On 18 March 2020's EMEA Regional Call, leaders asked for a place to contribute and learn about ways that DA groups and leaders continue to be activists and organizers while under the restrictions of the COVID19 pandemic – especially social distancing, self-isolation, and general lockdown.
This page will undoubtedly evolve. For now, you are welcome to contribute an item in one of two ways:
- send an email message to email@example.com with "DA-COVID19" in the subject, or
- post a comment to this wiki page.
Each item should include:
- your name and country of residence
- whether you are contributing an idea or something you've already tried
- a description of the idea for a DA-related activity suited to pandemic conditions (along with any comments about your experience doing it)
- any materials relevant to the activity (e.g. social media graphics that you created to promote it or a Word document as a rubric)
If you have any questions or concerns about ideas on this page, please contact Will at firstname.lastname@example.org
This is not a space to discuss the relative merits or disadvantages of these ideas. Democrats Abroad does not endorse any of the ideas documented here; this is an open resources for DA leaders.
General Guides / Ideas
Share Local Videos - Alyson in Germany, 29 March 2020
DA could collectively work on securing videos from our members around the world to communicate how where they live is handling the virus - to see the juxtaposition of how it is being handled at home.
Help Get the Vote Out From Home - Angela in Germany, 26 March 2020
A list of things you can do to help get out the vote from home in 2020: https://www.democratsabroad.org/bc_gotv2020
Robin Lofton’s Espresso Talk Today Podcast - Pauline in Belgium, 24 March 2020
Together with her brother Doug in Seattle, and DAB’s Summer 2019 Intern Hans Hyppolite, now living in Albany, Robin invites you for “a quick uncommon conversation that will challenge everything you think!” New episodes drop every Friday - check it out! https://espressotalktoday.com/
"Activism in the Time of Corona Virus" - For the At-Home Activists - Kelsey in Germany, 24 March 2020
Here is an At-Home Activism Resource Kelsey shared: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gl7V4_e6fmtIQ1iklf_3_Hre4zF02JpXxgexGtx4nM8/edit
Here's the link to the Google doc with remote activism ideas I shared in the chat box in tonight's regional meeting. I'll be updating this document regularly, and please let me know if anyone would be interested in collaborating on something similar for a regional or global list. And please feel free to take anything that's useful from there for your own CCs or chapters.
Record the History of your Committee / Chapter - Just an Idea - Will in Luxembourg, 23 March 2020
A lot of people talk about wanting to write summaries or episodes of the history of their Country Committee or chapter, but not having the time. If you have a writer or historian among your members, this could be a doubly-advantageous time to document at least some of the oral history of your group. This is especially beneficial because it's also a good opportunity to engage with older and potentially more isolated members of your community. Look through your minutes or old bylaws to find names for former officers -- sometimes you can even tell from NationBuilder tags! The content that comes of this project is perfect for website news entries and social media posts.
Two links I've found useful in the past, although there's no wrong way to do it as long as everyone is respectful and compassionate:
Skype (Or Zoom, Or Houseparty) Social Hour - Brooke in France, 23 March 2020
Chapters, caucuses, and full Country Committees can try holding a social hour on a video calling platform, whether it's Houseparty (an app that enables calling in without providing a chat function), Zoom (more official) or Skype (some CCs use already for small-body ExCom meetings).
Some members have suggested making it a happy hour with 'quarantinis' but a generally open time to chat is the idea :)
Various Online Events - Angela in Germany, 26 March 2020
GBC Cafe - III
Tuesday, April 28, 2020, at 4 pm - 7 pm CET
GBC Cafe - II
Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at 4 pm - 7 pm CET
Suppressed Film Screening/GOTV Ideas Discussion - I
Thursday, April 2, 2020, at 9 am - 11 am CET
Suppressed Film Screening/GOTV Ideas Discussion - II
Friday, April 3, 2020, at 3 pm - 5 pm CET
31 March 2020: Virtual Debate Watch and Virtual Film Night - Pauline in Belgium, 18 March 2020 - edited 24.03.20
Virtual Film Nights on March 26th and 31st at 7:30pm. We’ll ask you to first watch the film at your own leisure and then join us via Zoom videoconference for a discussion on the subject. On March 26th, Jerry Loftus & Jeffrey Edison will take us through the feature film, “The Laundromat” (available on Netflix), and on March 31st, Robin Lofton will guide us through the short documentary, “Suppressed” (available on YouTube). Use this link: https://www.democratsabroad.org/be_events
18.03.20: Below you’ll find the message we’re sending out as people RSVP to our event (which you can find here https://www.democratsabroad.org/paulinemanos/dab_virtual_debate_watch_party) You’re welcome to join us - only a few have RSVPd, which I’m glad, as it’s really meant to be a pilot/dry run for our Virtual Film Night, where we’ll have people watch a film on Netflix (for those who have it, to be fair) and then join us for a facilitated conversation. I’d like to do the same with the documentary Suppressed (which is available free on YouTube) as a continuation of our Black History Month Lunch.
