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 be an open forum discussion about American politics. There is a lot going on right now, from local elections, to a ‘National Emergency’, to the beginnings of the 2020 Race, so come ready to discuss anything that interests/confuses/infuriates you! Of course we'll have time to catch up personally as well.
The afterwork will be held at John Scott's Linnégatan. As usual, enter near the corner -- and order at the bar if you'd like something to eat or drink -- then join us in the large conference room upstairs in back.
Music and food and a raffle! Bring food to share or something to raffle if you feel like it!
We'll review the past year and our plans for the coming year, during which (next spring) we will again conduct our own Global Presidential Primary.
We will introduce our Steering Committee and elect officers for the next year or two. Rose Shaber-Twedt has been nominated for Chair; Joel Parthemore for Secretary; and William Collier for Treasurer. Only DA members will be able to participate in this brief segment.
We'll have brief presentations on possibilities for reforming the Electoral College and on GDPR (the new European data-privacy law).
If you'd like to get involved in the committee's organizing efforts, please get in touch with any current member, or simply show up at the meeting.
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