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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.

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.

 


The John Lewis Global Voting Rights Day Action Guide - Make “Good Trouble” and Save Our Democracy!

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"Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year; it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.”

      ~John Lewis

 

At the 2021 DPCA Annual Global Meeting in May, Democrats Abroad adopted Resolution #1 -  Rename the Historic Edmund Pettus Bridge for Congressman John R. Lewis. From this resolution, the Democrats Abroad John Lewis Global Voting Rights Day action committee was formed. Together we have planned a series of events and actions in July to celebrate the life and work of the late Georgia Congressman and Civil Rights leader, John Lewis. Often described as the conscience of the Congress, he was a friend to Democrats Abroad. July 17th marks the first anniversary of his passing and the first annual John Lewis Global Voting Rights Day.


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Remembering the Tulsa Race Massacre - Dig Deeper

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On the morning of May 30, 1921, a young black man named Dick Rowland was riding in the elevator in the Drexel Building at Third and Main with a white woman named Sarah Page. The details of what followed vary from person to person. Accounts of an incident circulated among the city’s white community during the day and became more exaggerated with each telling.

Tulsa police arrested Rowland the following day and began an investigation. An inflammatory report in the May 31 edition of the Tulsa Tribune spurred a confrontation between black and white-armed mobs around the courthouse where the sheriff and his men had barricaded the top floor to protect Rowland. Shots were fired and the outnumbered African Americans began retreating to the Greenwood District.

In the early morning hours of June 1, 1921, Greenwood was looted and burned by white rioters. Governor Robertson declared martial law, and National Guard troops arrived in Tulsa. Guardsmen assisted firemen in putting out fires, took African Americans out of the hands of vigilantes, and imprisoned all black Tulsans not already interned. Over 6,000 people were held at the Convention Hall and the Fairgrounds, some for as long as eight days.

Twenty-four hours after the violence erupted, it ceased. In the wake of the violence, 35 city blocks lay in charred ruins, more than 800 people were treated for injuries and contemporary reports of deaths began at 36. Historians now believe as many as 300 people may have died.

Watch our event commemorating the Tulsa Race Massacre.

Download the slides from the presentation

Listed below are some resources you can use to learn more about this tragedy and make sure nothing like this happens again.

 

 

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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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