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:

    Angela Fobbs
    | Global Black Caucus Chair; Communications Coordinator, Germany and GWC;
    Adrianne George
    | 2016-2020 Democrats Abroad DNC Member
    Adrienne Johnson
    | Chair, UK Black Caucus; Founding Member, Global Black Caucus Steering Committee; UK - Executive Committee (past); UK - Communications Committee; UK - Film Committee;
    Karen Lee
    | Communications Chair & Global Black Caucus Steering Team
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    News

    Paul Hickman joins the 2020 GBC Poet Laureate Circle

    Please welcome Paul Hickman to the GBC Poet Laureate Circle!
    Paul is an active, experienced poet who has published works that delve into the depths of society.
    We are looking forward to Paul's participation in the Poet Laureate Circle.
    You can read/hear the poem, "Get Up -Do Something", by Paul Hickman here.

    Paul Hickman from Greece - Read Paul's Bio

     

    The other diligent 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

     


    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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    GBC Power to the People Podcast

    Global Black Caucus Power to the People Podcast

    By Democrats Abroad Global Black Caucus

    Democrats Abroad Global Black Caucus podcast is interviews and discussions about the issues of the day that are important to Americans at home and abroad and how you can help from wherever you are.
    Listen to podcasts about a wide range of issues, including:

    • Voters in Georgia
    • Voting for Biden/Harris
    • Malcolm Nance
    • Kwanzaa
    • Juneteenth
    • MLK and the Evangelicals
    • Women's History Month
    • Colin Kaepernick
    • James Baldwin
    • Black History Month

    https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/dagbcp2p

     

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    Upcoming Events

    Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 293 rsvps
    Zoom

    Inauguration Celebration - Calling All Volunteers

    "Now is when the real work begins. the hard work.  The necessary work.  the good work."

    Vice President-Elect, Kamala Harris

    On November 7th, 2020, Kamala Harris, the newly elected Vice President of the United States, stepped up on stage and began her acceptance speech by stating, “...that America’s democracy is not guaranteed. It is only as strong as our willingness to fight for it, to guard it, and never take it for granted.”

    For the first time in many people’s lifetime, this election has displayed that action makes change — that voices, when united, are loud. Therefore, the Global Women’s Caucus of Democrats Abroad is accepting the torch that Vice President Kamala Harris has delivered to the people, and we are extending the responsibility of action to you.

    Join us on January 23rd at 10 am EST (US and Canada) for a celebration of the newly inaugurated Biden-Harris administration, as we share our plans for the coming year and present the many and varied opportunities for volunteering that the Global Women’s Caucus offers world-wide. Each of our Global Action Teams will give a short presentation on plans going forward and suggest ways that members can help out.

    We will then move to smaller break out sessions where our leaders will answer your questions, explain how members can establish local women’s caucus groups, and hear your own creative ideas for new ways our caucus might support our members and do the good work.

    Now that we are putting four long years of backward movement behind us, we are looking forward to the opportunity to address the many issues still facing women in the United States and to advance an agenda which will benefit all. To do that we need to refine our goals and develop plans which will be informed, realistic and action-oriented, and we need your help.

    We know you want to continue to be a part of the change that delivered Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to the White House. The real change will happen as the Biden-Harris administration begins, working with Nancy Pelosi and, we hope, a more productive Senate, to push their legislation in Congress. The Global Women’s Caucus will be focused on making sure women remain central to American domestic and foreign policy, however we need volunteers to make that happen. We are a global network of action driven individuals, working together from all over the world. We need you to help build our movement stronger. We need you for the vital fight that is ahead.

    Please RSVP below and join us for a fun and productive session!

    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 07:30 PM Berlin Time · 25 rsvps
    WebEx

    GBC Cafe - Jan 2021

    This Cafe's Topic: We will discuss:

    The Georgia runoff election on Jan. 5th
    The Congressional certification of the Biden/Harris victory on Jan. 6th that was disrupted by a violent coup attempt orchestrated by lame duck President Trump
    Impeachment of Trump
    President Biden and Vice President Harris taking office on Jan. 20th
    What will happen next?

    This is an online event. You will receive the connection information in an email after your RSVP.

     

    Location   Local Time
    Vancouver, Canada  Pacific Standard Time 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
    Washington DC   Eastern Standard Time 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    London, UK GMT 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    Paris, France  Central European Standard Time 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
    Athens, Greece Eastern European Standard Time 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
    Nairobi, Kenya  (GMT+3) 9:30 pm - 12:30 am
    UAE (GMT+4) 10:30 pm - 1:30 am
    Fiji (GMT+12) 6:30 am - 9:30 am

    We look forward to talking with you about this difficult subject.