DA Sweden Chair

  • 2020 Democrats Abroad Sweden Annual General Meeting

    Notice of Annual General Meeting: February 8, 13:00 in Gothenburg

    On February 8 we will be holding our Democrats Abroad Sweden Annual General Meeting at 13:00 in Gothenburg, Sweden. 

    WHEN: Saturday, February 8, 2020, 13:00 - 18:00
    WHERE: Mötesplats Göteborg, Södra Allégatan 1B, 413 01 Gothenburg

    It's an election year, so this year's meeting is especially important.

    We're going to do our part here in Sweden to beat Trump and take back the Senate in 2020. 

    To launch us into the election season, we're making our annual meeting a whole afternoon with volunteer trainings and workshops.

    We'll also be concluding a special election to fill a vacant spot on our Executive Committee, and there is a bylaws amendment proposed that will be voted on. 

    After the meeting, we'll have dinner together at a nearby restaurant.

    We'll have the space all day, so early arrivals are welcome to come during the morning already to meet and socialize. 

    Note: To attend the optional dinner, you must RSVP by February 3. To RSVP click here. Details below.


    Schedule

    10:00 - 13:00   
    Doors open for early arrivals, coffee/fika/socialize (lunch not provided)

    13:00 - 13:30   
    Doors open for all, coffee/fika

    13:30 - 14:00   
    Welcome & Introduction

    14:00 - 14:45   
    Democrats Abroad Sweden 2020 Annual General Meeting (Agenda below)

    14:45 - 15:00   
    BREAK

    15:00 - 16:00   
    Voter Registration Volunteer Training

    16:00 - 16:15   
    BREAK

    16:15 - 17:00   
    Volunteer Workshop / Group work

    17:00 - 17:15   
    Presentation: The Year Ahead for Democrats Abroad Sweden

    17:15 - 17:50   
    Volunteer group work, information on how to be a DA delegate

    17:50 - 18:00   
    Wrap-Up & End

    19:00 - 22:00   
    Dinner (optional, dinner RSVP required by Feb 3 - click here for RSVP and see below for details)


    2020 Annual General Meeting Agenda

    1. Call to order; roll-call and quorum determination

    2. Approval of the agenda;

    3. Reading and approval of 2019 AGM minutes;

    4. Chair's report (incl. chapter reports);

    5. Treasurer's report and approval vote;

    6. Discharge Executive Committee from liability vote;

    7. Bylaws amendment proposal and vote;

    8. Results of special election for Member-At-Large position;

    9. Closing remarks and end of meeting.


    Logistical Information

    Meeting location 
    Mötesplats Göteborg
    Södra Allégatan 1B
    413 01 Gothenburg

    Attendance Remotely via WebEx
    For members unable to attend the meeting in person, we will provide the option to attend remotely from wherever you are in Sweden via WebEx, an online meeting platform. To attend via WebEx, email dase-vicechair@democratsabroad.org by February 6. 

    Proxies
    It is also possible to assign someone to hold a proxy for you. To request a proxy form, contact dase-secretary@democratsabroad.org by February 7. 

    Dinner location
    Restaurang Solrosen
    Kaponjärgatan 4A (ca. two blocks from meeting location)
    http://restaurangsolrosen.se/

    Self-paid. Non-member guests welcome.

    Dinner RSVP required by February 3. To RSVP click here.  

    Accommodation
    There are a number of affordable options nearby, such as Vandrarhemmet Linne, Göteborgs Mini-Hotel, or STF Göteborg City Hotell. The Western Sweden chapter will also be providing a very limited number of rooms with local volunteers. For information on homestays, contact Kimball MacKay: kimballmackay1@gmail.com 


    Special Election Notice: Member-At-Large

    At the Annual General Meeting on Feb 8, we will also conclude a Special Election to fill an Executive Committee Member-At-Large vacancy.

    Description of the role: Members-At-Large have a vote representing DA Sweden at global Democrats Abroad meetings. They also take the lead on various projects and tasks, depending on what is needed and their skill set.

