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!
Tis the season for Americans abroad to realise that June 15 is actually not all that far away, and they really do need to figure out how to do their taxes. But, never fear - Democrats Abroad is here to help! We are hosting a Tax Event Tuesday, May 28 at 6 pm at John Scott’s pub on Avenyn, with Lisa Stefani as our keynote speaker.
Lisa Stefani is an American Enrolled Tax Agent, specialising in business and personal tax preparation. She (now) lives in Gothenburg and has very kindly agreed to come speak to us again about filing from abroad! She will be giving tips and answering questions about international filing, the IRS, and why the American tax code is like it is. So, bring a friend, grab a pint, and come learn how to improve your American tax experience!
Come join Democrats Abroad on May 30, at 12:00 at Shark Park for baseball, fun, and cracker jacks!
Tickets are free; sausages, drinks, etc., will be available for purchase.
For more information about the Göteborg Hajarna (Göteborg Sharks), please click here!
Directions (going by bus)
If you’re coming from Centralstation, take Bus 58 (toward Bergsjön) or Bus 519 (toward Jonsered). It’s a 15 minute journey. Hop off at ‘Österlyckan’ bus stop. You’ll see the high LF homerun fence ahead of you on the right side of the road. See Västtrafik’s trip planer for the current time table. (Otherwise, the #58 and #519 run frequently so you usually won’t have to wait very long.)
Directions (by car)
From Gothenburg take the E20 northbound toward Stockholm for about 7 km. Turn off at ‘Partillemotet’. The exit will take you under the motorway. Go straight through the first roundabout. On the second roundabout, turn left. Follow the road about 1.5 km and you’ll see our field on your left with the high homerun fence in Left Field. Parking is on the left hand side, after you pass the field.
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