Communications Coordinator, Germany - Global Black Caucus Chair

Angela Fobbs has lived in Germany for more than 18 years. She is originally from Ohio and prior to moving to Germany, lived in Florida, where she votes. Currently, Angela teaches English. She has over 20 years professional experience in Information Technology and Project Management fields. Angela worked for the Department of Defense(DoD) for 10 years as  Enterprise Networks Branch Chief, responsible for all the voice and data projects for the Army in Europe. During her tenure with the DoD, she also managed for six years a global project for Department of Defense Education Activity Europe (DoDEA) broadcasting the High School graduations of children of deployed Military personnel, in all branches of service, to multiple locations around the world. She supports progressive polices and values and believes if we can change America for the better, we can change the world.  Her interests include history, cooking, reading and gardening.


  • published Black History Month in Resources 2018-01-22 06:06:28 -0500

    Black History Month

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    The recommendations below represents only a fraction of information available about Black History. If you have any recommendations you would like to share, please let us know at blackcaucus@democratsabroard.org. All documentaries, films and book are available for many sources. Where links are provided, they are only suggested sources. Please use the sources you are most comfortable with. 


    Documentary Films

    The PBS Series: The African Americans Many Rivers to Cross

    This series chronicles the full sweep of African American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent right up to today�when America has a black president, yet remains a nation deeply divided by race.      

    Episode 1: The Black Atlantic (1500-1800)

    Episode 2: The Age of Slavery (1800 -1860)

    Episode 3: Into the Fire (1861-1896)

    Episode 4: Making a way Out of no way (1897-1940)

    Episode 5: Rise! (1940 - 1968)

    Episode 6: A More Perfect Union (1968 - 2013)

    The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 For three decades, the film canisters sat undisturbed in a cellar beneath the Swedish National Broadcasting Company. Inside was roll after roll of startlingly fresh and candid 16mm footage shot in the 1960s and 1970s in the United States, all of it focused on the anti-war and Black Power movements. When filmmaker Goran Hugo Olsson discovered the footage, he decided he had a responsibility to shepherd this glimpse of history into the world. With contemporary audio interviews from leading African American artists, activists, musicians and scholars, The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 looks at the people, society, culture, and style that fueled an era of convulsive change. Utilizing an innovative format that riffs on the popular 1970s mixtape format, Mixtape is a cinematic and musical journey into the black communities of America.

    13TH: A Netflix Original In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom. Available on Netflix

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    Books

    Destined to Witness: Growing Up Black in Nazi Germany by Hans J. Massaquoi

    Paperback: 480 pages
    Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (February 6, 2001)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 0060959614
    ISBN-13: 978-0060959616

    An astonishing true tale of how he came of age as a black child in Nazi Germany. The son of a prominent African and a German nurse, Hans remained behind with his mother when Hitler came to power, due to concerns about his fragile health, after his father returned to Liberia. Like other German boys, Hans went to school; like other German boys, he swiftly fell under the Fuhrer's spell. So he was crushed to learn that, as a black child, he was ineligible for the Hitler Youth. His path to a secondary education and an eventual profession was blocked. He now lived in fear that, at any moment, he might hear the Gestapo banging on the door -- or Allied bombs falling on his home. Ironic,, moving, and deeply human, Massaquoi's account of this lonely struggle for survival brims with courage and intelligence.

    Available Formats: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback and Audiobook

     

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  • posted about Power, Sex and #metoo: Now what? on Facebook 2018-01-19 08:43:10 -0500
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    Power, Sex and #metoo: Now what?

     

    “When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything... . .Grab them by the p---y. You can do anything.”

    Sexual Harassment will be an important issue driving women to vote in 2018 and beyond.

    The list of power players keeps growing.  Thousands of reports of sexual harassment on #MeToo keep coming in.  The risks are rising.  
    But where it leads remains to be seen.  

    Join us for a panel discussion on our responsibilities and options as a party, and how we can best mobilize voters around this important issue.

    • What can we do to reassure women voters that despite recent bipartisanship shown on this subject, the parties could not be more different in their approaches to women’s issues?
    • How can we empower male voters to see gender violence as a men’s issue too?
    • What legislative, structural and cultural changes need to be made?
    • What are our next steps?

