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Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus Podcast
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The Hispanic Caucus of Democrats Abroad


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October 10, 2019 10:56 PM PDT

Running for office in the 28th Congressional District of Texas is Jessica Cisneros (https://www.jessicacisnerosforcongress.com/), a bilingual, progressive Latina and immigration and human rights attorney. Born in Laredo, Jessica grew up in the Sal Si Puedes neighborhood and took the time to inform us about her experiences in living near the U.S.-Mexico border, how South Texans still lack adequate health care, the importance of having all stakeholders at the table when negotiating international trade deals, and more.

On March 3, 2020, Jessica will face off in the Democratic primary against the incumbent officeholder, Henry Cuellar. And although we're still months out from this important race, we encourage all voters from TX-28 who are living abroad to request their absentee ballots in a timely manner (ENG: https://www.votefromabroad.org/; ESP: https://www.votefromabroad.org/es).
 
*Note: As the Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus is part of the Democratic Party, we do not formally endorse a candidate before a Democratic primary has occurred when there is more than one candidate running for the same seat. As such, we have invited Mr. Cuellar to speak with us on our podcast to state his case as to why voters should reelect him. Unfortunately, neither the congressman nor his campaign responded to our invitation. We are grateful to hear directly from Ms. Cisneros who did accept our invitation.

Los comentarios en español comienzan a las 16:56 en la conversación. (Spanish-language remarks begin at 16:56 into the conversation.)

Hispanic Caucus participants in this episode: Sam Stone (Mexico), Michaele De Rivera (Mexico), and Michael Ramos (Australia). Podcast music provided by Carlos Colao (Spain).

October 06, 2019 11:41 PM PDT

* 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 Amanda Edwards (https://amandafortexas.com/), a Harvard graduate and Houston City Council member. Mark your calendars!

Amanda spoke to us on the topics of: how health care should be reformed so that Texans are not "under insured," how the gun violence epidemic has plagued communities for too long and the need for common-sense preventative measures, and how she would support the Equal Rights Amendment in finally guaranteeing constitutional equality between men and women. Have a listen to our interview with Amanda to hear more on her 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/). 

"If the leadership in place is not getting the job done, and you're not seeing results in your life or the change that you're seeking, then it's time for leaders to go." -- Amanda Edwards, 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 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 Ms. Edwards and the other Democratic candidates who have accepted our invitation.

Hispanic Caucus participants in this episode: Alison Maciejewski (Czech Republic), Amerika García-Grewal (Fiji), and José Miguel Madrigal (Costa Rica). Podcast music provided by Carlos Colao (Spain).

October 04, 2019 03:23 AM PDT

* 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 Jack Daniel Foster, Jr. (https://www.votejackdaniel.com/), a gentleman from a rural area east of Houston who believes strongly in local communities being the leader in providing solutions to issues. Mark your calendars!

Jack spoke to us on the topics of: how Americans living abroad should be covered under the U.S. health care system, how counties and other local government entities could be a major economic engine if adequate and consistent investments were made on the local level, and how Texas' Latino families and indeed all Texan families would be part of his "Cycle of Return" plan that he is encouraging lawmakers to adopt. Have a listen to our interview with Jack to hear more on 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/).  

"They always want us to invest in the stock market, but the real investment is in people, not businesses." -- Jack Daniel Foster, Jr., 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 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. Foster and the other Democratic candidates who have accepted our invitation.

Hispanic Caucus participants in this episode: Amerika García-Grewal (Fiji) and John Chudy (Guatemala). Postcast music provided by Carlos Colao (Spain).

September 27, 2019 11:34 PM PDT

Barajas, Héctor: U.S. Army. Sabal, Roman: U.S. Marine Corps. Bailey, Howard: U.S. Navy. What do all of these people have in common? They've all veterans who've been deported. But not just them -- it's estimated that the true number of deported veterans is in the thousands.

Michael Ramos, chair of the Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus, and Michael Lee, chair of the Democrats Abroad Veterans and Military Families Caucus, co-hosted this episode with a special guest located only steps away from the U.S.-Mexico border who's been fighting on behalf of America's deported veterans. While most veterans are just as patriotic as you and I, because they don't have a birth certificate that says the were born on U.S. soil they've been under relentless attack and deported to countries most of them have no knowledge of, no fluency with the language, and no known safe-haven connections. With seemingly no compassion for U.S. veterans despite many of them having shed blood and served in combat missions, they are still taken by the federal government to the border as a final "thank you for your service" goodbye message.

