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  • published lgbt_intro in LGBT News 2020-04-09 14:54:18 -0400

    LGBT Caucus Introduction

    Democrats Abroad is committed to a world where all persons have access to the same rights and benefits, regardless of sexual identity or gender expression.

    STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

    The Democrats Abroad LGBT Caucus is the constituency group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex members and any Democrat abroad who supports them.

    The goals of the LGBT Caucus reflect the mission of Democrats Abroad to:

    • engage and empower LGBTI Americans living abroad to vote in US elections;
    • provide a platform for Democrats Abroad members, country committees and chapters to advance issues at the heart of the LGBTI community;
    • support Democrats Abroad’s members in issues they face living abroad as LGBTI Americans, such as access to government services and benefits for same-sex spouses and family members, the legacy resulting from past discrimination and Defense of Marriage Act.

    The LGBT Caucus: 

    • supports Democrats Abroad’s country committees and local chapters in organizing activities of interest to the LGBTI community, such as participation in pride events and voter outreach; 
    • disseminates information to Democrats Abroad members and promotes action on issues that affect LGBTI Americans and their families;
    • ensures that the LGBTI perspective is effectively incorporated in all the work of Democrats Abroad, including issues advocacy, communication and GOTV strategy, planning and execution; ensures that issues and policies that impact LGBTI Americans are included in the Democrats Abroad and Democratic Party platforms;
    • takes leadership in Democrats Abroad’s issues advocacy initiatives, including “door knock” visits to elected officials in Washington DC, to ensure that issues that impact LGBTI Americans living abroad and their families are included and addressed by elected representatives;
    • encourages LGBTI members to run for elected leadership roles within Democrats Abroad and fulfill Democrats Abroad’s diversity and affirmative action goals;
    • supports community building among Democrats Abroad’s LGBTI members and allies;
    • promotes Democratic Party candidates who demonstrate commitment to policies that positively impact the lives of LGBTI Americans;
    • supports and engages with Democratic Party LGBTI caucuses build capacity and achieve common goals.

  • Diversity Committee Members 2020

    Listed below are the current members of the Democrats Abroad Affirmative Action Committee. To encourage a diverse population of candidates to run in the delegate selection process, the Committee strives to ensure fairness at every step of the process until the Democratic presidential candidate is formally nominated by the Party’s thousands of delegates. They can be reached at: diversity@democratsabroad.org.

     

    A native of Washington, DC, Adrianne George discovered Democrats Abroad (DA) while living in Brussels in 2004. After moving to Sweden in 2006, she started a chapter that is now part of Democrats Abroad Western Sweden. She was elected to the Democratic National Committee during the Global meeting in Berlin in 2016, and as an Obama delegate to the National Convention in 2012.  Adrianne served as DA's Global Volunteer Coordinator, Global Caucus Coordinator, Global Nominations & Elections Committee member, Door Knock Committee, led the DA Sweden Nominations & Elections Committee, and leads the newly formed DA Sweden Black Caucus. In additional to being a US overseas voter advocate and staunch supporter of Statehood for Washington, DC, Adrianne is the immediate past President of the American Women's Club in Stockholm.

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    Tre' Shawn Griffin-Noordermeer was born and raised in Akron, Ohio, surrounded by and working on local political campaigns from family and friends. Having public service instilled in him from an early age he spent his teen years volunteer for several local groups/organisations. Pursuing his love of politics, he moved to London in 2013 to study Political Science as his undergraduate degree. Continuing his education he moved to Leiden, Netherlands a few years later, and began volunteering with DA. The Netherlands is where he is now living permanently with his husband and puppy. He currently is pursuing his Master degree in Museum Studies. Tre' Shawn is currently serving in his second term as Secretary for the DA Netherlands Executive Committee. He is the Co-Chair of DA's Global LGBT Caucus and a member of, the Global Women's Caucus, Global Veteran's and Military Families Caucus and is currently proudly serving as a member of the Affirmative-Action Committee.