    All are welcome to join in this vital conversation!

    10 euros covers refreshments

    Payment can be made at the door, but you must RSVP to add your name to the guest list, as space is limited.

     

    WHEN
    February 09, 2018 at 4pm
    WHERE
    Gumbo New Orleans Restaurant
    Calle del Pez 15
    Madrid 28004
    Spain
    Google map and directions
    €10.00 EUR · 72 rsvps sold out

  • posted about EMEA Regional Meeting 2018 on Facebook 2018-01-03 14:43:45 -0500
    Please RSVP: EMEA Regional Meeting 2018

    Notice of EMEA Regional Meeting 2018

    An RSVP on this page IS NOT SUFFICIENT to register for the events in Madrid.

    If you want to attend the meeting or any of the events on Friday and Saturday, YOU MUST REGISTER AT:
    https://www.democratsabroad.org/2018_emea_regional_meeting_registration_page


    The EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) Region and Democrats Abroad Spain will host a meeting of leaders, volunteers, and members from all over DA’s largest region. We expect about 100 participants from countries all around the region and we will focus on strategies and projects to elect Democrats in 2018.

    Members of Democrats Abroad from every region are welcome to join us. RSVP below to receive more information as it becomes available. Registration and program details will be available in the next 7-10 days but we encourage you to mark your calendar and make travel plans now.

    The three-day program in the heart of Madrid will begin with a session from the Women’s Caucus on Friday afternoon, followed by an evening reception highlighting the best of Madrid’s culture and food. Saturday presentations, training sessions, and workshops will be followed by a Global Black Caucus Cocktail Reception and a “gala” dinner with a special guest speaker. Sunday training sessions and presentations will end around 1pm.

    WHEN
    February 09, 2018 at 7pm - February 11, 2018 at 12pm
    WHERE
    Hotel Santo Domingo
    C/San Bernardo 1
    Madrid 28013
    Spain
    Google map and directions
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  • rsvped for Wiesbaden/Mainz Monthly Meeting on Facebook 2017-11-12 00:51:09 -0500

    Wiesbaden/Mainz Welcomes DA Germany Chair, Owen Jappen to our Monthly Meeting

    Join us in welcoming DA Germany Chair, Owen Jappen to Wiesbaden for our 2018 Election Year Kick-Off Meeting!

    WHEN
    January 26, 2018 at 7pm
    WHERE
    Der Andechser im Ratskeller
    Schloßplatz 6
    Wiesbaden 65183
    Germany
    Google map and directions
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  • Inaugural GBC General Membership Meeting

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    Please join us for the inaugural GBC general meeting. 

    Tentative Agenda:

    • Introductions, Steering Committee and Members
    • Voter Registration and verifying your information
    • Volunteering
    • Plans for the future

    Because we are in many time zones we will be moving the meeting time around so everyone can attend at a convenient time for their locations. We hope you will join us for some of the meeting.

    Meeting times by time zone

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    WHEN
    January 28, 2018 at 2:30pm
    WHERE
    Online - Zoom
    NA
    Na, NA 36433
    Germany
    Google map and directions
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  • posted about November 2017 Germany Newsletter on Facebook 2017-11-01 04:23:17 -0400
    November 2017 Democrats Abroad Germany Newsletter

    November 2017 Germany Newsletter


    As we enter into November, many of you may be thinking back to last year and the 2016 elections. It may be hard to believe that it has already almost been one year of Trump and the Republican-led Congress, but we hope that this one-year anniversary of the election helps to remind you of why it will be so important to vote in 2018 during the midterms and in any of the elections this year.

    There are elections on November 7, 2017 in Virginia, Utah, New Jersey, Georgia, Washington, Michigan, Maine, Mississippi, and South Carolina. The Oklahoma State Legislature is also having a Special Elections on November 14, 2017. Alabama is holding a Special Election for Jeff Sessions U.S. Senate seat on December 12, 2017. Click on any of the states to get more information on the election.

    To register to vote and/or request your overseas absentee ballot for any of these elections, go to VoteFromAbroad.org and complete the form to request an absentee ballot. Print, sign and send the form to your election office to receive a ballot for the election. Many states accept scanned forms by email or fax.

