Sunday, July 6, 2008

DAT in the New York Times

New York Times

Overseas, Democrats Gather for the 4th

By Leslie Wayne

For some Democrats living outside the United States, the Fourth of July may have more of a hometown feel this year.

From Chiang Mai, Thailand, to the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo, Democrats Abroad, the overseas branch of the party, is holding a series of American-style barbeques planned to celebrate Democratic politics and principles and to encourage overseas Americans to register to vote. The group is working closely with the nonpartisan Web site to get expat Americans registered to vote.

"We plan to celebrate the Fourth of July in every corner of the world," said Christine Schon Marques, the international chair of Democrats Abroad. "We are united and dedicated to doing all that we can to help get a Democrat elected to the White House."

In Leeds, England, the group is meeting at the "Ha! Ha! Bar & Canteen." Buenos Aires, home to the tango, will feature a party at Le CafĂ© Merval, where a DJ will play American music. In Costa Rica, Americans are invited to the Cerveceria Costa Rica – a well-known Costa Rican brewery. And, the Toulouse, France chapter has plans for a "fun political trivia quiz" in a private home.

Events are also taking place in Dublin, Ireland, Geneva and Zurich, Switzerland, Bangkok, Thailand and three locations in the United Kingdom.

In Florence, forget about visiting the Uffizi. There's an "American picnic" with games, music, speeches, barbecue and voter registration.

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