Global 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 Global Black Caucus Leadership:

    Leedonal Moore
    | Global Black Caucus Chair, DPCA Voting Rep, Switzerland
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    News

    Poet Laureate Call

    The Global Women's Caucus would like to invite two of the esteemed Global Black Caucus Poet Laureates to participate in the upcoming - GWC Literary Festival - to take place in October. The poets would read a selection of their poetry and be briefly interviewed before taking questions from the audience. 

    Event dates are Oct 5 and Oct 12 at 12pm CET. One poet per date. 

    It is sure to be a great opportunity to share your talent and introduce your work to new audiences.

    Please email [email protected] or [email protected] if you are interested or have questions.
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    Join The DA Global Black Caucus Team

    Join The DA Global Black Caucus Team...
    As we move towards 2022 and 2024, I am determined to make our systems and structures within the Global Black Caucus even more diverse, professional, and sustainable––and ultimately more effective for our work ahead.
     
    Applications will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. CET on September 5th, 2021 and I will make appointments around September 8th, 2021.

    Available Steering Committee and Volunteer Positions:

    • Vice-Chair
    • Secretary
    • Engagement – team lead and volunteers
    • Press & Media Relations – team lead and volunteers
    • Communications – team lead and volunteers
    • Fundraising – team lead and volunteers
    If you're interested in being on the team, please don't hesitate and send me an email with why you want to be part, what position you are interested in and what qualifications you bring to the table.
     
     
    All members of Democrats Abroad are encouraged to apply and to share the call for applications with other U.S. citizens who might be interested.

     

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    Upcoming Events

    Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 02:00 PM Time · 7 rsvps
    ZOOM - Online Event in Berlin, Germany

    Texans Abroad Planning Meeting

    2021_09_25_EMEA_Americas_Planning.pngJoin us to map out our outreach for 2021 heading into the 2022 Midterms and crucial State and Local elections. Everyone is welcome! It's all hands on deck as we gear up for the coming months!

    Saturday, Sept. 25th, 2pm Eastern/1pm Central/8pm CEST

    Zoom info provided on RSVP

    Connect with us: [email protected]

    Twitter https://twitter.com/TXabroad 

    FB Texans Abroad https://www.facebook.com/groups/314592981908872 

     

    Sunday, September 26, 2021 at 03:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 2 rsvps

    Texans Abroad Planning Meeting – AP Friendly time

    2021_09_26_AP_EMEA_Planning.pngJoin us to map out our outreach for 2021 heading into the 2022 Midterms and crucial State and Local elections. Everyone is welcome! It's all hands on deck as we gear up for the coming months!

    Sunday, Sept. 26th, 5pm AEST/3pm HKT/9am CEST

    Webex info provided on RSVP

    Connect with us: [email protected]

    Twitter https://twitter.com/TXabroad 

    FB Texans Abroad https://www.facebook.com/groups/314592981908872