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Democrats Abroad Sweden holds a rally to unite against hate in Stockholm, Sweden on Aug 26th, 2017

Democrats Abroad Sweden is the local volunteer organization for U.S. Democrats living in Sweden. Our mission is to register U.S. citizens to vote and Get Out The Vote in Federal Elections. 

We are a grassroots organization, and our members live throughout Sweden. We have great local chapters in Skåne, in Western Sweden, and in Stockholm-Uppsala.

2020 is going to be big years for Democrats, so please get involved with your local active chapter or contact us to set up your own local chapter.

Members may access country committee bylaws and meeting minutes here: https://wiki.democratsabroad.org/x/HgDr. To receive the access information, just send a note to info-sweden@democratsabroad.org.

For regular updates, follow our page on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/dasweden

DA Sweden Leadership:

Alexander Lange
| DA Sweden Chair
Beth Landry
| DA Sweden Vice Chair
Jeffrey Cheng
| Int'l Secretary | Global IT Team | Sweden Secretary | Youth Caucus
Sheri Eklund
| DA Sweden Treasurer
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  • News

    UPDATE: DA Sweden's AGM & Participation in the DA Global Meeting. Sign Up to be a Volunteer Today!

    The past few months have been a flurry of events for Democrats Abroad Sweden, and Democrats Abroad as a global organization. Hang on to your seats, there’s a lot of important content here to share!

    On May 4th, DA Sweden held our 2019 Annual General Meeting in Stockholm. At the meeting, we held our biennial Executive Committee elections and the Stockholm Chapter elected new leadership.

    For DA Sweden's updated Bylaws, click HERE.

    Here’s the new team that is dedicated to leading us through the decisive 2020 elections and beyond!

    • Chair: Alex Lange*
    • Vice Chair: Beth Landry*
    • Secretary: Jeffrey Cheng
    • Treasurer: Sheri Eklund
    • Counsel: Bayo Callender
    • Member-at-Large: Liz Clark Wessel*
    • Member-at-Large: Max Otterman*
    • Communications Officer: Suzanne Samuels
    • Stockholm-Uppsala Chair: Christina Davis
    • Western Sweden Chair: Rose Shaber-Twedt
    • Skåne Chair: Alexander Arcelay

    *These representatives are both Democrats Abroad Sweden Executive Committee members and DPCA Voting Representatives

    Most recently, from May 17-20th, the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA), our governing body, held our 2019 Global Meeting in Washington, DC, where we gathered in person (and remotely!) from all over the world to deliberate many important items of business. These included Resolutions, Charter Bylaws Amendments, and holding our International Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA) office elections. We also heard from a number of the presidential candidate hopefuls.

    Sweden's own Jeffrey Cheng was re-elected to the office of International Secretary, and we are proud to acknowledge all of the hard work he has contributed in several capacities!

    Important Global Elections:

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    Our Democrats Abroad International Executive Committee team that will lead us until 2021 is:

    • International Chair: Julia Bryan -- Czech Republic
    • International Vice Chair: Alex Montgomery -- Hong Kong
    • International Treasurer: Lissette Wright -- Canada
    • International Secretary: Jeffrey Cheng -- Sweden
    • International Legal Counsel: Joe Smallhoover -- France
    • Americas Regional Vice Chair: Kathy Rothschild -- Costa Rica
    • Asia Pacific Regional Vice Chair: Kat Allikian -- New Zealand
    • Europe Middle East and Africa Regional Vice Chair: Will Bakker -- Luxembourg

    Lastly, we voted on the location for the 2020 DPCA Global Convention. Congratulations to Democrats Abroad Canada, who will be hosting next year in Toronto! Stay tuned for more information on how to participate.

    Resolutions & Bylaws of the DPCA:

    Together as a body, we deliberated and voted on several Resolutions and Democrats Abroad Amendments. An important win for these was the Resolution to Endorse Medicare for All.

    Invited Speakers to DPCA:

    Throughout the Global Meeting, several Presidential candidates as well as notable speakers presented themselves to us, both in person and through submitted videos. Presidential candidates who spoke to us included: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, author Marianne Williamson, Andrew Yang, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Cory Booker, and former Rep. John Delaney. Other presenters included Sen. Doug Jones, DNC CEO Seema Nanda, DNC VC Jason Rae, DLCC Josh Handelman, ASDC Chair Ken Martin, and Liz Jaff. Some of these videos can be found here.

    Global Reports:

    During our meeting, presentations regarding the crucial and diligent work were presented from Global Committees and Caucuses, including the Chair/Vice Chair/Treasurer/Secretary Reports, Global Caucuses, the Global IT Team, and more.