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    Amerika Garcia Grewal lives in Fiji and votes in Texas. She grew up in the border town of Eagle Pass, Texas. In addition to the Border Patrol checkpoint about 10 miles into Texas on the main highway, there's now a child detention center about 30 minutes from where her parents still live. Immigration Reform, Public Education, and Access to Healthcare are some of the issues she cares deeply about. In her roles as the chair of the Global Hispanic Caucus and a member of the Affirmative Action Committee she is working to help US Citizens around the world cast informed votes in the 2020 primary and presidential elections. she/her/ella 

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    Sharon Manitta was a long-time volunteer with the New York State Democratic Party while working as a journalist and university lecturer. She moved to the U.K. in the late 1970s and after a long search, found that the Democratic Party had an official overseas branch called Democrats Abroad.  Sharon was the first person to be in charge of press for Democrats Abroad UK and then international communications. In 2007 Sharon moved to Washington, D.C. to become Communications Director for Congressman Dennis Kucinich’s run for the Democratic Presidential nomination. She returned to the UK in 2008 and continued to do media for Democrats Abroad as well as for heritage and policy foundations.

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    Michael Ramos is a Hispanic American of Mexican descent currently residing in Melbourne, Australia. Before moving abroad, he was a Democratic congressional staffer and was formerly enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. Michael serves in several capacities within Democrats Abroad: the Affirmative Action Committee, the Global Hispanic Caucus, the Global Veterans and Military Families Caucus, and the Global Tax Task Force. Michael votes absentee in Illinois' 17th Congressional District. He is committed to working with the Affirmative Action Committee to ensure inclusive diversity messaging in encouraging Democrats Abroad members identifying with historically-disadvantaged groups to run as delegates to the 2020 Democratic National Convention.

     

    Jeffrey Cheng was born and raised in New York City, and moved to Philadelphia to attend university before moving abroad (so he votes in Pennsylvania!). His background in business and engineering helped propel him into a career that includes managing real estate, working in marketing, web design, finance, and IT. He currently works in IT and Administration at a Finance research institute in Stockholm.
    Jeffrey moved to Stockholm, Sweden in 2014. When the Stockholm chapter of Democrats Abroad Sweden was re-started in 2015, he saw a great opportunity to get involved and help grow the chapter and country committee with his database knowledge, IT background, and interpersonal skills. Shortly afterwards, he joined DA global teams, successfully ran for a position in Democrats Abroad's Executive Board, and has served as the Global Secretary of Democrats Abroad since 2017.

     

     

                             

     

     


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  • published News (EN) in News 2017-09-11 11:14:37 -0400

  • Democrats Abroad Women's Caucus statement on litmus test

    The Women's Caucus of Democrats Abroad wishes to highlight and reaffirm the statement made in the 2016 Democrats Abroad Platform that unequivocally endorsed :

    " ….the right of women in the U.S. to bear children, practice birth control, and obtain safe, legal abortions regardless of economic, religious or racial status."

    Additionally we want to reiterate that:

    "We believe that a decision to terminate a pregnancy is a private matter outside the scope of government intervention. We further believe that all women should have unfettered, free access to quality information from doctors and others regarding reproductive choices."

    The statements in the 2016 Democrats Abroad platform mirror the 2016 Democratic platform that stated that the Democratic Party believes “unequivocally” that “every woman should have access to quality reproductive health care services, including safe and legal abortion.”

    Democrats and the politicians who represent us do not have to believe that abortion is right for them or their family, but we urge them to respect and uphold the right of each American woman to make that decision for herself.

    LET’S REMEMBER and RESPECT our Democratic core values: equality, fairness, inclusivity, respect for human rights and dignity of all Americans- which includes the belief that every woman has the right to choose for herself whether or not to have an abortion.


     


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  • signed up on Youth Caucus 2017-07-15 02:18:13 -0400

    Youth Caucus Signup

    The Youth Caucus of Democrats Abroad is committed to generating awareness of the concerns of young Americans and the challenges they face for the purpose of informing party policy-making and improving party outreach and organizing. The Youth Caucus will provide a platform for young Democrats abroad - those who are and those who seek to become politically active - to engage in and lead on issues and campaigns important to them.

    STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

    The Youth Caucus will be “youth-led” but open to those of all ages who support these central aims.

    The Youth Caucus will/proposes to:

    • Build political engagement by young Americans Democrats abroad. Initiatives will make young Americans abroad aware of:  voter registration and voting from abroad; issue education, advocacy and activism, especially youth-led and youth-related;  candidates and campaigns, especially those of young Democrats;  US political and election organizing from abroad; and overseas and domestic youth networks, contacts and resources.
    • Sponsor issue-focused Working Groups: The Caucus will engage young Democrats abroad in issues advocacy by inviting them to join teams studying particular issues (eg Environmental Sustainability Working Group) and developing and coordinating youth-led advocacy activities and campaigns.
    • Establish web-based communication channels for on-going youth outreach: A Youth Caucus Blog on the Democrats Abroad Youth Caucus webpage will provide continuous access to the work of the Youth Caucus and facilitate participation by members globally.
    • Work online. Membership will not be constrained by physical location. All general meetings, campaigns, fundraisers etc. will be conducted online via Skype, Social Media, Email, and Online Markets.
    • Encourage caucus members to organize live local events and gatherings for political education and outreach, issues advocacy or socializing.
    • Be youth-led, with a leadership team made up of volunteers from around the world aged between 18 and 35.
    • Engage with US-based Young Democrats or College Democrats groups to share information, advice, intelligence and ideas, build networks and to cross-promote each other.
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    LGBT Caucus Signup

    Democrats Abroad is committed to a world where all persons have access to the same rights and benefits, regardless of sexual identity or gender expression.

    STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

    The Democrats Abroad LGBT Caucus is the constituency group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex members and any Democrat abroad who supports them.

    The goals of the LGBT Caucus reflect the mission of Democrats Abroad to:

    • engage and empower LGBTI Americans living abroad to vote in US elections;
    • provide a platform for Democrats Abroad members, country committees and chapters to advance issues at the heart of the LGBTI community;
    • support Democrats Abroad’s members in issues they face living abroad as LGBTI Americans, such as access to government services and benefits for same-sex spouses and family members, the legacy resulting from past discrimination and Defense of Marriage Act.

    The LGBT Caucus: 

    • supports Democrats Abroad’s country committees and local chapters in organizing activities of interest to the LGBTI community, such as participation in pride events and voter outreach; 
    • disseminates information to Democrats Abroad members and promotes action on issues that affect LGBTI Americans and their families;
    • ensures that the LGBTI perspective is effectively incorporated in all the work of Democrats Abroad, including issues advocacy, communication and GOTV strategy, planning and execution; ensures that issues and policies that impact LGBTI Americans are included in the Democrats Abroad and Democratic Party platforms;
    • takes leadership in Democrats Abroad’s issues advocacy initiatives, including “door knock” visits to elected officials in Washington DC, to ensure that issues that impact LGBTI Americans living abroad and their families are included and addressed by elected representatives;
    • encourages LGBTI members to run for elected leadership roles within Democrats Abroad and fulfill Democrats Abroad’s diversity and affirmative action goals;
    • supports community building among Democrats Abroad’s LGBTI members and allies;
    • promotes Democratic Party candidates who demonstrate commitment to policies that positively impact the lives of LGBTI Americans;
    • supports and engages with Democratic Party LGBTI caucuses build capacity and achieve common goals.
    Sign up

  • DA Sweden Chair Alexander Lange on Sverige Radio

    Did you miss the broadcast of Radiokorrespondenterna? Listen to the recording of  Chair Alexander Lange as he joined P1 to talk about the future of the Democratic Party and what we're doing to get organized at the grassroots, even here in Sweden. Program is in Swedish.
    http://sverigesradio.se/sida/avsnitt/917062?programid=2946


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  • published New Wiki Page and Resources for DA Sweden in News 2017-04-06 04:03:31 -0400

    New Wiki Page and Resources for DA Sweden

    You'll find the most updated documents related to Democrats Abroad Sweden on our wiki page here:

    https://wiki.democratsabroad.org/x/HgDr

    This currently includes bylaws and meeting minutes, and will continually be updated.