Communications Coordinator, Germany and GWC; 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 Documentaries in Black History Month 2018-01-23 06:24:22 -0500

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    Black History 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

    Eyes on the Prize II: America at the Racial Crossroads 1965–1985

    Season 2, Episode 1:The Time Has Come: 1964-1966  Episode focuses on black militancy and the roots of the black power movement. Also tracks the influence of ideas of black separatism and black nationalism on a new generation of blacks and analyzes the long-term impact they had on whites who supported the freedom movement.

    Season 2, Episode 2: Two Societies: 1965-1968  Northern cities served as the backdrop for confrontations on a scale the civil rights movement had never seen before the mid-1960s. Scarred by widespread discrimination, black inner-city neighborhoods became sites of crumbling houses, poverty, and street violence. Although the black-led movement for social change and equality in the North had a long history, it had not received the same media attention the struggle in the South had.

    Season 2, Episode 3: Power!: 1966-1968 Exploring the influence of the idea of black power on freedom movement. Follows leaders of three black communities in their efforts to gain political and economic power that would enable advancements in employment, housing and education.

    Season 2, Episode 4: The Promised Land: 1967-1968 Martin Luther King, Jr. stakes out new ground for himself and the rapidly fragmenting civil rights movement. He is assassinated in Memphis at the Lorraine Motel.

    Season 2, Episode 5: Ain't Gonna Shuffle No More: 1964-1972 Call to pride and push for unity galvanize blacks. Cassius Clay challenges America to accept him as Muhammad Ali, who refuses to fight in Vietnam. Students at Howard University fight to bring the growing black consciousness movement and their African heritage inside the walls of the institution.

    Season 2, Episode 6: A Nation of Law?: 1968-1971 Black activism is increasingly met with violent and unethical response from local and federal law enforcement. A five-day inmate takeover at Attica Prison calls the public's attention to conditions there leaves 43 dead: 39 killed by police.

    Season 2, Episode 7: The Keys to the Kingdom: 1974-1980 In the 1970s, anti-discrimination rights are put to the test. Boston whites violently resist federal school desegregation order. Atlanta's mayor Jackson proves affirmative action can work, but Bakke decision challenges that policy.

    Season 2, Episode 8: Back to the Movement: 1979-Mid 1980s Episode explores new and old challenges that black communities faced 25 years after civil rights struggle began. It follows black communities in Miami and Chicago and chronicles their dramatically different responses to these challenges.

    The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela This 2-hour PBS FRONTLINE documentary covers Nelson Mandela's amazing life story, from his radical political activism in Johannesburg as a youth to his over 20-year imprisonment, and then to his remarkable rise as the President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999 in which he presided over the dismantling of apartheid. This documentary features excellent footage from all periods in Mandela's life along with interviews of the people closest to him. It's a story that must be heard to be believed.

    For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots A two-part, four-hour documentary series honoring African-American servicemen and women.

    The Trials of Muhammad Ali (2013) investigates its extraordinary and often complex subject's life outside the boxing ring. From joining the controversial Nation of Islam and changing his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali, to his refusal to serve in the Vietnam War in the name of protesting racial inequality, to his global humanitarian work, Muhammad Ali remains an inspiring and controversial figure. Outspoken and passionate in his beliefs, Ali found himself in the center of America's controversies over race, religion, and war. Available on Amazon Video and  iTunes.

    Black America Since MLK:And Still I Rise parts 1-4 Henry Louis Gates, Jr. embarks on a deeply personal journey through the last fifty years of African American history. Joined by leading scholars, celebrities, and a dynamic cast of people who shaped these years, Gates travels from the victories of the civil rights movement up to today, asking profound questions about the state of black America—and our nation as a whole.

    Parts 1 & 2 Parts 3 & 4


  • published Black History Month Feature Films in Black History Month 2018-01-23 06:23:54 -0500

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    The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974)  The story of a black woman in the South who was born into slavery in the 1850s and lives to become a part of the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

    42 (2013) The story of Jackie Robinson who broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball. Available on Amazon Video, iTunes.

    Remember the Titans (2000) Based on a true story, in 1971, a court order forces three high schools in Alexandria, Virginia (two white, one African-American), to integrate their student bodies and faculties for the first time. Denzel Washington stars as the coach of a newly integrated football team in Virginia. A high school football coach finds himself fighting for stakes much higher than the State Championship in this drama based on actual events.  Available on iTunes.

