Simultaneously with chapters in Western Sweden and Skåne, on Saturday, Aug 26th, we held a rally to unite against hate in Stockholm to commemorate the victims of white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, VA, and to stand up and send a clear signal that hate has no place in America.
More than 50 attendees came in Stockholm alone, and across Sweden more than 100 showed up to stand against hatred while President Trump is failing to do the same.
Thank you to all who attended, and to all the speakers, poetry performers, and musical contributions who made this event a powerful experience for all involved.Democrats Abroad Sweden Stockholm Chair, and event organizer, Sarah Thomsen welcomes attendeesA Resistance Summer postcard, which DA members have been using to contact our elected representatives back homeSam Paris performs
As Trump attacks the rights of LGBT+ Americans, Democrats Abroad Sweden is joining pride parades across Sweden to resist his anti-LGBT+ agenda.
– Trump’s decision to ban transgender people from the U.S. military is a stark reminder of how fragile progress is and that we must continue to stand up and speak out for LGBT+ rights. That’s why Democrats Abroad Sweden is joining pride parades across Sweden, says Alex Lange, Chair of Democrats Abroad Sweden.
– Despite claiming to be a ‘real friend’ of the LGBT+ community, Donald Trump is rolling back many of the gains made during the Obama administration, and we must resist. Because LGBT+ rights are human rights, says Alex Lange.
As part of a global “Resistance Summer” campaign, Democrats Abroad Sweden is participating in pride parades in Stockholm and Malmö next week, and already marched in Göteborg Pride earlier in the summer.
With country committees in 42 countries around the world and more than 2,000 members in Sweden, Democrats Abroad is the official Democratic Party organization for Americans who live outside the United States. There is an active LGBT Caucus that ensures LGBT+ voices are strongly represented in the Democratic Party.
To hold Trump accountable, Democrats Abroad Sweden invites Americans and Swedes to march with them on August 5 in Stockholm and on August 6 in Malmö. Registration can be found at http://www.democratsabroad.org/se_events.
Photo: Democrats Abroad Sweden marches in the 2016 Stockholm Pride Parade. Source: Democrats Abroad Sweden
Please contact Alexander Lange at 070 612 0179 for more information or press requests.
Democrats Abroad is the official arm of the Democratic Party for US citizens living outside the United States and its territories. The Democratic Party is the only major American political party that affords its members this opportunity. Democrats Abroad holds seats on the Democratic National Committee and sends a voting delegation to its national convention to nominate our candidate for President. Founded in 1964, Democrats Abroad now has members in over 190 countries and has committees in 42 countries around the world.
For more information, visit www.DemocratsAbroad.org
This month at our regular Last-Tuesday Afterwork our chapter secretary Rick Wicks will briefly outline five ways in which our democracy is broken -- and possible ways to fix them -- and invite your thoughts regarding:
1. Gerrymandering - representatives choosing their voters instead of vice versa
2. Electoral College - the national popular vote doesn't count
3. Two-party system - why many people don't vote
4. Citizens United - unidentified financial contributions to super-PACs
5. Filibuster in the U.S. Senate - why Congress often can't get anything done
As usual, we'll have time to catch up on more immediate political happenings as well as personally.
Enter at the corner and order at the bar, then join us in the large conference room upstairs in back. If you order before 6:00, special Afterwork prices apply.
Welcome all Americans (and partners)!
And a reminder: It's time to request your absentee ballots if you haven't already done so: VoteFromAbroad.org makes it easy. Doing so now will save us having to call to remind you later.
We'll be reviewing our past-year's activities and planning coming ones, including especially scheduling and organizing our Annual General Meeting, and reviewing our on-going phone-banking efforts to get members to request their absentee ballots.
Other agenda items:
* Other GOTV work this spring (Voter Registration? -- maybe a "nonpartisan" event or events hosted as Vote From Abroad?)
* Other event ideas?
ALL MEMBERS ARE WELCOME!
Enter at the corner and -- for special Afterwork prices -- order at the bar before 6 pm. Then join us upstairs in back in the SMALL conference room (i.e., NOT the usual room).
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