On April 29, our new Executive Committee held its first virtual meet-and-greet with over 25 members from all over Portugal in attendance. After introductions and a brief overview of the structure and mission of Democrats Abroad, we held a brainstorming session about events and programs our members would like to see in the upcoming months. Some ideas being considered are:
- Fourth of July events
- “Road show” of Executive Committee team in various locales in Portugal
- Webinars on current “hot” political issues (voter suppression, gerrymandering, racial justice, police reform)
- Virtual book club
- Pub quiz/trivia nights
- Film screenings
- Action-oriented (phone banking for special elections, park or beach cleanup, foodbank volunteering)
Because DA Portugal is, first and foremost, a community, we would love to hear from all of our members about what events and programs would appeal to you. And of course, we will need volunteers to help make this happen.
We have big news: We are once again a fully-compliant Democrats Abroad country committee! This means our group has more autonomy and access to resources to organize, connect, and advocate!
At our Annual General Meeting on March 11, the Nominations and Elections Committee wrapped up a months-long process that culminated in the election of a new Executive Committee to lead DA Portugal. Our Executive Committee consists of:
- Kristi Holmes Espineira, Chair
- Andres Espineira, Vice Chair
- Luci Dick, Secretary
- Linda Weygant, Treasurer
- Terry Recht, Counsel
You can learn more about our team here. We would like to thank the Nominations and Election Committee (Sonya Day, Terri Blakely, Amy Kraushaar and Mark Reynolds) and the DA Regional Vice Chair for EMEA (Europe Middle East and Africa) for all their hard work in organizing the election and the Annual General Meeting.
We also want to extend enormous gratitude to everyone who has joined, volunteered, voted, and helped others vote, over the past year and a half or so - you were a huge part of building the momentum that led us to this point!
Please feel free to reach out to us at [email protected] with questions, comments or ideas for events (virtual or in-person). And if you are willing to volunteer in ways big or small, we’d love to hear that too!
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