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
    | Fundraising Chair, Global Black Caucus Steering Team
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    Join the GBC Team

     

    Join the Democrats Abroad Global Black Caucus (GBC) Get Out The Vote (GOTV) Team - Helping to Achieve High Record-Breaking Voter Turnout in the US 2020 Elections.

    Our goal is to reach every African American living outside of the US and Allies who are not current members of Democrats Abroad. We will help them register to vote and request their absentee ballots via votefromabroad.org and encourage them to return their ballots for the November 2020 elections.

    We will encourage them to become active members of Democrats Abroad.

    We will encourage them to perform GOTV efforts within their communities, networks, and alliances in the US.

     

    Sign up here: https://forms.gle/Dp7xP1FUJXcMmHLd8

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    Make a GBC Video

    Right now Democrats Abroad- Global Black Caucus is ramping up our voter registration and get out the vote efforts as we get closer to November. We want to make sure that every African American and ally living abroad has the opportunity to vote, and we need your help!

    We are asking Americans living abroad to sign up to help us make GOTV videos to share on our social media channels. We also need people who would love to have conversations with us on Facebook Live about voting as an American living overseas.  If you are interested, please sign-up here and we will send you further instructions: https://forms.gle/Cxvz2sntmeva36A29

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    Upcoming Events

    Wednesday, July 08, 2020 at 07:00 AM · 10 rsvps
    Zoom

    GBC Tax Lunch Power Hour

    Join us and find out information to help you with your tax issues.

    This will be an informal Zoom call, you can drop-in for 5 minutes to ask one question or stick around for the whole hour.

    Some things that will be discussed include:

    • Have you received your CARES Act stimulus payment? If so, how? If not, why?
    • The latest updates on Residency Based Taxation.
    • Why you have nothing to worry about when it comes to voting and taxes!

    July 15th is also the new deadline to file your US taxes with the IRS this year (usually it's June 15th for Americans living abroad but the US government extended it this year due to Coronavirus.)

    Please RSVP to receive the Zoom Link.

     

    Location Local Start Time
    Washington DC, USA 07:00 EDT
    London, United Kingdom 12:00 BST
    Paris, France 13:00 CEST
    Athens, Greece 14:00 EEST
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates 15:00 GST
    New Delhi, India 16:30 IST
    Bangkok, Thailand 18:00 ICT
    Beijing, China 19:00 CST
    Tokyo, Japan 22:00 JST
    Melbourne, Australia 21:00 AEST

     

    We hope to see you there!

    Wednesday, July 08, 2020 at 03:00 PM · 3 rsvps

    Global Black Caucus - GOTV Phonebanking Training

    This session is offered as a special invitation to Global Black Caucus members. Open to everyone.

    Calling is one of the best ways to get our members to vote! It’s easy and effective!
    Do you, especially now, have time to make a few calls? Many of our members are at home, eager to receive them.

    Learn how to phonebank at this online live training. For beginners or to refresh your skills or to share your experience! We’ll focus on the basics, take questions, describe the new texting feature and discuss how it will be to call in the current environment.