    The nominating committee for the Special Election consists of the following: 

    • Alexander Arcelay (Chair)
    • Beth Landry
    • Diane Larsson 
    • Deedee Gierow

    Notice of Candidates (Feb 9, 2020):

    The following members are nominated for the role:

    • Bill Borden 
    • Clara Popenoe Thor
    • Kathy (Katrin) Betzholtz

    See below for the candidates' statements and biographies. Voting will take place via electronic ballot in the two weeks preceding the annual general meeting. 


    Member-At-Large Candidate Statements and Biographies

     

    Bill Borden

    I would welcome serving DAS as a member-at-large, thus contributing more to elect a Democratic president and a Democratic Congress. Currently, I serve as a member of the Stockholm chapter steering committee.

    Motivation

    We desperately need a decent, democratic president who will uphold the Constitution and a Congress that legislates for the welfare of ordinary Americans. I want to work more effectively towards preventing the further erosion of American democracy

    Democrats Abroad is rightly focused on winning elections. However, as a Swedish delegate at international conferences, I would campaign and organize for the specific needs of Americans abroad such as residence based taxation. Thus, expats would no longer need to declare income to Uncle Sam. I also believe that the US government should eliminate requiring expats to disclose financial holdings including bank accounts, stock holdings and mutual funds. We should not be treated as money launderers by the US government.

    I would welcome using my skills to benefit the executive committee based on my previous contributions such as serving as chair of Democrats Abroad Sweden from 2007 to 2009. See below.

    Biography

    I grew up in a diverse neighborhood in Chicago. So, I naturally became friends with children of different races, religions, and cultures, thus gaining insights and understanding of life styles different than my own. I taught political science, English and journalism at universities in both the United States and Sweden. Through my company, American Insights, I offer insights into American life. I also promote businesses and organizations by writing websites and translating from Swedish to English.

    As DAS chair with the enthusiastic support of our team, I led the activation of a dormant DAS that resulted in increasing membership (from about 200 to 1200 members), started new local chapters while reactivating others, gained considerable media attention for DAS, successfully networked with other DA European based Democrats, and recruited several outstanding Americans to our executive team. Thus, we successfully contributed towards the election of President Obama and other Democrats in 2008.

    I would very much welcome your support.

    Bill Borden
    Ohio voter
    Stockholm resident

     

    Clara Popenoe Thor

    My name is Clara Popenoe Thor and I'm running for the position as Member-at-Large for DA Sweden.

    About me
    Born and raised in Stockholm, in a half-swedish, half-american household, politics have been ever-present in my life. I've been involved in student government, and an active member of the Swedish Young Greens for the past 3 or so years, as well as in DA. I'm editor-in-chief of the Swedish Young Greens paper and do some work as a freelance writer.

    I'm soon finished studying political science at Lund University, and will be studying linguistics this spring. I've spent 6 weeks or so on the east coast of the US every summer of my life, and speak fluent Swedish and English. I've also studied French and Mandarin Chinese.

    Motivation statement
    Although American politics haven't always felt relevant, they have affected me, and I have, to my best efforts, affected them. I have focused my work in DA on finding people like me, who have never lived in America, and registering them to vote. Since moving to Skåne I have had some contact with DA Denmark, and intend to get more involved in Lund/Malmö.

    Through my involvement in Swedish politics, I've had the privilege of seeing the fruits of my (and many others') labor. This is definitely easier in a small country with fewer members in political parties, but this experience makes me keen for a new challenge.

    Despite not having lived there, I am a modern American. Growing up together with the anti-gun movement in one country, and the climate movement in another, I have faith in my generation and my future. I am that future.

    Thank you for your work and for (excuse the Swenglish) orkaing what others don't, when everybody should. Look forward to hearing from you!

    Best,
    Clara Popenoe Thor
    New Jersey voter
    Lund resident

     

    Kathy (Katrin) Betzholtz

    Santa Barbara, Ca; Nov 8, 2016 around 7pm Pacific Standard Time

    Anders: I think Trump is going to win.

    Kathy: There is no f***ing way that is going to happen. People are not that stupid! If Trump wins we are moving to Sweden!

