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The Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus Podcast discusses political issues and speaks to notable guests about issues and candidates relevant to Hispanic Americans both domestically and abroad.

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The Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus Podcast discusses political issues and speaks to notable guests about issues and candidates relevant to Hispanic Americans both domestically and abroad.

    Expressing Post-Traumatic Emotions Through The Arts: A Conversation With Stoneman Douglas HS Student Andrea Peña

    Expressing Post-Traumatic Emotions Through The Arts: A Conversation With Stoneman Douglas HS Student Andrea Peña

    This week, the Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus spoke with Andrea Peña, a musician, volunteer, community activist, and an incredible 17-year-old student at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

    In catching up with Miss Peña, we learned about how she coped with the aftermath from the tragic February 14, 2018 mass shooting at her school; her involvement nowadays with an extraordinary non-profit organization (https://shinemsd.org/) which helps heal victims of traumatic events through use of the arts; why Camp Shine locations should be spread throughout the U.S.; why Hollywood and Broadway need to tone down visual depictions of gun violence; and the back-story to the amazing song “Shine” she co-wrote with her classmate Sawyer Garrity in response to that dark day in 2018.

    This young lady and millions of other outstanding youths make us optimistic for the future. They’re primed to register to vote for the first time and we have full confidence in our nation’s next generation of leaders doing the right thing when it comes to creating the positive political change we want to see in laws. If you ever needed a nudge to vote, listen to this episode and we’re sure you’ll agree that America needs more Andrea Peñas – not all heroes wear capes!

    Twitter: @DemsAbroadHC #MSDstrong #VoteFromAbroad

    Hispanic Caucus participants in this episode: Alison Maciejewski (Czech Republic) and Meagan López (France). Podcast intro/outro music provided by Carlos Colao (Spain).

    • 22 min
    The Powerful Voice Of A DREAMer

    The Powerful Voice Of A DREAMer

    "I am an American in every way... except for documentation."

    If you couldn't vote, how involved would you get in politics? In Sarah Souza's case, the answer is VERY involved. Souza arrived in the country at the age of 15, went to college as a DREAMer, and grew into a community activist and U.S. public policy expert. The first DACA recipient on the San Francisco County Democratic Central Committee joined us to talk about life in a sanctuary city, how the Democratic party supports Latinx candidates for office, and why motivated leaders like her are #HereToStay.

    • 19 min
    "My main message to Democrats Abroad is to go out and vote." -- Bill Richardson

    "My main message to Democrats Abroad is to go out and vote." -- Bill Richardson

    Governor Bill Richardson, a childhood role model of DA member and podcast host Sam Stone and so many other Americans, joined us to talk about the opportunities third culture kids have, his work with the Inter-American Dialogue, how important it is for politicians to remember we're a community of nations, and the importance of exercising the right to vote. We discussed our relationships with our nearest and largest trading partners in the Americas as well as sanctions in North Korea and the Rule of Law as it applies in the US and around the world. With strong stances on climate change "It was wrong to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, it’ll adversely affect humanity" and with compassion for the most vulnerable nations on our planet, this podcast is a must-listen for all members of the Hispanic Caucus and Democrats Abroad. This episode of the Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus was cohosted by Amerika Garcia Grewal in Fiji and Sam Stone in Mexico, with special thanks to Madeleine Mahony of Gov. Richardson’s staff.

    2020 is just around the corner and all Americans living outside the US should request their absentee ballot every year. Please mark your calendar or go to PledgetoReg.org to pledge to register to vote and request your ballot.

    • 19 min
    "Your Vote Counts, You Can Make A Difference": Julia Bryan's Message For Democrats Abroad

    "Your Vote Counts, You Can Make A Difference": Julia Bryan's Message For Democrats Abroad

    “Your vote counts, you can make a difference.” That’s the message the Global Chair of Democrats Abroad, Julia Bryan, shared with us today. Hispanic Caucus Chair Amerika Garcia Grewal in Fiji and Vice-Chair Jose Miguel Madrigal in Costa Rica had the chance to catch up with Julia and talked about maintaining the energy from the 2018 midterm elections. DA is a very blue constituency, but our biggest challenge is letting Americans Abroad know how they can vote. Julia is excited about 2020. She’s inspired by the difference that we make and wants to apply that in other places. It’s thrilling to see your work pay off.

