Netherlands



Democrats Abroad Netherlands
 is one of 70 country groups around the world, organizing local events and activities to encourage participation in the U.S. political process. Watch this space for upcoming announcements of meetings and events - we have events planned throughout the year, and encourage anyone interested in participating to get in touch

Voter outreach
Our volunteers are trained to help all Americans exercise their right to vote from overseas. We assist at events, and have also been part of the driving force behind the creation of the online voter registration tool,www.VoteFromAbroad.org - an easy-to-use program that respects your privacy (no information is collected or stored). If you would like to volunteer to help, contact us by email

Guest speakers
Our past guests have included former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, best-selling author William Rivers Pitt award-winning investigative journalist Greg Palast, Professor Andy Tanenbaum of electoral-vote.com and LGBT activist Dan Choi

Community
Join our Facebook group - or sign up for the International Democrats Abroad Facebook page to interact with members around the world!

Want to know more?
Contact us for more information on who we are, what we are doing in the Netherlands and how you can get involved.

Kendra Borgen, Chair

Democrats Abroad Netherlands

 

Image credit: Geert Heuvels (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

DA Netherlands Leadership:

Kendra Borgen
| Chair — Netherlands
Robert Checkoway
| Vice Chair — Netherlands
Bob Bragar
| Treasurer — Netherlands
Tre' Shawn Griffin-Noordermeer
| Secretary — Netherlands
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  • News

    DANL 2019 Election Candidate Statements

    Chair:

    Kendra Borgen-

    I’m very eager to serve once again as the Chair for Democrats Abroad Netherlands. Since joining the Executive Committee 4 years ago I've worked tirelessly to bring the American community together to get out the vote and encourage people to be involved. As we move towards the 2020 elections it's important to increase voter turnout and help restore order to the White House. In a time when elections are literally being decided by one vote (looking at you Virginia) the fact the only around 15% of the 6 million voting Americans abroad vote in elections is saddening. We can do better. I hope to inspire people to get involved and get out the vote! 

    I stand proudly on my current achievements as Chair. DANL has executed great fundraisers in the last 2 years to help DA globally get votes. We've also raised funds for new posters and banner sets, hoping to use these sets to develop smaller chapters outside Amsterdam and the Randstad. 

    If re-elected as Chair I intend to continue in with these developments and am looking forward help grow our membership. Thank you for your consideration.

    Legal Counsel:

    Ethan Nasr-

    Prior to moving to Amsterdam with my family in April 2018, I’ve been a government attorney in different roles over the past 15 years. I started as a municipal attorney for the City of Oakland, California, then worked for the judiciary as a staff attorney for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, before transitioning into the Office of the Chief Counsel at U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services where I worked on refugee and asylum law. 

    In these various positions, I’ve spent considerable time analyzing and revising regulations, guidelines, and other policy documents which I believe to be directly relevant experience for the role of legal counsel for Democrats Abroad. I also had the opportunity to speak with outgoing counsel, Jeff Rupp, about the position at the January 27th, 2019 meeting to make sure I could meet the demands of the role.

     I’ve been active in democratic politics for the past 25 years since first joining my college democrats student group. Over the years, I’ve volunteered my time to various local and federal candidates for phone banking, door-knocking, and get out the vote campaigns. I think we’re all newly energized by the ever-unfolding disaster that is the Trump administration and his Republican enablers and how we can direct that energy toward increasing our representation as American voters here in the Netherlands. 

    Thank you for your consideration of my candidacy for the role of legal counsel.

    Treasurer:

    Stephan Paine-

    Originally from San Diego, California, I have been a Dutch resident for the last eight years and am currently a Lecturer at the Breda University of Applied Sciences within the Creative Business degree program. I have been quite involved with Democrats Abroad Netherlands (DANL) over the past year, working together with a small group of DA volunteers in organizing meet-ups in North Brabant and organizing a voter registration/information booth at the expat fair in Eindhoven. While a resident of San Diego, I went door-to-door for the John Kerry presidential campaign, soliciting donations and discussing campaign issues with potential voters. My support of the Democratic Party goes back a long way.

    My goal for the role of Treasurer is simple, to get Democrats elected in 2020 by supporting the efforts of DANL and the DA get-out-the-vote initiative. If elected, I will use my knowledge and skills towards this purpose. My commitment is strong and I’m motivated by a desire to see America become a place of equality and respect.

    I feel that I am an excellent candidate for the role of Treasurer because of my integrity and attention to detail. I am also an MBA graduate from the State University of New York, Buffalo. I have the required time to invest in this endeavor and promise to make this very important 2020 election a personal priority.

    I hope you will support my candidacy for Treasurer and I look forward to meeting you at the 2019 Annual General Meeting.

    Member-at-large:

    Ingrid Lanz-

    I have always felt that participation in the democratic process is an essential part of living in the U.S. Now that I'm no longer living in the U.S., I feel this even more - I want to maintain my ties to my home country and help nurture our democracy in whatever way is possible from afar.

    When I lived in the US, I was very active as a phone banker during voting season, door-knocker on Capitol Hill and with my local representatives - and even a door-to-door neighborhood campaigner for candidates from Gore to Obama.

    I also worked in the Democratic convention office for two months preparing for Obama's election in 2008. For the past 3 years, I've watched my country from abroad - and when I don't feel like weeping about what's happening to the democratic process, I'm angry - but now I want to take action. I'd like to see what a few of us determined expats can do and maybe surprise those who think we don't care. I'd be honored if you elected me to be a member at-large.


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    Executive Committee Elections 2019

    All members are welcome!

    Every two years, all positions on the DANL Executive Committee (Excom) come up for election. On behalf of the DANL Nominations and Election Committee, I’d like to inform you that candidates will present themselves and voting will take place at:

    The DANL Annual General Meeting and Elections Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019

    Time: 3:30 ­ 5:30 PM    Location: TBD

    All ExCom positions are up for election.

    Want to find out more about the different Excom positions? Click here for more details.

    -Chair­ -Vice Chair­ -Secretary­ -Treasurer­ -Counsel­ -2 Members-­at-­Large

     

     

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    Upcoming Events

    Sunday, April 07, 2019 at 01:00 PM
    Bar Resturant Pavlov in The Hague, Netherlands

    1ST SUNDAY LUNCH IN THE HAGUE

    DA's monthly meetup in The Hague! Join us every first Sunday of the month, at Bar-Resturant Pavlov (across from The Hague City Hall) for lunch and/or drinks with DA's Secretary -and an occasional guest or speaker-. 

    Bring a friend...or two!

    Register to vote, learn how to register voters, learn the recent news of DA...talk, drink and eat!

    Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 03:30 PM
    TBD in Amsterdam, Netherlands

    DANL Annual General Meeting 2019

    Our annual general meeting is where we get together to evaluate what we've done and plan for the year ahead. This year, we'll also hold elections for our Executive Committee. And we'll welcome back Andy Tanenbaum (the 'Votemaster' of Electoral-Vote.com) to hear his take on the 2020 presidential candidates!

    Welcome: 3:30pm
    Meeting: 4:00-5:30pm

    We'll be communicating more details in our membership mailings as the meeting approaches. For info about running for a board position, please contact info@democratsabroad.org.