Vision Statement of the DPCA: Democrats Abroad strives to provide Americans abroad a Democratic voice in our government and elect Democratic candidates by mobilizing the overseas vote.
My name is Linda Adeson and I’m asking for your vote for Executive Committee Member-at-Large.
I have been an active member of DAUK and GOTV team since 2008. As GOTV grew dramatically, I led within the group, serving as a Co-Chair since 2019. We instituted the first strategic plan to maximise voter turnout within and outside DAUK membership. I single-handedly convinced UK leadership to approve the postcard campaign in 2020, managing approximately 100 volunteers to send 10,000 postcards to members and swing state voters, at virtually no cost to DAUK. I served as DPCA Voting Representative, and was asked to act as a whip during our Regional and Global Meetings.
I also serve on Global Teams:
- Chair, Global Student Outreach: developed and presented sessions on building VR teams to EMEA leaders, shared knowledge with CCs on high school and university outreach, developed promotional materials
- Co-Chair, Vote From Abroad Global Comms: initiated the first social media campaign for Vote From Abroad as a stand-alone brand to encourage non-partisan voting activity; developed strategic plan, global steering committee and digital team; worked with Global Comms to integrate content with CCs
- Global Voter Assistance Zoom Rooms: set up and managed the first global voting assistance training and certification process (now used across Democrats Abroad). Helped manage and coordinate over 250 global volunteers
I’m running for ExCom because I believe passionately that getting out the vote is the single most important thing that we do in supporting the vision of the DPCA. Traditionally this has been mainly done from September to November in election years, but I believe it should be integrated into as many of DAUK’s activities, committees, caucuses and events as possible. Further I believe that creative thinking and new ideas are critical if we are to stay relevant and connected to our voters.
I believe equally passionately in the power of working in teams. Good ideas can come from anywhere, and valuing the work of our volunteers is critical to achieving our goals. As one of the founding and largest country committees in DPCA, DAUK should be leading the way in establishing best practices of volunteer recruitment, management, motivation and inclusion. Sharing information, seeking opinions, delegating effectively and respecting the incredible skills of our volunteers is tantamount to building a strong, goal-driven organisation. While offering community is vital, so is getting the work done. We risk losing resourceful volunteers by not involving, including and empowering them to contribute their talents and skills to achieve our goals.
My professional background is marketing/communications. I have an MBA in marketing, organisational behaviour and non-profit management. My experience is with global advertisers and brands, in addition to lecturing at US universities in the UK. I have significant volunteer and fund-raising experience outside of DA. My skills are: strategic thinking, creative problem-solving, public speaking and organising/motivating teams.
Those of us who have the privilege of living abroad know well the places where the United States shines bright – and also falls short – on the global stage. I am running to be a Voting Representative to the Democratic Party Committee Abroad because I believe in building a next-gen, big-tent, future-forward Democratic Party.
Inspired by my experiences living, studying, and working abroad in Central America, South East Asia and Europe, I bring a global perspective which will be advantageous in navigating the many global constituencies of the Democratic Party Committee Abroad. In addition to these experiences, I am not far from my roots in the American Midwest, where I was raised by a healthcare worker and a public educator who taught me the value of science, truth, and hard work. My upbringing and subsequent experiences abroad have shaped my belief that the future of the Democratic Party is that of a next-generation, big-tent, and future-forward Party.
Ours is a next-generation Party. As a queer person born on the border between the Millennial and Gen-Z generations, I understand full well that the Democratic Party is the best hope for my age cohort in tackling climate change, addressing inequality, valuing diversity, and advancing American interests in an increasingly global society.
The Democratic Party is also a big-tent Party. Our policies and politics must be inclusive and inviting for constituencies ranging from a working mom in the Midwest to a progressive expat based in London. As someone who participated in the Iowa Caucuses in Paris, I have witnessed this diversity of views even within our own constituency. My experiences represent this range of constituencies which will be vital for shaping a balanced and open wing of the Democratic Party.
