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Carlos Colao joins the GBC Poet Laureate Circle

Please welcome Carlos Colao to the GBC Poet Laureate Circle!
Carlos is an active poet that writes in both Spanish and English.
We are looking forward to Carlos' participation in the Poet Laureate Circle.
You can read/hear the poem, "Nuestro Día", by Carlos Colao here.

Carlos Colao from Spain - Read Carlos' Bio

 

The other diligent members of our 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

Paul Hickman from Greece - Read Paul's Bio

Alexandra Smith from China - Read Alexandra's Bio

 


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


Thanks for a Great Black History Month

Thanks to everyone who participated in DA's Black History Month.


Alexandra Smith joins the GBC Poet Laureate Circle

Please welcome Alexandra Smith to the GBC Poet Laureate Circle!
Alexandra is an active, experienced poet who writes from her heart about issues that must be listened to.
We are looking forward to Alexandra's participation in the Poet Laureate Circle.
You can read/hear the poem, "My Paradox", by Alexandra Smith here.

Alexandra Smith from China - Read Alexandra's Bio

 

The other diligent members of our 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

Paul Hickman from Greece - Read Paul's Bio


You can register to vote at https://www.votefromabroad.org/.


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. 


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

GBC Power to the People Podcast is available on iTunes,  Podomatic, Spotify, Player FM, Google Podcast, and Deezer.

 


October Newsletter 2020

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help with our Get Out The Vote efforts and beyond. I know we made a difference in this election. 🥂

There are 13 days until election day.

🗳️ If you haven't requested an absentee ballot yet, there is still time. Go to https://www.votefromabroad.org/ today.

🆘 Have a question or issue with requesting a ballot or sending it back? Visit our online 1-on-1 help on Zoom. It's available Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 12-4 pm EDT/6-10 pm CEST, Saturday 2-10 am EDT/8am-4 pm CEST, and ALL DAY on Sunday EDT. Access help at this link: http://qrco.de/bbh0zg

📱 Have you requested a ballot and not received it? Please contact your local election office. You can find the contact information here: https://www.votefromabroad.org/states.

📧 Have you contacted your local election office and received no response? Please email [email protected] and tell them what's going on. They can help you.

🚨 If you haven't received your ballot, you can VOTE NOW using the Backup Ballot–the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB)–specifically for overseas voters! Information on how to vote with a FWAB here: https://www.votefromabroad.org/fwab/  Watch a video on how to fill out a FWAB here.

✈️ Need to send your ballot back to the states by postal mail? At this point, consider using a courier service. FedEx Express is offering Americans abroad a discount to send ballots home reliably. US voters living in 10 European countries can now take advantage of a special rate for overnight return of their absentee ballot. From now through November, FedEx International Priority service for envelopes up to 500g sent to the USA costs just €25 from Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Denmark (kr.186), Poland (112 zł), Sweden (260 kr), and the United Kingdom (£23). This special is only bookable online — discounts will not be given if booking at a FedEx store or on the phone. Feel free to privately tell your friends and family, but please do not post about this on social media. Download a step-by-step guide on how to book the FedEx deal HERE.

🛑 Do NOT use the diplomatic pouch at U.S. embassies and consulates to return your ballot at this point. It is too late.

📠 Voters in AK, CA, FL, LA, OK, and WY can fax their ballots back. Don't have access to a fax machine? You can use an online email to fax services like Hello Fax or FAX.PLUS.

🎃 Voters in AL, AZ, CO, DC, DE, HI, IN< IA, KS, MA, ME, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NM, NV, OR, RI, SC, UT, WA, WV, and WY can return your ballots by email or online. Need help scanning? Watch this video on how to scan using your smartphone: Watch this video.If you don't have a scanning app on your phone, you can use Adobe Scan mobile app for iPhone & Android.

🧑🏽‍🤝‍🧑🏿 Suppose you have already voted and returned your ballot. Have you reminded your family and friends abroad or in the states to register and vote? People in the USA can go to https://iwillvote.com/ to find a voting or drop-off location, verify their registration, vote by mail and register to vote.


 

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American Voters in Africa

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Join Democrats Abroad

Join our Caucuses. DA sponsors caucus groups, which exist to engage members with a particular area of interest in campaigns, initiatives, and advocacy projects.
All Democrats Abroad members are welcome to join them. Learn More.

Help other Americans Abroad get registered to vote and request an absentee ballot. Become a VFA Voting Champion. Learn More.

Spread the word about voting from abroad. Explore ideas to help get out the vote.

Make a video to help other Americans understand the importance of voting in 2020. Information and script here.

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Take part in our events. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most of our events are online and open to anyone who wants to attend. Learn More.

 

 

 


Member Stories: Howard Hemsley

 

I came home from work and instead of the usual puddle of piss in my doorway, there was a dead rat. It was the size of a cat and laid in state on a white paper plate; a message from the dealers, steerers, and lookouts who sat on stoops and lounged in tenement doorways on First Street; a drug supermarket where cars with Jersey plates and dudes in ragged sneakers came to cop. It was the eighties.

There were drugs on the block when I moved there five years before after serving every day of a three-year sentence at Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary for the minor crime of passing bad checks and the major crime of being a smart-ass New York ni****r. Drugs on the block did not matter. What mattered was my ground floor loft, a former hippie belt factory more than twice the size of the railroad apartments upstairs. The rent was two-fifty a month and there was no heat, electricity, or plumbing when I moved in. A broken toilet in the middle of the floor was all that remained. With my overtime, I could make it a dream apartment. My arrogance had gotten me a job at a bigtime Wall Street law firm, where I worked sixty, seventy, sometimes eighty hours a week on deals worth billions. Every day I locked horns with biggety Harvard and Yale lawyers who decided I was a revolutionary.

After five years I knew my neighbors well enough to nod hello. My front door opened to the sidewalk and I did not have to enter the building with the weekend one-night stands from gay bars in the West Village.

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Black Caucus Country Leader Position Description

What a country committee leader does:

The Caucus Chair of issues concerning African Americans and to promote MLK Day, Black History Month in February and Women's History Month in March.

  • Work with your country committee
  • Disseminate information to members
  • Coordinate caucus-related events in your country
  • Periodically report to the global caucus steering committee
  • Finding ways to add diversity to non-caucus events
  • Establishing working committees on legislative or policy issues
  • Running and attending meetings
  • Other duties as required

 


Join the GBC Team

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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.

Use the script before to help you make a short video.

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