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.
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.
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.
I have spent a number of years involved with Democrats Abroad. I first got involved as a student with DAUK in Scotland. I then served as the Vice Chair and Chair of DA in the UAE, where we launched the first Global Presidential Primary for Democratic voters in the Emirates and held a very successful membership and voter registration drive for the 2016 general election. These two positions also allowed me the experience of serving as a Democratic Party Committee Abroad Voting Representative. Since relocating to London, I’ve been involved with DAUK, through the Women’s Caucus and the DAUK Film Committee. I’ve also been a part of the Democrats Abroad Global Communications Team, to apply some of my professional PR and communications skills to furthering the goals and initiatives of Democrats Abroad and the wider Democratic party. I’m running for DAUK Voting Representative to the DPCA as I would like to utilise my previous experience and background with the DPCA to advocate for DAUK at the global level for Democrats Abroad, as well as to help accelerate the work that DA is already doing on behalf of the millions of Americans that live overseas. Alternatively, I am running for At-Large Member of the Executive Committee of DAUK for the chance to use my background and expertise to help sustain DAUK’s operations and help expand its reach through various activities, events, committee work and membership and voter registration activities. I have seen firsthand how important and valuable the work is that Democrats Abroad, and on a more local level, DAUK, does to offer opportunities for greater civic engagement to Americans living abroad. This work has become even more critical over the last four years. However, I believe it should still play a significant role as we move forward into a new administration and towards new opportunities to flex our democratic ideals outside of the United States
It has been my honor to serve as DAUK Chair in an extraordinary four years that culminated in our commanding victory of 2020, when Democrats took the White House and Senate, and held the House.
Thank you for the opportunity to lead the largest and most dynamic country committee in Democrats Abroad. Due to your hard work, more overseas voters now cast their ballots than ever before.
We won in 2020 despite a worldwide pandemic that deprived us of so much, including our usual in-person campaign methods. DAUK shifted online and we thrived. I’m grateful to every leader and volunteer who jumped in with both hands. Zoom became our friend!
The truth is that when the pandemic forced us online, we were prepared. We already knew and trusted each other: our committees, caucuses, and chapters, including newcomers such as the Black Caucus and the Tax Committee, felt supported. We had a track record of success, including well-organized voter registration, the 2018 London campaign office, five Global Presidential Primary sites across the UK, and too many other events to count, organized by our many groups. Most importantly, we agreed about the issues that really matter.
The Democrats we elected are starting to address those issues. We want to see the change, knowing there is a long way to go in solving climate change, systemic racism, deep-rooted misogyny, and economic injustice. DA members have our own concerns, such as taxation, immigration, and access to government services. We experience voter suppression when our overseas ballots are returned or denied by elections officials. There is so much work ahead.
I am asking for your vote for Executive Committee (ExCom) at-large member, now that my two terms as Chair have ended. Former Chair Bill Barnard’s advice and perspective were useful for me and I hope I can play a similar role.
I am also asking for your vote for DPCA representative. The voices and diverse viewpoints of DAUK’s large delegation must be heard and understood at the global level. As a founding country committee and the largest (still keeping an eye on DA Canada!), DAUK is regaining its prominent role at the DPCA, contributing talent, hard work, and funding. We must amplify our members’ voices, and the relationships I have forged with many country committee leaders will help that continue.
When I ran for Chair in 2017, I promised to enable remote participation in DAUK elections so more members could vote. In 2020, our Council approved the bylaws that made it possible and on March 20, 2021, DAUK will hold its first entirely online election.
I would be very grateful for your vote for ExCom at-large member and DPCA representative. I would also like to encourage you to support four officer candidates — Nicole Belanger Satullo, John Lindsay, Caroline Ruchonnet, and Monica Tanouye. I know them to have the skills, experience, and vision to lead DAUK confidentally into the 2022 midterms. Visit teamnicole21.com to find out more.
