Treasurer - Mexico; Vice Chair & Treasurer - Guadalajara; DPCA Voting Rep; Global IT Team Member; HC Steering Committee; VMF Steering Committee

  • Vote in the 2020 Global Presidential Primary here in Guadalajara!

    The Global Presidential Primary is when Democrats Abroad members can participate in our official party-run presidential primary. We’re holding more than 220 events in 45 countries around the world, and we hope you’ll be joining us.

    Am I eligible?

    If you’re a Democrats Abroad member and you haven’t voted (or plan to vote) in any other 2020 state presidential primary/caucus, you’re eligible to vote in the Global Presidential Primary.

    What if I can’t join a voting event in person?
    If you can’t join us at our event in Guadalajara, you can vote remotely. Look for your primary ballot in your inbox on February 18, or download it from democratsabroad.org starting on Feb 18, as well.

    Do votes in the GPP count? Why should I participate in the GPP instead of voting in my state’s presidential primary?

    Yes, your vote counts! In fact, you could even say that votes in the GPP count even more. Tens of thousands of people will participate in the global primary, but millions will vote in your home state. That means that your vote in the Global Presidential Primary is more powerful than voting in the California primary. In fact, it’s 4 times more powerful!

    Can I vote in the Global Presidential Primary and in my state primary?

    You can only vote in a presidential primary once. If you vote in the global primary and want to vote in a state for the down-ballot primary races (like for your congressperson), you can just skip the presidential section on your state ballot.

    Where can I ask further questions?
    Please email gotv@democratsabroad.org for voting-related questions, 

    and info-mx-guadalajara@democratsabroad.org  for other questions.

    See you at the Primary!

    WHEN
    March 07, 2020 at 10am
    WHERE
    The Black Sheep
    Calle Libertad #1872
    Guadalajara, Jalisco 44160
    Mexico
    Google map and directions
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  • Save the Date and Right the Wrongs - Reserva la Fecha y Corregir los Errores

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    Guadalajara Chapter Annual General Meeting

    Saturday, February 22, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

    La Bocha

    Glorieta Chapalita

    Come and learn what the Guadalajara Chapter of Democrats Abroad is doing to GET OUT THE VOTE in 2020. This is our official annual meeting open to all membership. Since we are ALSO the host for the NATIONAL Annual General Meeting, being held March 27 – 29 at the Midtown Hilton, we have planned a down-sized version of our local chapter meeting distinct from the previous two years.

    We want to see you again or meet you if you´re new to Democrats Abroad!

    During this meeting, you´ll hear from Chair, Jude Wallesen, reporting on our chapter´s health and development. We´ll acknowledge the hard work of our volunteers who put both time and money into our efforts and present our strategy for Getting Out the Vote in this vital election year. We´ll provide a fiscal accounting of the chapter and approve one or more board member appointees, as well as the 2019 annual general meeting minutes.

    SAVE THE DATE, and join us for this open bar/menu gathering. We depend on your vital input as our chapter continues to grow and develop. Together, we will succeed to get more Democrats elected and RIGHT THE WRONGScommitted by the current administration.

    RSVP

    2019 AGM meeting minutes

    DA National Strategy


    Sábado 22 de febrero, 5:00 - 7:00 pm

    Asamblea General Anual del Capítulo Guadalajara

    La Bocha

    Glorieta Chapalita

    Venga y conozca qué está haciendo el Capítulo de Demócratas en el Extranjero Guadalajara para apoyar su campaña VAMOS POR EL VOTO en 2020. Esta es nuestra Reunión Anual Oficia abierta a todos los miembros. Dado que TAMBIÉN somos los anfitriones de la Reunión General Anual NACIONAL que se realizará del 27 al 29 de marzo en el Hilton Midtown, hemos planeado una versión reducida de nuestra reunión del capítulo local distinta a la de los dos años anteriores.

    ¡Queremos verle de nuevo o conocerle si es usted un nuevo miembro de Demócratas en el Extranjero!

    Durante esta reunión, escuchará a la presidenta, Jude Wallesen, quien informará sobre la salud y el desarrollo de nuestro capítulo. Haremos un reconocimiento al arduo trabajo de nuestros voluntarios que invierten tiempo y dinero en nuestros esfuerzos y presentaremos nuestra estrategia para apoyar la campaña VAMOS POR EL VOTO en este año vital de elecciones. Daremos un reporte de la contabilidad fiscal del capítulo y aprobaremos a uno o más miembros designados de la junta, así como las actas de la Reunión General Anual de 2019.

    RESERVE LA FECHA, y únase a nosotros en esta reunión donde contaremos con barra y menú abiertos. Dependemos de su apoyo vital a medida que nuestro capítulo continúa creciendo y desarrollándose. Juntos, lograremos que más Demócratas sean elegidos y CORREGIR LOS ERRORES cometidos por la administración actual.

    RSVP

    Actas de la reunión de la AGM 2019

    Estrategia Nacional de DA

     

    WHEN
    February 22, 2020 at 5pm
    WHERE
    La Bocha
    Glorieta Chapalita
    Guadalajara 45000
    Mexico
    Google map and directions
    rsvp

  • Join Us for an Intimate Evening - Únete a Nosotros para una Velada Íntima

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    I want to cordially invite you to participate in an elegant cocktail fundraiser for our local Democrats Abroad chapter in Guadalajara. As we all know, the 2020 presidential election is tremendously important, and I hope you will help support the work of this vital organization.

    Democrats Abroad is the official Democratic Party arm for the millions of Americans living outside the United States. It strives to provide Americans abroad a Democratic voice in our government and elect Democratic candidates by mobilizing the overseas vote. An estimated 1.5 million U.S. citizens reside in Mexico and it is the job of Democrats Abroad Mexico to help all of them register to vote in U.S. federal, state, and local elections. Votes from abroad were responsible for many democratic victories in the 2018 midterms. They will make a difference again in 2020.

