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  • published Upcoming Elections in Texas State Team 2022-02-15 10:36:46 -0500

    TX Upcoming Elections

    On this Page:

    • November Midterms
      • What’s on the Ballot?
    • UP NEXT: Texas May 24th Primary Run-Off Elections 
      • Election Timeline
      • Statewide Candidates

    November Midterms - What’s on the Ballot?

    Your vote and voice matters in ALL Texas elections! This year, we have the opportunity to help elect:

    • A new Governor who actually cares about the people they represent.
    • New statewide leadership, from Lieutenant Governor to the State Board of Education.
    • And more local leaders who will protect Texas communities – not put them at risk!
    • Congressional leadership willing to help protect voting rights and human rights.

    UP NEXT: May 24th TX Primary Run-Off Elections 

    • Primary Run-Off Ballots will be sent out starting April 9th!
      • There are several statewide elections and Congressional Districts headed to the Run-Offs!
    • Registration deadlines are quickly approaching!

    Timeline of 2022 Primary Elections 

    • Saturday, April 9th: Ballots start going out (Check your Email/spam folder!)
    • Wednesday, May 4th: FULL ballot Registration Deadline (1st time registration from abroad)
    • Friday, May 13th: FEDERAL ballot Registration Deadline (previously registered voters can request a FULL ballot up to this date)
    • Tuesday, May 24th: Election Day (Ballots postmarked by 7pm accepted)
    • Monday, May 30th: Ballot Return Deadline

    **Run-Off Ballots will be sent out starting April 9th - be sure to check your email/spam folder! All ballots must be sent back by postal mail ASAP. Have a look at our Ballot Return Instructions before you mail yours back!

    If you haven’t requested your ballot yet, go to votefromabroad.org TODAY

    Statewide Candidates

    • Governor
      • Beto O’Rourke
    • Lieutenant Governor
      • Mike Collier
      • Michelle Beckley
    • Attorney General
      • Rochelle Garza
      • Joe Jaworski
    • Land Commissioner
      • Sandragrace Martinez
      • Jay Kleberg
    • Agriculture Commissioner
      • Susan Hays
    • Comptroller
      • Janet T. Dudding
      • Angel Luis Vega
    • Watch the recording from our Primary Meet the Candidate Events -  LINK
    • Find out who’s on your ballot HERE!

     


  • published TX Events in Texas State Team 2022-02-15 10:31:50 -0500

  • published State Teams in Our Party 2022-03-14 10:42:53 -0400

    State Teams

    Introducing the Democrats Abroad State Teams

    DA’s States Abroad Teams were initiated last year in the wake of our successful Get Out the Vote efforts in Georgia. The Teams focus on voter education, voter participation and advocacy, and are open to all members of Democrats Abroad who vote in or have a strong connection to the states represented. We’ll be sharing our experiences, our knowledge of the process of voting from abroad, and other election information that has a real and measurable impact in the 2022 election. 

    Click below to help get out the vote in one of these key battleground states! 

    • On each of the State Pages, you will also find useful information on deadlines, voter registration, Meet the Candidate events, and “downballot” (state, local municipal) elections. Please share widely!

    Aims of the DA State Teams

    • To increase voter participation by voters living abroad and help Democrats win elections up and down the ballot in battleground states. 
    • To represent the interests of state voters living abroad and raise our profile with state legislators.
    • To improve and protect ballot access for voters living abroad.

    Join the Movement

    ​​​There are many opportunities to get involved in the 2022 elections! Click on the State Pages to find out more.

    Here are some quick ways to stay up-to-date on the new developments and stay in contact with us:

    Join our State Teams!

    ARIZONA

    CALIFORNIA

    FLORIDA

    GEORGIA

    MAINE

    MARYLAND

    MICHIGAN

    NORTH CAROLINA

    OHIO

    PENNSYLVANIA

    TEXAS

    WISCONSIN


    Don't see your state?

    Adopt one of these!


  • published Texas State Team in State Teams 2022-02-15 10:24:49 -0500

    Texans Abroad

    Welcome to the Texans Abroad State Team of Democrats Abroad! 


    We’re so glad you’re here! Get in touch at
    [email protected].

    Our votes from abroad can be the margin of victory in local, statewide and Federal elections. After the many challenges voters faced in 2021, the 2022 Midterm Elections are set to be the most crucial of our lifetimes. Read on to find out how you can make your vote count!