    Kalmar, Sweden; Jan 7, 2020

    Well here we are. The logistics of an international move is time-consuming, as most expats know. Now to be completely honest, we had always intended to move to Sweden so my husband could spend more time with his family, but the election was the impetus for the move at this particular time. My name is Kathy Betzholtz (AKA Katrin) and I am a proud U.S citizen. I take my privilege and responsibility of voting very seriously, never missing a vote in 39 years. I look forward to engaging and encouraging more expats to get involved in DA Sweden, both at the local and national level. Now, more than ever, it is crucial that we exercise our civic rights and make sure that we preserve our constitution and democracy.

    I do not have a PhD, nor have I worked for the U.N. or any other international organizations. However, I started and ran my own business for 25 years. It involved working with the DMV so you know that I am resilient! I also helped at my kids’ PTA and that qualifies me for sainthood. Their politics make our national politics seem like child’s play.

    All jokes aside, the DA has a very important role to play, as do all of us expats, and I would be honored to work as your Executive Committee Member-At-Large for the DA Sweden,

    Kathy (Katrin) Betzholtz
    California voter
    Kalmar resident


    Notice of Bylaws Amendment Proposal

    In accordance with the bylaws, notice is hereby given that the following bylaws amendment, as proposed by Beth Landry, will be voted on at the Democrats Abroad Sweden Annual General Meeting on February 8, 2020. 

    Notice of Bylaws Amendment Proposal and Proposed Amendment (click for PDF)

     

    WHEN
    February 08, 2020 at 1pm
    WHERE
    Mötesplatsen - Göteborgs FöreningsCenter
    Södra Allégatan 1B
    Göteborg 41301
    Sweden
    Google map and directions
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  • Three Democrats Abroad Caucuses Launch in Sweden

    This month, Democrats Abroad Sweden is proud to be officially launching three caucuses in Sweden – the Progressive Caucus, the Black Caucus, and the Women’s Caucus.

    All three of these newly formed caucuses will have a significant amount of autonomy to pursue their missions independently and are supported by both the country Chair and Executive Committee. They are affiliated with their global counterparts and will participate in coordinated global efforts.

    “We’re so excited to launch these three caucuses,” said Alex Lange, Chair of Democrats Abroad Sweden. “The caucuses are a great way for volunteers to get involved and to connect with the vast global networks of like-minded Democrats Abroad members. We recognize the intersectionality of the issues that they will be working to advance, so they are also strongly encouraged to collaborate with each other.”

    Members can join any of the caucuses by logging in to their profile on democratsabroad.org and then visiting the dedicated caucus pages at democratsabroad.org/caucuses. It is also possible to join the caucuses not yet formed in Sweden, in which cases members will receive information from the global caucuses. Provided there is enough interest, such caucuses can still be formed in Sweden as well. Contact info-sweden@democratsabroad.org for more information.

    The newly formed caucuses each have a chair who leads their efforts in Sweden together with a steering committee of dedicated volunteers. Here is a brief introduction on each of the caucus chairs:


    Progressive Caucus Sweden Chair: Jason Czarnezki

    Jason Czarnezki

    Email: dase-progressivecaucus@democratsabroad.org

    Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, home of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, Jason Czarnezki has been a longstanding member of the Democratic Party and committed to promoting progressive policies within the party. Jason's father Joe Czarnezki served in the Wisconsin State Legislature and was elected Milwaukee County Clerk. Jason has hosted fundraisers and was actively involved in state and local political campaigns in Wisconsin, Vermont and New York, as well as national profile races. As a member of Democrats Abroad, Jason hopes to help turn out the vote, increase engagement and membership in Sweden, and help with fundraising. Jason is the Kerlin Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law at Pace University and has lived in Stockholm since 2018. In 2020, Jason will be the Olof Palme Visiting Professor at Stockholm University. Jason received his undergraduate and law degrees from The University of Chicago.



    Black Caucus Sweden Chair: Adrianne George

    Adrianne George

    Email: dase-blackcaucus@democratsabroad.org

    Adrianne George is a native of Washington, DC who moved to Sweden from Brussels in 2006. After founding the Halmstad Chapter of Democrats Abroad Sweden (now part of Western Sweden Chapter) she moved to Stockholm and joined the DA Sweden Steering Committee. She's served on Democrats Abroad's Nomination and Elections Committee 3 times, door knock committee, chaired DA Sweden's Nominations Committee, was Global Volunteer Coordinator, Global Caucus Coordinator and currently sits on the Affirmative Action Committee for the 2020 Delegate Selection Plan.

