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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

Thank you for registering for the event "The Power of the American Vote in and for Africa: How Americans Who Vote in Africa Can Shape US Policies"

 

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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.

Make a donation to help get out the vote.

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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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