    JOIN the TX TEAM

    Get Involved

    There are many opportunities to have an impact! Even if you don’t have a lot of time to spare - every little bit helps. From voter outreach and assistance to event planning and support, it’s all hands on deck to ensure that every overseas voter can cast all the ballots for which they are eligible this midterm year.    

    We’ll be organizing “Meet the Candidates” events, Action Hours, and phone banking  throughout the primary season. In addition, we are following developments in voting legislation and redistricting back home. As a team, we’ll be sharing our experiences, our knowledge of the process of voting from abroad, and other state-specific election information that has a real impact in the 2022 election. 

    Please reach out to us today if you would like to get involved! Check our Events for upcoming planning meetings.

    Get connected with Texans Abroad!

    Here are some quick ways to stay up-to-date on the newest developments and find out how you can join in on the action. 

    Questions? Write to us at [email protected]


     


  • published Arizona State Team in State Teams 2022-03-14 09:55:05 -0400

    Arizonans Abroad

    Welcome to the Arizonans Abroad State Team of Democrats Abroad! 

    We’re so glad you’re here! Get in touch at [email protected].

    Our votes from abroad can be the margin of victory in local, statewide and Federal elections. After the many challenges voters faced in 2021, the 2022 Midterm Elections are set to be the most crucial of our lifetimes. Read on to find out how you can make your vote count!

    Get Involved

    ​​​There are many opportunities to have an impact! Even if you don’t have a lot of time to spare - every little bit helps. From voter outreach and assistance to event planning and support, it’s all hands on deck to ensure that every overseas voter can cast all the ballots for which they are eligible this midterm year.    

    We’ll be organizing “Meet the Candidates” events, Action Hours, and phone banking throughout the 2022 election season. In addition, we are following developments in voting legislation and redistricting back home. As a team, we’ll be sharing our experiences, our knowledge of the process of voting from abroad, and other state-specific election information that has a real impact in the 2022 election. 

    Please reach out to us today if you would like to get involved! Check our Events for upcoming planning meetings.
    Here are some quick ways to stay up-to-date on the new developments and stay in contact with us:


  • published Michigan State Team in State Teams 2022-04-12 13:41:30 -0400

    Michiganders Abroad

    Welcome to the Michiganders Abroad State Team of Democrats Abroad! 

    We’re so glad you’re here! Get in touch at [email protected].

    Our votes from abroad can be the margin of victory in local, statewide and Federal elections. After the many challenges voters faced in 2021, the 2022 Midterm Elections are set to be the most crucial of our lifetimes. Read on to find out how you can make your vote count!

    Get Involved

    ​​​There are many opportunities to have an impact! Even if you don’t have a lot of time to spare - every little bit helps. From voter outreach and assistance to event planning and support, it’s all hands on deck to ensure that every overseas voter can cast all the ballots for which they are eligible this midterm year.    

    We’ll be organizing “Meet the Candidates” events, Action Hours, and phone banking throughout the 2022 election season. In addition, we are following developments in voting legislation and redistricting back home. As a team, we’ll be sharing our experiences, our knowledge of the process of voting from abroad, and other state-specific election information that has a real impact in the 2022 election. 

    Please reach out to us today if you would like to get involved! Check our Events for upcoming planning meetings.
    Here are some quick ways to stay up-to-date on the new developments and stay in contact with us:


  • published Events in State Teams 2022-02-15 09:24:48 -0500

  • published Global Seniors Caucus in Caucuses 2022-02-01 10:21:40 -0500

  • published Leaders in Global Seniors Caucus 2022-02-01 08:13:33 -0500

  • published Welcome to the Global Seniors Caucus! in News 2022-02-01 08:02:18 -0500

    Welcome to the Global Seniors Caucus!

    The Democrats Abroad Global Senior Caucus is made up of DA members of all ages from around the world who are willing and able to advocate on issues important to Senior Americans (i.e. retired and +65 persons) within the United States of America and those living abroad. All DA members are eligible to join the GSC and we encourage members of all ages to join.

