Subect: Democrats Abroad Mexico - Annual General Meeting (AGM)
This year's AGM should be one of the best yet and where better to be than Mexico City from Fri Mar 31 - Sun April 2! Big vibrant city, incredible food, and hang out with energized Democrats. Even meet with some of the team who presented the letter to Sec. State Tillerson at the US Embassy.
Keynote: Jim Hightower, from Texas is perhaps America's #1 Populist, a national radio commentator, writer, public speaker and author of the book Swim Against the Current: Even a Dead Fish Can Go With the Flow . A native of Austin, he will also join us at the Friday reception and again at a Texas BBQ on Saturday night. Should be a real blast!
See his latest article "What Should We Do About a Mentally Ill President?" at http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/mentally-ill-president-trump.
We will meet at the Hotel Geneve in Zona Rosa for our Mexico Annual General Meeting March 31-April 2. This hotel is chock full of history including stories of Mexican presidents and pre-WWII intrigue. Here is a brief rundown of the great weekend events you won't want to miss:
Hotel Geneve lobby
Friday, Mar 31
3:00-5:00pm: Conference Registration
6:00-8:00pm: Host Committee Reception in The Phone Bar and adjoining sala. Meet fellow DA members and our guest Jim Hightower, American syndicated columnist from TX
8:00pm- whenever: The Phone Bar: Miguel y Sofia - enjoy balada acustica
Saturday, Apr 1
8:00-9:00am: Conference Registration
9:00-10:30am: Annual Meeting
Election of DA Mexico countrywide officers
10:30-11:00am Coffee, tea, soda, water
11:00-12:00pm Jim Hightower - America's #1 Populist see https://hightowerlowdown.org/
12:00-1:30pm Lunch (Sanborn's Restaurant in hotel and many others nearby)
1:30-2:15pm IndivisibleGuide.com (how to best engage your elected representatives. Report from Rapid Action Team.
2:15-3:00pm New DA Mexico Chair outlines plans for future; Americas Region Report
3:00-3:30pm Coffee, tea, soda, water
3:30-5:00pm Media Training (Facebook ads, Twitter, Video Reports, Talking to the media)
6:30-8:30pm Pinche Gringo Restaurant Cumbres de Maltrata 360, Col.Narvarte Oriente (enjoy TX BBQ with Austin's own Jim Hightower, live music: transportation provided)
Sunday, Apr 2 (Details and signup available at check-in)
Explore Mexico City with Democrats Abroad
This will be an awesome weekend... you will not want to miss it!
Some options include:
· $210pesos when you get on
· 9am-9pm, hop on/off at any point along the way
· Nearest stop from Hotel Geneve is El Angel de Indpendencia on Reforma (2 blocks away)
· 4 main tours
· Sunday performances @ El Teatro de Bellas Artes (duration 3 hours) 9am and 8pm
· cost per ticket $1080, $880 or possibly even $300 pesos in Galeria (Balcony, very affordable, good visibility)
For those who haven't visited the museums, they are truly world class, including:
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Museo Frida Kahlo
Museo Nacional de Historia
Museo Soumaya (Carlos Slim)
Museo Memoria y Tolerancia
... and of course, the Floating Gardens of Xochimilco
HOW TO REGISTER for AGM and Cost
Your support in the above events will help to offset the costs of bring down Jim Hightower with his "Low-Down" messages of just plain old common sense that we all really need right now. You are sure to find him both entertaining and thought provoking.
Mexico City Chapter is pleased to host the Friday night Chapter Reception at no charge to all attending members; meet Jim too.
· Donation to attend the weekend event which includes opportunity to meet and hear Jim Hightower's "Low-Down", 2 coffee breaks and of course great company from fellow Democrats: $1000 pesos
· Saturday: Pinche Gringo BBQ with Jim Hightower, including transportation from Hotel Geneve, choice of entre, 2 sides and beverage: $500 pesos (chances sold to sit at Jim's table)
To Register: Copy and fill in the following form and email it to: Larry Pihl, Treasurer at Info-MX-LakeChapala@democratsabroad.org . We will email a Paypal invoice to you. All you need to do is add a credit card to make your payment (membership in Paypal not required).
Names of persons attending: ______________________________
Registration including keynote with Jim Hightower, coffee at $1000pesos /person: $___________
Pinche Gringo BBQ at $500pesos/person: $_________________
Your email address: ____________________________
Comments: ______________________________ ______________________________ _____
Note: Have any questions, email Info-MX-LakeChapala@democratsabroad.org or call Larry Pihl, Treasurer 33 1704 6475 (cell)
For those who live outside of Mexico City, flights are low if you register soon.
Upon registration, all attendees will receive a special contact link for Hotel Geneve sales department.
