You only turn 70 once. It is time to celebrate a little. As many of you know I have been holding house parties to raise dough for Democrats Abroad and other voting endeavors for the past few years. This year because the elevator in my building is out we have not been raising money. So I am using this milestone birthday to hold a big bash for all my Madrid friends.
You are invited to my 70th Birthday Party at The Village Taproom on Sunday evening, 7-11. Food and 2 drinks provided.
The fundraiser is an online donation limited to US citizens. Everyone one is welcome, but it is the American’s treat. If you could kick in $10-$70 if would go a long way to assuring a massive turnout in 2020.
The work we do here in Spain in getting Americans to vote has been a huge success. 2018 was a blow out for us with 76% of our active members requesting an absentee ballot. Much of that can be directly attributed to the Democrats Abroad sponsored website: www.VotefromAbroad.org
Most of our new members are sign ups through the voter registration/ballot request check off in the VFA survey. Your donation will attract other Americans to request their absentee ballot.
Less than 30% of VFA users re helping 1000’s to vote. In fact in 2018 over check the join button so you can see we a90,000 overseas Americans responded to a social media Vote from Abroad ad that resulted in their completing the form to get a ballot. The more opportunities people get to see the VFA social media ads the more folks request their ballot. Have you met many overseas Americans who are ready to vote for this President?
The votes from overseas voters are often the margin of victory for races that are decided by less that 1%. In 2018 the Democrats captured the Senate seat of Maggie Hassan NH by the margin of votes that came in from overseas. That was replicated in 2018 for many House seats.
Thanks so much for your support!
Thanks for supporting Democrats Abroad at the Running for Democracy event.The race is over and you should have received an email telling how your runners did - and what your donation amount should be.If the amount matches one of the boxes on the left, just click on that box and then complete your donation information. If it doesn't match one of the boxes, then enter the amount in to the "Other" box and complete your donation information.By sponsoring our Running for Democracy event, you are helping Democrats Abroad finance our very important GOTV efforts for the 2020 Election. So feel free to donate a larger amount than what you pledged. It WILL make a difference!Donate
Willem Bakker published Democrats Abroad South Africa (DAZA) is alive in Cape Town! in News 2019-04-04 07:51:52 -0400
An informal group of Americans gathered over coffee on a beautiful Wednesday afternoon on the V&A Waterfront, under the gaze of Table Mountain, to chat about the American situation.
DAZA Cape Town is back!Frustrated watching political scandals from afar, concerned men and women expressed their thoughts and feelings about needing to be heard and share with like-minded friends.
We discussed the possibilities and methods to vote from South Africa, where Americans may be located, and how to find them to let them know they can vote. There was discussion of parties and events, perhaps in collaboration with one of the local universities!The group in Cape Town will organize informal gatherings for people who are interested to share ideas and discuss ways to get people registered, and ultimately to vote. DAZA Cape Town will advise prospective voters about the VoteFromAbroad.org website in time for them to cast their ballots next year.
We will be able to answer queries about state-specific voting regulations and engage in the polls, from the primaries to the crucial November 2020 election.A platform for Americans in Cape Town has been established.Are you interested in joining this group of Americans dedicated to positive change?Will you attend a gathering in Cape Town (or Joburg)?We want to hear your ideas!
Connect with DAZA http://www.democratsabroad.org/za
Willem Bakker published Exceptional efforts in Luxembourg for the critical 2018 elections in News 2018-11-04 03:15:14 -0500
As your Executive Committee planned for 2018, we knew that Democrats Abroad would put an unprecedented effort into the 2018 midterms -- it was already clear that American values were at stake. As remarkable Democratic candidates emerged all over the USA, we found enthusiasm from Americans all over Luxembourg.
Our in-person support for voters went later than ever, with our final voter pavilion on the Grand Rue on October 21st. We helped dozens of Americans request or return their absentee ballots at "the last minute." In fact, our volunteers kept helping voters worldwide by phonebanking and advising voters through today!
Willem Bakker published Rentrée for American Voters: a busy week in September in News 2018-09-20 02:54:49 -0400
Democrats Abroad Luxembourg reached more than 100 Americans living in Luxembourg in early September, with three voter-oriented events over four days. First up was the Welcome Back festival at ISL, where super-volunteer Mark gave non-partisan support for voters requesting their ballots for the midterms while Executive Committee members Natalie and Will talked about Democrats Abroad.
Our well-attended Second Tuesday gathering was another chance to help members and newcomers request their ballots. Our battery-powered printer -- generously provided by the donations of our members -- let us create the forms while we enjoyed the warm evening on Bosso's terrace.
On Wednesday, Mark and Will helped dozens of American students spending their fall semester in Luxembourg. The students had some complicated questions about what address to use and how to return their ballots. We were well-prepared by the global Study Abroad and global GOTV teams!
