Democrats Abroad UK Newsletter
Happy New Year! Brett, Elizabeth, Ari and I wish you all the best as 2023 begins. And what a way to begin, after the stunning midterm elections result! I would like to thank each and every DAUK volunteer who called, wrote and registered voters to achieve this result. The unity and resoluteness of Democrats is something to behold. There is so much good we can, and will, accomplish together.
Last week, our House leader Hakeem Jeffries, gave a rousing speech for the 118th Congress. There were a lot of great moments and here is my favorite:
“We believe that in America, our diversity is a strength, it is not a weakness — an economic strength, a competitive strength, a cultural strength, our diversity is a strength. It is not a weakness. We are a gorgeous mosaic of people from throughout the world. As John Lewis would sometimes remind us on this Floor, ‘we may have come over on different ships, but we’re all in the same boat now.’ We are white, we are Black, we are Latino, we are Asian, we are Native American, we are Christian, we are Jewish, we are Muslim, we are Hindu, we are religious, we are secular, we are gay, we are straight, we are young, we are older, we are women, we are men, we are citizens, we are Dreamers, out of many, we are one. That’s what makes America a great country. And no matter what kind of haters are trying to divide us, we’re not going to let anyone take that away from us – not now, not ever.” – Leader Jeffries, January 7, 2023
America is truly unique in these positive ideals, to this day not matched anywhere else in the world. Thank you for your wise words, Leader Jeffries.
Looking out over 2023, Democrats Abroad UK is planning an exciting year of events, where you can meet fellow Democrats, support get-out-the-vote efforts, and have fun! DAUK hosts the largest community of Democratic Americans outside the US, yet we have considerable room for growth. With your help, we can continue to build community, promote US voter participation from abroad and make our shared values come to life. If you wish to become a sustaining donor to help in these efforts, please sign up here! Any amount, even $5 a month, will matter.
Please stay tuned for announcements of upcoming events with Democratic leaders, thinkers and artists. On January 17, the DAUK Book Club will discuss Edible Economics, about the intersection of food and global (political) capital. On January 20, the Global Women’s Caucus will host reproductive rights expert Carrie Baker on “Women Win the Midterms: Now What?” Please see below for more detail.
Most importantly, please send in your ballot request form for 2023 (this must be done in most states annually). Go to www.votefromabroad.org and submit your registration and ballot request form (FPCA), then confirm receipt with your local election official. You will automatically receive all ballots for all races you are eligible to vote in for the entire calendar year!
Once again, warmest wishes for 2023.
Wen-Wen, Brett, Ari and Elizabeth – the DAUK officers
Jan 12 – DAUK Townhall: Intro to DAUK Leadership Elections 2023
Jan 15 – International Voter Registration Day
Jan 17 – DAUK Political Book Club
Jan 20 – Women Win the Midterms: Now What? (Global Women’s Caucus Event)
DAUK MEMBERSHIP VERIFICATION 2023
Click above before Jan 31 to verify you are still a resident in the UK and a member of Democrats Abroad UK, using your member ID code below. If you are not, please contact [email protected]
DAUK ELECTIONS 2023
A message from Democrats Abroad UK Nominations and Elections Committee:
If you have any questions, or need help requesting your ballot or nominating a candidate, please email [email protected].
Do you want to help lead DAUK? Nominate yourself or a fellow DAUK member to run in the 2023 Democrats Abroad UK leadership election. The Nominations and Elections Committee must receive your nomination by February 5. Nominate yourself or someone else HERE.
The leadership position roles and responsibilities can be found HERE.
ELECTIONS TOWN HALL
Questions? Want to learn more? The DAUK Nominations and Elections Committee will be hosting a Zoom Town Hall on January 12 at 7:00 pm GMT, so you can ask questions about becoming a candidate, nominating a member and voting. RSVP for the DAUK Elections Town Hall HERE.
REQUEST YOUR DAUK ELECTIONS BALLOT
For the 2023 leadership election, Democrats Abroad UK has adopted early and remote voting. If you want to vote in this election, you must request your ballot.The deadline for ballot requests is March 26, but why not do it now! Request your ballot HERE.
International Voter Registration Day
Sunday, January 15, 2023
Did you know? Many states require a new ballot request form for every calendar year in which you can vote. Do it now: go to www.votefromabroad.org and submit your registration and ballot request form (called an FPCA). Then follow through and confirm its receipt with your local election official. You will automatically receive all ballots for all races you are eligible to vote in for the entire calendar year!
DAUK Political Book Club
Tuesday, January 17, 2023. 6:30pm GMT via Zoom
Our book for January 17, Edible Economics: A Hungry Economist Explains the World, by Ha-Joon Chang, has been available in the UK but is not scheduled for publication in the US until (coincidentally) January 17. Participants outside the UK can order the book from, among other sources, Book Depository, which sources and ships books worldwide. For discussion questions for the book, please click here.
RSVP for the Zoom link at [email protected]
Women Win the Midterms: Now What? (Global Women’s Caucus Event)
Friday, January 20, 2023, 4-5pm GMT via Zoom
Dobbs killed Roe, but the midterms have shown that Americans have not given up on fighting for reproductive freedom. Dr. Carrie Baker, Professor of the Study of Women and Gender at Smith College, will update us on the state of the union on the essential issues of medication abortion, red state prohibitions, the Women’s Health Protection Act and other ways to ensure access to reproductive healthcare in the US.
RSVP for the Zoom link HERE.