Finally, our Party is future-forward. Those of us living abroad are well positioned to understand both the benefits and challenges of Liberalism. As those of us residing in the United Kingdom understand, a nationalistic impulse is not unique – but it is also far from beneficial. As Democrats Abroad, we have a unique responsibility to point to a more democratic, more open, more egalitarian future. One not driven by nationalism, but by humanitarianism.
From the top of my head to the tips of my toes, I believe that our Democratic Party is one which is next-generation, big-tent, and future-forward. These convictions are born not only of belief, but life itself. And it is on the basis of these convictions that I ask for your vote as one of the next Voting Representatives to the Democratic Party Committee Abroad
My name is Maria Allgaier, I am half Chiricahua Apache and half German. Currently I am a student at UCL and will be moving into my Masters in Human Rights law in a couple months time. I have been a member of Democrat’s Abroad for the last two years. In this time I have volunteered extensively with Vote From Abroad and I also co-run the ‘Native Affairs’ lecture series in partnership with DAUK where we provide a promote Native American rights for activists and scholars.
In May 2020 I was was elected as the Biden Alternate Delegate at the Global Convention for the DNC. I’ve worked closely with members for DA worldwide, and It was an honour to represent DAUK. I would like to continue my work within DAUK and would be honoured to be elected as a Voting Representative to the Democratic Party Committee Abroad. I believe that I could bring a lot to this position as I have gained a good amount of experience within DAUK and would like to build on this further.
For the first time in a decade, the Democratic Party, with control of both the executive and legislative branches of government, has a chance to affect significant change in economic, social & security policies, both domestic and international. As a globally active, serial healthcare entrepreneur, I believe that I can contribute substantially to the role which DAUK can play in helping to shape these important policies.
The Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA) is the global voice of the American Democrats living abroad. It represents us within the Democratic Party, leads in helping Americans abroad vote, advocates for our issues in Washington, and works with country committees to ensure that we can be effective here in the UK and around the world.
You elected me as your DPCA Voting Representative in 2019 and I stand for re-election based on my work for you over the last two years, including the following:
• Acting as DAUK’s advisor on countless compliance issues, including campaign finance issues, complying with our own bylaws, and complying with the ever-changing laws on gatherings and events in a pandemic.
• Heading the UK’s Bylaws Committee, which updated many rules and procedures. Importantly, our work enabled meetings to be held by electronic participation, which proved indispensable as the events of 2020 unfolded. I am also proud of the fact that we updated our gender balance rules to recognize and include people with a non-binary gender identity.
• Serving on the Global One-Person-One Vote Committee, which focused on how country committees and global leadership should welcome new members to the DCPA and ensure smooth processes under new rules with larger delegations.
• Serving on the Global Presidential Primary Committee, which helped plan countless tedious but essential details to ensure that our primary process would be fair, transparent, and open to new and existing members.
• Serving on the Global Credentials and Rules Committee, ensuring that our Global Convention would comply with our Delegate Selection Plan.
• Acting as Parliamentarian at several UK, regional, and global events.
• Training our voter registration leaders.
As you may have noticed, I am not scared of rules and procedure, matters that are often considered daunting by those who learn about the DPCA. However, I care about the rules because I view them as a powerful tool to get work done, ensure fairness, and empower our members – not as a weapon to intimidate people. I am truly passionate about ensuring that Democrats Abroad can work more effectively in the future, including by:
• Increasing our membership through coordinated efforts here in the UK and around the world.
• Getting out the overseas vote for the 2022 mid-term elections.
• Fighting for a progressive future, including sharing experiences of universal healthcare from overseas and tying that to the needs of Americans abroad.
• Better reaching out to Americans abroad of all backgrounds and becoming a group that truly includes and empowers everyone.
• Advocating on the issues that uniquely affect Americans Abroad, including Medicare portability, FATCA reform, and residence-based taxation.
Feel free to email me: [email protected]
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I want to serve as part of the DAUK committee because I believe that I am a strong candidate for representing young American citizens who live in the UK. I believe that young Americans living abroad are essential members of DAUK, since we are the members that will drive the future of the organisation. Much of our politically active life has been dominated by the latest presidency, and I believe that representing the young people who have been so affected by these factors is essential to ensuring that DAUK drives the change that they so passionately want to see.