    Glory (1989) The film is about one of the first military units of the Union Army, during the American Civil War, to consist entirely of African-American men (except for its officers), as told from the point of view of Colonel Shaw, its white commanding officer. The regiment is known especially for its heroic actions at Fort Wagner. Available on Amazon Video and  iTunes.

    Adam Clayton Powell (1989) The film delves into the gripping life and career of the most influential and flamboyant civil rights leader in America in the '30s, '40s and '50s. Narrated by civil rights activist Julian Bond and resplendent with rich archival footage and candid interviews with those who knew him best, this tell-all documentary mines the good, bad, and ugly acts of Powell's illustrious but controversial career - the multiple marriages, the uproarious taunting of the white establishment, his desegregation of Congress, and his shameful smearing of Martin Luther King, Jr. from self-imposed exile on the island of Bimini.Available on Amazon Video and  iTunes.

    Malcolm X (1992) Spike Lee’s Malcolm X stars Denzel Washington as one of black history’s most revolutionary leaders. This famous biopic chronicles the activist’s life up until his assassination in 1965.

    Race (2016) Race is a biopic film about Jesse Owens, the famed track and field athlete who endured racial discrimination and adversity on his way to winning 4 gold medals at the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany, a record that remained unbroken for 48 years. Despite his victory, Owens couldn’t even sit in the front of a bus when he returned home to the US.

    Girlhood (2014) Selected to open the 2014 Cannes Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight, this French film depicts a young girl’s coming of age and provides a fresh look into growing up black and poor in a Paris housing project. Girlhood reminds viewers that girls’ and women’s empowerment is a universal issue.

    Dear White People (2014) Dear White People tells the story of a group of black college students who grapple with issues of race, sexual orientation, and what it’s like to not fit in at a predominantly white university. The film, which won the Jury Prize at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, brings much needed attention to racial tension that exist on college campuses in the 21st century.

    The Secret Life of Bees (2008) Based on the best-selling novel by Sue Monk Kidd, the film follows 14-year-old Lily Owens (Dakota Fanning) as she runs away from her abusive father with her caregiver (Jennifer Hudson). The pair is taken in by the Boatwright sisters (Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys, and Sophie Okonedo), who are more connected to Lily’s past than it might appear.

    The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) Also based on a true story, The Pursuit of Happyness follows single father Chris Gardner as he fights to survive after he and his son are evicted from their home right when he is set to begin an internship that has the potential to change both of their lives for the better.

    Fruitvale Station (2013) The film follows the last day in the life of Oscar Grant III (Michael B. Jordan), a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who was murdered by police on New Year’s Day 2009. By giving such a tight 24-hour look at Grant’s life, Fruitvale Station really forces audiences to see him as a whole person and not just another headline — an important message in a world where black men are murdered so often that people seem to become numb to the fact that they are human beings who have families, dreams, and fears just like everyone else.

    12 Years A Slave (2013) This film, directed by Steve McQueen, won three Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress. It is based on the memoir of Solomon Northup, a free man who, due to a tragic betrayal, was sold illegally into slavery in 1841. He lived out the next 12 years of his life on a plantation in Louisiana. This film chronicles his story.

    Moonlight (2016) Chiron, the protagonist, is played by three different actors throughout the film. His mother is an addict, he gets mercilessly bullied at school and his father is absent. This is not the recipe for a successful life. To add to that, the only role model he has is a drug dealer called Juan. With such an upbringing, Chiron inevitably ends up in a life of crime, but he has a secret that is ashamedly still taboo in the black community. Moonlight offers the other end of the spectrum so rarely captured in film of what goes on behind the tough exterior that comes with blackness and how vulnerability in a world that sees your race as subordinate is a dangerous thing.

    The Color Purple (1985)  What can we say about this 1980s classic that gave Oprah her Oscar and gave us one of Whoopie Goldberg’s most iconic roles. Based on a novel by Alice Walker, this is a must-watch whether you’ve seen it before or not. A black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father and others over four decades.

    What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)  Nina Simone is one of the most famous voices of a generation, but many today don’t know that she was also a vocal black rights and women’s rights activist. Living life out loud, Simone was incredible, and her life was fascinating.

    Hidden Figures (2016) The true story of the black women who helped propel America into the space race.

    Marshall (2017) Based on a true story, MARSHALL follows future Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall, as he defends a black man from sexual assault charges against his white employer.

    Selma (2014) A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965.

    4 Little Girls (1997) A documentary of the notorious racial terrorist bombing of an African American church during the Civil Rights Movement.

    Amistad (1997) In 1839, the revolt of Mende captives aboard a Spanish owned ship causes a major controversy in the United States when the ship is captured off the coast of Long Island. The courts must decide whether the Mende are slaves or legally free.


