Message from the Chair
Dear Brothers, SIsters, and Allies,
as the world emerges from the cold grip of winter, the season of spring brings with it a sense of hope and renewal. The thawing of the frosty landscapes and the blooming of flowers symbolize an awakening of life and vitality. It is a time when people are inspired to engage more actively in the world around them, and to participate in the political process. Let springtime serve as a reminder that change is possible, and that with perseverance and dedication, we can make a difference in our country.
Here are a few thoughts to reflect on:
- Wisconsin – Winning the State Supreme Court seat and flipping that court was a huge (10 points) win for Democrats and our Democracy this past Tuesday. In fact, I believe this news was the very best news for Democrats on Tuesday (moreso than Trump’s courtroom appearance). This statement from the WisDems says it all! That said – there’s a danger that the new GOP supermajority in Wisconsin's state senate (sadly achieved on Tuesday) could vote to impeach her.
- Party switchers in both Louisiana and North Carolina enabled Republicans to gain veto-proof majorities. This stinks! But this means we need to work and invest even harder in key state legislative races!
- Tennessee’s expulsion of the two state legislators ratchets up the anti-democracy efforts even further. The potential benefit might be that the two legislators might be appointed back to their seats and are now getting national attention to this debacle.
- How to talk about Trump’s indictment – Dan Pfeiffer, yet again, has a really valuable perspective
If you have any questions or ideas you would like us to include, please feel free to contact us at: [email protected]
Love and Light,
Leedonal 'Jazz' Moore
• Democrats Abroad Global Black Caucus
• Democrats Abroad Interim Int. Secretary
• DPCA Voting Rep. DACH
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Once Upon a Story
-in a PTSD Nightmare
the Bible says to love your neighbors
To turn the other cheek to your enemies
But peace in the valley just won’t come
Who apologizes to the suffering?
Who soothes their fears and nightmares?
Who takes responsibility for counting the dead?
Who tends the graves and tells the narratives?
Stories that we are told to forgive and quickly forget
Stories that we are not allowed to learn about
So, the names of the murdered continue to mount
Is this a new refinement in barbarity?
Shutting our eyes will not shut out the tormenting reality
Holding our ears will not quell the clamorous screams
Ignoring the truth will not make the disastrous disappear
“An evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things”
Guns in the hands of the wicked
Will only allow the wicked to thrive and survive
Who in the hell wants that?
Camille Elaine Thomas / April 19, 2023
Another Attack on Black Americans on the Agenda?
The Reparations Task Force headed by Saxony chapter member Antar Keith has alerted the DA Global Black Caucus to a proposal by the US Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to alter its Race and Ethnicity Statistical Standards.The plan is to add a designation "Descendants of Slavery“, which could have a wide-range impact on funding for social programs, political representation.
"[A]ny big shift in how federal data is collected could result in an undercount of Black Americans in the coming census. In view of the current attacks on ballot access for this population group and the US legacy of divestment from Black communities, advocates argue that Black Americans can hardly afford any further measures that may strip them of essential resources and voting power.
Such changes can be viewed as dehumanizing as slavery itself is not an ethnicity, but rather a system of oppression.
Of the more than 40 million Black Americans, the overwhelming majority has not been made aware of this process and, once again, Black citizens are being robbed of their voice. Black Lives Matter and Black Votes Matter, especially to the Democratic Party, which has seen an unfortunate migration to the Republican Party over the years.
Join the DA Reparations Task Force for an Interfaith Alliance event on Saturday, May 6th at 1 pm (Washington time).
Join Us in Washington, D.C.!
Join us for an exciting opening lead event to the Democrats Abroad Annual Global Meeting in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, June 7, 2023!
The Global Black Caucus is proud to invite you to join us for a tour through the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), followed by a cocktail reception.
RSVP today, tickets are limited.
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