    Many of our chapters will be start off November by hosting events marking the one-year anniversary, but don’t worry, this month will end with several of our chapters also hosting fun Thanksgiving get-togethers. Getting together with like-minded people will help bolster your spirits in these times.

    We hope that you will be able to find an event going on near you that you will be able to join. Be sure to check out the Noteworthy News and Information section. Keep #Resisting and we’ll get through this together.


    Featured Events

    Attend the Emily's List Webinar! - November 02 · 8:00pm - Emily's List President Stephanie Schirock speaks with the Global Women's Caucus. Since it was founded in 1985, Emily's List has trained and supported thousands of Democratic, pro-choice women to run for office. Now they have started "Run to Win," a national recruitment and training program providing in-person training, webinars and other resources to increase women's participation across all levels of government. Join us and hear about the tremendous difference Emily's List continues to make.

    Obama Portrait Exhibition in Berlin - Opens November 04, 2017 - The exhibition “Obama: An Intimate Portrait” will feature 65 photos by official Obama White House photographer Pete Souza. It is the first exhibition about the Obama Presidency in Germany. The exhibition will be on display at the Museum The Kennedys until March 4, 2018.

    Thanksgiving Dinners

    *For more holiday events, please click here.*

    Events

    Precinct Elections And One Year Since The Election Reflection in Bielefeld - Monday, November 06 · 7:00 pm

    November Workshop: Talking Politics with Conservative Relatives in Berlin - Tuesday, November 07 · 7:30 pm -What does science tell us about how to talk politics with people we disagree with? Joanna Mikulski, an expert in behavior change communications, will give a fun and interactive workshop designed to help you put the best ideas from research to use when communicating about hot or sensitive topics.

    November 9th: 1 year later… in Hamburg - Thursday, November 09 · 12:00 pm - One year after waking up to the shock that remains an unavoidable part of our lives, we want to come together and remember what we are fighting for, and what is at stake.

    One Year Later: The Future Of The Party in Münster - Monday, November 13 · 6:30 pm

    U.S. Climate Policy after COP23 in Bonn - Monday, November 20 · 7:00 pm - With the UN Climate Conference (COP23) being held in Bonn, join DA in the days following the conference for a panel discussion on the event and its meaning for the future of U.S. climate policy.

    Chapter and Precinct Meetings

    Drinks With Democrats In Bamberg Thursday, November 02 · 6:00 pm

    November Chapter Meeting In Stuttgart Friday, November 03 · 7:00 pm

    Heidelberg Chapter Monthly Meeting Friday, November 03 · 7:00 pm

    Munich Chapter Monthly Meeting Sunday, November 08 · 7:00 pm

    Wiesbaden/Mainz Chapter Monthly Meeting Thursday, November 09 · 7:00 pm

    Freiburg/Konstanz Precinct Meeting Saturday, November 11· 12:00 pm

    Noteworthy News and Information

    Join our new Global Black Caucus (GBC)! Membership in the GBC is open to anyone who supports the goals of human rights and equality for everyone.

    Democrats Abroad is asking you to GIVE to WIN, and be a part of political change. Every dollar we raise helps move the dial in the US Congress and Senate from red back to blue. In 2018, it's really important that we expand the overseas voter base. We all know what is at stake for our families and friends, our country and the world, if things remain as they are for next 6 years. All the money you donate goes to keeping our online tools functioning, advertising to find more American's abroad and promoting the issues you care about to our representatives. A donation today, large or small, will make a big difference in 2018. Please Give to Win.

    Now Available: The 2018 Global Women's Caucus Calendar celebrating women’s firsts These high-quality calendars, celebrating women's firsts, make wonderful Christmas gifts. Calendars should begin shipping during the first two weeks of November. Order Today!

    2018 Germany Annual General Meeting in Hamburg - Friday, February 23 - Sunday, February 25 2018- Join us in Hamburg next year to learn more about how you can be an active part of getting out the vote, meet other democrats living in Germany and give your input on the DAG political process. Keep your eyes out for more information in the coming weeks.

