February 18, 2022

DA Austria in February –


Message from the Vice Chair

As we reflect and observe the many accomplishments and contributions of African Americans throughout American history, we recognize that there are still challenges ahead. From voter suppression to the failed passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, African American voters like myself are feeling marginalized, disappointed and just plain old tired. In this moment of discouragement, I encourage everyone to look to our ancestors to lead the way. One lesser known civil rights activist was James Howard Meredith. James Meredith was the first African American to attend the University of Mississippi in 1962. Despite repeated attempts to stop him from attending, Meredith persisted and graduated with a degree in political science. In 1966, he began his March Against Fear, where he attempted to walk from Memphis, Tennessee to Jackson, Mississippi to promote black voter registration. On the second day of his walk, he was shot and injured by an unknown sniper. Other civil rights leaders, including Stokely Carmichael and Martin Luther King Jr. marched in his stead. Meredith recovered and found the strength to complete the last leg of the march.

As we prepare for this challenging year of getting out the vote, I encourage you to gather your strength not only from James Meredith, but also from Shirley Chisholm, Medgar Evers, Fannie Lou Hamer and John Lewis.

Happy Black History Month- and remember, Black History is American History!

-Faith Herbold, Vice Chair, Black Caucus Co-coordinator and GOTV Co-coordinator


In This Issue —


  • National Salon with Richard Greene
  • 4th Annual Black History Month Open Mic Night
  • Solidarity Sundays: “It‘s The Statehouses, Stupid“
  • Annual General Meeting

Issues & Actions:

  • DA doubled the overseas vote in 2020

Members Corner:

  • O Columbia


Our Executive Committee meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month. Our next meeting will be held online on: Wednesday, March 9, 2021, at 7 p.m. Members are welcome to join us at the meetings. Please contact Richard at [email protected] to join.

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What: National Salon

When: February 17

Time: 7pm - 9pm CET

Where: Zoom. Hosted by DA Switzerland

RSVP: National Salon


What: John Lewis Birthday Celebration

When: February 21

Time: 4pm - 5:30pm CET

Where: Zoom. Hosted by DA State Teams


4th Annual Black History Month Open Mic Night

When: Friday, February 25

Time: 7pm CET

Where: Vila Vida Cafe

RSVP: Open Mic Night



Solidarity Sundays: “It‘s The Statehouses, Stupid“

When: February 27

Time: 4pm CET

Where: Amerlinghaus, 1070 Vienna

RSVP: Solidarity Sunday


Annual General Meeting

When: March 27, 2022

Time: 2:00pm CET

Where: SPÖ Neubau, Lindengasse 64, 1070 Vienna & Online

RSVP: Annual General Meeting




Issues & Actions:


Democrats Abroad is the Margin of Difference!

In 2020, Democrats Abroad doubled the overseas vote in critical battleground states and won those elections. We grew the overseas vote, gained DNC attention, and DA has a strategy to do the same in 2022.


Members Corner:


DA Austria member-at-large Ted France, from Vorarlberg, is a singer / songwriter, with a knack for protest songs. Ted shared with us his latest song, O Columbia:

O Columbia
They’re suppressing the Vote In cities and on the plains

The Voice of the people choked by disdain

Their Gerrymandered districts the Politicians pick

But their choices make our Democracy sick

Rise up O Columbia In you we believe, Help us to pass a Federal fair vote decree

To bind up the union For the 21st Century

Don’t give up on hope, Give the Future its scope, Lay it all down, For your right to vote!

The U.S. Senate becomes a serial crime scene

Where they’re killing votes for things that we need

Republican subversion of the popular will

Lead that old Filibuster right over the hill!


Rise up O Columbia, You enshrine our rights, To assemble, to preach and to strike the

witness of our vote In the halo of your light. Don’t give up on hope, Give the Future its scope, Lay it all down For your right to vote!


And it’s for the Republic That we stand. One vote for every woman, One vote for every man

No matter your religion, race or clan, Liberty and justice we call it, The world watches

how we ballot


Citizens United lets them Buy off all our votes

The Supreme Court Even let it float

Away with our dreams Our hopes seem to fall

Repeal the power Of money’s control!


Rise up O Columbia Hail Democracy E plurbus unum Still sets us free

To seek those sunlit uplands Waiting just up around the bend

Don’t give up on hope Give the future its scope Lay it all down For your right to vote!

– Lyrics by Ted France


Thank you for reading the February Newsletter!

We'll see you in March.