Secretary, Communications Director DA Denmark

Hej! Please call me Chesney. I believe in our democracy. I believe in the American community. I believe that together we can do difficult and great things.


  • 2020 Global Presidential Primary in Aarhus

    Attention Americans living Denmark: Your vote counts! And did you know you can vote in person? Democrats Abroad is considered an official state party within the Democratic Party, and we will be holding our own Global Presidential Primary elections in March 2020. For the first time we are providing a voting center in Jutland on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at Dokk1's Undervisningslokale 1 in Aarhus (Dokk1, Hack Kampmanns Pl 2). Voting will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
     
    Democrats Abroad will send 21 delegates from around the globe who will represent our party in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from July 13–16, 2020 at the Democratic National Convention. The presidential candidate for November 2020 will be selected there. Don’t miss the opportunity to let your vote count in what might be the most important election of your lifetime!
     
    Come vote! Please invite and share this with your American friends and colleagues.
     
    Some Frequently Asked Questions:
    ***Who is eligible to participate?***
    Democrats Abroad has just a few requirements for voting in the primary:
    - Be abroad and be a U.S. citizen
    - Be a member of Democrats Abroad
    - Be 18 years old as of November 3, 2020
    - Have not voted, or plan to vote, in any other 2020 state presidential primary.
     
    ***What if I’m not a member of Democrats Abroad?***
    You can sign up any time between now and up to and including the day of the primary in order to vote in the Global Presidential Primary. Democrats Abroad allows same day registration for voters participating in the Global Presidential Primary. Voters may register in-person or by signing up here. (https://www.democratsabroad.org/join.)
     
    ** I can’t attend the event but want to vote. What can I do? **
    If you can’t join us in person, as long as you’re a member of Democrats Abroad, you can also vote remotely. Look for your primary ballot in your inbox on February 18, 2020.
     
    *** Can I vote in the Global Presidential Primary and in my home state’s primary? ***
    You can only vote once in the presidential primary. That means that if you vote in the Global Primary you can still vote in your home state down-ballot primary races (such as for your congressperson). Just skip the presidential question on your home state’s ballot.
     
    ***I've already requested received my overseas absentee ballots for this year from my home state. Why should I participate in the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary instead of voting in my home state’s presidential primary?***
    While thousands and thousands of people will participate in the Global Presidential Primary this year, millions will vote in your home state. That means that, as an individual, your primary vote with Democrats Abroad is more powerful than if you were to vote in, say, California — in fact, 4 times more powerful!
     
    In addition, Dems Abroad votes earlier than a lot of other states (including Florida, Illinois, Ohio, NewYork, and Pennsylvania), meaning that you have an earlier chance in shaping the outcome of the primary process by voting with us.
     
    *** Who will win the Global Presidential Primary? ***
    That’s up to you to decide! We’ll be announcing the results of our primary on March 23, 2020, so stay tuned!
     
    *** I have questions about voting. ***
    Please email gotv@democratsabroad.org so we can help!
     
    ***I have questions about the Global Primary in Denmark. ***
    Please email chair@democratsabroad.dk or info-denmark@da.org and we’ll get back to you soon.
     
    *** I'm a journalist and would like to interview someone or cover the primary. ***
    Please email Chesney McKinley Severance [cmcseverance@gmail.com] with your question or request, she'll be in touch right away.
    WHEN
    March 07, 2020 at 11am
    WHERE
    Dokk1
    Hack Kampmanns Pl 2
    Aarhus 8000
    Denmark
    Google map and directions
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  • 2020 Global Presidential Primary in Copenhagen

    Attention Americans living Denmark: Your vote counts! And did you know you can vote in person? Democrats Abroad is considered an official state party within the Democratic Party, and we will be holding our own Global Presidential Primary elections in March 2020. We will provide a voting center on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at Hotel Guldsmeden Babette in Copenhagen (Bredgade 78 1260 Copenhagen K). Voting will take place from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    Democrats Abroad will send 21 delegates from around the globe who will represent our party in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from July 13–16, 2020 at the Democratic National Convention. The presidential candidate for November 2020 will be selected there. Don’t miss the opportunity to let your vote count in what might be the most important election of your lifetime!