    Check out our RESISTANCE merchandise. We have t-shirts, buttons and tote bags with new and classic DA designs. All proceeds will go to help support our efforts for Get Out The Vote in 2018. Order today.

    Save the date 21 January 2018. We will celebrate the one year anniversary of the Women’s March. There will be lots of anniversary events around Germany and around the world.


    Follow Democrats Abroad Germany on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram


  • posted about DAG 2018 Annual General Meeting in Hamburg on Facebook 2017-10-27 10:03:52 -0400
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    DAG 2018 Annual General Meeting in Hamburg

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    Join members of Democrats Abroad Germany in Hamburg in February to discuss our plans for 2018!
    Every year Democrats Abroad Germany gathers in person to discuss issues back home and plan our activities for the coming year. With midterm election quickly approaching, join us in Hamburg to learn more about how you can be an active part of getting out the vote, meet other democrats living in Germany and give your input on the DAG political process. This year we will also dedicate time to discuss amendments to our bylaws to help improve DAG and make sure our country adapts to the changes of our organization.
    Registration is now open: Registration Form
    Please complete the registration from by February 12th. More detailed information regarding the event schedule, homestays, stipends, and hotel accommodation can be found here.

     

     

    WHEN
    February 23, 2018 at 1:30pm - February 25, 2018 at 3:30pm
    WHERE
    Stiftung Kultur Palast Hamburg
    Öjendorfer Weg 30a
    Hamburg 22119
    Germany
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  • Kaiserslautern Chapter Welcomes Democrats Abroad Regional Vice Chair Will Bakker on October 30, 2017

    Please mark your calendars for the next Kaiserslautern Chapter meeting on Monday, October 30th at 5:30 p.m. at the Spinnrädl in Kaiserslautern. Our special guest will be Will Bakker, Democrats Abroad global executive committee member, EMEA Regional Vice Chair, Luxembourg Chair and acting-chair for the Voting Rights group.

    Mr. Bakker will lead a discussion on the following topics:

    • DA's overall strategy and goals for winning in 2018.At the global level, the grave need to turn out the vote and win in 2018 means going beyond our usual reach in midterms: phone banking to US-based voters + identifying thousands of Americans living in Germany who are not members and motivating them to vote using a broad range of tools.
    • Republican dismantling of voting infrastructure for overseas voters in their proposed budgets.
    • Kris Kobach's "Commission" for voter suppression and what that tells us about how Republicans want to suppress the overseas vote.
    • Positives on voting at the state level: fixing the disenfranchisement of "never resided" citizens by DA lobbying at the state level.

    WHEN: October 30, 2017, 5:30pm - 8:30pm

    WHERE: Spinnrädl Restaurant
    Schillerstraße 1, Kaiserslautern 67655, Germany

    It should be a lively and informative discussion. If need more information please contact the Chapter Chair, Terese Sarno.

    Please RSVP for this event.

    We hope to see you there.

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  • posted about Help End Gun Violence on Facebook 2017-10-03 08:53:42 -0400
    Help End Gun Violence

    Help End Gun Violence

    With 59 people dead and over 500 people injured in the recent shooting in Las Vegas, we can no longer sit back and allow our country to be used as a shooting gallery for people with problems.

    This continued gun violence is unacceptable and we need to make the lives of our representatives uncomfortable. Today we begin a campaign to End Gun Violence. Please email, tweet, Facebook post or call your governors, state and federal representatives with one or more of these simple messages. Click the links to download shareable graphics aka memes.

    Stricter gun laws now!

    We need tougher background checks!

    Reinstate the Federal Assault Weapons Ban!

    Make America Safe Again!

    Stop the killing!

    Doing Nothing About Gun Violence Is No Longer Acceptable!

    Overturn Stand Your Ground laws!

    Close the gun show loophole!

    Overturn open carry laws!

    End the slaughter!

