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Democrats Abroad Thailand (DAT) is the official country committee for US Democrats living in Thailand. We provide opportunities for Americans in Thailand to get involved in the Democratic party and issues that matter to them. These are trying times and it will take all of us to fight back. US citizens around the world are organizing for a fairer and more just America that embraces diversity- let's raise our voices together and be heard all the way from Thailand.
We support our great Democratic candidates and encourage discussion about the ideas and solutions they offer through debate watch parties, post-debate discussions, live chats with the candidates. We host political pub nights to get your political banter on, Ladies Night, issue based call-congress parties, film nights,
If you are specifically interested in racial justice, gender equality and/ or LGBTQ rights - join one or all of our Caucuses here on the website and then follow us on FB : Black Caucus and Women's Caucus.
We have three official chapters, in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and the North, and Pattaya and the Eastern Seaboard. We are always looking to grow our chapter network so if you are interested in organizing for social justice- let me know!
I look forward to welcoming you at the next DAT event.
Chair, Democrats Abroad Thailand
This June, members and leadership from around the country gathered in Bangkok for the Annual General Meeting (AGM) to elect the Executive Committee for Democrats Abroad Thailand. The AGM is always a great opportunity for active members from around the country to meet face to face to discuss strategy and re-energize for the year. Heartfelt farewells and thank yous went out to Phil Robertson, the outgoing Chair for a job well done, and those present welcomed Paul Risley into the position. Paul is a long time member of DAT and has served in various roles in the organization over the years. He will be supported by 3 Vice Chairs: Gary Suwannarat, Rick Graves and Russel Berman.
Newly elected executive committee members for 2019/ 2020:
Paul Risley, Meghan Driscoll and Rosalia Gitau
The March for Our Human Rights is an anniversary march of the Global Women’s March that began January 2017. Since then this women’s rights movement has spread worldwide.
We are here because of the work of women who have fought for decades for the rights we have today. We cannot go back. We must speak out. We must stand united.
The March for Our Human Rights is the first women’s rights march of the next decade.
We must remind those in power that women and allies globally are united and we will continue to resist and speak out against oppression and silencing.
On 18 January 2020, millions of women and allies around the world will join the fourth annual March of Women’s March Global, a yearly Event that brings together all those who are committed to fighting for equality, justice, and women’s human rights worldwide. 2020’s Event, March for Our Human Rights, will focus on bodily autonomy, which is the right to have control over one’s own body without coercion or external pressures. This includes abortion rights, sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR), sexual consent, period equality, family planning, access to healthcare services and information, and more.
We will gather together in Bangkok to hear from speakers, engage in social media campaigns, post card writing campaigns and sign making. We will also be assisting US citizens request their absentee ballots for the upcoming US election.
Ash Kickers, 30/7-8 Ekkamai 12, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok, Thailand
Emma Thomas: writer, activist and former Muay Thai fighter. She has spoken out about her experience of sexual assault and gender discrimination in her sport, and campaigns against rape culture. Her public speaking appearances include the UNWomen HeForShe University Tour, a groundbreaking Rape and Sexual Assault Survivor Handling Conference for Thai police, and South-East Asia’s first gender-equality summit - Dragonfly360. She’s also a committee member of Bangkok Rising, a volunteer-led advocacy group campaigning to end gender-based violence.
Shane Bhatla: Raised in Bangkok, Shane has grown up understanding the LGBTQI+ culture in Thailand. After going on hiatus with his comedy as a protest against harmful language in comedy, he started his activism in late 2016 after he joined a non-profit. Since then, he's worked on multiple projects including helping schools to set up student-led GSAs, spoken at schools and universities and further more spoken at multiple events and platforms about his experience as a transgender man, understanding toxic masculinity and male privilege and what it is like growing up trans in an Indian family in Bangkok. Since October 2019, Shane has started his own non-profit named SEEN (Student Empowerment and Equality Network) with students from multiple international schools to continue his work to create safe spaces in the educational system by changing policies and curriculum.
More speakers to be announced soon!
SEEN will have an information table for anyone looking for more
This event is open to all nationalities and genders to stand together for women's rights.
email: email@example.com if you have any questions.
****PUSSY HATS WELCOMED!*******
Please come join us for an exciting evening of fun, politics, comedy, great food and great company. One of Bangkok’s best family-owned restaurants has open their doors to us for the evening to cook up some of the most mouth watering Thai food in the city.
Rising star in Bangkok’s comedy scene, American Comedian, Christy Inhulsen will be serving up the laughter and gasps. The raffle will start around 7pm. Reserve your table ASAP.
Suggested donation of 1,000 Bht/person and includes buffet dinner and entertainment. Please note that we can only accept payment from US Citizens. Follow us on FB for details and our website. Details to follow.
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