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  • DEMOCRATS ABROAD SWEDEN 2021 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

    NOTICE OF DEMOCRATS ABROAD SWEDEN 2021 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

    On 24 April 2021, 1pm-2:30pm, Democrats Abroad Sweden will be holding our 2021 Annual General Meeting online via WebEx. All Democrats Abroad Sweden members are invited to attend this important meeting at which the results of the election of our leaders for the next two years will be announced.

    Democrats Abroad Sweden members will be sent the link to attend by email. If you are not opted in to receive emails from Democrats Abroad Sweden, please RSVP here and you will be sent the link for this event.


    2021 CANDIDATES FOR THE DEMOCRATS ABROAD SWEDEN EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

    The Democrats Abroad Sweden Executive Committee elections is being held by electronic ballot. Ballots have been sent by email to all members of Democrats Abroad Sweden opted in to receiving emails, and a blank ballot can be accessed by clicking the link below.  

    On the ballot, members can vote on the following choices with one vote per office:

    Chair   Cassandra Engeman (f)  
    Vice Chair   Kelvin Acheampong (m)   Rick Wicks (m)*
    Secretary   Kimberly Kane  
    Treasurer   Sheri Eklund  
    Counsel   Robert Houser  
    Member-at-Large 1   Beth Landry (nb)  
    Member-at-Large 2   Bill Borden (m)   Rick Wicks (m)*

    *Rick Wicks has withdrawn from all candidacies

    CLICK HERE FOR CANDIDATE STATEMENTS AND INFORMATION (PDF)

    CLICK HERE FOR A RECORDING OF THE MEET THE CANDIDATES FORUM (WebEx)
    Password: dems

    Per our bylaws and Democratic Party rules, the Chair and Vice Chair must be of different gender, and the two members-at-large must also be of different gender. If a candidate is running for Member-at-Large, as well as Chair or Vice Chair, and is elected to the Chair or Vice Chair position, they will automatically withdraw from the Member-at-Large race.

    Click here for a blank ballot


    DESCRIPTIONS OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OFFICER ROLES:

    Under the leadership of the Chair, the Executive Committee is self-organizing and can distribute specific tasks between the members of the Executive Committee as it sees fit.

    Chair: The Chair leads the organization and is responsible for running the Executive Committee meetings. The role involves planning and overseeing of our activities. Chair has control over the bank account together with the Treasurer. The Chair also has a vote representing Democrats Abroad Sweden at global Democrats Abroad meetings and coordinates our activities with the global organization.

    Vice-Chair: The Vice-Chair acts as a stand-in for the Chair, must be prepared to take over the Chair's role, and takes on various tasks as needed. The Vice-Chair is a signatory on the bank account. Like the Chair, the Vice-Chair also has a vote representing Democrats Abroad Sweden at global Democrats Abroad meetings.

    Note: Per DNC rules, the Chair and Vice-Chair must be of different gender.

    Secretary: The Secretary is our principal administrator. They oversee our documents and membership database, and ensure that minutes are taken at meetings. The Secretary is a signatory on the bank account.

    Treasurer: The Treasurer oversees our finances and fundraising to ensure we are in compliance with applicable rules and regulations. Along with the Chair, the Treasurer has control of the bank account.

    Counsel: The Counsel should be available for any potential legal questions. They also take on various projects and tasks, depending on what is needed and their skill set.

    Member-at-Large (2x): Members-at-Large have a vote representing Democrats Abroad Sweden at global Democrats Abroad meetings. They also take on various projects and tasks, depending on what is needed and their skill set.

    Note: Per DNC rules, the two members-at-large must be of different gender. 

    In addition to the above positions, each of the Chapter Chairs for also serves on the Executive Committee as an ex-officio member with full voting privileges. The Executive Committee also has a non-voting Communications Officer.


    2021 DEMOCRATS ABROAD SWEDEN ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AGENDA

    1. Call to order;
    2. Election of meeting chair and secretary;
    3. Prepare and approve the voting list, confirm that a quorum is present;
    4. Approval of the agenda;
    5. Elect two persons to attest the minutes;
    6. Determination that the meeting has been duly called;
    7. Approval of the 2020 AGM minutes;
    8. Chair’s Report - Year in Review presentation; (Chapter reports will be available online)
    9. Treasurer’s Report and approval vote;
    10. Discharge Executive Committee from liability vote;
    11. Announcement of the results of the Executive Committee election;
    12. Statement(s) from new Chair and Executive Committee;
    13. Election of auditor; 
    14. Other business;
    15. Close of meeting.
    WHEN
    April 24, 2021 at 1pm
    WHERE
    Online via Webex
    Stockholm 11344
    Sweden
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  • published Coronavirus Update from Democrats Abroad Sweden in News 2020-03-11 15:07:10 -0400

    Coronavirus Update from Democrats Abroad Sweden

    Because of the ongoing outbreak of Covid-19 in Sweden, Democrats Abroad Sweden is canceling all events and gatherings through March 31. 

    Right now, social distancing measures are some of the most effective ways for us all to help slow the spread of Covid-19 in Sweden so that the healthcare system does not get overwhelmed. That is why Democrats Abroad Sweden has decided to cancel all our events and gatherings for the time being. We will monitor the situation on an ongoing basis and will keep members informed regarding future events after March 31.

    Since we will not be holding voter registration events in the near future, please consider completing your ballot request for the November election from home right now. Go to www.votefromabroad.org to get started. 


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  • published Three Democrats Abroad Caucuses Launch in Sweden in News 2019-09-17 16:36:21 -0400

    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 [email protected] 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: [email protected]

    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: [email protected]

    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: [email protected]

    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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  • signed up on Progressive Caucus Signup 2019-09-16 13:10:52 -0400

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  • signed up on Women's Caucus 2019-09-16 13:10:14 -0400

     

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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 [email protected]

    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/display/ccSweden/Democrats+Abroad+Sweden+Wiki.

    To receive the access information, just send a note to [email protected].

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  • 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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  • published Trump Does Not Determine What America Stands For in News 2017-03-01 13:53:14 -0500

    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