    In 1997, the National Democratic Seniors Coordinating Council (NDSCC) was created as an official body of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). The main purpose of the NDSCC was “to give older Democrats a voice within the DNC, to make use of their experience and expertise on issues such as Social Security and Medicare, to acknowledge their life-long dedication to Democratic Party ideas, and to mobilize older Democratic voters in election campaigns.” The NDSCC is made up of older Democrats from around the United States who want to be active in the national DNC and in their state parties. These Senior activists come from a variety of backgrounds and participate in many organizations at the national and local levels, including labor unions, senior citizen organizations and community groups.

    The DA Global Seniors Caucus (GSC) mirrors the NDSCC’s commitment to all DA members to better understand the issues and concerns affecting all Seniors living and home and abroad. Our purpose is to provide a forum for all DA members not only to better understand the issues and concerns affecting Seniors but also and most importantly, to empower and encourage Seniors living abroad to exercise their voting franchise. The Seniors Caucus supports the goals and ideals of the Democratic Party and Democrats Abroad and encourages all members of Democrats Abroad and other US voters at home and abroad to support the well-being of Senior citizens and monitor the actions of other relevant organizations that support issues or legislation affecting Senior citizens. We advocate for laws, policies, and programs that improve the lives of Senior Americans and educate all people on the experiences of Seniors.

    The mission of the GSC is:

    • To support the goals and ideals of the Democratic Party and Democrats Abroad;
    • To maximize the participation of Seniors living abroad in US elections;
    • To advocate on issues of concern to Seniors, especially Seniors living abroad;
    • To be a voice for US citizens living abroad;
    • To support campaigns of Democratic candidates aligned with the interests of Seniors;
    • To work with other teams, task forces and Caucuses within DA to further our joint goals.

  • published BHM Feature Films in Black History Month 2022-01-29 13:26:59 -0500

    Black History Month Feature Films (Will be regularly updated.)

    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.

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  • published BHM - Events in Black History Month 2022-01-29 13:25:00 -0500

  • published BHM Articles in Black History Month 2022-01-29 13:24:06 -0500

  • published BHM Books in Black History Month 2022-01-29 13:23:01 -0500

    Books for Black History Month (Will be regularly updated.)

    The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward E. Baptist

    Americans tend to cast slavery as a pre-modern institution--the nation's original sin, perhaps, but isolated in time and divorced from America's later success. But to do so robs the millions who suffered in bondage of their full legacy. As historian Edward E. Baptist reveals in The Half Has Never Been Told, the expansion of slavery in the first eight decades after American independence drove the evolution and modernization of the United States. In the span of a single lifetime, the South grew from a narrow coastal strip of worn-out tobacco plantations to a continental cotton empire, and the United States grew into a modern, industrial, and capitalist economy. Told through intimate slave narratives, plantation records, newspapers, and the words of politicians, entrepreneurs, and escaped slaves, The Half Has Never Been Told offers a radical new interpretation of American history.

    Available Formats: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback and Audiobook

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

    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

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  • published BHM Kids Books in Black History Month 2022-01-29 13:20:44 -0500

    Books for Children

    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.

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  • published BHM-Call to Action in Black History Month 2022-01-29 13:14:20 -0500

    This Black History Month the Global Black Caucus is ‘Recognizing and Celebrating African-American History and History In The Making’. And the best part about Black History Month is that you can be part of it. 

    February first we will be blacking out all of our social media pages for 24 hrs because, yes there still are people out there who just recently stated that African-American people are not Americans.  

    Our Call To Action is a little different this time. 

    In addition to calling your Senators we hope you will join us in posting a black picture for 24hrs with the following suggested text and yes, please encourage your families, friends, brothers, sisters & allies to follow your lead:

    An attack on our African-American Community is an attack on all Americans…The fight is far from over. When we look at the cumulative effect of what’s going on with our voting rights - the cumulative effect of the rise of white supremacists coming into black areas trying to intimidate - the cumulative effect of states who are putting forth more and more voter suppression laws. The fight is not over. It’s far from over! 

    We are dedicated even more to fight harder. Being demoralized is not an option! 

    We are talking about our liberty, our freedom! Not just for us and our children but for all Americans. 

    We demand fair elections!

    #VotingRights #InequalityIsReal #LookUp #BlackVotesMatter #BlackLivesMatter #DemsAbroad #GlobalBlackCaucus #VoteFromAbroad


  • published Black History Month in Black History Month 2022-01-29 13:12:17 -0500

    Thank you very much for visiting the Democrats Abroad Global Black Caucus Black History Month 2022 Resources and Events page. 