My name is Rebecca Lammers and I’m running for DPCA Voting Representative and At-Large Member of the Executive Committee. I started the DAUK Tax Committee in the fall of 2017 to help make Residency Based Taxation a reality. Currently, Americans abroad have to double file and many of us are double-taxed under the US citizenship based tax system. A switch to Residency Based Taxation would eliminate the tax discrimination of Americans abroad. This fight is at the heart of my activism. It is simply unfair that we are the only developed country in the world that taxes its citizens living abroad and this must change.
I have run events, webinars, and conference calls to help educate DAUK members on American abroad taxes and discrimination including Tax Day in 2019, Expat Tax 101 webinars, and the Social Security webinar last year. Events hosted by the Tax Committee have been some of the largest DAUK events over the last few years and important fundraisers to fund our voter outreach efforts. Through these tax education events, I’ve brought what has historically been an uncomfortable topic to the forefront. These conversations have helped move our tax advocacy work in the right direction both in the UK and in Washington DC.
I am also a member of the DPCA Taxation Task Force to help with our tax advocacy efforts in Washington DC. I have gone to Washington DC multiple times on door knocks to talk to lawmakers on passing Residency Based Taxation legislation and continue to keep in touch with lawmakers since COVID. The unfortunate harsh reality is that most lawmakers don’t think about Americans abroad when writing bills in Congress. But, since Democrats Abroad doubled the voter turnout in 2020 and helped win all branches of government, we are well-positioned over the next 2 years to make huge strides in our tax advocacy efforts.
My aim in joining the Executive Committee and DPCA is to ensure that tax reform for Americans abroad remains one of the top issues that DA campaigns on. I am also a huge proponent of American abroad voting rights. As part of the Executive Committee, I would like to help oversee DAUK become a more inclusive organization spanning a wide mix of class, race, gender, and disability. By increasing the diversity of our leadership, it will help us become a better volunteer-led organization. Overall, I will give voice to the issues members care most about and ensure DA steers the right path over the next 2 years.
Personally, I have lived in the UK for 13 years, am a dual US/UK citizen, and I run my own business specializing in online marketing and video monetization.
I would appreciate your support by voting for me on March 20th!
This is the year where I feel a strong commitment to formally participate in the Democratic Party. I’m always busy blogging on political and economic issues through my social networks but given what has happened in this past year, I feel that democracy is under threat. I was a university professor at Columbia University (graduate school of business) and hold a doctorate in economics from the University of Chicago. Barak Obama’s new home ! I am filled with ideas and deep experience and would like to be part of the Democratic effort to ensure the Dems stay in control of the House and Senate in 2022. Indeed I consider these aspirations as critical for the existential survival of democracy in the USA and indeed western civilisation.
There must never ever be a Donald elected as president again. In the UK we have seen the rise of populism and economic nationalism. Likewise in multiple European states. What can we do to leverage US clout to influence the Uk ? Already president elect Biden has made the UK back off its threat to undermine the Good Friday agreement!
So the question I ask is what can we do together to galvanise democrats abroad to vote especially in red states or red districts in blue states? Snd influence policy in the uk.
Keen to be part of the solution.
I am a NY voter and live in London.
When I launched the Bernie Sanders campaign in the U.K. in July 2015 – at the Independence Day picnic of Democrats Abroad in Portman Square – I had no idea where it would all lead.
Hillary Clinton was widely assumed to to be the party’s candidate in the 2016 elections and Donald Trump was one of many potential Republican rivals, then seen as unlikely to win the nomination.
No one was more surprised than me when our campaign rapidly grew, and Sanders triumphed in the Global Presidential Primary that year.
My work on the Sanders campaigns that year and again in 2020 came after decades of political activism going back to Senator Eugene McCarthy’s campaign in 1968. My involvement in protests against the Vietnam war led me into a life campaigning for social justice, fighting against racism, anti-Semitism and xenophobia.
While still in high school, I joined the democratic socialist movement. In fact, Bernie Sanders and I were both members of the same small organization, though I joined it a decade after he did.
After 18 years living on a kibbutz in Israel, I moved to London where I established LabourStart, the news and campaigning website of the international trade union movement. I encourage all of you to join us in campaigns supporting workers’ rights around the world: https://www.labourstart.org
As a member of the Executive Committee of Democrats Abroad UK, I will continue that work – fighting for progressive values, for a more just and fair society, and above all for strengthening the power of working people and their organizations, the trade unions.
