DA Sweden Chair

  • is hosting Malmö - Meet Democrats Abroad Sweden 2017-10-15 23:40:44 -0400

    Malmö - Meet Democrats Abroad Sweden

    Come meet Democrats Abroad Sweden!

    As part of our Fall Membership Drive, we are organizing meetings all across Sweden on October 21st at 4pm. 

    Here you can meet fellow Democrats in your area, and learn more about how you can get organized and how you can do your part to take back Congress in 2018 and the White House in 2020.

    This is the event in Malmö. To see all of the other events around Sweden happening at the same time, visit: http://www.democratsabroad.org/se_events

    Bring an American friend who isn't yet a member of Democrats Abroad, and we'll sign them up on the spot!

    WHEN
    October 21, 2017 at 4pm
    WHERE
    Bishops Arms Savoy
    Norra Vallgatan 62
    Malmö 211 22
    Sweden
    Google map and directions

  • is hosting Uppsala - Meet Democrats Abroad Sweden 2017-10-11 07:12:36 -0400

    Uppsala - Meet Democrats Abroad Sweden

    Come meet Democrats Abroad Sweden!

    As part of our Fall Membership Drive, we are organizing meetings all across Sweden on October 21st at 4pm. 

    Here you can meet fellow Democrats in your area, and learn more about how you can get organized and how you can do your part to take back Congress in 2018 and the White House in 2020.

    This is the event in Uppsala. To see all of the other events around Sweden happening at the same time, visit: http://www.democratsabroad.org/se_events

    Bring an American friend who isn't yet a member of Democrats Abroad, and we'll sign them up on the spot!

    WHEN
    October 21, 2017 at 4pm
    WHERE
    Blu Bar at the Radisson Hotel Uppsala
    Stationsgatan 4
    Uppsala 753 40
    Sweden
    Google map and directions

  • is hosting Borås - Meet Democrats Abroad Sweden 2017-10-11 06:12:56 -0400

    Borås - Meet Democrats Abroad Sweden

    Come meet Democrats Abroad Sweden!

    As part of our Fall Membership Drive, we are organizing meetings all across Sweden on October 21st at 4pm. Here you can meet fellow Democrats in your area, and learn more about how you can get organized and how you can do your part to take back Congress in 2018 and the White House in 2020.

    This is the event in Borås. 

    Bring an American friend who isn't yet a member of Democrats Abroad, and we'll sign them up on the spot!

    WHEN
    October 21, 2017 at 4pm
    WHERE
    Espresso House
    Stora Brogatan 20
    Borås 503 35
    Sweden
    Google map and directions

  • is hosting Stockholm - Meet Democrats Abroad Sweden 2017-10-10 06:18:32 -0400

    Stockholm - Meet Democrats Abroad Sweden

    Come meet Democrats Abroad Sweden!

    As part of our Fall Membership Drive, we are organizing meetings all across Sweden on October 21st at 4pm. Here you can meet fellow Democrats in your area, and learn more about how you can get organized and how you can do your part to take back Congress in 2018 and the White House in 2020.

    This is the event in Stockholm.

    Bring an American friend who isn't yet a member of Democrats Abroad, and we'll sign them up on the spot!

    WHEN
    October 21, 2017 at 4pm
    WHERE
    Tully’s Coffee
    Götgatan 42
    Stockholm 11826
    Sweden
    Google map and directions

  • is hosting Kalmar - Meet Democrats Abroad Sweden 2017-10-10 05:47:57 -0400

    Kalmar - Meet Democrats Abroad Sweden

    Come meet Democrats Abroad Sweden!

    As part of our Fall Membership Drive, we are organizing meetings all across Sweden on October 21st at 4pm. Here you can meet fellow Democrats in your area, and learn more about how you can get organized and how you can do your part to take back Congress in 2018 and the White House in 2020.

    This is the event in Kalmar. 

    Bring an American friend who isn't yet a member of Democrats Abroad, and we'll sign them up on the spot!

    WHEN
    October 21, 2017 at 4pm
    WHERE
    Espresso House Kalmar
    Storgatan 11
    Kalmar 392 32
    Sweden
    Google map and directions

  • is hosting Uddevalla - Meet Democrats Abroad Sweden 2017-10-10 05:45:21 -0400

    Uddevalla - Meet Democrats Abroad Sweden

    Come meet Democrats Abroad Sweden!

    As part of our Fall Membership Drive, we are organizing meetings all across Sweden on October 21st at 4pm. Here you can meet fellow Democrats in your area, and learn more about how you can get organized and how you can do your part to take back Congress in 2018 and the White House in 2020.

    This is the event in Uddevalla, and we'll meet in the IKEA restaurant/cafe. 

    Bring an American friend who isn't yet a member of Democrats Abroad, and we'll sign them up on the spot!

    WHEN
    October 21, 2017 at 4pm
    WHERE
    IKEA Uddevalla
    Östra Torpvägen 30
    Uddevalla 451 76
    Sweden
    Google map and directions

  • is hosting Halmstad - Meet Democrats Abroad Sweden 2017-10-10 05:38:28 -0400

    Halmstad - Meet Democrats Abroad Sweden

    Come meet Democrats Abroad Sweden!