    Hosted by the board of Democrats Abroad Guadalajara, the fundraiser is scheduled for Thursday, February 6, 2020 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the home of Eva Petocz and José Maria Rancaño in Colonia Colinas de San Javier. The event will be catered by Luis Torres, renowned chef of Dax Cuisine Française here in Guadalajara. You will also enjoy the incredible duet “Shambless” perform classic songs in English and Spanish.

    The cost to attend is $3,000 MX. Your support will contribute greatly to our efforts in raising awareness and getting out the vote prior to the Important November 2020 election.

    Further details and RSVPs can be directed to Jude Wallesen, Chair of Democrats Abroad Guadalajara via email at jlwallesen@gmail.com, or by telephone at 332-257-4558.

    On behalf of Democrats Abroad Guadalajara I hope you will join me in support of this worthy cause.

    Yours very sincerely,
    Michaele Rivera Arnoldi
    Vice Chair DA National
    Chair of Fundraising DA Guadalajara

    To Donate in Advance by Paypal

    Donate to Democrats Abroad Guadalajara


    Quiero invitarle cordialmente a participar en un elegante cóctel para recaudar fondos para nuestro capítulo local de Demócratas en el Extranjero Guadalajara.  Como todos sabemos, las elecciones presidenciales de 2020 son tremendamente importantes, y espero contar con su ayuda para apoyar el trabajo de esta vital organización.

    Demócratas en el Extranjero es el brazo oficial del Partido Demócrata para los millones de estadounidenses que viven fuera de los Estados Unidos.  Se esfuerza por proporcionar a los estadounidenses en el extranjero una voz Demócrata en nuestro gobierno y elegir candidatos Demócratas mediante la movilización del voto en el extranjero.  Se estima que 1.5 millones de ciudadanos estadounidenses residen en México y es tarea de los Demócratas en el Extranjero México ayudarlos a todos a registrarse para votar en las elecciones federales, estatales y locales de los Estados Unidos.  Los votos desde el extranjero fueron responsables de muchas victorias Demócratas en las elecciones intermedias de 2018.  Volverán a marcar la diferencia en 2020.

    Organizado por la junta de Demócratas en el Extranjero Guadalajara, el cóctel para recaudar fondos está programado para el jueves 6 de febrero de 2020 de 7:00 a 10:00 p.m.  en la casa de Eva Petocz y José Maria Rancaño en la Colonia Colinas de San Javier.  El evento será servido por Luis Torres, reconocido chef de Dax Cuisine Française aquí en Guadalajara.  También disfrutaremos del increíble dueto "Shambless" interpretando canciones clásicas en inglés y español.

    El costo para asistir es de $ 3,000 MX.  Su apoyo contribuirá en gran medida a nuestros esfuerzos para crear conciencia y emitir el voto antes de las importantes elecciones presidenciales de noviembre de 2020.

    Puede pedir más detalles y confirmar su asistencia a Jude Wallesen, Presidenta de Demócratas en el Extranjero Guadalajara por correo electrónico a jlwallesen@gmail.com, o por teléfono al 332-257-4558.

     En nombre de Demócratas en el Extranjero Guadalajara, espero que nos apoye en esta valiosa causa.

     Muy atentamente
     Michaele Rivera Arnoldi
     Vicepresidenta DA Nacional
     Presidenta de Fundraising DA Guadalajara

    Para Apartar su Lugar Ahora por PayPal

    Donar a Demócratas en el Extranjero de Guadalajara

     

    WHEN
    February 06, 2020 at 7pm
    WHERE
    Jude Wallesen
    Colonia Colinas de San Javier
    Guadalajara, Jalisco 45110
    Mexico
    Google map and directions
    $3,000.00 MXN · rsvp

  • Doug Jones - supporting Veterans issues AND Democrats Abroad

    DougJones.jpgToday marks the two-year anniversary of the historic and important win in Alabama for Senator Doug Jones. 🙌

    "Over the last two years, in the Senate and on the campaign trail, Doug has not forgotten his promise to work on behalf of everyone in Alabama. He’s stayed focused on the kitchen table issues like the economy, education, healthcare, veterans’ issues and support for the military. And recently Doug has secured some major victories for Alabama.

    "Doug’s bipartisan bill to repeal the military widow’s tax was included in the National Defense Authorization Act and is expected to be signed into law. This is a huge victory for our military families, whose spouses earned their survivor benefits with their service and their lives." Doug Jones for Senate on Medium  Here are some of his remarks.

    To celebrate, Senator Jones came to Paris to support Democrats Abroad! As he explained, the race to hold his seat is going to be tough. Every vote will count!

    Senator Jones knows the importance of the overseas vote. In tight races, Democrats Abroad is the margin of victory!

    The turnout was impressive for this fundraiser. We were joined by Democrats Abroad International Chair Julia Bryan, Democrats Abroad France Chair Ada Shen and DNC representative Constance Borde.


  • published Take Action in Veterans and Military Families Caucus 2019-10-07 00:35:31 -0400

  • Declaración del Caucus Hispano Sobre la Aprobación de Enmiendas a Resoluciones de la Reunión Mundial

    El 20 de julio de 2019, los miembros del Comité del Partido Demócrata en el Extranjero (DPCA) se reunieron para debatir y votar sobre varias resoluciones que no pudieron recibir consideración en la reunión mundial de mayo de 2019 en el Distrito Columbia debido a restricciones de tiempo. Una de las medidas aprobadas por los miembros de la DPCA fue una resolución que apoya el “Nuevo Acuerdo Verde” en el Congreso. El Comité Directivo del Caucus Hispano de los Demócratas en el Extranjero fue el autor de una enmienda de correcciones técnicas a la resolución que los miembros de la DPCA incluyeron por unanimidad.

    El promotor principal de la enmienda, Will Prescott (DA México), declaró: “Me complace que haya habido un gran apoyo entre los miembros con voto global para apoyar esta enmienda que fortalece la resolución Nuevo Acuerdo Verde. No solo el cambio climático es un tema importante para mí y estoy seguro para muchos miembros de nuestro grupo, si no que contar con el respaldo a la enmienda de los líderes mundiales de los Demócratas en el Extranjero es indicativo de que la resolución es la correcta para la aceptación unánime de la membresía global.”