Lodging: Hotel Geneve, at $98 USD/night (normally $150 USD) Double; $160USD/night for Junior Suite. Includes Buffet Breakfast, free Internet and 16% IVA. (Caution: Some internet specials may appear lower cost but do not include breakfast and 16% IVA. This special rate will be allowed for 4 days before and after our AGM for those who wish to visit CDMX longer)
A recent quest wrote: " On a recent stay in Mexico City I had a wonderful experience at Hotel Geneve circa 1907 in the Zona Rosa district. The hotel is like a museum with artifacts everywhere from it's long past, lovely old furniture, along with many photos of past guests like Churchill, Lindbergh and The Beatles." See http://www.hotelgeneve.com.mx/ en/ for more information.
Be a part of the change..... let's help the new DNC Chair, Tom Perez and Vice Chair, Rep. Keith Ellison(MN-5) define our direction and lead our party from the ground up for victory in 2018. DA Mexico can help provide grass roots efforts that can resonate around the world.
"If a small minority in the Tea Party could stop President Obama, then we the majority can stop a petty tyrant named Trump" The Indivisible Guide
"They tried to bury us but they didn't know we were seeds" Mexican Proverb
See you there,
Jody Quinnell, Chair
Democrats Abroad Mexico
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The Internet’s Own Boy, the Story of Aaron Swartz (2014)
"A spellbinding portrait of the Internet whiz kid's life and political convictions” Geoffrey Berkshire, Variety
Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 93% rating based on reviews from 57 critics, with an average score of 7.3/10
Documentary, bio, crime directed by Brian Knappenberger, rated on IMDB 8.1, 105 min
The Internet’s Own Boy follows the story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz's help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the internet. But it was Swartz's groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing combined with his aggressive approach to information access that ensnared him in a two-year legal nightmare. It was a battle that ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26. Aaron's story touched a nerve with people far beyond the online communities in which he was a celebrity. This film is a personal story about what we lose when we are tone deaf about technology and its relationship to our civil liberties.
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“This engagingly constructed (if somewhat hagiographic) documentary offers a very moving account of the life and death of "hacktivist" Aaron Swartz, who killed himself in January 2013 while facing jail time for downloading academic journals. Director Brian Knappenberger argues that the case against Swartz was overzealously pursued in order to make an example of him and on the evidence presented here it's hard to disagree. High-profile advocates such as Tim Berners-Lee talk passionately about Swartz's extraordinary abilities (as a sparky teenager, he helped develop RSS), while news footage documents his key role in derailing congressional support for the notorious Stop Online Piracy Act (Sopa). Meanwhile, friends and family recall an idealist with little interest in money who saw open access to information as a human right.” Mark Kermode, Guardian
The Internet’s Own Boy, the Story of Arnold Swartz (2014)
“Fascinante retrato de la vida y convicciones políticas del prodigio del Internet”.
Geoffrey Berkshire, Variety.
El conjunto de críticas de Rotten Tomatoes le da a este film un puntaje de 93% basado en las reseñas de 57 críticos, con una puntuación de 7.3/10.
Documental, biografía, género policiaco dirigido por Brian Knappenberger, calificada por IMDB 8.1, 105 min.
The Internet’s Own Boy narra la historia del prodigio de la programación y activista de la información Aaron Swartz. Desde su participación en el desarrollo del protocolo básico del Internet RSS hasta su participación como cofundador de Reddit, sus huellas se encuentran a lo largo y a lo ancho del Internet. Pero fue su trabajo innovador en el campo de la justicia social y organización política combinado con su agresivo enfoque al acceso a la información que lo atraparon en una pesadilla legal de dos años. Fue una batalla que terminó en su suicidio a la edad de 26 años. La historia de Aaron conmovió a un círculo de personas más allá de las comunidades en línea en las que era considerado una celebridad. Esta película es una historia personal acerca de lo que perdemos cuando somos sordos a la Tecnología y a su relación con nuestras libertades civiles.
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Este documental interesantemente construido (aunque en cierta forma hagiobiografico) presenta un conmovedor relato sobre la vida y muerte del “hacktivista” Aaron Swartz, quien se suicido en junio del 2013 cuando cumplía una sentencia en prisión por descargar publicaciones académicas. El director Brian Knappenberger argumenta que el caso contra Swartz fue perseguido con demasiado afán para darle un castigo ejemplar y ante la evidencia presentada en la película es difícil no estar de acuerdo. Defensores de alto perfil como Tim Berners-Lee hablan apasionadamente de las extraordinarias habilidades de Swartz (brillante adolescente que ayudó a desarrollar RSS). Mediante el uso de material de archivo de noticias conocemos el importante papel de Swartz negociando para conseguir apoyo del Congreso para el famoso Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) (No a la Piratería). Por otro lado, amigos y familiares lo presentan como un idealista con poco interés por el dinero que consideraba el acceso a la información como un derecho humano.
Mark Kermode, Guardian
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