    As part of our Fall Membership Drive, we are organizing meetings all across Sweden on October 21st at 4pm. Here you can meet fellow Democrats in your area, and learn more about how you can get organized and how you can do your part to take back Congress in 2018 and the White House in 2020.

    This is the event in Halmstad. 

    Bring an American friend who isn't yet a member of Democrats Abroad, and we'll sign them up on the spot!

    WHEN
    October 21, 2017 at 4pm
    WHERE
    O'Learys Halmstad
    Storgatan 28
    Halmstad 302 43
    Sweden
    Google map and directions

  • is hosting Falun - Meet Democrats Abroad Sweden 2017-10-10 05:27:23 -0400

    Falun - Meet Democrats Abroad Sweden

    Come meet Democrats Abroad Sweden!

    As part of our Fall Membership Drive, we are organizing meetings all across Sweden on October 21st at 4pm. Here you can meet fellow Democrats in your area, and learn more about how you can get organized and how you can do your part to take back Congress in 2018 and the White House in 2020.

    This is the event in Falun. 

    Bring an American friend who isn't yet a member of Democrats Abroad, and we'll sign them up on the spot!

    WHEN
    October 21, 2017 at 4pm
    WHERE
    The Bishops Arms Falun
    Vattugränd 6
    Falun 79171
    Sweden
    Google map and directions

  • published Welcome to Democrats Abroad Sweden in News 2017-09-03 04:46:04 -0400

    Welcome to Democrats Abroad Sweden

    Democrats Abroad Sweden holds a rally to unite against hate in Stockholm, Sweden on Aug 26th, 2017

    Democrats Abroad Sweden is the local volunteer organization for U.S. Democrats living in Sweden. Our mission is to register U.S. citizens to vote and Get Out The Vote in Federal Elections. 

    We are a grassroots organization, and our members live throughout Sweden. We have great local chapters in Skåne, in Western Sweden, and in Stockholm-Uppsala.

    2017, 2018, and 2020 are going to be big years for Democrats, so please get involved with your local active chapter or contact us to set up your own local chapter.

    Members may access country committee bylaws and meeting minutes here: https://wiki.democratsabroad.org/x/HgDr. To receive the access information, just send a note to info-sweden@democratsabroad.org.

    For regular updates, follow our page on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/dasweden


  • published Unite Against Hate Rally in Stockholm in News 2017-09-01 12:33:03 -0400

    Unite Against Hate Rally in Stockholm

    Democrats Abroad Sweden Chair, Alex Lange, addresses the rally

    Simultaneously with chapters in Western Sweden and Skåne, on Saturday, Aug 26th, we held a rally to unite against hate in Stockholm to commemorate the victims of white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, VA, and to stand up and send a clear signal that hate has no place in America.

    More than 50 attendees came in Stockholm alone, and across Sweden more than 100 showed up to stand against hatred while President Trump is failing to do the same.

    Thank you to all who attended, and to all the speakers, poetry performers, and musical contributions who made this event a powerful experience for all involved. 

    Democrats Abroad Sweden Stockholm Chair, and event organizer, Sarah Thomsen welcomes attendees
    A Resistance Summer postcard, which DA members have been using to contact our elected representatives back home
    Sam Paris performs

     


  • American Democrats in Sweden Resist Trump's Anti-LGBT+ Agenda

    As Trump attacks the rights of LGBT+ Americans, Democrats Abroad Sweden is joining pride parades across Sweden to resist his anti-LGBT+ agenda.

    – Trump’s decision to ban transgender people from the U.S. military is a stark reminder of how fragile progress is and that we must continue to stand up and speak out for LGBT+ rights. That’s why Democrats Abroad Sweden is joining pride parades across Sweden, says Alex Lange, Chair of Democrats Abroad Sweden.

    Despite claiming to be a ‘real friend’ of the LGBT+ community, Donald Trump is rolling back many of the gains made during the Obama administration, and we must resist. Because LGBT+ rights are human rights, says Alex Lange.

    As part of a global “Resistance Summer” campaign, Democrats Abroad Sweden is participating in pride parades in Stockholm and Malmö next week, and already marched in Göteborg Pride earlier in the summer.

    With country committees in 42 countries around the world and more than 2,000 members in Sweden, Democrats Abroad is the official Democratic Party organization for Americans who live outside the United States. There is an active LGBT Caucus that ensures LGBT+ voices are strongly represented in the Democratic Party.

    To hold Trump accountable, Democrats Abroad Sweden invites Americans and Swedes to march with them on August 5 in Stockholm and on August 6 in Malmö. Registration can be found at http://www.democratsabroad.org/se_events.

    Photo: Democrats Abroad Sweden marches in the 2016 Stockholm Pride Parade. Source: Democrats Abroad Sweden

    Please contact Alexander Lange at 070 612 0179 for more information or press requests.