    Use this link to find government representatives from city mayors to senators and their contact and social media information: https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials

    If you would like to call, click here for a sample call script:

    If you would like to email, click here for sample email script:

    A Tweet Storm Is Planned Starting Friday Through Sunday. Everyone possible should participate. If you don't have a twitter account you can quickly make one at Twitter.com. It only takes a couple of minutes. Be sure to add a picture to your profile, it gives you more credibility. When you Tweet your Senator and Governor, use the hashtag #GunControlNow

    You can use the free site Tweetdeck to set up scheduled and automated tweets. Let your representatives know how you feel several times a day. Go to https://tweetdeck.twitter.com/ and add in your twitter account. Click on new Tweet, type what you want to say and schedule it. You can schedule multiple tweets for various dates and times.

    Click here for a list of Senators Twitter accounts.

    Click here is a list of Governors Twitter accounts

    Find out if your congress members have taken money from the NRA and call them out for it. Luckily most Democrats have not received donations from the NRA.

    This is a problem we can all help solve. Your participation is essential.

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  • Virginia Voters Please Request Your Ballots and Vote

    #GOTV reminder for Virginia:

    Calling all Virginia Voters: NOW is the time to vote and request your ballot to elect Ralph Northam as Governor and flip the VA House to the Dems! ��

    Haven't registered? Already registered but haven't requested your ballot? Visit votefromabroad.org and follow the prompts to complete, print, sign, and return your forms by EMAIL, MAIL or FAX. Just be sure to send in the Addendum page if you’ve provided additional information to qualify for a State ballot.

    🚨If you are registering to vote AND requesting a ballot, forms must get to your Local Election Official by Oct 16.

    🚨If you have already registered and are ONLY requesting a ballot, forms must arrive by October 31.

    Unsure if you qualify? Overseas voters who “intend to return” to VA can vote in these State elections. If your “return is uncertain” you can vote if you own a residence in VA, or if you, your spouse or your parent has an overseas employer or school.

    Questions? Email gotv@democratsabroad.org

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  • posted about Women's Caucus on Facebook 2017-07-14 09:20:04 -0400
    Check out Democrats Abroad. I just joined Women's Caucus!

  • posted about Speak Up Against The AHCA: How To Contact Your Senator on Facebook 2017-07-05 10:13:44 -0400
    Speak Up Against The AHCA: How To Contact Your Senator

    Speak Up Against The AHCA: How To Contact Your Senator

    We all need to stand against the AHCA. The most effective tool we have to do this is to contacting our Senators even if they are Democrats. Our representatives need to hear from us so they understand that most Americans do not support the AHCA.

    The first and most important step is finding your representatives, to go the online Senate directory you can click on here. You can choose your state in the drop-down menu, and the contact information, including the Washington D.C. phone number and website, for your two senators appear.

    Members of Congress have offices in DC, but they also have offices in their home district that they represent. It might be easier to get through to their district offices. A list of their home office phone numbers can be found here.

    Another option is using Resistbot. Text “RESIST” to 50409 or message it on Facebook it will find out who represents you in Congress and deliver your message to them in under 2 minutes. Using Resistbot is free and there's no need to download an app or sign up for anything. You literally just send the text or Facebook message and follow the directions from there. Click here to use Resistbot.

    What happens when you call?

    A legislative assistant will answer the phone. They'll ask if you need a response. It might be better if you say you don't, that way they can tally you down without having to go through the extra step of adding you to a response database but that is completely your choice.

    The most important part is to be clear about what issue you're calling about: You want them to vote against the AHCA bill. Getting straight to the point makes things easier for everyone — including those who are waiting for their phone calls to be picked up.

    Here is a sample of a script you could use:

    "Hello, my name is Nancy Smith. I'm a constituent from New York, zip code 10001. I don't need a response. I am opposed to the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and I strongly encourage the Senator to please oppose any type of repeal. Thank you for your hard work!"

    You can say more if you want to but the most important part is to ask your Senator to vote against the AHCA. The Senate returns from its current recess on Monday, July 10th. Please contact your Senator before July 10th.

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  • Join Democrats Abroad Germany for a Blast This 4th of July


    On July 4th, Americans across the world celebrate Independence Day, an occasion which commemorates the Declaration of Independence, on July 4th, 1776. Democrats Abroad Germany is celebrating the 4th of July around the country. Come meet other American Expats, have fun, get to know like-minded people and celebrate American Independence with us.