     We've put together lists of  activities/events, books, films and other information we hope you find interesting, inspiring, helpful and educational. The resources on this page are intended to help you learn more about African-American History, GBC issues and help you develop activities and events for your chapter or precinct. 

    The Black History Month 2022 Resources page will be regularly updated. 

    Where links are provided, they are only suggested sources. Please use the sources you are most comfortable with. 

    And yes we invite you to share the knowledge you gather here with your family and friends, brothers and sisters, allies or even the stranger sitting next to you on a bench….

    If you have any questions or ideas that you would like use to include, please contact us at: [email protected]



  • published Events in GBC2 2022-01-29 12:14:24 -0500

  • African American History Alphabet

    A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M

    N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z


    A

    Abolition Day

    The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, 2 December, marks the date of the adoption, by the General Assembly of the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others (-> resolution 317(IV) of 2 December 1949).

    The focus of this day is on eradicating contemporary forms of slavery, such as trafficking in persons, sexual exploitation, child labour, forced marriage, slavery at sea and the forced recruitment of children for use in armed conflict.

    These types of slavery are global problems and contravene Art. 4 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that ‘’…no one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.’’

    According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), there are currently an estimated 21 million forced labor victims worldwide, creating US$ 150 billion in illegal profits in the private economy each year.

    The Global Black Caucus  is deeply concerned about Human trafficking. Please use this day as an opportunity to learn about modern slavery and how much we are all benefiting from slavery. This is a problem that can be solved; in order to solve it we must know about the problem and care that our fellow humans are being denied their human rights.  For more information on modern day slavery, check out these articles, videos, and films.

    Articles

    Opinion:“Why I Fear America Could Enslave Black People Again”.
    What do you think? Is that what make America great again really means?
    http://time.com/4535292/donald-trump-black-slaves/ 

    “In U.S. Restaurants, Bars And Food Trucks, 'Modern Slavery' Persists”. In restaurants, bars and food trucks across America, many workers are entrapped in a form of modern slavery.
    https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/03/29/521971468/in-u-s-restaurants-bars-and-food-trucks-modern-slavery-persists 

    “Modern Day Slavery DOES Exist in America: How Our Children Are Victims Today”
    We can't turn away. We have to speak out against it.
    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/modern-day-slavery-does-exist-in-america-how-our-children_us_58ac3afae4b029c1d1f88ead

    Report: "There are 40 million slaves worldwide, most are women and girls"
    A United Nations agency warns 40.3 million people across the globe were subject to some form of modern slavery in 2016. Among them, about 28.7 million — or 71% — were women or girls forced into sex, marriage or labor.
    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/09/19/report-there-40-million-slaves-worldwide-most-women-and-girls-report-40-million-slaves-worldwide-mos/680632001/

    “I was a modern-day slave in America”.
    For three years, Ima Matul was held captive and forced to work as a domestic slave, right in the United States.
    http://money.cnn.com/2013/11/21/news/economy/human-trafficking-slave/index.html

    “My Family’s Slave”
    A shocking story from a woman whose family had a slave for 56 years. This happened in America in the 20th century. How many other people who are "servants" in someone's home are slaves?
    https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/06/lolas-story/524490/

    “American Slavery, Reinvented”
    The Thirteenth Amendment forbade slavery and involuntary servitude, “except as punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted.”https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/09/prison-labor-in-america/406177/

    Videos

    Robin Wright voices the harrowing real-life story of a woman tricked and trapped into forced prostitution. Wright is one of several Hollywood artists supporting the 50 for Freedom campaign against modern slavery, being led by the International Labour Organization.https://youtu.be/E7QnbhWqfN0

    Lured by a job, trapped in forced labour! In search of a job to support his family, a man accepts an offer from a recruiter and signs a contract for what looks like a good job with decent wages. Once at destination, the reality is very different. https://youtu.be/pD0IT6q08bU

    David Oyelowo voices the real-life story of a man tricked and trapped into slavery

    https://youtu.be/Rm5qK9f1f28

    The new legally-binding ILO Protocol on Forced Labor aims to strengthen global efforts towards combating forced labor, trafficking, and slavery-like practices. Governments now have the opportunity to ratify the Protocol and integrate new measures at the national and regional levels to combat this crime. https://youtu.be/JgiK1XfFqNM

