18 episodes

Every American living abroad can vote in the U.S., and can engage politically back home through Democrats Abroad, an official arm of the Democratic Party.

Brought to you by David Schellenberg and Rachel Eugster (co-chairs of the Canada's Capital Region chapter of Democrats Abroad) this podcast is about Americans living outside the U.S.--who we are, what we stand for, how to get engaged back home, and how to make sure your vote is counted, Because when Democrats vote abroad, Democrats at home win.

For more info: democratsabroad.org
To get your ballot: votefromabroad.org

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Every American living abroad can vote in the U.S., and can engage politically back home through Democrats Abroad, an official arm of the Democratic Party.

Brought to you by David Schellenberg and Rachel Eugster (co-chairs of the Canada's Capital Region chapter of Democrats Abroad) this podcast is about Americans living outside the U.S.--who we are, what we stand for, how to get engaged back home, and how to make sure your vote is counted, Because when Democrats vote abroad, Democrats at home win.

For more info: democratsabroad.org
To get your ballot: votefromabroad.org

    Insights into Joe Biden from former U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman and his partner Vicki Heyman (Season 2, Episode 9)

    Insights into Joe Biden from former U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman and his partner Vicki Heyman (Season 2, Episode 9)

    For more info: democratsabroad.org . To get your ballot (do it NOW!!): votefromabroad.org .

    The Heymans share stories about Joe Biden with David and Rachel, and talk about the campaign’s focus on getting out the American vote from around the world. They speak of Biden’s “secret sauce”—the leadership skills that make him particularly suited to this moment—and about how the deal he made with President Obama when accepting the vice presidency uniquely prepares him for the presidency. 

    Learn about the importance of every vote, of hustling hard to preserve what we love, of what supporters of other candidates can look for from a Biden presidency, and of flipping Me to We. 

    There is (as so often) a reference to pets—though not in their usual form. 

    The episode ends with a heartfelt valentine to Canada.

    • 52 min
    Interview with Nse Ufot from The New Georgia Project (Season 2, Episode 8)

    Interview with Nse Ufot from The New Georgia Project (Season 2, Episode 8)

    Nse Ufot joined Rachel and David to talk about her work as Executive Director of The New Georgia Project (a non-partisan effort to register and civically engage Georgians), and how it had its roots in a conversation that began in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. We talk about voter suppression, Georgia's place in a rapidly transforming population, the critical importance of every vote in every election, the gospel choir theory of organizing, and Nse's time as a member of Democrats Abroad. With a side of ice cream and a lot of laughter.
    For more info: democratsabroad.org . To get your ballot (do it NOW!!): votefromabroad.org .

    • 49 min
    Shepherding the Democrats Abroad 2020 Platform from Start to Completion (Season 2, Episode 7)

    Shepherding the Democrats Abroad 2020 Platform from Start to Completion (Season 2, Episode 7)

    Aaron Kruse, co-chair of the Platform Committee, joins Rachel and David from Beijing on the best day of his life to talk about the process of forging the Democrats Abroad 2020 Platform. We talk about health care, gun control, the environment, taxation, services for Americans abroad, and how everywhere you go, you will bump into someone from Iowa. We discuss the grueling process of reading 4800 submissions and steering 60 or 70 volunteers, and the multiple shirts needed to get through the final stages of approving a platform with an overwhelming majority. We touch on the question of whether progressives are readier to live overseas, or whether those who choose to live overseas adopt progressive outlooks, and we end the episode with a wedding proposal and pets.
    For more info: democratsabroad.org . To get your ballot (do it NOW!!): votefromabroad.org .

    • 32 min
    The Healthcare plank of the Democrats Abroad Platform (Season 2, Episode 7)

    The Healthcare plank of the Democrats Abroad Platform (Season 2, Episode 7)

    The Healthcare plank of the Democrats Abroad platform begins: "Understanding that healthcare is the highest concern for many Americans – including many of our families and friends living in the U.S. – Democrats Abroad advocates for high-quality, equitable, and freely available healthcare for all Americans – and for everyone living in the U.S. – which we regard as a fundamental human right." Rachel and David are joined by Kent Getsinger from Australia to explore the details of Democrats Abroad's vision for healthcare under a Democratic administration.
    For more info: democratsabroad.org . To get your ballot (do it NOW!!): votefromabroad.org .

    • 32 min
    The Democracy and Elections Plank of the Democrats Abroad 2020 Platform (Season 2, Episode 6)

    The Democracy and Elections Plank of the Democrats Abroad 2020 Platform (Season 2, Episode 6)

    A conversation with Heather Stone in Israel and Asha Subas in London, England, who brought the Democracy and Elections plank across the finish line. (Democrats Abroad's 2020 platform was adopted on June 7.) We discuss the vulnerability of the postal service, and its importance for citizens voting from outside the country. We touch on money in politics, corruption, voter suppression, and the necessity to explicitly state our support for civil rights, freedom of speech, and freedom to peaceably assemble, as well as how to address disinformation and misinformation.
    For more info: democratsabroad.org . To get your ballot (do it NOW!!): votefromabroad.org .

    • 36 min
    A conversation with Angela Fobbs, Chair of DA's Global Black Caucus (Season 2, Ep 5)

    A conversation with Angela Fobbs, Chair of DA's Global Black Caucus (Season 2, Ep 5)

    In this wide-ranging conversation about racism, its effects, and what we can do to address it. Angela (who live in Germany) shares with David and Rachel the story of her involvement with DA, how she founded the Black Caucus, and what its role is within DA--and we even get into the definition of a kakistocracy.

    For more info: democratsabroad.org 

    To get your ballot (do it NOW!!): votefromabroad.org

    • 43 min

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