Black Caucus



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    Pictured above: GBC Members at DA EMEA Conference in Madrid. From Left to Right Cuthbert Telesford-Denmark, Elizabeth Bond-Spain, Nicole Pearson-Spain, Angela Fobbs-GBC Chair-Germany, Ronda Zelezny-Green-UK, Christina Skovsgaard-Norway, Patricia Hamzahee-UK, Second Row. Adrienne Johnson-UK, Erica Smith-France, Shari Temple-Germany.

     

    Welcome and thank you for visiting the Democrats Abroad Global Black Caucus page.

     

    For a quick-to-use list of our contact links and ideas for action, go here.

    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.

    People of visible African descent have been in what we now know as the United States of America since 1619, long before many ethnic groups who are now considered to be White. Black Americans were essential to building America. Without Black people, the greatness of America would not be possible. Today, Black Americans are in all walks of life and are 13.3% of the American population[1]. By 2060, the projected black population in the United States will be 74.5 million, with a predicted median black wealth as of 2053 of zero and a current median White wealth of $116,000.

    According to the Voter Participation Center, from 2012 to 2016, Black voter turnout dropped by 4.7% overall[2]. Black voter turnout is essential for Democratic election victories. Therefore, it is necessary for Democrats to identify and focus on those issues close to the hearts of African Americans and other minority voters.  In general, voters do not turn out unless they feel included, listened to, and excited. It is important that Democrats Abroad have a caucus that directly addresses the issues of Black Americans. Thus, the Global Black Caucus will produce and disseminate political content which bears witness to the ever-unfolding international history of the Black American reality. Black Lives Matter!

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    [1] “QuickFacts.” U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts Selected: UNITED STATES, United States Census Bureau, 1 July 2016, www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/US/PST045216.

    [2] Fraga, Bernard L., et al. “Analysis | Why Did Trump Win? More Whites - and Fewer Blacks - Actually Voted.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 8 May 2017, www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/05/08/why-did-trump-win-more-whites-and-fewer-blacks-than-normal-actually-voted/?utm_term=.c54e479ea009&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1.

     

    The purpose of the Global Black Caucus is to provide a forum for all DA members to better understand the issues and concerns affecting Black Americans, to help eliminate unconscious bias within the DA membership and in America, to help engage with Black voters living abroad and ensure that their needs are met within the DA community, and, where needed, to advocate for reforms to political issues. We encourage and facilitate Black Americans abroad to engage, become informed, and exercise their voting franchise. 

    Mission Statement

    • To support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic[1]
    • To support the goals and ideals of the Democratic Party and Democrats Abroad
    • To encourage voting in every eligible U.S. election by as many Black Americans abroad and Black Caucus members as possible
    • To advocate on issues of concern to Black Americans
    • To be a voice for U.S. citizens living abroad
    • To support campaigns of Democratic candidates aligned with our interests running for elected office in the U.S.
    • To work with other teams within DA to further our joint goals.

     


    [1] In these times where assaults on the constitutional rights are routinely taking place and there are many forces who are actively working to call a constitutional convention and change our rights, it is important that every American defend our constitution not just those who work for the government.

    DA Black Caucus Leadership:

    Adrian Anderson
    | Global Black Caucus Steering Team
    Angela Fobbs
    | Communications Coordinator, Germany and GWC; Global Black Caucus Chair
    Adrienne Johnson
    | Chair, UK Black Caucus; Global Black Caucus Steering Team; UK - Executive Committee (past); UK - Communications Committee; UK - Film Committee;
    Karen Lee
    | Fundraising Chair, Global Black Caucus Steering Team
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    News

    Black History Month 2020

     

    Black History Month begins today. The official 2020 Black History Month theme is “African Americans and the Vote.” 2020 is an important election year, and a landmark year for voting rights.  This year is the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment and the culmination of the women’s suffrage movement.  The year 2020 also marks the 150th anniversary of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) and the right of African American men to vote after the Civil War. African American suffragists made important contributions to the broader women’s movement and also to the 20th-century voting rights movement. The fight for voting rights continues today. The theme emphasizes the ongoing struggle on the part of both African American men and women for the right to vote. We must remember the past and vow never to return to those times. 

    The current administration is has headed down a racist and nationalist path. This Black History Month, I call on all people of goodwill and character to take a stand. Do not stand-by while the Republicans dismantle our democracy and our human rights. Our current President and all his henchmen are working hard to roll-back the progress we have made over the past 150 years. Please vote, volunteer, phone bank, donate and make sure your American friends and family are registered to vote and vote.

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    Announcing the 2020 GBC Poet Laureate Circle

    Last year the GBC initiated a search for a Poet Laureate for 2020. Thanks to everyone who submitted a poem. In November, we narrowed down the submissions to three finalists who we interviewed. After interviewing the finalists, we realized all three poets were so wonderfully talented; we couldn’t choose just one. So we decided to create a Poet Laureate Circle. All three members will share the title Poet Laureate and the writing.

    The members of our 2020 Poet Laureate Circle are:

    Jasmine Cochran from China - Read Jasmine's Bio

    Elaine Thomas from Germany - Read Elaine's Bio

    Nadine Pinede from Belgium - Read Nadine's Bio

    Congratulations to all of you!

    You can read/hear the first poem, Time and Time Again, by Elaine Thomas here.

    Please share this inspirational poem on your social networks. There will be more beautiful and inspiring poetry to come this year.


    You can register to vote and request a ballot for the 2020 elections at https://www.votefromabroad.org/. The sooner you do it, the better. 

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    Upcoming Events

    Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 01:30 PM · 21 rsvps
    Online

    Black History Month - "The Spook Who Sat by the Door" Watch Party

    Join us online to watch the film "The Spook Who Sat by the Door." After we watch the film there will be a discussion.

     

    About the film:

    This film was made in 1973 in the "blaxploitation" period and based on the 1969 novel by Sam Greenlee. The story shows the period of Black militancy in the late ’60s and early ’70s that followed the civil rights movement in America.

    It shows the discontented younger generation in Chicago, forming a guerilla movement and their revolt against the police. Wild and explosive!

     

    Watch the trailer:

     

     

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    Location Local Time
    Washington DC 13:30 EST
    Paris 19:30 CET
    Nairobi 21:30 EAT
    Shanghai 22:30 CST

     

    Friday, February 28, 2020 at 07:00 PM · 10 rsvps
    Villa Vida Café in Vienna, Austria

    2nd Annual GBC Black History Month Open Mic Night

     

    We are back for another year! Please join us as we celebrate Black History Month and share your talents in spoken and written word, poetry, music or movement.

    This year’s fundraising theme is: Lift every voice, get every vote! All proceeds from this event will support the Get Out the Vote efforts of DA Austria as we head into a crucial election year.

    For a 5 or 10 minute time slot, please contact DA Austria GBC coordinator, Faith Herbold at f.hall-herbold@democratsabroad.at.

    We are looking forward to celebrating with you!

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