    Otra líder del Comité Directivo del Caucus Hispano, Alison Maciejewski (DA República Checa), emitió también su opinión: “Alentar a nuestros funcionarios electos a tomar medidas para

    salvar el planeta es una obviedad. Con la aparición de los escépticos del clima en contra de la ciencia y la ignorancia voluntaria de los Republicanos en el poder, la raíz de la resolución exige acciones firmes por parte de nuestro Partido para contactar a nuestros miembros del Congreso e instarles a que se comprometan a apoyar H. Res.109 y S. Res. 59 - legislación en apoyo de empleos verdes y de reducción de gases de efecto invernadero.”

    El Caucus Hispano espera continuar encontrando formas de fortalecer nuestra Plataforma del Partido en la reunión global de mayo de 2020 programada para llevarse a cabo en Toronto.

    El texto completo de la enmienda adoptada por el Caucus Hispano se incluye a continuación.

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    ENMIENDA A LA RESOLUCIÓN DEL NUEVO ACUERDO VERDE

    Patrocinado por el Comité Directivo del Caucus Hispano Global de Demócratas en el Extranjero.

    Propuesto por Will Prescott, representante con derecho a voto de la DPCA, Demócratas en el Extranjero México

    CONSIDERANDO QUE, la resolución de los Demócratas en el Extranjero del 20 de julio de 2019 que respalda el “Nuevo Acuerdo Verde” hace referencia dos veces a una legislación pendiente en la Cámara de Representantes de los Estados Unidos, el 116 ° Congreso, titulado “H.R. 109”; y

    CONSIDERANDO QUE, la H.R. 109 es en realidad un proyecto de ley relacionado con la inmigración patrocinado por un representante Republicano de Estados Unidos; y

    CONSIDERANDO QUE, la resolución de Demócratas en el Extranjero que apoya un Nuevo Acuerdo Verde presumiblemente se refiere a H. Res. 109, una resolución que reconoce el deber del gobierno federal de crear un Nuevo Acuerdo Verde, patrocinado por un representante Demócrata de Estados Unidos; y

    CONSIDERANDO QUE, la resolución de Demócratas en el Extranjero que respalda un Nuevo Acuerdo Verde establece que hay 103 copatrocinadores hasta el 15 de abril de 2019 en referencia a las resoluciones del Nuevo Acuerdo Verde del Senado y la Cámara de Representantes; y

    CONSIDERANDO QUE, hay un total de 106 copatrocinadores de las resoluciones del Nuevo Acuerdo Verde en el Senado y la Cámara de Representantes hasta el 13 de julio de 2019,

    SE RESUELVE, que la resolución de Demócratas en el Extranjero que respalda un Nuevo Acuerdo Verde reemplazará todas las referencias de “H.R. 109” con “H.Res. 109”; y

    SE RESUELVE ADEMÁS, que la resolución de los Demócratas en el Extranjero que respalda un Nuevo Acuerdo Verde reemplazará “15 de abril de 2019” con “13 de julio de 2019” y “103 copatrocinadores” con “106 copatrocinadores”


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  • Hispanic Caucus Endorsement: Soto for City Council

    Dominican-American Nicarol Soto is our choice on November 5, 2019 for the at-large, Hazleton city council seat in this eastern Pennsylvania town where nearly half the population is Hispanic but no Hispanic-Americans occupy a council seat. Soto has called for unity among voters of all descents and seeks to work for all residents of Hazelton in order to balance the budget. After engaging with several community leaders, creating youth programs and improving access to affordable housing are among Soto’s top priorities.

    “We’ve had our eye on Ms. Soto’s campaign for a while now and congratulate her on her Democratic primary victory. She is a terrific Latinx candidate who’s bilingual, is committed to working with local minority-owned businesses and helping them flourish, and understands everyday kitchen-table issues as a working mother,” stated Greg Dolezal, a leader within the Hispanic Caucus.

    The Hispanic Caucus urges all Democrats Abroad members and all other Americans abroad who vote in Hazelton to request their ballot and send it back well before the November 5th General Election.


  • Hispanic Caucus Podcast Episodes For June 2019

    June was a busy month for the Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus Podcast! We had terrific discussions with several notable Latinx guests: a Berkeley professor, a late-night comedy host, a Red Cross executive, and a foreign affairs in expert in U.S.-Latin American relations. All of the guests offered insightful commentary, and if you’re ready to check ‘em out, feel free to stream or download these episodes at your convenience.

    ***All of our podcast episodes can be found here at our newly re-designed site.

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    June 2, 2019 (Guest: Cristina Mora)

    You've heard her several times on NPR, and now, the Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus was pleased to have G. Cristina Mora, Ph.D., as a guest on our podcast to discuss a range of issues under her expertise. Dr. Mora spoke on Latinos and the potential impacts of next year's census, how we came to use the term "Hispanics," and provided details about her book chronicling Hispanic Americans' rise in political and economic power stemming from years of activism and a push by the media. Check out our conversation with Dr. Mora - and afterward, we're confident you'll agree that the Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus podcast once again provides not only a quality educational lesson for all, but legitimate reasons to vote!

    Sus comentarios en español comienzan a las 21:02 en la conversación. (Dr. Mora’s Spanish-language remarks begin at 21:02 into the conversation.)

    "Siempre, siempre, siempre es importante votar dondequiera que estés - cada voto cuenta." -- G. Cristina Mora, Ph.D. (Twitter: @GCristinaMora)

    DA Hispanic Caucus participants in this episode: Lori Smith (DA Mexico), Thomas López (DA Australia), and Michael Ramos (DA Australia). Podcast music provided by Carlos Colao (DA Spain).