Thanks for RSVP’ing to our first virtual event of the Covid-19 season!
You’ll find the Zoom details below. A few things to keep in mind, as we run this first event:
- Watch the full debate BEFORE our meeting - you can find the replay here.
- Grab a drink and snack, make yourself comfortable, and log on to our Zoom meeting using the “Join Zoom Meeting” link below.
- You’ll be prompted to download an app and join the meeting as a guest - there is no charge for this, you do not need a Zoom account to do this.
- We recommend joining the Audio part of the meeting via your computer/tablet.
- After a brief round of introductions, we’ll ask people to mute themselves and cut the video to maintain a better quality during our discussions.
- Click on the Chat button at the bottom of your screen to open the Chat box - we’ll ask that anyone who wants to speak type in **hand up so that we can moderate the discussion and avoid a chaotic free-for all of people talking over each other, which is far harder to manage online than it is in person!
You can also text me at any time during the call if you’re having problems logging in. Be patient as we try this new way of engaging and staying connected - we’ll live and learn!
Thanks again for joining us,
Pauline Manos is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: DA Belgium Virtual Debate Watch
Time: Mar 19, 2020 07:30 PM Brusselsz
Great to hear that you are doing this. Our DAUK Film Committee is also investigating having online Film Nights and it would be good to share ideas and information.
A very long time ago, we set up a Facebook group to share ideas, resources and contacts about documentary screenings. It really has lapsed: nothing posted since 2017, but it might be a good place to revive and use now: https://www.facebook.com/groups/filmscreeningsfordems/ We have produced various guides (e.g. about licenses) and lists (films and contacts) that we would be delighted to share and would really appreciate hearing/sharing from other groups.
If people have other ideas about where we could all gather together more effectively (perhaps mobilize?) count us in! I realize that a lot of people don't use Facebook.
Best wishes and hope we can all keep in touch and support one another.
Elaine Capizzi (Chair of DAUK Film Committee)
Webinar by Dr. Rowena Houston - Democrats, Be The Light! Save America! (... and the World!). Use this link for more information and to RSVP and receive connection details: https://www.democratsabroad.org/bc_webinar_ramona_houston?utm_campaign=be20200320&utm_medium=email&utm_source=democratsabroad
The DA Germany Kaiserslautern Chapter members are participating in the EARTH HOUR CELEBRATION (details below) on Saturday March 28th at 8:30 p.m. in the comfort of their own homes. Turn off your lights for an hour! Have a candlelit dinner as you place the spotlight on nature! Decorate your table with a Vote From Abroad card and Democrats Abroad Card. Take a photo and share your photos on social media.
This is an opportunity to have a positive environmental impact while observing the no face-to-face meetings directive. Members in all DA countries may also wish to participate. Earth Hour 2020 is one of the world's largest grassroots movements for the environment, aiming to engage millions of people for a positive environmental impact.
The DNA of the Earth Hour movement: Switch off your lights for an hour on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 8:30 pm your local time. Started by WWF and partners as a symbolic lights-out event in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour is now one of the world's largest grassroots movements for the environment, engaging millions of people in more than 180 countries and territories. It has become a catalyst for positive environmental impact, driving major legislative changes by harnessing the power of the people.
Mutual Aid via hashtag - Carija in Ireland, 18 March 2020
#selfisolationhelp used in Ireland: https://www.rte.ie/news/coronavirus/2020/0312/1121962-self-isolation/
Organize a DA Virtual Door Knock
We should organize a virtual door knock. I've emailed Julia on this but I know she's busy counting ballots. I'd be happy to help organize for around when people were planning to attend Toronto since people were planning to be away during that time anyway.