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Amsterdammers at Democratic Convention

25 August 2008 - This week, Amsterdammer Bob Bragar will be at the Democratic Convention to represent Americans living abroad and argue for a responsible foreign policy. Meanwhile, volunteer Nina Huygen from Westerpark will help turn the convention into the 'most unforgettable experience ever'.

Bragar, chairman of Democrats Abroad Netherlands (DANL), has been selected as one of the 22 people who will attend the convention, which starts today in Denver, as representatives of Democrats Abroad International.

At the initiative of DANL, Democrats Abroad International has declared itself in favour of repealing the The Hague Invasion Act, which gives America the right to use its armed forces to liberate American soldiers being held at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

The provision will probably not make it into the National Platform of the Democratic Party, but Democrats Abroad will continue to refer to it 'at every opportunity', Linda Cooper of DANL explained in an e-mail.

" Above all, Barack Obama's victory would restore America's relations with its friends and allies in so many ways, including better participation in international institutions such as the International Criminal Court.  So it is urgent that every American in the Netherlands cast his or her vote", she added.

Former PvdA Westerpark chairwoman Nina Huygen will be doing research on citizen participation in America and has been selected as a volunteer at the Denver convention. As a preparation, she had to watch a training video.

"The instruction deals with providing 'world class service', 'genuine listening' and dealing with the handicapped and the environment in a responsible manner. All this should prepare us volunteers to offer the participants in the convention the most unforgettable experience ever", Huygen writes in a column.

Huygen column (in Dutch). Image: merchandise in Denver (photo zenobia_joy)


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