I am proactive and extremely enthusiastic about the work that I do for DAUK. This is best demonstrated by the DAUK Brighton & Sussex Regional group that I set up in September last year. I became involved in DAUK via phone banking and reached out to the organisation to see if I could contribute further to GOTV. Within a couple of weeks, I had set up a fully functional regional group in Brighton & Sussex with over 40 members. Our group’s activity over the two months leading up to the election consisted of a large membership drive within our region, sending out over 1,300 post cards to US citizens abroad to encourage them to vote, putting up posters and handing out contact cards for DAUK. In addition, I hosted regional meetings to brainstorm ways to GOTV and we had some great events to discuss politics, including but not limited to joint Speakeasys with other regional groups. In addition, my organisational and communication skills are strong. This is demonstrated by the speed at which the Brighton & Sussex group was up and running, and the momentum we had from the first day. One of the things I am most proud of about the work I have contributed to DAUK over the past six months is the community that we have established down here in Sussex. What began as a movement for local outreach to GOTV has turned into many new beginnings and friendships for members of our group. This has been wonderful for solidarity over the political turmoil over the past six months and we have all learnt so much from each other both on a political and personal level. In addition, the past year has been incredibly isolating for everyone, and to have formed these personal connections that have made enduring these times that much easier has been my one of my proudest achievements.
Over the next two years, my biggest goal would be to make US citizens abroad feel that their representation is important. As a US citizen abroad, I understand that it is easy to feel disassociated from US politics, however we should have as loud a voice as anyone else. I would want to work hard to understand the issues and concerns facing US citizens abroad, and with that understanding I hope to be able to fight for the reform that addresses those issues.
Dear fellow DAUK members,
I am running for DPCA Voting Representative and Council Member in this election cycle. I would be very appreciative of your vote.
I am an Oxford Chapter member who first became involved in DAUK as a result of the devastation I felt after the 2016 election results. I dipped my toe in DAUK activism through the Women’s Caucus Legislative Committee and then soon after began taking on leadership roles, first as chair of the Voting Rights and Democracy group within the Policy Network and Resolutions Committee (PNR).
As Chair of the PNR Voting Rights and Democracy group, I work with fellow members to help deepen our engagement in the issues that affect our U.S. democracy. We collaborate with other DAUK Committees and Caucuses to hold workshops, host speaker events, utilise activism and undertake research projects. This included the preparation of a DA resolution on prison gerrymandering and working as a 5-member collaborative team providing the content for the Democracy and Elections section of the DA 2020 platform.
I then served as Treasurer in the Oxford Chapter in 2017and was elected to the DAUK and Oxford Executive Committees in 2018.
In 2018, I also became involved in leadership at the global level in DA as Chair of the Georgia voter protection project, to do post-election work supporting Fair Fight court cases, by finding plaintiffs from within our DA membership.
In 2019 I went on to Chair the DA Voter Protection initiative to lead and build out new teams to help ensure that voters abroad could have their votes counted in the challenging circumstances around the 2020 elections. In this role I built out and led a 17-member committee made up of volunteer lawyers, Intercom responders and advisors working to respond to and help resolve more complex voter issues during the 2020 general and GA Senate elections. We worked successfully across Country Committees and Regions (and in partnerships with DAUK Voter Registration and phone banking teams, DA Voter Assistance and Vote from Abroad). Being able to support voters who would otherwise not be able to vote was extremely gratifying.
If elected I would hope to:
• Continue working with fellow members in the above listed areas (as well as in efforts to advance social and economic justice and environmental protections).
• Seek ways to help strategize and prepare for a successful 2022 election cycle.
I have many years of professional project management, team leadership and design experience in publishing and public relations for Oxford academic institutions and in my current role at a geopolitical think-tank. I grew up in Northern NM and the CA Bay Area but have lived in the UK for nearly 30 years. I am the mom of two teenage sons. Apart from my volunteer work in DAUK and DA and work and family commitments I have recently developed an interest in permaculture as a route to providing more sustainable living, combatting food insecurity and reversing climate change.
TASIA CAMPBELL for DPCA
Welcome, old friends and newer members!