    She is a 2016 - 2020 Democratic National Committee member, marketing communications consultant, multiple award-winning blogger and freelance writer. In addition to travel, Adrianne enjoys knitting, quilting, Yoga, reading, cooking, self-love & self-care and being in the company of interesting people. She is the immediate past President of the American Women's Club Stockholm.



    Women’s Caucus Sweden Chair: Sarah Thomsen

    Sarah Thomsen

    Email: dase-womenscaucus@democratsabroad.org

    Sarah Thomsen hails from Fremont, California but has lived in Sweden for almost half her life. She has been a member of Democrats Abroad Sweden since 1998 and was the Chair of the Stockholm chapter from 2017-2019. She is currently on the steering committee of the Global Women's Caucus Reproductive Rights Task Team. Sarah has dedicated most of her life to promoting and defending everyone's right to decide over their own bodies. In graduate school at University of Michigan in the 1990's she was a founding member of a local chapter of the National Women's Political Caucus, a PAC that worked to get women with pro-women policies to run for office. She has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles on HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health and is currently a Senior Policy Advisor in health and sexual and reproductive health and rights at Sida's Africa Department and an Associate Professor in International Health at Karolinska Institutet. In January 2018, she had the privilege and honor to address the Women's March in Stockholm on behalf of Democrats Abroad. In her free time, Sarah sings in a rhythm and blues band called "Moodswing" and spends time with her bonus family consisting of a husband, 4 kids from 12-19 and 2 cats.

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    Join our tiny actions team and receive regular emails outlining actions you can take to support issues that matter to Democrats and our allies. 

    Democrats Abroad's country committees need local volunteers. Volunteer by clicking on the "Countries" tab above, find your country, and contact your leaders directly.

    Do you want to help at a global level? We have more than a dozen global teams that work to keep our organization running. 

    Our global teams provide get out the vote help, communications, technology support and more to the all the grass roots volunteers working at the local level in Democrats Abroad. Regardless of where you live there is a team that needs your talent and dedication. Now is the time to join fellow Democrats and help fight for what's right. Any questions, write us at volunteer@democratsabroad.org

    Please check out our global team opportunities.

     

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  • published Welcome to Democrats Abroad Sweden in News 2017-09-03 04:46:04 -0400

    Welcome to Democrats Abroad Sweden

    Democrats Abroad Sweden holds a rally to unite against hate in Stockholm, Sweden on Aug 26th, 2017

    Democrats Abroad Sweden is the local volunteer organization for U.S. Democrats living in Sweden. Our mission is to register U.S. citizens to vote and Get Out The Vote in Federal Elections. 

    We are a grassroots organization, and our members live throughout Sweden. We have great local chapters in Skåne, in Western Sweden, and in Stockholm-Uppsala.

    2020 is going to be big years for Democrats, so please get involved with your local active chapter or contact us to set up your own local chapter.

    Members may access country committee bylaws and meeting minutes here: https://wiki.democratsabroad.org/x/HgDr. To receive the access information, just send a note to info-sweden@democratsabroad.org.

    For regular updates, follow our page on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/dasweden


  • published Unite Against Hate Rally in Stockholm in News 2017-09-01 12:33:03 -0400

    Unite Against Hate Rally in Stockholm

    Democrats Abroad Sweden Chair, Alex Lange, addresses the rally

    Simultaneously with chapters in Western Sweden and Skåne, on Saturday, Aug 26th, we held a rally to unite against hate in Stockholm to commemorate the victims of white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, VA, and to stand up and send a clear signal that hate has no place in America.

    More than 50 attendees came in Stockholm alone, and across Sweden more than 100 showed up to stand against hatred while President Trump is failing to do the same.

    Thank you to all who attended, and to all the speakers, poetry performers, and musical contributions who made this event a powerful experience for all involved. 