    All Americans living outside the United States are encouraged to register with Democrats Abroad and participate in 2020’s Global Presidential Primary, which runs from March 3 to March 10, 2020 at hundreds of voting centers around the world. Voters can participate in the GPP with DA and still vote absentee in their local and state elections via absentee ballot.

    • 16 min
    Getting To Know Royce West, 2020 Democratic Candidate For U.S. Senate From Texas

    Getting To Know Royce West, 2020 Democratic Candidate For U.S. Senate From Texas

    * Attention all Texas voters abroad! *

    On March 3, 2020, the Lone Star State will hold its Democratic primary. Among the several candidates battling it out to be the Democratic nominee is Royce West (https://roycewest.com/), a long-time Texas legislator (23rd Senatorial District) who's looking to unseat the incumbent Republican senator. Mark your calendars! 

    Sen. West spoke to us with his thoughts on improving our nation's public education system, presidential impeachment, and his commitment to criminal justice reform. Have a listen to our interview with the senator to hear more of his thoughts on the issues.

    And although we're still months out from this important race, we encourage all Texans living abroad to become educated on the several candidates and to make sure they request their absentee ballots in a timely manner (https://www.votefromabroad.org/).

    "Look at my record on women's issues, civil rights issues... and you'll see that I've been in favor of equal rights for women, African Americans, Hispanics, the LGBTQ community - and I'll continue to be for those rights." -- Royce West, candidate for U.S. Senate from Texas. 

    *Note: As the Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus is part of the Democratic Party, it does not formally endorse a candidate before a Democratic primary has occurred when there is more than one Democratic candidate running for the same seat. As such, we have invited all Democratic candidates running for this U.S. Senate seat to speak with us on our podcast to inform Texas' absentee voters about themselves and their campaigns. Not all candidates have responded to the invitation. We are grateful to hear directly from Sen. West and the other Democratic candidates who have accepted our invitation. 

    Hispanic Caucus participants in this episode: Nelleke Bruyn (Costa Rica) and Michael Ramos (Australia). Postcast music provided by Carlos Colao (Spain).

    • 16 min
    Getting To Know John Love, 2020 Democratic Candidate For U.S. Senate From Texas

    Getting To Know John Love, 2020 Democratic Candidate For U.S. Senate From Texas

    * Attention all Texas voters abroad! *

    On March 3, 2020, the Lone Star State will hold its Democratic primary. Among the several candidates battling it out to be the Democratic nominee is John Love III (http://johnlovefortexas.com/), president of the Texas Municipal League and seven-year veteran of the Midland City Council who's looking to unseat the incumbent Republican senator. Mark your calendars! 

    John spoke to us on the topics of how common-sense gun control is needed more than ever amid the recent gun violence in Texas, the difficulty his sibling and others have had in navigating the broken VA health care system, why it makes sense to reform the U.S. health care system by looking at it from an economic perspective, and he also touched on his experience in leading a project which brought the very first space port to an international airport. Have a listen to our interview with John to hear more of his thoughts on the issues.

    And although we're still months out from this important race, we encourage all Texans living abroad to become educated on the several candidates and to make sure they request their absentee ballots in a timely manner (https://www.votefromabroad.org/).

    "I'm a seven-year city council member... I've worked with Democrats and Republicans to solve problems... I have great border training and immigration experience... I've already represented 29 million Texans at the state legislature with the Texas Municipal League... I have a unique set of experiences that would allow me to not only win the primary, but to beat John Cornyn as well." -- John Love III, candidate for U.S. Senate from Texas. 

    *Note: As the Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus is part of the Democratic Party, it does not formally endorse a candidate before a Democratic primary has occurred when there is more than one Democratic candidate running for the same seat. As such, we have invited all Democratic candidates running for this U.S. Senate seat to speak with us on our podcast to inform Texas' absentee voters about themselves and their campaigns. Not all candidates have responded to the invitation. We are grateful to hear directly from Mr. Love and the other Democratic candidates who have accepted our invitation. 

    Hispanic Caucus participants in this episode: Amerika García-Grewal (Fiji), Ana Blackstad (Czech Republic), and Michal García (Canada). Postcast music provided by Carlos Colao (Spain).

    • 21 min

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