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The Democrats Abroad Global Black Caucus (GBC) is made up of DA members of all ethnicities from around the world who are willing and able to advocate on issues important to Black Americans within the United States of America and those living abroad. All DA members are eligible to join the GBC. We advocate for laws, policies, and programs that improve the lives of Black Americans and educate all people on the humanity of Black people.
Called "the mother of the civil rights movement," Rosa Parks invigorated the struggle for racial equality when she refused to give up her bus seat to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama. Parks' arrest on December 1, 1955 launched the Montgomery Bus Boycott by 17,000 black citizens.
A Supreme Court ruling and declining revenues forced the city to desegregate its buses thirteen months later. Parks became an instant icon, but her resistance was a natural extension of a lifelong commitment to activism. Over the years, she had repeatedly disobeyed bus segregation regulations. Once, she even had been put off a bus for her defiance.
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Fannie Lou Hamer
Fannie was an American voting and women's rights activist, community organizer, and leader in the civil rights movement.
She was the co-founder and vice-chair of the Freedom Democratic Party. Fannie Lou Hamer was born in 1917, the 20th child of Lou Ella and James Lee Townsend, sharecroppers east of the Mississippi Delta. She first joined her family in the cotton fields at the age of six. Although she managed to complete several years of school, by adolescence she was picking hundreds of pounds of cotton a day. In the early 1940s, she married Perry Hamer, known as Pap, and worked alongside him at W.D. Marlow’s plantation near Ruleville, in Sunflower County. Hamer’s ability to read and write earned her the job of timekeeper, a less physically demanding and more prestigious job within the sharecropping system.
The forced sterilization was one of the moments that set Hamer on the path to the forefront of the Mississippi Civil Rights movement.
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Our live Black History Month Luncheon is back! The deadline to reserve & pay is Tuesday, February 7th, 5pm…but attendance is very limited, so the first to RSVP will be the first served!
We’ll enjoy a welcome drink, family-style meal, and slice of cake at Dooley’s American Smoke House in Brussels, with a program of song & inspiration from our DAB Community, including:
- Briana Ashley Stuart, a performing artist, choreographer and dance entrepreneur, originally from Detroit, Michigan.
- Dorrie Wilson, an independent researcher, writer and cultural curator on her talk to the European Parliament, "People Are Trapped in History and History is Trapped in Them”.
- Wilford Simmons, a North Carolina voter, retired from the military, who lives and coaches sports in Mons.
Prices are as follows (food is served on platters, family-style, to be shared at the table):
- Classic Soul Food Combo Menu (variety of smoked meat & sides) - €22
- Vegetarian Soul Food Menu (variety of smoked veggie delights & sides)- €19
- Menu for Kids 12 & under (sliders, chicken nuggets, fish fingers) - €12
- Homemade Iced Tea - €10 (for a pitcher of 5 glasses)
- Homemade Lemonade - €10 (for a pitcher of 5 glasses)
Please RSVP here and we will email you instructions for payment and other details soon! And if you are bringing children, please just RSVP for the number of adults in your party and then respond to our confirmation email to let us know how many children you will bring. Thank you!
The National Welfare Rights Organization 1966 - 1975
An outgrowth of the Civil Rights Movement: Women of Color Rising to lift themselves and their children out of poverty.
Join the Global Black Caucus for an insightful webinar, during Black History Month 2023, and learn more about the significance of the National Welfare Rights Organization and its activism and legacy which still carries on today.
February 11, 2023, at 10:00 AM EST / 16:00 PM CET / 23:00 HKT
This webinar is facilitated by Miriam Victory Spiegel, Democrats Abroad Switzerland, born in 1945 in New York City, long-time activist, Community Organizer in New York 1968 – 1980, and Couples and Family Therapist, in Zürich, Switzerland since 1990.
During this webinar, Miriam will begin her presentation by focussing on the events that she experienced as an activist and community organizer in New York City in 1968. She will describe the theoretical basis of the creation of the National Welfare Rights Organization and its inception within the framework of the Civil Rights Movement. To contextualize, she will share a rearview mirror with us, looking back and trying to understand why so many people of color were left behind in mid-sixties America and seemed doomed to a life of poverty, limited education, poor health, and unemployment. These reflections will take us on a historical journey beginning in 1619 and ending in 1968….
This event is being co-sponsored by the Global Women's Caucus.
Join us for an insightful webinar on February 11, 2023, at 10:00 AM EST / 16:00 PM CET / 23:00 HKT
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