Like all of you, I am delighted that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won the election. I campaigned for them (primarily through my journalism) as I did four years earlier for Hillary Clinton. I publicly debated people in London and Berlin who refused to back the Democrats because they were not seen as left-wing enough.
I am as convinced now as I was when I joined the Young People’s Socialist League (YPSL) back in 1971 that our place is inside the Democratic Party.
Our job is to constantly push the party to the left. That means rejecting the neo-liberal and pro-corporate ideas that turned off many working people to the party and drove them into the arms of populist demagogues.
Democrats Abroad is uniquely positioned to play a progressive role in the party. Here in the UK, where we all benefit from the NHS and the welfare state, we understand that social democracy is not something to be feared. We can advocate for things like healthcare as a human right because we have experienced that in our daily lives. We have learned that trade unions are a vital component of civil society, and we should encourage the Democrats to prioritize their pro-worker, pro-union agenda – as Senator Sanders is doing.
I believe that we will defeat Trumpism and ensure a Democratic majority in the years to come only by embracing social democratic values – as I have done my entire life.
I am nominating myself for a role on the DAUK Executive Committee and/or a member of the DAUK Council.
I bring a wide range of experience and expertise to both these roles and I can help DAUK with fundraising, get out the vote issues, and strategic direction in the future.
I am passionate about voter registration issues, increasing the membership in Democrats Abroad, and in communicating with all global expatriates about issues that concern them and their families.
I have been a member of Democrats Abroad since 2007, and I have served in chapters in France, Canada and the UK.
I have been on the board of directors in Toronto, and active with the London chapter.
I have taken part in in the 2008, 2012, 2018, and 2020 election campaigns and the 2020 Global Presidential Primary.
I have been in a variety of roles to include campaign manager, voting centre manager, voter registration officer and volunteer phone banker.
I look forward to being able to assist the DAUK executive committee and and the DAUK council in any way I can.
Democrats Abroad UK has undergone an incredible period of growth, culminating in our record-setting year for voter turnout, media engagement, and awareness raising in 2020. We have a strong foundation as we head into critical midterm elections in 2022, and I want to help us double down on our successes and move forward together.
As Vice Chair of DAUK, I plan to:
- Welcome diverse perspectives from the wide spectrum of our membership and make their concerns heard by the Executive Committee through frequent outreach and consultation with activists, caucuses, and other groups.
- Examine methods to improve and streamline our communications. Starting with a full-scale review of our communications plan, and working with our dedicated team to improve and scale the communications strategy, we will meet the needs of our global presence. This exercise would include collaborating with existing communications leaders across Democrats Abroad International (DA).
- Expand engagement with members through continued virtual Town Halls, enabling greater participation from across the UK.
- Work closely with our Get-Out-The-Vote team to provide committed resources and sufficient publicity to achieve our most essential purpose as DAUK.
- Establish a standing fundraising committee to fiscally support DAUK’s efforts while deepening ties to DA’s worldwide fundraising efforts.
The Vice Chair position provides an opportunity to work internally, by supporting members and volunteers across the UK, and externally, by reaching out to the wider public about the issues that matter to us most. Like the other members of Team Nicole, I have had the opportunity to support DAUK in both capacities, including:
- Serving as a spokesperson for DAUK on major radio and television outlets, including BBC radio, the Daily Mail, and Arise Media.
- Co-Chairing the Oxford chapter’s voter registration drive.
- Serving as a member of the Call the World fundraising team, which raised over $25,000 to support Democrats Abroad’s phone-banking efforts and GOTV around the world.
- Co-authoring the DA Platform Planks on Foreign Policy and Trade.
- Organizing events with DA on climate change and voter registration, including a discussion with Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY).
Beyond my activities with DAUK, I bring a decade of political organizing, fundraising, and policy experience supporting progressive candidates and causes in the U.S. Recently, I served as a member of the foreign policy team for both Secretary Buttigieg and President Biden’s Presidential campaigns, and as a consultant to several progressive policy organizations. I also bring the experience of growing up in upstate New York, in an area that overwhelmingly supported Donald Trump, and the skills to successfully advocate to these communities – including union homes like mine.
