Member At-Large, DA South Africa

I’m originally from Goshen, CT and have lived in Johannesburg, South Africa since 1995.

I love bringing people together to collaborate and build momentum toward positive social change. I see the potential and need for collective commitment and action, and work to bring the opportunities, stakeholders, and resources together. My current focus is to support social change in South African schools through Antiracism, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. For many years I led a Non Profit that advocated for and supported socio-economic transformation, particularly in regard to race and gender, in housing and construction. I stepped in to informally lead DASA in 2020 as we rallied together around the world to mobilise voters and protect our democracy. My commitment to DASA is driven particularly by the ongoing fight for social justice, racial justice in particular. Until 2020 I knew very few Americans in South Africa but have really enjoyed getting to know more Americans as we develop DASA and fight for our democracy. I appreciate the camaraderie but its also helped me navigate these trying times!   


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    Phonebanking Meetup (Joburg)

    DASA volunteers Caroline Hopkins and Tanya Cruz Teller will be hosting a Phonebanking Meetup on Saturday, 8 October!

    Have you been reluctant to phonebank because it seems daunting or lonely?  It doesn’t have to be!  Come join Tanya and Caroline for a "Get Your Ballot In Phonebanking Meet Up" on Saturday, 8 October, 9am-12:30pm at Café One in Hyde Park. Café One has good coffee, food and wifi, with plenty of seating.

    You’ll do the Phonebanking training ahead of time (see the link below) and then Caroline and Tanya will be on hand to help guide you as you get started. Imagine a whole cafe buzzing with DASA volunteers getting out the vote! Come for the whole time or come for an hour. Every call matters!

    Can’t make it to Café One on the 8th but interested in Phonebanking? Start with the training and participate virtually that morning by making calls from home or make calls any time!

    The Democrats Abroad CallHub system streamlines the process with all the info and script material you’ll need. Your call could be just the motivation someone needs to vote!

    Get started here with the training here:
    https://www.democratsabroad.org/phonebanking_training

    Join volunteers around the world making calls to remind and encourage voters to request their ballots and get ready to vote. There is no cost to you. Calling campaigns are focused on the 60,000 members who vote in crucial battleground states and congressional districts.

    Date: Saturday, 8 October 2022
    Time: 9:00-12:30
    Venue: Café One, The One Hyde Park, 4 Hurlingham Rd, Hyde Park, Sandton (Joburg)
    Venue Website: https://onehydepark.co.za/restaurant/
    Google Map and Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/LWqwVAzW3RtxFTBf6

    WHEN
    October 08, 2022 at 9:00am
    WHERE
    Café One
    The One Hyde Park
    4 Hurlingham Rd
    Hyde Park 2196
    South Africa
    Google map and directions
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    Roll to the Polls, Skate for Your Candidate

    2_Oct_Roll_Meetup_g1_draft_website.jpgJoin us for an afternoon at the roller-skating rink! This is a family focused, fundraising meetup in Bryanston (Joburg).

    Celebrate having already voted or use this as a nudge to get your ballot in! Some of you may remember skating to Kool & The Gang’s “Celebration” back in the day. Let’s vote so we can create further progress and reason for celebration.

    Admission Fees – To be Paid at the Door
    General Admission: Free if Not Skating
    Admission with Skate Rental: R140 per Person
    Admission, Skates & Pizza: R240 per Person

    Donations
    Suggested Donation to Democrats Abroad South Africa (DASA) of R50 per skater or R100 (or any value) for others. Donations are welcome, whether or not you’re able to join us at the rink!  Contributions to DASA will help us reach and mobilise voters. Donations can be made in advance or at the venue. CLICK HERE for our donation page. (Link: https://www.democratsabroad.org/donate_za )

    Feel free to invite friends and family!

    Our Voting from South Africa 2022 Guidance Doc is available here: (can hyperlink) https://www.democratsabroad.org/how_to_vote_from_south_africa

    Request your absentee ballot at www.votefromabroad.org Be sure to ask for your ballot to be delivered to you by email and look carefully at your state’s rules & processes. 

