DA Global LGBTQ+ Caucus Leadership:
Letter from the Editors
Black History Month & Equality Act
This month’s Democrats Abroad LGBTQ+ Newsletter is commemorating Black History month, which is an “an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. This month event grew out of 'Negro History Week,' the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.”
We welcome Sarah Fancy back, who is recovering from Covid-19.
This Newsletter includes Christian’s article reflecting on the Black Lives Matter Movement. Fred looks at the imminent re-introduction of the Equality Act in Congress and President Biden’s relevant appointments and executive orders. Betsy asks if LGBTQ+ members are interested in DA leadership roles in the upcoming DA elections. As usual, Fenna compiles pertinent events.
Now that we are settling into the Biden administration, we continue to be hopeful as LGBTQ+ Americans.
We hope you enjoy this issue.
Betsy Ettorre & Sarah Fancy
LETTER FROM THE EDITORS
Looking forward with optimism
(Co-editor Sarah Fancy has had COVID-19 since before Christmas and is recovering at her home in Germany. The Newsletter team sends her warm wishes for a speedy recovery.)
This month’s Democrats Abroad LGBTQ+ Newsletter theme is “Looking forward with optimism.” We believe that regardless of what happened on January 6 in the Capitol, we are hopeful. The silver lining to the tumult is that, finally, Trump, most congressional Republicans, QAnon and right-wing media are now exposed as frauds. After all, Trump made history as the only president in American history to be impeached twice!
As this hope moves us forward, let us remember Abraham Lincoln’s words: “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”
On Sunday the 11th of April Karen Suhaka of the DAUK West Midlands Regional Group will share how to take action on the political issues you care about most.
Join us to hear directly from Karen, founder and catalyst of Billtrack50, who’s worked on American legislative state and federal data management for many years. She has been most generous in giving DA a free subscription to billtrack50.com to research our key policy areas and develop plans to reach legislators and make policy become a reality.
Karen will walk through the basic steps as a bill goes through to become law, talk about how bills are numbered to help you figure who to call, when states are in session so you know when you can call, provide resources to look up who your representatives and their staff are, and help you figure out what’s the best action to take.
This event is sponsored by the Hispanic, Asian American & Pacific Islander, Global Black, LGBTQ+, ProDA, Veterans & Military Families Caucuses, the Taxation Task Force, and the Texans Abroad Squad. All members of DA are invited to join our caucuses, taskforces, and teams and attend our events.
Global Hispanic Caucus <[email protected]>
Asian American & Pacific Islander Caucus [email protected]
Global Black Caucus [email protected]
Global LGBT Caucus <[email protected]>
Progressive Caucus <[email protected]>
Veterans & Military Families Caucus [email protected]
Taxation Taskforce <[email protected]>
Texans Abroad Squad <[email protected]>