The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (intended to restore and strengthen the gutted portions of the Voting Rights Act) and the Freedom to Vote Act (establishing a national minimum standard for how elections are conducted) are dead in the water. Meanwhile, Republican-led legislatures have been passing significant voting restrictions (with more states to follow in 2022), toying with and in some cases giving themselves the possibility to set aside election results. At the same time, Trump supporters have been extremely successful so far at taking over the positions that oversee elections at the local level (positions that have, in the past, been nonpartisan, and often hard to fill). Buying into the Big Lie has become a litmus test for Republican candidates across the country.
The appropriate response is not to despair but also not to rest on the assumption that simply getting out the vote and winning the elections will be enough. Not only do margins of victory need to be as large as possible; but we also need to be prepared for what happens in the likely event of contested results. (We also need to be prepared, of course, in the event that we outright lose.) We need new strategies now and not on election day or the day after. Joel Parthemore will lead a discussion focusing on what Trump supporters' success taking over the electoral machinery means and how we can prepare ourselves.
- Meeting URL: https://democratsabroad.webex.com/democratsabroad/e.php?MTID=m631448f7e15021da87d004bc2b2c9ee6
- Meeting number: 23136361680
- Meeting password: dems
Gothenburg, Västra Götaland County
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We will be having our (virtual) annual general meeting on Saturday, February 5, 2022 from 1pm-4pm on WebEx.
Please RSVP for link!
It is imperative that we mobilize and win in the mid-terms! In addition to our regular meeting, we will be making plans to help Americans register and vote. Democrats Abroad had a big impact in the 2020 elections, and we can do it again!
For the day's schedule and meeting agenda, visit our news page.
Stockholm Central Station
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The annual general meeting of Democrats Abroad (DA) Sweden is coming up soon: 5 February.
It is time to elect a member-at-large to the Executive Committee, to complete the 2021-2023 term of Beth Landry, who stepped down to become the DA Global Secretary. This is the only position we will be voting on. The two members-at-large on the Executive Committee have voting rights at the global DA level, along with the country chair and vice chair. All persons on the executive committee serve on a purely volunteer basis for a two-year term.
Are you or someone you know interested in being a part of our leadership team in Sweden? Are you ready to represent Democrats Abroad Sweden on a global level with your voice and your vote? This is your chance.
Thanks to our talented and dedicated team, Democrats Abroad Sweden consistently performs among the top DA countries. You’ll be a key part of our efforts here in Sweden and can get involved in shaping Democratic politics at the global level. Being a member of this leadership team is incredibly rewarding; you’ll be part of a vibrant, inclusive, global community of Democrats. The time commitment is relatively minimal (a couple hours per month) and the role largely -- voting rights aside -- what you make of it.
The annual general meeting will be held in Stockholm on Saturday, 5 February, an announcement about which will go out soon. The election of the member at large will be conducted via electronic vote before the meeting, and the results will be announced at the meeting.
The current Democrats Abroad Sweden executive committee:
- Chair: Cassandra Engeman (2021-2023)
- Vice Chair: Kelvin Acheampong (2021-2023)
- Secretary: Kimberly Kane (2021-2023)
- Treasurer: Sheri Eklund (2021-2023)
- Counsel: Robert Houser (2021-2023)
- Member-at-Large: Bill Borden (2021-2023)
- Member-at-Large: Christina Davis (2021- ; appointed on a temporary basis until the coming annual general meeting)
- Candidates must be verified members of Democrats Abroad Sweden.
- As members of the executive committee with voting rights at the global DA level, the two members-at-large must be of differing gender. Because Bill Borden identifies as male, this means that any candidates to the open position must not identify as male. They may identify as female, gender neutral, gender fluid, etc.
- If nominated by someone other than oneself, candidates must confirm their willingness to serve.
- Nominations for office must be made in writing.
All nominations must be submitted at the latest by midnight on Saturday, 1 January 2022 (35 days before the election). Send nominations by email to [email protected].
Nominations must include the following:
- short biography (max. 150 words)
- statement of candidacy (max. 200 words)
- gender identity
After candidates are announced, they will have the opportunity to present themselves via a short video message and also at a digital meet-the-candidates forum on Wednesday, 12 January.
This is an English-language version of an op-ed article originally published in Swedish on etc.se. To read the original, click here.
There may be nothing more American than the debate about what the United States stands for. The country has had its share of flaws, while also continuing on a remarkable path of long-term progress. That progress has often been a struggle and suffered deep setbacks, like those we are experiencing just a month into the Trump administration. But we have regrouped and begun to organize to defend liberal democracy and our values.
The setbacks remind us that progress is not inevitable, and does not just happen naturally. Instead, progress is actively built by involved citizens, both by those in the United States and also by the millions of Americans who live abroad, many of them here in Sweden.
At the ballot box, through civil society, and by organizing politically, Americans are engaged in what President Barack Obama called the “hard and frustrating and necessary work of self-government”. Since Donald Trump’s election victory, in which he lost the popular vote by more than 2.8 million votes, we have seen the sheer power of what happens when the American civil society kicks into action to protect liberal democracy.
Organizations dedicated to protecting civil rights in the United States like the American Civil Liberties Union have raised unprecedented funds, while millions have demonstrated for what they believe in, and become engaged in the political process. Democrats Abroad, the official overseas arm of the Democratic Party, has signed up thousands of new members and volunteers, including here in Sweden.
On the day after Trump’s inauguration, more than 150 members of Democrats Abroad demonstrated on Medborgarplatsen in Stockholm (Photo: Democrats Abroad Sweden)
Trump’s ban on travel from a number of Muslim majority countries is unconstitutional and contrary to international law. Because it was originally conceived as a ban on all people of one of the world’s major religions, it is also deeply un-American. Even though it has now been halted by the courts, the Trump administration continues to defend it on the spurious grounds that it will keep the country safe. Now he has announced that he wants to deport millions of migrants, even those who have already become an integral part of American society.
We refuse to simply accept that. On the day after Trump’s inauguration, more than 150 members of Democrats Abroad demonstrated on Medborgarplatsen in Stockholm. When the travel ban was announced, many Americans in Sweden sprang into action. Democrats Abroad volunteers lined up to say they were ready to help those affected, and others went to work organizing legal support, lighting up the phone lines of their elected representatives, and recruiting friends and family to find ways to fight back. Similar stories have poured in from around the world.
That is how Donald Trump’s vision of America will be resisted. But the way we will turn the country toward progress again is through the electoral process, beginning with the midterm elections in 2018. That is why right now Democrats Abroad is organizing citizens and dual-citizens who live in Sweden to help them register to vote, get engaged with the political process, and shape the future of the Democratic Party.
Trump does not determine what America stands for. We will continue to fight for an America that is open, tolerant, and just. Nothing is more American than that.
By Alex Lange, Democrats Abroad Sweden, Stockholm Chapter Chair