This Juneteenth – Saturday - come walk and talk with us in the thought-provoking Park van Tervuren. Our first walk was great fun. This one promises more intellectual stimulation as we consider Belgium’s colonial history within the context of Juneteenth. Be sure to check out links to some accompanying reading.RSVP below.We will be meeting in front of the entrance to the new wing of the AfricaMuseum in the Park van Tervuren at 10:30 a.m. for a socially-distanced yet nevertheless social walk, led by our Member-at-Large and master park guide Joe Brinker.Come enjoy the fresh air and good discussion in this park just outside of Brussels, full of lush greenery. We hope to see you there!More information on the park and directions can be found in English https://www.africamuseum.be/en/visit/parkResources Before Our Juneteenth Walk:
Join Democrats Abroad Austria as we march in Vienna's 2021 Pride Parade.
From Vienna Pride website:
"This year, the parade will take place without vehicles, i.e. on foot, by wheelchair or bicycle, thus returning to its roots. All participants must comply with the COVID-19 regulations in force on the day of the parade (e.g., keeping distance, wearing a mask).
The participating groups will gather on Saturday, 19 June 2021, from 1 p.m. near the Rathausplatz (City Hall Square).
The Pride Parade starts at 2 p.m. and moves along the Ringstrasse in the opposite direction of traffic. The front of the parade is expected back at Rathaus at about 5 p.m..
The final rally with speeches by activists and politicians will take place from 5pm at Rathausplatz. During the rally, there will also be the moment of remembrance, where we pause for a minute to remember those people who can no longer be with us because they have died from HIV/AIDS or have been victims of a hate crime because of their sexual orientation or gender identity."
Please join Democrats Abroad Toulouse on Saturday, June 19th to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Bessie Coleman becoming a pilot in France. She was the first woman of color to earn her pilot's license, truly a milestone in history!
The event will be moderated by Beatrice Monthioux, DA Toulouse Member-at-Large
Speakers will include:
- Christine Debouzy - President of the French Association of Women Pilots
- Coline Béry - Specialist on Adrienne Bolland, aviatrix who did the same type of training before Coleman
- Olivier Sarrazain - Director of the documentary film "Bessie Coleman Première Aviatrice Noire"
- Françoise Sockeel - Of the Aeroclub of Abbeyville in the region where Coleman trained
The event will take place via Zoom. Please RSVP to receive a link for joining the event.
Juneteenth festivities continue with a different event hosted by the Global Black Caucus from 6pm to midnight CET where there will be music, poetry and art. Please click here for more details and to RSVP for the particular event.
We invite you to join us virtually at the 2021 1st Pan-African Juneteenth Celebration to celebrate Juneteenth and to galvanize support to address human and civil rights issues including equal rights, voter suppression, policing, and racial justice. The Juneteenth celebration will be curated by multiple international African diasporic and Democratic Party organizations.
The celebration is particularly poignant as many attendees, African and American, have never celebrated Juneteenth. The 1st Pan-African Juneteenth is a unique opportunity to:
1) Address the inequalities and social challenges still prevalent in many countries due to lack of police oversight, poor governance, gender bias, etc.
2) Strengthen the bridge between Africans and African-Americans by recognizing the emancipation of enslaved Africans and the ongoing journey for equal rights
The participating diaspora organizations and their hosting countries include: South Africa-Global Diaspora Connect, Kenya- Still We Rise, Ghana-African American Association of Ghana, Zambia-Zambia Diaspora Community, Tanzania-Tanzania Diaspora Community.
The Democrats Abroad Global Black Caucus and the Democrats Abroad South Africa are auxiliaries of the Democrats Abroad, the official Democratic Party arm for the 9 million Americans living outside the United States.
RSVP to receive the Zoom link.
A Juneteenth celebration of Black Icons featuring Tina Turner in the Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin documentary: TINA.
Premiering at the Berlin Film Festival this year, TINA was a huge sensation. The film is based on 60 years of footage with the charismatic and iconic performer, who continues to inspire, and aspire for global equality through movements such as MeToo.
Breaking News! On Thursday, June 17, 2021, the President signed into law: S. 475, the “Juneteenth National Independence Day Act,” which designates Juneteenth National Independence Day as a legal public holiday.
