Chairs’ Corner: In with the blue

It’s finally 2020 — the year we’ve all been waiting for. With the holidays behind us, it’s time to roll up our sleeves and do everything we can to make sure the new year is a blue year.

The festive period brought all too many reminders of why the 2020 elections are so important. With our president set to stand trial for high crimes and misdemeanors, the GOP-controlled Senate has vowed to block key witnesses and work “in full cooperation” with White House counsel, making a farce of our system of checks and balances.

In the last few days, the escalation of tensions with Iran have put President Trump’s wanton recklessness on full display, prompting fears that a third World War could be at hand. And as cataclysmic bushfires blaze in Australia during a season of record-high temperatures, we are reminded — yet again — of the perils of failing to address the climate crisis.

Women’s rights also came under fresh attack as more than 200 GOP lawmakers signed a brief urging the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade. Meanwhile, the shooting death of an Alabama woman at the hands of her estranged husband underscored the need to enact meaningful gun laws and restore the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which was allowed to expire on the Trump administration’s watch — and is likely to stay that way as long as Senate Republicans remain firmly in the pockets of the NRA.

These are just a handful of the reasons that the Women’s Caucus is going all in to do the single most important thing we can do in 2020 — for women, for America and for the world. And that’s getting out the vote: of the 9 million Americans who live abroad. Of the hundreds of thousands of US citizens whose votes are systematically suppressed. And of every eligible voter who believes our country can and must do better.

That’s why we’re kicking off the new year on January 15 with our “Happy Blue Year” event, co-hosted by the DAUK GOTV and Policy Network teams, which is all about getting out the vote. Whether you’re new to DAUK or a seasoned member, we highly encourage you to come to this event to learn the latest on voting from abroad, find out how you can participate in the Democratic primary in March and volunteer to support DAUK’s GOTV efforts in 2020. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your free ticket today.

We also invite you to join us January 20 at our first Postcards & Pizza social of the year, where we will take action on women’s rights in solidarity with the Global Women’s Caucus and Women’s Marches around the world. Priorities will include calling on Congress to extend the deadline for passing the Equal Rights Amendment, restoring the VAWA and defending reproductive rights. For more information, please check out our Events page.

In February, in honor of Black History Month, we will continue our efforts to promote free and fair elections by turning our focus to voter suppression, an issue that disproportionately affects people of color. Watch this space and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for activities and programming related to this timely and important topic. In the meantime, mark your calendar for a conference call with Stacey Abrams, founder of Fair Fight, who will discuss voter protection with Democrats Abroad on January 14 at 2pm BST. For call-in info, please RSVP here.

In closing, we have a lot of hard work to do this year, but with the energy, enthusiasm and dedication of volunteers like you, we have high hopes that we can make the new year a blue year. We look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events, and if you have questions or want to learn how you can put your time and talents to work in the meantime, please feel free to send an email to co-chairs@womenscaucus.co.uk.

With hope, solidarity and best wishes for a happy and healthy 2020,

Meghan & Steph

Co-chairs, DAUK Women’s Caucus

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