  • Children's Books for Black History Month

    Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    By: Doreen Rappaport
    Illustrated by: Bryan Collier
    Genre: Nonfiction, Biography
    Age Level: 6-9
    Reading Level: Beginning Reader

    Martin Luther King Jr. grew up fascinated by big words. He would later go on to use these words to inspire a nation and call people to action. In this award-winning book, powerful portraits of King show how he used words, not weapons, to fight injustice.


    Through My Eyes

    By: Ruby Bridges
    Genre: Nonfiction, Biography
    Age Level: 9-12
    Reading Level: Independent Reader

    Six-year-old Ruby Bridges became the first African American to integrate an elementary school. Her memories of that year, when so much hatred was directed at her, makes for a powerful memoir. A 1999 Parents' Choice Gold Award Winner.


    Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer

    By: Carole Boston Weatherford
    Illustrated by: Ekua Holmes
    Genre: Nonfiction, Biography, Poetry
    Age Level: 9-12
    Reading Level: Independent Reader

    Stirring poems and vibrant collage illustrations combine to celebrate the life of Fannie Lou Hamer, a champion of the Civil Rights and voting rights movements during the 1950s through the 1970s. Born in the Mississippi delta, the youngest of 20 children, Hamer had to drop out of school after sixth grade to work in the cotton fields before she became a powerful voice for her people. The book vividly brings to life Hamer’s legacy with a message of hope, determination, and strength.


    The Dream Keeper and Other Poems

    By: Langston Hughes
    Illustrated by: Brian Pinkney
    Genre: Poetry
    Age Level: 6-9
    Reading Level: Independent Reader

    The great American poet Langston Hughes chose the poems in this classic collection, originally published for young people in 1932.


    Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt

    By: Deborah Hopkinson
    Illustrated by: James Ransome
    Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction
    Age Level: 6-9
    Reading Level: Independent Reader

    Clara is born into slavery but learns an important skill when she becomes a seamstress. Her quilting ability allows Clara to put together directions to escape north to freedom when she overhears a conversation about a route to Canada.


    Two Friends

    Two Friends

    by Dean Robbins
    Illustrated by Selina Alko, Sean Qualls
    Ages Level: 7-10
    Genre: Historical Fiction
    Some people had rights, while others had none. Why shouldn't they have them, too?Two friends, Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, get together for tea and conversation. They recount their similar stories fighting to win rights for women and African Americans. The premise of this particular exchange between the two is based on a statue in their hometown of Rochester, New York, which shows the two friends having tea.The text by award-winning writer Dean Robbins teaches about the fight for women's and African Americans' rights in an accessible, engaging manner for young children.

    Minty: A Story Of Young Harriet Tubman

    Minty: A Story Of Young Harriet Tubman

    by Alan Schroeder
    Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
    Age Level: 5-7
    Genre: Biography and Autobiography

    Many people know about Harriet Tubman's adult life — how she helped hundreds of slaves escape to freedom along the Underground Railroad. But how many know about Harriet Tubman's life as a child on the Brodas plantation in the late 1820s? As a young slave, nicknamed "Minty," Harriet Tubman was a feisty and stubborn girl with a dream of escape, and whose rebellious spirit often got her into trouble. Pinkney's expressive illustrations bring every emotion to brilliant life — from troubled sorrow to spirited hope for freedom.


    Dad, Jackie, And Me

    Dad, Jackie, And Me

    by Myron Uhlberg
    Illustrated by Colin Bootman
    Age Level: 8-10
    Genre:Historical Fiction

    An inspiring and sentimental tale of one famous summer in Brooklyn in 1947. It is the summer of 1947 and a highly-charged baseball season is underway in New York. Jackie Robinson is the new first baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers — and the first black player in major league baseball. A young boy shares the excitement of Robinson's rookie season with his deaf father. Each day he listens eagerly to the Brooklyn Dodgers games on the radio. When his father arrives home from work, the boy uses sign language to tell him about the Dodgers. His father begins to keep a scrapbook, clipping photos and articles about Jackie. Finally one day the father delivers some big news: they are going to Ebbets Field to watch Jackie play in person!


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    What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors

    By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld

    Recommended ages: 8 and up

    Did you know that African-American inventors had a hand in everything from the ice-cream scoop and the refrigerated food truck to cortisone cream and open-heart surgery? In this book co-authored by NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, kids can learn about the great minds behind important inventions, product improvements, and scientific and medical discoveries that we take for granted.


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    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. 


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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


  • 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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    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.