Diversity

Diversity, the inclusion and acceptance of people with different backgrounds, is an issue that dominates today's headlines and social justice debate. While diversity is not a new concept, there have always been those who resisted the ideas of inclusion and acceptance. But these people won’t stop OUR Party. We Democrats will continue fighting against the status quo to make our communities more inclusive and to learn from each other, moving forward – together – as a society. This idea carries on today, and we see this fight in today's debates about affirmative action, cultural diversity, sexuality, criminal justice reform and race. There is always work to be done, always progress and advancements to be made – and misunderstanding, intolerance, bigotry and hatred to fight. The Affirmative Action Committee will continue to do this work, make these advancements, and fight against these injustices. We are working for more acceptance, inclusion, understanding, and learning – within our Party, and within society.

Diversity is our business:  The “Affirmative Action Committee” is the name our team is given by the DNC, in our work to increase the diversity of our delegation to the  Democratic National Convention. Every state party has one, including Democrats Abroad. After the 2016 Convention in Philadelphia the "Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce” will work to increase the participation of “minorities” and the overall diversity of DA leadership worldwide.

Delegate Selection Plan: Every state party within the Democratic Party has an Affirmative Action Committee to increase the diversity of its delegation to the convention. Our goals – for the 21 delegates we have in 2016 – are African Americans (4), Hispanics (4), Native Americans (1), Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders (1), LGBT Americans (3), People with Disabilities (3), Youth (6). These are “goals”, not “quotas.” But we will do our best to meet these important goals for Philadelphia and beyond.

Young Dems: There have always been multiple groups of Young Democrats meeting within Democrats Abroad, from Young Professionals networking within an individual Country Committee to regional groups of Democratic leaders sharing ideas across borders. To find out about the present opportunities, and maybe start something yourself, please contact youngdems@democratsabroad.org 

Black Lives Matter: Both the Democratic National Committee and Democrats Abroad recently passed resolutions supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and calling for specific policies and particular outcomes to answer this national emergency. Our advocacy goes beyond resolutions; read about one of our leader's experiences here.

Women’s Caucus: The Women's Caucus is an active group with members all around the world. The caucus meets online regularly and run fundraisers, awareness workshops, and other activities. They also help promote and encourage country level women's caucus groups. Contact women@democratsabroad.org for more information.

LGBT Caucus: LGBT Americans living overseas are active in all levels of leadership throughout DA. Many committees organize groups to participate in local Gay Pride marches, including info stands and voter registration booths. If you are interested, please contact us at lgbt@democratsabroad.org