It's a short season for reaching voters in time to get their ballots easily! If your workplace or club has Americans, we'll happily give a short presentation or staff a small booth where we can answer questions and ensure that they get their ballots. You can always send them to our online tool, http://www.votefromabroad.org/
The Youth Caucus of Democrats Abroad is committed to generating awareness of the concerns of young Americans and the challenges they face for the purpose of informing party policy-making and improving party outreach and organizing. The Youth Caucus will provide a platform for young Democrats abroad - those who are and those who seek to become politically active - to engage in and lead on issues and campaigns important to them.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
The Youth Caucus will be “youth-led” but open to those of all ages who support these central aims.
The Youth Caucus will/proposes to:
- Build political engagement by young Americans Democrats abroad. Initiatives will make young Americans abroad aware of: voter registration and voting from abroad; issue education, advocacy and activism, especially youth-led and youth-related; candidates and campaigns, especially those of young Democrats; US political and election organizing from abroad; and overseas and domestic youth networks, contacts and resources.
- Sponsor issue-focused Working Groups: The Caucus will engage young Democrats abroad in issues advocacy by inviting them to join teams studying particular issues (eg Environmental Sustainability Working Group) and developing and coordinating youth-led advocacy activities and campaigns.
- Establish web-based communication channels for on-going youth outreach: A Youth Caucus Blog on the Democrats Abroad Youth Caucus webpage will provide continuous access to the work of the Youth Caucus and facilitate participation by members globally.
- Work online. Membership will not be constrained by physical location. All general meetings, campaigns, fundraisers etc. will be conducted online via Skype, Social Media, Email, and Online Markets.
- Encourage caucus members to organize live local events and gatherings for political education and outreach, issues advocacy or socializing.
- Be youth-led, with a leadership team made up of volunteers from around the world aged between 18 and 35.
- Engage with US-based Young Democrats or College Democrats groups to share information, advice, intelligence and ideas, build networks and to cross-promote each other.
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Willem Bakker published Proudly supporting the April 22 March for Science in Luxembourg in News 2017-04-07 11:42:17 -0400
Democrats Abroad Luxembourg is very proud to announce that we are promoting and supporting a local March for Science coordinated with hundreds of other marches and events all over the United States and the world.
Follow the event and indicate your willingness to stand with us here:
On April 22, we will stand together with millions around the world to say that the common good of humanity depends on defending critical thinking and the free exchange of ideas. The global Women's March organization has designated this an official successor to their own marches in January.
Please spread the word (and social media links) among friends and family -- American or not -- and scientists and women and anyone else who wants a better world. Watch your email for DA-specific events to make placards and posters the week before the march. If you'd like to volunteer to support the march or you know a group that would like to participate, please contact the main organization.
Willem Bakker published DA-Luxembourg introduces newly elected Executive Committee in News 2017-03-16 05:30:25 -0400
The members of Democrats Abroad Luxembourg elected officers and other leadership positions at our Annual General Meeting on 14 March 2017. The new Executive Committee is responsible for the work of the U.S. Democratic Party in Luxembourg, for enhancing the voices of its members in U.S. politics, and for advocating on issues of concern to Americans living abroad.
Democrats Abroad Luxembourg announces the following elected leaders:
- Chair: Will Bakker
- Vice-Chair: Eva Moynihan
- Secretary: Morgana Barbknecht
- Treasurer: Roger Behrend
- Legal Counsel: Susan Alexander
- Member-at-Large: Timothy Lone
- Member-at-Large: Natalie Bachiri
- DPCA Non-voting Representative: Vicki Hansen
With global concern focusing on the Trump administration and the Republican Congress, DA-Luxembourg seeks to be the point of contact for Americans living in Luxembourg to engage more actively with civic and governmental events in the United States. Interested individuals, groups, and press are invited to contact DA-Luxembourg at email@example.com
Willem Bakker published Inauguration and Local Action in Luxembourg in News 2017-01-20 06:23:03 -0500
Members of Democrats Abroad Luxembourg are invited to join our private potluck on January 20th to celebrate the achievements and spirit of President Obama's legacy.
If you'd like to make a more public statement, there are several women's marches and vigils organized near Luxembourg. That includes vigils in Liège and Brussels on Friday night and marches in Strasbourg, Frankfurt, and Heidelberg on Saturday.
If you're traveling, there's a good chance that there's one you can join and that there will be Democrats Abroad members to meet there. Check the lists at https://www.womensmarch.com/sisters and http://www.democratsabroad.org/events
If you'd like to help organize actions in the future -- whether public marches or issues-oriented campaigns -- please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Willem Bakker published U.S. voters living abroad requested their absentee ballots on the eve of National Day in News 2016-06-29 09:25:04 -0400DA-Luxembourg’s Voter Pavilion on the Grand Rue on June 22, the eve of Luxembourg’s National Day, is a biennial tradition. All day, our volunteers helped American citizens request their absentee ballots using www.VoteFromAbroad.org and answered questions of all kinds about the American political process.Read more