    June 14, 2019 (Guest: Ernie Bustamante)

    We all know it's hard to be an activist 24-7 in pushing for societal change and demanding sound policies of our home country. Helping folks relax after a long day is Ernie Bustamante, a Boricua-Chicano mestizo, highly-accomplished Los Angeles-based writer and late-night comedy host who's giving the American public some much-needed social/political laughter to keep all of us sane during the chaotic Trump era. Ernie joined the Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus podcast in discussing his series "Border Patrol," how 2020 presidential candidates each have an effective personal story to tell voters, how the late-night talk show scene recently lacked a Latino presence, and how he eventually decided, "¡Basta - necesitamos más de nosotros!"

    Ernie is a great example of a Latinx activist who's highly educated and paying close attention to politics. If any of our members happen to visit the LA area, make sure to check out his free live show at the UCB Theatre (Upright Citizens Brigade's "Inner Sanctum"), located at 5419 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, 90027. You can also check out Ernie and his show on Twitter: @votebustamante and @TheLatinoVote. Have a listen to this episode y por favor compártalo con amigos!

    DA Hispanic Caucus participants in this episode: Alison Maciejewski (DA Czech Republic), Greg Dolezal (DA Vietnam), and Michael Ramos (DA Australia). Podcast music provided by Carlos Colao (DA Spain).

    June 21, 2019 (Guest: Jarrett Barrios)

    Joining our podcast episode this week was a Latinx superstar who's made a positive difference in every community he's ever lived. Jarrett Barrios, former state legislator on the east coast and now leading the Red Cross on the west coast, is no stranger to working on behalf of the American people. As a nonpartisan guest, he joined the Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus podcast and not only let us know how laser-focused he's been on emergency preparedness and response, but also gave us a fascinating brief history lesson on the Red Cross' international origins. In addition, Jarrett and his team of Red Cross volunteers continue to strive in assisting Latino communities with Spanish-language outreach and welcoming all those affected by natural or human-caused disasters to seek safety in their shelters. Good stuff!

    After listening to this insightful conversation, your homework shall consist of: 1) subscribing to our podcast by clicking the "Follow"/iTunes button, 2) following Jarrett (@JarrettBarrios) on Twitter, and 3) sharing this podcast with other Americans living abroad!

    (Fun fact: Latinos are more likely to have an O-positive blood type, thereby indicating they are extremely valuable for blood donations due to the universality of O blood and making it the highest in demand. It's important to remember that Latino blood donors make powerful contributions to patients in the emergency room!)

    DA Hispanic Caucus participants in this episode: Lori Smith (DA Mexico), Amerika García-Grewal (DA Fiji), and Michael Ramos (DA Australia). Podcast music provided by Carlos Colao (DA Spain).

    June 25, 2019 (Guest: Jana Nelson)

    This week the Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus welcomed polyglot and foreign affairs expert Jana Nelson (Twitter: @anajanaina) as a special guest on our podcast. Jana has considerable experience as a congressional staff member, professional researcher, and working in diplomacy at the State Department. Among her many areas of specialized knowledge, Jana spoke with us about the various services provided by U.S. embassies and consulates which are available to U.S. citizens living or traveling abroad. The Hispanic Caucus was lucky to secure some of Jana's time and get her input on what an ambassador does and what the purpose of an embassy is, the role of Congress as it relates to U.S. embassies and consulates, why it's important for Americans abroad to vote, and several other important items. Please check out Jana's insightful commentary!

    DA Hispanic Caucus participants in this episode: Amerika García-Grewal (DA Fiji), Luis Ore (DA Peru), Melanie García (DA Dominican Republic), and Michael Ramos (DA Australia). Podcast music provided by Carlos Colao (DA Spain).


  • published Trump’s Trade and Tariffs Deals in News / Noticias 2019-07-08 12:27:49 -0400

    Trump’s Trade and Tariffs Deals: Disastrous for Americans Abroad, Local and Global Impact

    By: Bernardo Javalquinto, Ph.D.

    Virtually every nation which began as a colony and gained independence has benefitted from having an open economy, as opposed to those opting for closed, “protectionist” trade policies. There is a mountain of evidence demonstrating that closed economies carry a number of problems which negatively affect their citizens, and many are unaware that the damage is not only applicable to the wealthy and powerful but rather extends to its working-class citizenry on a local level. In the case of the Trump Administration, every day that passes takes us one step closer to a closed economy, and Americans living abroad are seeing first-hand the global damage being done by the U.S. threatening new tariffs and striving for unilateral trade demands.

    Let’s be clear: a wide range of respected economists agree that Trump’s tariffs will hurt most Americans. The United States was – and still is – interdependent with the global economy. Despite the financial crisis of the Depression era, it taught us many lessons about economics, markets, trade, and tariffs. The United States has traditionally thrived in being one of the most prosperous industrialized nations but now risks remaining economically competitive and reminds us of the threats brought on by the Depression era.

    Incredibly, the President’s policies reverse America’s long, slow shift towards a more open economy. Economists, the Democratic Party, and the American people fully realize what the Trump Administration is currently doing on trade and tariffs. Mr. Trump believes he is all-knowledgeable on business deals, but it is clear his business experience has led to policies which are beneficial to the top 1 percent of income earners and Wall Street, and not the workers and families of Main Street.

    Furthermore, as the Trump Administration pushes us further toward a closed economy, its trade policies will inevitably continue to affect other issues such as migration. The administration is already indirectly raising the cost of goods and services through tariffs, but basic economics tells us that when prices start to rise, inflation follows suit. This is significant because the purchasing power of the American people is decreased nowadays due to the fact that prices are higher for imported goods and services. As economists, academics, and others who understand what is currently happening by the Trump Administration have warned us of an economic slowdown, it is imperative that we act now to avoid the emotional strain of America’s families having to somehow get by on worse trade deals and tariffs. Protectionist economies do not allow for fair economic competition to maintain a balance in prices; it only creates an extremely nationalist economy that is not able to compete with other free-market economies to become more efficient, more innovative, and maintain sustainable growth over time.