    DC Door Knocking: 

    Photo Credit: Sam Wong/Jeffrey Cheng

    For those present in Washington, DC for our Global meeting, many stayed on afterwards to advocate for Democrats Abroad in Congress door-knocking on Capitol Hill. It is important to us that we bring issues that impact millions of overseas voters to the front, and our door knocking teams visited several offices to make that possible in-person.

    For more information about matters relating to our Global meeting, check out the Washington, DC DPCA Global Meeting 2019 Wiki Page. 

    Although I, as a former resident of Maryland and intrepid Washington, DC advocate, wished I could have attended this meeting in person, it was self-evident watching remotely how hard many worked to make this event a success and how much time and dedication was committed to all of the different segments presented for attendees both locally and abroad. So many of both our newly-appointed and seasoned champions made the time to attend and see to fruition our ambitious goals.

     


    And now, what can we as Democrats Abroad in Sweden do?

    The 2020 election is going to be the most important election of our lifetime. All across Sweden, we must now rise to the challenge ensuring Democratic wins all across the United States.

    In 2018, Democrats Abroad had the numbers globally to make or break elections in several elections. Despite not residing within the contiguous United States, our collective voices pushed several elections to victory.

    We matter, and the input of 9 million Democrats Abroad makes a difference.

    If you will rise to the challenge with us, here’s what actions you can take:

    Are you interested in one or more of these?

    Go to our Volunteer sign-up page and tell us how you'd like to take action.

    Can’t commit your time? Consider making a donation to help us register voters, host phone banks, advocate for you in Congress, and the many ways we are working to ensure our Democratic Candidates win in 2020 and beyond.

    Check out our Facebook pages and groups to keep in touch via social media!

    For those of you who have been involved with us already, we are tremendously grateful and we value every moment and resource you share. If you have not yet had the opportunity to do so, our all-volunteer team is waiting to welcome you to our Democrats Abroad Sweden family. Any idea that you have, any hour that you can give, or any dollar that you can donate literally propels us forward towards a more fair and representative democracy. The call to action is now, and we hope you’ll join us in the fight.

     

    Yours in solidarity,

    Beth Landry, RN

    [She/They]

    Vice Chair, Democrats Abroad Sweden

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    DA Sweden 2019 AGM and Election

    DA Sweden members are cordially invited to join the 2019 Annual General Meeting. More details are available at the event link:

    https://www.democratsabroad.org/da_sweden_2019_annual_general_meeting

     

    The Nominations and Elections Committee has also posted the candidates for our 2019-2021 executive committee.

    Ballots are also now live, and voting is open from April 19 - May 3, 2019.

    Candidate statements and ballot link have been emailed to all DA Sweden Members, you can also find these on the AGM event page linked above.

    During the 2019 AGM, we will also be announcing the results of the election.

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    Upcoming Events

    Saturday, August 03, 2019 at 10:00 AM
    Whippet Lab in Stockholm, Sweden

    Stockholm Pre-Pride Parade Breakfast and Poster Party

    Before we march in the Stockholm Pride Parade on August 3rd, join us at the Whippet Lab for a pre-pride parade breakfast and poster party!

    The Whippet Lab is opening their doors extra for us, and will be offering a tasty breakfast for 140kr (95kr for children). A vegan option is also available. 

    All are welcome to come between 10-12 to work on posters for the parade. Bring your own paper and one communal crafty implement. Or you can just hang out before walking over together to the Parade on Kungsholmen.

    For those who wish to have breakfast, please RSVP to christinadavisjd@gmail.com by July 25th. We need to let the Whippet Lab know how many we'll be for breakfast. Please write “Pride Breakfast“ in the subject heading. Note the number of persons and whether you wish to have the vegan option.

    NOTE: If we don't have at least 15 persons confirmed for breakfast we may have to change plans. No-shows will be asked to pay for their order. 

    Vi Behövs - Stockholm Pride: https://vimeo.com/344318804

    Looking forward to see you and having an amazing day together marching in the pride parade!

    Saturday, August 03, 2019 at 12:30 PM
    Norr Mälarstrand in Stockholm, Sweden

    Stockholm Pride Parade - March with Democrats Abroad Sweden!

    March with Democrats Abroad Sweden in the Stockholm Pride Parade!

    This year, we are marching in support of passing the Equality Act. Bring signs and flags, and dress in pride colors, or red, white, and blue!

    This is always one of the funnest events of the year. Friends and family are welcome!

    The parade starts at 13:00, so we will meet to assemble our group at 12:30. The route takes about 2 hours to walk, and it can be very warm this time of the year, so bring comfortable shoes and plenty of extra water.

    PLEASE RSVP. Sign up on this page so that we know who is coming. We'll send you information on exactly where to meet once we get our parade number from the organizers. 

    For more information on the Stockholm Pride Parade: https://www.stockholmpride.org/prideparade/