Black Caucus



  • Welcome and thank you for visiting the Democrats Abroad Global Black Caucus site

    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 American 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 which 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:

    | Global Black Caucus Steering Team
    | Communications Coordinator, Germany - Global Black Caucus Chair
    | UK - Executive Committee (past); UK - Communications Committee; UK - Film Committee; Global Black Caucus Steering Team
    | Greece Chair; Global Black Caucus Steering Team
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    News

    Interactive MLK Time Line

    We have created an interactive multimedia journey of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

     

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    Global Black Caucus: We’ve Only Just Begun

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    The idea of a Global Black Caucus (GBC) was initially conceived by Black leaders from around the globe in London at the 2013 DA Global Meeting. Many of the members of this group were heavily committed to their local and country chapters in France, Italy, South Africa, Sweden and the UK. It wasn’t until August 7, 2017, during a conversation between me and Shari Temple, the Democrats Abroad (DA) Global IT Team Chair and a DA Germany Voting Representative, I asked the question, why isn’t there a Black Caucus? Shari told me no one has volunteered to start it, so I volunteered and off we went.  This really illustrates how DA is truly a grassroots organization. All of our members can participate in working for positive change. If you want to do something that will further progressive causes, DA is there to support you.

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    Upcoming Events

    Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 03:00 PM · 17 rsvps
    Yours Australian Bar in Frankfurt, Germany

    March to the Ballot Box / GOTV Event Frankfurt

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    In January, 2017, Americans worldwide marked the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States. Deeply concerned that our core values were threatened, many of us joined the Women's March - the largest single-day protest in U.S. history which was organized as a worldwide rally on January 21, 2017.

    One year later, Democrats Abroad remains strongly committed and continues to affirm the promotion of our constitutional rights now threatened under President Trump.

    Democrats Abroad Germany, Wiesbaden/Mainz Chapter, in conjuinction with the Frankfurt Chapter and the Global Black Caucus have organized "March to the Ballot Box", a voter registration drive to commemorate the Anniversary of the Women's March in Frankfurt.

    Join us at the same location we met at last year before the march - at the Yours Australian Bar, Frankfurt.

    Bring your friends along and request your absentee ballots to take back this government in 2018!

    Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 02:30 PM · 40 rsvps
    Online - Zoom in Na, Germany

    Inaugural Global Black Caucus General Membership Meeting

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    Please join us for the inaugural GBC general meeting. 

    Tentative Agenda:

    • Introductions, Steering Committee and Members
    • Voter Registration and verifying your information
    • Volunteering
    • Plans for the future

    Because we are in many time zones we will be moving the meeting time around so everyone can attend at a convenient time for their locations. We hope you will join us for some of the meeting.

    Meeting times by time zone

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