On Sunday member Hanna Mahaffey -- who is an official Paddan guide -- gave us a wonderful tour in the “party boat" of Göteborg's moat, canal, and river harbor -- including under many LOW bridges! -- giving us bits of the city's history and pointing out landmarks along the way. We even had a bit of a sing-a-long (thanks Jennifer and Emma)! We had 44 members and guests, including several potential new members and some (very) young Democrats! We also offer a huge thanks to our pilot, Hanna's friend ALSO named Hanna!
We had a very successful Unite Against Hate manifestation at St. Andrews Church to protest the white supremicists, neo-Nazis, and KKK recently spewing racism, anti-Semitism, and hate in Charlottesville, VA, and in favor of inclusiveness, diversity, and tolerance. The event on Saturday afternoon 26 August coincided with similar events in Stockholm and Malmö. It was our first event in conjunction with St. Andrews Church and we expect it won't be the last. We had 53 people in attendance including many we hadn't met before.
Photo credit: Bill Collier. Pictures below: Rick Wicks
Our chapter chair Kim MacKay led the event, with Rev. David Bruce, church pastor, speaking movingly in introduction (see pictures below). Jacques Labouchere on guitar and Alex Sharp Cole on piano each (and sometimes together) provided lovely and moving music. Actor Brian Coughlin read excerpts from Plato's Republic in which Socrates described the nature of tyranny and how it can arise even in a functioning democracy. Benjamin Gerber tied those ancient words together with lessons from the ancient Jewish tradition. We ended with a minute of silence for the victims of attacks in Charlottesville and for the countless other current victims of similar acts around the world.
Rev. David Bruce welcoming for St. Andrew's Church
Jacques Labouchere with Michael Czarnecki, chair Kim MacKay, Bill Collier, and Benjamin Gerber
Jacques and participants
Brian Coughlin reading Socrates on tyranny from Plato's Republic
Benjamin Gerber speaking on ancient Jewish tradition and how we deal with crazy times
Alex Sharp Cole providing lovely and moving closing music
DA member Jeff Cabot lives on a farm in Utby near Uddevalla where two of his daughters -- Emily and Alexandra -- run a wonderful fleamarket & café (Systrarnas Loppis & Café). Seven of us visited for a special tour on Sunday 23 July.
Adrianne George, Anna Hedbys, Carry Cooper, Jeff Cabot, Rick Wicks, Cheryl Boardman, Bill Collier (photos by Jonas Lind, seen below with llamas)
The large barn and several nearby sheds are stuffed with fascinating fleamarket goods. The café serving wonderful homemade pastries -- Alexandra is a trained baker -- is also in the barn amidst fleamarket splendor.
Outside we picnicked and wandered among the flowers and the llamas, sheep, rabbits, chickens, the pot-bellied pig Ingemar, the (Democratic) donkey Ior, and more.
We had a wonderful time connecting again with Jeff -- whom we met last year at our Voting Center in Uddevalla during our Global Presidential Primary Election (between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders) -- and meeting his lovely wife Yvonne and charming daughters.
We look forward eagerly to our next visit. Thanks Jeff and family! (and thanks to Carry for renting a van for us!)
Thanks Steffanie Rowland for the picture.
We had an ideal spot for visibility and attracted LOTS of attention, smiles and applause, and lots of photographs including many who seemed to zoom in on the No Trump - DA-Western Sweden sticker below the star!
Thanks Joe Haslem for the picture.
DA-Western Sweden will be participating in West Pride's Rainbow Parade this Saturday, gathering in the Opera parking lot at 2 pm, then marching at 3 pm up to Götaplatsen. We've marched in these parades several times before (see photo of a previous year's participation). Come help us make a splash and connect with more Americans! Wear bright clothes if possible!
We had a lovely discussion among a small group (5) at AfterWork today, covering everything under the sun, and finally even politics at the end!
Coming up we've got the Pride Parade (West Pride) on Saturday June 10 -- more on our participation plans soon!
And there will be a "Call Storm" on June 15 -- tax deadline for those of us abroad -- focused on our demand for Residence Based Taxation (as opposed to the current Citizenship Based Taxation) so that we abroad will no longer need to file.
And even before that is this! From the DNC:
Resistance Summer 2017. This summer, we're investing in all 50 states and connecting with every single voter in real life on the issues that matter to them -- from health care to education to jobs and economic opportunity. Thanks to you, this movement will be a force to elect Democrats in communities all across the country from city council to Congress.
Now, we need your help to start Resistance Summer off right with house parties across the country on Saturday, June 3rd at 4:30 p.m. EDT, featuring a kickoff livestream with Keith Ellison and some surprise guests! Can you sign up to host a kickoff event in your neighborhood?
All you'll need is a laptop or tablet to join the live event with Keith and our special guests, and to be willing to host some grassroots Democrats from your neighborhood! We'll make sure you have everything else you need to start organizing in your community.
WE HAD A GREAT TIME, with about 40 people in attendance. THANKS to all who helped organize and to all who participated!
Join us May 27 4:00-10:00 PM for a beginning of summer BBQ Potluck Picnic in Slottsskogen, specifically on the big lawn beside the pond near Villa Belparc Restaurant!
*** We’ll have grills and will provide hot dogs, buns, and fixin’s.
*** Beer will be available for a small donation to cover our costs.
*** Bring chips, salad, dessert, or some other side-dish if you wish!
*** Wiffleball, touch football, live music, and whatever else strikes our fancy!
Western Sweden Vice Chair Carry Cooper and IT Secretary Rick Wicks participated in DA's Global Meeting in DC (actually Arlington, VA) last week, including two days of "door knocking" on Capitol Hill, talking with Congressional staff about the concerns of Americans abroad, especially FATCA/FBAR and citizenship-based taxation. (Regarding FATCA, we'd like a Same Country Safe Harbor Exemption so that bank accounts in the same country where one resides would not need to be reported. Regarding taxation, we'd like a change to residency-based so we wouldn't have to file at all.)
Team 3 after door knocking: Tom Schmid (Japan), Christina Skovsgaard (Norway), Rick Wicks, Carry Cooper, Jim Mercereau (Spain)
This shows about half of the global leaders assembled for the meeting.
DNC Deputy Chair Keith Ellison talked with us and answered questions.
Adrianne George (whom we also claim for Western Sweden) with Carry and the country sign that Carry decorated
Carry in front of the Supreme Court after door knocking
Rick in front of the Supreme Court after door knocking
Rick, Bill, and Kim marched and showed the flag. (Photo by Jenny Hawkins)
Some of us show up at 4:41. (Video by Thomas Svenson)
Unfortunately our large DA banner was not allowed in this non-political event, but we expect to be marching again next week -- WITH the banner -- in the Climate March. Come join us!
DEMOCRATS ABROAD-WESTERN SWEDEN!
BBQ Picnic in Slottsskogen in Göteborg, May 2017
We aim to put the PARTY back
in Democratic Party!
We aim to find and organize Americans abroad to express our (and their!) views about policies and events “back home” – and of course to get out the vote (GOTV) when it’s election time – AND we aim to have a good time doing it!
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DA-Western Sweden is a chapter of DA-Sweden, the official country committee for U.S. Democrats living in Sweden. If you have questions or would like to help, get in touch!