    Democrats Abroad Sweden Stockholm Chair, and event organizer, Sarah Thomsen welcomes attendees
    A Resistance Summer postcard, which DA members have been using to contact our elected representatives back home
    Sam Paris performs

     


  • American Democrats in Sweden Resist Trump's Anti-LGBT+ Agenda

    As Trump attacks the rights of LGBT+ Americans, Democrats Abroad Sweden is joining pride parades across Sweden to resist his anti-LGBT+ agenda.

    – Trump’s decision to ban transgender people from the U.S. military is a stark reminder of how fragile progress is and that we must continue to stand up and speak out for LGBT+ rights. That’s why Democrats Abroad Sweden is joining pride parades across Sweden, says Alex Lange, Chair of Democrats Abroad Sweden.

    Despite claiming to be a ‘real friend’ of the LGBT+ community, Donald Trump is rolling back many of the gains made during the Obama administration, and we must resist. Because LGBT+ rights are human rights, says Alex Lange.

    As part of a global “Resistance Summer” campaign, Democrats Abroad Sweden is participating in pride parades in Stockholm and Malmö next week, and already marched in Göteborg Pride earlier in the summer.

    With country committees in 42 countries around the world and more than 2,000 members in Sweden, Democrats Abroad is the official Democratic Party organization for Americans who live outside the United States. There is an active LGBT Caucus that ensures LGBT+ voices are strongly represented in the Democratic Party.

    To hold Trump accountable, Democrats Abroad Sweden invites Americans and Swedes to march with them on August 5 in Stockholm and on August 6 in Malmö. Registration can be found at http://www.democratsabroad.org/se_events.

    Photo: Democrats Abroad Sweden marches in the 2016 Stockholm Pride Parade. Source: Democrats Abroad Sweden

    Please contact Alexander Lange at 070 612 0179 for more information or press requests.

    Democrats Abroad is the official arm of the Democratic Party for US citizens living outside the United States and its territories. The Democratic Party is the only major American political party that affords its members this opportunity. Democrats Abroad holds seats on the Democratic National Committee and sends a voting delegation to its national convention to nominate our candidate for President. Founded in 1964, Democrats Abroad now has members in over 190 countries and has committees in 42 countries around the world.

    For more information, visit www.DemocratsAbroad.org


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    Youth Caucus Signup

    The Youth Caucus of Democrats Abroad is committed to generating awareness of the concerns of young Americans and the challenges they face for the purpose of informing party policy-making and improving party outreach and organizing. The Youth Caucus will provide a platform for young Democrats abroad - those who are and those who seek to become politically active - to engage in and lead on issues and campaigns important to them.

    STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

    The Youth Caucus will be “youth-led” but open to those of all ages who support these central aims.

    The Youth Caucus will/proposes to:

    • Build political engagement by young Americans Democrats abroad. Initiatives will make young Americans abroad aware of:  voter registration and voting from abroad; issue education, advocacy and activism, especially youth-led and youth-related;  candidates and campaigns, especially those of young Democrats;  US political and election organizing from abroad; and overseas and domestic youth networks, contacts and resources.
    • Sponsor issue-focused Working Groups: The Caucus will engage young Democrats abroad in issues advocacy by inviting them to join teams studying particular issues (eg Environmental Sustainability Working Group) and developing and coordinating youth-led advocacy activities and campaigns.
    • Establish web-based communication channels for on-going youth outreach: A Youth Caucus Blog on the Democrats Abroad Youth Caucus webpage will provide continuous access to the work of the Youth Caucus and facilitate participation by members globally.
    • Work online. Membership will not be constrained by physical location. All general meetings, campaigns, fundraisers etc. will be conducted online via Skype, Social Media, Email, and Online Markets.
    • Encourage caucus members to organize live local events and gatherings for political education and outreach, issues advocacy or socializing.
    • Be youth-led, with a leadership team made up of volunteers from around the world aged between 18 and 35.
    • Engage with US-based Young Democrats or College Democrats groups to share information, advice, intelligence and ideas, build networks and to cross-promote each other.
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  • Trump Does Not Determine What America Stands For

     

    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. 

    Demo_Press.jpgOn 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