of the Dominican Republic. I have a Bachelor’s Degree of Architecture from Pratt Institute with a Master’s of Science in Architecture and Urbanism from Columbia University.
I am currently living in the Caribbean, Dominican Republic, between The North Coast and the Santo Domingo the capital. I work in a project called Playa Grande Golf and Ocean Club owned by Discovery Land Company and Third Point LLC from the USA.
In the past I have worked for the public sector as well, such as Managing and leading in the Habitability and Environmental Components Unit for the Vice-Presidency of the Dominican Republic l T.D., Cabinet Office of Social Policies Coordination and later as Architect and Urban Consultant for the Ministry of Public Works and Communications. I am also a member of the MASHAV-Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation, through the Embassy of Israel in the Dominican Republic where we visit various municipalities and provinces learning and helping communities in need.
I adhere to the Democratic Party Principles of the United States and it would be an honor for me to promote its principals as the Democrats Abroad Vice Chair of the Americas Region. I believe in creating communities and in encouraging citizens to be more involved in their environment and be present on important issues. This is one of the reasons I studied urbanism. It plays a key role in politics and in bringing people together, to create and better our sense of place where we live in and present solutions.
If appointed Vice-Chair I would work to get citizens involved by motivating them to do so through informing them of the whole process of voting and in helping them learn more about the various candidates from the different categories. There are many ways to get them involved and understand the process, and I would implement more ideas and listen to the other countries needs in order to meet our goals. The most important is to keep all committees connected and coordinated to make sure we are all on the same page.
In terms of connecting to leaders, their managers and communications team I will do my best in finding ways to do so. When there is a will there is always a way. I will make sure we have presence in the Democratic Party.
Miguel Madrigal published The First Presidential Debate - Roundtable Discussion in News 2020-09-29 20:03:55 -0400
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LET'S TALK POLITICS!
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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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:
Miguel Madrigal published Hispanic Caucus Podcast Episodes For July 2019 in News / Noticias 2019-07-30 13:46:41 -0400
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.
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 With 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.
Miguel Madrigal published AMERICAS REGIONAL MEETING JANUARY 25 – 28, 2018 COSTA RICA in News 2017-11-07 17:51:34 -0500
AMERICAS REGIONAL MEETING
January 25 – 28, 2018
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
CC Relationship to DPCA and DNC
RBT, FACTA, AND FBAR
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
Walk in Beautiful Tropical Gardens
Early Morning Birding
Great Pre-and-Post Tour Opportunities
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
Costa Rica transportation
All activities including 2 dinners
Don’t miss this unique opportunity.
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November 30 Deadline
Miguel Madrigal published Film Showing "A Bold Peace" Costa Rica's Path of Demiltarization in News 2017-09-13 10:43:08 -0400Scared 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 - [email protected] 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 [email protected]
Miguel Madrigal published Acclaimed Journalist and Writer John Nichols at Tin Jo in News 2017-07-25 14:58:08 -0400
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
SUGGESTED DONATION: ₡ 3,000
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
Bring your friends and family
All are welcome!
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!
Miguel Madrigal published Democrats Abroad @ Marcha de la Diversidad in News 2017-06-23 21:17:22 -0400
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.