    Not surprisingly, absent from the administration’s trade playbook is how it intends on helping the lowest-earning Americans from being affected by teasing new tariffs which would undoubtedly further discourage international cooperation. Meanwhile, the administration continues to negotiate trade deals behind closed doors on behalf of corporate America while America’s labor leaders are patiently waiting to see any shred of evidence where the administration is serious about including 21st-century worker protections.

    To summarize, this administration is creating 3:00 A.M. policies on Twitter and not having a serious discussion with the American people in explaining the rationale for aggressive tariffs which will hurt Americans both domestically and abroad. This administration continues to not be transparent in detailing trade plans despite Mr. Trump claiming to have “unprecedented” negotiating skills. And while this administration’s rhetoric is about promoting the protection of American workers, evidence shows that the only stakeholders who have the president’s ear are his campaign donors.

    For these reasons, I would invite every U.S. citizen to think about the damage that our country is experiencing with Donald Trump’s trade and tariff policies, unless, of course, America’s citizens are yearning to experience another economic slowdown.

     

    Dr. Bernardo Javalquinto is an economist, a member of the Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus Steering Committee, and the Chair of Democrats Abroad Chile.


  • 4th of July 2019 in Guadalajara - 4 de julio de 2019 en Guadalajara

                                    

       

     


  • signed up on bc_signup 2019-07-03 07:25:45 -0400

  • Why I Vote - ¿Por Qué Voto? -- Amerika Garcia-Grewal

    Why I Vote -- by Amerika Garcia-Grewal
    Since I turned 18 I've lived in Texas, Tennessee, Kansas, and New York. I've been to each state capital and to Washington, DC to visit my legislators and share my concerns about different issues over the years. Voting is more than "something to do" every four years; it's a way of building up our country's leadership, beginning at the local level, and supporting them all the way to the White House.
    My move to Fiji in 2014 made it more challenging to participate in local elections. Because of the lengthy mail times I have never received a ballot from my hometown election office in time to vote on that ballot. Luckily, the tools at VoteFromAbroad.org make it easy to make sure I'm registered to vote and that I'm using the right ballots to vote.
    So why do I vote? I vote because I love my country. I vote because I saw my parents vote when I was a child. I vote because I want my voice to be heard. I vote because I am a role model for my family. I vote because I know that not every country allows its citizenry to participate in democratic elections.
    I vote because it matters.
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    Por qué voto -- por Amerika Garcia-Grewal
    Desde que cumplí 18 años, he vivido en Texas, Tennessee, Kansas y Nueva York. He estado en la capital de cada estado y en Washington, DC para visitar a mis legisladores y compartir mis preocupaciones sobre diferentes temas a lo largo de los años. Votar es más que "algo que hacer" cada cuatro años; es una forma de construir el liderazgo de nuestro país, comenzando a nivel local, y apoyándolos hasta la Casa Blanca.
    El venir a vivir a Fiji en 2014 hizo más difícil mi participación en las elecciones locales. Debido al lento servicio de correo, nunca he recibido una boleta de la oficina de elecciones de mi ciudad natal a tiempo para votar en esa elección. Afortunadamente, las herramientas en VoteFromAbroad.org hacen que sea fácil estar segura de que estoy registrada para votar y de que estoy usando las boletas correctas para votar.
    Entonces, ¿por qué voto? Voto porque amo a mi país. Voto porque vi a mis padres votar cuando era niña. Voto porque quiero que mi voz sea escuchada. Voto porque soy un modelo para mi familia. Voto porque sé que no todos los países permiten que sus ciudadanos participen en elecciones democráticas.
    Yo voto porque importa.

  • published TAKE ACTION! in Take Action! / ¡Tomá Acción! 2019-06-21 13:53:19 -0400

    TAKE ACTION on the issue of Latinos Absent in Top Military Ranks

    The Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus urges all members to contact your U.S. representative and your two U.S. senators regarding the below issue.

    Background: One of the lesser talked-about issues of importance is the major lack of Hispanic Americans serving in the U.S. military’s highest officer ranks. It’s unclear as to exactly why that is, but given that Hispanics comprise a large percentage of all U.S. service-members, clearly there needs to be some changes to ensure fairer officer representation of Hispanics and that they are able to fill these top leadership roles. (A broader discussion of this topic can be heard on our podcast episode from May 2019.)

    For the purpose of filling out the online forms on the web sites of your members of Congress, see below for a basic template where you simply need to add in your personal details, or modify to your liking.

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    Dear Representative ______ / Senator _______,

    My name is [your name] and I’m your constituent from [name of home town]. I’m writing because I believe there is an important issue currently happening within our military that needs to be immediately addressed.

    When it comes to diversity in our Armed Forces, there are Americans of every color who fill the ranks and serve our nation with pride. However, within the very top officer ranks -- such as generals and admirals -- Hispanic Americans are almost completely absent. This is significant considering that America’s top officers make life and death decisions on the battlefield, contribute to our nation’s national security intelligence, advise strategies to the White House, serve as role models to younger service-members of color, and provide critical input on countless other issues.

    Latinos not only comprise a decent percentage of America’s military, both enlisted and officer, but they are also nominated to U.S. military academies, earn Medals of Honor, and are adequately represented in almost all other aspects of the U.S. military. Numerous studies have proven that having diversity in leadership contributes to beneficial outcomes. Why there’s a lack of Hispanic representation among America’s top officer ranks is an important question in which we all deserve to know the answer.

    Therefore, I urge you to create a Defense Advisory Committee on Latinos in the Services to formally investigate potential solutions to this lack of diversity such as demanding adequate mentoring, development and promotion of Hispanic American officers.

    I respectfully request your response to this message.

    Thank you for your consideration,

    [your name and contact details]

    p.s. I strongly encourage you to read this article from The Hill which directly speaks on this topic: https://thehill.com/latino/398139-latinos-arent-reaching-top-military-positions-study-shows


  • published History/Historia in Guadalajara 2019-06-19 11:34:05 -0400

    History/Historia

    Democrats Abroad in Guadalajara, Mexico began existence in 2017. A Lake Chapala Chapter existed before that. Chapala has more than a thousand members. Prior to 2017, members in Guadalajara were affiliated with the Lake Chapala Chapter. When the Guadalajara Chapter formed, some 200 of the Chapala members, those with a Guadalajara address, were transferred to the Guadalajara Chapter.

    Demócratas en el Extranjero Capítulo Guadalajara, México, comenzó a existir en 2017. Antes de eso, existía un Capítulo del Lago Chapala, el cual contaba con más de mil miembros.  Antes de 2017, los miembros de Guadalajara estaban afiliados al Capítulo del Lago de Chapala.  Cuando se formó el Capítulo de Guadalajara, unos 200 miembros de Chapala, aquellos con una dirección en Guadalajara, fueron transferidos al Capítulo de Guadalajara.

    Board of Directors/Junta Directiva

    July/Julio 2017 – February/Febrero 2019

    Will Chapman, Chair/Presidente
    Jude Wallesen, Vice Chair/Vicepresidenta
    William Prescott, Treasurer/Tesorero
    Cam Esser, Secretary/Secretaria
    Michaele Rivera, Member at Large/Miembro General
    Rick Rice, Member at Large/Miembro General
    Hector Dueñas, Member at Large/Miembro General
    Elaine Halleck, Member at Large/Miembro General
    Franklyn Dunne, Member at Large/Miembro General

    February/Febrero 2019 – February/Febrero 2021

    Jude Wallesen, Chair/Presidente
    William Prescott, Vice Chair & Treasurer/Vicepresidenta y Tesorero
    Cam Esser, Secretary/Secretaria
    Michaele Rivera, Member at Large/Miembro General
    Bob Patience, Member at Large/Miembro General
    Miguel Rivera, Member at Large/Miembro General
    Will Chapman, Immediate Past Chair/Presidente Anterior Inmediato

    Laura Santa Cruz Traductora


  • published Concurso de Diseño Gráfico in News/Noticias 2019-06-08 09:13:29 -0400

    Concurso de Diseño Gráfico

    La organización Democrats Abroad (Demócratas en el Extranjero) Guadalajara tiene el gusto de anunciar su primer concurso:

    "#DiseñoCamiseta para @DAGuadalajara"

    Somos un grupo de personas que vivimos en la ZMG, ciudadanos de los EEUU y tenemos la meta de encontrar a mexicanos o residentes en México que son ciudadanos de los EEUU para que sepan que pueden votar desde acá. Nuestro proyecto como organización incluye proteger el planeta para futuras generaciones, luchar por el respeto para la dignidad humana y cuidar las relaciones bilaterales y multilaterales. Queremos apoyarnos en un buen diseño para una camiseta que llevaremos puesta en futuros eventos; la idea es que la parte de atrás de la camiseta lleve la pregunta: “¿Naciste en Estados Unidos?” La misma camiseta deberá llevar un diseño que nos identifique: “Democrats Abroad GDL” por el frente. El diseño que buscamos en el concurso debe incluir lo siguiente (nuestro nombre) en texto legible: “Democrats Abroad GDL”; en las camisetas quedará el diseño elegido en el tamaño del bolsillo de una camisa. El color de la tela de la camiseta será azul fuerte. Recomendamos que su diseño incluya opciones para imprimirse en 1, 2, o más colores.

    El concurso está abierto a estudiantes y profesionales en Diseño Gráfico y el ganador se llevará un premio de $5000 pesos. Por favor, lea las reglas del concurso a continuación.

    ¡Agradecemos su interés! 


  • Hispanic Caucus Podcast Episodes For May 2019

    It’s that time, again: time to kick back and have a listen to the Hispanic Caucus’ most recent podcast episodes from May. We’ve been having terrific discussions with several notable guests, including: a UNICEF advocate who specializes in communicating with Congress, one of the nation’s most visible union bosses fighting for public schools and their workers, a Latina congressional candidate in the Peach State, and a former F-16 jet pilot now fighting for Hispanic representation in the military’s most senior ranks. All of these guests provided us with great reasons for us to vote from abroad, and after listening to them, we’re sure you’ll agree!

    All of our podcast episodes can be found here: https://www.democratsabroad.org/hc_podcasts

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    May 24, 2019

    One of the lesser-talked about issues of our time is the serious lack of Hispanic representation in the upper-most ranks of the United States Armed Forces, such as generals and admirals. Among those fighting to raise awareness of this issue is Edward Cabrera, president of the Hispanic Veterans Leadership Alliance (https://www.casabagroup.net/). "Eddie" is a former U.S. Air Force aviator who's now trying to educate both the public and federal lawmakers on this important issue. With an April 17th letter to the Defense Department backed by a May 7th letter from Congress, Eddie and his Alliance have been busy in 2019 in not only pointing out the problems with Hispanics being absent from senior officer positions, but he's also been proposing strategies to key officials to increase Hispanic representation in these role-model and mission-critical positions.

    As someone who previously flew F-16 fighter jets and other combat-ready aircraft in addition to continuing to serve our country by working as a NASA programs manager, members of the DA Hispanic Caucus and the DA Military and Veteran Family Caucus were grateful that Eddie joined our podcast to spread his important messaging. As Eddie mentions on the podcast, Americans living abroad can help the cause in doing a take-action item by contacting your members of Congress - ¡Escúchalo ya!

    May 17, 2019

    From immigrating to the U.S. as a young child to finishing law school to being elected as the first Latina in the state legislature, Brenda López Romero now aspires to be the next congresswoman representing the 7th Congressional District of Georgia. The Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus had a great discussion with Rep. López Romero in learning more about why she's running and what her platform issues are.

    As a fully-bilingual lawmaker, we definitely appreciated López Romero speaking directly to GA-7 voters living abroad and to our Spanish-speaking caucus members. Please feel free to share this podcast episode with any and all Americans who vote in Georgia's 7th district! "No podemos mejorar como estado, no podemos mejorar como país, sin tener buenos trabajos y desarrollo económico." - Brenda López Romero Sus comentarios en español comienzan a las 27:20 en la conversación. (Rep. López Romero’s Spanish-language remarks begin at 27:20 into the conversation.)