    Come vote! Please invite and share this with your American friends and colleagues.

    Some Frequently Asked Questions:
    ***Who is eligible to participate?***
    Democrats Abroad has just a few requirements for voting in the primary:
    - Be abroad and be a U.S. citizen
    - Be a member of Democrats Abroad
    - Be 18 years old as of November 3, 2020
    - Have not voted, or plan to vote, in any other 2020 state presidential primary.

    ***What if I’m not a member of Democrats Abroad?***
    You can sign up any time between now and up to and including the day of the primary in order to vote in the Global Presidential Primary. Democrats Abroad allows same day registration for voters participating in the Global Presidential Primary. Voters may register in-person or by signing up here. (https://www.democratsabroad.org/join.)

    ** I can’t attend the event but want to vote. What can I do? **
    If you can’t join us in person, as long as you’re a member of Democrats Abroad, you can also vote remotely. Look for your primary ballot in your inbox on February 18, 2020.

    *** Can I vote in the Global Presidential Primary and in my home state’s primary? ***
    You can only vote once in the presidential primary. That means that if you vote in the Global Primary you can still vote in your home state down-ballot primary races (such as for your congressperson). Just skip the presidential question on your home state’s ballot.

    ***I've already requested received my overseas absentee ballots for this year from my home state. Why should I participate in the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary instead of voting in my home state’s presidential primary?***
    While thousands and thousands of people will participate in the Global Presidential Primary this year, millions will vote in your home state. That means that, as an individual, your primary vote with Democrats Abroad is more powerful than if you were to vote in, say, California — in fact, 4 times more powerful!

    In addition, Dems Abroad votes earlier than a lot of other states (including Florida, Illinois, Ohio, NewYork, and Pennsylvania), meaning that you have an earlier chance in shaping the outcome of the primary process by voting with us.

    *** Who will win the Global Presidential Primary? ***
    That’s up to you to decide! We’ll be announcing the results of our primary on March 23, 2020, so stay tuned!

    *** I have questions about voting. ***
    Please email gotv@democratsabroad.org so we can help!

    ***I have questions about the Global Primary in Denmark. ***
    Please email chair@democratsabroad.dk or info-denmark@da.org and we’ll get back to you soon.

    *** I'm a journalist and would like to interview someone or cover the primary. ***
    Please email Chesney McKinley Severance [cmcseverance@gmail.com] with your question or request, she'll be in touch right away.

    WHEN
    March 03, 2020 at 12pm
    WHERE
    Hotel Guldsmeden Babette
    Bredgade 78
    Copenhagen K 1260
    Denmark
    Google map and directions
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  • DAG Hamburg Chapter Chair Candidate Statement from Vinnie Cabrera

    My name is Vinnie Cabrera, and I am running for the position of Hamburg Chapter Chair. I have a bachelor’s degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, and I am a graphic designer by profession with experience in various sectors including finance, healthcare, education, and retail. The Jersey Shore is where I grew up and where I am registered to vote, and I have voted in every election since I was naturalized as a US citizen. I moved to Hamburg in February 2017, just a couple weeks after Donald Trump’s inauguration. One of the first things I did after settling in Germany was to join Democrats Abroad because I was alarmed by the changes that happened in my community and the country at-large, and I wanted a way to be politically engaged and active despite being outside the United States.

    Since joining Dems Abroad, I’ve been an active member of the Hamburg chapter, participating in and helping to organize events like the Women’s March and the March for Our Lives demonstration. I currently also serve as LGBT Caucus leader for the Hamburg Chapter, and I am particularly proud of our participation at CSD Hamburg Pride, which has been consistently one of our most successful outreach events. If elected Chapter Chair, my priorities will include continuing our chapter’s growth in membership, preparing for the Dems Abroad Global Primary in 2020, and organizing GOTV events all throughout the 2020 leading up to the presidential election in November.