    We're having 4th of July events of all types, from BBQ's to parties at restaurants, in seven locations. We hope you join us!

     

    Berlin: 4th of July Party – Democrats Abroad Berlin Resistance Summer

    When:           July 04, 2017 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm

    Where:       Begegnungsstätte Falckensteinstraße, Falckensteinstraße 6, Berlin 10997

    For more information or to RSVP click here.

     

    Cologne/Bonn:  Fourth of July Get-Together Cologne

    When:              July 04, 2017 at 7:30pm - 10pm

    Where:           Deutzer Brauhaus (Inside the Station), Ottoplatz 7, Cologne, NRW 50769

     For more information or to RSVP click here.

     

    Hamburg: 4th of July Party!

    When:             July 04, 2017 at 6:30pm - 10:30pm

    Where:           The Bird, Trommelstraße 4, Hamburg, Deutschland 20359

     For more information or to RSVP click here.

     

    Munich:  July 4 Pot Luck at the Biergarten for Resistance Summer

    When:              July 04, 2017 at 6pm - 9pm

    Where:          Michaeligarten, Biergarten, Feichtstraße 10, Munich 81735

    For more information or to RSVP click here.

     

    Göttingen:  Annual July 4th Celebration Göttingen, Germany

    When:              July 08, 2017 at 3pm - 6pm

    Where:           Göttinger Allstars Ball Field, West end of Kiesseestraße, Göttingen 37083

     For more information or to RSVP click here. 

     

    Heidelberg: Independence Day BBQ

    When:              July 09, 2017 at 12pm - 3pm

    Where:           Eppelheim Grillhütte, Am Sportplatz in Eppelheim, Eppelheim 69214

     For more information or to RSVP click here. 

     

    Münster/Osnabrück: 2nd Annual Münster/Osnabrück 4th of July Picnic

    When:              July 09, 2017 at 1pm - 5pm

    Where:         Private Home (Please RSVP to receive the address), North Rhine-Westphalia, Emsdetten 48282

     For more information or to RSVP click here.

     

     

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  • posted about Wednesday is the last day to sign up for the Resistance Summer! on Facebook 2017-05-23 04:27:24 -0400
    Wednesday is the last day to sign up for the Resistance Summer!

    Wednesday is the last day to sign up for the Resistance Summer!

    We know you don't want to miss out on Resistance Summer—and this is your last chance to apply. The application deadline is just 48 hours from now!

    All you have to do to apply to become a Resistance Summer Mobilizer is fill out a three-part application by this Wednesday. Don't wait until the last minute!

    Apply now to participate in Resistance Summer—or forward this email to someone you know who'd be great for this program! 

    We were all shaken to our very core by last week's political crises, not to mention the previous four months of attacks on vulnerable communities. If you're the kind of person who yearns to take effective action to help reclaim our country, Resistance Summer is for you.

    As part of Resistance Summer, 1,000 lucky MoveOn members like you will get expert, individualized coaching from nationally renowned organizers and a small stipend of $150 per month to cover expenses. And most important of all, you'll have the support and resources to organize your own communities to effectively fight back against Trump and the Republican Congress.

    Don't wait until Wednesday to apply. Click here to submit your application now to be considered for taking part in Resistance Summer!

    Want to learn more about the program?

    Resistance Summer is a 12-week volunteer program for emerging community leaders and activists who want to gain or deepen their organizing skills and be part of an ongoing national network of organizers standing up to Trump's agenda. We believe that in order to protect our communities and win back power, we must organize. It's resistance with resilience.

    There are three key parts of the Resistance Summer program: trainings, actions, and cohorts.

    Trainings

    You'll participate in weekly virtual trainings (webinar-style, Facebook Live, videos, or readings) that last about 60 minutes each. They will be offered on Sunday evenings, but you can complete them at a time that's convenient for you each week. Trainings will be led by expert trainers and cover key organizing principles and skills such as:

    • Developing a campaign strategy
    • Effective recruitment
    • How to get media coverage for your actions and build relationships with reporters
    • Organizing vs. mobilizing
    • How did we get here? Political education and analysis
    • And much more!

    Yes, I want to apply for Resistance Summer and receive expert training on organizing!