Come Celebrate Juneteenth with the Global Black Caucus
Juneteenth — also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day — has been a tradition in the United States for more than 150 years. The holiday finds its roots in Texas, where enslaved African-Americans in the city of Galveston were finally informed of their freedom on June 19, 1865, about two and half years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863. Participation in Juneteenth celebrations grew throughout the years as descendants continued traditions in Texas and, as African-Americans in the South migrated across the country, Juneteenth celebrations began appearing in different cities.
To commemorate Emancipation Day, the Global Black Caucus has a tradition of celebrating the legacy of resilience and acknowledge the ongoing struggle through marches, prayers, and other remembrances. During gatherings, participants often picnic with traditional soul food dishes, one of the nation’s most identifiable culinary traditions. Red food and drinks are traditional. Here are some recipes if you want to enjoy some traditional Juneteenth food and drinks.
Each June, Juneteenth celebrations across America and the world mark the anniversary of African Americans’ emancipation from enslavement and honor the ratification of the 13th Amendment while also examining the impact that slavery continues to have on America today.
Celebrate our Democracy and Freedom on the First Official Juneteenth! This event will not be on Facebook live.
Join us for a One-Of-A-Kind Event - Non-stop show from 6 pm to midnight!
Our democracy is still imperiled. The fight must continue. Help raise funds for Democrats Abroad Get Out the vote efforts in 2022.
Get a ticket even if you can't attend on 19 June. The event recording will be available for 90 days afterward. This is a global event with performers, many of who are Democrats Abroad Members from around the world.
- Musical performances in all genres from Opera to Rap from entertainers around the world.
- Poetry from our GBC Poet Laureates
- Art exhibition
- Lift Every and Sing Sing-along
- Fascinating historical facts about the holiday
- You can meet and talk with the artists in the VIP area. The first 25 people to sign up for VIP tickets receive a GBC swag bag.
- Segments from Black Caucus Juneteenth events around the world
Don't miss this Global Black Caucus event! Get a Ticket Today!
US Citizens can donate for tickets on this page, see below.
AMERICAS FRIENDLY TIME
Saturday, June 19, 2021
10: 00AM - Vancouver, 1:00PM Montreal, 2:00PM Rio, 7:00PM Rome
Overview of Membership Management, Email Administration, and WebPosting for Admins, Data Privacy Explained, and more!
All countries' admins - new, current and experienced - are welcome!
RSVP below to receive meeting details.
Discussion will be moderated by our own Jazzmin Dian Moore and Sharon Hatchett (President of the Together is Better Alliance). There will be a Q&A session as well as break-out rooms for further discussion.
Check out this news post to learn more about Juneteenth, Mandela in Chicago, and TiBA.
"What, to the American slave, is the Fourth of July?"
- Frederick Douglass
In mid-June of 1865, the news of freedom reached Texas. And it is that day, dubbed Juneteenth, that we Black Americans recognize our independence from tyranny. DACN’s Black Caucus would like for you to participate in this remembrance celebration to honor our history, while acknowledging our continued fight for equality. All are welcome to attend.
DACN Juneteenth 2021
Please RSVP for the Zoom meeting link
Join Democrats Abroad LGTBQ+ Caucus for a day long Pride Celebration as we share our stories. View the schedule here (or below).
Pride 2021: Sharing Our Stories / Equality Matters
Democrats Abroad is celebrating June Pride month with a series of events, including a webinar marathon on June 20th, featuring speakers and events.
The webinar marathon is being organized and hosted by the DA LGBTQ+ Caucus, with the aim to educate Americans about issues impacting LGBTQ+ people and opportunities to provide greater protection through policy and legislation. A key focus will be on engaging members to share their stories.
Through the webinar, members will have the opportunity to learn how to effectively engage their congressional representatives to support equality legislation, including the Equality Act, which would provide protections in employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs and jury service to LGBTQ+ people, and immigration reform.