Working tirelessly on repatriating our nation's veterans is Robert Vivar, co-director of the Unified U.S. Deported Veterans Resource Center based in Tijuana, México. Robert is a true activist who's been doing whatever it takes to get our nation's men and women who previously served in the military to allow them back into the United States to reunite with their families and loved ones, in addition to securing them a legal immigration status. Robert has organized petitions, communicated with members of Congress, partnered alongside other organizations, tracks the latest in court cases involving veterans and citizenship -- and still somehow manages to be a first point of contact for U.S. veterans shoved through the doors to Tijuana and provide them with needed resources and support.

The bottom line is that deporting veterans is not in the best interest of our country. Thankfully, there are several take-action initiatives Americans abroad can take such as registering to vote, voting from abroad, contacting legislators, signing petitions -- and encouraging other Americans to do the same. Have a listen to this emotional episode and remember these former service-members not just on Veterans' Day, but every day until our government makes the needed reforms to provide our veterans with the legal status, VA benefits, and care that they deserve.

Participants in this episode: Michael Lee (Germany), Thomas López (Australia), and Michael Ramos (Australia). Podcast music provided by Carlos Colao (Spain).

September 26, 2019 05:27 PM PDT

This week the Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus caught up with United We Dream's (UWD) Deportation Defense Manager, Oklahoma-based Cynthia García. As the nation's largest immigrant youth-led organization, UWD's García spoke to us about a variety of topics we've all been hearing about in the news: the Trump Administration's view on immigrants and people of color, family separations and child detention centers, ICE raids, and more.

Sibling co-hosts Amerika García-Grewal and Michal García (no relation to the guest) added their thoughts on how the issue of youth detention centers really resonated with reflections of their childhood hometown back on the Texas-Mexico border. A DACA recipient herself, Cynthia and UWD are truly needed within immigrant communities in educating Latino families on their rights and providing those threatened by deportations with helpful resources. Have a listen to this episode and feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments box below!

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

September 25, 2019 01:41 AM PDT

According to scientists and experts, one of the causes of the extreme climate events we've been witnessing is the deforestation happening across the world. With wildfires in California, Australia, Brazil and other places, the problems stemming from climate change are only getting worse with the chopping down of forests in the Indonesia region due to the corporate greed of palm oil. If you haven't heard about this issue (or if you need a refresher), you'll enjoy listening to this podcast episode. We spoke with Diana Ruíz, an expert on this issue with Greenpeace USA, to learn more about what's been happening and how we can help.

Diana has an impressive, well-rounded education from getting her Bachelor's degree from the University of Vermont to earning her Master's at Columbia University to traveling the world seeing first-hand the negative side effects of palm oil production. She reminded us of the need to pay closer attention to this issue and the urgency of voting from abroad in U.S. elections. The global deforestation currently happening – and the ensuing climate crisis which affects all human beings – means the palm oil issue is firmly on our radar. Be sure to follow Diana on Twitter @dcrenviro) and Greenpeace USA (@greenpeaceusa) to keep track of current environmental and pro-biodiversity efforts!

Hispanic Caucus participants in this episode: José Miguel Madrigal (Costa Rica) and Michael Ramos (Australia). Podcast music provided by Carlos Colao (Spain).

September 23, 2019 09:29 PM PDT

In this podcast episode, we spoke with Justine Sandoval, a multi-generational Coloradoan and long-time activist in the Denver community working to ensure fair and equitable treatment for all citizens. As the Community and Organizing Manager for NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado, Justine is currently focused on advocating for reproductive health rights all across the Centennial State. We were glad to hear from Justine about what her organization does, the latest legislative efforts happening in and around Colorado, the emergence of phony family planning "clinics," how Latinas and women of color have historically been at a disadvantage by having unequal access to reproductive health care, and other items of importance.

