Willem Bakker commented on Contact 2022-07-22 11:39:23 -0400For my friends and neighbors where I live as an American abroad, the words “Democrats Abroad” signify prominent Obama and even Biden administration members who attempted to bring American-style corporate corruption to their government and economy (and the government that determines my day-to-day life). The Uber scandal is just the latest example, although it is especially troublesome given Uber’s illegal undermining of labor rights and protections in so many countries — illegal behavior directly supported by Democrats working as consultants. People like David Plouffe and Jim Messina are not mere private individuals — they continue to play an influential and visible role in the Democratic Party. At the same time that I volunteer to GOTV, they cash checks to undermine the good governance where I live.
I would like to be able to point my friends and neighbors to some meaningful sign that my work with Democrats Abroad does not support this naked corruption, and that the leaders of Democrats Abroad are not receiving or using the kinds of favors, influence, and privileges that appear to be the norm in vast swathes of the Democratic Party. I respectfully request a private response as a member and volunteer. I ask that this be forwarded to the elected leaders of Democrats Abroad, especially the members of the DNC who have responsibility for the ongoing role of the Uber hacks in the Democratic Party. While I respect the judgment of social media managers, I must note that both @davidplouffe and @messina2012 have been promoted by the official Democrats Abroad twitter account.
I also ask you to consider posting a public statement to support your volunteers who find themselves answering for corruption, as guests or dual-citizens in our countries of residence. I urge you to not just make such a statement but also take real action on the reform of the Democratic Party. I know that internal rules to prohibit corrupt activities — like insider trading and accepting donations from industry pressure groups — have failed to be adopted time and again. What role has Democrats Abroad had in these failures and what will our elected representatives within the party do to contribute to their future success?
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The story of the Equal Rights Amendment spans most of my lifetime, and its delay is a milestone in the titanic shift in American politics, away from social justice and the common good, and towards the horrifying attitudes that are sometimes called Reaganism.
Some commentators and historians see the long-fought-for end of Reaganism in the 2020 elections and the legislation passed by Democratic lawmakers over the past year at state and national levels. It would be fitting to overcome those malignant forces that opposed the ERA at last and seal the toxic landfill of backlash by adopting the ERA now. NOW! The countless women's stories of why the ERA matters -- and the efforts of those who worked so hard but passed before we reached this goal -- speak for themselves.
The persistence of unequal pay, discrimination in criminal justice, and misogynist culture in the United States tells us that we need more tools for pursuing justice and progress. The ERA is a simple, plain, and unqualified tool for the feminist project. We cannot let technicalities and cowardice keep us from this improvement to the U.S. Constitution.
Country of Residence: Luxembourg
Voting State: Illinois
Willem Bakker wants to volunteer 2021-02-05 05:17:55 -0500
Have you ever made a successful change in your life? Perhaps you wanted to exercise more, eat less, or change jobs? Think about the time and attention you dedicated to the process. A lot, right? Change is hard. Creating effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of power, privilege, supremacy, and leadership is like any lifestyle change. Setting our intentions and adjusting what we spend our time doing is essential. It’s all about building new habits. Sometimes the hardest part is just getting started. The good news is, there’s an abundance of resources just waiting to empower you to be a more effective player in the quest for equity and justice.
About the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge
- For 21 days, do one action to further your understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity
- This plan includes suggestions for readings, podcasts, videos, observations, and ways to form and deepen community connections. Suggestions are in the following categories:
- Choose one activity per day to further your understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity.
- Diversify your habits by doing some of each.
- Use the tracking chart provided here to stay on course. You can download the editable spreadsheet or a PDF for printing.
- We think understanding white privilege and white supremacy is a powerful lens into the complexities of doing social justice work, so we’ve focused our resources on that specific issue.
My dreams for America include the possibility for every person in the Unites States to be able to live, work and study in a welcoming, free and conflict-free environment, regardless of race, religion and ethnic background. TRUTH and HONESTY should be rewarded in American society. And let's agree with the scientific experts about Climate change and important health basics we need to enjoy our freedoms.
Willem Bakker published Dream from Glasgow, Scotland in Dreams for America 2021-01-24 07:30:38 -0500
Justice, peace, equality, UNITY, green growth, public healthcare, fair wages, focus on the PEOPLE not companies or wealth.
Democrats Abroad Italy submitted this moving video of their members' dreams to share with the new Biden Harris administration.
I dream of Freedom, Liberty, Justice and the pursuit of happiness for All.
Universal health care, QUALITY affordable education, an end to ignorance, end to racism and our mass incarceration especially targeting blacks.
That the USA can lead the world to peace, empathy and make the climate crisis a priority and that Trump and his cronies will be held responsible and prosecuted.
I long to see an end to systemic racism in my lifetime. A time when white America (of whom I’m a member) acknowledges our deep, racist roots as a nation and works hard to grow beyond white privilege and begin to take concrete steps to counteract our unconscious racial biases.
