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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.

 

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


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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NAACP scholarships Are Now Open

The following NAACP scholarships are now open:

1-   The Agnes Jones Jackson Scholarship

  • Applicant must be a current member of the NAACP
  • Scholarship amount: twenty (20) to forty (40) scholarships available. Maximum scholarship amount is $2,000.00.

2-   The Hubertus W.V. Willems Scholarship for male students

  • Applicant must be a male majoring in one of the following fields: Engineering, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematical Sciences.
  • NAACP membership and participation are highly desirable.
  • Scholarship amount: twenty (20) to forty (40) Scholarships available.
  • Maximum scholarship award is $3,000.00.

3-   The James Weldon Johnson Scholarship of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity

  • Applicant must compose a 500-750 word essay that addresses how the life and legacy of James Weldon Johnson has impacted them, OR
  • Compose a 500 – 750-word analysis of “Lift Every Voice and Sing”,
  • Scholarship amount: seven (7) scholarships worth $3,000 each, available annually.
  • One (1) recipient per NAACP region
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Free Films in June 2020

In response to current events, several documentaries and feature films are streaming at no cost. The films are being offered as a resource to help educate people about the dangers of systemic racism.

 

You can rent "Just Mercy" for free in June through a variety of digital movie services in the US, including Apple TV, FandangoNow, Google Play, Amazon Prime Video, Redbox, the PlayStation Store, Vudu, Microsoft, and YouTube.

Watch "13th" on YouTube for Free: https://youtu.be/krfcq5pF8u8

 

You can also watch DuVernay’s Martin Luther King film Selma for free, on YouTube/Google Play, Apple, Amazon Prime, and other streaming platforms listed here.attempts to debunk the mythology of inherent black criminality and suggests that the disproportionate number of African-Americans behind bars today is another, modern-day version of slavery.

 

Spencer Wolff made his award-winning documentary „STOP“ available on streaming for a limited time in order to contribute to informed dialogue and discussion around racial bias in policing and its costs to society.

 

 

The feature-length documentary "STOP" follows three years in the life of David Ourlicht, one of the four named plaintiffs in Floyd vs. The city of New York. By interweaving the story of David's family with the action around the trial, STOP places the stop and frisk controversy in the context of a long history of civil rights. From David's Jewish grandfather, who describes being arrested in Greenwich Village on his mixed-race first date with David's grandmother, an African-American woman, to David's biracial father, Italian-American mother, and mixed-race sister, the Ourlicht family offers a powerful backdrop to the flashpoint issue of stop and frisk. The film asks: Must we trade safety for civil rights?

 

 

You can see the trailer here: 📷https://vimeo.com/424957575

 

And you can watch the full-length film here: 📷https://vimeo.com/111048095 Password: BLM

 

STOP was honored with a silver gavel by the American Bar Association and has been used in countless universities and educational settings. The film is especially recommended to those who still question the legitimacy of the George Floyd protests or the Black Lives Matter movement. Feel free to share.

 

The documentary film "Suppressed" from 2019 shows in detail the voter suppression abuse in Georgia during the 2018 midterm election where Stacey Abrams ran to be the first Black woman governor in the US. Votes were suppressed in Georgia using tactics such as closing polling sites, relocating equipment, voter purges, missing absentee ballots, extremely long wait times, and voter ID issues. This prevented many students and people of color from casting their ballots which was its intention.

You can watch the full-length documentary film here: 📷https://www.bravenewfilms.org/suppressed_watch_now

 


#BlackLivesMatter Vigil Shareable Graphics

Please download and share these graphics on social media.

Use the attached poster (or your own sign), take a picture of yourself, email it to us at info@democratsabroad.org, and post it to your Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram page. This is a rolling action and we'll keep adding pictures to our vigil page as we receive images through the week. 

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Help Get Out the Vote in 2020

There are many things you can do to help get out the word and help other Americans vote. Below is a shortlist of things you can do to help. If you have any ideas, please send your ideas to blackcaucus@democratsabroad.org.

Overseas Voters: Register to vote or request a ballot if you are already registered.

