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President Biden's Earth Day 2022!

To mark Earth Day 2022, President Biden signed an executive order to strengthen America's forests and combat global deforestation.  Plus here's a long list of all the positive changes on climate action taken by the Biden-Harris administration or in process.  Our votes are making this happen!


Climate Action 2022!

Check out our new Democrats Abroad toolkit for taking climate action.  Actions we can take all year long, since every day is Earth Day!

 


Keep Ohio Blue - VOTE in the November 2, 2021 Election

Let’s Send More Ohio Democrats to Congress!
VOTE November 2, 2021 Election!

We’re counting on you to help keep Ohio blue this Fall! 

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Keep Virginia Blue! - VOTE November 2, 2021 Election!

Keep Virginia Blue! - VOTE November 2, 2021 Election!

We’re counting on you to help keep Virginia blue this Fall! Virginia state elections for Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, and State House of Delegates take place on November 2, 2021. 

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Call for Nominations: DA Asia Pacific RVC

Call for Nominations:
Democrats Abroad Regional Vice Chair Asia Pacific

We are now accepting nominations for the bi-annual election of Regional Vice Chair (RVC) for the Asia Pacific (AP) region! This election will take place during the AP Regional Meeting on the 16th of May as part of the Democrats Abroad Global Meeting. One vote is allocated to each AP country committee and will be cast solely by country committee chairs and vice chairs. The chair and vice chair each carry ½ vote. If either is not present, the other will carry the full vote.

Democrats Abroad has three RVCs, one for each region, who:

  • Are elected to a two year term that begins and ends with the regional election.
  • Cannot serve more than two consecutive terms.
  • Serve as one of 8 voting members of the International Executive Committee. Meetings are currently held weekly and typically last from two to three hours, but this is subject to change with the new leadership. 
  • Organize and lead monthly regional calls of about one to two hours to encourage, inform, and create a sense of community among regional country committees. 
  • Organize and lead a one to three day annual regional meeting to encourage, inform, and create a sense of community among regional country committees. When practical, these annual meetings are held as in-person events with remote participation available. 
  • Act as a liaison between the International Executive Committee and one or more of the Democrats Abroad committees, lending a hand to the committee chair and assuming chair responsibilities should that position not be filled.
  • Assist in organizing and attend the annual Democrats Abroad Global Meeting, preferably in person when conditions allow. Note that travel costs are the responsibility of the RVC.
  • Work with existing country committees to mediate and resolve issues within their committees including election issues, membership queries, etc. 
  • Track compliance status of country committees with Charter requirements and work with emerging and out-of-compliance countries to help bring them into compliance.
  • Communicate International Executive Committee decisions, policies, and Democrats Abroad best practices to the country committee leaders.
  • Bring regional issues to the International Executive Committee for discussion and resolution.

The eligibility requirements for AP RVC are as follows: 

  • Be a citizen of the United States. 
  • Be a member of Democrats Abroad residing within a country in the Asia Pacific region.
  • Adhere to the principles of the Democratic Party of the United States.
  • Due to the extenuating circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, residents of the AP region who are temporarily residing outside of their country of residence due to the pandemic may still run for AP RVC (example: resident of Singapore who is temporarily residing in France due to quarantines and travel restrictions). There must be an intent to return to the AP region following the lift of travel restrictions.

Self-nominations and nominations of others are both welcomed and encouraged! Please submit any nominations via the nomination form at this link no later than 23 March 11:59 PM EDT (UTC-4). Each nominee is required to accept their nomination no later than 31 March 11:59 PM EDT (UTC-4). Nominations from the floor of the election meeting will be accepted as well, and all official candidates will be given time to make a short speech.

A list of candidates will be released on 1 April following the nomination acceptance deadline. 

Please direct any questions to [email protected].

On behalf of the 2021 AP Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC),

Anthony Nitz (Vietnam, Chair)
Christine Valverde (New Zealand)
Michael Ramos (Australia)
Phong Quan (Singapore)




GA Runoff Elections

Elections were held for both of Georgia’s US Senate seats on November 3, 2020. Both of these races are going to Runoff elections, to be held on January 5, 2021, as no candidate received at least 50% of the vote. Democrats need to win both of these seats to have a majority in the Senate so we can have progress in America and the world.

The two races are:

  • US Senate: Jon Ossoff (Democrat) versus David Perdue (Republican)

  • US Senate Special: Raphael Warnock (Democrat) versus Kelly Loeffler (Republican)

Both US Senate races in Georgia are going to a run-off election on January 5th, 2021. Ballots will not be available until Nov 21, GA has said they would send out ballot even if the recount isn't finished.
 