My name is Tasia Campbell, and I am running for re-election as Voting Representative for Democrats Abroad international (DPCA).
First, congratulations to you all for a hard-won victory in 2020. Your efforts–whether it was phone banking, fundraising or reaching our voters in any other way—paid off with a critical return of competence to the White House and congress. Take a bow!
Why I want to do this…
It’s simple, really. DA international, which comprises over 140 country committees all over the world, is holding important elections this May, and I would like to return as a representative to help maintain the very good alliance we enjoy with our global leaders and to protect DAUK’s interests. I am also delighted to serve on the international Asian American and Pacific Islander Caucus and the Progressive Caucus.
I like the job! At the global level, voting reps keep an eye on by-laws, shape principles and form plans of action that affect the entire world-wide community of Democrats. Long meetings and detailed discussions are not everybody’s cup of tea, but they are mine.
What I do…
Since joining DAUK in 2006, I have volunteered at all levels (thanks to all of you who help us collect rubbish at our annual Independence Day Picnics). Most recently, I ran our “Comedy Night With Rich Hall,” which brought in over £6,000 for our GOTV work. And I hope you were able to join our virtual “Pub Quiz with Erich McElroy,” which I wrote and organized for last year’s picnic. Thank you to all who supported these events.
These days, I work with my colleagues on the Press Team, fulfilling media requests and organizing journalists at our events. Last year, we covered more than 50 media spots during the presidential election alone, with interviews by many outlets (BBC Breakfast Show, Sunday Express, Washington Post to name a few).
And that monthly newsletter and those emails you receive from us? I’m one of the team of editors and writers who keep you informed.
Over the years, I have served on the Executive Committee, as Secretary and DPCA Voting Representative.
I live in London with my family, which includes one future voter! Please get in touch to ask questions, voice concerns or simply to introduce yourself. We are, after all, one community. [email protected]
Please vote for Tasia Campbell for DPCA Voting Representative.
Winning in 2020 was essential for the survival of our democracy. Only if we win in 2022, can we begin to address economic and social justice, the survival of the planet and the vitality of our democratic institutions. We all know that the votes of Democrats abroad can make a critical difference.
As a member of DAUK since 2003, I have initiated, supported, and served as a chair or member on a wide range of Committees and projects, as well as on the ExCom for three terms.
My priorities within DAUK have always been engagement, empowerment, and collaboration.
• Engagement: of new and old members through events (such as Film Nights), new avenues for engaging with US issues and Democratic policies (Policy Action Network now the PNR) or new methods of communication (new DAUK website project).
• Empowerment: including promoting transparency, the creation of resources and communication channels that give all members access to key information about DAUK, DA.
• Collaboration: across DAUK committees and Caucuses and with new Film Club proposals, regions and chapters.
Since the 2016 election and surge in interest and activism, I have prioritized:
• promoting and mentoring new member involvement and leadership, ‘making space’ (stepping aside from running for the 2019 DAUK ExCom) and supporting extraordinary successors (e.g., for the PNR);
• in response to new and old members’ questions and requests – initiating and supporting projects that produce and make accessible key information and guidance about DAUK and DA activities and processes, e.g. Who we are, practical advice on compliance, event planning, and DA processes for resolutions and platform development.
Central has been fostering strategic thinking about how to move projects forward and excite and support members in creating a resilient organizational infrastructure.
DPCA and representing DAUK
• Over the past 2 years I have contributed to drafting planks submitted for the 2020 DA Platform and conscientiously participated in Global and EMEA conferences, meetings, events, activities and training.
• I have long collaborated on cross-country projects, ranging from activism around the Affordable Care Act to sharing resources for film screenings.
Going forward: my emphases would be:
• supporting work to make volunteering at the DA level inclusive and sustainable for more, particularly younger, diverse volunteers to build a new generation of leaders:
• heightening visibility and streamlining access to the truly excellent resources; information, multi-media communications, events and activities that DA Global offers.
• promoting cross-country DA-wide collaboration
Within the DPCA team, I propose we
• build upon the training and support established by the DAUK Chair to support new representatives;
• choose a liaison to report and represent the DPCA team to the ExCom and Council and to serve as a contact point for DAUK members wanting to find out more about DA;
• map out a plan to share and discuss key information about DA, DNC, and EMEA issues, policies, and events with interested DAUK members and share these ideas within DPCA.
