DAB was proud to join the Lights 4 Rights group to mark the one year anniversary of our 2000-strong Brussels Women's March. The beautiful voices of Indigo Creative asbl led us in song (video on our Friends of Democrats Abroad Facebook page!) and we even able to give voting information to a few new Americans. If you haven't already requested your absentee ballots for 2018, be sure to go to www.VoteFromAbroad.org. See you at our next event, this coming Thursday!
We were very happy to welcome on November 6th Paula Jakub, the CEO of the AFSPA, which administers health insurance as part of the Federal Health Benefits program. Paula is also the Executive Director of the Senior Living Foundation and spoke to us of her learnings from running this non-profit organization that is devoted to helping elderly Foreign Service retirees and survivors. She also answered our questions on Medicare and Medicaid, Essential Health Benefits, long-term health insurance, pre-existing conditions, and the latest on the state of the Affordable Care Act. A special thanks to volunteer Sandra Keegan for having organized the comfortable venue, which helped soften the blow for some of us who realized we might never be able to move back to the US for a simple lack of affordable health care!
To all our members, please take part in the Tiny Action on Health Care - take a selfie in support of Universal Health Care - details on http://www.democratsabroad.org/healthcare_stories.
To celebrate Black History Month, Democrats Abroad Belgium is proud to present the landmark film, Selma. Focusing on the struggle to secure voting rights for African-Americans, Selma has been described as “a truly gripping film” which tells the story of the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in March of 1965. The movie also explores the leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the contributions of his family, colleagues and other civil rights organizations facing the wrath of the segregationist Alabama Governor George Wallace, the infamous Sheriff Bull Connor and others determined to prevent African-Americans from voting.
Doors will open at 6:30pm for voter registration and networking drinks. The film will start promptly at 7:30pm. Following the viewing, Robin Lofton, an independent historian and founder of rememberinghistory.com, will lead a discussion to provide additional insights about the film and to examine the historical and current threats to voting rights in America. Since Dr. Carter G. Woodson founded Black History Month, it has been a time for all Americans to remember the contributions, learn of the struggles and celebrate the triumphs of African-Americans. For another learning and entertainment opportunity, ask about the African-American History Challenge kits available for a special price throughout this history-filled month!
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