Democrats in Western Sweden had an event-filled year while increasing our membership by about 25% and inspiring even many non-members (other Americans in Sweden) to vote in the very successful Mid-Term Elections. A few events are already highlighted with stories and pictures below: March for Our Lives gun-control demonstration, two Tax Events & Protests, and a very full Euro-Pride Week.
Early in the year we had several fun phone-banking parties at Frank & Gunilla Beal's home.
In May we attended the John Steinbeck play The Moon is Down -- about Nazi tyranny in Norway -- and starring our fantastic chair Kim MacKay.
We had five voter registration events including ones in Halmstad and Borås and a Sunday brunch.
In June went out to the ballgame (baseball) -- complete with Franks's wonderful crackerjacks! -- with the Göteborg Sharks (Hajarna)!
Photo credit: The Local
In August we toured Nordens Ark and met new members in Bohuslän!
In December we attended the new Glenn Close movie The Wife --- about the Nobel Prize in Literature -- and heard inside stories from our member Fredrik Gildea who has a part in the movie!
Throughout the year we had monthly Last-Tuesday Afterworks (and one special one, after the election), many with special themes -- bilingualism, problems with our democracy, varieties of democracy, U.S. taxes, food waste, bicycling across North America -- as well as several focused on the election and results.
Naturally all these events required at least seven Steering Committee and Event Planning meetings -- most if not all magnificently hosted by Carry Cooper and Bill Collier -- as well as a constant stream of communications.
Thanks to all our Steering Committee and other volunteers for helping with this wonderfully successful year!
Within a few months we need to elect (or re-elect) our officers and other Steering Committee members. If you'd like to get involved, please get in touch!
We had a WONDERFUL experience with EuroPride Week in Göteborg this year! Besides a panel discussion on Friday with Martha McDevitt-Pugh (chair of DA's Global LGBT Caucus) and Ian Higham (DA-Sweden member and political researcher) during the Human Rights Conference (with moderator Maria Sjödin, former chair of RFSL)
and that evening a "DNC reception" with Martha and our own Adrianne George (both are elected DNC members representing Democrats Abroad),
we had a literature/information booth several days where we gave out hundreds of Elect a Clown/Democrats Believe cards,
and then we marched in the parade on Saturday and gave out at least a thousand more!
The Make America Gay Again posters (showing Trump in bad drag) were EXTREMELY popular. Also buttons!
This month’s Afterwork will feature a talk about all things bee from our very own Frank Beal. Don’t worry, no bees will actually be attending!
The second half will feature a discussion about the election and politics today. There will also be a postcard action regarding the Trump Administration’s decision to pull out of the Universal Postal Union. There is some concern that this could significantly disrupt overseas voting, particularly in states where it is mandatory to physically post your ballot back to your voting state. Postcards, pens, and further information will all be available, so bring your questions, concerns, rants, etc., grab some food/drinks at the bar, and come on up to the second floor to talk politics, socialise, take action, and get informed ahead of 2020! See you there!
Join Democrats Abroad Western Sweden on Friday, September 27th as we join the Global Climate Strike in Göteborg. PLEASE NOTE this event is apolitical! The organisers – Fridays for Future Göteborg – would like this event to avoid politics and, as Greta asks, just focus on the science, so we will be participating as Americans For Climate Action.
Find us and our banner near the entrance to Trägordsföreningen in Bältespännerparken (across Avenyn from Störa Teatern in central Göteborg).
See you there!
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