Thank you for your consideration. If elected, I would strive to serve both DPCA and you well.
Hello, I have been a voting volunteer for the past few years, and I would love to get more involved with the organisation. I have lived in Scotland for almost 5 years, and i study transatlantic politics at Edinburgh Uni. I am a medically retired navy veteran, and I have lived in several different countries and US states. I am incredibly comfortable navigating the necessary material to keep current with voting regulations, and I hope you will vote for me to be your voting and/or nonvoting representative.
A lifelong Democrat, I became a member of Democrats Abroad in 2004 and an active volunteer through the Obama campaign in 2008. I have remained an active DA volunteer both in the UK and at the DPCA (the global DA umbrella organization).
Here in the UK, I lead the team that manages our Eventbrite account, setting up events and making sure the ticketing process runs smoothly. We may have interacted if you have sent an email to the [email protected] email address.
At the DPCA level, I am head of the state data team. We acquired and processed voter roll data from over 15 states in 2018 and 2020. This data enabled us to find overseas registered Democrats around the world and help them use Vote from Abroad to get their ballots and vote. This data enabled volunteers to contact tens of thousands of voters through postcards, emails, and texts.
I am also a member of the global steering committee that oversees technical developments on the votefromabroad.org website and backend. We kept the site up and working smoothly through the 2020 election cycle and have great plans for improvements!
I joined the DAUK delegation to the DPCA in 2017 and have attended every meeting. I pay particular attention to the activities of the DPCA where my professional technical expertise can help us make better use of IT technology to further our goals. I also run the numbers to ensure that our UK membership is fairly represented in the voting strength we get in the main body of the DPCA.
In 2019, I participated in the Democrats Abroad “door knock” on Capitol Hill, where we break up into small groups to speak to Congressional staffers about the issues that particularly impact overseas Americans. This opportunity to put our case directly to people who have the power to improve our situation was one of the most powerful experiences I have had as a DPCA representative.
My experience of the DPCA and of the broader global organization allows me to mentor new members of our delegation, providing context and introductions to leaders worldwide.
I ask for your vote to re-elect me as a representative from Democrats Abroad UK to the DPCA.
I am a lifelong Democrat and have lived in the UK 22 years. I was raised in North Carolina and spent 15 years in Atlanta, Georgia and a short time in Florida before moving via Australia to The UK.
I have a passion for the decency and care that the Democratic party has always shown to people who need it.
I was in one of the first High Schools to be involved in Federally Mandated bussing in 1974 in Charlotte North Carolina and witnessed the resulting violence and chaos as well as the many good things that ultimately came from such bold and necessary action. I left the church I was raised in at age 15 when our minister suggested we were to be friendly to black people should one ever visit our church…but never to invite them to return.
My Dad died when I was 14 leaving me and my mom penniless, if not for the intervention of Tip O’Neill(as my Dad was from Massachusetts), to get our Social Security payments, I am not sure what would have happened to us. These are only a few of many personal life shaping examples which underpin my passion for The Democratic Parties programs and policies that support equity for minorities and the underprivileged, this includes Medicare for All and The Living Wage.
I am also very interested in restoring The John Lewis Voters Right Advancement Act and H.R.1, For the People Act.
I have worked all over the world as the company my husband and I ran for 25 years had offices in The Middle East, Europe and The US. This international exposure has given me opportunities to understand the influence and impact The US culture and our policies have on people globally.
I want to see the DPCA help the US set our own house in order by creating opportunities for all people while lifting up those in need so no one is left behind.
I want us to rise up to be the Democratic Nation that I believe is our destiny and then lead by example.
I have been active in DAUK since this past summer. I am a Regional Coordinator in The Bath, Bristol and Cotswold Group. Though COVID has been a hinderance, we worked hard this summer and Autumn to grow our membership and set up pop up tables to register voters throughout Gloucestershire. I have made contacts with local influencers and press to raise awareness of Vote from Abroad and the DAUK.