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  • Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Detention Camps

    12 July 2019 

    For the second time in a year, we felt the urgent need to draw attention to the inhumane situation on the southern U.S. border. Since our first protest in 2018, the situation has only intensified, sickness and deaths increased, and a real solution still seems nowhere in sight. But not doing anything is also not an option, and a least these vigils all over the country have shown our solidarity with democrats in the U.S. who are investigating and testifying.

    Thank you to all of you who came out to stand before the U.S. Consulate in our candlelight vigil against this human tragedy. And thank you once again, Chesney, for giving eloquent voice to our collective grief.

    Text by Maryann Schmunk

    Photo by Chesney McKinley Severance

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  • DAG Hamburg Celebrates Independence Day at Old MacDonald

    "Has it really been a year?" a few of us sheepishly asked each other. That made us only all the more grateful for this most traditional of American holidays which had brought us together to enjoy hamburgers and beer in such a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. There was a great deal to talk about, so soon after the democratic candidates' debates. First, though, there was a grateful, but a sad toast to Chesney who has played a significant role in our chapter since the day we met in March 2016, but who will leave Hamburg shortly. And finally, there was a round of answers to the questions: "what do you like most about our country?" and "what would you wish for us before we meet again next 4th of July?".

    The twenty five answers were varied, and offered praise for American openness and friendliness; for standing up in protest when our democracy is threatened; for the important work of the American Bar Association in defending our values; for the National Parks which preserve the future for all; and for PIES, of every shape and form. The wishes were wide-ranging, but most were variations of the sad fact that many of us will not be able to have a sound night´s sleep until the current occupant of the White House is replaced. There were hopes for an electable democratic candidate, and for dialogue instead of polarization, and we all vowed to see each other more often in the next months to help to get-out- the-vote!

    Text by Maryann Schmunk

     

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  • An Evening with Author Claudia Clark

    MY PARTNER, MY FRIEND
    by Claudia Clark

    Bookclub Reading and Discussion

    22 January 2019

    When was the last time you heard a politician say: "It´s fun to work together"? It may seem like a lifetime ago, but those words were spoken by President Obama describing his relationship with Chancellor Angela Merkel. We were privileged to hear these and other revelations during the evening our Bookclub spent with Claudia Clark, author of My Partner, My Friend.

    Exhaustively researched, the book details a relationship that started with caution, progressed into trust, and grew into friendship. Especially in today´s polarized world, it seems almost quaint to observe the interaction between the two leaders who were able to relax with each other while tackling the world´s problems because of their own authenticity and their affinity and respect for each other.

    Claudia, a Democrats Abroad member, was compelled to write the book because, especially in light of what is happening today, it is instructive to re-examine how personal relationships between those in power contribute to peace. What has been lost—communication, working through differences, the willingness to compromise—should be a lesson for us all. We look forward to reading more when the book is published, both in English and in German.

    Text by Maryann Schmunk

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  • ALL YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT FILING YOUR TAXES BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK!

    Tax Information Event for Americans Living Abroad

    Saturday, 2 February 2019

    Following a tradition of offering information for all Americans living Abroad, we were pleased that once again, certified public account David Opperman agreed to talk us through the responsibilities and potential confusions involved in tax filing from abroad. The room was packed to capacity on this grey afternoon as David patiently described what most of us found to be a confusing set of rules navigating between the German and American tax systems. There was plenty of time for questions and the attentive group was visibly relieved by the end of the afternoon, even finding comical moments despite the serious subject matter. After listening to what some people have gone through in the past, and how hard it is to receive answers, we can only express our gratitude to David for his advice once again.

    *The generous support of the SPD made it possible to hold this event in the heart of Hamburg.

    Text by Maryann Schmunk

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