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!
DA Western Sweden will be hosting an online election watch from 2am CET, around the time that the polls begin to close on the East Coast. Stay up and watch the returns come in with us! Then, if you like, you can join the DA Sweden Virtual Election Breakfast, which starts from 5:30. If you don't feel like staying up, you can always get up early and join us at any time up till when we close at seven. RSVP for details.
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