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
Personal Postcards to Potential Voters - Irisita in Germany, 21 April 2020
DA Germany has launched a new voter outreach project to target overseas voters from swing states. Democrats living abroad could be the margin of victory in November! We will mail a colorful, inspiring, fun postcard that is a physical reminder to register/re-register/request their ballot and to make sure that they vote in the November elections.
To reach as many potential voters as possible, we need people to color postcards and write short messages from a set of suggested phrases. Are you interested in coloring… and getting Democrats elected?! Just let us know how many postcards you would like by responding to this Google form (web link), and we will mail you instructions and postcards.
The idea is to send personally prepared postcards to Democrats Abroad who live in 11 battleground states to encourage them to go to VFA.org, register and request their ballot, and vote. All the materials are available for downloading from a wiki, so you can get everything going very quickly and easily.
This postcard coloring project is a real service you can offer to members, especially in these stressful and uncertain times. Not only is the act of preparing a postcard calming and soothing, but it is also very empowering. Each postcard is prepared by a democratic voter and will reach another individual who will pull it out of their mailbox and be charmed and inspired. The postcard message is received by someone who is in a receptive mood, opening their mailbox. Instead of a bill or advertisement, they find a brightly colored, personally prepared postcard. Each postcard is designed to motivate the receiver to do what they know they should and they want to do, which is actually vote. Preparing a postcard is a direct action that an individual can take at home at any convenient time to fight against the insanity we are hearing about in the US. Quite literally, the world is counting on us to vote and we need to do everything we can leading up to November.
There is one file for each of the two sides of an A6 postcard that can be emailed directly to a printing company. Depending on the quantity, each black and white printed postcard costs only about 5 to 8 cents each. Detailed instruction sheet, printer specifications for printing and other supporting materials are in files already, too. So, all you need to do is print the postcards and instruction sheet, distribute them for coloring and writing of a simple motivating phrase, collect the postcards, and then centrally address, stamp and mail. Only a central person or couple people handle names and addresses which you can get from your DA database. I can provide you with other names and addresses of Democrats living abroad from publically available voter lists from battleground states. These people are not necessarily DA members, so this is an outreach opportunity as well. Postage is in-country postage paid for by your Country Committee and donations.
If you would like to help DA Germany with this project financially, please donate to the following account with “Postcards” in the transfer description. All donations will go towards printing and postal expenses related to this project.
Account name: Democrats Abroad Germany
IBAN: DE04 5405 0220 0140 2702 99
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 :)
All listed in "Past Events"
As part of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, April 22, 2020, the Earth Day Network has a VOTE EARTH initiative to remind everyone of the importance of voting to provide the best leadership for our country and the planet. We can encourage people to register to vote as part of our Earth Day celebrations. More details in the box below:
The world is facing critical challenges as we work to fight through the COVID-19 outbreak. It reminds us of our duty to one another as citizens of the planet. It also reminds us of our civic duty. Public health must be our first priority, but we cannot allow democracy to be put aside. While primaries may be delayed or altered, and voting methods may need new precautions, we all should remember the importance of voting to provide the best leadership for our country and the planet.
Vote Earth is a global initiative that mobilizes millions of people to demonstrate their concern for our planet by rejecting inaction and demanding change at the polls. As voting citizens, we have enormous power to drive change by making our voices heard.
In the coming months, years and decades, policies — national, statewide and local — will be critical for decisive, positive action to address climate change and environmental sustainability. Action on climate change is an inordinate opportunity for a cleaner, more secure world. It’s time to seize this opportunity.
In 2015, 195 countries came together to unanimously adopt the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, which, for the first time unites all nations to take ambitious action to fight climate change. The national commitments that make up the agreement must be met, and even more must be done to address the climate crisis.
Vote Earth encourages citizens everywhere to use their voting power as a manner to ensure we address the climate crisis, combat environmental problems and restore, conserve and protect the natural world.
Communities around the world face the devastating impacts of poor air quality, wildfires, oil spills, sea level rise, climate change, loss of biodiversity and other environmental challenges. Now is the time to build a more diverse, inclusive and united environmental movement and to accelerate the green economy. Now is the time to Vote Earth.
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
GBC Cafe - III
Tuesday, April 28, 2020, at 4 pm - 7 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.