DAUK is central to my community here in the UK, and I look forward to helping it grow, as either Vice Chair, an Executive Committee member, or DPCA representative. I hope you will join me in moving DAUK forward, by casting your vote for the members of Team Nicole – Nicole Belanger Satullo, Dr. Caroline Ruchonnet and Monica Tanouye. For more information, please visit www.TeamNicole21.com
My name is Brett McHargue and I am asking for your vote for Vice Chair of Democrats Abroad UK. Moving here from Texas in 2000, I joined Democrats Abroad almost immediately and involved myself whenever possible, from the early days of the Policy Network to the recent website launch.
After the 2016 election, shocked by the direction my country had taken, I knew more direct action was needed. I became a DPCA Voting Representative for DAUK. I attended the global and EMEA conventions in Washington DC and online. As an elections clerk I established the vote counting procedures for our first online convention. And as a software/web developer, I pushed for improving our online presence, in the UK and globally.
I now wish to serve as Vice Chair to continue that work within the UK and with our partners in the global community.
For those I have not met, I am a freelance software developer. From my university days forward, I have applied my technical knowledge and team building skills for progressive politics.
But technology has always been the means, never the goal. Some of the principles I follow as a software developer, I also follow in my political work. Most importantly “individuals and interactions over processes and tools”. We work best when we work together, open and transparently.
For the 2020 elections, with the monumental effort of a team of volunteers, I spearheaded the new DAUK website. A central source of up-to-date information, accessible by all of DAUK’s groups and caucuses has long been discussed. I was warned of the difficulties I might face with an eclectic group of volunteers. But I believe strongly that if you provide a team with a strong mission, thoughtful planning, and the right tools, then amazing things can happen. I hope the
end product speaks for itself – and it is just the beginning.
For our EMEA Convention I installed an online forum and video conference area for the sharing of ideas and policy discussion, as well as candidate delegate meetups. I later implemented a similar setup for Vote From Abroad Champions. The main goal in all my efforts has been to provide transparency and accessibility in our work as volunteers.
As the elections clerk for the conventions, I established the procedures needed to ensure a smooth election, working closely with DA members from Sweden, Germany, Israel and Luxembourg. I plan to continue building bridges with them all.
As Vice Chair I want to ensure that all our volunteers have what is needed to succeed in our mission. If you are a DAUK member, please do consider me for your vote. Together we can grow an unstoppable coalition and do the amazing. Let’s go do it!
Email: [email protected]
I am humbled to be nominated to serve at the national level of Democrats Abroad UK. I came as a student in 2004 without expecting to stay more than 3 years, yet here I am, likely to stay for the foreseeable. I joined as an exec at the Oxford chapter 2 years ago, and while I wish I could have been more helpful in my shift up to Manchester I was grateful to be involved, including phone banking voter registration for 2018, 2020 (including the Georgia runoffs, though not directly through Democrats Abroad).
I’ve also been keen to help out with voter protection, elements of improving our primary DA UK website and helping Dan Benatan (who deserves most of the credit) set up the group in Northwest England. If this seems suitable I’d be happy to help in further ways.
We live in strange times. The world we used to know sits just outside our window and yet remains out of reach. It has left us all longing for community and the connections we previously took for granted. As Secretary and your DPCA voting rep this is what I will be focused on. Over the past 2 years I have chaired the DAUK Women’s Caucus and succeeded in significantly expanding our membership.
For the members and groups of DAUK to do their best work, there needs to be transparent planning from the top that drives increased involvement throughout the various branches of the organisation. I’ve often felt that there’s been a bit of a disconnect between DAUK leadership and the caucuses, chapters, committees, regions and groups . As a result members feel unclear about the overall goals of the organization and struggle to understand how to get involved. Collectively, we have potential to drive real change if we work together with a clear purpose.