 
 
Here's what you should do:
 
 
 
💙 DA Global needs to raise funds for ads to support the GA Senate runoffs. We must turn out as many GA voters abroad as possible. Due to FEC rules, country committees cannot pay for the ads; only DA Global can. If you can give any amount to support this effort, that would be great! As proven, overseas voters are the margin of victory. Donate here: https://www.democratsabroad.org/georgia_runoff
 
🗳️ If you didn't vote in the November election, you can still vote in the run-off. Go to https://www.votefromabroad.org/ and request an absentee ballot or register to vote. Ask for your ballot to be sent to you by email. If you will be 18 years old by Jan 5, you can also vote.
 
🏴 If you voted in November, check your absentee ballot status: https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do
 
 
 
 

If it doesn't show that your absentee application has been received, you can still vote in the Runoff election but you will request a ballot at https://www.votefromabroad.org/ by Jan 5th. Ask for your ballot to be sent to you by email. If you will be 18 years old by Jan 5, you can also vote.
 
✍️ Fill out and mail back a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot, FWAB at https://www.votefromabroad.org/fwab/. Ballot return to Georgia is by postal mail only, so hurry. Because of the mail disruptions from COVID and Christmas, voters should mail back their ballots ASAP. Regular mail may work in November, but by Dec it'll be too late and you should definitely use a courier. Because the FWAB isn't set up for 2 Senate races, here's an example FWAB showing how to fill it out:

 

 
FWAB Example:
 
 
 
☑️ Verify your ballot was accepted, and fix if needed. https://georgia.ballottrax.net/voter
 

Voter Registrationi Movie Nights

The New Zealand International Film Festival is in full swing, and we're starting voter registration drives at showings of RBG.  We''ll be in Auckland, Wellington, New Plymouth, Dunedin, Tauranga and more!  So, keep an eye out for us when you go to the movies.  Here's a link to a showing of RBG in Wellington.  You can find your city, dates and showtimes there as well.  https://www.nziff.co.nz/2018/wellington/rbg/


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Congratulations to Bette Flagler, our new Vice Chair

Bette Flagler was born and raised north of Chicago.  She received her bachelor of science degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and her master of science degree from the University of California, Davis.  She worked for approximately 12 years in the San Francisco Bay Area in human fertility and then cast off the dock lines and sailed south, spending just over two years sailing in Mexico and across the Pacific, arriving in New Zealand in October 1999. After traveling around the country for many months, she worked in tourism on the South Island and was a kayak, mountain bike, and tramping guide while developing her science and business writing skills. She now edits and publishes magazines for membership organizations. Bette was one of the organizers for the Women’s March Aotearoa New Zealand.

Bette lives in Palmerston North with her husband, Steve Maharey, and dog Hazel. They are a political couple – Steve was a Labour MP for 18 years and a senior cabinet minister for nine in the Fifth Labour Government of New Zealand, holding a wide range of portfolios.


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DANZ members interviewed by DA UK Womens' Caucus

Two of our members had to opportunity to take part in a podcast and be interviewed by the wonderful Casey Calista.

You can listen here:

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/womentothefront/episodes/2017-05-23T10_12_35-07_00

 


A MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR

I hope you all are doing well around New Zealand. It is both humbling and exciting to be given the opportunity to be your chair for the Democrats Abroad of New Zealand.

I wanted to send out a quick note as we all brace ourselves for winter. My sincere thanks and appreciation on behalf of the wider team for conducting such a successful election in March. I wanted to convey a special mention to the outgoing committee on their great work of the last two years. These have been the most defining times for our Democratic Party.

Our annual DPCA Global Meeting will soon be held in Washington D.C. Your leaders will be attending, either via WebEx or in person plus two days of Congressional Door Knocks. I’ll be sharing more about the meet with you in May.  

My first request to you is to please get in touch with me. I am keen to learn from you what is working well and is of most concern for each of you. I would also like to meet our members and hope to kick off with a Meet and Greet in Auckland and Wellington for a good chat and warm cuppa this coming winter. Stay tuned for dates.

The days ahead are not light, they are filled with much uncertainty for many of our fellow citizens. However, what we can do together is remain consistent with our commitment to what we believe to be true. I look forward to working with you all, hearing your ideas and making a positive difference for one another and fellow democrats.  

 

Take care and be well,

 

Melanie Dutt

Chairperson
Democrats Abroad New Zealand