     

    Date: Sunday 2 October 2022
    Time: 12:00-14:30
    Venue: Roll Egoli Roller Rink, 296 Main Road, Bryanston
    Venue Website: http://rollegoli.co.za
    Google Map and Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/DfM7vKtoCd3bsJNJ7

    Contact: Monique D. Griffith [email protected]

    WHEN
    October 02, 2022 at 12:00pm
    WHERE
    Roll Egoli Roller Rink
    296 Main Rd
    Bryanston 2191
    South Africa
    Google map and directions
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    DASA VOICES - JANUARY 2022

    In the Spirit of Democracy: The Life of Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu

    Robert H. Kelley III
    December 26, 2021

    Living on the continent of Africa for over 26 years has been the center of my pastoral education and maturity. As a pastor for the last twenty years in South Africa, it is easy to profess that the work of Archbishop Desmond Tutu had a profound impact on my development and perceptions of the role of a pastor and their challenges after the Sunday Services.  The life of Archbishop Tutu addressed the universal question of how does a pastor journey with his congregation and meet people at their place of need? Archbishop Desmond Tutu found the answer that resonated with many bishops, pastors, professors and authors. He seemed to espouse the idea that spiritual leadership required one simply to use the Bible as a guide to create change and inspire reconciliation in one’s community.

    The celebrated and globally recognized leadership of Archbishop Desmond Tutu exemplified a life determined to improve the lives and conditions of all people. Equally significant, his undeniable quest to see that South Africa, as a nation, achieved the highest principles of freedom, governance, and democracy was a clear calling from which he never retreated. The archbishop served as a clarion voice, outlining the call for a balanced society, rift with the injustices of the Apartheid era.

    The passing of South Africa’s renowned spiritual leader has led to deep reflection for nations around the world. Not only did Archbishop Tutu serve as a spiritually led conscientious objector for a government that held its majority population in economic, social and political chains, but his voice became a moral compass, globally, during the turbulent times in South Africa’s governance. Other nations also found relevance in his principles of political theology.

    It cannot be overlooked that his inspiration also changed the concept of societal justice. He will be equally remembered for his fellowship with the country’s first democratic president, Nelson Mandela, in the cause for a better and just nation for the people of South Africa. This commitment to fighting for justice and love for everyone, irrespective of race, gender, class, or religion was a true hallmark of Archbishop Tutu’s legacy.

    The spirit of this great leader is a bell that tolls for those who seek to strive continuously to achieve the highest form of democracy.  His life was a symbol of truth, forgiveness, and reconcilement.  His legacy firmly paves the way for all societies looking to achieve true and just democratic rule.

    What might be equally important, is that Archbishop Desmond Tutu not only spoke for a newly-democratized South Africa, but also gave people a sense that democracy has divine roots. The notion that somehow democracy sits under the office of not simply a people, a vote and their rule, but rather under the office a higher authority. Through his foresight, nations have come to understand that democratic rule can assume a corrupt nature and masquerade under the idea that the government knows best. Archbishop Tutu had a way of helping all of humanity understand that a government is not a pure democracy based on what it does but rather what motivates a government to govern in the way they do. Through his vison we have learned to understand the value proposition of fair governing and the accompanying spirit of rule.

    Finally, one cannot ignore the impact that Archbishop Desmond Tutu has had on hundreds of thousands of spiritual leaders across the globe in becoming outspoken activists of political theology in their own political jurisdictions. The archbishop’s life and principles have influenced my own life in many ways and I too strive to contribute toward democracy. I became a founder of Democrats Abroad South Africa (DASA) several years ago and am currently involved with the establishment of the Democrats Abroad Africa Committee, expanding our involvement across the continent. The idea remains that if a pastor from a small village in South Africa can change the policies of nations in a manner that improves the lives of people, why can’t Americans residing in South Africa and across the entire region do the same. 


    While Archbishop Tutu will be laid to rest and Africans, Americans and people from across the globe will mourn with his family and the nation of South Africa, his work will continue. It will continue in people that have been touched by his calling and passion for justice. Although the work is truly plentiful, the laborers are few. Yet, it only takes a few to make a difference; or even just one like Archbishop Desmond Tutu.  

    Robert H. Kelley III is the co-founder of Democrats Abroad South Africa (DASA) and Director of Staffing for the Democrats Abroad Africa Committee, which supports the voting needs of Americans residing abroad in Africa.  Robert Kelley also serves as Chairman and CEO of Crestmount International as an Africa-wide para-theological organization headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya.

     


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