Chair, 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.


  • August First Tuesday: In Person AND Online

    Please join us for August's First Tuesday meetup on Tuesday, August 3rd from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. This month we'll be hosting two events: an in person get together at The Midwestern Diner (Gyldenløvesgade 4, 1369 Copenhagen) and an online event via Zoom for our members who can't meet up in person. For those of you who are new to DADK, First Tuesday events are the informal social gatherings that we hold on the first Tuesday of every month. This is a great opportunity to socialize, network, and discuss politics with your fellow Americans living in Denmark. Suggested (but not required) contributions of 50 kr. will be gladly accepted, but only from US citizens. As always, you are welcome to bring guests. 

    WHEN
    August 03, 2021 at 5:30pm
    WHERE
    The Midwestern Diner
    Gyldenløvesgade 4
    Copenhagen 1369
    Denmark
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    August 2021 Global Meeting

    Democrats Abroad will hold our follow-up August 2021 Global Meeting entirely online.
    The meeting will be held across the weekend of August 21-22.

    Day 1 - August 21

    Time - EDT Time - CET Time - HKT Time - UTC
    Check-in 08:00 AM 14:00 PM 20:00 PM 12:00 PM
    Meeting start 08:30 AM 14:30 PM 20:30 PM 12:30 PM

     

    Day 2 - August 22

    Time - EDT Time - CET Time - HKT Time - UTC
    Check-in 08:00 AM 14:00 PM 20:00 PM 12:00 PM
    Meeting start 08:30 AM 14:30 PM 20:30 PM 12:30 PM

    Democrats Abroad Global Meetings are possible thanks to participant donations. You will be redirected to the donation page after you RSVP.

    ** If you are not logged into your Nation Builder account, please make sure you enter your NationBuilder email for the RSVP.

    Links to the meetings will be emailed to all RSVPs during the week of August 9th. The tentative agenda is here

    Click Here to donate in support of the Global Meeting and DA's GOTV activities.

    Click Here to donate to the Travel Fund for the 2022 Global Meeting.

    WHEN
    August 21, 2021 at 8am - August 22, 2021 at 11am
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  • DADK Runs & Walks the DHL Stafetten

    Democrats Abroad Denmark is putting together walking and running teams to participate in the DHL Stafetten Copenhagen and DHL Stafetten Aarhus. The races will take place 1-7 September in Copenhagen and 1-2 September in Aarhus. Registration ends soon, so if you’re interested in participating and would like more information, please let us know by clicking the RSVP below and filling out this short interest survey. Tak! 

    WHEN
    September 01, 2021 at 6pm - September 08, 2021 at 6pm
    WHERE
    Fælledparken
    Edel Sauntes Allé
    Copenhagen 2100
    Denmark
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  • IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Climate Justice is Racial Justice, a Discussion with Jacqueline Patterson


    If you missed it live, you can now view the DADK Black Caucus and Youth Caucus event Climate Justice is Racial Justice, a Discussion with Jacqueline Patterson here

    Recorded on April 27th 7-8:30pm this virtual event was hosted by DADK Black Caucus and Youth Caucus.The event began with a short presentation followed by a discussion with Jacqueline Patterson about the intersection of race, climate change, and electoral politics. Jacqueline Patterson is the Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program.

    You can follow the DA Denmark Black Caucus on Facebook here and the DA Denmark Youth Caucus here


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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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Hej! Please call me Chesney. Wife. Mama. Baker of cookies. Chief negotiator of bed time. Southerner by birth. Progressive by choice.
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