I also deeply long to see civility and decency among citizens, not just those in government but all of us. We can disagree on a myriad of subjects – have polar opposites of opinions and political views, but still treat each other with respect and decency.
- That my mother and sister can expect the same level of healthcare as I receive in Italy, without ever being fearful that it will bankrupt them or foregoing necessary exams because of out-of-pocket expenses or insurance offices which dictate that they must try every other method before accessing the known and effective one.
-That student debt the size of mortgages will no longer hold back people from my generation, as forgiveness programs are introduced and even private borrowers are given relief. That new students are able to access more federal grants based on need, disability status, and other hardships. That those with particular difficulties or disabilities will be given living stipends to take care of expenses while studying, so that they can focus on their grades.
-That the Black Lives Matter leaders will have an audience, as they’ve already requested, with the new administration and sweeping changes will be made to how we keep communities safe. That the prison sentencing rules for crimes of survival and those which do not harm others will change. That there will not be perverse benefits for the state when BPOC are in the prisons, working for pennies, in a slavery-like state.
-That acts like VAWA, the Voting Rights Act, U-Visas, and DACA are strengthened and upheld. That we treat people from other countries with dignity and have a more open policy, especially to those whose nations we have profited from for decades.
-That we take a true and unbreakable vow to reduce carbon emissions and stop climate change. That we go beyond less effective individual strategies and work for larger, systemic change which includes corporate responsibility and obligations.
-That we no longer have the legacy of a country whose liberals and conservatives are starkly different in how they execute their domestic policies, yet continue on both sides to wreak havoc on and profit from the destruction and reconstruction of developing countries. That we promote nuclear disarmament and peace.
-That if I ever were to return to living in the United States, I would be able to rest assured that my tax dollars were being put to use for the good of humanity. That I could know that we put horse trading and special influence groups to rest. That things had taken a turn for the better.
I sincerely hope for all of these things.
However, as we all are, I am relieved at least that we will have some semblance of order, civility, democracy, and decorum restored to our White House.
My dream is actually rather simple; that we can make those that stormed the US Capitol account for their many crimes, that this paramilitary mob receives the same treatment as BLM protestors; only then, via justice, and equal treatment, can we truly move on as a nation and overcome our "original sin" of white supremacy. Also, my dream is to see Trump go to prison for the rest of his life for any one of his many crimes, from financial to sedition. I believe he would look great in orange.
Note: Submitted together from multiple members of DA-Italy.
I dream of an aware America, conscious and feeling, informed and empathic.
January 20 is only a beginning.
We are all going to have to do our best to make our country one to be proud of again.
I would "dream" that public education is strengthened with civics returning to the curriculum. All other success depends on that happening.
My dream is that by the time my 15 year old is old
enough to vote the government divide has become much smaller. -S
I dream of an administration that cares about people and the planet more than their own power. I definitely dream of finally having a US president who takes climate change seriously and acts with urgency to solve it.
I dream a better world.
My dream for the US in the next few years is to make the climate crisis a priority with massive-scale mobilization on the part of industry, to address the rapid loss of biodiversity and to stop using fossil fuels. I wish for an administration that focuses on the equity and well-being of all people, rather than on the constant accumulation of material goods and wealth for the few, that reinstates a fair stance on political asylum and takes an active position on equal opportunity for all. I voted for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris because they both have a very promising record on most of these issues but I am hoping they move further to the left. Oh, and I want President Trump and the other wealthy and powerful people who kept him in office to be prosecuted and jailed.
With such stark contrasts, in both society and institutions, induced by the exiting occupant of the White House, I dream of peace and respect restored nationwide at all levels. I trust Joe Biden and each and any Democrat, starting from myself, will feed this healing process over the next years.
Note: Submitted together from multiple members of DA-Italy.
My Dream for ALL would be free healthcare and I truly believe every American has the right to free education.
A return to sanity and moving forward together for progress! -M
My Dream is:
No more hunger No more homeless, Health and wealth for all Joanne My hope and dream is that America will become a beacon democratic socialism for the rest of the world.
I dream of being able to believe once again that, for all its faults, the US remains the cradle of democracy, an indispensable nation, a beacon for the world’s downtrodden.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to all members of Democrats Abroad Luxembourg that:Read more
The Annual General Meeting of members will be held on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 7:00 pm. It will either be an online event with Zoom or in person at Bosso's if restrictions are lifted.
Willem Bakker published Dream from Kaiserslautern, Germany in Dreams for America 2021-01-20 04:50:01 -0500
My dream for America is to have a Trump-free life and let Joe take control and establish some sense of democracy and freedom for "all" the people! I dream of a president who cares for and acts for all the people and not himself. I pray that he can unite the people as Americans and not
Democrats & Republicans. Yes, I feel that Democrats Abroad has done a lot to get the vote out and I proudly praise them!
Willem Bakker published Dream from Kaiserslautern, Germany in Dreams for America 2021-01-20 04:48:42 -0500
Willem Bakker published Dream from Kaiserslautern, Germany in Dreams for America 2021-01-20 04:47:33 -0500