When Justine isn't advocating for pro-choice legislation to lawmakers, educating families on their reproductive rights, or researching the latest data on anti-choice policies, you can find her also serving as the current President for the Denver Young Democrats. Justine provided numerous reasons for all Americans to vote - including all of us eligible overseas voters. Have a listen to this episode to hear a truly fantastic discussion about women's rights when it comes to reproductive health care.

Participants in this episode: Alison Maciejewski (Czech Republic), Ann Hesse (Germany) and Christine Valverde (New Zealand). Podcast music provided by Carlos Colao (Spain).

September 13, 2019 10:49 PM PDT

With a vision to improve local community-police relations and expand infrastructure projects to provide for jobs and economic prosperity, Milinda Ysasi is a Latina candidate for 2nd Ward Commissioner in Grand Rapids, Michigan who's determined to work hard for her city over the next few years. The Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus was pleased to speak with Milinda as she stated her case as to why she should be elected in this critical public service role. In addition, Milinda highlighted an important point for all Michiganders living abroad: overseas voters should still care about what happens back in their home towns because environmental concerns are all of our concerns no matter where we live -- we strongly agree.

If you or any American living abroad you know votes in Grand Rapids, Michigan, please remember that this election will take place on November 5th - so get those ballots requested (VoteFromAbroad.org in English and VoteFromAbroad.org/es in Spanish) and mailed back a.s.a.p. to have your voice heard! To learn more about Milinda's campaign online, check out electmilinda.com andon Facebook at facebook.com/ElectMilindaYsasi.

Hispanic Caucus participants in this episode: Thorin Engeseth (DA Germany) and Michael Ramos (DA Australia). Additional commentary by Melissa David (DA Australia). Podcast music provided by Carlos Colao (DA Spain).

August 25, 2019 01:08 AM PDT

Somewhere on the south side of Louisville, a teacher is providing boys with the knowledge and tools to be America's next generation of leaders. On this week's podcast, Jessica Dueñas, the 2019 Kentucky State Teacher of the Year, chatted with the Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus on a variety of topics, including her experience in declining a White House formal ceremony invitation earlier this year based on the Trump Administration's "values" conflicting with her own set of principles.

It's no secret that young men of color may encounter negative future life experiences due to ongoing stereotypes, racial profiling, low expectations, and so forth. But she and her school, the W.E.B. DuBois Academy, have raised the bar for having a bold curriculum based on the diversity of the student body such as including minorities' contributions to our country rather than excluding them (per "traditional" teaching methods). Of Cuban and Costa Rican heritage and unapologetic of pointing out certain politicians' attacks on public education, Jessica is one Latina educator in the Bluegrass State of which we're all extremely proud of and grateful for. Have a listen to this insightful discussion and remember to subscribe via Podomatic or iTunes to get notified of new episodes!

Sus comentarios en español comienzan a las 15:22 en la conversación. (Jessica’s Spanish-language remarks begin at 15:22 into the conversation.)

Hispanic Caucus participants in this episode: Nelleke Bruyn (DA Costa Rica), Greg Dolezal (DA Vietnam), and Michael Ramos (DA Australia). Podcast music provided by Carlos Colao (DA Spain).

August 20, 2019 07:31 AM PDT

If you've been to Oakland, California within the last few years, you've likely seen the work by this episode's podcast guest. This week the Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus caught up briefly with the talented Nicolas González-Medina, an artist and long-time political activist. An expert with his paint brush, screen printing and woodwork, Nicolas has his art proudly displayed (https://www.instagram.com/nicopilsenite/) on buildings, at pro-immigration rallies, on political advertisements, in fashion shows -- you name it.

As a self-identified "undocu-queer" Chicanx artist, Nicolas is an undocumented immigrant who was born in Mexico but arrived in Chicago as a child. He spent his childhood there, his adult life in California, and is just as "American" as his Chicagoan friends who happened to have been born in the U.S. Check out this brief conversation we had with Nicolas to hear first-hand yet another moving story of someone needing the Senate to do the will of the American people and pass the Dream and Promise Act.

#SinPapelesSinMiedo

"Helping your community is going to help you see the need for getting involved and asking for the ballot, and actually letting your voice be heard."
- Nicolas González-Medina

Hispanic Caucus participants in this episode: Alison Maciejewski (DA Czech Republic) and Amerika García-Grewal (DA Fiji). Podcast music provided by Carlos Colao (DA Spain).

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