    Films:  

    The Price of Sex is a feature-length documentary about young Eastern European women who’ve been drawn into a netherworld of sex trafficking and abuse. Intimate, harrowing and revealing, it is a story told by the young women who were supposed to be silenced by shame, fear and violence. Photojournalist Mimi Chakarova, who grew up in Bulgaria, takes us on a personal investigative journey, exposing the shadowy world of sex trafficking from Eastern Europe to the Middle East and Western Europe. Filming undercover and gaining extraordinary access, Chakarova illuminates how even though some women escape to tell their stories, sex trafficking thrives. (Link Forthcoming)

    13th:  The 13th Amendment allows prisoners to be forced in the slavery. If you want to find slavery in the US, look no further than its penitentiaries, jails and detention centres where the consequences of being locked-up extend much farther than doing time.

    Watch on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/de-en/title/80091741

    Food Chain$: There is more interest in food these days than ever, yet there is very little interest in the hands that pick it. Farmworkers who form the foundation of our fresh food industry are routinely abused and robbed of wages. In extreme cases they can be beaten, sexually harassed or even enslaved - all within the borders of the United States. Food Chains exposes the human cost in our food supply and the complicity of the supermarket industry. Supermarkets earn $4 trillion globally and have tremendous power over the agricultural system. Over the past 3 decades they have drained revenue from their supply chain leaving farmworkers in poverty and forced to work under subhuman conditions. Yet supermarkets take no responsibility for this.

    Watch on various platforms: (Link Forthcoming)

    Check out The CNN Freedom Project Ending Modern-Day Slavery. CNN wants to amplify the voices of the victims of modern-day slavery, highlight success stories and help unravel the tangle of criminal enterprises trading in human life.
    http://edition.cnn.com/specials/world/freedom-project

     Journey to Freedom tells the true stories of two men—21st Century Cambodian Vannak Prum and 19th Century American Solomon Northup—who were sold into slavery more than 150 years apart. It also examines the communities of abolitionists from yesterday and today that fight to free men and women like Vannak and Solomon who are held against their will and forced to work for others.
    http://freedomcenter.org/enabling-freedom/journey-to-freedom

    Cecilia. A young Indian girl is trafficked from her village to Delhi and is found dead under mysterious circumstances. Her mother, a poor housemaid, embarks on a journey with her filmmaker employers to discover what happened. Facing corruption and threats at every turn, the trio are determined to get the traffickers involved behind bars. Along the way they discover the case is by no means unique.  Watch on Amazon Video.

    Born Into Brothels. Two documentary filmmakers chronicle their time in Sonagchi, Calcutta and the relationships they developed with children of prostitutes who work the city's notorious red light district. (Link forthcoming)

    Girl Model. A documentary on the modeling industry's 'supply chain' between Siberia, Japan, and the U.S., told through the experiences of the scouts, agencies, and a 13-year-old model.  Available on Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/girl-model/id596659501

    The Storm Makers is a chilling exposé of Cambodia's human trafficking underworld and an eye-opening look at the complex cycle of poverty, despair and greed that fuels this brutal modern slave trade. More than half a million Cambodians work abroad and a staggering third of these have been sold as slaves. Most are young women, held prisoner and forced to work in horrific conditions, sometimes as prostitutes, in Malaysia, Thailand and Taiwan.
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5a638o

     After you have learned about human trafficking, here are ways you can take action:

    Be a conscientious and informed consumer. Discover your slavery footprint, ask who picked your tomatoes or made your clothes, or check out the Department of Labor’s List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor. Encourage companies to take steps to investigate and prevent human trafficking in their supply chains and publish the information, including supplier or factory lists, for consumer awareness.
    Resources: http://www.un.org/en/events/slaveryabolitionday/


  • published Resources Library in Global Black Caucus 2022-01-29 11:26:47 -0500

    GBC Resources Library

    Nice to have you here, and welcome to the Global Black Caucus Resources Library!

     We've put together lists of books, films, activities/events and other information we hope you find helpful. The resources on this page are intended to help you learn more about American history, GBC issues and help you develop activities and events for your chapter or precinct. 

    The GBC Resources Library will be updated every month. 

    Where links are provided, they are only suggested sources. Please use the sources you are most comfortable with. 

    If you have any questions or ideas that you would like use to include, please contact us: