Global IT Team Member / DPCA Voting Representative/ DA Mexico Member-at-Large/ DA Guadalajara - Board Member

Board Member At-Large. I studied the crustal deformation associated with earthquakes and volcanoes, worked for the USGS, was President of the university consortium, UNAVCO, came to Mexico with the Peace Corps, worked for the Comisión Nacional Forestal (CONAFOR), worked for Trek Medics International. I have a son and grandson in Boston, Massachusetts and a daughter in Berlin, Germany. I have dual citizenship in the U.S. and Mexico.

  • Democrats Abroad, Baja California Sur, Organizational Meeting and Social

    Greetings from Democrats Abroad Mexico!

    The 2022 midterms are around the corner and are more important than ever!  We are hanging onto power in Congress by a thin thread.

    We are beginning to organize our chapters and volunteers throughout Mexico to help hundreds of thousands of US citizens in Mexico register to vote and to return their ballots. 

    We have not previously had a structured effort in BCS but are looking forward to leveraging the energy of the over 240 members of DAMX living throughout the state. 

    Erik Markeset has kindly offered to host a kickoff meeting at his home in Puerta de Hierro (Colonia El Tezal, near the Home Depot) in Los Cabos.  Erik has participated in Democrats Abroad for many years and was Chair of the Mexico City chapter from 2016 to 2018, where he still owns a business.

    Erik works in Mexico City but visits Cabo from time to time.  He will be there next week and has proposed Tuesday, Jan 25, 6 PM for a social and a planning meeting. 

    Highest Regards from DAMX,

    Erik Markeset, BCS Homeowner and Experienced Political Organizer

    Mike Sump, National Membership Chair

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    Get Out The Vote - Vamos por el Voto


    Get Out The Vote

    Saturday, January 29TH 11:00 – 1:00

    The Black Sheep 

    Happy New Year Everyone! It´s that time once again and DA Guadalajara is on the move to help U.S. Citizens register to vote for the Midterms this year. Please join us for our first in-person gathering in 2022 and learn how to vote from abroad using

    We’ll meet at The Black Sheep on Saturday, January 29th at 11:00 am in a safe environment and teach you how to register and request your ballot. Please arrive vaccinated and masked. We’ll also discuss how to ensure your ballot is received and counted. Most importantly, you´ll be able to help other U.S. citizens throughout the year do the same. With nearly 50,000 U.S. citizens living in the greater metropolitan area of Guadalajara, WE NEED YOUR HELP!

    Volunteer opportunities throughout the year include –

    • Helping friends and relatives
    • Serving at in-person GOTV events scheduled throughout the coming months
    • Supporting press and publicity opportunities
    • Participating with online and telephone support 

    The Black Sheep is located at 1872 Libertad - Colonia Americana. Please let us know you´re coming by clicking below. Questions or concerns can be sent to our GOTV Chair, Kathy Stanford at [email protected] or 332-310-4825.


    Vamos por el Voto

    Sábado, enero 29, 11:00 – 1:00

    The Black Sheep

    ¡Feliz Año a todos! Es tiempo otra vez y Demócratas en el Extranjero (DA) Guadalajara está en acción para ayudar a los ciudadanos de Estados Unidos a registrarse para votar en las Elecciones Intermedias este año. Por favor acompáñenos en nuestra primera reunión presencial en 2022 para aprender a votar desde el extranjero usando

    Nos reuniremos en El Black Sheep el sábado 29 de enero a las 11:00 am en un entorno seguro para enseñarle a registrarse y solicitar su boleta. Por favor llegue vacunada y enmascarada. También hablaremos de cómo asegurarse de que su boleta sea recibida y contada. Y aún más importante, usted estará capacitado para ayudar a otros ciudadanos estadounidenses a lo largo del año a hacer lo mismo. Con cerca de 50,000 ciudadanos de Estados Unidos viviendo en el área Metropolitana de Guadalajara ¡NECESITAMOS SU AYUDA!

    Las oportunidades para los voluntarios a lo largo del año incluyen-

    • Ayudar a sus amigos y familiares
    • Participar como representante de Vamos por el Voto en eventos programados a lo largo de los próximos meses
    • Apoyar las oportunidades de publicidad y prensa
    • Participar con soporte en línea y telefónico 

    El Black Sheep está ubicado en Libertad 1872, Colonia Americana. Por favor confirme su asistencia haciendo clic en RSVP. Puede enviar sus preguntas e inquietudes a nuestra Directora de GOTV (Vamos por el Voto), Kathy Stanford a [email protected] o al 332-310-4825.

    January 29, 2022 at 11:00am
    Black Sheep
    Libertad 1872
    Colonia Americana
    Guadalajara, Jalisco 44160
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    2021-10-09 - Ahuehuete Plant & Coffee

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  • Scientists: Can't live with them, can't live without them

    My job as a research scientist studying earthquakes and volcanoes occasionally took me to Washington, DC. I took advantage of a couple of these trips to take my kids to see the nation's capital, both my daughter and her younger brother at different times.

    My daughter came with me when I went to DC as a member of a National Academy of Sciences review panel. Between panel meetings my daughter and I did most of the typical tourist things available in DC, visiting the Mall, museums and memorials. As a Vietnam era draftee and Vietnam veteran, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is always both difficult to visit and impossible to avoid on trips to Washington. But my daughter tells me we didn't visit it that trip.

    One evening, maybe at the end of the panel deliberations, the NAS treated all the panelists to dinner at a fancy restaurant. My daughter came with me. She may have been the only female at the table. I believe all of the panelists were white males. I just did a brief search to see what fraction of the geoscience faculty is female. The most recent data I found was 10 years old, and at that time women constituted only 20% of the faculty positions in geoscience. This panel did not meet even that low threshold.

    After dinner my daughter commented to me on how unpleasant the company was. The conversation was dominated by various scientists trying to one-up each other with how accomplished and clever they were. Having worked and lived in that world for years, I think I was desensitized, used to it, and assuming that was just how people interacted. Seeing it through my daughter's eyes gave me a whole new perspective on male behavior. Her comment when reading a preview of this story:

    "I will say that that situation gave me a preview of what it's like to be the only woman at the table and probably helped me to make my way in science and speak my mind on issues I feel strongly about no matter who is in the room."

    In spite of her experience with scientists during that dinner, my daughter later went on to earn a PhD of her own in chemistry, before moving on from science.

    The funniest incident of the trip occurred when we checked into our hotel the first day. The desk clerk looked at our names on the register and said: "Oh, it's Bill and Hillary". My daughter's name is Hillary and mine is William. Although I have never used the nickname Bill, it was still amusing. Our trip occurred during the Clintons' tour in the White House, obviously.

    When I last lived in the US, it was in Colorado and I still vote there. My daughter lives in Germany and votes in California.

  • Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus reaches out to the new Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus

    We are happy to announce that the DAHC wrote to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to introduce ourselves to the new Chair, Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-CA-36), and to reaffirm our commitment to working with our Latinx Democratic allies to pass meaningful reforms. We want to use this year to forge strong ties to Congress and with other potential allies back in the  U.S.

    Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC)

    Attn. Mr. Raúl Ruiz, Chairman

    2241 Rayburn House Office Building

    Washington, DC 20515

    January 26th, 2021

    Dear Mr. Chairman,

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  • Successful Fundraiser on 6th of February 2020

    Democrats Abroad Guadalajara gives a hearty thanks to everyone who participated in our February 6th fundraiser. Your generous support will go a long way in helping us with our mission to Get Out the Vote to the more than 1.5 million U.S. citizens living in Mexico! Special thanks to our fundraising chair, Michaele Rivera, who organized a lovely evening in the home of Eva Petocz and José Maria Rancaño. Thank you, Eva and José for the use of your beautiful home! Dax, French cuisine, provided delicious appetizers accompanied by their elegant service. Their restaurant can be found on Ave. Rúben Darío 293. Check them out! And, we want to give a shout out to the musical duet, "Sambless" who provided us with beautiful tunes from the Americas. Thank you, Jessica and Orlando! For those of you who donated and attended, we not only raised money to help with this year´s expenses in promoting the right to vote from abroad, but also saw our community mobilizing for the hard work ahead. Let´s continue to get the word out that we are looking for your active participation in all of our upcoming efforts. Visit to learn more about how you can help. Even a few hours a month of active participation will go a long ways to getting a Democrat elected in the November 2020 elections!





  • 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.



    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.


    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.

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  • 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 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.
    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 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:

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


    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! 

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