Time Title Speakers
Let's talk about AAPI queer identity through a discussion of Alice Wu's film The Half of It! A Netflix original movie, The Half of It received rave reviews from critics and tells the story of teenage Ellie Chu, who writes letters to her crush on the behalf of her classmate Paul in a queer retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac. As Paul and Ellie's friendship grows, the film explores the isolation of the intersection of queer and immigrant identity as well as the meaning of friendship.
06:15 AM EDT
12:15 -13:15 CET
Supporting transgender youth
Join DAUK LGBT Caucus as we host a discussion on trans youth healthcare policy with Mermaids UK Legal and Policy director Lui Asquith (they/them)! We will discuss how gender affirming healthcare can greatly improve the lives of trans and non binary children and teens, as well as the policies that threaten to to take these treatments away. Following the presentation, Lui Asquith will be responding to preprepared questions in a Q & A!
Mermaids UK is Non-Profit working to support transgender, non binary and gender diverse children, young people and their families since 1995. Their support helps transgender youth and their families advocate for themselves with healthcare and education services, as well as helping trans youth to cope with mental and emotional distress, improve self esteem and learn social skills. They also regularly work with teachers, GP’s and social services to improve awareness, understanding, and policies with regard to trans youth.
With Brian Westley and Caroline Ruchonnet, DAUK
7.00 AM EDT
Welcome to: Pride Marathon Sharing Our Stories
Kicking off the day long event by:
Co-Chair Martha McDevitt-Pugh
7:30 AM EDT
Co-sponsored by DA Hispanic Caucus
Moderator: Juan Cerda
Speakers: Departed Dreamers Tawheeda Wahabzada, Jason and Monsy; DACA applicant Yari; Nicole Salgado author of Amor & Exile; Randall Emery of American Families United; Immigration lawyer and former DemsAbroad DNC Representative Bob Bragar
Invited: Jose Antonio Vargas of Define American
08:45 AM EDT
Short films (at various points during the day)
09.05 AM EDT
09.30 AM EDT
Moderator: journalist Fred Kuhr, DA Canada
State equality organizations:
-Nadine Smith, Equality Florida
Shawn Gaylord, Executive Director, Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus
Earl Fowlkes, Chari DNC LGBT Caucus
10:30 AM EDT
Making change: how to share your story with Congress. How to make an impact with legislators. For LGBTQ+ members and allies
Brian Westley, DAUK LGBTQ+ caucus
Video from Stephanie Randall
11:00 AM EDT
Documentary filmmaker Susan Muska (Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement; The Brandon Teena Story). Susan will be introduced by Lisa Berger, a documentary filmmaker and researcher and member of DA Spain. 01:00 PM EDT 19:00-20:00 CET Family Friendly: Drag Story time for kids. Fay Slift + Fluffy Soufflé
2pm PM EDT
Queer as Verse : Poetry Competition
Diane Haven: “The Rainbows” and “It is Raining”
Scott Chase: “The Other”
Britt Farbo The New Reconstruction:
“A Canticle forSt.Hogates in theTime of Hope & Optimism”
“Stoop of the Peterson” and “Jubillee”
02:30 PM EDT
Toronto Queer Arts youth social justice group
03:30 PM EDT
The power of our stories
Amos Lim, Community Advocate, Economic Justice Program, Chinese for Affirmative Action (San Francisco), co-founder, Out for Immigration.
Shirley Tan and Jay Mercado, their sons Jashley and Joriene Mercado, on their family’s journey, Shirley’s experience from asylum seeker to her testimony at the Senate Judiciary Committee on same-sex immigration
Pending - speakers on legislation
HR 2920 - American Families United Act (Randall and Edgar)
S. 348 - U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021
HR 6 - American Dream and Promise Act of 2021
04:30 PM EDT
The aging LGTBQ+: Screening of Gen Silent
Gen Silent is an award-winning documentary that follows six LGBT older adults in Boston, Massachusetts over a year as they navigate the paid and unpaid care system. Gen Silent discovers how oppression in the years before Stonewall still affects generations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people with feelings of distrust and dangerous isolation. As we witness the challenges that
these men and women face, we also see hope as each subject crosses paths with an impassioned professional trying in their own way to change an entire care industry.
Hosted by Shari Ritter, RN
Case Manager Healthcare Agencies