Western Sweden Secretary

  • is hosting Stop gun violence meetup 2022-05-26 13:46:58 -0400

    Stop gun violence meetup

    In response to recent mass shootings – including school shootings (again!) – we’ll be at Condeco-Fredsgatan in downtown Göteborg 13.00-16.00 Saturday June 4 in their wonderful upstairs “living room” where we’ll console each other and help anyone who would like to register to vote or request absentee ballots.

    Help us stop gun violence! To do that, we need to elect Democrats all up and down the ballot, especially a few more senators committed to breaking the filibuster!

    Meet us at Condeco on Fredsgatan (at Harry Hörnes Plats near Kungsportsplatsen – also not far from Brunnsparken). We’ll be UPSTAIRS IN BACK with a small sign or flag so you can find us. (Please get something to eat or drink on your way in.)

    We’ll use VoteFromAbroad (https://www.votefromabroad.org/) to register voters and request absentee ballots. We’ll have a computer available, but you can also use your cell phone.

    Come join us! Help us elect Democratrs to Stop Gun Violence!

    June 04, 2022 at 1:00pm
    Condeco - Fredsgatan
    Fredsgatan 14
    Göteborg, Västra Götaland 41107
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  • Bans Off Our Bodies GOTV event at Condeco Saturday 14 May

    In response to the recent leak of a draft Supreme Court decision overriding Roe v. Wade threatening not only the right to abortion but the right to privacy more broadly, Democrats Abroad – Western Sweden organized a get-out-the-vote meetup at Condeco-Fredsgatan in downtown Göteborg Saturday afternoon 14 May. New volunteer Nan Albertson inspired the meetup and created a wonderfully big sign (see below) as well as small pins that she gave out freely, especially to children waiting in line with their families for the toilets (since, conveniently, we were located near the toilet queue in Condeco’s wonderful upstairs “living room”).

    Steering committee members Diane, Cheryl, and Rick had a great time meeting Nan and a few Americans who wandered by, sitting down long enough to get help requesting their ballots.

    The location seems perfect for such events so we expect to have many more there.

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  • May afterwork: Barney Fyman on living and working in the US and Sweden

    For our latest hybrid afterwork, advokat Barney Fyman will be discussing the options for residence and work permits in the US and Sweden. Barney is an American lawyer admitted to the Bar of New York as well as advokat, member of Sveriges Advokatsamfund, and partner of Advokatbyrå Prima, with offices in Göteborg, Varberg and Borås. He has practiced law in New York and Sweden with broad experience in commercial and immigration law. If you know someone who is considering moving to Sweden or the USA and want to find out who qualifies for which type of visa, come along! Show up at John Scott's Linné and grab yourself a beer before joining us in the meeting room up one flight of stairs, or join online via WebEx at the link below.

    There will also be opportunity to get help requesting your primary and general election ballots if you've not done so already!

    May 31, 2022 at 6:00pm
    John Scott's Linne
    Linnegatan 38
    Göteborg, Västra Götaland 41304
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  • published SE-MemberatLargeElection in News 2021-12-18 11:19:59 -0500

    Nominations open for DA Sweden member-at-large

    The annual general meeting of Democrats Abroad (DA) Sweden is coming up soon: 5 February.

    It is time to elect a member-at-large to the Executive Committee, to complete the 2021-2023 term of Beth Landry, who stepped down to become the DA Global Secretary. This is the only position we will be voting on. The two members-at-large on the Executive Committee have voting rights at the global DA level, along with the country chair and vice chair. All persons on the executive committee serve on a purely volunteer basis for a two-year term.

    Are you or someone you know interested in being a part of our leadership team in Sweden? Are you ready to represent Democrats Abroad Sweden on a global level with your voice and your vote? This is your chance.

    Thanks to our talented and dedicated team, Democrats Abroad Sweden consistently performs among the top DA countries. You’ll be a key part of our efforts here in Sweden and can get involved in shaping Democratic politics at the global level. Being a member of this leadership team is incredibly rewarding; you’ll be part of a vibrant, inclusive, global community of Democrats. The time commitment is relatively minimal (a couple hours per month) and the role largely -- voting rights aside -- what you make of it.

    The annual general meeting will be held in Stockholm on Saturday, 5 February, an announcement about which will go out soon. The election of the member at large will be conducted via electronic vote before the meeting, and the results will be announced at the meeting.

    The current Democrats Abroad Sweden executive committee:

    • Chair: Cassandra Engeman (2021-2023)
    • Vice Chair: Kelvin Acheampong (2021-2023)
    • Secretary: Kimberly Kane (2021-2023)
    • Treasurer: Sheri Eklund (2021-2023)
    • Counsel: Robert Houser (2021-2023)
    • Member-at-Large: Bill Borden (2021-2023)
    • Member-at-Large: Christina Davis (2021- ; appointed on a temporary basis until the coming annual general meeting)

    Eligibility criteria:

    • Candidates must be verified members of Democrats Abroad Sweden.
    • As members of the executive committee with voting rights at the global DA level, the two members-at-large must be of differing gender. Because Bill Borden identifies as male, this means that any candidates to the open position must not identify as male. They may identify as female, gender neutral, gender fluid, etc.
    • If nominated by someone other than oneself, candidates must confirm their willingness to serve.
    • Nominations for office must be made in writing.

    All nominations must be submitted at the latest by midnight on Saturday, 1 January 2022 (35 days before the election). Send nominations by email to [email protected].

    Nominations must include the following:

    • name
    • short biography (max. 150 words)
    • statement of candidacy (max. 200 words)
    • gender identity

    After candidates are announced, they will have the opportunity to present themselves via a short video message and also at a digital meet-the-candidates forum on Wednesday, 12 January.

  • published Welcome to DA Western Sweden! in News 2020-08-25 16:03:39 -0400

    Welcome to DA Western Sweden!

    DA Western Sweden at the Pride Parade!
    DA Western Sweden at the Göteborg Pride parade 2018

    Putting the party back in Democratic Party!

    DA Western Sweden* is a chapter of DA Sweden, the official country committee for U.S. Democrats living in Sweden.  We aim to find and organize Americans abroad to express their views about policies and events “back home” – and of course get out the vote when it’s election time – and have a good time doing it! Can you help?

    Now more than ever, in the run-up to the November elections, the stakes are sky high: four more years of Trump and Pence, with everything that's been done to our democracy, or four years of Biden and Harris?

    Not a DA member?  Click at the upper right-hand corner of the page and select "join"! Then join our Facebook group. If you have questions or would like to help, get in touch!

    * For our purposes, "Western Sweden" extends to Halmstad, Jönköping and Karlstad and beyond.

  • I'll gladly take Sweden over the US #DAresists #Medicare4all

    I worked for the US Peace Corps headquarters in Washington, DC, for 3 1/2 years. I bought the best health insurance I thought I could afford from the options we had available. And I was still scared of getting sick because of all the bureaucracy and caps and exceptions. People think that anyone who works for the US government gets a platinum healthcare plan -- Congress sure, but not ordinary government workers. And we still had things better than people who could only afford more basic plans, if they could afford anything at all. Things here in Sweden aren't perfect -- in no small part due to the creeping privatization of the healthcare system around the edges promoted by the previous government -- but if my healthcare expenses for the year go above a certain modest amount, I don't pay anything more. And the healthcare system here is not only per capita cheaper than in the US, in functions better on a whole bunch of indicators, from infant mortality to life expectancy, too.

  • wants to volunteer 2017-06-12 08:04:34 -0400


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