As chair of the Women’s Caucus I’ve focused heavily on engaging members from across the organization and ensuring it’s as easy as possible for individuals, both new and old, to get involved. As a result, the Women’s Caucus consistently has well attended events and is one of the most active groups within DAUK. Women’s Caucus members often go on to be involved and take leadership roles in other areas of the organization due to support from the leaders and the extensive cross collaboration efforts of the caucus. Co-hosting events and working with other areas of the organisation on projects means our members have great exposure to the rest of DAUK and can build their networks.
Increased engagement across DAUK will ensure that we have new and diverse voices speaking up and taking action. We need to provide a place where our members can bring their enthusiasm, knowledge and talent to keep propelling the organization into the future. As secretary I will engage with our members and take action to ensure everyone finds their feet in a way that can make a real difference.
Professionally, I have the necessary skills to be Secretary and have a wealth of experience in Human Resources, training, and onboarding. In DAUK there is a need for a proper onboarding process to ensure leaders and volunteers have the knowledge and skills they need to be successful. The best way to do this is by creating training tool boxes for each area of the organisation that explain the relevant bylaws, procedures and communication channels.
I am a committed and active member of DAUK and someone who has proven they can get things done in this organization. I ask that you vote for me to be your Secretary and DPCA voting rep where I will continue to bring my passion and drive to the leadership of this organization. Let’s #growtogether
John Scardino for:
Voting representative, Executive Committee, Council
Winning the 2020 Presidential election was fantastic. Electing Georgia’s first African American Senator and first Jewish American Senator was historic. This is a Democratic Party to be very proud of. I’m thrilled and grateful to have had a chance to work with DAUK for many years, but especially leading up to this great victory.
As a DAUK member since 2004, I’ve worked in support of individual Democratic presidential candidates every election year, one year co-writing a series of columns about the campaign for The Guardian newspaper (Sample column here).
My skills are primarily in communications, earning my Master’s at the Medill School of Journalism and working as an NBC TV reporter in Raleigh, NC.
I’ve been increasingly active in DAUK and, in 2016, began working with the communications team on:
• message development and discipline
• organising press interviews
• drafting and editing communication materials
• preparing speakers for interviews and events
• serving as a DAUK spokeperson on radio and television
Leading up to the 2018 midterm elections, I increasingly represented DAUK as a spokesperson debating Republicans Overseas on TV and radio with appearances on BBC, Sky, ITV, LBC and elsewhere, promoting VoteFromAbroad.org in the process.
I marched with family members, protesting Trump’s London visit in July 2018, proudly carrying the VFA banner through central London from Oxford Street to Parliament Square, then pitched our spokespeople to the press gathered at the rally to ensure Democrats Abroad was included in their coverage of the protest wherever possible. It was an unforgettable day.
Although I vote in D.C., my hometown is Savannah, GA, and my political roots are there, having worked as a press assistant in a campaign for governor and a legislative aide to an Atlanta congressman. I remain active in state and local politics through family and friends in the state. In December 2020, I organised the Global DA event New Georgia Project Speaks to DA, with NGP leader Nse Ufot, in support of our Georgia GOTV effort. You can still watch the event here on the DAUK Facebook page.
In 2019, I was elected as DPCA Voting Representative and, with your vote, hope to be re-elected. I also ask for your vote to join the Executive Committee, and the Council, so that I may continue to work for DAUK’s continuing mission to expand our membership, combat the false narratives promoted by the other party, ensure ongoing maximum press coverage for our core messages and help get the vote out for the elections this fall and the 2022 midterms.
I live with my wife and sons in London.
I am very interested in seeing DAUK grow in membership, caucus participation, and strategic action. Americans abroad are an underutilized source of ideas and action as demonstrated by our involvement in policy drafting in the spring of 2020 and our voter registration drives prior to the Presidential and later Georgia special elections. I was honoured to be included in the policy drafting work and was especially thrilled to see DAUK’s Covid-19 language and ideas strongly reflected in the Biden Harris administration’s strategy to address the pandemic. I have had a largely positive experience in providing volunteer and some leadership work within DAUK and would like to increase my responsibilities and participation.