Check your voter registration and share the link with your lefty family and friends in the states.

Share our memes

Phone banking

Donate to DA Global

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Join the Social Media Warriors Team

Hang up VFB Tear-off Sheets and leave our business cards at businesses

Help Students Abroad Vote

 

Ask organizations you belong to put VFA on their website or in their newsletter.

  • Fraternities and sororities
  • Business or professional clubs
  • Churches, Social clubs or any large membership group
  • Make your request sound as altruistic and civic-minded as possible.
  • You’ll never know until you ask.

How to contact your representatives

 

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Summary of the 2020 Women's History Month Webinar

"Black/Brown Power, Whiteness and Women: The 2020 Election Challenge—Democrats, Be the Light! Save America! (…and the World!)” with Dr. Ramona Houston

https://youtu.be/UrumuJJiAd8

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Black History Month 2020

 

Black History Month begins today. The official 2020 Black History Month theme is “African Americans and the Vote.” 2020 is an important election year, and a landmark year for voting rights.  This year is the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment and the culmination of the women’s suffrage movement.  The year 2020 also marks the 150th anniversary of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) and the right of African American men to vote after the Civil War. African American suffragists made important contributions to the broader women’s movement and also to the 20th-century voting rights movement. The fight for voting rights continues today. The theme emphasizes the ongoing struggle on the part of both African American men and women for the right to vote. We must remember the past and vow never to return to those times. 

The current administration is has headed down a racist and nationalist path. This Black History Month, I call on all people of goodwill and character to take a stand. Do not stand-by while the Republicans dismantle our democracy and our human rights. Our current President and all his henchmen are working hard to roll-back the progress we have made over the past 150 years. Please vote, volunteer, phone bank, donate and make sure your American friends and family are registered to vote and vote.

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Announcing the 2020 GBC Poet Laureate Circle

Last year the GBC initiated a search for a Poet Laureate for 2020. Thanks to everyone who submitted a poem. In November, we narrowed down the submissions to three finalists who we interviewed. After interviewing the finalists, we realized all three poets were so wonderfully talented; we couldn’t choose just one. So we decided to create a Poet Laureate Circle. All three members will share the title Poet Laureate and the writing.

The 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

Congratulations to all of you!

You can read/hear the first poem, Time and Time Again, by Elaine Thomas here.

Please share this inspirational poem on your social networks. There will be more beautiful and inspiring poetry to come this year.


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. 


The GBC Family Welcomes Kenya!

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My name is Robyn T. Emerson; I’m the lead country coordinator for Kenya and Co-Chair of the Black Caucus here. I have traveled, studied, or worked in every corner of the United States, with my last port-of-call and my voting district being Austin, Texas.   I am proud to say I have knocked on thousands of doors, managed hundreds of phone banks, did hundreds of advance work, coordinated hundreds of rides to polls all for the belief in collective power and justice prevailing. I’ve now lived in Kenya for over ten years, where creating communities and empowering people continues.

I’m an urban planner and a consummate organizer.  People of color, more specifically people of African descent, are staggering in the life-affirming statistics and leading in the life-threatening statistics.  Despite this, we keep rising; we keep singing, we keep fighting.

Living in what #45 considers a sh**hole country and the U.S. clamping down on immigration and refugee permissions out of nationalism and racism, I can not stand for its continuance another moment.  With brilliant Americans living in Kenya, we aim to make our voices known and count on issues impacting African Americans. We’ve coined this 13-months to Change, being inspired by the 13th amendment. We will continue community socializing, sharing information, and taking action as a community of African-Americans.  We will make a concerted effort to cast the net wider by having monthly meet-ups, connecting the dots between oppression & discrimination here to the experience on the same of our people in the U.S. We stand in solidarity for dignity, freedom, and justice for everyone. We will exercise our rights afforded to us...voting is our top emphasis. I hope you will join us in exploring, learning, and growing.

 

If you would like to join the DA Kenya Global Black Caucus, just click the join button on our homepage. Everyone is welcome, and I look forward to meeting up, discussing important issues, and winning some important seats with you!

 

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