    Actions

    The best learning comes from action, so we'll put our trainings into practice with national days of action in June, July, and August. By taking action together all across the country, our impact is amplified.

    In June, we'll kick off the summer by gathering in fellowship for community cookouts. Getting neighbors and friends together builds relationships and community ties that make our readiness for action stronger and keep us invested for the long haul. They're also an opportunity to lay out the opportunities for action in July and August and get folks excited to join you in action.

    In July, we'll demonstrate that the resistance is building the power to win elections. We'll come together for a voter contact day of action, where we'll gain experience talking to voters in our communities about the issues that are important to them. We'll gain valuable skills of having the conversations that make a difference in elections, and we'll gather valuable information about the mood of voters where we live.

    In August, when members of Congress are home for their month-long summer break, we'll hold them accountable for their actions and make our demands clear at town hall meetings and other events.

    Yes, I want to apply to lead the Resistance in my community this summer!

    Cohorts

    You will be organized into cohorts, or groups, of 25 MoveOn Mobilizers, grouped by strategic focus (e.g., do you live in a congressional district with a Republican representative who is vulnerable in the next election? Do you live in a big city with a Democratic mayor and want to support pro-active progressive policy?).

    Each cohort will be matched with an expert Cohort Facilitator—an experienced organizer and movement leader who will support you through the trainings and actions. Cohort Facilitators are people such as veteran organizer and founder of the Midwest Academy Heather Booth, elections veteran Emmy Ruiz, and direct action organizer Yong Jung Cho.

    Yes, I want to join Resistance Summer and work with a cohort of my peers across the country and an expert Cohort Facilitator! 

    Calendar

    Here are some key dates to mark on your calendar for Resistance Summer:

    Wednesday, May 24: Applications Due
    Friday, June 2 through Friday, June 9: Program Participants Announced
    Monday, June 19: Virtual Training Kickoff
    Saturday, June 24, and Sunday, June 25: June Action—Resistance Summer Community Cookouts
    Weekends in July: July Action—Voter Contact Day of Action!
    August 1-28: August Action—Congressional Summer Recess
    August 29-September 1: Debrief
    Wednesday, September 6: Graduation

    Yes, I want to apply for Resistance Summer by the Wednesday, May 24 deadline.

    What happens after Resistance Summer?

    Why, the resistance continues! And you will have more tools in your toolbox and more inspiration for the long haul. Upon successful completion of the Resistance Summer program, you will have the opportunity to join a national network of local volunteer organizers ready to organize locally for nationally impactful campaigns, including responding to rapid-response crisis moments and preparing for elections.

    Expectations

    We believe that good organizers set clear expectations and follow through on commitments. We have worked hard to make this learning and action opportunity available to the widest range of people of different backgrounds. If you can commit an average of 5 hours per week during the summer, can access a smartphone or computer with an internet connection, and want to organize events in your community that will make a difference, Resistance Summer could be for you!

    Here are the expectations for Resistance Summer program participants: 

    • I am available throughout most of the summer (gone for no more than 3 weeks total, with no more than 2 weeks at a time).
    • I understand the expectation that as part of Resistance Summer I will complete a weekly training module, a weekly organizing assignment, and a weekly report, and that I will participate in a monthly action to apply the trainings to practice (June community cookouts, July voter contact events, August town hall or other congressional recess action).
    • I can commit an average of 5 hours per week from June 19 to Sept. 6 (12 weeks).
    • I understand that this is a volunteer role. I understand that I can choose to receive a $150 monthly stipend (once per month for 3 months) contingent upon completing the requirements of the program.
    • I have or can get regular access to a smartphone or computer with internet access and enough data for about 60 minutes of video each week to complete the weekly assignments.
    • I agree with this Resistance Summer vision statement: I believe that we can build a country with room for all of us, with an economy that works for all of us, that welcomes refugees and immigrants, that takes action to address climate change, that makes it easier, not harder, to vote, that values Black lives, that stands against sexism, racism, Islamophobia. I share a commitment to nonviolent action to achieve this vision.

    Yes, I want to help lead the Resistance this summer.


I want to help the world be a better place, even if I have to do it one person at a time.