As a researcher and curator I have been entrusted with the care of delicate and valuable objects relevant to cultural history, human remains, and private medical data. This educational and occupational background lends me exceptional organizational skills and has engendered conscientiousness of the ethical constraints and necessities for handling data. I am a thorough and disciplined note-taker often recording verbatim conversations mnemonically useful to participants and helpful to absentee but interested parties. These skills translate directly to the task of looking after our delicate and valuable democracy.
While the state of the DA is strong, there are also areas where Democrats Abroad and DAUK may improve. We have a wide pool of talent, but our communications could be more standardized and accessible. Particularly as we have been forced online we have an opportunity for greater inclusion and a wider reach. However, this will require better communication with other groups, more communication with the media, and the willingness for members of DAUK to meet at hours that are more convenient for Democrats on the other side of the globe. Particularly in reference to this last issue as a recovering academic I am eminently prepared to meet with members of Democrats Abroad who prefer to meet at early hours of the morning.
As Democrats we have recently had some remarkable successes both morally and electorally. While I consider myself a relentlessly progressive idealist, at my core I am a little d democrat and believe in – above all – the democratic process even where it does not necessarily reflect my own preferences. I am proud of the work I have thus far been privileged to do with DAUK and would like to increase the reach of my service. We have an excellent opportunity at this historical inflection point to increase membership and activism and to improve the efficacy and positive action of our Party and nation and I would like to be a part of that. I believe that my skills lie in communication, writing, and presentation as well as organization. I would make an excellent Secretary or DPCA representative, but as a little d democrat I defer to the will of the voters to place me in any position where I may be of service.
I am honored to have received a nomination for these posts and, if elected, would represent members to the best of my ability, informed by my Democratic and progressive values.
I am a lifelong Democrat. I’m presently a co-organizer of the Yorkshire Humber Region of DAUK. We in the region over the past year tried to reach out to Americans in universities in the region, developing contacts with students’ organizations and relevant trade unions. Moreover, we organized regular meetings, with members being encouraged to increase DAUK presence in the region. As a result, our members were featured in local newspapers and radio outlets. Our social media presence has improved. I believe that the increased emergence of regional groups across the UK has been an exciting development in DAUK and should be further encouraged and fostered.
I have lived in the UK for 35 years. I am an elementary/primary teacher by profession. I have taught in schools in the US, American schools in the UK, and in British state schools. I am a committed union activist and member. I was branch secretary of two unions in Yorkshire. I currently belong to the NEU and Unite. I was a union member in the US in both the NEA and UFCW.
I believe that the fight for social, racial, and economic justice has never been more urgent. It is essential that we stand with people in their struggle for human rights. The Black Lives Matter Movement, defending a woman’s right to choose, and the fight for LGBTQ+ equality are social justice issues which demand our support as Democrats. If elected I will try to do so.
I firmly believe the that the Democratic Party needs to be part of a coalition that advances the rights and rewards of workers and their families. As Democrats living abroad, we have a unique opportunity to reflect and share our experiences and values as part of a global effort to improve the lot of labor. The unionization of Amazon workers in Alabama, along with the recent UK Supreme Court victory of union Uber drivers here, will resonate beyond their respective national borders. We Democrats can advance this cause.
Of course, DA members have concerns unique to themselves and their families, such as the US tax system which penalizes overseas citizens with unfair bureaucracy and regulations. I will do my best to have these concerns heard.
As we enter an era of good governance and progressive change, Democrats Abroad can provide perspective and experience to help our fellow citizens. I would like to be part of this as an active member of these committees
Democrats Abroad UK, in the face of a corrupt and ineffective US administration, has gone through an unprecedented level of growth and change. As a DAUK Executive Committee member and DPCA Voting Representative, I will consolidate and build on the great work of our Caucuses, Committees, Chapters and leadership. We must inspire more UK based Americans to get involved with the Democratic Party and vote. We will enact an integrated, transparent and action focused plan to continue our growth, so we are game ready for the 2022 midterm elections. I want to help lead this next level of growth and am asking for your vote.