    Democrats Abroad is the official arm of the Democratic Party for US citizens living outside the United States and its territories. The Democratic Party is the only major American political party that affords its members this opportunity. Democrats Abroad holds seats on the Democratic National Committee and sends a voting delegation to its national convention to nominate our candidate for President. Founded in 1964, Democrats Abroad now has members in over 190 countries and has committees in 42 countries around the world.

    For more information, visit www.DemocratsAbroad.org


  • signed up on Youth Caucus 2017-03-27 08:38:35 -0400

    Youth Caucus Signup

    The Youth Caucus of Democrats Abroad is committed to generating awareness of the concerns of young Americans and the challenges they face for the purpose of informing party policy-making and improving party outreach and organizing. The Youth Caucus will provide a platform for young Democrats abroad - those who are and those who seek to become politically active - to engage in and lead on issues and campaigns important to them.

    STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

    The Youth Caucus will be “youth-led” but open to those of all ages who support these central aims.

    The Youth Caucus will/proposes to:

    • Build political engagement by young Americans Democrats abroad. Initiatives will make young Americans abroad aware of:  voter registration and voting from abroad; issue education, advocacy and activism, especially youth-led and youth-related;  candidates and campaigns, especially those of young Democrats;  US political and election organizing from abroad; and overseas and domestic youth networks, contacts and resources.
    • Sponsor issue-focused Working Groups: The Caucus will engage young Democrats abroad in issues advocacy by inviting them to join teams studying particular issues (eg Environmental Sustainability Working Group) and developing and coordinating youth-led advocacy activities and campaigns.
    • Establish web-based communication channels for on-going youth outreach: A Youth Caucus Blog on the Democrats Abroad Youth Caucus webpage will provide continuous access to the work of the Youth Caucus and facilitate participation by members globally.
    • Work online. Membership will not be constrained by physical location. All general meetings, campaigns, fundraisers etc. will be conducted online via Skype, Social Media, Email, and Online Markets.
    • Encourage caucus members to organize live local events and gatherings for political education and outreach, issues advocacy or socializing.
    • Be youth-led, with a leadership team made up of volunteers from around the world aged between 18 and 35.
    • Engage with US-based Young Democrats or College Democrats groups to share information, advice, intelligence and ideas, build networks and to cross-promote each other.
    Sign up

  • published Trump Does Not Determine What America Stands For in News 2017-03-01 13:53:14 -0500

    Trump Does Not Determine What America Stands For

     

    This is an English-language version of an op-ed article originally published in Swedish on etc.se. To read the original, click here

    There may be nothing more American than the debate about what the United States stands for. The country has had its share of flaws, while also continuing on a remarkable path of long-term progress. That progress has often been a struggle and suffered deep setbacks, like those we are experiencing just a month into the Trump administration. But we have regrouped and begun to organize to defend liberal democracy and our values.

    The setbacks remind us that progress is not inevitable, and does not just happen naturally. Instead, progress is actively built by involved citizens, both by those in the United States and also by the millions of Americans who live abroad, many of them here in Sweden.

    At the ballot box, through civil society, and by organizing politically, Americans are engaged in what President Barack Obama called the “hard and frustrating and necessary work of self-government”. Since Donald Trump’s election victory, in which he lost the popular vote by more than 2.8 million votes, we have seen the sheer power of what happens when the American civil society kicks into action to protect liberal democracy.

    Organizations dedicated to protecting civil rights in the United States like the American Civil Liberties Union have raised unprecedented funds, while millions have demonstrated for what they believe in, and become engaged in the political process. Democrats Abroad, the official overseas arm of the Democratic Party, has signed up thousands of new members and volunteers, including here in Sweden. 

    Demo_Press.jpgOn the day after Trump’s inauguration, more than 150 members of Democrats Abroad demonstrated on Medborgarplatsen in Stockholm (Photo: Democrats Abroad Sweden)

    Trump’s ban on travel from a number of Muslim majority countries is unconstitutional and contrary to international law. Because it was originally conceived as a ban on all people of one of the world’s major religions, it is also deeply un-American. Even though it has now been halted by the courts, the Trump administration continues to defend it on the spurious grounds that it will keep the country safe. Now he has announced that he wants to deport millions of migrants, even those who have already become an integral part of American society.

    We refuse to simply accept that. On the day after Trump’s inauguration, more than 150 members of Democrats Abroad demonstrated on Medborgarplatsen in Stockholm. When the travel ban was announced, many Americans in Sweden sprang into action. Democrats Abroad volunteers lined up to say they were ready to help those affected, and others went to work organizing legal support, lighting up the phone lines of their elected representatives, and recruiting friends and family to find ways to fight back. Similar stories have poured in from around the world.

    That is how Donald Trump’s vision of America will be resisted. But the way we will turn the country toward progress again is through the electoral process, beginning with the midterm elections in 2018. That is why right now Democrats Abroad is organizing citizens and dual-citizens who live in Sweden to help them register to vote, get engaged with the political process, and shape the future of the Democratic Party.

    Trump does not determine what America stands for. We will continue to fight for an America that is open, tolerant, and just. Nothing is more American than that.

    By Alex Lange, Democrats Abroad Sweden, Stockholm Chapter Chair


Political Staffer, Analyst, Blogger. German and American, living in Stockholm