    May 11, 2019

    Sadly, even in twenty-first century America, the horrible and illegal practice of human trafficking exists. Joining us on this episode brought to you by the Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus was special guest Alejandra Colmenero (https://www.cllaro.org/staff/), a Denver-based expert in communicating this issue and other critically-important issues affecting children to the nation's top policymakers: members of Congress.

    Alejandra's experience as a leader on UNICEF's Congressional Action Team has led her to use her passion for activism to train dozens of others in how to approach lawmakers to support policies that make the world a far better place, especially for children. She also touched on why all Americans abroad should cast their votes from wherever they are in the world, because, as Alejandra rightly mentions, American citizens have a democratic voice and they should exercise their right to vote. Have a listen to this highly educated, passionate, and bilingual #StrongLatina to hear what she has to say on combating human trafficking and improving communications with lawmakers through effective citizen activism.

    May 10, 2019

    How is the United States currently doing as far as public education goes? How much is the current administration supporting teachers? Is there any connection to voting from abroad and supporting education policies to improve America's schools? And is anyone paying attention to schools in Puerto Rico? To answer these questions and more, we turn to an expert.

    Among the titans of those advocating for sound education policy and representing workers in the education industry is none other than Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers. It's no secret Randi is widely admired by America's teachers, those (and allies of those) who push for sensible education reforms, the LGBT community, people of color, Democratic elected officials, parents, and so many more. The Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus was very fortunate to have Randi speak with us on the current direction of U.S. education under the Trump Administration.


  • Political Donation History of Meeting Venues - El historial político de los lugares de reunión

    DPCA Voting Body Adopts Hispanic Caucus Language Calling for Closer Scrutiny of Political Donation History of Potential Meeting Venues

    Washington, D.C.—On May 17, 2019, the international body of voting representatives within the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA) passed a Hispanic Caucus-authored resolution which encourages a check of the political donation history of potential meeting venues. The resolution was considered on the first day of the 2019 Democrats Abroad (DA) Global Meeting.

    The resolution was amended after an April 2019 meeting held by the Resolutions Committee in which some members raised points on the original draft. The chair of the caucus, Michael Ramos (DA Australia), responded to those who commented and engaged the steering committee with edits to accommodate the concerns made by the Resolutions Committee. “Our caucus is active in not only electing candidates and holding elected officials accountable, but also in looking for ways to improve our Party. This weekend was no different. We were happy to discuss the resolution, make edits, include new ideas, and take into consideration others members’ concerns before re-drafting. The end result? Another successful global meeting, another Hispanic Caucus resolution passed,” he stated.

    Will Prescott (DA Mexico), a leader on the Hispanic Caucus and principal sponsor of the resolution, stated, “I’m pleased that members voted in favor of this common-sense measure to make sure that our money isn’t going to political candidates and parties that don’t align with our core beliefs. While we always strive to improve our Platform and processes, I know that when our caucus members have a seat at the table, great ideas are put forward.”

    Also at the Global Meeting, Hispanic Caucus member Lissette Wright (DA Canada) was unanimously re-elected as DA International Treasurer. The Hispanic Caucus is extremely proud to have a Latina and one of its members continue as a leader on the International Executive Committee.

    Founded in 2017, the Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus represents more than 500 members living in all parts of the globe.


    Propuesta del Comité Hispano que examina el historial político de los posibles lugares de reunión ha sido adoptada por el DPCA

    Washington, D.C.—El 17 de mayo de 2019, el cuerpo internacional de representantes con derecho a voto dentro del Comité del Partido Demócrata en el Extranjero (DPCA, por sus siglas en inglés) aprobó una resolución propuesta por el Comité Hispano (Hispanic Caucus, en inglés) que busca realizar una verificación mucho más a fondo sobre el historial de donaciones políticas de los posibles lugares de reunión, como hoteles y centros de convenciones. La resolución fue considerada durante el primer día de la Reunión Global de Demócratas en el Extranjero (DA) del 2019.

    La resolución se enmendó después de una reunión de abril del 2019 celebrada por el Comité de Resoluciones en la que algunos miembros plantearon puntos de contención sobre el borrador original. El presidente del Comité Hispano, Michael Ramos (DA Australia), respondió a quienes comentaron y comprometió al comité directivo a realizar los cambios para satisfacer las inquietudes del Comité de Resoluciones. “Nuestro comité está activo no solo para elegir candidatos y responsabilizar a los funcionarios electos, sino también para buscar formas de mejorar nuestro Partido. Este fin de semana no fue diferente. Nos complació discutir la resolución, hacer modificaciones, incluir nuestras ideas y tomar en cuenta las preocupaciones de los miembros antes de volver a redactarlas. ¿El resultado final? Otra Reunión Global exitosa y otra resolución del Comité Hispano aprobada,” declaró Ramos.

    Will Prescott (DA México), un líder del Comité Hispano y principal patrocinador de la resolución, declaró: “Me complace que los miembros votaran a favor de esta medida de sentido común para asegurarnos de que nuestro dinero no vaya a partidos políticos y candidatos que no se alinean con nuestras creencias. Si bien, siempre nos esforzamos por mejorar nuestra Plataforma y nuestros procesos, sé que cuando los miembros de nuestro comité tiene un lugar en la mesa, se presentan grandes ideas.”

    También en la Reunión Global, miembro del Comité Hispano, Lissette Wright (DA Canadá) fue reelecta unánimemente como Tesorera Internacional de DA. El Comité Hispano está sumamente orgulloso de tener una latina y a uno de sus miembros continuando como líder en el Comité Ejecutivo Internacional.

    Fundado en 2017, el Comité Hispano de Demócratas en el Extranjero representa a más de 500 miembros en todo el mundo.