We are at an inflection point of needed organizational growth given our increased and very active membership. We must attract new, diverse volunteers and encourage their contributions with training and a clear path to engagement. As a volunteer, you know what activities succeeded and have ideas on expanding our outreach. With the knowledge and resources of a state-like Democratic party at your side, you will have the support to realize your projects. The caucuses, chapters and committee leadership can be further integrated into the DAUK Executive Committees with a clear process of consultation and activation when launching new projects, establishing budgets and setting priorities. We can have forward looking internal communications allowing time for your input into decision making and involving leadership from across the UK in our officer meetings and planning.
To engage and attract new-members, our external communication processes need an integrated 2 year plan for press, social media and advertising with targeted funding and staffing to meet our voter registration, membership and engagement goals. Zoom and other technology must amplify member’s voices in new ways that involve our volunteers across the UK. To sum it up, we will do the critical work to engage more members and deliver more votes at every level of government.
My experience working for the Democratic party allows me to be a strong, action-oriented, inclusive member of the DAUK Executive Committee. Registering voters has been my focus since 2004. As DAUK Voter Registration Coordinator, Executive Committee Member and Vice-Chair, I organized 100+ volunteers to register voters, oversaw huge membership growth, hosted more than 200 events and supervised a 1300 person London Inaugural Ball. In 2012, I was honoured to be a DA DNC Delegate for Barack Obama. In 2014, I co-founded Ready for Hillary London and London for Hillary hosting events, registering voters and raising funds. In 2020, with DA international, I fundraised for global phone banking with Call the World , managed numerous global speaker events and manned the 2020 global voter Zoom help desk. On the DAUK Executive Committee, I promote VoteFromAbroad.org, fundraise and coordinate numerous events. I have delivered concrete results to elect Democrats again and again. In short, I use my know-how and experience and I get things done.
Asha Subas for DAUK Executive Committee and DPCA Representative
When I moved to the UK, Democrats Abroad provided opportunities to impact United States politics in ways I didn’t think possible. I would be honored to serve on the ExCom and as a DPCA rep to give back and grow our impact in two proven ways: as a responsible and strategic team contributor and as a determined advocate.
At the DAUK level, I care deeply about projects and hold myself accountable to their success: from writing and editing to providing project management or an extra pair of hands. As a result, I collaboratively worked on committees such as the 2019 Elections Committee, the 2019 Bylaws Committee, the 2020 Global Primary Committee and the DAUK Website Committee. I am often asked to speak at events such as the 2018 Blue Wave Boot Camp, the 2019 RBG Film night, or the 2020 debate watch nights. Beyond just speaking, I am comfortable advocating for a point of view, project direction or more support for a cause.
What I would bring to the DAUK ExCom is this collaborative experience as well as strategic ideas and leadership to grow DAUK. I’m passionate about building a sense of greater community. After the 2020 election, I helped relaunch the DAUK-wide Speakeasy to build bridges between constituencies as well as pitched a website blog for more creative volunteering opportunities. For the 2022 elections, I and others want to restart a ‘states committee’ project to build links between Democrats Abroad members and their voting state. Most importantly, however, I see ExCom’s role as one of encouraging new ideas among membership and empowering members to pilot new projects.
At the global level, I was one of six members worldwide appointed to the 2020 Global Platform Committee due to my DAUK experience, especially with the Policy Network and Resolutions Committee. Not only did I build global connections, and reconcile members’ concerns from around the world, but I provided strategic advice to DAUK members for global platform changes such as better language around COVID and historically marginalized groups or regarding US taxpayers abroad. In addition, during the 2020 elections, I was a lawyer on the new Voter Protection team to ensure our abroad votes were counted. Currently, I am chairing the global Nominations and Elections Committee for 2021.
As DPCA voting rep, I would bring my existing global experience and connections along with a commitment to transparency and fairness in how Democrats Abroad fits into the larger Democratic Party picture. I would advocate for our members and their needs, whether by working together on strategy, participating in committees or in sponsoring resolutions, and I would help promote the reputation, skills and value of DAUK at the global level. I also have the availability to make meetings and build connections on the 24 hour global clock.
Thank you for your support and community over the years, and I hope I have your vote for ExCom and DPCA rep