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 GitauRead more
Democrats Abroad volunteers were out in force at the annual American Chamber of Commerce Independence Day picnic.
A highly anticipated event within the American expat community in Bangkok, this year's attendance was as big as ever with over 2,000 showing up for music, games and good food. The computers were humming at the DA table with Americans requesting absentee ballots. Printers were available so that everyone could print and sign their requests, place it in an addressed envelope and send it to the Embassy for mailing. Old friends joined the effort and many new faces came by to see how they could get involved in making the blue wave happen here in Thailand.
Please join us for DA Thailand’s Other Inaugural event, where you and your friends will have a chance to say your peace about President Trump, and share views with other Americans who are as shocked as you that this day has indeed come to pass!
When: Friday, January 20, 2016; 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Where: Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand (FCCT), Maneeya Plaza Building, Chidlom BTS. Directions here
Who: DA Thailand members, and their friends (American and non-American)
How: No-host event, everyone is responsible to pay for what they eat or drink
Here’s the agenda:
5-7 p.m. — Cocktails and Dinner (no-host arrangement)
7-8:30 — Panel of Experts
A panel of Thailand-based experts on what Trump is going to mean in the US and globally for climate change and the environment; women’s rights; international development assistance/foreign aid; human rights; health; trade; labor rights, and other topics; followed by Q&A
8:30-10 — Showing film Trumpland by Michael Moore
10 to midnight — DA Thailand Open Mic
Discussions on flash mob for Women’s March in Bangkok; opposing Trump’s nominations, and mid-term elections 2018 project
Midnight-1 a.m. — The Witching Hour Trump Takes Oath of Office
Please come and join us, as we say that we’re not going to accept this laying down, and we’ve just begun to fight!
For more details, email DemocratsAbroadThailand@gmail.com and stay up to date by following us on Facebook at Democrats Abroad Thailand and Twitter @demsabroadthai.
Democrats Abroad Thailand had 918 American voters participate in the Global Presidential Primary from all around Thailand. The results were 681 voters for Senator Bernie Sanders, 235 for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and 2 uncommitted.
Phil Robertson, the chairman of Democrats Abroad Thailand said the following about the results:
"Over 74% of Americans voting in Thailand decided to "Feel the Bern" and support Senator Sanders, and their voice was clearly in line with the majority of Americans living overseas who gave the Sanders campaign a major victory in the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary.
I'm immensely proud that Thailand had the second highest voter turnout among American voters anywhere in Asia, which just goes to show how eager and committed Americans here are to support their candidates and ensure that overseas Americans voices are heard in this important Presidential campaign.
But I'm confident in saying that no matter who is the eventual Democratic nominee for President, all US Democrats living in Thailand will unite to support that person because it's so very clear that both Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are completely unprepared and unsuited to lead our great country. Democrats Abroad will be working hard to register Americans living in Thailand to vote in the general election in November, and celebrating our democracy with many events such as debate watch parties between the Democrats and Republicans.
It's going to be an exciting year for US politics, and those Americans who join Democrats Abroad Thailand will be in the front row seats."
Photo Credit: Sukit Vanichrudeee
Democrats Abroad Thailand (DAT) is official country committee for US Democrats living in Thailand. We have three official chapters, in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and the North, and Pattaya and the Eastern Seaboard, and an up and coming Mekong Chapter to cover the northeast of the country. DAT is holding debate parties, film nights, policy seminars and social get-togethers to encourage Americans in Thailand to get involved in supporting our great Democratic candidates and debating the issues that concern us as Americans, and we invite you to join the discussion.
Come join the Party! I look forward to welcoming you at the next DAT event!
For more information, contact
Chair, Democrats Abroad Thailand
Calling all US Democrats Abroad in Thailand!
Polling stations will be open in Thailand as follows:
Chiang Mai and the North
Pattaya and Eastern Seaboard
For those looking for more information about the Global Presidential Primary and how it works, find it here:
Chair, Democrats Abroad Thailand