  • Why I Vote? - ¿Por Qué Voto? — Melanie García

    Why I Vote

    As an American living in the Dominican Republic, I cherish the right to vote because it is a right that we as U.S. citizens all have, and we cannot be denied this sacred right to express our collective voices in American democracy. I choose to vote because I am exercising my right to choose who will represent us, who will help the overall American people, who will be the best choice in leading us while not causing further harm to our country, and who will respect the sovereignty of our shared American values.

    My vote is important to both me and my electorate. It does not matter that I am not currently living within the U.S. and going to my designated polling place on Election Day. By casting a ballot from overseas, I am proud to demonstrate my deep caring for all that is happening within the U.S., and I will do everything I possibly can to defend my U.S. voting rights.

    I look forward to each election back in New York because I can learn about the candidates running for office and I can then make an informed decision as to which persons would do the best job of representing me at the local, state, and federal offices. More than ever, I look forward to the upcoming elections because I want to choose candidates who are genuinely interested in working to find a solution to the many problems happening back in our home country.

    Why do I vote? By always exercising our right to vote from abroad, we are setting an example for other Americans as to showing our civic duty in participating in the electoral process. All voting-age Americans abroad who care about our country should cast their ballot whenever they can. Because if we do choose not choose to participate in elections, we are not holding the government and politicians accountable for our well being.

    I want a better future for me, my family, and all Americans. I vote because I want a seat at the table. I vote because if we choose to not vote, we might as well be on the menu.

    _______

    ¿Por qué Voto?

    Como norteamericana viviendo en República Dominicana, valoro el derecho a votar porque es un derecho que todo tenemos como ciudadanos estadounidenses, y este derecho sagrado de poder expresar democráticamente todas nuestra voces es un derecho al que no podemos negarnos. Elijo votar porque estoy ejercitando mi derecho a elegir quien nos debe representar, quien ayudara a todos los norteamericanos, quien será la mejor elección en guiarnos sin causar daño a nuestro país, y quien respetará la soberanía de nuestros valores americanos.


    Mi voto es importante tanto para mí como para mi electorado. No importa que no esté viviendo actualmente en Estados Unidos, voy a ir a mi correspondiente oficina electoral en el día de las elecciones. Ejercitando el derecho de voto desde fuera de Estados Unidos, estoy orgullosa de demostrar mi profunda preocupación y respeto sobre todo lo que está ocurriendo en Estados Unidos, y haré todo lo que esté en mi mano para defender mi derecho de voto.

    Estoy involucrada en cada una de las elecciones que se celebran en Nueva York y puedo aprender de los candidatos que se presentan para así poder tomar un decisión informada sobre qué personas harán el mejor trabajo para representarme a nivel local, estatal y en las oficinas federales. Ahora más que nunca estoy pendiente de las próximas elecciones porque quiero elegir a los candidatos que estén profundamente interesados en trabajar para encontrar una solución a muchos de los problemas que pasan en nuestro país.

    ¿Por qué voto? ejercitando siempre mi derecho de voto desde el extranjero, estamos fijando un ejemplo para otros norteamericanos mostrando nuestra función cívica de participar en los procesos electorales. Todos los estadounidenses en edad de votar que vivan en el extranjero y que se preocupen por nuestro país deben ejercitar su derecho de voto siempre que puedan. Porque si elegimos no participar en los procesos electorales, no podemos hacer a los a los gobernantes y políticos responsables de nuestro bienestar.

    Quiero un mejor futuro para mí, para mi familia y para todos los norteamericanos. Voto porque quiero una silla en la mesa. Voto porque, de no hacerlo, podemos acabar estando en el menú.


  • Hispanic Caucus Podcast Episodes For April 2019

    The Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus has been busy lately in discussing issues and speaking to special guests on our podcast. Please take a moment to hear our most recent episodes: a New York-based university professor with expertise on Latinos and the U.S. labor movement, the chair of the Virginia Democrats' Latino Caucus, and a former Democrats Abroad member-turned-gun control activist in California.

    All of our podcast episodes can be found here: https://www.democratsabroad.org/hc_podcasts

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    April 28, 2019

    In this week's episode, Alison Maciejewski, Steering Committee Member of the Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus, led a thoughtful discussion with our special guest based in New York, Stony Brook University's Lori Flores, Ph.D. Crank up the volume and hear Dr. Flores' thoughts on how Latinx agricultural workers have continued to endure unfair worker conditions, and how our classrooms' history books have been slow to include historical information about the significant contributions of Hispanic Americans during the organized labor movements over the years, such as proud Boricua Luisa Capetillo. Dr. Flores also highlighted why Americans abroad should vote for politicians who value worker protections and who will fight for safe working conditions in the agriculture industry.

    April 24, 2019

    From Hampton Roads to Alexandria to the capital of Richmond, there's much to be optimistic about for the future of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Joining the Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus podcast this week was special guest Monique Alcalá, the current chair of the Virginia Democratic Party's Latino Caucus. Monique's valuable experience in working within the party and various candidates over the years makes her a true expert in Virginia politics, and we were lucky to learn straight from her about an amazing Latino candidate for state delegate, an effective peer-to-peer support program, and an interesting description of her role as Latino Caucus chair in creating opportunities for Virginians to engage with the party, Democratic candidates, and each other as a way of motivating activism. Get the latest scoop with what's happening on the ground in the Old Dominion State by checking out Chairwoman Alcalá's insightful commentary.

    April 4, 2019

    Will Prescott and Michael Ramos of the Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus caught up with San Francisco-based, pro-gun safety activist Alex Navarro with Moms Demand Action (https://momsdemandaction.org/). As a former member of Democrats Abroad Netherlands, Alex has significant experience living abroad and has since advocated tirelessly for common-sense gun reforms to her California lawmakers. Have a listen to learn more about what Alex has been doing since returning back to the U.S. and why she is a clear leader in the ongoing fight again the gun lobby. 


Father/Papá; Geophysicist/Geofisica; Runner/Corredor; Motorcyclist/Motociclista; Computer Scientist/Científico de la Computación; Vegan/Vegano.